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His Excellency recd yours of the 17th New York papers inclosed. If you can obtain a giving an account of the actual evacuation of town be pleased to send it immediately up, as it is of consequence to His Excellency to have that matter ascertained. Be pleased to send the inclosed to Major Smith. I am Sir Yr most obt Servt DLC : Papers of George Washington.
The News of Peace (tho not official) is nevertheless so positive and the certainty that Hostilities were to cease in America on the 20th of this Month is so great, that the Commander in Chief has no hesitation in Ordering the Wagons, Horses, Drivers & every thing captured to be given up & returned to the British Lines without the least injury or delay. I am Sir Your Most Obedt Servt DLC :...
The Commander in Cheif, directs that the three new Whale Boats built at Wappings Creek under the Superintendance of Mr Sheaf, should be made use of as Guard Boats—Captain Pray will apply to Major General McDougal for the same, or if Genl McDougal has sent them to the Orders of Major Darby—Majr Darby will be pleased to deliver these three Boats to Capt. Pray, on his Order—Should they already be...
I have received your favor of Yesterday, accompanying Dispatches from Sir Guy Carleton—and a Note from Majr Scott. I cannot omit to express to you the pleasure I have experienced from the propriety of your Conduct in stopping the Officer bearing the Flag, at your post, & your forwardg the Dispatches by an Officer of our own—I beg you to accept my sincere thanks on this Occasion. The inclosed...
Colonel Smith, who is to remain at Dobbs Ferry, for the sake of transacting the business of his Department, will also have the superintendance of that Post—he will have the charge of receiving & granting Flags, he will send only such as are proper & necessary; The General desires therefore you will furnish such Boats for the purpose as he shall have occasion for; and co-operate with him in any...
The Order from Head Quarters of the 7th Inst. was not meant to prohibit you from giving passes to Citizens to fish, in the manner formerly practiced, it related entirely to the Army. I am Sir &c. DLC : Papers of George Washington.
It is of great importance at this Crisis, to have the best possible information of the state of the Enemy’s affairs at N. York. His Excellency the Commander in Chief has commanded us therefore, to inform you, it is his wish that you will use your utmost endeavours to obtain such information, and that you will devote all the time & attention you can spare from your other Duties, to this very...
The Commander in Chief is pleased to direct that you send up a Cockswain & 8 of your best Oarsmen to Man his Barge—They may bring a light Boat with them to be kept at Head Quarters for Orderly purposes. I am Sir Your Hble Servt DLC : Papers of George Washington.
The Commander in Chief commands me particularly at this time to repeat to you the directions formerly given that the utmost precaution & vigilance should be used to prevent surprize, & to announce instantaneously to him any sudden Movement of the Enemy. for this purpose you will give the most pointed Orders to the person commanding your guard Boats on duty, & will inform Col. Olney or the...
His Excellency the Commander in Chief request the inclosed Letter directed to Sir Guy Carleton, may be delivered at the enemys Post—as soon as opportunity will permit. Your most Obedt Servt DLC : Papers of George Washington.