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From George Washington to Major General Philip Schuyler, 5 November 1775

To Major General Philip Schuyler

Cambridge Novr 5th 1775

Dear Sir

Your Favour of the 26th Ulto with the Inclosures containing an account of the Surrender of Fort Chamblee was an excellent Repast, but somewhat incompleat for Want of Montgomery’s Letter which (a Copy) you omitted to inclose.1 On the Success of your Enterprize so far I sincerely congratulate you. as the acquisition of Canada is of unmeasurable Importance to the Cause we are engaged in—No acot of arnold since my last2—I am exceeding anxious to hear from him, but flatter myself that all goes well with him as he was expressly ordered in Case of any discouraging Event to advertise me of it immediately.

I much approve your Conduct in Respect to Wooster—My Fears are at an End, as he acts in a subordinate Character—Intimate this to General Montgomery with my Congratulations on his Success—The seasonable Supply of Powder—and Wishes that his next Letter may be dated from Montreal—We laugh at his Idea of Classing the Royal Fuzileers with the Stores: Does he consider them as Inanimates or as a Treasure?3

If you carry your arms to Montreal should not the Garrisons of Niagara Detroit &c. be called upon to surrender, or threatned with the Consequences of a Refusal? They may indeed destroy their Stores, and if the Indians are aiding escape to Fort Chartres, but it is not very probable.

The inclosed Gazette exhibits sundry Specimens of the Skill of the new Commander in issuing Proclamations and a proof in the Destruction of Falmouth, of the barbarous Designs of an infernal Ministry4—Nothing new hath happened in this Camp—Finding the Ministerial Troops resolved to keep themselves close within their Lines, and that it was adjudged impracticable to get at them, I have fitted out six armed Vessels with Design to pick up some of their Store Ships and Transports, the rest of our Men are busily employed in erecting of Barracks &c.—I hope, as you have said Nothing of the State of your Health, that it is much amended, and that the cold Weather will restore it perfectly—That it may do so, and you enjoy the Fruit of your Summer’s Labour and Fatigue is the sincere Wish of dear Sir Your most obedt & affect: honorable Servant

Go: Washington

General Lee and Mifflin are well Colonel Reed is gone to Philadelphia.

LB, NN: Schuyler Papers; LB, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

1The missing enclosure was Richard Montgomery’s letter to Schuyler of 20 Oct. 1775. See Schuyler to GW, 26 Oct. 1775, n.1.

2See GW to Schuyler, 26 Oct. 1775.

3The list of officers and stores captured at Chambly that Schuyler enclosed in his letter of 26 Oct. includes under the subheading “An Account of Stores taken at Chamblee” the item “Royal Fuzileers—53” (DLC:GW).

4The New-England Chronicle: or, the Essex Gazette (Cambridge, Mass.) of 2 Nov. printed Gen. William Howe’s three proclamations of 28 Oct. and Capt. Henry Mowat’s letter of 16 Oct. to the people of Falmouth. For Howe’s proclamations, see Circular Instructions for the Seizure of Certain Royal Officials, 5–12 Nov., and for Mowat’s letter, see Deposition of Pearson Jones, 24 Oct. printed as an enclosure in GW to Hancock, 24 Oct. 1775.

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