Resolution

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The Resolutions of Congress, copies whereof were received with the preceding Letter, were read, and follow, to wit:

"In Congress, December 26, 1775.

"Resolved, That it be recommended to the several Assemblies, Conventions, Councils, or Committees of Safety of the respective Colonies, to ascertain, by the most impartial and effectual means in their power, the number of the Inhabitants in each respective Colony, taking care that the lists be authenticated by the oaths of the several persons who shall be entrusted with this service; and that the said Assemblies, Conventions, Councils, or Committees of Safety, do respectively lay before this Congress a return of the number of Inhabitants in their respective Colonies, as soon as the same shall be procured.

"Extract from the Minutes:

"CHARLES THOMSON, Secretary."

"In Congress, February 17, 1776.

"1st. Resolved, That a Standing Committee of five be appointed for superintending the Treasury.

"5th Article. That it shall be the business of this Committee to obtain from the different Assemblies and Conventions of the United Colonies accounts of the number of Inhabitants of each Colony, according to a Resolution of Congress on that subject.

"Extract from the Minutes:

"CHARLES THOMSON, Secretary."

"At a Board of Treasury held at the Treasury Office in Philadelphia, the 7th day of May, Anno Domini 1776. Present: James Duane, Chairman; Thomas Willing and Elbridge Gerry, Esqs˙, Superintendents; and John Gibson Auditor-General, and William Webb Assistant.

"Ordered, That Letters be written, pursuant to the Resolution of Congress of the 17th day of February, to the different Assemblies and Conventions of the United Colonies, requesting them to furnish accounts of the number of Inhabitants of each Colony, respectively, according to the Resolution of Congress on that subject, and that a copy of the last-mentioned Resolution be forwarded to each of them.

"Extracts from the Minutes of the Treasury Board:

"JOHN GIBSON, Auditor-General."

Ordered, That Mr˙ Glenn, Colonel Stoutenburgh, and Mr˙ Gelston, be a Committee to form and report a plan to ascertain the number of Inhabitants in this Colony, and that they report with all convenient speed.