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Application from Colonel Swartwout


A Letter from Colonel Swartwout was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:

"New-York, February 18, 1776.

"GENTLEMEN: Whereas Captain Hillings, from Poughkeepsie, has marched, with what men he had inlisted for the Continental service, without any orders, I conceive; at his arrival in town made application to me to join my regiment, as he was entirely destitute where to go, I admitted him, for the present, to join till I could have your sentiments thereon. It is essential to know immediately, as I must make a return to the General of my regiment, and of the effective arms, and have them completed to twenty rounds per man.

"I am, gentlemen, your humble servant,


"To the Honourable Provincial Congress."