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Colonel Pinckney, the Rev. Mr. Tennent, Captain Roger Smith, Mr. William Parker, and Mr. Toomer, be a Committee for that purpose.
The Honourable Mr. Drayton, from the Committee of conference with a Committee of the Legislative Council, on a proper medium and proper persons for carrying on the intercourse between the two Houses, reported, that the Legislative Council would send their Message by the Master in Chancery, and, in his absence, by their Clerk.
A motion was made, that this House do resolve not to receive the Message from the Legislative Council by their Clerk.
A debate ensued; and the question being moved for the previous question, whether that question should be now put? It was determined in the negative.
The House being informed that the Master in Chancery attended at the door, with a Message from the Legislative Council,
A motion was made, that this House do resolve not to receive Messages by the Master in Chancery.
And the question being put, it passed in the negative.
The Master in Chancery brought to this House a Bill to prevent Sedition, and punish Insurgents and disturbers of the publick peace; read a second time in the Legislative Council.
Ordered, That the Messenger do summon Dr. Farrar to attend his duty in this House at the meeting thereof to-morrow morning.
A Bill to prevent Sedition, and punish Insurgents and disturbers of the publick peace, was read a third time.
Resolved, That the Bill do pass; and that the title be, An Act to prevent Sedition, and punish Insurgents and Disturbers of the Publick Peace.
Ordered, That the said Bill be sent to the Legislative Council, and that Captain McQueen and Mr. Thomas Middleton do carry the same.
On motion, Resolved, That the Commissioners of the Treasury are, by the Resolve of Congress of the 24th of last month, authorized to pay the allowances to the Delegates from this Colony to the Continental Congress.
Colonel Pinckney gave notice that he would, to-morrow, move the House to resolve to make provision for the necessary expenses of the said Delegates.
A Petition of Thomas Singleton was presented to the House and read.
Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the following Committee: Mr. William Parker, Mr. Cannon, Captain Savage, Dr. Haig, and Mr. Kalteisen.
And then the House adjourned till to-morrow morning, nine of the clock.
Friday, April 5, 1776.
The House met according to adjournment.
Mr. Speaker laid before the House three Letters from the Honourable Edward Rutledge, one of the Delegates representing this Colony in the Continental Congress, dated Philadelphia, 11th, 14th, and 15th of March, 1776.
Ordered, That the said Letters be read.
And they were read accordingly.
A motion was thereupon made, that this House do resolve that this Colony will not enter into any treaty or correspondence with Great Britain, of any Commissioners authorized by that Court, but through the medium of the Continental Congress.
Mr. Speaker laid before the House a Letter from Alexander Cameron, Esq., one of Mr. Stuarts Deputies, dated Toquoh, in the Cherokee Country, 5th March, 1776, to Preston Hampton, a trader in the Valley.
An Ordinance making disposition of Moneys for the support of Government, and to enable his Excellency the President and Commander-in-Chief of South-Carolina for the time being, to exercise certain powers therein mentioned, was read a third time.
The House was moved for leave to bring in a clause, by way of amendment, to the said Ordinance.
Leave being given, the following was accordingly brought in:
VII. And be it further ordained, by the authority aforesaid, That in case of the sickness of the President and Commander-in-Chief for the time being, or of his absence from Charlestown in other parts of the Colony, the Vice-President, being duly authorized by warrant under the hand and seal for the President, shall and may have and exercise the same powers touching the premises hereinbefore mentioned, as are hereby given to or vested in the President.
And the said clause being read three times and passed,
Ordered, That the same be made a part of this Ordinance.
Resolved, That the Ordinance do pass.
Ordered, That the same be sent to the Legislative Council for their concurrence.
Ordered, That Mr. Charles Elliott and Captain Maham do carry the said Ordinance to the Legislative Council.
Ordered, That Captain Cuming have leave of absence.
Mr. McQueen reported that he, with Mr. Middleton, had delivered the Bill they had in charge to the Legislative Council.
Mr. Elliott reported that he, with Captain Maham, had delivered the Ordinance they had in charge to the Legislative Council.
Ordered, That Mr. John Gaillard and Mr. Simon Berwick do carry the Report of the Committee to consider what provision should be made for the persons therein mentioned, disabled in the publick service, as agreed to by this House, to the honourable the Legislative Council for their concurrence.
Mr. Gaillard reported that he, with Mr. Berwick, had delivered the said Report to the Legislative Council.
The Message to his Excellency the President, to accompany a List of the Civil Officers chosen agreeable to the Constitution, being engrossed,
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do sign the same; and that Mr. Matthews and Captain Roger Smith do deliver the said Message to his Excellency.
The Clerk of the Legislative Council brought from that House an Act to prevent Sedition, and punish Insurgents and disturbers of the publick peace, which had been read a third time and passed.
Ordered, That the Act be engrossed.
Captain Roger Smith reported that he, with Mr. Matthews, had delivered the Message and List they had in charge to his Excellency the President.
The Clerk of the Legislative Council brought from that House an Ordinance for making disposition of Moneys for the support of Government, and to enable his Excellency the President and Commander-in-Chief of South-Carolina, for the time being, to exercise certain powers in manner therein mentioned, which had been read there a third time and passed.
Ordered, That the Ordinance be engrossed
On motion, that this House do make provision for paying the expenses of the Delegates from this Colony at the Continental Congress, several sums were proposed.
And the question being put, on a motion to allow at the rate of six hundred Pounds sterling a year for that purpose to each Delegate, it was resolved in the affirmative.
An Ordinance to repeal an Ordinance of the General Assembly, passed the 23d of February, 1771, appointing Henry Peronneau and Benjamin Dart, Esqrs., joint Publick Treasurers; and to appoint Commissioners to take a state of the Treasury; and also to empower the said Commissioners to settle the Accounts of the late Powder Receiver; was read a third time.
Ordered, That the said Ordinance be sent to the Legislative Council for their concurrence.
Ordered, That Captain Simons and Mr. McDonald do carry the same to the Legislative Council.
The Clerk of the Legislative Council brought from that House a Bill for the more effectual prevention of the Desertion of the Soldiers and Sailors in the service of this Colony, and for the punishment of those who shall harbour or conceal them, or who shall purchase, receive, or conceal the Arms, Clothes, or Accoutrements of Deserters.
And, also, a Bill to punish such as shall counterfeit, or utter knowing them to be counterfeit, the Certificates issued