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Memorial of Field-Officers of First Regiment in Ulster County to New-York Congress


To the President of the Honourable Congress of the Colony of NEW-YORK, in Congress now convened at NEW-YORK:

A Memorial of the present disorderly situation of the First Regiment of ULSTER County.

GENTLEMEN: The First Regiment in Ulster County, as it has always been esteemed, has been for a long time kept in suspense by some misconduct or other, by whom, unknown to us, in appointing Field-Officers. We have seen some time last fall the commissions for the subaltern officers in the First Regiment in said County, bearing date in October last, and in some of the Captains' commissions, a blank left for a Colonel' s name, others no blank left for a Colonel; one in particular, neither belongs to a regiment nor Colonel. These commissions were brought up by Mr˙ Egbert Dumond and Tappan, our late Delegates, and no commissions for Field-Officers of the Militia. Some time in January last, Mr˙ Dirck Wynkoop, Jun˙, and Cantine, two of our present Delegates, came home and, brought commissions for Field-Officers of a Minute Regiment; but as yet no commissions for Field-Officers of the Militia. Here the cart was before the horse; for the Minute are to be raised out of the regiment of Militia, and no Militia formed for want of Field-Officers. Now lately commissions were sent up to the Chairman of the County Committee, for Field-Officers of a regiment called the Northern Regiment, in Ulster County. The said commissions directed to A˙ Hasbrouck, First Colonel; Johannes Snyder, Second Colonel; Jonathan Elmendorf, First Major; Adrian Wynkoop, Second Major, &c˙; bearing dates the 20th day of February, 1776. How inconsistent ? The subaltern commissions are of a prior date than the Field-Officers, even if they did belong to one and the same regiment. But another inconsistency: the subalterns, some belong to the First Regiment, others to nobody, and the Field-Officers are appointed for the Northern Regiment. Gentlemen, we are satisfied the arrangement for Field-Officers was returned in Congress some time last summer for the First Regiment in said County, and the very persons, (except Mr˙ Adrian Wynkoop, who the County Committee appointed to fill the vacancy of Colonel Hardenburgh declined,) were returned in Congress, who are now commissioned for the Northern Regiment. Gentlemen, for the truth hereof, we refer to the journals of your honourable House. Gentlemen, we appeal to your honourable Board; we presume there is a great error in the proceedings relative to the forming and completing the First Regiment in Ulster County. Whether it is owing to the Congress or our Delegates, we cannot determine. But we will affirm, that neither we nor the greater part of the subalterns, are the cause of it. We are ashamed that matters are carried on so irregularly, especially in these critical times, when necessity requires to have the Militia in readiness, and well disciplined.

Gentlemen, this is the state of the present situation of the First Regiment in said County. Now, if we should accept of these commissions, we have no regiment at all; for the Militia that was intended we should command, the Captains' commissions, as is said before, belong to the First Regiment in said County; and certainly there must be such, as the first in the County, and, in consequence, it would be a piece of ignorance in us to accept of a commission, and nobody to command. We presume the honourable Congress are advised by such as have not the present cause at heart, who would rather see disorder than good order and general union.

We are informed it is resolved by the Congress that officers should go in rank by succession. If that be the case, how is it possible that Colonel Hasbrouck should not be the First Colonel, in said County, and in the First Regiment, instead of Colonel of a Regiment never heard of, nor ever was? And if we should be dealt with agreeable to the resolve, and equal with our neighbouring County, without doubt Colonel Hasbrouck should be raised to a higher station; for he is the oldest Colonel, next to Colonel Hardenburgh, in the County of Ulster, and older than any in the adjacent County.

Gentlemen, we conceive if the commissions now sent up for Field-Officers for a Northern Regiment cannot be altered, and a prior or an even date given with commissions of the Field-Officers of the other regiments in our County, and the rank of the First Regiment in Ulster County; without that, what we in general claim our right, for all the other


regiments in the County are descended from us, we see no prospect of getting the Militia in our part of the County tinder order. So, gentlemen, we shall rest the matter with your superior wisdom. Do as you think proper, gentlemen. We enclose herewith the commissions to you, and expect you will rectify the errors. And remain your humble servants,


Kingston, March 8, 1776.