From Abraham Yates, Jr.
In Convention of the Representatives of the
State of New York Harlem 17th Augt 1776
I am directed to inform your Excellency that immediately upon the receipt of your favor of this morning respecting the Women, Children and Infirm persons remaining in the City of New York—The Convention appointed a Committee for the purpose of removeing and provideing for such persons—I inclose a Copy of the Resolves for that purpose and hope you will soon be releived from the Anxiety which their continuence in Town has occationed.1 And have the Honor to be with verry great Respect Your Most Obedt Hume Servt
Abm Yates Junr President
LS, DLC:GW. The draft of this letter that the convention approved on this date is nearly identical in wording to the LS (see 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 , 1:578).
1. The enclosed copy of these resolutions is in DLC:GW (see also ibid.). The committee members were Abraham P. Lott, James Beekman, John Berrien, and John Campbell. The convention consented to “pay the Expences incident to the removal, and maintenance of such Persons as the said Committee shall think in such indigent Circumstances as not to be able to remove and subsist themselves.”