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I was lately informed, that a part of colonel Willett’s regiment had been inlisted by the state of New York for the term of three years upon the footing of a state regiment; upon which I wrote governor Clinton for information. I take the liberty to inclose his answer, and request your Excellency’s opinion and direction, apprehending you have some knowledge of the intentions of the state and of...
I received the enclosed yesterday pr Express from Mr Sargent whom I am informed is State Attorney in the State of Pennsylvania, but altogether unknown to me. What I know of the matter is, that Some time in the year 1778 while I had the Command in Boston Several of the Soldiers under the Convention of Saratogo practised deceptions on the recruiting officers in and about that place by dressing...
I have just received the honor of yours of the 14th & 17th Inst. Yesterday morning about Sunrise our Troops in Three Divisions arrived in the Neighbourhood of Fort Independence—the Right Division by the Albany Road, the Centre by Stephen Ward’s, & the left by East Chester—Upon our Approach the Enemy fled to Fort Independence; leaving 15 Muskets at one place & Ten at another, besides Blankets...
I had the honor last to address your Excellency from Hartford the 13th Instant, with a representation of my proceedings to that time, The next morning Governor Trumbull, informed me, that there were seven Thousand Barrels salted meat, in the State of Connecticut, which may be depended on for the army, and at least Two Thousand Barrels of Fish, with Forty Hhd Rum at Hartford, and Fifteen at...
Since my last I have received the honor of yours of the 30th ultimo and the 1st Instant & this moment that of the 5th. The Troops mention’d in my last as nearly ready have since marched, as have also about 60 of Col. Crane’s Regt of Artillery, who are now pushing their way to join your Excellency—A Second Division of Col. Bailey’s marches to morrow for Ticonderoga—The Hospitals are now opened...
In Order to Ease Head Quarters as much as Possible, And on Account of our Distance from thence, General or Garrison Court Martials have been Appointed at this Post for the Tryal of Offenders, Brigadier General Mifflen has Sent me the Inclosed this Day, But I pause Untill I Know your Excellency’s Pleasure (which I Desire you would be pleased to Signify as Soon as Convenient) whether the before...
I was a Day or two since honour’d wth yours of the 15th enclosing one for the Honble Council of this State respecting the heavy Cannon, the latter I immediately forwarded to Council, & this Morning have recieved their Permission to remove the Cannon. I have directed the Dy Q. M. Genl to do it with all possible Dispatch. One of the Cannon is at Beverly which will cause some little Delay. They...
The last evening I was honored with yours of the 19th inst. I am happy to hear Your Excellency is determined again to rouse the eastern States, & urge the necessity of their forwarding provisions; but I fear before any benefit can be derived from this, unless the Cattle are now on the road, our case will be deplorable if not desperate—The Q.M.G. must devise some means for getting down the beef...
The inclosed from major Oliver, came to hand the last evening. Inclosed is also a note which I received yesterday from major Maxwell. What encouragement the man wishes or expects, or how far advantage may be derived from him, I cannot say, further than that major Maxwell informed me, before the late attack upon the mail, that he had received information that persons were employed to do it, and...
I was honored with yours of the 11th and have endeavoured to discharge the trust reposed in me. Enclosed your excellency will find the proceedings of a general court-martial on lieutenant-colonel Badlam of the 8. Massachusetts regiment, and lieutenant Lamont of the invalid regiment. Many other sentences I have passed upon; these extending to dismission from the service, I have thought it my...
I have just returned from Frog’s Point, Hunt’s point & Morrisania—I find the Enemy have been all this Day landing Troops on Montrosure’s Island where there appears to be a very large Number of them & Senteries posted all round the Island. In Addition to 150 Men sent down this morning near to Hunt’s point—I have this Evening ordered 200 as a Piquet to rendezvouz, at the Widow Morrises, & have...
I was the last evening honored with Yours of yesterday. I had given orders, the day before to the Guards at the Ferry, at the water Battery, at Swims’s, & at Kings Ferry not to allow any Boats to pass up, or down the river between Tattoo & Revillee. I am happy to hear Colonel Humphries, the Officers, and men who were with him have safely returned. I have releived Lt Edes with a Lt White, the...
I have been honored with yours of the 16th and since with the glorious news of the completion of your wishes in the capture of Earl Cornwallis and his army; on which I pray your Excellency to accept my most sincere and hearty congratulations. I have been carefully watching the enemy in this quarter, determined to give them a blow where ever it appeard practicable. But although their force has...
The receipt of the enclosed papers, which this moment came to hand, compels me again to take up my pen, and trouble your Excellency on a subject, on which the very existance of these Posts depend. I therefore trust you will excuse the repetition. I submit to your Excellency what expectations are to be found, from the spirit & complexion of the papers. If the Q.M. General wants any number of...
Colonels Nicoll DuBois & Drake are just come in and give the following Information vizt That one Mr Cornwall of Cow Neck came over to Frogg’s Point the last Night (Co[r]nwall is a stanch Friend to the Liberties of America, a Relation to Comfort Sands Auditor General of the State of New York) and says that he is a Soldier in the Militia of Cow Neck, under the Command of Capt. Stephen Thorn of...
The enclosed this moment came to hand, which I beg to submit to your Excellency—This will be forwarded at Gun fireing in the morning. I detain the Express, & wish your answer, if agreeable, by the return of the Bearer, that Colonel Hull may have notice as early as possible. Colonel Thomas mentioned the matter in a letter to me yesterday, but as it did not come from Colonel Hull, I took no...
I have been honored with yours of the 7th instant. I have not for a moment neglected the business of my mission, or eased my solicitations to effect it and have the pleasure to assure your Excellency, that there is a disposition in all the New England States, to afford every aid and support you have required as far as is within their power. This Common wealth, have passed the most spirited...
I do myself the honor to forward the enclosed intelligence this moment come to hand. I believe our manœuvres here have induced Sir Henry Clinton to alter his. I have ordered one of the Regiments Sent to Stamford to join the Division immediately, have order’d a detachment to move towards North Castle to observe the motions of the Enemy in that quarter & have directed the militia at Crompond to...
I am this evening honored with your two favors of the 21st Instant. Upon enquiry Some time Since respecting the Beacons, I found that the Guard at the One on Butter Hill and which must Give the Signal to the Others had been taken off before your departure and General McDougall informed me it was done with your Excellencys approbation—this, and the extreme difficulty of keeping Guards on the...
The time of service, for which the levies under the command of general Waterbury are engaged, expires the last of this month; and although the legislature of the state of Connecticut have ordered another detachment of militia to do duty on the lines at Stamford, I am apprehensive a very good work, and convenient huts for the accomodation of troops, which have been erected at that place, may be...
Enclosed is a letter I received yesterday from Lt Colonel Hull. I wrote him an answer that he was not to put himself, or the Regular Troops, under the Command of a Militia Officer—whether upon the receipt of my letter, Colonel Thomas would conclude to act as a Volunteer, under Colonel Hull or not, I have not yet learnt. The heavy rain this day will probably suspend the Enterprise untill the...
Enclosed I do myself the honor to transmit the Commission of Capt. R. Allen late of Colo. Aldens Regiment who had your Excellency permission to Resign. Colo. Lee some time since received leave from Congress to resign his commission in the army —The time when the resignation was to take place I have settled with him but have not taken his Commission as his accounts are not settled—He informs me...
yesterday General Wadsworths Brigade went Home leaving the Stores without a Guard Untill I sent one Down. The Militia of this State are Coming in—None have as yet arrived from the Eastward, Brigadier General Warner was at Danbury the Last night with 4 Companies Only—more are Hourly Expected—General Lincoln is on the Road, I have Sent your Excellency’s Letter by Express to meet him. I have...
I have been honored with the receipt of yours of the 25th Ultimo. On Wednesday next the British Royal Artillery and advance Corps of the Troops of the Convention are to march for Rutland, where they are to be quartered —Temporary Barracks are to be immediately erected, and the other Corps are to follow. About Three Hundred Soldiers have been and now are undergoing the opperation of the Small...
I have been honored by the receipt of yours of the 22d Ulto. Having received the Resolve of Congress for delaying the embarkation of General Burgoyne & his Army ’till the Convention is ratified by the Court of Great Britain. I am carefully observing the conduct of these Troops; have inculcated vigilence & alertness on the Guards & Sentinels, and have augmented their numbers; have been...
I was the last evening honored with yours of the 8th. As your Excellency by your letters of January last committed the case and direction of the recruiting service in the eastern states to general Lincoln, Huntington, colonel Olney, &c. I have never had any official knowledge of the regulations which have been established, or what methods have been pursued, nor have I ever written to the...
The inclosed from captain Pray I received the last evening. It contains the manoeuvres of the enemy when up the river on the 10th. Inclosed is also a letter from mr Marshall magazine-keeper to the contractors, respecting the damaged provisions. I wrote the mr Sands, some days since the state of the provisions; I have not had a written answer—but am informed verbally that they would have a...
In consequence of your letter of the 16. ultimo I called upon each brigade of the army to appoint a field officer to collect and state the several matters of complaint and grievances of the army respecting the issues of provisions under the contract, in order to their being laid before your Excellency, and appointed major-general lord Stirling to preside. I have this day received from the...
There is at present a deficiency of cartridge-boxes, and many of the recruits who have drawn arms are destitute of boxes. The 3. Massachusetts brigade have no conductor of military stores, or forage master—and wish to have them appointed, as they daily experience the want of them. Enclosed is the report of the field officers of the Massachusetts line on the conditions which majors Rice and...
I have been honored with yours of the 18th Instant. The greatest expectations are formed of the most singular and important advantages to the American Cause from the seasonable arrival of the French Squadron, it is to be hoped that the most sanguine will not be disappointed. I immediately communicated that part of your Excellency’s Letter to the Navy Board which respected the rendezvousing the...