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Letter to General Schuyler


Die Sabbati, 10 ho˙ A˙ M˙, December 9, 1773.

The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Nathaniel Woodhull, Esq˙, President.

For New-York. — Colonel McDougall, Mr˙ Thomas Smith, Colonel Brasher, Mr˙ Beekman, Mr˙ Van Zandt, Mr˙ Roosevelt, Mr˙ Ray, Captain Rutgers, Mr˙ Sands, Mr˙ Scott.

Albany. — Colonel Nicoll, Colonel Rensselaer, Captain Cuyler, Mr˙ Bleecker, Mr˙ Gansevoort.

Dutchess. — Mr˙ Humphreys, Mr˙ Schenck, Mr˙ Gilbert Livingston.

Ulster. — Mr˙ Cantine.


Goshen, Orange County. — Mr˙ Clowes.

Suffolk. — Mr˙ Woodhull, Mr˙ Hobart, Mr˙ Strong.

Westchester. — Colonel L˙ Graham, Colonel Joseph Drake, Colonel Gilbert Drake.

King' s. — Mr˙ Leffertse, Mr˙ Vanderbilt.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Vanderbilt be added to the Committee for examining the Accounts of the Treasurer of this Congress, instead of Mr˙ Palmer, who is one of the Committee ordered to go up to the new Fortifications in the Highlands.

A draft of a Letter to General Schuyler was read, and approved of, and is in the words following, to wit:

"In Provincial Congress, New-York, December 9, 1775.

SIR: Your favours of the 7th, 18th, and 20th November, came duly to hand, but our not being able to form a Congress till the 6th inst˙, has occasioned their remaining so long unanswered.

Herewith you have enclosed an account of the moneys advanced by us for the payment of the Continental troops. We have frequent applications from discharged soldiers for arrears of pay. As nothing is mentioned about it in their discharges, we are at a loss how to conduct towards them. We beg you will please to give directions to the proper officers to prevent tills inconvenience for the future.

We receive with very great satisfaction your congratulations on the glorious success of the Continental Army in Canada; and we can assure you, that it is much heightened by the consideration, that we recommended the Generals who have with so much activity and success conducted an expedition which was attended with difficulties thought to be insuperable by those who were acquainted with them.

We have the honour to be, with very great respect, sir, your most obedient, humble servants.

Ordered, That a copy thereof be engrossed, and signed by the President, and transmitted.

The Account of the Moneys advanced to the Troops raised in tills Colony, enclosed in the said Letter, is in the words and figures following:

1775. July 5, Colonel McDougall, subsistence for the First Regiment, £300 0 0
Aug' t. 7, Colonel Clinton, subsistence for his Regiment, 1500 0 0
" Colonel McDougall, subsistence for his Regiment, 500 0 0
" Col˙ Van Cortlandt, subsistence of Colonel Holmes' s Regiment, 200 0 0
" Colonel Van Schaack, subsistence for his Regiment, 1000 0 0
" 12, Colonel Holmes, subsistence for his Regiment, 700 0 0
" 29, Robert Johnson, of Colonel Clinton' s Regiment, subsistence for his Company, 100 0 0
" 30, Colonel Holmes, subsistence for his Regiment, 600 0 0
" 31, Colonel McDougall, subsistence of Captain Lamb' s Company of Artillery, 350 0 0
Sep' t˙ 2, Major Tuthill, of the Fourth Regiment, two months' subsistence for himself, and Job Mulford. Adjutant of said Reg' t, 41 6 8
" Colonel McDougall, subsistence for his Regiment, 500 0 0
" 4, Colonel McDougall, subsistence for his Regiment, 1006 11 1
" 8, Lieutenant William Crane, of Col˙ Holmes' s Regiment, subsistence for his Regiment, 30 0 0
" 23, Captain John Hulbert, subsistence for his Company, 192 15 11
" 23, Capt˙ John Hulbert, two months' subsistence for him and two Subalterns, 37 6 8
" 23, Capt˙ Daniel Griffin, two months' subsistence for him, and two Subalterns, 37 6 8
" 23, Captain Griffin, subsistence for his Company, 217 0 11/2


Sept 30, Captain John Grenell, subsistence for his Company, 31 1 3 3/4
Oct˙ 2, Andrew Moodie, Adjutant of the Third Regiment, subsistence for his Company, 10 0 0
" 2, Colonel McDougall, subsistence of First Regiment, 377 1 9
" 13, Capt˙ John Grenell, subsistence for his Company, 177 13 9
Nov˙ 2, Colonel McDougall, subsistence for his Regiment, 600 0 0
    £8,508 3 11 1/4

Mr˙ Thomas Smith moved, and was seconded by Mr˙ Leffertse, in the words following to wit:

I move that a Committee be appointed to draft a Letter to our Delegates, stating the present situation of this Colony, and the sense of this Congress on the measures necessary to be taken in the present alarming state of our publick affairs.

And the same being agreed, nem˙ con˙,

Ordered, That Mr˙ Scott, Mr˙ Hobart, Mr˙ Thomas Smith, Mr˙ Gansevoort, Mr˙ Brasher, and Mr˙ Gilbert Livingston, be a Committee for that purpose, and that they report with all convenient speed.

Mr˙ James Beekman has leave of absence for the residue of this day.