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Letter from Governour Trumbull to General Schuyler



Lebanon, March 1, 1776.

SIR: I received the 24th your favour of the 19th of last month per Bennett. Captain Troop' s company, raised hereabouts for the Colony battalion, half of it marched two days ago. They escorted eight hundred weight of powder in casks, to prevent embezzlement. The residue will follow the llth. I hear some other of the companies moved forward this week, and will be followed soon. I expect they will need the arms and accoutrements you gave encouragement to supply them. Your direction to the Paymaster-General, to make an estimate of what is still due, and to pay it to the gentlemen of our Pay-Table to pay off the men, is a salutary measure, which will answer very good purposes to prevent complaints. Our Treasurer' s chest is dry. To have it replenished from yours as speedily as possible, will be very agreeable. I have noticed Lieutenant-Colonel Mott of the mistake relative to billeting allowance made him, and our Pay-Table are informed of it, and


will govern themselves accordingly. Mr˙ Lee, of Charlestown, moved to me for an allowance for his service at Skenesborough, after the taking of Ticonderoga. I informed him that a complete account must be made out, before anything could be done here, and that I would write to you upon it; since which, Captain Lusk, who was at the first taking of Ticonderoga, and places adjacent, and in service afterwards at St˙ John' s, came to me to ask a settlement and payment to those who were employed in that first service. I told him, that in my opinion, the Congress intended that whole affair should be at Continental expense. And as several Colonies were concerned in it, and had advanced money to several persons thereon, so it could not be done without a perfect account made up of the whole services, provisions, &,c˙, and the advancement each Colony had made; that for that end I would write to the honourable Continental Congress to appoint a Committee, to meet at some convenient time and place, with power to call on all concerned therein for their accounts, to liquidate the same, and to make their report thereon, and thereby justice obtained for those brave men who undertook and so happily effected that work

This gave present satisfaction to him, and may do the same for Mr˙ Lee. If you judge this method expedient, your application to Congress will greatly facilitate their compliance with my request thereon.

I am, with great regard and esteem, sir, your most obedient humble servant,


To the Hon˙ Major-General Schuyler.