Further Report from the Committee


Die Solis, 8 ho˙ A˙ M˙, August 25, 1776.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Abm˙ Yates, Jun˙, Esq˙, President, pro tem.

NEW-YORK. — Mr˙ Bancker, Mr˙ R˙ Harper; Mr˙ Roosevelt, Mr˙ Dunscomb, Colonel Lott, Captain Denning, Captain Rutgers, on duty.

ALBANY. — Mr˙ Yates, Mr˙ Adgate, Mr˙ Bleecker.

SUFFOLK. — Mr˙ Miller, Mr˙ Tredwell, Mr˙ Hobart.

WESTCHESTER. — G˙ Morris, Mr˙Haviland, Gen˙ Morris.

TRYON. — Mr˙ Newkirk, Mr˙ Harper.

ORANGE. — Mr˙ Outwater, Mr˙ Wisner.

ULSTER. — Mr˙ Confine.

DUTCHESS. — Mr˙ Schenck, Mr˙ R˙ R˙ Livingston.

CHARLOTTE. — Mr˙ Duer.

QUEEN' S. — Mr˙ J˙ Townsend, Mr˙ Benjamin Sands.

CUMBERLAND. — Colonel Marsh, Mr˙ Stevens.

The Committee, consisting of the Members of Queen' s and Suffolk Counties, brought in the residue of the Report of the Committee on the Letter of Brigadier-General Livingston, of the 21st instant, to General Washington, which was adjourned over last evening for want of time. The Convention took the same into consideration, and the following paragraphs thereof being read, amended, agreed to, and resolved on, are as follows, to wit:

Whereas by reason of the cruel and unnatural invasion now made upon this State, many of the inhabitants thereof may be compelled to abandon their peaceful habitations, and be exposed to all the miseries of want and the horrors of war; and whereas the same regard to the rights of human nature which leads mankind to brave every danger and endure every distress in the great cause of freedom, teaches them to behold with pity, and with generosity to relieve the distresses of their fellow-creatures; and since it is most (say more) especially the duty of those who are called on to superintend the general welfare of the State, to lighten as far as possible the burden of calamity which oppresses their constituents:

Therefore, Resolved, That the several Committees throughout this State be, and they hereby are, authorized and required to quarter upon the inhabitants of their respective Counties and Districts all such unfortunate persons as may, in consequence of the aforesaid invasion, be driven away from their places of abode, paying all possible regard to the conveniences of such inhabitants, and that they do assess moderate prices to be paid to such inhabitants, for the persons so quartered on them.

Resolved, also, That such persons whom circumstances will admit, do maintain themselves and their families; and that this Convention will provide ways and means to defray the expenses of maintaining the indigent: Provided always, That no person shall be deemed entitled to the publick benevolence for more than ten days, unless he or she shall within that time produce a certificate of indigence from the Chairman of the Committee of the County or District where he or she formerly resided. And also, that no person, by virtue of their removal as aforesaid, shall be construed to gain a residence in the place to which they shall remove.

Resolved, That the several Committees above mentioned do return monthly to this Convention an exact account of such indigent persons as shall appear to be entitled to the publick benevolence, together with the names of the persons on whom they are quartered, and the contracts made for their maintenance, in order that this Convention, or a future Legislature, may make immediate provision for fulfilling such agreements.

Ordered, That the Secretaries prepare a copy of these Resolutions, to be immediately despatched to the Chairman of the Committee of Flushing.