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John Morrell, Newburg, NY Revolutionary War Loyalist--July 1775 letter of arrest
Posted by: Rebecca Walch (ID *****7823) Date: June 13, 2007 at 09:48:08
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Source: “American Archives” edited by Peter Force (DVD Edition), Series 4, Volume II, Pages 1792-1793:

NEW-YORK COMMITTEE OF SAFETY, JULY, 1775.

       A Letter from the Chairman of the Committees of Newburgh and New-Windsor Precincts, was read and filed, and is in the words following , to wit:
       To the Honourable Provincial Congress for the Colony of New-York, now convened in the City of New-York:
       Gentlemen: We are extremely sorry to be under the disagreeable necessity of troubling you on this occasion. Nothing but dire necessity could have induced us to take any steps which may be construed by this honourable Congress to be aside from the path of duty. We herewith send you three persons, who not only possess principles very inimical to the grand cause in which we are embarked, but whose conduct, ever since the first of these unhappy times, have been such as to disturb the publick tranquility and destroy that unanimity so necessary for the preservation of our liberties. Their names are John Morrell, Adam Patrick and Isaiah Purdy. Herewith, you, gentlemen, will also receive several depositions, taken before John Nicoll, Esq., relative to the matter, which is all we have time to take at present; these we submit to the judgment of the honourable Congress, whether either or all of these persons accused be worthy of confinement or not. On the supposition that the Congress shall judge it expedient that either or all of them should be liberated, in that case we humbly conceive it to be necessary that such security be taken of them as shall render those easy in their minds who are afraid of their persons and property. We would only add, gentlemen, that as we are contending for liberty, it is with the greatest reluctance that we would offer to deprive the meanest of our brethren of that inestimable blessing in the least degree; but in this instance, the safety of our Country, and that first and strongest of laws, self-preservation, calls us to this act of disagreeable duty,
       We are, Gentlemen, in behalf of the Committees for the Precincts of Newburgh and New-Windsor, your most obedient humble servants.
Wolvert Ecker, Chairman.
Samuel Brewster, Chairman.
       Sundry Affidavits in writing, taken before John Nicoll, Esq., of the threatenings and ill conduct of John Morrell, Adam Patrick, and Isaiah Purdy, in opposition to the liberties of the American Colonies, were read and filed; and the said three persons being brought in the custody of an officer and a guard of armed men, were examined, and confessed many of the matters wherewith they were charged by the said affidavits to be true. Thereupon,
       Ordered, That Colonel McDougall received the bodies of John Morrell, Adam Patrick, and Isaiah Purdy, at the Barracks, and keep them in safe custody until the further order of the Committee.
       And Ordered, That a copy of this order be delivered to Colonel McDougall.


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