Table of Contents List of Archives Top of Page
Previous   Next

at eleven o’clock in the forenoon, to answer to a charge exhibited against them by Francis Lewis, Esq., for publickly charging him with fraud in the execution of a trust to which he is appointed by order of the honourable the Continental Congress.

Ordered, That Mr. Pettit, the Doorkeeper, serve Messrs, Thurman and Tolmie each with a copy hereof, and that Mr. Pettit summon the Witnesses to attend likewise.

Mr. Pettit returned and informed the Committee that he had been to the usual places of abode of Messrs. Thurman and Tolmie; that he was informed Mr. Thurman was gone to Albany; that Mr. Tolmie was abroad, but was expected home in the morning; and that he left a summons at his house.

Die Jovis, A. M., May 2, 1776.

The Committee met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: William Paulding, Esq., Chairman.

FOR NEW-YORK.—Mr. Scott, Mr. Evert Bancker, Captain Denning.

FOR ALBANY.—Mr. Oothoudt.

FOR ULSTER.—Mr. Wynkoop, Mr. Wisner.

FOR ORANGE.—Mr. Cuyper, Colonel Allison.

FOR SUFFOLK.—Mr. Tredwell.

FOR KINGS.—Colonel Van Brunt, Mr. Covenhoven.

FOR WESTCHESTER.—Mr. Paulding, Mr. Thomas, Major Lockwood, Colonel Gilbert Drake.

FOR RICHMOND.—Mr. Adrian. Bancker.

Normand Tolmie, pursuant to the summons of this Committee of yesterday, attended.

Mr. Tolmie denied the general charge as exhibited against him by Mr. Lewis.

Mr. Maxwell and Mr. Currie attended likewise.

Mr. Maxwell, on his examination, says: That Mr. Thurman said, in the hearing of him, Mr. Currie, Mr. Lowther, and Mr. Ramsay, that in several instances persons had sent vessels and cargoes to sea, of their own property, with whom the Congress had agreed to run the risk; and that the persons or shippers were to have a profit of one hundred per cent on the proceeds of the cargo; and that Mr. Tolmie said he had heard the same story some months ago.

Mr. Maxwell further said that Mr. Thurman declared, in the hearing of him (Mr. Maxwell) and the other gentlemen, that Mr. Lewis had purchased a quantity of Duck, by order and on account of the Continental Congress, at the rate of three Pounds per piece, and that Mr. Lewis rendered an account of the same at the rate of four Pounds ten Shillings per piece; that Mr. Thurman said he knew this of his own knowledge.

Mr. Currie, being called, agreed with Mr. Maxwell in his relation of the whole conversation.

Mr. Tolmie acknowledged that (on Mr. Thurman’s relating the matter relative to the Congress insuring the vessels, and allowing the person so great a profit) he said he had heard the same story some months ago, but that he had entirely forgot who he heard it of.

A Letter from John Lloyd, Jun., to John Sloss Hobart, Esquire, dated the 8th of April, and another Letter from Mr. Lloyd to Thomas Tredwell, Esquire, dated the 25th of April, the subject whereof is hereinafter recited, were severally read. The Committee came to a determination thereon, in the words following, to wit:

Whereas Henry Lloyd, who is under the censure of the publick, and has lately fled from Boston with the Ministerial Fleet and Army, has left a considerable Real and Personal Estate in Queen’s Village, in Queen’s County, on Nassau-Island, in this Colony:

And whereas his nephew, John Lloyd, Jun., of Queen’s Village, aforesaid, has, through John Sloss Hobart, Esquire, represented to this Committee his willingness to save the said Estate from destruction; and that the live stock belonging to the said Henry Lloyd is in a suffering condition, and if not removed, will, from its exposed situation, be in danger of falling into the hands of the enemy during the course of the summer; and requested the opinion and advice of this Committee what steps he should take respecting said Estate, especially the live stock:

Resolved, That it be recommended to the said John Lloyd, Jun., that he, together with Zebulon Williams and Samuel Townsend, Esquires, do take an exact Inventory and Appraisement of all the Real and Personal Estate of the said Henry Lloyd, within this Colony, and report the same in writing under their hands to this Committee, or the Provincial Congress of this Colony, without delay; and that the said John Lloyd, Jun., remain in possession of the said Real and Personal Estate, and that he do not make any sale or transfer of any of the said Real or Personal Estate, until order can be taken therein by Provincial Congress.

Ordered, That one of the Secretaries certify a copy thereof, to be transmitted to the said John Lloyd, Jun.

Die Jovis, P. M., May 2, 1776.

The Committee met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: William Paulding, Esquire, Chairman.

FOR NEW-YORK.—Mr. Scott, Colonel McDougall, Mr. Evert Bancker, Colonel Lott, Captain Denning.

FOR WESTCHESTER.—Colonel Gilbert Drake, Mr. Paul-ding, Major Lockwood, Mr. Thomas.

FOR ALBANY.—Mr. Oothoudt.

FOR ULSTER.—Mr. Wynkoop, Mr. Wisner.

FOR KINGS.—Mr. Covenhoven, Colonel Van Brunt.

FOR SUFFOLK.—Mr. Tredwell.

FOR ORANGE.—Colonel Allison, Mr. Cuyper.

FOR RICHMOND.—Mr. Bancker.

A Letter from Cornelius D. Wynkoop, Esquire, Colonel of the Fourth Regiment of the Continental Troops raising for the defence of this Colony, directed to Dirck Wynkoop, Esquire, was read, and filed. He therein recommends Mr. George Graham as Surgeon’s Mate to his Regiment.

A Certificate from the Doctors John Jones and Samuel Bard, dated April 10th, 1776, was also read, and filed. They therein certify that they have attentively examined Mr. George Graham respecting his knowledge in Physick and Surgery, and that they find him completely qualified to act as a Surgeon’s Matt;

Thereupon Resolved and Ordered, That George Graham be, and he is hereby, appointed Surgeon’s Mate to the Fourth Regiment of Continental Troops, whereof Cornelius D. Wynkoop, Esquire, is Colonel.

Ordered, That Colonel Curtenius supply to any of the Field-Officers of Colonel Clinton’s Regiment, or the order of any one of them, and, in the absence of all the Field-Officers of that Regiment, then to the Captains of that Regiment, respectively, the following articles for the respective Companies of that Regiment, who have not already been supplied, viz: Shoes, Frocks, Bed-Covers, Cartouch-Boxes, Belts, and Gun-Slings, Canteens, Haversacks, and Hose. And that he take receipts of such Field-Officers or Captains, to whom he shall have delivered the same.

Colonel Gilbert Drake having informed this Committee that he is bound, by bond, for seventy Pounds and upwards, payable to William Lownsberry, (one of the persons concerned in spiking the Cannon at King’s Bridge, and who escaped from confinement, and is now supposed to be on board the Asia ship-of-war,) on the 1st day of this instant, (May,) and that Reuben Bloomer had applied to him by letter, signifying that he was authorized by the said Lownsberry to receive the said moneys, and demanding payment thereof,

Ordered, That the said Colonel Drake withhold payment of the said moneys until further order of this Committee, or the Provincial Congress of this Colony. And that Colonel Drake cause a copy of this order to be served on the said Reuben Bloomer.

A Letter from Isaac Gidney, dated the 20th day of April, was delivered by Colonel Joseph Bull, and read, and filed. The said Isaac Gidney requests to be enlarged, on his giving security in such manner as this Committee shall direct.

Resolved and Ordered, That Isaac Gidney, a Prisoner, confined in the County Jail of Westchester County by order of this Committee, be, and he is hereby discharged from his confinement, and permitted to go at large on his giving sufficient security to the Chairman of the Committee of the said County, that he will personally appear before the Provincial Congress or Committee of Safety of this Colony when he shall be thereto required; that he will not bear arms against the inhabitants of the American Colonies, or

Table of Contents List of Archives Top of Page
Previous   Next