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Those things were despatched by Mr. Lane, of Killingworth, with orders to carry and send and deliver to whom directed, &c.
The matter of Colonel Dyer and Colonel Williams, the expediency of their going to Philadelphia, &c., taken up, and again discoursed largely: The Deputy-Governour not present before, heartily approves it, and all present remain of the same opinion, &c. Colonel Doolittle objects, &c., and I am not willing, &c. And considered and advised that the Governour will please to propose proper instructions, &c., and lay them before the next meeting, &c.
Mr. Waters, one of the Engineers, came in, and discoursed about the matter of the Fortifications at New-London, &c., and urges to be excused from that service, from an apprehension that Colonel Mott and he should not agree, &c., &c.; but are not willing to release him, but advise that he go down directly, and assist in the best manner, &c., &c.
Adjourned till Friday next.
At a meeting of the Governour and Council of Safety, Friday, March 22, 1776, by adjournment from Tuesday; Present:
His Honour the Governour, Hon. Deputy-Governour Griswold, Jabez Huntington, Esq., William Williams, Jedediah Elderkin, Joshua West, and Benjamin Huntington, Esquires.
A Letter from Colonel Talcott, who is ordered to New-York, &c., showing his insuperable difficulties respecting Guns, and want of marching money, &c.
Voted, That Mr. Hosmer furnish Colonel Talcott, for the use of his Regiment, with such number of Guns and Bayonets, which he had procured for the Colony, as shall be found indispensably necessary for them, being bound in an expedition to New-York, to assist in defending that place until General Washington can arrive, &c.; and a Letter sent him, enclosing the above, &c., informing that Colonel Fitch is ordered to provide for the march or passage, and if money is necessary, to advance or borrow, as there is none in the Treasury, &c.
Allowed an Account of Sims Edgerton, Jail-keeper at Norwich, for keeping Dr. Church.
Allowed an Account of Seth Miner, for building a Yard and Pickets about Norwich Jail, to secure Dr. Church, according to the order of Congress, &c., amounting to nineteen Pounds thirteen Shillings and ten Pence. (An Order given for both.)
Voted, That his Honour the Governour be desired to, direct the Sheriff of New-London County, not to suffer Dr. Church to go abroad, nor out of close prison, more than once in each week, and that with the Sheriffs own personal attendance, until further orders.
Voted, That Eliphalet Dyer and William Williams, Esquires, be a Committee fully authorized and empowered to move the Convention of the Colony of New-York, or, in their absence, the Committee or Council of Safety, for the loan of such a number and size of Cannon as they can spare without detriment; to urge the necessity of such a measure, and to secure the return of the value thereof in behalf of this Colony; when obtained, forthwith to forward them, and make report to the Governour and Council of Safety accordingly.
Voted, That Eliphalet Dyer and William Williams, Esquires, be a Committee to confer with the Commander-in-Chief at New-York, concerning the necessity of the two Connecticut Battalions, under command of Colonels Waterbury and Ward, continuing in service, and also of the two Militia Regiments lately ordered, and concert proper measures relative to both; and to consult the two Colonels named in the circumstances of their respective Regiments; to direct and order them, if need be, to continue in the service till advice can be received from the Continental Congress, and conform themselves to such orders as shall be received; otherwise to order them as emergency do require, as well as the two Militia Battalions; and report to the Governour and Council accordingly.
Voted, That Eliphalet Dyer and William Williams, Esquires, be a Committee to repair to Philadelphia, to apply to the honourable Continental Congress for a remittance of Continental Bills for this Colony; to give their receipts, and forward and deliver to the Treasurer of the Colony the sum received on its behalf; to urge the necessity and expediency of such a supply; to inform of the state and number of the Continental Battalions in Continental service, and especially of those lately sent to New-York; also, to show the number and circumstances, and ask directions concerning the Prisoners of various denominations in this Colony, and make report to the Governour and Council accordingly.
Voted, That Eliphalet Dyer and William Williams, Esquires, be a Committee to repair to Philadelphia, to confer with our Delegates, and others, relative to the present state of the United Colonies; on the things needful for our defence and safety; on the subject and on the manner of treatment of the Commissioners sent from Great Britain; and to inform what they find relative to and necessary for the safety and security of New-York, and places adjacent; and make report to the Governour and Council accordingly.
Voted, That Eliphalet Dyer and William Williams, Esquires, be directed to purchase, at New-York or Philadelphia, sufficient quantity of Rigging for the Colony Ship now building, or procure Hemp sufficient to make the same, as shall appear most advantageous for this Colony, and forward the same, if in Hemp, to Mr. James Tilley, at New-London if in Rigging, to Captain Uriah Hayden, at Saybrook and give as early advice as possible of their proceedings thereon.
Voted, That Eliphalet Dyer and William Williams, Esquires, make use of so much of the Colonys Money, that they shall receive at Philadelphia, as to pay for the Rigging or Hemp which they are ordered to purchase for the Colony Ship; and, also, pay what is due to Colonel Isaac Sears, for sundries he purchased for this Colony; take receipts for what they pay, and lodge the same with the Pay-Table, and take their order on the Treasurer, to answer so far as they pay, in lieu of lodging the money.
Voted, That Mr. David Trumbull, as soon as possible he can, forward what Colony Arms he has in hands to Mr. Joshua Huntington, in Norwich, to be by him forwarded to New-London, to Captain John Ely, now stationed there in the Colony service, and take a proper receipt accordingly; and, also, that Colonel Williams, in like manner, deliver five Colony Arms now in his hands.
Voted, That Colonel Huntington is desired to procure four Hand-Carts to be made, for the use of the Colony Works at New-London.
Voted, That John Mills is appointed Lieutenant of the Troops employed for defence at the Fortifications at Fairfield.
Voted, That Samuel Smedley is appointed Lieutenant of Marines on board the Brig Defence, belonging to this Colony.
Voted, That the number of Men lately ordered for Guards, and building Battery at New-Haven, be augmented; that, instead of thirty, there be allowed fifty; that Captain Joseph Thompson, in the former vote appointed a Lieutenant, be a Captain of said fifty Men, with liberty of one Lieutenant for said Company, to be nominated and appointed by Colonels Dyer and Williams on their way to Philadelphia next week.
Voted, That the Guns, Barrels, and Gun-Locks, lately imported into New-Haven by Colonel Sears, be purchased (if suitable, and to be reasonably had) for the use of the Colony; and that Colonel Dyer and Colonel Williams, going that way, be desired to inquire, and make the purchase if they think advisable.