Sir: Your Favour of the 27th. February is come to Hand. I much fear you will be much disappointed in the Number of Troops you expected in that Month as the Lakes were impassable.
Major General Thomas will long before you receive this, have informed you, the Success of our Operations here. The Enemy have quitted this Harbour last Week. We have no certain Accounts of their Destination. It is generally believed they are gone to Hallifax. If true, it is probable they will attempt to penetrate Canada on the Opening of the St. Lawrence. I hope before that happens, you will be in full Possession of Quebec, and have it's Avenues well secured; upon which depends the Fate of this Campaign in those Parts.
I have dispatch'd two companies of Colonel Knox's Regimt. of Artillery to you from hence, two Mortars &c. as you will see at Foot hereof. If any Thing else is wanting that cannot be had in Canada, and in my Power to send, they shall be forwarded with all possible Expedition, upon my being informed thereof.
The Chief Part of the Troops are march'd from hence towards New York. I will set off To-morrow. If the Enemy will not find us full Employment, and it is necessary, you may expect a Detachment from thence to your Assistance.
I am very sorry that the Gentn. of New York and other Officers should think themselves neglected in the new Arrangement. It is true that I reserved Places in this Army for those Officers who went from hence under your Command. The Congress have since informed me, that they would be provided for in the Army raised for Canada. I was not acquainted with the Gentlemen who complain, nor with their Circumstances. There is little Doubt but their Merits will be rewarded in due Time. 97 I am very sensible of the many Difficulties you have had to encounter. Your Conduct under them does you great Honour.
[Note:The regiments sent to Canada from New York had never been included in the army under the immediate command of Washington, and for this reason they were not taken into the new arrangement. The officers complained of this neglect, particularly as Colonel Enos and those with him, who deserted the expedition to Canada and returned home, had been promoted. -- Sparks. ]
I have appointed Captain Lamb, who is Prisoner in Quebec to be second Major in the Regiment of Artillery, commanded by Colonel Henry Knox.
The Gentlemen of this Family return you their Complimts. and my best Wishes and Compliments attend General Thomas. I remain, Sir, etc.