Letter from the Committee of Dutchess County, dated May 6

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A Letter from the Committee of Dutchess County was read, as follows, viz:

"Dutchess County, May 6, 1776.

"SIR: It having been represented to the General Committee of this County that the Southern Regiment of Militia was too large and extensive, containing twelve Companies and covering a space of country upwards of thirty miles in length, we have, therefore, not only because in other respects it was expedient, but also in compliance with the resolution of Congress prohibiting a Regiment to consist of more than ten Companies, divided it, and, instead of one, have formed the Militia in that quarter into two Regiments. Enclosed you have a description of the Regiments, together with a list of persons nominated Field Officers. As this part of our Militia will remain unregimented till the Officers receive their commissions, we must request that the commissions be made out as soon as possible, and sent to the Committee in Rombout' s Precinct, with directions to forward them to the Officers immediately.

"I remain, by order of the Committee, your very humble servant,

EGBERT BENSON, Chairman."

The description of the two Regiments enclosed in the Letter from the Committee of Dutchess was read, as follows:

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"One Regiment to consist of all the Militia in Pauling' s Precinct except the Northern Company, all the Militia in Southeast Precinct, and the Militia on the Northern and Middle Short Lots in Fredericksburgh Precinct, in the County of Dutchess.

"John Field Colonel, Andrew Morehouse Lieutenant-Colonel, Jonathan Paddock First Major, Isaac Tallman Second Major, Isaac Crane Adjutant, Reuben Crosby Quartermaster.

"The other Regiment to consist of all the Militia in Fredericksburgh Precinct, except the Northern and Middle Short Lots, and all the Militia in Philips' s Precinct, in the County of Dutchess.

"Moses Dusenbury Colonel, Henry Luddington Lieutenant-Colonel, Reuben Ferris First Major, Joshua Nelson Second Major, Joshua Myrick Adjutant, Solomon Hopkins Quartermaster."