Captains and Lieutenants for the six Troops of Horse elected

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Thursday, June 13, 1776,

The Convention, according to the Order of the Day, proceeded, by ballot, to the appointment of a Captain to the First Troop of Horse; and the Members having prepared tickets with the name of the person to be appointed, and put the same into the ballot-box, Mr˙ Digges, Mr˙ Carrington, Mr˙ Blair, and Mr˙ Randolph, were appointed a Committee to examine the same, and report on whom a majority falls; and it appearing, from their Report, that there was a majority in favour of Theodorick Bland, Jun˙, Esq˙,

Resolved, therefore, That the said Theodorick Bland be appointed Captain of the First Troop of Horse.

The Convention proceeded, in the same manner, to the appointment of a Captain to the Second Troop of Horse; and it appearing from the Report of the Committee that there was a majority of the whole Convention in favour of Benjamin Temple, Esq˙,

Resolved, therefore, That the said Benjamin Temple be appointed Captain to the Second Troop of Horse.

The Convention proceeded, in the same manner, to the appointment of a Captain to the Third Troop of Horse; and it appearing from the Report of the Committee appointed to examine the ballot-box, that the numbers stood as follows:

For John Jameson, Esq˙, - - - - 48
Lewelling Jones, Esq˙, - - - - 17
Henry Lee, Jun˙, Esq˙, - - - - 15
Thomas Edmunds, Esq˙, - - - 9
Tarlton Woodson, Esq˙, - - - 4
John Nelson, Esq˙, - - - 3
Abraham Buford, Esq˙, - - - 2

The question was then put, whether the said John Jameson or Lewelling Jones, on whom the greatest numbers fell on the ballot, should be appointed Captain to the Third Troop of Horse, the majority appeared in favour of the said John Jameson.

Resolved, therefore, That the said John Jameson be appointed Captain to the said Troop of Horse.

The Convention proceeded, in the same manner, to the appointment of a Captain to the Fourth Troop of Horse; and it appearing, from the Report of the Committee appointed to examine the ballot-box, that the numbers stood as follows:

For Lewelling Jones, Esq˙, - - - - 34
Henry Lee, Jun˙, Esq˙, - - - - 27
Cuthbert Harrison, Esq˙, - - - 11

The question was then put, whether the said Lewelling Jones or the said Henry Lee, on whom the greatest numbers fell on the ballot, should be appointed Captain to the said Fourth Troop of Horse, the majority appeared in favour of Lewelling Jones.

Resolved, therefore, That the said Lewelling Jones be appointed Captain to the said Fourth Troop of Horse.

The Convention proceeded, in the same manner, to the appointment of a Captain to the Fifth Troop of Horse; and it appearing, from the Report of the Committee, that there was a majority of the whole Convention in favour of Henry Lee, Jun˙, Esq˙,

Resolved, therefore, That the said Henry Lee be appointed Captain of the Fifth Troop of Horse.

The Convention proceeded, in the same manner, to the appointment of a Captain to the Sixth Troop of Horse; and it appearing, from the Report of the Committee, that there was a majority of the whole Convention in favour of John Nelson, Esq˙,

Resolved, therefore, That the said John Nelson be appointed Captain to the Sixth Troop of Horse.

The Convention proceeded, in the same manner, to the appointment of a Lieutenant to the First Troop of Horse; and it appearing, from the Report of the Committee appointed to examine the ballot-box, that the numbers stood as follows:

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For Cuthbert Harrison, Esq˙, - - - 47
Richard Call, Esq˙ - - -34
William Penn, Esq˙, - - - - 11
Abraham Archer, Esq˙, - - - - 1
John Woodlief, Esq˙, - - - - 1
Thomas Edmunds, Esq˙, - - - 1

The question was then put, whether the said Cuthbert Harrison or Richard Call, on whom the greatest numbers fell on the ballot, should be appointed Lieutenant to the First Troop of Horse, the majority appeared in favour of the said Richard Call.

Resolved, therefore, That the said Richard Call be appointed Lieutenant to the said First Troop of Horse.

The Convention proceeded, in the same manner, to the appointment of a Lieutenant to the Second Troop of Horse; and it appearing, from the Report of the Committee appointed to examine the ballot-box, that the numbers stood as follows:

For Cuthbert Harrison, Esq˙, - - - 34
Thomas Edmunds, Esq˙, - - - 28
James Jones, Esq˙, - - - 23

The question was then put, whether the said Cuthbert Harrison or Thomas Edmunds, on whom the greatest numbers fell on the ballot, should be appointed Lieutenant to the said Second Troop of Horse, the majority appeared in favour of Cuthbert Harrison.

Resolved, therefore, That the said Cuthbert Harrison be appointed Lieutenant to the said Second Troop of Horse.

The Convention proceeded, in the same manner, to the appointment of a Lieutenant to the Third Troop of Horse; and it appearing, from the Report of the Committee appointed to examine the ballot-box, that the numbers stood as follows:

For William Penn, Esq˙, - - - - 26
Spotswood Dandridge, Esq˙, - - 17
John Green, Jun˙, Esq˙, - - - 15

The question was then put, whether the said William Penn or SpotswoodDandridge, on whom the greatest numbers fell on the ballot, should be appointed Lieutenant to the said Third Troop of Horse, the majority appeared in favour of William Penn.

Resolved, therefore, That the said William Penn be appointed Lieutenant to the said Third Troop of Horse.

The Convention proceeded, in the same manner, to the appointment of a Lieutenant to the Fourth Troop of Horse; and it appearing, from the Report of the Committee appointed to examine the ballot-box, that the numbers stood as follows:

For Spotswood Dandridge, Esq˙, - - 34
Edward Garland, Esq˙, - - - 28
John Marshall, Esq˙, - - - - 13

The question was then put, whether the said Spotswood Dandridge or Edward Garland, on whom the greatest numbers fell on the ballot, should be appointed Lieutenant to the said Fourth Troop of Horse, the majority appeared in favour of Spotswood Dandridge.

Resolved, therefore, That the said Spotswood Dandridge be appointed Lieutenant to the said Fourth Troop of Horse.

The Convention proceeded, in the same manner, to the appointment of a Lieutenant to the Fifth Troop of Horse; and it appearing, from the Report of the Committee appointed to examine the ballot-box, that the numbers stood as follows:

For John Belfield, Esq˙ - - -23
William Lindsay, Esq˙, - - - - 19
John Marshall, Esq˙, - - - - 17

The question was then put, whether the said John Befield or William Lindsay, on whom the greatest numbers fell on the ballot, should be appointed Lieutenant to the said Fifth Troop of Horse, the majority appeared in favour of the said John Belfield.

Resolved, therefore, That the said John Belfield be appointed Lieutenant to the said Fifth Troop of Horse.

The Convention proceeded, in the same manner, to the appointment of a Lieutenant to the Sixth Troop of Horse; and it appearing, from the Report of the Committee appointed to examine the ballot-box, that the numbers stood as follows:

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For Addison Lewis, Esq˙, - - - - 22
William Lindsay, Esq˙, - - - 18
John Green, Esq˙, - - - 15

The question was then put, whether the said Addison Lewis or William Lindsay, on whom the greatest numbers fell on the ballot, should be appointed Lieutenant to the said Sixth Troop of Horse, the majority appeared in favour of the said Addison Lewis.

Resolved, therefore, That the said Addison Lewis be appointed Lieutenant to the said Sixth Troop of Horse.

The Order of the Day, for the Convention to resolve itself into a Committee on the state of the Colony, being read,

Ordered, That the same be put off till to-morrow.

Resolved, That the appointment of a Major to command the forces directed to be raised for the better defence of the frontiers, and of a Field Officer to command the Militia directed to be called into duty for the protection of the inhabitants of Fincastle, and of a Paymaster and Commissary thereto, and also the further appointment of Officers to command the Troops of Horse, be put off till to-morrow.

Adjourned till to-morrow, ten o' clock.