George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel William Malcom, 22 September 1780

From Colonel William Malcom

Schenectady [NY.] Sep. 22 1780


I am this far on the way to Relieve Fort Scuyler’s Garrison1—It has not been in my power to do So a moment sooner—and I am disapponted in provissions from every Qr Master—The Garrison which I make a first object will be Victuald to the 22d Octr with beef—flour a Month longer—I Have directed preparations to be made at Albany for Salting a Quantity of beef as magazine—for the use of F: Scuyler we Shall Send on the Cattle & Salt then there.

Shall I order Warner’s Regt to Fort Scuyler? it is time they were moved from Lake George I go on with the Troops & Stores to the Fort myself & Shall be able to make a report of the State thereof as well as the other posts on the River Communication when I return which will in fourteen days2—Every thng peaceable, Scouts at the distance of 80 Miles make no discoverys—but is confidently said that Sir Jno. Johnson is gone from Canada3—with 1500 men—We are equal to that force—so I am under no anxiety4—I hear the Second Division of French are arrived—I hope it is so—or a fleet from the W. Indies, able to go into sandy Hook.5 I am most respectfully Your Excellencys Mo: Ob. & very Huml. Servant

W. Malcom


3Malcom inadvertently wrote “Candda” for this word.

4British forces invaded New York from Canada (see Malcom to GW, 12 Oct., n.4).

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