Letter from Captain Platt


Die Sabbati, 4 ho˙ P˙ M˙, August 24, 1776.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

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

NEW-YORK. — Mr˙ Bancker, Mr˙ R˙ Harper. Five members absent on business.

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

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

DUTCHESS. — Mr˙ Sacket, Mr˙ Schenck, Mr˙ R˙ R˙ Livingston.

CHARLOTTE. — Mr˙ Duer.

WESTCHESTER. — Gouverneur Morris, Mr˙ Haviland, General Morris.

QUEEN' S. — Mr˙ S˙ Townsend, Mr˙ J˙ Townsend, Mr˙ Ben˙ Sands.

THYON. — Mr˙ Harper, Mr˙ Newkirk.

ORANGE. — Mr˙ Outwater, Mr˙ Wisner.

CUMBERLAND. — Mr˙ Stephens, Colonel Marsh.

Hugh Doyle, late a soldier in Captain Palmer' s Company, in one of the Regiments of this Colony, attending, was admitted. He informed the Convention that he had lately been taken by the enemy on Staten-Island, and detained a prisoner in irons twenty-five days; that by inlisting in the enemy' s regiment of volunteers, he had a dangerous opportunity, and made his escape on Wednesday lust. He gave such information as he had to communicate.

Ordered, That Peter V˙ B˙ Livingston, Esq˙, as Treasurer of this Convention, advance to Hugh Doyle eight Dollars, to support him in his return to his family at New-Haven.

Resolved, and Ordered, That Peter Van B˙ Livingston, Esq˙, as Treasurer of this Conventioin, advance to Colonel Isaac Nicoll £72, to enable him to pay the one moiety of the bounty due to eighteen Privates of his Regiment, and muster the said men; Colonel Nicoll to be accountable to this Convention for the disposition of that money.

And Resolved, That Brigadier-General Clinton be, and is hereby, requested to give out in orders, that the Colonels


of the respective Regiments in his Brigade, who have not returned the Muster-Rolls of their Regiments to this Convention, do return the same immediately, in order that they may be mustered by a Continental Mustermaster, and receive the other moiety of their bounty money.

Captain Benson having attempted, by order of the Committee for the obstructing the navigation of Hudson' s River, to purchase Sails and Rigging for two armed Sloops, which cannot be purchased,

Resolved, That the Committee for stopping the channel in the East River be requested to furnish Captain Henry Benson, on account of this State, with such Rigging and other articles as he may want, and which are now in their possession, taken from the Vessels by them employed in stopping the channel aforesaid.

A Request of Major Hendrick Van De Linde Verbryck to Brigadier-General Clinton, requesting a dismission from the present service, on account of his ill state of health, was read and filed.

General Clinton' s Letter to Major Van Bryck, submitting his application to this Convention, was also read and filed.

Resolved, That this Convention consent to the dismission of Major Van Bryck from the present service, on account of his ill state of health, agreeable to his request.