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Permit me to congratulate your Excellency on the safe arrival of the Ship Flamond at Portsmouth in 75 days passage from Marseilles having on board for the service of the United States, besides a General Officer, 48 peices of brass Cannon 4 pdrs with Carriages compleat. 19 nine Inch Morters, 2500 Bombs 9 Inch. 2000–4 pd Ball. a number of intrenching Tools, 3000 Fusees, 1110 of another Quality...
Since I had the honor to address your Excellency under this days date, the British Fleet have appeared off this place to the number of Sixteen or eighteen Sail. A Gentleman has just arrived here from Salem, who brings an account of the arrival of the Continental Ship Alliance at Boston, and many other particulars of news. He has also brought a Boston News Paper of the 17th instant, which I...
I send herewith a Capt. Coles of the Militia lately taken from Long Island, by the letters I take the Liberty to enclose your Excellency will observe, that it is wished he may be exchanged for One of the Captains lately taken from us by the Enemy. I also send a deserter with his arms who left Verplanks Point on Tuesday. In a Letter which I received the last evening from Major Talmage he...
Yesterday at half past 9 oClo: A.M. I recieved your orders to march for Pecks kill, at twelve the Division began their march, Marched 15 Miles & Halted. at three this Morning pursued the march reach’d Pecks kill at half past 3 P.M. On my arrival I found Genl Howe had sent off his Cannon & his Division was fileing off towards the Highlands the Enemy appear’d to be advancing in force near the...
As the season is growing cold and the men beginning to build chimneys in their Tents, I have thought it best, as it respects the comfort of the Troops, œconomy in Fuel and preservation of the tents, to put the troops in quarters—I have cantoned them as follows—the artillery where they were the last year. The New jersey Brigade in the great Barrack—this Brigade assigned to the defence of Fort...
The Detachment ordered to be made & held in readiness to march have been compleatly ready for this day or two, & from the general representation of the Officers a very good temper is every where predominant among the men there is but little said by them, but the Officers are of opinion, that they will chearfully obey any orders that are given. I mentioned in mine of the 13th that six companies...
I will thank you for a copy of the instructions given to major-general McDougdale when you assigned him to the command of Westpoint, if any of a particular nature were given—and for information, of any powers more than usual in similar cases have been delegated to him. I am sorry to trouble your Excellency with this request, but am constrained to do it, and beg your answer as may be...
I was this morning honored with yours of the 28th. I have written to captain Pray to observe a conduct conformably to your Excellency’s instructions in all cases respecting flags and persons going to, or coming from the enemy’s lines, without the least deviation. I have not been able to obtain any intelligence or papers since those I sent last—have been expecting some for several days—am as...
The enclosed was sent me this morning. I beg leave to lay them before your Excellency and to request your indulgence in behalf of the Petitioner, & that a furlough may be granted him. I have the honor to be With the greatest respect Your Excellencys most Obedient Servant DLC : Papers of George Washington. I am peinfully sensibel of the ma n ifest impropriety of a Soldiers applying for leave of...
Finding it impracticable for the Troops of the Convention to begin their march the Day after to morrow, as was intended, I am this moment obliged to defer it until Saturday morning when I hope every thing will be in readiness. Inclosed is a request made by Brigadier General Hamilton. I have consented to the Officers, Sick &c. mentioned in the Letter, remaining here until your Excellency’s...
The inclosed from captain Pray came to hand a few minutes since with the two New-York papers. The serjeant who was the bearer of the letter acquaints me that after he left captain Pray he was informed that a party of refugees landed early this morning at Haverstraw and took several militia men, and then reimbarked. Probably this manoeuvre is a feint to cover a design somewhere else on the...
Enclosed are some proceedings of general Court Martial. I have passed upon all of them but the one on Ensign Corey, which is submited to your Excellency. Enclosed is also a request from Captain Sumner for leave of absence; he applied for leave of absence in the month of Feby, but being a material evidence in the tryal of Major General McDougall, he would not be indulged. I am therefore...
The enclosed I detained a day or two Since out of a number of Letters Submitted to me for inspection, intended for New York by a flag. The Letter is undoubtedly from Mr Bostwick the commissary of forage at Fish kill, and it’s contents on the face of the Letter innocent but on the other side seems to be a mistery which I cannot develope I think the writing on the other side was wrote by the...
I have received the honor of yours of the 6th instant; and have given orders for the Artificers at Springfield to be cloath’d, agreeable to your direction. This moment the Continental sloop of war, commanded by Capn John Rathburn arrived in this Port from a cruise, and gives the inclosed intelligence —Whether this fleet was from Europe, and what is calld the Glasgow fleet —or whether they were...
By the last post I was honored with yours of the 28th ultimo, and two of the 4th instant. The mode proposed for supplying the officers with clothing, is to some of them agreeable, to others disagreeable—on which side the majority lays, I am at loss to determine. Necessity will probably oblige many to accept the offer. They have for a long time been expecting some relief of money—they are as...
I most Heartily Congratulate Your Excellency on the Safe arrival of the ship Amphitrite, at Portsmouth from L’Orient in France, with a most Vallueable Cargo for the United States Manifest of which will be Handed to you by mr Champney the Express. I am Pushing off the Troops with all Possible dispatch to the Places of Destination, A Second Detachment from Colo. Cranes Battalion of artillery...
I am this evening honored with yours of the 16th. I will direct that Major Reid be brought to tryal on thursday, and if the necessary Evidence for compleating the tryal cannot then be produced, and the Court should think proper to postpone the tryal; I will further direct that more rigid Confinement, than is common shall not be exercised. I shall observe your directions respecting Joshua...
The Scarcity of Forage in this quarter is become So great that the Troops must either move or the Horses be Sent out into the Country. The feed that was in the meadows has been the principal support of the Horses for Some time, and a great Saving to the Public. It is now nearly gone, and altho’ there is a considerable quantity of Forage in the hands of the Farmers it cannot be obtain’d. By a...
The enclosed was put into my hand by Major John Porter, the D.A.G. at this post, who appears very desireous to make an attempt, to surprise, and take, the Hessian General at Morriss House, as your Excellency is much better acquainted with the Situation, and probably the prospect of Success, than I can be, I wish your Opinion, and pleasure on the matter. Major Porter appears pretty Sanguine...
The last evening I was honored with yours of the 1st instant. I am happy to hear your prospect continued favorable. I have just received intelligence from New York of the 13th instant, which I think may be depended on, as follows. "As to the fleet now fit for service in New York, you may depend on their being 23 sail of the line, and the Prince William and Torbay from Jamaica, the one a 64 and...
I was honored with yours of the 5th a few hours since that of the 31st Ultimo, not ’til this moment where the latter has been I cannot tell. it’s delay has been the cause of my troubling you more than once on one subject. I shall take immediate measures for the security of Colo. Koseiuszko’s chest: it shall be lodged at my own quarters. Preparations are making for taking up the chain. at...
Major General Howe is this moment return’d from the Village and informs me that just before he came away the officer of the Guard acquainted him that five Topsail Vessells had come up to Pecks kill & that he (the General) Saw one himself. the others were behind a Hill. General Nixon had gone out to reconnoitre them. A report has not yet transpired. I have order’d the Troops to lay on their...
The cloathing issued to the troops a few days before your Excellencys departure from West Point was by no means adequate to the pressing wants and necessities of the troops in general. Since the season has become more severe; at this Post those who then were and still are destitute suffer excedingly. The men are constantly complaining to their Officers and they to me, and the service injured...
I request to be informed if it is your Excellency’s pleasure that the detachment under the command of Major Throop should still be continued at Ringwood, or be called in. In yours of the 14. ulto you was pleased to consent to Major Bauman’s trying some experiments in Gunnery, but advised a delay at that time. Shall they be tried now, when the weather is suitable? Enclosed is a return of...
This will be handed to your Excellency by Mr Francis, a french Merchant belonging to the House from which we have received our ample Supply of Ordnance, Ordnance Stores, Fire Arms &c. He is come over to secure his Remittances, and will I am confident receive that respect from our Countrymen that his assistance afforded at a time of need justly merit. Part of the Cannon and Stores which arrived...
I Send up John Waters a Deserter from the 71st Regt who was this moment Sent to me, with his arms & accoutrements. waters informs me that the talk among the Troops was that the British army would move towards New London in order to draw our Troops from this Quarter, when they would return Suddenly and Seize the Fort—waters also reports that their Troops have had a Drubbing in Carolina. I have...
Ever Since my arrival at New york I have considered this Post to be the Key of the Island, and Consequently of great Importance[.] Its Importance at this Time is apparently Enhanced, And much more is necessary to be Done than we Can Possibly Do with our few Scattered Troops, General Clintons five Regiments Consist of near 1400 Rank and file fit for Duty Two Hundred of that number are on...
It was not untill the last evening that I received the honor of yours of the 26th Ultimo, which has relieved me from no Small embarrassments arising from apprehensions, lest from my conduct, I had in some degree forfeited the friendship of one whose approbation to merit is my ambition. I shall be ready with the greatest cheerfullness to join the Army by the time mentioned in your Excellencys...
A few days since the Board of War offered me about forty Swords, designed for the Enemy’s Light Horse, taken by one of the State Armed Vessels. Capt. Crafts, being here and informing me that some of the Regiments, in particular Colo. Blands, were not completely furnished with that necessary weapon, and these being excellent good ones, I have ventured to purchase them, and shall immediately...
The enclosed is paragraph of a letter which I received the last Evening from Colonel Mead at Horse neck —From what I can learn this would have been a very pretty affair, had not folly & imprudence Stain’d the retreat. The men loitering behind on their return as is commonly the case with this Sort of troops were pursued and overtaken by about 20 Horse who cut and Slashed many of them in a...