All persons inimical or disaffected to the liberties of America, to be disarmed and deprived of their ammunition


Ordered, That it be an instruction to the Committee to whom the Report of John Harvie, Gentleman, was referred on Saturday last, that they also receive the Report of Joseph Neaville, Gentleman, who was appointed to revise and adjust the Accounts against the publick for the late Indian expedition, in the Counties of Berkeley, Frederick, Dunmore, and Hampshire, and that they report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the Convention.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Simpson, Mr˙ Richard Cary, Mr˙ Lockhart, Mr˙ Bowyer, Mr˙ Johnson, and Mr˙ Bullitt, be added to the Committee to whom the said Report is referred; and that any seven of the said Committee be a sufficient number to proceed to business.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Curle and Mr˙ Holt be added to the Committees of Privileges and Elections, Propositions and Grievances, and to the Committee appointed to prepare such a plan of Government as will be most likely to maintain peace and order in this Colony, and secure substantial and equal liberty to the people.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Newton and Mr˙ Russell be added to the Committee of Propositions and Grievances, and to the Committee appointed to prepare an Ordinance to encourage the making of Salt, Saltpetre, and Gunpowder.

A Petition of John Smelly and Joseph Cutchin was presented to the Convention, and read; setting forth, that they have been Inspectors at Smithfield and Fulham' s Warehouses


for many years, during which they used their utmost diligence in discharging their duty; that, on delivering the tobacco out of the said warehouses, they discovered that six hogsheads, containing six thousand two hundred and twelve pounds, for which they have been obliged to pay twenty shillings per hundred; and praying, as the same was not lost through any fault or neglect of theirs, to be indemnified by the publick.

Also a Petition of Michael Coulter; setting forth, that he went on the late Indian expedition in Captain McDowell' s Company, stipulating at the time that if carpenters were employed, he should be one; that, on going to the levels of Greenbrier, he was employed by Colonel Charles Lewis in the carpenter' s business till the first of November, for which he was allowed only some few shillings more than soldier' s pay; and praying a further allowance.

Also a Petition of John Lyle; setting forth, that he was employed by Sampson Matthews as a master drover on the late Indian expedition, and purchased a number of cattle for the said expedition, and was assured that he should receive the same wages as others employed in the same business; that, on receiving his pay, he finds it to be less than several others received for the said purposes; and praying a further allowance.

Ordered, That the said several Petitions be referred to the Committee of Publick Claims; and they are to inquire into the truth 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 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; 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 said Ordinance, and had made some 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 a Committee on the said Ordinance.

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.

Resolved, That all persons inimical or disaffected to the liberties or America ought to be disarmed, and deprived of their Ammunition.

And for more speedily and effectually carrying into execution this necessary work:

Resolved, That the Committees of all the Counties, Towns, and Corporations in Virginia, without loss of time, make diligent search and inquiry in their respective limits for discovering and detecting such enemies or disaffected persons; and in all cases where there is ground to suspect the fidelity and attachment of any person or persons to the American interest, the said Committees be empowered and directed to tender to such suspected person or persons, and to them only, the following Oath, or if such person, from religious principles, scruples taking an oath, an affirmation to the like effect:

"I, A, B, in the presence of Almighty God, do solemnly swear that I will, to the utmost of my power, support, maintain, and defend, the Government and territory of Virginia, in the present just and necessary war, against all persons whatsoever who do or may levy or carry on any hostility or war against the same; and that I will not, in any manner, aid, assist, comfort, countenance, correspond with, or abet, any person whatsoever whom I shall know, or have any cause to suspect, have designs to further, aid, or assist, the tyrannical and cruel war which the British King and Parliament have levied against America; and that I will, from time to time, disclose and make known all traitorous conspiracies and attempts against the peace and safety of Virginia which shall come to my knowledge. So help me God."

And that the Arms and Ammunition of the inimical and disaffected persons aforesaid, and of such as refuse to take and subscribe the aforesaid oath, be appraised and used, and applied, in the manner and for the purposes directed by the General Congress in their Resolution of March 14th, ultimo.

Adjourned till to-morrow, ten o' clock.