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The Members chosen, Mr. Hewes, Mr. Duane, and Mr. Alexander.
Mr. R. Morris reported that, in pursuance of the Order of Congress, he has purchased and delivered to Mr. James Price Bills of Exchange to the amount of 3000 Pounds, sterling, for which he produced Mr. Prices receipt.
Resolved, That an Order for 14,800 Dollars be drawn on the Treasurers, in favour of Mr. R. Morris, in full for the above Bills of Exchange.
Resolved, That the Committees appointed to confer with Mr. Price be directed to draw up Instructions to him, for his government, in disposing and laying out the money put into his hands.
Resolved, That Mr. Trumbull, the Commissary-General, be directed to provide and forward to General Schuyler, two thousand barrels of Pork, with all possible despatch, for the use of the Continental Army in Canada; and that the said Commissary be supplied with a sum not exceeding twenty thousand Dollars for that purpose, he to be accountable for the same.
Resolved, That Mr. Alsop, Mr. Sherman, and Mr. Lewis, be requested to purchase and forward, with all convenient despatch, to General Schuyler, for the use of the Continental Army in Canada, ten thousand pair of Shoes, ten thousand pair of Stockings; and that 15,000 Dollars be advanced to them for those purposes, they to be accountable.
Resolved, That a Letter be written to General Schuyler, to inform him of the ten additional Battalions lately ordered for Canada, and of the four thousand barrels of Pork, and the ten thousand pair of Shoes, and ten thousand pair of Stockings, ordered by Congress to be sent to him; and to desire him to pursue the best means for furnishing such other necessary articles of clothing and food as may be wanting for the Continental Army in Canada, having regard to such of these as Mr. Price, the Commissary in that Province, can supply there; also, that General Schuyler be desired to inform the President what quantity of Gunpowder he has received for Canada since the 1st of January last; and that he continue, as hitherto, to give the earliest notice to Congress of the occasion for further supplies of this and other necessaries that may be wanting, and not in his power to procure.
Resolved, That the Secret Committee be directed to forward from Mr. Wisners and Mr. Livingstons Powder-Mills, five tons of Powder to General Schuyler, to be by him forwarded to Canada.
The Committee of Claims reported, that there is due,
To John Gibson, Agent, appointed by the Commissioners for Indian Affaires, for sundry services in the Middle Department, by order of the Commissioners, the sum of 377.9 Dollars;
To John Davis, for Wagonage for the Sixth Pennsylvania Battalion, the sum of 60 Dollars;
To Furman and Hunt, for Provisions, &c., for the Prisoners at Trenton, the sum of 183.8 Dollars;
To Duncan McDonald, the sum of 15.8 Dollars, of which sum, 13.6 Dollars ought to be charged to Captain Hendricks Company, and 2.2 Dollars to Captain Cluggages Company, for goods furnished to the said Companies; and that the same ought to be paid to Ephraim Blaine, Esq.;
To Margaret Smith, for nursing two men in the smallpox, belonging to Captain Benezets Company, the sum of 24 Dollars.
Ordered, That the said Accounts be paid.
The Convention of South-Carolina having appointed Delegates to represent that Colony in Congress, the Credentials of their appointment were presented to Congress, and read, as follows:
In Congress, Charlestown, South-Carolina, February 16, 1776.
Resolved, That Thomas Lynch, John Rutledge, Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton, and Thomas Heyward, Jun., Esquires, be, and they are hereby appointed and fully authorized, to represent this Colony in the Continental Congress, for one year next ensuing.
March 23, 1776.Resolved, That the Delegates of this Colony in the Continental Congress, or a majority of such of them as shall at any time be present in the said Congress, or any one of the said Delegates, if no more than one shall be present, be, and they and he are, and is, hereby authorized and empowered, for and in behalf of this Colony, to concert, agree to, and execute every measure which they or he, together with a majority of the Continental Congress, shall judge necessary for the defence, security, interest, or welfare of this Colony in particular, and of America in general.
Resolved, That another Delegate be forthwith chosen by ballot by this Congress, to represent this Colony in the Continental Congress, in addition to, and with as full powers, in all respects, as the Delegates already chosen have and are invested with.
The Congress then proceeded to ballot for said Delegate, and Thomas Lynch, Jun., Esq., appearing to be, and being declared, duly chosen,
Resolved, That Thomas Lynch, Jun., Esq., be, and he is hereby, appointed a sixth Delegate from this Colony, to represent the same in the Continental Congress.
The Congress resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole, to take into consideration General Washingtons Letter of the 27th of March last, relative to Nova-Scotia, and the petition from some inhabitants of that Colony; and, after some time spent thereon, the President resumed the chair, and Mr. Harrison reported, that the Committee have had under consideration the Letter referred to them, but not having come to any determination thereon, desired him to move for leave to sit again.
Resolved, That Congress will, to-morrow, resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole, to take into their further consideration the Letter from General Washington of the 27th of March, and the Petition enclosed therein.
The other matters to this day referred being postponed, Adjourned to ten oclock, to-morrow.
Thursday, April 25, 1776.
Two Letters from General Washington, of the 22d and 23d, were laid before Congress, and read.
Resolved, That they be referred to a Committee of three.
The Members chosen, Mr. R. H. Lee, Mr. J. Adams, and Mr. Hewes.
Resolved, That an Order for 2000 Dollars be drawn on the Treasurers, in favour of Ephraim Blaine, Esq., for the purpose of purchasing Shoes and Blankets for the Continental Troops in Virginia, he to be accountable.
The Committee on Qualifications having recommended Thomas Holland to be a Second Lieutenant in the Delaware Battalion, in the room of James McDonough, deceased, and John Corse, Ensign, in the room of Thomas Holland,
Resolved, That they be accepted, and that Commissions be granted to them accordingly.
The Committee to whom the Petition of Noah Phelps was referred, brought in their Report, which was agreed to.
Whereupon, Resolved, That the Committee of Inspection of the City of Albany be requested to adjust Mr. Noah Phelpss account of services performed at Ticonderoga; and that Mr. Noah Phelps be allowed and paid for his further services, including those of Contractor from the time of his joining General Montgomery, at the rate of one dollar for each day, until he quitted the service, and an equivalent to a Captains rations during the said time, provided he has not already received them; the latter account to be settled by General Schuyler, who is requested to pay to the said Noah Phelps what may appear to be due to him for the whole of his services aforesaid.
The Committee to whom the Letter from Lord Stirling, of the 10th of March last, with the papers therein enclosed, was referred, brought in their Report; which was read.
Ordered, To lie on the table.
On application from the Committee of Lower Pennsneck, in the County of Salem, in New-Jersey,
Resolved, That the Secret Committee be directed to sell to the said Committee seventy-five pounds of Gunpowder.
Resolved, That a copy of the intercepted Letter from John Butler, at Niagara, dated the 29th of February last, to Mr. Alexander McGee, be sent to General Schuyler.
Resolved, That a copy of the Report of the Committee appointed to inquire into the truth and foundation of the