From Colonel Henry Beekman Livingston
Fish kills [N.Y.]
7th [March] 1777
May It Please your Excellency
I had the Honour of yours of the 20th Feby Just now, on my Return from Esopus where I have been Labouring the Appointment of Officers to fill up the Vacancies in the Regt I am Honour’d with, but have not had influence enough to get a Single officer Appoint’d; A Majority of the Committee of Arangement not being present. Your Excellencies letter to Convention was Transmitted as soon as it Come to hand, I am Extreamly Oblidg’d to you for it and Cannot help flattering myself that it will have they desired Effect,1 I enclose you a return of my Regt2 we are as yet very dimunitive Oweing in a great Measure to the great Bounty given by our Eastern Friends and the disadvantage of having Most of the Militia of this State Employ’d for two & three Months at a Time the Bounty that is given for that Short service much more Advantageous than the Contitental Bounty; these things are very Discourageing to those already inlisted and has been the Means of Many desertions.
however if we Can be of any Service I shall be Extreamly happy to be employ’d as soon as possible A Partisan in the Country near New York Immagine might be very Serviceable. I am Sir with the greatest respect Your Obt Servt
Henry B. Livingston Col:
P.S. By General McDougals Orders I march on sunday Morn. for west Chesster I would rather it had been for Jersey.3
ALS, DLC:GW. Livingston inadvertently wrote “7th Feby” in the dateline.
2. Livingston’s return has not been identified.
3. The following Sunday was 9 Mar. 1777.