George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Clinton, 9 August 1781

Albany Augt 9th 1781.

I have the Honor to inform your Excellency that this morning General Stark arrived here to take the Command of this Department; I have communicated to him such of your Excellency’s Instructions as may tend to the good of the Service and Security of the Frontier. The reports that the Militia from the Eastward are in a State of Preperation, and he expects a Detatchment of them in Town by the last of this Week. The Levies from this State are coming in fast, more than one hundred have already arrived, so that it is probable that by the Time I am favored with your further Orders, Matters will be in such Train, that I can move down without any Impediment.

On Tuesday night about ten oClock a most daring Attempt was made by a party of the Enemy headed by a Capt. Myers, to surprise General Schuyler in his House at this place. With Difficulty the General escaped into one of the upper Chambers, and by firing a few Shot out of the Window alarmed the City. They were prevented from following him, by the Servants who made every Opposition in their power against a decided Superiority. Two of them (the Servants) were taken off, both soldiers in [   ] regt and one wounded with a Bayonet, also a Quantity of Plate &c. Notwithstanding every Exertion of the Inhabitants, and of the Troops in town to intercept them, they made their Escape, tho’ I hope some of them may yet be taken as the Country thro which they must pass, is alarmed.

By a Prisoner, we learn that a Detatchment consisting of near thirty left Canada the 16th Ulto and divided into six small Parties on the Frontier, with a Design to take off some respectable Characters. One Party was taken by a Bennington Scout, with a certain Captain John Bleeker and his Negro, whom they were [bring]ing off.

Since the above was written I have been favored with yours of the 5th inst. and shall wait here your Excy’s further Orders. I have the Honor to be Sir Your Exceys most humble Servt

James Clinton

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