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Letter from Egbert Benson, Chairman of Dutchess County Committee


A Letter from Egbert Benson, Esquire, Chairman of the Committee of Dutchess County, was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:

Rhinebcck Precinct, Dutchess County, January 29, 1776.

SIR: The Committee of this Precinct having been informed that Timothy Doughty, notwithstanding his promise to the Congress, upon his dismission, on the 20th October


last, that he would demean himself in a peaceable and orderly manner, has since declared his intentions to join the Ministerial troops, in the Spring, and in other respects testified a disposition still inimical to the cause of liberty, have ordered him to be apprehended and confined till the pleasure of the Congress shall be known.

Not only from the disaffection of the County, but as there will be an election at Poughkeepsie, on Tuesday next, and a vast number of people necessarily assemble, we thought it prudent to commit him to the jail in Kingston.

I am directed to inform you of this matter, with a request that you will please to lay it before the Congress, and acquaint them that we can furnish them with the most ample proofs against Mr˙ Doughty.

I remain, by order of the Committee, your most obedient servant,

"EGBERT BENSON, Chairman."