George Washington Papers

To George Washington from the New York Committee of Safety, 30 August 1776

From the New York Committee of Safety

In Committee of Saf⟨ety⟩ at Kingsbridge
the 30th August 1776


In our way to Fishkill agreable to an adjournment of the Convention, we are informed that the Army is removed from Long Island to the City of New York—an anxiety to know the fact, as well as to be informed wether you think any measures necessary for us to take—Induces us to trouble your Excellency at this time for an answer hereto—We have ordered last Night all the Militia of the Counties of Ulster, Dutchess, Orange and Westchester to be ready at a Minutes warning, with five days provisions.1

We shall wait the return of our Messenger at this place, and are, Sir Your Most Obedient & Verry Hume Servt

Abm Yates Junr President

LS, DLC:GW. The draft of this letter that the committee of safety approved at the beginning of its session on this date contains only minor differences in wording (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 , 1:602).

1For this order, see ibid., 601. The convention, which had adjourned on 29 Aug., reconvened in the Episcopal church at Fishkill on 5 Sept. (ibid., 600, 609).

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