Committee apponted to wait on General Washington to solicit his assistance and advice in negotiating the exchange of General Woodhull, William Tredwell


Die Mercurii, 9 ho˙ A˙ M˙, September 18, 1776.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

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

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

DUTCHESS˙ — Mr˙ Robert R˙ Livingston, Mr˙ Sackett, Dr˙ Crane.

ALBANY˙ — Mr˙ Abraham Yates, General Ten Broeck, Mr˙ John Ten Broeck, Mr˙ Ad gate, Mr˙ Robert Yates.

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

SUFFOLK˙ — Mr˙ William Smith, Mr˙ Hobart.

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

CHARLOTTE˙ — Mr˙ Duer, Major Webster.

ULSTER˙ — Mr˙ Wisner, Jun˙, Major Parks.

WESTCHESTER˙ — Mr˙ Haviland, Mr˙ Mills, Mr˙ Jonathan Platt.

CUMBERLAND˙ — Mr˙ Sessions, Mr˙ Stevens.

Whereas this Convention, after many anxious inquiries, hath at length received certain intelligence that the Hon˙ Nathaniel Woodhull, Brigadier-General of the Militia, and President of the Convention of this State, is at present in the hands of the enemy, and that he was made captive whilst actually employed in executing the resolutions of this House: And whereas they are loudly called upon, not only by the sacred voice of honour and publick duty, but likewise by the sympathizing principles of personal affection and respect, to exert themselves in restoring so valuable a person to that liberty which he has himself lost in endeavouring to secure to others that inestimable blessing:

Therefore, Resolved, That a list of the Prisoners at the disposal of this State be immediately made out and transmitted to General Washington; and that John Sloss Hobart, Esq˙, wait on his Excellency, with the earnest request of this Convention, that he will be pleased to give his assistance and advice in negotiating this exchange.

Whereas the sum of one thousand eight hundred Pounds was advanced by this State to Colonel Pierre Van Cortlandt and Captain Zephaniah Platt, as occasional Commissaries for such of the Militia of this and the neighbouring States as were, at the request of his Excellency the General, called out for the defence of the State, which sum they have expended and accounted for with Mr˙ William Paulding, Deputy Commissary:

Resolved, therefore, That Mr˙ Gerard Bancker be directed to get a true state of that account from Mr˙ William Paulding, and request payment thereof from the Commissary-General, and on the receipt of the Money, to give a proper discharge therefor, which shall be considered as a voucher for the Money by the Auditor and Treasurer of this State.

Resolved, That Mr˙ Gerard Bancker, Deputy Treasurer of this State, proceed immediately to the persons who had


the charge of the Pork and other Provisions belonging to this State in Westchester County, in order to procure the receipts for what has been furnished to Joseph Trumbull, Esq˙, Commissary-General, or any of his Agents or Deputies. And that Mr˙ Bancker be directed and authorized to apply to the said Commissary-General for the payment of the same, at the price current of those articles when delivered; and that the receipt of the said Gerard Bancker shall be a sufficient voucher in behalf of this State.

Ordered, That Colonel Allison be added to and be one, of the Committee for taking the Examination of Samuel Gale, Esq.

Ordered, That the Officer commanding the detachment of Captain Melancthon Smith' s Company, which attends this Convention, be and hereby is commanded to take into the custody of his guard, William Tredwell, Benjamin Ludlum, and Samuel Gale, and them safely keep, as separate from each other as he can, till further orders of this Convention or their Committee of Safety.