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Creator:
Schuyler, Philip John, 1733-1804 and Schuyler, Philip John, 1733-1804
Title:
Philip Schuyler Letters
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/9w032590r
Dates:
1775
Size:
1 box and 0.21 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-000895
Language:
English

Abstract

This collection consists of eight letters and documents written by Philip J. Schuyler to Captain Cornelius Van Dyke, Colonel Goose Van Schaik, Richard Varick, and Reverend [Eilardus] Westerlo. Most of the letters were written from Ticonderoga, as well as from Saratoga and Albany, July 24 1775–December 1775.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

A collection of eight documents including autographed letters and drafts from General Philip John Schuyler related to preparations at Fort Ticongeroga for the invasion of Quebec, 1775. This invasion was the first major military initiative by the newly formed Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Five of the letters are written to Colonel Goose Van Schaik, and one each to Captain Cornelius Van Dyk, Richard Varick, and Reverend [Eilardus] Westerlo.

In his letter to Captain Cornelius Van Dyck from Fort Ticonderoga on July 24, General Schuyler orders him to move his men back to post at Schenectady and prepare them for eventual conflict. Writing to Colonel Goose Van Schaik from Saratoga on August 19, Schuyler orders him to dispatch a retinue to Fort Stanwix and to remain there until further orders. On October 14 General Schuyler writes again, acknowledging receipt of powder. Another letter from November 9 instructs Van Schaik to proceed to Fort George as he anticipated the early return of the troops from Canada. The draft letter to Reverend Westerlo, who was pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church in Albany, where Schuyler most likely worshipped, asks Westerlo to "pray for a Speedy and happy reconciliation with the Mother Country."

Collection Creator Biography:

Schuyler, Philip John, 1733-1804

Philip John Schuyler (1733-1804) was a general in the American Revolutionary War and a U.S. Senator from New York. He was born in Albany, New York, to a third-generation Dutch American family. In 1775 he was elected to the Continental Congress and served until he was appointed a Major General of the Continental Army. Schuyler was elected to the First U.S. Congress in 1789 and served until 1791 when he lost his seat to Aaron Burr (1756-1836). Schuyler was married to Catherine Van Rensselaer, with whom he had 15 children (8 surviving into adulthood) including Elizabeth Schuyler, who became the wife of Alexander Hamilton.


Schuyler, Philip John, 1733-1804

Philip John Schuyler (1733-1804) was a general in the American Revolutionary War and a U.S. Senator from New York. He was born in Albany, New York, to a third-generation Dutch American family. In 1775 he was elected to the Continental Congress and served until he was appointed a Major General of the Continental Army. Schuyler was elected to the First U.S. Congress in 1789 and served until 1791 when he lost his seat to Aaron Burr (1756-1836). Schuyler was married to Catherine Van Rensselaer, with whom he had 15 children (8 surviving into adulthood) including Elizabeth Schuyler, who became the wife of Alexander Hamilton.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Purchased at Sotheby's, New York during the Alexander Hamilton Family Archives of Letters and Manuscripts auction, 2017 (AM 2017-96).

Appraisal

Nothing was separated from the collection during 2017 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Chloe Pfendler in April 7, 2017 . Finding aid written by Chloe Pfendler in April 7, 2017 .

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Philip Schuyler Letters; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/9w032590r
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-000895

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