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Letter to the Delegates in Congress


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

New-York, December 9, 1775.

GENTLEMEN: It must appear very obvious to you, that this Colony will require a fund to defray such expenses as have arisen, or may be incurred on its particular account. The last Congress, attentive to this, resolved to emit the sum of forty-five thousand pounds for that purpose. The bills are now ready for signing, but this Congress are apprehensive that the great variety of paper emissions now in circulation with the addition of such others as may be emitted, may endanger a depreciation, or prevent so extensive a circulation as may be necessary to answer the ends for which they were intended.

Those evils, they think, will be prevented by making all paper money to be issued for the defence of America, whether general or particular, Continental currency. They, therefore, request you to take the sense of Congress, whether they will lend this Colony the sum above-mentioned, for the sinking of which they are ready to engage the Colony. As this money is immediately wanted, and as our bills are ready for signing, we beg you to obtain the determination of the Congress on this matter as speedily as possible, and transmit it to us.

We are, with great truth and regard, your very humble servants. By order of the Congress.

To the Delegates for the Colony of New-York in Congress, at Philadelphia.

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