Albany Novr 23d 1780.
The enclosed I this moment received, which I transmit for your Excellency’s perusal. Tho’ I do not believe this Alarm proceeds from anything else than a small hunting party, yet the People in that Quarter are in such Consternation, that unless a party of Men are stationed there to inspirit them, they will infallibly leave the remainder of that Country, (which is still well worth preserving) to be desolated; and Schenectady, and Albany must become the Frontier.
But however pressing our necessity for Troops may be (and without them we cannot support the Communication to Fort Schuyler,) yet unless we can be put in a train to supply them with Provision, their Presence will only add to our Calamity. Our flower is only from hand to mouth, and tho’ we expect a drove of Cattle in tomorrow, they will not be sufficient to repay the Debts contracted with the Inhabitants by town.
I shall be happy to receive your Excellency’s directions on the Subject as soon as convenient. I have the honour to be with the greatest respect Your Excelys most obt Hble Servant
P. S. Harper’s field is about eighteen miles S.W. from Schoharie.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
Schohary 22d Novr 1780
I this moment received Intillegence that the Enemy were burning Harper’s feild last night. The Information is come with all possible speed from that place. Time will not permit me to write you the Perticulars. Please to shew this to Genl Ten Broeck—If any thing new occurs, I will inform you immediately if possible. I am in great haste Yours &ca
Peter Vroman Col.