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Letter to the Delegates of the Colony in Continental Congress laying before them the state of the Fortifications in the Highlands


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

In Provincial Congress, New-York, December 20, 1775.

GENTLEMEN: A dispute having unhappily taken place between the Commissioners appointed to superintend the work at the Fortifications in the Highlands and the Engineer, which we apprehended might retard the works necessary to be done, we thought proper to depute a Committee of three of our body to repair to the said Fortifications, and endeavour to accommodate the said difference; and in case they should not be able to effect that, to give such directions for expediting the necessary work as they should judge best for the publick service. In consequence whereof, Messrs˙ Palmer, Nicoll, and Drake, who were appointed the Committee, went to the place, and have reported their proceedings and sentiments in the premises, a copy of which we now enclose you for the consideration of Congress. We beg leave to suggest to you that the report of the Committee respecting the expediency of erecting a Fortification on the eminence at Pooploop' s Kill, demands your most serious attention.

The bearers hereof, Colonel Brasher, Mr˙ Palmer, and Captain Grenell, are appointed by this Congress to lay a state of the above matter before the Continental Congress; and if it should be approved of, we are of opinion that no time ought to be lost in carrying it into execution.

We have drawn on the Pennsylvania Delegates for fifty thousand dollars, (you have procured an order for,) in favour of Colonel Brasher and Mr˙ Palmer.

Ordered, That a copy thereof be engrossed, and signed by the President, pro tempore, and transmitted.