George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Major General Philip Schuyler, 15 March 1777

To Major General Philip Schuyler

Morris Town March 15. 1777.

Dear Sir,

Since Writing the Letter herewith,1 I received a Copy of a Letter from General Howe, transmitted me by General McDougall, in which he very modestly makes a Proposition for Major Edmisstons being permitted to go to Canada.2

Your own Reflections will immediately convince You of the Impropriety of Complying with It, and confirm what I before suggested, that the whole has been a Contrivance for conveying Intelligence; and the Scheme of going to Canada is evidently to be the Bearer of some Instructions to General Carleton. I must therefore desire that a positive Denial may be given to the Proposal. I am Sir Your most Humble servt

Go: Washington

LB, NN: Schuyler Papers; copy, NHi: McDougall Papers.

2GW is referring to William Howe’s letter to Schuyler of 18 Feb. 1777, which McDougall enclosed in his letter to GW of 12 Mar. 1777.

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