Washington, George, 1732-1799. The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources: Volume 4
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To MAJOR GENERAL PHILIP SCHUYLER Camp at Cambridge, October 6, 1775.

    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. ]

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Canada by your Army is effected; but if it is not and there are any Intentions to lay it aside, I beg it may be done in such a Manner that Arnold may be saved by giving him Notice, and in the mean Time your Army to keep up such Appearances as may fix Carleton and prevent the Force of Canada being turned wholly upon Arnold. He expected to be at Quebec in twenty Days from the 26th September; so that, I hope, you will have no Difficulty in regulating your Motions with Respect to him. Should this find you at Albany, and General Wooster about taking the Command, I intreat you to impress him strongly with the Importance and Necessity of proceeding, or so to conduct, that Arnold may have Time to retreat.

    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.