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Letter from the New-York Committee to the Governour of Connecticut

New-York, May 18, 1775.

SIR: As we have great reason to expect the arrival of Troops from Britain, to be quartered in this Province, we thought it a necessary piece of precaution to ask of the Continental Congress a line of conduct for our inhabitants on that event. We have received their directions on that head, as appears by the enclosed. We have also been informed that our brethren of Connecticut, attentive to the common cause, and kindly tendering the safety of this City in its present defenceless state, are upon the point of marching a considerable body of Troops into it with intent to assist us in securing it against any attempt to reduce it to the condition of a garrison-town or place of arms. We have on this head to request your Honour, should those Troops be about to march, to direct their encampment on the Western frontiers of your Colony, if your Honour should think it expedient they should proceed so far, until some plan can be properly settled with our Provincial Congress, who are to meet on the 22d instant, so as to place their introduction, if necessary, on such a basis as will produce perfect concord and unanimity, and most effectually answer the valuable ends of so friendly a succour.

To His Honour Jonathan Trumbull, Esquire.