Letter to the several County Committees, requesting them to take the number of inhabitants in the respective Counties

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Die Mercurii, 4 ho˙ P˙ M˙, May 22, 1776.

The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.

FOR NEW-YORK. — Mr˙ Bancker, Mr˙ Scott, Mr˙ Hallett, Mr˙ Sands, Mr˙ Alsop, Mr˙ Lewis.

FOR ALBANY. — Mr˙ Cuyler, Mr˙ Glenn.

FOR KING' S. — Mr˙ Polhemus.

FOR QUEEN' S. — Mr˙ Lawrence.

FOR WESTCHESTER. — Mr˙ Tompkins, Mr˙ Haviland, Mr˙ Morris, Colonel Drake.

FOR CHARLOTTE. — Mr˙ Webster, Colonel Malcom.

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

FOR ORANGE. — Mr˙ Haring, Mr˙ Little.

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

FOR TRYON. — Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Harper.

Mr˙ Stoutenburgh, from the Committee appointed to consider of and report the most expedient and effectual method of obtaining a true and impartial account of the number of Inhabitants within this Colony, reported, that a Letter be written for that purpose to the County Committee of each respective County in this Colony, in the words following, to wit:

In Provincial Congress, New-York, May 22, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: In pursuance of an order of the honourable Continental Congress for ascertaining the number of inhabitants in this Colony, you are hereby requested to appoint such persons in your County as you shall think proper, to ascertain the number of inhabitants within your County, distinguishing the sex and age, agreeable to the enclosed form, which is to be laid before this Congress, or, in their recess, before the Committee of Safety, with all convenient speed, upon oath of the person or persons employed in taking the same, agreeable to the following form, viz:

"I, A B, do swear that the aforegoing list contains a true and faithful account of the number of inhabitants within the District of ....... in the County of ....... in the Colony of New-York, according to the best information that I have been able to obtain, by applying at each dwelling—house,

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house, and by all other ways and means in my power within the said District.

I am, gentlemen, your very humble servant.

By order.

The form of a Return of Inhabitants, referred to in the above Letter, is as follows, viz:

  MALES. FEMALES. NEGROES.
NAMES OF THE HEADS OF FAMILIES. Above 50 years of age. Above 16 years of age & Under 50. Under 16 years of age. Above 16 years of age. Under 16 years of age. Above 16 years of age. Under 16 years of age.
               

Ordered, That the Secretaries prepare a number of copies of the said Letter, (which was unanimously agreed to,) and a number of copies of the said form of a Return of Inhabitants; that the President sign the said Letters, and that one of them be directed to the County Committee of each respective County in this Colony.