June 1, Jacob Brush examined, Order for the immediate arrest of Philip Youngs


Die Saturni, 9 ho˙ A˙ M˙, June 1, 1776.

The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.

FOR NEW-YORK. — Mr˙ Jay, Colonel Broome, Mr˙ Randall, Colonel Stoutenburgh, Mr˙ Denning, Mr˙ Bancker.

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

FOR ULSTER. — Colonel Hasbrouck, Major Parks.

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

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

FOR WESTCHESTER. — Mr˙ Morris, Mr˙ Paulding.

FOR TRYON. — Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Harper.

FOR CHARLOTTE. — Mr˙ Webster.

FOR SUFFOLK. — General Woodhull, Mr˙ Wickham, Mr˙ Gelston, Mr˙ Strong.

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

FOR QUEEN' S. — Colonel Blackwell, Mr˙ Samuel Townshend, Mr˙ James Townshend, Mr˙ Van Wyck.

A Letter from Thomas Hicks, Esq˙, lately elected one of the Deputies of Queen' sCounty, and dated the 28th of May, was read, and filed. Mr˙ Hicks therein shows, for


cause of his non-attendance, the ill state of his health and the extreme weakness of his constitution.

A Letter from John Williams, Esq˙, lately elected one of the Deputies of Queen' s County, dated the 27th of May, was also read and filed. Mr˙ Williams therein shows, for cause or excuse of his non-attendance, that he is so little acquainted with such business that he should be of no service, but remains a hearty friend in the American cause.

Ordered, That copies of said Letters be made, and transmitted to the County Committee of Queen' s County.

Ordered, That the Officer commanding the Guard over the Prisoners confined on suspicion of counterfeiting Continental money, be, and he is hereby, authorized and requested to permit George Youngs to speak to his sons, Israel and Isaac Youngs, this morning only, in the presence and hearing of said Officer.

A Return of the Officers elected in the Out Ward of the City of New-York, in Beat No˙ 28, of the City, in the presence of Daniel Shaw and Henry Rutgers, Jun˙, two of the Committee, was read and filed. It thereby appears that Josiah Firman was elected First-Lieutenant, Stephen Hilliker Second-Lieutenant, and Adam Vandenburgh Ensign.

A Return of Officers elected in the Out Ward of the City of New-York, in Beat No˙ 29, of the City, in the presence of Abraham P˙ Lott and Jecamiah Allen, two of the Committee, was read and filed. Martin Shire is thereby returned as duly elected Captain, and Jacob Van Orden First-Lieutenant of the Company of Militia in that Beat.

Ordered, That Commissions issue for those gentlemen in the respective ranks in which they were elected.

And Commissions were issued for them accordingly.

A Letter from Captain James Smith, late Commander of the armed Sloop Schuyler, dated yesterday, was read and filed. He therein enclosed his late Commission as Commander of the Sloop Schuyler, in order to cancel the Bond given for his punctual observance of his instructions; and returns his sincere thanks for all past favours.

Ordered, That the said Bond be cancelled, and that the said Commission be also filed.

A Letter from Colonel Allison, at Goshen, to John Haring, Esq˙, dated the 27th of May, was read and filed. He therein informs that he has purchased several small parcels of Saltpetre, in pursuance of his appointment, with Mr˙ Haring, as a Committee for that purpose; that he is not provided with cash for that purpose, and therefore requests some cash may be furnished to him.

Ordered, That Peter Van Brugh Livingston, Esq˙, as Treasurer of the Congress of this Colony, advance to Colonel William Allison, of Orange County, five hundred Dollars, to pay for Saltpetre which he has purchased, and to enable him to continue to purchase Saltpetre; that Colonel Allison give his receipt for that money to the Treasurer, and be accountable for the same.

Jacob Brush was brought into Congress and examined;

Whereupon, Ordered, That Mr˙ McKesson, one of the Secretaries, withdraw, and take down in writing the examination of said Jacob Brush. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Whereas, from the oath of Jacob Brush, it appears that


there is great reason to believe that Philip Youngshas been party or 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 immediately arrested, taken, and sent in safe custody to this Congress, and that the Committee of Huntington direct Samuel Brown to attend at the Congress Chamber in New-Yorkwithout delay; and all Officers, civil and military, in this Colony, and Minute-men and Militia of any District, Town, Precinct or place on Nassau-Island, are hereby directed to give all necessary aid to the Committee of Huntington to carry these orders into execution. And the Committee of Huntington are hereby requested and authorized to cause the strictest search to be made in the house of the said Philip Youngs, and in such other houses or places as they may think proper, for any plates that may have been made for counterfeiting any Paper money or Bills of Credit whatever, and for any counterfeited Paper money or Bills of Credit, and report their proceedings thereon to this Congress.

A Letter to the Committee of Dutchess County was read and approved of.

Ordered, That a copy thereof be engrossed, and signed by the President, and transmitted.

A Resolution of the Committee of New-York, passed the 25th ultimo, requesting that this Congress would publish an order that no persons in this Colony shall presume to ask Gold or Silver in preference to the Continental Bills of Credit or the Bills of Credit of this Colony, unless previously authorized by this Congress, was read.

Ordered, That the consideration thereof be postponed.

A Letter from Captain Thomas Harriott, now confined by order of the General Committee of the City and County of New-York, was read.

Ordered, That the said Thomas Harriott be brought before the bar of this House, in custody of the Jailer, this afternoon at five o' clock.

A Letter from Thomas Vernon and Henry Killegrove, praying to be discharged, was read and filed.


A Petition of the Prisoners in Jail belonging to the ship of war Phenix, dated the 22d ultimo, complaining of their allowance, was read and considered. Thereupon,

Ordered, That the said persons be respectively allowed 4d˙ per day for their subsistence.