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Letter to General Schuyler


"In Provincial Congress, New-York, December 9, 1775.

SIR: Your favours of the 7th, 18th, and 20th November, came duly to hand, but our not being able to form a Congress till the 6th inst˙, has occasioned their remaining so long unanswered.

Herewith you have enclosed an account of the moneys advanced by us for the payment of the Continental troops. We have frequent applications from discharged soldiers for arrears of pay. As nothing is mentioned about it in their discharges, we are at a loss how to conduct towards them. We beg you will please to give directions to the proper officers to prevent tills inconvenience for the future.

We receive with very great satisfaction your congratulations on the glorious success of the Continental Army in Canada; and we can assure you, that it is much heightened by the consideration, that we recommended the Generals who have with so much activity and success conducted an expedition which was attended with difficulties thought to be insuperable by those who were acquainted with them.

We have the honour to be, with very great respect, sir, your most obedient, humble servants.