Resolutions on the report of the Committee to confer with Captain Cook on completing the obstructions in Hudson' s river, Committee of Safety appointed


On Report of the Committee who went out to confer with Captain Cook,

Resolved, That the Secret Committee for obstructing the navigation of Hudson' s River, be empowered and directed to purchase and impress for the service of this State, any number of Vessels, not exceeding six, which they shall think best calculated for the purpose of completing the obstructions in Hudson' s River, opposite to Mount Washington; that they cause an appraisement of the said Vessels to be made, by persons under oath, in the most equitable and expeditious manner possible, in order that satisfaction may hereafter be made by this Convention to the owners of such vessels. And it is recommended to the said Committee to request the services of Captain Thomas Greenell in ballasting and navigating, and delivering those Vessels to Captain Cook, at Fort Washington.

Resolved, That the said Committee be directed to send all the Oak Plank which they have in their possession to Mount Washington, with the utmost despatch.

Resolved, That the Superintendents for building the Continental Frigates be earnestly requested to send as much of their short Oak Plank, as they possibly can spare, to Fort Washington, with the utmost despatch; and this Convention do engage to justify their conduct, in this particular, to the honourable the Continental Congress.

Resolved, That the last-appointed Committee of Safety, with the addition of four Members hereafter named, be revived. That therefore, Mr˙ Duane, Mr˙ Hobart, General Ten Broeck, Mr˙ Duer, Mr˙ William Smith, Mr˙ Wisner, Mr˙ Bancker, and the four following Members, viz: Mr˙ Ten Broeck, Major Lockwood, Mr˙ Moore, and Mr˙ Joshua H˙ Smith, constitute a Committee of Safety. That any four of them present at this place be a quorum. That every other member who may attend have a voice in the Committee. That the said Committee have power to send for any members of this Convention who may be absent; and that they continue a Committee of Safety until the first meeting of a representation of this State in Convention.

N˙ B˙ Colonel Cortlandt excused from being of the Committee of Safety, that he may go to relieve his family now in a boat or pettiauger, on the river.