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Letter from Colonel James McClaughry


"Little-Britain, January 23, 1776.

"GENTLEMEN: I received a letter from the honourable the Provincial Congress, bearing date the 16th October last, relative to fixing a place of rendezvous for the regiment under my command, in case of an alarm; in consequence of which, I called together all the officers of my regiment, and have fixed the place of our rendezvous at New-Windsor, but find, on examination, that it is impossible the men can appear properly equipped, for want of ammunition; therefore, request that a small magazine be formed at the place of rendezvous, under the direction of such persons as you shall judge proper.

"I am, gentlemen, with much esteem, your most obedient and very humble servant,


"To the Committee of Safety for the Province of New-York, in New-York.

"P. S. Should have answered the honourable Congress sooner of this mailer, but did not receive their favour until the 24th ultimo."