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Minutes of the North Carolina Senate
North Carolina. General Assembly
August 08, 1778 - August 19, 1778
Volume 12, Pages 764-815

SENATE JOURNAL.

State of North Carolina.
In the Senate.

At a General Assembly begun and held at Hillsborough on Saturday, the eighth day of August, in the year of our Lord 1778, and in the third year of the Independence of the said State, being the second session of this Assembly, pursuant to a proclamation issued by His Excellency, the Governor, summoning the General Assembly of the said State to meet at Hillsborough on the first Monday in August, instant, and from thence prorogued de die in diem until the eighth day, instant, when the following members appeared and took their seats, (to-wit):

The Honourable Whitmell Hill, Esq., Speaker; Messrs Wm. Shepperd, James Coor, James Kenan, Benjamin Exum, Ebenezer Folsome, Abner Jones, Robert Harris, Michael Rogers, Oroondates Davis, Zedekiah Stone, Henry Rhodes, Elisha Battle, Edward Jones, Charles Robertson, William Graham, James Saunders and Thomas Owen.

Mr. John Brown, the member for the County of Wilkes; Mr. Alexius Medor Foster, the member for the County of Brunswick; Mr. John Birdsong, the member for the County of Chatham; Mr. Nathan Boddie, the member for the County of Nash, appeared, qualified agreeable to law and took their seats.

Then the House adjourned till 4 o'clock P. M.

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Met according to adjournment.

Received from the House of Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House acquaint you that they are ready to proceed upon public business.

T. Benbury, S. C.

Resolved, that the following Message be addressed to His Excellency, the Governor, and sent to the House of Commons for concurrence, to-wit:

To His Excellency, Richard Caswell, Esquire, Governor, Captain General, &c., &c.

Sir:—

The General Assembly being now formed, acquaint your Excellency that they are ready to take such matters into consideration as are necessary to be laid before them.

Ordered that the following Message containing the above address to His Excellency, the Governor, be sent to the House of Commons for concurrence, to-wit:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your concurrence a Message addressed to His Excellency, the Governor, informing him that the General Assembly are met and ready to proceed on public business.

W. Hill, S. S.

Mr. Thomas Respess, the member for Beaufort County, appeared and took his seat.

The House adjourned till Monday, 9 o'clock.


Monday, 10 August, 1778.

The House met according to adjournment.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have concurred with the Message of yours addressed

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to His Excellency, the Governor, and have appointed Mr. John Williams to wait on His Excellency with the same with such of your body as you may think proper to appoint for that purpose.

T. Benbury, S. C.

Mr. Coor, chosen on the part of this House for that above purpose. General Rutherford, the member for Rowan County, appeared and took his seat. Mr. Jeremiah Frazier, the member for Tyrrell County, appeared and took his seat.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

Herewith you will receive a Message from His Excellency, the Governor, addressed to the General Assembly, together with the several letters, papers, resolutions of Congress, &c., &c., &., therein referred to which this House have had under consideration and have thought proper to refer the consideration of the several letters to and from the President of the Congress and the several resolutions thereof and the several letters, papers, &c., received from His Excellency, the Governor, relative to Indian Affairs, and the letter from the Governor of Virginia to Governor Caswell, relative to the Naval Officers of this State to Joint Committees of the two Houses, and have on our part appointed Mr. Hooper, Mr. Burke, Mr. Jones, Mr. J. Williams (Caswell), Mr. Hawkins and Mr. Johnston a Commmittee to take under consideration the several letters to and from the President of the Congress and the several resolutions thereof.

Mr. Wilson, Mr. Gilbert, Mr. Courtney, Mr. Nathan Bryan, and Mr. John Simpson, a Committee to take under consideration the several letters, papers, etc., relative to Indian affairs; Mr. Mallett, Mr. Cogdell, Mr. Burke, and Mr. Hooper, a Committee to take into consideration the letters from the Governor of Virginia to Governor Caswell, relative to Naval Officers of this State.

You will also herewith receive the Journals and proceedings of the Council of State which you have had under consideration.

Thos. Benbury, S. C.

At the same time received the address from His Excellency, the Governor, together with the letters and dispatches from Congress, &c., &c.; which being read,

Resolved, that Mr. Exum, Genl. Jones, and Mr. Coor be a Committee

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to act with such gentlemen as are appointed of the Commons to take into consideration the several letters to and from the President of the Congress and the several resolutions; that Mr. Sheppard, General Rutherford, Mr. Robertson, and Mr. Davis act with such gentlemen as are appointed by the House of Commons to consider the several letters, papers, &c., to receive from His Excellency, the Governor, relative to Indian affairs, and that Mr. Respess, Mr. Owen, and Mr. Saunders be appointed to act with the gentlemen appointed by the House of Commons to take into consideration the letter from the Governor of Virginia to Governor Caswell, relative to the Naval Officers of this State.

The House adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 o'clock.


Tuesday, 11 August, 1778.

The House met according to adjournment.

The House adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 o'clock.


Wednesday, 12th August, 1778.

The House met according to adjournment.

Resolved, that it is the opinion of this House that it would be for the advantage of this State to elect a Board of Auditors, who, in the recess of the General Assembly, should examine and state all public accounts and claims, and lay them before the succeeding Assembly for their examination, and after such accounts shall be examined and allowed by the General Assembly, the said auditors to issue certificates of each claim, to be paid by either of the Treasurers.

Resolved, also, in order to prevent any impositions on the publick, that the said Auditors keep books well bound, in which they shall examine and state all allowances, and make separate account for each individual that heretofore hath and hereafter shall have a claim against this or the United States.

Ordered that the above resolve, together with the following Message, be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House

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for electing a Board of Auditors to examine and settle public accounts and Claims.

Received from the Commons the following message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

Herewith you will receive a Message from His Excellency, the Governor, addressed to the General Assembly, together with sundry papers therein referred to, which we propose referring to a joint Committee, and have for that purpose on our part appointed Mr. Courtney, Mr. Simpson, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Winsley and Mr. Brooks, a Committee.

Thos. Benbury, S. C.

At the same time received the Address from his Excellency, the Governor, together with sundry papers, &c., &c., in favor of Matthew Collins, which were ordered to be referred to Mr. Davis and Mr. Harris, to act with those Gentlemen appointed by the House of Commons.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received your Message proposing to refer a Messsage from His Excellency, the Governor, together with sundry and other papers accompanying it, to a joint Committee, to which we agree, and have on our part appointed Mr. Davis and Mr. Harris a committee to act with the Gentlemen appointed by your House for that purpose.

W. Hill, S. S.

Read the petition of sundry inhabitants of Bladen county setting forth that in consequence of a Reward offered by them for apprehending the murderers of Nathaniel Richardson, an inhabitant of Bladen county, they had become liable to Archibald Best, a person who apprehended Willoughby Johnston, one of the murderers of the said Richardson, for the sum of eighty pounds, praying that the said sum of eighty pounds be reimbursed them by the public. Whereupon, it was resolved that the Treasurers or either of them pay into the hands of Thomas Owen, Esquire, the sum of

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eighty pounds for the use of a certain Archibald Best, as a recompence to him for apprehending Willoughby Johnston, one of the murderers of Mr. Nathaniel Richardson, and that Mr. Owen produce to the next Assembly a receipt from said Best, relative to the application of the money.

Ordered that the above resolve, with the following Message, be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

Herewith you will receive a Resolve of this House for paying a sum of money into the hands of Thomas Owen, Esquire, for certain purposes therein mentioned.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

Herewith you will receive a Message from His Excellency, the Governor, addressed to the General Assembly, together with the Letters, etc., therein referred to.

At the same time received the address from His Excellency, the Governor, accompanied with sundry Resolutions of Congress, etc., received from Thomas Burke, Esquire, while a delegate for this State in Continental Congress, which were ordered to be referred to a joint Committee of both Houses, and General Jones, Mr. Coor, Mr. Davis and General Rutherford, was chosen for that purpose on the part of this House.

Ordered that the following message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received the Message of your House, together with the Message from His Excellency, the Governor, the minutes of Congress, etc., therein mentioned, and propose to refer the consideration of them to a joint Committee of both Houses, and have on our part appointed Mr. Jones, Mr. Coor, Mr. Davis and Mr. Rutherford, a Committee to act with such Gentlemen as you may appoint for that purpose.

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The Sheriff of Guilford County, having certified that Mr. Alexander Martin was duly elected to represent said county in Senate, whereupon the said Martin appeared, qualified agreeable to Law and took his seat.

Mr. John Chiles, the member for Anson county, appeared and took his seat.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

Herewith you will receive a Message from His Excellency, the Governor, addressed to the General Assembly, together with sundry papers, etc., therein referred to, which we propose referring to a joint Committee and have for that purpose on our part appointed Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Williams and Mr. Person.

At the same time received the Message from His Excellency, the Governor, with the papers therein referred to which were referred to Col. Martin and Mr. Respess.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received and considered your message, together with the message and other papers from His Excellency, the Governor, which we have referred to Col. Martin and Mr. Respess, to act with the gentlemen by your House appointed.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House for adding to the number of Delegates from this State in Congress.

Also the following resolve, which being read was concurred with.

At this critical and interesting period when the affairs of these United States bear so promising an appearance and with wisdom in Council, and valour in the field will in all probability issue happily, it is highly incumbent on the good people of this State that their representation in the Continental Congress be large

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enough to secure a constant attendance of members sufficient to co-operate with the Delegates of other States and to signify the assent of this State to such measures as Congress in its wisdom may think fit to adopt.

And as from the great distance of North Carolina from the place where Congress has been heretofore held and is at present sitting, exact frequent journeying thither to attend, with almost insupportable fatigue or the members who have been detained there during the time of their appointment have undergone a painful separation from their famlies and their private business has been totally neglected, and in some cases from indisposition of the members on the spot or other accidents which whilst the representation of this State continues so small cannot be provided against, this State has in some cases been totally without representation much to the prejudice of its interests and rightful importance in the Councils of America.

Resolved, therefore, that two members shall be added to the Delegation of this State who shall be and continue in office for and during the term of one year unless sooner removed by the Assembly of this State, of which five members, three, and no more, shall unless prevented by unavoidable accidents attend the Councils of Congress, and any two of them present in Congress shall have full power and authority by their vote assent to bind the inhabitants of this State in all cases not inconsistent with the Constitution thereof and its rights and privileges as an independant sovereign people and the instructions they shall receive from this State.

Resolved, that the Delegates so attending in Congress shall each and every of them during their stay when the Congress shall sit, and in going thither and returning from thence receive an allowance at the rate of sixteen hundred pounds per annum for such portion of their year as they shall be so employed in the public service. And that the said five Delegates may in such manner as shall best consist with their several and respective conveniences settle by common consent the rotation of duty, and be at Congress or at home as they can agree, provided, such regulation strictly consists with the nature and intentions of this appointment.

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Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received and considered your resolve, relative to appointing two additional Delegates, and propose that the General Assembly proceed to ballot for two gentlemen for that purpose at 5 o'clock this evening, and put in nomination the Honourable Whitmell Hill and Thomas Burke, Esquires.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have appointed Mr. Simpson, Mr. Bryan, Mr. Jones, Mr. Locke, Mr. Williams, (Caswell), Mr. Courtney, Mr. Person and Mr. Hawkins, a committee on their part to act jointly with such gentlemen of the Senate as may be appointed to take into consideration the returns of officers, &c,, which were laid before the Assembly by His Excellency, the Governor, at the beginning of the present session.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received your Message referring the consideration of the returns of officers, &c., which were laid before the Assembly by His Excellency, the Governor, at the beginning of the present session to a Joint Committee, and have on our part appointed Mr. Graham, Mr. Rhodes, Mr. Birdsong, Mr. Rogers, Mr. Martin and Mr. Shepperd, a committee to act with the gentlemen by you appointed for that purpose.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have received and considered the message of yours proposing to ballot at 5 o'clock this evening for two additional Delegates to represent this State in Congress, with which we concur, and put in nomination the Honourable Whitmell Hill and Thomas Burke, Esq's.

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We have appointed Mr. Hooper and Mr. Hawkins, to superintend the balloting, and propose that the members of the Senate repair to and ballot in the church.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Commons:

We have appointed Mr. Exum and Mr. Coor, on the part of this House to superintend the balloting for Delegates this evening.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

Herewith we return the resolve of your House for paying a sum of money into the hands of Thomas Owen, Esq., for certain purposes.

Concurred with.

At the same time received the resolve of this House referred to in the above Message.

Endorsed in the House of Commons, 12 August, 1778.

Concurred with.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have received your Message proposing to refer certain minutes of Congress, &c., &c., to a Joint Committee, with which we concur, and have for that purpose on our part appointed Mr. Hooper, Mr. Person, Mr. Jones, Mr. Simpson, Mr. Johnston and Mr. Locke, a committee.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your perusal a Letter from James Wallace, Quarter Master of Salisbury District.

At the same time received the Letter therein referred to which was read and ordered to be filed.

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Mr. Coor, one of the Gentlemen appointed on the part of this House, to superintend the ballotting for additional delegates to represent this State in Congress, Reported that Whitmell Hill and Thomas Burke, Esquires, were duly elected delegates to represent this State in Continental Congress for one year.

The Honourable Whitmell Hill, Esquire, having vacated his seat as Speaker of this House, by his acceptance of the Office of delegate to represent this State in Continental Congress, General Rutherford proposed for Speaker Allen Jones, Esquire, who was unanimously chosen and placed in the Chair accordingly.

Received from the House of Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence a Message addressed to His Excellency, the Governer.

T. Benbury, S. C.

At the same time received the Message referred to as follows;

To His Excellency, Richard Caswell, Esquire, Captain General, Governor and Commander in Chief, etc., etc.:

Sir:—

The General Assembly have made choice of Whitmell Hill and Thomas Burke, Esquires, as delegates in Continental Congress to represent this State, together with John Penn, Cornelius Harnett and John Williams, Esquires, who have been heretofore appointed for that purpose. We transmit your Excellency with this, the Resolution upon which this measure is grounded, that you may proceed to carry the intentions of the Assembly into execution with as much expedition as its importance requires.

T. Benbury, S. C.

The above Message being read, was concurred with.

The House Adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 o'clock.


Thursday, 13th August, 1778.

The House met according to adjournment.

Mr. Solomon Perkins, the member for Currituck County appeared and took his seat.

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Whereas, it has been represented to this House that many of the counties of this State are imfested with Tories and disorderly people who refuse to pay Taxes or otherwise to be obedient to Government, and are daily committing outrages on the good people of this State,

Resolved, therefore, that on the order of the county Court or any three Justices of the peace out of session, the Colonel or Commanding Officer of such county shall order out as many men as he shall think necessary for the service, and under such officers as he may think proper to carry the Laws of this State into execution, and to collect such fines and Taxes as may be due by them or any of them, and their services shall be transmitted to the General Assembly for such allowance as they shall think necessary thereon.

Ordered that the above Resolve, together with the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This accompanies a resolve of this House, which we send for your concurrence, impowering the County Courts or any three Justices of any of the respective counties within this State to cause the Colonel or Commanding officer of the County to order out a sufficient number of Militia to compel tories or other disorderly people of their County to a due observance of the law.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

It having been represented to this House that Mr. Wm. Gilbert, in the settlement of his accounts in the Commissary department hath made divers erroneous charges, &c., this House have appointed Mr. Stone and Mr. Coor, to act as a committee with such members of your House as you may appoint to re-examine the accounts of Mr. Gilbert, and make report, together with his conduct touching the same.

Resolved, that Col. Ebenezer Folsome, of Cumberland County expose to sale all the guns unfit for service in his possession which were taken from the Tories for the best price that can be got for them and return the money arising from such sale to the next General Assembly.

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Ordered that the above resolve, together with the following Message, be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

With this you will receive a resolve of this House impowering Col. Ebenezer Folsome to sell the public guns now in his hands unfit for service.

The Sheriff of Orange County certified that Mr. John Kinchen was duly elected a Senator for said County, whereupon, the said John Kinchen appeared, qualified agreeable to law and took his seat.

Received from the Commons the Bill to repeal part of an act entitled an act allowing salaries to the Governor, Secretaries, Delegates, Treasurers and Members of the Council of State and other purposes, which was read the first time, passed and ordered to be sent to the House af Commons.

Sent by Mr. Folsome and Mr. Chiles.

Received from the Commons the Bill for laying a tax by assessment and otherwise, which was read the first time and rejected.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House for certain purposes therein mentioned.

At the same time received the resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, as follows:

Mr. Ashe, Treasurer of the Southern District having represented to the House, that the Sheriffs of Brunswick County in the year 1773, collected the public tax for that year and paid the same into his hands, and that the said tax was not collected in any other County, and further that the same Sheriffs collected only four shillings as the public tax for 1774 when five shillings and four pence was collected in the other counties in this State;

Resolved, therefore, that Mr. Ashe be and he is hereby directed to refund the tax for 1773 to the Sheriff aforesaid, retaining only one shilling and four pence in such levy for the deficiency of 1774.

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The same being read was concurred with and ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the resolve of your House relative to the tax, for 1773, collected in Brunswick County.

Concurred with.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

Herewith you will receive a Message from His Excellency, the Governor addressed to the General Assembly with the papers therein referred to.

At the same time resolved the Message from His Excellency the Governor, together with the resignation of Mr. Thomas Whitmell, Col. of Bertie, and the resignation of Samuel Weldon, Esq., Col. of the Halifax regiment of militia.

Received from the Commons the following Message.

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have received your Message appointing a Committee to examine the accounts of Mr. Gilbert, and have appointed Mr. Locke, Mr. Johnston, Mr. Simpson, Mr. Person and Mr. Hawkins, a Committee who will act jointly with the gentlemen by you appointed for the purpose therein mentioned.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send you the petitions of Philip Alston and John Hinton, Esquires, the consideration of which we propose referring to a Joint Committee and have for that purpose appointed Mr. Johnston, Mr. Bryan, Mr. Whitaker and Mr. Jones a Committee on our part.

At the same time received the petitions therein referred to which

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were referred to Col. Kenan, Mr. Davis and Mr. Edward Jones to act with the gentlemen appointed by the House of Commons:

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons.

Mr. Speaker and gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have appointed Mr. Kenan, Mr. Davis and Mr. Edward Jones to act with the gentlemen appointed by the House of Commons to take into consideration the petitions of Col. Philip Alston and John Hinton.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have received the message and resolve of yours impowering the county Courts or any three Justices of any one of the respective counties within this State to do certain things therein mentioned, with which we cannot concur but propose that the consideration thereof be referred to a joint Committee and have for that purpose appointed Mr. Locke, Mr. Person, Mr. Hunter and Mr. Johnston, a committee. We also propose that they enquire into the conduct of certain Prisoners of War, in Guilford county, who have broke their parole of honour to the Northward.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We concur with the House of Commons in referring the consideration of the behavior of the disaffected persons in the several counties in this State, to a joint Committee, and have for that purpose appointed General Rutherford and Colonel Martin, on the part of this House.

Received from the Commons the following Bills:

A Bill to make provision for the recovery of debts due to the United States or any of them.

A Bill to amend an act passed in the last session of this present Assembly, entitled an act to alter the times for holding the several

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superior Courts of Law and for better arranging the County Courts within this State.

Endorsed in the House of Commons, 13 August, 1778.

Read the first time and passed.

On motion, the Bill to make provision for the recovery of debts due to the United States or any of them, was read. the first time, passed and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons.

Sent by Mr. Exum and Mr. Sheppard.

On motion, the Bill to amend an act passed in the last session of this present Assembly entitled an act to alter the times for holding the several Superior Courts of Law and for better arranging the County Courts within this State, was read the first time, passed and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons.

Sent by Mr. Exum and Mr. Sheppard.

General Rutherford, from the committee appointed to take under consideration the several letters and papers received from His Excellency, the Governor, relative to the Cherokee Indians, reported as follows:

It appears to your committee by the complaints of the said Indians that trespasses have been committed on the lands within their hunting grounds, which if not timely prevented may involve this State in a second war with the said nation, and as your committee conceive that the most effectual method to remove the jealousies now subsisting among the said Indians would be to pass a law by this present Assembly impowering the Attorney General of this State to prosecute all offenders who may trespass or commit any depredations on the said Indians, and that no person in this State be suffered to trade or traffic with the said Indians unless they first obtain a license for so doing from the Judges of the Superior Courts of this State, and that His Excellency, the Governor, be requested to write to the Governors of the States of Virginia and South Carolina to use their influence in procuring acts to prevent persons from their States trading with the said Indians without licences from some civil authority, which your committee are of opinion would prevent the many abuses which at present prevail, your committee also recommend it to the General Assembly as their opinion that His Excellency, the Governor, be requested to transmit the substance of such act of Assembly, when passed, in a talk to be presented to the Chiefs or head men of the middle and

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valley settlements of Cherokees by Col. Charles McDowell and Major Charles Robertson, and in which talk His Excellency, the Governor will be pleased to assure the Indians that this State will be ready at all times to hear their complaints and redress their grievances, and in return expect and hope that the strictest harmony and friendship may subsist between the said Indians and the good people of this State.

Your Committee are also of opinion that the Superintendant of Indian Affairs cannot render that service to this State that might be expected unless he resides in the Indian Nation therefore recommend it to the General Assembly that Mr. James Robertson, the Superintendant, be directed to reside in the said Cherokee Nation during his continuance in office, all which is submitted.

Griffith Rutherford,
Chairman.

The House taking the said report into consideration, concurred therewith.

Ordered that the said report, together with the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and gentlemen of the House of Commons:

Herewith you will receive the report of the Joint Committee on Indian Affairs which this House have considered and concurred with.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence the report of the Joint Committee appointed to take into Consideration divers letters and Messages from and to the Continental Congress and certain other papers referred to the Assembly by His Excellency, the Governor.

Concurred with by this House except the seventh section.

At the same time received the report of the Committee referred to in the above Message as follows:

The Joint Committee of both Houses appointed to take into consideration the divers letters and messages from and to the Continental Congress and certain other papers referred to the Assembly

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by His Excellency, the Governor beg leave to report as follows:

That this State stands indebted to sundry persons in large sums of money which have been principally incurred by raising a body of troops at the request of the Continental Congress to reinforce the Continental Army, and that this State has pledged the public faith for the payment of the same, that the Treasury of this State is at this time exhausted and that the means of obtaining a supply without a further provision by the Legislature are distant and uncertain and that therefore there is an absolute necessity to emit a sum of money equal to the present pressing exigency.

That the present depreciation of our money is in a great measure owing to the quantity of counterfeit money, which has been so well executed as to deceive the most skilful and thereby has been drawn into circulation in common with the currency of the State and scarce distinguishable therefrom.

That the money emitted under the authority of Congress since our war with Great Britian has been in some degree prejudiced by an inviduous and injurious distinction made by the disaffected in favour of what is commonly called old money and which from their obstinate prejudices in favour of a government, their adherence to which can no longer support them, and which only proves their obstinacy and its weakness, has by them been preferred to the currency which has the credit of our present happy constitution to support it. For these reasons your Committee recommend that the sum of two hundred and twenty thousand pounds be emitted in Bills of credit for the payment of the debts which this State is bound in Honor immediately to discharge your Committee presuming that such sum will be fully equal to that purpose.

That the further sum of six hundred and thirty thousand pounds be emitted to redeem the whole of the currency which is at present circulating in this State, the committee supposing that the last mentioned sum may be equal to the redemption as well of the monies emitted under the authority of Great Britian as of this State since the Origin of that controversy which has happily terminated in our total separation from it.

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That the Bills emitted be struck in a printing press and not in a rolling press as the impressions of the former are less capable of being imitated to produce deception than of the latter and counterfeiting will thereby be in some degree discouraged.

That the Bills emitted under the British Government and by the authority thereof shall be held irredeemable and that the credit of the State shall not be pledged for them after the first day of January, 1779.

That the Bills emitted under the authority of Congress since our war with Britain shall be paid into the public Treasury before the first day of May, or be held irredeemable.

Wm. Hooper,
For the Committee.

The House taking the said report into consideration concurred therewith.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

You will herewith receive the report of the Committee appointed to take into consideration sundry letters and dispatches from and to the Continental Congress and concurred with as by your House.

Allen Jones, S. S.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

At the last Session of General Assembly there was a resolve of Assembly passed much to the purport of the one herewith sent for your concurrence. His Excellency, the Governor, informed one of the Members of this House that it was necessary there should be some alterations made therein in order that he may be the better able to comply with the order of the Assembly.

At the same time received the resolve of the Commons therein referred to, as follows:

Resolved, that His Excellency, the Governor, be and he is hereby empowered to appoint persons in different parts of the

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State to purchase provisions and Cloathing of every kind, at the lowest prices at which they can be obtained, if it shall appear to him to be necessary, for the use of the Continental Army, and to grant warrants on the Treasury in favour of such persons taking security for the due application of the monies for such sums as may be requisite for the purpose aforesaid, and if any person or persons having more provisions or materials for cloathing than may be necessary for their own use or family consumption shall refuse to sell the same for the prices current at this time, then the persons appointed as aforesaid by His Excellency shall have full power and authority to seize the same for the use of the Continent, and they shall grant Certificates to the owners specifying the quantity and quality of the articles, that they may obtain payment at the next session of General Assembly, provided that the persons so appointed shall not seize any goods imported by Foreigners while such goods actully remain the property of such Foreigners.

The above resolve being read was concurred with, and the following Message ordered to be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the resolve of your House relative to His Excellency, the Governor, appointing persons to purchase cloathing, &c.

Concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House propose if agreeable to the House of Commons to ballot tomorrow at 12 o'clock in the church for the place and time of holding the next session of General Assembly, for a Judge of the Superior Court, in the room of James Iredell, Esq., resigned, for a Judge of the Court of Admiralty for Port Bath, for two members of the Council of State, in the room of William Haywood and Richard Henderson, Esquires, who decline acting, and put the towns of Halifax, New Bern, Hillsborough and Salisbury, and the first Monday in January next in nomination for the time and place

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for the Assembly to sit; for a Judge of the Superior Court, Richard Henderson, Esq., for a Judge of the Court of Admiralty for Port Bath, Samuel Willis; for members of the Council of State, John Simpson, Frederick Jones, Esquires and General William Bryan.

This House have appointed Mr. Coor and Mr. Exum, to superintend the balloting.

Should your House accede to this measure you will signify the same by Message.

Whereas, by a resolve passed last session of Assembly the Colonels of the several counties were impowered to draw money from the entry takers and Sheriffs of the respective counties for the purpose of paying the bounties to such men as should turn out volunteers or be balloted to march to the northward, which monies were to be paid the Colonel by the Deputy Paymaster Genl. and by them returned to the several entry takers and Sheriffs, and whereas, in pursuance of said resolve monies have been collected from several entry takers and Sheriffs, and have not been returned by which means they are prevented from making settlements with the Treasurers, therefore,

Resolved, that such entry takers and Sheriffs producing receipts from the Colonels or Commanding officers of their respective counties shall be allowed for the sums specified by said receipts in the settlement of their account with the Treasurers.

Ordered that the above resolve with the following Message, be sent to the House of Commons for concurrence:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

You will herewith receive a resolve of this House relative to entry takers and Sheriffs, who have agreeable to resolve of Assembly advanced monies for the payment of the soldiers lately raised by this State.

Allen Jones, S. S.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House impowering Col. Ebenezer Folsome, to sell certain guns.

Concurred with.

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At the same time received the Resolve of this House referred to in the above Message.

Endorsed in the House of Commons, 13 Aug., 1778.

Concurred with.

Whereas, provision hath been made in this present session of Assembly for procuring cloathing for the Continental Soldiers raised by this State,

Resolved, that the resolution of the General Assembly passed at New Bern the thirtieth day of April last for supplying the army with cloathing, &c., &c., be rescinded and it is hereby rescinded accordingly.

Ordered that the above resolve, together with the following Message, be sent to the Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This accompanies a resolve of this House for rescinding a resolve passed last session of Assembly for supplying the army with cloathing, and expect your concurrence thereto.

The House adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 o'clock.


Friday, 14 Aug., 1778.

The House met according to adjournment.

The Sheriff of Camden County certified that Mr. Joseph Jones was duly elected a member to represent the said County in Senate, whereupon the said Joseph Jones appeared, qualified and took his seat.

Mr. Alexander Martin moved for leave and presented a Bill to amend and explain an act for establishing officers for receiving entries for lands in the several counties within this State for ascercertaining the method of obtaining titles to the same, and for other purposes therein mentioned, was read the first time, passed and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons.

Sent by Mr. Perkins and Mr. Birdsong.

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Received from the Commons the following message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the report of the Joint Committee on Indian affairs.

Concurred with.

Also the report therein referred to.

Endorsed in the House of Commons, 13 Aug., 1778.

Concurred with.

Received from the Commons the following message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have received and considered the Message of yours proposing to ballott tomorrow at 12 o'clock, for the place at which and the time when the next session of Assembly shall be held; for a Judge of the Superior Court in the room of James Iredell, Esquire, resigned; for a Judge of the Court of Admiralty for Port Bath; for two members of the Council of State in the room of William Haywood and Richard Henderson, Esquires, with which we concur, and put the Towns of Halifax, New Bern, Hillsborough and Salisbury in nomination for the place at which, and Monday the 23rd November, the time when, the next session of Assembly shall be held.

For a Judge of the Superior Court, Richard Henderson, Esq.

For a Judge of the Court of Admiralty for Port Bath, Samuel Willis, Esq.

For members for Council of State John Simpson and Frederick Jones and General William Bryan.

On motion, the Bill to repeal part of an act entitled an act for allowing salaries to the Governor, Secretaries, Delegates, Treasurers and members of the Council of State and other purposes, was read the second time, passed and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons.

Sent by Mr. Perkins and Mr. Birdsong,

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

Herewith you will receive the petition of a number of the inhabitants

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of Rowan county which we propose referring to the committee appointed to take into consideration the petitions of Phillip Alston and John Hinton, Esquires, and have added Moses Winsley, Esquire, to the Committee.

At the same time received the petition mentioned in the above message, which was referred to the Committee appointed to take into consideration the petition of Phillip Alston and John Hinton, Esquires.

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received your message referring a petition of a number of the inhabitants of Rowan county to the Committee appointed to take into consideration the petition of Philip Alston and John Hinton, Esquires, to which we agree, and have also referred the consideration thereof to the said committee.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House for ascertaining the pay of the members of the General Assembly.

At the same time received the Resolve of the House of Commons as follows:

On motion, Resolved that the members of this present Assembly be allowed the sum of twenty shillings for each day traveling to, attending at, and returning from this present session of Assembly.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have considered of your resolve for ascertaining the pay of the members of this Assembly but cannot concur therewith and propose that the pay of the members be fixed at four dollars per day for this Session, thinking that sum to be nearer the expence the members are at.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

Herewith you will receive the petition of Mrs. Martha Gilchrist

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wife of Mr. Thomas Gilchrist, which we propose referring to a Joint Committee of both Houses, and have for that purpose on our part appointed Mr. Locke, Mr. Courtney, Mr. Nash, Mr. Hooper, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Person, Mr. Doty, Mr. Johnston, and Mr. Bryan, a Committee.

At the same time received the petition therein referred to, which being read,

Ordered, that the following message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received the Message of your House proposing that the petition of Mrs. Martha Gilchrist be referred to a Joint Committee to which we agree, and have for that purpose on our part appointed General Rutherford, Mr. Martin, Mr. Kinchen, Mr. Edward Jones, Mr. Coor and Mr. Exum a Committee who will act jointly with the gentlemen by you nominated for that purpose.

On motion ordered that a writ of election issue to the Sheriff of Martin County for the election of a Senator for said County in the room of Whitmell Hill, Esq., whose seat is vacated by his acceptance of the office of Continental Delegate for this State, and that the election be held on the fifteenth day of September next.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

Herewith you will receive the petition of the United Brethren, or otherwise called Moravians, which we propose referring to a Joint Committee of both Houses and have for that purpose on our part appointed Mr. Courtney, Mr. Nash, Mr. Brooks, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. John Williams (Caswell) Mr. Bryan, Mr. Sessums, Mr. Persons, Mr. McLean and Mr. Whitaker a Committee.

Also the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

Herewith you will receive the petion of a number of the people called Nicholites which we propose referring to the Joint Committee appointed to take into consideration the petition of the United Brethren, otherwise called Moravians.

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At the same time received the petitions of the Moravians and Nicholites mentioned in the two foregoing Messages, which being read,

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received your Message, together with the petitions of the Moravians and Nicholites and have appointed General Rutherford, Mr. Battle, Col. Martin, Mr. Joseph Jones, Mr. Stone and Mr. Coor to act with the gentlemen appointed by your House to take into consideration the said petitions.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House in favour of Jonathan Dunbibbin, Esquire.

At the same time received the resolve therein referred to as follows:

On reading the petition of Jonathan Dunbibbin, Esquire, and other papers relative thereto,

Resolved, that he be allowed the sum of twenty-four pounds for that sum allowed him by the Congress at Halifax in December 1776, for which allowance he never received a warrant on the Treasury, that the Treasurers or either of them pay him the same and be allowed, &c.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the resolve of your House in favor of Jonathan Dunbibbin, Esquire.

Concurred with.

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Received from the Commons the following message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the resolve of your House for rescinding a certain resolve therein mentioned.

Concurred with.

At the same time, received the resolve of this House referred to in the above message.

Endorsed in the House of Commons, 14 Aug., 1778.

Concurred with.

Mr. Davis has leave of absence for the the remaining part of the Session.

Mr. Coor, one of the members who were appointed to superintend the ballotting for the place where and time when the General Assembly shall sit, for a Judge of the Court of admiralty for Port Bath, for a judge of the Superior Court and for two Councillors of State, reported as follows:

That the town of Halifax and the first Monday in January were appointed for the place and time of the Assembly to sit at; that Richard Henderson, Esq., was elected Judge of the Superior Court; Mr. Samuel Willis, Judge of the Court of Admiralty for Port Bath and General William Bryan and John Simpson, Esquires, Councillors of State.

Received from the Commons a Bill for emitting eight hundred and fifty thousand pounds in Bills of credit for discharging the debts incurred by this State in raising men to reinforce the batallions belonging to this State in the Continental Army, for calling in all former emissions and other purposes.

Endorsed in the House of Commons, 14 Aug., 1778.

Read the first time and passed.

Ordered that the said Bill be read, read the same the first time, passed and ordered to be sent to the Commons.

Sent by Mr. ———.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We propose that Mr. Hooper, Mr. Johnston, Mr. Person, Mr. Nash, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Locke and Mr. Jones, with such Members

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of your House as you may think proper to appoint be a Committee, to ascertain the denominations of the several Bills of credit to be emitted under the authority of an act to be passed by the present General Assembly.

Ordered that the following message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received your message relative to the appointment of a Committee for ascertaining the denomination of the Bills of credit now to be emitted and have for that purpose appointed Mr. Speaker, General Rutherford and Mr. Coor to act with the gentlemen by you appointed.

The House adjourned till tomorrow morning, 9 o'clock.


Saturday, 15 August, 1778.

The House met according to adjournment.

Mr. James Roper, one of the contractors for Salisbury District, having signified his desire of resigning that appointment after settling and adjusting his necessary business.

Resolved, therefore, that the said Roper's appointment as contractor cease after the twenty-eighth day of this instant.

Ordered that the above resolve, together with the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House relative to Mr. James Roper, contractor for Salisbury District.

Resolved that Mr. Absalom Tatom be appointed contractor for Hillsborough District, the former contractor's appointment being expired.

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Ordered that the above resolve with the following message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House for appointing a contractor in Hillsborough District.

Received from the Commons the following Message.

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence the report of the Joint Committee appointed to take into consideration divers letters and papers containing a charge in behalf of the Continental Congress against Thomas Burke, Esquire, one of the delegates of this State.

Concurred with by this House.

At the same time received the report of the Committee mentioned in the forgoing message, which being read was rejected.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence the report of the Joint Committee appointed to examine the several papers and make our arrangement of the officers to command the battalions, to be filled out of the new levies, &c.

Concurred with by this House with the alteration thereunto annexed.

At the same time received the report of the Committee referred to in the above message, which being read was concurred with as by the House of Commons.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the report of the Committee for settling the arrangements of the officers to command the Battalions belonging to this State, to be filled out of the new raised services.

Concurred with as by the House of Commons.

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Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence, the report of the joint Committee appointed to ascertain the denomination of the several Bills of credit to be emitted.

Concurred with by this House.

At the same time received the report therein referred to, which being read was concurred with and ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons.

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the report of the Committee appointed to ascertain the denomination of the several Bills of Credit.

Concurred with by this House.

On motion, the Bill to repeal part of an act entitled an act allowing salaries to the Governor, Secretary, Delegates, Treasurers and members of the Council of State, and other purposes, was read the third time, passed and ordered to be engrossed.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the resolve of your House relative to Mr. James Roper, &c.

Concurred with.

At the same time received the resolve of this House referred to in the above message.

Endorsed in the House of Commons, 15 Aug. 1778.

Concurred with.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the resolve of your House relative to the entry takers and Sheriffs who have, agreeable to resolve of Assembly, advanced monies for the payment of Soldiers lately raised by this State, &c.

Concurred with.

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At the same time received the resolve of this House referred to in the above Message.

Endorsed in the House of Commons, 15 August, 1778.

Concurred with.

Received from the Commons the following message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have received the Message of yours proposing that the members of this Assembly be allowed four dollars per day for their attendance on this session, with which we concur.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House in favor of Mr. James Green, Jun.

Also the following Resolve:

Resolved, that Mr. James Green, Jun., be allowed the sum of one hundred pounds for correcting and revising the Journals of the House of Commons in 1777, he having produced a receipt from the public printer of having received the said revised Journals.

The Treasurers or either of them to pay the same and be allowed.

T. Benbury, S. C.

On motion, the Bill to amend and explain an act for establishing Officers for receiving Entries of Claims for Lands in the several counties within this State, for ascertaining the method of obtaining titles to the same, and for other purposes therein mentioned, was read the second time, amended, passed and ordered to be sent to the Commons.

Sent by Mr. ———

On motion, the Bill to make provision for the recovery of Debts due to the United States or any of them, was read the second time, passed and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons.

Sent by Mr. ———

General Rutherford moved for leave and presented a Bill for making two Medicinal Springs in Rowan and Burke Counties, and the lands adjacent thereto public property, which was read

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the first time, passed and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons.

Sent by Mr. ———

Ordered that the following message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House in favor of James Green, Esq.

Concurred with.

Resolved, that Major William Polk, be appointed to the first vacancy of a Major that shall happen in any of the Continental Battalions of this State with the same rank he heretofore held when in the service of this State.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

You will herewith receive a resolve of this House in favor of Major William Polk, which we send for your concurrence.

Whereas, it has been represented to this House that the Commanding officers of the Militia within this State, and contractors for provisions for the Continental Troops have been under the necessity of borrowing upon interest or advancing money for the use of the public,

Resolved, therefore, that the said officers and contractors who have actually borrowed upon interest or advanced money for the use of the public be reimbursed all such sums of money with the interest due thereon by them borrowed or advanced as aforesaid.

Ordered that the above resolve, together with the following Message, be sent so the House of Commons for concurrence:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

You will herewith receive a resolve of this House relative to the officers of Militia and contractors who have borrowed or advanced monies for the use of this State.

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Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House citing Mr. John Sevier to attend on the General Assembly at their next session for certain purposes therein mentioned.

At the same time received the resolve referred to in the above Message, as follows:

Whereas, John Sevier, of Washington County, who was cited by the last, to attend on the present, session of General Assembly to answer such things as should then be alleged against him respecting certain acconnts exhibited by him against and allowed by the public has failed to attend agreeable to the said citation;

Therefore, Resolved, that he be and he is hereby cited to attend on the General Assembly at their next Session to answer such matters and things as shall then be alleged against him respecting the said accounts.

Ordered that the following message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the resolve of your House relative to Mr. John Sevier.

Concurred with.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House citing Mr. Charles Bondfield and John Blackburn to attend on the General Assembly for certain purposes therein mentioned Also the following resolve, which being read was concurred with:

Whereas, it hath been represented to this House, that Mr. Charles Bondfield, of Edenton, who was by the General Assembly, in their last session, impowered to sell the armed Brigantine Pennsylvania Farmer, did on the thirtieth day of May last, expose to public sale the said Brigantine, which was cried out by John Blackburn on Mr. Joseph Hewes, after which Mr. Hewes denied having bid the sum which she was cried out at;

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Resolved, therefore, that the said Mr. Charles Bondfield and John Blackburn be and they are hereby cited to attend on the General Assembly at their next session to give further information relative thereto.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

We herewith return the resolve of your House requiring Mr. Charles Bondfield and Mr. John Blackburn to attend the General Assembly at their next session.

Concurred with.

Colo. Ebenezer Folsom has leave of absence during the remainder of this session.

On motion, the Bill to amend an act passed in the last session of this present Assembly, entitled an act to alter the times for holding the several Superior Courts of Law, and for better arranging the county Courts within this State, was read the second time, amended, passed and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons.

Sent by Mr. Graham and Mr. Chiles.

On motion, a Bill to establish a Court of Chancery and Equity in the State of North Carolina, and to regulate the mode of proceeding therein, was read the first time and rejected.

Read the report of the committee appointed last session of Assembly to ascertain the damages done to Mr. James William's buildings in Halifax town by the Continental Soldiers, who having fixed the damages done to said buildings at the sum of four hundred pounds,

Resolved, that the said sum of four hundred pounds be paid the said James Williams, by the Treasurers or either of them, who shall be allowed in their accounts with the public.

Ordered that the above resolve, together with the following Message, be sent to the House of Commons.

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House in favour of Mr. James Williams, together with the Report of the Gentlemen appointed last session of Assembly, to examine and make report of the damages sustained by Mr. Williams, in certain Lots and Houses in the town of Halifax.

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The report of the Committee on the Petitions of the people called Moravians, being read was rejected.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House having received the Report of the Committee appointed by both Houses to take into consideration the Petition of the Moravian Brethren, have not concurred with the same, but propose in the affirmation by that people to be taken that they renounce any Fidelity to the present King of Great Britain, his heirs and successors during their continuance and residence in this or any of the United States of America or the Dominions thereto belonging, which mode of affirmation will be satisfactory to the consciences of that useful Society who deserve well of this country, who are daily, from their religious economy, sending Missionaries to propagate the Gospel in foreign parts where they cannot continue subjects of this State. Should this meet your approbation a Bill will be provided for that purpose.

Resolved, that Doctor Lancelot Johnston be appointed Surgeon to the new Levies of Salisbury and Hillsborough Districts, during their continuance in the State.

Ordered that the above resolve, together with the following message, be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your concurrence a Resolve of this House, appointing Doctor Lancelot Johnston, Surgeon to the new Series of Salisbury and Hillsborough Districts during their continuance in this State.

Mr. John Kitchen and Col. Alexander Martin, have leave of absence during the remainder of this Session.

The House adjourned till Monday morning 9 o'clock.

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The House met according to adjournment.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

The House have ordered the Clerk to make out the estimate to Tuesday inclusive, expecting the Assembly will rise on that evening.

On motion the Bill for emitting eight hundred and fifty thousand pounds in Bills of credit for discharging the debts incurred by this State in raising men to reinforce the batalions belonging to this State in the Continental Army, for calling in all former emissions and other purposes was read the second time, amended passed and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons.

Sent by Mr. Coor and Mr. Birdsong.

Received from the Commons the following message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrrence the report of the Joint Committee appointed to examine the accounts formerly allowed to William Gilbert, Commissary of Tryon County.

Concurred with by this House.

At the same time received the report of the Committee referred to in the above Message which being read was concurred with.

Ordered that the following message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the report of the Committee appointed for re-examining the accounts of William Gilbert.

Concurred with.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

Herewith you will receive for your concurrence a resolve of this House citing William Alston, Commissary, &c., to attend on the General Assembly at their next Session for the purpose therein mentioned.

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At the same time received the resolve referred to in the foregoing message which being read was concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

Herewith you will receive the resolve of your House citing William Alston formerly Commissary of Tryon County, to attend the next General Assembly.

Concurred with.

Received from the House of Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a resolve of this House permitting certain officers therein mentioned to resign their appointment.

Also the Resolve therein referred to which being read was concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the resolve of your House relative to Messrs. Brooks and Jones resigning their appointments as Justices of the peace, &c.

Concurred with.

Resolved that the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds be advanced to Dr. Lancelot Johnston to enable him to purchase medicines for the relief of the new series and that he give security for accounting for the same with the next General Assembly.

Ordered that the above resolve with the following message be sent the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House for advancing a sum of money to Dr. Lancelot Johnston to be applied as therein directed.

On motion the Bill for making two medicinal springs in Rowan and Burke Counties and the lands adjacent thereto public property

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was read the second time amended, passed and ordered to be sent to the Commons.

Sent by Mr. ———.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the resolve of your House appointing a Surgeon to the new raised levies in the District of Salisbury and Hillsborough.

Concurred with.

At the same time received the Resolve of this House referred to in the above Message.

Endorsed in the House of Commons, 17 Aug., 1778.

Concurred with.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the resolve of your House in favour of James Williams, and the report of the gentlemen appointed last session of Assembly to examine and make report of the damages sustained by Mr. Williams, in certain lots, houses, &c., in the town of Halifax.

Concurred with.

At the same time received the resolve of this House referred to in the above Message.

Endorsed in the House of Commons, 17 Aug., 1778.

Concurred with.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence the report of the Joint Committee, appointed to take under consideration the petition of Philip Alston, Lieutenant Coloned of Cumberland County, the petition of Col. John Hinton, of Wake County, and the petition of a number of the inhabitants of Rowan County, relative to the conduct of Col. Francis Locke and others.

Concurred with by this House.

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At the same time received the report of the committee referred to in the foregoing message, which being read.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received and read the report of the committee appointed to take under consideration the petition of Lieutenant Colonel Alston and sundry other petitions, and concur therewith except that clause of the report which recommends a division of Captain Johnston's Company.

Should your House consent to dele that clause, the Senate will then concur with the report.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence a Resolve of this House impowering the several Court Martials in this State where any vacancy may happen, &c., to recommend some person to fill such vacancy.

At the same time received the resolve referred to in the foregoing message, which being read,

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the resolve of your House impowering Court Martials in this State to recommend some person to fill any vacancy in the Militia which may happen.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House, directing Mr. John Atkinson to pay into the hands of Mr. Thomas Harvey, the public money in his hands, &c.

At the same time received the resolve referred to in the foregoing Message, which being read.

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Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

You will herewith receive the resolve of your House, requiring Mr. John Atkinson to pay the public money in his hands to Mr. Thomas Harvey, in behalf of the Northern Treasurer.

Concurred with by this House.

Resolved, that Mr. Thomas Harvey pay into the hands of Col. Martin Armstrong, contractor for the troops in Salisbury District, five hundred pounds to be by him accounted for with the next Assembly, which sum the aforesaid Thomas Harvey, or the Northern Treasurer shall be allowed in the settlement of his public accounts.

Ordered, that the above resolve, together with the following message, be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

Herewith you will receive a resolve of this House in favor of the contractor for the troops in Salisbury District.

Mr. Coor moved for leave and presented a Bill for the more effectually collecting the public taxes, and other purposes therein mentioned, which was read the first time, passed and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons.

Sent by Mr. ———

The House adjourned till tomorrow morning, 8 o'clock.


Tuesday, 18 August, 1778.

The House met according to adjournment.

On motion, the Bill to amend an act passed in the last session of this present Assembly, entitled an act to alter the times for holding the several Superior Courts of Law and for better arranging the county Courts within this State, was read the third time, passed and ordered to be engrossed.

On motion, the Bill to make provision for the recovery of Debts due the United States or any of them, was read the third time, passed and ordered to be engrossed.

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Resolved, that the public Printer of this State print all the resolves of the General Assembly immediately after the acts of each Session and in the same volume.

Ordered that the above resolve, together with the following Message be sent to the House of Commons.

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

Herewith you will receive a resolve of this House ordering the public Printer to print the resolves of the Assembly.

General Rutherford, from the Committee appointed to take under consideration, the Petition of Mrs. Martha Gilchrist in behalf of her husband, Thomas Gilchrist, reported as follows:

It appears to your Committee that Mr. Thomas Gilchrist was under peculiar circumstances regarding his connections in Britain and the West Indies, which rendered it out of his power to recover his interest without leaving this State at the time he did.

That it manifestly appears by testimony before your Committee that through the whole course of his conduct since the commencement of Hostilities between Great Britain and the United Colonies, the said Mr. Gilchrist ever showed an attachment to the common cause by submitting and cheerfully contributing to the defence of this State, and that he never did, by word or deed, make use of means to advise or persuade the good people of this State from their allegiance to the same. That in consequence of a resolution of the Continental Congress, the said Thomas Gilchrist sailed from Bermudas and arrived in Georgia, and there took Oath of allegiance on the ninth day of June, 1778, and was admitted a free citizen, from thence he departed and arrived in the State of South Carolina, and on the 21 June, 1778, took the Oath of allegiance and Fidelity and was admitted a subject of that State.

The said Mr. Gilchrist now waits the determination of this Assembly and prays leave to return to his family and friends, and become a subject to this State, and forasmuch as your committee well know that Mrs. Martha Gilchrist is descended from and allied to some of the first families in this State, who as well at this time as from the beginning or commencement of hostilities, have in every part of their conduct manifested a spirited, zealous and warm attachment to the liberties of the United States, and in a particular

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manner rendered singular services to this State as Representatives of the free people of the same.

Your committee therefore, in tender consideration of the premises and of the very peculiar circumstances and situation of the said Mr. Thomas Gilchrist, together with the distresses which must naturally arise to the family of the said Mr. Gilchrist, by a separation from his disconsolate wife and helpless children, and forasmuch as your committee in compliance to the resolve of the Continental Congress regarding returning penitents conceive that mercy ought to be extended to such as this Honourable Assembly may think deserving pardon from the pains of death.

Your committee do therefore, in the most earnest manner recommend it to this Assembly that by a resolve of the same to be signed by both Speakers, the said Thomas Gilchrist be discharged from the pains and penalties directed to be inflicted by an act of Assembly of this State entitled an act to amend an act for declaring what “crimes and practices against this State shall be “treason and what shall be misprision of treason,” “and providing punishments adequate to crimes of both classes,” and for preventing the dangers “which may arise from persons disaffected to the State.” And that such resolve immediately after the said Thomas Gilchrist shall have taken the oath of allegiance to this State shall be considered, held, deemed and taken to be a full and free pardon from the pains and penalties of the act aforesaid.

Submitted,

Griffith Rutherford.

The House taking the said report into consideration concurred therewith.

Thereupon, resolved, that in consideration of the peculiar circumstances of Thos. Gilchrist, and out of regard to his family and connections in this State who have invariably been active in maintaing and supporting our happy independency that after taking an oath of allengiance to this State the said Thomas Gilchrist, be discharged from the pains and penalties directed to be inflicted by an act of Assembly of this State entitled “an act to amend act for declaring what crimes and practices against the State shall be treason and what shall be misprision of treason and providing punishments adequate to crimes of both classes, and for preventing the dangers which may arise from persons disaffected to the State,” and that this resolve be held and deemed a full and free pardon.

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Ordered that the above resolve and the report of the Committee on the petition of Mrs. Martha Gilchrist, with the following message, be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This accompanies a resolve of this House in favour of Mr. Thomas Gilchrist for your approbation.

Also the report the Committee on the petition of Mrs. Martha Gilchrist.

Concurred with by this House.

Received from the Commons the following Message.

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

The House cannot concur with yours in making any alterations in the oath of affirmation to be taken by the Moravians as they think that all people living in, or inhabiting this State, should acknowledge their fidelity to the same by taking the same oath or affirmation and therefore have determined not to admit any Bill for making any alterations as recommend by you.

On motion, a Bill to prevent trading with the Cherokee Indians without license first had and obtained, and also to prevent trespasses upon the Indian hunting grounds, was read the first time, passed and ordered to be sent to the Commons.

Sent by Mr. Jones and Mr. Owen.

Received from the Commons the following message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the resolve of your House in favour of Dr. Lancelot Johnston.

Concurred with.

At the same time received the resolve of this House referred to in the above message.

Endorsed in the House of Commons, 18 August, 1778.

Concurred with.

Received from the Commons the following message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House concur with yours in the proposed alteration in

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the report of the Committee appointed to take under consideration the petition of said Colonel Alston, &c.

Received from the Commons the following message.

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate.

We herewith return the resolve of your House in favor of the contractor for the troops in Salisbury District.

Concurred with.

At the same time received the resolve of this House referred to in the foregoing Message:

Endorsed in the House of Commons, 18 August, 1778.

Concurred with.

Received from the Commons the following message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate.

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House in favour of Balaam Thompson.

At the same time received the resolve of the Commons referred to in the above message, as follows:

Resolved,

That Balaam Thompson pay into the public Treasury of this State the sum of five hundred pounds which he received for a certain tract of land sold the Commissioners of the Iron Works in Chatham Connty.

In consideration whereof the public relinquishes all and every claim and title to the same that was ever conveyed or made them by the said Thompson.

The same being read,

Ordered, that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the resolve of your House directing Balaam Thompson to pay a certain sum of money into the Treasury.

Concurred with.

Allen Jones, S. S.
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Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House have directed the Clerk to make out the estimate tomorrow inclusive, being determined to rise then.

Resolved, that it be recommended to the officers under the new arrangement to use their utmost endeavors to induce the new Levies to enlist into the Continental services, during the war or for the term of three years, and for that purpose to grant furloughs to all such until the first day of March next, should they require it, at which time they shall be entitled to receive a bounty of fifty dollars each.

Resolved, also, that the aforesaid Officers be impowered to grant furloughs until the first day of March next, to all such Soldiers as shall agree to continue in the service for nine months after the aforesaid first day of March next, who with the Militia Officers shall be on pay from the time of their enlistment; and in case the said Soldiers should refuse to agree to either of the aforesaid proposals, that then, they be immediately marched to Head Quarters under proper Officers agreeable to the act of Assembly.

Ordered that the above resolve, together with the following Message, be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your concurrence, a resolve of this House for promoting the recruiting Service.

On motion, the Bill to prevent trading with the Cherokee Indians without Licence first had and obtained, and also to prevent trespasses upon the Indian hunting grounds, was read the second time, amended, passed and ordered to be sent to the Commons.

Sent by Mr. Jones and Mr. Owens.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

We herewith send for your concurrence, a resolve of this Hoase in favour of Matthew Collins, a disabled Soldier, also the resolve therein referred to, as follows:

Resolved, that Matthew Collins, a disabled Soldier, to be allowed twenty pounds as a recompence for his past services, that the Treasurers or either of them pay him the same and be allowed.

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Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the resolve of your House in favour of Matthew Collins.

Concurred with.

Resolved, that all Quakers, Moravians, Dunkers and Mennonists, who shall, before the setting of the next General Assembly, take the affirmation prescribed by Law shall be admitted to the rights of citizens, any Law, custom or usage to the contrary notwithstanding

Ordered the above resolve, together with the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

M. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your concurrence, a resolve of this House relative to Quakers.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have received the Message of yours acquainting them that your estimate is to be made out to tomorrow inclusive, and have directed their Clerk to make out the estimate of allowance to the members of this House, &c., to include tomorrow.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the resolve of your House for promoting the Recruiting Services.

Concurred with.

At the same time received the resolve of this House referred to in the above Message.

Endorsed in the House of Commons, 18 August, 1778.

Concurred with.

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Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker aad Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have received the resolve of your House in favour of Mr. Thomas Gilchrist, also the report of the Committee on the petition of Mrs. Martha Gilchrist, both of which we concur with.

At the same time received the resolve of this House and the above mentioned report.

Endorsed in the House of Commons, 18th Aug., 1778.

Concurred with.

On motion, the Bill to prevent trading with the Cherokee Indians wtihout licence first had and obtained, and also to prevent trespasses upon the Indian hunting grounds, was read the third time, passed and ordered to be engrossed.

On motion, the Bill for emitting eight hundred and fifty thousand pounds in Bills of credit for discharging the debts incurred by this State in raising men to reinforce the Battalions belonging to this State in the Continental Army and for calling in all former emissions and other purposes, was read the third time, amended by eonsent of both Houses, passed and ordered to be engrossed.

The House adjourned till tomorrow morning 5 o'clock.


Wednesday, 19 Aug., 1778.

The House met according to adjournment.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the resolve of your House relative to Quakers, &c.

Concurred with.

At the same time received the resolve of this House referred to in the above Message.

Endorsed in the House of Commons, 18 Aug., 1778.

Concurred with.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House relative to Col. Chariol's Regiment, &c.

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At the same time received the resolve of the Commons, as follows:

As it has been made evident to this House from divers circumstances which could not be foreseen at the time of passing, a resolve to raise a French regiment, under the command of Colonel Chariol that the good intention of the Colonel and the officers under his command cannot be carried into execution as a sufficient number of privates, of the French Nation cannot be obtained to compleat the said regiment within this State or vicinity thereof, resolved therefore that as this State cannot avail themselves of the good intentions of Colonel Chariol, who wishes to contribute his best eadeavours to aid America in her contest with Great Britain, occasioned by circumstances out of his power to command, that this State have no further occasion for the services of Colonel Chariol or his officers and that the privates who have been enlisted into the said regiment should be discharged and that the Colonel and other officers be requested to settle their accounts of the regiment with the Governor and Council and that Colonel Chariol his officers and men may be assured that if this State at a future day shall have an opportunity to call them into service under more favorable circumstances that they will with pleasure embrace it.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the resolve of your House relative to Colonel Chariol's regiment.

Concurred with.

Whereas, divers disorderly persons in the Counties of Guilford, Anson, Cumberland and Bladen refuse paying taxes and resist the Civil Officers in the execution of their duty, resolved that on application of any two Justices of the Peace, the Colonel or Commanding Officer of such County do order out any number of light horsemen not exceeding twenty-five to assist the officers of this State in the execution of their duty and bringing the offender to justice for which service such light horsemen are to be paid out of the public Treasury agreeable to the Militia Law.

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Ordered that the above resolve together with the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

Herewith you will receive a resolve of this House relative to disorderly people in the several Counties within this State.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House relative to the Justices who refuse qualifying to their respective appointments.

At the same time received the resolve of the Commons referred to in the above Message.

Endorsed in the Senate, 19 Aug, 1778.

Concurred with.

Ordered that the following message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the resolve of your House relative to the qualification of Justices.

Concurred with.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House in favor of John Holgan, paper maker.

Also the resolve therein referred to which being read,

Ordered that the following message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the resolve of your House in favor of Mr. Holgan the paper maker.

Concurred with.

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Received from the Commons the following message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House relative to Farquhard Campbell and others who have broke their parole, &c.

At the same time received the resolve of the Commons, referred to in the foregoing message,

Which being read,

Ordered that the following message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the resolve of your House relative to Farquhard Campbell, &c.

Concurred with.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House impowering the Governor and Council to settle the accounts of Capt. De Cottineau and Colonel Chariol, &c.

At the same time received the resolve therein referred to which being read,

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the resolve of your House impowering the Governor, &c., to settle the accounts of Capt. De Cottineau and Colonel Chariol.

Concurred with.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House

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impowering the Commanding Officer of the Continental troops to draw on the Treasury for a sum therein mentioned.

Also the resolve referred to in the above message,

Which being read,

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the resolve of your House impowering the Commanding Officer of the Continental Troops to draw on the Treasury for a sum therein mentioned.

Concured with.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a resolve of this House respecting the appointment of Jurymen in certain Counties therein mentioned.

At the same time received the resolve of the Commons therein referred to which being read.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons;

We herewith return the resolve of your House impowering the house-holders of certain Counties to act as Jurors.

Resolved that Major James Smith pay into the hands of either of the public Treasurers the sum of three hundred and fifty-seven pounds ten shillings, which sum he received by mistake in his accounts at Halifax Congress in Dec., 1776, and that the Treasurers account for the same.

Ordered that the above resolve, together with the following Message, be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House directing Major James Smith to pay a certain sum therein mentioned into the public Treasury.

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Received from the Commons the following Message, &c., &c.

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House in favour of John Hunt.

Also the resolve therein mentioned, which being read,

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the House of Commons.

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the resolve of your House for advancing a sum of money to Mr. John Hunt for the purposes therein mentioned.

Concurred with.

Resolved that William Murphy, doorkeeper be, allowed four pounds six shillings, for fire wood and candles, &c., found the last Session of the General Assembly.

Ordered that the above resolve, together with the following Message, be sent to the House of Commons:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your concurrence a resolve of this House in favour of Wm. Murphy.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the resolve of your House directing Major James Smith to pay a certain sum therein mentioned into the public Treasury.

Concurred with.

Also the resolve of this House referred to in the foregoing Message.

Endorsed in the House of Commons, 19 August, 1778.

Concurred with.