Any member absenting himself without leave, to be fined and reprimanded, Information relative to the state of Forts Montgomerie and Constitution communicated by Mr. Duane

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Die Veneris, 9 ho˙ A˙ M˙, September 6, 1776.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

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

NEW-YORK˙ — Mr˙ Bancker, Mr˙Duane, Mr˙ Robert Harper.

DUTCHESS. — Mr˙ Sackett, Doctor Crane, Mr˙ H˙ Schenck,

ALBANY˙ — Mr˙ Ab˙ Yates, General Ten Broeck, Mr˙ Cuyler, Colonel Livingston, Colonel Van Renselaer, Mr˙ Adgate.

TRYON˙ — Mr˙ William Harper, Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Veder, Mr˙ Newkerk.

SUFFOLK˙ — Mr˙ William Smith.

WESTCHESTER˙ — Colonel Cortlandt, Mr˙ Haviland, Colonel Drake.

CHARLOTTE˙ — Mr˙ Duer, Major Webster, Colonel Williams.

ULSTER˙ — Colonel De Wilt, Mr˙ Tappen.

ORANGE˙ — Mr˙ Wisner, Colonel Allison, Mr˙ Jos˙ Smith.

CUMBERLAND˙ — Mr˙ Sessions, Mr˙ Stevens.

On motion, Resolved, That a Messenger be sent for any Member of this Convention who shall absent himself without leave; and that the expense incurred thereby shall be defrayed by the said Member; and that such Member shall also receive a publick reprimand from the Chair, for a contempt of the House.

Mr˙ Duane, from the Committee appointed to visit the Forts Montgomerie and Constitution, gave the Convention some further information relative to the state of those Fortifications.

After some time spent thereon, Resolved, That it is of the utmost consequence to the safety of this State and the general interest of America, that a reinforcement should be immediately sent to the Forts Montgomery and Constitution, at Hudson' s River.

Therefore, Resolved, unanimously, That six hundred men be, with all possible despatch, detached from the Militia of this State, and sent to the Forts Montgomery and Constitution, as a reinforcement to those Garrisons.

It was then proposed, and, after some considerable time spent therein, it was agreed, that the reinforcement for those Garrisons be detached from the Militia of Ulster, Albany, Dutchess, and Orange Counties.

A motion was then made by Mr˙ Duane, and seconded, that the proportion of men to be furnished by those Counties be as follows, to wit: From Ulster County, two hundred and twenty-five; from Albany, one hundred and fifty; from Dutchess, one hundred and fifty; and from Orange, seventy-five men.

Debates arose thereon. After some time spent thereon, a motion was made and seconded, that twenty-five men be taken from the number proposed to be raised in Ulster County, and added to the number proposed to be raised in Dutchess.

Debates also arose thereon; and the question being put, it was carried in the affirmative by every County present, except Ulster; that is to say, for the affirmative, twenty votes, and for the negative, four votes.

It was then proposed that the proportions of the Militia from those Counties be fixed as follows, viz: From Ulster, two hundred men; from Albany, one hundred and fifty men; from Dutchess, one hundred and seventy-five men; from Orange, seventy-five men — six hundred men. Debates arose thereon; and the question being put, it was carried in the affirmative, in manner following, to wit:

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For the affirmative.
6 Albany
3 Tryon
2 Cumberland
2 Charlotte
4 Westchester
17 votes.
For the negative.
3 Orange,
4 Ulster.
7 Votes.
For the negative.
3 Orange,
4 Ulster.
7 Votes.

Therefore, Resolved, That the above reinforcement be detached from the Militia of those four Counties in the proportions above mentioned.

Die Veneris, 4 ho˙ P˙ M˙, September 6, 1776.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

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

NEW-YORK˙ — Mr˙ Harper, Mr˙ Bancker, Mr˙ Duane, Mr˙ Jay.

DUTCHESS˙ — Major Schenck, Mr˙ R˙ R˙ Livingston, Mr˙ Sackett, Doctor Crane, Mr˙ Gilbert Livingston, Captain Platt.

ALBANY˙ — Mr˙ Abraham Yates, General Ten Broeck, Colonel P˙ R˙ Livingston, Mr˙ Adgate, Mr˙ Cuyler, Colonel Renselaer, Mr˙ John Ten Broeck.

THYON˙ — Mr˙ William Harper, Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Veder, Mr˙ Newkerk.

SUFFOLK˙ — Mr˙ William Smith.

WESTCHESTER˙ — Colonel Cortlandt, Mr˙ Haviland, Colonel Drake.

CHARLOTTE˙ — Mr˙ Duer, Major Webster, Colonel Williams.

ULSTER˙ — Colonel De Witt, Mr˙ Tappen.

ORANGE˙ — Colonel Allison, Mr˙ Joseph Smith, Mr˙ Wisner.

CUMBERLAND˙ — Mr˙ Sessions, Mr˙ Stevens.

The Convention resumed the consideration of the state of the Garrisons of Forts Montgomery and Constitution, and the works erecting at Red-Hook. After some time spent therein, the two following Resolutions were agreed on and resolved, viz:

Resolved, That one hundred and fifty men from that part of the County of Albany which is within and to the southward of the Manor of Renselaerwyck, including the City of Albany; one hundred and seventy-five men from the County of Dutchess; two hundred men from the County of Ulster; and seventy-five men from that part of the County of Orange which lies above the Mountains, be immediately detached by ballot, and marched to augment the Garrison at Forts Montgomery and Constitution.

Resolved, That the above reinforcement continue in service two months after their arrival at the said Fortresses; and that this Convention will discharge them sooner, in case sufficient Garrisons of Continental troops shall be ordered to and arrive at those Forts before the expiration of the said two months; and that the Militia so drafted shall be entitled to the same pay as are allowed to the Continental troops.

A question then arose into what number of Companies those Levies should be disposed. The same being fully considered,

Resolved, That the above Levies be formed into Companies in the following manner, to wit: Those from the County of Ulster into three Companies; those from Albany and Dutchess, respectively, into two Companies each; and those from the County of Orange into one Company.

On motion of Mr˙ Duer, agreed that the Convention immediately proceed to fix and appoint the Field Officers to command the said Levies or Detachments intended to reinforce the said Garrisons.

Mr˙ Duer then moved that the Field Officers to command the said reinforcement be appointed out of the Counties of Albany, Ulster, and Orange, agreeable to the precedence or rank fixed for the said Counties by the regulations for the Militia of this State.

Debates arose thereon; and the question being put, it was carried in the negative, in manner following, viz:

For the affirmative.
4 Ulster
3 Orange
2 Charlotte
9 votes
For the negative.
6 Albany,
5 Dutchess,
3 Tryon,
2 Cumberland.
16 votes.

Therefore the said motion was overruled.

On motion, Resolved, That the Colonel to command that reinforcement be called into service from Ulster County, the

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Lieutenant-Colonel from Dutchess County, and the Major from the County of Albany.

Colonel De Witt then moved, and was seconded, that the Troop of Horse in Ulster County, now called out by General Clinton, and the Rangers which are raised in the said County, be considered as a part of the troops to be raised by virtue of the resolutions passed this day.

Debates arose thereon; and the question being put, it was carried in the negative, Ulster alone for the affirmative.

Resolved, This Convention will, to the utmost of their power, comply with General James Clinton' s requisitions for the support and supply of those Fortifications.

Colonel V˙ Cortlandt has leave of absence.