On the sixth of August, from Albany
, he advised
, whose secret designs he had penetrated, should be conducted out of the way of mischief to Hartford
He reasoned justly on the expediency of taking possession of Canada
, as the means of guarding against Indian hostilities, and displaying to the world the strength of the confederated colonies; it was enlarging the sphere of operations, but a failure would not impair the means of keeping the command of Lake Champlain
Summoned by Schuyler
, he was attended as far as Saratoga
by his wife, whose fears he soothed by cheerfulness and good humor, and his last words to her at parting were: ‘You will never have cause to blush for your Montgomery
On the seventeenth of August his arrival at Ticonderoga
was the signal for Schuyler
to depart for Saratoga
, promising to return on the twentieth.
That day came, and other days followed, and still Schuyler
On the twenty fifth Montgomery
wrote to him entreatingly to join the army with all expedition, as the way to give the men confidence in his spirit and activity.
On the evening of the twenty sixth he received an express from Washington
, who urged the acquisition of Canada
and explained the plan for an auxiliary enterprise by way of the Kennebec
‘I am sure,’ wrote the chief, ‘you will not let any difficulties, not insuperable, damp your ardor; perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.
You will therefore, by the return of this messenger, inform me of your ultimate resolution; not a moment's time is to be lost.’
In obedience to this letter, Schuyler