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Letter from the New-York Committee of Safety to their Delegates in the Continental Congress


Committee of Safety for the Colony of New-York, July 22, 1775.

GENTLEMEN: We expect that our Troops will soon be all enlisted; but we labour under great difficulties on


acccount of arms, and have not, by any means we could devise, been able to procure near so many as are necessary for them. The arms we have procured are of the best sort.

We have thought of the following expedient, which we beg leave to suggest to you. The Colony of New-Jersey has a very considerable number of muskets and bayonets, which we are informed are good. They are deposited at the respective Court-Houses, or some other particular places in each County, as Hackensack, Elizabethtown, ˙c. If the Continental Congress would please to direct those arms to be cleaned and valued, and put up in boxes, and sent to convenient places on Hudson' s River, that they might be put into the hands of such of our Troops as cannot at present be otherwise properly furnished, we conceive it would be of general benefit to the Continental service. Those arms may either be at the Continental charge, or replaced some months hence with others of equal quality, from those which we shall have made in this Colony. The Jersey Congress is to meet next week, and by that means the arms may easily be collected and ordered, as above mentioned.

If you approve of this measure, we pray you to use your best influence in Congress to have it carried into execution. We are, Gentlemen, your most obedient humble servants. By order of the Committee.

To the Delegates of the Colony of New-York at the Continental Congress, Philadelphia.

P˙ S. Gentlemen: We beg leave to inform you, that as soon as we began to purchase provisions, ˙c˙, we employed Mr˙ Peter T˙ Curtenius as our Commissary at New-York. He purchased provisions, stores, tents, intrenching tools, ˙c˙ ˙c˙ ˙c. He has been indefatigable in the publick service; run every risk that was requested of him; disbursed his own cash, and succeeded beyond our most sanguine expectations. We think him one of the most proper persons among us for that business, and would earnestly wish he might be continued, in such manner as will not be disagreeable to the Continental Congress.