Philip Youngs charged with counterfeiting the Bills of Credit, committed to prison


Die Lunae, 9 ho˙ A˙ M˙, June 3, 1776.

The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.

FOR NEW-YORK. — Col˙ Stoutenburgh, Col˙ Broome, Mr˙ Beekman, Mr˙ Van Zandt, Mr˙ Duane, Mr˙ Randall.

FOR ALBANY. — Mr˙ Cuyler, Mr˙ Glenn, Mr˙ Ten Broeck.

FOR SUFFOLK. — Gen˙ Woodhull, Mr˙ Gelston, Mr˙ Strong.

FOR DUTCHESS. — Mr˙ De Lavergne, Mr˙ Livingston.

FOR ORANGE. — Mr˙ Little, Mr˙ Van Houten.



FOR QUEEN' S. — Mr˙ Samuel Townshend, Mr˙ James Townshend.

FOR ULSTER. — Colonel Hasbrouck, Major Parks.

FOR RICHMOND. — Mr˙ Conner, Mr˙ Cortelyou.

FOR CHARLOTTE. — Mr˙ Webster, Colonel Malcom.

FOR TRYON. — Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Harper.

An extract of the Minutes of the Committee of Huntington, on Nassau-Island, dated June 3, 1776, signed Daniel Wiggens, Clerk, was read and filed. They thereby inform that, pursuant to, the Order of this House of the 1st instant, the said Committee have sent down Philip Youngs in the care of Messrs˙ Thomas Wickes and Eliphelet Brush, and also that the said Committee have made strict search in the house of the said Philip Youngs and the houses of George Youngs, Isaac Youngs, and John Williams, but that they discovered nothing material as to the articles recommended by this Congress to be searched for.

Samuel Brown being likewise sent down by the said Committee, as a witness, was called in and examined. Afterwards the said Philip Youngs was ordered in and examined, both which Examinations are as follow, to wit: * * * * * * *

The said Examinations being immediately taken into consideration, debates arose thereon, and the question being put whether the said Philip Youngs ought to be committed in close custody of the Guard, with the other Prisoners charged with counterfeiting the Continental money, it was carried in the affirmative in the manner following, to wit:

For the Affirmative.

6 Albany,
2 Charlotte,
3 Orange,
8 New-York.
19 votes.

For the Negative.

4 Suffolk,
2 Richmond,
4 Ulster.
10 votes.

Whereas there is just grounds of suspicion that Philip Youngs has been privy to a design of counterfeiting the Bills of Credit now current and passing in this and some of the other United Colonies,


Ordered, That the said Philip Youngs be committed to close custody, and the Officer of the Guard appointed to guard the Prisoners now under confinement on suspicion of being guilty of the same crime, be, and he is hereby, directed and required to receive into the custody of this said Guard the said PhilipYoungs, and him keep in close custody until the further orders of this Congress.

Ordered, That George Youngs be, and he is hereby, permitted to go into the Guard-Room wherein the persons are confined on suspicion of counterfeiting the Bills of Credit of the United Colonies, to visit and converse with his sons in the presence and hearing of the Officer of said Guard.