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Washington's Visit to Saratoga (Schuylerville)

The year, 1783, saw the last of the long weary struggle for independence, was also the first in which the great leader of the people, George Washington, gave himself any respite from his weighty cares and responsibilities. The army had been camped for some time at Newburg, on the Hudson, idly waiting for King George to sign the treaty of peace. Both sides had long since ceased fighting, but still at that stage of the game it would have been most unwise to disband the army and go home.

Irving in his "Life of Washington" not only describes the situation, but adds a brief account of a sight-seeing trip to the northward, undertaken by the General at this time, which included a visit to old Saratoga (Schuylerville), where he is said to have spent a night sheltered by the ever hospitable mansion of General Schuyler.

Says Irving: "Washington now found his situation at headquarters irksome; there was little to do, and he was liable to be incessantly teased with applications and demands which he had neither the means nor the power to satisfy. He resolved, therefore, to while away part of the time that must intervene before the arrival of the definitive treaty by making a tour to the northern and western part of the State, and visiting the place which had been the theatre of important military transactions. Governor Clinton [Alexander Hamilton, Colonels Humphreys and Fish] accompanied him on the expedition. They set out by water from Newburg, ascended the Hudson to Albany, visited Saratoga [battlefield] and the scene of Burgoyne's surrender [Schuylerville], embarked on Lake George, where light boats had been provided for them, traversed that beautiful lake, so full of historic interest ; proceeded to Ticonderoga and Crown Point, and after reconnoitering those eventful posts, returned to Schenectady."

Brandow, John Henry. The story of old Saratoga and history of Schuylerville. Albany, N.Y. : Brandow Print. Co.
Colonel Humphreys
Alexander Hamilton
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