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This is an important war-dated letter in which General Van Schaick (1736-1789) writes about prisoners captured in the 1775 Invasion of Canada—one of the earliest campaigns of the War. The one-page letter to Governor Jonathan Trumbull of Connecticut (then the only governor actively supporting the Continental Army) indicates that prisoners taken from the current Canadian campaign—and from Benedict Arnold's successful raid at St. John's, Quebec the previous May—will be sent to Connecticut forthwith. Dated October 17, 1775 from Albany, the letter reads, in full, "Honored sir, Pursuant to the orders of General Schuyler (a Copy whereof you have herewith Inclosed) I send to your Colony twelve Regular Soldiers taken out of the Garrison at St Johns this spring As also fourteen prisoners Lately taken in Canada Seven Whereof are of the Kings troops two Scotchmen and five frenchmen as I have not Received any particular Information how or on what Account those Scotchmen and Canadians are taken I must Leave it to your Honours Discretion to Give them Such Usage as you may Conceive due to persons In our Power Consistent with our Safety I am...Goose Van Schaick." Van Schaick, formerly Mayor of Albany and an officer in the French and Indian War, was commissioned a colonel in the 2nd New York Regiment during the summer of 1775. In September he joined the forces bound for Canada, whose purpose was to eliminate the British threat from that direction. Several years later, in 1779, Van Schaick led a famous raid on the British-sympathizing Onondaga Indians, inflicting substantial carnage without any losses to his own forces. This letter (7-1/2" x 12") is beautifully scripted in dark brown ink, grading "10", and has an exemplary NM appearance with a few miniscule areas of professional restoration that are visible only under the very closest scrutiny. LOAs from James Spence & Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA.
General Goose Van Schaick 1775 Handwritten Letter
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