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In my last of the 18th instant I omitted to approve of your plan of endeavouring to have the Enemy’s shipping upon Lake Ontario destroyed by the Indians. I had some such Scheme as that in contemplation when I desired that particular information should be obtained of the situation of the place in which they were laid up for the Winter. You will be pleased to direct any kind of combustible...
My last to you was the 5th Inst. I have since received your most agreeable Favour and its Inclosures of the 7th—The Surrender of St John’s is a pleasing Presage of the Reduction of Quebec in effecting which I hope Colonel Arnold will cooperate, the last Account from him is dated 13th October at the 2d portage from Kennebec to the dead River, from whence he had dispatched an Express to you and...
I received Your Favors of the 3d & 4th Instant and was happy to hear of the safe Arrival of the Commissioners from Congress at St Johns, and that so many Batteaus with Troops had pass’d there, the 29th Ulto, ’Ere this I hope the Army before Quebec is considerably Augmented, I am too well convinced there was Great Occasion for It. As to Money, the state of our Chest wou’d not have justify’d a...
Your favor of the 12th Instt came safe to hand & conveyed all that pleasure which is derived from an assurance of mutual friendship—to continue & deserve which shall be my care, & among the sincerest of my wishes. Your Recollet has not yet appeared in this quarter—more may be gathered from his appearance, & the manner in which he tells his tale, than from the authority under which he comes,...
I yesterday received Your Favor of the 23d instt. The Nails wanted by General Gates, cannot be sent from hence, our own Demands being Great & pressing & supplies but small. In Respect to building Barracks in the Town of Schenectady, if they are necessary, I suppose It must be done. However I do not apprehend, I have any Power to give Directions in the Case, Nor do I mean to do It, You had...
Since my last of the 15th Inst. I have been favored with your’s of the 6th, I am much concerned to find the Supplies ordered you have been so much delayed: By this Time I hope Colonel McDougall whose Zeal is unquestionable, has joined you with every Thing necessary for prosecuting your plan. Several of the Delegates from Philadelphia, who have visited our Camp, assure me that powder is...
Notwithstanding I have adopted every Measure which my Judgment directed for procuring arms in these Governments for the army under my Command, as well by applications to the several assemblies and Conventions as by sending officers to the several Towns to purchase, I am under the disagreeable and melancholly Necessity of informing you, that there is at this important Crisis a very great...
I have your Favor of the 9h & 10h Instant. The Account brought by the Officers from Canada may not be entirely true, but that part which speaks of a Removal of some Regiments down the River, favors an Opinion that I have for some Time entertained, which is, that if General Howe had not a Certainty of a full Reinforcement from England, part of the Troops from Canada would be ordered round for...
Yours of the 12th Instant from Fort George was delivered me, (with the Inclosures) Yesterday by Express. I agree with You that the Intelligence is very Allarming & requires the strictest Attention. The four Regiments ordered from hence are now Embarking & I hope will soon be with You. I need not urge the Necessity of forwarding them from Albany with all possible Dispatch. You will have with...
You are to take upon you the Command of all the Forces destined for the New York Department; and see that the Orders of the Continental Congress are carried into Execution with as much precision and Exactness as possible. For your better Government therein you are herewith furnished with a Copy of the Instructions given to me by that Honorable Body. Such parts thereof as fall within the Line...
I had not the pleasure of receiving your letter of the 28 ulto till the other day. It was found by a soldier in a tavern, and delivered to Colonel Hay who immediately sent it forward. I have now to inform you that the Court martial for the tryal of General St Clair sits the 24th Inst. I am Sir &[ca] Df , in James McHenry’s writing, DLC:GW ; Varick transcript , DLC:GW .
I received Your Favors of the 1st & 2 Instant & agreeable to Your Request, transmitted Congress a Copy of the Former & of Its several Inclosures. The Important Subjects referred to them, have met with their Attention & the Letter Accompanying this, will inform both You & General Gates of the result of their Deliberations. I hope, that Harmony & a Good Agreement will subsist between You, as the...
Middlebrook [ New Jersey ] December 18, 1778 . Congratulates Schuyler on acquittal. States that a winter campaign is now impossible. Agrees that reduction of Niagara is important and has made plans for that move. Has advised quartermaster general to confer with Schuyler on this matter. Df , in writings of George Washington and H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
I last Night received the Favor of Your Letter of the 30th Ulto and am happy that You have Got the Directions of Congress upon the subject of Barracks, as It is high Time they should be begun where they are wanted. The Nails that are necessary I cannot supply. In Respect to Major Edminston’s Request, I cannot consent to his coming here. You may inform him that a General Exchange of Prisoners...
Your Favor of the 25th & Its several Inclosures with General Arnolds of the same Date, I received by Yesterday Morning’s Express, that of the 24th came by to Day’s Post. I am sorry General Sullivan, in the Situation our Affairs were in, should have stopped at the Isle au Noix till he could obtain Orders for retreating further, thereby hazarding his Army without a Prospect of Success, &...
I received Your Favor of the 18th with its several Inclosures on Thursday by Mr Allen. My Letter of the 13th does not, nor was It meant to contain the most distant Hint of Your Entertaining Doubts or Suspicions of my Not having communicated to Congress, such Parts of your Letters as were Material. It was only designed to answer Yours, where You say, since my Arrival here, You had not written...
Your several Favors of the 12th & 14th Instant came safely to Hand, though not in the proper Order of Time with their several Inclosures. You do me Justice in believing that I feel the utmost Anxiety for your Situation: that I sympathize with you in all your Distresses, and shall most heartily share in the Joy of your Success—My Anxiety extends itself to poor Arnold, whose Fate depends upon...
I beg you will accept my thanks, for your obliging letter of the 30th Ulto and the polite expressions of your friendship which accompany it. At the same time, I am happy to congratulate you on your honorable acquital with the approbation of Congress. The information and remarks, you have favoured me with are very full and satisfactory; and I must request as you are good enough to promise, that...
I yesterday had the pleasure to receive your favor of the 2d instt—and must beg you to accept of my most grateful acknowledgments for your good wishes and kind gratulations upon my entrance on a new and arduous task. It is only from the assurances of support which I have received from the respectable & worthy characters in every part of the Union, that I am enabled to overcome the diffidence...
The duplicate of your favor of the 27th Ulto (the original is also come safe) and of the 10th & 12th Instt reached my hands with their inclosures this day, and I thank you for the several articles of intelligence therein contained. Lieutt McClelans acct of his Scout from Fort Schuyler to Oswegatchie is plain distinct, & pointed, so far as he undertakes to relate; but I can find no such water...
I was last Night favored with your’s of the 25th & 28h June with the several pieces of Intelligence which you had received from General Sinclair. Immediately upon the Receipt of your’s, I ordered the Troops which had been drawn down from peek’s Kill, to return to that place and sent off an Express to General Putnam to embark the four Regiments of Massachusetts with all their Baggage, that they...
It has long been my wish, and until lately my intention to have proceeded from this meeting of the Cincinnati to the Falls of Niagara—& probably into Canada. Two causes however prevent it—My business is of such a nature that I cannot without great inconvenience, be long absent from home, at this juncture—it is indeed, exceedingly inconvenient to be away from it at all—the other is, that I am...
Permit me to thank you for your obliging Letter of the 15th, & to acknowledge with pleasure & gratitude, Mrs Schuylers intended favor to Mrs Washington; who, I am sure, would have been exceedingly happy in seeing her at head Qrs if it had been convenient to her to have stayed. My Letter of yesterday’s date will convey to you the acct of the taking of Stoney point. I was tolerably sanguine in...
I received your Favour of the 13th Instant with its Inclosures and am heartily sorry & most sincerely condole with you upon the unhappy Fall of the brave and worthy Montgomery & those gallant officers & Men, who have experienced a like Fate. In the Death of this Gentleman, America has sustained a heavy Loss, as he had approved himself a steady Friend to her Rights and of Ability to render her...
I was this Morning favored with your’s of the 7th Instant from Stilwater, inclosing a Copy of one you had received from General Learned. If that Letter is the only Foundation for your Apprehensions, you, in my Opinion, put a more unfavorable Construction upon it than it will bear—I rather think the Revd Mr Allen adverts to some Misfortune that had befallen Colo: Warner’s party, than to a total...
The inclosed Resolve and Extract of a Letter You will see is of some Standing: Upon Considering the Matter, I do not see how It is possible for Me to carry this Resolve into Execution, with tolerable Precision or Certainty[.] The Persons the Witnesses & All Other Circumstances are so totally unknown, that any Inquiry made by Me must be delusive & Unsatisfactory. I am therefore under the...
Colo. Butlar affords me so safe a conveyance of your Papers, that I gladly embrace it. I thank you much for the loan of them, having taken such extracts as I conceived might be useful. The more I revolve on that part of Colonel Bradstreets Journal pointing out the rout & distance from Wood Ck to Oswegatchie the more anxious I am to have it thoroughly explored by intelligent persons; that the...
Last Night I received your Favor of the 14th Instant by Mr Bennet, inclosing a general Return of the Artillery & Military Stores in our possession in Canada. It gives me great pleasure to hear that you are improving in your Health, before long I sincerely hope you will be so recovered as to be able to go to the Army in Canada, where I am convinced you are much wanted, and wou’d be of the...
Between one & two O’Clock this Morning, I received your Favor of Yesterday’s Date with a Return of the Troops You had sent to Bristol. Those belonging to the 2d 3d 5:6 & 11th Virginia Regiments, You will order to join their respective Corps immediately at the former Post. If the sixty Men, You mention to have arrived on the Night of the 21st are part of any of the above Regiments, You will...
Your favor of the 6th which reached me yesterday, gives me hopes of the pleasure of seeing you in a day or two. General Sullivan must from his situation have been totally unacquainted with the circumstances of the Mohawks families at the lower Castle, his motive undoubtedly was to remove a set of people who, he had reason to beleive, were unfreindly and dangerous. But as the public faith has...
Your two Favors of the 21st & 22d Instant with the inclosed papers are come to Hand. I lament, that you have not yet been joined by a larger Number of Militia, and that it has been found necessary to dismiss a part, even of those that have come to your Assistance, notwithstanding their presence is at this Time so urgently wanted—I am however in Hopes that your Situation will soon wear a more...
Pompton Plains [ New Jersey ] July 13, 1777. Discusses supplies sent to Schuyler. Is astonished that there has been no word from Major General Arthur St. Clair. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
On the 27th Ulto I had the pleasure of writing you and then mentioned my being under some Embarrassment, respecting the Application which I expected from our Caghnawaga Friends—I have now the pleasure to inform you that in a Talk they honored me with Yesterday, that they put the Matter upon the Footing I wished, that is, to join the Forces in Canada whenever you shall call for their...
I received Yesterday your Favor of the 4th—I am greatly concerned at the rapid progress of General Burgoyne’s Army. I shall not enlarge at this Time for the Reasons mentioned in my last, and it is more than probable this will meet you on your Way to Head Quarters. I am Dr Sir Your most obedt humble Servant LB , NN : Schuyler Papers; Df , DLC:GW ; Varick transcript , DLC:GW .
I am now to acknowledge Your Favor of the 1st Inst. & to inform You, that the two Sachems of the Cayugas, with Mr Deane the Interpreter, have been with me & spent three or four Days. I shewed them every Civility in My Power & presented them with such Necessaries as our Barren stores afforded and they were pleased to take; I also had them shewn all our Works upon this Island, which I had...
I was about to fulfil the promise made to you in my last—of writing fully on the subject of your letter of the [ ] Instt & other matters —when your obliging favr of the 22d came to hand. The hint contained in it was too seasonable & striking for me not to derive a lesson of use from it. I shall therefore, as there is danger attending written communications of private Sentimts & my letters to...
I herewith transmit You sundry Resolves of Congress respecting the Indians, the fortifying Fort Stanwix &c. & for rendering more easy & Commodious our passes into Canada. As the Resolves are of an Interesting & Important Nature, I must request Your particular Attention to them & most Active Exertions for accomplishing & Carrying the whole into Execution with all possible Dispatch. I am hope...
I am now to acknowledge the Receipt of Your several Letters of the 21st, 24th, 26 & 26, 27, 28 & 31st Ulto with the several Papers inclosed. The whole of ’em except the last I communicated to Congress when at Philadelphia, That I did not get till on my Return, but have since transmitted them a Copy of It & of the Papers respecting Sir John Johnston. In Regard to a further Remittance to Canada,...
I this Morning received Your Favor of the 13th Inst. with Its Inclosures, Conveying Intelligence of the Melancholly Situation of our Affairs in Canada; & am not Without My Fears, I confess, that the Prospect we had of possessing that Country of such Importance in the present Controversy is almost Over, or at best, that It will be Effected with much More Difficulty and Effusion of Blood than...