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we wish you all the prosperity and success the noble cause you are engaged in can merit.

We are, &c.

To Colonel Bedel.


In the House of Representatives of New-Hampshire,
March 13, 1776.

Voted, That a Committee be chosen, to join a Committee from the honourable Board, to confer upon the expediency of making Copper Coin, and make a report to this House.

Voted, That Captain Pierce Long, Jonathan Lovell, Esquire, and Deacon Nathan Balden, be the Committee for the above-mentioned purpose.

Sent up for concurrence.

P. WHITE, Speaker.

In Council, eodem die .—Read, and Mr. Clagett and Mr. Giles added on the part of the Board.

E. THOMPSON, Secretary.

The Committee humbly report that they find it expedient to make Copper Coin for the benefit of small change. And as the Continental and other bills are so large, that William Moulton be empowered to make so many as may amount to one hundred pounds weight, subject, when made, to the inspection and direction of the General Assembly before circulation; also, we recommend that one hundred and eight of said Coppers be equal to one Spanish milled Dollar; that the said Copper Coin be of pure copper, and equal in weight to English half-pence, and bear such device thereon as the General Assembly may approve



EDINBURGH, March 14, 1776.

An officer of the regiment of Royal Highland Emigrants, who is just come from Boston, to carry over arms and clothing for that regiment, informs us that, before he left Boston, in the beginning of February, the number of men raised for that regiment exceeded eight hundred; besides which, there were recruiting officers in certain parts of America, inlisting men; so that there is little doubt of the regiment being now complete. Thus has this regiment been raised under every disadvantage, in an enemy’s country, the seat of war, and attended with great trouble, risk, and expense to Colonel Maclean and the other officers.

The following, we hear, are the gentlemen (mostly from half-pay) who are to command the twenty companies of which the regiment consists: Lieutenant-Colonel, Allan Maclean; Majors, John Smith, Donald Macdonald; Captains, William Dunbar, Alexander Macdonald, John Nairn, Norman Macleod, Colin Campbell, Allan Macdonald, Alexander Campbell, Duncan Campbell, Murdoch Maclean, Alexander Fraser, Malcolm Fraser,—Maclean, Ronald Mackinnon, Donald Macleod,—Grant, Allan Macdonald, Donald Macdonald.


Prince George’s County, March 14, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: I find I was mistaken in my information to you respecting the Nottingham Company; indeed, the circumstances had escaped my memory. The choice of officers that had been made was well known to be disagreeable to the company in general, and many had declared if those gentlemen were promoted they would not continue in the company. It was therefore thought best to give the people a new election; which was the sole reason why there was no appointment in Convention. On the second meeting of the company for the purpose of choosing their officers, the gentlemen I mentioned to you, and which I was desired to do by them, were named; however, since receiving your letter enclosing Captain Bowie’s commission, they have had, and lately, a full meeting of the company; and, in order to reconcile and satisfy all parties, they have agreed, and that with the consent of Messrs. Dorsett and Hoye, (and of which I am particularly requested to inform you,) that Mr. Robert Bowie be appointed First Lieutenant, Mr . William N. Dorsett Second Lieutenant, and Mr. Thomas Hoye Ensign. This, I am well assured, will give general content. But if Mr. Bowie should not be appointed First Lieutenant to this company, I am satisfied they will be in the utmost confusion; and as it is entirely agreeable to Messrs. Dorsett and Hoye, who desire nothing more than their first appointments, I shall hope to receive their respective commissions by the return of this post.

I am, gentlemen, with great regard, your most obedient servant,


To the Honourable the Council of Safety of Maryland.


[No. 58.]Annapolis, March 14, 1776.

SIR: We have given the bearer hereof (Mr. William Houston ) an order on Captain Tibbett for two thousand pounds powder and all the small-arms, with the accoutrements thereto belonging, that have been imported for this Province, in the Brig Wild Duck, which we desire you will have complied with; and any assistance Mr. Houston may want you will please to give him. In a few days you will have our full directions respecting the other goods imported for the Province in the said brig. In the mean time we would have you purchase, for account of the Province, all the private adventures of powder imported in the said vessel, at such price as our Delegates in Congress may advise, whom we desire you will consult thereon; and send the same to Baltimore Town, in the safest and most expeditious manner you can.

We are, &c.

To Mr. Daniel Bowley, Philadelphia.


Philadelphia, March 14, 1776.

Cato, if the designs which you, in your first letter, have laid to the charge of Committees are conceived or adopted by them, they are indeed very dangerous bodies of men, and you have done nobly in exposing them. But, sir, you ought to go further, and support the charge by facts, otherwise the accusation will not gain much credit upon the word of an anonymous author. What are the facts upon which the following charges stand? viz:

That a few have been aiming to destroy our Charter Constitution, and seize the Executive, as well as Legislative authority of the Province. In what instance, and by whom, has an attempt been made to intimidate our legal Representatives, or their patriotick exertions been misrepresented, and treated scurrilously? Upon what ground do you rest your charge against Committees of design to step into the seats of the Assembly? And wherefore have you intimated that baits of power have been thrown out by the people of this or some other Province, to lead individuals out of the line of their duty?

For these things you are answerable to the publick; and if you have ground for the charge, speak out, and speak boldly—do not be affrighted; the danger of speaking truth is not so great as you seem to fear. Use yourself to it, and you will soon be convinced, by experience, that there is little risk in it—the danger lies wholly in the uttering of falsehoods.

As to the account you give of the election of the Committee, it is evident you are mistaken; for wickedness itself, with a single grain of common sense mixed with it, would not have misstated the fact where it is well known, as you have done. It could have answered no purpose. And, as you may have occasion to mention these things again, give me leave, sir, to remind you that, on the 18th of June, 1774, a Committee was appointed by the publick voice for the purpose of taking into consideration the general state of publick affairs, and sat, with the Committees of the Counties, in General Convention; where the whole state of our publick affairs, (so far as related to the present controversy,) was considered and determined upon. The Convention recommended the continuation of Committees throughout the Province; and authorized the Committee of Philadelphia to call another Convention when they should judge it necessary. In consequence of this recommendation, an election was advertised by the Committee first chosen, to

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