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H. Glen to General Schuyler



Schenectady, October 10, 1776.

DEAR SIR: Yours of yesterday' s date I received last evening about six o' clock, with the letter enclosed for Colonel Dayton, which I sent off about two hours after I received it, by express. By the best calculation I can make since the batteau-men have been gone for the baggage of the New-Jersey regiment, under the command of Colonel Dayton, I expect the regiment here about Monday, and you may depend on it I shall have the carriages ready for their baggage the moment they arrive; so I expect they will stay here a few hours only, to victual them. As to spades or shovels, there is none to be had. Six crow-bars I shall send you this day.

I have purchased two acres of ground for the barracks, and have carried almost all the timber and stone of our old fort to the place I intend building the barracks; but the Militia being ordered up disappoints me entirely of the carpenters and masons, so that I have not one. I was to begin


to-morrow. I shall get some more materials ready while the carpenters and masons are gone, such as lime and boards, &c. I was in a fine way with the barracks, had not this alarm come; but it seems this is the scene of war. I am sorry to hear of our bad success, that our fleet is much shattered and some lost, but still hope for the best. Should the matter turn out so that there is no occasion for the Militia, you will remember I have no carpenters or masons to carry on the barracks here.

I remain, dear sir, your most obedient, humble servant,


To Major-General Schuyler, at Saratoga.