Document, 1779 January 29

Title:
Document, 1779 January 29
Library Location:
National Archives and Records Administration
(Non-Columbia Location)
Name:
Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Format:
correspondence
Digital Project:
Papers of John Jay
Date:
1779 January 29
Note:
The entire content of the original has been digitized.
Physical Description:
7
Subjects:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Summary:
Believes the British magazines of provisions are being exhausted very quickly. Admiral Gambier goes from New York to New London in three ships with 367 prisoners; Admiral Byron sent 144 prisoners to General Sullivan from Rhode Island; Admiral Hughes just arrived in Boston from Halifax with another 115. General Heath wishes CongressÆs commands on the prisoner Ensign John Brown, held under sentence of death in Boston. He also asks what he should do with the ten thousand dollars given to him by the paymaster of the troops. Asks Congress to take immediate steps to secure flour for the magazines; the poor inhabitants of Boston have too little and he could not supply them with the Continental ArmyÆs supply, as it was too low. Encloses copy of letter from General Jacob Bayley, with reports from Canada: Canadians believe that the Continental Army is about to attack them; wishes that we could because it would not take much to be successful. Sends this letter by Colonel Little, who should be asked about that country, as he knows it well. Please send arms, as fears an attack. Encloses copy of letter by Colonel Timothy Bedel: that they are very low on blankets and ammunition. General Washington informed him of a resolve of Congress about providing clothing to his regiment in December, but has heard nothing since and would like to give clothes to Captain Traversie and some Indian chiefs. Has heard good reports from Canada by Indians coming from there, that the inhabitants wait for the Americans with impatience. Has 200 men on duty but only 50 blankets, and the barracks are not yet livable.
Identifier:
columbia.jay.10920

Document, 1779 January 29