Letter to the Delegates of New-York in Congress


POUGHKEEPSIE, August 26, 1776.

SIR: Captain Hazelwoood, who came up to us by request of Convention, has fitted a fire-vessel, as we conceive, in a masterly manner, and given such instructions to some persons we have here employed, with respect to mixing fire combustible, &c˙, that we think we can now carry on our works without further assistance. He has, in general, been very assiduous, and of very much use to us. We are unhappy at this time not to have a quorum of our Committee present; therefore must beg leave to submit to your honourable House the consideration of any reward this gentleman may have reason to expect from this State for his extraordinary expense and trouble in this business.

We are, with respect, your very humble servants,


To Abraham Yates, Jun˙, Esq˙, President of the Convention of the State of New-York.