Resolutions Reported by the Committee


Die Sabbati, 9 ho˙ A˙ M˙, August 24, 1776.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

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

NEW-YORK. — Mr˙ R˙ Harper, Mr˙ Bancker, Col˙ Broome; Mr˙ Roosevelt, Mr˙ Dunscomb, Colonel Lott, Captain Rutgers, Captain Denning, on duty.

ALBANY. — Mr˙ A˙ Yates, Mr˙ Adgate, Mr˙ Bleecker.

SUFFOLK. — Mr˙ Hobart, Mr˙ Tredwell, Mr˙ W˙ Smith.

ULSTER. — Colonel De Witt, Mr˙ Confine.

TRYON. — Mr˙ Newkirk, Mr˙ Harper.

WESTCHESTER. — Mr˙ Gouverneur Morris, Mr˙ Hamland, Judge Graham.

ORANGE. — Mr˙ Outwater, Mr˙ Wisner.

DUTCHESS. — Major Schenck, Mr˙ Sacket, Mr˙ Landon.

CHARLOTTE. — Mr˙ Duer.

CUMBERLAND. — Mr˙ Stephens, Colonel Marsh.

QUEEN' S. — Mr˙ S˙ Townsend, Mr˙ James Townsend, Mr˙ Benjamin Sands.

On motion of Mr˙ Hobart,

Resolved and Ordered, That the Members of Suffolk and Queen' s Counties now present join the other Members from those two Counties, now sitting as a Committee to reconsider the Report of the Committee on the Letter of Brigadier-General Livingston to his Excellency General Washington; and the President and other Members proceed as a Committee of Safety on all business relating to this State, or on which this Convention might proceed, until Members sufficient to form a Convention come in.

The Committee consisting of the Members of Queen' s and Suffolk, came into the Convention without delay, and reported, in substance, the following Resolutions; which being read, and unanimously agreed to, are in the words following:

Resolved and Ordered, That Brigadier-General Woodhull, or, in his absence, Lieutenant-Colonel Potter, march without delay one-half of the western Regiment of Militia of Suffolk County, with five days' provisions, into the western part of Queen' s County, and that the officers of the Militia in Queen' s County immediately order out the whole Militia of that County, together with their Troop of Horse, and that the said officers of Militia and Troop of Horse use all possible diligence to prevent the stock and other provisions in Queen' s County from falling into the hands of the enemy, either by removing them out of their way, or if that cannot be effected, by destroying them, until they shall receive more particular directions from this Convention.

And Ordered, further, That the Captain of the Troop of Horse in King' s County, with his Troop, join the said Militia, and that the inhabitants of Queen' s County, not of the Militia, do assist in executing the above orders whenever they shall have notice from the commanding officer of the Militia that their assistance is necessary.

Ordered, That the Secretaries prepare several copies of these Resolutions, and send them to Brigade-Major Lawrence, in Queen' s County, and to Lieutenant-Colonel Potter and General Woodhull, in Suffolk County, by Samuel Dyckman, the Messenger.

The Members of Westchester and Charlotte Counties


having come into the Convention while the last resolutions were considering, there were Members sufficient to form a Convention, which prevented the necessity of proceeding as a Committee of Safety, and abrogated their power.

The President informed the Convention that Dr˙ Treat has sent a quantity of Medicines and Hospital Stores belonging to the publick to his (the President' s) chamber in Harlem.

Thereupon, one of the Members informed the Convention, that four of the Members had directed them to be sent to the President at Harlem, as Dr˙ Treat thought they were not safe in the City, and a justification of their conduct in this matter. The Convention approves and justifies their conduct in this matter.