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The Petition of sundry Militia-Officers in the County


of Burlington, praying that this Congress would reimburse them their expense in providing Fugle-Men, &c˙, was read the second time, and ordered to lie on the table.

The Letter from the County Committee of Somerset, and the Petition from the Township Committee of Piscataway, setting forth, that Perth-Amboy is much exposed to hostile invasions, and praying that some measures might be taken to fortify said place, and guard it against invasions, were read the second time.

As the matter contained in said Letter and Petition is of great importance to this Colony in particular, and to the United Colonies in general, and as the carrying the same into effect will be attended with considerable expense, it was moved and agreed that the following Letter be sent to the Continental Congress:

GENTLEMEN: This Congress having taken into their serious consideration the necessity of defending such parts of this Colony as are more immediately exposed to an invasion of the enemy, are of opinion, that the city of Perth-Amboy, in East-Jersey, from its open channel, and safe harbour, and from its local situation, is a place deserving the utmost attention at this time. As the city of New York has at present a large body of troops, and fortifications are now erecting for its defence, it is more than probable that the enemy, sensible of these preparations, will attempt a lodgment at Perth-Amboy, from whence incursions might easily be made into the heart of the country, before a sufficient force can be collected to oppose them.

That part of West-Jersey, which is situate on the River Delaware, below Philadelphia, appears also to merit great attention at this time. Opposite to Reedy-Island, at a place called Elsenborough, in the County of Salem, a landing might easily be effected. This is within forty miles of Philadelphia, in a County abounding with provisions; and from whence an array might easily make its way to Cooper' s Ferry in a very short time.

This Congress would be happy if they had it in their power to take into immediate pay a sufficient body of troops for the defence of both these important posts: but as this will be an expense too great for this Colony to support upon its own bottom, and as the being guarded at all points is a matter of the utmost importance to the common cause, more especially to the cities of Philadelphia and New York; this Congress beg leave to submit to the consideration of your honourable House, the urgent necessity of making some immediate preparations to prevent any attempt of the enemy to land an army in those parts of this Province which appear to be so situated as greatly to facilitate the success of such an attempt. One or two battalions, with two artillery companies, may be sufficient for this important service. And we humbly submit to your consideration the necessity and propriety of such a step being immediately adopted. We wish not to put the Continent to this expense for the sole defence of the inhabitants of this Colony, but the interest of this Colony in particular being so connected with that of the United Colonies in general, as to render an invasion in New Jersey a matter of the utmost importance to all; we humbly conceive that the necessity of the occasion will induce the wisdom of your honourable House to take into Continental pay two battalions, and two companies of artillery; or such a body of forces as may be thought sufficient to answer this desirable purpose.

The express, by which this is forwarded, will wait your commands; and I am to request the favour of an answer as soon as possible. I am likewise to request, that commissions may be sent for Officers of the Third Battalion, as some of the Companies are already full, and others in a fair way.

I am, gentlemen, your most obedient humble servant,

By order of Congress:


To the Honourable Continental Congress.

Adjourned till Monday morning, nine o' clock.