Benjamin Franklin Papers

The Commissioners to Canada to Philip Schuyler, 4 May 1776

The Commissioners to Canada to Philip Schuyler

LS: Yale University Library

Montreal May 4th 1776


Having orders from Congress to enquire into the case of John Fraser Esqr. now prisoner at Osopus, we have thought proper to direct the Commanding Officer there to allow him to repair hither, on his parole to present himself before us immediately on his arrival.4 We desire you to give the necessary orders for this purpose. We are with great regard, Sir, Your most obedient humble Servants

B Franklin
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Saml. Chase

Philip Schuyler Esqr. Major Genl.

Addressed: On the service / of the United Colonies / To / The Honorable Philip Schuyler Esqr. / Major General of / the Continental Forces / Tionderoga / Franked: Free

Endorsed: Montreal May 4th: 1776 From Commissioners. Benj. Franklin.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4For Fraser see the commissioners’ instructions above, March 20. The commander whom the commissioners addressed at Esopus (Kingston, N.Y.) was probably Col. Cornelius D. Wynkoop. He had been in charge of officers captured at Montreal until Congress had them removed to New Jersey, and was still at Kingston in late April. JCC, IV, 81; Force, 4 Amer. Arch., V, 1053. The commissioners’ directive was apparently not carried out because of the American retreat, and Fraser was eventually transferred to Reading, Pa. See his letters below, Aug. 24, Oct. 15.

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