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I do myself the honor to inclose your Excellency a letter to Congress, under flying seal. The variety of affairs, which claim my attention, does not permit me time to communicate to your Excellency and Congress, separately, such information as it may be necessary both should know. You will, therefore, please to excuse the mode I take.
Our numbers are so few to the northward, and we have so little prospect of their increasing, that should a disaster befall us at Ticonderoga, we should have very few troops indeed to oppose them. If the enemy should make an attempt to penetrate into the country, I shall probably be under the necessity of calling for assistance from Peekskill. Perhaps your Excellency may think proper to lodge an order with the commanding officer to comply with my requisition, if I should make one, ascertaining the number you may think proper to spare. Be assured that I shall not ask any aid, as long as there is a possibility of doing without.
Your letter of the 11th of May, to General Gates, was this day delivered to me by Brigadier-General Learned. The clothing for Colonel Shepherd's regiment, if at Ticonderoga, will be immediately sent down. I am, dear Sir, with the sincerest esteem,
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