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Letter from the New-York Delegates at the Continental Congress


A Letter from the Delegates of this Colony at Continental Congress, of the 9th instant, was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:

"Philadelphia, October 9, 1775.

GENTLEMEN: We received your favour of the 4th inst., containing an account of the troops raised in our Colony, of which we shall make the proper use. The Congress approve highly of your diligence in the erection of fortifications on Hudson' s River. You will, we believe, receive by this conveyance their sentiments on this subject, as well as extracts of some letters that show its propriety, and the designs of Administration against us.

We sincerely lament the necessity to which the want of Gunpowder may reduce us, and have endeavoured, as far as lies in our power, to remove it, by procuring for you, at the Continental expense, one ton, which was all that could be obtained. You will take care not to forward this unless you know how to supply yourselves, for it is not the design of the Congress that you should, at any time, be entirely at the mercy of the enemy.

We will take care to get your Artillery Company put upon a proper footing, in which we apprehend no difficulty. As to the want of clothing for our troops, we are not without hopes that that may he provided for in Canada, of which we cannot but flatter ourselves they will shortly be in possession.

We remain, Gentlemen, with the greatest respect, your most obedient humble servants,


To the Honourable the Convention of the Province of New-York."