Letter from Abraham Livingston to Nathaniel Woodhull



New-York, May 9, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: I am exceedingly anxious to have my contract totally settled; it is therefore I again trouble you on that subject. Although the contract cannot be taken from me but by purchase, yet as the Continental Congress are of opinion that my agreement with you is a very


extravagant one, and as a Committee of that body has reported that Commissary-Generals be directed to supply all the troops, I would by no means choose that any censure lay on this Colony on my account. I will therefore most cheerfully resign the contract on such terms as no reasonable person can have any objections to. I have been at a vast deal of trouble, and have hitherto given almost universal satisfaction to the few troops I have supplied. These considerations, added to that of my having lost by the contract the most genteel office in the power of the Continental Congress to give me, I doubt not but you will mention to our Convention.

Enclosed is a copy of a letter I wrote by yesterday' s post to the President of the Continental Congress. I send it for your perusal, and to show you that I mean to take no advantage of the publick. As I am determined to retire into the country as soon as possible, I must earnestly entreat that something speedy may be determined on. It has long been a burden on my spirits, and am now heartily sick of this very disagreeable affair.

I am your humble servant,

To Messrs˙ Nathaniel Woodhull, Isaac Roosevelt, Abraham Yates, Jun˙, Morris Graham, William Paulding.