Report on obstructing the navigation of Hudson' s River, referred to General Washington, Committee to attend Lord Stirling to sound theHarbour, Committee on a Letter from Augustus Van Horne and others, confined in Jail by order of the City Committee


A Petition of Henry Dawkinswas read and filed. He therein informs the Congress that Philip Youngs is innocent of the suspicion of being concerned in counterfeiting money.

Ordered to lie on the table.


Mr˙ Randall, from the Committee appointed to take into consideration Colonel Malcom' s draft of the depth of water in the Channel, reported as follows, to wit:

Your Committee do report that, from the best intelligence they have obtained, the obstructing the navigation of Hudson' s River, although a difficult and laborious undertaking, is, nevertheless, in our opinion, practicable; wherefore they do report that they conceive it to be an object worthy of the publick attention, and proper to be submitted to the consideration of his Excellency General Washington.

By order of the Committee:


The House having heard the above Report, do approve of the same.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Morris, Mr˙ Randall, and Colonel Broome, be a Committee to wait on General Putnam with the said Report.

The House being informed that Lord Stirling had signified his willingness to go with such persons as this House shall appoint, and give his aid and advice in sounding the Channel:

Ordered, That Mr˙ Randall, Mr˙ Mercer, and Mr˙ Shaw, be requested to attend Lord Stirling on Wednesday next, to sound the Harbour, and that Mr˙ Shaw provide three boats for that purpose.

A Letter from Augustus Van Horne, Vincent P˙ Ashfield, John L˙ C˙ Roome, and Thomas W˙ Moore, all confined in Jail by order of the General Committee of New-York, for refusing to sign the Declaration, or deliver up their arms on oath as directed by the Resolutions of the late Provincial Congress, — was read and filed.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Scott, Mr˙ Duane, Mr˙ Randall, Mr˙ Paul Schenck, and Mr˙ Samuel Townshend, be a Committee to take the said Letter into consideration, and report their opinion thereon to this House.

On motion, Ordered, That Mr˙ Norwood, the Colony-Storekeeper, deliver to Colonel Malcom two hundred pounds of Gunpowder, two hundred pounds of Lead in Bullets, and four hundred Fints, from the Provincial Magazine, to be sent to the General Committee of Charlotte County, for the use of the inhabitants thereof.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Norwood, the Colony Storekeeper, be, and he is hereby, directed to employ as many proper persons as may be necessary, for the purpose of making up half a ton of Gunpowder into Cartridges of different sizes, from sixteen to twenty-two balls in the pound, with all depatch.

A recommendation from the General Committee of the City and County of New-York, recommending Mr˙ Leary as Second Major of the Third Regiment of Militia of the said City and County, vice John Reade, resigned.

Ordered, That a Commission be made out to Mr˙ Leary. Which was accordingly done immediately.

A Certificate, dated at Blooming Grove, May 27th, 1776, and signed by Phenehas Heard and Thomas Moffat, two of the Members of the Committee of Cornwall Precinct, in Orange County, whereby it appears that a number of men residing within the limits of the Regiment of Cornwall, imbodied with a view of forming a company of Light-Horse, and that the following persons were chosen Officers, to wit: Ebenezer Woodhull Captain, James Sayre Lieutenant, William Heard Cornet, and Azariah Martin Quartermaster.

Ordered, That Commissions issue to those gentlemen respectively, agreeable to the rank as set forth in the said Return. And they were issued accordingly.