Benjamin Franklin Papers

The New York Provincial Congress to the Pennsylvania Committee of Safety, 18 August 1775: résumé

The New York Provincial Congress to the Pennsylvania Committee of Safety

Text printed in Samuel Hazard et al., eds., Pennsylvania Archives (first series; 12 vols., Philadelphia, 1852–56), IV, 645–6.

<New York August 18, 1775: Reconsidering the paragraph of General Washington’s letter that we forwarded yesterday9 has given us too much reason to think that the British troops are bound for New York.1 No pains should be spared to make the city as strong as possible, and we urge you to keep your militia ready to march at a moment’s notice. Postscript: Another letter from General Washington has just arrived. The total inactivity of the British troops for the past four weeks suggests, in his opinion, that they intend to move elsewhere, and New York is generally given out as their destination.2 Addressed to Franklin and the other members of the committee and signed by P. V. B. Livingston as president.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

9With the preceding letter.

1On Aug. 21 the congress appointed a committee to ask Gov. Tryon whether he knew of such a move: Force, 4 Amer. Arch., III, 540. The Governor’s answer is not recorded, but the rumor had no foundation.

2The congress quoted the two final paragraphs of the General’s letter to it of Aug. 8, printed in full in Fitzpatrick, Writings of Washington, III, 407–8.

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