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shall, therefore, as soon as the heavy cannon come up, and Lake George opens, send the working-oxen from my farm at Saratoga, with forage to convey the cannon and stores across the Carrying-place, and replace them out of those that must be bought for the spring and summer’s work at Ticonderoga.

I should be glad to know what allowance Congress has made to the officers who are prisoners. I have advanced money to many of them, to enable them to pay for their quarters, as I did not choose any longer to discharge the bills that were brought in, they being so enormously high. When I get the directions of Congress, I shall ascertain what may be due from them to the publick, or from the pub-lick to them.

I find that the gentlemen of the Pay-Table of the Colony of Connecticut, and I, have differently construed the resolutions of Congress of the 19th of January last. They pay four dollars as a bounty to a soldier, although he does not furnish himself with any kind of arms. I have allowed no bounty at all to such of Colonel Van Schaick’s Regiment as came without arms, and have only advanced a month’s pay to enable them to purchase clothing. Be so good as to transmit me the opinion of Congress on this matter as soon as possible.

I am, sir, with the sincerest esteem and respect, your most obedient humble servant,


To the Honourable John Hancock, Esq., &c., &c.


[No. 1.] Congress Town, March 6, 1776.


Personally appeared before me, John Collins, Esq., one of his Majesty’s Justices of the Peace for said County, As a Chadwick, of lawful age, sound in mind and memory, and, being duly sworn on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God, deposeth and saith: That on the 4th day of March, instant, he, the deponent, was at Johnson-Hall, at Johnstown, company with Sir John Johnson, Baronet, who said he was sorry that he, the deponent, had such a bad neighbour. The deponent asked who. The said Sir John replied, Esquire Collins, who, I am informed, is raising a company in that settlement, which will be the worse for you all; for I have sent to the Indians, and have received for answer, that they, the said Indians, will be down within six weeks, and that they will fall on the back settlements, and will scalp a great many people, and you will see the blood running on the ground. And he, the said Sir John, said this would come to pass within six weeks, otherwise he, the deponent, might call him a liar. And the said Sir John further informed me that he had lately received letters from a gentleman in Canada, who informed him that the Indians are coming down in the spring from that country, to cut us off. Further saith not the deponent.



[No. 2.] Albany Committee-Chamber, March 11, 1776.

An Affidavit was laid before this Board, of one Asa Chadwick, taken before John Collins, one of the Justices of the Peace of the County of Tryon, setting forth, among other things, the discourse Sir John Johnson had with the deponent, discovering thereby that he had invited the Indians to act hostilely against the friends of this country: Thereupon,

Resolved, That, as Sir John lives out of this County, and is at present under parole to General Schuyler, the said Affidavit be laid before the General, for him to act thereupon as he shall see convenient.

Extract from the Minutes.


[No. 3.] Albany, March 12, 1776.

SIR: The Sub-Committee of this City and County have put into my hands two papers, of which the enclosed are copies.

The charges contained in the deposition of Chadwick against you are not only of an extremely criminal nature, but, if true, such a conduct is utterly inconsistent with your written and verbal declarations, and a breach of the honorary engagements you lay under, than which nothing ought to be more sacred.

Unwilling, however, to be charged with an unbecoming precipitation in the measures that may be necessary for me to adopt on the occasion, I shall defer taking any until I can have an opportunity of a more minute inquiry; and that it may not labour under the odious epithet of an ex parte one, I must beg of you to be present when it is made, which will be on Monday, the 18th instant, at ten o’clock in the morning, at the house of the widow Vernon, in this city. In an affair in which your character as a gentleman and a man of honour is so nearly concerned, I cannot make the least doubt of your compliance with this request, Should you decline coming down, you may easily judge of the inference that will be drawn.

I am, &c.,


To Sir John Johnson, Baronet.


Gloucester, March 12, 1776.

SIR: This is to acquaint your Excellency that, last Sun-day, Commodore Manly, with Waters, Tucker, and Ayrcs, took a ship from London, James Watts commander. The contents of her cargo you have enclosed, with two letters for General Howe. They had the misfortune, it being a very dark, thick night, to run ashore upon the rocks, about three miles from the harbour of Gloucester. She is bilged, and most of the cargo will be lost. Commodore Manly damaged his vessel very much; lost his bowsprit, but is refitted. I shall do all in my power to save what I can of the cargo. I should be glad to know what I shall up with the Captain and sailors, as they have no ship to keep on board.

I remain your Excellency’s very humble servant,


To His Excellency General Washington.


Exeter, March 12, 1776.

SIR: We are favoured with your Excellency’s advices by Mr. Moylan’s letter of the 9th instant, and acknowledge ourselves extremely obliged by this early intelligence of your spirited and interesting operations against the Town of Boston, to which we heartily wish the utmost success you can possibly expect. We do also gratefully acknowledge the goodness of your intentions, that, upon the first discovery and notice given, if any of the troops from Boston, on leaving the place, might appear on the coast to attempt a landing, you would come or send immediately to our assistance.

Our Assembly have very readily determined upon the most effectual measures in our power for the defence of the sea-coast, and, in particular, Piscataqua Harbour. But we must beg leave to remind your Excellency of a matter of the utmost consequence to us: our magazine of powder being very low, (not exceeding twelve barrels,) we are under the necessity of asking the return of the supply of powder made by this Colony last summer for the Continental service; and that you would please to order us the like quantity, or what can possibly be spared for our use. The supplies we have sent for to the West-Indies, &tc, and been some time expecting, are not yet arrived.

In behalf of the Council and Assembly, I am, very respectfully, your Excellency’s most humble servant,


President of the Council, Colony of New-Hampshire.

To His Excellency General Washington.


To the King’s most Excellent Majesty:

We, your Majesty’s dutiful and loyal subjects, the Mayor, Sheriffs, Common Council, Merchants, Traders, and principal

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