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Letter from Ticonderoga



I have the pleasure to inform you that the greatest harmony subsists between the General Officers in this department, as well as the Field-Officers in general. We have three thousand five hundred effective men here, and the Militia coming in fast, all under pretty good discipline. The sick, about one thousand five hundred, are at Fort George, and recruiting fast; near two months' salt provisions, and fresh arrives in great plenty.

Our naval force consists of two vessels, carrying twelve carriage and as many swivel guns each, two schooners, eight carriage and eight swivels each, a row galley, six carriage and ten swivels, five gondolas, carrying three nine and twelve-pounders and eight swivels each; five other gondolas will be completed in ten days, and four row-galleys in two or three weeks, each of the latter to carry four eighteen and twenty four-pounders. The fleet when completed will be superior to anything the enemy can bring againt us. Two days since, two French Captains of Colonel Livingston' s regiment arived here, by the way of Cohos, in sixteen days from St˙ John' s, who say that a French fleet is arrived before Quebeck; and that General Carleton, with all the troops, except two hundred left at St˙ John' s, are gone to Quebeck. We expect soon to know the certainty of the matter by our reconnoitring parties, who are daily expected in.