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Last night I was favored with your letter of yesterday's date. The return you request is by this conveyance transmitted to his Excellency General Burgoyne. Surgeons, medicines, and attendance, with every comfort imaginable, have been amply supplied to the sick and wounded officers and soldiers, prisoners at Bennington, as it is the wish of every generous mind, that the calamities of war should lie as light as possible upon unhappy individuals who are wounded or taken. You will be satisfied these are my sentiments when you examine Ensign and Quarter-master Sanders, who were brought by one of my scouts, last year, to Ticonderoga. In Brigadier-General St. Leger's retreat from Fort Stanwix, and during the siege thereof, some British officers and soldiers have fallen into our hands. As soon as I know their names, they shall be sent to you in writing. Your letter, ad dressed to the senior British officer, is sent to Bennington. I have the honor to be, Sir,
Your most obedient, humble servant,
- Horatio Gates
- 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 II., Jared Sparks, 1853