Wythe & the Congress Committee of Ticonderaoga to General Richard Montgomery, 30 November 1775
Note: Wythe was not a signer of this letter. It was, however, referred to him and others by the Continental Congress.
Ticonderoga 30th Nov. 1775.
The Congress having done us the honour to appoint us as a Committee to Confer with the General and [?] on, the measures necessary to be taken for the reenlistment of the Army, and also to Conciliate the Affections of the Canadians and to remove as far as in [?] every Objection that the good people of that Province might have to a [tension?] with the thirteen Colonies, who are struggling in the Colonies Cause of freedom – We arrived there a few days Since in prosecution of that design, but are extremely happy to find that Gernal Schuyler and yourself have in Great measure by your providence and foresight anticipate Mr. [Busingh?] and rendered a Journey into Canada in some measure unnecessary at presant which [induce?] we rather decline in Amount of the [?] session of the Year and the improbability of your being able to live in any Assistance, while the armies of the National Right of man continue their hostilities against our fellow Subjects in that Province, and Confine your Attention to those Military opperations which are Necessary to procure their Relief.
We cannot help however expressing the ardent wishes of the Cognress, that you would Cherish the first dawnings of libery among a people, whoh have early Sacrificed their Sense of its Value, if we may be Admitted to Judge from
From the Assistance they afforded you in repelling its’ armies. That you would assure them that the [thanks?] the Congress have thro’ us declared, that they [?] their Rights as dear as their own, and that in their [limiting] with them they will exert their utmost endeavores to procure, for their and their posterity the blessing of free government, and that Security to their property and persons which is derived from the British Constitution. That they hold [?] the rights of Conscience, and will never [?] them in the free enjoyment of their Religion.
The Honb. Congress Recommend it to you to use your [?] endeavouring to preserve a free [?] of the people in their several Parishes, out of whom Chase a Provincial Convention who will form such Rules in regulations as the present alliances may render necessary for their Provincial from their body they hope that delegates will be [?] to meet and Cooperate with them in such asurances as they shall think Necessary in their mutual Security & If the unsettled state of the Province […] free and full be present items of the whole Colony, yet the [?] the Congress will Reassess in the [?] Such Towns [?] and districts, as may think or pressure to send deputies. Or if previous to their meeting in Congress they think have any Difficluties which it is out of your power to remove, a Committee of Congress will at any time, when the Communication is here opened, to ready to meet and Confer with them on the Subject at Albany, Montreal, or any other place, which they may
May think proper to Appoint – We need not mention to you the possibility of punishing in the Severest manner any of our Troops, who should so far forget the duty that they owe to us and our worthy Allies, as to offer the least inury, either to their property or Persons. – We know not your Arrangement of the Army, but [?] you have not in the distribution of Commissions overlooked the Merit of those who deserve will of their Country, nor Suffers these to the [?] who have [?] its Censure. General Schuyler has inclosed our last instructions which will Shew you the design of the Congress with Respect to Qiubeck, but which from your letter we find [?] have already in [?] Anticipated He who its giving you our Sense with [?] to the Clothing and [?] to the Stocks, in the money amount of which […] your insurance and doubt not that the Congress will make good any engagements [?] which you may have found it Necessary [?] the other Subjects at our Conference with the General sense of which are mentioned to you in his letter and others wanting the Sanction of Congress, we think it unnecessary at present to trouble you with – the post being just about to Depart we cannot inlarge of any others opportunity should offer, we may unite you again before we leave this.
We Congratulate you when the happy Success of our Arms and [?] to hear that your prosperous endeavours have left no footing to our armies in that Country from which they [?] to drew the most effectual supplies. –
We Remain with
The greatest Respect
Your obedient Servants
Mr. D.T. Paine
Copy of Letter to Genreal Montgomery
23 Letter and Report of the Committee appointed to repair to Ticonderoga & Confer with Gernal Schuyler
Read Dec. 23 1775.