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Letter from Colonel Hartley to General Gates



Crown Point, July 30, 1776.

HONOURED SIR: Ensign Hughes, who had set off from here on the night of the 24th instant, returned here on the evening of the 20th. He went down as far as the Isle Afotte; he expected to have met Captain Wilson there, but he was gone from thence. He imagined he might have returned home by the east side of the Lake. Mr˙ Hughes carefully examined all round the Isle Motte, but discovered no enemy; nor did he see anything of the two men who had gone to St˙ John' s in a canoe. He, surrounded Hays' s house in the night, but found no strangers. He went several miles up the river Sable, in expectation of intercepting some Indians and a Canadian, but discovered no marks of them. Major Bigelow passed the Island while the Ensign was there. He could not speak to him. I sent orders to Captain Wilson, by Major Bigelow, to return. He probably saw him. There is (I believe) no enemy on this side of the White House on the Lake.

When Marines were spoken of by General Arnold, I


thought of Mr˙ Hops as a fit person for First Lieutenant among them. He was commissioned. I had not an opportunity of consulting him first. He has, upon consideration, thought proper to make his resignation. He apprehends the land service will suit him best, especially as he cannot have the men he could wish with him. He holds an Ensigncy in the Sixth Battalion, which he prefers for the present. His wound is not cured yet: salt provision might be injurious to it. He hopes his conduct will not give offence.

Mr˙ Calderwood, an officer in this battalion, who is a scholar, and has been three years and a half in the sea service, part of which as a Midshipman on board a man-of-war, is desirous of serving as an officer of Marines on this Lake. He is a person of courage, and will show himself worthy of an appointment. I beg leave to recommend him to your Honour to be appointed a First Lieutenant of Marines on board the schooner Royal Savage, in the room of Mr˙ Hops. I would be very glad that his commission should bear the same date with that to Mr˙ Hops.

Mr˙ Calderwood is a good draughtsman, and may be useful in tins particular also on the Lake.

I am afraid my writing so often may give you offence, but I shall not be so troublesome for the future.

I am, sir, with the greatest respect, your humble servant,

To Major-General Gates.