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Benedict Arnold to Colonel Varick about Rewarding for Merit, October 30, 1776
Letter. Benedict Arnold to Colonel Varick regarding rewarding merit
My Dear Colonel
Your agreeable favour of the 17th received the 20th, since which every moment of my time has been engrosed in preparing for the Enemy whom we have daily expected, you will excuse my not answering you sooner. I am, very happy to find Congress have rewarded your long Services with an appointment, agreeable to you, I heartily wish they were more carefull in rewarding merrit, & merrit only. I am much obliged to you for the Concern you express for me, thank God I am hearty & allmost recovered from any Violent Fatigue—which exercise has contributed much to[. W]e are obliged to be very Alert & Viggilent[. M]uch was to be done[. W]hen I returned, very few Guns were mounted, the work far from being compleated[. T]he people have been exceedingly Industrous[. W]e are now in a Condition to meet the Enemy, who I make no Doubt will be here the first fair wind.
Two days since a large Party came within three miles of us to reconoitre & Sound the Channel. A Boom of large logs is laid a Cross the Lake,& a Bridge from Ty to Mt. Independence. Upwards of one thousand Militia have arrived & are daily coming In. I hope we shall soon have the pleasure seeing you here[.T]he season grows severe the Campaign must be short. I hope & bet It will be prosperous.
Please to make my [illegible] Comp[liments] to Genl. Schuyler & the Ladies.
I am D[ear] Sir
Your affectionate Fr[iend]
& Humble Serv[ant]
N.B. Some punctuation has been added or removed to enhance clarity.