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I do myself the Honor to advise your Excellency that the Connecticut Troops, that arrived in this Colony under the Command of Brigadier Wooster are encamped within two Miles of this Town. I have not yet had a Return of their Numbers[.] as soon as my Order for that Purpose is complied with I shall transmit it. Inclose You Sir a Copy of the Resolutions of the Hono: the Continental Congress of...
Since I did Myself the Honor to write Your Excellency from New York Nothing very material occurred until Yesterday, when I received the Inclosed Letters, the Accounts contained in that marked Number 1 are truly alarming in the present defenceless State of the Counties of Tryon and Albany, and Especially as the Assistance I can afford them either of Men or Money is next to Nothing, the few...
I do myself the Honor to inform Your Excellency of my Arrival at this Place early this Morning; and, as a Person is just going to Hartford, I sit down to give you the little Information I have procured. A Canadian, who twelve days ago left St Johns, advises me that General Carlton has about four hundred men at that place; that he has thrown up a strong intrenchment, covered with Chevaux de...
Since my last I have been most Assiduously employed in preparing Materials for building boats to Convey me across the Lake—the progress has hitherto been Slow as with few hands I had All the Timber to Cut, Mills to repair, to Saw the plank, and my draught Cattle extreamly weak for want of feed the drought haveing Scorched up Every kind of Herbage. I have now one boat in Stocks which I hope...
I thank You my Dear General for your very kind and polite Letter of the 28th ult., which I just had the Honor to receive. Immediately on my Arrival here, I issued such Orders respecting the Provisions & Stores, (which I found had been most scandalously embezzled or misapplyed) as I hoped would effectually have brought Matters into a Right Train, but it is the Misfortune of the People here,...
ALS and transcript: National Archives Yesterday I had the honor to receive your favor of the 15th. Instant. The powder which the Respectable Committee of your city has sent is already arrived here. You, and they, Sir, are Equally Intitled to my best thanks for this mark of attention. I shall with great pleasure order a Considerable Quantity of Lead to be conveyed to Philadelphia Immediately....
Your Excellency’s favors of the 14th and 20th Inst: were delivered me last night. I left Tionderoga on thursday the 17th Instant and hoped to have returned in four days, but on my arrival at Saratoga I received Information that a large body of Indians of the Six nations were to be here as on tuesday last, And that my presence was Indispensibly necessary. I therefore Attended and on Wednesday...
I arrived here last night and Immediately renewed my orders for Sending you the lead (my former ones having not come to hand) It will leave Crown point this Afternoon and be forwarded without Loss of Time to you. Gen: Montgomery leaves Crown point to day with twelve hundred Men, and four twelve pounders, I follow him this Evening and have ordered the whole Strength I can Spare to Join me at...
The Day after I did Myself the Honor to write Your Excellency from Albany, I set out for this Place & arrived here on the 30th Ult: much indisposed with a billious Fever, next Day I followed General Montgomery whom I overtook on the 4th instant at the Isle au Motte he having been detained by Adverse Winds & rainy Weather, On that Day we moved on to Isle au Noix (twelve Miles South of St Johns)...
I did myself the Honor to address You in a long Letter of the 20th which I hope will come safe to Hand. The Day before yesterday I was favored with a Letter from General Montgomery, Copy of which inclosd In the Contents of which, & on the Report of the Indian Deputies I do myself the Pleasure to congratulate Your Excellency. I have made some Explanatory Notes on General Montgomery’s Letter...
I did myself the Honor to write Your Excellency on the 26th Ult: which I sent by the Way of Albany, on the 4th instant, I received the Originals of the inclosed, Except that marked No. 2, which came to Hand Yesterday. It chagrines me much, that I have not more frequent Opportunities of addressing Myself to You. I am extreamly apprehensive that a Want of Powder will be fatal to our Operations,...
As I cannot let My Dear General remain one Moment in Anxiety I acknowledge his Letter of the 6th & send this by Express. Mr Wooster is the Younger Brigadier of the two, but least any Uneasiness should be occasioned, I will keep him here. Mine of the 26 Ult: which I hope You have received will inform You where our Army is, You may be assured that Nothing but a superior Force will bring It from...
At two this Afternoon, an Express from General Montgomery arrived at this Place, Copy of his Letter, with Copies of the Papers it inclosed, I do Myself the Honor to transmit Your Excellency by Express; The Irresistable Force of Necessity having drove us to Arms, Success cannot be attended without Pleasure And therefore I congratulate Your Excellency, on the good Account these Papers contain....
Your Excellency’s Favor of the 26th Ult. I had the Honor to receive on the 3d instant. I have long since signified to Congress the Necessity of a Delegation from them to this Place, and in their last to me of the 12th Ult:, they (unfortunately for me) say that it did not appear necessary then, I took the Liberty to lament that they were not in Sentiment with me on the Subject, & to add that I...
I had prepared an Answer to your last, which I Received three days ago, but as It was not Copied; and having this Moment received the agreable Intelligence of the reduction of St John’s, I would not withold from your Excellency so Interesting an Account, for a letter which I may hereafter send, I only Inclose Copy’s of General Montgommery’s Letter and of the papers that were Inclosed in It. Mr...
I do Myself the Honor to congratulate Your Excellency on the Surrender of Montreal Inclose You Copy of the Terms that were proposed and allowed as also Copy of sundry Letters from a Mr Brook Watson, & that of General Montgomery to me; to Congress I have only sent Extracts of the last, for prudential Reasons. In your Hands it is safe. Since my last to Your Excellency I have been more particular...
I have the Happiness My Dear General to inclose You a Letter from Colo: Arnold, & a Copy of one of his to General Montgomery, with Copy of that Gentleman’s to me; Whatever may be Colonel Arnold’s Fate at Quebec, his Merit is very great, in marching such a Body of Troops, thro’ a Country scarcely trodden by Human Foot. May Heaven still continue to smile on our Arms, until We have obtained that...
The Evening before General Montgomery landed on the Island of Montreal, Mr Carlton embarked his Garrison on Board of some Vessels and small Craft, And made two Attempts to pass our Batteries near the Mouth of Sorrel, but was drove back by Colo. Easton, who has behaved with Bravery & much Alertness; On the 19th Mr Carlton disguised En Canadien & accompanied by six Peasants, found Means to make...
I do myself the honor to advise your Excellency of my arrival here on the 7th Inst: should have wrote you yesterday but I was all day in conference with Sixty of the principal Sachems of the Six Nations. the matter was merely congratulatory and introductory to the business which they intend to open on monday, the substance of which I have not yet been able to learn. Inclose you copys of...
Since I did Myself the Honor to address Your Excellency on the 8th instant, my Baggage is arrived, & now inclose the Return of Cannon at Crown Point Tionderoga &ca —besides these there are a few at Fort George, the Return whereof I gave Colo: Knox to Copy & he forgot to redeliver It to me. As soon as I am a little setled, I shall take the Liberty to send You Copies of my Letters to Congress,...
Your Excellencys Favor of the 28th November I received on the 11th instant, the Inventory of the Military Stores taken from the Enemy, gave great Joy in this Place. With mine of the 8th instant, Your Excellency will receive an Account of our Strength in Canada, It is daily decreasing, above an hundred have left It since General Montgomery’s Letter. I fear much that by the first of next Month,...
I do not hesitate a Moment to answer My Dear General’s Question in the Affirmative, by declaring that now or never, is the Time for Every Virtuous American to exert himself in the Cause of Liberty & his Country, and that it is become a Duty, cheerfully to sacrafice the Sweets of domestic Felicity to attain the Honest & Glorious End, America has in View, & I can with a good Conscience declare,...
I wish I had no Occasion to send My Dear General this Melancholly Account. My Amiable Friend the Gallant Montgomery is no more. The Brave Arnold is wounded & we have met with a severe Check, in an unsuccessful Attempt on Quebec; May Heaven be graciously pleased that the Misfortune may terminate here; I tremble for our People in Canada, And Nothing my Dear Sir seems left, to prevent the most...
Colo: Warner succeeds so fast in sending Men to Canada. From the County of Berkshire in the Massachusetts Bay, a Regiment will also immediately be sent, Part of which is already on Its March. by a Letter just received from Congress dated the 10th instant, I am advised that a Regiment from Pennsylvania & Another from New Jersey were ordered immediately to March for this Place & to put...
A few Days ago I was honored with your Letter of the 27th Ultimo by Bennet—I was so greatly indisposed then that it was with Difficulty I could do that Business which was indispensible: I am since much better—A copious Discharge from an internal Imposthume in my Breast has given me great Relief, and I have Reason to think it is healing, as my Cough is greatly abated, and I gain Strength so...
I am honored with your Letters of the 25th & 27th Ultimo which were delivered me on the 7th by Mr Bennet. I feel in the most sensible Manner the disagreeable Situation you are in, for Want of Arms: it adds to the pain, this Information gives me, that we are here in a similar Situation, and unable to assist you—The New Jersey—pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts Troops arrive here more...
I thank you my dear General for your Favor of the 19th Inst. which I had the Honor to receive Yesterday—I most sincerely congratulate you on the Success of your Operations Forcing a formidable and well appointed Army commanded by Generals of Reputation & secured with the best of Works—to seek Elbow-Room Malgrèeux by a precipitate Retreat, whilst it reflects the highest Honor on you, cannot...
The Regiments destined for Canada arrived here very incompleat: Sickness and Desertion have still reduced them much more, so that our Army in Canada will fall greatly short of what was intended: I have therefore applyed to Congress for a Reinforcement (as you will percieve by the inclosed) not knowing that they had requested your Excellency to detach four Regiments, of which I was only...
Yesterday I had the Honor to receive your Favor of the 3d Instant by Bennet, who overtook me on my Way to this place—All is in readiness to move as soon as the Lakes open, which I hope will be in a Day or two—General Thomas is here—6 Companies of Burrel’s Regiment from Connecticut two Companies of the first pennsylvania Batallion three of the New Jersey; the Remainder of these Corps are gone...
ALS and copy: National Archives The lake is open in so many places that I am of opinion you may set out for this place as Early as you can. I have received some dispatches from Canada which I Inclose you and by which you will see the necessity of sending a large reinforcement. Please to bring up with you the papers I Inclose as I have no Copies of them. The Bearer goes Express to Congress and...
I had the Honor to receive your Favor of the 15th Instant at Tyconderoga on the 25th, on which Day the Remainder of Maxwell’s, De Haas’s and Burrel’s Regiments moved from thence—I stayed to see St Clair’s and their Baggage across the portage and embarked, and at six in the Evening set out for this place, which I reached at five Yesterday Morning. Being restricted by Congress to build no more...
Since I did myself the honor to address Your Excellency on the 27th ult: I have had no Intelligence from Quebec. Mr Carrol in a letter of the 28th April dated at St Johns has advised me of the safe arrival of himself and his Brothers the Commissioners at that place on the preceeding day. He adds that twenty four Batteaux with troops had Already passed that place and that the remainder were...
Your Excellencys favours of the 24th and 29th april are this moment come to hand. Tomorrow Evening I shall finish batteaux Sufficient to Carry the remainder of Gen: Thompsons Brigade to Canada But as we can build only four a day the troops must necessarily be detained some time unless part of the Batteaux should return from Canada which I ordered to be done when the first left this—To Supply...
I had the Honor to receive Your Excellency’s Favor of the 3d instant, by Mr Bennet; which was delivered on Wednesday Evening, General Sullivan arrived here at six that Afternoon, half an Hour before that I returned from Fort George, having embarked General Thompson with the last of his Brigade, on the Morning of the preceeding Day. Immediately on the Receipt of your Excellency’s Letter of the...
The Canada Post is just arrived and has brought me the Enclosed, I was requested by the Commissioners to seal & forward that to Congress There can be no Impropriety in Your Excellency’s perusing It, I have therefore left It open to be sealed before It leaves You. The little Quantity of Provisions at Quebec is truly Allarming, they will receive all that was at the Posts above, by General...
I found It impossible to leave Town to Day as I had intended, It is lucky That I did not, for I just now received an Express from Fort George advising me that amongst the Nails I had ordered from Canada there were very few of those wanted for the Bottoms of the Boats; This Account has plunged me into almost Inextricable Difficulty, as I can procure only four hundred Weight in this Town, I have...
This Moment Colonel Weisenfelts and Mr Mercer arrived here with the Melancholly Intelligence contained in the inclosed Copies of Letters from the Honorable the Commissioners of Congress in Canada and General Arnold. I must of Necessity comply with their Request of halting the Troops, otherwise those in Canada under their present Circumstances must starve. This Event will cause such an...
This Moment Capt. Goforth arrived with sundry Letters and papers to me, Copies of all which I do myself the Honor to enclose to your Excellency. The Distress our army is in from their Variety of Wants is truly affecting and gives me the most poignant anxiety—Some of the inclosed papers observe that General Thompson’s Brigade carried only ten Days provision with them, but this is happily a...
I was last Evening honored with your Excellency’s Favor of the 15th Instant. I have sent to Canada half of the Money transmitted me by Colonel Gilman; thirty thousand Dollars of the other half is gone to Connecticut, where we still owe about seventy thousand, the Remainder is nearly expended in paying Debts long since accrued, and the Calls for daily Expences is very considerable. I hope...
On the 22d I was honored with your Excellency’s Favor of the 17th Instant, and the same Evening the Nails and Lead arrived here, 31 Boxes of the latter I gave in Charge to Colonel Wynd, who left this, with his Regiment Yesterday Morning. the Remainder is gone with General Sullivan who sailed hence with Irwin’s and Wayn’s at 8 this Morning. Dayton’s is not returned from Tryon County, nor have I...
Since my last of the 24th I have received sundry Letters from Canada, of which the inclosed are Copies. The five Batteaus sent with provisions on the 14th arrived at St John’s on the 17th, as I have already observed to your Excellency in my last. I have now three hundred Barrels of pork here, part of which will go in the large Boat, which I momently expect, but I cannot send any in Batteaus...
Since my Letter of this Morning Mr Livingston my Aid de Camp whom I sent to Albany to hasten up to this place, whatever of V. Schaick’s and Wynkoop’s Regiments might be there, more than were wanted to mann the Batteaux employed in transporting provisions, is returned here, and informs me that the Men of both those Regiments at that place are not sufficient to mann the Batteaus; this...
Last Night Colonel Clinton arrived and brought me the inclosed, by which I find the Note alluded to in mine of Yesterday was intended for me —I shall answer the Gentlemen on the Subject of the Gundalo to Day—If the Account given by McChord be true it is much to be lamented that the Siege of Quebec could not have been immediately reassumed. The honorable Commissioners I suppose had not yet...
This Moment I have received a Letter from General Sullivan, of which the enclosed is a Copy: Our Affairs begin daily to wear a darker Aspect in Canada, and I fear will not change for the better unless more Troops are sent in. I dare not by any Means remove Colonel Dayton’s Regiment from Tryon County, for I am morally sure that Sir John Johnson would immediately fall upon that part of the...
Your Excellency’s Letter of the 22d Instant was delivered me last Evening—I learn with particular Satisfaction that Congress has requested your Attendance to advise with them on the Measures necessary to be adopted for the present Campaign—I foresee many salutary Consequences from this Step. Altho’ I have transmitted you some farther disagreeable Accounts from Canada since the Date of your...
At Nine this Morning I arrived from Fort George having left that Yesterday in Consequence of the Information Contained in a Letter & Paper sent Me by the Committee of this City & County, Copies of which I do Myself the Honor to inclose You. I was apprehensive That Something of this Kind would happen, as Your Excellency will perceive by recurring to some of my former Letters, I shall do Every...
I had the Honor to address Your Excellency Yesterday by Post, Since which Mr Deane the Indian Interpreter is arrived from Oneida, and Contradicts the Account contained in the Paper inclosed in mine of Yesterday. But says that an Account arrived at Oneida, & the Oneidas beleived it to be true, “That Butler had Called a Meeting of the six Nations at Oswega.” The Oneidas apprehend that he will...
The Letter which I had the Honor to write You Yesterday I delivered to General Wooster who sailed this Day. I have within this half Hour received a Letter from General Arnold of Which the inclosed is a Copy I fear the next will announce the Evacuation of Canada by our Troops, probably with Loss, as I fear that not a sufficient Attention has been paid to a Recommendation of Mine, to bring all...
I had Just closed my Letter No. 1 when I received the Inclosed from General Sullivan which was Left open for my perusal I am extreamly Happy that it contains such Favorable Accounts and do myself the pleasure to Congratulate your Excellency—I am still in Hopes if reinforcements are soon sent we shall hold Canada, Especially as the Canadians are so friendly—I am however humbly of Opinion That...
By Capt. Goforth who arrived this Morning I am honored with Your Excellency’s Favor of the 9th instt & by Mr Watts with that of the 10th. The Resolutions of Congress for a farther Supply of Money to be sent here I received on the last Ult. & dispatched It by Express to Canada together with the Other Resolutions that were transmitted me by the same Conveyance. I am happy That Your Excellency...