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Letter to General Gates


Mr˙ Morris, from the Committee for that purpose, reported the draft of a Letter to Major-General Gates, which was read and approved of, and is in the words following, to wit:

"July 23.

"SIR: I am directed by the Convention of this State to make it their earnest request that you will do them the honour of communicating a full state of the military operations which you now superintend. It is by no means an idle curiosity which prompts the Convention to inquire into the number of forces under your command, and their situation as to arms, health, provisions, and other necessaries, as also what intelligence your Honour may have obtained, of the


strength and design of General Burgoyne. But as the war is now brought to our doors, and this State invaded at each extremity, the utmost attention and strictest inquiry are necessary in the Legislature, that they may be enabled to give all the assistance in their power to the several armies employed in our defence.

"I am further directed to inform your Honour that this letter will be handed to you by Leonard Gansevort and Jacob Cuyler, Esquires, a Committee of this Convention, who are sent to receive such intelligence as you may think necessary to give a complete idea of the situation of our Northern Army, and to assure your Honour that the Convention will make the most strenuous exertions to repel any invasion which may be meditated against us in your department.

"I have the honour to be, with the greatest respect, sir, your most obedient, humble servant.

"Major-General Gates."

Ordered, That a copy of the said Letter be engrossed, and signed by the President, and transmitted to Messrs˙ Gansevort and Cuyler unsealed; that a copy of the Resolution of this Convention to write to General Gates be therein enclosed.