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Letter from the New York, New York Committee of Safety to James Duane, William Floyd, and Henry Wisner
New York (N.Y.). Committee of Safety
February 04, 1776
Volume 10, Page 428

Letter from the Safety Committee in New York to the New York Delegates in Congress at Philadelphia.

In Committee of Safety, New York,
Febry 4th 1776.


We think it our duty to inform the Continental Congress thro' you that General Clinton of the Ministerial Troops and one Transport are this day arrived here, but we do not know that she contains any Troops. That the Mercury Ship of War is near Nutten Island coming into Port. We are well informed that those Vessels left Boston not more than fourteen days ago.

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The Mayor has this Evening declared to us that he was then come from Governor Tryon and is authorized by the Governor to assure the Inhabitants that no Troops are coming here; that General Clinton was present and said that no Troops are coming here. That Governor Tryon further told him that General Clinton had only called to pay him a short visit. That if any Transports with Troops should by accident or stress of weather put in here they are not intended to remain here.

We do not rely on this information; but if it be true, we conceive that the most natural conclusion is that he is going to the Southward.

Major General Lee is arrived here this day (ill with the Gout), he has had about Seven hundred Men now here and has sent over for Lord Sterling's Regiment.

We are most respectfully,
Gentlemen yours &c.,
By Order.
To the New York Delegates in Congress.