From Major General Philip Schuyler
Albany July 14th 1776
Soon after Bennet had left me I received a Line from General Gates, covering a paper, Copy of which I have the Honor to inclose.1
Yesterday a Discovery is made of some desperate Designs of the Tories in this Quarter; I am bound by Oath not to divulge Names or particulars—Such Measures are taken that the Danger is I hope over and about one O’Clock this Morning four of the Conspirators, amongst whom is a Ringleader, were apprehended about three Miles from Town. I have ordered two Companies of Van Schaick’s immediately to march from Fort George to this place.2 I am Dr Sir most truly Your Excellency’s obedient humble servant
ALS, DLC:GW; LB, NN: Schuyler Papers.
1. This enclosure is probably the copy now in DLC:GW of Col. Thomas Hartley’s letter to General Arnold of 10 July, a copy of which Gates enclosed in his letter to Schuyler of 11 July (see Force, American Archives description begins Peter Force, ed. American Archives. 9 vols. Washington, D.C., 1837–53. description ends , 5th ser., 1:206–7). Writing from Crown Point, Hartley gives Arnold a full report about the 250-man expedition that he recently led to Cumberland Bay on Lake Champlain near present-day Plattsburg, N.Y., to gather intelligence and remove livestock and other useful supplies before they fell into the hands of the British. Some local settlers informed him, Hartley says, that “Generals Carleton and Frazer were at St Johns with a considerable body of Hanoverians and other Troops; that they were repairing the works at St Johns and that 100 Men were daily employed in cutting wood between that Place and Isle-aux-Noix—That they were building 3 Sloops and 2 Schooners at St Johns which they expected would be soon finished; and that they intended immediately to proceed to Crown-Point; that the Enemy did not mean to injure any of the Common people in their settlements” (DLC:GW).
2. An anonymous correspondent wrote from Albany on 15 July: “Last Saturday evening [13 July] a plot was discovered here, (by confession of two Tories,) that this week the town was to be set on fire in different places, and the Magazine blown up. Yesterday between two and three hundred men went out with their arms to take up those scoundrels, who, by information, were skulking in the woods, &c., and they have taken several of them. As there are no soldiers in town, the inhabitants watch twenty-four hours round, to guard the Tory Jail, Magazine, &c.” (Force, American Archives description begins Peter Force, ed. American Archives. 9 vols. Washington, D.C., 1837–53. description ends , 5th ser., 1:357).