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John Jay to Philip Schuyler - Insecurity of Communication and Schuyler's Resignation, March 21, 1779

Letter. John Jay to Philip Schuyler regarding insecurity of communication and Schuyler's resignation

Letter. John Jay to Philip Schuyler regarding insecurity of communication and Schuyler's resignation

New York State Library, NYSL_SC19811_B1_F6_002
 
Document Description
Letter from John Jay to Philip Schuyler about insecurity of communication and Philip Schuyler's resignation, March 21, 1779.
 

Historical Context
Secret communications and spy networks were a very important part of the process of intelligence-gathering during the Revolutionary War. Coded letters and spies often conveyed information that was pivotal to the outcomes of individual battles and the whole war itself. These documents show some of the ways in which officers were able to gather and communicate information secretly, as well as prevent the enemy from communicating intelligence.
General Philip Schuyler was a member of a notable early Albany, NY family. He was appointed a Continental Army Major General in 1775 by the Continental Congress, but was quickly replaced in 1777. In 1779 he resigned from the army.  He joined the Continental Congress, first serving as a NY State Senator (1780), then as a U.S. Senator for NY (1788). 
 

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