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Albany Committee to the New-York Committee



Albany, May 12, 1775.

GENTLEMEN: We applied to you on the third instant, for your advice on an application to us for supplying with provisions, &c˙, some Troops from Connecticut, on their intended attack against Ticonderoga, &c˙, and it is to our great regret, that we have hitherto received no answer, although we pressed it, and have since wrote to you on the subject, by Coloniel Schuyler, since which time frequent applications have been made to us on the same subject; and as we are unacquainted with the sentiments of our Colony, on this very important enterprise, we have declined interfering.

We have just now received the original of the enclosed copy ; by its contents you will see that they have succeeded in surprising Ticonderoga, and that a requisition is made for men and provisions in order to enable them to repair and hold that fortress. Mr˙ Brown, who was personally in the action, brought the letter, and made the demand, says, that the prisoners were on their way to this City; but that unless they are immediately assisted, they are afraid they will be obliged to abandon the fort, and leave the artillery behind, of which there are about two hundred


pieces, great and small. He is dissatisfied with our answer, and went away abruptly, though we told him the circumstances we were in, and that we would immediately despatch an express to you. We hope you will no longer keep us In suspense.

As the Troops in Canada will probably endeavour to retake it, the consequence of this enterprise, will probably involve the northern parts of this Colony in the horrours of war and devastation, and therefore we earnestly call on you to furnish us with your advice in this alarming crisis, immediately, by Captain Barent Ten Eyck, who is sent express. We are, gentlemen, your humble servants.

By order of the Committee of the City of Albany.


Mr˙ Isaac Low, Chairman of the Committee, New-York.