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Letter from General Washington to the President


Die Veneris, 9 ho˙ A˙ M˙, December 22, 1775.

The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: John Herring, Esq˙, President, pro tem.

For New-York. — Mr˙ Scott, Colonel McDougall, Mr˙ Sands, Captain Rutgers, Mr˙ Imlay, Mr˙ Ray, Mr˙ Beekman; Colonel Brasher and Mr˙ Van Zandt absent on duty, by order.

Albany. — Colonel Rensselaer, Captain Cuyler, Mr˙ Gansevoort, Mr˙ Bleecker.

Dutchess. — Mr˙ Humphreys.

Orange. — Mr˙ Herring, Colonel Hay, Mr˙ Clarke.

Ulster. — Mr˙ Wynkoop, Mr˙ Cantine; Mr˙ Palmer absent on duty, by order.

Westchester. — Doctor Graham, Major Lockwood, Mr˙ Paulding.

Suffolk. — Captain Wickham, Mr˙ Tredwell, Mr˙ Gelston.

Tryon. — Mr˙ Moore.

Cumberland. — Mr˙ Spooner.

A Letter from General Washington, of the 17th December, instant, was read, and is in the words following, to wit:

"Cambridge, December 17,1775.

"SIR: I yesterday received the enclosed information from several persons who lately came out of Boston, which I thought it my duty to transmit to you.

"Whether these troops are embarked, I cannot undertake to say; but if they are, it is more than probable that their destination may be very different from what they gave out in Boston, and that they were only used as a feint. It is certain that several ships sailed from thence yesterday morning.

"I am, sir, your humble servant,

"To the President of the Honourable Convention at New-York."