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Letter from Malcolm Morrison


A Letter from Malcom Morrison, Esq˙, and a Petition of Archibald Campbell, of Pauling' s Precinct, in Dutchess County, complaining of great irregularities and outrages against the said Archibald Campbell, by some persons from Connecticut, were severally read and filed, and are in the words following, to wit:

"New-York, March 11, 1776.

"SIR: I make free to inform you that a number of people from Connecticut came to the house of Mr˙ Archibald Campbell, in my neighbourhood, on the 28th ultimo, to dispossess him of his farm by force. Upon hearing of which, I went there, and found about one dozen persons, some of whom were armed, carrying his furniture into the street. I expostulated with them on their doings, and told them if they did not desist, I must call the posse to suppress them. They, thinking themselves not sufficiently strong to proceed, left off. I then asked them what caused them to act in the manner they had done. They told me they were determined


to repossess all the people who had been turned off their places some years past, as the lands belonged to Connecticut. I did not think it prudent to call aid to secure them, but advised them to return, as the mode they took to settle any controversy that might be pending, was unjustifiable; upon which they went off, but said they would return with greater force. A number of others have been warned to remove from their farms.

"I believe it would be advisable to lay the affair before our Provincial Congress, and, if possible, have the matter stopped, as I am apprehensive, if something is not done to prevent them, we shall have a second Prendergast affair in our County.

"I am, with deference, sir, your most humble servant,


"To the Honourable Provincial Congress now sitting in the City of New-York."