George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Nathaniel Shaw, Jr., 23 November 1780

New London Novr 23d 1780


Agreeable to your Excellencys Letter of the 31st July last to establish a Chain of Expresses from N. London to Tower Hill, and that you would be answerable for their pay while in Service, I found it necessary only to employ three trusty men & their Horses for this & the Post at Tower Hill for five days, before the French General releav’d those at Tower Hill, & Capt. Hurlbut of Col. Sheldens Rigt Dragoons extended his Light Horsemen to this Post. The expense of which amo. £453.18s/ as per Bill Inclosed. After Capt. Hurlbut had established his men at this post, I was obliged to find their Horses with Hay & Oats &c. untill I could apply to His Excellency our Governor to get an assistant D.Q.M. appointed at this Post (which was much wanted before) the amo. of which is £1462.10/ as per Inclosed Bill. The Post is now supply’d by this D.Q.M. who is furnished with money from our Govr & Council. I was in hopes of not troubling your Excellency with this triffling affair, as I made no doubt but it would be settled by this D. Qr. M. & accordingly wrote by him to N. Hubbard Q.M.G. for his orders, & recd the following reply—"neither can I pay the expence of the Express Riders provided by you, as I am entirely destitute of money, and have not the most distant prospect of a Supply—I should imagine you might get your money soonest by applying at Head Quarters"—I am obliged therefore to take this liberty of Inclosing those Bills to your Excellency, and hope it will not be long before they are settled. The different Bills & Receipts if necessary can be forwarded. I have taken the most prudent care and attention in the expences.

The British Fleet still lie at Gardiners Bay, as I wrote you in my last, making no movements excepting one or two Ships that are frequently runing off Block Island & returning to them again. I am with the greatest respect and esteem Your Excellency Most Obt & very Humle Servt

Nathel Shaw

N.B. The above Fleet lies 3 Miles W.N.W. Gardiners Point, (consisting of Sail of the Line), 3 or four Miles South Plumb Island. It is said that Admiral Arbouthnot is to go to New York to take the Command their, when Admiral Rodney leaves it, & Admiral Graves to command in the Bay this Winter. Yrs &c.


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