Letter to Gov. Trumbull on the Same Subject


A draft of a Letter to Governour Trumbull, on the same subject, was read and approved, and is as follows, to wit:

"Harlem, Wednesday morning, August 28, 1776.

"SIR: I enclose you a copy of a letter which the Convention of this State have directed to the several Committees of your State, requesting their assistance in removing the inhabitants and stock from Long-Island. The Convention are sensible that their first application should have been to your Excellency, but necessity has obliged them to dispense with form, which they doubt not you will consider as a sufficient apology. The Convention, therefore, find themselves under a necessity of applying to your Excellency for one thousand men, or any greater force which can be speedily obtained, who, they conceive, may greatly contribute to the security of the Island, and at the same time, in some measure, cooperate with our Army in the lines, or at least greatly weaken the attack of the enemy. The Militia of Long-Island are, for the most part, shut up within the lines, so that nothing can be done for its defence without your assistance.

"I have the honour to be, &c. By order.

"To His Excellency Governour Trumbull, of the State of Connecticut."

Ordered, That Mr˙ Gelston proceed to Connecticut, with the Letter to Governour Trumbull and the Committees, and that this Convention will boar his expenses.