Letter from Philip Livingston


A Letter from Philip Livingston, Esq˙, one of our Delegates at Continental Congress, was received and read, and is in the words following, to wit:

"Philadelphia, August 30, 1776.

"SIR: Your favour, dated 28th, came to hand by the post, who returned before we had any opportunity,to apply to Congress, as you desired. The application was immediately agreed to, and their resolve to employ the blacksmiths (who are now engaged in building the frigates) for the purpose of obstructing the navigation of Hudson' s River, is here enclosed. We wish much to hear from you what is done in that affair, and what more is proposed to he done. The advices from New-York respecting the attack of the British troops on our Army on Long-Island are very various and uncertain. We could wish to hear from you as often as time will permit; our anxiety, as you may easily judge, is not small, and particular accounts, as often as possible, would be very agreeable. Many particulars that most chiefly concern us, as Members of your State, and are more interesting now than ever, we are not informed of. We know you are much engaged in affairs of the greatest moment, but


perhaps one of your Secretaries may find time to despatch us a few lines every day or two. A considerable number of troops have, since Tuesday, marched from here to Amboy, say about three thousand, and as many more will probably be despatched within one week more. Mr˙ Lewis and Colonel Floyd beg to assure you that they are as well as the subscriber. Sir, your most obedient servant,


"Mr˙ Abraham Yates, Jun.