Meeting of the Officers and Privates of the Associators of Pennsylvania, at Lancaster: Daniel Roberdeau and James Ewing elected Brigadier-Generals

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PENNSYLVANIA ASSOCIATORS.

At a meeting of the Officers and Privates of fifty-three Battalions of the Associators of the Colony of Pennsylvania, at Lancaster, on the 4th day of July, 1776, on notice, to choose two Brigadier-Generals to command the Battalions and Forces in said Colony:

Colonel George Ross was unanimously chosen President, and Lieutenant-Colonel Daniel Clymer was unanimously chosen Secretary.

The Protest of the Board of Officers of the five Battalions of the City and Liberties of Philadelphia to the Assembly was read.

The Circular Letter signed by the Chairman, Colonel Roberdeau, was read.

The Circular Letter from the Committee of Privates of the City and Liberties of Philadelphia, signed by the Chairman, Mr˙ Samuel Simpson, was read.

The Protest of the Privates of the City and Liberties of Philadelphia to the Assembly, signed by Mr˙ Samuel Simpson, was read.

A question was put, whether the Officers and Privates shall vote by ballot separately.

Resolved, unanimously, in the affirmative.

Resolved, That both Brigadier-Generals be voted for at the same time, and that the highest in votes to be the Commanding Officer.

Adjourned till five o' clock, P˙ M.

P˙ M˙, five o' clock. — The Officers and Privates met according to adjournment.

Resolved, That the President, with Colonel Mark Bird and Captain Sharp Delany, be judges of the election for Brigadier-Generals.

The poll was then opened, and after casting up the same, the majority of votes were for Daniel Roberdeau and James Ewing.

The President immediately declared Daniel Roberdeau First Brigadier-General, and James Ewing Second Brigadier-General.

Resolved, That the Brigadier-Generals shall have full power and authority to call out any number of the Associators of this Colony into action, and their power to continue, unless superseded by the Convention, or by any authority under their appointment.

Resolved, That the President of this Board shall have full power and authority to grant Commissions to the two Brigadier-Generals, to continue until Commissions shall issue from the Convention, or any authority they may delegate to confirm or supersede them.

Resolved, That we will march under the command and direction of our Brigadier-Generals to the assistance of all or any of the free and independent States of America.

Resolved, That the Associators to be drafted out of each County by the Brigadier-Generals shall be in the same proportion as that directed by the late Provincial Conference in Philadelphia.

Resolved, That the thanks of this Board be given to the President for his seasonable and excellent Speech this day in behalf of the liberties of America, and for the cheerfulness and impartiality with which he conducted the business of the day. Which the President received and politely thanked them for.

Resolved, That the President, with Lieutenant-Colonel Daniel Clymer and Captain Sharp Delany, be a Committee to revise and correct the Minutes of the Proceedings of this day, and they are desired to publish them in the several Newspapers in this Colony, and that they be signed by the President.

GEORGE ROSS, President.
DANIEL CLYMER, Secretary.

Lancaster, July 4, 1776.