July 9

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Tuesday, July 9, 1776.

The Board of War brought in a Report, which was taken into consideration:

Whereupon, Resolved, That Abraham Sheppard be appointed Captain, Samuel Finley First Lieutenant, William Kelly Second Lieutenant, Henry Bedinger Third Lieutenant, of the Virginia Rifle Company; and that the Delegates of Virginia be empowered to write to the several County Committees in that State where they think it most proper and probable for the men to be raised, requesting the said Committees to recommend Officers for the appointment of Congress, to fill up Colonel Stevenson' s Regiment, the Officers so recommended to have power immediately to inlist their men, and Commissions be sent them as soon as possible, and that 7,000 Dollars be paid into the hands of Colonel Stevenson, for bounty money and other regimental expenses:

That a further sum of 5,000 Dollars be paid into the hands of said Colonel Stevenson, and 2,500 Dollars to the Delegates of Maryland, for the use of the said Regiment, they to be accountable.

Resolved, That Mr˙ Palfrey, late Aid-de-Camp of General Washington, have the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Continental Army.

The Congress proceeded to the election of a Deputy Mustermaster-General for the Flying-Camp and Militia ordered to rendezvous at Trenton; and, the ballots being taken, Jonathan B˙ Smith was elected.

Resolved, That an Order for 10,000 Dollars be drawn on the Treasurers in favour of the Committee of Secret Correspondence, for the purchase of two Vessels, they to be accountable.

The Committee to whom the Petition of William Poole was referred brought in their Report:

Whereupon, Resolved, That 20 Dollars be paid to the said William Poole for his present support, till regulations are made for the relief of disabled Soldiers.

Resolved, That the Rev˙ Mr˙ Duché be appointed Chaplain to Congress, and that he be desired to attend every morning, at nine o' clock.

Resolved, That the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania release Allan McDonald, of Kingsborough, a prisoner in the Jail of Philadelphia, on his parole, and that upon signing the parole he be treated agreeable to former Resolutions of Congress.

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to settle a cartel for exchange of Prisoners.

The Members chosen: Mr˙ Braxton, Mr˙ Wilson, and, Mr˙ Harrison.

Resolved, That such of the Militia as are employed in making Gun-Locks, and such as are employed in making Cannon and Powder, be detained from marching on the present occasion to New-Jersey.

Resolved, That five of the Committee appointed to inquire into the causes of the miscarriages in Canada be a quorum to proceed to business,

The Committee on the Treasury, to whom the claims of John Walker and Willie Jones, Esqs˙, Commissioners for Indian Affairs in the Southern Department, were referred, reported that there is due —

To John Walker, Esq˙, for one hundred and thirty-nine days he was employed in the Southern Department, at the rate of 4 Dollars a day, 556 Dollars:

To Willie Jones, Esq˙, for his expenses attending Indian affairs at Salisbury, and travelling to sundry places, 250 Dollars; and for ninety-five days on duty, at 4 Dollars a day, 380 Dollars:

Ordered, That the said Accounts be paid.

A Memorial from Ludwick Karcher was presented to Congress and read:

Resolved, That it be referred to the Board of War. Adjourned to nine o' clock, to-morrow.