Committee at King' s Bridge


King' s Bridge, August 30, 1776.

The Committee of Safety met. Present: Abraham Yates, Jun˙, Esq˙, Chairman, Colonel Van Cortlandt, Colonel Renselaer, Mr˙ Robert R˙ Livingston, Mr˙ Duer, Mr˙ Bleecker.

The Committee were informed that the Continental Troops, with all the Militia, had, by order of General Washington, left Long-Island and come over to the city.

Thereupon a draft of a Letter to General Washington was read, approved, and is in the words following, to wit:

"SIR: In our way to Fishkill, agreeable to an adjournment of the Convention, we are informed that the Army on Long-Island is removed to the City of New-York; and anxiety to know the fact, as well as to be informed whether you think any measures necessary for us to take, induces us to trouble your Excellency at this time for an answer hereto. We have ordered, last night, all the Militia of the Counties of Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, and Westchester, to be ready on a minute' s warning, with five days' provisions. We shall wait the return of our messenger at this place; and are, sir, your most obedient and very humble servant. By order.

"His Excellency General Washington."

Ordered, That the same be copied, and transmitted by express.