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Letter from General Schyuler to the Albany Committee



Fort George, May 13, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: Some ships of war with troops arrived on the 4th instant at Quebeck, which obliged our troops to raise the siege. We lost about two hundred of the sick, who were too ill to be removed, and a few others who were out in detached parties as guards; some of our cannon and most of our provisions; so that our Army suffers for want of meat, as none is to be had in Canada. And notwithstanding the proper and immediate measures you took to procure carriages, in consequence of the last letter I had the honour to address you, very few are as yet come up, and the Army must absolutely come out of Canada, unless immediately supplied. Let me therefore entreat you to try once more. Perhaps if the principal gentlemen of the city were to go to the different Districts, it would have a good effect, and


possibly be the means of preventing the evacuation of Canada by our troops.

Pray send to Esopus for carriages.

I am, gentlemen, your most obedient humble servant,


To the Sub-Committee of the City and County of Albany.