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hundred and forty-nine barrels were put on board. That Captain Vandeput’s Barge stopped the Vessel of Thompson from Brunswick; that they detained him some time, and then sent him back again; that Captain Vandeput told him, seemingly in a low voice, and when he was alone, that he might inform his countrymen that, if they sent up Provisions fit for shipping, he would stop it; but that he would not stop loose or unpacked Provisions, such as Butter, Eggs, or Pork in quarters, for the use of the City; but that he could not let anything pass which was in barrels; that he (the examinant) saw a considerable quantity of Beef and Mutton, in quarters and pieces, hanging between decks in the Ship Asia.

A Letter from Colonel Swartwout was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:

“New-York, February 26, 1776.

“GENTLEMEN: Be pleased to let me have six hundred and twenty-four pounds for the use of my regiment, in order to enable them to provide themselves with blankets and other necessaries.


“To the Honpurable Provincial Congress, New-York.”

The Congress was informed by two of the Dutchess County Members that Colonel Swartwout had told them that four hundred Pounds will be sufficient for the present.

Ordered, That Peter V. B. Livingston, Esq., as Treasurer of the Provincial Congress of this Colony, advance to Colonel Jacobus Swartwout, of Dutchess County, the sum of four hundred Pounds, on account of the pay of his Regiment; and that the Treasurer take his receipt for the same, on account.

A Letter from Robert Ogden, Chairman of the Committee of Elizabethtown, dated the 22d instant, was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:

“Elizabethtown, February 22, 1776.

“GENTLEMEN: I this moment received yours, dated ‘In Congress, February 21, 1776,’ and signed by the President. Had there been a necessity, I would immediately have convened the Committee, to consider the request of your letter. The persons mentioned now in durance in this town were confined by Colonel Heard, not at our instance, and without our knowledge. It is said Colonel Heard received his authority for so doing from yours, or the Continental Congress. Our Committee are also ignorant of the crimes of which these persons are accused, and for which imprisoned. Being convinced of the strict propriety of your regulations respecting delinquents, this Committee have not been, nor will they be, guilty of the least violation of them; and therefore conclude with assuring the honourable Convention that we mean not to concern ourselves with these men, or their conduct.

“I am, gentlemen, with the greatest respect, your very humble servant,

“ROBERT OGDEN, Chairman.

“To the Honourable the Congress of New-York.”

Ordered, That the consideration thereof be deferred till one or more Members from Richmond County arrive.

Mr. Adrian Bancker produced a Certificate, dated the 30th of January last, and signed by Christian Jacobson, George Barnes, John Poilhn, David Latourette, Henry Perine, Moses Depuy, and Peter Mersereau, of the Committee of Richmond County, whereby it appears that, at a Convention of the Freeholders of said County, for the purpose of choosing Deputies to represent said County in Provincial Congress, Adrian Bancker and Richard Lawrence were, by a majority of votes, duly elected to represent said County, and to serve to the second Tuesday in May next, with full powers to them, or any one of them, to represent said County in Congress, or in the Committee of Safety.

The Committee of War, to whom was referred the Estimate of Peter T. Curtenius of the 23d instant, delivered in their Report of the Articles necessary to be provided by the Commissary for the Troops to be raised in this Colony, viz: 2,432 Frocks for Privates; 128 Frocks for Sergeants; 128 Frocks for Corporals; 32 Frocks for Drummers; 32 Frocks for Fifers—2,752 Frocks to be purchased, if to be had at the price limited by Congress; 2,752 Felt Hats; 2,752 pairs of Yarn Stockings; 2,752 pairs of Shoes; 2,752 Blankets, if to be had; 156 Blankets for Officers; 2,752 Canteens, (wooden ones preferable to tin, if the disproportion of prices is not too great;) 156 Canteens for Officers; 458 Camp Kettles, (two-thirds of this number ought to be Iron Pots;) 1,566 Cartouch Boxes, (1,122 being bought by Mr. Smith; ) 1,566 Gun Slings; 2,008 Knapsacks; 2,752 Tomahawks; 32 Drums and Slings; 32 Drum Cases; 32 Fifes; 700 Bill-Hooks, in addition to the 300 in store, will probably be sufficient; 12 Field-Officers’ Tents, to have walls, booths, and flies complete; 32 Square or Horsemen’s, Tents, for Captains; 32 ditto for 64 Lieutenants; 16 ditto for 32 Ensigns; 4 Adjutants’ Tents; 4 Quartermasters’ Tents; 4 Chaplains’ Tents; 4 Surgeons’ Tents; 108 Tent Bags; 103 Valices; 458 Soldiers’ Tents, allowing 6 men to each Tent; 2,688 Muskets complete. The Officers’ Tents ought all to have flies.

The foregoing Report, being read and considered, was unanimously agreed to.

Ordered, That the Secretaries prepare a copy of all of the articles in the said Report mentioned as necessary to be provided, and deliver the same to Colonel Curtenius, the Commissary, who is directed to cause those articles to be provided with all possible despatch.

Colonel William Williams, one of the Deputies from Cumberland County, delivered in a List, Certificate, and Return of the Militia Officers of the First Regiment of Cumberland County, from the rank of Major downward. The said Return is dated the 6th February, 1776, and signed by Benjamin Carpenter, Chairman of the County Committee, and is in the words following, to wit:

“Committee of Safety for the County of Cumberland,
“Guilford, February 6, 1776.

“In compliance to your order to us directed, dated January the 4th, and good instructions for order and peace, together with the regulations of the Militia, and by order of this Committee, we here send you the list of all the officers that are returned at this time; and they are as follows, to wit:

“At a legal meeting, the town of Guilford chose Mr. Stephen Shepardson Captain, David Stoivel First Lieutenant, Timothy Root Second Lieutenant, and Dillington Johnson Ensign.

“At a legal meeting, the town of Brattleborough chose John Sergeant Captain, Oliver Cook First Lieutenant, Timothy Church Second Lieutenant, and John Alexander Ensign.

“At a legal meeting, the town of Putney chose Abijah Moores Captain, Daniel Jewet First Lieutenant, Ephraim Clay Second Lieutenant, and Ephraim Pierce Ensign.

“At a legal meeting, the town of Fulham chose Jonathan Knight Captain, Josiah Boyden First Lieutenant, DanielKartheen Second Lieutenant, and Shepherd Gates, Ensign.

“At a legal meeting, the town of Westminster chose John Avrell Captain, Jabez Deny First Lieutenant, Azariah Wright Second Lieutenant, and William Crook, Ensign.

“At a legal meeting, the town of Halifax chose David Rich Captain, Benjamin Henry First Lieutenant, Robert Patterson Second Lieutenant, and Edward Harris Ensign.

“And is signed:


“To the Honourable the Provincial Congress, and the delegated powers thereof.”

The said Committee mention that the rest of the Towns have not made returns to them, and request that Major William Williams may be entrusted with blank Commissions to fill up for officers in the scattered Towns in the wilderness.

Ordered, That Commissions issue for those gentlemen, according to said Return.

A Memorial of Joseph Crane, bearing date the 24th in stant, setting, forth his services in the last campaign, and praying the care of an Artillery Company, was read and filed.

Ordered, That the consideration thereof be postponed until the appointment of Artillery Officers is resumed.

Die Lunæ, 4 ho. P. M., February 26, 1776.

The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.

FOR NEW-YORK.—Colonel McDougall, Mr. Van Zandt,


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