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General Wooster to the Committee of Safety

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Camp at Harlem, September 15, 1775.

SIR: I have before me the order of the Provincial Congress of the 13th instant, directing me to order a full Company, of the Troops under my command, to proceed to the fortifications erecting on the banks of Hudson' s River, in the Highlands, to be employed there in erecting and guarding the same, in obedience to the order of the Continental Congress, &c.

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I have lately received instructions from General Washington, consistent with which I cannot disperse my Troops, unless ordered by him or the Continental Congress; therefore think it necessary that the order of the Continental Congress, upon which yours is predicated, should be sent to me before I can determine whether to order a Company to the Highlands or not.

I have no objection to employing my Troops in any service that shall be judged of publick utility, consistent with my orders.

I am, Sir, with truth and regard, your most obedient humble servant,

DAVID WOOSTER.

Peter V˙ B˙ Livingston, Esq.

A true copy from the original:

JOHN MCKESSON, Secretary.

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