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Alexander Leslie Examined


Die Jovis, 3 ho˙ P˙ M˙, January 18, 1776.

The Committee met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Pierre Van Cortlandt, Esq˙, Chairman, Mr˙ Scott, Mr˙ McDougall, Mr˙ Brasher, Mr˙ Tredwell, Mr˙ Brewster, Mr˙ Clarke, Mr˙ Sands.

A Letter from Thomas Wickes, Esq˙, Chairman of the Committee of Huntington, of the 12th instant, to the Chairman of this Committee, and which was received on the 15th instant, requesting Commissions for two Companies of the Militia there, was taken into consideration.

The Committee is of opinion that the return is not made agreeable to the directions of the Militia Law; that, therefore, the Commissions be delayed, and that Mr˙ Tredwell write a letter to Mr˙ Wickes, informing him of the irregularity of the return, that the same may be regularly returned.

Mr˙ Brewster produced a Letter from John Young, Chairman of the Committee of Mamacoting Precinct, requesting Commissions for two Companies of Militia in Ulster County, one of which Companies is the Mamacoting Militia Company of Foot, and alleging that the former Return sent to Congress of the election of Officers of that Company, was a counterfeit.

Ordered, That a Letter be wrote to Mr˙ Young, informing him of all the Returns on file signed with his name, and that the Commissions applied for by Mr˙ Young be delayed until Mr˙ Young' s answer is received.

The Committee then ordered Alexander Lesslie to be brought before them, and Colonel Van Cortlandt and


Colonel Brasher, by order, having examined James Lesslie, and made report that they had not thereby obtained any information, and the said Alexander Lesslie, in the strongest manner, averring his innocence, in the presence of Philip Livingston, Esq˙, one of the Continental Delegates, who, on request of the Committee, was attending to hear his examination, the Committee permitted the said Alexander Lesslie to go at liberty, on his parole, to return and appear before this Committee to-morrow, at noon, and prepared to give security for his future appearance, if such security should be required.