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Schuyler, Philip John (1733-1804) to unknown

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02545 Author/Creator: Schuyler, Philip John (1733-1804) Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 April 1779 Pagination: 4 p. : docket ; 31.5 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Major General Schuyler to an unknown recipient, but seller's description says it is probably to Continental Congressman James Duane. References recipients letter of 20 March and another undated letter. Says the president, probably Continental Congress President John Jay, sent him the resolution rejecting his resignation. Schuyler had put in his resignation after an October 1778 court martial, which he requested, acquitted him of incompetence over the loss of Fort Ticonderoga in 1777. Says he wants to resign because Congress deprived him of the command of his army when they selected General Horatio Gates to lead the Northern Department. Says he does not want it to be thought he acquiesced in that decision. Goes on to defend his honor. As a member of the Board of Indian Commissioners of the Northern Department, he writes that he is concerned Abraham Yates will be appointed. Says it might be best for commissioners to be appointed by Congress. Says he hopes to soon inform recipient that American troops have surprised the Onondaga tribe. Edges have marginal fraying.

People: Schuyler, Philip John, 1733-1804
Duane, James, 1733-1797
Jay, John, 1745-1829
Gates, Horatio, 1728-1806
Yates, Abraham, 1724-1796

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarAmerican Indian HistoryAmerican StatesmenCongressContinental ArmyContinental CongressMilitary LawFortificationFort TiconderogaGovernment and CivicsFrontiers and ExplorationMilitary History

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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