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FOR ALBANY.General Ten Broeck, Mr. Abraham Yates, Colonel Nicoll, (on service.)
FOR SUFFOLK.General Woodhull, Mr. Gelston, Mr. Hobart.
FOR DUTCHESS.Colonel Ten Broeck, Mr. G. Livingston, Major . G. Livingston, Major Schenck.
FOR ORANGE.Colonel Hay, Colonel Allison.
FOR ULSTER.Mr. Rhea, Mr. Lefever, Colonel Palmer, (on service.)
FOR RICHMOND.Mr. A. Bancker.
FOR WESTCHESTER.Mr. Ward, Dr. Graham, Colonel Drake.
FOR KINGs.Mr. Leffertse, Mr. Vanderbilt.
FOR CHARLOTTE.Colonel John Williams.
FOR CUMBERLAND.Colonel William Williams.
FOR TRYON.Mr. Moore.
The Memorial of Dr. Benjamin Curtis,* requesting to be appointed Surgeon to a Regiment, was read and filed; and the Certificate of Dr. John Jones and Dr. Bard, therein recited, was also read and highly approved of.
Ordered, That the said Benjamin Curtis be, and he is hereby, appointed a Surgeon for one of the Regiments now raising in this Colony; and that in the mean time he take the care of such indisposed Troops of any of the said four Regiments as are or may be in the City of New-York, until further order, or until he shall be appointed to attend or take the care of one Regiment in particular.
A Return of Officers of the Militia Company in Colonel Drakes Regiment, whereof Ebenezer Slason (now promoted to be a Major) was late Captain, dated this day, and subscribed by Samuel Drake and Lewis Graham, was read and filed.
The following Officers are thereby returned: Henry Slason is thereby returned for Captain, Ebenezer Schofield to be First Lieutenant, Daniel Waterbury to be Second Lieutenant, and David Purdy to be Ensign.
Ordered, That Commissions issue for those gentlemen accordingly.
Mr. Leffertse informed the Congress that the Militia of Kings County have elected their officers; that to-morrow will be a time of general meeting of the officers; and that, if Commissions could be delivered to him, the Committee of Kings County could, to-morrow, fill up Commissions for such officers as are willing to accept, and bring in the returns without delay.
Thereupon, Ordered, That twenty-eight Commissions for seven Companies be given to Judge Leffertse.
A Letter from William Bedlow, Jonathan Lawrence, and Thomas Palmer, at the Fortifications in the Highlands, was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:
Fort Constitution, February 29, 1776.
GENTLEMAN: We have received the order of the Continental Congress by Messrs. Palmer and Livingston, accompanied with Colonel Smith the Engineer, who has planned the fortifications agreeable to the said order, and much to our satisfaction; and you may be assured that nothing shall be wanting on our part to prosecute the same. But in order to give the troops stationed here (and who are expected to perform the labourers work) better spirits, we beg leave you would enable us to give them such further allowance of provisions to each labourer as we may see necessary, their present allowance being really too small for labouring men.
We would also beg leave to represent to you, that, as the works now laid out are extensive and at seven miles distance from each other, four Commissioners (two at Pooplopens Kill and two at this post) will be necessary, they acting jointly at all the works. And if your honourable House should be of the same sentiment, that we may have one more added to our present number, we would presume to recommend Mr. Gilbert Livingston as a gentleman from whose abilities the publick service would be benefited up here.
We are, gentlemen, with respect, your humble servants,
To the Honourable Provincial Congress for New-York.
Messrs. Scott and Hobart returned from Major-General Lee, and reported that he consents that Captain Smith, the Engineer, shall remain in this Colony for some time; that General Lee has not an immediate occasion for the wagons mentioned this morning; and that he thanks Congress for the offer of cash to furnish necessaries, and will call on them if he shall have occasion.
The Congress then took into consideration the Resolutions of the Continental Congress of the 15th of February, relating to the Fortifications in the Highlands, and the Letter from the Commissioners of the 29th February last; and, after a considerable time spent therein, the Congress came to the following determination, to wit:
Ordered, That the Commissioners for building the Fortifications in the Highlands be, and they are hereby, authorized to employ Vessels for quartering the Troops to build the Fort at Pooplopens Kill, until Barracks are built; and, also, that they be authorized to call in as many of the Minute-men of Colonel Palmers Regiment as can be employed there; and in case they cannot get a sufficient number of Minute-men, to order as many of the Continental Troops, raised in the Counties of Orange, Ulster, WestChester, and Dutchess, to that post, as will be necessary to expedite the said works.
Ordered, further, That such Continental Troops as may be called and employed at the said works, be continued there until the further order of the Continental or this Congress, the Committee of Safety, or the commanding Officer of the Continental Troops in this Department.
And on considering the Letter from the said Commissioners at the Fortifications in the Highlands:
Resolved and Ordered, That Gilbert Livingston, Esq., be, and he is hereby, appointed an additional Commissioner to superintend the building of the said Fortifiations in the Highlands.
Mr. Hobart moved, and was seconded by Mr. Yates, that a Committee be appointed to draw and report a Plan of an Election for a new Provincial Congress.
Ordered, That Mr. Scott, Mr. Hobart, and Mr. Yates, be a Committee for that purpose.
Elias Nixen, the Port-Master, at the door, was admitted. He informed the Congress that the Officer of the Port-Guard had seized and taken two servants of Governour Tryon, who came ashore in a boat, with a quantity of linen to be washed. That he had informed the Officer of the Guard that it was not contrary to the directions of this Congress for persons to come on shore from Governour Tryons Ship; that the Officer persisting that it was agreeable to his orders from the General, he prevailed on him to send up to the General. The Officer said the General ordered that they should not be discharged; and that the said two servants were sent to the Guard-House, and in custody.
The Port-Master further informs that his office is become useless; that the Guards have fired at several boats this day; that the General told him last night that no Provisions should go to the Governour until the occasion of his having stopped a large quantity of Flour was cleared up, and that he has seen the Governours two servants put into the Guard-House.
A. M. Die Sabbati, March 2, 1776.
The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.
Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.
FOR NEW-YORK.Mr. Van Zandt, Mr. Smith, Mr. Evert
*To the Honourable the Representatives of the Colony of NEW-YORK, in Provincial Convention assembled.
The Memorial and Petition of BENJAMIN CURTIS, of the City of NEW-YORK, humbly showeth:
That your Memorialist has studied physick and surgery in a regular way; and that, having an inclination to serve his country in the capacity of a Surgeon in the Army, he has submitted to an examination by Doctors Jones and Bard, from whom he has received a certificate in the following words:
This is to certify that we, the subscribers, have carefully and strictly examined Mr. Benjamin Curtis, respecting his knowledge in physick and surgery, and that we find him well acquainted with the principles of his profession, and very properly qualified to act as Surgeon of a Regiment.
In testimony of which, we have with pleasure given him this certificate. Dated in New-York, the 29th day of February, 1776.
That having such testimonials of his ability in his profession, he flatters himself he shall be favoured with the attention of the Convention; and therefore your Petitioner prays that he may be appointed Surgeon to a Regiment. And your Petitioner, as in duty bound, shall ever pray, &c.
NEW-YORK, March 1, 1776.