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You will be pleased to direct the issuing Commissary to the Troops under the command of Colo. Sheldon, to remove his Store to the House of Mr Rundle in C antits , for the greater convenience of supplying those Troops. I am Gentmn Yr most obt Servt MH .
Since my orders of the 2d March, directing the establishment of Magazines of provision upon the Susquehannah for three thousand Men, I find there is a probability that the number may be increased to four thousand five hundred—I therefore desire that you may take the most speedy measures to inform Colo. Blaine, or whoever may have the superintendance of the formation of those Magazines of this...
As I shall be obliged to weaken the post at Paramus, to strengthen those of the Highlands —you will be pleased to give immediate orders that no stores of your department or provisions, passing on the communication between this and Kings ferry make any unnecessary hault—or delay so as to give opportunity to the enemy for insult or surprise. And in case there should be any quantities of...
Inclosed you have Extracts of two letters from General Sullivan of the 6th and 7th instants. You will perceive by them, the state of his provision Magazine and his apprehensions from a failure of supplies. He seems determined if possible to keep open his communication with the Country below him—which, if he can effect, he will be enabled to draw further supplies should they be lodged at the...
Shortly after I came into Office I remember your having told me that Glauback (whom you represented as a worthless and ungrateful fellow) was indebted to General Greenes estate, I think for money lent him, and that it was your intention to endeavour to effect a purchase of his public claim; allowing him some part of it for his immediate necessities and letting the residue be an indemnification...
Morristown [ New Jersey ] June 4, 1779 . Asks Wadsworth to attend to Henry Champion’s letter and to join Army as soon as possible. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Before I left Town for Albany some time since, I requested Mr. Duer to mention to you, that I believed it would depend upon yourself to be President of the bank here. Since my coming to Town I find you are elected director; and I have no doubt you may be President if you please. I will be much obliged to you to let me know in confidence whether the appointment if made will be accepted. You may...
By a letter from Col. Hall to Genl Gist—who was left with his Regt to guard the stores at Middle Brook I find that magazines of provision are laying up there —as this is both contrary to my wish & orders I must beg you will let me know the reasons for establishing a magazine in that part of the Country or whether such a thing has actually been don, or is intended. I am Sir Yr Most Obet servt...
In your letter of the 14th instant in answer to my enquiries, I do not know whether you clearly understood my meaning and intention, As it is essential to the due execution of some plans, in contemplation, and to orders I am about to give, to have the following Questions solved with precision, I wish you to say. How much Flour and how much Salt Beef and pork you can lay in at Albany by the 1st...
A few days since I wrote you my opinion concerning the good policy of supporting faithfully Pinckney as well as Adams . The following extract of a letter from Mr. Wolcott of the 6th instant serves to confirm it— “The Fœderal Ticket is lost in this State. There are still hopes that Mr. Adams will be elected but nothing more. I hope Mr. Pinckney will be supported as the next best thing which can...
A press of business has prevented my replying sooner to your late letter on the subject of certain concerns between Mr. Church & yourself. Your arrangement with Governor Mifflin appears to me in every sense prudent and proper. It certainly will be adviseable by the additional loan you mention to Mr. Seymour to secure the debt he now owes to Mr. Church & yourself by a mortgage if one cannot be...
As it is represented to me by Doct. Craik that from the unavoidable necessity of sometimes placing the Hospitals where they cannot be supplied with provisions by the Issuing Commissarys agreeable to a Resolve of Congress; I am induced to desire you will take the proper steps to supply them whenever they may be so situated as to put it out of the power of the Issuing Commissary to do it. I am...
M rs Jay having been informed by a Gentleman who lately passed thro one of your Towns, (I think Wallingford) that good Silks were manufactured there, desires me to request the Favor of You, if [ illegible ] ^there be any for sale,^ to procure the ^a^ Pattern of a Gown and Petticoat, of some grave quaker Color, and send it to her. I am persuaded that the same motive which induces her to wish to...
Should a co-operation with the French fleet take place, it will be indispensible to our measures to have in stock a considerable quantity of good ship-bread, and a much larger quantity of rum than usual. You will however, and at all events, turn your immediate attention to these two objects; so as to have in readiness, and as soon as possible, such quantities of these articles, as from your...
[ Albany, April 27, 1795. On May 31, 1795, Wadsworth wrote to Hamilton : “Your favor of the 27 April came duly to hand.” Letter not found. ]
From some returns which have already come to me I am led to fear that smuggling has already began in some parts of our eastern extremity. I have under consideration the business of establishing Guard boats, and will be much obliged to you for you[r] ideas on this subject—the usefulness of the thing, the kind of boats the plan upon which they ought to be established and the probable expence....
If my Order of the 12th Inst. respecting the Magazine of Provisions at Fort Pitt did not explicitly declare that the Quantity there directed to be laid up by the first of May is to be over & above the necessary Supplies for the Troops in that Quarter, I now inform you that this was my meaning—& I have further to desire that you will form a Magazine under like Circumstances and for the same...
I sent you some days since the statement of monies received by me on account of Mr Church & shall be glad to know it got safe to hand and has answered your purpose. It was as perfect as I could make it. Yrs truly ALS , Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford. John B. Church, an Englishman who had married Elizabeth Hamilton’s sister Angelica, and Wadsworth had been partners during the American...
There is some rum just brought to New Windsor the property of speculators, which his Excellency desires you would come down and press for the public use. I am Sir   your huml Servt Please to call first at Head Quarters. LS , Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford. Wadsworth was commissary general of purchases and a business partner of John B. Church, who was the husband of Angelica Schuyler,...
[ New York ] August 16, 1785 . On this date Hamilton witnessed a power of attorney from Greene to Wadsworth. DS , signed by Nathanael Greene and witnessed by H and Dirck Ten Broeck. Connecticut State Library, Hartford.
I perceive you are an elector. In this state we support unanimously John Adams and Thomas Pinckney; on the principle of taking a double chance against Jefferson , deeming it far more important that be shall not be the President than who of the two men, Adams and Pinckney, shall be the President. The Government and the national interests will be perfectly safe in the hands of either of these...
New York, March 25, 1801. Gives opinion concerning the right of Nathanael Greene’s executors to sell lands in his estate in New York State. ALS , The Sol Feinstone Collection, Library of the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia. For background to this letter, see Wadsworth to H, August 23, 1800 .
November 12. 1789 The above is a copy of a letter transmitted you some days since. I am just favoured with your’s of the 6th instant; and have informed Mr. Butler of the train in which the business has been put and referred him to you. I did not think it adviseable to take arrangements with him here, as I could not be certain, but that in consequence of my letter you would commence operations....
I find on perusing the papers that the account received by letter of a certain transaction was not accurate and though there was a very improper transacti⟨on⟩ several of the suggestions in a paper lately sent you are not correct. If not too late you will forbear to do with it as was intended. Yrs. ALS , Jeremiah Wadsworth Papers, Library of Congress. Letter not found.
In consequence of your alarming Letter of the 27th —I had determined to dispatch an Express this morning to Congress—with your representation of the state of our flour; but have delayed doing it on the report of Mr Harrison of a conversation which passed between you & him last night—with respect to our supplies of this Article. He has informed me that you expressed a wish that no measures...
I have just received the inclosed from Col. Hazen —I would recommend it to you to secure as much as possible of the produce of the upper parts of Connecticut river. It will be in a very convenient situation for any operation or for the use of the troops that will quarter this Winter upon the East side of Hudsons river. As Col. Hazens regiment is ordered away, your magazines must be formed so...
It is very probable the enemy may have it in view to hover along the southern coast and endeavour by sudden incursions to destroy our stores dispersed about in that quarter. I am therefore to request as they may otherwise have it in their power to do us a great deal of mischief, that your attention may be fully turned to this matter and that all the stores in your department at places...
Having already given you directions as to the preparations necessary in your department towards carrying on an expedition against the Indians of the six Nations —I am now to inform you that Major General Sullivan is appointed to the command, and to desire that you will comply with his immediate requisitions for every thing which falls under the providence of your department, so far as may be...
In mine to you of the first instant I informed you that the house of Samuel and Moses Myers of Amsterdam had stopped payment in consequence of which an assignment of property had there taken place for the benefit of the English and Dutch Creditors. How far this assignment will operate cannot now be determined; as we are not sufficiently acquainted with the circumstances. It happened the Mr....
I have reflected on the subject of our conversation respecting the property belonging to Mr. Church and yourself now in the City of Philadelphia and agree in opinion with you that it will be altogether adviseable to remove it from that place to this City or Connecticut or both, so as to have it more immediately under your eye. I would therefore by all means advise the step. I remain   Yr....
I desire you immediately to select Fifty of your best Bullocks, and give orders to have two hundred Sheep if to be procured and a parcel of poultry purchased in the most convenient part of the Country. They are intended as a present to the Count D’Estaing Admiral of the French Fleet now laying off Sandy Hook. You are to send them to the Coast as expeditiously as possible, and upon giving...
The inclosed is said to be the Copy of a letter circulating in your state. The history of its appearance among us is that it was sent by one Whitmore of Stratford, formerly in the Pay Master Generals Office to a James Reynold of this City. I am at a loss clearly to understand its object—and have some suspicion that it has been fabricated to excite jealousy against the Convention with a view to...
I have intended for some time to write to you on the subject of the bank of North America; but my absence from town and multiplied engagements have delayed my doing it. You of course know that the State of Pensylvania has repealed its act of incorporation. What do you intend to do or what would you advise to be done for Mr Church? To sell unless at a great disadvantage is not practicable. To...
Having received several representations of mal conduct in the Quarter Masters, and purchasing and issuing Commissaries at Coos I have determined, that the public and individuals may have justice done them, to direct Courts of Enquiry held upon the parties at this place. I have desired General Greene to summon General bailey who acts in his department, and you will be pleased to do the same by...
New York, May 8, 1801. Gives opinion on the conditions that the executors of Nathanael Greene’s estate wish to impose on the conveyance of his New York State lands. ALS , The Sol Feinstone Collection, Library of the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia. For information concerning the contents of this letter, see Wadsworth to H, August 23, 1800 ; H to Wadsworth, March 25, 1801 .
Having received information that there is a quantity of fat Cattle and Sheep in the district called Barbadoes neck —which by their situation are exceedingly exposed to the enemy, and are besides the property of persons disaffected to the United States—I hereby authorise you to take all such Cattle and Sheep as may not be absolutely necessary for the use of the families settled in that...
The importance of this post, and the fatal consequences which may result from its being left bare of Provisions are too obvious to need description. I therefore desire that every possible exertion may be used to get at least a months provisions before hand for the four brigades of Massachusetts bay which are to garrison it and its dependencies—Your endeavours after having accomplished this are...
The present unsettled State of the Commissary’s department in this quarter, makes me fearful, that unless some Measures are fallen upon to reconcile the jarring Interests of these who act, or pretend to act, under the Appointments of Colo. Trumbull, that the Army will in a little while want Supplies of every kind. When I ordered the Army to pass into Jersey, the last time, they were delayed...
I have received and thank you for the communications in your letter of the 1st instt. It has given me much satisfaction, to find that the letter I had written to my much lamented friend Genl Greene (respecting his affair with Captn Gun) had reached his hands. Had the case been otherwise, and he had harboured a suspicion of my inattention or neglect, the knowledge of it, would have given me...
You will immediately countermand the Orders You have given to transport flour to Connecticut River above No. 4 and let no provisions of any kind be forwarded to that Neighbourhood. You will also direct your deputy in that Quarter to take care that the provision already collected above No. 4 be so disposed of, as to be no object for the Enemy and safe from Embezzlement. I am Sir Your Most...
By the inclosed you will perceive that the troops at Rhode Island are in extreme distress for want of Flour. If a supply of that Article is not already upon the way, you will, I hope, take every measure to have it thrown in before the Roads are in a worse state than they are at present—As I have not Copies of the inclosed be pleased to take care of them & return them. I am Sir Yr most obt...
As I intend in a day or two to take lodgings for Mrs. Hamilton, I take the liberty to request you will do me the favour to procure and send me by the earliest opportunity a pound of good green tea & a dozen knives and forks such as you purchased for Mrs. Jacob Cuyler at Albany, for which I will thankfully send you the cost by the first conveyance. I am Dr. Sir truly   Yr. friend & servant The...
Since my return from Hartford I have made particular enquiry reflecting the Canadians who addressed a Petition to me while at that place; upon this investigation it appears that the Persons in question after being exchanged by the Enemy as Prisoners of War; were retaken in the Gulph of St Lawrence by some of our Cruizers, and ought to be detained as Prisoners until duly exchanged. I shall give...
[ New York, January 25, 1789. ] On February [5–28], 1789, Wadsworth wrote to Hamilton : “Your favor of the 25 Jany came in good time.” Letter not found. ]
[ Preakness, New Jersey, November 2, 1780. The description of this letter in the dealer’s catalogue states that the letter “mentions General Schuyler and refers to his leaving Albany to meet the Convention.” Letter not found. ] ALS , sold at Merwin Sales, January 18, 1911, Lot 122. Wadsworth had resigned as commissary general of purchases on January 1, 1780. This was a convention of eastern...
I inclose you the copy of a letter which I have this moment written to Mr Champion, that you may know what is done and make correspondent arrangements. Necessity seems to demand this measure. If your presence at this time is not essential at Philadelphia it will be infinitely useful with the Army. We have much to apprehend on the score of supplies—The crisis requires your utmost influence and...
I have duly recieved your favour of April 20. The exemption from the Droit d’Aubaine in the French West Indies, has been for some time past a subject of attention. As the National assembly were abolishing it in France for all nations, I desired our Chargé des affaires there to see that the decree should be extended to all the dominions of France. His letters assure me that it will be done, so...
I regretted much, that I did not find you here. I know you have seen the late publications, in which the affair of Reynold’s is revived. I should have taken no notice of them had not the names of Mughlenberg Monroe & Venable given them an artificial importance. But I thought under this circumstance, I could not but attend to them. The affair has so turned that I am obliged to publish every...
On the 15th instant I inclosed you an extract of a letter from General Sullivan requesting that a further supply of provision might be lodged at some secure place in his rear, from whence it might be drawn occasionally—I have this day received a letter from him of the 20th Extract of which I also inclose you. You will perceive by that, that he wishes a supply may be lodged at Wyoming against...
I have been favored with Your Letters of the 19th and 20th Instant. General Beville having made the tour from Rhode Island to Camp, and back again on different routes; and having taken every precaution, to obtain an accurate knowledge of the Country and Roads, will be able to advise and settle with the Commanding Officer of the french Army, which will be the most convenient route for the march...