Captain Greenhill appointed to ascertain with all possible despatch and secrecy whether the channel of Hudson' s river opposite ' to Fort Washington is sufficiently obstructed


Agreed, unanimously, That Major Henry Schenck, Colonel Charles De Witt, and Dirck Wynkoop, Esquires, be appointed Agents for, and on behalf of, the Commissary-General, and that a draft of the Resolutions for that purpose be prepared and brought in, in the afternoon.

Die Martis, 4 ho˙ P˙ M˙, September 17, 1776.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

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

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

ULSTER˙ — Mr˙ Wisner, Jun˙, Major Parks.

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

ALBANY˙ — Mr˙ Abraham Yates, General Ten Broeck, Mr˙ Robert Yates, Mr˙ John Ten Broeck, Mr˙ Adgate.

DUTCHESS˙ — Dr˙ Crane, Mr˙ R˙ R˙ Livingston, Mr˙ Sackett, Major Schenck.

CHARLOTTE. — Major Webster, Mr˙ Duer.

SUFFOLK˙ — Mr˙ William Smith, Mr˙ Hobart.

ORANGE. — Colonel Allison, Mr˙ Wisner, Mr˙ Joseph Smith, Dr˙ Sherwood.

WESTCHESTER˙ — Mr˙ Mills, Mr˙ Haviland, Mr˙ Jonathan Platt.

CUMBERLAND˙ — Mr˙ Sessions, Mr˙ Stevens.

The Convention, on information that the Soundings of Hudson' s River, at and about Fort Washington, is not accurately sounded, and thereupon came to the following Resolutions:

Whereas there is reason to apprehend that the Channel of Hudson' s River, opposite to Fort Washington, is not yet sufficiently obstructed; and whereas it is of the utmost importance to the safety of this State and general cause of America, that the navigation of that River should not be occupied by the enemy' s ships: Therefore

Resolved, That Captain Thomas Greenhill be, and he is hereby requested and authorized to proceed, with all possible despatch, to Mount Washington, in order to take an accurate Survey of the Soundings of that part of Hudson' s River: that he report his proceedings to the Convention of this State with all possible despatch.

Resolved, That the Commanding Officer of Fort Washington be applied to by Captain Greenhill, for his permission to sound the River, and for his assistance in carrying the above Resolutions into execution.

Resolved, That General James Clinton be requested to furnish Captain Greenhill with a Whale-boat, and a sufficient number of hands whose attachment to the American cause may be relied on, in order to assist in carrying this measure into execution: that General Clinton and Captain Greenhill be earnestly requested to conduct this matter with all the secrecy possible.