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General Putnam complains of Dr. Betts


Die Veneris, 9 ho˙ A˙ M˙, May 24, 1776.

The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.

FOR NEW-YORK. — Mr˙ Alsop, Mr˙ Hallett, Col˙ Broome, Mr˙ Randall, Mr˙ Sands, Mr˙ Bancker, Captain Denning, Mr˙ Scott, Colonel Remsen, Captain Rutgers, Mr˙ Van Cortlandt.

FOR ALBANY. — Colonel Cuyler, Captain Glenn.

FOR WESTCHESTER. — Colonel Gilbert Drake, Mr˙ Morris, Mr˙ Paulding, Mr˙ Tompkins, Mr˙ Haviland.

FOR QUEEN' S. — Mr˙ Lawrence, Mr˙ Wafers Smith, Colonel Blackwell.

FOR RICHMOND. — Mr˙ Journey, Mr˙ Conner, Colonel Cortelyou.

FOR ORANGE. — Mr˙ Haring, Mr˙ Little.

FOR KING' S. — Mr˙ Polhemus, Mr˙ John Vanderbilt, Mr˙ Jeremiah Vanderbilt.

FOR SUFFOLK. — General Woodhull, Mr˙ Wickham, Mr˙ Gelston.

FOR TRYON. — Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Harper.

FOR CHARLOTTE. — Colonel Malcom, Mr˙ Webster.

A Letter from General Putnam, dated this day, was read. He thereby informs that his Excellency General Washington was much pleased with the exertions of this Congress to


prevent the Small-Pox in the Army, and had issued General Orders similar to the Resolve of Congress; notwithstanding which, a certain Dr˙ Betts had had the assurance to inoculate a number of people. He thereby requests some immediate exertions on this matter, and offers any aid in his power, and by a postscript thereto, informs that Dr˙ Foster is an evidence to the above.

Ordered, That the said Letter be sent and referred to the General Committee of the City of New-York, who are requested to examine into the matter with all possible despatch; to examine the said Betts and the said witness above named, and any other witnesses that they may know of or can obtain in that matter; that, if they find the charge proved against said Betts, they immediately cause him to be sent to jail; and that the said Committee be further requested to report thereon to this Congress.