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 Cambridge, December 24, 1775.

    Dear Sir: Your Favour of the 15th. Instt. came Yesterday to Hand, with Copies and Extracts of your late Letters to Congress. I have with great Attention perused them. I am very


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sorry to find by several Paragraphs, that both you and General Montgomery incline to quit the Service. Let me ask you, Sir, when is the Time for brave Men to exert themselves in the Cause of Liberty and their Country, if this is not? Should any Difficulties that they may have to encounter, at this important Crisis, deter them? God knows, there is not a Difficulty that you both very justly complain of, that I have not in an eminent Degree experienced, that I am not every Day experiencing; but we must bear up against them, and make the best of Mankind as they are, since we cannot have them as we wish. Let me, therefore, conjure you and Mr. Montgomery, to lay aside such Thoughts, Thoughts injurious to yourselves, excessively so to your Country, which calls aloud for Gentlemen of your Abilities.

    You mention in your Letter to Congress of the 20th. Ulto. that the Cloathing was to remain at Albany, as General Montgomery would provide the Troops in Canada. I wish they could be spared for this Army, for we cannot get Clothing for half of our Troops. Let me hear from you on this Subject as soon as possible.

    The Proofs you have of the Ministry's Intention to engage the Savages against us, are incontrovertable. 77 We have other Confirmations of it, by several Dispatches from John Stuart, the Superintend ant for the Southern District, which luckily fell into my Hands, being found on Board a Sloop, sent by Lord Dunmore, bound to Boston. She was taken by one of our armed Vessels. These, with many Letters of Consequence from his Lordship, I have lately sent to the Congress.

[Note:Schuyler wrote to Washington (December 15) informing him of Guy Johnson's efforts to rouse the Six Nations against the Colonies. Schuyler had written to Congress (December 14) to the same effect. ]

    I hope soon to hear that Colonel Knox has made good Progress in forwarding the Artillery. It is much wanting for the Works we have lately thrown up. I have wrote a Letter the 18th. Instt. to General Howe respecting Mr. Allen, of which,


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and the Answer you have Copies inclosed. I am, With great Regard, Sir, Yours, &c.