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I have obtained from colonel Varick copy of a paper respecting challenges of members of courts-martial, but it is not conclusive—and colonel Varick informs me, that after searching and researching, he cannot yet find any other. By the paper he has sent me, it appears a council of general officers were convened at Middle Brook the first of June 1779, when your Excellency was present and stated...
The foregoing was some Days since, handed to me, I believe Capt. Tuckerman has been a dilligent and faithfull Officer, and apprehend all the Facts stated by him are true, I therefore beg leave to recommend him to your Excellency notice. I have the honor to be with the greatest respect your Excellencys most Obedient Servant DLC : Papers of George Washington. Permit me to lay before your honor...
The Enemy’s Fleet which visited and destroyed a considerable part of Bedford on the 5th & 6th Instant are now between Martha’s Vineyard and Falmouth, (Cape Cod) —it is this Day reported that their number is increased to Seventy Sail, and that they have made a demand on the Inhabitants of the Island for 300 Head of Cattle & 10000 Sheep. I think the Enemy are meditating mischief this way, indeed...
I am just honored with yours of the 8th Instant. I am exceedingly Sorry to hear of the defeat of the Southern army. I fear it will enable the Enemy to extend their conquests in that quarter, or feeling themselves secure there they will withdraw a considerable part of their force to act elsewhere—either against the Army under your immediate command, or embolden them to make an attempt on the...
With mine of the 22d I had the honor to forward the returns of the regiments in quarters here as called for in yours of the 8th. I have since received returns from the New Jersey regiments and invalids. Those from the New Hampshire line, New York line, and Sheldon’s regiment are not yet come to hand—as soon as I receive them they shall be forwarded. Some time the last winter your Excellency...
The day before yesterday I received a letter from Peter Colt Esqr. A.C.G. of Purchases of which the enclosd is a copy The provissions in our Magazines are by no means very considerable; but finding Mr Colt so pressing, and not knowing but the most fatal consequences might take place if salted provisions were not sent on, I immediately gave orders for Six Hundred Barrels of pork and four...
I was yesterday honored with yours of the 25th. Altho’ my conduct and Command may not have been without many errors and imperfections, a consciousness of the rectitude of my intentions, have rendered me very indifferant to any charges which have been devising against me. I feel most Sensibly your Excellency’s attention and kindness, in the Offer of leave to visit my Family, however Strong my...
The enclosed packet from Sir Guy Carlton came to hand the last evening. I also take the liberty to enclose a letter from captain Pray and some papers sent up by him. The British officers, their servants and baggage are now waiting at Dobbs ferry. Conceiving the granting of flags to be the sole right of the commander in chief, I dare not give one until your pleasure is known, which I request by...
Mr Deane Brother to the Hon. Silas Deane Esqr. being on his way to Congress Charged with Dispatches of the most Happy & Interesting nature to the United States of america and being anxious to proceed Immediately I have not Time to write Save to Congratulate your Excellency on the Court of France having acknowledged the Independence of these United States and having entered into Two Treaties...
I have received the Honor of yours of the 16th & 18th Instant. I have the Pleasure to acquaint your Excellency that on the 19th Instant a Detachment of our Troops Consisting Partly of Continental Troops and Partly of the Militia of Orange and Ulster Counties, having marched Down to the English Neighbourhood in the night Deceived the Sentinel and Surprised the Out Guard of Colonel Buskirks...
The enclosed proceedings of the Brigade Court martial appointed by Colo. Commandant Greene, came to hand since writing my other letter of this date. I forward one Charles Simpson, a Groom to Colo. Gunning, of the 82 British Regt who has, (as he saies) deserted from his Colonel with a Saddle Horse, he can relate many particulars respecting the Situation of the Enemy, mentions that the...
Enclosed is a Letter Genl Huntington has requested me to forward. I had ordered the Two Connecticut Brigades to Cross the River and encamp near Stony Point agreable to your Instruction of the 16th The First Brigade was to pass this Day the Second to morrow. Genl Parsons Just now informs me that He received Instructions from your Excellency the last Evening to move over the Waggons and Heavy...
I have received the honor of yours of the 23d Ulto and most heartily congratulate your Excellency on the fair prospect of your soon driving the Enemy from the Jersies, and hope your next will communicate such Intelligence, I think General Howes late advancing his Army in order to facilitate & secure the safe removal of his Baggage and Stores from Brunswick may be considered as one of his best...
Enclosed I have the honor to report to your excellency the returns of the regiments of infantry in the Massachusetts line of the army, which have been made conformably to the general order of yesterday. The 8. regiment is doing duty on the lines—notice has been given to the regiment, but return is not yet received. The regiments of the line are so nearly equal, that it is almost certain the 8....
General Glover and Colo. Pickering being waiting to proceed on their Journey to the Army, I have only time to acknowledge the honor of yours of the 23d Ulto, and beg leave to inform your Excellency, that notwithstanding the Distresses of the Soldiery sent from this State to Peekskill for want of Cloathing, and an Officer from each Regiment Stationed there having come here to procure it. It...
I am just honored with yours of the 10th enclosing duplicate of yours of the 28th ultimo. that letter came to hand by post but was a long time coming. I executed one of the culprits who was under sentence of death for desertion, and pardoned the other three. Colonel Green’s Regiment will march on with their old arms; but the Colonel assures me many of them are very unfit for actual service. We...
The last evening I received intelligence that the fleet which have for some time been in the harbor of New York with a body of troops embarked, fell down to the Hook last Saturday. It is said, all the heavy cannon on the grand battery were taken on board—The troops have their baggage with them. I cannot yet ascertain all the corps, their numbers or destination. The New York paper of the 15....
I do myself the honor to transmit the enclosed Intelligence received from Genl Huntington the last night about Ten oClock —and request your Excellencys direction respectg the arms brought out by Deserters. I take the Liberty to enclose Several Papers received from Colo. Allen the Day before I left Boston. I shall endeavour to have the Troops in this Quarter in readiness for any emergency. have...
I have been honored with yours of yesterday Colonel Hazens Regiment passes Kings Ferry this forenoon, and as I am informed the Virginia Division was to march this morning Colo. Hazen will meet with no Detention—but proceed immediately towards Morris town I have given him the Instructions you were pleased to direct. Genl Poors Brigade Crossed the Ferry yesterday afternoon & Encamped on this...
I have been honoured with yours of the 31st ultimo—am happy in your excellency’s approbation on any parts of my conduct. In answer to the questions your excellency was pleased to propose to the general officers when last at your quarters, I beg leave to reply for myself. That although the principles of humanity dictate that every measure compatible with the public safety and interest, without...
I have been honored with yours of the 14th inst. to which I shall pay due attention. With respect to that part of your Excellencys letter, which refers to Fish Kill; I scarsely know how to express myself—I am ever exceedingly cautious, not to invade the jurisdiction of others, neither do I choose to have my own infringed. I did not seek the Command at Fish Kill; but as Your Excellency was...
I have to acknowledge the honor of the receipt of yours of the 5th & 12th Ulto. Genl Burgoyne was not gone when I was honored with your last enclosing one to him. He has expressed the greatest pleasure & satisfaction on receiving your letter. I do myself the honor to enclose one from him. Yesterday about 11 o’Clock he set out for Rhode Island, He expresses the strongest wishes for an...
I am now to acknowledge the Honor of the receipt of yours of the 30th Ultimo and 8th Instant. We have this moment receivd the agreable news of General Burgoynes Surrendering himself and Army Prisoners on the 17th Instant to General Gates, on this Happy Event I beg leave most Heartily to Congratulate your Excellency, I find by the Articles of Capitulation that Burgoynes army is to be Sent to...
I was yesterday honored with yours of the 27th and 29th ultimo. If a greater number of beef–cattle should come on than necessary for the present subsistence of the troops, they shall be slaughtered and salted at some convenient place near the river. I had ordered on the salted provisions from Connecticut except those which had been shipped previous to the receipt of your Excellency’s letter. I...
I do myself the honor to present your Excellency five Deserters from the Brittish army one Rifle Serjt Two Hussars, one from the 71st Regt & one from Robinsons Corps. the Latter whose name is Pollard belonged to the 8th Connecticut Regt is brother to Major Pollard who had the Command of a Company of artificers in the american army. he is an intelligable Lad. I have the honor to be With the...
I have the Pleasure to Inform you, that we have taken out of the wreck of the Tender lately burnt up the north River, The following Cannon Vizt One Six Pounder, Two Three Do One Two Do and Ten Swivels, One Cabooses and Apron, Two Cutlasses, Two Gun Barrels, One Crow bar and 4 Gapp[l]in[g]s and Chains, Lieut. Landon of Colo. Nicolls Regiment with Two of the Company to Which he belongs went off...
In Pursuance of General Orders, I Visited the Guards on Yesterday, beginning at Cambridge Main Guard, from thence to the Store Magazine Main Guard at Winter Hill, Plowd Hill, White House, Main Guard on prospect Hill, Cobble Hill, Leichmears point, & Bridge, & North Redoubt found the Guards in good Order Save at Leichmears point Bridge, where the proper Guard had not been mounted, and One...
I have just received the inclosed letter, and state of provisions at Fort Schuyler, from Colo Malcom. It seems no time is to be lost in forwarding provisions. as Colonel Blane is probably by this time at Head Quarters, I beg leave to submit to your Excellency, his being directed to order, the number of Cattle mentioned by Colonel Malcom, to Albany as soon as possible. By late accounts from the...
The last night between eleven and twelve oClock a fire broke out at west point in the Building occupied by Colonel Marshall, and Mr Whiting the D. Q. Mr of the Garrison. The Fire began in the inside, and (as is Supposed), in the wooden mantle piece of the Chimney, had got to such a head that the first discovery was the whole bursting out in flames. Several Persons who were asleep in the House,...
The enclosed is paragraph of a letter from Mr Foot, receiver of Cattle at Fish Kill, to Mr Watrous Superintendant of Cattle at this place; the contents of which are very alarming. Instead of haveing large Quantities of beef salted in bulk at this place, the Connecticutt, & New Hampshire Hutts, as was intended, or pretended; about 200 head of small Cattle only have been salted here, & none on...