Below is the latest document I found in the Correspondence of the Van Cortlandt family by Jacob Judd. The Joshua Hyatt listed here appears to be the grandfather of John Hyatt who married Rachel F. Hart according to my speculation. This John Hyatt sold the current property of the Hart Library to John C. Hart in 1854 and built the Gateways House. There is still more research to do here, but there is a likelihood that this was the same location of the Library.

"Philip to John Graham
GCP, VI, 146-47
Camp West Point July 19, 1780.

Capt. Graham Sir,

The legislature of the State of New York having enacted that Ten Bushells of wheat shall be given to Each Draught now Raised for three months [1], if they will engage to serve that time and two months Longer in any one of the Regular Ras’d Regiments of the State, and have farther Enacted that fifty dollars be given as a Bounty to any person who will engage for the war in any of the said Regular Regiments, you will, therefore, Repair to the House of Mr. Joshua

Hyatt, in the Manor of Cortlandt, or whenever any of the Recruits may be assembled, and do your Endeavour Engage as many as possible for the Second New York Regiment, promises by you made in Consequence of the above will be carried into Execution, By your Humble Ser’t Philip Cortlandt, Colo.

[1] Early in the war a bounty of $50 was allowed to soldiers enlisting in the New York levies. By July 1780, a law provided that a soldier enlisting in the continental battalions from the levies would receive a bounty of one and a half bushels of wheat for each month of service. The same bounty was to be paid to every man joining the levies from the militia. The wheat for this purpose was to be taken by impress, and the farmers were to be compensated with paper money. Robert, II, 26-29

The bounties adopted for the New York troops were inconsequential in comparison with those of other states; New Jersey gave $250 above that offered by the Congress for continental soldiers; Georgia, $300. Virginia promised new recruits clothes, land and $750. In many cases the bounties never materialized. C. Bolton, p. 60."

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