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Letter to General Schuyler and General Clinton


A draft of a Letter to General Schuyler and General Clinton was read and approved, and is in the words following, that is to say:

"Fishkill, October 10, 1776.

"SIR: I am directed by the Committee of Safety of this State to inform your Excellency that yesterday three of the enemy' s frigates passed the obstructions opposite to Mount Washington, and got up Hudson' s river; that we have made from time to time such large drafts from the Militia of the four Counties adjoining that river, that the remaining well-affected are reduced to a small number and most of the disaffected in this State are on the east side of Hudson' s river. A Committee, specially appointed for the purpose by the Convention of this State, are sitting daily to frustrate their machinations, and several who had inlisted or engaged to inlist with the enemy, have been discovered, apprehended, and are sent to the westward; many perhaps remain undiscovered. Should the enemy and the disaffected be able to concert measures so as to form a junction of the latter with a party from on board the ships in the river, the Committee of Safety are apprehensive of the want of a very speedy assistance without a diminution of the main army, and have therefore taken the liberty to despatch a copy of the enclosed resolution to each of the Counties therein mentioned, and have directed me to request that your Excellency would be pleased to give such directions as in case of necessity may afford the most speedy succour.

"I have the honour to be, with the greatest respect."

Ordered, That two copies thereof be prepared, and one addressed to General Clinton and the other to General Schuyler.