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I am honored with your Excellency’s Favor of the 20th Instant—Your Situation at New York has been truly alarming and it is probable that had you not so judiciously retreated, & with such good Order and Dispatch you would have been involved in almost inextricable Difficulties—I hope the Enemy have got all they will get this Campaign, and that we shall be better able to cope with them in...
On Saturday Mr Van Vechtnen Advised me that no Notice had been given by Mr Ogden to Jacob R Van Rensselaer that Special bail had been filed in the Suit of John R. V. Rensselaer Against Stephen Schuyler & Henry J V Rensselaer. in Conformity to Mr Ogdens directions to My Brother, I became Special Bail, and immediately Advised Mr Ogden thereof and that the bail price was filed. on Saturday last,...
I have the Honor to inform your Excellency that General Gates has advised me of the retreat of the British Troops from Crown Point, the last of them left Crown Point on Monday Morning—Sir John Johnson is returned with them —I am most respectfully Your Excellency’s Most Obedient Humbe servt Be so good as to forward this Account to Congress as I have not time to write this going by the...
Your favors of the 21st & 30th ult: I had the pleasure to receive a few days ago. The reward refused by the Pensylvania line evinces a becoming sense of propriety & gallantry. What might not our soldiery be brought to if properly fed, paid and cloathed. Mr De Grandchain delivered me your favor; he and Colo Wadsworth have had beds here and those attentions which your recommendations will always...
We all arrived in good health at two O’Clock yesterday afternoon, the passage would have been perfectly agreable had It not been alloyed by the reflection that we had parted from friends so dear to us. I hope My beloved Eliza is in better health than when we left her, perswaded that a change of air would benefit her we entreat her to come up as Speedily as possible, and to bring at least the...
Your Excellencys favor of the 18th ult: Covering Copy of your orders to the Quarter Master General I had the honor to receive on the 30th. I shall with the utmost alacrity Carry your Excellencys orders Into Execution, nor shall my resignation Even after It shall have been Accepted by Congress prevent me In the least from giving my personal Aid to procure every thing necessary for the...
Albany [26] September 1776 . “Since my last of Yesterday, I have received sundry papers from General Gates, Copies of all which I do myself the Honor to inclose—I have mentioned to Congress that I had sent them to your Excellency.” LS , DLC:GW ; LB , NN : Schuyler Papers. Although the LS is dated 20 Sept. and the LB is dated 25 Sept., the context of this letter indicates that it was written on...
Since my arrival here Your Old Gray Horse suddenly departed this life. He was in high order and good health apparently, but a few days before. The black is thin and I believe too aged or too Infirm for future service. The two Substitutes are good, one in very fine order and the portmanteau horse strong and capable of good Service, but do not order them down until you can find forrage in plenty...
An opportunity offers, and Surely I ought not to let It pass without Intreating you to Accept the warmest Acknowledgements of a grateful heart for an Attention which has afforded me the first of pleasures as It was Strongly Stamped with the Marks of Friendship. A Religieous of the Recollet order Is arrived here from Canada he is come away as he Says with leave of his Superior and of the Bishop...
After having concluded my Letter of the 1st continued to the 7th Inst. I was honored with your Excellency’s of the 26th Ult.—I shall not lose a Moments Time in procuring the Intelligence your Excellency requests. This Morning I have received an Application from Oneida for a Supply of provisions for the Indians, who have very little left to subsist on, and will in the Course of twenty Days have...
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...
I am honored with your Favor of the 24h Instant, Which I received half an Hour ago having just arrived from Moses Creek, where I keep my Quarters. So far from the Militia that are with me encreasing, they are daily diminishing, and I am very confident that in ten Days, if the Enemy should not disturb us, we shall not have five hundred left, and altho’ I have entreated this and the Eastern...
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 Haasbrook 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...
It appears to us that Effectually to Check the Incursions of the Enemy on our Frontiers, would require a force much superior to that which your Excellency has pointed at in your Letters to us, and a Season less Severe than the present, but we conceive It would render the Savages less Inclined to continue their Hostilities against us, If they should find us Able to penetrate to some of their...
Yesterday I received Mr Harrison’s Letter of the 18th Instant, respecting the Stockbridge Indians —They have all left the Army in the Course of the last Week and are returned Home—I have not had a Line from General Gates since the 16th —The British Army under the Command of General Carlton were at Crown point on Monday last, and I suppose will make an Attempt on Tyonderoga in a few Days, if...
Mrs. Schuyler Catherine & myself arrived here on Sunday, in good health, Mrs. Church and her Children we left at My Son Rensselaers. They will be here today, and were all well. A frenchman at Quebec trod on my lame leg and bruised it greatly. It has been exceedingly painful but is now healing and the wound appears so favorable that It will probably be healed in a week or two. On the 29th of...
In a letter from Mrs. Church of tuesday last she mentions that my dear Eliza had been very much indisposed, but was better. as no mention is made of the disorder with which she has been afflicted, we apprehend that she has miscarryed, we are extremely anxious for further Accounts and pray they may be such as shall do away our apprehensions. The Regents of the university have directed their...
Albany, June 11, 1799. “In the papers which Accompany this I have pointed out three modes of wording in Cypher by aid of the copy of Entecks dictionary, but as the copiest has not marked properly the directions for finding a word … It would be best to have two new copies.…” ALS , MS Division, New York Public Library. For background to this letter, see Rufus King to H, October 20, 1798 ;...
By the unanimous advice of all the General Officers, I have moved the Army to this place—We propose to fortify our Camp in Hopes that Reinforcements may enable us to keep our Ground and prevent the Enemy from penetrating farther into the Country; but if I should be asked from whence I expect Reinforcements, I should be at a Loss for an Answer not having heard a Word from the Massachusetts on...
Your favor of the 13th Instant with the plan of your intended house was delivered me on Thursday last that of the 18th by the mail I received yesterday. I have deliverd Mr Putnam the builder the plan and a paper of which you have a copy on the other side, and Expect his answer to morrow. If the house is boarded on the out side, and then Clap boards put on, and fitted in the inside with brick I...
Last Night your Excellency’s Favor of the 5th Instant, covering Duplicate of that of the 27th Ult. was delivered me. Inclose Duplicate of mine of the 27th containing the particulars of the Enterprize against Onondaga —I find Mr Sickles, the Assistant Deputy Quarter Master General had sent off the Express without the original Letter: that the person who carried it could not overtake but that it...
I had the Honor to receive your Excellency’s Favor of the 16h Instant at Tyonderoga on Sunday the 24th—It gives me infinite pleasure to learn that your Force is become so respectable as to afford you a prospect of making an Impression on the Enemy’s Lines. I wish, I could say that our’s was such as to create a reasonable Hope that we should be able to maintain both Sides of the Lake at...
I was Yesterday honored with your Excellency’s Favor of the 23d Ultimo. As the Season is so far advanced and Lake Champlain is not yet frozen over it is almost certain that General Carlton will not venture across, even if the Lake should close—I am however led to believe that he will make an attempt in the Spring, for unless that is his Intention I cannot concieve why he should continue to...
By yesterdays post we were advised of Your Excellencys arrival at New York, and If a variety of incidents did not concur to prevent me, I should have the honor in person to congratulate you, on the gratitude and confidence, which you so emminently experience from united America. Until the adoption of the present system of national Government, It was a constant, and a painful reflection to...
I am Just Informed that a person is to set out In ten Minutes for Philadelphia I can therefore only do myself the honor to Acknowledge Your Excellencys favor of the 30th ult. which I recieved on the 1⟨4⟩th at Saratoga. I find myself under the necessity of repairing to Congress without delay I shall most Certainly call on you and In person Answer the Several Querreis Containd in Your letter. I...
We are Alarmed at the state of my Dear Elizas health, nor are we without apprehension on your Account, from what you say in Your letter of the 26th. ult: I fear much from the incessant application which you are under the necessity to give to the business of your department, increased as It of consequence must be, whilst Congress is in session. I have hitherto been much averse to the...
I do myself the Honor most sincerely to congratulate your Excellency on your late glorious Victory obtained in New Jersey—May Heaven continue its Smiles on the honest Endeavors of America and protect you from every Disaster. On the 11th Ult. Congress determined on an Expedition to the Detroit and into the Seneca Country: and directed that such of the Commissioners of Indian Affairs as might be...
I do myself the Honor to inclose You Copies of General Arnolds & Colo: Dayton’s Letters, In Consequence of the Intelligence they contain, I have dismissed the Militia. Yesterday I transmitted to Congress, Copies of the Papers here mentioned, together with my Resignation, and have advised them that I shall continue to act as usual, until such a Time is Elapsed, In Which a General Officer can be...
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...
I have the Honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Excellencys favour of the 15th instant which I had the pleasure to receive this morning. Since my last to your Excellency, I have received advice from the Indian Country that the Sentiments of those nations who had Evinced the most unfriendly intentions were greatly changed, that they had resolved to attend the conference at Onondaga where...