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I had the honor to write Your Excellency about two hours ago since which the person whose Intelligence was transmitted me with their letter of the 15th inst. , has sent me the Inclosed No. 1. and No. 2, the deserter mentioned in the latter is the one whose Information I transmitted this Morning-- Besides what he said to Bell and Partlo, who are both Tories I find that he has been with one...
On the 12th Instant, I was honored with your Excellency’s favor of the 29th Ult. Some days before I left Albany, I was advised, tho not thro a channel on which I could place much dependance, that the enemys vessels, were frozen in the Ice, in the vicinity of Wind-Mill point, on Lake Champlain, on which I Immediately ordered a party of Indians, to proceed with all possible dispatch into that...
Yesterday I was honored with your Excellencys favor of the 30th ulto, covering a letter for General Stark, which I shall deliver him assoon as he arrives, and offer him every aid in my power to contribute. I did myself the honor to adress you on the 1st Instant in a letter which will go by this conveyance, and to which I beg leave to refer you for information relative to the batteaux to be...
I received the inclosed last evening from Mr Fox, I cannot afford the intilligence it contains of the enemys force the least credit, nor that respecting this place and Schenectady, nor have any reason to believe a defecti o n of the people on the Grants, tho Individuals may prosecute a correspondance with no very favorable intentions, I sincerely wish the Controversy between the vermontese and...
The Enemy whom Colo. V. Schaick advised Your Excellency to be in the vicinity of Fort Schulyer left that quarter on the approach of Brigadier Renselaer with the militia, and whilst he proceeded with a supply of provisions for the Garrison they made a detour by his left and fell on the Settlements at Conajoxharie where they burnt upwards of an hundred houses, killed ten or twelve people, and...
On the 19th I was honored with Your Excellency’s favor of the 15th Instant, I shall with great pleasure execute the business you request, assoon as Mr Duer returns from Rhynbeck, which I learn will be in a few days. I have examined Bettys who was taken Charged with a letter supposed for Sir Henry Clinton, his information is, "That he left St Johns on the 15th ult:—that Generals Haldimand,...
Moses Harris who is the bearer of this, is the person recommended to me by Your Excellency in 1781, as one who could procure intelligence by means of the disaffected in the northern part of this state, and has requested of me to mention to Your Excellency that he intercepted the letters copies of which I had the honor to transmit you, he continued employed in procuring intelligence until the...
On my way hither I found at Trenton fifteen hundred Barrels of flour and learnt two hundred more were at Borden town, the whole detained for want of Carriages. I requested an audience of both branches of the Legislature which they readily Granted, urged the necessity of their Immediate attention to provide the means of transporting the flour to the army, Kings ferry or New Windsor, and to...
After the enemy had taken Fort George and Fort Ann and burnt the Farm houses and barns In the northern part of this district and destroyed all most the whole of those in Kings and Queensborough townships, they retired to Ticonderoga in the vicinity of which place they Continued until the 22d Instant, and then fell down the Lake to about ten miles north of Crown point, On Wednesday the 25th the...
Your Excellency’s favor of the 14th Instant I had the honor to receive last evening. I sincerely lament the various distresses Your Excellency must necessarily labour under from the tardiness of the States in furnishing the Supplies for the Army. Yesterday a pretended deserter from the Enemy arrived here, inclosed is the Information he gives. Your Excellency will recollect that David...
I have this moment the Honor of Your Excellencys favor of yesterdays date by Colo: Pickering. Altho my credit has already been Considerably extended for the public, Yet persuaded that no serious operation can be prosecuted against New York without the batteaux stated as necessary, I shall chearfully attempt to have one hundred constructed at Albany, and am in hopes that I shall be able to...
I embrace the opportunity which is afforded me by Colo. Hughs to Acknowledge the receipt of your Excellencys favor of the 10th Instant, and most sincerely sympathize with you on the embarrassments which the disagreable event in Jersey will occassion you, It is an awful lesson to the states, and If It would produce a serious attention to their situation, If It would induce to greater exertions,...
I arrived here on the 29h ult. and was in hopes to have found the directions I sent from Poughkeepsie executing and the building of the batteaux already commenced but to my extreme mortification I had still to agree with the Carpenters, fourty eight of whom I yesterday engaged to begin the work on different days in the course of the ensuing week, and additional number will probably be Obtained...
Since the Conversation we had with your Excellency, on the Subject of Cloathing the troops. We have maturely considered the matter, and from every point of view, in which we have revolved it; are fully of Opinion. That to put the army into an entire Uniform, will have a happy influence on the soldiery; and tend to inspire the foreign troops, with a more respectable opinion of ours, than would...
Your Excellencys favor of the 6th Instant I had the honor to recieve last night. I have had several emissaries on the Grants since my last letter, they have all returned but with out that full Information which I expected, some of these have obtained the Inclosed copies of letters, the first of which is an answer to one Carried into Canada by the suspected person, at least so the reports...
Yesterday I received under cover of a letter from General Clinton dated the proceeding the day copy of Your Excellency’s letter of the 15th April, to Governor Clinton, with one from him of the 16th covering the Information given by Harris; Mr Fish who delivered me those letters is a man of fair character and has given good evidence of invariable attatchment to the cause of his country, Harris...
Your Excellency’s favor of the 15th Instant, I have this moment had the honor to receive. Eighty four batteaus were compleated. as to the Carpenters work, last night fourty or fourty one of which are ready to proceed to you assoon as General Clinton orders the troops to take them. I shall direct the Quarter master to send all the oars plank and timber which he has collected, I fear the...
Mrs Fisher, a widow of this city, and a number of others have most earnestly intreated my intercession in favor of the widows son, Myndert Fisher who is under sentence of death at Fort Pitt. the distressed mother is informed that he is charged with an attempt to go to the enemy and convey Intelligence, there may be circumstances to recommend him & Your Excellencys mercy, and these If they...
Yesterday I received a line from Mr Fox, which I have the honor to Inclose Your Excellency, I cannot credit the tale of the 6000 troops at Halifax, as I think we should have had some account of their arrival there. Young Shepherd, alluded to, left this on the 20th ult., and carried the papers mentioned in the intercepted letter, transmitted Your Excellency by Genl Clinton. On the 3d Instant, I...
Your Excellency’s obliging favor of the 23d of last month, I had the pleasure to receive on the 31st following. It was exceedingly mortifying to me, that the Senate was so thin of members, when Your Lady honored us with a visit, that my attendance could not be dispensed with, even for a day, I was consequently deprived of Affording that Attention, which inclination, esteem and the most...
Since my last nothing new has been recieved from the Southward the report which I mentioned to have prevailed of serious Indications on the part of the british to attempt the reduction of Charles town begin’s to lose Credit with many. I however cannot believe that so Capital a force would have been Sent to That Quarter merely to hold thier ground In Georgia. Advices tho not official have been...
Your letter to Governor Haldimand I forwarded by a british officer, Captain harrow ; who was sent with dispatches by Sir Guy Carleton he left this yesterday morning, I shall transmit the Answer by the first Conveyance after it comes to hand. I am advised that the british have constructed barracks sufficient for four hundred men opposite to Niagara in addition to those there occupied by their...
Permitt me to Introduce to your Excellency Mr John Van Renselaer my nephew—his Grand father Colo. Renselaer is so very Anxious that the young Gentlemans mother should come out of New York, & reside now that he has directed me to apply to Governor Clinton on the Occasion. If he obtains the necessary papers from the Governer, and that It is not Inconsistant with any arrangements you may have...
The Bearer Pierre Chapeton Charlant was Employed by me in 1775 to carry dispatches Into Canada, his business was discovered and he committed to prison as he has left his family in Canada I believe he ought to be provided for as the other Canadiens and, I am Dr Sir respectfully & sincerly Your Excellency’s Obedient Humble Servant DLC : Papers of George Washington.
Yesterday a letter from Colo: Hamilton announced the glorious success which has resulted from your operations in Virginia accept my Dear Sir such congratulations as flow from a heart replete with every sentiment of affection, esteem and gratitude and permit me to super add a wish that you may, not only live, to compleat the business, which Your perseverance through the vast variety of...
Your Excellencys favor of the 8th Instant I had the honor to receive last evening. I read the Inclosed with great satisfaction, and shall transmit it early this morning by a safe conveyance, I wish it was in my power to believe that the negociations which have been carried on with the enemy were Innocent, and prosecuted with a more political view, but they have been attended with so many...
Yesterday I recieved a letter from Canada containing the following Information "Sept: 3d 1782 dispatches have been lately recieved by General Haldiman from the ministry the following is what I have collected of the contents—That a reinforcement of between three and four thousand men might soon be expected from England and about fifteen hundred of the foreign troops from New York—That the posts...
Yesterday one hundred and seven Batteaus were compleatly finished. I should have desisted when one hundred were finished, but as the materials for Seven more were prepared, and that they would probably be lost, I concluded It best to work them up into boats. General Green e in his letter to Congress Observes that the Enemy have only Charlestown in south Carolina, and Savanna in Georgia left;...
The bearer of your Excellencys favor of the 6th Ult., covering copy of a letter of mine to Major Stark, had conveyed it to Albany hence I only received it on the first Instant, and have thus been deprived some days of that pleasure which your friendly approbation in this, as on all other occassions most affectingly affords me. When the present session of the legislature opened, I found both...
Your Excellency’s favor of the 20th Instant evinces another instance of that friendship And attention which while I feel it flattering to me, affords me a satisfaction, which a heart impressed with affection and esteem can only truly experience but of which a description would be equally improper as impossible. The accession of Maryland to the confederation, and the cession of Virginia of its...
my apprehensions that the boat building would be retarded for want of nails is already verified, by monday next I shall not have a pail left, as the blacksmiths cannot keep pace with the expenditure because of the Slowness of the process in makeing these nails out of bar Iron, we now Compleat five batteaus a day and on monday I believe they will be augmented to eight and to twelve by the End...
On Saturday the 29th ult. the Commissioners for detecting conspiracies received information that a certain Capt. Myer of Roger’s rangers from Canada lurked in the vicinity of this place. His intentions were to take or assassinate me, this corroborated intelligence given to General Clinton by a person escaped from Canada, On the monday following, a tory, whose gratitude for favors received...
My children are so exceedingly anxious to return to Albany and so prepossesed with an Idea that they cannot recover their health whilst they remain here, that I propose to move them as soon as they shall be deemed capabable of the Journey—It is at present my in tention to apply for Sir Guy Carltons leave to pass the Harbour of New York in a Shallop from Elizabeth town. If it is not improper I...
Since my last the business of Finance has been Committed agreable to my wish Livingston, Holten Houston Elsworth Burke & Schuyler were appointed they have put the finishing hand to the business this day, I sincerely wish the Supposed Sanctity of the day may have an Influence on the deed, the report will be delivered Whereon The Great Object In view is Speedily to Call out of Circulation the...
On my return to this place I found a letter from Mr Cuyler dated Albany 23d June 1781 In answer to mine of the 18th he wrote "I am happy to Inform you that there appears a general Inclination in the Carpenters and others to do this piece of work (meaning the building of the Batteaux) upon the terms of payment you propose, and that to be certain; I have it not in my power the time has been too...
I do myself the honor to transmit your Excellency the counter-part of an additional Contract, made with Mr Duer. To Ascertain what extra allowance ought to be made, for delivering a ration of salted, in lieu of fresh Beef, I calculated the surcharge of salt Barrells, cooperage and the expence of transportation, beyond that on fresh meat, and made a very small allowance as a profit to the...
I had not time by the post to transmit copy of the Intelligence I received from Canada to Congress, to whom, I have in the Inclosed (which I have up under flying seal for your Excellency’s perusal) stated my Idea of the practicability of procuring an Accommodation with the Hostill Indians. I variety of reasons might be adduced to render a reconciliation not only Eligible but essential to our...
Agreable to your Excellency’s order, in August last, Brigr Gen: Clinton left me a Guard, of one Serjeant one Corporal and Eleven privates, chiefly aged and Infirm men, he has lately ordered them to be reduced to a corporals guard. It is now a notorious fact that three parties have been expressly sent from Canada to take or put me to death; Capt: Brownson lately returned from Canada, A Mr...
Fish and Harris were with me on the 11th the latter repeated every word of the Information heretofore said to be given by him and added that on the 10th in the afternoon he saw and conversed with a Certain Thomas Sherwood formerly of Kingsbury but now of Canada, who Informed him that he and eight others had come from the Shipping at Crown point, had landed in South bay where they had left...
Last night I was honored with Your Excellency’s favor of the 9th Instant. The first parcel of nails and nail rods sent by Colo. Pickering is arrived, if the second compleats my estimate there will be a sufficency. I have declined building batteaux at Schenectady as the inhabitants refused their boards unless I would engage a specie payment in October, a compliance would have involved not only...
Yesterday I was honored with Your Excellency’s favor of the 27t ult. A few days ago I did myself the pleasure to congratulate you on the surrender of Lord Cornwallis. I hope the States will not conceive the Contest at an end, an Idea, If It should unhappily prevail, which will Induce to still greater remissness than has hither to prevailed, to your great distress and to the Injury of the...
I have the honor to inclose Your Excellency, two letters from General Haldimand, which he transmitted under cover to me, by an express who arrived here this day. I suppose this will find you by that fire side from which your public Avocations have so long witheld you and from which, philosopher as you are, you will probably hardly be inclined to retire unless on some urgent Occasion in which...
On the 3d Instant I was favored with Your Excellency’s letter of the 30th ult. I have for ten days Successively deferred writing In hopes that I should have been able At last to have advised you that public business was closely attended to In this quarter, and that we had adopted measures to disencumber us from that variety of embarrasment we experience, but alas! we have made little or no...
The quaeries which Your Excellency has stated, and on which you have done me the honor to request my opinion, are on a Subject so exceedingly Interesting and Important that I feel my Inability to consider It is extensively as you wish, I shall however attempt to state my Ideas on the Occassion, and to regard It in every point of view I am able. It seems requisite in order to enable us to...
I had forgot to Inclose the paper alluded to in mine of the 4th and sent It after the messenger, by mistake General Clinton has returned It to me in a letter of his of yesterdays date. There is great reason to believe that the Corporal and party Charged by Harris with having released Ensign Smith after he was taken are guilty of the fact, as some of them have been seen with such Handkerchiefs...
Yesterday I had the happiness of Your Excellencys favor of the 18th Instant. I find by enquiry at the Office that my first letter was not forwarded by the Conveyance . I Intended It should but was sent by a Subsequent one, It is therefore probably by this time reached You. As Gen: Lincolns dispatch to you will probably contain what he has Communicated to Congress I thought It needless to...
the Inclosed is the paper which I mentioned in my Letter of this day and which I had forgot to Inclose, I am Dr Sir your Excellencys Most Obedient Servant DLC : Papers of George Washington.
I have perused the Charges exhibted by M: Gen: Heath, against M: Gen: McDougal, and the letter of the 1st Instant from the latter to your Excellency. The Charges contained in the first five articles, appear to me to be so clearly and particularly defined that General McDougal may either plead not guilty, and produce Evidence to refute them, or he may plead guilty, and claim the Indulgence of...
Your Excellency’s favor of the 28th ulto I was honored with a few days ago. I was in hopes that some public advantages would have resulted from the confidence which the people of Vermont have latterly placed in me, and that I should have been able by advice to have prevailed upon Some of the honest and well meaning part of that community to have induced them to an acquiesence with the Act of...