George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Captain Richard Varick, 3 August 1776

From Captain Richard Varick

Albany August 3d 1776

May it please Your Excellency

Agreeable to General Schuylers Orders I do myself the Honor to Inclose you three Lists of Articles wanted for the Public Service, on Lake Chamblain, contained in the Paper marked A and do also inclose Your Excellency another Paper marked B containing a true Account of such Articles of these Lists as cannot possibly be procured at this Place.1

An Express is sent from this Place to Connecticut, with Instructions to purchase the Sail Cloth & Cordage; which General Arnold says is to be had in that Colony—And an Express is also sent to the Forges & Furnaces at Livingstons Manor & Salisbury to procure the Swivels, & Grape, double headed & Chain Shot—if to be had there—None of the other Articles are to be had nearer than New York—and I am directed by the Genl to request your Excellency in his Name to Order the several Articles which are wanting, to be sent up with all possible dispatch to this place—With the Assistance of the Public Store keeper, I have procured from the Proprietors of Vessels and the Merchants of this Place & Schenactady all the Anchors, Cables & Cordage that was to be had from them—for which I have made a full allowance. I am with Respect & Esteem Your Excellency’s Most Obedt & Very Humble servt

Richd Varick secy to M. Gen: Schuyler

The Articles in B marked with the Letter C are sent for to Connecticut, but Not Certain of being procured there.


LS, DLC:GW; ADfS, NHi: Varick Papers; LB, NN: Schuyler Papers. The postscript to the LS, which is in Varick’s writing, does not appear in either of the other copies.

1These enclosures are in DLC:GW. The paper marked “A” contains a “List of Articles wanted for the Gundaloes, Armed Vessels & Batteaus,” a list of “Articles wanted immediately for the Vessells and Gondaloes on Lake Champlain, July 20–1776,” and a “List of Articles wanted for the Vessells on the Lake Champlain July 24th—1776.” The paper marked “B” contains a “Return of Articles wanted for the Public Service on Lake Champlain, which cannot be procured at Albany, or at any Place between this & New York—except as per N.B. at the Bottom[,] Albany Augt 3d 1776,” and two requisitions by General Arnold for articles wanted for the vessels on Lake Champlain, one dated 20 July and the other dated 24 July 1776. These lists are printed in Force, American Archives description begins Peter Force, ed. American Archives. 9 vols. Washington, D.C., 1837–53. description ends , 5th ser., 1:745–46.

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