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Letter from Colonel Ritzema to Peter V. B. Livingston


"DEAR SIR: I acquainted you the 3d instant, with the disastrous event at Quebeck; the fate of Arnold' s detachment is determined: it was obliged to surrender at discretion — thus, the madness of one man has nearly ruined our cause in this country, to which our worthy General has fallen a sacrifice. For God' s sake let us have men and money, and, above all, a General, that we may take the town before the enemy can come to its relief, and relieve our worthy brethren in it.

"Pray be so kind as to inform Judge Livingston of the death of General Montgomery: he was shot through the head and both his thighs. General Carleton buried him with military honours, as, also, Macpherson and Cheeseman. The enemy has taken all the artillery we had before Quebeck, and I am very apprehensive, if they make a sortie, that they will either cut to pieces, or take prisoners the rest of the Army there, it being impossible for us to send them any assistance from hence: if we should do it, we hazard all we have done the last Summer. The most that can be expected from us, is to maintain our ground here, and keep a watchful eye towards the Canadians; this we are bent upon doing, till succour arrives, be the consequence what it may to ourselves. Our garrison does not exceed four hundred effective men — a small number to awe such a country as this.

"I am, sir, with respect, your very humble servant,


"To Peter V. B. Livingston, Esq˙, or, in his absence, to the President of the Provincial Congress, New-York."