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Letter from Governour Trumbull


A Letter from the Honourable Jonathan Trumbull, Esq˙, of the 21st instant, was read and filed, and is in the words following:

"Lebanon, August 21, 1775.

"SIR: I received your favour of the 28th last long since, and with pleasure noted the contents, and the noble forward disposition of your respectable Congress to promote a service of so great a necessity and importance as supplying the Northern Army, among many other necessaries, with tents, which I should not have asked of you for the Troops of this Colony, but from a sense that the cause is common, and that we are extremely exhausted of materials for tents, and that it was proposed to me by Major-General Schuyler, that you could probably do it with ease; and from your favourable assurances I hoped they were received at the camp before this, but am unhappy to find, by letters of the 14th instant, received this morning from General Schuyler and Colonel Hinman, that they have not received nor heard of any coining to them, and expressing fears that the proposed progress of the Army may be impeded, disappointed, or Colonel Hinman' s Regiment very greatly suffer for want of them.

"I must beg the favour of you, since you were pleased to undertake it, and in confidence thereof we have neglected any attempt to supply them and as it is of so great importance to the whole Continent, and very peculiarly so to your City and Province, that they should be supplied and succeed in their designs, that you will be pleased to forward those tents in the most speedy manner possible, the season being far advanced.

"You are pleased to mention our remitting the money for them; you may rely that if the expense is not seasonably defrayed by the Continental Congress, this Colony will not fail of doing it, although they have already without grudging advanced near one hundred and fifty thousand Pounds, this currency.

"On motion of Mr˙ Livingston, I lately gave Mr˙ Rensselaer a permit to purchase in and carry out of this Colony, for the use of said Northern Army, four hundred and fifty barrels of pork, although there is a scarcity of it among us; and in pursuance of an advisory caution from his Excellency General Washington, have since wrote and required of Mr˙ Rensselaer, not to suffer any of it to be water borne to New-York, lest it might fall into the hands of our enemies, but to transport it directly to the North River, almost as near as the Sound, to any place where it can be purchased. I doubt not you will approve of this precaution, and cause the same pork to be forwarded with all possible expedition to General Schuyler.

"I am, with esteem and regard, Sir, your obedient humble servant, JONATHAN TRUMBULL.

"To the Hon˙ P˙ V˙ B˙ Livingston, Esq˙, President of the Honourable Provincial Congress, New-York."