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General Schuyler to Meshech Weare



Albany, December 30, 1776.

SIR: I did myself the honour to address you in a letter of the 3d instant, entreating that troops might be sent from your State to relieve the garrison at Ticonderoga. Although I have not had the pleasure to hear from you on the subject, I shall yet hope that some are already marched. I did not dwell on the importance Tyconderoga is of to every one of the Northern States. Should it unfortunately fall into the enemy' s hands, the consequences would be dreadful, if not altogether fatal to the liberties of our country.

The situation of affairs in Jersey and Pennsylvania leave me very little hope to receive a supply of military stores from thence. This State has none. All that Connecticut can spare will be greatly short of our wants. I have no encouragement from the Massachusetts-Bay, and I must therefore most earnestly entreat for a supply from your State. The number of cannon wanted is very great; powder, lead, cannon, shot, cartridge-paper, and every necessary


for the artillery, is greatly deficient. I wish therefore to be furnished with ail of every kind that can possibly be collected. And as the conveyance in winter of these articles to Ticonderoga is so much cheaper and easier than at any other season, I wish them to be sent immediately.

The enemy have two regiments at St˙ John' s, three at Isle-au-Noix, and an advance party at Isle-la-Mothe. From this, and a variety of other circumstances, I have reason to apprehend that they meditate an attack, if they find our garrison weak.

I have received a friendly message from the Indians. They seem determined to adhere to their treaties with us. I expect in a few weeks to be visited by a considerable party of them, when I shall be under the necessity of making them a present. Blankets they always expect, and unfortunately I have not one to give them. Let me entreat you, if any are to be had in your State, to send me four or five hundred the soonest possible. I shall order immediate payment for them.

I am, sir, with great respect, your most obedient, humble SERVENT,


The Hon' ble President of the State of New-Hampshire.