Charles Henley declared guilty of giving intelligence to the enemies of America, in Virginia, Board of Commissioners to be appointed to superintend and direct all the Naval affairs of the Colony


Monday, June 17, 1776.

Ordered, That the several persons appointed to fix on convenient places and provide the necessary materials for making Salt by the operation of the sun, and to make report, do immediately proceed to erect proper Works for carrying the said necessary business into execution; that John Burton be added to the Commissioners appointed for the County of Accomack, and that any three of the respective Commissioners be a sufficient number to proceed in the said business.

Resolved, That this Convention will on Thursday next proceed, by ballot, to the appointment of Delegates to represent this Colony in General Congress for one year, from the 11th day of August next.

Mr˙ Cary, from the Committee of Privileges and Elections, reported that the Committee had, according to order, proceeded to the examination of Charles Henley, who was apprehended on suspicion of his being inimical to the rights and liberties of America; and that it appeared, from the deposition of Fenwick Lyell, that the said Charles Henley, about the 26th of March last, came on board the ship Dunmore, lying off Norfolk, on purpose, as he said, to inform Lord Dunnore, that if he would send a tender back with him he would load her with live-stock, for that the Princess Anne people chose that he should have it rather than the Shirtmen; that on the 30th of March, being Saturday, the deponent heard the said Charles Henley say, that he was to go round to Currituck, in a tender to be commanded by Lieutenant Wright, and would bring the people a plenty of fresh provisions in a short time; and that they 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 said Charles Henley is guilty of giving intelligence to the enemies of America in Virginia, and ought to be subject to the penalties and forfeitures prescribed and inflicted by an Ordinance intituled An Ordinance for prescribing a mode of punishment for the enemies of America in this Colony.

A Petition of Abraham Hite, the younger, was presented to the Convention, and read: setting forth that, by command of the Lieutenant of the County of Hampshire, he acted as Commissary of Provisions for the Militia, in the Northern Department in the late expedition against the Indians, from some time in July till November, in which character he contracted for provisions, received and had them transported to the proper stations, where he attended at times to see them properly stored, and was at great trouble in procuring wagons, having them appraised, and doing every incident duty therein with diligence and success; that being related to the County Lieutenant, he directed him to avoid every imputation of partiality, to charge the country with the days he was wholly employed in the business aforesaid,


and no more, which amounted to twenty-six, for which he obtained a certificate, and he was allowed only five shillings per day by the Commissioners for his services, from a rule established with respect to others employed in the like service, which, so far from being an adequate satisfaction for his services, was not sufficient to have defrayed his necessary expenses, and praying such further allowance as should be judged reasonable.

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

The Convention then, according to the Order of the Day, resolved itself into a Committee on the state of the Colony; 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 further consideration the state of the Colony, and had come to the following Resolutions thereupon; which he read in his place, and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk' s table, where the same were again twice read, and agreed to:

Resolved, That a Board of Commissioners be appointed to superintend and direct all the Naval affairs of this Colony.

Resolved, That two Row-Galleys be immediately built, and employed for the defence of the Counties of Northampton and Accomack, over and above the Vessels already directed by the Committee of Safety.

Resolved, That proper small Vessels, for the expeditious transportation of the Troops over the several navigable Rivers, ought to be immediately provided.

Resolved, That proper persons be appointed to examine the Channels of the several navigable Rivers in this Colony, and report what places may be proper to erect Batteries.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Archibald Cary, Mr˙ Travis, Mr˙ Wilson Miles Cary, Mr˙ Edmund Randolph, Mr˙ Curie, Mr˙ Blair, Mr˙ Simpson, and Mr˙ Banister, do prepare and bring in an Ordinance pursuant to the three first Resolutions of the Committee; and that Mr˙ Travis, Mr˙ Banister, Mr˙ Curie, and Mr˙ King, be appointed Commissioners to examine accurately the Channel of James River, the nature of the several shoals, the distance of the nearest parts of the channels to the shores, and also the nature of these shores, whether high or low, pursuant to the fourth Resolution of the Committee; that Mr˙ John Perrin, Mr˙ Stephen Bingham, Mr˙ Thomas Archer, and Mr˙ Robert Ruffin, be appointed Commissioners for the like purposes for York River; Mr˙ Richard Mitchell, Mr˙ Hugh Walker, Mr˙ John Gordon, and Mr˙ Rodham Lunsford, for Rappahannock River; Mr˙ John West, Jun˙, Mr˙ William Ramsay, Mr˙ Richard Conway, and Mr˙ John Augustine Washington, for Potomack River; and Mr˙ William Cowan, Mr˙ Anthony Holliday, and Mr˙ John King, for Nansemond River.

Resolved, That this Convention will to-morrow again resolve itself into a Committee on the state of the Colony.

Adjourned till to-morrow, ten o' clock.