From Major General Philip Schuyler
Albany January 25th 1777.
Permit me to refer your Excellency to the inclosed Letter to Congress and the papers it contains, for Information from this Quarter.1
Colonel Wayne is very anxious to go down the Country—I wish him to be relieved by a General Officer; but as I have none to send there, your Excellency will be so good as to order one or more to this place.
I percieve by the Resolution of Congress that three thousand Horsemen are to be raised—Some Horses may possibly be procured here—perhaps you may think it expedient to order them to be purchased.2
Major Edmenston has importuned me so much to go on his parole to General Howe to try to get exchanged, that I have consented to his going down to you—He will set out in a few Days under Charge of an Officer, whom I shall direct not to approach your Quarters nearer than ten Miles until he receives your Commands.
A Report prevails here that you have had a third capital Advantage over the Enemy and that General Heath has possessed himself of Fort Washington—I sincerely wish a Confirmation of these Accounts, that I may have the pleasure to congratulate you thereon.
I can easily concieve that your whole Time must be so engrossed with the variety of Affairs that claim your Attention that I can seldom expect to be honored with a Line—I wish however when any thing of Importance occurs that Mr Harrison would favor me with a Line—If it is sent by Way of Fish Kill it will do, unless a Conveyance should offer immediately to this place. I am dear Sir With every wish for your Health & Happiness and with great Respect Your most obedt humble Servant
LS, DLC:GW; LB, NN: Schuyler Papers.
1. Schuyler enclosed his letter to Hancock of 25–26 Jan. 1777, written to inform Congress of the state of military affairs in the northern department, with its various enclosures (DNA:PCC, item 153). Schuyler apparently also enclosed an extract of Lt. Col. Christophe Pélissier’s “private Letter” to an unknown recepient of 15 Jan. recommending that Continental forces undertake a mid-February attack on the British vessels on Lake Champlain and that an appeal for assistance be made to the French fleet at Martinique in order to “greatly facilitate Genl Washingtons measures for driving the Ministerial Troops from America” (DLC:GW).
2. For Congress’s resolution of 29 Nov. 1776 directing the secret committee to procure arms and equippage for 3,000 horse, see 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 , 6:992, 1025.