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To George Washington from Major General Philip Schuyler, 4 May 1776

From Major General Philip Schuyler

Fort George [N.Y.] May 4th 1776 1776
ten O’Clock A:M:

Dear Sir

Your Excellencys favours of the 24th and 29th april are this moment come to hand.

Tomorrow Evening I shall finish batteaux Sufficient to Carry the remainder of Gen: Thompsons Brigade to Canada But as we can build only four a day the troops must necessarily be detained some time unless part of the Batteaux should return from Canada which I ordered to be done when the first left this—To Supply so large an army with provisions will require the Greatest Attention and Alertness nothing shall be Wanting on my part.

I Believe Mr Rays Information is Groundless as all the arms Mr Renselaer (who is Conductor at Albany) has were purchased by my order and I cannot think he has a Sufficiency for the troops raising at Albany I shall direct him to Send Your Excellency a return.1

I shall procure more Carpenters that the troops may be dispatched the Soonest possible And hope four days hence to build Six batteaus a day, one regiment will be able to Cross lake Champlain in Vessels and I shall find means to get It to Tyonderoga with out waiting for Batteaus to pass lake George. I am with Every Sentiment Arising from respect & Esteem Your Excellencys most Obedient Hume Servt

Ph: Schuyler

ALS, DLC:GW; LB, NN: Schuyler Papers.

1For Mr. Ray’s information regarding arms at Albany, see GW to Schuyler, 29 April 1776. For Peter Van Rensselaer’s return, see Schuyler to GW, 10 May 1776 (first letter), n.8.

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