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Schuyler Letter from Fort Edward to Fort George Requesting Supplies, July 8, 1777
Letter from Philip Schuyler asking for powder, entrenching tools, and musket balls from Fort Edward
By the Return of the first carriages you will please to send the remainder of the powder, keeping a quantity sufficient for the garrison & Schooner. You will also send what Intrenching Tools can be spared and all the cannon except those in the fort and on board the schooner and the salt. Should there be a greater number of carriages than what are wanted for the above articles you will cause them to be loaded with flour, as we shall soon be in want here.
As soon as General St. Clair arrives I shall reinforce your garrison, but should you certainly discover that the enemy’s army are near you and so strong as that you will not be able to keep your post you are then to quit it, bringing off what you can and effectually destroying the rest, together with all the buildings. If you are obliged to come away try by all means to bring the cannons and tents.
Keep the content a profound secret for fear of dispiriting the troops.
If you have any Musquet Ball send it over in the very first wagon, with what bullet moulds you may have. I am Sir
Your most obedient
Send about twenty
Barrels of pork