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Jacob Bayley to New-York Congress



Newbury, June 29, 1775.

GENTLEMEN: Lately we received a desire from you to send a member or two to the Provincial Congress at New-York. We met and chose one, Sir, myself; but considering our distance and the danger we might be in of a visit from Canada, thought best that I do not yet attend until we were prepared to meet with an enemy at home. I am taking what pains I can to be prepared with arms and ammunition, but as yet to but little purpose; am still apprehensive of danger from Canada, and cannot be absent, I have had intelligence from an Indian to be depended on, who informs me that they shall be forced to take up arms, if we do not help them by sending an army to Canada, and say they are both threatened and flattered; says that the French and Indians will join us, and make no doubt but Quebeck will be taken, (which is their desire,) but if it is neglected much longer it may be fatal to them and us. I have employed him to bring intelligence from Canada, and must meet him myself, and shall transmit to you. I should think that if orders were sent to me, I could raise two or three hundred men from the neighbouring Governments, which must be necessary either for our defence or to proceed to Canada.

If it is thought best to raise men, arms (at least two hundred) and powder and flints must be sent. Mr˙ Harvy will inform more, and take care of whatever is sent. Mean time I am endeavouring to supply ourselves from seaports eastward.

We acknowledge with gratitude the notice taken of us by you; shall acquiesce in the measures which shall be taken by you; shall attend as soon as we are in a posture of defence.

Wish prosperity to the cause of liberty and truth. Am, gentlemen, your most humble servant,


To the Provincial Congress for New-York Colony.