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William Sutton Sent Under a Safe Guard


John Thomas, a Mariner, who says he deserted from the Ship Lively, into which he had inlisted as a Marine, now a prisoner: in the Jail at this place, was brought before the Convention and examined. He gave no material intelligence." He was discharged, and a certificate given to him to pern lit him to go through the country to the eastward of Hudson' s River, to acquire his living by labour and Industry.

Die Sabbati, P˙ M˙, July 27, 1776.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.

FOR NEW-YORK. — Mr˙ Harper, Mr˙ Dunscombe, Mr˙ Bancker, Colonel Brasher.

ALBANY. — Mr˙ Abm˙ Yates, Mr˙ Bleecker, Mr˙ Adgate.

QUEEN' s. — Mr˙ Samuel Townshend, Mr˙ James Townshend, Mr˙ Wat˙ Smith.

WESTCHESTER. — General Morris, Mr˙ Tompkins, Mr˙ Morris.

ULSTER. — Mr˙ Contine.

DUTCHESS. — Mr˙ Hoffman, Mr˙ London, Mr˙ Socket.

CUMBERLAND. — Colonel Marsh, Mr˙ Sessions.

TRYONY — Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Newkirk.

ORANGE. — Mr˙ Little, Mr˙ Outwater.

CHARLOTTE. — Mr˙ Duer.

SUFFOLK — General Woodhull, Mr˙ Tredwell, Mr˙ Gelston.

The Committee appointed to examine William Sutton reported, that they had carefully examined him, but cannot obtain any further intelligence, information, or satisfaction from him.

Thereupon, Resolved, That William Sutton be immediately sent, under safe and proper guard, at his own expense, to the Jail of Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania; that he there subsist himself; and that a Letter be wrote to the Chairman of the Committee of the City and County of Philadelphia mentioning his state of health, and enclosing a copy of the evidence against him; and that General Morris be requested to see this resolution carried into execution.


General Morris informed the Convention that he should direct the said William Sutton to be delivered into the care and charge of Lieutenant Alexander Hunt, to be conveyed to the Committee of the City of Philadelphia, at his own expense; and requested the Convention to determine what allowance shall be made to Lieutenant Hunt for his trouble in the premises.

Resolved, That the said William Sutton do pay to Alexander Hunt twelve shillings per day (exclusive of his necessary expenses) for every day he shall be employed in proceeding to Philadelphia with the said William Sutton, and returning.

Ordered, That the Jailer of the Jail of the County of Westchester do deliver the body of William Sutton to Lieutenant Alexander Hunt.