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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to Philip Schuyler

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00221 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: Lake George, New York Type: Autograph letter Date: 17 December 1775 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 18.9 x 15.3 cm.

Summary of Content: Gives General Schuyler an update on the progress of preparations to transport artillery from Fort Ticonderoga to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mentions that he has gotten the mortars and cannon over Lake George and arranged with Captain George Palmer to obtain sleds and oxen or horses to pull them (see GLC02437.00218). Discusses plans for moving forward. Asks that Schuyler increase the length of the amount of rope he requested from Mr. [Walter] Livingston and that it be sent expeditiously. Also asks him to forward enclosed letters (not included). Written from Fort George in Lake George, New York. Docket written in Knox's hand.

Full Transcript: [draft]
Fort George Dec 17. 1775
Sir
We have been so fortunate as to get the Mortars & Cannon [inserted: safely] over the lake to this place - I have [inserted: agreed] with ...Capt Palmer of Stillwater to get proper conveyances/ for them from hence to Springfield - We are apprehensive of a difficulty in crossing over at albany for want of a proper scow I'm not well enough acquainted with the road after we cross at the half moon to know whether it be practicable to keep on the east side of the river entirely to Kinderhook - I Expect Capt Palmer up with the teams on Tuesday [inserted: on Wednesday or Thursday] [illegible] to move as far as saratoga if the sleding continues as at present from thence we must wait for snow - I had heard sir that you were gone to Philadelphia in consequence of which to wrote to Mr Livingston at Albany for 500 [fathom] 3. Inch rope to fasten the Cannon on the Sleds - It has not yet arrived,
I beg sir that you will please to give an Order for its being forwarded with the utmost expedition, and also sir I take the liberty of requesting the favor of you to forward the inclos'd letters by the most speedy Conveyance
I am Sir with the
utmost respect your most
Obedient Humble Servant
Honble Genl Schuyler -

[docket]
Copy of a Letter
to General Schuyler
Fort George
Decr 17. 1775
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People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Schuyler, Philip John, 1733-1804
Palmer, George, 1719-1809

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Military HistoryArtilleryFort TiconderogaRevolutionary WarSiege of BostonContinental ArmyAmmunitionTransportationMilitary Supplies

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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