George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Brigadier General John Sullivan, 17 May 1776

To Brigadier General John Sullivan

New York May 17. 1776

Dr Sir

Your favor of the 14 Instant I received this morning and am exceedingly sorry for the sad reverse of fortune in our Affairs in Canada—they are rather alarming, But I still hope our vigorous exertions will be attended with success, Notwithstanding the present unpromising appearances, & that we shall yet acquire & maintain possession of that Country, so important to us in the present contest.

I have Transmitted the Intelligence to Congress with your Orders from Genl Schuyler,1 whose direction you must follow, till I send you their determination or my commands to the Contrary. I am Dr Sir &c.


LB, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.

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