Petition from Margaret Goodrich, praying that her husband, John Goodrich, may not be sent to the back parts of the Colony

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Wednesday, June 5, 1776.

A Petition of Margaret Goodrich was presented to the Convention, and read; setting forth, that she is greatly alarmed at a report which prevails, that her husband, John Goodrich, is intended to be sent to the back parts of this Colony; that, by, this step, he will be deprived of those conveniences and necessaries which he is now able to procure from his estate, which lies in the lower parts of this country; and praying that he may be permitted to remain at some plantation at or near his friends.

Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the table.

A Petition of the Inhabitants of Mecklenburgh County was presented to the Convention, and read; setting forth that, before passing the late Ordinance for establishing a mode of making Tobacco payments during the discontinuance of the Inspection Law, the Vestry of St˙ James' s Parish, in that County, proceeded to lay the levy in money, notwithstanding the many difficulties they labour under for want of trade in that part of the Colony, where the cultivation of tobacco, with which it has been usual to discharge their levies, is the principal object of the planter; and praying such relief as shall be thought just and reasonable.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Propositions and Grievances; that they inquire into the allegations thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the 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 Declaration of Rights, and had made a further progress therein, 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 the said Committee.

A Petition of Mary Elligood was presented to the Convention, and read; setting forth, that she has for some time past been in great distress, all the personal estate of her husband, Mr˙ Jacob Elligood, being seized, as she understands, for the use of the country, and that she, with three children, is by that means deprived of every necessary of life, and obliged to depend for their subsistence on the benevolence of her friends; that she is advised there is no provision made for the maintenance of the wives and children of those who are judged inimical to the liberties of America; and praying

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that such allowance may be made her and her children, out of her said husband' s estate, as to this Convention shall seem just and reasonable.

Ordered, That the said several Petitions be referred to the Committee of Privileges and Elections; that they inquire into the allegations thereof, and 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.

Ordered, That the Committee appointed to inquire into and report the cause and means of depreciating the value of the Paper money of this country, and at what rates the goods are sold at the publick Store, do also inquire and report what money hath been advanced, and to whom, for the pay of the soldiers in the Regular service, and whether the same hath been actually paid to such soldiers; and that Mr˙ Starke and Mr˙ David Mason be added to the said Committee.

Adjourned till to-morrow, ten o' clock.