Committee to prepare Resolutions imposing a penalty on persons who inoculate for the small-pox, John Moore permitted to return home on parole, Draft of the soundings between Red Hook and Bedlow' s Island reported


A Letter from Alexander Moncrief, Keeper of the Congress Jail, was read. He therein informs Congress that his bad state of health renders him incapable of executing the office of Jailer any longer; therefore prays to be discharged from his said office, and recommends Daniel Goldsmith to succeed him.

Thereupon. Agreed and Ordered, That Daniel Goldsmith be, and he is hereby, appointed Keeper of the Jail set apart for the reception and confinement of all such persons as shall, or may from time to time, be committed to close custody by order of this Congress, their Committee of Safety, or of the General Committee of the City and County of New-York; that the said Mr˙ Goldsmith keep no Prisoners in his custody at the expense of this Colony (as to Provisions) but such as shall be committed by order as aforesaid; and that Mr˙ Goldsmith be allowed at the rate of four Pounds per month for his services while employed as Jailer as aforesaid.

It being suggested in Congress that there is an absolute necessity of imposing some penalty on persons convicted of violating the Resolution of the Provincial Congress prohibiting the practice of inoculating for the Small-Pox in this Colony till the further order of Congress,

Ordered, That Mr˙Ten Broeck, Mr˙ Van Cortlandt, and Mr˙ Livingston, be a Committee to prepare some Resolutions imposing a penalty on persons who shall presume to inoculate for the Small-Pox in this Colony, and that they report the same with all convenient speed.

A Petition of Charles Loosly and Thomas Elms, Paper-Makers, praying to be exempted from military duty.

Ordered to lie on the table.

John Moore, the person sent by the Committee of New-town to this Congress under guard, for suffering a Flag in imitation of a Royal standard to be hoisted on his land, requesting permission to return home on his parole:

Ordered, That he be permitted to return home on his promise parole to attend this Congress whenever he shall be summoned to appear.

Colonel Malcom brought into Congress a Draft containing the soundings of the depth of water between Red-Hook and Bedlow' s Island.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Morris, Mr˙ Randall, and Colonel Malcolm, be a Committee to take the same into consideration, and report their opinion thereon as soon as possible.