Committee for auditing Accounts,Secret Committee to confer and advise with the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental forces, Charles Friend, who gave information of the counterfeiters, rewarded and discharged


Resolved and Ordered, That Messrs˙ Jacobus Van Zandt, Captain Denning, Mr˙ Sands, Mr˙ Beekman, and Mr˙ Evert Bancker, be a Committee for the auditing of Accounts, and to compose a Pay-Table, for the purpose of auditing all Accounts against the Treasury of this Congress. That they, or any three or more of them, do endorse or subscribe every Account they shall pass, and certify how much shall be paid for or on such Account. That such endorsement or certificate shall be a sufficient voucher to the Treasurer of this Congress for the payment of such sum or sums as shall be certified by the said Committee, or a major part of them, to be due or payable on or for such Account, That the said Committee do enter in a book or books, to be by them kept for the purpose, a regular account of all the Accounts by them passed.

That they be empowered to hire and employ one able and sufficient Clerk, and a room for the purpose, and that this Congress will make provision for the payment thereof.

That they be directed to make a separation in the Treasurer' s Accounts between those that are of a Continental nature and those that are merely Provincial, and keep them in a proper state to be transmitted to the Continental Congress when thereunto directed by this Congress or the Committee of Safety.

That they lay before this Congress or Committee of Safety a state of the Accounts of this Colony, from time to time, as they shall be thereunto required. That the said Committee be allowed a reasonable compensation for their services.

The President informed the Congress that General Washington had discovered to him that he had lately received certain letters, affidavits, and advices of some dangerous machinations in this and one of the neighbouring Colonies; that the General does not at present think it necessary to communicate those matters to the whole Congress, but would be obliged by the appointment of a Secret Committee to confer with him on the dangers to which this Colony is exposed from its intestine enemies.

Thereupon, a motion was made and seconded that a Committee on behalf of this Congress, to confer with the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental forces in this Colony on all such matters as he shall choose to mention or communicate to them.

Mr˙ Scott moved, and was seconded, for the following amendment, to wit: That the words "relative to the execution of his office," be inserted between the word "matters" and the word "as."

Debates arose on the said proposed amendment, and the question being put thereon, it was carried in the affirmative for the amendment, in manner following, to wit:

For the Affirmative.

8 New-York,
3 Tryon,
2 Charlotte,
2 King' s,
2 Richmond.

For the Negative.

4 Suffolk,
4 Westchester.

8 votes.

17 votes.

Ordered, therefore, That the said amendment be made.

Thereupon, Resolved and Ordered, That Mr˙ Scott, Mr˙ Morris, Colonel Remsen, Mr˙ Cuyler, and Mr˙ Wickham, or any three or more of them, be a Secret Committee, on behalf of this Congress, to confer and advise with the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental forces in this Colony, on all such matters relative to the execution of his office as he shall choose to mention or communicate to them.

Charles Friend, who voluntarily came to the late Provincial Congress, and gave them information, whereby Israel Youngs, Henry Dawkins, and others, have been apprehended,


and are now in custody, for counterfeiting Continental currency, and the Bills of Credit of the Colonies of Massachusetts-Bayand Connecticut, having since that time been: detained here as an evidence, prays to be dismissed. And John Henderson, who was also brought to this City on the 14th instant as a witness against the said prisoners, and is so poor as to be without means to return home, prays to be dismissed. This Congress are of opinion that, considering the poverty and fidelity of the said Charles Friend, he merits a reward: therefore,

Ordered, That John McKesson, one of the Secretaries, advance to John Henderson two Dollars, to bear his expenses in returning home; and that the said Secretary advance to the said Charles Friend twenty Dollars, as a reward for his fidelity, time, and expenses in coming to New-York to give the information aforesaid. That the Doorkeeper discharge the account of the boarding of the said two witnesses since they arrived in this city, and charge the same in his account.

And Ordered, That Peter Van Brugh Livingston, Esq˙, as Treasurer of this Congress, repay to John McKesson the said sum of twenty-two Dollars, and take his receipt for the same, for which a certified copy of this entry shall be a sufficient voucher.