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Committee on two Letters from the Convention of New-Jersey


Monday, October 16, 1775.

Two Letters from the Convention of New-Jersey, dated 13th and 14th instant, being read,

Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed, to take the same into consideration, and report an answer.

The members chosen: Mr˙ Rutledge, Mr˙ Dickinson, and Mr˙ W˙ Livingston.

A Letter from General Schuyler, with sundry papers enclosed, dated 5th October, 1775, was read; and the same being taken into consideration,

Resolved, That the sum of 200,000 Dollars be sent to the Deputy Paymaster-General for the Northern Army.


That the Delegates of Pennsylvania do immediately count and send forward the above sum, under a Guard.

On motion made, Resolved, That the ton of Powder forwarded last week to New-York be immediately sent forward to General Schuyler.

On motion made, Resolved, That a Committee of five members be appointed, to consider further ways and means of promoting the manufacture of Saltpetre.

The following members chosen: Mr˙ Randolph, Mr˙ Wisner, Mr˙ Chase, Mr˙ J˙ Rutledge, and Mr˙ Morton.

On motion made, Resolved, That it be earnestly recommended to all persons, who are possessed of Saltpetre lately removed from Turtle-Bay, on the Island of New-York, forthwith to send the same to the President of the Convention of New-York, to be manufactured into Gunpowder, for the use of the Continental Army.

On motion, Resolved, That Mr˙ Randolph and Mr˙ Hopkins be appointed to join Mr˙ J˙ Rutledge, in order to wait on Mr˙ J˙ Macpherson, and confer with him on the subject contained in his Letter.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Langdon, Mr˙ Dyer, and Mr˙ J˙ Adams, inquire what quantity of Powder has been sent to the Northern Army, and report by whom sent.

The Order of the Day renewed, and the several matters referred to this day postponed till to-morrow.

Adjourned to nine o' clock, to-morrow.