Letter from General James Clinton, September 8

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Die Lunae, 4 ho˙ P˙ M˙, September 9, 1776.

The Committee met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Abraham Yates, Jun˙, Esq˙, President; Colonel Peter R˙ Livingston, Mr˙ Robert Harper, Mr˙ William Harper, Mr˙ Adgate, Major Webster, Mr˙ Sessions, Colonel Drake, Captain Platt, Mr˙ Haviland, Mr˙ William Smith.

A Letter received of General James Clinton was read, and is in the words following, to wit:

"Fort Montgomery, September 8, 1776.

"GENTLEMEN: Agreeable to your request I send you a return of articles wanted at the Fortifications in the Highlands . I have made a return of carpenters' tools: the reason of it is, that we have many carpenters amongst us that we can' t employ for want of tools. I have sent to New-York, to the Quartermaster-General, for nails. I am in hopes he will supply me. I don' t much expect to get the shingles: if they can' t be got, we must use boards. As many of our arms want repair, we would be glad to have an armourer, with his tools, here for some time. I give you an account of the artillery stores and ordnance when you were here, with the number of men at each post; therefore think it unnecessary to send it again. In case of an attack I think we are too weak of men; therefore expect you will consider of some way to reinforce us, if you judge it necessary.

"I am, gentlemen, your most obedient, humble servant,

"JAMES CLINTON, Brigadier-General."