The President, with any five members, to have power to send for any member absent without leave, Isaac Ketchum ordered to be brought,


Ordered, That Abraham Yates, Jun˙, Esq˙, the President of this Convention, have leave of absence for one fortnight from the time of his departure.

Mr˙ Duer, from "the Committee appointed to report a more effectual mode for detecting and defeating the designs of the internal enemies of this State," delivered in their Report, which was read. The same was read a second time. Debates arose thereon.

Mr˙ William Harper moved and was seconded, that the said Report be rejected.

Mr˙ Duane moved and was seconded, that the former Resolutions of the late Provincial Congress of this Convention, for apprehending and securing dangerous and disaffected persons, be read.

After many debates on each of the said two last-mentioned motions, the further consideration thereof was deferred till to-morrow.

Mr˙ Adgate has leave of absence for a fortnight from the time of his departure.

Mr˙ Wisner has leave of absence for a week from the time of his departure.

Mr˙ Duer dissents to both.

Resolved and Ordered, That the President for the time being, with any five Members, have power to send a Messenger for any Member who shall depart the Convention without leave, or for any Member who having departed with leave, shall be absent longer than the time of permission to such Member limited, pursuant to the Resolve and Order of this Convention of the 6th instant.

The Convention being informed that Isaac Ketcham, who, as a Traitor against this State, has lately been aiding and assisting the cruel enemies of the United American States in ravaging and plundering the Farms and Estates of the subjects and inhabitants of this State, on Nassau-Island, and carrying off the Stock, has been taken by Captain Rogers, and is now in chains on board of the Sloop Montgomery:

Ordered, That the said Isaac Ketcham be brought, manacled and under a proper guard, before this Convention, to abide the further order of this Convention; and that John Sloss Hobart, Esq˙, be requested to see that this order be duly executed.

Mr˙ Duane dissents.

Ordered, That Jost Wadder, alias Veder, and Peter


Benjamin Van Vredenburgh, two Deserters from Captain Van Steinbergh' s Company, from Dutchess County, and now in custody of the Guard of Captain William Clark' s Company, be sent to Fort Constitution, and there delivered to the Commanding Officer; and the said Commanding Officer is hereby requested to detain the said Deserters in safe custody, and send them by the first conveyance to the main guard at General Clinton' s encampment, at or near King' s Bridge, together with this order.