Quorum of the Congress present, Brigadier-General Nathaniel Woodhull, of Suffolk County, chosen President, John McKesson and Robert Benson elected Secretaries, Credentials of the Members from the several Counties, Number of votes of the several Counties on any division

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Die Sabbati, 10 ho˙ A˙ M˙, May 18, 1776.

The following Members met:

FOR NEW-YORK. — Mr˙ Jacob Van Zandt, Mr˙ Van Cortlandt, Mr˙ Bancker, Colonel Remsen, Major Stoutenburgh, Mr˙ Hallett, Mr˙ Scott.

FOR ALBANY. — Mr˙ Cuyler, Mr˙ Glenn.

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

FOR DUTCHESS. — Mr˙ Paul Schenck.

FOR ORANGE. — Mr˙ Little.

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FOR QUEEN' S. — Colonel Blackwell, Captain Lawrence.

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

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

FOR KING' S. — Mr˙ Leffertse.

FOR CHARLOTTE. — Mr˙ Webster.

FOR TRYON. — Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Harper.

The following Officers of this Congress were then unanimously chosen, to wit:

Brigadier-General Nathaniel Woodhull, - President.

John McKessonand Robert Benson, - - Secretaries.

Thomas Pettit, ———— Doorkeeper.

The Credentials from several Counties were respectively read, to wit:

A certified extract of the Minutes of the General Committee of the City and County of New-York, was read and filed. It thereby appears that at an election held at the City-Hall in the City of New-York, on the third Tuesday of April last, (pursuant to the Resolutions of the late Provincial Congress,) the following persons were, by plurality of voices, elected Deputies to represent the said City and County in Provincial Congress, to wit:

John Jay, Francis Lewis, Jacobus Van Zandt, Philip Livingston, Abraham Brasher, Henry Remsen, John Alsop, Evert Bancker, Thomas Randall, Comfort Sands, Isaac Stoutenburgh, William Denning, Joseph Hallett, John Van Cortlandt, John Morin Scott, James Beekman, Anthony Rutgers, Isaac Roosevelt, John Broome, Peter Praw Van Zandt, James Duane.

A certified copy of a Resolution of the said General Committee was also read. They thereby resolve that any five of the said Deputies shall constitute a quorum. A copy of such part of the Minutes of the Committee of the County of Albany, dated April 25, 1776, as relates to the election for Deputies to represent the said County in Provincial Congress, and certified by Matthew Visscher, Secretary, was read and filed. It thereby appears that Abraham Yates, Jun˙, John Js˙ Bleecker, Robert Van Rensselaer, Francis Nicoll, Leonard Gansevoort, John Ten Broeck, Jacob Cuyler, Abraham Ten Broeck, Robert Yates, Henry Glenn, Christopher Yates, and Peter R˙ Livingston, were duly elected Deputies to represent the City and County of Albany in Provincial Congress; and by a Resolve of the said Committee any three of them are authorized to represent the said City and County in Congress as aforesaid.

A Certificate, dated April 18, 1776, signed by William Smith, Chairman, and attested by Ezra L' Hommedieu, Clerk of the Committee of Suffolk County, was read and filed; whereby it appears that Nathaniel Woodhull, Thomas Treadwell, Selah Strong, John Sloss Hobart, Thomas Wickham, David Gelston, Daniel Brown, and Ezra L' Hommedieu, Esquires, were duly elected to represent the said County in Provincial Congress, and any three of them to be a quorum.

A Certificate, dated April 16, 1776, signed by Egbert Benson, Chairman, and attested by Melanethon Smith, Clerk, of the Committee of Dutchess County, was read and filed; whereby it appears that at an election held on the said 16th day of April, Anthony Hoffman, Morris Graham, Henry Schenck, James Livingston, Theodoras Van Wyck, Jun˙, John Field, Paul Schenck, James Vanderburgh, and Benjamin De Lavergne, Esquires, were elected Deputies to represent the said County in Provincial Congress for one year, and no longer, and any three of them to be a quorum.

A Certificate, dated on the third Tuesday of April last, and signed by Thomas Thomas, Chairman of the Committee of Westchester County, was read and filed. It thereby appears that Colonel Pierre Van Cortlandt, Colonel Lewis Graham, Colonel Gilbert Drake, Major Ebenezer Lockwood, Gouverneur Morris, William Paulding, Jonathan G˙ Tompkins, Samuel Haviland, and Peter Fleming, Esquires, were duly elected to represent the said County in Provincial Congress for twelve months, with such powers and authority as was recommended in the Resolutions of the late Provincial Congress to be given them, any three of whom to be a quorum.

A Certificate, dated April 16, 1776, and signed by George Townshend, Chairman of the Committee of Queen' s County, was read and filed. It thereby appears that Colonel Jacob Blackwell, Jonathan Lawrence, Cornelius Van Wyck, Walters

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Smith, Samuel Townshend, Thomas Hycks, Esqs˙, and Captain John Williams, were legally chosen to represent the said County in Provincial Congress, and that they, or any three of them, when met in Congress, to have full power to transact all matters which may concern the said County, and particularly to assist the other Counties in the choice of persons to represent this Colony in Continental Congress, and to appoint out of their body any number of persons to be a Committee of Safety for this Colony, if it be thought necessary.

A Certificate, dated April 16, 1776, and signed by John Leffertse, Chairman, and Abraham Van Ranst, Clerk of the Committee of King' s County, was read and filed. It thereby appears that John Leffertse, Nicholas Covenhoven, Jeremiah Remsen, Theodorus Polhemus, Lefferts Leffertse, Rudgert Van Brunt, Jeremiah Vanderbilt, and John Vanderbilt, were chosen to make out a representation for the said County out of their body, and that any four, three, two, or one of them, make a quorum, with full powers, in behalf of the said County, to appoint Delegates to represent this Colony in Continental Congress, and to make such orders and take such measures as they shall judge necessary, not repugnant to, or inconsistent with, any rules or orders of the Continental Congress for the preservation of the rights, liberties, and privileges of the inhabitants of this Colony.

A Certificate, with a Resolve and Order subjoined, from the Committee of Tryon County, dated April 16, 1776, and signed by William Seeber, Chairman, and attested by John Eisenlord, Clerk, were read and filed; whereby it appears that Christopher P˙ Yates, Isaac Paris, John Moore, and William Harper, were duly elected, and that they, or any two of them, have power to represent the said County in Provincial Congress for not longer than twelve months from the said 16th of [April.]

A Letter from the Committee of Richmond County, dated April 23, 1776, signed by Christian Jacobson, Chairman, and attested by Israel D˙ Bedell, Clerk, directed to Messrs˙ Paul Micheau, Richard Conner, Aaron Cortelyou, and John Journey, was read and filed; whereby it appears that those gentlemen were duly elected to represent the said County in Provincial Congress, with power to any two of them to constitute a quorum, to represent the said County as aforesaid until the second Tuesday in May, 1777.

A Letter from the Committee of Charlotte County, dated at New-Perth, May1, 1776, signed by John Williams, Chairman, and Edward Savage, Clerk, was read and filed; whereby it appears that Colonel John Williams, Major Alexander Webster, and Major William Malcom, were legally chosen to represent the said County; and it further appears, by a Resolve and Order of the said Committee subjoined, that they, or either of them, shall represent the said County in Provincial Convention until the second Tuesday in May, 1777.

A Certificate from the County Committee of Orange County, with two Resolutions of the said Committee, dated the 10th day of May instant, subscribed by Elihu Marvin, Chairman, and attested by Thomas Moffat, Clerk pro tempore, was read and filed. It thereby appears that on the 16th day of April last, elections were respectively duly held in the Precincts of Goshen and Cornwall for Deputies to represent the County of Orange in the Congress of this Colony, pursuant to the Resolutions of the late Congress of the 12th day of March last, for that purpose made and provided. That Peter Clowes and William Allison, Esquires, were unanimously elected in the Precinct of Goshen, and vested with all the powers mentioned in the Resolves of the said 12th day of March last, except the power of electing Delegates to represent this Colony in Continental Congress. That Archibald Little, Esquire, was unanimously chosen in Cornwall Precinct to be one of the Deputies to represent Orange County in this Congress, with all the powers specified in the aforesaid Resolves of the 12th of March last. Thereto is subjoined Resolutions of the said Committee: 1st. That those gentlemen were duly elected, and that they be returned as legal Members to this Congress. 2d. That any two of the Deputies chosen in the said County of Orange should be a quorum to represent that County in this Congress.

A Certificate from the County Committee held on the South side of the Mountains in Orange County, on the 16th day of May instant, subscribed by Johannes Isa˙ Blauvelt,

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Chairman pro tempore, and John Coleman, Clerk, was read and filed. It thereby appears that at elections held for that purpose in the several Precincts of Orangetown and Haverstraw, on the third Tuesday in April last, (according to a determination of the County Committee,) John Herring, Esq˙, in Orangetown, and David Pye, Esq˙, and Mr˙ Roeloff Van Houten, in the Precinct of Haverstraw, were duly elected Deputies from Orange County to this Congress for the space of twelve months. That any two Deputies chosen in that County should be a quorum to represent that County in this Congress, with all the powers mentioned or set forth in the Resolutions of the late Congress of this Colony, of the 12th day of March last providing for such elections.