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Letter from General Schuyler to General Gates: Advises him, as he will soon command in the Northern Department, to open a correspondence with Governour Trumbull


Isle Mott, September 8, 1776.

DEAR GENERAL: When I wrote the foregoing letter, I designed sending off the batteaus last evening, but was prevented by the stormy weather. Last night the enemy was heard (by the guard-boats, and by the people on board the vessels near in shore,) on both sides of us. Several trees were felled, and lights discovered. I believe the enemy were erecting batteries, which might have injured us, as the Lake is only one and a quarter miles over; and their design was doubtless to have attacked us by land and water at the same time. I make no doubt we should have been more than a match for them, but did not think it prudent to run any risk, as it could answer no good purpose; and therefore ordered the fleet under way this morning, and at two o' clock, p˙m˙, anchored at this place. Here the Lake is about two miles over, and safe anchorages, and effectually secure any boats passing us. Just as we came to anchor, Lieutenant Brooks came on board, sent down by Colonel Hartley, in consequence of hearing our cannon fired at the Indians on Sunday morning. I have thought it necessary to despatch him back again, that you may be out of suspense with regard to us. Four guard-boats are constantly out; the rounds go every two hours at night, and every precaution is taken to prevent being surprised.

Our men are extremely bare of clothing, and the season is coming on severe, and more so on the water than land. If a watch-coat, or blanket and one shirt, could be sent for each man, it will be of great service for them. Rum is another necessary article.

When the howitz arrive,! beg three or four of six inches may be sent us, mounted on field-carriages, with shells, &c˙,


&c˙ Fifty swivels are much wanted; the last vessels have none.

I am, very affectionately, dear General, your obedient, humble servant,


To Major-General Gates.

P˙ S˙ Please to send me a few quires paper. B˙ A˙