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FOR SUFFOLK.Mr. Tredwell.
FOR KINGS.Mr. Leffertse.
FOR ORANGE.Mr. Cuyper.
FOR RICHMOND.Mr. Adrian Bancker.
FOR DUTCHESS.Mr. Everson.
FOR WESTCHESTER.Mr. Paulding.
FOR TRYON.Mr. Moore.
A Letter from Colonel Jonathan Hasbrouck, dated at Newburgh, March 20, 1776, containing a statement of his Regiment of Militia in Ulster County, was read and filed.
Newburgh, March 20, 1776.
A true state of the Regiment of Militia in the County of ULSTER, whereof JONATHAN HASBROUCK is Colonel, consisting of eleven Companies.
My whole Regiment consists of six hundred and eight men, officers included. Likewise four hundred and fifty firelocks; two hundred and ninety-three swords; one hundred and eighty-eight cartridge-boxes; thirty-two pounds of powder; one hundred and twenty pounds of lead.
A true state of my Regiment, after the fourth man were selected as Minute-men, according to the resolves of your honourable House. Given under my hand the day and date above-mentioned.
J. HASBROUCK, Colonel.
A Letter from Brigadier General Heath was received and read, in the words following, to wit:
City of New-York, April 1, 1776.
GENTLEMEN: I find myself necessitated to request of you two thousand and twenty-five Dollars and five-ninths of a Dollar, for Continental purposes.
I am, gentlemen, with esteem, your most humble servant,
WILLIAM HEATH, Brigadier-General.
To Committee of Safety, New-York.
Thereupon, Ordered, That Peter Van Brugh Livingston, Esquire, as Treasurer of the Provincial Congress of this Colony, advance to Brigadier-General Heath the sum of two thousand and twenty-five Dollars and five-ninths of a Dollar, for Continental purposes, and take a receipt for the same on Continental account.
A Letter from John Haring, Esquire, dated Orangetown, March 28, 1776, enclosing Colonel Lents Commission and Resignation, was read and filed.
Orangetown, March 28, 1776.
SIR: Colonel Lent was with me the evening before last, and appeared to be much out of humour on account of the late behaviour of part of his Regiment. He says that his orders have been treated with contempt, and himself slandered, by those from whom he expected assistance.
The Colonel has, for a number of years last past, been a Militia officer, and I believe we never had one who was more punctual in obeying and performing the orders of his superiors, and he consequently expected that those under his command should also obey him; but by experience he finds that he cannot get the orders of Congress (which from time to time issue) properly expedited; and he is apprehensive that if he continues in office any longer, he will be censured by his superiors, as well as blamed by his inferiors.
The Orangetown Regiment is chiefly composed of such as know but little of the English language, and nothing of military affairs; wherefore I must impute their backwardness and delays to ignorance and ill-founded jealousies of being imposed upon by their commanders, and not to disaffection.
The commission of the Colonel, together with his resignation, you have enclosed. He brought the commission to me, and would not be prevailed upon to take it home again, so that I thought it my duty to send it to you by the first opportunity.
The command of the above-said Regiment now devolves upon Lieutenant-Colonel Blauvelt. I am fearful that Lents resignation will be followed by others; but I shall do all that is in my power to prevent it.
I am, sir, your most obedient and very humble servant,
To the Chairman of the Committee of Safety, New-York.
The said Resignation was also read.
To all to whom these presents shall come, or may concern:
Whereas I, the subscriber, have some time since been commissioned by the honourable Provincial Congress of the Colony of New-York, to be Colonel of the Regiment of Militia Foot in Orangetown, and whereas I have been much blamed and slandered (by some officers, and others in said Regiment) for giving orders in pursuance of a late resolve and order of said Congress, I have thought proper to resign my said commission, and accordingly do resign the same, choosing rather to serve as a private, than command people who are prejudiced against me.
Given under my hand the 26th day of March, A. D. 1776.
A Letter from, Governour Trumbull, dated 22d March, 1776, enclosing Mr. Hopkinss Report on the Lead-Mines at New-Canaan, was read and filed.
Lebanon, March 22, 1776.
SIR: Eliphelet Dyer and William Williams, Esquires, are authorized and empowered by the Governour and Council appointed to assist him in the recess of the General Assembly, to move your body to grant this Colony, for its use, the loan of such a number and sizes of cannon as you can spare without detriment; which, if granted, the return of them, or their value, shall be secured.
The reason of this application is, that we have undertaken to set the furnace at Salisbury in blast, to cast cannon, &c., for use, at this important crisis of publick affairs; that the hearth is laying; ore, coal, and every other necessary preparing; workmen provided for every part or the business; and hope to begin to cast cannon in all next month, or early in May. They can with greater ease be transported to New-York, and used where needed, than brought here. In the mean time, fearing our necessity of cannon for use, before this work can be effected, and apprehending that a great number of various sizes may be spared from your Colony, without injury to the common service, do therefore hope for a compliance with our motion.
This Colony have been exploring Lead-Mines. One at Middletown is open, fifty or sixty tons of ore raised, a smelting furnace built there, and expect thirty or forty tons of lead to be run out soon. A Committee appointed by our Assembly in October last to explore, and examine a Lead-Mine at New-Canaan in your Colony, made report at our session in December last; copy thereof is enclosed. If worthy your attention, and ore raised there, the furnance at Middle-town may serve for smelting what is raised in both places. Any service we can render your Colony in that, or any other instance, will be done with pleasure.
I am, with great truth and regard, sir, your most obedient, humble servant,
To the Honourable Nathaniel Woodhull, Esquire.
Ordered, That Mr. Norwood, the Commissary of Colony Military Stores, deliver to Colonel McDougall, or his order, three thousand two hundred Flints, for the use of his Regiment.
The Committee being applied to for an order to obtain Rum for the men on fatigue parties at Hornes Hook,
Ordered, That Mr. Abraham Livingston, in pursuance of the resolution, or order, of the Provincial Congress, of the 20th day of February last, henceforth continue to issue (until further order) a gill of Rum per day for each of the men of the Minute Regiments at Hornes Hook, when on fatigue.
And Ordered, That the Commanding Officer at Hornes Hook, for the time being, from time to time, deliver to Mr. Abraham Livingston exact lists of the men on fatigue at that post; and that the Commanding Officer, and each of the other Officers, take especial care that no Rum be issued but to men on fatigue.
Ordered, That the Treasurer of the Provincial Congress of this Colony be, and he is hereby, authorized to advance to the Auditors, or Committee of the Pay-Table, or their order, any such sum or sums, from time to time, as they may think proper, and keep a separate account or memorandum thereof, until they include the same in some audited accounts, so as that the said moneys may then appear in the general accounts.
A Return of the Captains and Subalterns of the four Companies of Militia in Richmond County, signed by Christian Jacobson, Chairman of the Committee, was read and filed.
Ordered, That Commissions issue agreeable to the said Return; likewise that the Field-Officers Commissions issue,