A reinforcement to be requested from General Washington, if it can be spared, for the Highlands, Proceedings on the Report of the Committee of a more effectual mode of detecting and defeating


Die Sabbati, 9 ho˙ A˙ M˙, September 21, 1776.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

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

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

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

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

WESTCHESTER. — Mr˙ Mills, Colonel Drake, Major Lockwood, Colonel Cortlandt.

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

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

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

CHARLOTTE˙ — Mr˙ Webster, Mr˙ Duer.

DUTCHESS. — Mr˙ Zeph, Platt, Mr˙ R˙ R˙ Livingston, Mr˙ Sackett, Dr˙ Crane.

CUMBERLAND˙ — Mr˙ Sessions, Mr˙ Stevens.

Mr˙ Wisner informed the Convention that the Rangers raised in Orange County are ready for service; but as the Indians are quiet and the Rangers unemployed, he suggested to the Convention whether it might not be proper to send them to Fort Montgomerie for the present, in lieu of the Company of Militia lately ordered to be detached from that County.

Resolved, That the state of the Rangers be taken into consideration on Tuesday next.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Hobart be directed to call at the Forts in the Highlands, in his way to Head-Quarters; that he get an exact account of the Garrison and the number of men required to put them in a proper posture of defence; and that he state to the General the inconvenience we lie under in raising more of our Militia, and request if they can be spared, that he would send a reinforcement from his Army to those posts.

Whereas that part of the order of the 18th instant, which sets forth that Colonel Pierre Van Cortlandt and Captain Platt had accounted with William Paulding for the publick Moneys put into their hands for supporting the Militia employed on the east side of Hudson' s River, while the enemy' s Ships of War were in that river, appears to have been founded on mistake:

On motion, Ordered, That the order of the 18th instant, respecting those Accounts, together with the Schedule containing the names of the persons who have not accounted to the Treasurer, be recommitted to Mr˙ Ten Broeck, Mr˙ Bancker, and Mr˙ Duer, who are hereby appointed a Committee for that purpose.

On motion of General Ten Broeck,

Resolved, That Mr˙ Gerard Bancker, the Deputy Treasurer of the State, do immediately draw upon the Loan Officers of the City and County of Albany, in favour of the Chairman of the Committee of Albany, for whatever interest of the Loan office Money is at present in their hands, not exceeding the sum of twelve hundred Pounds, and the said Committee are hereby ordered to apply the sum so received to the payment of the one-half of the Bounty to the Rangers raised in the said County, and to the payment of the Subsistence Money to the Company raised in the city of Albany for guarding the Stores and Vessels with Provisions and Ammunition, in and about the said city.

The Report of the Committee to whom was referred "the consideration of a more effectual mode of detecting and defeating the designs of the internal enemies of this State," was again read.

On motion, the Resolutions of the Provincial Congress of the 5th day of June last, appointing a Committee to call before them and secure persons dangerous and disaffected to the American cause, and those of equivocal character, were also read.

The Resolution of the Convention of the Representatives


of this State, increasing the powers of the respective County Committees as to dangerous persons, and also the Resolutions of the Convention on the 26th day of August last, authorizing the County Committees to secure persons committed, or to deliver the Gaols, were respectively read.

The Convention then resumed the consideration of the said Report of the Committee above mentioned; the same was again read, and, on motion made and seconded, the question was put whether the same shall be rejected, which was carried in the negative.