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New-York Congress to the Continental Congress



In Provincial Congress, New York, June 14, 1775.

SIR: We embrace the opportunity that now offers, to acknowledge the receipt of your letters of the 26th and 31st of May last, and of the 1st and 10th of June instant, covering several important resolves of your respectable body. We have, as far as in our power, endeavoured to comply with these requisitions. Copies of some of our proceedings have already been, and such as were not, are now transmitted to our Delegates. Upon the receipt of the resolution of the 9th of June, relative to the sending five thousand barrels of flour for the use of the Continental Army, we immediately appointed a Committee to carry it into execution, as will appear from the enclosed resolve ; but it is at present uncertain whether we shall be able to


comply with it, flour being an article which hath generally sold for cash, and we being unable to offer better security to the vender than the faith of our own body. However, the Congress may rest assured that our best endeavours shall not be wanted to complete the order.

We find ourselves much embarrassed on a variety of other occasions, for want of money; many articles necessary to be furnished are not to be got on credit, and you must be sensible that to embody troops for the service, it is absolutely necessary to have large sums in hand. Without money we fear the service will suffer from our inability to comply with the resolutions of the Congress. We have already contracted a load of debts, and stretched our credit to the utmost; our zeal for the publick service therefore leads us to wish a speedy advice on this important subject.

We are, Sir, most respectfully, your most obedient humble servants.

By order and in behalf of the Provincial Congress:
P˙ V˙ B˙ LIVINGSTON, President.

To the Hon˙ John Hancock, Esq˙, President of the Continental Congress, Philadelphia.