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Letter from the Secret Committee of the New-York Convention to General Gates


In Convention of the Representatives of the State of New York, July 16, 1776.

Resolved, unanimously, That a Secret Committee be appointed to devise and carry into execution such measures as to them shall appear most effectual for obstructing the Channel of Hudson' s River, or annoying the enemy' s Ships in their navigation up the said River, and that this Convention pledge themselves for defraying the charges incident thereon.

And Resolved and Ordered, That Mr˙ Jay, Mr˙ Robert Yates, Major Tappen, Mr˙ Robert R˙ Livingston, Mr˙ Gilbert Livingston, and Mr˙ Paulding, be the said Committee.

A true extract from the Minutes:
Chairman to the Secret Committee.