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Since writing the inclosed, General Wooster has acquainted me he cannot leave Montreal, but has sent down Colonel Clinton, to whom I shall resign the command, until my wound will permit my doing duty, which my surgeon thinks will be four or six weeks. Colonel Clinton acquaints me we cannot expect more than two hundred men from Montreal. I have put on foot the raising a regiment of three or four hundred Canadians, which I make no doubt of effecting. They are to have the same pay and to be under the same regulations as the Continental forces. I make no doubt the exigency of our affairs will justify the step I have taken (though without authority for so doing), and that it will be approved of by the Honorable Continental Congress. I am, &c., BENEDICT ARNOLD.
- Battle of Quebec during the American Revolution
- Correspondence of the American Revolution; Being Letters of Eminent Men to George Washington, from the Time of His Taking Command of the Army to the End of His Presidency, Volume I., Jared Sparks, 1853