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Election of Deputies to the Contention in New-York



New-York, March 16, 1775.

On Monday, the 6th instant, the Freeholders and Inhabitants of this City and County, by a very great majority, assented to the following mode of proceeding, viz: —That the General Committee should nominate eleven persons to be, on Wednesday, the 15th, proposed to the choice of the Freemen and Freeholders, as Deputies, to meet on the 20th of April such Deputies as the other Counties might elect, and join with them, for the sole purpose of appointing out of their body Delegates for the next General Congress, agreeable to the recommendation of the last. Accordingly the Committee nominated the following persons, viz: Philip Livingston, John Jay; James Duane, John Alsop, Isaac Low, Francis Lewis, Abraham Walton, Abraham Brasher, Alexander McDougall, Leonard Lispenard, and Isaac Roosevelt.

From the time of the nomination every artifice was used, (by the same party who have constantly exerted their utmost abilities to obstruct and disconcert every measure of opposition to the tyrannical acts of the British Ministry,) in order to prevent the election of the Deputies nominated by the Committee, and to frustrate, the design of a Provincial Congress, and of sending Delegates (at least with full powers from the whole Province) to the next General Congress. Before the day of election a great number of pieces were published on both sides, full of artifice and specious pretences on the Ministerial part, and of sound weighty argument on the other. Between the two, the


argument and the views of each party were pretty well understood at the day of decision, when the votes of the Freemen and Freeholders were fairly taken, as follows, viz:
  For the Deputies. Against the Deputies.
Out Ward, 66 Out Ward,
North Ward, 99 North Ward, 36
East Ward, 125 East Ward, 22
South Ward, 42 South Ward, 23
West Ward, 213 West Ward, 23
Dock Ward, 52 Dock Ward, 32
Montgomery Ward, 228 Montgomery Ward, 27
  $25   163

Besides great numbers of the majority, who, finding their votes not wanted, did not vote.

It is hoped the transactions of this day will in some measure restore the generality of the people to the good opinion and esteem of the neighbouring Colonies.

Last night our General Committee appointed a SubCommittee to draw up, and report at the next stated meeting, a state of the facts relative to the landing of Goods out of the Beulah.