Letter to General Washington


A draft of a Letter to his Excellency General Washington was read and approved, and is in the words following, to wit:

"SIR: I am directed by the Convention of this State to transmit to your Excellency a copy of a resolution which they entreat may be carried into execution with all possible despatch. It is with extreme concern that we find ourselves under the disagreeable necessity of having recourse to this unhappy but necessary expedient, or of troubling your Excellency with a commission of this nature; but the critical situation of this State, the want of brass field-pieces, and our inability to have this resolve executed by the Committee of the City of New-York, on account of their absence from the city, reduce us to the dilemma either of adopting this measure or of neglecting the publick safety. They therefore trust that your Excellency' s zeal for the publick service will induce you to pardon the liberty they take of troubling you on this occasion.

"I have the honour to be, with the greatest respect, &c.

"To his Excellency General Washington."

Ordered, That a copy of the said Letter be engrossed, and signed by the President, and, together with a copy of the last aforegoing Resolution, transmitted to his Excellency, by Sampson Dyckman, the Messenger.