March of the Minute-Men and Militia ordered to the assistance of North-Carolina, countermanded, No person to be admitted into the lobby or gallery of the House, without the permission of some member of the Convention, Powers of the Committee of Safety continued, Declaration of Rights, considered in Committee of the Whole

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Wednesday, May 29, 1776.

Ordered, That the march of the Minute-Men and Militia ordered to the assistance of North-Carolina be for the present countermanded, and that the Committee of Safety do give such directions respecting them as they shall judge most beneficial for the publick service.

Ordered, That no person be admitted into the lobby or gallery of the House, without the permission of some Member of the Convention.

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Resolved, That the Committee of Safety do continue to exercise the powers with which they were vested by the several Ordinances of Convention, in the same manner as they were authorized to do during the recess of Convention.

Ordered, That Mrs˙ Goodrich, the wife of John Goodrich, who is now confined in the publick Jail, be admitted, with her small children, to have access to her said husband; but that she be not afterwards permitted to leave the City of Williamsburgh, without the further order of this Convention.

The Convention then, according to the Order of the Day, resolved itself into a Committee on the Declaration of Rights, and after some time spent therein, Mr˙ President resumed the chair, and Mr˙ Cary reported, that the Committee had, according to order, had under their consideration the said Declaration, but not having time to go through the same, had directed him to move for leave to sit again.

Resolved, That this Convention will, to-morrow, again resolve itself into a Committee on the said Declaration.

A Petition of Christopher Calvert was presented to the Convention, and read; setting forth, that he was possessed of a likely Negro man slave named Davy, who, being suspected of a design to make his escape to Lord Dunmore, was taken up and sent to Williamsburgh for trial; that he was afterwards sent up the country, where he has been, and still is, employed in some publick work; that, not being able to bear such a loss at this time, he prays the Convention will either pay him the value of the said slave, to be estimated by impartial judges, or return him, as shall be thought best.

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

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

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

Adjourned till to-morrow, ten o' clock.