Committee appointed to confer with Captain Cook on completing the obstructions in Hudson' s river, Three letters read relative to Tortes and deserters


A Letter from the Quartermaster-General to Captain Cook, open, directing him to purchase and procure Timber and Oak Plank with all possible despatch for the Army; and an order of the said Quartermaster to Captain Cook, to purchase Vessels, or take them at an appraisement, for completing the obstructions to the navigation of Hudson' s River, opposite to Mount Washington.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Duane, Mr˙ Sackett, and Mr˙ R˙ R˙ Livingston, be a Committee to go out and confer with Captain Cook on the subjects of those two papers, and know what aid he expects of this Convention in the premises.

The Convention resumed the consideration of the Report of the Committee on "A more effectual mode of detecting


and defeating the designs of the internal enemies of this State."

A Letter from Thaddeus Crane to Major Jos˙ Benedict, dated the 17th instant, was read. He therein informs that the disaffected are grown troublesome and impudent, and that it is necessary that some remedy be provided. He suggests the necessity of removing a number of disaffected persons from Salem, and raising a company of twenty-five or thirty men, under the command of Captain Samuel Dellavan, for the purpose of awing and detecting the disaffected, insulting villains.

A pathetick Letter on the same subject from Major Jos˙ Renedict to Colonel Drake, dated the 18th instant, was also read and filed.

A Letter from John White, of Rhynbeck Precinct, to Captain Zeph˙ Platt, dated the 16th. instant, was also read and filed. He therein complains of great desertions from the Army; that at least thirty deserters are thereabout in the woods, and supported by disaffected persons; that some remedy ought to be applied.

The Convention then spent some further time in consideration of the said Report, and the Letters above mentioned: Thereupon,

Resolved, That thirty men be raised in Westchester County by Captain Samuel Dellavan, and put on the same establishment as those under the command of Captain Micha Townsend; that they compose one Company under the command of the said Captain Samuel Dellavan, who is hereby empowered to appoint three Sergeants, three Corporals, and a Drummer and Fifer, in the said Company.

Dr˙ Crane had leave of absence, to return on Wednesday next, Mr˙ Duer dissenting.

The Convention adjourned one hour.

Die Sabbati, 4 ho˙ P˙ M˙, September 21, 1776.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

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

NEW-YORK — Mr˙ Duane, Mr˙ Bancker, Mr˙ Harper.

DUTCHESS˙ — Mr˙ R˙ R˙ Livingston, Mr˙ G˙ Livingston, Mr˙ Platt, Mr˙ Sackett.

ALBANY˙ — The President, General Ten Rroeck, Mr˙ John Ten Rroeck, Mr˙ Robert Yates.

ORANGE˙ — Mr˙ Wisner, Mr˙ Little, Dr˙ Sherwood, Mr˙ Jos˙ Smith, Colonel Allison.

SUFFOLK˙ — Mr˙ William Smith, Mr˙ Hobart.

WESTCHESTER˙ — Mr˙ Mills, Major Lockwood, Colonel Cortlandt, Colonel Drake˙

CHARLOTTE. — Mr˙ Duer, Major Webster.

ULSTER. — Mr˙ Wisner, Jun˙, Major Parks.

TRYON˙ — Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ William Harper, Mr˙ Veder.

CUMBERLAND. — Mr˙ Stevens, Mr˙ Sessions.

A Letter from Thomas Randall, Esq˙, one of the Marine Committee, dated at Elizabethtown, the 7th September, was read and filed.

A Letter from Thomas Quigley, Mate of the Privateer Putnam, dated at Cranberry Inlet, the 4th instant, was also read and filed.

The Petition of the Officers and Marines of the said Vessel-of-War was also read and filed. It thereby appears that there is a mutiny on board of the said vessel, and the marines and crew demand their wages and refuse to continue in the said vessel under the command of Captain Thomas Cregier.

Ordered, That those Papers be deferred for consideration.