George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Israel Putnam, 27 May 1776

From Major General Israel Putnam

Head-Quarters. N. York. May 27th 1776

Dear General.

Nothing material has happened since I last wrote You.1 the Articles General Schyler wrote for are all forwarded they went from this last Saturday in a Vessel bound to Albany.2 Lord Sterling Colo. Putnam & one Officer from the train went from this up the North River Yesterday—I could not think it prudent to send Colo. Knox as he was much wanted here—the Lead General Schuyler wrote for was not to be had—have wrote General Ward for the following Articles which were taken in the last prize.3 Viz.

Sand Bags 10,000
Mantalets of cur’d Hides 100
Broad Axes 100
Hand Hammers 50
Hand Hatche[t]s 500
Felling Axes 300
Hand Bills 500
Spades 1000
Shovels 500
Powder 25 Tonns
one half the spikes & Nails
The whole of the Carpenters Tools

All the Carbines—compleat—& Two Tonns of lead out of the old Stock, Capt. Putnam I have sent on Express to forward the above Articles wt. all possible Dispatch4—my proceedings in this matter I hope may be approv’d of by your Excellency—as I tho’t absolutely necessary for the good of the Service.

Last night an express from Cannada—with a lett⟨r⟩ from Genl Schuyler dated Fort George May 21st—which mentions he had forwarded on all the Provisions then on hand, a letter from General Thompson Dated Chamble 14th May—says matters are in a very confused state—he mentions Colo. Greatons & part of Colo. Bonds Reg’ts had gone forward, Colo. Patterson’s at Montreal—Colo. Poors at Ticonderoga waiting for Provisions—he expected to go down the Sorrel & join General Thomas that Evening.

These letters I should forward you—but expect your Exclly in town this day or tomorrow, have detained the Express till your Arrival. I am with Esteem & Respect Your Excellency’s Most Obed. & Very Hume Servt

Israel Putnam


2The previous Saturday was 25 May.

3For the capture of the British transport Hope, see Artemas Ward to GW, 17 May 1776, n.1.

4Israel Putnam, Jr., was an aide-de-camp for his father.

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