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 New York, April 29, 1776.

    Dear Sir: I wrote you on the 24th. Inst. and am now to inform you, that in Addition to the four Regiments detached from hence under General Thompson; I am ordered by Congress to send six more. This Detachment will be under the Command of General Sullivan, and consist of two of the Eastern Regiments, Reed's and Stark's, and of four of these Provinces. The two first will embark to Day, the others will be push'd forwards as fast as possible.

    I have spoke to the Commissary to send forward a Supply of Provisions: He says, that he is taking Measures for that Purpose, and that it shall be done.


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    The Powder you wrote for, I will attempt to furnish and as early as in my Power, the Augmentation of the Army in Canada necessarily requiring a large Increase to that which was there before.

    The Congress have sent three Boxes with Money, said to contain 300,000 Dollars. They are thus far in their Way to you, and will be transmitted by General Sullivan.

    I wish and doubt not but that you will make every Preparation at Albany for expediting the Troops to Canada. The Situation of our Affairs there calls aloud for Dispatch and the most vigorous Exertions.

    A Mr. Ray of this City has informed Colo. Ritzema, that a Mr. Philip Van Rensselaer has above three Hundred Stand of Arms in his possession at Albany. Do make strict Inquiry into the Matter, and if any can be had, send them here immediately; Ritzema's Regiment and others now raising, being greatly deficient, I may say, almost destitute, and we without any: I am, Dear Sir, etc.