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By the last Alexandria Post I had the Honour to receive Your Excellency’s Letter of the 8th of November, Inclosing your Circular Letter of the 31st of October. I am truly Sorry Your Excellency Declines the Presidency of The Cincinnati, as I conceive your continuing at the Head of the Society, indispensibly necessary to the Support of The Order. The very high consideration and Respect, in which...
Believe me Sir were I in Health fit to attend the Committee this Evening I would on no account fail to do it but I feel I must go to bed instead of going to Mans. You are so perfectly Master of the Business, that my Assent to your Opinions is all I have to say upon the Subject; this you may be sure of having, whenever that is called for—when a Vote must Decide, I will get a Coach, & come at...
I would beg leave to represent to Your Excellency, that Mr William Clajon was my Secretary early in 1776—and that on the 9th of January 1777 Congress confirmed this Appointment, and added to it—that of Interpreter for the Northern Department. In this situation he has continued ’till now, without any military Rank. Like other public Officers he has claims upon the attention of the Public; and,...
Report of The Board of Genl Officers, to The Commander in Chiefs Question contained in Major Walkers Letter on The other side. The Board are “Unanimously” of Opinion that an Officer Suspended Generally, is so, from Command, Pay, and all other Emoluments; and not under Military Controul during The Time of such Suspension Reports of a Board of General Officers held 16th Febry 1783 Cantonment of...
I have just now received the inclosed letter from General Putnam,—as I am not directed to grant furloughs to Officers of his rank—I take the liberty to refer his request to Your Excellency; and as I think it would be presumption in me, I shall not offer my opinion of the merit of his petition—being fully satisfied with whatever your Excellency shall please to order thereupon—with very Great...
After paying all due respect to your Excellency’s order of the 17th Ultimo, and after having heard and examined, what the parties had to alledge in support of their claim to be posted to the lieutenant colonelcies of the fourth and Sixth Massachusetts regiments vacated by the appointments of Lieut. Colonels Millen and Cobbe to be Lieut. Colonels commandant of the Third and fifth regiments of...
Agreeable to Your Excellency’s Orders, we the undersigned met at Ellisons, and took into consideration that part of The Memorial presented to Your Excellency by Brigadr General Hazen, & a number of officers of his Regiment, wherein they set forth, that by the partiallity of the Judge advocate, Mr Edwards in Conducting the Proceedings of a General Court Martial lately Assembled for the Trial of...
Agreeable to Your Excellency’s approbation of Doctor Evans’s proposal for erecting a public building communicated in the general orders of the 25th instant—The commanding officers of brigades, and regiments, assembled at my quarters, on friday last-- and directed a committee from their body, to fix upon a proper place for the Scite thereof, and to report on monday; when the officers were...
I am sorry to find myself obliged to acquaint Your Excellency that there is not, as yet, any Winter Quarter appointed for me and my family. When I last parted with Your Excellency, I went to the Quarter Master General, who told me, there were some persons to remove—a Guard Room to be built—and a Stable to be repaired, before I could be accommodated, at Justice Nichols’—at Ellison’s he said,...
General Lincoln has in his letter of yesterday acquainted me that it is your Excellencys desire to know, if I wish to take Command in the Army this Campaign. I beg your Excellency to believe that I am always ready to Obey your Commands, and shall be most happy when I can execute them to your satisfaction; I have but to entreat, that no attention to me, or my Rank , may interfere, or break in,...
Upon Your Excellencys return to Philadelphia, Colonel Tilghman acquainted Mr Clajon, that you had wrote to me in Virginia—as I have not received any acknowledgement of the Receipt of either of my Letters to Your Excellency of the 22th of May, & 7th of October Last, I should be wanting to myself not to acquaint you therewith; The Season has been such, that we have not received any Letters or...
The Secrecy & Expedition of Your Excellencys movement from the North River, defeated my Wish to have paid you my Compliments in person upon your Route, as I never knew of your being upon the March, until you had passed Alexandria—in this remote Corner, we seldom see a News paper, & though we ought to have a post once a Fortnight we are in that often disappointed. I hope your Excellency...
I have been Honoured with your Letter of the 12th Inst. declaring to me that no charges having been brought against me before your Excellency, The Court of Inquiry into my Conduct could proceed upon no other principls in the Military Way, than the Resolves of Congress of the 5th of October last. Having been informed, that Congress had no Charges against me, I transmitted to them by the...
The last Letter I had the Honour to write Your Excellency was from Berkeley in Virginia the 15th of January. I wish it was discovered by what Artifice your Dispatches of the 8th of October were detain’d Sixty Four days with Evident Marks of their having been open’d before they reach’d me, as I already mention’d in my last Letter; The Injuries which the Public, as well as myself may have...
The 2d of last month General Greene presented me your Excellency’s Letter of the 22d of October—and upon the 10th following, Capt. Hughes of the First Regt of Dragoons, delivered me that of the 8th of October from Pasaice falls—he said it was given him by one of the Staff Department who had picked it up upon the road—it had evident marks of having been opened by the way. By General Green’s...
Inclosed I have the Honor to send your Excellency the particular Returns of the several Continental Corps serving in this Department—from thence, I have the Satisfaction to find, that the Loss in the Action near Camden, is by no Means so considerable; as I had so much Reason to apprehend. I dispatched a Letter the 9th Inst. to Governor Jefferson, containing Intelligence of a particular Sort,...
I had the Day before Yesterday the Honor to receive your Excellency’s Letter, dated the 8th August from Orange Town—It gave me infinite Satisfaction to find, you had baffled Sir Harry Clinton’s Designs, and was to all Appearance in so prosperous a Situation—Heaven grant you the greatest Honor and Success—As to the Situation of Affairs here, since my last Letter to Your Excellency of the 30th...
My public Letter to Congress, has surely been transmitted to Your Excellency. Since then, I have been able to collect authentic Returns of the Kill’d Wounded and Missing of the Officers of the Maryland Line, Delawar Regt Artillerists, and those of the Legion under Colo. Armand, they are inclosed—The Militia broke so early in the Day, and scattered in so many Directions, upon their Retreat;...
Congress have doubtless acquainted Your Excellency with Their having sent me Orders to take Command of the Southern Department, and to proceed immediately to petersbourg. as all appearances from that Quarter are exceeding Gloomy, I could wish Your Excellency would somewhat Brighten the Scene, by indulging me in my request, to Obtain Colonel Kuscuiusco for my Chief Engineer. His Services with...
I have this moment received Your Excellencys Letter dated the 13th Instant. I shall immediately Give Orders for all the Troops (Col: Greens Exceptted) to March tomorrow morning for peeks-Kill, I have this minute acquainted The Commanding Officer of Col. Green’s Regiment that His Corps, is to return to providence. I am apprehensive they have not The means of moving the Stores, & the park of...
In Obedience to the Orders contain’d in Your Excellencys Letters of the First, & Second Instant, I march’d the whole of the Continental Troops from the State of Rhode Island; and arrived Yesterday morning, with the First Division, consisting of a Detachment of Col. Cranes Artillery, with Two Six pounders, Col. Livingstones, Col: Jacksons, & Col: Webbs Regiments, at Hartford. The Second...
Thursday Night I had the Honour to receive Your Excellencys Letter of the First Instant and immediately gave Orders for moving the Continental Troops over the Bay to Greenwich, but the Weather proving so very Stormy the whole day, that could not be Effected before Saturday Evening; I came myself that Night to providence, and Gave Orders for Jacksons Regiment, Station’d here, to March this...
After taking an Exact View of The Works The Enemy Erected, to The Northward, & Eastward of Newport, I find it will be a much Heavier piece of Labour to Destroy them, than I immagined when I first wrote to Your Excellency. I have therefore earnestly Sollicited The Governour, & his Council, to give me such Assistance as the State can be prevailed on to Affored, toward Effecting the Destruction...
Letter not found: from Maj. Gen. Horatio Gates, 27 Oct. 1779 . GW wrote Gates on 2 Nov.: “I received your favor of the 27th Ulto.”
My intelligence from all Quarters, & Reports from all Stations, Announce the Enemy are preparing to Evacuate Newport; Monday, or Tuesday, it is imagined they will take their Departure; a Deserter from the 22nd Regt Mortally Wounded, but rescued by a party of Our Soldiers, declares the whole of The Troops now on Rhode-Island, are Bound to the West Indies; this may be, but I believe they will...
I have the Honor to send Your Excellency a Letter I received Yesterday from Lieut: Colonel Olney. The intelligence it contains, is strongly marked with The Enemy’s intention to evacuate Rhode-Island. I am endeavouring by all possible means to discover if that be their real design. I have the best look out, as well upon the water, as the Land; and have even some Friends upon the Island, who...
An Express from Brigr General Cornell, has just delivered me the inclosed Letters. Every means are taking, to know whether The Fleet therein mentioned, are our Friends, or Enemies: The instant that can be determined with precision, I shall dispatch another Express to Your Excelly. This goes from hence by him who brought Your Letters of the third Instant; my Letter in Answer thereto, went from...
At Eight last Night I had the Honour to receive Your Excellency’s Letters of the Second, and Third Instant—From the moment I First immagined The Fleet of France to be upon Our Coast, I anticipated every Wish of Your Excellency in my preparations to be in the utmost readyness to Act with The Troops in This Department as Your Orders might require—Boats, I have enough, to Transport Our whole...
Your Excellency will find in this Packet, the Proceedings of a General Court-Martial held at Providence, upon the Trial of John Millimon, a Soldier in Colonel Angell’s Regiment, sentenced to be shot for Mutiny. I have hitherto suspended the Execution, for the undermentioned Reasons, and upon sundry Petitions and Applications, particularly upon one from his Excellency the Governor, and a...
I have the Honour to inclose for Your Excellency’s Determination, a petition I have just received from the Canadian Soldiers in Col: James Livingston’s Regiment. Baron Stuben assured me, he would make such Report of that Regiment to your Excellency, as would induce some orders to be taken thereupon, the most Beneficial to the public Service; at present they are a very unprofitable Corps to the...
Inclosed are Copies of Two Letters which I received Yesterday from some British Officers lately taken & Carried to Boston; I have consented to Their remaining at Cambridge, until Your Excellency’s further pleasure concerning them is declared; I could wish Major Gardner might be Exchanged, as I am satisfied he means to go immediately to Europe; and that his Debilitated Constitution will not...
I have the Honour to send Your Excellency, a Request of the Officers of Col: Webb’s Regiment; Also a Letter I received Yesterday from Lieutt Edwards, who has my directions to take Charge of The prisoners at—Rutland. I understand Major Mersereau’s Wife was in His Absence from Boston last Winter, Wheedled away by an Officer of The Convention Troops; I suppose the Major is gone to Virginia, in...
I have the Honour to acknowledge the Receipt of your Excellency’s Letters of the 17th and 24th of last Month. It is not in my power to give Your Excellency any Official Information respecting the penobscot Expedition, having never been Concern’d in, nor even consulted upon, that Unfortunate Undertaking—I hear from persons who were there, and have returned to this Town, one of whom was an...
Letter not found : from Horatio Gates, 5 Sept. 1779. On 14 Sept., GW wrote Gates: “I have been favd with yours of the 5th.”
Letter not found : from Horatio Gates, 13 Aug. 1779. On 24 Aug., GW wrote Gates: “I have been duly favored with your letter of the 13th inst.”
Letter not found : from Horatio Gates, 11 Aug. 1779. On 17 Aug., GW wrote Gates: “I have recd your favr of the 11th instant.”
Last Night the inclosed Letter, & paper of Intelligence, came to my Hands from the Council of The State of Massachusetts Bay; at their Request I forward it immediately by Express to Your Excellency — The informant being an Enemy, ought to be believed with Caution, indeed there are circumstances which induce me to think His Intelligence is by no means to be dispised, in the Main, I am inclined...
I have within this Half Hour received the inclosed papers, and Letters, from Colonel Cheever, Colonel Mason, and the Officer Guarding the Arsenal at Springfield. Since my being Commanded to This Department, I have not given any Orders with Regard to the post at Springfield, lest my directions should Clash with those given by Your Excellency, or General Knox; I well know Ordnance Affairs are...
I had the Honour to receive Your Excellency’s Letters of the 27th & 30th Ulto, by One and the same Express. In Obedience to Your Commands contained in the Letter of the 30th, I immediately Ordered General Glover with his Brigade to March for Fish-Kill. They left Providence this Morning Early. Inclosed are the Directions I have given General Glover, with the Route by which he is to March...
I am this moment informed, by the inclosed reports, from Brigr General Cornell, who Commands at Tiverton; and Colo. Christopher Greene, who Commands at Greenwich; That a Fleet of The Enemy’s Sailed this Morning from Newport. By the best Intelligence I can obtain, they have on board, the 54th British—the Landgraves German, and Colo. Fanning’s Tory Regiments, with a Detachment of Artillerists....
Fryday Evening I had the Honour to receive Your Excellency’s Letters of the 11th, & 13th of this Month. When I took the Liberty to Suggest that a Glorious Opportunity presented itself for Attacking New York, I conceived the Detachments The Enemys General had made from thence, during his Winter Quarters, was much Greater than from Your Excellencys better information I was well warranted to...
In Obedience to Your Excellency’s Commands of the 26th Ulto, I immediately forwarded The inclosed Letter to General Heath; His Answer went from hence Yesterday forenoon by the Express who was The Bearer of Your Excellency’s packets; Lieutenant Castaing wrote by the same Express to General Du portail, to acquaint The General, of his intention to repair to Head Quarters the instant he is able to...
The Deputy Q. M. General in This Department, Colonel Bowen, who was Absent in the Country upon the Duty of his Station when the Express arrived from Head Quarters, sent me late last Night Your Excellencys Letter of the 21st Instant, it being inclosed in His packet from General Green. As it will now be too late for any of the Army with your Excellency, to Disappoint the Enemys immediate Views...
At Eight O’Clock last Night, I had the Honour to receive Your Excellency’s Letter of (Blank) day of May 1779, by Fredrick Deitz, who says he left Middle Brook Saturday Sen’night. The Letters from the President of the Congress, to the Councils of Massachusetts, & New Hampshire, were immediately forwarded. The Effect of all my former Applications to the three Neighbouring States is as Follows;...
I am sorry to be Obliged to acquaint Your Excellency with the great Distress of the public Af⟨fairs⟩ in this Department; First for want of Bread, & next for want of Money to pay the Troops, who have now more than Six Months Arrears due to them. The Arrival of some Flour lately has relieved us in a degree from the Complaints occasion’d by the total want of that article, but not before three...
Yesterday evening the Bearer put into my Hands Your Excellencys Letters of the 12th, and 17th Instant; I shall immediately Order General Glovers Brigade to be in readyness to March at the shortest Notice; unfortunately for our Safety, your Excellency is as much deceived, as I am disappointed, in the Numbers expected to be rais’d for the defence of this State; Neither Providence, Massachusetts,...
As nothing Material has happened in this Department since General Glover wrote last to Your Excellency. I have not thought it necessary to dispatch an Express to Head Quarters. this, now returning thither, gives me an Opportunity of acquainting Your Excellency, that The Troops are uneasy for want of Their pay, being upwards five Months in Arrear; The paymaster Generals Deputy has been gone to...
Since I had the Honour to write Your Excellency my Letter of this morning I have received the inclosed intelligence from Canada and Rhode-Island. By a Letter the Issuing Commissary has this moment received from Mr Colt, There is hopes the Supply of Flour will be continued; Though we have only Twenty Barrells in Store at present I cannot persuade myself there has been any Natural Scarcity of...
I have the Honour to send your Excellency the inclosed Letter from The Major of The British 62d Regiment of Foot, as His Regiment are prisoners in Virginia, it is not improbable but Your Excellency may Grant his request, when I assure you Sir, that his Conduct here, has been, not only irreproachable, but perfectly praise worthy. the particular circumstances of his Lady, & Family, will I am...
By return of the Express who carried Your Excellencys letters to General Sullivan, I received the following Answer to my Letter to Him by That conveyance; “I shall immediately write to General Washington, his Answer may perhaps enable me to determine whether I shall undertake The Expedition, or not:” in consequence of This Answer, I remain here, until I know the result of Your Excellencys...