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This note contained in document ADMS-06-03-02-0027
2. Philip Skene (1725–1810) was formerly a major in the British army, colonel in the New York militia, proprietor of Skenesborough on the shores { 45 } of Lake Champlain, and, in 1775, the newly appointed lieutenant governor of Ticonderoga and Crown Point and inspector of lands for Quebec with authorization to raise a regiment. By the time he arrived in America however, Ticonderoga had been taken. Skene's mission represented to the northern colonies a threatening move by the ministry, resulting in his arrest when he landed in Philadelphia on 7 June. JA was more directly involved in this affair than he indicates in this letter. See JA's Service in the Congress, 10 May – 1 Aug. (above). On 27 June, probably because Skene was dangerously close to the seat of government, the congress ordered him sent to Connecticut to be put under the supervision of Gov. Trumbull, where after some time in prison, he was exchanged for James Lovell on 7 Oct. 1776 (Doris Begor Martin, Philip Skene of Skenesborough, Granville, N.Y., 1959, p. 38–66; JCC, 2:108).
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