Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April 19, 1776

On April 19, 1776, the New York Committee of Safety Resolved and Ordered, That the Committee of Kingston, in Ulster County, be requested to furnish Frederick Kleyn, a prisoner now confined in the Jail at Kingston by order of the Committee of Rhinebeck Precinct, in Dutchess County, such Provisions as he may necessarily stand in need of for his subsistence during his confinement….”

The Committee of Safety also resolved that the Committee of Kingston be requested to “provide, in the same manner” for the prisoners Timothy Doughty and Mordecai Lester, “provided it shall appear to the satisfaction of the said Committee that they have not estates or means sufficient to enable them to provide for themselves.”  The Rhinebeck Committee already pledged some support for the three accused Tories the Committee sent to Kingston.  

In the eighteenth century, gentlemen (especially gentlemen-officers in enemy custody) were expected to pay for their own necessities and comfort items from their estates or notes of credit.  For the Continental Congress’s May 21, 1776 resolution on captive officers based on the same principle, please consult the post here.  For the full text of the New York Committee of Safety's resolves, please consult the American Archives web site of the Northern Illinois University Libraries.

Allegations Against Timothy Doughty:  In 1775, as Peter De Witt understood the case, Timothy Doughty allegedly appeared with Adam Burgh and Christian Burgh, Jr., publicly brandishing pistols.  The young trio interrupted the choice of militia officers, 
“threatened them, d—d the Congress; spoke ill of the new commissions the officers are to receive, and called them d—d rebels” and even enlisted four men (“probably more”) in the “Ministerial service,” as the revolutionaries characterized British forces serving the King and his ministers.  Nevertheless, Doughty was apparently a very young lad.  

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