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I have recd your favor of the 12th. You may be assured that should the proposal for the exchange of Genl Burgoyne be acceded to on the part of the enemy, every attention shall be paid to the rights of the southern Officers—my personal regard for you will make me particularly careful that no injustice shall be done to you—You have been misinformed as to any particular officers of your Rank...
I had the pleasure to receive, a day or two ago, your obliging letter of the 24th of last month, in which you advise me of the ratification of the fœderal Constitution by South Carolina. By a more rapid water conveyance, that good news had some few days before arrived at Baltimore, so as to have been very opportunely communicated to the Convention of this State, in session at Richmond. It is...
Private Gentlemen— Columbia [S.C.] May 24th 1791. An address to you jointly on a subject of the following nature may have a singular appearance; but that singularity will not exceed the evidence which is thereby given of my opinion of, and confidence in you; and of the opinion I entertain of your confidence in, and friendship for each other. The Office lately resigned by the Honble Mr J....
The enclosed letter, which is under a flying seal, and the plough, which accompanies it, are referred to your inspection—and are addressed to your care, to be transmitted to Mr Chesnut at Camden. With great regard, I am dear Sir, Your most obedient Servant LS , privately owned; LS (photostat), PPRF . Charles Cotesworth Pinckney had introduced to GW the previous summer his friend John Chesnut,...
It is a cause of no small regret that there appears in a considerable part of the citizens of South Carolina a strong disinclination to the law laying a duty on distilled spirits; and that in consequence of it, difficulties occur in obtaining proper characters to carry it into execution. This was the more unexpected as the duty in question has been rendered necessary by a measure peculiarly...
I have duly received your letter of the 25th of May, by duplicates, with the first and second of a set of bills of Exchange for £ 200 sterling, received by you on account of Mr. Church’s bond. Your former remittance of £ 300 Carolina money was also received and I thought had been acknowledged; but I find by your letter that this was not done. It is not easy for me to give you an idea of the...
I found on my return here three days ago your favor of Sep. 6. and am happy to learn from it that the Agricultural society has adopted the plan of employing a person at Marseilles to raise and send olive trees to them annually. Their success in S. Carolina cannot be doubted, and their value is great. Olive grounds in France rent higher by the acre than those of any other growth in the kindgom,...
I duly received your letter of the 6th of September; and have sent an extract of it to Mr Church for the explanation which is necessary. I feel myself truly obliged by your friendly allusion to my unpleasant situation, and for the consolation you are so kind as to offer me. The esteem of the discerning and virtuous must always support a mind properly formed under the pressure of malevolence...
I have been duly honored by yours of the 13th. of Nov. and I now inclose you copies of my letters to Mr. Cathalan of Marseilles and Mr. Fenwick of Bordeaux, which I shall send to them by triplicates, inclosing in each of those to the former, a copy of your letter to him. You will perceive that I have instructed Mr. Cathalan to make any alterations in the plan which you shall think proper to...
(Confidential) My dear Sir, Philadelphia Jany 22d 1794 Although I am not encouraged by the joint letter which I had the honor to receive from you, and our friend Mr E. Rutledge (under date of the 12th of June 1791); yet, in a measure to which I am strongly prompted both by judgment and inclination, I am unable to restrain myself from making a second application to you, similar to the former...
The Officer of Secretary of State has become vacant by the resignation of Mr Randolph. Is the period yet arrived, when the situation of your private concerns would permit you to accept it? As a preliminary mean of information, I have resorted to your letter of the 24th of February 1794; and tho’ the time there allotted for this purpose, is not quite accomplished, there is not much wanting of...
Give me leave to recommend to your civilities Mr. Winstanly the bearer of this an English Gentleman who came to this City some years. After former generosity and carelessness of temper disposes of a little fortune, he has assumed the business of Landscape Painting and in pursuance of his plan visits your County, which also he is desirous through curiosity of seeing before he goes to Europe. He...
Private & confidential The situation of Affairs, and the interests of this Country as they relate to France, render it indispensably necessary that a faithful organ near that government—able & willing to explain its views, and to ascertain those of France, should immediately fill the place of our present Minister Plenipotentiary at Paris. Policy requires that this character should be well...
Duplicate Sincerely commisserating the distresses of the Citizens of Charleston, occasioned by the late unfortunate fires—I take the liberty of offering, through you, my mite toward their relief; without any desire of having my name mentioned. With affectionate regard I am always Yours ALS (duplicate), ScC ; ADfS , DLC:GW ; LB , DLC:GW . The duplicate was posted from Alexandria, Va., on 15...
[ New York ] July 11, 1796 . “I received the letter which you did me the favour to write me by Mr. Huger, whose acquaintance I was glad to make. The Bill for 2770 Dollars on Mr. Comfort Sands was received & duly answered.” ALS , Pinckney Family Papers, Library of Congress. Pinckney to H, June 5, 1796 . See Pinckney to H, June 5, 1796, note 9 .
I have received your letter transmitting me a draft on H & S Johnson & Co. for 857 Dollars & 14 Cents on account of Kinloch’s debt to Mr. Church. Lest I should not see you here give me leave to request information in whose care the affairs of Mr. Church have been left by you—& whether any thing more has been done with Mrs Cattle’s alias Bowman’s note. The above bill has been accepted. I...
After furnishing you with the following copies of Letters, it is scarcely necessary to add any thing by way of explanation of my motives for doing it. However, I will briefly add that, from the arrival of Mr Gouvr Morris in Europe, up to the date of his last letter to me in June of the present year, I have received much interesting and useful information from him, relative to the political...
Not being able to recollect with certainty, whether I expressed to you my ardent desire that no favourable occasion might be omitted, by you, of Signifying how much it was my wish, and the wishes of the People of this country, that that friend to it—Mr de la Fayette—could be liberated from his confinement, is the cause of my giving you the trouble of this address. Not in my public character,...
Reposing especial Trust and Confidence in your Abilities, Integrity, Prudence, and Patriotism, I have nominated and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate do appoint you the said Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, John Marshall and Elbridge Gerry, jointly and severally Envoys Extraordinary and Ministers Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the French Republic, authorizing you...
Know Ye, That for the purpose of terminating all differences between the United States of America and the French Republic, and of restoring and confirming perfect harmony and good understanding and re–establishing a commercial and friendly intercourse between them; and reposing a special Trust and Confidence in the Integrity, Prudence and Abilities of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, John Marshall...
To learn from your favor of the 25th of January that you were well, gave me singular pleasure; but as I had left Philadelphia before your letters dated in Paris had been received at the Secretary of States Office, and not having seen Mr Horry yet, I have only such accounts as have been given to the Public, of the treatment you met with from the French Directory. So extraordinary indeed it is,...
With much pleasure I received your letter of the 19th of September from Rotterdam; and that pleasure proceeded in a great measure from the congeniality of sentiments which prevail between you and Genl Marshall; having taken the liberty of introducing him to you as a Gentleman, in whom you might place entire confidence. What has been the reception of the Embassy by the French Directory, is, to...
The Gazettes have announced your safe arrival at New York. On which happy event I most sincerely congratulate you, Mrs Pinckney and family. We were under no small apprehensions on your account. Although nothing is said respecting it, we hope Miss Pinckney’s health is perfectly restored. As it is not probable that you will travel by Water to Charleston, it is unnecessary, I trust to add, that...
1st. Is an Invasion of the United States, by France, to be apprehended whilst that Power continues at War with Great Britain? 2d. In case such an Invasion should take place, what part of the United States, in their opinion, is most likely to be first attacked? 3d. Is it probable that the French will, in the way of exchange or by other means, become possessed of the Floridas & Louisiana? 4th....
Queries—propounded by the Commander in Chief To Majors Genl Hamilton & Pinckney. 1st Is an Invasion of the United States, by France, to be apprehended whilst that Power continues at War with Great Britain? 2d In case such an Invasion should take place, what part of the United States, in their opinion, is most likely to be first attacked? 3d Is it probable that the French will, in the way of...
I duly received My Dear Sir Your letter of the 17th of January. Accept my thanks for the remarks it contains on the plan for a Military School. We were extremely alarmed yesterday by the intelligence coming from Philadelphia of an accident to you at a Review. But an arrival here has greatly relieved us. We earnestly desire a contradiction. Affectly & truly yrs. ALS , Pinckney Family Papers,...
The Secretary at War has informed you that the General Superintendence of the Recruiting service is confided to me, as an incident to the Inspectorship. As a preliminary to this, it is requisite to distribute the States respectively into Districts and subdistricts the latter to correspond with the number of Companies to be raised in each State assigning one company to each subdistrict & the...
In my letter to the Secry of State of the 9th instant, I communicated the positive intelligence, I had from Paris, that the Consul there & Mr. Barlow, had individually written to the French Directory, praising their wise & prudent conduct towards the U States, & recommending that a Minister be immediately sent to America to adjust matters, & thereby to be beforehand with the President. They...
When Major Pinckney was here (returning from Philadelphia) he expressed the earnest wish of the Gentlemen of South Carolina to get into the breeding of Mules from good Jacks—I said, but I believe not in a way to be understood, that I should part with some of my young Jacks (three of which he saw) descendents from Royal Gift, out of Imported Jennies. In a letter which I have written to General...
Your favour of the 8th instt from Charleston has been duly received, and gave us the pleasure of hearing that you, Mrs & Miss Pinckney, had arrived in good health at that place. The first few days of January excepted, you could not have been more favoured in the Weather than all the remainder of that month, & until the middle of Febry afforded. Although your Report of the arrangement for South...
Your favor of the 20th Ulto from Mulberry Grove, came duly to hand, and would have received an earlier acknowledgment had I not allowed time for the completion of your visit to the Frontier Posts, in the State of Georgia. I thank you for the interesting details you took the trouble of communicating in that letter, and its enclosures; but it was not, nor is it, my wish to inflict such...
Daily expectation of Genl Washington’s arrival, must be received as my apology for not having given your obliging favour of the 25th of June, an earlier acknowledgment. He did not (on account of the indisposition of his Son, in North Carolina) reach this place until the 6th instant. He left us yesterday, with the young Gentleman; both in good health, and Spirits. Permit me to offer you my best...
New York, August 13, 1799. “Your several favours of the 10th. of June 12. and 29 of July have been received.… The course is for money and other supplies for the recruiting service to go immediately from the department of War upon application from me. As yet no regular military chest has been established nor have the proper organs of the Staff been appointed.… A more perfect organisation is...
I have heard of your arrival at Rhode Island. On the I wrote you a long letter transmitting all the Instructions which respect the recruiting service &c. Did you receive that letter? Is there any one who would act upon it in your absence? I wish you could make a visit to Trenton convenient. More Organisation is indispensable. Several things of material concern are to be arranged. I shall go...
Major Bradley of the fourth regiment who has been a long time in the western Country and is now at Staunton superintending a recruiting party requests leave of absence a furlough for the purpose of visiting his family from which he has been absent several years. This officer is within your district, and of course I refer his petition to you. If leave of absence a furlough should be given...
New York, October 6, 1799. “… In consequence of your voyage to New Port The Secretary of War lately instructed me to take measures for providing winter Quarters in the vicinity of Harpurs Ferry on the Potowmack for the Eighh Ninth & Tenth Regiments. I have instructed Col Parker of the Eighth, under the direction of the Commander in Chief who has consented to take charge of the matter, to...
I send you duplicate of my official letter of the 13 of August. If necessary for me to send duplicate recruiting instructions I will do it upon your intimation— Capt. Massey has some time since been ordered to Norfolk Yr. truly & Affectly. ( Df , in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
Your letter of the 12th. inst. found me at Trenton, from which place I have recently arrived. The seventh Regt. together with the 5th. & 6th. was destined for Augusta. But I am not apprised how far the arrangements for this object, have been matured, and I believe that it may be most adviseable to quarter those Regiments for the present winter within their respective States. I thought it in...
The following is an Extract of a — letter recd. from Col: Parker dated Winchester Oct. 16th. 1799— “Four Soldiers deserted a few nights ago; But were all fortunately taken two of them, who were most guilty, I have put in irons, as I think it absolutely necessary to make an example of them. As I do not know where to direct to General Pinckney, I beg Sir that you will order a general Court...
Your favour of the ⟨ illegible ⟩d inst. from New Port, came duly to hand, and gave Mrs Washington (who continues to be much indisposed but ⟨hopes soon to be⟩ well again) and myself much pleasure to hear of Mrs Pinckney⟨’s⟩ encreasing health. A little time ⟨ illegible the⟩ fine settled weather we enjoy at present, will, we hope, restore it entirely. The Rout from Trenton, or Philadelphia to...
New York, November 4, 1799. “I send you by way of information an order of the 1st. inst. issued by me respecting the General Disposition of the Army, in conformity with the instructions heretofore received from the Secy. of War. It seemed necessary to have all the regiments thrown into Brigades. The situation of the third and 4th. within different commands created some embarrassment. You will...
Enclosed are a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury and one from the Secretary of War. It would appear from the extract of a letter from Captain Taylor which is likewise enclosed that my letter to Col. Read on the subject must have miscarried. You will oblige me by — giving promptly the necessary directions in the case— With great ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton...
I expressed to you my wish in conversation that you would be so good as to fix upon and name to me characters for Officers of the Inspector Department within your Command. Inclosed are letters lately received respecting Major Beale for your informa tion Major Campbell you will remember is also a respectable Candidate for Division Inspector. Capt. E. Tay lor is appointed a Brigade Inspector— (...
New York, November 8, 1799. “I enclose to you a letter from Col. Lear on the subject of winter Quarters that you may take such measures as shall appear to you to be necessary in the case. I do not see that any thing better can be done than to send the tenth regiment to Carlisle where the barracks can easily be prepared for their reception. According to the orders that have been given to Col....
I send you the enclosed paper and request that you will which more properly would have been addressed to you. You will, no doubt, inform the Commandant of the fifth regiment where the parties are to be found, in order so that his instructions may reach them— With great respect & Esteem I am Sir Yr. obedt. servt. ( Df , in the handwriting of Ethan Brown and H, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
Pursuant to a conversation which I had with you while in this city I have concluded to offer to Lt. Izzard the place of Aid de camp in my family. I have mentioned to Mr. Izzard that you will dispense with the form of an application to you as Commanding General of the district. Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. H to George Izard, November 18, 1799 .
New York, November 21, 1799. Encloses “regulations which it is proposed to establish relative to the uniform of the troops.” Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. Enclosure not found, but see H to James McHenry, December 19, 1799 .
I enclose to you a letter which I have just written to Col. Parker. When I shall be informed of your arrival within the limits of your district all correspondence between me and the particular Officers in that district will, of course, cease, unless you should think it proper that I should continue to direct them in matters that relate to the recruiting service. I would request an explanation...
Agreeable to a conversation which we had while you were in this city I have directed Lieutenant Walbach to repair to your Head Quarters for the purpose of assisting in preparing a system for the Tactics and police of the Cavalry. It being of importance that this object should be accomplished in the course of the ensuing winter I shall count on your obliging disposition towards me no less than...
The death of our beloved commander in Chief was known to you before it was to me. I can be at no loss to anticipate what have been your feelings. I need not tell you what are mine. Perhaps no friend of his has more cause to lament, on personal account, than my self. The public misfortune is one which all the friends of our Government will view in the same light. I will not dwell on the...