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of the troops may be infprmed where they are. It was the opinion and direction of Congress that Colonel McDougall go immediately and take proper measures to have them secured.
The Congress then proceeded to hear the whole residue of the Minutes of the Committee of Safety, to the 12th day of February last, inclusive.
Die Sabbati, 10 ho. A. M., March 9, 1776.
The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.
Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.
FOR NEW-YORK.Mr. Van Zandt, Captain Rutgers, Mr. Sands, Mr. Evert Bancker, Captain Denning, Mr. Roosevelt, Mr. Randall, Colonel McDougall.
FOR ALBANY.Mr. Abraham Yates, Mr. Gansevoort, General Ten Broeck, Colonel Nicoll, (on service.)
FOR SUFFLOK.General Woodhull, Mr. Gelston.
FOR DUTCHESS.Colonel P. Ten Broeck, Colonel Morris Graham, Mr. Gilbert Livingston.
FOR KINGS.Mr. Polhemus.
FOR ORANGE.Colonel Allison, Colonel Hay.
FOR RICHMOND.Mr. Adrian Bancker.
FOR ULSTER.Mr. Rhea, Mr. Lefever, Colonel Palmer, (on service.)
FOR WESTCHESTER.Colonel Gilbert Drake, Colonel Joseph Drake, Mr. Thomas, Major Lockwood.
FOR CHARLOTTE.Colonel John Williams.
FOR CUMBERLAND.Colonel William Williams.
FOR TRYON.Mr. Moore.
A Letter from Messrs. Curtenius and Elting, relative to their contracting to supply the Continental Troops in this Colony with Provisions, was read.*
Ordered, That it remain on file until the Congress take up the consideration of that matter.
A Letter from Colonel Curtenius, relative to a vast mass of chain of Iron which General Lee directed him to have made to be sent to the Northward, was read. He thereby informs that considerable parts of it are made, and requests directions whether he shall have the same completed.
Ordered, That Mr. Curtenius apply to Lord Stirling, (General Lees successor in command,) and that he take Lord Stirlings directions as to that matter.
The Petition of Robert Robinson and Michael Price, of the City of New-York, Merchants, was read and filed. They thereby testify their contrition for their conduct of vending goods at a very advanced price, in violation of the Resolution of Continental Congress; and their determination strictly to conform to the regulations of Congress, and not offend their countrymen in future; and pray to be restored.
Congress came to a determination in the words following, to wit:
In Provincial Congress, New-York, March 9, 1776.
Robert Robinson and Michael Price, of this city, Merchants, having been duly convicted by the General Committee of Association for the City and County of New-York, of having violated a Resolution of the Continental Congress by vending goods at an exorbitant and extortionate profit; and the said Robert Robinson and Michael Price, by their petition, having declared their contrition for their offence, and their intention, for the future, to conform to the resolutions of the Continental and this Congress, and their desire to make their peace with their countrymen, and to have an opportunity of proving themselves sincere friends to the liberties of America:
Resolved, That the said Robert Robinson and Michael Price have fully satisfied this Congress of their contrition for their said offence, and of their intention, for the future, to act agreeable to the Resolutions of the Continental and this Congress.
And Resolved, That they be restored to the favourable opinion of their countrymen; and it is hereby recommended that they be no longer considered or treated as enemies to the liberties of America.
Ordered, That one of the Secretaries deliver a certified copy thereof to the said Robert Robinson and Michael Price, at their request, that they (according to their desire) may be enabled to publish the same in the newspapers.
Colonel McDougall moved, and was seconded by Mr. Gansevoort, that this Congress would resolve to lend Money, without interest, to proper persons for a limited time, to encourage them to build Powder-Mills in this Colony. After some time spent therein, the Congress unanimously agreed to the following Resolution, viz:
Resolved, That this Congress will lend to any person or persons who shall be recommended to this Congress or Committee of Safety by the General Committee of the Counties of Albany, Westchester, Suffolk, Dutchess, Tryon, Orange, or Ulster, the sum of one thousand Pounds, for two years, without interest, upon giving security to Isaac Roosevelt, Nathaniel Woodhull, Abraham Yates, Jun., John Thomas, Jun., Petrus Ten Broeck, John Herring, and Jacobus Bruyn, and the survivor or survivors of them, for the repayment of the same to them, for the use of this or any future Congress of this Colony: provided the person or persons who shall so apply do engage, by contract with this Congress or the Committee of Safety, to erect, within three months from the time of the said loan, a Powder-Mill of the best quality, in such place within the Colony as the General Committee of the County wherein the same is to be erected shall approve of: provided, always, that no more be erected in each of the aforementioned Counties than is hereinafter mentioned, viz: the County of Albany two, and each of the other Counties above-named one: and provided, also, that the above application be made by the first day of May next.
And Resolved, That John R. Livingston, Esq., be the person appointed, and is hereby appointed, to erect the Powder-Mills in Dutchess County, agreeable to the above Resolution.
Ordered, That some of the Members from the Counties of Albany, Suffolk, Westchester, Dutchess, Tryon, Orange, and Ulster, prepare a copy of the aforegoing Resolution for encouraging the erecting of Powder-Mills for their respective County Committees; and that the Secretaries examine the said copies; and that the Members of those respective Counties forward a copy to each of their County Committees respectively.
On motion of Mr. Sands, Resolved and Ordered, That the Armed Schooner Schuyler, whereof James Smith is Commander, lately fitted out by order of this Congress, be ordered to cruise on the Southern Shore, between Egg-Harbour and Sandy-Hook, to protect all Vessels coming into this Port; and that the Sloop Bishop, belonging to the Provincial Congress of this Colony, now in Egg-Harbour, or supposed to be there, be fitted out for the like purpose; and that Mr. Sands and Mr. Randall be a Committee to fit out, and completely arm, the said Sloop Bishop, and to appoint a Captain and Officers for the said Sloop.
Mr. Van Zandt informed the Congress that the Ship Rosamond, whereof Wright Southgate is Master, is laded and ready to proceed to sea on Provincial account; and requested a permit for the said Master to apply to the Captains of the Ships-of-War for their permission to pass them and proceed to sea; and, also, a permission from this Congress for the said Ship to sail. Whereupon, the two following Orders were separately made arid agreed to, in the words following, to wit:
Ordered, That Wright Southgate, Master of the Ship Rosamond, be immediately permitted, and he is hereby permitted, to go down to his Majestys Ship Phenix and his Majestys Ship Asia, in a boat, with such men as may be necessary to go down with the said boat.
And Ordered, That the Ship Rosamond, Wright Southgate Master, with her Cargo and Lading, be permitted to go to sea.
The Congress resumed the matter of fixing and establishing
*GENTLEMAN: We understand that Mr. Livingstons and our proposals for furnishing the troops of this place were this day laid before you; and that the mode Mr. Livingston proposes differs widely from what we apprehended you intended it should be done. We suppose, from this, that Mr. Livingston may offer another proposal; which, if it should be granted, we beg the same indulgence. Beside, if it can consistently be granted, we beg to cancel our former proposal, and furnish you with another by any time to-morrow, or Monday next, as you think proper.
As the providing of wood, candles, &c., is the business of the Barrackmaster, we should rather not engage in it.
We are, gentlemen, your humble servants,
March 8, 1776
P. S. Please to observe, that the Barrackmaster is paid by the day for purchasing wood, straw, &c. It would give nothing to the publick