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There is owing, on Bonds to the King, for Negro Duties, 11,693 12 10
And on Notes to the Joint Treasurers for other duties, 18,693 18 4
 
March 6, 1776. 118,931 6 2
 

Signed: HENRY PERONNEAU,
BENJAMIN DART,
Joint Publick Treasurers.”;

The Report from the Committee on Ways and Means, for payment of the services already voted, was taken into consideration.

And the said Report having been debated and amended, the Congress came to the following Resolutions thereupon, viz:

Whereas it appears that, on the 28th day of February, after discharging the services now due, there remains in the Colony Treasury no more of the one million one hundred and twenty thousand Pounds, issued by authority of Congress, than three hundred thousand Pounds: And whereas the charge of the Naval and Military establishments, calculated from the 1st instant to the 1st of January next, will amount to one million one hundred and nineteen thousand two hundred and seventy-six Pounds; so that, should this Colony obtain the allowance for three Continental Battalions, with rations at three Shillings per man, per day, amounting to three hundred and sixty-five thousand three hundred Pounds, with the sum remaining in the Treasury, there will be a deficiency of four hundred and fifty-three thousand nine hundred and seventy-six Pounds; and there may be wanted, for contingencies, two hundred and ninety-six thousand and twenty-four Pounds more:

Therefore, Resolved, That a sum not exceeding seven hundred and fifty thousand Pounds, currency, in Bills or Certificates, in the quantities, and of the denominations following, be stamped or printed, signed, and lodged in the Treasury, viz:

2,000 bills of one hundred Pounds each;
3,700 bills of fifty Pounds each;
5,200 bills of twenty-five Pounds each;
9,000 bills of fifteen Pounds each;
5,000 bills of three Pounds each;
10,000 bills of two Pounds five Shillings each;
5,500 bills of two Pounds each;
10,000 bills of one Pound fifteen Shillings each;
6,000 bills of one Pound ten Shillings each;
10,000 bills of seventeen Shillings and six Pence each;
10,000 bills of twelve Shillings and six Pence each;
12,000 bills of six Shillings and three Pence each;
10,000 bills of five Shillings each;
10,000 bills of three Shillings and nine Pence each;
10,000 bills of two Shillings and six Pence each;
10,000 bills of one Shilling and three Pence each.

Resolved, That the publick faith of tins Colony be, and it is hereby, solemnly pledged to provide funds for calling in and sinking the Bills to be issued under the foregoing Resolutions.

And whereas, notwithstanding the great issue of Paper Currency, it appears that cash is scarce in circulation: but to avoid a redundancy of such currency,

Resolved, That a power be, and is hereby, vested in the Council of Safety to borrow, on interest, the whole or any part of the said sum of seven hundred and fifty thousand Pounds, now resolved to be issued, if they shall find it expedient and practicable.

The Report of the Committee to whom the Petition of William Hill was referred, being taken into consideration, debated on, and amended,

Resolved, That the sum of one thousand Pounds, currency, be paid by the Commissioners of the Treasury to William Hill, upon his producing and depositing with them proper conveyances and titles of his land, and the improvements thereon, situated on Allison’s Creek, a branch of Catawba River, in St. Mark’s Parish, to be made to Colonel Thomas Neel, Captain Samuel Watson, and Mr. John Howe, in trust for the publick, for repayment of the said sum of one thousand Pounds, within the term of two years.

Resolved, That no Moneys be issued by Henry Peronneau or Benjamin Dart, Esquires, Joint Publick Treasurers, out of the Publick Treasury, until the further order of this Congress, or authority derived from them.

The following Prohibition was accordingly issued by Mr. President, and served upon the said Treasurers:

Charlestown, South-Carolina, March 6, 1776.

[By authority of Congress.]

To HENRY PERONNEAU and BENJAMIN DART, Esquires, Joint Publick Treasurers:

GENTLEMEN: You are hereby prohibited from issuing, or causing to be issued, any publick money in your charge, without order first had and obtained from the Congress, or proper authority derived from them.

I am, gentlemen, your most humble servant,

WILLIAM HENRY DRAYTON, President.

Adjourned to nine o’clock to-morrow.


In Congress, Thursday, March 7, 1776.

The Congress met.

And the Journal of yesterday was read.

On motion, the Congress entered into the following Resolution:

Whereas some doubts have arisen whether the Bounty-money, and the sum allowed for clothing, to the men inlisted into the Colony Regiment of Artillery, was intended by the Resolve of Congress, of the 22d of February last, to extend to the two Companies to be raised for the defence of Fort-Lyttleton and Georgetown; it is hereby declared and resolved, that the same bounty and allowance for clothing shall be paid to and for the men inlisted in the said Companies, as to those who are raised for the Regiment of Artillery.

A motion was made, that the men to be raised for the Regiment of Rangers, be inlisted to serve until the 1st day of June, unless sooner discharged by proper authority, upon one month’s pay being advanced.

A debate arose, and the question being put, resolved in the affirmative.

Ordered, That Captain Hammond, Col. Thomas, Major Williamson, Mr. Kershaw, Mr. Beard, and Mr. Felder, be a Committee to consider and report the most proper places for erecting of Iron Works in this Colony, and what encouragement from the publick, in their opinion, may be most effectual to promote the establishment of such works, and the manufacturing of Iron.

Resolved, That the Order of the Day be postponed; and that this Congress will, to-morrow morning, at nine o’clock, resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole, to take the same into consideration.

Adjourned to nine o’clock to-morrow.


In Congress, Friday, March 8, 1776.

The Congress met.

And yesterday’s Journal was read.

Resolved, That this Congress will now resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole, to take into consideration the Report on a plan or form of Government.

After some time spent therein,

Colonel Powell, from the Committee of the Whole, reported, that, having taken into consideration the Report on a plan or form of Government, they had made some progress therein, and desired leave to sit again.

Resolved, That this Congress will, to-morrow, again resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole, and resume the consideration of the said Report.

Mr. President informed the Congress that he had just received a Letter, by express, from Georgia, containing very important intelligence.

Ordered, That the said Letter be read.

Read accordingly, a Letter from the Council of Safety in Georgia, signed William Ewen, President, and dated Savannah, March 4, 1776.

Ordered, That the Secretary to this Congress do forthwith cause the said Letter to be published in a Gazette Extraordinary.

Adjourned to nine o’clock to-morrow.

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