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A Letter from Mr˙ John Berrien, dated this day, was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:

"New-York, October 20, 1775.

GENTLEMEN: The Commissioners at the post have wrote me that they are in want of a sum of money to answer the demands of the country workmen and labourers, and to


pay for sundry supplies from that quarter. I would submit it to your wisdom, whether it would not be proper to order them supplied with two or three hundred Pounds for these purposes, as the transmission of orders drawn in their favour by the Commissioners is attended with many inconveniences to them, and may, in its consequence, obstruct the publick business.

I am, Gentlemen, with the greatest respect, your obedient humble servant, JOHN BERRIEN.

To the Honourable Provincial Congress."

Thereupon, Ordered, That Peter Van Brugh Livingston, Esq˙, as Treasurer of the Provincial Congress of this Colony, do advance to Mr˙ John Berrien, one of the Commissioners for erecting the Fortifications on the banks of Hudson' s River, in the Highlands, the sum of two hundred Pounds, for the purpose of enabling the said Commissioners to pay off the demands of the country workmen and labourers at the said Fortifications; and that Mr˙ Livingston take Mr˙ Berrien' s receipt for the same.