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I had the honor of your letter four days past, and would have sooner replied but waited in the expectation of learning something about the package you enquire after. The letter from Mr Arthur Young came in the packet, but was not accompanied by any thing else. The british Consul here tells me it is not customary to send packages of any sort by the packets as they sail from Falmouth or...
I have the honor to inform you that General Wayne in his letter of the 13th instant from Pittsburg says. “There are no traces of hostile Indians to be discovered upon the borders of the frontiers—all is quiet—and the farmers are assiduously employed in harvesting their hay and grain which I hope they will effect in safety.” The advance of his troops had not then arrived—but I Estimate by the...
Le temps de mes Services en amerique Comparé avec Celui de quelques francois, au quel le Congress avoit accordé des promotions de Grade m’avoit engagé a Solliciter l’hyver passé la Commission de brigadier, le Commité que le Congress me fit l’honneur de nommer pour mes affaires, me dit que pour le moment present, il ettoit impossible de m’accorder ma demande, parce que Cela ettoit Contraire a...
After I had parted with you on Thursday, my Mind was thrown into a Train of Reflections in Consequence of the Sentiments that you had confided to me. For tho’ they were not new, yet I had flattered myself that a nearer View of the Consequences that would probably ensue upon your quitting a Trust, upon the proper Execution of which the Repose of Millions might be eventually depending, would...
The unfavorable turn which Destiny taketh with me in this part of the world is the only apology I can make for my troubling Your Excellency with this my address and humble Request I would at the time of your late sojourn at Philadelphia have personally made the same had I thought myself capable of expressing my sentiments in tolerable good English. As the season of opening the campaign draweth...
I shou’d not so long have restrained the Expressions of a Heart flowing with the most affectionate and respectful Attachment if Care had not been taken to communicate our Intelligence officially. In the mean time I have never found it so necessary to devote my Attention to the publick business. Amidst pressing distresses it will give your Excellency pleasure to be assured that Congress have...
Since Your Departure there is Nothing happened Extronery, June the 29th I Settle’ed with Comisary Walker Your Accots & Your Brothers Which Yours was 7809 Pound of Flour which Amounted to £39.0.10 & his Account, Against You for Rum was £21.13.4 The Ballance Reced by me is £17.7.6 & Mr Washington Accot comes to £7.10 Which I Reced. Your Over Seer informs me that there was Wheat Enough Carried to...
In a letter from Monticello I took the liberty of saying that as soon as I should return here, where my letter books were, I would take the liberty of troubling you with the perusal of such parts of my correspondence from France as would shew my genuine sentiments of the new constitution . When I arrived in Philadelphia, the 5th. inst. I found that many of my letters had been already put into...
Proceedings of A Board of General officers held by Order of His Excellency General Washington, Commander in Chief of the Army of the United States of America; respecting Major André Adjutant General of the Brittish Army September 29th 1780 at Tappan in the State of New York. Present Major General Green President Major General Lord Sterling Major Genl St Clair Major General The Marquis de la...
I have the Honor of your Excellency’s Letter by Capt. Walker. The Detachment at Danbury shall march as soon as the Quarter Master has provided Teams for transporting the Provisions from Danbury, which I hope will not exceed two or three Days. the prisoners which cannot be tried before they march will be sent with them to Fishkill. inclos’d are the Proceedings of a Court Martial against,...
I congratulate You, & the World with Us, on our Restoration to a temperate Zone: for, in Truth, We have had a kind of a Greenland Winter. And, for my own Part, I own to You, I now have a much stronger Idea of the Nature of a Winter pass’d in a Cave, than I could ever have learn’d from Books alone. I sometimes almost regretted, We could not become quite torpid, & sleep out the whole dreary...
I have this moment recd the inclosed from the C—s. As Circumstances have since turned out I wish I had met C— Junr as mentioned in my last to your Excellency. C— has returned me five of the Guineas which I recd of your Excellency at Tappan, for reasons which are mentioned in his inclosed letter. I will forward them to Hd Qrs or otherwise dispose of them as I may be directed. With respect to...
(Private) (& Confidential) Sir, Trenton [N.J.] Oct. 24. 1799 I am this evening honoured with your letter of the 20th. When I last wrote you, I had grounds to expect, on the President’s arrival; that the mission to France would be suspended, until the fate of its government should be known. This great question I supposed (& my colleagues had formed the same expectation) would be a subject of...
Ce n’est point en ma qualité de ministre d’un Roi l’ami et l’allié des Etats unis de l’Amerique quoique ce soit de la connoissance et avec l’aveu de Sa Majesté que j’ai l’honneur d’ecrire a ve Exce. C’est comme homme sensible et comme un pere tendre qui connoit toute la force de l’amour paternel que je prends la liberté d’adresser a Ve Exce mes instantes sollicitations en faveur d’un mere et...
The Reason of my not giving a speedier Answer to yours of the 17th February, was owing to my being out of Town when it arrived. I have had some Conversation upon the Subject of it with some of the Gentlemen in the Palatine Trade, and shall think myself fortunate, if any Information that I can give, may be of the least Service to You in the Affair. I have talked about it particularly with Mr...
When I had the honor of receiving your favor of the third instant, I was too much indisposed by a fever to answer it by the return of the mail. The movements, said to be meditated at the next session of the Virginia assembly, are the disfranchisement of the excise-officers, by taking from them the right of suffrage, and also the establishment of a state-bank, in opposition to the Branch Bank....
I have examined the cases mentioned in Mr Livingston’s speech, in which he affects to draw certain conclusions that the President has heretofore admitted, by the nature of his communications to the House of Representatives, that their interference is necessary to the due formation and binding force of treaties: but not one applies to the point. All the instances cited relate to communications...
Your Excellency is well acquainted with the natural and political Situation of the Island of Bermuda. For many Reasons I have tho’t a Conquest of that Island necessary. Its Inhabitants are generally friendly to the united States, and are loudly dependent on them for Subsistence. It was intended to be annexed to them when the Treaty of Alliance was formed with France. Should it be ultimately...
As I am informed it is not improbable but that a Law for establishing an Excise may pass during the next Cession of Congress, I beg leave to mention to you my Brother Mr John Bard Junr as a Candidate for the Honor of your nomination to an office in that Department, consistent with his Residence in this City or County. upon this occasion it may not be improper to inform you that at the...
I writ to you the very day I sailed from America to convince you I left the Continent with all those Sentiments of Friendship towards you I ever professed I hope now to convince that I retain the same and shall ever have the greatest Happyness in the Continuance of it. Letters from America had made the Generals Character as odious in this Country as there but since my Arrival and my having...
I received this morning your letter of the 6th Inst. I was very certain you had made a short estimate of your expenses when you thought two months pay would cover them. I have therefore directed the month of October to be added and the amount Dolls. 523 20/100 to be remitted you in the usual manner which I hope you will receive. This I presume will about face your expences. The letters...
I have the honour to send you a signed plan of that part of Mohawk-river upon which is situated what is called Fort Herkimer, being nothing at present but a Stone-house, surrounded with piquets, and flanqued by two Block-houses, one of which I constructed placing in it a nine-pounder and repaired the other. I have also built a powder magazine, having found on my arrival a great quantity of...
Having been disappointed by a Series of Accidents in visiting you the Winter past, I am now oblidged, to lay aside all Thoughts of gratifying Myself in the wish of seeing you shortly, in Duty to the Gentlemen of Fairfax, who elected Me, so honorably to myself, their Representative. I suffer no smal Uneasiness at being absent so long from the House. I was in Hopes to have carried my Colleague...
About an Hour ago General Arnold, who is arrived here from Canada sent me a Letter from General Sullivan inclosing one from General Arnold to him, another of Colonel Hazen and a third from Lieutenant Colonel Antill; Copies of all which I do myself the Honor to enclose —The Grief I feel on the Evacuation of Canada by our Troops, is greatly alleviated by the little Loss sustained in the Retreat...
As you were pleased to desire my Sentiments upon sundry Matters, I have thrown them together upon the following Sheets without Method as they occurred to me—if they should happen to fall in with your Excellencys, it will be to me a convincing proof that I have not been mistaken. It has appeared to me that the Quarter Master Generals Department has been for some time very ill executed, from...
In my former letter I mentioned the disagreeable news we received from Canada. The Congress have taken that matter under consideration and having examined Mr Antil and duly deliberated on the situation of our affairs in that quarter they have come to sundry resolutions which I have the honor to enclose. I would just observe that by Mr Antil’s examination it appears our loss is greater then...
In compliance with your requisition I have the honor to submit my Opinion as to the course which it will be adviseable for the President to pursue in regard to the armed Opposition recently given in the four Western Counties of Pennsylvania to the execution of the laws of the U. States laying duties upon Spirits distilled within the United States and upon Stills. The case upon which an Opinion...
I received your Excellency’s Favor, of the 6th Instant, in due time. General Huntingtons Brigade arrived at Crompond the same Day. I conclude General Parsons has informed you the reason of his not sending on the other. Colo. Cilley’s Regiment, was to have marched to Day; but the Wind blowing hard down the River, and no Teams to be had, to remove even the little Baggage they carry prevented it....
I wrote to you a Note on the 19th to accompany your Plateauxs. My last Letter was of the twenty fourth of September. Since that Period I have past thro flanders and a Part of Germany, and having coasted the Rhine to Strasbourgh came thence to this City. As I conjectured, so it has happened, that my longer Continuance in London would have been useless. Spain, finding from the Revolt of the...
I have revolved with great attention the matter of the letter, which you yesterday did me the honor of confiding to my perusal. Convulsed as we are, I cannot but believe, that there is scarcely a man in the government, whom party will not sooner or later destine for an attack. A communication therefore, which seems even to be tinctured with particular objects, will naturally excite caution. I...
A Report of the necessary work to be done in order to Complete the several redoubts and batteries at this post. fort Clinton The fascines which Constitute that work are so very dry that the least sparks of fire is sufficient to set the fort in a blaze; I think therefore that those old fascines ought to be taken away entirely and timber put in the place of them, or good masonry. The...
I am favoured with your Excellency’s Letter of the 9th instant in Consequence of which Mr Greene hath delivered to Col. Tillinghast to be immediately forwarded to New-York 14,500 Flints, 20 Muskets and 30 Back-Swords, being the whole of those Articles that were imported by Capt. Chace. All the Duck is heavy coarse and stubborn, being what is called Holland and Russia Duck. Capt. Chace hath...
After my Letter to General Greene from Springfield of the 26th of January I sat out for this place in order to provide such materials as were necessary to carry on the various branches connected with the Laboratory and ordnance establishment. Upon my arrival here I was much surpriz’d at the very extrordinary bounty offer’d by this state for Recruits for the service. I wrote to General Greene...
It gives me great Satisfaction to see that Your Excellency has taken Such a wise Step in my Department as to engage the General Officers and Field Officers of Regiments to take the Command of the Troops in our daily Exercise: Nothing could be more useful in the present moment —I had wished some time ago it might Soon be the Case, but in the meanwhile, I was endeavoring with the Gentlemen under...
We have received from Colo. Sheldon a letter and return of cloathing for his regt—of the latter a copy is inclosed. The Commissions he requests we shall send him, except his own & capt. Hoogland’s, which will be suspended until their dates are settled by your Excellency. The cloathing demanded being for a complete regiment, upon the expectation of recruiting to the full complement, we declined...
Cahokia [Territory N. W. of River Ohio] Sir May 1st 1790 I have this day communicated to the Secretary of the Department of War all the Intelligence respecting the Indian Affairs that has come to my knowledge and Observation since I wrote to him before, and I am very sorry to have it to remark, that they do not wear a very favorable Complexion! That the Ouabush Indians should have taken the...
There is no remarkable Occurrence on this Quarter since my last, only the Murder of Ensign Gordon for the particulars of which, I refer you to Capt. Stewart. I regret him much, as he was a diligent Officer, Staunch, and firmly attach’d to the Virginia Interest, and had a particular Regard for You. I have learn’d that you have been a long Journey, purely to pay your Compliments, and hear Some...
You will perceive by the enclosed Resolves, which I do myself the Honour of transmitting in Obedience to the Commands of Congress, and to which I beg Leave to request your Attention, that they have come to a Resolution to augment the Number of Troops, destined for the Northern Department, four Thousand. It is scarcely necessary to mention the Motives on which they acted, or to explain the...
I had the pleasure of receiving two days since your letter of the 31 Ulto. A great press of business and an indifferent state of health have put it out of my power sooner to attend to it. The incidents which have lately occurred have been every way vexatious and untoward. They render indispensable a very serious though calm and measured remonstrance from this Government, carrying among others...
I was honored with yours of the 21st Instant on my return from the Enemies Lines last evening, containing a Complaint of a Young Gecock concerning some violences said to be committed against him in my Corps. I shall agreeable to your Excellency’s Orders give you the Circumstances & Cause of that treatment as far as came within my knowledge. a Constant & Disorderly practice of fireing in the...
I thank you for your kind favor of the 28th ultimo, which I received last evening with its enclosures & I sincerely hope I shall not be under the necessity of troubling you so much again. But in the present instance I am under the necessity of mentioning that Major Winthrop Sargent has repeatedly informed me, that a certificate from you would be one of the most desirable and acceptable things...
Yesterday Mr Kirkland the Indian Missionary in the Service of the United States with nine Indians arrived here from Oneida & Fort Schuyler. Your Excellency will perceive by the enclosed, which is Copy of a Paper he delivered me, that It corroborates the Intelligence I have heretofore received that the Enemy intend to attack Tyonderoga as soon as they shall be able to cross Lake Champlain on...
I flatter myself you’ll readily excuse the Liberty I take in addressing you, when you understand that the following thoughts are the result of a strong attachment to the freedom of America, and a desire of transplanting a manufactory which in time will be found of the greatest consequence—Last year I visited the Continent of America, with a full determination to become a Settler, but finding...
The Enemys present disposition of his force and all his late operations indicate a design to attack Charles Town by a siege in form. To complete the investiture he must introduce his Ships of war into the harbour—that it is his intention appears from his fixing buoys on the bar, barricading his Ships wastes—and anchoring them in a station where they may embrace the first favorable spring-tides...
Agreeable to your Request, I left New York on Sunday last, in order to view the Fortifications on Hudson’s River, in the Highlands. I took with me Colo. Putnam, Chief Engineer & Captain Sergeant of the Artillery, The Winds were so adverse that we did not reach Fort Montgom[e]ry untill Wednesday Evening; but with the help of our Boat, we employed our time in visiting several other parts of the...
Whereas the Captains of Colonel John Lamb’s Battalion of Artillery, did present a Memorial to Brigadier General Knox, commanding the Artillery of the United States, bearing date the 26th day of August last, requesting, that He, and Major General McDougall together with Brigadier General Parsons, (then a Board of General Officers, appointed by the Commander in Chief, to settle the Rank of the...
Notwithstanding there are several British Men of War cruising in our Bay, the Continental Sloop Independance Commanded by Lieutt Robinson has pushed through & got up here yesterday afternoon There is onboard 856 Blankets which were intended with many others now expected in, for the use of the new enlistments, but the inclement weather and the severe duty the Troops now under your Command have...
The citizen Ternant has delivered to me the letter wherein you inform me that yielding to his desire to serve his country in the military line, you had determined to recall him from his mission as your Minister plenipotentiary to the US. His conduct during the time of his residence in this country has been such as to meet my entire approbation and esteem; and it is with great pleasure I render...
At an early period of the contest in which you have been so gloriously engaged, our sentiments fully met those of the Americans, & tho’ we long doubted the event, our warmest wishes were ever on the side of freedom. Viewing with regret the oppressive scenes of misery under which our Native Country has long groaned without hopes of redress, & seeing the same direfull principle of Despotic sway...
C’est parce que Je Suis plein de Confiance dans vos Dispositions a obliger des malheureux, que Je prends La Liberté de m’adresser directement a vous pour un objet dans le quel d’ailleurs votre intervention me sera du plus grand Secour. Vous avez eu dans la Guerre derniere, au Service des Etats unis, Sous vos ordres, Je ne Sai dans quelle partie de ce continent, un officier nommé Jacques...