Petitions of Merchants of New York
To the Honorable the Provincial Congress of New York.
The Memorial of sundry persons within the City of New York, sheweth :
That a difference of opinion hath arisen in this City with respect
to the propriety of shipping Flax Seed to Ireland from this Colony, - some
suggesting that it was not the intent of the Continental Congress, that any
should be shipped and others insisting that the contrary appears, not only from
the resolutions of the Continental Congress - but from the Declaration of
several of the Delegates upon that subject.
The Memorialists are apprehensive that should Flax Seed be shipp'd
while this difference of sentiment prevails it might create some uneasiness in
this City, and being informed that some of the Continental Delegates have
signified to this Congress, that the sense of the late Continental Congress
respecting this matter, was that we were left at liberty to ship Flax seed.
The Memorialists beg that the Congress will by some act of
publication of theirs declare whether the People of this Colony are or are not
at liberty to ship Flax Seed, as aforesaid, and also satisfy the public of the
sense of the Continental Congress, on that subject if such sense has been
communicated to this Congress, as before suggested.
Thos Galbreath, Danl Phenix, Wm Nielson, Peter
Clopper, Mott & Benne, Fredk Rhinelander, Thomas Pearsall, John
Franklin, Murray, Sansom & Co., Comfort Sands, Joshua T. De St
Croix, Jacob Watson, Edward & William Laight, Templeton J. Stewart.
August 12, 1775
Source - New York Revolutionary Papers - Vol. 1 - Petitions - 31
The New York State Library hold the Provisional Congress
Petitions, however only Volumes 32 & 33 are extant. Vol. 31 was destroyed in
the State Capitol Fire of 1911.