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Jacobus Wynkoop is to go to
Major Douglass to Know of Him,
Whether He Will Accept the
Offered Command.


                                          Die Sabbati, 9 ho. A. M., March 16, 1776.
    The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.



    A letter from Major-General Schuyler, relating to Captain Wynkoop, and the command of the Vessels on the Lakes, was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:

                         "Albany, March 8, 1776.
    "SIR: I am honoured with yours of the 4th instant. The Continental Congress have resolved that Captain Wynkoop should be employed upon the lakes under Commodore Douglass. Whether the latter gentleman means to engage in that service, I do not know. Of this, Congress can very speedily inform itself, as he resides near New-York. Should he not engage, there is no person I would more willingly have to command the vessels than Captain Wynkoop; at any rate, I wish you to send him up the soonest possible, with a sufficient number of sailors for the two schooners and sloop.
    I am, sir, your most obedient, and very humble servant,
    "Philip Schuyler.
    "To Nathaniel Woodhull, Esq., &c.

    Thereupon, a Message was sent to Mr. Wynkoop, who attended.
    A copy of the said letter was delivered to him. He was requested to go to Major Douglass with a copy of the said Letter, and show it to him, and to request to know of him, whether he will accept of that command; and that Captain Wynkoop give an answer to the Committee of Safety, whether he will proceed to the Lakes, in the station assigned him.


Force, Peter, American Archives: Consisting of a collection of authentick records, state papers, debates, and letters and other notices of publick affairs, the whole forming a documentary history of the origin and progress of the North American colonies; of the causes and accomplishment of the American revolution; and of the Constitution of government for the United States, to the final ratification thereof., 4th Series, M. St. Clair Clarke and Peter Force, 1837-46, Volume 5, pp. 388, 389

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