From Major General Israel Putnam
Head-Quarters. N. York. May 27th 1776
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.
|Mantalets of cur’d Hides||100|
|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
2. The previous Saturday was 25 May.
4. Israel Putnam, Jr., was an aide-de-camp for his father.