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From George Washington to Major General Philip Schuyler, 15 March 1777

To Major General Philip Schuyler

Morris Town March 15. 1777.

Dear Sir,

Since Writing the Letter herewith,1 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.2

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 conveying Intelligence; and the Scheme of going to Canada is evidently to be the Bearer of some Instructions to General Carleton. I must therefore desire that a positive Denial may be given to the Proposal. I am Sir Your most Humble servt

Go: Washington

LB, NN: Schuyler Papers; copy, NHi: McDougall Papers.

2GW is referring to William Howe’s letter to Schuyler of 18 Feb. 1777, which McDougall enclosed in his letter to GW of 12 Mar. 1777.

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