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Letter to the Committees of Huntington and Southold relative to deserters from the Provincial armed sloop Montgomery


A draft of a Letter to the Committees of Huntington and Southold, relative to deserters from on board the Provincial armed sloop Montgomery, now lying at Fire Inlet, on the south side of Long-Island, was read and approved of, and is in the words following, to wit:

In Provincial Congress, New-York, June 28, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: We have received information that six men, viz: Thomas Butler of New-York, Richard Guildersleeve, Ebenezer Conklin, and Solomon Ketcham, Jun˙, of Huntington, and Jonathan Armstrong and Elisha Reeves, of South-hold, belonging to the sloop Montgomery, Captain William Rogers, did, on the night of the 19th instant, desert from Fire Inlet. We think it necessary that every measure should be taken to discourage such desertions, and therefore request you to use your endeavours to secure said deserters, especially such of them as belong to your District, and cause them to be returned to the said Captain Rogers as soon as possible, who has offered a reward of two dollars, besides reasonable charges, for each man thus secured and returned to him.

We are, gentlemen, your very humble servants.

By order:

To the Committees of Huntington and Southold.

Ordered, That copies thereof be engrossed, and signed by the President pro tem˙, and transmitted.