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Letter from Issac Nicoll


[No˙ 2.]

New-Rotchel, September 8, 1776.

DEAR SIR: We have sent one Samuel Hunt, on Long-Island, a young man I think will answer every purpose he is sent after. It is uncertain when he will return; but this evening there is one Mr˙ Sands to be over, who can give us a particular account. There was one Mr˙ Tredwell, and another person from Goshen, in Orange County, the latter unknown to me, across here four or five days ago. Mr˙ Tredwell is a disaffected person, and all his friends live on Long-Island. I understand that his brothers are warmly engaged against us, and I am well persuaded he will go through the whole of their camps. He is expected over every hour. I have secured the horses, and intend to secure them, put them apart, and bring them to you, as soon as they cross. We will be able to get all we want from them. The news collected since I saw you, is, that the main body of their army is at Newtown, and Lord Howe keeps that as Head-Quarters; that all the wagons, as far eastward as they have been able to go, are pressed and carried to New-town, and that every horse fit for the troop is pressed and taken away from their proper owners, without any respect of persons. They talk of raising three regiments — one to be a regiment of Rangers, to be commanded by Major Robert Rogers — and if the people will not turn out volunteers, they will draft them. They had their general muster yesterday, but raised no recruits on account of the weather; at which meeting they agreed to keep but two sentries on Cow-Neck — one at Long-Point, and the other at Watch-Point — which makes it safe to cross. It is said there are three regiments at Flushing, one at Jamaica.

From your humble servant,