Prisoners charged with counterfeiting to be put in irons, and no person to have access to them without the authority of the Congress


Die Martis, P˙ M˙, May 28, 1776.

The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Brig˙ Gen˙ Nathaniel Woodhull, President.

FOR NEW-YORK. — Mr˙ Scott, Mr˙ Lewis, Mr˙ Sands, Mr˙ P˙ Van Cortlandt, Colonel Broome, Mr˙ Randall, Mr˙ Jay, Mr˙ Beekman, Colonel Remsen, Mr˙ Bancker.

FOR ALBANY. — Mr˙ Cuyler, Mr˙ Glenn.

FOR DUTCHESS. — Mr˙ Livingston, Mr˙ De Lavergne.

FOR ULSTER. — Mr˙ Cantine, Major Parkes, Colonel Hasbrouck.

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

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

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

FOR ORANGE. — Mr˙ Haring, Mr˙ Little.

FOR QUEEN' S. — Colonel Blackwell, Mr˙ Smith, Captain Lawrence.

FOR CHARLOTTE. — Mr˙ Webster, Colonel Malcom.


FOR TRYON. — Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Harper.

Captain Jeremiah Wool, attending, was admitted. He informed the Congress that the persons under guard, charged with counterfeiting Continental and Provincial Money, were not properly attended to by some of the Guards, and that


there, is great danger of an escape.
Thereupon, the Congress made the following Order, to wit:

Whereas it has been represented to this Congress that Israel Youngs, Isaac Youngs, Henry Dawkins, and Isaac Ketcham, committed to the custody of Guards appointed by General Washington, at the request of divers Members of this Congress, on suspicion of counterfeiting the Continental Money and that of the neighbouring Colonies, are meditating their escape:

Ordered, That the said persons be forthwith put in irons, and kept in the place where they now are, and that the Guards be directed not to permit any person to have access to them without license from this Congress till the further order of this Congress.

Ordered, That Captain Jeremiah Wool be requested to see this order, as far as it relates to the putting the said persons in irons, duly executed.

And Ordered, further, That Captain Wool be requested to provide the said persons with necessary Provisions at their own particular expense, and that the said Guard permit Captain Wool to enter the room where the said persons are confined whenever he shall think necessary, for the purpose of supplying them with Provisions as aforesaid.

Ordered, That a copy of the foregoing Order be delivered to Captain Wool, who is requested to deliver the same to the Officer of the Guard, to be handed to the different Officers who shall relieve the said Guard from time to time.