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least from 250 to 300 are passing daily. Indeed I could enjoy myself comfortably with my little flock around the fire side did I but possess that greatest of blessings, Health.
Mrs. Thomas arrived here the Monday after you left us and was much disappointed at not seeing you. Her Democratic husband has gone to Congress and she passes as much of her time with us as she can spare from her aged and infirm mother. They both passed the day here yesterday and desired a kind remembrance
I have taken Maria from her school this winter, for a companion to me and to aid in taking care of her younger brothers and sisters. She is now sitting by me and joins in love to you, in which the other children unite. Remember us affectionately to our dear Brother and sister and family, and fail not of tendering my warmest esteem to my good old friend and companion Col. Chester, his lady and family, and remember me to all who may enquire for your affectionate Brother, Mrs. Jos. Barrell.
SAM'L B. WEBB.
I am fatigued with writing and can scarcely read what I have wrote. If you have written me by the last mail the letter will be in the office at Hudson. Maria misses the long red cloak in her rides. You can easily forward it by stage in the trunk.
Faithful Betsy comes in and desires to be remembered.
Copy of a parole signed in New York, 25th February, 1778.
I, Samuel B. Webb, of Wethersfield in Connecticut, having leave to go to Long Island, on Parole, do hereby pledge my Faith & Word of Honor that I will not do or say anything contrary to the Interest of his Majesty or his Government, and that I will not depart from the House I am placed in by the Commissary for prisoners, nor go beyond the Bounds by him prescribed-Given under my hand this Twenty-fifth Day of February, 1778.
SAM'L B. WEBB, A true copy.
American Army JOHN WINSLOW, D. C. P.
Col. Joseph Reed's Letter.
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 26, 1775. DEAR SIR :-I have deferred writing to you hitherto in expectation of having something agreeable to say upon the subject of our last Conversation, which I have faithfully kept in Mind. ***
They are fitting out some Vessels here for the sea, but their other Business is a profound secret to us, tho'it is well known every Week in New York.
Toryism has been showing itself both here and there in a very dangerous Way, viz., refusing to receive Continental Currency in Payment. The Congress have taken up the Matter, & we expect every day a thundering Curse upon these Recusants.
We had a small importation of Powder here a few days ago, & 50 fine Musquets. The Captain tells us a Vessel arrived from Europe with a pretty handsome Cargo of Ammunition, the Chief of which was taken by some New England Vessels who were waiting for it. If this is true it will not be long before you will have some good news to send us upon this subject. Since the late Skirmish at Lechmon's Point we are led to expect a General Attack. I wish, with all my soul, it may be made before the Troops are discharged from service; but I cannot believe the Enemy such Fools as to attack a strong army when by waiting a while they will have a chance of a weak one.
In a few days after this reaches you the Face of your camp will be changed—Mrs. Washington, her daughter, and Mrs. Gates set out to-morrow from hence. No bad supply I think in a cold Country where Wood is scarce. They are very agreeable ladies, and I heartily wish they had better roads and a pleasanter season for this journey than I imagine they will have. As the General will now stand in need of a very gallant Aid-de-Camp, I believe I must make an Interest for you with the Ladies here; if they make scruples to my Judgment I can refer them to Mrs. Temple & her fair Daughter for further particulars.
I was much disappointed in not meeting your Brother heresomehow we passed each other on the road. He has an acc't, the stationery Part of which properly belongs to the General, & will be paid when sent in. There were also 2 p’s of Nankeen. Mr. Pierce, who writes for the Adjut't-Gen'l, took one piece and will pay for it on being made acquainted with the price, which I will
Wm. Livingston's Letter.
BEVERSWYCK, 28th May, 1781. DEAR WEBB :- I have not heard a syllable from John, Joe, or yourself since you left us. The girls returned from Raritan yesterday. Betsey is well. I used when in the army, it is true, to ride in the night to get Home, but I never sent 148 miles two men on foot for a Letter.
I came from Phila. on Sunday. The Marquis informs Congress Major-General Phillips of the British is dead. Green also writes that he is again before Camden and has not a Doubt of taking it.
There has been a mutiny in the Pennsylvania line at York Town previous to their marching. Wayne, like a good Officer, quelled it soon. Twelve of the fellows stepped out & persuaded the line to refuse to march in consequence of the Promises made them not being complied with. Wayne told them of the disgrace they brought on the American arms while in Jersey in general, and themselves in particular ; that the feelings of the officers on that occasion were so wounded that they had determined never to experience the like, and that he beg'd they would now fire either on him & them or on those villains in front. He then called on such a Platoon. They presented at the word, fired and killed six of the villains. One of the others, badly wounded, he ordered to be bayonnetted. The soldier on whom he called to do it, recovered his Piece & said he could not for he was his comrade. Wayne then drew a pistol and said he would kill him. The fellow then advanced & Bayonnetted him. Wayne then marched the line by Divisions around the Dead, & the rest of the fellows are ordered to be hang'd. The line march'd the next day southward mute as fish.
Please to desire Joe or Huntington to send my trunk on by your waggon. Give my love to the officers with you, and believe me,
Yours sincerely, Col. WEBB.
W. J. LIVINGSTON.
Orders issued by Samuel B. Webb on Board the sloop Schuyler,
Dec. 9, 1777.
ON BOARD THE SCHUYLER,
Tuesday, Evening, Dec. 9, 1777. The several Vessels under Convoy and in company with the Schuyler are carefully to keep company-never to be out of hail ahead. The Schuyler will take care to shorten sail as occasion may require.
The signal for landing by night will be a false fire—by day setting the Ensign ; immediately the troops to be ready as fast as possible to step into the boats.
Capt. Wooster of the Grenadiers, with the three right hand divisions to disembark and cover the landing of the detachment. He will take care to advance double sentinels in front.
Capt. Hart on Landing will form on the right; the others in course. Capt. Moseley at the left of the Line.
So soon as the signal is given a profound silence to take place, none but the commanding officers of Divisions to be suffered to speak a loud word.
After landing, the Adjutants will see that they are properly formed in subdivisions; the Artillery will form in front between the Grenadiers and the Column; no man then to leave his ranks on any pretence.
The Colonel has the greatest confidence in the Troops he has now to command, and doubts not that they will do 'Honor to their Officer as well as themselves, for which it is absolutely necessary there should be a strict compliance with orders. Those that do it will receive the treatment due to good soldiers; but on the least variation necessity will oblige the commanding officer to make public example of the offenders.
General Washington to Colonel Webb.
CLOVE, July 15th, 1777. DEAR SIR :- Your favor of yesterday's date is just come to hand. You have my thanks for your case of spirits and cheese, which I could wish to have sent forward to me at this place or wherever I may be.
Colo. Trumbull went from here to-day to Peekskill; if you could get into his case, he will, I am persuaded, put it into hands that will not suffer it to be stolen or adulterated on the way; but as his stay there will be very short, I must request your attention to this matter if he should become of — I have also to thank you, sir, which I do very sincerely, for the map which will, if we should have occasion to manoeuvre about in the parts described by it, be very useful to me.
I was led to believe by Gen'l Parsons, that the Connecticut Regiments would average about 600 men each. Yours having been put upon the same footing with the eight of that State I was in hopes to have found stronger than you have mentioned. I am, with sincerity,
Y'r Obed't & Affect. Serv't,
General Washington to Colonel Webb.
CAMP AT THE CLOVE, July 17, 1777. D'R SIR :-I have been favoured with yours of the 16th and am much obliged by your care and attention in forwarding the spirits and wine.
I am happy to hear you entertain hopes of recruiting your regiment. It is a desirable object; and I shall be well pleased, as I am persuaded you will when it is effected.
You will make out an exact list of your officers and the dates of their appointments and transmit it to me, after which, commissions shall be made out and sent. Be particular as to the times of their appointment, that the Commissions may be filled up as they should be, otherwise there will be confusion and complaints.
I am, D’r Sir,
Your Aff't H'ble Serv't,
General Washington to Colonel Webb.
HEAD QUARTERS, Sept’r 25th, 1782. SIR :—You will cause two days' provisions to be drawn & cooked for the Light Infantry by to-morrow night; and hold that Corps in perfect readiness to march at daybreak on Friday morning next.