George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Philip Schuyler, 30 May 1779

From Philip Schuyler

Saratoga [N.Y.] May 30th 1779

Dear Sir

Yesterday I was honored with Your Excellency’s favor of the 21st Instant.

Before my last Lieut. McLallen who was under an Arrest had privately left Albany and is supposed to be Gone towards Boston. Lt Haasbrook1 who Accompanied him to Oswegetchie I am Informed is an Intelligent young man I therfore requested Colo. V. Schaick to send him with the party to explore the Country In Consequence of your Excellencys request conveyed In yours of the tenth Instant I shall desire that he may be sent to me on his return that I may personally examine him in every particular recommended to Colo. Van Schaick In mine of the 22d Copy of which I Inclose2 and by which your Excellency will perceive that I have directed Such Inquiries to be made as will In part answer the queries contained In Your last the remainder Haasbrook will probably be Able to Answer on his return.

The Inclosed No. 2 is Copy of a letter I have Just received from Mr Deane3 Amongst the Indian prisoners now at Albany are four Cayuga warriors, and some women of that nation. If the Onondagos now at Albany belong to those families that are removed to Oneida, I should recommend their release assoon as any of their people have actually Committed hostilities agains[t] the Enemy.

I concieve the river Scull mentioned by Lt McLallen to be the Same with the river Lafamine which empties In the large bay of Ontario between Oswego and buck or deer Island, If so he has probably mistaken the Course from that river to the Oswegatchie river which from all the Information I have been able to Collect lays South East from It. perhaps too he may have mistaken the distance. I am Dear Sir Most Sincerely and with the truest Esteem & affection Your Excellencys Obedient Humble Servant

Ph: Schuyler


1This is a mistaken reference to Abraham Hardenbergh (1756–1794), who had been appointed an ensign in the 4th New York Regiment in June 1776, was promoted to second lieutenant in the 1st New York Regiment in November 1776, and left the army in June 1783. GW replied to Schuyler on 9 June that he had met with Hardenbergh and asked him to “make a second excursion to explore the country more fully and minutely” (DLC:GW). Col. Goose Van Schaick wrote to GW on 15 July, enclosing Hardenbergh’s report of his expedition and a map that he had made of the country he explored (DLC:GW). GW replied on 22 July and declared himself “exceedingly obliged” for Hardenbergh’s services (CSmH). After the war, Hardenbergh served as a commissioner to determine the boundary line between New York and Pennsylvania, and as a surveyor for the state of New York. His petition to GW on 22 May 1789 to serve as geographer of the United States was, however, unsuccessful (Papers, Presidential Series description begins W. W. Abbot et al., eds. The Papers of George Washington, Presidential Series. 17 vols. to date. Charlottesville, Va., 1987—. description ends , 2:367–68).

2The enclosed copy of Schuyler’s letter to Van Schaick has not been identified.

3The enclosed copy of a letter from James Deane has not been identified.

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