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Letter to Committee of Salem


An Inventory of the Real and Personal Estates of sundry persons in the Town of Salem who have gone over to the enemy, dated December 6th, 1776, and signed by Ezekiel Hawley, Chairman of the Committee of said Town, was read and filed.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Duane prepare a draft of a Letter to the said Committee.

Mr˙ Duane accordingly reported a draft of a Letter to the Chairman of the said Committee of Salem, which was approved of, in the words following, to wit:

"Fishkill, 9th December, 1776.

"SIR: Your favour of the 6th instant has this day been laid before the Committee of Safety, and I am directed to acquaint you that they highly approve of the conduct of the Committee of Salem, and of the prudent measures they have taken to ascertain and secure from waste and embezzlement the property of the disaffected who have joined the enemy. They request that you will continue your care of these effects, allowing a provision to the families who are left behind. The Committee have under consideration a report for the security and disposal of all estates under the like circumstances. It will not be long before you shall be furnished with these regulations.

"I am, &c.

"Mr˙ Ezekiel Hawley, Chairman of the Committee of Salem."

Ordered, That a copy thereof be signed by the Vice President, and transmitted.