To Nathaniel Woodhull
New-York, May 13, 1776.
Sir: As applications are frequently made by officers of Militia, that came for the defence of this city, for their pay, I enclose you a resolve of Congress on that subject, which passed the 26th of April.1 You have also, herewith, a letter I received from Mr. Sears, of New-Haven, the subject of which is of consequence, but very foreign to my department. I doubt not but your honourable Convention will take the matter under consideration, and put a stop to the evil Mr. Sears is apprehensive of.2
I have the honour to be, sir, your most obedient humble servant,
Force, American Archives description begins Peter Force, ed. American Archives. 9 vols. Washington, D.C., 1837–53. description ends , 4th ser., 5:1503. This letter was read in the New York provincial congress on this date (N.Y. Prov. Congress Journals description begins Journals of the Provincial Congress, Provincial Convention, Committee of Safety, and Council of Safety of the State of New-York, 1775–1776–1777. 2 vols. Albany, 1842. (Microfilm Collection of Early State Records). description ends , 1:440).
1. In this resolution the colonies that had recently furnished militia for the defense of New York City were “desired speedily to transmit to Congress, authenticated muster rolls, and accounts of monies due to such respective militias, in order to their being immediately settled and discharged” (JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 4:312).
2. Isaac Sears’s letter to GW of 2 May concerns the regulation of the price of tea. No action was taken on this matter until 17 Oct. 1776 when the New York committee of safety, finding that some New York merchants had charged twice the price for tea allowed by the Continental Congress and that others had withheld tea from sale to create an artificial scarcity and further increase the price, resolved that the various county committees of safety in the state should seize all tea in excess of 25 pounds found in the possession of any individual and sell it in small quantities to the public at 6s. a pound (N.Y. Prov. Congress Journals description begins Journals of the Provincial Congress, Provincial Convention, Committee of Safety, and Council of Safety of the State of New-York, 1775–1776–1777. 2 vols. Albany, 1842. (Microfilm Collection of Early State Records). description ends , 1:682–83).