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Schenectady (New-York) Committee to General Schuyler



[Read in Congress September 14, 1775.]

Schenectady Committee-Chamber, July 23, 1775.

HONOURED SIR: By an express just arrived from Caughtnawaga, we beg leave to acquaint you that there has been


a great alarm on the Mohawk River, with the Sheriff, Alexander White, who has repeatedly insulted the inhabitants, and last brought it it to such a height, by heaping one crime on the top of another, that the people assembled together in order to take him prisoner. He took shelter under the protection of Sir John Johnson, who has about four hundred men assembled for that purpose. Sir John Johnson hath given his word of honour that the Sheriff is gone off; and by all accounts he is gone by way of Sacandago, and so try to make his escape that way to Canada. He doubtless is possessed of letters of consequence. We therefore think proper to give you the earliest notice, as your people may perhaps fall in with him, if they keep a watchful eye. His pilots are two Indians. There is a Sub-Committee from this Board, jointly with one from Albany, gone up to Caughnawaga to see how matters stand.

We have the honour to be your very humble servants.

By order of the Committee:

CHRISt˙ YATES, Chairman.

To General Schuyler.