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establishing an independency. This our friends in Great Britain utterly deny. While we are governed by a Congress, they have a right so to do, because necessity compels us to the measure; but they will certainly make a, very wide distinction between necessity and what will be called usurpation, the consequences of which deserve due weight.

We therefore pray that the assumption of Government may at least be suspended for the present, and that some regulation may be adopted for the preservation of property, under such restrictions as the Congress in their wisdom shall think proper. And your Memorialists as in duty bound shall ever pray. A true copy. Attest:

“JOHN PENHALLOW, Town Clerk.”

Voted, That Moses Nicholas, Esq., be an Assistant to the Clerk of this House.

Voted, That Samuel Cutts, Timothy Walker, and David Gilman, Esqs., be a Committee of this House, to confer with a Committee of the honourable Board, about the adjournment of the Council and Assembly, and to make report at what time, and to what time, the honourable Board think best to adjourn.

Adjourned for a quarter of an hour; then met according to adjournment.

An Act for confirming and establishing the Votes, Resolves, and Proceedings of the several late Congresses of the Colony of New-Hampshire, read the second time.

Mr. Blanchard came from the Council, and informed the House that the honourable Board had appointed a Committee to confer with the Committee of this House about adjourning.

Voted, That Captain Pierce Long be paid out of the Treasury the sum of one hundred Pounds, towards his account as Barrackmaster, to be by him accounted for, and that the President of the Council give his warrant on the Treasurer for the payment thereof.

Voted, That Samuel Cutts, Timothy Walker, and David Gilman, Esqs., be a Committee of this House, to join a Committee of the honourable Council, to draw up a Recommendation of an Indian Preacher to the Indian Nations.

Adjourned till to-morrow morning, nine o’clock, A. M.


Saturday, January 13, 1776.

Met according to adjournment, and made a collection in the House for the Rev. Mr. Joseph Johnson, of five Pounds two Shillings and six Pence: presented him by Mr. Cutts.

Voted, To choose a Committee to collect the evidence of losses sustained in this Colony since the shutting up of our Ports.

Voted, That John Giddinge, Esquire, and Captain John Emery, be a Committee of this House, to join a Committee of the honourable Council, to collect the evidence of losses sustained in this Colony since the shutting up of our Ports.

Voted, That the Staff-Roll of Colonel Wingate, amounting to seventy-three Pounds nineteen Shillings and four Pence, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury, and that the President of the Council give order on the Treasurer for payment thereof.

Upon reading the Petition of the Town of Dover,

Voted, That they be heard thereon on Thursday next if this House be then sitting; and if not, then on the second day of their next session.

The Petition from Greenland, and that from Portsmouth, to be heard on the same day.

Voted, That Colonel Walker, Colonel Morey, Captain Prentice, Captain Long, and Mr. Sherburne, be a Committee to draft a Letter in answer to the request of the Committee of Portsmouth.

Adjourned to Monday next, three o’clock, afternoon.


Monday, January 15, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

The Bill for confirming and establishing the Votes, Resolves, and Proceedings of the several late Congresses of the Colony of New-Hampshire, having been read a third time,

Voted, That it pass to be enacted.

Voted, That Captain Abijah Learned be allowed and paid out of the Treasury the sum of twenty-three Shillings and four Pence, (being so much short allowance to him in the late Pay-Roll of the Congress,) and that the President of the Council give his warrant on the Treasurer for payment thereof.

Upon reading the Petition of the Selectmen of Newington,

Voted, That they be heard thereon on Thursday next, if the General Assembly be then sitting; and if not, then, on the second day of the next session of the Assembly.

Voted, That the Members of the honourable Council, and the Members of this House, receive five Shillings per day for their attendance on the General Assembly, Sundays included, and two Pence per mile travel to and from their homes, excepting such Members as live within fifteen miles of the place where the General Assembly sits, who shall receive pay for their travel to and from their homes, and have no pay for Sundays; and that each Member living more than fifteen miles from Court shall receive pay for their travel on every adjournment of the Assembly for a longer time than from Saturday till Monday, excepting the travel on one late adjournment from Saturday till Tuesday, on which adjournment they are to receive pay for Sunday and Monday; and that they receive their pay at the end of every Session, out of the publick Treasury, on Pay-Roll to be certified by the Secretary and Clerk of the House, respectively, and lodged with the Treasurer.

Adjourned till to-morrow morning, nine o’clock.


Tuesday, January 16, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

Voted, That Colonel Evans, Captain Wait, and Captain Prentice, be a Committee to examine into and allow such Muster-Rolls as may be laid before them, and report thereon.

Voted, That Major James Hackett forthwith repair to Portsmouth and the Fortresses at Piscataqua Harbour, and muster the Artillerymen and Matrosses, and make return to this House as soon as may be.

Voted, That Mr. Speaker, Colonel David Gilman, Colonel Walker, and Captain Moulton, be a Committee to inquire into the structure and cost of a Powder-Mill, and make a report to this House as soon as may be.

Adjourned to half-past two o’clock, P. M.


The House met according to adjournment.

Voted, To choose a Committee of Safety, to consist of three Members of this House and of the Council, to transact the business of this Colony in the recess of the General Assembly.

Voted, To build a Galley at the charge of this Colony, to cruise on our Sea-Coast, and to be used for the benefit of defending our Armies and of annoying our enemies.

The Petition of the Town of Rochester being read,

Voted, That the Petitioners be heard thereon on Thursday next, if this House be then sitting; and if not, then on the second day of the next session of the Assembly.

Voted, That Philips White, Esq., Captain Josiah Moulton, and Captain Pierce Long, be a Committee of this House, to join a Committee of the honourable Board, to act as a Committee of Safety for this Colony in the recess of the General Assembly; and that they have the same powers and authority as the late Committee of Safety, appointed by the late Congress, had.

Voted, That the Muster-Roll of Captain John Brewster, amounting to 84 8s. 11¾d, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury, and that the President of the Council give his warrant on the Treasury for payment thereof.

Voted, That a Letter of recommendation and of directions be presented to the Rev. Mr. Joseph Johnson, to be signed by the Speaker of this House and by the President of the Council.

Voted, That Captain John Bell, Captain Hercules Mooney, and Colonel Timothy Walker, be a Committee, to join a Committee of the honourable Board, to write and forward a Letter to General Sullivan, concerning Adam Stuart, late of Londonderry, being a person suspected of being inimical to this country.

Voted, That the Account of Captain Jacob Tilton,

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