Letter to Several Towns in Connecticut


A draft of a Letter to several Towns in Connecticut, requesting their assistance in removing the Stock from Long-Island, was read and approved of, and is in the words following, to wit:

"Wednesday Morning, August 28, 1776.

"GENTLEMEN: The Convention of the State of New-York are under the melancholy necessity of again calling upon their sister States for their assistance, in a matter in which not only they, but the whole continent, are interested. The enemy, who have landed upon Long-Island, will, we fear, have it in their power to possess themselves of the whole stock, which amounts to between eighty and one hundred thousand of cattle and as many sheep, as our forces are confined to their lines. These articles will doubtless be of the greatest use to the enemy; for the want of some of them we know they are already distressed. We must therefore request you immediately to afford all the assistance in your power to forward the removal of the stock from the Island, and to provide for them in your State, till some further direction can be given with respect to them, and to lend your aid to each of the inhabitants that may wish to remove. The importance of these objects need not be enlarged upon, nor need arguments be urged to induce you to every necessary exertion. The readiness and publick spirit which the Committees in Connecticut have ever shown in carrying into execution all measures of publick utility, leave us no room to doubt but that, they will exert themselves on this occasion,


which is of the utmost importance to the general cause of America.

"To the Chairman of Stonington, New-London, Graton, Lyme, Seabrook, Guilford, New-Haven, Stratford, Fairfield, Milford, Norwalk, Stanford, and Horseneck, in the State of Connecticut; who are directed to forward the same."