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prisoners, and such others as may from time to time bo thought proper to be enlarged, may be sent to and lodged.
Resolved, That the Township of Goshen, in Orange County, is the most proper inland Town or Village in this Colony for the placing of Prisoners on parole, as well on account of the unanimity of the inhabitants in the cause of their country, as of its distance from any navigable river; and it is hereby earnestly recommended to the Committee of Goshen Precinct in particular, and to every other friend to American liberty in this Colony, to apprehend any such Prisoner as may be sent to Goshen, if such Prisoner or person shall be found out of the limits assigned him.
General Washingtons Letter to the Committee of Safety, on the 20th day of April last, on the subject of having part of the Militia in readiness to be called in on any emergency, was read.
Ordered., That Mr. Herring, Colonel Lott, Colonel Palmer, Mr. Wisner, and Colonel Drake, be a Committee to take the said Letter into consideration, and to report thereon with all convenient speed; and that the said Letter be delivered to one of those gentlemen.
Captain Alner, Lieutenant Rutgers, and Captain Wool, three of the General Committee of the City, attended on the Congress, and informed that, in pursuance of the Resolution of the Continental Congress, and the resolutions and directions of the Committee of Safety, for disarming disaffected persons, the Committee of the City had determined that such persons as refused to subscribe the declaration that they would defend the United Colonies by arms should, on oath, deliver up all their arms which they had in this Colony; that some persons who have refused to sign the declaration have also refused to take an oath that they have delivered up all their arms; that John L. C. Rome was the first who refused, and others now follow his example; that, by this means, they may probably retain arms to be used against the Colonists, and that they request such further powers and such line of direction to the Committee as this Congress shall think proper and necessary.
Ordered, That the said application be taken into consideration to-morrow.
Captain Mercier informed the Congress that one or two deserters from the Armed Vessel of which Captain Nathaniel Rodgers is commander, are on shore, and requested to know whether he should cause them to be apprehended; and if so, what further should be done with them. Mr. Mercier was desired to call to-morrow for directions.
Die Veneris, 10 ho. A. M., May 10, 1776.
The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.
Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.
FOR NEW-YORK.Mr. Scott, Mr. Prince, Colonel Lott, Mr. Beekman, Mr. Bancker.
FOR ALBANY.Mr. Cuyler, Mr. Glenn, Mr. Oothoudt.
FOR SUFFOLK.General Woodhull, Mr. Tredwell, Mr. Wickham.
FOR ULSTER.Doctor De Witt, Mr. Wynkoop, Mr. Wisner, Colonel Palmer.
FOR WESTCHESTER.Mr.Paulding, Colonel Leivis Graham, Colonel Joseph Drake.
FOR ORANGE.Colonel Allison, Mr. Haring.
FOR RICHMOND.Mr. Bancker, Mr. Lawrence.
FOR KINGS.Colonel Covenhoren.
Jacob Sharpe, Esquire, of Kings County, attended, and delivered a Letter, dated this day, from Charles Friend* giving information that he has reason to believe that the Continental money is counterfeited on Nassau-Island, and that he can give further information on that subject. The Congress was informed that the said Charles Friend is at Broecklyn, that he is under some difficulties which prevent his coming to this City, but will cheerfully attend on his receiving a protection from this Congress.
Thereupon Resolved, That the said Charles Friend be, and hereby shall be, protected from all arrests in coming to this City, attending upon this Congress, until he shall be discharged, and until he shall have returned to his usual place of abode; and all Sheriffs, Constables, and other civil officers whomsoever, are hereby strictly charged not to arrest or interrupt the said Charles Friend during the time aforesaid, as the person or persons so offending will answer the contrary at his or their peril.
Mr. Benson reported, that, according to the order of the Congress yesterday, he waited on General Washington, and had informed him that, by a former order of this Congress, the Committee of Suffolk County had agreed with proper persons to supply the Troops ordered there with Rations, at ten Pence half-Penny per Ration; and requested to know whether the said Troops should be provided in that manner, or supplied by the Commissary-General or his order.
That the General was pleased to give for answer, that it will be most proper, to prevent confusion in accounts, that the Commissary-General should supply them; but lest the Commissary-General should not he prepared to supply them immediately, that it would be well that the persons contracted with should continue to supply them until the Commissary shall have it in his power to supply them.
A Resolution of the Committee of the County of Albany, dated March 1, 1776, was read and filed. They thereby give power and authority to any three of their Deputies to represent the said City and County in Provincial Congress.
Captain Henry OHara, of Colonel Wynkoops Regiment, attending, was admitted. He produced a certificate signed by Stephen Moylan, Commissary of Musters, whereby it appears that he mustered that part of Captain OHaras Company which is now in New-York, consisting of one Captain, the Ensign, two Sergeants, four Corporals, one Drum, and one Fife, with thirty-seven Privates. Captain OHara assured the Congress that he has inlisted as many more men in the Counties of Albany and Charlotte as will complete his Company; that the Regiment is ordered to be stationed at the northern posts. He therefore requested an order on the Commissary for Frocks, &c., for his whole Company, that he may be enabled to march with the men inlisted here, and with those inlisted to the northward to join the Regiment.
Thereupon Ordered, That Colonel Curtenius deliver to Captain OHara, of Colonel Wynkoops Regiment, such articles (in his department) as are allowed by Congress for eighty-six men, Non-Commissioned Officers included, and take his receipt for the same.
Jacob Sharpe, Esquire, returned, and brought with him Charles Friend, who, being examined, gave the following intelligence, to wit: Charles Friend, of Westbury, in Queens County, says: That he went, about three weeks, to Cold-Spring; that he called at the house of one John Anderson, who told him that there was a countryman of his (the examinant) down there; that he asked him what his name was; he answered, Henry Dawkins; he further asked him where he resided, he told him at Isaac Youngss; he (the examinant) then replied, that he supposed they were making money; Anderson answered, and said he knew it, and told the examinant that Dawkinss tools and a chest of tools were at Isaac Youngss house; he further told the examinant that one of the Youngs (Israel or Isaac) had been to Nathaniel Williamss, at Huntington, to purchase paper, but found that the paper would not do. Anderson further told this examinant that he had heard Isaac Youngs say that he would pay all his debts this summer in Congress money. This examinant says he believes one Isaac Ketchum to be concerned; that he was told yesterday that Dawkins was gone to live with Isaac Ketchum.
Sworn before me, the 16th May, 1776.
ABRAHAM BRASHER, Alderman.
Whereupon the following Order was unanimously agreed to:
Whereas, this Congress is informed, on oath, that there is great cause of suspicion that Henry Dawkins, Israel Youngs, Isaac Youngs, Isaac Ketchum, and John Anderson, of Cold-Spring, on Nassau-Island, are counterfeiting the Paper currency emitted by the Continental and this Congress:
Ordered therefore, That Colonel Malcom be requested forthwith to despatch Captain Wool, with a sufficient guard, to Cold-Spring, on Nassau-Island, and that the said guard
*FERRY, May 10, 1776.GENTLEMEN: I have well-grounded reasons to believe the Continental money is now counterfeited upon this Island, and upon further examination, am firmly persuaded you will be in the same opinion. I have opened the case to Jacob Sharpe, Esq., and that gentleman will give you further information.
I am, gentlemen, your obedient servant,
To the Honourable Provincial Congress of New-York.