Order for the landing the stores brought from White-Plains, Information given by Mr. Harrison relative to the enemy and disaffected on Nassau-Island


Die Sabbati, 9 ho˙ A˙ M˙, September 7, 1776.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Abraham Yates, Jun˙, Esq˙, President.

NEW-YORK˙ — Mr˙ Robert Harper, Mr˙ Jay, Mr˙ Duane.

WESTCHESTER˙ — Major Lockwood, Colonel Gilbert Drake, Mr˙ Haviland.

ALBANY˙ — Mr˙ Yates, General Ten Broeck, John Ten Broeck, Mr˙ Cuyler, Colonel Renselaer, Mr˙ Adgate, Colonel Livingston.

TRYON˙ — Mr˙ William Harper, Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Newkerk, Mr˙ Veder.

ULSTER˙ — Colonel De Witt.

ORANGE˙ — Mr˙ Jos˙ Smith, Colonel Allison, Mr˙ Wisner.

CHARLOTTE˙ — Mr˙ Duer, Colonel Williams, Major Webster.

DUTCHESS˙ — Dr˙ Crane, Mr˙ R˙ R˙ Livingston, Mr˙ H˙ Schenck, Mr˙ Gilbert Livingston, Captain Platt.

CUMBERLAND˙ — Mr˙ Stevens, Mr˙ Sessions.

The Convention was informed by several Members, that the Stores from White-Plains, for the removal whereof John Cregier was lately sent, are now arrived at Mr˙ Bogardus' s landing in a small Sloop or Pettiauger, under a guard of a Sergeant and twelve men, who ought to be immediately discharged and furnished with provisions for their return.

Ordered, That the said Stores be landed and stored under the care of Nathaniel Sackett, Esq˙, who is hereby appointed a Commissary for that purpose; and that Mr˙ Sackett be, and hereby is, authorized and requested to furnish and provide the guard with provisions for their return.

Mr˙ Smith, of Suffolk County, informed the Convention that a certain person of the name of Harrison, is in the neighbourhood, and can give some information relative to the situation of the enemy and disaffected on Nassau-Island.

Mr˙ Harrison says that the Ministerial Troops have been to Oyster-Bay and Hempstead; that the disaffected inhabitants have joined to assist the enemy, and proceeded as far as Setauket; that General Howe has set guards to prevent any person coming off the island or removing cattle; that Isaac Ketchum has taken a commission and got some men; that William Smith, of, administers oaths of fidelity or allegiance to the inhabitants, and that Thomas Smith, of Hog-Island, receives their submissions; that Colonel Livingston is moving westward on the island with the Militia; that a number of men were going from Connecticut to bring off some gunpowder from Huntington and a quantity of flour there, which one Ireland had sold to the Ministerial Army; that he saw Colonel Smith, of Suffolk County, in Connecticut.

Ordered, That Colonel De Witt, Mr˙ William Smith, and Mr˙ R˙ R˙ Livingston be a Committee to devise ways and means to succour the subjects of this State on Nassau-Island.

On motion of Mr˙ Jay,

Resolved, That a Committee of Safety and Correspondence for that part of this State which lies below the Highlands be immediately formed; that Colonel Remsen, Major Abeel, and Major Peter P˙ Van Zandt, be that Committee.

And Ordered, That Mr˙ Duane, Mr˙ Jay, and Mr˙ Duer, be a Committee to draw up Instructions for that Committee of Safety.

And Ordered, That Colonel Hoffman be excused from attending at New-York as a correspondent, according to his late appointment for that purpose.

Resolved, unanimously, That the Committee of Safety


and Correspondence at New-York be appointed and authorized to take from the doors of the Houses in the city of New-York all the Brass Knockers, and that they cause the same to be sent to some careful person at New-Ark, in New-Jersey, with all possible despatch; that the said Committee keep as accurate an account as possible of the weight and value of them, and of the houses from whence taken, in order that satisfaction may be hereafter made to the respective owners.

The residue of the morning was spent in preparing the Resolutions for reinforcing the Garrisons of the Forts on Hudson' s River. The long preamble prepared by Mr˙ Duane, and many other parts, were read, amended, and agreed to.

Mr˙ Wisner, of Orange, moved, and was seconded, that a Bounty be allowed to the Militia now to be called into service in this State. Debates arose, and the question being put, the votes were as follows, viz:

For the Affirmative.
2 Cumberland.
6 Albany.
3 Orange.
11 vote.

For the Negative.
2 Charlotte.
3 Tryon.
5 Dutchess.
4 Westchester.
14 votes.

But by reason of the absence of several Members, the consideration of allowing Bounty is deferred till afternoon.