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Letter from the Delegates in Congress


Die Jovis, 3 ho˙ P˙ M˙, February 1, 1776.

The Committee met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Mr˙ Joseph Hallelt, Chairman, Colonel McDougall, Mr˙ Scott, Colonel Brasher, Mr˙ Tredwell, Mr˙ Clarke, Mr˙ Sands, Mr˙ Brewster.

A Letter from the Delegates of this Colony at Continental Congress, was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:

Philadelphia, January 30, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: We had the honor of writing to you yesterday by Mr˙ Lynch. We now set down to say a word of two respecting the case of Mr˙ Foster. Sorry as we are that the privilege granted by our Convention to that gentleman has led him into inconveniences, yet the restraint


upon exporting live stock is grounded upon such solid reasons, and appeared so essential to Congress, that we are persuaded it will be in vain to ask for a relaxation in this or any instance. We have consulted some of our Congress friends, who are of the same opinion, and have satisfied Mr˙ Foster that it will be to no purpose to make the proposition.

We hope, however, you may think of some method of putting it in his power, in another way, to make up his losses, which will give us particular pleasure.

The other matters contained in that despatch, we shall consider and act upon with all diligence.

We have the honour to be, with the greatest respect, gentlemen, your most obedient, humble servants,


"To the Honourable Committee, New-York."