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I have long been convinced that one great cause of the backwardness of the people to supply us with Articles in the Qr Masters and Commissary’s departments, has been owing to the imprudent choice of deputies in those departments, who have not only personally abused the inhabitants, but have defrauded them of great part of their dues. So glaring an instance, of one of these improper...
I have the honor of yours of the 17th inst: The Militia from the Westward, who had been detained by the badness of the weather, have arrived at Genl Laceys Camp, and those from Northampton have, I hope, come in by this time. Their presence had become exceedingly necessary, as the insolence of the disaffected in Philadelphia and Bucks Counties had arisen to a very alarming Height. They have...
Mrs Jones, Mrs Pleasants and two other Ladies connected with the Quakers confined at Winchester in Virginia waited upon me this day for permission to pass to York Town to endeavour to obtain the release of their Friends. As they were admitted by the Officer at the advanced picket to come within the Camp, I thought it safer to suffer them to proceed, than to oblige them to return immediately to...
I have recd a Letter from Monsr Rouville, in behalf of himself and other French Officers taken at St Johns, desiring that they may be sent to New York for Exchange. As the Rank of these Gentlemen is acknowledged by Genl Howe, they will procure the release of as many of our Officers of equal Rank, as are in the hands of the Enemy. I therefore desire, you will be pleased to order them all to be...
I have the pleasure of observing, by a publication in Dunlaps paper, that before the adjournment of the Assembly of this State, they had, among other wholesome laws, enacted one “for filling the quota of Troops to be raised in this State.” As you may, perhaps, be ignorant of the reduced condition of your Regiments, I have thought proper to inclose you a Return, by which you will see how very...
I have been honored with your favors of the 15th and 22d ulto with the several public Acts referred to, inclosed. I most sincerely wish that , for compleating your quota of Men, may be found adequate to the purpose, but I very much doubt it. I have ordered two proper Officers, from every Regiment belonging to your State, to repair to Lancaster, and take their recruiting instructions from you....
I must request you would immediately give some publick notice to the inhabitants of the City not to entertain or harbour the soldiers in their houses. And in order to oblige those, who have straggled into town, to join their respective corps, they are to deliver them up to the patroles, which will pass thro’ the town, in order to collect all stragglers & in case of refusal, to turn out, the...
Yours of last Evening reached me at 4 OClock this Morning. I immediately sent Orders to Commodore Seymour to dispatch one of his Gallies down to Dunk’s Ferry, and I shall dispose of the Remainder in such Manner, and at such places as will be most likely, not only to annoy the Enemy in their passage, but to give the earliest Information of any Attempt of that kind. Parties of the Enemy have...
I have the honor of yours of the 7th instant, which is fully answered by mine of the 10th. When the Winter Quarters of the Army were arranged, it was agreed between Genl Armstrong and myself, that the Militia of this State should cover the Country between the Schuylkill and Delaware, in order to prevent the incursions of small parties of the Enemy, and to cut off the intercourse between the...
I am this day honor’d with your Letter of 26th Instant previous to which I had given some orders respecting the subject of it, upon a Complaint made to me by one of the Commissaries, of the Enormous price to which Liquors had been rais’d in the Country occasion’d principally by the Suttlers who resort our Camp. I shall now have this matter more fully enquir’d into, & adopt such measures as I...
I do myself the honor to inclose you a Resolve of Congress of the 4th instant empowering me to call for 5000 Militia from the States of Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey. Much as the Army stands in need of Reinforcements, I would not wish to call upon the States for their Militia in great numbers before there is an absolute necessity. I shall therefore only make a demand at present from...
General Wayne this day shewed me a letter from Lieut. Colo. Bayard in which he informed him that he had agreeable to order procured near three hundred Bayonets, which were fitted to Muskets, and was just preparing to send them down, when they were stopped by the Executive Council who alleged that they had positive orders from me to reserve all the Arms, belonging to the State, for the Militia,...
As the term of service of great numbers of the Militia of this State, who were called out some time ago, has expired, and their places have been by no means punctually filled up by succeeding Classes, I am constrained to call upon you in the most pressing manner, to exert the Powers of Government, not only to keep up the number of four thousand Men demanded by Congress, but of a much greater...
I take the liberty to inclose you a letter from Mrs Mary Pemberton, requesting a passport for some waggons to be sent out with articles for the use of her husband and others, now in confinement. As the persons concerned are prisoners of the state, I did not think proper to comply with her request. I have assured her, that I would transmit her letter to you, and did not doubt, but her...
By this Express from General Armstrong he informs me he is of Opinion that 1000 Militia regularly reliev’d may be equal to effect the necessary duty on the North Side of Schuylkill—he also mentions that he writes you to this purpose, & requires my sentiments thereon. As it has been my constant desire & Study to conduct things in such manner as may be attended with the smallest expence &...
There is nothing I have more at Heart than to discharge the great Duties incumbent on me with the strictist Attention to the ease & Convenience of the People, every Instance therefore, of Hardship or oppression exercised by the Officers of any Department under my immediate Controul gives me the most sensible concern, & should be immediately punished if Complaints were properly made &...
I have the honor of yours of the 24th and am obliged by the attention, which you have paid to my request for a further aid of militia. I hope there will be no difficulty in assembling the number demanded, at a time, when there is the most favorable appearance of being able to rid their country of their oppressors, by their assistance. I trust no exertions will be wanting on the part of...
I have been duly honoured with your favour of the 5th. It is matter of regret, that the want of arms and the other causes you assign afford but an unpromising prospect as to the number of militia which might be drawn out from this state, on any emergency. The Quarter Masters and commissarys departments are still far behind hand, not having yet had time to recover from the disordered and...
[ Valley Forge ] May 11, 1778 . Is disappointed that so few militiamen are available. Asks that a plan be devised to keep the militia in constant readiness for the field, and that 400 militiamen be kept between the Delaware and the Schuylkill. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
The season for action is advancing very fast, and it is highly necessary for me, in forming plans either offensive or defensive, to know with certainty what succours, I may look for from the country in any emergency. With this view I am to request you will be pleased to let me know as speedily as possible, what number of well armed Militia, your State could afford if called upon, and what time...
I have the honor of yours of the 6th inclosing a passport for the Waggons with Stores for the prisoners at Winchester, which I immediately forwarded to Mrs Pemberton. I beg leave to introduce Major General Greene to you, who is lately appointed Qr Mr General. Upon looking over the late law of this State for regulating the manner of providing Waggons for the Service, he has found out some parts...
I was this morning honored with yours of Yesterday. I am pleased to find that you have ordered an additional Number of Militia to assemble at the Swedes Ford, at which and the other practicable passes for some distance up the River I have directed small close Redoubts to be thrown up. This work will be executed under the command and direction of Genl Armstrong, who will also employ some of the...