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Report on General Schnyler's Letters, Report on the Memorial of the Rev. Mr. Sampson Occum, one of the Mohegan Indians in Connecticut, General Prescott permitted in be removed from Jail to lodgings provided by Dr. Cadwallader. [1776-02-05] Continental Congress. [S4-V4-p1661] [Document Details][Complete Volume]


Report on General Schnyler' s Letters

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Monday, February 5, 1776.

Resolved, That General Schuyler be directed to have the Arms of such of the Troops marching to Canada, as pass through Albany, carefully examined there; and such of them as are deficient and want repair exchanged for the good effective Arms taken from the Tories, and to order those exchanged and left, to be repaired.

The Committee to whom General Schuyler' s Letters were referred, brought in their Report; which were taken into consideration, and thereupon,

Resolved, That General Schuyler has proceeded, in disarming such of the inhabitants of the County of Tryon in the Colony of New-York as were disaffected and providing for the future tranquility of those parts, with fidelity, prudence, and despatch, and at the same time with a proper temper towards that deluded people, and thereby performed a meritorious service.

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That the cheerfulness and ready assistance of those who accompanied General Schuyler in his march to the County of Tryon, and their useful services in trial expedition, discovered such a patriotick spirit, that it is hoped none of them will allow their countrymen to entertain a suspicion that any ignoble motive actuated them, by requiring a pecuniary reward, especially, when they were employed in suppressing a mischief arising in their own neighbourhood.

That the Resolution of Congress of the 8th day of last month, for sending Shipwrights from the Cities of New-York and Philadelphia to build Batteaus at Ticonderoga, be superseded; and that General Schuyler be desired to employ any such Artificers as he shall think proper in that business.

That General Schuyler be desired to issue Warrants for completing the Regiment directed to be raised in New-York for the service of Canada; and that it be recommended to the Convention of that Colony to appoint such Officers thereof as General Schuyler hath nominated.

That the appointments of Mr. Hubbard Brown to be Conductor of Artillery, Gysberi Marselis, Esquire, to be Barrackmaster, Mr. Peter Schuyler to take charge of the Arms, and Mr. Philip Van Rensselaer to be Storekeeper at Albany, by General Schuyler, be confirmed; and that he be desired to inform Congress of the proper Salaries to be annexed to those Offices.

That General Schuyler be desired to procure skilful persons to assist General Wooster in exploring the River St. Lawrence, and to construct the Armed Boats to be kept there, according to a former Resolution of Congress.

That the bounty given by General Schuyler for encouraging men to enter into the Canadian service, be approved, in consideration of the severe climate and inclement season.

That, by the Resolution of Congress of the 8th day of last month, respecting the Provisions and Stores to be sent to Fort-George, it was intended, as General Schuyler understood it, that he should be supplied with such of those articles as he should require.

That General Schuyler be desired to employ such Batteaumen as are in or near Albany, instead of those it was recommended to the Convention of New-York to procure, upon the best terms he can, and to acquaint Congress for what wages they will serve.

That Captain — Wynkoop be employed under Commodore Douglass, in the Naval Department.

Ordered, That General Schuyler' s Narrative of his march into Tryon County be published in the Newspapers.

The Committee to whom the Memorial of Samsan Occum, one of the Mohegan Indians, in Connecticut, was referred, brought in their Report, which being considered,

Resolved, That a friendly commerce between the people of the United Colonies and the Indians, and the propagation of the Gospel, and the cultivation of the civil arts among the latter, may produce many and inestimable advantages to both; and that the Commissioners for Indian Affairs be desired to consider of proper places, in their respective Departments, for the residence of Ministers and Schoolmasters, and report the same to Congress.

That the Commissioners for Indian Affairs in the Northern Department be desired to inquire of Mr. Jacob Fowler, of the Montauk Tribe of Indians, on Long-Island, and Mr. Joseph Johnson, of the Mohegan, upon what terms they will reside among the Six-Nations of Indians, and instruct them in the Christian religion.

Resolved, That Mr. Dohickey Arundel, who was recommended to the notice of Congress by Mr. Lewis, be desired to repair to General Schuyler, and that General Schuyler be directed to examine him; and, if he finds him capable, and suitably qualified, to employ him in the Artillery service in Canada.

Doctor T. Cadwallader having, in a letter to the President, represented that he was sent for by General Prescott, last Saturday night, and found him very ill: his old wound broke out again; he complains of great pain; the orifice was swelled and hard; he had a fever and hoarseness; the wound discharged a large quantity of thin matter: and further representing, that, from the dampness of the room, he is apprehensive it will endanger the General' s life, if he remains there long: Whereupon,

Resolved, That Doctor Cadwallader be desired to provide

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a proper lodging for General Prescott, and that General Prescott be removed from the Jail to that lodging, and there kept under a guard.

That the Commanding Officer of the Troops in the Barracks of Philadelphia be directed to keep a proper guard over General Prescott.

Adjourned to ten o' clock, to-morrow.


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