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New-York Congress to Governour Trumbull



In Provincial Congress, New-York,

May 29, 1775.

SIR: We have been honoured with the receipt of your favour of the 27th instant, containing information, and enclosing despatches relating to the important posts of Ticonderoga and Crown Point. We are sorry to hear the imminent danger of the people at those posts, from a threatened attack from Quebeck, which might be attended with the loss of them before any resolve of the Continental Congress, for their preservation, could be carried into execution by our Colony.

Though therefore we agree, Sir, in opinion with your Assembly, that the said fortresses are properly under the direction of this Colony; yet we are satisfied that the pressing and urgent necessity of the case, and our present inability to take the command of those posts, fully justify the arrangements mentioned in your letter, to have been taken by your respectable body for their immediate defence.

We are, therefore, far from considering them as an invasion of this Colony, or an intermeddling with the service entrusted to it, as you may collect from our former letter on this subject; but rather esteem them as a most friendly interposition for the safety of our frontiers, and as the wise improvement of your early intelligence, and your state of readiness to provide against immediate danger. As in consequence of these arrangements, and the succours we may be able to supply till we are in a condition to take that direction of the above-mentioned fortresses, which their situation, and the determination of the Continental Congress have allotted to us, we shall attend to proper supply of provisions for the posts. We beg leave at the same time to present you our unfeigned thanks for your most friendly and seasonable reinforcement, from the burden of which we shall, without loss of time, endeavour, in pursuance of further directions from the Continental Congress, to relieve our brethren of Connecticut; and should your stock of ammunition permit the increase of that supply which you have generously destined for that service, we shall exert ourselves in replacing it as soon as we shall have it in our power,

We are, with great respect, Sir, your Honour' s, and the General Court' s most obedient and humble servants.

By order of the Congress:

P˙V˙B. LIVINGSTON, President.

To the Honourable Jonathan Trumbull, Governour of the Colony of Connecticut.