Tories have cheerful countenances and Whigs look downcast. New York is in
need of powder and cannoneers. Inquire of Congress whether New York may exchange
provisions for powder. Relays intelligence concerning siege of a fort on...
Glad a convention has now been made. Sorry to see people of NY duped by
men the rectitude of whose intentions has long been in doubt. To declare against having
any more assemblies would be dangerous because the people are too l...
Congress it seems will not adjourn even for the holy days. Wishes that the
absent members of the New York delegation would return. There is just a quorum. What has
become of Queens and Richmond counties? Rival governments in po...
Adjustment of New York's delegation in Continental Congress; difficulties
often forcing Provincial Congress' control in Queens County. Let neighboring New England
look toward moving against Queens, and retaining Nassau and Suff...
They have succeeded in avoiding the disunion threatened by Governor
Tryon's suggestion that the assembly be called. The Provincial Congress exhibits the
parsimony of the colony, in that it is considering how to save money on it...
Will follow McDougall's advice respecting the command of a certain post
even though there may be dissent. Glad that the convention now considers the New York
delegation to Congress. Its number could be reduced without injuring ...
Unsuccessful attempt to obtain gunpowder in Spain, explosion of Colonel
Livingston's powder mill. A Captain Harris raised troops to aid the ministerial party,
was captured going from Dutchess County to Long Island, and then esc...
Writes to Jay that the troops who surrendered at St. John's have been
separated from their officers, and the officers complain that this may give rise to
temptations to lure the privates from their duty. Asks Jay to insure that...
The Congress has determined against the tea holders in a decision neither
just nor politic. The officers of a New York garrison have protested against being
separated after their capitulation. Jay has had no information that su...
The New York Convention has written to Governor Trumbull [of Connecticut]
concerning the expedition against Rivington. They also will ask the Continental Congress
to protect the union by providing that no troops shall pass thro...
Congress should provide for surgeons and supplies to be sent to the fort
being raised on the Hudson River, lest all of their efforts in this regard be of no
defensive value. Advisable to send Continental troops to New York to s...
Hopes McDougall's apprehensions are without foundation. Care should be
taken in writing letters and in committing them to the right hands. You should not
restrain exports permitted by the association. Your seamen will go over t...
Jay will pay attention to the recommendation made by McDougall in his last
letter. A Congressional resolve has given a Mr. Fine a commission to sail to the West
Indies and purchase ammunition. You may take advantage of Fine's c...
Jay took great pleasure in McDougall's address on Lord North proposition.
Thinks the pecuniary provision for the delegates to Congress is rather small but will
never quit the field on such a consideration. Can get along with a ...
Refers to McDougall's fitting out an armed vessel. Congress has passed are
solution for privateering. Jay against any future subscriptions to associations. Fear
and motives of interest and convenience would induce many to sign ...
The Congress has made no decision on the continental colors.
Licentiousness must be suppressed by your Convention or the Committee of Safety. We
should end our support of certain wild people who are supposedly on our side but w...
Acknowledges receipt of 16 April. Congratulates New York on her diligence
in providing for defense. Jay agrees with McDougall's arguments on the unwisdom of
taxing at this time. Cannot understand the late election results in re...
ALS. Wishes to restrain the military from "offering oaths by way of test
to [th]e inhabitants... when the Army becomes our Legislators, the people that moment
become slaves." Typescript at 11924.
Has secured a position for [Edward] Nicoll in the 2nd Company of the 1st
Regiment. Recommends a Captain Momain, a French speaking artillery officer as a suitable
officer for Canadian campaign. Unless Quebec is starved into surr...
Attend to securing Egg Harbor, and fix limits on the zeal of the people.
For all we know we are at the beginning of a long war. Why has Lord Stirling been made a
Brigadier General, while McDougall is longer in the field officer...