Philadelphia April 6. 1780
Your Excellency’s favors of the 2d & 3rd instant & 31st Ulto have been duly received and laid before Congress.
Herewith you will receive a Copy of an Act of the Senate and Assembly of New York of the 2d of March, together with an Act of Congress of the 4th Instant; by which you will be informed that Congress in Compliance with the Desire of that Legislature have approved of their raising a Body of Eight hundred Militia for the Defence of that State to be entitled to Continental Pay and Rations and employed under the Direction of the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army for that Purpose.
By the Act of Congress of the 5th Instant herewith enclosd you will observe that they approve of the Measures taken by your Excellency to reinforce the southern Army. I have the honour to be with the highest Respect your Excelly’s hble servant
Sam. Huntington President
DLC: Papers of George Washington.
State of New York In Senate 2-3 March 1780 March 2d 1780.
Resolved. (if the honble the house of Assembly concur herein) that his Excellency the Governor be requested to represent to Congress, the condition of the Frontiers, the necessity of providing for their defence and the inability of this State to pay or subsist any troops; and to assure Congress that this State is disposed to raise any number of men not exceeding eight hundred to be employed for the ensuing campaign in that essential service and to be under the command of the Commander in Chief of the army of the United States, if Congress will please to direct provision to be made for their pay and subsistence.
Ordered that Mr Fonda carry a copy of the aforegoing resolution to the honble the house of Assembly.
A message from the honble the house of Assembly (by Mr Baker & Mr Fox) was received with a resolution of the concurrence of that honble house with this senate in the resolution of yesterday "requesting his excellency the Governor to represent to Congress the condition of the frontiers; the necessity of providing for their defence and the inability of this state to pay or subsist any troops &c. &c."
Ordered, that Mr Stoutenburgh & Mr Ward wait upon his excellency the Governor with copies of the said resolutions of this Senate & the honble the house of Assembly.
Extract from the Journals of the Senate
Robt Benson Clerk