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Resolutions on Governour Tryon' s Letter of the 4th instant


Die Voneris, 10 ho˙ A˙M˙, December 15, 1775.

The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Nathaniel Woodhull, President.

For New-York. — Mr˙ Beekman, Mr˙ Van Zandt, Mr˙ Imlay, Colonel McDougall, Mr˙ Sands, Mr˙ Kay, Colonel Brasher, Mr˙ Roosevelt, Mr˙ Scott.

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

Dutchess. — Mr˙ Gilbert Livingston, Mr˙ Humphreys, Mr˙ Schenck.

Ulster. — Mr˙ Wynkoop, Mr˙ Cantine.

Orange. — Mr˙ Herring.

Suffolk. — Colonel Woodhull, Mr˙ Hobart, Mr˙ Tredwell, Captain Wickham, Mr˙ Gelston.

Westchester. — Colonel G˙ Drake, Colonel L˙ Graham, Mr˙ Ward.

King' s. — Mr˙ Vanderbilt, Mr˙ Covenhoven.

Tryon. — Mr˙ John Moore.

The engrossed copy of the five Resolutions of yesterday, made and entered into as amendments of Mr˙ Smith' s motion, and on the consideration of Mr˙ Tryon' s publication of the 4th instant, were read; and

Ordered, That they be published.

Mr˙ Van Zandt, Mr˙ Roosevelt, Mr˙ Vanderhill, Mr˙ Beekman, Mr˙ Covenhoven, and Captain Cuyler, dissent to the two last Resolutions, and dissent to the publication of any of the said Resolutions.


On motion, the Congress, taking into consideration his Excellency Governour Tryon' s paper of the 4th instant, directed to the inhabitants of New-York, came into the following Resolutions;

Resolved, That it is the opinion of tins Congress, that none of the people of this Colony have withdrawn their allegiance from His Majesty.

Resolved, That the supposed present "turbulent state" of this Colony arises, not from the want of a proper attachment to our Prince, and the establishment in the illustrious House of Hanover, nor from a desire to become independent of the British Crown, or a spirit of opposition to that just and equal rule to which, by the British Constitution, and our ancient and established form of Government, we are subject; but solely from the inroads made on both by the oppressive acts of the British Parliament, devised for enslaving His Majesty' s liege subjects in the American Colonies, and the hostile attempts of the Ministry to carry these acts into execution.

Resolved, That though this Colony, in conjunction with the other United Colonies, has had recourse to the appointment of Congresses and Committees for the more orderly and effectual redress of their numerous and heavy grievances, yet it is by no means the desire or design of its inhabitants to disuse, much less to oppose or obstruct the ordinary course of legislation, but that they highly esteem their right of being represented in General Assembly.

Resolved, nevertheless, That it is the opinion of this Congress that nothing of a salutary nature can be expected from a separate declaration of the sense of this Colony on the Resolution of the House of Commons on the 20th of February last, and that, as the motion whereon the same was grounded, was confessedly framed to disunite the Colonies, it would be highly dangerous to, and totally inconsistent with the glorious plan of American Union, should this Colony express their separate sense on the above-mentioned supposed conciliatory proposal on the part of Great Britain.

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Congress, that this Colony is fully and effectually represented in the Continental Congress, for the purpose of expressing the sense of its inhabitants on any overture for a reconciliation, and that the Continental Congress has fully and dispassionately expressed the sense of the inhabitants of this Colony on the above-mentioned Resolution of the 20th of February last.

A true copy from the minutes;