George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Captain Richard Varick, 14 October 1776

From Captain Richard Varick

Albany October 14th 1776 half after three P.M.


I do myself the Honor to inclose Copy of a Letter from General Arnold to General Gates transmitted by the Latter from Tyonderoga & this Moment received in General Schuyler’s absence who is now on his Way to Saratoga.1

The Lead arrived at Fort George on Saturday last and was immediately forwarded2—The powder left this on the same Day and is probably now at or near Fort George, where it will not be delayed a Moment, the commanding officer having General Schuyler’s Direction to forward it instantly on its Arrival, to the Army. I am very respectfully Your Excellency’s obedient & most humble Servant

Richd Varick

LS, DLC:GW; LB, NN: Schuyler Papers.

1The enclosed copy of Benedict Arnold’s letter to Gates of 12 Oct. contains an account of the defeat of his fleet by the British the previous day at Valcour Island (DLC:GW). Varick also may have enclosed with this letter the undated list of American armed vessels on Lake Champlain that is with the documents for 12 Oct. in DLC:GW, ser. 4.

2The previous Saturday was 12 October.

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