On this day in 1778, Rev. William Gordon (1728–1807), a dissenting English clergyman who settled in Massachusetts, wrote to George Washington. “Mr Hancock reports that your Excellency designs quitting the command of the army, I hope he has no good foundation for what he says, I should dread your doing it,” … I was “inform’d a friend of mine in private free conversation, that the silver bullets flew plentifully at Tyconderoga, that ten thousand guineas was a strong temptation, that had not Gates been sent to command they had succeeded, that he was an honest man, that he had been tried alias tempted, that he believed Schuyler was not sorry that his house & buildings were burnt—the officer declared upon his honour that there was bribery & treachery, at present I can neither tell you my informer, nor the name of the officer, but shall probably have liberty for both when the enemy are gone,” rumors of this sort became common in the aftermath of the loss of Fort Ticonderoga in July 1777, with supporters of Maj. Gen. Horatio Gates drawing attention to what they believed to be Maj. Gen. Philip Schuyler’s incompetence or treachery in contrast to Gates’s superior generalship; in 1795, Hugh Maxwell, a veteran from the Battles of Saratoga from Massachusetts went to Philadelphia to request assistance since he was disabled from his war experience (serving the entire war, wounded at Bunker Hill, ending his service as a Colonel) wrote that he “waited on the Secretary of War, and delivered my letters to Mr. Dexter, and to Mr. Ames of the House of Representatives, and to Mr. Cabot of the Senate. I find my papers are not arrived from Judge Lowell, and therefore I must wait until I can have a return from Boston;” and in 1990, the Times Union reported on a Head Start program being set up in Schuylerville in a rent free space provided by the Notre Dame Church of the Visitation, it is a six- student program set up by the Schuyler Village Day Care Association.
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(Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck for compiling information for this timetable.)