Letter to William ' Smith, of Suffolk County, to inform that measures have been adopted to prevent all communication between the King' s ships and the inhabitants of the southern parts of Long-Island


Die Mercurii, P˙ M˙, May 29, 1776.

The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.

FOR NEW-YORK. — Mr˙ Scott, Mr˙ Jay, Mr˙ Alsop, Mr˙ Randall, Colonel Broome, Mr˙ Van Cortlandt, Mr˙ Peter Van Zandt, Mr˙ Bancker, Mr˙ Sands.

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

FOR ORANGE. — Mr˙ Haring, Mr˙ Little.

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

FOR ULSTER. — Colonel Hasbrouck, Mr˙ Cantine, Major Parks.

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

FOR TRYON. — Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Harper.

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

FOR DUTCHESS. — Mr˙ Livingston, Mr˙ De Lavergne, Major H˙ Schenck.

FOR QUEEN' S. — Colonel Blackwell, Mr˙ Smith, Captain Lawrence.

FOR CHARLOTTE. — Mr˙ Webster, Colonel Malcom.

A draft of a Letter to William Smith, Esq˙, at Brookhaven, in answer to his Letter received and read this morning; which, being read and approved, is in the words following, to wit:

SIR: I am desired by the House to inform you that measures have already been taken to prevent all communication between the King' s ships and the inhabitants of the southern parts of Nassau-Island, and also that such steps will be taken in future as the House shall deem necessary for that purpose. They are further of opinion that it will not be necessary to burden the country with the attendance of Minute-men to prevent the attempts of the enemy at the inlet mentioned in your letter. You will be pleased to send down the arms collected in your County, or so many of them as shall remain after the supplies which may be found


necessary for the troops now in your County, with as much despatch as possible. I am, &c. By order.

To William, Esq.

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