James Wilkinson to Thomas Mann Randolph

Dear Sir

I cannot express how much I regret your absence, at a time when Scenes of the highest national import, of Splendour & I trust of Glory await this army—all I can now say to you is, hasten on to the four Corners & pursue the Route opened by Majr Genl Hampton—“in confidence” I hope we may meet in Montreal, but should Heaven will otherwise, I shall consider my Life profitably exchanged for the conquest of that City, as it may open the way to the reduction of Quebec, and the extinction of the British Government on this Continent, without which we shall not live in tranquillity—God bless you Dear Sir here & hereafter—I am truly your affectionate

Ja: Wilkinson
RC (MHi); addressed: “Col. Thos. M. Randolph 20th Infty care of Col Dennis Sacketts Harbour to be forwarded Express”; endorsed by Randolph: “Jas Wilkinson Oct. 19. 1813”; with note added by Randolph in left margin at a later date, keyed to “absence”: “quite near him but he did not know it. ”
James Wilkinson
Date Range
October 29, 1813