Letter

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General Schuyler' s Letter of the 9th instant, which was made a part of the minutes of this Convention on the 12th instant, was again read.

Thereupon, the said Report of the Committee was again read, and being then read by paragraphs, on reading the second Resolution, Mr˙ Duane moved for the following amendment, to wit, that the words "endanger the peace" be obliterated, and the words "be productive of discontent and endanger the safety of this State," be inserted in their stead. Debates arose thereon, and the question being put it was carried in the negative, in manner following:

For the Negative.        
2 Charlotte.
3 Orange.
6 Albany.
4 Ulster.
4 Westchester.
5 Dutchess.
2 Cumberland.
26 votes.
For the -Affirmative. 3 Tryon.

Therefore the said amendment was rejected.

The residue of the said Report being read by paragraphs, amended and approved of, the whole of the said Report was again read and adopted by the Convention, is in the words following, to wit:

Whereas this Convention have received information that Major-General Schuyler has sent in his resignation to the honourable the Congress, which they have reason to believe has arisen from some unhappy misapprehension of and a neglect to inquire into his conduct: They cannot, therefore, in justice to his character, avoid expressing their sense of his merit, and their apprehensions of the influence his resignation may have on the publick measures:

1st˙ Therefore, Resolved, unanimously, That Major-General Schuyler, since his appointment to the command in the Northern department, has, as far as this Convention has been enabled to judge, discharged the duties of his important trust with assiduity, fidelity, and skill.

2d˙ Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Convention that the resignation of Major-General Schuyler at this critical period will, if accepted, greatly affect the general interest of America, and endanger the peace and safety of the State.

3d˙ Resolved, unanimously, That the honourable the Congress be requested (through the Delegates from this State) to withhold their assent to the resignation of Major-General Schuyler, and to cause an inquiry to be made into his conduct; since this Convention cannot but hope that an honourable acquittal will, by silencing the voice of calumny, induce him to continue in his command, and thereby preserve a useful officer to the publick.

Resolved, unanimously, That as Major-General Schuyler was appointed at the request of this Convention, if no inquiry should shortly be made into his conduct, that it will be the duty of this Convention to institute the same, in order either to justify their recommendation, and vindicate a character which they have reason to fear has been unjustly traduced, or to hold him up, if he has disgraced his appointment, as an object of publick censure.

Resolved, unanimously, That Robert R˙ Livingston, Esq, wait upon Major-General Schuyler, in order to inquire into the reasons of his resignation, and to report the same, and in the name of this State to request him not to insist thereon.

Resolved, That a copy of the aforegoing Resolutions be immediately sent to the Delegates of this State at Congress, in order to be laid before that honourable House.