Sundry persons in Ulster County, inimical to the cause of American liberty, ordered to be apprehended


The Sub-Committee to whom were referred the letter from Major-General Schuyler, of the 9th instant, and the letters from Comfort Sands and Thomas Grant, have, according to order, taken the same into consideration; and, first, that part of the General' s letter communicating information that a body of the enemy were expected at Oswego on the 4th instant, and another body actually on their march to the Mohawk river; and that there had been a very heavy cannonade down Lake Champlain on the morning of the 6th instant, between our fleet and that of the enemy; that in consequence of this intelligence he had ordered up the Militia of the Counties of Albany, Ulster, and Dutchess, to be employed to the northward and westward, as might, from future accounts, become necessary. Upon which your Committee observe that the following drafts have already been made, and directed to be made, from the Militia of Dutchess and Ulster Counties, to wit: In pursuance of a resolution of the Provincial Congress of the 7th of June last, from Dutchess, embodied in Brigadier-General Scott' s Brigade, posted near the city of New-York, three hundred and thirty-five men; from Ulster, for the same service, three hundred men; a further draft, agreeable to a resolution of the Convention of this State of the 19th of July last, of one fourth of the remaining Militia of each of the said Counties, which form a part of Brigadier-General Clinton' s Brigade, and are stationed at or near King' s Bridge; and a third draft, directed by the Convention on the 7th instant, of one hundred and seventy-five men from Dutchess, and two hundred from Ulster, to reinforce the Garrisons of Forts Montgomery and Constitution, in the Highlands. That when the last-mentioned drafts shall be completed, it is suppposed that dependence cannot be made on more than seven hundred armed and well-affected Militia in the County of Dutchess, or on more than one thousand in the County of Ulster. That the Fortresses in


the Highlands (which are of the utmost consequence to the common cause of America) will, even after receiving such reinforcements, be far from a state of security. That in case of an attack on those Fortresses, or any sudden irruption of our open, or insurrection of our concealed, enemies, no relief can at present be expected from the armies or Militia to the southward or northward.

From these circumstances, and considering, further, that many of the Militia of the County of Dutchess are disaffected, your Sub-Committee are of opinion that no more of the Militia can, with any regard to the common safety, be spared from the Counties of Dutchess and Ulster. Having, however, the highest confidence in General Schuyler' s judgment and zeal for the common cause, we cannot advise that his order for the march of the Militia of the said Counties should be superseded by act of the Committee of Safety, but rather that a member be immediately despatched to confer with the General, that, fully apprised of the reasons which influence the opinion of this Sub-Committee, he may be satisfied of the danger of drawing all the Militia from those Counties, and give such directions as shall appear to him most salutary in this difficult and arduous conjuncture.

Your Sub-Committee are further of opinion that General Schuyler be informed, with respect to the subject-matter of the two last-mentioned letters, that there are a quantity of medicines at Poughkeepsie, in the hands of Gerardus Duyckink and Doctor Tappan, and a further quantity at New-Rochelle, in the hands of Comfort Sands, the original costs of which last appears to be £340 sterling; such part of which as shall, in the judgment of the Director of the Hospital or his agent, be found serviceable, may be purchased for the use of the Continental Army, the Convention having directed them to be reserved for that purpose; and that the letters from Mr˙ Sands and Mr˙ Grant, and the invoice enclosed in the latter, be transmitted to the General, for his better information.

The Sub-Committee are further of opinion that the remaining part of the General' s letter, which more immediately relates to himself, be referred to the consideration of the Convention at their first meeting.

The said Report being read, and again read, by paragraphs, and amended,

Resolved, That this Committee does agree with their Sub-Committee in their said Report. And Resolved, That Jacob Cuyler, Esq˙, be the Member to wait upon General Schuyler for the purpose mentioned in the aforegoing Report.