Committee to consider McDonald' s Report on the Lead Mines


Die Lunae, 5 ho˙ P˙ M˙, May 20, 1776.

The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.

FOR NEW-YORK. — Mr˙ Scott, Mr˙ Sands, Major Stoutenburgh, Mr˙ Jacobus Van Zandt, Mr˙ E˙ Bancker, Captain Denning, Mr˙ Van Cortlandt, Mr˙ Francis Lewis.

FOR ALBANY. — Mr˙ Glenn, Mr˙ Cuyler.

FOR DUTCHESS. — Mr˙ Paul Schenck.

FOR ORANGE. — Mr˙ Little.

FOR QUEEN' S. — Mr˙ Lawrence, Colonel Blackwell.

FOR RICHMOND. — Mr˙ Journey, Mr˙ Conner.

FOR CHARLOTTE. — Mr˙ Webster.

FOR SUFFOLK. — General Woodhull, Mr˙ Wickham, Mr˙ Gelston.

FOR WESTCHESTER. — Mr˙ Morris, Colonel Gilbert Drake, Mr˙ Paulding, Major Lockwood.

FOR KING' S. — Mr˙ Polhemus, Mr˙ Leffertse, Mr˙ Vanderbilt.

FOR TRYON. — Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Harper.

The President informed the Congress, at the request of Mr˙ Webster, that Colonel Malcom is returned a Member of this Congress from Charlotte County, where he has respectable freeholds, as appears by return of the Members of that County, which has been read and filed; and that Mr˙ Webster desires that Mr˙ Malcom may take his seat.

It was objected by some Members that Mr˙ Malcom is not a resident in Charlotte County, and therefore ought not to be admitted to a seat.

Debates arose thereon, and the question being put, whether Mr˙ Malcom shall be admitted to take his seat, it was determined in the affirmative manner, as follows, viz:

For the Affirmative.

4 Suffolk,
8 New-York,
2 Richmond,
2 Charlotte.
16 votes.

For the Negative.

2 King' s,
3 Tryon.
5 votes.

Westchester equally divided.

Ordered, therefore, That Mr˙ Malcom be admitted to take his seat, and that Mr˙ Webster inform Mr˙ Malcom that he will please to attend and take his seat.

Mr˙ Stoutenburgh, with leave of the House, withdrew. The Congress then resumed the business of the day, and proceeded to consider of the information contained in the papers received of General Washington, and the examinations of John Hendrickson and Martin Beebe.

After some time spent therein, and some gentlemen having delivered their sentiments on the subject —

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Ordered, That Mr˙ Schenck, Mr˙ Paulding, and Mr˙ Little, be a Committee to consider McDonald' s Reports about Lead Mines, and to report to this Congress their opinion whether either, and which of the said Mines, are worth pursuing, and that they report with all convenient speed.

Ordered, That all the Members of this Congress, from


the City and County of New-York, and the Counties of Queen' s, King' s, Richmond, and Westchester, do attend this Congress Friday next.