Washington and His Generals - Vol. 1

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MAJOR-GENERAL PHILIP SCHUYLER.

THE earliest mention we have of Philip Schuyler is from the pen of Mrs. Grant, daughter of an officer in the British army, who spent much time in the family of Mrs. Schuyler, (or "Aunt Schuyler," as she was called in affectionate reverence,) while the future American general was yet a youth. He had been adopted into this well-ordered family early in life, and shared largely the affections of the household. She describes him as a handsome youth, of most engaging manners; resolute, persevering, and singularly prudent in all matters of business. His subsequent history fully justifies the opinion thus early formed; for such was the cleverness and efficiency, the despatch and energy with which Schuyler conducted the ardous duties enjoined upon him by Congress, that we hazard nothing in asserting that, without his co-operation both in personal service and necessary funds, the northern army could not have sustained itself in the field a single campaign. We may add, likewise, that the cruel injustice which sacrificed the noble Schuyler to the vain and ambitious Gates, is an indirect compliment to the tried patriotism of the former. Had not even his enemies been fully assured of the magnanimity of their man, they would not have dared to tamper with one possessed of the wealth and influence of Philip Schuyler, at such a time. Arnold and Stark had little beside personal intrepidity to bring into the field; but Schuyler's influence was extensive and essential like theirs; equally brave, he was possessed likewise of a composed and equable mind, bearing a strong analogy to that of the commander-in-chief; and to these essentials he combined an ample fortune, which he was ever ready to expend in the great cause in which he was engaged.

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