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Letter to the Counties


The draft of a Letter to attend the said Resolution, and recommending to carry the measures therein mentioned into execution, was also read, amended, and approved of, and is in the words following, to wit:

New-York, May 29, 1775.

GENTLEMEN: You will see by the enclosed Resolution of this Congress that it is recommended to such of the Counties as have not already formed Committees, to do it without delay; and that such of the inhabitants of this Colony as have hitherto neglected to subscribe the General Association, to do it, so as to enable you to make a return within the time limited in the Resolution.

As the execution of this Resolve is committed to your care, we request you to use your best endeavours to see that this recommendation be complied with. It may, nevertheless, be proper to inform you, that it is the sense of this Congress that no coercive steps ought to be used to induce any person to sign the Association. The propriety of the measure, the example of the other Counties, and the necessity of maintaining a perfect union in every part of this Colony, it is presumed are sufficient reasons to induce the inhabitants of your County to comply with this requisition.

Ordered, That five hundred copies of the said Resolve and of the said Letter be printed, and that as many copies of the said Letter as may be necessary be signed by the President, and delivered, with the copies of the said Resolve, to the Members of this Congress, to be by them directed.

The Congress adjourned to nine o' clock to-morrow morning.