From Henry Knox at Fort George to General George Washington, December 17, 1775
I have had made forty two exceedingly strong sleds & have provided eighty yoke of oxen to drag them as far as Springfield where I shall get fresh cattle to carry them to camp - the rout will be from here to Kinderhook from whence into Great Barrington Massachusetts Bay & down to Springfield.
There will scarcely be any possibility of carrying them from here to Albany or Kinderhook but on sleds the roads being very gullied - at present the sledding is tolerable to Saratoga about 26 miles; beyond that there is none - I have sent for sleds & teams to come here & expect to begin move them to Saratoga on Wednesday or Thursday next trusting that between this & then we shall have a fine fall of snow which will enable us to proceed further & make the carriage easy - If that should be the case I hope in 16 or 17 days to be able to present your Excellency a noble train of artillery the inventory of which I have inclosed.
From Henry Knox at Albany to George Washington, January 5, 1776
I did myself the honor to address your Excellncy from Fort George on the 17 Ult. – I then was in hopes that we should [have] been able to have had the Cannon at Cambridge [by] this [time] the want of Snow detain'd us some days & now a cruel thaw, hinders from Crossing Hudsons River which we are oblig'd to do four times from Lake George to this Town – the first severe night will make the Ice on the river sufficiently strong, 'till that happens the Cannon & mortars must remain where they are most of them at the different crossing places & some few here – these inevitable delays [pain] Me [exceedingly] as my mind is fully sensible of the importance of the greatest expedition in this Case – In eight or nine days after the first severe frost they will be at Springfield from which place we can get them easily transported Altho there should be no snow – but to that the roads are so excessively bad Snow will be necessary – We got over 4 more…fortified 12 pounders after my last to your excellency – I send a duplicate of the List for fear of miscarriage of the other [List], General Schuyler has been exceedingly assidious In this matter, as to myself my utmost endevers have been & still shall be use[d] to forward them with the utmost dispatch.
I have the honor to be
with the greatest Respect Your
Excellencys Most Obdt Hble Servt