July 16

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Tuesday, July 16, 1776.

Sundry Letters were laid before Congress and read, viz:

One from General Washington, of the 14th;

One from Brigadier-General Sullivan, of the 2d, from Crown-Point;

One from the Committee of Lancaster, of the 13th;

One from Samuel Blackden, of the 16th;

Resolved, That the Letter from General Washington be referred to the Board of War:

That Samuel Blackden be referred to the Deputy Paymaster and Deputy Commissary-General in the Northern Department.

Resolved, That General Washington be desired to lodge Powder with such persons as he may think proper, for the use of such parts of the State of New-York as he may apprehend exposed to danger, and that the Commanding Officer in New-Jersey do the same in that Colony; and that General Washington and the said Commanding Officer in New-Jersey be empowered to draw from the Mills of Messrs˙ Wisner, Livingston, and Ford, any Powder which may he requisite for these purposes, or for the use of their respective Camps.

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

Whereupon, Resolved, That there be appointed, by the Commanding Officer of each Regiment in the Continental Army, a Sergeant-Major, Quartermaster Sergeant, Drum-Major and Fife-Major, who shall respectively hold no other appointment but those before-mentioned, and that their pay be one Dollar a month each more than that allowed to a Sergeant, Drum, or Fife, in said Regiment:

That a Beating Warrant be made out to John Doyle, to be a Captain of a Company of Riflemen, to be raised for three years, unless sooner discharged by Congress; his commission to be given him as soon as his Company is full:

That a Paymaster be appointed to each Regiment in the Army of the United States, with a salary of 26 Dollars and two-thirds a month:

That the application to Congress from Mr˙ Rowland Chambers, desiring to be appointed Paymaster to the New-Jersey Troops at New-York, cannot be complied with, as such an appointment would interfere with the duty of the Paymaster-General, within whose department it properly lies:

That half a Dollar a week be allowed to each of the Connecticut Light-Horse, who have joined the Army at New-York, for the maintenance of his Horse, for so long time, only, as the General shall think it necessary for such Horse to continue in the service:

That General Schuyler be directed to take every possible precaution to cleanse the Army under his command from the infection of the small-pox:

That it be recommended to the Convention of Pennsylvania, now sitting, to take such measures as they may judge proper and necessary for procuring as much Lead, within that State, as can be obtained for the supply of the Flying-Camp:

That three Commissioners be appointed by Congress to repair, as soon as may be, to New-York, there to audit the Accounts of the Commissary-General, Quartermaster-General, and Director-General of the Hospital, and all other Accounts of the Army; the said Commissioners to take an oath for the faithful execution of their trust:

That three Commissioners be appointed, for the like purposes, in the Northern Army:

That General Washington be informed that the Bounty granted by the Resolution of Congress, of the 26th of June, was intended as a general regulation, and to extend to all such men, now in the Continental service, and all others who will inlist for the term of three years, to be computed from and after the expiration of the term of their present inlistment.

Resolved, That Monsieur Kirmovan be appointed an Engineer in the Continental service, with the pay of sixty-Dollars per month, and the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel:

That he be ordered immediately to repair to New-Jersey, and put himself under the command of the Officer commanding the Flying-Camp.

Resolved, That Richard Hampton be employed in the Continental service, with the rank and pay of Lieutenant-Colonel:

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That Samuel Dawson be employed in the Continental service, with the rank and pay of Captain:

That they be ordered to repair immediately to New-Jersey, and put themselves under the command of the Officer commanding the Flying-Camp.

Resolved, That General Washington be desired to call to his assistance, at New-York, two thousand of the men who have marched into New-Jersey, to form the Flying-Camp; and that the Convention of New-Jersey, be requested immediately to supply their places with an equal number of the Militia of that State: that Letters be written to the States of Massachusetts-Bay, Connecticut, and New-Jersey, setting forth the situation of our affairs in the New-York Department, and pressing them immediately to comply with the requisition of Congress of the 3d of June:

That the situation of our Army at New-York, be pointed out to the State of Connecticut; and that it be earnestly recommended to that State immediately to send all the Militia thereof which can be spared into New-York, to reinforce the Army there, and continue in service until the proportions requested of the several States shall arrive.

The Congress proceeded to the election of a Commissary of Military Stores for the Flying-Camp; and, the ballots being taken, Benjamin Flower, Esq˙, was elected.

A Letter from S˙ Chase, Esq˙, of the 8th, was laid before Congress and read:

Resolved, That the same, together with the Petition of Mr˙ Mentges, read the 12th, be referred to the Delegates of Pennsylvania and Maryland.

A Petition from Captain Benedict was presented to Congress and read;

Whereupon, Resolved, That a copy of said Petition be sent to General Schuyler, and that he be desired to order the Accounts of Captain Benedict to be settled and paid, or to inform Congress of the reasons why payment ought to be withheld.

Resolved, That Mr˙ Wisner be empowered to employ a proper person to manufacture Gun-Flints.

Adjourned to nine o' clock, to-morrow.