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JAY TO COLONEL WOODHULL, PRESIDENT NEW YORK PROVINCIAL CONGRESS. - John Jay, The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, vol. 1 (1763-1781) 
The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, ed. Henry P. Johnston, A.M. (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1890-93). Vol. 1 (1763-1781).
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JAY TO COLONEL WOODHULL, PRESIDENT NEW YORK PROVINCIAL CONGRESS.
Philadelphia, November 26, 1775.
I have the honour of transmitting to you the enclosed resolutions of Congress relative to the island of Bermuda.
We have not yet had the pleasure of hearing that you had made a House, and are not without some anxiety on that head. In a few days we shall write you collectively, and should be glad frequently to be informed of the state of the Province.
The New England exploit1 is much talked of, and conjectures are numerous as to the part the Convention will take relative to it. Some consider it as an ill compliment to the government of the Province, and prophesy that you have too much Christian meekness to take any notice of it. For my own part, I do not approve of the feat, and think it neither argues much wisdom nor much bravery; at any rate, if it was to have been done, I wish our own people, and not strangers, had taken the liberty of doing it. I confess I am not a little jealous of the honour of the Province, and am persuaded that its reputation cannot be maintained without some little spirit being mingled with its prudence.
I am, sir, with respect and esteem, your most obedient servant,
To Colonel Nathaniel Woodhull, at New York.
[1 ]The reference here is to the destruction, November 23, 1775, of the Tory Rivington’s press in New York by a party of light horsemen from Connecticut under Captain Sears. The party also seized Bishop Seabury, “Lord” Underhill, Mayor of Westchester borough, and Judge Fowler, who had protested against the proceedings of the Continental Congress, and carried them off, with a portion of Rivington’s type, to New Haven.