William Floyd on the militias and local government, New York, 1776

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William Floyd (1734-1821) was a New York representative to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Following the Tea Act and the closing of the port of Boston by the British, Floyd became active in his local revolutionary movement. He became a Major General for the Suffolk County, New York militia and would later become a member of the first United States House of Representatives.

The letter is addressed to John McKesson, also of New York. During the time when this letter was written, McKesson was the Secretary of the Committee of Safety of the New York Provincial Congress in New York City, as well as a friend of Floyd's.

Written on May 9, 1776, the letter describes Floyd's endeavors in the militia. In addition, Floyd writes of the preparations his militia is making for the attack on the British. He believes that it will not be long before the New York Provincial Congress finds it necessary to "take up some more [s]table form of government," noting that other colonies have already made this adjustment.

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  • Title: William Floyd on the militias and local government, New York, 1776
  • Creator: William Floyd
  • Creation Date: 1776-05-09
  • Subject Date: 1776-05-09
  • Location: New York , New York County, NY
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 29 cm x 20 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 420, Box 58/10
  • Collection: John S. H. Fogg autograph collection
  • Object Type: Text

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