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Ordered, That proper Guards be immediately placed, and continued, about the house of the said John Stuart, to prevent such absenting; and that Colonel Moultrie do place Guards accordingly.
Ordered, That Captain William Cattell and Captain Benjamin Huger, two Members of this Congress, do wait on Mrs. Stuart previous to the placing Guards as aforesaid, and acquaint her of the Order.
Resolved, That no property whatever of the Honourable John Stuart, the Kings Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Southern District of North-America, or of his brother, Henry Stuart, lying or being in any Parish or District within this Colony, be removed from thence upon any pretence.
Ordered, That the Committees in such Parishes or Districts, respectively, where such property may be, do take the most effectual measures to prevent any removal thereof.
Ordered, That Colonel Powell and Colonel Richardson be desired to make inquiry what men from their respective Regiments of Militia, and from such other country Militia as are now in town, are willing to engage to remain here on pay for a given time.
Ordered, That the Secretary do now proceed in reading the Journals of the Continental Congress.
And the said Journals were read accordingly to the 19th of July, 1775, inclusive.
Adjourned to Monday, nine oclock.
In Congress, Monday, February 5, 1776.
The Congress met.
And the Journal of Saturday was read.
Captain Benjamin Huger reported that he, with Captain Cattell, had, on Saturday, agreeable to order, waited on Mrs. Stuart and her daughter, (Mrs. Fenwicke,) and acquainted them with the order of Congress respecting their persons; that Mr. Fenwicke requested it might be represented to the Congress that, as his wife was in an ill state of health, and required air and exercise, he might have permission to remove her into the country; and that he would be answerable for her appearance at any time, agreeable to the order of Congress or Council of Safety; and that Mrs. Stuart also requested of the Congress permission to accompany her daughter to Johns Island.
Resolved, That Mr. Fenwicke have leave to take his wife into the country; he being answerable that she shall not depart the Colony, and for her appearance at any time, agreeable to the order of Congress or Council of Safety.
Ordered, That no person whatever be suffered to visit Mrs. Stuart without leave from Colonel Moultrie, or the commanding officer for the time being, signified by an introduction by an officer appointed by him for that purpose; and that, if Mrs. Stuart shall, at any time, have occasion to go abroad, with the permission of Colonel Moultrie, or the commanding officer for the time being, she shall do so, attended by an officer to be appointed for that purpose.
Ordered, That the Secretary do proceed in reading the Journals of the Continental Congress.
And the said Journals were read accordingly, to the 18th day of October last, inclusive.
Colonel Powell and Colonel Richardson reported that, having made some inquiry, they were of opinion that one hundred and fifty men from each of their Regiments may be induced to remain in Charlestown for the term of one month ensuing, provided proper care be taken of their horses.
Ordered, That a Return be made, as soon as may be, of all the country Militia now in Charlestown.
The following Letter was written to the Committees of the Parishes of St. Bartholomew and St. Helena, and of Charlestown, respectively:
Charlestown, February 5, 1776.
[By authority of Congress.]
To the Committee for the Parish of. . . . . .:
GENTLEMEN: I have the honour to transmit to you a resolution of Congress, respecting the estates and property of John Stuart and Henry Stuart; which, without doubt, you will cause to be duly observed. And that you may be at no loss in what manner to proceed, I do also signify to you that it is the sense of the Congress that, if you shall be of opinion you cannot prevent the removal of any part of the property to be restrained but by taking such part into your custody, you ought, on the part of the publick, to take such part into your custody, and to acquaint the Congress or Council of Safety thereof.
I have the honour to be, gentlemen, your most humble
WILLIAM HENRY DRAYTON, President.
Adjourned to nine oclock to-morrow.
In Congress, Tuesday, February 6, 1776.
The Congress met.
And the Journal of yesterday was read.
Resolved, That the Council of Safety do forthwith cause the Marsh and Hog-Island Creek Channels, in Charlestown Harbour, to be so effectually stopped as to prevent the passage of Ships-of-War through either; and that they do also cause such land-marks as they shall think proper to be so removed or disguised as to render the passage over the bar as difficult as possible.
Resolved, That three thousand Bills, each of the denomination of fifty Pounds, be stamped and signed, in lieu of thirty thousand Bills, each of the denomination of five Pounds, heretofore resolved to have been stamped and signed.
Ordered, That the Commissioners formerly appointed do cause the said three thousand Bills, each of the denomination of fifty Pounds, to be stamped, signed, and lodged in the Colony Treasury, with all possible despatch.
The Letter from Major Williamson, of the 29th past, read in Congress on the 3d instant, the consideration whereof had been postponed, was now again read.
And the following Resolution and Orders were passed in consequence thereof:
Resolved, That Patrick Cunningham, Hugh Brown, and Thomas Edghill, now in custody of Major Williamson, be forthwith sent to Charlestown, to be committed to the common jail; that John York, Major Joseph Robinson, Captain Hendricks, Henry ONeal, and Euan MLaurin, be also sent to Charlestown as soon as they can be taken and secured; and that Andrew Cunningham, John Evans, and William Evans, also in the custody of Major Williamson, may be discharged.
Ordered, That Colonel Thomas do take proper measures for apprehending and securing John York above-mentioned.
Ordered, That a Letter be written to Major Williamson, transmitting to him the Resolutions of Congress respecting the Prisoners at Fort-Charlotte; and ordering that he do suspend the disarming the Insurgents until the Congress shall make further order thereon.
Ordered, That Mr. Arthur Middleton, Major Pinckney, Colonel Richardson, Major Mayson, Mr. Salvador, Mr. Rapley, Colonel Gervais, Colonel Thomas, and Mr. Woods, be, and they are hereby appointed, a Committee to inquire into the state of the interior parts of the Colony lately in commotion; to consider what measures are proper to be pursued to preserve the peace, and secure the safety, and to prevent future commotions therein; and also to consider of the cases of the State Prisoners, and to report what measures might be pursued with respect to them.
Resolved, That Colonel Powell and Colonel Richardson do retain such of the men of their respective Regiments now in town, and who may hereafter arrive, as are or shall be willing to remain on duty here for one month, respectively; that they do discharge the remainder of their Detachments; and that the horses of such as shall so stay be sent home, and brought back, at the charge of the publick.
Resolved, That a sum not exceeding twenty thousand Pounds, currency, be forthwith placed in the hands of Colonel Richard Richardson, to be by him applied to discharge the pay due to such of the men under his command who were with him on the late expedition, as stand most immediately in need thereof.
And a Warrant was issued accordingly.
Ordered, That all the absent Members be summoned to attend their duty in Congress.
Adjourned to nine oclock to-morrow.