Letter from Colonel Swartwout, September 10, read and referred, Letter from General George Clinton, September 8, read and referred

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A Letter from Colonel Swartwout, of General Clinton' s Brigade, dated the 10th instant, was read:

He therein mentions that Lieutenant Colonel Ferris, of his Regiment, on account of his indisposition, had obtained leave from their Brigadier-General to return to his family; that he will probably not be fit for service this campaign, and he recommends a promotion of the present officers now in service. Colonel Swartwout also claims the first rank in the Brigade to his Regiment.

A long Letter from Brigadier-General George Clinton, dated the 8th instant, was also read:

Amongst other things he mentions the frequent desertions from his Brigade, and encloses a return of the Brigade, whereby it appears that five hundred and ninety-six men are deficient. That the deficiency arises from the different Militia Regiments not having furnished their quotas, and from desertions.

He encloses therein a list of Dutchess County deserters; a petition of complaint against William Fordman, the Surgeon of Colonel Graham' s Regiment; the testimony of some witnesses against William Mahany and Gilbert Tippet, by him confined for practices and declarations inimical to American liberty.

Ordered, That General Ten Broeck, Mr˙ Zeph˙ Platt, Dr˙ Crane, Colonel Allison, and Mr˙ Wisner, Jun˙, be a Committee to consider of and report on the Letters of General George Clinton and Colonel Swartwout, and the Papers

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attending the same. And that the said Committee do also report a Resolution to prevent harbouring Deserters.