Members returned from Queen' s County ordered to attend the Congress and take their seats, or show the cause of their neglect, All the Deputies elected to represent Richmond County, ordered to take their seats on Friday next, or to report in writing the cause of their neglect, May 21, Letter from General Washington: He has been called to Philadelphia by the Continental Congress, and General Putnam will have the command in his absence, Report made by the Committee appointed to consider the ways and means to prevent the dangers to which the Colony is exposed by its intestine enemies, Report considered and amended

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Die Martis, 10 ho˙ A˙ M˙, May 21, 1776.

The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.

FOR NEW-YORK. — Mr˙ Hallett, Mr˙ Bancker, Mr˙ Randall, Colonel Stoutenburgh, Mr˙ Peter P˙ Van Zandt, Mr˙ Van Cortlandt, Mr˙ Alsop, Mr˙ Scott.

FOR QUEEN' S. — Colonel Blackwell, Captain Lawrence.

FOR CHARLOTTE. — Major Webster, Colonel Malcom.

FOR ALBANY. — Mr˙ Cuyler, Mr˙ Glenn.

FOR DUTCHESS. — Mr˙ Paul Schenck.

FOR ORANGE. — Mr˙ Little.

FOR KING' S. — Mr˙ Vanderbilt, Mr˙ Polhemus.

FOR SUFFOLK. — General Woodhull, Mr˙ Wickham, Mr˙ Gelston.

FOR WESTCHESTER. — Colonel Gilbert Drake, Mr˙ Paulding, Major Lockwood, Mr˙ Tompkins, Mr˙ Morris.

FOR RICHMOND. — Mr˙ Journey, Mr˙ Conner.

FOR TRYON. — Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Harper.

Mr˙ Randall, Colonel Malcom, and Mr˙ Tompkins, came into Congress as Members, and each of them respectively was sworn, and took the general oath as before written in the Minutes on the 19th instant.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Paul Schenck, of Dutchess County, have leave to return to his County to procure a representation of his County to be sent to this Congress without delay, and that Mr˙ Schenck return to this Congress immediately.

Ordered, That Captain Ezekiel Hyatt and Captain Cornelius Steinrod, with their respective Subalterns and Companies, continue to be a part of Colonel McDougall' s Regiment; and that Captain Ambrose Horton, with his Company, join Colonel McDougall' s Regiment, as a part thereof, until further orders.

Ordered, That Captain John Titus, in the Township of Bushwick, Captain Ferdinandus Sydam and Captain Barent Johnson, in the Township of Broecklyn, Captain Cornelius Vander Veer, in the Township of Flat-Bush, Captain Jeremiah Vanderbilt, in the Township of Flatlands, Captain Aaron Van Brunt, in New Utrecht, and Captain ———————, in Gravesend, be respectively authorized and requested, and are hereby respectively requested, in the respective Townships and Districts in which they respectively reside, to proceed from house to house through their respective Districts, and purchase, at the cheapest rate they can be obtained for ready money, all such good Muskets and Fire-locks fit for the use of soldiers, as can be spared by the inhabitants of those Townships. That those gentlemen respectively be requested not only to purchase Arms as cheap as they reasonably can, but in no case to exceed the price of four Pounds for any one Gun, Musket, or Fire-lock. That those gentlemen respectively, as soon as they can conveniently, send those Arms to Colonel Curtenius, in New-York, and transmit the account of the price of the Arms so purchased to this Congress, or the Auditors thereby appointed, that the same, together with a reasonable reward for the trouble of purchasing them, may be paid.

And Ordered, That Colonel McDougall be requested to send such proper Officers or persons to assist the gentlemen above-named in the purchase aforesaid, as are acquainted with good Arms. And it is hereby recommended to the inhabitants of the said Townships to sell such Muskets or Fire-locks as they can spare, retaining Arms for their own use.

Whereas it appears by the Return from the County Committee, and a number of respectable Freeholders in Queen' s County, that Colonel Jacob Blackwell, Jonathan Lawrence, Cornelius Van Wyck, Waters Smith, Samuel Townshend, Esq˙, and Captain John Williams, were elected Deputies to represent the said County in this Congress; and whereas only Colonel Blackwell and Mr˙ Lawrence have hitherto attended, whereby that County remains unrepresented:

Therefore, Ordered, That Cornelius Van Wyck, Waters Smith, Samuel Townshend, Esq˙, James Townshend, and Captain John Williams, do respectively attend this Congress

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and take their seats, or show the cause of their neglect.

Ordered, That Colonel Ritzema send such prudent Officer as he shall think proper to Westchester County, to apply to the Chairman of the County Committee, and to the respective sub-Committees in that County, for such good Arms, fit for Soldiers' use, as they may have collected by disarming disaffected persons in that County. And the respective Committees are hereby requested to deliver such of those Arms as are fit for the Army to such Officer, taking and preserving his receipts for the same. That the said Committees, respectively, take care that all such Arms be appraised, and an account of the value of each kept, agreeable to the directions heretofore given for that purpose. And such Officer as Colonel Ritzema shall send to collect those Arms is hereby directed to deliver all such Arms as he shall so receive, to Colonel Curtenius, that they may be repaired where it may be necessary.

Ordered, That all the Deputies elected to represent Richmond County in this Congress, and named in the Return of their Deputies made by the Committee of that County, do attend this Congress, and take their seats on Friday next, as important business is designed for that day; or in default of such attendance, that the absent Members, if any, return in writing the cause of their neglect.

A Letter from General Washington, dated this day, was received and read. He therein informs that the Continental Congress have been pleased to request his attendance in Philadelphia; that he is about to set out immediately; that he had judged it necessary to give Major-General Putnam instructions for the regulation of his conduct, in case the Congress came to any determination respecting the Tories in the City of New-York and on Long-Island, and should have occasion for military assistance to carry their determination into execution, and that he had enclosed a copy of his said instructions. The instructions to Major-General Putnam above-mentioned, were also read. He is therein informed of the matters mentioned in the said Letter, and required, during General Washington' s absence, to concert measures with General Greene, and to afford every aid which this Congress or their Secret Committee may apply for.

Die Martis, 4 ho˙ P˙ M˙, May 21, 1776.

The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.

FOR NEW-YORK. — Mr˙ Scott, Mr˙ Randall, Mr˙ Alsop, Mr˙ Bancker, Mr˙ P˙ Van Zandt, Mr˙ Hallett, Mr˙ Jacobus Van Zandt, Captain Denning, Mr˙ Sands, Mr˙ Stoutenburgh.

FOR ALBANY. — Mr˙ Cuyler, Mr˙ Glenn.

FOR WESTCHESTER. — Major Lockwood, Colonel Gilbert Drake, Mr˙ Tompkins, Mr˙ Morris.

FOR CHARLOTTE. — Mr˙ Webster.

FOR SUFFOLK. — General Woodhull, Mr˙ Wickham, Mr˙ Gelston.

FOR QUEEN' S. — Colonel Blackwell, Captain Lawrence.

FOR KING' S. — Mr˙ Polhemus, Mr˙ Vanderbilt.

FOR RICHMOND. — Mr˙ Journey, Mr˙ Conner.

FOR TRYON. — Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Harper.

Mr˙ Alsop, from the Committee appointed to consider of ways and means to prevent the dangers to which this Colony is exposed by its intestine enemies, brought in the Report of the said Committee; which he read in his place, and then delivered in to the Chair, where the same was again read.

Ordered, That the same be copied by the Secretaries before the House meets in the morning.

Captain Jonathan Clarke, late from the French West-Indies, and bound to some Port to the eastward, attended, and was admitted.

He informs that he has had the misfortune to have his vessel and cargo seized and taken by an armed Tender near Black-Point, below Sandy-Hook; that he has four men of his late crew with him; that they depend on him for support; and that he is in want of a small sum of money to support them for the present.

Ordered, That Peter Van Brugh Livingston, Esquire, Treasurer of this Congress, do advance to Captain Jonathan Clarke twenty-five Dollars, and take his receipt for the same.

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Notes of Captain Jonathan Clarke' s intelligence, which he gave to the Congress, were taken on the rough short Notes of the day, and are filed.

A Bond from Messrs˙ Lindlay Murray and Robert Murray, to Peter Van Brugh Livingston, Esq˙, in the sum of £200, with a condition there under-written, that the said Lindlay Murray will erect Works for the manufacturing of Salt in this Colony, and the repayment of the sum of £100 lent thereon, agreeable to the Resolution of the late Provincial Congress on the 12th day of March last, was read.

Thereupon, Ordered, That Peter Van Brugh Livingston, Esq˙, as Treasurer of this Congress, advance to Mr˙ Lindlay Murray the sum of £100 on receipt of the said Bond, and take Mr˙ Lindlay Murray' s receipt for the same.

The Congress resumed the consideration of the Report to the said Committee on the ways and means to prevent the danger to which this Colony is exposed by its intestine enemies. The same was again read, paragraph by paragraph, and on reading the second paragraph thereof, Mr˙ Sands moved, and was seconded, that Richmond County be inserted amongst the names of the Counties in the second clause.

Debates arose on the said motion, and the question being put thereon, it was carried in the affirmative, in manner following, to wit:

For the Affirmative.

8 New-York,
2 Charlotte,
4 Suffolk,
4 Westchester,
3 Tryon.
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21 votes.

For the Negative.

2 King' s,
2 Richmond.
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4 votes.

Thereupon, Ordered, That Richmond County be inserted.

On reading the blank paragraph of the said Report, Mr˙ Scott moved, and was seconded, that the oath therein-mentioned be extended to all such as refused to sign the Association.

Debates arose thereon, and the question being put, it was carried in the affirmative by every County present.

Mr˙ Morris dissented from Westchester County.