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To John Jay from Philip Schuyler, 17 May 1785

From Philip Schuyler

Albany May 17th 1785

Dear Sir

All the plank and boards You wrote for are here, and will be sent as soon as I can procure a Sloop to Convey them. The bearer Capt: Bleeker1 will deliver you some, I cannot say how many, as I have given directions to have them sorted, that For none may be delivered you but such as are good, my order may however be disobeyed, and It will therefore be advisable to send Your Carpenter to the Sloop, to receive them when she is ready to be unladen

I do not expect to procure a Sloop ^to convey the remainder^ before one which is daily expected here from New York, so that It will probably be near the last of the month before You receive the last.

The Gout still torments me, and at times with extream violence, and as I do not wish to go to New York until I have the perfect use of my legs, I fear It will not be so soon as I expected— (The Indian Hostages, [illegible] have remained here since last fall, will probably soon return, as I learn that our captives are on the way from the Indian Country.— The Hostages are litterally naked, and It will disgrace us to let them return so to their Country.— a Suit of Cloathing for ^each of^ them, and for three or four of their friends who Attend them, would be a trifling expence and prevent the Injurious comparisson they will make between our treatment of them and that of the british.— and tho I cannot act as a Commissioner, yet as a private Gentleman, I will readily procure this Cloathing If Congress desires It.—)2 I have advised the Commanding Officer here to provide a sufficiency of provisions at Fort Schuyler3 to bring the Captives down here and to enable the Indians who Attend them to return.—

If It is not out of the line of duty, shall be Glad to be advised, If the British intend to deliver up the Forts in the Western Country, or not. Adieu I am Dear Sir with affectionate Regard & Esteem Your most Obedient Servt

Ph: Schuyler

Hone John Jay Esqr.—

ALS, NNC (EJ: 7126). Endorsed: “… and. 26 May 1785—”.

1Possibly Leonard Bleecker.

2In his reply of 26 May 1785, Dft, NNC (EJ: 9355), JJ informed Schuyler that he had “laid before Congress an Extract from your Letter respecting the Indians Hostages” and that “your attention to these Matters is meritorious.” See JJ to the President of Congress (Richard Henry Lee), 26 May 1787, LS, DNA: PCC, item 80, 1: 185, 189–91 (EJ: 99); and JCC, description begins Worthington C. Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (34 vols.; Washington, D.C., 1904–37) description ends 28: 400n2. (27 May 1785).

3The former Fort Stanwix.

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