Letter to the Delegates of New-York in Congress


The Committee to consider the Letter from Robert Yates and Gilbert Livingston, members of the Committee to obstruct Hudson' s River, dated at the instant, reported a draft of a Letter to the Delegates of this State at Congress, which was read and approved of, and is in the words following, that is to say:


"Harlem, August 28, 1776.

"GENTLEMEN: The Convention of this State consider the fortification of Hudson' s River and the obstructing of its passage in the Highlands, of the last importance, and have reason to believe that the Congress view it in the same light. They have appointed a Committee to superintend that work, who inform them that they are greatly delayed for the want of smiths, unless they may be permitted to employ those that are now engaged in building the Continental frigate at Poughkeepsie, which therefore they desire you immediately to request of them. The Convention hope that you will succeed in your application, since the finishing of the ships is of far inferior importance to the security of the river; and even were it otherwise in itself, then it must doubtless be so now, when the former will, in all probability, depend upon the latter. They beg that you will urge this matter as soon as possible, since you need not be informed that delay will work the same effect as a refusal.

"I have the honour to be, gentlemen, your most obedient, humble servant. By order.

"To the Delegates of the State of New-York, at Congress."

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