Commissioners appointed for erecting a Foundry for the casting of Ordnance, Ordinance for augmenting the Ninth Regiment of Regular forces, providing for the better de fence of the frontiers of the Colony, and for raising four Troops of Horse, presented

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Saturday, May 25, 1776.

Resolved, That the Committee of Safety be desired to forward the Salt Works intended to be erected, in such manner as to them shall seem most likely to produce an adequate supply of that necessary article.

The President laid before the Convention two Letters received from a Committee of the General Congress, and Mr˙ Harvie a Letter received by him from the same persons, on the subject of Indian affairs; which were read, and ordered to lie on the table.

Resolved, That Richard Adams, Nathaniel Wilkinson, and Turner Southall, Esquires, be, and they are hereby, constituted and appointed Commissioners for erecting a Foundry for the casting of Ordnance, pursuant to a Resolution of this Convention of the 22d instant; and that the said Commissioners, or any two of them, be empowered to engage proper workmen, and all things necessary to perfect and work the same in the most expeditious manner, and to draw on the Treasurer of this Colony, from time to time, for such sums of money as they shall judge necessary.

A Petition of the Inhabitants of the County of Hanover was presented to the Convention, and read; setting forth that, determined to oppose the tyrannical measures of the British Ministry, they did, agreeably to the directions of the General Congress and Convention, proceed to the choice of a Committee for their said County; but that the Tellers of the ballots, after the election was over, took upon themselves to exclude some who were chosen by the voice of the people, and admit others who were not, greatly to the injury of that harmony and concord which has ever prevailed among them; and praying that the said Committee may be dissolved and a new one chosen, and that an Ordinance may pass incapacitating any person from holding any place of trust in the Government, after a breach of publick faith, or a manifest abuse of power.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Propositions and Grievances; and they are to report the same, together with their opinion thereupon, to the Convention.

Mr˙ Bowyer, from the Committee appointed, presented to the Convention, according to order, an Ordinance for augmenting the Ninth Regiment of Regular forces, providing for the better defence of the frontiers of this Colony, and for raising four Troops of Horse; which was read the first time, and ordered to be read a second time.

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 Monday next.

An Ordinance for augmenting the Ninth Regiment of Regular forces, providing for the better defence of the frontiers of this Colony, and for raising four Troops of Horse, was read a second time, and ordered to be committed to a Committee of the whole Convention.

Resolved, That this Convention will, on Monday next, resolve itself into a Committee on the said Ordinance.

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Mr˙ Harvie, to whom it was referred, at the last Convention, to settle and state such of the Claims against the publick, on account of the late expedition against the Indians, as then remained unsettled, and to revise those already settled, in West-Augusta, made a Report of his proceedings therein; which was ordered to be referred to Mr˙ Archibald Cary, Mr˙ Thomas Lewis, Mr˙ Fleming, Mr˙ Winn, Mr˙ Rutherford, Mr˙ Wood, Mr˙ Drew, Mr˙ Bird, Mr˙ Tipton, Mr˙ Mercer, Mr˙ Hite, Mr˙ Simms, Mr˙ McDowell, Mr˙ Madison, Mr˙ Moore, and Mr˙ Strother; and they are to report the same, together with their opinion thereupon, to the Convention.

Adjourned till Monday, ten o' clock.