Letter from the Committee for Westchester County



Tuesday Afternoon, August 20, 1776.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Abraham Yates, Jun˙, Esq˙, President pro tem.

NEW-YORK. — Col˙ Broome, Mr˙ Dunscomb, Mr˙ Bancker; Mr˙ Jay and Mr˙ Roosevelt absent on duty.

DUTCHESS. — Mr˙ Sacket, Mr˙ Schenck, Mr˙ London.

ALBANY. — Mr˙ Abm˙ Yates, Mr˙ Bleecker, Mr˙ Adgate.

QUEEN' S. — Mr˙ Sands, Mr˙ Townsend, Major Lawrence, Colonel Blackwell, Mr˙ Samuel Townsend.

SUFFOLK. — Mr˙ Smith, Mr˙ Hobart, Mr˙ Tredwell.

WESTCHESTER. — General Morris.

CHARLOTTE. — Mr˙ Duer.

KING' S. — Mr˙ Polhemus.

TRYON. — Mr˙ Newkirk.

ULSTER. — Colonel De Witt, Mr˙ Confine, Col˙ Paulding.

CUMBERLAND. — Colonel Marsh, Mr˙ Stephens.

Resolved, That Dr˙ John Cregier be authorized to act as Surgeon to Colonel Levy Paulding' s Regiment, in General Clinton' s Brigade, until another Surgeon shall be appointed to said Regiment by this Convention.

Colonel Jacobus Swartwout, attending, was admitted. He brought in the Muster-Rolls of ten Companies of his Regiment now in service near King' s Bridge, in General Clinton' s Brigade. The said ten Muster-Rolls were annexed together, under seal, in the Convention; and thereupon the said Jacobus Swartwout, Esq˙, being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists, did depose and swear, that he hath, according to the best of his knowledge, truly mustered the ten Companies, now in service under his command as Colonel; that the said ten Muster-Rolls contain the names and rank of the Officers, non-commissioned Officers and Privates of the said Regiment, as the different Companies appeared at the time of mustering each Company respectively; and that the said Regiment is near King' s Bridge, as a part of General Clinton' s Brigade. Colonel Swartwout' s affidavit is endorsed on the back of the said Muster-Rolls, subscribed by himself, and by Abraham Yates, Jun˙, Esq˙, President pro tempore.

Resolved, That Colonel Josiah Smith be, and he is hereby, authorized to provide a Surgeon for his Regiment, and to procure a Hospital for the reception of the sick.

A Letter from William Miller Deputy Chairman of the Committee of Safety for Westchester County, dated August 17, 1776, concerning some Prisoners of War brought from Bedford to White-Plains, and Tories lately confined in their Jail, was read; and also a Letter from said Prisoners, requesting subsistence money.

Thereupon, Resolved, That John McKesson and Robert Benson be the Commissioners in this State to dispose of and provide for all Prisoners of War within the same, agreeable


to the Resolutions of the honourable the Continental Congress, of 21st May last, in that case made and provided; and also to dispose of and provide for such other Prisoners within this State as may from time to time be committed to their care; that the said Commissioners do keep a regular account or journal of their transactions and disbursements; and that this Convention will make them, the said Commissioners, a reasonable compensation for their trouble and services in that department.

A Letter from Jonathan G˙ Tompkins dated August 18, 1776, relating to Josiah and Isaac Brown, imprisoned at White-Plains, was received and read.