Committee appointed to devise means for the support of the poor, Committee of Safety and Correspondence appointed for that part of the State which lies below the Highlands


Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to devise ways and means for establishing a fund for the board and subsistence of the poor inhabitants of this State who have or may be by distress of war obliged to abandon their habitations, upon such a plan as shall be least burthensome to the good people of this State.

Resolved, That Mr˙ Robert R˙ Livingston, Mr˙ Duet, Mr˙ Duane, Mr˙ Jay, and Mr˙ Robert Yates, be the Committee.

Ordered, That that part of the Report of a former Committee on this subject, and which was read and postponed on the 25th of August last, be recommitted to the same Committee.

Ordered, That Mr˙ William Smith have leave of absence to go to Orange County, ten days from the time of his departure.

Resolved, That Colonel Broome and Captain Denning be, and are hereby, appointed Members of the Committee of Safety and Correspondence for that part of this State which lies below the Highlands; that they be requested immediately to attend that business, and that Captain Denning in his way attend this Convention to receive instructions for the said Committee.

Robert R˙ Livingston, Esq˙, informed the Convention that from intelligence he has received, the particulars whereof he cannot consistent with prudence disclose, it may be


necessary to call out a detachment of the Militia or the guards which are now attending this House; and that some Member of this House should be empowered for that purpose. Therefore,

Resolved, That Nath' l Sackett, Esq˙, be, and is hereby, empowered to employ from time to time any detachments of the Companies under the command of Captain Melancthon Smith, or any part of the Militia of Dutchess County, not exceeding twenty men, which he may think necessary, and to give them such orders as he may think proper, which they are hereby directed to observe and obey.

Mr˙ Wisner, Sen˙, from the Committee to whom was referred the consideration of a more easy and effectual mode of raising the several quotas of the Militia for the garrisoning of the Forts Constitution and Montgomerie, delivered in their Report. The same being read, and the question put whether the Convention agrees with their Committee in the said Report, it was carried in the negative.

Resolved, That the Committee of Safety appointed till the first meeting of the Convention be revived, and that the same continue until the next meeting of the Convention.