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Schuyler, Philip John (1733-1804) to Richard Varick

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00496.082 Author/Creator: Schuyler, Philip John (1733-1804) Place Written: German Flatts, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 31 July 1776 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 29.5 x 18.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by General Schuyler as commander of Northern Department to Captain Varick as deputy muster master general of the Northern army. Schuyler says he only received Varick's letter of 27 July 1776 yesterday afternoon. If cannot get certain articles for Washington in Albany, he must look elsewhere. The same goes for articles for General Arnold. Tells Varick to rely on expresses, not personal messengers. Says this is an emergency and needs Varick to assist in everyway he can. Wants Varick to write to the commander of Fort George and have him send supplies to General Gates. Says he is enclosing a list of items wanted for the Indians, but he thinks they will have to be taken out of the supplies brought by Mr. Taylor for the army. Tells Varick where to procure powder, flint, and lead. Says General Arnold reports that sail cloth can be had of Thomas Mumford in New London. Mentions other items to be had in Connecticut. Says if he cannot get them in Albany he is to get credit with Connecticut Governor Trumbull and procure them there. An autograph note signed by John Lansing, Jr., Schuyler's military secretary, appears at the end of the Schuyler letter.

Background Information:

People: Schuyler, Philip John, 1733-1804
Varick, John, fl. 1723-1776
Washington, George, 1732-1799
Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: American Indian HistoryContinental ArmyRevolutionary WarMilitary HistoryRebellionMilitary SuppliesAmmunitionNavyMaritimeFinanceEconomicsGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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