Appropriation of two hundred pounds to purchase saltpetre Members required to be regular in their attend-Sends William Tredwell and Benjamin Ludlum



Die Sabbati, 9 ho˙ A˙ M˙, September 14, 1776.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Abraham Yates, Jun˙, Esq.

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

DUTCHESS. — Dr˙ Crane, Mr˙ Sackett, Major Schenck, Captain Zeph˙ Platt, Mr˙ R˙ R˙ Livingston.

ALBANY˙ — Mr˙ Abraham Yates, General Ten Broeck, Mr˙ John Ten Broeck, Mr˙ Adgate, Mr˙ Robert Yates.

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

SUFFOLK˙ — Mr˙ William Smith.

WESTCHESTER˙ — Mr˙ Haviland, Mr˙ Jonathan Platt, Mr˙ Zebediah Mills.

CHARLOTTE. — Major Webster, Mr˙ Duer.

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

ORANGE˙ — Mr˙ Wisner, Mr˙ Jos˙ Smith.

CUMBERLAND˙ — Mr˙ Stevens, Mr˙ Sessions.

The information and representation of Lieutenant-Colonel Benjamin Birdsall, and also the representation of Lieutenant Thomas Williams, of Captain Nostrandt' s Company, as to the state of Colonel Smith' s Regiment raised on Nassau-Island, each dated the 6th instant, were respectively read.

Ordered, That they be deferred for consideration until the state of Nassau-Island is taken into consideration, or further information can be obtained.

Henry Wisner, Esq˙, informed the Committee that a large quantity of Saltpetre, in the hands of several persons, is ready to be purchased, and requested an order on the Treasury for £200.

Ordered, That the Treasurer of this State pay to Henry Wisner, Esq˙, the sum of £200, to purchase Saltpetre; that the Treasurer take a receipt for the same; and that Mr˙ Wisner hereafter render an account to the Convention of the expenditure of that money.

Mr˙ Joseph Smith has leave of absence for three days, this day included; then to return or send a Member from that County in his place.

N˙ B˙ Robert R˙ Livingston, Esq˙, and William Duer, Esq˙, attended, whereby there is a representation of this State in Convention.

The names of those gentlemen are added to the Members of their respective Counties, and the Convention proceeded to business.

Whereas the present critical situation of this State, and the important objects the Convention have in view, render it necessary that the good people of this State should be fully and constantly represented in this Convention:

Resolved, therefore, That all the Members of this Convention do forthwith, and at all times during the session thereof, regularly give their attendance at it, except such of the Members as now are, or hereafter may be, absent by order of the Convention.

Ordered, That copies of the aforegoing Resolution be immediately transmitted to the Committees of all the Counties in this State, except those of Richmond, King' s, Queen' s, Suffolk, and the City and County of New- York, and to all the Members of those five Counties who may not be in the power of the enemy.

Ordered, That the Committee appointed to report a form of Government, do report with all convenient speed.

Mr˙ Jay, according to order, reported the draft, of certain Resolutions for granting Passes to travellers and Licenses to Inn-Keepers. The same were read, and adjourned for further consideration.


Mr˙ Joshua H˙ Smith obtained leave of absence till Monday next.

Ordered, That Sa˙ Dyckman, the Messenger, be directed to serve and deliver copies of the above Resolution, requiring the regular attendance of the Members of this Convention.

Mr˙ Jay reported a set of Resolutions to prevent persons travelling without papers, which were read, and adjourned.

Die Sabbati, 4 ho˙ P˙ M˙, September 14, 1776.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

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

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

DUTCHESS˙ — Mr˙ Sackett, Major Schenck, Captain Zeph˙Plait, Dr˙ Crane, Robert R, Livingston.

ALBANY˙ — Mr˙ Abraham Yates, General˙ Ten Broeck, Mr˙ Robert Yates, Mr˙ Adgate, John Ten Broeck.

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

SUFFOLK˙ — Mr˙ William Smith.

WESTCHESTER˙ — Mr˙ Mills, Mr˙ Jonathan Platt, Mr˙ Haviland.

CHARLOTTE˙ — Mr˙ Duer, Major Webster.

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

ORANGE˙ — Mr˙ Wisner.

CUMBERLAND˙— Mr˙ Stevens, Mr˙ Sessions.

Henry Wisner, Esq˙, of Orange County, obtained leave of absence, to return on Monday next.

On motion, or request, of Mr˙ Jay, the Letter from Brigadier-General Scott, dated the 6th instant, and read in the Committee of Safety on the 9th instant, was read and committed to Mr˙ Robert Yates, Mr˙ Jay, and Mr˙ Duer.

Mr˙ Duer produced a draft of certain Resolutions to encourage persons upwards of fifty years, in the respective districts in this State, to form themselves into military Companies for the defence of their liberties, lives, and properties.

The same being read and moved for, and seconded, debates arose thereon. After some time spent therein they were committed to Dr˙ Crane, Mr˙ Robert R˙ Livingston, and Mr˙ Duer, to reconsider the same and report thereon.

A short Letter from General George Clinton, dated at King' s Bridge, the 13th instant, was read.

He therein informs that he had examined the bearers, William Tredwell and Benjamin Ludlum, and sent their examinations to General Washington, and had sent the bearers to this Convention for further examination.

A short Letter of the said Tredwell and Ludlum to General Washington, and which was handed over to General Clinton, and enclosed, was also read.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Duane and Mr˙ Robert Yates be a Committee to examine the said William Tredwell and Benjamin Ludlum.

And Ordered, That as soon as their examinations are taken by the said Committee, they be taken into custody of Lieutenant Robert Brett, or such guard of the Militia as he may appoint for that purpose, and detained in custody until further order of this Convention.

Mr˙ Sackett informed the Convention that five or six soldiers from Philips' s Precinct, in Dutchess County, are unarmed at the Forts in the Highlands, and that the Committee of that Precinct requests an order to purchase Arms for them at the publick expense, on an engagement of the Committee that the said Arms be restored to the State.

Ordered, That the Sub-Committee of Philips' s Precinct be, and hereby are, empowered to purchase five or six Arms for the use of the said soldiers; the said Arms to be paid for by this State, and the said Sub-Committee to be accountable so far for the said Arms as to see that they are restored to the State by being delivered to a Commissary of Military Stores of this State only, that the State may not lose those Arms.

Ordered, That the Secretary write a Letter to the Auditor-General of this State and request his attendance on this Convention, and that he therein inform the Auditor-General that the reason of requesting his attendance is to point out the persons, or their particular accounts wanting, which


prevent stating the accounts of this State with the United States.