George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the New Jersey Convention, 24 July 1776

From the New Jersey Convention

In Convention of the State of New Jersey,
Brunswk, July 24th, 1776


In Answer to your Letter of the 21st Instant1 we can inform you, that a considerable Number of the Levies required from this State by Congress are now on their March to New York. We have wrote to General Heard to make Return as soon as possible of the Deficencies in each County; and you may rest assured we shall use our utmost Efforts, at this critical Period, to complete the Brigade ordered for the Reinforcement of the Army at New York, and also to afford you all such other Assistence as the Weal of the United States shall require, and the Condition of this State admit of. We are, Sir, with great Respect, your obedt hble Servts

By Order of Conventions
John Covenhoven Vice President


On 18 July the New Jersey provincial congress officially changed its name to “the Convention of the State of New-Jersey” (Force, American Archives description begins Peter Force, ed. American Archives. 9 vols. Washington, D.C., 1837–53. description ends , 4th ser., 6:1648).

John Covenhoven (b. 1734) of Freehold, N.J., was elected vice president of the provincial congress on 29 July (ibid., 1633). Captured by Loyalists in December 1776 and taken to New York, Covenhoven swore allegiance to the king, but he later recanted that oath and served in the general assembly from 1781 to 1782.

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