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Badlam, Stephen (1751-1815) to Horatio Gates

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00278 Author/Creator: Badlam, Stephen (1751-1815) Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 April 1776 Pagination: 1 p. : address ; 31 x 19.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Reports information received from Lieutenant Colonel Peter Gansevoort and other officers returning from the siege of Quebec about the ordnance and stores available in American encampments near Quebec. There is none to speak of, with the exception of stores recently sent there from Cambridge, Massachusetts and New York City (see GLC02437.00270). Likewise, General Philip Schuyler's secretary has informed him that the artillery sent to Quebec from Schuyler's department has not been returned. Request that Gates send as much artillery and stores that can be spared in New York City to Albany, so they can be employed in continuing the invasion of Canada. A post script asks Captain Isaac Coren to be sent to Albany as well. Badlam was a captain in Knox's artillery regiment. Gates was then an adjutant general in the Continental Army, the following month he was promoted to major general.

Full Transcript: [draft]
Albany April 26th 1776
Honoured Sir
I take Liberty to inform you that I have, this Day waited on Lieut Coll Gansevoort and several other Gentlemen (who are lately arriv'd ...here, from the Encampments, and Forts and Quebeck) to get information concerning the Ordinance and Ordinance stores, at them Places, and they inform me that no Dependance must be had upon any thing of that kind Except what has lately ben sent there from Cambridge and Newport; I have also seen General Schuyler, Secretary; who informs me that no Return of the Artilery in that department has yet ben made; and therefore can give no Account concerning it. -
A Small Quantity of Langrage, & some other small Articles may be collected here; but nothing of consequence, I therefore take liberty to Request your Honour to send forward as Large a Quantity of Artilery and stores As can be spared from New York, or the places where they can be soonest collected; , or as shall be thought Necessary with what has ben sent to carry on siege at Quebeck.
I am with Great Esteem your most obediant &
Very Humble Servant.
Stephen Badlam Capt
of Artilery
If Capt Coren (with two Field Pieces c[illegible] for service) could be sent this way, I think it would be of Great Service

[address leaf]
Horatio Gates Esqr.
Adjutant General of the
Continental Army
New York.
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People: Badlam, Stephen, 1751-1815
Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806
Gansevoort, Peter, 1749-1812
Schuyler, Philip John, 1733-1804
Coren, Isaac, fl. 1776

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: ArtilleryRevolutionary WarMilitary HistoryCanadaMilitary SuppliesAmmunitionContinental Army

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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