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Letter from General Wooster


A Letter from General Wooster was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:

"Camp near New-York, July 7, 1775.

"SIR: We have among the Connecticut Troops a number of apprentices and indented servants, who ran away from their masters in this City, and have enlisted themselves and received their pay in Connecticut. Since our arrival at this place many of them have been detained in Town by their masters. As the Governour of Connecticut has subjected me, and the Troops under my command, to the direction of the Continental and this Provincial Congress, I desire you to take the opinion of your Congress, and advise me what plan of conduct I shall pursue with regard to such persons, and you will oblige, Sir, your humble servant,


"To Peter Van Brugh Livingston, esq˙, President of the Provincial Congress."

The Congress took the same into consideration, and resolved to advise General Wooster that the Masters of such Servants or Apprentices, belonging to this Colony, as are enlisted in his Troops, be restored to their Masters; provided the Masters pay to him the disbursements, deducting therefrom the pay, if any be due.

A draught of a Letter to General Wooster, signifying the sense of this Congress on the subject of Apprentices and Servants, was read and approved.