Records and Papers of the Convention


Tuesday Afternoon, August 27, 1776.

The Committee of Safety met.

Present: Mr˙ Dearing, Chairman. Mr˙ Duer, Major Parks, Mr˙ Harper, Mr˙ Yates, Mr˙ Bancker, Mr˙ Adgate, Col˙ Hoffman, Major Lockwood, Mr˙ Mills, Mr˙ L' Hommedieu, Mr˙ Tredwell, Mr˙ Gelston, Mr˙ Robert Harper, Mr˙ Miller.

Mr˙ Abraham Van Rants, of Brunswick, from whence he is just arrived in a boat, with his family, says that he understood that last night fifteen hundred men surrounded the house of Mr˙ Duryee, (who lives about a mile to the southward of his house;) that they took his arms, horses, and wagon; that two Captains (say Companies) of the Militia in the neighbourhood of Bedford were disarmed and perhaps taken prisoners.

Mr˙ Berrien, Chairman of the New-York Committee, and Mr˙ Campbell, applied for more money to enable them to remove the Women, &c˙; and also for money to be sent to the places where they are sent, to wit: New-Windsor, Mamaroneck, New-Rochel, Rye, —

It being suggested that it would be proper to have a guard over the Records this night,

Ordered, That Captain Sampson Dyckman be requested to attend the Convention immediately.


Resolved, That the Records and Papers belonging to the Convention of this State, as also the Chest belonging to the Receiver-General' s Office, be immediately conveyed to General Clinton' s encampment at or near King' s Bridge.

And Ordered, That one of the Secretaries do see them safely conveyed to the said encampment, and remain with them till further orders.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Isaac Willet be, and hereby is, authorized and empowered to procure and impress as many Boats as he possibly can, and proceed with them up the Sound to General Clinton, and put them under his direction; and this Committee does hereby engage that the Convention of this State will bear and defray any expense or damage that may accrue thereby.

Ordered, That Colonel Hoffman and Mr˙ L' Hommedieu call on Captain Shaw and request him to spare as many men as he can, to assist in taking the Boats up to General Clinton.

Ordered, That Captain Benson procure a guard of twenty men of his Company to guard the Store, and to watch if any of the enemy' s Boats should attempt to land at Harlem, and that he post a proper guard at the house of Mr˙ Bogart, wherein the Records of the Convention of the said State are kept.

Whereas the Committee of Safety have reason to suspect that Nicholas Covenhoven, Esq˙, has given intelligence to the enemy of the Resolutions of this Convention:

Resolved, That Captain Benson be, and he is hereby, authorized immediately to apprehend the said Nicholas Covenhoven, and him safely convey to the Convention of this State, in order that he may be examined on such matters as to them shall appear necessary.

Resolved, That Colonel Pierre Van Cortlandt be, and he is hereby requested and authorized to examine all papers in the custody of Nicholas Covenhoven, Esq˙, and to transmit to the Convention of this State all such papers as may in anywise concern the publick weal.