Committee appointed to inquire whether any and what bounty is necessary for encouraging the manufacturing of gunpowder

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On motion of Mr˙ Jay,

Ordered, That a Committee be appointed to inquire whether any and what Bounty is necessary for encouraging the manufacturing of Gunpowder in this State.

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That Mr˙ William˙ Smith, Mr˙ Zephaniah Plait, and Mr˙ William Harper, be the Committee for that purpose.

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to employ-proper persons for making discoveries and assays of Sulphur, Lead, and Flint, within this State.

That for this purpose they have power to draw on the Treasury for a sum not exceeding five hundred Dollars; and that they report their proceedings to this Convention; and that Mr˙ Wisner, Sen˙, Mr˙ Robert Yates, Mr˙ William Harper, Mr˙ Adgate, and Doctor Crane, be the Committee for the purposes above mentioned.

Ordered, That the appointing Inspectors of Saltpetre and Gunpowder, manufactured in or imported into this State, be taken into consideration on Saturday next.

Resolved, That the Committee for establishing Posts and obtaining Intelligence be empowered to appoint a Secretary, and to allow him a reasonable compensation.