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General Schuyler to New-York Congress



Ticonderoga, July 22, 1775.

SIR: I am just favoured with your letter of the thirteenth instant, enclosing a copy of Colonel Hinman' s to the Congress. Every consideration induces me to take all the precautions possible, more especially as I have four important posts to maintain, with a small number of troops, and those very ill armed and with little ammunition. In this disagreeable situation, I feel very sensibly the exceeding slowness with which the levies are made in every part of our Colony. Captain Mott informs me that I need not expect a re-enforcement in less than a month. Should General Burgoyne (as is reported) be gone with a body of troops to Canada, and make an attack in this quarter, in our present weak and defenceless situation, what the consequences would be to the Country are easier conceived than described. I hope such as are raised, although the Regiments may not be complete, will be ordered up without delay with camp equipage. I am, Sir, your most humble servant,


Henry Williams, Esquire, Chairman of the Committee of New-York Congress.