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Letter from John McKesson to the absent Members of the New-York Congress, requesting their immediate attendance



New-York, May 7, 1776, 2 o' clock.

GENTLEMEN: The Congress has now waited two days for the attendance of the Members of your County to make a House and proceed to business. All the other Counties present complain of you.

When the gentlemen from Westchester were here on Saturday, they engaged that a representation of their County should attend on Monday. There are publick clamors from all quarters for want of money, and a Congress. I have it in command from the gentlemen present to request the attendance of a quorum from your County; and that if any of you on whom this express should call cannot set off immediately, and travel to the City-Hall without a stop or rest, that, in that case, you send to some gentleman who will attend.

Some gentlemen say that Westchester ought to pay the express, and the whole expense of the Members attending here while they are absent.

I have the honour to be, most respectfully, gentlemen, your humble servant,


To Lewis Graham, Joseph Drake, Stephen Ward, Robert Graham, and Joseph Paulding, Esquires, and the other Deputies of Westchester County, or any three of them.