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Letter from the Committee of Elizabethtown, New-Jersey


A Letter from Robert Ogden, Chairman of the Committee of Elizabethtown, dated the 22d instant, was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:

"Elizabethtown, February 22, 1776.

"GENTLEMEN: I this moment received yours, dated ‘In Congress, February 21, 1776,’ and signed by the President. Had there been a necessity, I would immediately have convened the Committee, to consider the request of your letter. The persons mentioned now in durance in this town were confined by Colonel Heard, not at our instance, and without our knowledge. It is said Colonel Heard received his authority for so doing from yours, or the Continental Congress. Our Committee are also ignorant of the crimes of which these persons are accused, and for which imprisoned, Being convinced of the strict propriety of your regulations respecting delinquents, this Committee have not been, nor will they be, guilty of the least violation of them; and therefore conclude with assuring the honourable Convention that we mean not to concern ourselves with these men, or their conduct.

"I am, gentlemen, with the greatest respect, your very humble servant,


"To the Honourable the Congress of New-York."

Ordered, That the consideration thereof be deferred till one or more Members from Richmond County arrive.