George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Major General Philip Schuyler, 2 June 1778

From Major General Philip Schuyler

Albany [N.Y.] June 2d 1778

Dear Sir

Yesterday the inclosed Information was given me by a person whom I sent to the Enemy with a view if possible to learn their Intentions and what particular Object they had in View1—I have the fullest Confidence that he has been informed what he has related to me; but whether such are the real Designs of the Enemy Time must determine—That the Tories have Hopes of seeing our Army moving up Hudson’s River is beyond a Doubt—It is also certain that many of them are daily passing thro’ the Country to the Westward—Some are known to have already joined Butler at Kanasedega2 and the Enemy who lately attacked and destroyed thirteen Houses in a Settlement called Durlock about forty Miles from hence were chiefly Tories & Indians.3

About twenty Senecas and some others arrived in this Town—I have not yet seen them. I am &c.

Ph: Schuyler

LB, NN: Schuyler Papers.

1The enclosure was a report of 1 June by a spy named “J.T.” who had recently visited Crown Point, N.Y. (see Horatio Gates to GW, 8 June, n.1).

2The Seneca Indian village of Canadasaga (there are many variant spellings) was located in Ontario County in western New York, near the northern tip of Seneca Lake.

3Durlach is now the town of Sharon in Schoharie County, N.Y., about forty miles west of Albany.

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