Lieutenant Colonel Ferris' s resignation accepted, Committee appointed to inquire into the state of the Light-Horsemen who were obliged to flee from Long-Island

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A Letter from Colonel Malcom, dated the 6th instant, directed to Mr˙ McKesson, giving some information respecting Captain Stewart' s Company, in his Regiment, was read.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Hobart, Mr˙ Robert Yates, and Mr˙ Mills, be a Committee to take, consider of, and report on the said Affidavits, Petitions, and Letter, and that they bring in reports with all convenient speed.

That part of General George Clinton' s Letter of the 8th of September, which relates to Lieutenant-Colonel Ferris, was read.

Colonel Swartwouts Letter of the 10th of September, instant, respecting Lieutenant-Colonel Ferris' s ill state of health, and the appointment of a Lieutenant-Colonel and Major for that Regiment, was also read.

Resolved, That Lieutenant-Colonel Ferris be permitted to decline the present service.

That Major Thompson be appointed Lieutenant-Colonel, and Captain Mott appointed Major of Colonel Swartwout' s present Regiment of Militia, now in service. Brigadier-General George Clinton' s Brigade, while in the present service, in addition to their former respective commands in the Militia, in their respective Counties.

Ordered, That the Secretaries despatch the Commissions for Lieutenant-Colonel Thompson and Major Mott.

Resolved, That the eldest First Lieutenant of Colonel Swartwout' s, be promoted to be Captain, vice Major Mott, and that the other officers rise in succession; and that the Secretaries send as many blank Commissions to General. George Clinton as there are officers in that Regiment.

The Convention were informed that a person late one of the Light-Horsemen of King' s County, and a Lieutenant of Colonel Smith' s Regiment are about Poughkeepsie, in some distress, and that pay is due to them. That sundry of

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the Light-Horsemen fled from the island, and have left their horses behind them.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Duane, Mr˙ Duer, Mr˙ Schenck, and Dr˙ Crane, be a Committee to inquire into the situation of the Light-Horsemen who were obliged to flee from the said island, and Lieutenant Onderdonk, and that they report thereon.

Mr˙ Wisner, of Orange County, proposed to the Convention that the Company of Militia from Orange County, lately ordered to be detached to augment the Garrisons of Forts Montgomery and Constitution, be permitted to have that duty performed by different Companies or parcels of Militia, in rotation.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Wisner, General Ten Broeck, Mr˙ Sackett, and Major Schenck, be a Committee to consider of the said proposal, and report thereon with all convenient speed.