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Your kind favor of the 17th I received four days since. I am greatly obliged to you for the friendship you express on my safety and having escaped the enemy.
I am extremely glad to hear the militia are coming to our assistance. I believe the enemy, from the best accounts we can collect, are endeavouring to fortify Crown Point. I am afraid we shall not be able to detain a sufficient garrison for this place from the troops now here.
A boom will be laid across the Lake this day, and a bridge to-morrow from Ticonderoga to Mount Independence. We cannot ascertain the strength of the enemy. In a few days we shall be ready to make a trial of their force, if they think proper to attack us. I have only time to add my most respectful compliments. and that I am, with every friendly wish, dear General, Your affectionate and obedient, humble servant,
- Benedict Arnold
- 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