Military action: militias and irregular forces


A draft of a Letter to Brigadier-General Clinton was read and approved, and is in the words following, to wit:

"SIR: The Committee received your letter of the 8th instant, covering a list of the articles wanting at your garrison, and have appointed a person to procure the same.

"They have also to acquaint you they passed a resolve, and have forwarded the same to the respective Brigadier-Generals of Ulster, Orange, Dutchess, and Albany, to reinforce your garrisons with six hundred men, with all speed. I have it in charge to desire you to despatch a whale-boat, well armed, with a proper officer, early to-morrow morning, to proceed towards New-York, with orders to impress four of the first large, convenient sloops they may meet with, and send them to the city of New-York, by request from General Washington, in order to bring up the sick to the town of Orange, in Orange County, for which purpose the captains of the sloops, on their arrival, are to apply to the Director-General of the Hospital.

"I am, respectfully, sir, your very humble servant.

"By order.

"To Brigadier-General James Clinton."