George Walton, Jun., Joseph Pannel, Robert Walton, Jun., and Samuel Scott, officers from Georgia, permitted to recruit Soldiers in Virginia, not exceeding three hundred, Cornets for the six Troops of Horse elected, John Neville appointed Major to command the forces directed to be raised for the better defence of the Frontiers, Committee to prepare an Address to be sent to the Shawnees Nation

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Friday, June 14, 1776.

Resolved, That George Carrington, John Nicholas, and William Cabell, Esquires, be, and they are hereby, constituted and appointed Trustees for receiving the sum of ˙5,000, pursuant to a Resolution of this Convention of the 22d of May last, and advancing the same, at such times and in such portions as they shall judge necessary, to John Ballendine and John Reveley, to be by them applied to the erecting a Blast Furnace for making pig Iron in the County of Buckingham, upon the terms mentioned in the said Resolve; and the said Trustees are hereby empowered and required to make such contracts with, and take such security from, the said Ballendine and Reveley, as is therein directed.

The President laid before the Convention a Letter from John Walker, Esq˙, enclosing the Proceedings of the Commissioners appointed to treat with the Indians in the Southern Department; which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.

A Petition of Edward Archer was presented to the Convention, and read; setting forth, that in September last, Lord Dunmore piratically seized and disposed of a vessel belonging to him, together with a valuable Negro man slave; that being informed several reprisals had been made upon his Lordship' s property, for injuries of a similar nature, he was desirous to possess himself of a quantity of wine, the property of Lord Dunmore, which would have afforded a partial satisfaction for the loss he had sustained, and upon application to the Committee of Safety to authorize the same, he was told that they would not interfere in the matter; that, unwilling to take a step which might in any degree appear disorderly, he now makes application to this Convention for relief; that he humbly conceives himself entitled to the wines aforesaid in preference to his Lordship' s private creditors, as the injury he has sustained was occasioned by his known attachment to the American cause; that, reduced as he is by the calamities of war, he prays that he may be permitted to possess himself of the said wines, or that the Convention will grant him such other relief as should appear just and reasonable.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Propositions and Grievances; that they inquire into the allegations thereof, and report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the Convention.

Resolved, That Messrs˙ George Walton, Jun˙, Joseph Pannel, Robert Walton, Jun˙, and Samuel Scott, officers from Georgia, be permitted to recruit soldiers in this Colony, not exceeding three hundred, provided they do not inlist any of the Regulars, Marines, or Minute-men, already engaged here in the Continental or Colonial service; and that it be recommended to the several County Committees to afford all possible assistance to them and the Recruiting officers from South-Carolina.

Mr˙ Richard Lee, from the Committee to whom the Accounts and Vouchers for the money paid by John Harvie and Joseph Neaville, Esquires, agreeably to a Resolution of the last Convention, and also to report what, in their

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opinion, would be a reasonable allowance for their services, reported, that the Committee had, according to order, had the same under their consideration, and had agreed upon a Report, and come to several Resolutions thereupon; which he read in his place, and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk' s table, where the same were again twice read, and ordered to be committed to the Committee of Publick Claims.

The Convention then, according to the Order of the Day, proceeded, by ballot, to the appointment of a Cornet to the First Troop of Horse, and the Members having prepared tickets with the name of the person to be appointed, and put the same into the ballot box, Mr˙ Digges, Mr˙ Carringion, Mr˙ Blair, and Mr˙ Randolph, were appointed a Committee to examine the same, and report on whom the majority falls; and it appearing from their Report, that there was a majority of the whole Convention in favour of John Henry, Esq˙,

Resolved, therefore, That the said John Henry be appointed Cornet to the said First Troop of Horse.

The Convention proceeded, in the same manner, to the appointment of a Cornet to the Second Troop of Horse; and it appearing, from the Report of the Committee appointed to examine the ballot box, that there was a majority of the whole Convention in favour of James Jones, Esq.

Resolved, therefore, That the said James Jones be appointed Cornet to the said Second Troop of Horse.

The Convention proceeded, in the same manner, to the appointment of a Cornet to the Third Troop of Horse; and it appearing, from the Report of the Committee appointed to examine the ballot box, that there was a majority of the whole Convention in favour of William Lindsay, Esq˙,

Resolved, therefore, That the said William Lindsay be appointed Cornet to the said Third Troop of Horse.

The Convention proceeded, in the same manner, to the appointment of a Cornet to the Fourth Troop of Horse; and it appearing, from the Report of the Committee appointed to examine the ballot box, that the numbers stood as follows:

For John Watts, Esq˙, - - - - -29
Henry Haggard Clements, Esq˙, - 19
Richard Lee, Esq˙, - - - - - - 19

The question was then put, whether the said John Watts or Henry Haggard Clements, on whom the greatest numbers fell on the ballot, should be appointed Cornet to the Fourth Troop of Horse, the majority appeared in favour of the said John Watts.

Resolved, therefore, That the said John Watts be appointed Cornet to the said Fourth Troop of Horse.

The Convention proceeded, in the same manner, to the appointment of a Cornet to the Fifth Troop of Horse; and it appearing, from the Report of the Committee appointed to examine the ballot box, that there was a majority of the whole Convention in favour of Henry Peyton, Jun˙, Esq˙, of Loudoun,

Resolved, therefore, That the said Henry Peyton be appointed Cornet to the said Fifth Troop of Horse.

The Convention proceeded, in the same manner, to the appointment of a Cornet to the Sixth Troop of Horse; and it appearing, from the Report of the Committee appointed to examine the ballot box, that the numbers stood as follows:

For Henry Haggard Clements, Esq˙, - 36
Beverley Whiting, Esq˙, - - - 28
Cole Digges, Esq˙, - - - - - 10

The question was then put, whether the said Henry Haggard Clements or the said Beverley Whiting, on whom the greatest numbers fell on the ballot, should be appointed Cornet to the Sixth Troop of Horse, the majority appeared in favour of the said Henry Haggard Clements.

Resolved, therefore, That the said Henry Haggard Clements be appointed Cornet to the said Sixth Troop of Horse.

The Convention proceeded, in the same manner, to the appointment of a Major to command the forces directed to be raised for the better defence of the frontiers; and it appearing from the Report of the Committee, that there was a majority of the whole Convention in favour of John Neaville, Esq˙,

Resolved, therefore, That the said John Neaville be appointed Major to the said forces.

Resolved, That William Russell, Esq˙, be appointed a Lieutenant-Colonel to command the Militia directed to be

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called into duty for the protection of the inhabitants of the County of Fincastle.

Resolved, That Mr˙ Thomas Madison be appointed Paymaster and Commissary to the said Militia.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Edmund Randolph be added to the Committee appointed to prepare and bring in an Ordinance pursuant to the Resolutions for raising the sum of One Hundred Thousand Pounds.

Mr˙ Richard Lee, from the Committee of Publick Claims, reported, that the Committee had, according to order, had under their further consideration the Petition of George Wray, John Jones, Alexander and George Graham, and Henry Sinclair, respecting the allowance to be made them for their several vessels which were taken to stop the channel of Hampton River; and that they had come to the following Resolution thereupon; which he read in his place, and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk' s table, where the same was again twice read, and agreed to.

Resolved, That the following allowances be made, to wit: To the said John Jones, the sum of £160; to the said Henry Sinclair, the sum of £40; and to the said Alexander and George Graham, inhabitants of Great Britain, the sum of £125, for the said vessels.

On a motion made, Ordered, That the last-mentioned sum of £125 be not paid to the said Alexander and George Graham till the further order of the Convention.

Mr˙ Richard Lee, from the Committee of Publick Claims, reported, that the Committee had, according to order, had under their consideration several Petitions to them referred, and had come to the following Resolutions thereupon; which he read in his place, and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk' s table, where the same were again twice read, and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Petition of Augustine Packer to be paid for his services as a butcher in the late expedition against the Indians, exclusive of his pay as a soldier, which has been allowed him by the Commissioners, is reasonable, and that he ought to be allowed the sum of £3 for the same.

That on consideration of the Petition of William Johnson, praying to be allowed the value of his Negro slave Gloster, it appears that the said slave, at a Court of Oyer and Terminer held for the County of Caroline, the 3d of July, 1775, was by judgment of the said Court convicted of burglary, sentenced to be hanged, and valued at £75; but before the day appointed for his execution he broke Jail, made his escape, and has not been since heard of.

Resolved, That the said Petition is reasonable, and that the Petitioner ought to be allowed the sum of £75 for the said Slave.

Resolved, That the Petition of William Finnie, to be allowed for his extraordinary services in collecting the publick Arms, which were taken and delivered out of the Magazine, is reasonable, and that the Petitioner be allowed the sum of £10 for the same, exclusive of the sum of £25, already paid him by the Committee of Safety, as keeper of the publick Magazine.

On a motion made, Ordered, That the sum of £10 be paid to each of the three captives lately returned from the Shawanese Nation, and also to the person who conducted them down; and that Mr˙ Henry, Mr˙ Wood, Mr˙ Hite, Mr˙ Harvie, Mr˙ Campbell, Mr˙ Russell, and Mr˙ Simms, be a Committee to prepare an Address to be sent by the said captives to the Shawanese Nation.

The Order of the Day, for the Convention to resolve itself into a Committee on the state of the Colony, being read,

Ordered, That the same be put off till to-morrow.

Adjourned till to-morrow, ten o' clock.