Abram Ten Broeck elected Chairman, Intelligence of a great fire in the city of New York, Letter from John Barclay, chairman of the Committee of Albany,



Monday Morning, September 23, 1776.

The following Members met in Committee of Safety, to wit:

Members of NEW-YORK. — *Mr˙ Bancker, Mr˙ Duane.

of DUTCHESS. — Mr˙ Sackett.

CHARLOTTE. — *Mr˙ Duer, *Major Webster.

Of ALB ANY. — *General Ten Broeck, *Mr˙ Ten Broeck.

Of WESTCHESTER. — *Major Lockwood.

CUMBERLAND. — Mr˙ Sessions, Mr˙ Stephens.

ORANGE. — Mr˙ Little, *Mr˙ Joseph Smith.

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

Those whose names are marked with an asterism, are of the quorum of the Committee.

The Committee proceeded to the choice of a Chairman, when Brigadier-General Abram Ten Broeck, was unanimously elected.

Mr˙ Duer, one of the Members of the Committee for establishing Riders betwixt this place and Head-Quarters, at or near King' s Bridge, for the purpose of obtaining the most early intelligence, reported a Letter from Brigadier-General Scott, dated at the camp at King' s Bridge, September 21st, giving intelligence of a great fire, which happened the preceding night, in the city of New-York, but that he had not been able to get any information as to the particulars of if. The same was read, and immediately returned to Mr˙ Duer, to be filed with the Committee papers.

A Letter from John Barclay, Esq˙, Chairman of the


Committee of Albany, dated the 21st instant, and directed to Mr˙ McKesson, one of the Secretaries of the Convention of this State, was read. Mr˙ Barclay acknowledged the receipt of a Resolution of the Convention relative to Brooks, and Roff, skippers of two Albany Sloops, who are charged with having deserted the service, with their Sloops ladened with military stores, &c, and which they took on board at New-York, to be landed at or near King' s Bridge. Mr˙ Barclay also informs the Convention that the said Committee have despatched a batteau well manned down the river in quest of them.

Whereas the Convention of this State did on the 17th instant appoint a Committee of Safety, to continue till the next meeting of a Representation of this State in Convention, and authorized them to send for any Members of the Convention who may be absent without leave, which said Committee was, with the addition of four Members, and with the like power, on the 21st instant, revived:

Therefore, Ordered, That a Messenger be immediately despatched to summon the following Members, who are absent without leave, to attend on the publick business without delay, and that they pay the Messenger a reasonable compensation for his trouble and expenses, to wit: Mr˙ Mills, Major Parks, Mr˙ Wisner, Jun˙, Colonel Sherwood, Colonel Allison, Colonel Livingston, Mr˙ Zephaniah Platt, and Mr˙ Stevens.

On motion of Mr˙ Duer, the sense of the Committee was taken, whether Colonel Drake had leave of absence, and the question being put it was determined, nem˙ con˙, in the negative. The question was then put whether the Messenger shall be despatched to require Colonel Drake' s immediate attendance. Determined in the negative, because Colonel Drake' s presence in Westchester County is absolutely necessary, in order to inform the Committee of the measures, which at the time of his departure, the Committee had under consideration, for detecting and defeating conspiracies of the disaffected.

Monday Afternoon, September 93, 1776.

The Committee met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Brigadier-General Ten Broeck, Chairman.

For NEW-YORK˙ — *Mr˙ Bancker, *Mr˙ Duane.

WESTCHESTER. — *Major Lockwood.

Of ALBANY. — *Mr˙ Ten Broeck, *General Ten Broeck.

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

of DUTCHESS. — Mr˙ Platt, Mr˙ Sackett.

CHARLOTTE. — *Mr˙ Duer, *Mr˙ Webster.

of ORANGE. *Mr˙ Smith, Mr˙ Little.

CUMBERLAND. — Mr˙ Sessions.

Those marked with an asterism are of the quorum of the Committee of Safety.

The Memorial of William Tredwell, now detained at this place by order of the Convention, on suspicion of holding correspondence with the enemy, (he having been on Long-Island since the same has been in possession of the enemy,) was read and filed.

Ordered, That the said Memorial be referred to the Committee appointed for detecting conspiracies, &c.

Mr˙ Duer, a member of the Committee of Correspondence and Intelligence, informed the Committee of Safety that he has transmitted to his Excellency General Washington copies of the Resolution of the Convention authorizing the Secret Committee to purchase or impress any number of Vessels not exceeding six, to complete the obstructions of the navigation in Hudson' s River, opposite to Fort Washington, and of the Resolution requesting the Superintendents of the Frigates building at Poughkeepsie, to send down to Mount Washington all the short Oak Plank they can spare.

The Letter from John Thomas, Jun˙, Esq˙, Chairman of the Committee of Safety for Westchester County, [dated the 19th instant,] which was received in Convention on the 21st instant, relative to the indigent inhabitants of the city of New-York, who were sent into that County by a Committee of the Convention for that purpose appointed, was read:

Ordered, That the Secretaries write a Letter to Mr˙ Thomas, enclosing a copy of the Resolutions of the Convention on that subject, passed the 21st August last, and request of him that he cause report to be made of all the indigent persons which have been sent into that County,


agreeable to the directions of the said Resolutions, and that this Committee or the Convention will make provision for defraying the expenses of supporting them.

Adjourned till to-morrow morning.