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At half after ten, this morning, I received a letter from General Gates, copy whereof I inclose your Excellency.
As it is most probable the enemy are attempting to cross the Lake, I have therefore thought it necessary to apply to the neighbouring counties of the New England States, and those of Ulster and Duchess in this, to order their militia to march up. As soon as they arrive, I shall either move with what part may go to the northward, or with those to the west ward, as may be most necessary. This can, however, only be determined by farther intelligence from General Gates and Colonel Dayton, which I momently expect to receive.
The cartridge-paper arrived here on the 2d instant, was sent forward on the 3d, and arrived at Fort George on the 5th, at night, and was probably for warded from thence on the 6th.
I am informed that the army is in the greatest distress for medicines. As every misfortune and want they labor under is imputed to me, so is this. I am heartily tired of abuse, and was in hopes that congress would have ordered an inquiry into my conduct. I requested it, most earnestly, on the 16th of last month, but have not yet been honored with an answer. I will no longer suffer the public odium, since I have it most amply in my power to justify myself, and shall therefore resign my commission as soon as I return from Ticonderoga, or Try on county. Of this I shall advise Congress, that orders may be given for a General Officer to reside in this place, without which the service will suffer. But, in doing this, I shall never forget the duty I owe to my country ; and if I can, by advice or any other means, promote the weal of it, none will do it with more ala crity. I am, dear Sir, with every sentiment of esteem and respect, your Excellency's
Most obedient, humble servant,
- Philip John Schuyler
- 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