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Letter from General Schuyler to the President of Congress: Is sorry for Mr. Livingston' s resignation


[Read September 13˙ Referred to the Board of War.]

Albany, September 8, 1776.

SIR: Since sealing my letter of this day' s date, Mr˙ Livingston, the Deputy Commissary-General, has informed me that he has sent his resignation to Congress. I am sorry for it, and wished to have him remain in the employment, as I am confident Congress will not be able to procure a person of more integrity or better qualified to discharge the duties of that office. It is a justice I owe him to observe, that he has not only acted as Commissary, but as Quartermaster, Storekeeper, and in every office in which he could promote the service, and if any person is entitled to an extra allowance, it is surely he. Some other person ought immediately to be appointed a Deputy Commissary-General in this department, for without such an officer we cannot possibly carry on the business with any degree of regularity.

You will be so good, sir, as to acknowledge the receipt of the despatches carried by the bearer, whom I wish should be sent back to me, with all possible despatch, and with such letters as Congress may please to honour me with.

I am, sir, with every sentiment of esteem and respect, your most obedient, humble servant,


To the Hon˙ John Hancock.