Albany Oct. 18 1780
Since my last letter of the 13th—The Enemy from the Western Frontiers have destroyd the Settlement of Scohair—and another Smaller party have burnt [some] houses to the Northward & taken prisoner some Gentlemen of consequence—The Militia were orderd out—Eight Days ago—Three Regts to Scohair—but when the Enemy appeard only 60 men had joind the Levys which I had posted there—It is past a doubt that unless some Troops shall soon arrive at this place Albany & Schenectady will be our Frontiers—There has but very little assisstance derived from the Grants on this Occassion—what cannot at present be accounted for—Col. Vanschaacks Regt left [this] Three days ago, The Col. did not think it adviseable to carry them to the Frontiers on account of desertions.
I beg leave to reffer you to the Governors Letter for particulars—only I must remind your Excellency of the Situation of Fort scuyler—they have only about Forty days provision & it appears impossible to get Cattle in this Quarter. I have the Honor to be with great Respect Your Excellencys most obed. Hble Ser.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.