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General Schuyler to New-York Congress



New-York, July 3, 1775.

GENTLEMEN: I do myself the honour to enclose you an estimate of such stores, &c˙, as at present appear to me necessary to be forwarded to Albany; the pitch, oakum, and nails, I wish to have sent with all possible despatch. I am very certain that a variety of other articles will be wanted, which I shall be better able to ascertain after my arrival at Albany, for which place I propose setting out to-morrow.

I am informed that a considerable quantity of lead was found at Ticonderoga; but if it should not equal my expectations, I may be exposed to insurmountable difficulties. I therefore wish that at least half of the quantity which I have estimated, may be ordered up without delay, together with fifty casks of powder, which I am advised will be sent you from Philadelphia.

As it is probable, from the manoeuvres of Governour Carleton, that I shall speedily want a re-enforcement of Troops at Ticonderoga, and not being at liberty to remove the Connecticut Troops from hence, I entreat you will be pleased to forward whatever men may be levied in this Colony, immediately to Albany, without waiting until the corps are completed.

I hope, gentlemen, on every occasion, to be favoured with your advice. And, indeed, as the important charge conferred on me by the Continental Congress was done in deference to your polite and honourable (yet altogether unmerited) recommendation of me, I shall, with the fullest confidence, I look up to you for your aid and countenance, at once to promote the publick service, and to prevent me from sinking under the weighty concerns of my office. And give me leave to assure you, that though I have the clearest conviction that I shall never able to equal the high opinion you have induced the Congress to entertain of me, yet no effort shall be wanting on my part to deserve it as far as possible, that I may not draw disgrace on you, my Country, or myself.

I am, gentlemen, with sentiments of the most profound respect, your most obedient and most humble servant,


The Gentlemen of the New-York Provincial Congress.

An estimate of Military Stores, Provisions, &c˙, to be sent to ALBANY.

Fifty swivel guns: 2 ton musket ball or lead: what powder can be spared: 2 dozen bullet-moulds: soldiers' tents


for thirty-five Hundred men, six men to a tent: a proportionable number of bell tents: officers' tents: tents for two General Officers and their suits: 15 casks of twenty-four penny nails: 10 casks of twenty penny: 15 casks of ten penny: 1000 weight of spike nails: 1 ton of oakum: 30 barrels of pitch: 300 felling axes, exclusive of those for the camp use of the soldiers: 200 bill hooks: 200 spades: 200 shovels: 150 pick-axes: 20 crowbars: 20 mason' s trowels: 20 mason' s hammers: 2 ton of bar iron: 500 weight of steel: 100 set of men' s harness — I believe there is some in Connecticut: 3 set of gunsmith' s tools, exclusive of those for the regimental armourer: 3 set of blacksmith' s tools: 50 broad-axes: 20 whip-saws: 20 cross-cut saw: 4 sets of block and tackles, strong: 50 weight of twine: 4 fishing nets with ropes: 10 bolts of sail cloth: 50 oil cloths, well painted: 1500 oars, twelve, fourteen, and sixteen feet long: 500 fathom of tarred rope for painters, for boats: 1/2 ton of tarred rope, sorted; 4 chests of carpenter' s tools: 28 mill saws for Dutch mills: 7 mill saws for English mills: 5 dozen mill saw files: an assortment of articles in the artillery way: paper: shot cannisters: fusees: one dozen lime sieves: 50 small truck carriages, if they are ready made here: 10 carriages for field-pieces, if they are ready made here: necessaries for a hospital: three months' provisions for four thousand men — much of the meat kind to be fresh as it may be drove to the Army, and save the heavy expense of transportation: whatever arms can be spared: 20 grass scythes: flints.