The two Battalions ordered to the assistance of North-Carolina, called down to supply the place of the Regular forces ordered to the southward

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Tuesday, June 18, 1776.

Several intercepted Letters and Papers on the subject of Indian affairs were laid before the Convention, read, and ordered to be referred to the Committee on the state of the Colony.

The President laid before the Convention a Letter from Major-General Lee to Brigadier-General Lewis, with several Papers enclosed; which were read, and ordered to be referred to a Committee of the whole Convention.

Resolved, That the Convention will immediately resolve itself into a Committee on the said Letter and Papers.

The Convention accordingly resolved itself into a Committee on the said Letter and Papers; 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 Letter and Papers from Major-General Lee to Brigadier-General Lewis, and had come to the following Resolution thereupon; which he read in his place, and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk' s table, where the same was again twice read, and agreed to:

Resolved, That the two Battalions of Minute-men and Militia, lately ordered to the assistance of North-Carolina, be called down to supply the place of such Regular forces as may be ordered to the southward.

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A Petition of Thomas Ritson, of the Borough of Norfolk, was presented to the Convention, and read; setting forth, that the Brig Molly and cargo, stopped by Colonels Howe and Woodford, from the men-of-war, were addressed to him, and that, notwithstanding the salt was imported agreeably to the terms of the Continental Association, the commanding officer did not, as directed by a former Resolution of the Convention, contract with him for the said cargo, but only told him he would settle with him for it, and took the brig and cargo under his direction; and praying to be allowed not only a reasonable price for the cargo aforesaid, but also for the said brig, as she was destroyed in consequence of her being taken by the commanding officer; and also a letter from Brigadier-General Howe, on the subject thereof.

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

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 to-morrow.

Adjourned till to-morrow, ten o' clock.