Complaint of Samuel Louden against Christopher Duyckinck for taking and burning an edition of a Pamphlet entitled "The Deeiver Unmasked," Two Battalions to be taken into the service and pay of the lony, for three months, Peter McLean, Samuel Galsworthy, and Francis Delaroche, charged by the City Committee with uttering sentiments highly inimical and dangerous to the cause of America


Die Jovis, 9 ho˙ A˙ M˙, May 30, 1776.

The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.

FOR NEW-YORK. — Colonel Broome, Mr˙ Sands, Mr˙ Van Zandt, Mr˙ Jay, Mr˙ Randall, Captain Rutgers, Mr˙ Beekman, Mr˙ Scott.

FOR ALBANY. — Mr˙ Ten Broeck, Mr˙ Cuyler, Mr˙ Glenn.

FOR ORANGE. — Mr˙ Haring, Mr˙ Little.

FOR KING' S. — Mr˙ Covenhoven.

FOR ULSTER. — Mr˙ Cantine, Colonel Hasbrouck.

FOR WESTCHESTER. — Mr˙ Morris, Mr˙ Paulding, Mr˙ Tompkins, Mr˙ Haviland.

FOR RICHMOND. — Mr˙ Journey, Mr˙ Cortelyou.

FOR SUFFOLK. — Gen˙ Woodhull, Mr˙ Wickham, Mr˙Gelston.

FOR DUTCHESS. — Mr˙ De Lavergne, Mr˙ Livingston, Major H˙ Schenck.

FOR QUEEN' S. — Mr˙ Smith, Colonel Blackwell, Mr˙ Samuel Townshend, Mr˙ James Townshend, Captain Lawrence.

FOR TRYON. — Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Harper.

FOR CHARLOTTE. — Mr˙ Webster, Colonel Malcom.

Colonel Hasbrouck, from the Committee appointed to take into consideration the Letter from Captain Petrus Schoonmaker, complaining that the Committee have done him injustice in settling the rank of the Companies in Colonel Pawling' s Regiment, in Ulster County, reported as their opinion, that a Letter be written to the County Committee, directing them to settle the arrangements of said Regiment with Captain Schoonmaker; and if he is dissatisfied with such arrangement, that they give orders to the Company


commanded by the said Petrus Schoonmaker to elect other Officers in the room and stead of such Officers who refuse to serve, and that their names be transmitted, to be commissioned without delay.

The said Report being read, was approved.

A draft of a Letter to the Committee of Ulster County, agreeable to the said Report, was read and approved.

Ordered, That a copy thereof be signed by the President, and transmitted.

A Letter from General Putnam was read. He informs Congress that the ladies visit the Tory gentry confined in Jail, and that some bad fellows daily visit women of the same character in Jail; and refers the matter to the consideration of the Congress.

Ordered to lie on the table for further consideration.

The Petition of Amos Bull was read. He prays to be heard and tried before this Congress for the charges of supplying, or aiding others in supplying, the Ships-of-War with Provisions, of which he is entirely innocent.

Ordered to be referred to the Committee appointed to examine and take examinations of persons committed to custody by order of Congress, who are directed to report thereon without delay.

The Congress were informed by a Member that one Mr˙ Latham was unmercifully fired at and wounded by a Continental of Colonel McDougall' s Regiment.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Gelston and Mr˙ Schenck be a Committee to make inquiry into this matter, take the necessary examinations, and make report thereon to this House.

The Memorial of Samuel Louden (presented to the Committee of Safety of the late Congress) against Christopher Duyckinck and others, for entering his house without any authority, and burning and destroying printed copies of the Pamphlet entitled "The Deceiver Unmasked," with his remarks on the subject, were read.

Ordered, That the Memorial of Samuel Louden be taken into consideration on Tuesday next, and that the Doorkeeper summon Samuel Louden to attend with his witnesses on that day, at ten o' clock in the forenoon, and that the Doorkeeper also summon Christopher Duyckinck, John Gilbert, Thomas Pratt, John Buchanan, the Innkeeper, Brower, the Carpenter, ————- Bicker, now or late an Officer, and Malcolm McEwen, Pewterer, to attend this Congress at the same time, to answer to the charge of entering the house of the said Samuel Louden, unwarrantably, and without proper authority, destroying a number of Pamphlets, as the same is set forth more particularly in the said Memorial.

The Congress, taking into consideration the dangers to which this City and Colony will be exposed should the Ministerial Troops speedily arrive,

Resolved, That two Battalions be taken into the service and pay of this Colony for three months.

Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to take into consideration, and report to this Congress their opinion of the number of which the said Battalion shall consist, what pay shall be given them, whence they shall be procured, and by what regulations governed, together with such other matters relative to the same as they may think proper and necessary.

And Ordered, That Mr˙ James Livingston, Mr˙ Cuyler, Mr˙ Jay, Mr˙ Morris, and Mr˙ Samuel Townshend, be the Committee.

A Petition from the Vestrymen of the City and County of New-York, setting forth the distresses which must unavoidably attend the poor of the said City and County for want of money in the hands of the Church-Wardens to defray the expenses attending the maintenance of the City Alms-House, and praying the loan of five thousand Pounds for that purpose, was read and filed.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Scott, Mr˙ Rutgers, Mr˙ Beekman, and Mr˙ Paulding, be a Committee to take the said Petition into consideration, and inquire into the state of the Corporation funds.

A Letter from Mr˙ Beck, confined in Jail by order of the General Committee for supplying our enemies, referred to the Committee appointed to take examinations and try persons charged with offences.

Mrs˙ Youngs, wife of one of the Prisoners confined for counterfeiting Continental money, attending, prays that she may be permitted to visit her husband.


Thereupon, Ordered, That the Officers of the Guard appointed to guard the Prisoners charged with counterfeiting the Continental money be authorized and requested to permit the wives of those Prisoners to visit and converse with their husbands in the presence and hearing of the Officer of the said Guard till further order.

Messrs˙ Samuel and James Townshend, Deputies from Queen' s County, were sworn to the general oath of secrecy.

An Information, signed by Aaron Stockholm, Samuel Prince, John Bogart, and Thomas Gardner, referred to this Congress by the General Committee of the City of New-York, charging Peter McLean, Samuel Galsworthy, Francis Delaroche, and a young man in military clothing of their acquaintance, with uttering sentiments highly inimical and dangerous to the cause of America, was read and filed.

Ordered, That their names be added to dangerous disaffected persons to be apprehended. The Affidavit of Amasa Mills, Ebenezer Sumner, Henry Champion, and Robert Warner, and the substance of the Affidavit of Samuel Richards, Ensign of Captain Mills' s Company, charging Amos Bull with expressions inimical to the Colonies, both dated 30th May, were read. Referred to the Committee of Examination and Inquiry.

Mr˙ Smith and Mr˙ Haviland have leave of absence, their Counties being fully represented.