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In Congress, May 25, 1775.

Resolved, That a Post be immediately taken and fortified at or near King' s Bridge, in the Colony of New-York; that the ground be chosen with a particular view to prevent the communication between the City of New-York and the country from being interrupted by land.

Resolved, That a Post be also taken in the Highlands on each side of Hudson' s River, and Batteries erected in such manner as will most effectually prevent any vessels passing, that may be sent to harass the inhabitants on the border of said river; and that experienced persons be immediately sent to examine, said river, in order to discover where it will be most advisable and proper to obstruct the navigation.

3˙ That the Militia of New-York be armed and trained, and in constant readiness to act at a moment' s warning, and that a number of men be immediately embodied and kept in that City, and so disposed of as to give protection to the inhabitants in case any insult should be offered by the Troops that may land there, and to prevent any attempts that may be made to gain possession of the City, and interrupt its intercourse with the country.

4˙ That it be left to the Provincial Congress of New-York to determine the number of men sufficient to occupy the several Posts above mentioned, and also that already recommended to be taken at or near Lake George, as well as to guard the City, provided the whole do not exceed the number of three thousand men, to be commanded by such officers as shall be thereunto appointed by the Provincial Congress, and to be governed by such rules and regulations as shall be established by said Congress, until further order is taken by this Congress; provided also, that if the said Provincial Congress should be of opinion that the number proposed will not be sufficient for the several services above recommended, that the said Congress report their sentiments upon this subject to this Congress as soon as may be.

5˙ That it be recommended to the said Provincial Congress, that, in raising those forces, they allow no bounties or clothing, and that their pay shall not exceed the establishment of the New-England Colonies.

6˙ That it be further recommended to the Provincial Congress aforesaid, that the Troops be enlisted to serve until the last day of December next, unless this Congress shall direct that they be sooner disbanded.

7˙ That it be recommended to the Congress aforesaid to persevere the more vigorously in preparing for their


defence, as it is very uncertain whether the earnest endeavours of the Congress to accommodate the unhappy differences between Great Britain and the Colonies, by conciliatory measures, will be successful.

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