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and Army are now on our coast, and their having information of the present circumstances and movements of this Colony may be of dangerous tendency,
It is therefore Resolved, That the Committee of said Gloucester be, and they hereby are, empowered and directed to haul up and strip said Schooner, and detain the said Wood and Ayle, and all other persons designing to go to England in said Schooner, until the further order of the General Court.
Resolved, That the Committee for fortifying the Harbour of Boston be a Committee of War, whose business it shall be, until the first meeting of the next General Court, to direct the Commissary-General of this Colony respecting taking in and delivering out the warlike Stores of this Colony to and from the publick Magazines, as the exigences thereof may require; and, also, to appoint agents, and in all respects provide for and give such instructions to the Commanders of the Armed Vessels that are or may be fitted out on account of this Colony, from time to time, and at all times, in all respects, as to them shall appear necessary for the defence and interest of this Colony, or the United Colonies, and not contrary to the Resolves of the Continental Congress, or any Law or Resolve of the General Court. And the said Committee are further empowered to direct the Commissary-General of this Colony to procure all such warlike Stores as they may find necessary for the defence and security of this Colony. And the Council are hereby empowered to grant Warrants to the said Committee, on the. Treasurer of this Colony, for such sum or sums of money as the Committee aforesaid may have occasion for; and that said Committee be accountable for the expenditures of the money so received.
Resolved, That there be allowed to the Officers and Soldiers of the Militia of this Colony, that were called in at the request of his Excellency General Washington, when the Continental Army took possession of the Heights of Dorchester, Rations, in such proportion as are allowed in the said Continental Army, from the time of the said Militia marching from their places of abode until their return to their respective homes; and the Officers of said Militia are directed to make up their Rolls accordingly.
Whereas Captain White, in Colonel Whitneys Regiment, who had Beating Orders, has declined the service; and others who have received Beating Orders, may do the same; and the General Court being about to rise:
Resolved, That the honourable Council be empowered to issue Orders to some meet persons for raising a Company, instead of the said White, or any other person or persons who may resign their Orders for raising Soldiers for the said Regiment, and make Commissions for such persons as may receive such new Orders, if they shall judge them proper persons therefor.
A Bill entitled An Act in addition to an Act for fixing out Armed Vessels for the defence of America, having had two several readings, passed to be enacted.
A Bill entitled An Act in addition to an Act to supply the Treasury with fifty thousand Pounds, having had two several readings, passed to be enacted.
Whereas the Commissary-General of this Colony was directed by a late Resolve of this Court to procure ten Cannon for the defence of the Town of Falmouth; and whereas the same has not yet been provided for that purpose,
Therefore Resolved, That the said Commissary be, and he hereby is, directed to deliver to Samuel Freeman, Esq., or his order, ten Cannon, of the sizes mentioned in said Resolve, or as near the size thereof as can be, out of the Cannon now in the Town of Boston, as soon as they are put in repair, provided the Committee for fortifying the Harbour of Boston are of opinion that the same can be spared consistent with the general interest and safety of the Colony.
Resolved, That upon Peter Coffin, Esq., of Gloucester, making application to the Commissary-General of this Colony, the said Commissary be directed to deliver to the said Coffin, two Cannon, of eighteen-pounders, provided the Committee for fortifying the Harbour of Boston judge that it may be done, and thirty Balls fit for the same; and, also, sixty nine-pound Balls, and take his receipt for the same.
Whereas by an Act for regulating the Militia passed by this Court, in their session in January last, it was provided that sundry Intrenching Tools, as by the said Act it is expressed, should be procured by the Selectmen in the Colony: and whereas there is the greatest reason to expect that a formidable Fleet and Army will soon invade this Colony; and it being absolutely necessary to the preservation of the lives, liberty, and property of the good people thereof, that the Militia should be put in the best posture of defence:
It is therefore Resolved, That the Selectmen of the several Towns in this Colony be, and they hereby are, directed and strictly enjoined, as they regard the lives of this people, to provide all Intrenching Tools, as by the Act aforesaid is directed, without the least delay, and that returns of the same be made by said Selectmen to the General Court, on the 3d day of the next session thereof.
And it is Ordered, That the foregoing Resolve be published by the Secretary in the Boston, Watertown, and Worcester Newspapers, as soon as may be.
Adjourned to nine oclock, to-morrow morning.
Thursday, May 9, 1776.
Present in Council: Honourable James Otis, Walter Spooner, Caleb Cushing, John Winthrop, Benjamin Chadbourn, Thomas Cushing, John Whetcomb, Jedediah Foster, James Prescott, Eldad Taylor, Michael Farley, Samuel Holten, Jabez Fisher, Benjamin White, Esquires.
Resolved, That Thomas Crane, Esq., be, and he hereby is, appointed to carry on the manufacturing of Gunpowder in the Colony Mill at Stoughton, until the further order of the General Court; and the said Crane is hereby empowered and directed to employ, in behalf of this Colony, so many suitable persons as are necessary in order to carry on the same.
And it is also Resolved, That the said Thomas Crane, Esq., be, and he hereby is, appointed to receive so much Saltpetre at such convenient place near said Mill as he shall appoint as can be manufactured therein, giving the same therefor as the Commissary-General is authorized to give at Watertown; for which purpose, the Commissary-General is directed to deliver to said Crane, the sum of three hundred Pounds; he, the said Crane, giving his receipt therefor, and being accountable to the General Court for the same.
And it is further Resolved, That the said Thomas Crane, Esq., is directed to establish lines at a convenient distance from the said Mill, by setting up posts, and extending rails from one of them to the other, entirely round said Mill, and to set proper guards at the same, who shall be empowered to fire upon any person who shall attempt, after being three times forbid by such guards, to enter the said lines.
And it is also Resolved, That the Commissary-General shall, from time to time, until the further order of the General Court, deliver to the said Crane, or order, so much Saltpetre as he shall want to employ said Mill, over and above what he shall purchase as aforesaid, provided there shall be more than sufficient to employ the Powder-Mill built by Samuel Phillips, Jr., at Andover.
And it is also Resolved, That Mr. Vose, one of the Committee appointed by the General Court to purchase Sulphur, be directed to supply the said Crane, with so much Sulphur as he shall require to keep the Mill aforesaid in constant employ, said Crane to be accountable to the General Court for the same.
Resolved, That there be paid out of the publick Treasury of this Colony, to the Rev. Mr. Gordon, for his attendance three months, and necessary expense, the sum of six Pounds; and also to the Rev. Mr. Thatcher, for his attendance five months, from the 5th of December to the 8th of May, and for his horse-hire and necessary expenses, the sum of fifteen Pounds.
Resolved, That the Committee appointed to fortify Boston Harbour be, and hereby are, empowered to purchase of the Continent, take down and transport to such places as they think proper, and there erect, any quantity of Barracks they may judge necessary for the use of this Colony, not exceeding two thousand feet.
Resolved, That the Committee aforesaid prepare and lay before the Council an Account of such sums as are necessary for paying Labourers and Carpenters they have or may employ agreeable to the order of Court; and the Council are hereby empowered to give them Warrants on the Treasury for the same, the said Committee to be accountable to the General Court for the same.