Intercepted Letters to Governour Eden, laid before the Convention, Leave given to bring in an Ordinance for establishing a mode of Tobacco payments, John Tayloe Corbin to be sent for in custody under a strong guard, Committee of Propositions and Grievances, Petition of John Ballendine, who is engaged in making a canal from Westham to Richmond, on James River


Wednesday, May 8, 1776.

The President laid before the Convention, according to order, the Secretary of State' s intercepted Letters to Governour Eden, of Maryland, and also the Act of Parliament enclosed therein.

Ordered, That the same do lie on the table.


Ordered, That leave be given to bring in an Ordinance to amend an Ordinance, entitled An Ordinance for establishing a mode of making Tobacco Payments during the discontinuance of the Inspection Law, and for other purposes therein mentioned; and that Mr˙ Dandridge and Mr˙ Gray do prepare and bring in the same.

The President laid before the Convention a Letter from Mr˙ John Tayloe Corbin to Mr˙ Charles Neilson, containing sentiments inimical to America, together with the Proceedings of the Committee for the County of King and Queen thereupon; which being read,

Ordered, That the said Letter and Proceedings be referred to the Committee of Privileges and Elections, and that the said John Tayloe Corbin be sent for in custody under a strong guard.

The President also laid before the Convention the Proceedings of the Courts of the Counties of Northampton and Stafford, upon the trial of several Negro Slaves therein mentioned, who were convicted of Felony, and sentenced to be executed; which being read,

Ordered, That the Committee of Safety do write to the said Courts of Northampton and Stafford, directing a suspension of the execution of the Slaves aforesaid, till the further order of the Convention.

Ordered, That a Committee of Propositions and Grievances be appointed, of the following persons: Mr˙ Treasurer, Mr˙ Henry, Mr˙ William Harwood, Mr˙ Isaac Smith, Mr˙ William Cabell, Mr˙ Penn, Mr˙ Lynch, Mr˙ Bowyer, Mr˙ Maclin, Mr˙ Tazewell, Mr˙ Patteson, Mr˙ John Cabell, Mr˙ Acrill, Mr˙ Field, Mr˙ Strother, Mr˙ Mayo, Mr˙ Bird, Mr˙ Tipton, Mr˙ King, Mr˙ Meriwether Smith, Mr˙ Edmondson, Mr˙ West, Mr˙ Pickett, Mr˙ Scott, Mr˙ Thomas M˙ Randolph, Mr˙ Woodson, Mr˙ Syme, Mr˙ Wilkinson, Mr˙ Norvell, Mr˙ Wills, Mr˙ Faulcon, Mr˙ Gordon, and Mr˙ Clapham.

And they are to meet and adjourn from day to day, and to take into their consideration all propositions and grievances that shall be referred to them, and to report their opinions thereupon to the Convention; and the said Committee are to have power to send for persons, papers, and records, for their information.

Resolved, That eleven of the said Committee be a sufficient number to proceed to business.

A Petition of John Ballendine was presented to the Convention, and read; setting forth, that he is now engaged in opening the navigation, by a canal, from Westham to Richmond, on James River, as also in an Iron work lately discovered up the said river, equally serviceable to the publick; and that it will greatly promote the same if the Convention would direct the several Slaves confined in the publick Jail to be employed therein, and would also lessen the expense attending their imprisonment; and praying that the said Slaves may be delivered to him, for the purposes aforesaid.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Propositions and Grievances; and they are to report the same, together with their opinion thereupon, to the Convention.

Ordered, That the Treasurer do lay his Accounts before the Convention.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Johnson, Mr˙ Meriwether, Mr˙ Garland, Mr˙ Farmer, Mr˙ Montague, Mr˙ Speed, Mr˙ Goode, Mr˙ Cowper, Mr˙ Cralle, Mr˙ Nathaniel Lyttleton Savage, Mr˙ George Savage, Mr˙ Madison, Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Lankford, Mr˙ Williams, Mr˙ Watts, Mr˙ Booker, Mr˙ Muse, Mr˙ McCarty, Mr˙ Gray, Mr˙ Henry Taylor, Mr˙ Brent, Mr˙ Cocke, Mr˙ Faulcon, Mr˙ Gee, Mr˙ Richard Gary, Mr˙ Washington, Mr˙ Travis, Mr˙ James Taylor, and Mr˙ Samuel Harwood, be added to the Committee of Privileges and Elections.

Ordered, That the Chaplain be desired to preach on Friday, the 17th instant, at the Church in the City of Williamsburgh, being the day set apart by the General Congress to be kept as a publick Fast, and that the Printers be directed to republish the Resolution of the General Congress recommending the said Fast.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Edmund Pendleton, Jun˙, be appointed Clerk to the Committee of Propositions and Grievances. The Convention being informed that Captain Taylor, Commander of one of the armed Vessels fitted out for the


defence of this Colony, had seized four Vessels in Rappahannock River, supposed to be British property,

Resolved, That the Committees for the Counties of Caroline and Spottsylvania, respectively, do inquire into the property of the said Vessels; and that, in such inquiry, the onus probandi do lie on the claimants, and that the said Committees do report their proceedings therein to the Convention.

The President laid before the Convention, from the Committee of Safety, the Proceedings of the Court of Commissioners for the County of Gloucester on the trial of John Wilkie, who was found guilty of giving intelligence to the enemies of America; which being read and considered,

Ordered, That Sir John Peyton, Bart˙, be appointed a Commissioner to make sale of the Estate of the said Wilkie, for ready money, and pay the same into the hands of the Treasurer, there to remain till the further order of the Convention, and that he also return an account thereof to the said Treasurer.

Adjourned till to-morrow, ten o' clock.