the city and colony of New York were in imminent
danger from the tories; and that large bodies of unpaid volunteers from Connecticut
would readily march to disarm them.
Meantime the New York provincial convention, in spite of many obstacles and delays, met in sufficient numbers to transact business; explained to the general congress the expediency of delaying the appeal to arms in their city till better preparations could be made; and requested that body to undertake the disarming of the disaffected on Long Island
All their suggestions were approved, and made general in their application.
After the report of a committee, consisting of Samuel Adams
, William Livingston
, and Jay
, the several colonial conventions or committees were authorized to disarm ‘the unworthy Americans
who took the part of their oppressors;’ and were carefully invested with full authority to direct and control the continental troops who might be employed in this delicate service.
Colonel Nathaniel Heard
of Woodbridge, New Jersey
, and Colonel Waterbury
, were then directed, each with five or six hundred minute men, to enter Long Island
, and disarm every man in Queen's county
who voted against sending deputies to the New York congress.
On second thought, the march of the minute men from Connecticut
was countermanded and the service assigned to the Jersey
men alone, who, before the end of the month, aided by Lord Stirling's battalion and in perfect harmony with the New York committee of safety, executed their commission.
Early in January the commander in chief ascertained