Letter to General Washington, enclosing She resolutions of the 7th instant


Ordered, That the Secretary present prepare a copy of the Resolutions of the Convention of this State, of the 7th instant, for detaching from the Militia of this State a reinforcement to the garrisons of the Fortifications in the Highlands, to be sent to his Excellency by the return of his messenger.


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

"SIR: Your Excellency' s letters of the 8th instant this moment arrived, and we are happy to inform you that the resolutions enclosed have anticipated your Excellency' s recommendation relative to a reinforcement for the fortresses in the Highlands; and although we have done every thing in our power to raise them with despatch, we are apprehensive that the whole will not arrive there within less than fourteen days, and that all the week will elapse before any of them will be got to the post. The vessels for the sick shall be procured as soon as possible and sent to the City of New-York, for which purpose we have directed every empty vessel down the river to be impressed until the number required is procured, and have ordered two others from Fishkill landing, lest the vessels might be small and four of them insufficient. Their despatch will depend upon wind and weather; we suppose, however, they may be down by Wednesday and Thursday next.

"I have the honour to be, with the greatest respect, your Excellency' s most obedient, humble servant.

"To His Excellency General Washington."

Ordered, That a copy thereof be engrossed, and signed by the President, and, together with a copy of the Resolutions of the 7th instant, for detaching part of the Militia, transmitted to his Excellency by his messenger.