Advertisement of George Morgan, for setting up a Land Office within the limits and territory of Virginia, presented to the Convention, and referred to the Commit. Tee on the state of the Colony, Four Troops of Horse to be raised for the security and defence of the Colony; the officers and troopers, at their own expense, to provide their horses, arms, and accoutrements

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Monday, May 20, 1776.

A Petition of William Finnie was presented to the Convention, and read; setting forth, that some time in June last he was appointed Keeper of the Magazine by the General Assembly of this Colony, in which office he acted until the 28th day of October, when the Committee of Safety were pleased to appoint him Deputy Quartermaster; that during his continuance in office he diligently attended at the Magazine, and delivered out several hundred muskets and other arms to the different Counties; that he was shortly after deputed by the Committee of Safety to collect all the publick arms throughout the Colony, and that in consequence thereof, and through his diligence, he collected upwards of three hundred complete stand belonging to the country, exclusive of those he delivered out; and that the sum of £25 was allowed by the Committee of Safety in part for his services in collecting the arms, but they referred him, for a further allowance for his trouble, both in the collection of the arms and as Keeper of the Magazine, to this Convention, and praying such additional allowance as may be judged reasonable.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Publick Claims; that they inquire into the truth thereof, and report the same, together with their opinion thereupon, to the Convention.

The President laid before the Convention a Letter from Dr˙ Skinner to Brigadier-General Lewis, recommending a further provision to be made for the Surgeons and Surgeons' Mates.

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

Ordered, That John Goodrich, Jun˙, be discharged from custody, on entering into bond, with security, in the penalty of £1,000, to the Committee of Safety, immediately to repair to the Plantation of William Harwood, Gentleman, in the County of Warwick, and confine himself within three miles thereof until the 3d day of June next, and then appear before the Committee of Safety, in the City of Williamsburgh, in order to be examined touching his conduct, and abide by such determination as shall be made thereon by the Convention.

An Advertisement, signed by a certain George Morgan, for setting up a Land Office, to issue Warrants for Surveying,

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and containing proposals for granting lands within the limits and territory of Virginia, was presented to the Convention, and read.

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

The Convention being informed that William Aylett, Esq˙, a Delegate for the County of King William, had accepted a military post of profit in the Continental Army, by which his seat in this Convention is become vacated,

Ordered, That the said information be referred to the Committee of Privileges and Elections, and that they inquire into the truth thereof, and report the same, together with their opinion thereupon, to the Convention.

A Petition of the Freeholders and other inhabitants of the County of Mecklenburgh was presented to the Convention, and read; setting forth, that the exemption allowed to Overseers from attending musters, and being drafted as Militia, by an Ordinance of the last Convention, tended greatly to weaken the Militia, many persons having become Overseers in order to screen themselves from the service of their country, and praying that the said Ordinance, so far as it relates to the said exemption, may be repealed.

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Propositions and Grievances, and they are to report the same, together with their opinion thereupon, to the Convention.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Kenner be added to the Committees of Propositions and Grievances and Privileges and Elections.

The Convention then, according to the Order of the Day, resolved itself into a Committee on the state of the Colony, and after some time spent therein, Mr˙ President resumed the chair, and Mr˙ Cary reported, that the Committee had, according to order, had under their consideration the state of the Colony, 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:

It appearing to the Committee that proper Surgeons and Mates cannot be engaged for the Continental Troops in this Colony at the pay allowed by the General Congress, and that two Mates are necessary for each Regiment,

Resolved, therefore, That the expense of one Mate to each Regiment, and the additional pay of the Surgeon and Mate, so as to bring the Congress allowance to that established by this Convention, ought at present to be defrayed by this Colony.

Resolved, That four Troops of Horse be raised, for the better security and defence of this Colony; that the Officers and Troopers, at their own expense, provide their Horses, Arms, and Accoutrements, and be allowed a reasonable pay and proper subsistence, and be paid for such Horses as are killed or taken by the enemy.

A Petition of William Chapman and George Slaughter was presented to the Convention, and read; setting forth, that in the year 1774 they were appointed to the command of two Companies of Militia which were drafted and ordered out on the Indian expedition, which Companies were at the draft complete, but were greatly reduced afterwards by desertion and otherwise before they arrived at the place of general rendezvous; that the Commissioners appointed to settle the several accounts relating to that expedition thought it reasonable when they met to allow them and their subaltern officers their full pay, according to the rank they held in the Army, notwithstanding the deficiency of their Companies; but when they came to receive their pay, they were surprised to find the first determination of the Commissioners had been altered, and the pay of the several officers reduced, and praying such relief as should appear to be just and reasonable,

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Publick Claims, and that they report the same, together with their opinion thereupon, to the Convention.

Ordered, That Mr˙ David Mason and Mr˙ Scott be added to the Committee of Publick Claims.

Resolved, That this Convention will to-morrow again resolve itself into a Committee, to take into their further consideration the state of the Colony.

Adjourned till to-morrow, ten o' clock.