The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 34

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 34

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 34

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799 - Vol. 34

Excerpt

*To THE SECRETARY OF STATE

(Private)

Carlisle, October 11, 1794. past 3 Oclock P M

Dear Sir: When I wrote to you yesterday, I did not expect to be in this village at this hour. But finding it difficult to get even part of the Troops off, that were ordered to March yesterday, I resolved to see the residue in motion to day before I left this place, myself. This dilatoriness does not proceed from any disinclination in the Troops themselves, to proceed; but for want of arrangement, and system in some of the principal characters among the Officers of this State, and the disjointed manner in which the former have arrived here. Those however which marched yesterday, with what have followd to day, will make a respectable corps. An Officer of respectability will be left to Organize the remaining detachments of this State's Troops as they shall arrive, and to forward them on. The Jersey Troops came on in Compe. Corps but are badly cloathed.

I had scarcely dispatched my letter to you yesterday, when the Commissioners or deputies ( Findley and Redick) from the Insurgent Counties arrived.1 My Public letter, written by Colo.

____________________

1

At this point the draft has the following crossed off: "with the resolves of the meeting at Parkinsons ferry on the 2d instant; and their ideas of the sentiments of the people in the four Western Counties of this State. From which it is very evident they are not a little panic struck but not yet come to thr propr Senses, this I hope will soon happen and that they will be ready to do any thing and every thing that is required of them. But it is to be feared all those of whom fit examples ought to be made will have left the Country; as they are disposing of their property at any rate and many have actually (according to their fled."

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.