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Letter from General Schuyler to General Washington



Albany, December 9, 1775,

DEAR SIR: Since I did myself the honour to address your Excellency on the 28th ult˙, my baggage is arrived, and now enclose the return of cannon at Crown-Point, Ticonderoga, &c˙ , besides there are a few at Fort-George, the return whereof I gave Colonel Knox to copy, and he forgot to re-deliver it to me.

As soon as I am a little settled, I shall take the liberty to send you copies of my letters to Congress, containing a recommendation of what I though necessary to be done in this quarter, preparatory to the next campaign.

The gentlemen of the Committee are still here, but propose returning to-morrow. Be so good as to make my respects to the gentlemen of your suite.

I am, dear sir, your Excellency' s most obedient, humble servant,


His Excellency General Washington.

P˙ S˙ I have just received your Excellency' s favour of the 5th inst. I have heretofore observed that Col˙ Arnold had great merit. He has been peculiarly unfortunate, in that one-third of his troops have left him. If the whole had been with him when he arrived before Quebeck, he would probably have had the sole honour of giving that important place to America. He will, however, share in the glory of its reduction, and I make no doubt but that it will be in our possession before any troops can come to its relief.

If Congress enters into my views, and immediately sends three thousand men to this place, I make no manner of doubt of getting them into Canada by the middle of January. I am, &c.