September 17th 1689
[page 93] Proposall to ye Commonality for ye maintaining and paying of [blank] men in this juncture of time for our Defence against ye french, since by the Present Revolutions we can expect no releef for or assistance from our neighbours according to there letters sent hither, which Charge will be Represented by this Convention to ye govr whom there Majts will be Pleased to send; that sd men may be pd out of ye Public Revenues of ye Countrey being for ye Preservation of there Majts Inrest in these parts, oyrwise that it will be paid by a generall Tax out of ye whole County To ye maintaining which men these following persons subscribe vizt:
The farmers belonging to Capt. Marten Gerritse* Compe
This revenue for defense measure was enacted by the so-called "Convention" formed by cautious Albany leaders to organize city affairs during 1689-90. Printed in Documentary History of New York, volume II, pp. 93-96. Strategically described in Guide to Operations.
first posted: 6/1/04