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John Morrell, Newburg, NY Revolutionary War Loyalist-July 1775 letter of release
Posted by: Rebecca Walch (ID *****7823) Date: June 14, 2007 at 06:55:43
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Source: "American Archives" edited by Peter Force (DVD Edition), Series 4, Volume II, Pages 1806-1807:

NEW-YORK PROVINCIAL CONGRESS, JULY, 1775

       The Petition of John Morrell, Adam Patrick, and Isaiah Purdy, praying to be discharged from confinement, was read.
       Ordered, That John Morrell, Adam Patrick, and Isaiah Purdy, be brought to the Bar of Congress.       
       A draught of a Letter to Wolvert Acker and Samuel Brewster, Chairmen of the Committes of Newburgh and New-Windsor, was read and approved of, and is in the words following, to wit:
       In Provincial Congress, New York, July 28, 1775.
       Gentlemen: John Morrell, Adam Patrick, and Isaiah Purdy, are liberated from their confinement upon their contrition and promises of amendment. You will therefore endeavour to prevent any injuries to their persons or property, and at the same time, if you think it necessary, we recommend it to you to take security for their keeping of the peace, which may be done according to the common course of the law; at the same time, if you shall be of opinion that the peace and safety of the country cannot otherwise be preserved, you will take from them all arms of offence. But this, as it is a punishment in its nature, ought to be inflicted only with the utmost caution, and therefore we recommend to you the utmost deliberation and tenderness on this occasion.
       We are, Gentlemen, your humble servants. By order. To Messrs. Wolvert Acker and Samuel Brewster, Chairmen of the Committees of Newburgh and New-Windsor Precincts.
       Ordered, That a copy thereof be signed by the President, and transmitted.
       John Morrell, Adam Patrick, and Isaiah Purdy, being brought to the Bar of this Congress, were informed that the Congress had wrote a Letter to the Committee of Newburgh and New-Windsor, to take securities of the peace of them, and to disarm them if they thought proper, and that the Letter should be sent by Mr. Robert Boyd. They were then admonished by the President of their past imprudent conduct, of the evils thereof to society, and the dangers they had run, and charged to behave in such manner for the future, as to give no offense or uneasiness to their neighbours or any others, and were then discharged.
       The Congress adjourned to five o’clock this afternoon.



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