George Washington Papers

From George Washington to William Heath, 4 March 1782

Philadelphia March 4th 82

Dear sir

Upon an intimation that the Enemy’s Vessels had been caught in the Ice at Lake Champlain in returning to St Johns last Fall General Schuyler sent a scout of Indians to ascertain the fact, and I had determined, had they returned in time with a favorable report, to have attempted the distruction of the Vessels—Not having yet heard anything more of the matter, I have little doubt but it will be too late to make the attempt, supposing the situation to have been as represented—But as I would wish not to have missed an opportunity of striking a stroke so very detrimental to the Enemy, I have desired General Schuyler to communicate his information to you and if the thing should be deemed yet practicable to make you acquainted with the strength of the party necessary for such an operation and with the manner it ought to be equiped—You will give the Officer such instructions as shall be concerted between General Schuyler and your self.I am Dear sir Your Most Obt Humle Servt

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