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of the Regiment going to Canada, and also Paymasters of their advance Wages, when they are mustered at Coos, or elsewhere.
Adjourned to Monday next, nine oclock in the morning.
Monday, January 22, 1776.
Met according to adjournment.
Voted, That whereas by a vote of Saturday last, Colonel Morey and Major Bellows were appointed Mustermasters and Paymasters to the Regiment going to Canada, and were directed to pay their advance Wages when mustered at Coos, or elsewhere:
It is now further Voted, That the said Paymasters deliver one half of said advance Pay to the Field-Officers, to be paid to the Soldiers upon their inlistment, and the other half to be paid on their passing muster.
Voted, That Colonel David Gilman, James Betton, Esq., and Captain Prentice, be a Committee of the honourable Board concerning General Sullivans appointing Officers for a new Regiment, and his requisition to this Assembly concerning said Regiment; and to make report to this House as soon as may be.
Voted, That Colonel Nicholas Gilman, Captain Josiah Moulton, and Captain Ezekiel Worthen, be a Committee of this House, to join a Committee of the honourable Board, to hire or agree with a person or persons to build, for the use of this Colony, a Row-Galley, agreeable to a plan or draft presented to this House by Major Hackett.
Adjourned to half-past two oclock, P. M.
Met according to adjournment.
Voted, That there be added to the Pay of each of the Members of the honourable Council, and of this House, one Shilling per day for their attendance in Congress and on this Assembly, for six months, from the first sitting of Congress, on the twenty-first of December last.
Mr. Champney reported to the House that he had procured twenty-three six-quart Kettles at Portsmouth, and that thirty more will be ready at Newburyport on Wednesday night next, and that thirty more can be ready at Newburyport by Saturday night week.
Voted, That Colonel Evans, John Dudley, Esq., and Ichabod Rawlins, Esq., be a Committee of this House, to join a Committee of the honourable Board, to confer upon the expediency of choosing Delegates or a Delegate for this Colony, to represent us at the Grand Continental Congress at Philadelphia, for the year ensuing.
Voted, That Wyseman Clagett, Esq., be Attorney-General for this Colony for the current year.
Voted, That Colonel Timothy Walker, Esq., go to Head-Quarters as soon as may be, and inquire what number of Troops are inlisted there, belonging to this Colony, to be in the service till the first of April next, and what Officers they choose to command them; and to make any further inquiries concerning the state of our Troops there; and to make report thereof to this House, or to the Committee of, Safety, as soon as may be.
Adjourned to nine oclock, to-morrow morning.
Tuesday, January 23, 1776.
Met according to adjournment.
Voted, That Colonel Walker, Captain Prentice, and Colonel David Gilman, be a Committee of this House, to join a Committee of the honourable Board, to confer together, and make report to this House, as soon as may be, what may be best to be done in respect to the Regiment now raising for the Continental Army, and commissioning them.
Voted, That Major Downing, John Dudley, Esq., and Colonel Morey, be a Committee of this House, to confer with a Committee of the honourable Board, about nominating three Delegates to represent this Colony at the Continental Congress at Philadelphia.
Voted, That Colonel Timothy Walker, Captain Josiah Moulton, Captain Prentice, Mr. Jacob Abbott, Colonel Evans, and Colonel Morey, be a Committee of this House, to confer with a Committee of the honourable Council, about the appointment of the Civil Officers in this Colony.
The following Vote of Council was brought down from the Board, viz:
In Council, January 23, 1776: Whereas, by law, all persons appointed to Offices in Towns or Parishes in this Colony are required to take an oath for the faithful discharge of their duty therein; and as difficulties have, and often may arise by reason of no Magistrate attending Town or Parish meetings, nor being appointed in some Towns or Parishes; for remedy whereof, it is now Resolved, That the Moderator of any such Town or Parish meeting, which may be held in this Colony, be, and is hereby, empowered to administer the oath appointed by law to any Clerk of such Town or Parish; and afterwards such Clerk is hereby empowered to administer the oaths appointed by law to all other Town or Parish Officers.
Read, and sent down to the honourable House for concurrence.
M. WEARE, President.
In the House of Representatives, January 23, 1776: Resolve being read, Voted, That this House concur there with.
P. WHITE, Speaker.
Voted, That Deacon Nahum Baldwin receive out of the Treasury thirty-five Pounds, to purchase Fire-Arms for this Colony, and to be by him accounted for; and that the President of the Council give order on the Treasurer for payment thereof.
And Voted, To send one of the Members of this House, (being of the Committee of Safety) and one of the honourable Council, whom they shall appoint, as a Committee to treat with his Excellency General Washington about officering the Regiment now raising for the Continental Army; and that said Committee have full power to settle those matters with the General; and that Captain Josiah Moulton be the Committee from this House.
Voted, That Mr. Rawlins, Mr. Cutts, and Colonel David Gilman, be a Committee of this House, to join a Committee of the honourable Board, to inquire into the state of the Treasury, and also to report what further sum of Bills of Credit is necessary to be emitted on the faith of this Colony for our present exigencies, and in what manner to be emitted; and, also, to receive of the Treasurer all such Bills as are on interest, now in the Treasury, and to bring the same to be burnt to ashes before the General Court.
Voted, That Captain John Calfe be, and is hereby, appointed to countersign the Bills of Credit now lying in the Treasury not countersigned.
Voted, That John Dudley, Esq., Ichabod Rawlins, Esq., Colonel David Gilman, Samuel Cutts, Esq., Samuel Sherburne, Esq., John McClary, Esq., and Major Tash, be a Committee to examine into the matters of complaint of the Committee of Londonderry against Adam Stuart, who is suspected of being inimical to this country; and to make report to this House as soon as may be.
Voted, That Josiah Bartlett, John Langdon, and William Whipple, Esqs., be, and hereby are, appointed Delegates to represent this Colony in the Continental Congress at Philadelphia, for the term of one year from this time; any one of them (in the absence of the others) to have full power to represent the Colony; and that not more than two of them attend at one time.
Voted, To choose a Committee, to confer with a Committee of the honourable Board, and make report to this House in what manner, and in what name, such Writs, Warrants, and Precepts, as may be necessary to be issued in cases of Trespasses, Assaults, and other Breaches of the Peace, and also for collecting of Taxes, shall be issued; and that Dr. Levi Dearborn, Captain Mooney, and Captain Calfe, be the Cornmittee of this House for that purpose.
Voted, That the Report of the Committee appointed to hear and examine into the matters of complaint of the Committee of Londonderry against Adam Stuart, be received and filed.
And Ordered, That Captain Long, Mr. Rawlins, and Mr. Emerson, write a. Letter to the General Court at Watertown, to advertise them of the trial of said Stuart before a Committee of this House, and that they have adjudged him to be inimical to the cause of American liberty.
Upon the application of Daniel Jackson for liberty to sail as a Privateer against our enemies,