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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
McDougall has received four letters from Jay [11 April, 27 March, 23
March, and 21 March]. New York has two sloops and a peteauger ready for service. The
Convention has encouraged the making of powder, arms, and saltpeter. Boyd...
Acknowledges receipt of 16 April. Congratulates New York on her diligence
in providing for defense. Jay agrees with McDougall that it would not be wise to tax New
York City at this time. Jay cannot understand the results of the...
General Washington is going to cross the North River to Jersey tomorrow
with three brigades illy clothed. They are fatigued and it would be idle now to attempt
an attack on the enemy. We do not have the proper officers and the ...
Jay, John, 1745-1829; McDougall, Alexander, 1732-1786; Nicoll, Edward
1776 February 17
Draft: Directs Nicoll to deliver a 2 drafts on one page letter to
McDougall which Troup will give him. Requests Nicoll avoid future improprieties while
forgetting their past differences. Draft of letter to McDougall identifies ...
Urges that General Lee be the officer designated to command in Canada. It
is there that the ministerial effort will be directed, and that province is less
defensible than Virginia. In addition Lee speaks French, which will ende...
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...
Writes that Congress has not decided upon continental colors. Some naval
officers have used a rattlesnake flag. Use Committee of Safety vigorously to suppress
licentiousness. Commends his discernment and soldierly attitude towa...
Asks John Jay to come to Peekskill headquarters because there is news of
the utmost importance to communicate. General Sullivan who has just come from Washington
in Jersey has brought information which cannot be committed to pa...