A Council at [New York] 9 oc am Thursday 9t Feby 1775
Present Lt Govr [Cadwallader Colden] [Daniel] Horsmanden [John] Watts [Roger] Morris [William] Smith [Hugh] Wallace [Henry] White [William] Axtell [John Harris] Cruger [James] Jauncey
The Govr laid before us Capt James Montigue's Letter of this Day in substance that he had put Men on Board the Ship ー That the Capt was not there ー That the Mate ask'd no aid ー That a Sloop was close to her with arm'd Men ー That he waited further Comds ー While debating Capt Montigue attended said he had no applica[tion] ー The Govr said he had none ー this Minuted ー All advised that if the Capt ask'd it, he should bring the Ship up & give others necessary Assistance ー Council unwilling to give Advice. Govr tho' pushed by Morris did not produce his Letter to the Captー
In the Evening the Ship made to this Port from below Kennedy's Island ー The Sloop came up ー At Dusk an uproar at the Coffee House ー The Capt of the Scotch Ship amidst the Mob some of whom now appeared to be armed ー They dispersed as soon as they ship'd him in a Boat for his own Ship but they put him on Board the King Fisher Man of Warー
1. Sabine, ed., Memoirs of William Smith, 210.