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Lieutenant of the Artillery Company there, in the room and stead of John Marden, lately appointed by this House, who is otherwise engaged.
Voted, That the Account of Abel Webster and Samuel Dearborn, for transporting Indians, amounting to three Pounds eighteen Shillings, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury, and that the President of the Council give order of payment accordingly.
Voted, To choose a Committee of three Members of this House, to join a Committee of the honourable Board, to agree with some suitable person to build a Powder-Mill in this Colony, and that Major Philbrick, Major Barker, and Samuel Dudley, Esq., be a Committee of this House for that purpose.
Voted, That Major James Hackett be appointed Mustermaster of the Troops now raised, and to be raised, for the defence of this Colony.
Voted, That the Pay-Roll of Captain Daniel, for five Privates not mustered, amounting to ten Pounds twelve Shillings and eleven Pence, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury, and that the President of the Council give order on the Treasurer for payment.
Voted, That Colonel David Gilman receive out of the Treasury forty-three Pounds four Shillings, for Captain Clements, to pay off his Non-Commissioned Officers and Soldiers, and that he take security of said Clements to account for the same, and that the President of the Council give order of payment accordingly.
Voted, That Major Mooney receive out of the Treasury one months advance Pay, and that the President of the Council give order of payment accordingly.
Voted, That George Jerry Osborne be Lieutenant of the Matross Company commanded by Captain Salter, in the room and stead of Thomas Pickering, who has resigned.
Voted, That the Pay-Roll of Captain Eliphalet Daniel, amounting to one hundred and fifty-four Pounds twelve Shillings, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury, and that the President of the Council give order for payment thereof.
Voted, That the Pay-Roll of Captain Titus Salter, amounting to one hundred and ninety-four Pounds sixteen Shillings and nine Pence, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury, and that the President of the Council give order of payment accordingly.
Voted, That Samuel Sherburne, Esq., be commissioned as Captain of an Independent Company of Cadets at Portsmouth, and that he rank as Colonel; that he have three Subaltern Officers for said Company under him, to be commissioned by the Council and Assembly: the Company not to exceed forty-eight Rank and File; that they be under the direction and command of the General Officer of the Colony, and not to be obliged to march, or do duty, more than ten miles out of the, Town of Portsmouth, and that the Lieutenant of said Company rank as Lieutenant-Colonel; the Second Lieutenant as Major, and the Ensign as Captain.
Adjourned to half-past two oclock, afternoon.
The House met according to adjournment.
Voted, That Colonel Walker, John Dudley, Esq., and Captain Prentice, be a Committee of this House, to join a Committee of the honourable Board, and make report as soon as maybe what business is most necessary to be transacted before the adjournment of the House and Council, also what time to adjourn from and to.
Which Committee being joined by a Committee of the honourable Council, made report, viz: That a Committee of Safety be appointed to act in the recess of the Court. That the regulations about Saltpetre be finished, and directions about a Powder-Mill. That a Committee of three be appointed, (in the recess of the Court,) to draw out and present to the Court at their next session, for their approbation, a Table of Fees for a reward of the several officers of Government for their services. That the Court be adjourned on Saturday next, to the first Wednesday in June next, giving the President of the Council and Speaker of the House power to call the Court together in a case of necessity, in their opinion.
NATHANIEL FOLSOM, Chairman.
Voted, That the balance of the Account of Captain Ezekiel Worthen, amounting to twenty Pounds seventeen Shillings, be allowed and paid out of the Treasury, and that the President of the Council give order on the Treasurer for payment.
Voted, To choose a Committee of this House, to join a Committee of the honourable Board, to confer together upon a Petition of sundry Committees of Safety and Correspondence, concerning the prices of Goods, and the necessaries of life, &c., being raised to exorbitant prices, since the Continental Association, and to make report thereon to this House as soon as may be; and that Captain Barnett, Deacon Baldwin, and Captain Moulton, be the Committee of this House for that purpose.
Voted, That the stated price of Saltpetre in this Colony be three Shillings and six Pence per pound, exclusive of the bounties heretofore voted, until the eighth day of June next. That Doctor Josiah Gilman, of Exeter, be, and hereby is, appointed to inspect, receive, and store, whatever Saltpetre, made within this Colony, may be brought to him within the time aforesaid, and that his certificate, of what quantity he receives, to the Treasurer, shall empower him to pay the prices and bounties aforesaid, to such persons as produce the same, agreeable to the votes of the Assembly.
The House adjourned till to-morrow morning, eight oclock.
Friday, March 22, 1776.
The House met according to adjournment.
The Committee appointed by both Houses, to confer about Instructions for the Commissary who shall deliver out Provisions to the Troops at Portsmouth, made report as follows, viz:
First. That a Commissary be appointed constantly to attend every allowance day, upon the Troops at or near Portsmouth.
Second. That the Commissary proceed to deliver out Provisions, agreeable to the Return of the Quartermaster, every allowance day.
Thirdly. That the Commissary deliver one gill of rum, per day, to each man going upon fatigue, and not otherwise: the number to be ascertained by the Adjutant.
Fourthly. That an agent Victualler be appointed to provide all the necessaries for the Army.
NATHANIEL FOLSOM, Chairman.
Voted, That Captain Prentice and Deacon Baldwin be a Committee of this House, to join a Committee of the honourable Board, to regulate and settle the Table of Fees for the several Officers in this Colony, and lay the same before this House the next session.
Voted, That John Dudley, Samuel Sherburne, Richard Downing, Elijah Grout, and James Gibson, Esquires, be a Committee, to join a Committee of the honourable Board, in order to nominate and recommend a number of persons for the Committee of Safety, to act in the recess of the General Court, and the powers proper to give them.
Voted, That the Quartermaster at Portsmouth be, and hereby is directed, forthwith to transport to Exeter, under a proper guard, three thousand pounds weight of the Powder now in the Magazine there, and that, after the same be landed and stored, the same to be under the care and direction of the Council of Safety.
Voted, That the Quartermaster at Portsmouth be directed to deliver to Samuel Sherburne, Esq., thirty pounds weight of Powder, for the use of his Company of Cadets, and to be by him accounted for.
Voted, That Doctor Hall Jackson be, and hereby is, appointed Surgeon of our Troops at Piscataqua, and that his wages be seven Pounds ten Shillings per month.
Whereas Joseph Bartlett, Esq., of Newtown, has, by undue means, obtained a seat in the late Congress at Exeter, and received pay for his travel and attendance, out of the Treasury of this Colony; and it hath since been adjudged by this House that said Bartlett was not legally appointed to sit in said Congress: Therefore,
Voted, That said Bartlett be ordered forthwith to replace the sum he received for his said pay into the Treasury; and that the Clerk of this House notify the said Bartlett of this notice.
Voted, To choose a Committee of three Members of this House, to join a Committee of the honourable Board, to