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Middlebrook [ New Jersey ] May 4, 1779 . Reports that Major General John Sullivan is to command expedition against Six Nations. Orders Wadsworth to furnish Sullivan with suplies for the expedition. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Wadsworth was commissary general of purchases.
[ Middlebrook, New Jersey, May 25, 1779. ] Instructs Wadsworth to remove stores from sea coast and borders of navigable rivers. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
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.
[ West Point ] September 9, 1779 . Sends suggestions for placing “magazines necessary for our future operations.” Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Morristown [ New Jersey ] June 1, 1780 . Asks Wadsworth to use his influence with Governor Jonathan Trumbull to obtain aid requested. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
[ 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...
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...
[ New York, April 1, 1785. On April 7, 1785, Hamilton wrote to Jeremiah Wadsworth : “In mine to you of the first instant.” Letter not found. ]
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....
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...
[ 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 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...
The step lately taken by the Legislature of Pensylvania in repealing the act by which the government of that state had incorporated the Bank of North America has given rise to questions of a delicate and important nature. We observe with regret that the very existence of the Institution as a corporate body has by this proceeding been drawn into controversy: a circumstance which we consider in...
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 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....
[ 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. ]
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....
Mr Pomeroy has delivered me your Letter of the 4th Instant. It is doubtless of very great consequence to break up the Gang you mention; and expence for that purpose ought not to be spared. As you are at the source of information, may I request you to undertake the management of the business, and to furnish whatever money may be requisite for pursuing it with effect, drewing upon me for the...
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....
Persuaded that there was nothing better to be done with Mr Chaloner, I approve the arrangement you have made as far as Mr Church’s interest is concerned. Yrs with great regard ALS , Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford. During the American Revolution Wadsworth and John B. Church had formed a business partnership which had been dissolved in 1785. From the time of his retirement from the...
I am sorry to learn that a certain heresy makes a progress. But there must be a portion of nonsense in human affairs—I bear in mind my promise to you. Pray send me a Memorandum without delay of the payments which you h⟨ave⟩ made me on Account of Mr Church with their dates. I am forwarding him my account, and I want this memorandum to Check my entries. Yrs. sincerely ALS , Mr. Pierce W. Gaines,...
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...
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⟩ letting the residue be an indemnifi⟨cation...
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...
[ 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. ]
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.
Permit me to introduce to your acquaintance and recommend to your Civilities the bearer of this, Mr. Hoffman, our Atty General who goes to Connecticut on the question of the Connecticut Gore. He will wish to engage the assistance of one of your Lawyers; will you assist him with your advice? Yrs. Affectly ALS , Blumhaven Library and Gallery, Philadelphia. Wadsworth, a friend of H for many...
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...
I have lately received a line from you. I had been apprised of the machination to cheat us into Mr Burr but I have no apprehension of its success. My chief fear is that the attachment of our Eastern friends to Mr. Adams may prevent their voting for Pinckney likewise, & that some irregularity or accident may deprive us of Adams & let in Jefferson. Judge Tichener in passing through informed me...
This will be delivered to you by Mr. John Lytton a kinsman of mine. He was born to a handsome fortune—but adversity in Trade has ruined him, insomuch that he is under the necessity of endeavouring to protect himself from too severe creditors by taking whatever benefit the laws of Connecticut will allow him. As he is a worthy man (besides being my relation) I recommend him to your advice and...
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...
I stand extremely in need of a capable prudent and trust worthy man to aid me in capacity of Secretary. He must possess a clear comprehension and a perspicuous correct and neat Style. I wish the emoluments which the law allows me to offer were a more adequate inducement to such a character. They are only the pay and emoluments of a Captain in the Army—in other words forty dollars per month and...
I have received your letter of the 20. of November with its inclosure. I am pleased with the measure on the part of your state and shall embrace every proper opportunity of recommending its being met here with a spirit of accommodation. But I cannot foresee what will be the temper of the State upon the occasion. Yrs. with true esteem & regard ALS , Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford....
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 .
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 .
I have the pleasure of receiving your letter of the 26th. of April and with it the half barrel of Mess Pork. It is excellent. Nothing could have been more acceptable to me. It is an article I am particularly fond of—& the gift deserves additional value from the Giver . Receive my thanks & believe me always Yr. sincere & Affect friend ALS , Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford. Wadsworth, a...
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,...
[ Philadelphia, February 1, 1782. The description of this letter reads: “Alexander Hamilton, to Col. Wadsworth, begging the loan of one hundred pounds.” Letter not found. ] “Original Correspondence of Colonel Jeremiah Wadsworth of Hartford, Connecticut, Commissary General of the Continental Army.” Items offered for sale by William Todd (Jeremiah Wadsworth Papers, MS Division, New York Public...
Col Hamilton requests Col Wadsworth as often as convenient to make inquiry and take minutes of the circumstances relating to the navigation of different nations—the construction and quality of their ships with respect to bulk duration and expedition—the expence of materials construction & equipment—the number of men with which they are navigated—the wages to the seamen, subsistence &c., so as...
You will think me a sad delinquent and You will have reason. I plead guilty & crave the mercy of the Court. The two Credits of July 31. 1786 stand in my book as different 3500 } Dollars. This renders it less probable that they should sums— 3000 be one payment as you appear by your letter of the 24 of April 1791 to think possible. I have not on examination found any additional light. If none...
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...
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...
A Deputy Pay Master General for the Troops under my command is wanted—Is there a Captain or Subaltern in the 13 Regiment (Col Taylor’s) whom you can decidedly recommend for the appointment? You know the importance of this officer and the qualifications he ought to possess & I rely implicitly on your judgment & candour— Adieu My Dr Sir Yrs. Affecy PS Inclosed is a list of the officers. The...
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...
Morristown, 18 February 1777 . Encloses letters of recommendation for the commissary of the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment, Ephraim Blaine, who is “desirous of getting into the Commissary’s department: But as I do not choose to interfere in it, have sent him to you. If you want such a person, you will no doubt employ him.” LS , in George Johnston’s writing, NN : Washington Collection.
As the Stores at the head of Elke will by the removal of the Troops under Genl Smallwoods Command have no other protection than such as may be afforded by the Militia in that neighborhood—you are to have all the magazines of your Department transported without loss of time to the most convenient place for the purposes of the Army. I am &c. Df , in John Laurens’s writing, DLC:GW ; Varick...
You are immediately to appoint an active person in your department, for the purpose of collecting and taking possession of any provisions which the enemy may have left behind them in Philadelphia—as well as for making any other necessary arrangements there relative to your department—particular orders for which he will receive from Major General Arnold, who will command in the city. I am Sir...
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...
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...
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...