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Permission Given to Dismiss a Portion of the Men


Die Solis, 9 ho˙ A˙ M˙, July 21, 1776.

The Convention met, pursuant to the call of the President, agreeable to the order of yesterday.

Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.

NEW YORK. — Mr˙ Bancker, Colonel Brasher, Major Abeel, Mr˙ Harper.

ALBANY. — Mr˙ Yates, Mr˙ Adgate, Mr˙ Bleecker.

SUFFOLK. — General Woodhull, Mr˙ Hobart, Mr˙ Gelston, Mr˙ Smith, Mr˙ L' Hommedieu, Mr˙ Dearing.

ORANGE. — Colonel Allison, Mr˙ Little.

ULSTER. — Colonel De Wit, Mr˙ Contine.

DUTCHESS. — Colonel Hoffman, Captain Platt, Mr˙ Sackett, Mr˙ Henry Schenck.

TRYON. — Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Harper, Mr˙ Paris.

CHARLOTTE. — Major Webster, Mr˙ Duer.

QUEEN' S. — Mr˙ Samuel Townshend, Mr˙ James Townshend, Mr˙ Lawrence.

CUMBERLAND. — Mr˙ Sessions, Mr˙ Stephens.

Captain Platt, from the Committee appointed, to repair to the Highlands, and take measures for the protection of the country, informed Convention that a number of men from the neighbouring States are now doing duty on Hudson' s River, and that many of them have left their affairs in such a situation at home that their continuance for any considerable time must be attended with very great inconveniences, asking the direction of Convention on the subject.

The President, with a number of Members, being thereunto authorized by Convention, are of opinion that it would be improper to give the Committee any direction in the premises, but do advise that the matter be considered by a Council of War, and conceive it would be advisable, if Consistent with the good of the service, that at least a part of the men should be dismissed, and their places supplied by draughts from the neighbouring Militia of this State.

Captain Platt further informs that the men have generally come on horseback, and that many of them are without money to carry themselves home, and requesting directions in the premises.

Ordered, That the Committee do provide for the Horses, as well as the Men, and that when any of the Men are ordered home, the Committee, at their discretion, do appoint a Commissary to make provision for them on the road, or give them a reasonable allowance for their subsistence on their return.

Resolved, That whenever any Officers of the Militia of this State shall do duty with any Militia Officers from the neighbouring States, they submit themselves to the orders of all Officers of superior rank, in the same manner as if the whole belonged to this State.