Letter from Brigadier-General Clinton


A Letter from Brigadier-General Clinton, dated at King' s Bridge, August 30, 1776, was read, and is in the words following, to wit:

"GENTLEMEN: The Brigade under my command murmur extremely for want of the remaining bounty due to them. It is my opinion that when they are mustered by the Continental Mustermaster, that there will be no deficiency in the Muster-Rolls sworn to by the Colonels of the respective Regiments, and returned to your Convention. I therefore wish most earnestly that the Convention would dispense with that part of the resolution with respect to the levies that relate to the mode of mustering my Brigade, as it is very uncertain when they can be mustered agreeable to the manner therein prescribed. As, from the present situation of our military operations, it is extremely probable that our Army will make the grand stand at the post I occupy, and as it is of the utmost consequence that harmony should prevail amongst the troops, I flatter myself the Convention will have no scruple in complying with my request. I shall desire General Washington to have my Brigade mustered as


soon as possible, and shall make a regular return to the Convention of the whole Brigade.

"I am, gentlemen, your most obedient servant,

"GEO˙ CLINTON, Brigadier-General.

"To the Honourable the Convention of the State of New-York."

The said Letter being immediately taken into consideration,

Resolved and Ordered, That the Treasurer of this State pay to General Clinton, or his Order, the sum of £7,000; and that General Clinton account for the same to the Convention or a future Legislature of this State.