Three Rivers
Hudson~Mohawk~Schoharie
History From America's Most Famous Valleys

New York In The Revolution as Colony and State
by James A. Roberts, Comptroller
Compiled by Frederic G. Mather
Second Edition 1898

Two Volumes

Lances

The following were members of a " Committee to procure Lances " :- Robert Boyd, Thaddeus Crane, William Cushman, Richard Esselstine, Nathaniel Foster, William Miller, Joseph Smith, Stephen Ward, James Weeks, Harmanus Wendell, Henry Wisner and Dirck Wynkoop.

In Convention of the Representatives of the State of New York Septr. 4th 1776.

Whereas many of the Militia of the different Counties in this State who are well Affected to the American Cause are not supplied with Fire Arms. And whereas it is the Duty of the Convention of this State at this Critical period to Arm the whole Militia in Such a Manner as May Prove Most formidable to our inveterate and Tyranical Enemies.

Therefore Resolved unanimously that persons be Appointed in the Counties of West Chester Orange Duchess Ulster & Albany for the purpose of procuring four Thousand Lances to be Made with the utmost Expedition agreable to such Models as shall be sent to the respective Counties.

Resolved unanimously that the following persons be appointed to procure the proportion of
Lances affixed to their respective Names in the Counties Under Mentioned and that this Con-
vention will pay all the Necessary Charges for Carrying this Resolve into Execution.- towit
In the County of Albany

Harmanus Wendell & Richard Esselstine Esqrs. ........................... 800
In Ulster County
Dirck Wynkoop & Robert Boyd Esqrs........................................... 800
In Orange County
Henry Wisner & Jos. Smith Esqrs. .............................................. 800
In West Chester County
Stephen Ward William Miller & Thaddeus Crane .......................... 800
In Duchess County
James Weeks William Cushman & Nathaniel Foster ..................... 800
Lances 4000
John McKesson Secry.

Whereas that I the Subscriber being appointed by the Convention of the State of New York and Harmanus Wendell to have 800 Lances maid for the Use of the Militia of said State and whereas we agreed to that Each Should have 400 Lances maid
Whereon I have 400 Lances maid and Delivered to me at the Rate of 8/ pr Speer 400
Dollars-£160: 0: 0
Charges for giting the Lances maid-£9: 0: 0.
Richard Esselstyne.

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