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to the capitulations entered into by major Sherbourne and major Butterfield, in Canada; that they be empowered to send for persons and papers, and to examine witnesses on oath, and that they report to Congress : The members chosen, Mr. Chase, Mr. Harrison, and Mr. Wythe. Ordered, That Mr. Mease supply the sick soldiers, in the house of employment in Philadelphia, each, with one shirt. A petition from major John Lamb was read: Whereupon, Resolved, That the general be directed to include major Lamb in the next exchange of prisoners. The committee on the affairs of the northern army, brought in a farther report, which was taken into consideration: Whereupon, Resolved, That the medical committee be directed to provide sufficient quantities of antiscorbutics for the use of the hospitals in the northern army : That the hospital at Fort-George be continued for the reception of soldiers laboring with contagious diseases, and that there be a general hospital erected on Mount-Independence : That a suitable spot of ground for a garden be enclosed in the neighborhood of the general hospital, to supply the army with vegetables; and that laborers be hired to cultivate it, under the direction of an overseer, to be appointed by the general or commanding officer: That the general, or commanding officer, in each of the armies, cause strict enquiry to be made into the conduct of the directors of the hospitals, and their surgeons, officers, and servants, and of the regimental surgeons, that if there has been any just ground of complaint in those departments, the offenders may be punished : hat the colonel or commanding officer of every regiment, make frequent enquiry into the health of the men under his command, and report the state thereof, with any negligence, mal-practice, or other misconduct of the surgeons or others, to the general, and to Congress, delivering copies of such reports to all persons therein accused : • That the general, or commander in chief of the northern army, direct all the batteaux on lakes Champlain and George to be immediately repaired : That 100 batteaux be built at Schenectady, so as to be ready for use in February or March next, at farthest; and, for this purpose, that boards, pitch, oakum, and other necessary materials, be collected, and artificers employed, by the general or commanding officer : Resolved, That the committee have leave to sit again. The committee of treasury reported, that there is due, To P. E. du Simitiere, for designing, making, and drawing a medal for general Washington, 32 dollars: To John Dunlap, for printing sundry resolves of Congress, commissions, proclamations, &c. 654.66 dollars: To John Bates, for camp-kettles delivered to Robert Towers, commissary, 80 dollars: To Joseph Greenvold, for porterage of powder, to the magazine, 37.45 dollars : * To James, Anderson, for ferriage of Virginia troops, wagons, and militia, over Susquehanna, 27.18 dollars: d To the estate of captain Spring, for storage of continental powder, 111.38 ollars: * To the following prisoners from Canada, and to be paid to Mr. Ross, the sum of 229.77 .. viz. o To captain Thomson, expenses of himself and baggage from Albany to Trenton, 11.55 dollars, and his allowance from 26th April to 28th November, inclusive, 31 weeks, at 2 dollars a week, 62 dollars: To Alexander M'Culloch, expenses of himself and baggage from Albany to
Trenton, 10.35 dollars, and his allowance from 26th April to 28th November, inclusive, 31 weeks, at 2 dollars a week, 62 dollars: And, To William Goodwin, his expenses of family and baggage, from Albany to Burlington, 14.27 dollars, and his allowance from 27th March to 27th November, inclusive, 35 weeks, at 2 dollars, 70 dollars: To John House, for his account of ferriage of troops, wagons, and horses over the river Potomac, 30.30 dollars: Ordered, That the said accounts be paid. Itesolved, That the secret committee be directed to provide, as soon as may be, arms and equipage for 3000 horse. Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed to consider and report a proper method for establishing and training cavalry in this continent: The members chosen, Mr. R. H. Lee, Mr. Paine, Mr. Middleton, Mr. Nelson, and Mr. Floyd. A petition from Alexander Mercer was read, and referred to the board of treasury. The committee appointed to confer with the"managers of the lottery, brought in a report, which was taken into consideration : Whereupon, Resolved, That the prizes only be drawn : That the managers be authorized to employ as many clerks to assist in numbering the tickets, as may be necessary for expediting the business: That two presses be employed for printing the tickets: Ordered, That the remainder of the report be re-committed. Resolved, That to-morrow be assigned for appointing the officers of the regiment of artillery ordered to be raised in Virginia. The several matters to this day referred, being postponed, Adjourned to ten o’clock to-morrow.
SATURDAY, JW ovember 30, 1776.
A letter, of the 27th, from general Washington, with a list of the prisoners taken by the enemy during the campaign of 1776; and one, of the same date, from the council of safety of New-York, were read: Ordered, That the same be referred to the board of war, and that they confer with colonel Miles, who is come from New-York on his parole, to expedite the exchange of prisoners. Resolved, That 1000 dollars be advanced to Robert Erwin, wagon-master general, for the public service; he to be accountable. Resolved, That the council of safety of Pennsylvania be requested to have eight carriages for field pieces got ready, with all possible expedition, at the expense of the continent, to be delivered as fast as made, to the order of the board of war. The commissioners for Indian affairs, in the middle department, having transmitted to Congress the minutes of their proceedings, mored That the same be referred to the standing committee for Indian assall'S. * ... The committee appointed to confer with the managers of the lottery, brought in a farther report, which was taken into consideration; Whereupon. . Resolved, That the gratuity to the managers of the lottery, for their trouble in the conduct of that business, be left to the future judgment of Congress: . That the managers be authorized to appoint agents for the sale of the tickets in the several states, and offer them one-tenth per cent, on the tickets or billets by each respectively sold: ... That the public be at the risk of conveying the tickets or billets to the agents in the different states: ...That the agents pay the money received by them for the sale of tickets or billets to the commissioners of the loan-office of the state where they are sold, taking receipts therefor, and transmit them to the managers of the lottery at Philadelphia. Resolved, That the state of New-York be empowered to raise another battalion on the continental establishment: That the convention or council of safety of New-York be empowered to appoint an aid-major to each of the battalions raised by that state, the pay or expense of which to be borne by that state. Agreeable to the order of the day, Congress proceeded to the election of officers for the artillery battalion, ordered to be raised in Virginia; and, the ballots being taken, the following were elected : Charles Harrison, esq. colonel ; Edward Carrington, esq. lieutenant-colonel; Christiern Holmer, major; Samuel Denny, William Pierce, Nathaniel Burwell, Buller Clairborne, Joseph Scot, William Murray, Spotswood Dandridge, Matthew Smith, Sir John Pettus, and William Waters, captains. Resolved, That the governor and council of Virginia be requested to recommend proper persons for subaltern officers. Resolved, That the board of war be directed to purchase, for the public service, six wagons, with four horses and proper harness to each wagon, and to employ suitable drivers. An address from Nicholas Biddle, John Barry, Thomas Read, Charles Alexander, and John Nicholson, was laid before Congress, and read: Ordered, That it be referred to the marine committee, who are directed to pursue such measures as they shall think proper in consequence thereof. The assembly of Pennsylvania having, by Mr. Morris, informed Congress, that they have appointed a committee of their body to confer with a committee of Congress, on the requisition of Congress, to call forth immediately the associators of the city and liberties of Philadelphia, and of the counties of Philao Bucks, Chester, and Northampton: rdered, That the board of war confer with the committee of the assembly of Pennsylvania on this subject, and agree on such measures as shall be deemed most for the public service. The committee of treasury reported, that there is due, To Steiner & Cist, for paper and printing minutes of Congress, &c. and trouble and expenses in attending the making the paper for the loan-office notes, 130 15 dollars. To lieutenant Peacock, a prisoner of the 7th regiment, for his allowance from 20th December, 1775, to the 28th November, 1776, 48 weeks, at 2 dollars, 96 dollars: To Dr. William Currie, for his bill of medicines and provisions to sick soldiers of colonel Scott’s and colonel Lawson’s Virginia regiments, 67 37 dollars: That there should be advanced to major John ilamb, for the payment of the men of his artillery-company, 2000 dollars; he to be accountable: Ordered, That the said accounts be paid. Resolved, That the committee of intelligence be directed and empowered to establish expresses, to go daily to and from head-quarters. Resolved, That when any resolutions are passed which respect the United States, or any of them, or the armies of the said states, they be sent, by ex; press, if the regular post is interrupted or not ready, provided the president shall judge it necessary. A petition from John Noble Taylor, was read: Ordered, That it be referred to the board of war. The several matters to this day referred, being postponed, Adjourned to ten o’clock to-morrow.
SUNDAY, December, 1, 1776.
Congress, on a summons, met this day, when two letters, of the 30th, from general Washington, at Brunswick, were read; Whereupon,
Resolved, That the board of war be directed to order the German battalion to march immediately to join general Washington, and that the said board use every measure in their power to expedite their march with all possible despatch: Resolved, That the council of safety of Pennsylvania be requested to take effectual measures for supplying guards for the public stores, &c. in the room. of the German battalion : That the secret committee be directed to appoint one or more trusty persons, to proceed immediately to the eastern states, and see that the clothing and stores, which have been ordered to be purchased for the army, be collected and forwarded to the army, with all possible despatch ; and that the said person, or persons, have power to purchase, or cause to be purchased, such necessary clothing as can be procured in those states, and to have it forwarded to the army : That general Washington be informed, he has the full approbation of Congress to order the troops, on the east side of Hudson’s river, over to the west side of that river, whenever he shall think it conducive to the public service so to do : * That general Washington be directed to order the clothes, which have been, or shall be sent to head-quarters, or to any of the camps, to be distributed, first among such of the soldiers as stand most in need of them : That Mr. J. Mease be directed to purchase all the hats and caps he can procure, proper for soldiers, and to employ as great a number of taylors as possible in making up clothes for soldiers; and forward those articles, from time to time, as fast as ready, to general Washington: That the medical committee, be directed to take such steps, as they shall judge proper, for the accommodation of the sick of the army. Adjourned to ten o’clock to-morrow.
MONDAY, December 2, 1776.
Resolved, That 800 dollars be advanced to colonel L. Cadwallader, for the use of the men belonging to his battalion; he to be accountable : That 800 dollars be advanced captain Doyle, for the use of his independent company; he to be accountable : o 500 dollars be advanced to Robert Jewell, for which he is to be accountal)16} : That 5333.30 dollars be advanced to the commissioners for Indian affairs in the middle department. A letter, of the 1st, from general Washington, was read : Ordered, That it be referred to the board of war, and that they communicate the contents to the council of safety of Pennsylvania, and take such measures, in consequence thereof, as they shall judge proper. Captain Montgomery having offered his service, with that of his crew, as an *. company, Resolved, That they be taken into the service of the continent for two months, unless sooner discharged. Resolved, That he, the said James Montgomery, be appointed captain, that Samuel Carson be appointed captain-lieutenant, and John Douglass, lieutenant, of said company: That Mr. J. Mease be directed to advance one month's pay to captain Montgomery’s men, upon their inlisting, and that a like advance be made to the other companies of artillery: That the marine committee be empowered to advance 20 dollars to each seaman who will enter to serve on board the Randolph, captain Biddle, the same to be deducted out of their share of the prize-money. Resolved, That the board of war be directed to purchase, immediately, ten or twelve covered wagons for the artillery : *
That the board of war give orders for removing by water to Christianabridge, the 2,000 barrels of beef, now under the care . commissary Wharton. Resolved, That the council of safety of Pennsylvania be requested to send expresses immediately to the counties that have been desired to send forth their associators, urging them forthwith to march, in order to oppose the hasty advances of the enemy. Resolved, That it be recommended to the governor and council of Virginia, to take the most effectual measures for purchasing and collecting, for continental use, all the copper and other materials fit for casting brass field-artillery, that can be got in that state, and that Congress will defray the cost and expense of the same. Resolved, That 100 dollars be advanced to the delegates of Virginia, for the use of the deputy pay-master general in that state. A letter, of the 1st, from general Washington, was read. Mr. Read, a delegate from Delaware state, attended, and produced the creo of the appointment of delegates from that state, which were read as ollows: “In Council, Nov. 8, 1776. Whereas George Read. John Dickinson, and John Evans, esqrs, have been chosen by joint ballot of both houses of assembl y to represent the Delaware state in the Continental Congress: Resolved, That they, or any one or more of them, are hereby fully authorized and empowered, for and in behalf of this state, 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, and welfare of this state in particular, and of America in general ; with power to adjourn to such times and places as shall appear most conducive to the public safety and advantage. Sent for concurrence. ” “In assembly, November 9, 1776. Read and concurred in: “JOHN M'KINLEY, Speaker. “A true copy: “Si,AroR CLAy, Clerk of the Council.” Resolved, That it be recommended to the council of safety of Pennsylvania to send immediately one of their gallies along the Jersey shore, between this and Trenton, to bring over all the river craft, vessels, and boats from the Jersey to the Pennsylvania side of Delaware, in order to prevent their becoming serviceable to the enemy, in their attempts to cross the said river : That it be earnestly recommended to the council of safety of Pennsylvania, to order the battalions of this city immediately to march and join general Washington: o That the said council of safety be requested to furnish the wagon-master general with one thousand wagons for the use of the army; and, as in the present emergency of public affairs, such a supply of wagons is absolutely necessary, that it be recommended to the said council of safety to impress the wagons, if they cannot be otherwise speedily procured. Adjourned to six o'clock. Eope M DIE, P. M.
Resolved, That Mr. J. Mease be directed to receive from Mr. Hyman Levy the goods in his hands purchased for the state of New-York, paying him the balance due for the said goods, together with those he has now o to general Washington, taking especial care that they be sent in so safe and secure a manner as to avoid any danger of falling into the hands of the enemy. The several matters to this day referred, being postponed, Adjourned to ten o’clock to-morrow.
TUESDAY, December 3, 1776.
A letter, of the 2d, from general Washington; one, of the same date, from adjutant-general Reed, and one from J. Mease, were read: