Dear Sir: I wrote you Yesterday, of which the inclosed is a Copy, since which I have been informed, that your Illness has obliged you to quit the Army, and General Wooster as the oldest Brigadier will take Rank and Command of Mr Montgomery. General Wooster, I am informed, is not of such Activity as to press through Difficulties, with which that Service is environed. I am, therefore, much alarmed for Arnold, whose Expedition was built upon yours, and who will infallibly perish, if the Invasion and Entry into Canada are abandoned by your Successor. 27 I hope by this Time the Penetration into
[Note:Ford dates this letter October 5, but Washington's "Letter Book" dates it the 6th. Brig. Gen. David Wooster, because of length of military service, would, it was thought, have to rank Brig. Gen. Richard Montgomery on the Canadian expedition. Schuyler's method of handling the difficulty was an attempt to hold Wooster at Ticonderoga, N.Y., and forward his troops. The Connecticut soldiers refused to march without their commander, and Wooster settled the trouble by agreeing to take orders from Montgomery, who was considerably his junior. ]
Nothing new has occurred since Yesterday deserving your Notice. Our next Accounts of your Health, I hope, will be more favourable. Ten Thousand good Wishes attend you from this Quarter. None more sincere and fervent than those of Dear Sir, etc.