July 5

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CONTINENTAL CONGRESS.

Friday, July 5, 1776.

A Letter from Captain Crawford, a prisoner of the 26th Regiment, was read, requesting leave to visit the Prisoners in the several places where they are confined.

Resolved, That, in the present situation of affairs, such leave be not granted.

The Committee on Ways and Means brought in a Report, which was read.

Ordered, To lie on the table.

The Account and Vouchers of Mr˙ Price being laid before Congress,

Resolved, That they be referred for adjustment to the Board of Treasury.

The Board of War brought in a Report:

Whereupon, Resolved, That a Regiment be raised out of the Officers who served in Canada, on the same terms on which the Regiment to be commanded by Colonel Dubois is to be raised; and that the following persons be appointed Officers of the said Regiment: Seth Warner Colonel, Samuel Safford Lieutenant-Colonel, Elisha Painter Major. Wait Hopkins, John Grant, Gideon Brownson, Abiather Angel, Simeon Smith, Joshua Stanton, — Seely, Jacob Vorsboroug, Captains; John Allen, — Fusset, — Walbridge, — Deane, James Gold, — Sill, Ebenezer Hide, Gamaliel Painter, First Lieutenants; Ebenezer Beaumont Adjutant.

Resolved, That the President write to Governour Cooke, requesting him to order fifty Ship-Carpenters to be engaged, on the best terms, at the expense of the Continent, and sent to General Schuyler, at Albany, as soon as possible, in order to build Vessels for the defence of the Lakes.

The Committee of Congress, appointed to confer with the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania, the Committee of Inspection and Observation for the City and Liberties of Philadelphia, and the Field Officers of the five Battalions of the said City, reported, that they have had a meeting with the Committees and Officers aforesaid, and have agreed to the following Resolutions, viz:

That all the Associated Militia of Pennsylvania, (excepting the Counties of Westmoreland, Bedford, and Northumberland,) who can be furnished with arms and accoutrements, be forthwith requested to march, with the utmost expedition, to Trenton, (except the Militia of Northampton County, who

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are to march directly for New-Brunswick, ) in New-Jersey; and that the said Militia continue in service until the Flying-Camp of ten thousand men can be collected to relieve them, unless they shall be sooner discharged by Congress:

That the Militia march by Companies to the place of rendezvous:

That the said Militia be taken into the Continental pay, and receive the same pay, allowances and rations with the Continental Troops, from the time they begin their march until they return to their respective homes:

That those of the three Battalions of the Pennsylvania Troops now remaining in the Province, be ordered to march immediately for New-Brunswick, in New-Jersey:

That the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania provide as many tents as they can for said Militia:

That the Committee of Inspection and Observation in the several Counties furnish a good kettle to every six men, and give all the assistance in their power, that the said Militia be well armed and equipped, and march with the greatest expedition:

That the Committees of Inspection for the several Counties of Pennsylvania be desired to order such Troops as they may raise for the Flying-Camp to be marched to Trenton; the Resolve of Congress passed yesterday to march them to Philadelphia to the contrary notwithstanding.

Whereupon, Resolved, That this Congress highly approve the foregoing Resolutions, and recommend it to the good people of Pennsylvania to carry the same into execution with the same laudable readiness which they have hitherto manifested in supporting the injured rights of their country.

Resolved, That Colonel Hazlet, of the Battalion in Delaware Government, be ordered to station one Company at Lewistown, and to march the remaining seven to Wilmington, and there remain until further order of this Congress.

Resolved, That the Commissioners for Indian Affairs in the Southern Department, while on actual service, receive four Dollars a day.

The Committee on the Treasury reported that there is due to John Walker, Esquire, one of the Commissioners of Indian Affairs in the Southern Department, the sum of 869 67-90 Dollars, for several Horses, a Wagon and Geers, and expenses in travelling two thousand five hundred miles.

Ordered, That the said Account be paid.

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The Committee appointed to consider the state of Georgia, brought in their Report, which was taken into consideration;

Whereupon, Resolved, That for the defence of Georgia there be an addition of two Battalions, (one of them to consist of Riflemen,) to be raised on the same terms on which other Continental Battalions are now ordered to be raised:

That blank Commissions for the Field-Officers be sent to the Convention of Georgia, to be filled up with the names of such persons as the said Convention shall judge proper:

That it be recommended to the Assemblies, Conventions, or Councils of Safety, of Virginia, North and South-Carolina, to permit the raising Troops, for the purpose aforesaid, within their respective States; and, if requested, to afford their advice and assistance with regard to suitable persons for Captains and Subalterns, and that blank Commissions be delivered to the Delegates:

That four Galleys be built at the expense of the United States, under the direction of the Convention of Georgia, for the further defence of the said State.

And whereas the Delegates of Georgia have represented the necessity of erecting two Forts, one at Savannah and the other at Sunbury;

Resolved, That two Companies of Artillery be raised, consisting of fifty men each, Officers included, for the purpose of garrisoning such Forts, in case they shall be erected, by and at the expense of Georgia; and that blank Commissions be delivered to the Delegates, for the Officers, to be filled up by the Assembly or Convention of the said State.

Resolved, That General Washington be empowered, if he shall judge it advisable, to order three of the fullest Regiments, stationed in Massachusetts-Bay, to be immediately marched to Ticonderoga; and that an equal number of the Militia of that State be taken into pay, and imbodied for its defence, if the Government of Massachusetts-Bay judge it necessary.

The Board of War brought in a Report, which was taken into consideration;

Whereupon, Resolved, That Mr˙ John Coburne, who has acted as an Assistant Conductor of Military Stores in Canada, and has produced certificates of his having done his duty in that station, be allowed Lieutenant' s pay, from the first day of March to the first day of June last:

That a Chaplain be appointed to each Regiment in the Continental Army, and that their allowance be increased to thirty-three Dollars and one-third of a Dollar a month:

That immediate steps be taken in the several Colonies to procure Lead:

That the Postmaster-General be directed immediately to have Expresses established between this City and New-York; and that General Washington be desired to send off Despatches to Congress every day.

The Board of War brought in a Report, which was taken into consideration;

Whereupon, Resolved, That the Secret Committee be directed to send forthwith to General Lewis, at Williamsburgh, five tons of Powder, for the use of the Troops in the Southern Department, part of which is to be forwarded to South-Carolina:

That the British Officers and Soldiers who are Prisoners, and now in New-Jersey, be sent from thence to the Town of York, in Pennsylvania; and that the Convention or Committee of Safety of New-Jersey be requested to carry this Resolve into immediate execution:

That four Companies of the Militia be directed to remain in Philadelphia, to guard the Continental Stores in that City. The matters to this day referred, being postponed,

Adjourned to nine o' clock, to-morrow.