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general Thomson, to suspend theexecut.onof that matter «'» fTM"TM*. A petition from William Dod was read, praying lor leave to T»t hiiK
^iVl Ts^sk have leave to visit and converse with ^
^WETT^rs^'next be assigned for taking into «*««** state of tlie Treasury. ,
The several matters to tins day relerred, being postponed,
Adjourned to ten o'clock to-morrow.
WEDNESDAY, December 4, 1776.
A letter, of the 3d, from general Washington, *""■£• , penn„,Tlw, Kesotod, That it be recommended to the council of ,atety of rTMJ to detain from marching with the mUit.a, the pr.nters engagednjpnnj^ tificates for the continental loan-offices, and to direct them to continn cuting the business in which they are employed. rnn»idera*i
The committee of treasury reported, that they ,»Te1h^$'C"Zr„.. the accounts of John Harvie, John Montgomery, and Iasper^M^^, missioners for Indian afTairs in the middTe department; that the ««^ ,, sioners have produced accounts of the ex pen. l.tu "/^'^J^mto* charges and expenses of the late treaty, held with *fJ"?'"^,^; and Tor their allowance for their time and expenses ^ndmgtte - ^ that in this account, are included the expense of goods PTM*^?,^ gan for private presents; for expenses and pay ^M'-TM »"£ "gBppB3ike Mr. Girty on different messages; for kettles, ration., and hnen s pp. ^ continent batUlion at Kittannin.; for^expense « ^^
for sundry sums paid to the militia ^""^""^"'"counts yet •»*"# from the department to this time, except the militiaaccounisj^ and the salaries due to Mr. Morgan and the former agent, and a so ^
J»£5 do.lars the 2d instant, and also 5.30 d,?IJ«fo Jf* „,,
That the balance due to the commissioners is 5057.82 dollars
TI.eTeveral matters to this day referred, being postponed,
THURSDAY, December 5, 1776. ^ % ,(„(r
A letter, of the 4th, from general Washington, enclosing a cop,
XSSr J^Mease be directed to pay to each *$*£» , landTroopsof the flying-camp, who cannot produce W^^M
Wid, That two months' pay be advanced to M. Romano ^
MTK^being introduced, delivered a speech; and Saturd^ appointed to return them an answer.
Resolved, That it be earnestly recommended to the council of safety of Pennsylvania, to procure the use of the Pennsylvania hospital, for the purpose ot, accommodating the sick belonging to the continental army. /
Resolved, That the medical committee be empowered to procure suitalle persons to take care of the sick, and to remove them to such convenient places Id tlie country, as they shall think proper.
Some inhabitants of New-Jersey being sent under guard to Philadelphia, charged with the crime of inlisting men fur general Howe, and some of inlisting themselves in the service of the enemy,
Resolved, That they be sent under guard to Frederick, in Maryland, there to be safely confined; and that, until they can be sent away, they be kept confined in the state-prison in Philadelphia.
Resolved, That capt. Ottendoi f be directed to raise an independent corps, consisting of 150men, Serjeants and corporals included:
That the same be divided into three companies; the first company to consist of 60 men, light-infantry, commanded by one captain and two lieutenants; the other two companies of hunters, of 45 men each, to be commanded each by a captain and 2 lieutenants:
That captain Otteudorf have the rank of major, be captain of the light-infantry company, and command the whole.
That an adjutant be appointed for this corps, whoisto act as quarter-master and pay-master, with the rank of lieutenant, and pay of other adjutants.
Ordered, That the board of war write to the general, and desire him to send Isaac Corren, of the artillery, to Philadelphia.
Resolved, That 150 dollars oe advanced to Gunning Bedford, muster-master general; he to be accountable.
Resolved, That the time for drawing the lottery be altered to the 10th of April.
Resolved, That Congress will, to-morrow, previous to any other business, resulve itself into a committee of the whole, to take into consideration the state of the treasury, the ways and means of raising supplies for the ensuing year, and supporting the credit of the continental currency.
The several matters to this day referred, being postponed,
Adjourned to ten o'clock to-morrow.
FRIDAY, December 6, 1776.
A letter, of the 5th, from general Washington, and one, of the 27 th of November, from General Gates, at Albany, with a paper enclosed, sent from the commanding officer at St. John's, were read.
Agreeable to the order of the day, Congress resolved itself into a committee of the whole, to take into consideration the state of the treasury, the waya and means of raising supplies for the ensuing year, and supporting the credit of the continental currency; and, after some time, the president resumed the chair, and Mr. Nelson reported, that the committee have had under consideration the matters to them referred, and have come to sundry resolutions thereon; but not having perfected the business, 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 consideration the state of the treasury, the ways and means of raising supplies fur the ensuing year, and supporting the credit of the continental currency.
Resolved, That 50,000 dollars be advanced to Mr. J. Mease for the public service; he to be accountable.
Upon representation made by Daniel and Samuel Hughes, that Melchior Salady, a private soldier in captain Farmer's company of colonel Miles's battalion, would be very serviceable to them in executing their contract lor mak'gn cannon for Congress:
Resolved, That Melchior Salady be discharged, by the proper officer, fhm the company, provided he enter into the "service of the said Hughes. The several matters to this day referred, being postponed, Adjourned to ten o'clock to-morrow.
SATURDAY, December 7, 1776.
A letter, of the 6th, from general Washington, at Trenton, and one. of uV 21st to 25th November, from general Schuyler, at Saratoga, with sundry ppers enclosed, were read:
Ordered, That they be referred to the board of war.
Resolved, That the board of war be empowered and directed to exchang* such of the Canadians as they shall think proper.
Ordered, That the president write to the four New-England governments, and request them to use their utmost influence in raising their respective quotas of troops, and to hasten their march, with all possible diligence, to tbt places appointed for their rendezvous, by general Schuyler.
Resolved, That 100,000 dollars be advanced to the council of safety of Pennsylvania, to be applied towards furnishing the several officers with bounty money for inlisting men on the new establishment; the said council to be accountable.
Resolved, That captain Biddle be empowered to inlist into the continents service, such of the sailors in prison as he shall think proper.
The committee of treasury reported, that there is due, and to be paid to tk order of Allen M'Donald, sen. Allen M'Donald, jun. Alexander Sl'Donald, Rennel M'Donald, and Archibald M'Donald, hostages sent by general Schuyler to Reading, for the allowance due to themselves and their three servants, from the 25th of September to the 10th of December, inclusive, 143 dollars:
That there should be advanced to Thomas Smith, for supplies to the troop* of the 5th and 6th Virginia regiments, left sick at Wilmington, the sum of 677.25 dollars:
. That there is due to lieutenant-colonel Jacob Boyer, for furnishing his battalion of militia with 7495 rations of provisions, on their march from Berk* county to the camp in New-Jersey, 739.45 dollars:
To Thomas Edwards, for victualling the second battalion of militia, of Lancaster county, commanded by col. Curtis Grubb, on their march to Bergen, in New-Jersey, and for the hire of two baggage-wagons, 1319.61 dollars, tube paid to Philip Marstellcr:
Ordered, That the said accounts be pakl.
Resolved, That 1000 dollars be advanced to the committee for procuring cannon for the public service; the said committee to account for the expenditure.
Resolved, That for the more speedy and effectual discharge of business, tlte following rules be invariably observed:
That Congress be opened every morning at ten.o'clock, Sundays excepted:
That Mr. President take the chair precisely at that time.
Agreeable to the order of the day, the Indians were introduced, and the following speech was delivered to them:
Brothers of the Suv-J\°ations, Delawares and Shawar.ese, We, the delegates of the thirteen United States of America, are extremelv pleased to see you. We take you by the hand, and bid you welcome to our great council-fire. Brothers, You say that God Almighty has been pleased to bring us together. You sav well. He superintends and governs men and their actions. He now sees uiL He judges of the sincerity of our hearts, and will punish those who deceive. Brothers, Sachems and Warriors, You have heard what our commissioners have said to you at Pittsburg, by our directions. You have listened to their arguments; and your own reason will suggest, that the conduct they have recommended to you, must be productive of your happiness and welfare. We think that you must be fully convinced that your safety, as nations, depends on preserving peace and friendship with the white people of this island.
We are sorry to hear of the death of your great men, and are well pleased that our commissioners have wiped the tears from your eyes, and covered the graves of our departed friends.
Our hearts are good towards all the Indians in the woods, who have friendly disposition towards us.
We love peace, and wish that the chain of friendship between us and you may contract no rust. On our part, we will do every thing to keep it bright and strong.
But should we be attacked by any tribe of Indians in the woods, we hone to convince them that we can repel their attempts with ease. Friendship, however, with you, is what we earnestly desire; our commissioners have told yoa so, and they have not deceived you.
We nowinform you, that we wish to sit down with you under the same tree of peace; to water its roots'and cherish its growth, so that it may shelter us and you, and our and your children. Brothers,
We have prepared some presents for you, which our commissioners will deliver before your departure.
The Indians, having returned thanks for the speech delivered, informed Congress that they had something to say on Monday next, aud withdrew.
Resolved, That the council of safety of Pennsylvania be desired to suspend the farther execution of the request made to them on the 2d instant, to procure one thousand wagons:
That the wagons procured, in consequence of the said request, be sent to the quarter-master general.
Resolved, That Mr. Mease be directed to return to Mr. Levy, the goods he had from him, and receive back the money advanced on that accuunt: the said goods being sent for by the state of New-York, on whose account, and by whose order, they were purchased.
The committee of treasury reported, that there is due,
To brigadier-general Thompson, for his pay for the months of October and November, 250 dollars:
To lieutenant Ross Currie, of the second battalion of Pennsylvania regular forces, for the balance of his pay from March to November, inclusive, 90 dollars:
To Samuel M'Kinzie, surgeon to the 2d battalion of Pennsylvania regular forces, for 4 months' pav, at 33 dollars a month, 132 dollars.
Ordered, That the said accounts be paid.
The several matters to this day referred, being postponed,
Adjourned to ten o'clock on Monday.
MONDAY, December 9, 1776.
A letter, of the 8th, from gen. Washington; one, of the 22d November, from gen. Ward, enclosing one ot the 9th of the same month, from gen. Gates; one of the 18th of the same month, from G. Morgan, at Pittsburg; and a petition and remonstrance from the captains and subalterns of col. Mackay's battalion; a letter, of the 17th November, from lieutenant-colonel Wilson, of the said battalion; and a letter of the 22d November, from John Avery, at Boston, were read:
Also, a letter of the 25th November, from colonel M. Hazen, was read, and referred to the committee on the northern army.
Resolved, That another member be added to the said committee:
The member chosen, Mr. R. H. Lee.
Resolved, That the sum of 1 IT 11 dollars be paid to colonel Haussegger.ii full of his account fur boards, &c. bought for the public service, and for hi-1. penses.
Resolved, That 1000 dollars be advanced to major Ottendorff, for the papose of recruiting his companies; he to be accountable.
Resolved, That Houelman Arnold be appointed a lieutenant of the compact commanded by major Ottendorf:
That 2000 dollars be advanced to the delegates of New-Jersey, for the public service; they to be accountable:
That 50,000 dollars be advanced to Mr. J. Mease, for the public service;lit to be accountable.
Jiesolved, That Mr. Risberg, the assistant quarter-master in Philadelphia be directed to send by water to Christiana bridge, the military stores sent fron the army, and that they be safely lodged there till farther orders.
Resolved, That 5000 dollars be advanced to Mr. Carpenter Wharton for the public service; he to be accountable.
Resolved, That the council of safety of Pennsylvania be requested to giie the continental officers, and all others, em ployed* in removing the public stores from Philadelphia, whether by land or water, all the assistance in their power.
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to prepare an address to the inhabitants; of America, and a recommendation to the several state*, to appoint a day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer:
The members chosen, Mr. Witherspoon, Mr. R. H. Lee, and Mr. Adams.
Resolved, That Mr. J. Mease be empowered and directed to settle and par the arrears due to colonel Hay's battalion of the flying-camp.
Resolved, That Thomas De Naif be appointed a lieutenant of artillery under M. Romand tie Lisle.
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to enquire into the state of the prisoners sent from New-Jersey.
The members chosen, Mr. Witherspoon, Mr. Clarke, and Mr. F. L. Lee.
Whereas, in consequence of many complaints that engrossers had distressed the public, by raising salt to an exorbitant price, the council of safety of Pennsylvania, with the approbation of Congress, took the management of the affair into their hands, and have endeavoured, by as just and equal a distributi'M w possible of the salt imported from time to time, to supply the different parts of the country; yet, it is found upon trial, either from the artful conductrf interested persons not discovered, or from the impossibility of the thing it*'1) that the remedy has been ineffectual; and, on the contrary, salt continues scarcer and dearer in this port, than when no regulations have been tried. Therefore,
Resolved, That it be recommended to the council of safety of Pennsylvania, to take off all restraint upon the sale of salt; and give public notice, that it shall be lawful for any person to import and sell it, in such manner, and at sue prices, as shall suit voluntary purchasers.
Resolved, That 200 dollars be advanced to Mr. Govett, assistant to the auditor-general; he to be accountable.
Resolved, That in case this Congress shall be under the necessity of remo ing from Philadelphia, it shall be adjourned to Baltimore. ,
whereas, general Washington hath repeatedly applied, and hath vester j renewed, his application, for an immediate reinforcement for the defence Philadelphia,and the state of Pennsylvania; ,
Resolved, That the council of safety of Pennsylvania be requested, this oa.t to send expresses, that can be relied on, to the several counties, earnestlyr questing that they march what troops they can collect, armed and pr°vl!'<: , the best manner possible, to the army under the command of general < ington.