Letter to the Committee of Ulster County, on the contradictory Credentials presented by their Delegates


Die Veneris, 9 ho˙ A˙ M˙, May 31, 1776.

The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: General Woodhull, President.

FOR NEW-YORK. — Mr˙ Bancker, Major Van Zandt, Mr˙ Randall, Colonel Stoutenburgh, Mr˙ Beekman, Mr˙ Scott.

FOR ALBANY. — Mr˙ Glenn, Mr˙ Cuyler, Mr˙ Ten Broeck.

FOR ORANGE. — Mr˙ Haring, Mr˙ Van Houten, Mr˙ Little.

FOR ULSTER. — Colonel Hasbrouck, Major Parks.

FOR WESTCHESTER. — Mr˙ Tompkins, Mr˙ Paulding.

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

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

FOR DUTCHESS. — Mr˙ Livingston, Major Schenck, Paul Schenck, Mr˙ De Lavergne.

FOR TRYON. — Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Harper.

FOR QUEEN' S. — Mr˙ Samuel Townshend, Mr˙ James Townshend, Colonel Blackwell, Captain Lawrence.

FOR CHARLOTTE. — Mr˙ Webster, Colonel Malcom.

A draft of a Letter to the County Committee of Ulster County was read and approved of, and is in the words following, to wit:

GENTLEMEN: The Deputies from your County have produced to this Congress two credentials signed by your Chairman, bearing the same date, but contradicting each other as to the powers given to your Deputies for the election of Continental Delegates. Although this Congress is fully authorized to elect Delegates at their pleasure, even if your County should not join in the choice, but remain represented there, yet Congress would choose to be informed how far the good people of your County have authorized, or intended to authorize, their Deputies to join in such election of Delegates if it should take place, and by what means returns so very different in themselves have been made, and to have a true state of the proceedings of your Committee on that subject.

Copies of your different Returns, and of the order of this Congress thereon, are herewith enclosed for your examination. We are, gentlemen, your very humble servants.

By order.

To the Chairman and Members of the County Committee, Ulster County.