George Washington Papers

From Philip John Schuyler to Samuel Huntington, 23 July 1780

In Committee of Congress Preakaniss July 23d 1780


We have the honor to Inclose your Excellency copy of a letter from the General Officers to us, No. 1. with copy of their memorial to Congress No. 2. which we received on the 20th Instant.

It is certain that the fortitude and perseverance with which the Officers and Soldiers of the army have encountered the various hardships and difficulties they have been exposed to, and the faithful and Eminent Services rendered their country in the course of the present contest, fully Intitle them to her gratitude, her ample Justice, and loudly calls for the earliest decision of her supreme Council on the Subject Matter of their memorial.

The Inclosed, No. 3, is copy of a Letter from the Commander in cheif to the Quarter master general; No. 4 is copy of his letter to us in Consequence of the former, No. 5. & 6. are returns which accompanied It, No. 7 is copy of our letter in answer to his, No. 8 of his reply.

On a matter so Important as that which is the principal Object of these papers, we earnestly Intreat to have the sense of Congress explicitly stated and speedily conveyed to us; The Committee were led to decide for a military coercion in procuring carriages, If other means of Obtaining them should prove Ineffectual, because they concieved Its a self evident proposition; that Ample, but distant supplies of provision, for such an Army as you have called Into the field, without adequate means of transportation [may] render every operation abortive, [increasing] The distress of the Country and call in question the wisdom of the directing council of the Empire.

Governor Livingston with whom we have conversed since our last to Congress has explained the quotation we gave from his letter "respecting the Military resources of the State," he meant only to convey that no new powers had been Conferred on any person to call them out but assures us that by former acts of the legislature he is authorized with his council to draw forth the Militia on the requisition of Congress or General Washington.

The Honorable President Weare In letters of the 1st 2d & 6h which we received on the 21st Instant advises us that he has "reason to expect the major part at least of the troops to recruit" [that is] "line with rendezvous in the southern extremes of the station the 4th of July"—that "the militia are Ordered to be at the same places in the 12th in their way to Camp"—That "the quota of beef allotted to the State for July, will be ready"—That the first months allottments of Rum is ready That "persons are employed to purchase the 150 horses requested of them, and thinks It probable they will be ready in a few days"—That "the legislature of the State have fully Impowered the president with the Committee of safety to call forth all and every resource of the state when wanted in the recess of the general court, to whom" we are "to apply for future aid"; In his letter of the 6th he observes "upwards of one hundred recruits for the Continental army had marched forward, on the preceeding tuesday and wednesday from Kingston and by the best Information they were equally forward In the counties of Hillsborough and Cheshire."

His Excellency the Governor of Marylands Information, is also full, and greatly satisfactory, as his letter is short we deem It unnecessary to analize It and therefore transmitt a copy No. 9.

We have this day in concurrance with the Commander in chief annexed the regiment Commanded by Colonel Henry Jackson to the Massachusetts line; That of which Samuel B. Webb Esqr. is Colonel we have also annexed to the Connecticut line, copies of our resolutions are Inclosed No. 10. & 11.

We wish to be favored with Copies of the Journals of Congress as far down as they are printed. We have the honor to be with Great respect & Esteem Your Excellencys most Obedient Humble Servants

Ph. Schuyler

Jno. Mathews

N. Peabody

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