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expense of an Expedition against Fort Detroit, brought in their Report; which was read.
Whereupon, the Congress took into consideration the Report of the Committee on General Washingtons Letter of the 19th April; and, after some debate, the further consideration thereof was postponed.
The Congress took into consideration the Report of the Committee on the Letter from Brigadier Lord Stirling, dated the 18th of March last; which was agreed to.
Whereupon Resolved, That the appointment of Lieutenant-Colonel Ogden, of the First Battalion of New-Jersey, was made upon good grounds, the Congress having reserved and frequently exercised the right of promoting men of distinguished merit.
That the Commissary, Mr. Lowry, be directed to supply such of the Soldiers of the said Battalion as desire it, with Uniforms, the cost to be deducted from their pay.
That as the Array is now removed from Cambridge to New-York, the consideration of raising a Regiment of Artillery for the service in that City, as applied for in the said Letter, be postponed till further advice may be received from General Washington, or the commanding officer there.
A Petition from Captain Oswald Eve was presented to Congress, and read.
Resolved, That it be referred to a Committee of three.
The Members chosen, Mr. Sherman, Mr. Floyd, and Mr. Sergeant.
Resolved, That an Order for 20,000 Dollars be drawn on the Treasurers, in favour of Colonel John Haslet, for the use of the Delaware Battalion under his command, he to be accountable.
Resolved, That the Secret Committee be directed to send three hundred pounds of Powder, and a proportionable quantity of Lead, to Lewistown, for the use of the Troops stationed there.
The Committee to whom the Report on General Washingtons Letter of the 24th of March last was recommitted, brought in their Report; which was read.
Ordered, To lie on the table.
A motion being made and seconded, for fixing the time for holding a Treaty with the Indians in the Middle Department,
Resolved, That the consideration thereof be postponed till to-morrow.
The several matters to this day referred, being postponed,
Adjourned to ten oclock, to-morrow.
Saturday, May 4, 1776.
The Committee of Claims reported, that there is due to Dr. David Cowell, the sum of 97.4 Dollars.
Ordered, That the said Account be paid.
A Letter, of the 3d, from Colonel Hand, of the Rifle Battalion, was read.
Whereupon Resolved, That an Order for 4000 Dollars be drawn on the Treasurers, in favour of Colonel Hand, for the use of his Battalion, he to be accountable.
Resolved, That the Letter from Colonel Hand be referred to a Committee of three.
The Members chosen, Mr. Read, Mr. Sergeant, and Mr. Huntington.
The Congress taking into consideration the Letter, of the 29th of April, from the Committee of Safety of New-York:
Whereupon Resolved, That a Major be appointed for the First New-York Battalion, in the room of Major Benedict, who has resigned.
The ballots being taken, and examined, Barnabas Tuthill, Esq., was elected.
Sundry Letters, just received, were laid before Congress, and read, viz:
One, of the 10th of April, from Brigadier-General Wooster, at Holland-House, before Quebeck;
One, of the 28th of said month, from General Schuyler, dated Fort George, enclosing the examination of Michael Ryan;
One, of the 27th of the same month, from Governour Trumbull, enclosing a Letter from N. Shaw, Jun., with a list of the Cannon left at New-London.
Resolved, That the Marine Committee be directed to lay on the table, on Monday next, the Instructions given by the Naval Committee to Commodore Hopkins, upon his leaving this Port.
The Congress resumed the consideration of the Report on the Letter from General Washington, of the 24th of March.
Whereupon Resolved, That all the Cannon, and other Stores, in Boston, which were originally purchased and provided by and at the expense of the Colonies of Massachusetts-Bay and New-Hampshire be considered as belonging to the Colony that so purchased and provided them; and that all the other Cannon left in the Colony of Massachusetts-Bay by the British Forces, be presented to the said Colony.
The further consideration of the Report, at the request of a Colony, was postponed till Monday next.
The Congress then took into consideration the Report of the Committee on the Letter from General Washington, of the 4th of April.
Whereupon Resolved, That the pay of the Officers and Soldiers of the Militia lately called to Cambridge, commence on the day of their march, and cease on that of their return.
Resolved, That the further consideration of the Report be postponed.
Adjourned to ten oclock, on Monday.
Monday, May 6, 1776.
Advice being received that Captain Young, who was fitted out at the expense of the Continent by Mr. Lewis and Mr. Alsop, being arrived at Egg-Harbour,
Resolved, That the Secret Committee be directed to give proper orders for landing, securing, and bringing to Philadelphia, the Cargo imported by Captain Young.
A Memorial of Captain Herman Allen was presented to Congress, and read.
Resolved, That it be referred to the Committee of Claims.
The Congress resumed the consideration of the Report on General Washingtons Letter of the 24th of March; and, thereupon, came to the following Resolution:
Whereas General Washington has requested directions concerning the conduct that should be observed towards Commissioners said to be coming from Great Britain to America:
Resolved, That General Washington be informed that Congress suppose, if Commissioners are intended to be sent from Great Britain to treat of peace, that the practice usual in such cases will be observed, by making previous application for the necessary passports or safe conduct, and on such application being made, Congress will then direct the proper measures for the reception of such Commissioners.
The Committee appointed to bring in a resolution, whereby persons resident, or having property in America, who assist any of the enemies of these United Colonies in the captures of vessels or goods, may be made liable to make good the damage to the sufferers, brought in a Report; which was read.
Ordered, To lie on the table.
A Letter of the 24th of April, from General Lee, was; read.
The Congress then resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole, to take into their consideration the state of the United Colonies; and after some time spent thereon, the President resumed the chair, and Mr. Harrison reported, that the Committee had taken into consideration the matter to them referred, and had thereupon come to sundry Resolutions, which he was ordered to report when the House should be ready to receive them.
Ordered, That the Report be now delivered in.
The Report of the Committee of the Whole being read, was agreed to, as follows:
Resolved, That ten millions of Dollars be raised for the purpose of carrying on the War for the current year.
That the Indian Goods, said to be at Fort-Pitt, be purchased for the use of the United Colonies.
That Indian Goods to the value of ten thousand Dollars, be purchased at Montreal, for the use of the United Colonies.
That Treaties be held with the Indians in the different