George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Philip Schuyler, 22 April 1777

From Major General Philip Schuyler

Philadelphia April 22d 1777.

Dear Sir

I am this Moment honored with your Excellency’s Favor of Yesterday’s Date.

Your Excellency’s Letter of the 20th to Congress, was Yesterday, as I am informed, read and referred to the Board of War,1 I shall apply for a Copy of it, and try to execute whatever you may have wished should be done.

I have with some Difficulty cleared this City of the Troops and got them all at Bristol except about sixty, who arrived last Night and who will proceed as soon as they are cloathed.

On Saturday I sent one of my Aids de Camp to procure a Return, which was very imperfectly made, copy whereof your Excellency has inclosed2—I hope for a more perfect one to Day, having sent one of the Light Horse Yesterday with a Letter to the commanding officer, for that purpose, to whom I shall immediately write to make you the most exact Returns.

The Fortifications at Fort Island and Red Bank are going on as expeditiously as can be expected, with only four hundred and fifty Men of the provincials of this State. I am Dr Sir with great Respect Your Excellency’s most obedient humble Servant

Ph: Schuyler

LS, DLC:GW; LB, NN: Schuyler Papers.

2This return has not been identified. The previous Saturday was 19 April.

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