Committee to consider the charge against Joseph Blanchard, a prisoner on parole


Die Mercurii, 9 ho˙ A˙ M˙, May 22, 1776.

The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.

FOR NEW-YORK. — Mr˙ Alsop, Major Stoutenburgh, Mr˙ Evert Bancker, Mr˙ Sands, Mr˙ Scott, Mr˙ Randall, Mr˙ Lewis.

FOB ALBANY. — Colonel Glenn, Captain Cuyler.

FOR KING' S. — Mr˙ Vanderbilt, Mr˙ Polhemus.

FOR QUEEN' S. — Mr˙ Lawrence.

FOR WESTCHESTER. — Mr˙ Morris, Colonel Drake, Mr˙ Tompkins, Mr˙ Haviland, Mr˙ Paulding.

FOR ORANGE. — Mr˙ Haring, Mr˙ Little.

FOR CHARLOTTE. — Mr˙ Webster.

FOR TRYON. — Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Harper.

FOR SUFFOLK. — General Woodhull, Mr˙ Wickham, Mr˙ Gelston.

FOR RICHMOND. — Mr˙ Journey, Mr˙ Conner.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Richard Norwood, Commissary of Colony Stores, from time to time deliver to Colonel Curtenius, or his Order, for the use of the Continental Troops raised in this Colony, as many Pouches and Belts, Bayonet-Belts and Gun-slings, as Colonel Curtenius shall order and direct. That Mr˙ Norwood take from time to time receipts for such parcels as he may from time to time deliver.

A Letter from Doctor John Hill, dated at Albany, the 12th instant, was read and filed. He thereby requests that he may be appointed Surgeon to Colonel Clinton' s Regiment.


Mr˙ Haviland, of Westchester County, and Mr˙ Haring, of Orange County, respectively attended as Members to take their seats, and each of them respectively was duly sworn, and took the general oath of secrecy, in the words following, to wit:

"I do solemnly swear on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God, that I will, at all times, keep secret all such matters and things as shall at any time be given in charge from the Chair, by order of this Congress, to be kept secret, until leave shall be given from the Chair, by order of this Congress, to reveal the same."

Ordered, That Mr˙ Cuyler and Colonel Gilbert Drake, be a Committee to take into consideration the charge against Joseph Blanchard (a prisoner on his parole) for having kept a communication with some person on board of either one of the ships of war, or the ship on board of which Governour Tryon resides, contrary to the regulations established for that purpose. That the said Committee have power to send for and examine persons and papers, and that they make report by what persons and by what means such communication has been kept open, and such other matters relative thereto as the said Committee may think necessary or proper.