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Bancker, Mr. Prince, Mr. Roosevelt, Mr. William Denning, Mr. A. Rutgers, Mr. Scott, (twelve oclock,) Mr. Cortlandt, Major Stoutenburgh, Colonel Lott.
FOR ALBANY.General Ten Broeck, Colonel Nicoll, (on service,) Mr. A. Yates, Mr. Gansevoort.
FOR SUFFOLK.General Woodhull, Mr. Gelston, Mr. Hobart.
FOR ORANGE.Colonel Hay, Colonel Allison.
FOR ULSTER.Mr. Rhea, Mr. Lefever, Colonel Palmer, (on service.)
FOR DUTCHESS.Colonel Ten Broeck, Major Schenck, Mr. G. Livingston.
FOR WESTCHESTER.Mr. Ward, Doctor Graham, Colonel Cortlandt.
FOR KINGs.Mr. Vanderbilt, Mr. Leffertse.
FOR RICHMOND.Mr. Bancker.
FOR TRYON.Mr. Moore.
FOR CHARLOTTE.Colonel John Williams.
FOR CUMBERLAND.Colonel William Williams.
A Memorial of Robert Robinson and Michael Price, setting forth the particular hardships of their case, was read and filed. They therein set forth that, having been held up to their country for their conduct in a breach of a Resolution of the Continental Congress, they have been for a long time excluded from all business; that they are sincerely penitent for their offence; that they are willing in this distressed season of the year to give fifty pounds for the use of the poor, and pray to be restored to their former standing.
A Memorial of sundry respectable Merchants, and other inhabitants, on behalf of the said Robinson and Price, was also read and filed.
Ordered, That the said Memorials be referred to Colonel Lott, Mr. Gansevoort, and Mr. Adrian Rutgers, as a Committee to report thereon, and that they report with all convenient speed.
Two Orders from General Lee to the Barrackmaster, for ten Beds, for the use of some sick Soldiers in Colonel Wards Regiment, and for twenty Iron Kettles, for Wards Regiment, were read and filed.*
Ordered, That Colonel Curtenius deliver to Mr. Garret Roorback, the Barrackmaster, ten Covers for Straw Beds for the use of some sick Soldiers in Wards Regiment, and at the special request of Major-General Lee.
Ordered, further, That the Barrackmaster furnish to Colonel Ward, or the Quartermaster of his Regiment, twenty Iron Pots or Kettles, and take a receipt from Colonel Ward, or his Quartermaster, for the same, as delivered by order of Major-General Lee, on Continental account.
The Members of Kings County, who were appointed a Committee for that purpose, delivered in their Report; which was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:
Your Committee to inspect with regard to Billeting of Troops in Kings County, do report: That the inhabitants of Kings County cannot keep officers at less than seven shillings per week for a room, and the following necessaries, allowing two officers to a room; and privates at one shilling and four pence: The officers and men to be supplied with the following articles, to wit: cribs, bed-cases, bolsters, pots, trammels, tongs and shovels, andirons, axes, candlesticks, benches, buckets, firewood, candles, straw, house-room.
The Congress are of opinion that the allowance reported is moderate and reasonable, and agrees with their Committee in their said Report.
An Order from Mr. Jonathan Lawrence, one of the Commissioners at the Fortifications in the Highlands, was read, and is in the words following, to wit:
Fort Constitution, February 28, 1776.
GENTLEMEN: Please to pay unto Mr. John Vanderbilt, or order, fifty pounds, it being part of my pay as Commissioner of Fortifications, and for which his receipt will be acknowledged by, gentlemen, your humble servant,
To the Honourable Provincial Congress of New-York .
Ordered, That Peter Van B. Livingston, Esq., as Treasurer of this Congress, pay to Mr. John Vanderbilt, or his order, the sum of fifty Pounds, on account of the pay due to Mr. Jonathan Lawrence, as one of the Commissioners employed in erecting the Fortifications in the Highlands, and take his receipt for the same.
Colonel McDougall informed the Congress that Captain James Smith has the care and charge of the Sloop or Vessel which Captain Rutgers and himself were directed by this Congress to purchase and arm; that Captain Smith has had sundry disbursements in that matter; and also that Wages are due to the Men and Mariners employed in and about the said Sloop; that Captain Smith has occasion for about fifty Pounds on account.
Ordered, That Peter V. B. Livingston, Esq., as Treasurer of the Provincial Congress of this Colony, advance to Captain James Smith the sum of fifty Pounds, on account of Wages for the Seamen, Mariners, and Marines, belonging to the Sloop Schuyler, now under his command, and the expenses and disbursements of the said James Smith, for and on account of the said armed Sloop and her arms and appurtenances.
A Letter from the Committee of Richmond County was read and filed. They inform that Isaac Decker and Minne Burger are returned to Richmond County, from the Jail of the Borough of Elizabeth; and that, on the 28th February, the day of the date of the postscript of the said Letter, they had received from Colonel Thomas the charges against the said Decker, Burger, and Richard Conner.
Information having been given to this Congress, by several Members, that the Sentries placed near the wharves frequently fired at Boats and Sloops, with the inhabitants of this and the neighbouring Colonies, as they are going out and coming into the docks and slips, whereby the persons on board are in danger of losing their lives. That the masters of some of those very Boats or Sloops had obtained passes before they attempted to go out.
Information was also given to this Congress yesterday evening, and by some Members this day, that all communication with, and the supplies of necessary provision to, the Ships-of-War and Governour Bryons Ship in the harbour or in the bays near this City, is interdicted; and Mr. Roosevelt informed the Congress that Colonel Waterbury has lately declared that the other United Colonies ought to crush this Colony of New-York; and that Mr. Isaac Sears had spoken of this Congress and the General Committee of the City of New-York in the most harsh, disrespectful, and abusive terms, many of which were mentioned by Mr. Roosevelt:
On motion by Mr. Gansevoort,
Ordered, That Mr. Scott, Mr. Hobart, and Mr. Gansevoort be a Committee to wait on Major-General Lee, without delay, and request of him the reason of his interdicting the communication between this City and the Ships-of-War and Governour Tryons Ship, in or near the harbour of this City, contrary to the Resolves of this Congress; and also, to request the occasion of the firing, by the Soldiery of this City, on the inhabitants of this Colony that are coming to, and going out of the City.
And Ordered, That Mr. Smith, Colonel Lott, and Mr. Roosevelt, be a Committee to inquire into, and take examinations, on oath, relative to the Soldiers firing on the inhabitants in boats; and also as to the declarations of Colonel Waterbury and Mr. Isaac Sears, inimical to this Colony and its inhabitants.
*HEAD-QUARTERS, February 29, 1776.SIR: You are to supply Colonel Wards Regiment with a dozen beds and twenty kettles.
CHARLES LEE, Major-General.
To the Commissary of Stores, or the Barrackmaster.
HEAD-QUARTERS, March 1, 1776.SIR: You will much oblige me in furnishing the regiment of Ward with ten beds, which are absolutely necessary for the sick. To say the truth, it is scandalous that so many applications should be made in vain for such a trifle as ten beds. I must, therefore, once more desire that they may be furnished without delay.
I am, sir, yours,
CHARLES LEE, Major-General.
To Mr. Roorback, Barrackmaster.
NEW-YORK, March 1, 1776.SIR: As my appointment to the office of Barrackmaster extends only to the City and County of New-York, I have it not in my power to comply with your Excellencys requisition in regard to the supply of troops in another County, unless a special order be obtained for that purpose from the Congress.
I am, respectfully, your Excellencys most humble servant,
GARRETT ROORBACK, Barrackmaster.
To His Excellency Major-General Lee.