The Committee met at Fishkill


Fishkill, in Dutchess County, September 2, 1776.

The Committee of Safety met.

Present: Abraham Yates, Jun˙, Esq˙, the President.

Colonel Van Cortlandt, Mr˙ Duer, Colonel Renselaer, Committee members. Mr˙ Duane, Colonel Livingston, Mr˙ Cuyler, General Ten Broeck.

Colonel Renselaer informed the Committee that he had received intelligence that the garrisons in Forts Constitution and Montgomerie were ill armed, and otherwise in a situation ill calculated to annoy the enemy. The Committee taking the same into consideration, came to the following Resolution:

Resolved, That General Ten Broeck, Mr˙ Duane, Mr˙ Cuyler, and Colonel Livingston, be a Committee to visit Forts Constitution and Montgomerie, and that they report with all possible despatch the state of the works, the number and health of the soldiers, the condition and number of their arms, the quantity of ammunition, ball, &c˙, the number of gunners, matrosses, &c˙, and every other matter which may tend to give to the Convention of this State a full and clear view of these important fortresses.

Resolved, That the said Committee show General Clinton a copy of the above Resolution; and that they request him to give all possible assistance in carrying the same into execution.