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You will proceed with the detachment under your command to Dunks’s ferry on Delaware, if you find in your progress the way clear & safe. When arrived there, you will take the safest & most expeditious method of conducting the detachment to fort Mifflin; by water would be easiest & least fatiguing to your men; and if practicable & safe, will certainly be most eligible: otherwise you will cross...
I am favd with yours of the 27th ulto by Major Mullen and am sorry to hear that you found Matters so much out of order at Fort Mifflin. Much must depend upon your activity and that of the other Officers in Garrison. Two Waggon loads of Ammunition were sent off from Trenton the moment Major Mullens arrived there and I have directed Mr Mease the Cloathier Genl to forward the necessaries wanted...
I am favd with both yours of the 3d and am sorry to find that so dastardly a spirit prevailing in the Navy, but I hope there will still be good men enough left to defend the Fort and obstructions till we can give them a decisive stroke by land. I have the pleasure to inform you that we made a general attack upon the Enemy at Germantown upon the morning of the 4th. We surprised them and threw...
I rec’d yours of the 19th informing of the occasion of the late firing. I imagine the Enemy still persist in their attempt as the firing has continued by intervals ever since. As the rear of the Fort is only defended by a picket work, I think you ought to lose no time in throwing up a Bank against the picket which wou’d strengthen it and make it defensible against shot. If some blinds were...
[ Towamencin, Pennsylvania ] October 14, 1777 . Hopes that Smith will be more successful in the future in gaining control of enemy’s batteries. Has ordered Colonel Christopher Greene to assist Smith. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Yours of the 12th I received yesterday. I am sorry your attempts to get possession of the enemy’s batteries have hitherto failed. I hope your future endeavours may be more successful. If they once get their batteries fairly erected, the situation of your garrison will no doubt become very trying, but I dare say, they will be duly impressed with the importance of the trust committed to them,...
[ Worcester, Pennsylvania ] October 18, 1777 . Informs Smith that Baron d’Arendt will assume command of Fort Mifflin and that Lieutenant Colonel John Green, with reinforcements, is on the way to the fort. Sends news of the surrender of General John Burgoyne. Suggests a plan to prevent British from preparing floating batteries. Df , in writings of Tench Tilghman and H, George Washington Papers,...
In order to put your garrison in a more effectual state of defence, I have sent you a reinforcement of 200 men under Lt Col. Greene, who marched this morning to join you. Col. Arendt having now recovered from his indisposition will this day proceed to Fort Mifflin to take the command there agreeable to my first intention. Your conduct since you have been vested with it, has been such as to...
Your favor of the 18th I received last night and was extremely sorry to find from the Commodores Letter, which made a part of Your’s, that you & he were not in the strictest harmony. This circumstance, I confess, gives me great uneasiness, as I well know that a good agreement between the Navy & Garrison is of the last importance, and that a want of co-operation and every possible mutual aid...
your Letter of 18th Inst. I receiv’d last night wherin I find you express a desire to be recall’d from fort Mifflin to Join your Corps. I found it Absolutely necessary to reinforce yr Garrison & that it was impracticable to do it consistently without supersedeing you, this determin’d me to send the Baron DArandt as the Person originally mention’d to you to command there, but would have omitted...
I am favd with yours of the 26th. As there seems to be a doubt of the priority of the date of your or Lt Colonel Greens Comms. I have, in a letter of this date, desired him to wave the matter in dispute for the present, and act under your command, as you have been in the Fort from the Beginning and must be better acquainted with the nature of the defences than a stranger. I have ordered a very...
I have this moment receiv’d your favor of Yesterday, & hope General Varnum with the Detachment from this Army, have by this time arriv’d to your support, & that your little Garrison will, with the greatest confidence & Vigor, exert itself to baffle every attempt of the Enemy to reduce it —When I last saw General Foreman I authorized him to collect all the Cloathing such as shoes, stockings,...
I have received your Letter dated yesterday—giving an account of the reinforcement which you expect from Genl Varnum and the Supplies of Clothing from Genl Forman, it gives me pain to learn that the latter are likely to be so inadequate to your wants, but hope that by taking proper measures the Contributions of the Inhabitants will not prove so poor a resource as you seem to fear. Inclosed is...
I last night received your Favor of the 10th Instant, and am sorry to find the Enemy’s Batteries had played with such Success against our Works. Nevertheless, I hope they will not oblige you to evacuate them. They are of the last importance, and I trust will be maintained till the latest extremity. I have written to Genl Varnum to afford you immediate succour by sending Fresh Troops to releive...
Letter not found: to Lt. Col. Samuel Smith, 19 Nov. 1777. Smith’s letter to GW of 16 Nov. is docketed in part “Answd 19th.”
[ Fishkill, New York ] October 5, 1778 . Regrets that Captain Edward Norwood cannot be reinstated. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
I have attentively considered the memorial you delivered me in behalf of a respectable number of officers in the Maryland line, requesting the restoration of Capt. Norwood —It gives me real pain, that I find myself obliged to refuse their request; but the duty I owe to justice and impartiality outweighs every other consideration. Notwithstanding the honorable testimony which is given of the...
I can only lament that necessity which has produced your letter of the 10th, and obliges you to offer your resignation, at the opening of a campaign; at a crisis in which good officers might render the most essential services, by their example and continuance in the army. The proofs you have heretofore given, of your abilities, as a good and brave officer, I am happy in acknowleging; and could...
Copy: Library of Congress I received yours of the 2d. Instant, and am very sorry for your Misfortune: the Loan office Bills you destroyed to prevent their falling into the hands of the Enemy, you do not sufficiently describe; it is necessary for me to know before I can find out whether they have not been already presented the following particulars of each Bill, viz Number, Quantity of Dollars,...
Richmond, 3 Aug. 1780 . Having already been serviceable to Virginia in obtaining supplies for the army and navy, Smith is requested to state the availability of certain articles in or near Baltimore and the terms on which they can be bartered for tobacco delivered either at Baltimore or the James River, to the end that these items can be procured on the most advantageous terms; with subjoined...
It is quite agreable to us to take at Port Royal the seventy five Barrels of flour you have purchased there in Exchange for so much we were to expect at Baltimore and any further Quantity you may procure at the former in lieu of the remaining Ballance at the latter place. Mr. John Brown Commissa[ry] for this State has orders to call for it and his Receipt will be good. I am &c., FC ( Vi ). At...
[ New York, August 23, 1790. The dealer’s catalogue description of this letter reads: “On financial matters.” Letter not found. ] ALS , sold by Anderson Galleries, May 2, 1922, Lot 642. Samuel and John Smith, Baltimore merchants, were brothers.
I have duly recieved your favor of the 5th. on the subject of the sloop Jane, which it was impossible to dispatch with the celerity you expected. It was necessary to copy the papers to communicate them to the French minister, and the copies are not yet ready. In the mean time I have seen Mr. Skipwith, who being to pass through Baltimore, I am persuaded his information to you will be thought...
Your favor of the 13th. came to hand the night before last. I sent the papers to the French minister, from whom I have this moment recieved the letter now inclosed for the Governor of Martinique. Mr. Skipwith has been detained here by sickness, but will set out in tomorrow’s stage, and consequently will be in Baltimore Saturday night. Supposing that a line from yourself to Mr. Short, to...
I have been prevented by business from sooner answering your favor of the 15th. In the mean time you will probably have seen a correspondence in the public papers between Mr. Hammond and myself explanatory of the subject of your letter. Lest you should not however I have the pleasure to inclose it to you. Still I think it will be prudent in merchants who send vessels to England, to instruct...
[ Philadelphia, June 8, 1793. On June 16, 1793, Smith wrote to Hamilton : “I receivd your Letter of the 8 Inst.” Letter not found. ] Smith was a Baltimore merchant who had been an officer in the American Revolution and a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1790 to 1792. In March, 1793, he was elected to Congress.
[ Philadelphia, August 17, 1793. On August 20, 1793, Smith wrote to Hamilton : “Yours of 17 Inst. I have recd.” Letter not found. ]
[ Philadelphia, August 26, 1793. On September 30, 1793, Oliver Wolcott, Jr., wrote to Robert Elliot and referred to “A Copy of a Letter from the Sec. of the Treasy. to Samuel Smith Esq dated August 26th. 1793.” Letter not found. ] ADf , Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.
[ War Department, September 15, 1794. “You will ere this (I presume) have received from the Governor of Maryland information and instructions respecting the assembling of all the Militia of that State destined to act against the Insurgents. The place of ultimate rendezvous is, Fort Cumberland. The whole are to assemble there as fast as they can be ready. I request that you will immediately...
I have had the pleasure of receiving your two letters of the 16th: instant. The circumstances they announce are upon the whole satisfactory. The zeal which has been called forth by the threatened attack upon the magazine at Frederick is in the highest degree commendable and is an earnest of the ultimate reliance which may be placed on the principles of good Order in our Country. As...