Primary tabs

Letter from Hendrick Garrison to the New York Congress



Richmond County, March 8, 1776.

SIR: The insufferable abuse received before the Committee of Safety in the County of Richmond, when called on to evidence against the inimical conduct of some individuals in that County against our just struggles, causes me to lay before your honourable House a true state of my grievances, begging their advice and assistance for redress, as I think myself in the present situation unsafe in my person and property.

On Thursday, the 7th of March, 1776, being summoned before the Committee, present at that time Christian Jacobson, Chairman, John Polyon, John Keteltas, Henry Ferine, David Latournette, Cornelius Disasway, Peter Mersereau, Moses Dupuy, Lambert Merrell, John Tysen, Joseph Christopher, and George Barnes. While under examination, Cornelius Martina, Richard Connor, and John Burbank, were suffered by the Committee to abuse your complainant, viz: By calling him an informer, cut-throat, dirty rascal, dirty dog, liar, &c˙ threatening what they would do


if they had him out of doors, which your complainant can prove by creditable evidence. Your complainant, therefore, begs your honourable House to take the above under consideration.

I am, with respect, your most obedient humble servant,


To the President of the Provincial Congress of New- York.