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Friday, October 28, 1774.

The Order of the Day was moved for.

Resolved, That the Congress now proceed to the choice of a Receiver General.

Ordered, That Colonel Warren, Doctor Holten, and Colonel Lee, be a Committee to count and sort the votes for a Receiver General.

The Congress then proceeded to bring in their votes for a Receiver General; the Committee having counted and sorted the same, reported that the Honourable Samuel Dexter, Esquire, was chosen. But upon a motion by him made, that he might be excused from serving in that office, and having offered his reasons for his motion, the question was put, whether he be excused accordingly, and it passed in the affirmative.

Resolved, That the choice of a Receiver General be put off till three o' clock this afternoon.

The Committee on the State of the Province reported a Resolve, relative to the removal of the inhabitants of the town of Boston from thence, which was read.

Afternoon.

Upon a motion made by Mr˙ Greenleaf, one of the Committee for providing stores, that he might be excused from serving in that office, and having offered his reasons for his motion, the question was put, whether he be excused accordingly, and it passed in the affirmative.

The Congress resumed the consideration of the Report of the Committee, recommending the removal of the inhabitants of the town of Boston from thence. Ordered to be recommitted, and that the Committee sit forthwith.

Resolved, That the Congress now proceed to the choice of a Receiver General. The votes being carried in, and the Committee having sorted and counted the same, reported that Henry Gardner, Esquire, was chosen.

Resolved, That the Congress now proceed, according to their order in the forenoon, to bring in their votes for the choice of a person to fill up the Committee for providing stores, in the place of Mr˙ Greenleaf, who was excused. The Committee having sorted and counted the same, reported that Mr˙ Benjamin Hall was chosen.

The Committee on the State of the Province reported a Resolve relative to the Collecting and Paying the outstanding Taxes, which was read and accepted; but, upon a motion, the above vote was reconsidered, and the Report was committed to Major Hawley, Mr˙ Gerry, and Major Foster, for amendments, which was done, was again considered and accepted, and is as followeth, viz:

Whereas, the Moneys heretofore granted and ordered to be assessed by the General Court of this Province, and not paid into the Province Treasury, will be immediately wanted to supply the unexpected and pressing demands of this Province, in its present distressed circumstances, and

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it having been recommended by this Congress that the same should not be paid to the Honourable Harrison Gray, Esquire, for reasons most obvious; Therefore,

Resolved, That Henry Gardner, Esquire, be, and he hereby is, appointed Receiver General until the further order of this or some other Congress, or House of Representatives of this Province, whose business it shall be to receive all such moneys as shall be offered to be payed into his hands for the use of the Province by the several Constables, Collectors, and other persons, by order of the several Towns or Districts, and to give his receipt for the same; and the same moneys to pay out to the Committee of Supplies, or a major part of them, already appointed by this Congress, or the order of said Committee, or the major part of them, for the payment of such disbursements as they shall find to be necessary for the immediate defence of the inhabitants of this Province. And it is hereby recommended to the several Towns and Districts within this Province, that they immediately call Town and District Meetings, and give directions to all Constables, Collectors, and other persons who may have any part of the Province Money collected by Taxes of such Towns or Districts in their respective hands or possession, in consequence of any late order and directions of any Towns or Districts, that he or they immediately pay the same to the said Henry Gardner, Esq˙, for the purposes aforesaid.

And it is also recommended, that the several Towns and Districts in said directions signify and expressly engage, to such Constables, Collectors, or other persons, who shall have their said moneys in their hands, that their paying the same in manner as aforesaid, and producing a receipt therefor, shall ever hereafter operate as an effectual discharge to such persons for the same. And it is hereby recommended, that the like order be observed respecting the Tax ordered by the Great and General Court at their last May session.

And it is hereby further recommended to all Sheriffs who may have in their hands any moneys belonging to the Province, that they immediately pay the same to the said Receiver General, for the purposes aforesaid, taking his receipt therefor.

And the said Henry Gardner, Esquire, the Receiver General, shall be accountable to this or some other Congress or House of Representatives of this Province, for whatever they shall do touching the premises. And to the end that all the moneys heretofore assessed in pursuance to any former grants and orders of the Great and General Court or Assembly of this Province, and hitherto uncollected by the several Constables and Collectors, to whom the several lists of assessments thereof were committed, may be effectually levied and collected, and also to the end, that all the moneys granted, and ordered to be assessed by the General Court at their session in May last, which have been assessed, or which may be assessed, may be also speedily and punctually collected, it is earnestly recommended by this body, to the several Constables and Collectors respectively, who have such assessments in their hands, or to whom any assessments yet to be made, may be committed by the Assessors of any Towns or Districts, that in the levying and collecting the respective part or proportion of the total of such assessments, therein set down to the several persons named therein, they should act and proceed in the same manner as is expressed and prescribed in the form of a Warrant given and contained in one act or law of this Province, entitled, "An Act prescribing the form of a Warrant for collecting of Town Assessments," &c. And it is also hereby strongly recommended to all the inhabitants of the several Towns and Districts in this Province, that they, without fail, do afford to their respective Constables and Collectors all that aid and assistance which shall be necessary to enable them in that manner to levy the contents of such assessments, and that they do oblige and compel the said Constables and Collectors to comply with and execute, the directions of this Resolve, inasmuch as the present most alarming situation and circumstances of this Province does make it absolutely necessary for the safety thereof.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Appleton, Mr˙ Cushing, and Mr˙ Palmer be a Committee to bring in a Resolve relative to a Non-consumption Agreement.

Ordered, That Major Hawley, Mr˙ Cushing, and Mr˙

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Gerry, be a Committee to prepare and bring in a Resolve relative to an Equal Representation of the Province in Congress at the next meeting thereof.

The Committee appointed to bring in a Resolve inviting the constitutional Counsellors of this Province to attend this Congress at the next meeting thereof upon adjournment, reported; which Report was read and accepted, and is as followeth, viz:

Resolved, That the Honourable John Erving, Esquire, Honourable Samuel Pitts, Esquire, Honourable Artemas Ward, Esquire, Honourable Benjamin Greenleaf, Esquire, Honourable Caleb Cushing, Esquire, Honourable Samuel Phillips, Esquire, Honourable Richard Derby, Esquire, Honourable James Otis, Esquire, Honourable William Seaver, Esquire, Honourable Walter Spooner, Esquire, Honourable Jeremiah Powell, Esquire, Honourable Benjamin Chadburn, Esquire, Honourable Jedediah Preble, Esquire, and the Honourable George Leonard, Esquire, constitutional Members of his Majesty' s Council of this Colony, by the Royal Charter, chosen to said office last May session, be desired to give their attendance at the next meeting of this Congress upon adjournment, that this body may have the benefit of their advice upon the important matters that may then come under consideration. And the Secretary of this Congress is hereby directed to transmit to those gentlemen severally a copy of this Resolve.

The Committee appointed to bring in a Resolve relative to a Non-consumption Agreement, reported. The Report was read and ordered to be committed for amendments. It was accordingly amended, read again, and accepted, and is as followeth, viz:

Whereas, this Province have not, as yet, received from the Continental Congress such explicit directions respecting Non-importation and Non-consumption Agreements as are expected; and whereas, the greatest part of the inhabitants of this Colony have lately entered into Non-importation and Non-consumption Agreements, the good effects of which are very conspicuous. Therefore,

Resolved, That this Congress approve of the said Agreements, and earnestly recommend to all the inhabitants of this Colony, strictly to conform to the same, until the further sense of the Continental or the Provincial Congress is made publick. And further, this Congress highly applaud the conduct of those patriotick Merchants who have generously refrained from importing British goods since the commencement of the cruel Boston Port Bill; at the same time reflect with pain on the conduct of those who have sordidly preferred their private interest to the salvation of their suffering country, by continuing to import as usual; and recommend it to the inhabitants of the Province that they discourage the conduct of said Importers by refusing to purchase any articles whatever of them.

Resolved, That the foregoing Report be published.

The Committee appointed to inquire into the state of the warlike stores in the Commissary General' s office, reported; and it was thereupon

Ordered, That Captain Heath, Doctor Warren, and Doctor Church, be a Committee to take care of, and lodge in some safe place in the country, the warlike stores now in the Commissary General' s office, and that the matter be conducted with the greatest secrecy.

Resolved, That the Committee of Correspondence of the town of Worcester be desired to take proper care that the bayonets, the property of this Province, now in the hands of Colonel Chandler, be removed to some safe place at a distance from his house.

Adjourned to nine o' clock to-morrow morning.