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to the Company of Artillery commanded by Captain Hamilton, tried at a late General Court-Martial, whereof Colonel Stark was President, for mutiny: The Court find the prisoners, James Henry and John McKenney, guilty of the charge, and therefore sentence James Henry to be reduced to the ranks, and mulcted one months pay; and John McKenney to be reduced to a Matross, and to be imprisoned a fortnight. The Court finding Samuel Smith and Richard Taylor guilty of disobedience of orders, sentence them to be reprimanded by the Captain, at the head of the company.
The General approves the proceedings of the above Court-Martial, and orders that Sergeant James Henry and Corporal John McKenney, as they have not paid for their clothing, be stripped, and discharged the company; and the sentence of the Court-Martial upon Sergeant Smith and Richard Taylor, to be executed to-morrow morning, at Guard-mounting.
Lawrence Ferguson, tried by the above Court-Martial for striking Lieutenant Johnson, is found guilty by the Court, and sentenced to receive twenty lashes on his bare back. The General approves the sentence, and orders the execution of it to-morrow morning, at Guard-mounting.
Head-Quarters, New-York, April 21, 1776.
Head-Quarters, New-York, April 22, 1776.
For the future, all prisoners confined for crimes, for which they are to be tried by a General Court-Martial, are to be sent to the Provost-Marshal, (Captain Moroney,) who has a Guard appointed to secure them; and all prisoners, confined in any Guard for offences that come under the cognizance of a Regimental Court-Martial, are to be sent to the Barrack Guard of the Regiment they belong to.
ROBERT H. HARRISON TO GENERAL WARD.
New-York, April 22, 1776.
SIR: I am commanded by his Excellency to acknowledge the receipt of your favour of the 12th instant, and to inform you that it is not in his power, at this time, to forward the supply of cash you ask for, having found and received here a much smaller sum, in proportion to your demands, than what he left for your department, which he hoped would have been equal to every present claim. But if not, his Excellency apprehends that no great inconvenience can arise to the regiments stationed in and about Boston, to wait a little time for pay for March, until money can be sent for that purpose. If they should be in great want, and very importunate, he doubts not but the honourable General Court will, on your application, lend a sufficient sum to pay them, on promise of repayment when money comes to hand.
In a letter his Excellency received from Congress, of the 6th of March, they mention five and a half tons of powder to have been sent him the day before, and that it would be followed in a day or two after by ten tons more. Five tons having only arrived before his departure from Cambridge, he desires you will inform him whether any more has come since he left it, and what quantity, having heard nothing more of the ten tons, save that a small part of it was stopped on the road.
His Excellency requests your most careful attention to the works necessary for the defence of Boston; and is hopeful that, ere now, they are so strong and far advanced as to render the town entirely secure. He wishes you to favour him with every interesting occurrence from time to time, and by the earliest opportunities.
The enclosed warrant is for Daniel Rogers, Esq., which you will please to deliver him.
I am, sir, your most humble servant,
ROBERT H. HARRISON, Aid-de-Camp.
To Major-General Ward, Boston.
GILBERT LIVINGSTON TO NEW-YORK COMMITTEE OF SAFETY.
Fort Montgomery, April 22, 1776.
SIR: The bearer hereof, Mr. Marshall, (one of the gentlemen recommended by the Dutchess County Committee for one of Captain Billngss Lieutenants,) wants to take a copy of the muster-roll of that part of Captain Billingss Company that I mustered. I have been obliged to muster part of Captain Swartwouts Company. The roll goes down by this conveyance. I wish that Colonel Palmer, or the commanding officer here, or some particular person, was appointed to muster the men as they arrive, as I conceive it irregular for me to do it. But there seems to be a necessity, at present, for some one to undertake the business, even without an order. Should be glad you would give him a copy, or let him take it himself.
I am, sir, your very humble servant,
To John McKesson, Esq.
CAPTAIN BILLINGS TO NEW-YORK COMMITTEE OF SAFETY.
Fort Montgomery, April 22, 1776.
GENTLEMEN: Your order of the 13th ultimo came to hand. In compliance to the same, sent one of my Sergeants immediately to the County, and to two of the Precinct Committees in Dutchess, with a copy of what I received from Congress, requesting their assistance, with as much despatch as possible, and acquainting them that I had but seven guns, and about forty blankets, which I had (with difficulty) purchased in the country. I have written to Colonel Ritzema, desiring to know whether I am to move before I get supplied. We have one battery finished, excepting the floor, and are now employed in cutting and making fascines. Garrison sickly. I send enclosed the return I received from the County Committee, respecting my subalterns, and shall be obliged by an answer to the same, as well as that respecting the two guns found in the barn on my passage from New-York. Mean time, I am, gentlemen, your most obedient, humble servant,
To the Chairman of the Committee of Safety. New-York.
ADMIRAL HOPKINS TO JOHN JENCKES.
New-London, April 22, 1776.
SIR: Captain Allen Brown is here yet with your sloop, and without the coast is clear, I advise him to stay until he can be certain of getting round; but if you want to sell the molasses, I hear it will fetch three-eighths at New-York, where she may go safe, and perhaps be more for your advantage than her coming home. Your son is hearty, and behaves extremely well since he came on board our ship.
I am your friend at command,
To John Jenckes, Esq., at Providence.
DOCTOR MORGAN TO GENERAL WASHINGTON.
Cambridge, April 22, 1776.
SIR: I take this opportunity to inform your Excellency that I am constantly employed in collecting and forwarding the Hospital stores to New-York, and in executing your orders relative to the drugs and medicines, &c. , left in the Ministerial Hospital, and Messrs. Perkins and Gardners shops, at Boston; of which I have given a more minute detail in my letters to General Gates, that I might not be troublesome in taking up more of your Excellencys time than necessary.
I have, and am collecting a noble store of medicines for the ensuing campaign; and I hope to leave no room for complaint of any scarcity or want of either medicines, beds, blankets, or other hospital stores for the Army; having got a sufficient supply (except of a few capital articles, which I hope to procure from Philadelphia) of medicines, for a year to come, or more, with fifteen hundred additional blankets and rugs, as many beds and pillows, &c., by the care and attention of my Steward and Quartermaster of the Hospital, Mr. Carnes, who has spared no pains in executing my orders, in collecting them from Boston, and in washing and fitting them for use.The sick in the several Hospitals are reduced to about eighty. I hope in ten or twelve days, or at least within a fortnight, to have managed in such a manner as to discharge them all, and to break up the Hospitals entirely. I have sent off about twenty-six wagons already for New-York, with hospital stores, always accompanied with some of the Mates of the Hospital to take charge of them. I flatter