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Albany Committee to New-York Congress



Albany Committee Chamber, August 29, 1775.

GENTLEMEN: We expected, when the Army was once organized, we should not be so frequently called upon about matters not in our Province; but the situation of Colonel Cortlandt, and the men under his command, in a great measure obliges us to give him all the assistance in our power, not, however, that it is to he made a precedent of. The enclosed letter from Colonel Van Cortlandt will show you the posture he is in, and the necessity of a speedy relief. We fear we shall be able to afford him but little assistance. The hospital and barracks are filled with Indians attending the Congress; the barns about the Town loaded with the crops of the season; and the City crowded continually with a numerous concourse of people; the former and frequent applications for ammunition have drained us, in short, of almost every thing of that sort.

We are, Gentlemen, your humble servants. By order of the Committee:

AB' M YATES, JR˙, Chairman.

To Peter V˙ B˙ Livingston, President of the Congress.