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the way to New-York market; that he is the owner of the said cattle, and that the said Committee take pleasure in recommending him as a friend to his country.
The Congress took the same into consideration, and came to the following determination, to wit:
Whereas a large supply of fresh Provisions will be required for the Continental Army in and near the City of New-York:
Resolved and Ordered, That no obstruction whatsoever be given to any person or persons in passing and repassing through any of the Counties in this Colony with fat Cattle, Sheep, Hogs, or any kind of Provisions, for the purpose of supplying the Inhabitants of the said City of New-York, or the Continental Army in and near the said City, unless such person or persons shall have been adjudged to be, or held up as inimical to this country.
A Certificate was also given to the said Joseph Booth, in the words following, to wit:
Ordered, That the bearer hereof, Joseph Booth, be permitted to pass with his drove of Cattle to the City of New-York.
George Cook sent into Congress a Certificate, or Receipt, which was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:
Received, New-York, February 28, 1776, of Mr. George Cook, fifty Pouches and fifty Bayonet Belts; to the best of my judgment, in good order.
Ordered, That Peter V. B. Livingston, Esq., as Treasurer of this Congress, pay to George Cook the sum of thirty-five Pounds, for the said Pouches and Bayonet Belts.
The consideration of the Report of the Committee on the subject of a further emission of Paper Money, was postponed until to-morrow morning.
The case of the Prisoners confined in the Guard-House for being concerned or instrumental in spiking up the Cannon near Kings Bridge, with the evidence against them, is appointed to be heard and taken into consideration to-morrow afternoon.
Die Mercurii, A. M., March 1, 1776.
The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.
Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.
FOR NEW-YORK.Mr. Roosevelt, Colonel Lott, Major Stoutenburgh, Captain Rutgers, Mr. Prince, Mr. Hallett, Mr. van Zandt, Mr. Scott, Mr. Denning.
FOR ALBANY.Mr. . Yates, Mr. Gansevoort, General Ten Broeck.
FOR SUFFOLK.General Goodhull, Mr. Gelston, Mr. Hobart.
FOR ULSTER.Mr. Rhea, Mr. Lefever, Colonel Palmer, (on service.)
FOR DUTCHESS.Col. P. Ten Broeck, Major R. G. Livingston, Mr. Gilbert Livingston, Major Schenck.
FOR WESTCHESTER.Mr. Ward, Colonel Joseph Drake, Dr. Graham.
FOR ORANGE.Colonel May, Colonel Allison,
FOR KINGS.Mr. Vanderbilt, Mr. Leffertse.
FOR RICHMOND.Mr. Adrian Bancker.
FOR TRYON.Mr. Moore.
FOR CHARLOTTE.Colonel John Williams.
FOR CUMBERLAND.Colonel William Williams.
Captain Smith, the Engineer, came to Congress, and was admitted. He reported that, by order of General Lee, he had been up to the Highlands, and surveyed the ground at Pooplopens Kill. That the ground is staked out. That he will send a draft of the fortification intended to be erected to the Commissioners, as soon as possible. That he thinks the fort may be built at an easy expense, as wood and fascines are handy; as to embrasures, and the number of cannon requisite, he would send up a draft for that purpose. That a fort is laid out about five hundred yards to the eastward of Fort Constitution, on a commanding situation, commanding the passage up and down the river, and scours the West-Point. Between that and the line which is now laid out at Constitution Fort, is a very commanding height, on which ought to be placed a Redoubt, to prevent the works being enfiladed. To the southward, at the distance of about seventeen hundred yards, is laid out a fort on a very commanding height, which will command the northern and western passage, of which drafts will be sent up. These forts are recommended to be built of sods and fascines, which nature has plentifully supplied at Pooplopens Kill. At Fort Constitution is a salt-marsh meadow, which will supply sods necessary to build forts at that spot. That these works may be erected without Masons or Carpenters, the platforms excepted.
The Town-Major at the door, was admitted. He informed Congress that Rynier Van Hoosen was taken, and is in custody.
Ordered, That he be reported to General Lee.
The Report of the Committee for the emission of fifty-five thousand Pounds, according to the Order of the Day, was taken into consideration, and read and amended. And, being again read, paragraph by paragraph, and many amendments made and unanimously agreed to, it was ordered to be taken into further consideration to-morrow.
The Congress are informed that Captain Smith, the Engineer, would with pleasure, if commanded, tarry on duty in this Colony.
Ordered, That Mr. Scott and Mr. Hobart be a Committee to wait on General Lee, and to request that Captain Smith, the Engineer, may be ordered to remain on duty for some time in this Colony.
A Resolution of the Provincial Congress of New-Jersey, made the 28th day of February, repealing their late embargo on Provisions from that Colony to this City, was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:
In Provincial Congress, February 28, 1776.
Whereas the late Resolution of this Congress, prohibiting the export of Provisions and Produce from this Colony to New-York, was founded on information that the Ships-of-War in New-York made captures of vessels so laden; and whereas the Congress are fully satisfied that the reason of making said prohibition no longer subsists:
It is therefore Resolved unanimously, That the Resolution of this Congress, made the 21st day of this instant, February, prohibiting the export of Provisions and Produce from this Colony to the City of New-York, be, and is hereby repealed.
A true copy from the Minutes:
WILLIAM PATERSON, Secretary.
Copy from the original:
A Letter from Colonel Henry Remsen, dated at Newark, 29th February, informing of part of the Continental Powder intended for Cambridge being arrived at Newark, was read.
The Committee of this Congress appointed to prepare Wagons here to carry it to Cambridge, reported that Wagons stand ready to receive it as fast as it arrives here.
Ordered, That Colonel Remsens Letter be committed to Mr. Joseph Hallett, one of the Members of this Congress. That he be authorized, and is hereby authorized, to take such methods, and give such directions for the forwarding thereof to this City, as he shall think proper or most safe, and without any further information to be given to this Congress, until he has the same safe in this City.A Letter from Colonel Curtenius, on the subject of a demand of the Hospital stores in his custody, and sundry other matters, were read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:
February 24, 1776.
GENTLEMEN: Agreeable to your orders, I desired Mr. Hughes to show me by what authority he demanded the stores taken out of the lower Barracks; upon which he showed me a recommendation in his favour from the Congress of this Province to the Continental Congress; which I thought was not a sufficient authority for me to deliver up the stores. Since which he has been at my house, and told me that, if I would not deliver them to him, the General would send a file of soldiers to take them. I should be glad to know how to act, the General being impatient to have an answer.
Enclosed are three accounts for rations due to Captains Hulbert, Griffin, Grenell, and their officers, amounting to