Letter from the Committee for Essex County, New-Jersey, to General Washington: Not only the levies but the main body of the Militia of New-Jersey have gone to New-York, and it is probable that General Howe, who has possession of Staten-Island, knowing their defenceless condition, will ravage the country near him; they rely upon the General for assistance, but if it be necessary that they should fall a sacrifice to the benefit of the common cause, they will endeavour to support their misfortunes without repining



Newark, July 4, 1776.

MAY IT PLEASE YOUR EXCELLENCY: As not only the levies, but the main body of the Militia, of this and the neighbouring Counties are gone to New-York, and as the King' s troops are in possession of Staten-Island, and there being but a narrow river between them and our defenceless country, and it being thought improbable that General Howe will make any attempt on New-Yorkwith his present strength, or until all his expected reinforcements arrive, and as there is great reason to apprehend that he, knowing our naked and


defenceless state, will in the mean time, if his troops have no other employment, make incursions at least into, and ravage our country, so near and exposed, — we cannot behold our alarming situation without anticipating the most cruel distress, our country destitute of inhabitants, our wives and children unprotected either from the enemy without or the Tories and negroes in the midst of us. In this dangerous predicament, we have no other source for relief but by humble application to your Excellency. Firmly relying on your Excellency' s wisdom and humanity, we don' t doubt you will order the most speedy and suitable provision for the safety of our country, and quieting the distresses of our women and children. If it be really necessary that we should fall a sacrifice to the benefit of the common cause, we will endeavour to support our misfortunes without repining; but we hope the arrival of troops from Connecticut will render it unnecessary, and make the longer attendance of the main body of our Militia at New-York dispensable.

We are, with the most respectful submission, your Excellency' s most obedient servants.

By order of the Committee of Newark:

LEWIS OGDEN, Chairman.

To General Washington.