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A Return of Powder, Ball, and Flints, found in the Powder-House, and received at different times from the 12th of FEBRUARY, 1776, to the 20th of APRIL, 1776, inclusive; also, of the Powder, Ball, and Flints, delivered out from the 16th of FEBRUARY, 1776, to 20th APRIL, 1776, inclusive.
The above is a true Return of the Powder, Ball, and Flints, received in, and delivered out of, the Provincial Siore of the Colony of New-York.
GOVERNEUR MORRIS TO GENERAL WASHINGTON.
Morrisania, April 20, 1776.
I take the liberty of addressing your Excellency upon a subject so much out of my own line, that I must be entirely in your equity as to the charge of impertinence. I hope to be acquitted.
The Committee of Safety have ordered that the sick soldiery should be transported to an Island called Little-Barn Island; which was, and perhaps still is, the property of Captain John Montresor, an Engineer in the Ministerial Army. The choice of this particular spot for that purpose induces me to suspect that they were actuated in some mea sure by those illiberal prejudices, which have great weight in little souls; for certainly it must be rather inconvenient to place the sick upon an Island, at nine miles distance from the Army. It seems to be rather more rational to erect buildings for their reception on the high grounds near Hudions River, to the westward of Harlaem, a situation at once healthy and easy of access. Or, if an insular position is indispensably necessary, then Behennas, and especially Blackwells Island, will be found much better adapted to the purpose, being nearer the city, and a convenient ferriage to either from the Fort at Homes Hook. And the proprietors of those Islands would, I believe, gladly let any houses they can spare for that use.
My reason for troubling your Excellency on this occasion is, that when Mr. Montresor went to Boston, the Island was put in the possession of (I believe conveyed to) John Tudor, Esq., one of his Majestys Council for the Bermuda Islands, who came hither in the pursuit of health. He has found it where he now is, and thinks it inhospitable to the stranger to turn him out, instead of taking him in. The lower orders of mankind, blessed in the bluntness of their perceptions, may receive a pecuniary compensation for any inconvenience; but your Excellency best knows how precious are the feelings of a gentleman: publick money can neither purchase or alleviate them. If we banish this pauvre malade, it is worth while to consider how much his tale will be repeated against us. The uncharitable will say it was a pique, because he holds a feather under the King. The mildest judges will discover some harsh features in the piece.
I trespass too much, sir, upon your patience. I have no other excuse, but that Mr. Tudor requested me to mention the matter to your Excellency; let me add, that I receive pleasure in furnishing the occasion for that happiness which you receive in doing good.
With the greatest respect, I have the honour to be, your Excellencys most obedient and humble servant,
To General Washington.
JOHN HATHOHN TO NEW-YORK CONGRESS.
Warwick, April 20, 1776.
GENTLEMEN: I have herein made a return of the officers chosen in Captain John Wisners Company of Minute-men, of the Regiment of Florida and Warwick, in the Precinct of Goshen, and County of Orange, agreeable to a return made to me by two of the members of the Committee of this Precinct, declaring their attending at the election of the said company, on the 26th day of March last; and were chosen (agreeable to a certain resolve of the Provincial Congress of this Province, made respecting the regulation of