Letter from General Woodhull


A Letter from General Woodhull was received and read, and is in the words following, to wit:

"Westward of Queen' s County, August 27, 1776.

"GENTLEMEN: Enclosed I send you a copy of a letter from Colonel Potter, dated the 26th instant, who left me yesterday at eleven o' clock, after bringing about one hundred men to me at Jamaica. Major Smith has, I expect, all the rest that was to come from Suffolk County. There has about forty of the Militia joined me from the Regiment in Queen' s County, and about fifty of the Troop belonging to King and Queen' s County, which is near all I expect. I have got all the cattle southward of the hills, in King' s County, drove to the eastward of the cross-road between the two Counties, and have placed guards and sentries from the north side to the south side of the Island, in order to prevent the cattle going back, and to prevent the communication of the Tories with the enemy. I am within about six miles of the enemy' s camp; their Light-Horse has been within about two miles, and unless I have more men, our stay here will answer no purpose. We shall soon want to be supplied with provision if we tarry here.

"I am, gentlemen, your most obedient servant,


"To the Hon˙ Convention of the State of New-York."