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Letter from the Committee at Albany


A Letter from the Committee at Albany to this Congress being read, was in the words following, to wit:

"Albany Committee Chamber, June 2, 1775.

"GENTLEMEN: In consequence of a letter from this Committee to Governour Trumbull dated 27th ult˙, we received his answer of the 30th; whereof you have a copy enclosed, and from which it appears that you have sent them a resolve, with a request to send up forces to Ticonderoga, &c. In consequence whereof one thousand of them are now on their way. You will therefore be pleased to send up, with all possible despatch, a sufficient supply of provisions (except flour, peas and bread, which we can supply them with) and other necessaries, for which purpose we send you enclosed copy of a list from Colonel Arnold' s letter to us of the 29th ult.

"We have in the alarm above raised several companies to go up to Ticonderoga, &c˙, two of which are on their way up. This we did in consequence, first, of the resolution of the Continental Congress of the 18th ult; secondly of the letter from the New-York Committee enclosing said Resolve, dated 20th ult˙ and thirdly, Colonel Arnold' s letter to us requiring immediate assistance. But on our receipt of the above letter from Governour Trumbull, we are in great doubts with respect to our men already raised in this County, and those who stand ready to march up, as we know not the nature of the resolve you have sent to Governour Trumbull and his letter contains a clause that these one thousand forces are to continue at Ticonderoga, &c˙, until relieved by troops from this CoIony, &c.

"We should be extremely glad to have plain explicit instructions from lime to time, that we need not wander astray, and act counter to your intentions and he general good of the publick.

"There are some troops (twelve in number) taken by the Provincial Forces from St˙ John' s, who are now in this City, and who daily call upon this Committee for the common necessaries of life, but can give the Commissioners or Agents no directions in the premises, as their instructions from you will not warrant them to supply them with provisions, although they have been hitherto supplied out of the Provincial store. But we would be glad of your resolution on this matter, and let us know whether we should supply these troops any longer, or leave them to be supported from the provisions here in the King' s store; and upon the whole, what you would have us do with them, as they are only a burden to us.

"Please to take these matters into your immediate consideration, and send us your resolution in consequence thereof; and you will oblige, gentlemen, your most humble servant. By order of the Committee:

"SAMUEL STRINGER, Chairman p˙ t.."