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The Retirement of a general Officer, possessing the Confidence of his Country & the Army; at so critical a Period, appears to me to be big with fatal Consequences both to the Publick Cause, & his own Reputation. While it is unexecuted, I think it my Duty to make this last Effort to prevent it; & after suggesting those Reasons which occur to me against your Resignation, your own Virtue, & good...
I am much obliged to you for two Letters one by the Committee: the other dated Novr. 1. The subject of the first is not yet determined in Congress, but I have no doubt your Desires will be complied with. As soon as I received the last I waited on Dr. Morgan and shewed your Letter, together with one from Mr. Gordon and a very sensible one from Dr. Hayward relative to the same subject. Mr....
I recollect that when you were here last, you spoke to me in behalf of some Captn who was desirous of raising a Company, and taking the chance of a Vacancy. The answer I then gave I am not positive, but think I rather declind accepting the offer—upon reflecting more maturely on the matter I am clearly against it—because I am satisfied that if one person is indulged in an application of this...
The Congress, have determined to send you to Canada. They have advanced you one Step, by making you a Major General, and have made an handsome Establishment for a Table. Your Friends the Delegates from your native Province were much embarrassed, between a Desire to have you promoted and placed in so honourable a Command, on the one Hand, and a Reluctance at loosing your Services at Roxbury or...
I am to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of the 7th Instt and cannot but express my Concern at the great deficiency of the Regiments destin’d for Canada, but as I am sensible of the necessity of having a respectable body of Troops in that Country, I am now preparing to send you four of the strongest Regiments in the Service and you may rely upon it, no time shall be lost in getting them...
I received your favor of the 8 Instant with Its Inclosures, confirming the melancholy Intelligence I had before heard of your having been Obliged to raise the Seige of Quebec & to make a precipitate retreat, with the loss of the Cannon in the Batteaus & Interception of the powder going from Genl Schuyler. This unfortunate Affair has given a sad shock to our Schemes in that quarter and blasted...
General Washington presents his Compliments to Doctr Thomas requests the favour of his Company at dinner to morrow 3 oClock. NNebgGW .
Received of John Thomas by the hands of John Laurence Twenty seven pounds for damages in the above suit and Twenty six pounds for Costs. ADS , New-York Historical Society, New York City. Thomas had served or was serving as sheriff of Westchester County, New York. After resigning as judge advocate of the Continental Army in 1782, Laurance resumed the practice of law in New York City. Peter and...
I think it necessary to apprise you that in my opinion you will not be safe in taking paper money on Executions without the consent of the parties: and in those which I have sent to you that consent I believe can not be obtained This is a matter however which I mention to you in confidence for your own safety. I would not wish to have much said about it, till you should be under a necessity of...
I recieved on the 14th. inst. your favor of Aug. 31. & I beg you to assure my fellow citizens of the Baptist church of New hope Meeting house that I learn with great satisfaction their approbation of the principles which have guided the present administration of the government. to cherish & maintain the rights and liberties of our citizens, & to ward from them the burthens, the miseries, & the...