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according to the Resolution of the Provincial Congress of New-York, on the 5th day of March, 1776.
Which Bills, under the value of two Dollars, amounting to thirty-six thousand two hundred Pounds, shall be numbered by . . . . . . . . and signed by any two of them, (the said signers,) respectively; to be delivered by them to Mr. Isaac Roosevelt, to be by him delivered to the Treasurer of this Congress, or the Committee of Safety, as soon as finished.
And all the Bills of a higher denomination than one Dollar, being the further sum of eighteen thousand eight hundred Pounds, be delivered unsigned into this Congress, to remain subject to the future disposal of this Congress, or of the Committee of Safety, if they shall be authorized by this Congress to dispose thereof.
Colonel McDougall dissents to the above clause.
Resolved, secondly, That the said Signers, or any two of them, are hereby directed and requested, upon the delivery of the said Bills to them by the Printer of the same, to cause to be administered to him by the President of this Congress, or the Chairman of the Committee of Safety, the following Oath:
I, A. B., do solemnly swear, that from the time the letters were set and fit to be put in the press for printing the Bills of Credit now by me delivered to you, until the Bills were printed, and the letters afterwards distributed into the boxes, I went at no time out of the room in which the said letters were, without locking them up, so that they could not be come at without violence or a false key, or other art unknown to me; and therefore, to the best of my knowledge, no copies were printed off but in my presence; and that all the blotters and other papers whatsoever, impressed by the said letters whilst set for printing the said Bills, to the best of my knowledge, are here delivered to you, together with the stamps; and in all things relating to this affair I have demeaned myself honestly and faithfully, to the best of my knowledge and understanding, so help me God .
Resolved, thirdly, That such person as Mr. Isaac Roosevelt shall agree with, shall engage so many Stamps for the said Bills, with such Devices, and so many Stamps for the Arms of the City of New-York, as he shall direct; which Engraver shall take the following Oath, to wit:
I, A. B., do solemnly swear, that I have not engraved more plates than I delivered to Mr. Isaac Roosevelt, as directed by the Provincial Congress of New-York, of the like kind or in imitation of the same; neither have I kept a copy or copies, draft or drafts of the said plates; neither will I engrave more of the like kind without the order of the Provincial Congress, or the House of Assembly of the Colony of New-York; and shall deliver them to the said Mr. Isaac Roosevelt, who shall deliver them unto Samuel Lowden,Printer, or such other Printer as shall be directed by this Congress or the Committee of Safety, and take his receipt for the same.
And when the said Samuel Lowdon, or such other Printer as shall be employed, has completed and finished the printing the quantity and sorts of bills hereby directed to be struck, he shall redeliver the said stamps to the said Mr. Isaac Roosevelt, which shall be sealed with the several seals of the said Isaac Roosevelt, and the President of the Provincial Congress, or the Chairman of the Committee of Safety of this Colony, and deposited in the office of the Secretary of this Congress, until the further order of this or some future Congress of this Colony. The receipt of the said Isaac Roosevelt to the said Samuel Lowdon, or such other Printer, shall be a sufficient voucher for such delivery.
Resolved, That this Congress unanimously agrees with their Committee in their said Report, and confirms the same.
Die Martis, 4 ho. P. M, March 5, 1776.
The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.
Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.
FOR NEW-YORK.Mr. Scott, Mr. Bancker, Mr. Hallett, Mr. Smith, Colonel Lott, Mr. Randall, Mr. Roosevelt, Mr. Beekman, Mr. Van Cortlandt, Colonel McDougall.
FOR ALBANY.General Ten Broeck, Mr. A . Yates, Mr. Gansevoort, Colonel Nicoll, (on service.)
FOR SUFFOLK.General Woodhull, Mr. Hobart, Mr. Gelston.
FOR WESTCHESTER.Colonel G . Drake, Major Lockwood, Colonel Van Cortlandt.
FOR ULATER.Mr. Rhea, Mr. Lefever, Colonel Palmer,(on service.)
FOR DUTCHESS.Col. Ten Broeck, Col. M . Graham .
FOR KINGs.Mr. Covenhoven, Mr. Polhemus.
FOR RICHMOND.Mr. A . Bancker.
FOR ORANGE.Colonel Hay, Colonel Allison.
FOR CHARLOTTE.Colonel John Williams .
FOR CUMBERLAND.Colonel William Williams.
FOR TRYON.Mr. Moore.
Mr. Smith, from the Committee appointed to confer with Colonel Lasher on the mode best to be pursued for continuing the Guard to the Publick Records of this Colony, reported, that Colonel Lasher be ordered to provide a. Guard of forty-eight men out of his Battalion, to protect the. Records of this Colony; that that Guard be relieved from time to time by detachments from his Battalion or Regiment, so as to give the different Companies in the Battalion their proper proportion of duty; and that twelve men of such detachment be the proper Guard for twenty-four hours.
Resolved, That this Congress does agree with their said Committee in the foregoing Report.
The Congress took into consideration the state of the Militia in Queens County, and determined that it would be requisite to have the friends to the liberties of their country there, and particularly those Companies already formed, properly regimented:
Thereupon, Ordered, That Mr. Hobart draw and report a draft of a Letter to Colonel Blackwell, and such other persons in that County as may be thought necessary.
Colonel David Mulford, of the Second Regiment in Suffolk County, pursuant to the Regulations of the Provincial Congress of this Colony, returned to Brigadier-General Woodhull a statement of his Regiment; which was read and filed. He thereby returns his Regiment to consist of nine Companies, and the following number of Officers and men, to wit: One Colonel; one Lieutenant-Colonel; two Majors, to wit: First and Second Majors; nine Captains; eighteen Lieutenants; nine Ensigns; one Adjutant; one Quartermaster; one Sergeant-Major; one Drum-Major; thirty-six Sergeants; nine Drummers; nine Fifers, and six hundred and seventy Privates. And in the said Return all the Officers, down to the Sergeants, (Lieutenants and Ensigns excepted,) are particularly named.
An application from the Committee of Kings County, signed by Englebert Lott, pro tem . Clerk, was read and filed. They thereby set forth that they had agreed to allow their Deputies six Shillings per day, each, for every day of their attendance; and request that they may be paid out of the Provincial Treasury, and charged as money advanced to the Committee of Kings County, which they will hereafter satisfy.
Debates arose thereon, and the said application was deferred for the present.
Colonel Peter Ten Broeck, from the Committee of War, according to order, reported a draft of Instructions for the Barrackmaster; which was read and filed, and is in the words following, to wit:
Instructions for the Barrackmaster.
The Committee appointed to consider of, and draft a set of Instructions for the Barrackmaster, reported the following, viz:
That the Field-Officers of each corps in this Colony be supplied with one room. The Captains, with the Subalterns of each Company, together with the Quartermaster and Adjutant, to be entitled to a room between each two.
The Officers rooms of the said corps to be furnished each with one pair-andirons, one pair tongs, one table, two chairs, and one candlestick.
For every room for Non-Commissioned Officers and Soldiers of the said corps, each room to contain twenty men, ten cribs, ten bed-cases, and ten bolsters, to be filled with straw every three months, two iron pots, two trammels, one pair tongs, one wood axe, one iron candlestick, one table, two benches, and one bucket.
And with fire-wood, as follows, viz:
For every room for Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Privates, from the 1st day of October to the 1st of