George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Philip Schuyler, 26 September 1776

From Major General Philip Schuyler

Albany [26] September 1776. “Since my last of Yesterday, I have received sundry papers from General Gates, Copies of all which I do myself the Honor to inclose—I have mentioned to Congress that I had sent them to your Excellency.”1

LS, DLC:GW; LB, NN: Schuyler Papers. Although the LS is dated 20 Sept. and the LB is dated 25 Sept., the context of this letter indicates that it was written on 26 Sept. (see note 1). In Schuyler’s letter book this letter immediately follows his letter to GW of 25 September.

1Schuyler wrote Hancock on 26 Sept.: “Yesterday I received sundry Letters & papers from General Gates and General Arnold, Copies whereof I have transmitted to the Commander in Chief, and which his Excellency will probably forward to Congress by this Conveyance” (DNA:PCC, item 153; see also Schuyler to Gates, 26 Sept., in Force, American Archives description begins Peter Force, ed. American Archives. 9 vols. Washington, D.C., 1837–53. description ends , 5th ser., 2:555). The enclosures that Schuyler sent to GW include copies of Gates’s letters to Schuyler of 22 and 23 Sept., Arnold’s letters to Gates of 15, 16, and 18 Sept., Sgt. Thomas Day’s deposition of 12 Sept., Sgt. Eli Stiles’s deposition of 16 Sept., and Antoine Girard’s deposition of 20 Sept., all of which are in DNA:PCC, item 153. GW forwarded these documents to Congress with his letter to Hancock of 2–3 October. Most of them concern Arnold’s efforts to defend Lake Champlain with his fleet or intelligence about British strength in Canada.

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