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Letter from Colonel Knox to General Washington, with a list of Stores to be conveyed from Ticonderoga to the Camp



Fort George, December 5, 1775.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY: I arrived here yesterday, and made preparations to go over the lake this morning, but General Schuyler reaching here before day prevents my going over for an hour or two. He has given me a list of stores on the other side, from which I am enabled to send an inventory of those which I intend to forward to camp. The garrison at Ticonderoga is so weak, the conveyance from the fort to the landing is so difficult, the passage across the lake so precarious, that I am afraid it will be ten days at least before I can get them on this side. When they are here, the conveyance from hence will depend entirely on the sledding; if that is wood, they shall immediately move forward; without sledding, the roads are so much gullied that it will be impossible to move a step. General Schuyler will do every thing possible to forward this business.

I have the honour to be, with the greatest respect, your Excellency' s most obedient humble servant,


His Excellency General Washington.

P˙ S˙ General Schuyler assures me, that, although the navigation through Lake-George should be stopped, yet, if there is any sledding, they shall move on another way.

A List of Stores to be conveyed to Camp at Cambridge,from Ticonderoga.

Twelve 18-pounders, iron; one 18-pounder, brass; two 13-inch iron mortars; one 7-inch iron mortar; one 6 1/2-inch iron mortar; two mortars, one 10 1/2-inch, iron; one 10-inch, iron; two howitz, one 8 1/4-inch, iron; one 8-inch, iron; one 8-inch mortar, brass; one cohorn, brass; eleven brass field pieces, 4-pounders; one brass field-piece, 24-pounder; twenty-five boxes lead, the quantity in each unknown. A small quantity of flints.

The beds for mortars, and the carriages for the cannon, are to be made at camp, except six field-carriages for the brass field-pieces, which are now making at Albany.