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General Washington to General Schuyler



Cambridge Camp, August 15, 1775

DEAR SIR: I received your favour of the 31st July, informing me of your preparations to cross the lake, and enclosing the affidavits of John Shatforth and John Duguid. Several Indians, of the tribe of St˙ Fran├žois, came in yesterday, and confirm the former accounts of the good dispositions of the Indian Nations and Canadians to the interests of America — a most happy event, on which I sincerely congratulate you.

I am glad to relieve you from your anxiety respecting troops being sent from Boston to Quebeck. Those reports, I apprehend, took their rise from a fleet being fitted out, about fourteen days ago, to plunder the islands in the sound of their live stock — an expedition which they have executed with some success; but you may depend upon


it, no troops have been detached from Boston to Canada, or elsewhere.

Among the wants, of which I find you have your proportion, we feel that of lead most sensibly; and as we have no expectation of a supply from the southward, I have concluded to draw upon the stock found at Ticonderoga when it fell into our hands. I am informed it is very considerable, and a part of it may be spared without exposing you to any inconvenience. In consequence of this, I have wrote to Governour Trumbull to take the direction of the transportation of it, supposing the conveyance through Connecticut the most safe and expeditious. I expect he will write you on this subject by this opportunity.

I have nothing new, my dear Sir, to write you. We are precisely in the same situation, as to the enemy, as when I wrote you last, nor can I gain any certain intelligence of their future intentions. The troops from the southward are come in very healthy, and in good order. To-morrow I expect a supply of powder from Philadelphia, which will be a most seasonable relief in our present necessity.

God grant you health and success equal to your merit and wishes. Favour me with intelligence as often as you can, and believe me, with very sincere regard, dear Sir, yours, &c.


To General Schuyler.