Representation from the Inhabitants of some late purchases on the Rivers Wattaugah and Holstein: Sensible of the distresses of their American brethren, they will assist them with their lives and fortunes; and beg to be considered as part of the Colony of Virginia

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Thursday, May 23, 1776.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Fleming be added to the Committee of Publick Claims.

It being represented to the Convention that many of the Minute-men and Militia who are to be employed for the assistance of North-Carolina, are without Tents, Blankets, &c˙,

Resolved, That it be an instruction to the Committee of Safety to give such orders, in that respect, as to them shall seem proper.

A Representation from the Inhabitants of some late purchases on the Rivers Wattaugah and Holstein, setting forth that they are deeply impressed with a sense of the distresses of their American brethren, and will, when called upon, with their lives and fortunes, lend them every assistance in their power; that they beg to be considered as a part of this Colony, and will readily embrace every opportunity of obeying any instructions or commands they may receive from the Convention.

Ordered, That the said Representation be referred to the Committee on the state of the Colony.

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 Saturday next.

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Ordered, That an Ordinance be brought in pursuant to the Resolutions for augmenting the Ninth Regiment of Regular forces raised for the defence and protection of this Colony, for raising four Troops of Horse, and for raising men for the defence of the frontier Counties in this Colony; and that Mr˙ Henry, the Members for Augusta, Botetourt, Fincastle, West-Augusta, Hampshire, Frederick, Berkeley, Dunmore, Accomack, and Northampton, be a Committee to prepare and bring in the same.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Henry Lee be added to the Committee of Propositions and Grievances.

Adjourned till to-morrow, ten o' clock.