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Letter to the Committee of Kingston

Letter from Johannes Sleght Received


A Letter from Johannes Sleght, Esq˙, Chairman of the Committee at Kingston, to the Deputies of Ulster County, bearing date the 14th instant, was read and filed. He thereby informs, that the Soldiers raised in that part of the County have been promised by their Officers to have a Drilling Waistcoat and Breeches, two Shirts, two pair of Hose, a pair of Shoes, and a Hat; that the Soldiers are now dissatisfied and uneasy, and refuse to march before they receive what was promised to them, and requests directions by the return of the Messenger.

Letter in Answer

A draught of an Answer to Johannes Sleght, Esq˙, was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:

In Provincial Congress, New-York, August 16, 1775.

SIR: The Delegates from your County laid before the Congress a letter from you, dated the 14th instant, informing them that dissatisfaction has arisen among the soldiers raised among you, on account of their not receiving jackets, breeches, &c˙, over and above their monthly pay, as you say their officers promised them. In answer to which, the Congress inform you that the officers had no authority from them to make any such promises, and that they have resolved to furnish them with no other part of their clothing than a coat, which is at the particular expense of this Colony, and is more than any others of the Continental Troops are allowed. Four Companies of the New-York Regiment have already proceeded to Ticonderoga, and three more will proceed in a day or two, who were


furnished with only a coat at the publick expense. You will be pleased, therefore, to direct the officers to proceed with their Troops to Albany with all possible speed, as no further allowance for clothing will be made.

We are, Sir, your very humble servants. By order.

To Johannes Sleght, Esq˙, Chairman of the Committee at Kingston.

P˙ S. A blanket is allowed to each soldier, at Continental charge.

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