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Francis Child, the Deputy Sheriff, referred to the General for directions respecting Derby Doyle, a prisoner, charged with giving aid to the Ministerial Army and Navy


Die Veneris, A˙ M˙, April 19, 1776.

The Committee met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: William Paulding, Esquire, Chairman.

FOR NEW-YORK. — Colonel McDougall, Colonel Lott, Mr˙ Roosevelt, Mr˙ Bookman, Mr˙ Smith, Mr˙ Rutgers, Mr˙ Randall.
FOR SUFFOLK. — Mr˙ Tredwell.
FOR DUTCHESS. — Mr˙ Everson.
FOR KING' S. — Mr˙ Van Brunt.
FOR ORANGE. — Mr˙ Cuyper.
FOR WESTCHESTER. — Colonel Gilbert Drake, Major Lockwood, Mr˙ Paulding, Mr˙ Thomas.
FOR RICHMOND. — Mr˙ Bancker.

Mr˙ Abraham De Peyster, one of the sub-Committee of the City of New-York, appointed to procure Houses for Hospitals, together with Mr˙ John Berrien, another of the Committee of New-York, attended. Mr˙ De Peyster informed that the Barrackmaster-General had called on him for Houses for an Hospital, and that he requested the advice of this Committee in the premises.

Mr˙ De Peyster was thereupon advised to endeavour to get or procure empty Houses, near that already engaged for that use.

Mr˙ Francis Child, the Deputy Sheriff, attending, was admitted. He informed the Committee that Derby Doyle is confined as a prisoner in the Jail, and requested directions what is to be done with him.

As the said Derby Doyle was taken by military order for some correspondence with, and aid given to the Ministerial Army and Navy, and is a prisoner on that account, the particulars whereof are unknown to this Committee, Mr˙ Child was directed to apply to the General for directions.

Mr˙ Child further requested, that in fixing on rooms in the Jail for the Provost-Marshal and Courts-Martial, the Sheriff' s Jail-rooms, and the room in which he resides, may be reserved.

Benjamin Waldo, late a Mariner and Carpenter on board of the Armed Schooner Schuyler, James Smith Commander, was admitted. He complains in substance:

1st. That Captain Smith having discharged him, and knowing that he had refused to go to sea with him. Captain Smith had prevented him from being employed as a Carpenter on board of the armed vessel commanded by Captain Rodgers.

2d. That Captain Smith had violently beat and abused him very much, without any just provocation.

Ordered, That the Doorkeeper summon Captain Smith to attend at five o' clock, and the complainant to attend at that time.