On the Report of Mr. Morris, from the Committee who conferred with General Washington, the President and Members of the Congress sworn to secrecy, Committee to inform General Washington the Congress have taken the oath of secrecy, Information laid before the Congress of the movements of disaffected persons, in Connecticut, at Hempstead, on Long-Island, and in King' s District, John Hendrickson, of Queen' s County, directed to attend the Congress


Die Soils, 10 ho˙ A˙ M˙, May 19, 1776.

The Congress met, &c.

Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.

FOR NEW-YORK. — Mr˙ Hallett, Mr˙ J˙ Van Zandt, Colonel Remsen, Major Stoutenburgh, Mr˙ Sands, Captain Denning, Mr˙ Beekman, Mr˙ Bancker, Mr˙ Roosevelt, Mr˙ Scott.

FOR ALBANY. — Mr˙ Glenn, Mr˙ Cuyler.

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

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

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

FOR TRYON. — Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Harper.

FOR CHARLOTTE. — Mr˙ Webster.

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

Mr˙ Morris, from the Committee who conferred with General Washington, informed the Congress that sundry matters of great importance had been conferred on with the General; that the General wished for the advice and assistance of this Congress to carry into execution his own powers, if not also the assistance of the powers of this Congress; that the matters conferred on are of such importance that, in order to preserve secrecy, it is necessary that each particular


Member be sworn not to reveal to any person out of the Congress the matters to be mentioned, or the subject of this day' s debate.

The President then put the question whether every Member is willing to take an oath of secrecy, and the same was unanimously agreed to.

Thereupon, Ordered, That the President of this Congress do take the following oath, to wit:

"I do solemnly swear on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God, that I will keep secret the matters and business that shall be moved, proposed, agitated, considered, or determined, in this Congress this day, and everything relating thereto, until leave shall be given from the Chair, by order of this Congress, to reveal the same. And I do further, in the same manner, solemnly swear that I will at all times keep secret all such matters and things as shall at any time be given in charge from the Chair by order of this Congress to be kept secret, until leave shall be given from the Chair, by order of this or a future Congress of this Colony, to reveal the same."

The President was then sworn accordingly.

Thereupon, Ordered, That the President administer the like oath to each of the Members present and to the Secretaries.

And the said oath was administered to each of them accordingly except to Mr˙ Alexander Webster, who was sworn to the same oath with uplifted hands, beginning the oath in these words:

"I do solemnly swear in the presence of Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost."

Ordered, That if any other Member shall attend this Congress this day, that he be required to take the oath before-written before he hear any of the debates or matters in agitation; and that any Member who shall hereafter attend this Congress do take the general oath before-written before he take his seat.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Scott and Mr˙ Morris wait on General Washington, and inform him that the Congress have taken an oath of secrecy, and the nature thereof, and receive of him such Papers as may be necessary to communicate to this Congress.

Messrs˙ Scott and Morris returned from General Washington, and delivered to the President such Papers as they had received of the General. They reported that a scheme of a junction is forming between the disaffected in Connecticut and on Long-Island, in order to join the Ministerial Army, and oppress the friends to liberty in these Colonies; that the Papers will give further information.

Thereupon, a Letter to General Washington from Jonathan Sturges, of Fairfield, dated the 14th day of May instant, with a list of deserted Tories therein enclosed, were respectively read, and filed.

Mr˙ Morris further informed the Congress, by information from General Washington, that several persons, who are strangers, have been observed taking notice of and fixing on proper places for a landing on the south side of Long-Island; that the people of Hempstead keep up a constant communication with the ships of war. The list enclosed in the letter above-mentioned.

A Letter from Matthew Adgate, Chairman of King' s District, to General Washington, dated the 13th instant, was read. Mr˙ Morris and Mr˙ Scott informed the Congress that the bearer of the Letter is delayed in town for the examination of this Congress; and the plot therein-mentioned was, to have massacred the inhabitants who are friends to liberty; and the person who had given the information had been in the councils of the disaffected.

The informations of two witnesses given to a select number of the Members of King' s District, and taken on oath before Matthew Adgate, Chairman of that Committee, were read and filed.

The Congress spent some time in consideration of the information received, agreed to consider thereof further until to-morrow morning.

Mr˙ Vanderbilt informed the Congress that he has good reason to believe that John Hendrickson, of Queen' s County, can give some material information relative to the matters which General Washington has communicated to the Committee of this Congress appointed yesterday to confer with him.


Ordered, That Mr˙ Vanderbilt be, and he is hereby, requested to cause a Messenger to go to the said John Hendrickson, and request him to attend this Congress to-morrow morning.