Letter to General Clinton



Die Lunae, 9 ho˙ A˙ M˙, August 19, 1776.

The Committee of Safety met: Present: William Smith, Esq˙, Chairman; Mr˙ Yates, Mr˙ Thomas Tredwell, Mr˙ Adgate, Mr˙ Harper, Mr˙ Jos˙ Smith, Mr˙ Sackett, Mr˙ Stephens, Colonel Marsh, Mr˙ Duer, Mr˙ Beecker, Mr˙ Robert Harper, Mr˙ Van Zandt, Mr˙ Sands.


Captain Woodhull, of the Orange County Troop, appearing in the Committee for a line to General Clinton, signifying their ap|>rohation of discharging that Troop:

Thereupon, a draft of a Letter to General Clinton was read and approved of, and is in the words following, to wit:

"SIR: Application has been made to us as a Committee of the Convention, in their adjournment from Saturday last, by Captain Woodhull, of the Orange Troop; with your permission, as he says, to request a dismission from present service at Hudson' s River. If you should be of opinion that they may return home, consistent with the publick safety, you will no doubt give them permission, as it will certainly be a benefit both to them and the State if they can be allowed to give some attention to their farms even for a short time. This matter we, however, submit entirely to your judgment, as you can form the best opinion what men you can relieve from duty, and at what time their services may be dispensed with. We are, &c.

"To General Clinton."