Letter from General Scott, dated September 6, A certain Warns ordered to be apprehended for spreading false reports tending to injure the cause of America

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Die Lunae, 11 ho˙ A˙ M˙, September 9, 1776.

The Committee met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Abraham Yates, Jun˙, Esq˙, President; Captain Platt, Major Lockwood, Mr˙ Haviland, Mr˙ William Smith, Colonel Drake, Colonel Renselaer, Mr˙ Cuyler, Mr˙ Jay, Mr˙ Adgate, Mr˙ Sessions, Major Webster, and Mr˙ Stevens.

A Letter from Brigadier-General Scott, dated the 6th instant, and received yesterday by S˙ Dyckman, the messenger, was read and filed.

He therein, in pursuance of the request of the Convention on the instant, gives a particular account of the situation and movements of the Army since the retreat from Nassau-Island.

It was represented to this Committee that a certain Wants is spreading or propagating false and mischievous reports tending to injure the cause of America:

Ordered, therefore, That he be forthwith apprehended and

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brought before the Convention of this State, or this Committee of Safety, and that Captain James Weeks apprehend him accordingly.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Cuyler and Captain Platt be a Committee to take the Spears brought from New-York, and get a model for making other Spears, with such alterations and amendments as they may think most advantageous.

Ordered, That a copy of the Resolution of the Convention of this State for furnishing Fort Montgomery with the articles and stores reported by the Committee as wanted by General James Clinton, be immediately despatched to Mr˙ John Schenck, and that the President write a letter to Mr˙ John Schenck requesting his immediate answer whether he will undertake the agency therein mentioned; and if he should undertake the same that he make the utmost despatch.

The said Letter and order was despatched immediately. Resolved, That a Letter be written by the President to General J˙ Clinton, at Fort Montgomery, acquainting him of the reinforcement directed by the Convention of this State for the Fortresses under his command, and that he be requested to forward barracks for their reception as soon as possible.

A short Letter was accordingly written and signed by the President, and delivered, to be forwarded to General James Clinton.