George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Jacob Bayley, 7 September 1780

Newbury 7th Septr 1780


Capt. Goslin is returned after a Hazardous Tour through much Dificulty ocationed by the Elertness of the Enemys Disscovering Partys his accounts he will Bear himself which I do not Scruple, I have Proved him and his Party heretofore and have no reason but to believe what they say. Your Excelency was Pleased to Desire me to give my opinion in matters Relateing affairs to the Northward Some Time Past, I now Take the Liberty to give it as my opinion, that no Time ought to be lost in Securing the uper Part of Canada as Quebec and Point Love is Strongly Fortified we cannot Exspect to Take Quebec this year, but I think it will be a very Great acquisition to Take the Districts of Three Rivers and Montreal as it will Secure to us the Produce of that Country whereby we may be Enabled the next Spring to Proceed against Quebec, all the Force of the Enemy must fall into our Hand at St Johns and above Montreal which will open a Passage Into Canada for Heavy Artilery &c., I am Sure we Can Keep that Part of the Country if we Can find arms for the Inhabitants without much of our Exertions—and if between this and Spring a Peace Should be In Contemplation we Shall have Some Claim against the Quebec Bill, whereas now we are Desstitute of any, this is the Best Time of the year but if Circumstances will not admit—at Present any time will do before march but the Sooner the Better. Every Support for an army is plenty here as to Provitions and the People free to advance it as well as thier Personal serviss, the Enemy are Still in Small Party on our Frontiers but the Elertness of the Inhabitants have Prevented thier doing much Mischaef as yet, I am your Excelencys Most obedient Humble Servant

Jacob Bayley

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