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At a meeting of a Provincial Congress held for the Colony of New-York, in the City of New-York, on the twenty-sixth day of July, 1775. Opened with prayers by the Rev˙ Dr˙ Auchmuty. Present:

Peter Van Brugh Livingston, President.

For the CITY AND COUNTY OF NEW-YORK: Isaac Low, Samuel Verplanck, Alex˙ McDougall, Richard Yates, Leonard Lispenard, David Clarkson, Abraham Brasher, Thomas Smith, Isaac Roosevelt, Benjamin Kissam, John De Lancey, John Marston, James Beekman, Isaac Sears.
For DUTCHESS COUNTY: Anthony Hoffman, Melancton Smith, Gilbert Livingston, Nathaniel Sackett, Jonathan Landon.
For ULSTER COUNTY: Egbert Dumond, Christopher Tappen.
For SUFFOLK COUNTY: Thomas Tredwell, Ezra L' Hommedieu, John Foster.
For WESTCHESTER COUNTY: Gouverneur Morris, Philip Cortlandt, Lewis Graham, James Holmes, James Van Cortlandt, John Thomas, Jun˙, Joseph Drake.
For KING' S COUNTY: Johannes E˙ Lott, John Leffertse, Henry Williams, Nicholas Covenhoven, Jeremiah Remsen, John Vanderbilt, Theodorus Polhemus.
For RICHMOND COUNTY: Paul Micheau, Aaron Cortelyou, John Journey.
For QUEEN' S COUNTY: Jacob Blackwell, Joseph French, Jonathan Lawrence, Joseph Robinson, Zebulon Williams, Richard Thorne, Samuel Townshend.
For CHARLOTTE COUNTY: David Watkins.
For TRYON COUNTY: John Marlett.

A Certificate of Archibald Campbell, Esquire, Chairman of a meeting of the inhabitants of Charlotte County, held at Fort Edward, on the twenty-ninth day of June last, was read, whereby it appears that Doctor George Smith, David Watkins, and the said Archibald Campbell Esquire, were duly elected to represent that County in Provincial Congress, together with John Williams, and William Marsh, Esquires, and that they, or either of them, represent the said County in Provincial Congress at New-York, The said Certificate is filed among the Papers of the Committee of Safety.

Ordered, That the said David Watkins take his seat.

James Alexander, a messenger from Philadelphia to Cambridge, applied with an order from the Hon˙ John Hancock, Esquire, President of the Continental Congress, directing all persons to assist him. The President gave an order for any person to assist him, and call on him for payment.

A Letter from the Committee at Elizabethtown, which accompanied three persons sent from thence under guard as deserters from Colonel Waterbury' s Regiment, was read. The Return of the Officer of the City Military Watch last night, was also read; whereby it appears that the said three persons are under guard at the upper Barracks. Thereupon,

Ordered, That a Letter be wrote to General Wooster, informing him of the said three Prisoners, and requesting him to send one of his officers to the Barracks, in order to make the proper inquiry respecting them.

A Letter from Daniel Lawrence, of the 24th instant, was read, and filed; whereby he informs, that the four hogsheads of Stores (being the Gunpowder sent from Philadelphia) were, on the 18th instant, received by him, and forwarded on board of Captain Cornelius Swit' s vessel to Albany.

A Letter from Marinus Willett and others of the Officers of the Troops now raising in this Colony, soliciting for some allowance for Clothing, was read and filed.

A Letter from Captain Rufus Herrick, of Dutchess County, dated the 21st instant, informing that his Company is ready, and that he waits for further orders, was read, and filed.

A letter from Daniel Everitt and others of the Committee of Goshen, bearing date on the 18th instant, and a Certificate of Colonel Clinton recommending Mr˙ George


Mr˙ George Hamilton Jackson as a Second Lieutenant in Daniel Denton' s Company, was read, and filed.

The Congress approves of the recommendation of George Hamilton Jackson as a Second Lieutenant.

Ordered, That a Warrant be made for him as soon as the other Warrant issued for the gentleman who has resigned is returned to the Secretaries.