George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Horatio Gates, 24 January 1777

From Major General Horatio Gates

Philadelphia January 24th 1777.


I was this morning prepared to Set Out to wait upon Your Excellency; but Mr Morris, Lord Stirling, & General Mifflin, have desired I would remain here to Expedite the March of the Militia daily arriving in this City. As These Gentlemen think I can render the best Service in doing this Duty, I shall continue to execute it until I receive Your Excellencys further Commands.

Inclosed is a Letter for Genl Schuyler, and some Resolves of Congress, which the president Deliver’d to me Open to forward to Your Excellency.1 I am Sir Your Most Obedient Humble Servant

Horatio Gates

LS, CSt; ADfS, NHi: Gates Papers. The draft contains a postscript that reads: “P.S. I am happy to inform You Sir that Major [Apollos] Morris Accepts The Terms proposed by Yr Excellency, & Setts out tomorrow morning for Camp.”

1Gates enclosed Hancock’s letter to Schuyler of 15 Jan. with its enclosures, Congress’s resolutions of 6, 9, 11, 13, and 14 Jan. respecting the northern department (see Hancock to Schuyler, 15 Jan., in Smith, Letters of Delegates description begins Paul H. Smith et al., eds. Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774–1789. 26 vols. Washington, D.C., 1976–2000. description ends , 6:107, and JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 7:15, 23–25, 29, 32–34). GW forwarded the letter with its enclosures to Schuyler on 27 January.

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