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General Schuyler to Congress



[Read in Congress July 1, 1775.]

New-York, June 29, 1775.

GENTLEMEN: I did myself the honour to write you yesterday, since which I have received some intelligence which I think it my duty to lay before you.

A gentleman, a member of the Provincial Congress here, is this afternoon arrived from Albany. He advises that a few of the Oncida Indians are lately arrived at that place, in a disposition very friendly to our cause; that they have declared a desire that the Indians should be called together at Albany, or in its neighbourhood; that great attention was paid them by the Albany Committee. As so good an opportunity to conciliate their affections will, I trust, be readily embraced by your Honours, I have ventured to advise the Albany Committee to dismiss them with presents, and assurances that they will speedily be requested to meet persons appointed for the purpose of holding a conference with them, either at Albany or any other convenient place.

The troops on board the transports at Sandy-Hook, from the best intelligence I am able to procure, are destined for Boston they have been detained to take in water, and I am well assured that they are to sail tomorrow.

Permit me, honoured Sirs, to request that I may be favoured with a copy of the arrangement of the General and Staff-Officers in your Army, of the pay allowed them, and every other officer and soldier, and receive your orders what allowance of provisions each man is to have per day, that all troops under my command may be equally provided for, to prevent uneasiness. Enclose a copy of my letter to Colonel Hinman, commanding at Ticonderoga.

I am, honoured Sirs, respectfully, your most obedient and most humble servant,

To the Honourable the Continental Congress.