George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Philip Schuyler, 12 September 1776

From Major General Philip Schuyler

Albany september 12th 1776

Dear Sir

Yesterday I was favored with a Letter from General Gates of the 7th instant, continued to the 8th, Covering the Information given by a Hessian Deserter & Copy of his Capitulation, Copies whereof I do Myself the Honor to inclose.1

General Gates informs Me “No Intelligence that can be depended upon, has Yet arrived from the Fleet, Scouts & Parties are out by Land & by Water to make Discoveries.”

Part of the Militia of this County are now in this Town & schenectady & more are daily coming in, I have not heard a Line from Colo: Dayton, since that of the 4th instant, I have therefore requested the Militia to remain here, untill I shall be enabled to Judge, which Way It will be proper to March them. I am Dr Sir, most respectfully Your Excellencys Obedt Humble servt

Ph: Schuyler

LS, DLC:GW; LB, NN: Schuyler Papers. Robert Hanson Harrison inadvertently docketed the LS: “Septr 12. Gen. Schuyler. Ansd 12.” GW replied to Schuyler on 20 September.

1The enclosed copy of the 5 Sept. examination of Anthony Fasselabord, a trooper in the Brunswick Dragoon Regiment Prinz Lüdwig who deserted at Montreal on 24 June, gives an account of the arrival and deployment of German troops in Canada (DLC:GW). Gates’s letter to Schuyler of 7–8 Sept. has not been identified.

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