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George Clinton to John Jay, Protection for Towns in the Northeast of the State, May 18, 1779
Letter from Governor Clinton to Congress regarding NY grant disputes approaching crisis
Inclosed I transmit copies of several papers relative to the disorders which still prevail in the North Eastern parts of this state with request that you will please to lay them together with this letter before Congress.
From these papers it evidently appears that matters in that quarter are fast approaching to a very serious crisis which nothing but the immediate interposition of Congress can prevent.
The legislature have from time to time given the most solemn assurances of protection to their will affected subjects and relying upon these promises, the inhabitants of several towns have hitherto persevered in their allegiance to this state. They will not I imagine remain much longer content with mere promises and I daily expect that I shall be obliged to order out a force for their defence. The wisdom of Congress will readily suggest to them what will be the Consequence of submitting this Controversy, especially at this juncture to the decision of the sword. It will not however I trust be imputed to this state that we have precipitately had recourse to coercive measures. We have anxiously expected the Sentiments of Congress upon this important business and it was our earnest wish, that in the mean time the inhabitants on the grants who deny the authority of this state would by a proper conduct on their part have prevented the necessity of force; but justice the faith of government and the peace and safety of society will not permit us to continue longer passive spectators of the violences committed upon our fellow citizens.
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John Jay Esq.
President of Congress
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