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Letter from Abraham Le Dieu to the New-York Convention


TARRYTOWN, August 8, 1776.

SIR: I would beg leave to represent to the honourable Convention for the State of New-York the disagreeable situation of part of the Regiment I belong to is in, for want of the complement of men to fill up the Regiment under Colonel Thomas. The Militia Companies, near this place in particular, are under the necessity of turning out to guard the shore against any inroads of the enemy, now in Hudson' s River. The men under my command, as Captain of a Militia Company, think it very hard that they must turn out and do duly for Continental pay only, when those that are raised by a resolve of your Convention are entitled to a bounty, with Continental pay, &c.

As I, nor the officers under me, never have had any offers or droders to raise a Company to join Colonel Thomas' s Regiment, think it my duty to give this information; and that I, and the men under me, think it hard, for the above-mentioned reasons, not to be put upon an equal footing with the Militia in the Second Regiment.

I think I could raise a, Company in a short time, if I had orders for


that purpose; and, should the Convention be of opinion that it would be for the good of the State to order a Company raised to join the Regiment now in service, would beg the liberty of offering myself as Captain thereof, and that the subaltern officers under me may be appointed by Colonel Hammon and self. I should be very glad of an answer by the bearer; and am, sir, your humble servant,


To Brigadier-General Woodhull, at Harlem.