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in the said Regiment be adjourned till nine o’clock, to-morrow morning.

A debate ensued, and the question being put, it was resolved in the affirmative.

Adjourned to nine o’clock to-morrow.

In Congress, Friday, March 1, 1776.

The Congress met.

And the Journal of yesterday was read.

The Congress proceeded to ballot for the Captains in the Second Regiment of Riflemen.

And the ballots being reckoned, the following gentlemen were declared duly elected, by majority of votes, viz: Samuel Taylor, James Duff, George Wade, Richard Richardson, Jun., and William Brown, Esquires.

Resolved., That no Vessels whatsoever shall pass any armed posts in the Rivers and Inlets, or on the Coast of this Colony, until a satisfactory account shall have been given of them at such posts; and that publick notice be given of this Resolution.

Resolved That publick notice be given that a Commissary-General is wanted; and that the nomination of that officer be by the Council of Safety.

The Honourable Mr. Lowndes, with Colonel Parsons, being returned from Georgia, Mr. Lowndes reported, that he, with Colonel Parsons and Captain Savage, having found the Congress of that Colony dissolved, they made every representation to the Council of Safety to induce them to co-operate with this Colony in continuing the Non-Exportation Resolution of the Continental Congress; that the Council represented to them the great opposition, in Savannah, to the measures of Congress, which had not entered into any decisive resolve on that head; but that they would do everything in their power to co-operate with us; and, in short, that it was their opinion, unless this Colony interfered in a forcible manner, exportation would speedily take place.

Ordered, That the thanks of this Congress be returned to the Honourable Mr. Lowndes, Colonel Parsons, and Captain Savage, for the zeal and diligence they have exerted in the discharge of the business for which they were delegated by this Congress to go to Georgia.

And thanks were accordingly returned to those gentlemen.

Resolved, That Colonel Bull, in addition to the detachments in Savannah, from the Regiment under his command, do forthwith, from the most convenient parts of Greenville County, march as many men, including the draft already ordered for Charlestown, to reinforce those detachments, as he shall think proper. And that Colonel Pinckney do immediately detach, not exceeding one hundred men, such as shall offer themselves volunteers, from the Militia now in Charlestown, and cause them to be conveyed or marched to Savannah, to join the forces under the orders of the Commanding Officer from this Colony.

Ordered, That Mr. President, the Hon. Mr. Lowndes, and Mr. John Rutledge, be a Committee to prepare a form of Orders proper to be given to Colonel Bull.

Resolved, That one Paymaster be appointed for the two Regiments of Riflemen resolved to be raised.

Resolved, That this Congress will immediately proceed to ballot for a Paymaster for the two Regiments of Riflemen.

And that officer being balloted for accordingly, Richard Mercer, Esq., was declared, by a majority of votes, duly elected.

Adjourned to nine o’clock to-morrow.

In Congress, Saturday, March 2, 1776.

The Congress met.

And yesterday’s Journal was read.

Mr. Rutledge, from the Committee to prepare a form of Orders proper to be delivered to Colonel Bull, made a Report, which, being amended, was unanimously agreed to, as follows:


[By authority of Congress.]

To STEPHEN BULL, Esq., Colonel, or to the Commanding Officer for the time being, of the SOUTH-CAROLINA. Forces ordered to act in aid of GEORGIA.

Whereas there is reason to apprehend that attempts will be made to cause the merchant vessels in Savannah River to sail with their cargoes; and as such a proceeding would be detrimental to the interest of America, it becomes this Colony to aid the friends of America in Georgia, by endeavouring, with them, effectually to prevent the said vessels sailing with their cargoes; therefore you are hereby ordered, under the direction of the Colonel of the Continental forces in Georgia, and with the concurrence of the friends of America in that Colony, to take post on either side of Savannah River, with the troops under your command, and use every effort in your power to incapacitate those vessels from proceeding with their cargoes on their several voyages; and to that end, cause them to be forthwith unrigged, their rudders taken off, and their sails and rudders deposited in some secure place, or kept under a proper guard.

You are also ordered, under the direction and with the concurrence aforesaid, to give every aid in your power for repelling insurrections and invasions there, and securing and imprisoning every person in Georgia whose going at large may be dangerous to the liberties of America, or the security of that Colony.

Having executed these orders, you are, either with all or a part of the forces under your command, to return to this Colony, or remain in Georgia, at your discretion, and so act, under the direction, and with the concurrence aforesaid, as you shall think most advantageous to the American cause, until you shall receive further instructions from the Congress or Council of Safety of this Colony; to whom you are, from time to time, to transmit full information of your proceedings.

Ordered, That an engrossed copy of the above Orders be forthwith made out, signed by Mr. President, and delivered to Colonel Bull.

All which was done accordingly.

Ordered, That the sum of two thousand Pounds be advanced to Colonel Bull, for the above service; to be accounted for by him.

Ordered, That Captain Hammond, Mr. Richard Waring, and Mr. Douxsaint, be added to the Committee on Publick Accounts.

Ordered, That Mr. Jacob Motte and Captain Alexander Moultrie, be added to the Commissioners for signing the first emission of Money, by authority of Congress; and that Mr. John Izard, Captain William Skirving, Mr. Richard Waring, Captain Robert Ladson, Mr. Elias Horry, Jun., and Captain Benjamin Smith, be added to the Commissioners for signing the second emission, under the same authority.

Mr. Salvador, from the Committee to whom the Report on the state of the interior parts of the Colony, lately in commotion, was recommitted, reported on the part which had been recommitted.

Ordered, That the said Report be taken into consideration to-morrow.

Ordered, That the Committee appointed to form a plan of Government, do forthwith sit, and that they do report to-morrow.

Adjourned to ten o’clock to-morrow.

In Congress, Sunday, March 3, 1776.

The Congress met.

And the Journal of yesterday was read.

Ordered, That Colonel Powell, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Neufville, Captain Roger Smith, Captain Trapier, Mr. Salvador, and Mr. Matthews, be a Committee to consider of ways and means for payment of the services already voted; and that they do report to-morrow.

Read a Letter from the Committee of St. Bartholomew’s Parish, dated the 29th past, inclosing an Inventory of the Estate and Effects of John Stuart, Esq., in that Parish, taken in consequence of the Order of Congress of the 3d.

The Congress proceeded, on the Order of the Day, to consider the recommitted part of the Report on the state of. the interior parts of the Colony, lately in commotion.

After some time spent in debate thereon.

Adjourned to nine o’clock to-morrow.

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