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Letter from New-York Committee to Committee of each County


GENTLEMEN: By resolves of the honourable the Continental Congress lately come to hand, this Colony is to raise four regiments, in Continental pay, for the defence of the Colony. We conceive that the troops will be most speedily raised by having proper officers taken from different Counties where there are proper men who will inlist.

We, therefore, request you, with all possible despatch, to inform the Provincial Congress, or this Committee, of the number of men which you have good reason to believe may be speedily raised and armed in your County; and at the same time, that you, with the advice of as many of the Deputies of your County to the Provincial Congress as may conveniently be obtained, recommend several proper persons for Captains, Lieutenants, and Ensigns, who will be most likely to raise the men. We request, in all cases where it can conveniently be done, that you recommend two proper persons for each office, that the Provincial Congress may have an opportunity to choose the one they think best qualified.

We are, respectfully, gentlemen, your very humble servants.

By order of the Committee.