Letters from General Lee and Lord Dunmore, relating to the exchange of Prisoners, read and referred, Leave given to bring in an Ordinance to en courage Woollen, Linen, and other Manufactures, Thirteen hundred men, consisting of Minute-Men and Militia, to be raised immediately, Field-Officers for the two Battalions appointed, Representation from the Committee of the County of Augusta, setting forth the necessity of framing an equal, free, and liberal Government, that may bear the test of all future age' s

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Friday, May 10, 1776.

A Petition of sundry Freeholders and Militia of the County of Chesterfield was presented to the Convention, and read; setting forth, that they are at all times ready, with their lives and fortunes, to defend the liberties of their country, and to conform to such rules and regulations as shall be established by this Convention; that they beg leave to represent that the exemption of Overseers, most of whom are young able-bodied men, from serving in the Militia, deprives the country of a considerable part of the strength thereof, and praying that all Overseers may be obliged to serve in the Militia.

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Ordered, That the said Petition, and also the Petition of the Freeholders and others of the said County of Chesterfield, presented to the Convention on Tuesday last, and ordered to e on the table, be referred to the Committee of Propositions and Grievances, and that they report the same, together with their opinion thereupon, to the Convention.

The President laid before the Convention a Letter from Major-General Lee, and also a Letter from Lord Dunmore, relating to the exchange of Prisoners; which were read, and ordered to be referred to the Committee to whom the Letter and Resolution of Officers was referred.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Meriwether Smith be added to the Committee appointed to prepare and bring in an Ordinance to encourage the making Salt, Saltpetre, and Gunpowder.

Ordered, That leave be given to bring in an Ordinance to encourage Woollen, Linen, and other manufactures; and that the Committee appointed to prepare and bring in an Ordinance to encourage the making Salt, Saltpetre, and Gunpowder, do also prepare and bring in the said Ordinance.

The Convention then, according to the Order of the Day, resolved itself into a Committee on the Letter from Major-General Lee, and Resolutions of the Officers; and after some time spent therein, Mr˙ President resumed the Chair, and Mr˙ Nelson reported that the Committee had, according to order, had under their consideration the said Letter and Resolutions, and 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 by the Convention:

Resolved, That 1300 men, consisting of Minute-men and Militia, be immediately raised in the following Counties, to wit: Albemarle 100, Amherst 50, Amelia 100, Bedford 50, Brunswick 100, Buckingham 50, Cumberland 50, Dinwiddie 50, Charlotte 50, Halifax 100, Hanover 100, Louisa 50, Lunenburgh 100, Mecklenburgh 100, Prince Edward 50, Sussex 50, Pittsylvania 150, and sent to the assistance of North-Carolina.

And in case complete Minute Companies cannot be immediately marched, or in case defective Companies cannot be completed out of the Militia, the respective County Committees are required and empowered to appoint such proper Officers, and raise their several quotas of men in such manner as they shall judge most likely to answer this pressing occasion.

And it is further Resolved, That the several Companies afore-mentioned, be formed into two distinct Battalions; the Companies from Amelia, Brunswick, Prince Edward, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Hanover, Louisa, Mecklenburgh, and Sussex, to be the first Battalion; the second to be formed out of the remaining Companies; that each Battalion be commanded by a Colonel, Lieutenant-Colonel, and Major, and shall be rendezvoused at such place as shall be appointed by the Commanding Officer of the Continental forces in the Southern Department, under whose command the whole shall be while in service, subject to the same regulations as are now adopted for the Militia of this Colony; and the Officers of the first Battalion to take rank of the others, and all vacancies to be filled according to seniority.

And it is further Resolved, That the Field-Officers and Captains elect a Surgeon, Quartermaster, and an Adjutant, for each Battalion, respectively; and each Surgeon to be allowed one Mate, and each Captain be empowered to provide subsistence for their respective Companies on their march to the place of rendezvous.

And it is Ordered, That the Committee of Safety do issue proper Commissions for the several Officers to be appointed as aforesaid, which shall be in force while the said Battalions shall be continued on this duty, and no longer.

That a month' s pay for the Officers and men ordered out as aforesaid, be advanced and forwarded to the Committees of the Counties respectively from whence the said Troops are to march.

On a motion made, Ordered, That the Captains of the several Companies so to be raised, do impress in their respective Counties whatever Arms they may stand in need of, having the same appraised in the usual manner.

Resolved, That Samuel Meredith, Esq˙, be Colonel, John Ruffin, Esq˙, Lieutenant-Colonel, and Richard James, Esq˙, Major, of the first Battalion; and that Charles Lewis, Esq˙,

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be Colonel, Haynes Morgan, Esq˙, Lieutenant-Colonel, and John Glenn, Esq˙, Major, of the Second Battalion; they having been respectively so elected, by ballot.

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.

A Representation from the Committee of the County of Augusta was presented to the Convention, and read; setting forth the present unhappy situation of the country, and, from the Ministerial measures of vengeance now pursuing, representing the necessity of making the Confederacy of the United Colonies the most perfect, independent, and lasting; and of framing an equal, free, and liberal Government, that may bear the test of all future ages.

Ordered, That the said Representation be referred to the Committee on the state of the Colony.

Resolved, That this Convention will to-morrow resolve itself into a Committee to take into their consideration the Letter from Major-General Lee, and the Resolutions of the Officers.

Adjourned till to-morrow, ten o' clock.