Transcriptions closed on May 15, 2018. Read more details here.

Lost convoy and military defeats in Europe

Sources & Images
Source Name Image(s)
CollectionIndiana Historical Society Library: James O'Hara Papers view image
Document Information
Date November 22, 1793
Author Name Samuel Hodgdon (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Recipient Name James O'Hara (primary)
Summary Forwards requested money to the Quartermast General. Mentions loss of a convoy laden with whiskey. In Europe reports on retreat at Dunkirk by British and Germans with disgrace; grand combined armies forced over the Rhine with losses of ordnance.
Document Format Letterbook Copy
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups James O'Hara; Samuel Hodgdon; Germans; British;
Related Places Philadelphia; Dunkirk; Rhine River; Germany; Britain; Europe;
Keywords drafts; money; whiskey; waggons; ;
Key Phrases [not available]

[Note: Transcriptions are works in progress and maybe partial. Please help us correct any errors or omissions by signing up for a transcription account.]
to say any thing to the Contractors about Transport

Col O'Hara Phila 22nd November 1793


I have now the pleasure to inform you that on application I have received the 10,000 Dollars you requested and on monday next they will go forward in charge of an officer who has also with him a large sum for the pay of the Army.

The bills you advis'd me you had drawn have generally been presented I paid others of which I had no notice have also met due honor The remainder of your requestion is under consideration, & altho' it is as excess on the years appropriation for your Department I doubt not will you in which case I shall as you direct hold it subject to yourself. I shall keep you advised of every essential particular that [undecipherable] you or your Department. We have a fully well authenticated account of your losing a Convoy. we hope Victory will compensate the loss. The story says you have lost a guard of 70 men & 22 waggons laden with [undecipherable] and whiskey. Accounts from France place the affairs in a flattering situation. The British + German auxiliaries have been oblig'd to retreat from before dunkirk with disgrace + great loss + to day by a late arrival we are told that the grand Combined armies have been forced Over the Rhine leaving 180 pieces of Ordnance [undecipherable] them, the particulars I will endeavor to send you in my next

I'am Sir yours
Saml Hodgdon