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Fredericksburg [ New York ] November 20–21, 1778 . Discusses details of proposed Canadian expedition. Asks for information about geography of area involved. Df , in writings of George Washington and H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Although the letter is dated November 20, 1778, there is a postscript dated November 21, 1778.
Smiths Clove [ New York ] July 22, 1777. Is sending Brigadier General John Glover’s brigade to reinforce Schuyler. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Although the partially erased signature of H can be seen on the draft, this is without a doubt a Washington letter.
Smiths Clove [ New York ] June 9, 1779 . Thanks Schuyler for information and reports capture of Stony Point and Verplanks Point by British. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Valley Forge, May 15, 1778 . Discusses Indian relations. Asks Schuyler to stop Lieutenant Colonel Jean Baptiste Gouvion and his party of Indians before they start for Camp. Presents arguments that might be used to explain why Indians are no longer needed. Will send notice of Schuyler’s trial as soon as it is received. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress....
Morristown [ New Jersey ] March 12, 1777. Discusses necessity of concentrating forces. States that Philadelphia is enemy’s object. Weighs advantages of centralizing forces at Peekskill as against Ticonderoga. Df , in writings of John Walker, George Washington, and H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Schuyler was at this time in Albany in command of the Northern Department.
Letter not found : to Philip Schuyler, 18 March 1780 . Schuyler wrote GW on 22 March : “Yesterday I had the happiness of Your Excellencys favor of the 18th Instant.”
Philadelphia, December 31, 1778 . Asks Schuyler to take command of Northern Department and to investigate Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Whiting’s request for relief of Colonel Ichabod Alden’s regiment. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
Middlebrook [ New Jersey ] March 25, 1779. Discusses use of Susquehanna in preference to Mohawk as route for Indian expedition. Df , in writings of George Washington and H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. This letter is dated March 21, 1779, in GW John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington (Washington, 1931–1944). , XIV, 268–73.
Middlebrook [ New Jersey ] May 28, 1779 . Favors peace with Onondagas in order to weaken the hostile confederacy. Sets policy for exchange of Indian prisoners. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. Schuyler and Douw were commissioners of Indian affairs of the Northern Department. Schuyler had resigned his commission in the Army on April 19, 1779.
Middlebrook [ New Jersey ] April 19, 1779 . Discusses plans for Indian expedition. Df , in writing of H, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
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.
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.
Since mine of this Date, in order the more effectually to enable you to give the Enemy a seasonable Check, I have come to a Resolution to send a further Reinforcement and have accordingly directed Genl Putnam immediately to forward General Glover’s Brigade to you. I have been informed of a fresh Arrival of Tents at Peek’s Kill, and have desired that every one which can possibly be spared from...
Since Writing the Letter herewith, I received a Copy of a Letter from General Howe, transmitted me by General McDougall, in which he very modestly makes a Proposition for Major Edmisstons being permitted to go to Canada. Your own Reflections will immediately convince You of the Impropriety of Complying with It, and confirm what I before suggested, that the whole has been a Contrivance for...
By a Letter from Genl Hand of the 13th, which came to hand to day, I received the disagreable intelligence that the Enemy had proceeded to the settlement of Cherry Valley—surprised and slain Colonel Alden, who was stationed there and committed many outrages. I wish it may not turn out, that the whole of his Regimt has been cut off, as the accounts seem to have left matters in a very doubtful &...
I was favored with Yours of the 10th instant with Its several Inclosures. The stroke meditating by the Indians against our Frontier Inhabitants, is what I have long thought would happen, as they were not Engaged in our Interest; But I am in full Hopes You will be able to repel their hostile Designs & Convince them of their Imprudence in Joining our Enemies without the least Cause of Quarrell....
I had closed the within letter, but had retained it for a conveyance when I received yours of the 24th ultimo. The disposition of the Cayugas to peace at this juncture is rather embarrassing—and would appear to proceed more from fear, than a desire of permanent friendship. They dread operations of which they must have heard, and wish to escape their effects. On the whole, however it may be...
Your Favors of the 20th & 25th with their several Inclosures I received this Morning. The Letters for Congress with the Rest of the Papers I shall transmit them by the Earliest Opportunity. I cannot conceive That their Resolution of the 14th was Calculated or designed in the smallest Degree to give You Offence. The Application for Stores had been made, as a Requisition from General Gates,...
Your much esteemed Favour of the 22d Ultimo covering Colonel Arnold’s Letter, with a Copy of one to General Montgomery, and of his to you I received Yesterday Morning. It gave me the highest Satisfaction to hear of Colonel Arnold’s being at point Levi, with his Men in great Spirits after their long and fatiguing March, attended with almost insuperable Difficulties, and the discouraging...
I have received your Favor of 31st august and am much engaged in sending off the Detachmt under Col: Arnold upon the Plan contained in mine of the 20th Ultimo: A Variety of Obstacles have retarded us since the Express returned with your’s of the 27th August from Albany, but we are now in such Forwardness that I expect they will set out by Sunday next at farthest. I shall take Care in my...
Your Favor of the 1st Instant I received last Night—Those of the 26h & 28th Ultimo came safe to Hand and in due Order. As Congress have advised you of their Inclination that you should come to Head Quarters, and as it is probable you will be on your Way when this reaches you I presume it unnecessary for me to enlarge upon the Subject of your several Letters or to add more at this Time than...
I this day receivd your favor of the 27th ultmo with a Letter from General Arnold. the enemy have quitted this Harbour Last week, we have no Certain account of their destination it is generally thought they are gon to Halifax if this shoud prove true, it is probable, they will attempt to penetrate into Canada, when the Communication by the River St Lawrence is open—by a Late Letter I received...
Congress having disapproved the Proceedings of the Commissioners at Albany on the 13th instant, transmitted them in my Letter of the 21st, so far as they relate to raising two Companies of Mohikander & stockbridge Indians; in Compliance with their Resolve, a Copy of which is inclosed, I am to request You to put the most Early & speedy Stop to the same. The Honble President observes in his...
I Yesterday Evening received Your Favor of the 8th instant with Its Inclosures. You were right in supposing me unable to comply with General Gates’s Request; I am by no Means provided to supply so large a Demand & am Glad You Transmitted his Application immediately to Congress. The Papers You inclosed but too strongly indicate the Hostile Intentions of the Indians. However I trust if they...
I was a few Days ago favored with your’s of the 13th and Yesterday with that of the 15th. I immediately forwarded the Letter to Congress, who, I dare say, will be satisfied with your Reasons for remaining some little Time at Albany for the purposes you mention. I do not know that any particular Charges are exhibited against you, or in what way Congress intend to take the Matter up—I observe by...
I wrote You on the 24th instant & am now to inform You that in Addition to the four Regiments detached from hence under General Thompson, I am Ordered by Congress to send six More. This Detachment will be under the Command of General Sullivan & Consist of Two of the Eastern Regiments & of four of these Provinces. The two first will Embark to Day, the Others will be pushed forward as fast as...
I wrote you this Day by Express and informed you therein the great Necessity I was in for Ordonance Stores & ammunition, and that [I woud Send] Henry Knox Esqr. to New York to procure there as much as can be spared, from thence to proceed to you, that Gentleman will deliver you this Letter, I recommend him and the Business he goes upon to your Attention, should he find more Money than he...
Your favor of the 7th of this Instt did not come to my hands before 9 o’clock last Night—It was accompanied by such a multitude of other letters (many of which required immediate attention) that it is not in my power—by General Greene, who sets out for Philadelphia in the morning—to give it such a perfect answer and approbation as I could wish; nor can I, on the other hand, consent to his...
I last Night received your Favor of the 9th Inst. I wrote to you Yesterday by Express, informing you of what I had done towards furnishing you with such Supplies as are in my power to give and the Obstacles that at present lie in the Way of granting you others that your Situation demands—I have in Addition to that sent, by Express, to peek’s Kill to order on thence to you as speedily as...
Your Favor of the 30th Ulto was duly received. I should hope the Enemy will never carry the post at Tyonderoga, and that the Force now there (with such Aid as may be called in upon an Emergency) will be sufficient to check the progress of their Arms in that Quarter. In the present Situation of Things, I cannot detach, with any Degree of propriety, more Troops from peek’s Kill, than what I have...
I inclose you the opinion of Mr Pettit A.Q.M.G. and the Commissaries Mesrs Flint and Stuart, on that paragraph in your letter of the 22d In[s]t. which respects the purchasing the flour and wheat in those districts of Pennsylvania and Jersey, above Trenton, with their several sentiments how far a water conveyance can be conveniently adopted —Mr Stuart is particularly conversant in the...
I wrote you Yesterday of which the inclosed is a Copy. Since which I have been informed that your Illness has obliged you to quit the Army, and General Wooster as the Elder Brigadier, will take Rank and Command of Mr Montgomery—General Wooster I am informed is not of such Activity as to press thro’ Difficulties, with which that Service is particularly environ’d. I am therefore much alarmed for...
Inclosed You will receive a Letter from Congress, Which came to Hand this Morning, with a Copy of some resolves to which You will pay Your Attention as their Execution will be under Your Direction. I have also enclosed a Letter for General Burgoyne Which I request You to seal & forward to him as soon as You have perused the Important & Necessary Resolves It contains. The spirited Measures...
In my letter of the 5th instant I had the pleasure of acknowleging some paragraphs in yours of the 29th ultimo. In this I would express my obligations to you for your sentiments on the several objects of our proposed expedition, with which I have so frequently troubled you. But I find myself if possible still more indebted for your further offer of services, and cannot but feel an increase of...
I have only time to thank you for your several favours of the 16th 21st & 30th of May first and 5th of June, the last in behalf of the Board of Commissioners, and for the pains you have taken to acquire information of the Country between Fort Shuyler and Oswegatchie, Lt Harbenbergh has fully communicated to me his plan and the observations he has made, I have requested him to make a second...
Your favor of the 20th of December found me as you conjectured by that fire side, from which I had been too long absent for my own convenience; to which I returned with the greatest avidity the moment my public avocations would permit; and from which I hope never again to be withdrawn. While I am here solacing myself in my retreat from the busy scenes of life, I am not only made extremely...
I this Morning received Your Favor of the 7th inst., and am to inform You, That It is not in my Power to supply You with a single Nail, nor are they to be procured in Philadelphia, as General Mifflin tells Me, Who has just returned from thence. For Want of them, we are building here, Huts of sod, Logs &ca to cover the Troops & Which I am in Hopes will make a tolerable Good shift. Since My...
You may easily conceive that I had great pleasure in perusing your Letter of the 18th Instant which with the Inclosures I received last Evening—It was much damped by my finding that General Montgomery had the same Difficulties to encounter with the Troops under your Command that I have with these here—No Troops were ever better provided or higher paid, yet their Backwardness to inlist for...
Ramapo [ New Jersey ] July 24, 1777. Is disappointed in number of militia sent to Schuyler. Regrets inability to send Schuyler more Continental troops, but believes Schuyler will be aided by eastern states. Discusses strength of enemy. Is sending Major General Benjamin Lincoln to aid Schuyler and to command militia. Approves of stationing men about the New Hampshire Grants. Suggests putting...
The Indians, Bearers of this from Conejoharie, have travelled to Boston, & from thence hither they are now on their way home, wanting, as they say (one of them at least) a Commission to raise Men & fight against the Regulars. As they do not appear to be Persons of any Sort of Consequence, I have only advised them to lay their Pretensions before you, who can Judge better of their merit than I...
Previous to the Receipt of Your Favor of the 7th Instant I had been directed by the Honorable Congress to detach four Regiments to Quebec. If they could be spared from the Service here. I am very sensible of the Great Necessity of sending a reputable Body of Troops immediately into that Country, & have Accordingly Ordered four of the strongest Regiments to hold themselves in Readiness, & am...
This will be delivered you by Mr Ryckman who returns with our Seneca Friends. I have shewed them every Mark of Respect in my power & taken such Measures as appeared most proper to impress them with Ideas of our Strength & Circumstances. They seemed to be extremely pleased and not only refused to go to Philadelphia on my Solicitations but thro’ our whole Camp, declaring they had seen what was...
Your Favor of the 15th Instant came Yesterday to Hand, with Copies and Extracts of your late Letters to Congress—I have with great Attention perused them—I am very sorry to find by several paragraphs, that both you and General Montgomery incline to quit the Service—Let me ask you Sir, when is the Time for brave Men to exert themselves in the Cause of Liberty and their Country, if this is not?...
I have been favored with your Letters of the 18th & 22d Instant with their Inclosures. I am sorry to find there is such a Scarcity of Blankets, and doubt not, whatever Measures you pursue to procure a Supply, will be founded on the strictest propriety. I thank you for your Information respecting Mr James Fisher, and shall avail myself of it in a suitable Manner. I am Dr Sir with great Esteem &...
I am favored with Yours of the 16th. I refer You to a Letter which I wrote Yesterday to Congress upon the Expediency of forwarding the Troops directly on, to join the Army here. But as it may take some Time to collect and fit them out properly at Bristol, I desire that I may have exact Returns from Time to Time, from the Commanding Officer there of the Corps to which the Detachments belong,...
I have had the pleasure of receiving your favs. of the 1st and 2d instants with their several inclosures. Since my arrival in this City, to which I was called by Congress to confer with them on matters relative to our future operations, several circumstances have, in the course of our enquiries and deliberations, convinced us of the absolute necessity of contracting our system. It has...
I received your Favor of the 30th Ultimo; and am obliged to You for the Trouble You have taken, in transmitting the Resolves of Congress, and in explaining the Reason on which they are founded. These appear to me solid & judicious; & I shall take immediate Measures, so far as depends upon me, to have the Resolutions carried into Execution with Dispatch, with such Improvements as shall seem to...
In a letter which I had the pleasure of writing you the 18th Inst. I requested you to take the direction of the magazines &c. which were to be prepared towards a certain expedition—I should have extended the idea to your taking the full command in the Northern department; but I was restrained by a doubt how far the measure might be agreeable to your own views and intentions—The same doubt...
Mr Watts in behalf of Lady Johnson, applies for Leave to remove her from Albany to her Friends in this Part of the Country, I see no Impropriety in the Measure, but unacquainted with the Motives which may have govern’d You in this Matter, I do not Care to give an order for such Removal; but leave It to You to direct, with this Assurance, that I have not the least Objection to gratify in this...
Your Letter of the 15th by Doctr Cochran came to my hands yesterday—The intelligence contained in it is of importance, if true, and I shall be much obliged to you for sending persons into Canada (if you have them not already there) for the purpose of ascertaining the truth of the report. The certainty of which must affect, materially, the intended Indian Expedition. I will thankfully pay any...