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Minutes of the North Carolina House of Commons
North Carolina. General Assembly
January 19, 1779 - February 13, 1779
Volume 13, Pages 625-734o

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HOUSE JOURNAL.

State of North Carolina,
In the House of Commons. 1779.

At a General Assembly, begun and held at Halifax in the County of Halifax, on the Nineteenth Day of January, in the Year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Nine, and in the Third year of the Independence of the Said State: Being the Third Session of this Assembly.

Pursuant to an adjournment of the last Session of the General Assembly for Meeting at Halifax on the first Monday in January, Instant, and from thence prorogued by his Excellency the Governor de die in diem until the Nineteenth Inst., when the following Members appeared and took their Seats, viz.:

The Honble. Thomas Benbury, Esquire, Speaker:

Messrs. Willie Jones, Egbert Haywood, Jonas Johnston, John Williams, Authur Cotton, E. E. Smithwick, John Duane, John Easton, William Baker, Robert Peebles, George Mitchell, Ben. Hawkins, Thomas Hunter, Ben. Clark, Samuel Cain, Richard Clinton, Nathan Mayo, Nathan Bryan, Jesse Cobb, Jacob Hunter, Isaac Sessums, Thomas Hicks, William Jordan, junr., Simon Turner, Caleb Fifer, Matt. Lock, David Wilson, Moses Winslow, Hardy Sanders, Thomas Harvey, William Courtney, William M. Crawley, William Fereby, William Hooper, William Gilbert, Joseph Hardin, Ben. Cleveland, Elisha Isaacs, Thomas Person, James Williams, Joshua Swain, Abner Nash, Robert Lindsey, Fred. Miller, Peter Farrow, & Joseph Hancock.

The Sheriff of New Hanover County Certified that Mr. Timothy Bloodworth was duly Elected as a Member of the House of Commons for the said County, whereupon the said Mr. Timothy Bloodworth appeared, was qualified and took his Seat.

The Sheriff of Washington County Certified that Mr. Jesse Walton was duly Elected as a Member of the House of Commons, whereupon the said Mr. Jesse Walton appeared, was qualified and took his Seat.

Mr. Thomas Relf, one of the Members for Pasquotank County, appeared, was qualified and took his Seat.

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Mr. Joseph Hewes, the Member for the Town of Edenton, appeared, was qualified and took his Seat.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House being now formed acquaint you that they are ready to proceed on Business.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have received the Message of yours informing them that you are ready to proceed on public Business, and in answer thereto, we inform you that this House is also formed & ready to proceed on Business.

Ordered that the following Message be Addressed to his Excellency the Governor, and sent to the Senate for Concurrence:

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

Sir: The two Houses of the General Assembly being now formed, acquaint your Excellency that they are ready to take under Consideration the Journal and proceedings of the Council of State, and such Dispatches as you have to lay before them.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Message Addressed to His Excellency the Governor.

Resolved, that Mr. Courtney, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Bryan, Mr. Bloodworth, Mr. Hunter and Mr. Wilson, be a Committee of Public Claims. Mr. Lock, Mr. Person, Mr. Whitaker, Mr. Harvey, Mr. Easton and Mr. Mitchell, be a Committee of public Accounts, on the part of this House, to act Jointly with such Gentlemen of the Senate as may be appointed for the purposes aforesaid.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have appointed Mr. Courtney, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Bryan, Mr. Bloodworth, Mr. Hunter and Mr. Wilson, as a Committee

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of Public Claims. Mr. Lock, Mr. Person, Mr. Whitaker, Mr. Harvey, Mr. Easton, and Mr. Mitchel, as a Committe of Public Accounts, who will act jointly with such Gentlemen of your House as you may think proper to appoint for the purposes aforesaid.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

You will with this receive the Message addressed to His Excellency the Governor, Concurred with by this House.

At the same time received the Message referred to.

Ordered that Mr. James Williams wait on the Public Secretary with the same.

Received from the Senate the following Messages:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House have received the Message of yours appointing Committees of Accounts and Claims, and have on their part appointed Messrs. Coor, Kenan, and Forster, a Committee of Accounts, and Messrs. Exum, Jones, and Rhodes, a Committee of Public Claims, who will act in Conjunction with the Gentlemen by you appointed for those purposes.

Mr. Jonas Johnston moved for leave and presented a Bill to Regulate and Establish a Militia in this State, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table, when it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Resolved that Mr. Hooper, Mr. Jones, Mr. Nash, Mr. Johnston, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Bloodworth and Mr. Hewes, be appointed a Committee to Consider & Report what Bills of a General and Public nature are necessary to be brought in and perfected at this Session; and that the Senate be requested to appoint certain of their Members to Act in Conjunction with the Members of the House appointed for the above purposes.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House appointing a Committee to act jointly with a Committee of the Senate for purposes therein mentioned.

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The Public Secretary laid before the House a Letter from the Governor of Virginia to Governor Caswell, of the 8th Inst., concerning the Reduction of the Chickamogga Settlements, and the same being read was ordered to be referred to a Joint Committee.

Resolved, that Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Jones, Mr. Walton and Mr. Person, be a Committee on the part of this House for the purposes aforesaid.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have appointed Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Jones, Mr. Walton and Mr. Person, a Committee, on their part, to act jointly with such Gentlemen of the Senate as may be appointed to take under Consideration a Letter from the Governor of Virginia to Governor Caswell, concerning the Reduction of the Chickamogga Settlements, &c., which you will herewith receive for your perusal and Concurrence in the Measure.

Resolved, that a Writ of Election Issue to the County of Beaufort to Elect one Member of this House in the room of Mr. Alderson Ellison, whose seat is vacated by his Acceptance of the Clerk's office for said County. That the said Election be held on Thursday, the 28th Day of this Instant.

Resolved, that the Reverend Charles Couples be appointed Chaplain to the General Assembly.

Ordered that the above Resolve, be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence the Resolve of this House for appointing a Chaplain to the General Assembly.

Received from His Excellency the Governor the following Message:

To the Honorable General Assembly:

Gentlemen: Herewith you will be pleased to receive sundry Resolutions of Congress transmitted to me since the Close of the last Session of the General Assembly. Such of them as immediately relate to my department, I took the earliest opportunity of

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laying before the Council of State, and in pursuance of their advice have carried them into effect, so far as I was enabled to do.

Of the five Thousand Troops required by Congress to be sent to the aid of South Carolina and Georgia, I am fearful it will be found that not more than about half the number have actually Marched, and those badly Armed; I have therefore ordered on all the drafts remaining in the State who are able to March, and in case any of them are discharged, or are unable to March, have directed others to be drafted in their stead from the Companies to which they belonged so as the whole number advised by the Council to be raised from the Militia, be sent on.

Sundry letters which I have the Honor of laying before you from the Governor of South Carolina and the Commander in Chief on the Southern Expedition, evince the designs of the Enemy in that Quarter, and show the necessity of the General Assembly's early entering upon such Measures as they shall think proper to adopt, respecting the Militia of this State, so far as relates to those ordered into service there, or such as may be judged necessary to reinforce them.

I also lay before you sundry letters from the President of the Congress and the Delegates of this State, for your perusal and information. Those from Mr. Harnett show the necessity of the Accounts of this State against the United States being made up, and with the Vouchers sent to the proper officers for passing them. By the account herewith, you will be informed of the several sums wherewith this State stood Charged, by the United States, the 13th of August, last, amounting in the whole to a very large sum of Money; and will see that we have only a single Credit for a very trifling sum; altho' I flatter myself, that the Ballance would be very small on a proper State of the Accounts. When I reflect that very little attention has hitherto been paid to this very essential matter, and the manner in which the public papers and Accounts are conveyed from one part of the State to another, renders it very doubtful with me if many of the Vouchers are not already lost or so worn out or torn as to render them unintelligible. I therefore presume I shall stand excused in calling up your particular attention to an affair of such Importance, and recommending some mode to be fallen upon, which may answer the purpose

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of obtaining an immediate statement of those Accounts, otherwise satisfied I am, that considerable losses will arise to this State.

I have directed the Journal of the Council of State to be laid before you with the papers on which the Resolutions of that Board are formed. Every measure therein recommended have been carried into the fullest effect in my power.

R. CASWELL.

At the same time received the several Resolutions of Congress, Letters from the Governor of South Carolina, The Commander in Chief on the Southern Expedition, The President of the Congress and the Delegates from this State in Congress, as also the Journal & proceedings of the Council of State.

Ordered that the same lay over until Tomorrow for Consideration.

The House adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 o'clock.

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Wednesday, 20th January, 1779.

The House met According to Adjournment.

Mr. William Brown, one of the Members for Beaufort County, and Mr. Hardy Griffin, one of the Members for Nash County, appeared and took their seats.

Read the Petition of Samuel Marshall, Esquire, praying to be admitted as a Free Citizen.

Ordered that the same be referred to a joint Committee.

Read the Petition of Thomas Barker, Esqr., of Edenton, praying to be admitted as a Free Citizen.

Ordered that the same be referred to a Joint Committee.

Ordered that Mr. Jones, Mr. Johnston, Mr. Williams, Mr. Hooper, Mr. Hewes, Mr. Nash and Mr. Clinton, be a Committee on the part of this House to take into consideration the Petitions of Samuel Marshall and Thomas Barker, Esquires.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have appointed Mr. Jones, Mr. Johnston, Mr. Williams, Mr. Hooper, Mr. Hewes, Mr. Nash and Mr. Clinton, as a

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Committee, on their part, to act jointly with such Gentlemen of the Senate as may be appointed to take into Consideration the Petitions of Samuel Marshall and Thomas Barker, Esqrs.

For your further information, we herewith send the said Petitions.

The Honorable the Speaker laid before the House a Letter and sundry other papers relative to John London, paroled to the Town of Wilmington; and the same being read, were ordered to be referred to the Committee appointed to take under Consideration the Petitions of Samuel Marshall and Thomas Barker, Esqrs.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your perusal sundry papers, &c., relative to the Case of John London, paroled to the Town of Wilmington, which we propose referring to the Committee appointed to take under Consideration the Petitions of Samuel Marshall and Thomas Barker, Esquires.

On motion, Mr. John Haywood, Jun., was appointed assistant Clerk, and qualified by taking and subscribing the Oath appointed for the qualification of Public officers.

The order of the Day for taking into Consideration the several Resolutions of Congress, Letters from the Governor of South Carolina, the Commander in Chief on the Southern Expedition, the president of the Congress, and the Delegates from this State in Congress, &c., being called for and read, the House proceeded to take the same under consideration, when they came to the following Resolution thereon, Viz: That the same be referred to the Committee appointed to consider and Report what Bills of a General and public nature are necessary to be brought in and perfected at this Session.

Ordered that the same be sent to the Senate, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

With this you will receive a Message from His Excellency the Governor, Addressed to the General Assembly, together with the sundry Resolutions of Congress, Letters from the Governor of

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South Carolina, and the Commander in Chief on the Southern Expedition, the president of Congress and the Delegates from this State in Congress, and the sundry other papers therein referred to, which we have had under Consideration, and propose referring them to the Committee appointed to Report what Bills of a General and Public nature are necessary to be brought in and perfected this Session.

Ordered that the Journal & proceeding of the Council of State and the Several Papers therein mentioned lie on the Table for Consideration.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received your Message referring sundry Petitions of Messrs. London, Marshall, Barker, &c., to a joint Committee, and can not concur therewith, but have appointed Colo. Martin, Colo. Thompson, Colo. Rhodes and Mr. Ashe, to act with such Gentlemen as you may think proper to appoint as a Committee to receive and consider of the Petition of Robert Hogg, of the above & of all those Petitions as shall be presented by such Persons praying to be admitted as Citizens of the State during this Session, who are to Report specially on the same.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

Resolved, that Mr. Hewes, Mr. Jones, and Mr. Johnston, be a Committee to Examine into the quantity of Public Tobacco on hand, and to devise ways and means of paying for a quantity of Cannon Imported in the Ship Holy Jesus______ Commander.

Resolved, that the officers & men who came into Cape Fear with the English Manifestoes & Proclamations, and now confined in Halifax Gaol, be paroled to the Town of Halifax; and that Brigadier General Jones be requested to receive their paroles as aforesaid.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence together with the following Message:

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Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House for Paroling the officers and men therein mentioned, &c.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House appointing a Chaplain to the General Assembly, Concurred with.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith Return the Resolve of your House for appointing a Committee to prepare and bring in such Bills as are necessary to be passed, and have on our part appointed Col. Martin, Mr. Coor & Mr. Battle, to act with the Gentlemen by you appointed.

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

Received from the Senate the following Messages:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received the Message of your House appointing a Committee to take under Consideration a Letter from the Governor of Virginia to Gov'r Caswell, which was Concurred with by this House, who have appointed Messrs. Coor, Roberson & Brown, to act with the Gentlemen appointed by the House of Commons.

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House have received your Message referring sundry Letters & Resolutions from Congress, Letters from South Carolina, &c., to the Committee appointed to prepare & bring in what Bills are necessary, &c., and concur therewith.

The Sheriff of Orange County Certified that Mark Patterson, Esquire, was duly Elected as a Member of the House of Commons for the said County, in the room of Thomas Burke, Esq'r, whereupon the said Mark Patterson, Esquire, appeared, was qualified & took his Seat.

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The House met according to Adjournment.

Mr. Johnston moved for leave & presented a Bill to regulate and ascertain the fees of the Clerks of the Superior and County Courts, Justices of the Peace and Attornies in this State, and directing the method of paying the same and other purposes, which he read in his place & Delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Mr. Person, from the joint Committee appointed to take under censideration the Letter from the Governor of Virginia, respecting an aid to be sent to the Frontiers, Reported as follows:

It is the opinion of your Committee that two Hundred men be immediately sent under one Lieutenant Colonel and four Captains to join Colonel Shelby, and that they be furnished from the Militia of Washington County by voluntary inlistment, if they can be so procured, or by a draught agreeable to the Militia Law, that they be furnished with a Commissary, who shall be supply'd with Money to enable him to accommodate the Troops. That he give Bond to the Governor for the faithful performance of his trust. That the officers and Soldiers (should they be successful) treat the Captive women and Children with tenderness & humanity, conducting them safely to some neighborly, Friendly Tribe of the Cherokees, and there supply them with live Stock, and such other provisions as they may think necessary. That they treat the friendly Tribes with the utmost respect, and that they inform them, as soon as the situation of affairs will permit, of their intentions.

The Committee further beg leave to recommend Majr. Charles Roberson to the Command, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel; and that the Troops be furnished with two Hundred weight of powder.

All which is Humbly submitted to the Consideration of the House.

The House taking the said Report into Consideration, Concurred therewith.

Ordered that the above Report be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence the Report of the joint Committee appointed to take under Consideration the Letter from

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the Governor of Virginia to Governor Caswell, &c., Concurred with by this House.

Read the Remonstrance of sundry people of Pasquotank County.

Ordered that the same be referred to a joint Committee.

Resolved, that Mr. Nash, Mr. Johnston, Mr. Harvey, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Jones and Mr. Courtney, be a Committee on the part of this House for the purpose aforesaid.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

Herewith you will receive the Remonstrance of sundry People of Pasquotank County, which this House propose referring to a Joint Committee of both Houses, and have for that purpose, on their part, appointed Mr. Nash, Mr. Johnston, Mr. Harvey, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Jones and Mr. Courtney, a Committee.

Read the petition of sundry of the people of Hertford, Chowan and Perquimans Counties, praying to have a new County erected by taking part of each of the said Counties.

Mr. Baker moved for leave and presented a Bill agreeable to the prayer of the said petitioners, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

Herewith you will receive the Report of the Committees appointed to Consider of the Governor of Virginia's Letter to Governor Caswell, concurred with.

At the same time received the Report referred to in the above Message, Concurred with.

Ordered that the Committee to whom the Consideration of the said Letter was referred be a Committee to prepare and draw up an answer to the same.

The Bill for dividing Bute County into two distinct Counties by the names of_______, was read the first time, passed and sent to the Senate.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

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Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Resolves of your House for parolling certain persons therein mentioned, Concurred with.

The House adjourned till To-morrow morning 9 o'clock.

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Thursday, 21st January, 1779.

The House met according to Adjournment.

The Sheriff of Pitt County certifies that James Gorham, Esqr., was duly Elected as a Member of the House of Commons for the said County, in the room of John Simpson, Esquire, whereupon the said James Gorham, Esquire, appeared, was qualified and took his Seat.

Mr. John Williams, one of the Members for the County of Caswell; Mr. George Davidson, one of the Members for Anson County, and Mr. Stephen Hiller, one of the Members for Anson County, appeared and took their Seats.

Read the address and petition of the people called Quakers.

Ordered that the same be referred to a joint Committee.

Resolved that Mr. Person, Mr. Johnston, Mr. Lock, Mr. Harvey, Mr. Courtney and Mr. John Williams (Caswell), be a Committee on the part of this House for the purpose aforesaid.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We have appointed Mr. Pearson, Mr. Johnston, Mr. Lock, Mr. Harvey, Mr. Courtney and Mr. John Williams (Caswell), as a Committee on our part, who will Act Jointly with such Gentlemen of your House as may be appointed, to take under Consideration the Address and Petition of the People called Quakers.

Mr. Willie Jones informed the House that Mr. William Alston, who was cited by the last to attend on the present Session of General Assembly respecting certain Accounts allowed William Gilbert, &c., &c., by the public, was attending on the said Assembly to have them examined.

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Ordered that Mr. Lock, Mr. Person, Mr. Johnston and Mr. Hawkins, be a Committee on the part of this House, to Act jointly with such Gentleman of the Senate as may be appointed, to Examine the said Accounts.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

The House have appointed Mr. Lock, Mr. Person, Mr. Johnston and Mr. Hawkins, a Committee on their part, to Act jointly with such Gentlemen of the Senate as may be appointed, to examine the Accounts of William Gilbert, late Commissary of Tryon County, &c.

Mr. Johnston moved for leave and presented a Bill to inforce the attendance of the Voters at elections of Members of the General Assembly, and other purposes; which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table, where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Mr. Johnston moved for leave and presented a Bill to further ascertain the Duties of the Different Surveyers in this State, and other purposes; which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Read the petition of Pres. Chapman, praying to be allowed for a Certain sum of Money consumed by fire. The proof not being sufficient, the petition was rejected.

Read the petition of Elizabeth Egerton, Wilmot Egerton, and Elizabeth Egerton, jun., praying, &c.

Ordered that the same be rejected.

Read the petition of Thomas Hooper, Esqr., praying to be admitted as a Citizen, &c.

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee appointed to receive and Consider all such Petitions, &c.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

In answer to a former Message of yours, relative to appointing a Committee to receive and consider the Petitions of Robert Hogg, Samuel Marshall, & Thomas Barker, Esquires, and all other petitions, &c., from persons praying to be admitted as Citizens,

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we acquainted you that we had on our part referred them to the Committee appointed to examine, &c., and Report what Bills, &c., are necessary to be brought in & perfected this Session, which was owing to a misapprehension of the Clerk. The sense of the House was, that the Committee, which they had appointed to consider the Petitions of Samual Marshall and Thomas Barker, Esquires, should be a standing Committee on our part, &c., for the purposes aforesaid.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

The Resolve of your House appointing Commissioners to purchase provisions, &c., you will, with this, receive, Concurred with.

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

Received from the Senate the following Messages:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received your Message appointing a Committee to take under Consideration the Remonstrance from Pasquotank County, with which we Concur, and have appointed Mr. Stone, Mr. Harvey and Mr. Sumner, a Committee, who will act with the Gentlemen by you appointed for that purpose.

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received your Message appointing a Committee to examine the Accounts of William Gilbert, late Commissary of Tryon County, &c., with which we concur, and have, for that purpose on our part appointed Messrs. Stone, Coor, Rogers and Owen, a Committee.

Resolved, that Mr. Hooper, Mr. Nash and Mr. Hewes, be a Committee, on the part of this House, to Act jointly with a Committee of the Senate, to prepare and Draw up an answer to the Manifesto & Proclamations issued by his Britanick Majesty's Commissioners.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

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This House have appointed Mr. Hooper, Mr. Nash & Mr. Hewes, a Committee, on their part, to Act jointly with a Committee of the Senate for the purpose of preparing & Drawing up an answer to the Manifesto & Proclamation issued by his Britanick Majesty's Commissioners.

Resolved, that Mr. Hewes, Mr. Nash, Mr. Jones and Mr. Hawkins, be a Committee, on the part of this House, to Act jointly with such Gentlemen of the Senate as may be appointed, to devise ways and means to supply this State with Arms and Ammunition with the greatest expedition & economy possible.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have appointed Mr. Hewes, Mr. Nash, Mr. Jones and Mr. Hawkins, a Committee, on their part, to act Jointly with a Committee of the Senate, to devise ways and means to supply this State with Arms and Ammunition with the greatest expedition.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House have received your Message referring the petition of the Quakers to a Joint Committee, and concurred therewith, and have for that purpose appointed Mr. Reniker, Colo. Martin and Mr. Frazier, to Act with the Gentlemen by you appointed.

We also send you a petition from the United Brethren alias Moravians, which we propose referring to the same Committee.

At the same time received the petition referred to in the above Message, which being read was ordered to be referred to the same Committee on the part of this House.

Resolved, that Mr. Nash, Mr. Hooper and Mr. Locke, be a Committee, on the part of this House, to act jointly with a Committee of the Senate, to inquire and make Report on the Conduct of Mr. Charles Bonfield, who was cited by the last to attend on the present Session of Assembly, relative to selling the Brigantine the Pennsylvania Farmer.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

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Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have appointed Mr. Nash, Mr. Hooper and Mr. Locke, a Committee, on their part, to Act jointly with a Committee of the Senate, to inquire into the Conduct of Mr. Charles Bonfield relative to selling the Pennsylvania Farmer, and Charging Mr. Hewes with being the Purchaser.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House for transporting Ammunition for the use of the Troops ordered against the Indians.

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

You will herewith receive for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House appointing Mr. Jesse Walton Commissary to the Troops under the Command of Colo. Robertson on the Indian Expedition.

At the same time received the Resolves referred to in the above Message, and the same being read were concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the resolve of your House appointing a Commissary to the Troops ordered on the Indian Expedition, also the Resolve for transmitting Ammunition for the Troops on the same service, Concurred with by the House.

The House Adjourned till 4 O'clock P. M.

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The House met according to Adjournment.

The Sheriff of Camden County Certified that Willis Bright & William Burgess, Esqrs., were duly Elected as Members of the House of Commons for the said County, whereupon, Willis Bright, Esqr., appeared, was qualified and took his Seat.

The House adjourned till Tomorrow Morning 9 o'clock.

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Friday, 22nd January, 1779.

The House met according to Adjournment.

Read the Petition of John Burgess, late of Wilmington, Merchant.

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee appointed to receive and Consider the petitions of all Persons praying to be admitted as Citizens, &c.

Mr. Nash presented a Petition from a number of the Inhabitants of Craven County, praying for a division thereof.

Mr. Nash moved for leave and presented a Bill agreeable to the prayer of the said Petition, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed & sent to the Senate.

Received from the Senate the following Messages:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received your Message appointing a Committee to inquire into the Conduct of Charles Bonfield relative to selling the Pennsylvania Farmer, and concur therewith, and have on our part chosen Mr. Martin and Mr. Stone, to act in Conjunction with the Gentlemen by you appointed.

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received your Message appointing a Committee to devise ways and means to supply this State with Arms & Ammunition, &c., and concur therewith, and have for that purpose chosen Messrs. Salter, Davis & McKenzie, to act with the Gentlemen by you appointed.

Mr. Jones presented a Petition from a number of the Inhabitants of Halifax County, praying to have certain Grants of Lands in Earl Granville's District, made by Thomas Child, Esqr., agent for said Earl, Confirmed, &c.

Mr. Jones moved for leave and presented a Bill agreeable to the prayer of the said Petition, which he read in his place and Delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Mr. Whitaker presented a Petition from a number of the Inhabitants of Halifax County, praying to have part of the said County added to the County of Edgecomb.

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Mr. Whitaker moved for leave and presented a Bill agreeable to the prayer of the said Petition, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Resolved, that Mr. Miller, Mr. Hardin, Mr. Johnston, Mr. Cleveland and Mr. John Williams (Caswell), be a Committee to consider and Report what sum shall be allowed the Commissary on the Indian Expedition, for Rations, &c.

Resolved, that Commissioners be appointed in the several Districts of this State to purchase provisions for the Army, and that they procure as many hogs as can be had, and Salt and Barrel the same, they having due regard to the quality of such Pork, and that they be authorized to buy up as much Salt as may be necessary for this purpose.

Resolved, that the same Commissioners be also empowered to purchase for the use of the Army as much Pork, already barreled, as can be had; also as much Bacon & Barrel'd Beef; that they cautiously attend to the quality of such Pork, Beef & Bacon, and that they also purchase Corn, Flour, Pease & Rice, and that the said Commissioners respectively shall collect such Provisions, so purchased by them, to some Convenient place in their district, and make a return of the same to the Governor, or Commander in Chief, of the Quantity so collected, and shall also lay before the next General Assembly a return of the same with an account of the Expenses & charges arising thereon.

Resolved, that such of the Commissioners as purchase fresh Pork shall use their utmost endeavours to get the same Salted and put up in good Barrels at as little expense as possible and, that they apply the Fat towards such Expense.

Resolved, that the Treasurers of this State advance to each of the said Commissioners the sum of Ten Thousand pounds and that His Excellency the Governor be requested, in case that any of the Commissioners hereby appointed should apply to him for a further supply of money to purchase provisions agreeable to this Resolve, to issue his warrant on the Treasury for a further sum, or to dismiss and discharge such Commissioners as he may Judge necessary.

Resolved, that each of the said Commissioners shall give Bond with sufficient Security for the faithful application of such monies

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as shall come to his hands, which Bond the Treasurer is required to take, made payable to the Governor or Commander in Chief.

Resolved, that each of the said Commissioners shall be allowed for his own trouble in purchasing & Collecting Provisions for the purpose aforesaid, that is to say for every Barrel of Pork that he shall make up out of fresh Pork purchased by him, Four Dollars; for every Barrel of Pork and Beef that he shall purchase already Barrelled, three Dollars, and a Commission of Five per Cent. on such sums as he may lay out in the purchaseof Bacon, Corn, Pease, Flour & Rice.

Resolved, that Mr. William Bennett, for the District of Edenton; Mr. Hardy Bryan, for the District of New Bern; Mr. James Bloodworth, for the District of Wilmington; Mr. Joseph Dixon, for the District of Salisbury; Mr. Nathaniel Rochester, for the District of Hillsborough, and Mr. William Wooten, for the District of Halifax, be and they are hereby appointed Commissioners for the purposes aforesaid.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House appointing Commissioners in the different Districts of this State for purchasing the Provisions therein mentioned and allowing them the sums therein Mentioned for such services.

We propose that a former Resolve of this House, and Concurred with by the Senate for this purpose should be expunged from the Journal of both Houses, as the substance of that is included in the one herewith sent you.

Resolved, that this House will, on Monday next, proceed to the appointment of Auditors to settle and adjust the Public Accounts of this State.

Resolved, that His Excellency the Governor be directed to raise and imbody Two Hundred and Fifty foot Soldiers & Twenty-five Horse men, with all possible expedition; Which force, when raised, shall be ordered into the County of Cumberland, there to seize and apprehend all such persons as shall be known to be disaffected to the American Cause and believed to be Ringleaders

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amongst the people called Highlanders, and that they also disarm all persons in the Counties of Cumberland, Anson, Guilford, Tryon and elsewhere from whom any injury is to be apprehended to the American Cause from thus being suffered to continue possessed of their Arms.

That the Troops so to be raised shall have the faith of this Government pledged to them that they shall not during this Enlistment be marched out of this State.

That the Governor shall use his endeavours that the Troops so to be raised shall be composed of volunteers who shall receive a bounty of one Hundred Dollars upon Enlistment, and that they shall continue on service for the term of one Year, unless sooner discharged.

That the Troops so raised shall Compose five Companies, and shall be officered as follows, Viz.: With one Lieutenant Colonel, one Major, Five Captains, five Lieutenants, five Ensigns and Thirty non-Commissioned officers; each Company with its due proportion; and that the Light Horse shall be officered with one Captain, one Lieutenant and one Cornet. That in case a sufficient number of volunteers cannot be raised for this purpose, that the Governor be empowered by Draughts in manner as by Law directed to compleat the same from such Counties as he shall think proper.

That the Troops so to be raised shall receive the same pay & Rations which the Militia are entitled to when Drawn into actual Service.

That the Governor & Council be empowered to appoint the Commissary & all officers necessary for this Armament.

That the Governor take the most effectual measures to Arm the said Troops, and give a preference to such as can find their own Arms in making Enlistments.

That he purchase Horses for the use of the light Horse and other necessary Accoutrements.

That a Copy of this Resolve be immediately transmitted to the Governor, and that, with respect to the Destination of the said Troops and their intended use, as much Secrecy be observed as the nature of the service will admit of.

That the Governor be empowered to draw upon the Treasury

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for such sums of Money as shall be necessary to carry this Resolution into effect.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House for Raising Men to be stationed in Cumberland County, &c., &c.

The House Adjourned till To-morrow Morning 9 o'clock.

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Saturday, 23d January, 1779.

The House met according to Adjournment.

Mr. Richard Cogdell, the Member for the Town of New Bern, & Mr. Solomon Shepperd, one of the Members for Carteret County, appeared and took their Seats.

Mr. Davidson presented a Petition from the Honbl. Samuel Spencer, Esqr., one of the Judges of the Superior Courts, praying to have a Certain Tract of Land confirmed to him by Act of Assembly.

Mr. Davidson moved for leave and presented a Bill agreeable to the prayer of the said Petition, which he read in his place & delivered in at the Table, where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received a Message from your House proposing to expunge from the Journals a former Resolve of this Assembly appointing Commissioners to purchase provisions & to adopt another in lieu thereof, which we will concur with provided you approve of the Amendments we have made therein.

At the same time received the Resolve of this House referred to in the above Message, Concurred with, with the proposed amendment.

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Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We have received the Message of your House proposing an amendment in a former Resolve of this House, with which we concur & have made the same conformable thereto.

The Honbl. the Speaker laid before the House a Letter from the Honbl. Samuel Spencer, Esqr., one of the judges of the Superior Courts, and the same being read was ordered to be referred to a joint Committee.

Resolved, that Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Williams (Caswell), Mr. Courtney and Mr. Person, be a Committee, on the part of this House, for the purpose afore said.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send you a Letter from the Honbl. Samuel Spencer, Esqr., Judge, &c., the consideration of which we propose referring to a joint Committee, and have for that purpose on our part appointed Mr. Hawkins, Mr. John Williams, Mr. Courtney & Mr. Person, a Committee.

Read the Petition of Waightstill Avery, Esqr., Attorney General, &c.

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee appointed to take under Consideration the Letter from the Honbl. Judge Spencer.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send you the Petition of Waightstill Avery, Esqr., Attorney General, which we propose referring to the Committee appointed to take under consideration the Letter from the Honbl. Judge Spencer.

Mr. Bloodworth moved for leave & presented a Bill for raising Forces for the Defence of this State, which he read in his Place & Delivered in at the Table, where it was read again, passed and sent to the Senate.

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Mr. Johnston moved that a Committee be appointed to amend the Bill for regulating and Establishing a Militia in this State.

Resolved, that Mr. Lock, Mr. Johnston, Mr. Courtney, Mr. Bloodworth, Mr. Relf and Mr. Cogdell, be a Committee for the purposes aforesaid.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House for raising men to March to Cumberland, &c., concurred with by this House, with the amendment of the words “compelled to” in the first page, Concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House concur with yours in the proposed amendment to the Resolve for raising Men, &c.

Resolved, that the Commissary of Stores, be and he is hereby impowered to remove the public Powder, &c., from the House that they are at present deposited, into some other convenient place in the Town of Halifax.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House impowering the Commissary of Stores to remove the Public Powder, &c.

The Bill for Erecting a Court House, prison & stocks, in Brunswick county, and other purposes, was read the first time, passed and sent to the Senate.

Read the Petition of Jacob Pope, a Prisoner on parole, praying to be admitted as a Citizen.

Resolved, that the said Jacob Pope be admitted as a Citizen of this State, on his taking the Oath of Allegiance to the same.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

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Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House for admitting Jacob Pope to the Privileges of a Citizen, &c.

The Bill for annexing part of Halifax County to Edgecombe, and other purposes, was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill for confirming certain Grants of Land in Earl Granville's District, made by Thomas Child, Esqr., Agent for said Earl Granville, after his departure from Edenton in North Carolina, and during his residence in Suffolk, in Virginia, was read the second time, passed and sent to the Senate.

Mr. Person, from the Committee appointed to consider of the Petition of the People called Moravians and Quakers, Reported as follows:

That it is the opinion of the Committee that as the end of all Government is to make every Member of the community equally happy, and as in a State settled by people of different Religions, this equality of political happiness is inseparable from an indulgence to those whose religious opinions make them object to the usual form of promises of Fidelity to the State; That the people called Moravians and Quakers should be permitted to take the following affirmation to wit:

I, A. B., do solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm in the presence of Almighty God, that I will truly and faithfully demean myself as a peaceable subject of the Independent State of North Carolina, and will be subject to the powers and Authorities, that are or may be established for the good Government thereof, by yielding either an active or passive obedience thereto, and that I will not abet or join the Subjects or Forces of the King of Great Britain, or others, the Enemies of this State, by any means, in any conspiracy whatsoever against the said State or the United States of America, and that I will make known to the Governor or some member of the Council of State, Judge of the Superior Court, or justice of the peace, all Treasons, conspiracies or attempts committed or intended against the same, which shall come to my knowledge.

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And your Committee are further of the opinion, that an Act of the General Assembly of this State ought to be made for the above purposes.

All of which is Humbly submitted to the House.

The House taking the said Report into Consideration, Concurred therewith.

Ordered that the above Report be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence the Report of the Committee appointed to consider the Petitions of the people called Moravians & Quakers, Concurred with by this House.

Resolved, the Bill to further ascertain the duties of the different Surveyors in this State and other purposes be committed to a Committee of the whole House on Tuesday next.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received your Message referring the Letter from the Honbl. Samuel Spencer, and the Petition of Waightstill Avery, Esquire, to a joint Committee, with which we concur, and have for that purpose appointed Messrs. Davis, Martin & Rogers, a Committee.

We also propose referring to said Committee the Consideration of the allowance of the Governor, Secretary, Delegates in Congress, and other public officers of this State.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House concur with you in referring to the Committee appointed to take into consideration the Letter from the Honbl. Samuel Spencer, &c., the Consideration of the allowance of the Governor, Secretary & Delegates in Congress, & other public officers of this State.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

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Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

You will herewith receive the Resolve of your House impowering the Commissary of Stores to remove the public powder, &c., to some convenient House in this Town, Concurred with.

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

Mr. Jones, from the Joint Committee of both Houses, appointed to receive & consider the Petitions of all such persons as shall pray to be admitted as Citizens in this State, Reported as follows:

That having duly considered the Petition of Thomas Barker, Esqr., a native of America, and formerly a resident in this State, find that the facts mentioned in the said Petition are true, who from his known zeal and Assiduity in representing our affairs at the several public Boards in England, as our agent at that critical time referred to in the said Petition, and from his firm attachment to the Cause of America during her late struggles to this time, claims our particular Regard.

We therefore, unanimously recommend him to be received again into the Bosom of his Country by admitting him a Citizen thereof and restoring to him his property.

That having with due attention considered the petition of Mr. Robert Hogg, late Merchant in Wilmington, find the Contents of the same True, and from the Examination of a number of Gentlemen of undoubted veracity, for the urgent reasons mentioned in his said Petition, and that he left those instructions to his Factors and Agents to appropriate one-half of his property, if they found the same necessary, in the Defence of the American Cause, as we have still no reasons to doubt of his attachment to the Interest of the United States from such a Declaration, and of his ready obedience at present to the Laws of this Country, we therefore recommend him unanimously to be admitted a Citizen of this State and restored to his property.

That with equal attention paid to the Petition and Case of John Burgwin, Esq., late of Wilmington, Merchant, we find the facts referred to in the same to be true. That the Fracture of his leg, which he received the 8th of January, 1775, was of the most dangerous kind; that he languished in this situation Five Months

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without any appearance of Cure, and at last by a surgeon of the first Eminence in that place was advised to change this Climate as soon as possible for that of England, otherwise his life would be in danger, that by the use of the Bath Waters and other remedies in that Country his Leg is restored in some measure to its Strength, that upon hearing of the Confiscation Act, Notwithstanding his then infirm State of Health he embarked for New York, where he arrived and received passport from Congress to return to this State. The many public services that Gentleman formerly rendered this Country and his ready compliance at present with its Laws, gives us no room to doubt of his attachment to its interest. We therefore unanimously recommend him to be received a Citizen of this State, and that his property be restored to him.

That next taking under Consideration the petition of Mr. Thomas Hooper, a native of America, late Merchant in Wilmington, we find the case of that Gentleman scarce within the province of the Confiscation Act, as his residence in England was of short duration, and which he immediately changed for France, this together with the ample Testimonials of the American Commissioners at Paris, in his favour, added to his former attachment to this Country, thro' affection as well as principle, induce us unanimously to recommend him, if by any Construction of the Law he has lost any Priviledges, to be admitted a full Citizen of this State and restored to his property.

That next considering the petition of Mr. Samuel Marshall, we find that his attendance in England at the time referred to in the same was necessary and of real Consequence to himself, being an Heir to an Estate, that required his immediate presence in that Kingdom, to obtain a Recovery. His prior attachment to this Country, together with his ready compliance with its Laws, are reasons for which we unanimously recommend him to be admitted a Citizen of this State, and that his property be restored to him.

That next attending to the Petition of John London, Esquire, late Clerk of New Hanover County, and examing the contents thereof, we find them true; that his affairs called him to England at the time mentioned in the said Petition, that he obtained leave of absence from the County Court for that purpose, that having settled the same he has returned and now prays to be admitted a

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Citizen; as that Gentleman discharged the duties of the several offices he formerly held in this State with Integrity & reputation, and as we have heard of no unfriendly act or intention from him, we Unanimously recommend him to be admitted a Citizen of this State, and that his property be restored.

That last attending to the memorial of William Peele, in favour of his Father Doctr. Samuel Peele, of Northampton County, it appears that the said Samuel Peele departed from this State for England some time in the Year 1775, with a view to dispose of a small landed Estate & purchase Medicines; that the said Samuel Peele having transacted his business in England, went over to France and sailed from thence for the United States, previous to the passing of the Confiscation Act, was taken prisoner & carried to England. That after many difficulties he obtained his liberty, sailed for New York & from thence obtained a Flag to proceed to General Washington, by whose permission be returned to North Carolina. It appears further to your Committee that the said Doct. Samuel Peele, and every Branch of the Family, have constantly been and still are warm friends to the United States, we therefore unanimously recommend him to be admitted a Citizen of this State, and that his property be restored.

Alex. Martin, Ch.

The House taking the said Report into consideration, Concurred therewith.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence the Report of the joint Committee appointed to receive and consider the Petitions of all persons praying to be admitted as Citizens, Unanimously Concurred with by this House.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received your Message with the Report of the Committee appointed to consider the petitions of the Moravians and Quakers & concur therewith, with the amendments we have made

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in the Oath to be taken by such people, and further propose that the Mennonist and Dunkers should be included within the meaning and purview of the said Report.

At the same time received the Report referred to in the above Message, and the House taking into Consideration the amendments proposed by the Senate.

Resolved, that they do accede thereto.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have received the Message of yours proposing amendments in the Report of the Committee appointed to consider the Petitions of the Moravians and Quakers and have acceded thereto, and made the Report Conformable.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House have appointed the Honbl. the Speaker & Col. Martin, to act with Gentlemen by you to be appointed, for the purpose of preparing the thanks ef this State to the Honorable Cornelius Harnett, Esquire, one of the Delegates for this State in the Continental Congress, for his faithful and important service rendered this State in the Execution of that office.

Resolved, that Mr. Hooper and Mr. Jones, be a Committee on the part of this House for the purpose aforesaid.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We have received the messages of your House appointing certain Gentlemen therein mentioned to prepare the thanks of the State to be given the Honorable Cornelius Harnett, Esqr., one of the Delegates from this State in Congress, and we have for that purpose, on our part, appointed Mr. Hooper and Mr. Jones, to Act jointly with the Gentlemen by you appointed for that purpose. We think that the Honbl. John Penn and John Williams, Esqrs., justly merit the thanks of the State for the great services they have rendered as Delegates in Congress and propose that the thanks of the State shall also be given them thro' the Assembly.

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Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

You will with this receive the Resolve of your House admitting Jacob Pope a Citizen of this State, Concurred with.

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

Read the petition of Thomas Britten, of Edenton, praying to be admitted a Citizen of this State.

Resolved, that the said Thomas Britten be admitted a Citizen of the State.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House admitting Thomas Britten a Citizen of this State.

Read the Petition of Henry Hinson, Master of the Sloop Mary, praying permission to load out with provisions.

Resolved, that Henry Hinson, Master of the Sloop Mary, bound for the Island of Bermuda, be permitted to load out with Provisions.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House permiting Henry Hinson, Master of the Sloop Mary, bound for the Island of Bermuda, to load out with provisions.

The House adjourned til Monday Morning 9 o'Clock.

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Monday, 25th January, 1779.

The House met according to Adjournment.

Mr. Cogdell moved for leave and presented a Bill for regulating the Town of New Bern and other purposes therein mentioned, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

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The Bill to enforce the attendance of the Voters at Election of members of the General Assembly and other purposes was read the second time and rejected.

Read the Report of the Committee appointed to consider what the Commissary on the Indian Expedition should be allowed for Rations, and the same was rejected.

Whereas, Mr. Jesse Walton refuses to act as Commissary to the Troops on the Indian Expedition agreeable to his appointment, therefore,

Resolved, that Mr. Jesse Walton be appointed Contractor for the Troops on the Indian Expedition. That the said Contractor be allowed one Hundred and Twenty Dollars per month for his Trouble, to commence from the Day of his appointment.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House appointing a Contractor for the Troops on the Indian Expedition, &c.

Mr. James Williams moved for leave and presented a Bill to amend an Act entitled an Act to amend the Staple of Tobacco and prevent frauds, passed at New Bern 15 November, 1775, which he read in his place & delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

You will with this receive a Resolve of this House for making valid all receipts for Monies advanced by Entry Takers and Sheriffs for the purpose of raising volunteers of the Militia in the present Expedition to the Southward.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House for making

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valid all receipts for Monies advanced by Entry Takers and Sher ffs for the purpose of raising volunteers of the Militia in the present Expedition to the Southward, Concurred with.

The Bill for dividing Hertford County and other purposes, was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Mr. Benjamin Spruill, one of the Members for Tyrrel County, appeared and took his Seat.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House have received your Message, with the report of the Committee appointed to receive and consider the petition of all persons praying to be admitted Citizens of this State, which we herewith return you concurred with.

At the same time received the Report referred to in the above Message, Concurred with.

The Bill for annexing part of Burke County to the County of Tryon, and for other purposes, was read the first time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The order of the Day for appointing Auditors to settle and adjust the public accounts of this State being called for and read,

Resolved, that the House Resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to take the same into consideration.

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole accordingly, and chose Mr. John Williams, Chairman, and after some time spent therein Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair and Mr. Chairman Reported as follows:

That it is the opinion of the Committee that two Commissioners be appointed to consider, distinguish and adjust the State of our public accounts, as well those which have arisen between the public of this State and its own Subjects as those betwixt this and the several and respective States of the Union, and betwixt this State and the Continental Congress as the representatives of the Continent at Large. Such Commissioners to be considered as not having any right to interfere with the authorities assumed and exercised by the Committees of Claims on accounts appointed by subsequent Assemblies.

That the said Commissioners be allowed Two Thousand five Hundred pounds each for Compleating the public Accounts as

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aforesaid, to include all Accounts which shall be settled and allowed to the Conclusion of the first Session of the next Assembly.

The House taking the said Report into Consideration, Concurred therewith.

The House adjourned til Tomorrow Morning 9 o'clock.

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Tuesday, 26th January, 1779.

The House met According to Adjournment.

The order of the day for Committing the Bill “to further ascertain the duties of the different Surveyors in this State and other purposes,” to a Committee of the whole House, being called for and read,

Resolved, that the House Resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to take the same into consideration.

The House Resolved itself itself into a Committee of the whole accordingly, and chose Richard Cogdell, Esquire, Chairman, and after some time spent therein Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair and Mr. Chairman Reported as follows:

That the Committee have had under Consideration the matter referred to them, and are of opinion that the Bill ought to be rejected.

The House taking the said Report into consideration, Concurred therewith.

Then, on motion, the said Bill was read the second time and Rejected,

Resolved, that Mr. Lock, Mr. Person, Mr. Nash, Mr. Johnston and Mr. Jones, be a Committee to examine and Report what amendments are necessary to be made in the Land Office Bill, &c., and recommend such alterations as they shall deem necessary.

Mr. John Williams (Caswell), presented a Petition from a number of the Inhabitants of Guilford County, praying a division thereof.

Mr. Williams moved for leave and presented a Bill agreeable to the prayer of the said Petition, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

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The Bill for dividing Craven County into two Distinct Counties, and for other purposes therein mentioned, was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Resolved, that Mr. Winslow, Mr. John Williams (Caswell), Mr. Cogdell, Mr. Baker and Mr. Johnston, be a Committee of Claims to settle and allow Accounts separate and Apart from the former Committee appointed by this House for that purpose.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House being informed that it is necessary, from the multiplicity of business before the Committee of Claims, to appoint another Committee of Claims to settle and allow accounts separate and apart from the other, have appointed Mr. Winslow, Mr. John Williams (Caswell), Mr. Clinton, Mr. Cogdell, Mr. Baker and Mr. Johnston, to act jointly with such Gentlemen as you may appoint for the purpose aforesaid.

Resolved, that Mr. Benjamin Clarke, of Bladen County, be allowed the sum of Eighty pounds for a Fellow named Jim which was executed at Wilmington for stealing. That the Treasurers, or either of them, pay him the same and be allowed.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence the Resolve of this House allowing Mr. Benjamin Clarke a certain sum therein mentioned.

The Bill for ascertaining what property in this State shall be deemed Taxable property, the method of Assessing the same and collecting the public taxes, and other purposes, was read the first time, passed and sent to the Senate.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House being informed that several persons in the different parts of this State have in their possession public Cloathing,

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have sent you a Resolve, for your Concurrence, relative to the same.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was Concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House relative to public Cloathing, in the Hands of sundry people in different parts of the State, concurred with.

The House adjourned till tomorrow Morning 9 o'clock.

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Wednesday, 26th January, 1779.

The House met according to adjournment.

Mr. Winslow moved for leave and presented a Bill for the ease and convenience of the Militia in the west end of Rowan County, which he read in his place and Delivered in at the Table, where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House have received your Message appointing another Committee of Claims, and concur therewith, for which purpose we have appointed Messrs. Shepperd, Rogers, Frazier, Birdsong and Brown, to Act with the Gentlemen by you appointed.

Mr. Nash, from the Committee appointed to take under consideration the Petition of the people of Pasquotank, relative to the Slaves liberated by the Quakers, Reported as follows:

Your Committee having taken under consideration the Petition of the People of Pasquotank, relative to the Slaves liberated by the Quakers, came to the following opinion, that the Conduct of the said Quakers in setting their Slaves free, at a time when our open and declared Enemies were endeavoring to bring about an Insurrection of the Slaves, was highly criminal and reprehensible, and that it was also directly contrary to the known and

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Established Laws of the Country. That upon the late happy change in our Government, the former Laws prohibiting the freeing of Slaves, except under certain circumstances, could not be carried into Execution, because in the change of Government there remained no Church wardens to execute the same, and it of Course became necessary to make provision against the evil then in practice and more alarming than ever, and to answer this end an Act was passed at a General Assembly, held at New Bern, the 8th Day of April, 1777, and as some doubts have arisen whether the Slaves liberated before the passing of that act were subject to the same penalties and proceedings as Slaves liberated afterwards, your Committee are of opinion that justice and policy require that a Bill should now be brought in to explain the said Act and to confirm all Sales of Slaves heretofore made bona fida in consequence of it, in order that the evil, intended to be guarded against, may be fully answered, and fair and honest purchasers, under the sanction of the said Law, may be quieted in their respective possessions.

The House taking the said Report into Consideration, Concurred therewith.

Ordered that the above Report be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence the Report of the Committee appointed to take under consideration the Petition of the people of Pasquotank, &c., Concurred with by this House.

Resolved, that the treasurers be directed to receive of the Tax Gatherers and County Treasurers all old proclamation Money collected or received by such Tax Gatherers and County Treasurers in payment of public Taxes; Oath being first made that such Proclamation Money was so collected or received on or before the first Day of February, 1779.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Conurrence a Resolve of this House

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directing the Treasurers to receive the old proclamation Money therein mentioned.

Resolved, that thirty shillings per Day be allowed to George Cavey, Master of the Flag of Truce sent by the British Commissioners with Dispatches to this State, and now a prisoner of War, for his maintenance, while in this State, to commence from this Day, and that the said Cavey be impowered to draw on the Treasurer of the Northern District for the same.

Resolved also, that the Commissary at Halifax be directed to furnish Rations to the common Sailers who came in the aforesaid Flag, in the same manner as to Continental Soldiers.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House allowing the Flag Master and men the sum of money, and Rations therein mentioned, for their Maintenance.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

Herewith you'l receive the Resolve of your House appointing Mr. Jesse Walton, Contractor, for purposes therein mentioned, Concurred with.

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

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

Herewith you will Receive the Resolve of this House in favour of Mr. Benjamin Clark, Concurred with.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House allowing Mrs. Sarah Dupree a certain sum therein mentioned.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was concurred with.

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Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House allowing Mrs. Sarah Dupree the sum therein mentioned, Concurred with.

Mr. Adkin McLemore, one of the Members for Bute County, appeared and took his Seat.

Mr. Nash moved for leave and presented a Bill to explain an Act entitled an Act to prevent domestic insurrections and for other purposes, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where it was read again, passed & sent to the Senate.

The Bill for dividing Craven County into two Distinct Counties, and for other purposes therein mentioned, was read the third time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill to lay out and establish a Town on the Land Adjacent to the Court House in Guilford County, was read the first time, passed & sent to the Senate.

Mr. Johnston, from the Committee appointed to amend the Bill for regulating and establishing a Militia in this State, presented the same amended. Then, on Motion,

Resolved, that the House Resolve itself into a Committee of the whole and take under consideration the further amendments necessary to be made therein.

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole accordingly, and chose Richard Cogdell, Esquire, Chairman, and after some time spent therein Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair, and Mr. Chairman Reported:

That the Committee had come to several Resolutions on the matter referred to them but not having time to reduce them to form desired leave to sit again in the afternoon.

Resolved, that the Committee have leave to sit again in the afternoon.

The House Adjourned till 4 o'clock P. M.

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The House met according to adjournment.

The Bill for erecting a Court House, prison & stocks, in Brunswick County, and other purposes, was read the second time, passed and sent to the Senate.

Tbe order of the afternoon for taking under consideration the further amendments necessary to be made in the Bill for regulating and establishing a Militia in this State being called for and Read,

Resolved, that the House Resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to take the same under Consideration.

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole accordingly, Richard Cogdell, Esq., in the Chair, and after some time spent therein Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair, and Mr. Chairman Reported:

That the Committee had come to several Resolutions on the matter referred to them, but not having time to reduce them to form desired leave to sit again To-morrow.

Resolved, that the said Committee have leave to sit again Tomorrow.

The House adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 o'clock.

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Thursday, 28th January, 1779.

The House met according to Adjournment.

Read the Petition of a number of the inhabitants of New Hanover, Duplin & Bladen Counties, praying to have a new County, made by taking part of each of the said Counties.

Mr. Bloodworth moved for leave and presented a Bill agreeable to the prayer of the said Petition, which was read in his place and delivered in at the Table, where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Read the Petition of a number of the people of Currituck County praying to have a Fortification erected at Currituck Inlet.

Ordered that the same be referred to a Committee.

Resolved, that Mr. Hewes, Mr. Courtney, Mr. Jones, Mr. Gorham, Mr. Hunter, Mr. Locke and Mr. McLemore, be a Committee for the purpose aforesaid.

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Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

You will receive with this the Resolve of your House directing the Treasurers to receive Old proclamation Money from the Tax Gatherers and County Treasurers in payment of Public Taxes, &c., Concurred with.

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

The Bill for dividing Bute County into two distinct Counties, and for other purposes therein contained, was read the second time amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Mr. Hooper presented the petition of Richard Quince and Parker Quince, Executors of the last Will & Testament of Richard Quince, Deceased, praying to have an Act of Assembly passed for the purposes therein mentioned.

Mr. Hooper moved for leave and presented a Bill agreeable to the prayer of the said Petition, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House appointing a Committee to receive and count the old money from the Treasurer.

Resolved, that Mr. Person, Mr. Davidson, Mr. Hunter and Mr. Hewes, be a Committee, to Act with the Gentlemen of the Senate, appointed, to receive and count the Old money from the Treasurer.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have appointed Mr. Person, Mr. Davidson, Mr. Hunter & Mr. Hewes, a Committee, to Act jointly with the Gentlemen by you appointed, to receive and Count the old Money from the Treasurer.

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The Bill for dividing Hertford County, and other purposes, was read the third time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Mr. Courtney moved for leave and presented a Bill for the suppression of vice and immorality, which he read in his place, and delivered in at the Table where it was read again, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill for dividing the County of Guilford into two distinct Counties, and other purposes, was read the second time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill for the Ease and Convenience of the Militia in the west end of Rowan County was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House citing Philip Alston and Thomas Hadley to make Report to the next Assembly of their Settlement with Col. Folsom.

At the same time Received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House citing Philip Alston and Thomas Hadley to attend the next Assembly for the purposes therein mentioned, Concurred with.

The Bill for levying a Tax for the Year One Thousand seven Hundred and seventy-nine, and other purposes, was read the first time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill for dividing Tryon County, and for other purposes, was read the first time, passed and sent to the Senate.

Mr. Hooper, from the Committee appointed to take into Consideration certain Letters and papers relative to the Sale of the Pennsylvania Farmer and the Resolve which took place at the last Assembly held at Hillsborough concerning the same, Reported as follows:

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That upon the examination of Mr. Chas. Bonfield, and reading the deposition of John Blackburn, the Vendue Master, it is their opinion that Mr. Hewes was not the last bidder at the Auction of the said Vessel, but that the last bid was for the sum of £5.100, and that Mr. Hewes was for £5.000 only, and that, therefore, he is by no means chargeable to the public or obliged to take the said Vessel, all which is submitted.

Alex Martin.

The House taking the said Report into consideration, Concurred therewith.

Ordered that the said Report be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence the Report of the Committee relative to the Sale of the Pennsylvania Farmer, Concurred with by this House.

The Bills to explain an Act, intitled an Act to prevent Domestic insurrections, and for other purposes, was read the second time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The order of the Day for taking under Consideration the further amendments necessary to be made in the Bill for regulating a Militia in this State being called for and read,

Resolved, that the House Resolve itself into a Committee of the whole to take the same under Consideration.

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole accordingly, Richard Cogdell, Esquire, in the Chair, and after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair, and Mr. Chairman Reported:

That the Committee had come to several Resolutions on the matter referred to them which he was ready to Report to the House.

Ordered that the said Report lie over until Tomorrow.

Whereas, by the last Assessment Law it is requested that each and every person in the State shall give in a true list on Oath of all Taxable property, wheresoever, to the Justices appointed to receive such list in the District in which each person respectively resides, and that the Assessors for such district shall Assess all

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such property, notwithstanding which Overseers and others have been called upon to render in an Account of their employers' Lands and other Taxable property in their care, lying in different parts of the State, to the apparent oppression of Divers good subjects of the State, who are thereby in danger of being subjected to a double Tax, for remedy whereof it is hereby

Resolved, that it is not the meaning of the said Act of Assembly, nor shall it be lawful for any Tax Gatherers, to demand any Taxes for any Taxable Estate within his District unless the owner of such Estate shall be also a resident within his said District.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message.

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House declaring the intent and meaning of the former Assessment Law, &c.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Report of the Committee appointed to take under Consideration the petition of the people of Pasquotank, &c., Concurred with.

At the same time received the Report referred to in the above Message, Concurred with.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Report of the Committee relative to the Sale of the Pennsylvania Farmer, &c., Concurred with by this House.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Commons referred to in the above Message, Concurred with.

The House adjourned till Tomorrow morning 9 o'clock.

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Friday, 29th January, 1779.

The House met according to adjournment.

Resolved, that this House will not receive any new Bill or Bills after Monday next.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have Resolved that they will not receive any new Bill or Bills after Monday next, and desire your Concurrence thereto.

The Bill for regulating the town of New Bern, and other purposes therein mentioned, was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Mr. James Hunter, one of the Members for Guilford County, appeared and took his Seat.

Resolved, that Mr. Smithwick be added to the Committee appointed to receive and Consider the Petition of the people of Currituck.

The Bill for dividing Bute County into two distinct Counties, and for other purposes therein mentioned, was read the third time, passed and ordered to be Engrossed.

Mr. Wilson presented a Petition from a number of the Inhabitants of Mecklenburg County settled on a Tract of Land, Number five, late the property of Governor Dobbs, praying, &c.

Mr. Wilson moved for leave and presented a Bill agreeable to the prayer of the said Petition, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Resolved, that Mr. Person, Mr. Jones, Mr. Nash, Mr. Courtney, Mr. Bloodworth and Mr. Hooper, be a Committee, on the part of this House, to Act jointly with a Committee of the Senate to prepare and bring in a Bill for carrying the confiscation Act into Effect.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have appointed Mr. Person, Mr. Jones, Mr. Nash, Mr. Courtney, Mr. Bloodworth and Mr. Hooper, a Committee, on

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their part, to Act jointly with such of your Body as you may think proper to appoint, to prepare and bring in a Bill for carrying the Confiscation Act into effect.

The Bill for annexing a part of Burke County to the County of Tryon and for other purposes, was read the Second time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill for establishing an Academy in the Neighborhood of Hillsborough, was read the first time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill for erecting a Court House, Prison and Stocks in Brunswick County, and other purposes, was read the third time, passed and ordered to be Engrossed.

Resolved, that the House will To-morrow proceed to read for the Second time, the Bill for ascertaining what property in this State shall be deemed Taxable property, the method of Assessing the same & Collecting the public Taxes, and other purposes.

The Bill for the suppression of vice and immorality, was read the Second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received your Message relative to the Resolve for receiving no new Bills after Monday next, to which we agree.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House appointing Ellis Harting, Superintendant of Indian affairs, in the stead of James Robertson, resigned.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House appointing Ellis Harting Superintendant of Indian affairs, Concurred with.

The Bill for annexing part of Halifax County to Edgecombe, and other purposes was read the third time, passed and sent to the Senate.

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Mr. Person moved for leave and presented a Bill to amend part of an Act entitled an Act for emitting Eight Hundred and fifty Thousand pounds in Bills of Credit for discharging the Debts incurred by raising Men to reinforce the Battalions belonging to this State in the Continental Army, For calling in all former Emissions & other purposes, which he read in his place and Delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Mr. Hooper moved for leave to Bring in a Bill to Establish a Court of Chancery and Equity in this State.

Ordered he have leave.

Resolved, that the Treasurer furnish William Wooten, Contractor for the District of Halifax, with Ten Thousand pounds more to enable him to purchase provisions agreeable to a former Resolve for that purpose, the said Wooten to be accountable.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House directing the Treasurer to furnish the Contractor for Halifax District with the further sum of Ten Thousand pounds, &c.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We received your Message appointing a Committee to prepare and bring in a Bill for carrying the Confiscation Act into Effect, and have for that purpose, on our part, appointed Mr. Coor.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House in favour of Mr. James Robertson.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was concurreL with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

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Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House in favour of James Robertson, Concurred with.

The Bill for ascertaining the lines and Boundaries of a Tract of Land lately granted to Samuel Spencer, was read the Second time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill confirming certain Grants of Land in Earl Granville's District, made by Thomas Child, Esqr., agent for said Earl Granville, after his departure from Edenton, in North Carolina, and during his residence in Suffolk, in Virginia, and for other purposes, was read the third time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill to impower the Court of Bertie County to levy a further Tax for compleating the Public Buildings of the said County, and other purposes, was read the first time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill to empower the County Courts of Martin & Tyrrell to lay a further Tax for defraying the Expence of the Public Buildings of the Counties, was read the first time, passed and sent to the Senate.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence the Report of the Joint Committee appointed to prepare an Address of Thanks to the Honbl. Cornelius Harnett, John Penn and John Williams, Esquires, which this House have concurred with.

The Honbl. Cornelius Harnett and John Williams, Esquires:
Gentlemen:

The General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, by the Unanimous Resolves of both Houses, have agreed that the thanks of the State be presented to you for the many great and important services you have rendered your Country as Delegates in the Continental Congress.

The Assiduity and zeal with which you have represented our affairs in that supreme Council of the Continent, during a long and painful absence from your families, demand this respectful

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attention of your Countrymen, whose minds are impressed with a sense of the most lively Gratitude.

We cannot but congratulate you, Gentlemen, with ourselves, for those late remarkable Successes of the American Arms, that under the Auspices and divine providence of Almighty God have at length humbled the pride of an insulting, vengeful and imperious Enemy; which, together with those wise Councils and Negotiations, in which you and your worthy Colleagues have borne a share, have induced the first power in Europe to acknowledge the Freedom, Independency and Sovereignty of the United States of America, and have given them rank among the Sovereign Powers of the World.

For the faithful discharge of this your Duty, and the high Trust reposed in you by this State, Accept, Gentlemen, through me, the thanks and plaudit of your Country.

To which the Honbl. Cornelius Harnett and John Williams made the following reply:

To the Honorable Thomas Benbury, Esquire, Speaker of the House of Commons of the State of North Carolina:
Sir:

The Honorable Testimony we have received through you, from the General Assembly of this State, calls for our warmest and most grateful acknowledgedments. We cannot express the happiness we feel in being assured that the Services we have endeavoured to render our Country, have met with the approbation of our Constituents.

We join in Congratulation, with you, for the late Success of the American Arms, which under God have reduced the force, and humbled the pride of an Imperious and cruel Enemy, and it gives us inexpressible pleasure on being assured that the small share we have had in promoting a Negotiation, which has induced one of the Greatest and most powerful States in Europe to acknowledge and Guarantee the Freedom, Independency and Sovereignty of the United States of America, has been approved by our Country.

Give us leave, Sir, to return our most sincere thanks, for the very Polite manner in which you have been pleased to communicate to us the Resolution of the General Assembly.

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On motion, ordered that Mr. Joseph Bryan have leave to absent himself from the services of the House for the remaining part of the Session.

On motion, ordered that Mr. Jonas Johnson have leave of absence til Wednesday next.

Resolved, that the Honbl. Speaker be requested to transmit to the Honbl. John Penn, Esquire, the thanks of the State, as follows:

To the Honorable John Penn, Esquire:
Sir:

The General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, by the Unanimous Resolves of both Houses, have agreed that the thanks of the State be presented to you for the many great and important services you have rendered your Country as a Delegate in the Continental Congress.

The Assiduity and zeal, with which you have represented our affairs in that supreme Council of the Continent, during a long and painful absence from your Family, demand the respectful attention of your Countrymen, whose minds are impressed with a sense of the most lively Gratitude.

We cannot but congratulate you, Sir, with ourselves, for those late remarkable Successes of the American Arms, that under the Auspices and Divine Providence of Almighty God, have at length humbled the pride of an insulting, vengeful and Imperious Enemy, which, together with those wise Councils and Negotiations, in which your worthy Colleagues have borne a share, have induced the first power in Europe to Acknowledge the Freedom, Independency and Sovereignty of the United States of America, and have given them rank among the Sovereign Powers of the World.

For the faithful discharge of this your duty, and the high Trust reposed in you by this State, accept, Sir, through me, the thanks and plaudit of your Country.

The House Adjourned til Tomorrow Morning 9 o'Clock.

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Saturday, 30th January, 1779.

The House met according to Adjournment.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have appointed Mr. William Baker, on their part, to examine the Engrossed Bills.

Read the Petition of a number of the Inhabitants of Bladen County, praying, &c.

Ordered that the same be Rejected.

Resolved, that the Members of the Assembly be allowed Ten Dollars per Day each for their attendance at, coming to and returning from this present Session of General Assembly.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House for ascertaining the Daily allowance of the Members of this Assembly.

On motion, ordered that Mr. Thomas Hicks have leave to absent himself from the service of the House for the remaining part of the Session.

Resolved, that the Accounts of William Graham be referred to the Committee appointed to examine the Accounts of William Gilbert, that they examine and Report on the same.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have thought proper to refer the Accounts formerly allowed Col. William Graham to the joint Committee appointed to examine the accounts of William Gilbert, and desire your concurrence thereto.

Resolved, that Capt. Ralph Williams be allowed one Hundred pounds for so much expended by him Marching the new levies from Granville County, &c., to Peytonsburg, in Virginia; that the Treasurers or either of them pay him the same and be allowed.

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Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House allowing Capt. Ralph Williams a Certain sum therein mentioned.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received your Message and Resolve explaining the last assessment Act, but cannot concur therewith, and propose the Resolve you will herewith receive in lieu thereof.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was agreed to.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House you propose adopting in lieu of the one sent by this House for your Concurrence, explaining the last assessment Act, agreed to.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House for ascertaining the pay of the Members of the Assembly, concurred with.

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

Ordered that Mr. Jones and Mr. Nash be a Committee to take out & amend the assessment Bill, &c.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House allowing Capt. Ralph Williams a Certain sum therein mentioned, Concurred with.

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

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Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House for ordering the Regular Troops in and about the Town of Halifax to Kingston, &c.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House ordering the Regular Troops in and about Halifax to Kingston, Concurred with.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House requiring the Governor to issue no Draughts on the Treasury in favour of the Commissioners appointed to purchase provisions, &c.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was rejected.

Read the Memorial of William Skinner, Esquire, Treasurer.

Ordered that the same be referred to Mr. Jones & Mr. Nash.

Mr. Davidson presented a Petition from a number of the Inhabitants of Anson County, praying for a Division thereof.

Mr. Davidson moved for leave and presented a Bill agreeable to the prayer of the said Petition, which he read in his place & delivered in at the Table where it was read again, passed and sent to the Senate.

Resolved, that Mr. Wickley Franks, for the County of Jones, & Mr. Henry Hill, for the County of Franklin, & Mr. Christopher Reddick, for the County of Gates, be appointed to take the Polls of the Election in their respective Counties, under the same Rules & Regulations of General Elections, and at the places appointed for holding their first Courts, respectively.

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Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House appointing certain Gentlemen therein mentioned to hold Elections in the Counties therein mentioned.

Mr. Johnston moved for leave to bring in a Bill to Dock the Intails of Lands.

Whereas, it appears by the Acc'ts of William Wooten, one of the Commissioners for purchasing provisions, &c., that he has expended a Larger sum of Money than he has received from the Treasurer for that purpose;

Resolved therefore, that the Treasurer advance to him such further sum as may be necessary to reimburse him the additional sum as may be by him expended, not exceeding Five Thousand Pounds, and take further Security for the same.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House impowering the Treasurer to advance to William Wooten, Commissioner, &c., a further sum of Money, for the purposes therein mentioned.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

Mr. Coor and Mr. Kinchen are appointed on the part of this House to examine the Engrossed Bills.

The several matters to this Day referred being postponed, the House adjourned till Monday morning 9 o'clock.

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Monday, 1st February, 1779.

The House met according to Adjournment.

Resolved, that Mr. Jesse Walton be empowered to draw the sum of Five Thousand pounds out of the Public Treasury to enable him to provide for the Troops on the Indian Expedition, that the said Walton give Security to the Treasurer and be accountable for the same, that the Treasurers, or either of them, advance the same and be allowed.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House in favour of Jesse Walton, &c.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received your Message proposing that the Committee appointed to examine the Acc'ts of William Gilbert be directed to re-examine the accounts of William Graham, to which we agree.

Mr. Bloodworth moved for leave & presented a Bill for appointing Naval officers in the different Ports of this State & Directing their Duty in office & for other purposes, which he read in his place and Delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Mr. Hooper moved for leave and presented a Bill to Establish Courts of Chancery in this State and to regulate the manner of proceeding therein, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where it was read again, passed and sent to the Senate.

Mr. Nash, one of the Committee appointed to take out and amend the Tax Bill, &c., brought in the same and recommended to the House to take under consideration the amendments necessary to be made therein.

Ordered, that the same be referred to a joint Committee, that Mr. Nash, Mr. Hooper, Mr. Jones, Mr. Hewes, Mr. Lock and Mr. Person, be a Committee, on the part of this House, for the purpose aforesaid.

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Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House conceive that it will be expedient to amend the Bill for levying a Tax, by providing that all Lands shall be Classed instead of being valued, and for this purpose have appointed Mr. Nash, Mr. Hooper, Mr. Jones, Mr. Hewes, Mr. Lock and Mr. Person, a Committee, on their part, to Act jointly with such members of your House as you shall appoint, in Case you approve of such alteration.

The Bill for annexing a part of Burke County to the County of Tryon, and for other purposes, was read the third time and rejected.

Mr. Hewes moved for leave and presented a Bill to Amend an Act Entitled an Act for erecting a prison in the Town of Edenton, for the use of the District of Edenton, which he read in his place and Delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill for apprehending and selling certain Slaves set free contrary to Law, and confirming the sales of others, and for other purposes, was read the first time, passed and sent to the Senate.

Mr. Jones moved for leave and presented a Bill to amend an Act entitled an Act to amend an Act for establishing offices for receiving entries of Claims for Lands in the several Counties within the State, for ascertaining the method of obtaining Titles to the same, and for other purposes therein mentioned, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Mr. Person moved for leave and presented a Bill for Establishing an Academy in the County of Granville, for appointing Trustees, and other purposes, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Read the Remonstrance of Mr. Adam Boyd, on behalf of the Continental Officers and Soldiers from this State, &c.

Ordered that the same be referred to a Joint Committee, and That Mr. Hewes, Mr. Hawkins and Mr. Bloodworth, be a Committee, on the part of this House, for the purpose aforesaid.

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Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have appointed Mr. Hewes, Mr. Hawkins and Mr. Bloodworth, a Committee, on their part, to take under consideration the Remonstrance of Mr. Adam Boyd, on behalf of the Continental Officers and Soldiers from the State.

Read the Petition of Alexander Diack, Executor of the Estate of William Aitcheson, of Virginia, Merchant, Deceased, praying, &c.

Ordered that the same be referred to a Joint Committee, and That Mr. Hewes, Mr. Lock, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Cogdell, Mr. Whitaker and Mr. Person, be a Committee, on the part of this House, for the purpose aforesaid.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have appointed Mr. Hewes, Mr. Lock, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Cogdell, Mr. Whitaker and Mr. Person, a Committee, on their part, to Act jointly with such Gentlemen of the Senate as may be appointed, to take under consideration the petition of Alexander Diack.

Mr. Jones, from the Committee appointed to take under consideration the Remonstrance of William Skinner, Esquire, Reported as follows:

Your Committee having considered the aforesaid Remonstrance, are of opinion that it is impracticable for the Treasurers to attend at the various times and places which the Law passed at Hillsborough in August last, for calling in all former Emissions of Money in this State, directs, And therefore that it is necessary to appoint one or more persons, well skilled in distinguishing good Money from bad, in each District, who shall be required to attend on the Commissioners for the new Money and receive from them such sums as the Assembly shall think proper, and shall exchange the same for Dollar Bills, of the former Emissions, in their respective Districts, in the same manner as by Law the Treasurers are directed to do.

Your Committee are also of opinion that altho' the appointments here proposed should take place, it will still be impossible

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for the persons so appointed to obtain the new Money from the Commissioners and exchange the same for the Dollar Bills heretofore emitted, within the time limited by Law, wherefore it is necessary that a further Day be given.

Your Committee, being informed that a Committee is already appointed to count and receive the old proc. from Mr. Skinner, think it unnecessary to say any thing further upon that head.

The House taking the said Report into consideration, Ordered that Mr. Willie Jones have leave to take out the Bill to amend part of an Act entitled an Act 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, for calling in all former Emissions and other purposes, by inserting a Clause containing the substance of the said Report.

The Bill to enable the inhabitants of a certain Tract of land lying in Mecklenburg County, known by the name of Governor Dobbs Tract, number five, to make Entries thereof, and obtain Titles for the same, was read the second time, passed and sent to the Senate.

Mr. Hooper moved for leave and presented a Bill to amend an Act intitled an Act to regulate the pilotage of Cape Fear and Ocracock Bars, and the Rivers leading from the same to Brunswick, Wilmington, New Bern, Bath and Edenton, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

On motion, ordered that Mr. Jesse Walton have leave to absent himself from the service of the House.

Mr. Hooper moved for leave and presented a Bill to amend an Act intitled an Act to impower the Courts for the Counties of Tryon and Guilford to lay a Tax by Assessment for finishing the Court House, prison and Stocks, in the said Counties, and also to impower the several Counties in the District of Wilmington to levy Taxes for building a District Gaol and Gaoler's House, in the Town of Wilmington, and other purposes therein mentioned, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

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Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

The Resolve of your House allowing Mr. Jesse Walton to draw a certain sum from the Treasury for the purpose of supplying the Troops, ordered on the Indian Expedition, with provisions, you will with this receive, concurred with.

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

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have appointed Col. Martin, Mr. Coor and Mr. Kinchen, to Act jointly with the Gentlemen by you appointed, to take under consideration the petition of Alexander Diack.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received your Message appointing a Committee to consider the remonstrance of Mr. Adam Boyd, on behalf of the Continental Officers and Soldiers from this State, to which we agree, and have, on our part, appointed Mr. Coor and Mr. Martin.

The Bill for dividing the County of Guilford into two Distinct Counties, and other purposes therein mentioned, was read the third time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Mr. Ferreby moved for leave and presented a Bill for erecting a Battery at Currituck Inlet, and for other purposes, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where it was read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Mr. Bright moved for leave and presented a Bill for laying a further Tax on the Taxable property of the Inhabitants of Camden County, for the purposes of finishing and compleating the Court House, prison & Stocks, for the said County, which he read in his place and delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Mr. Hooper moved for leave and presented a Bill to Establish the seat of Government for the State of North Carolina, for erecting public buildings and providing proper officers for the public

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offices, and for the reception of the Public records, and other purposes therein mentioned, which he read in his place and Delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Honorable Speaker laid before the House a Letter from the Honbl. John Williams, Esqr., one of the Delegates from this State in Congress, resigning his appointment of Delegate.

Mr. Ferreby presented the Petition of Gideon Lamb, and others, praying, &c.

Agreeable to the prayer of the said Petition, Mr. Ferreby moved for leave and presented a Bill to invest the property of a Bridge or Causeway in Gideon Lamb, his Heirs and assignees, by him already built, thro' the Great Dismal Swamp, from Lebanon to Camden County, for the term of Twenty-five years, which he read in his place and Delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill to empower the County Courts of Martin & Tyrrel to lay a further Tax for defraying the Expence of the public Buildings of the Counties aforesaid, was read the Second Time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Whereas, it is necessary that Magazines be erected in the Districts of Edenton, New Bern, Wilmington, Halifax and Salisbury, for the preservation of the Military Stores belonging to the United States and to this State;

Resolved, that Commissioners be appointed in each of the said Districts, with full power to purchase a Lott or Piece of Ground, in some convenient and proper place in such District, and to contract with workmen to Erect or cause to be erected a proper Building for the purposes aforesaid.

Resolved, that Josiah Collins and William Bennett, for the District of Edenton; Jesse Cobb and Major Croom, for the District of New Bern; John James, jun., and Richard Blair, for the District of Wilmington; Col. Nicholas Long and Col. John Geddy, for the District of Halifax, and Adley Osborn and David Woodson, for the District of Salisbury, be and they are hereby appointed Commissioners for the purposes aforesaid.

Resolved, that the Treasurers, or either of them, pay into the hands of the Commissioners for the District of Edenton the sum of one Thousand Pounds, to the Commissioners for the Districts

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of New Bern, Wilmington, Halifax and Salisbury, the sum of Seven Hundred & fifty Pounds each, respectively, to enable them to Erect the said Magazines as soon as possible, and that the said Commissioners of each of the said Districts, respectively, be directed to lay before the General Assembly, at their next Session, their proceedings, with a State of their Accounts and expences.

Resolved, that the Colonel or Commanding officers of the Militia in the County of Chowan be directed to appoint a proper Guard to secure the Public Military Stores that are now in the Town of Edenton.

Ordered that the above Resolved be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House appointing Commissioners to Erect Magazines for the Reception of the Military Stores, &c., in this State.

The House Adjourned till 4 O'clock P. M.

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The House met according to Adjournment.

Mr. Lodowich Alford, one of the Members of Wake County, appeared and took his Seat.

The Bill to empower the County Courts, respectively, to order the laying out of public Roads, &c., and other purposes therein mentioned, was read the first time, passed and sent to the Senate.

Resolved, that To-morrow Morning the House will take under Consideration the Salaries of the following Officers, Viz.: The Governor, Secretary, Treasurers, Delegates of the Continental Congress, Judges of the Superior Courts, Attorney General and the public Printer.

The Bill to lay off and establish a Town near Chatham Court House, on the Plantation & Land formerly the Property of Ambrose Edwards, now entered in the Land Office by Ambrose George, in said County, was read the first Time, passed and sent to the Senate.

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The Bill for altering the Time for holding certain County Courts of Pleas & Quarter Sessions therein mentioned, was read the first time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill to prescribe the Affirmation of Allegiance & Fidelity to this State to be taken by the People called Moravians, Quakers, Mennonist, and Dunkards, granting them certain Indulgence therein mentioned, and for other purposes, was read the first Time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill to prevent the stealing of Slaves, and for other purposes therein mentioned, was read the first Time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Honbl. Mr. Speaker laid before the House a Letter from the Honbl. Sam. Ashe, one of the Judges of the Superior Courts, signifying a Resignation of his Appointment, &c.

The Bill for extending the Boundary line between this State & Virginia, was read the first Time, passed and sent to the Senate.

Resolved, that George Cavey, Master of the Flag sent into this State by his Britanick Majesty's Commissioners, now a Prisoner of War in Halifax, be paroled within Eight Miles of Halifax Town, that the Officers & men who came in under the Command of the said Cavey be paroled to Edenton. That Genl. Jones be requested to receive their Paroles, accordingly.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your concurrence a Resolve of this House for enlarging the Parols of the men and officers therein Mentiened.

The House adjourned till To-morrow morning 9 o'clock.

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Tuesday, 2nd February, 1779.

The House met according to Adjournment.

The sheriff of Beaufort County Certified that Thomas Respass, jun., Esq., was duly elected as a Member of the Commons House of Assembly for the said County, whereupon the said Thomas Respass, jun., Esq., appeared, was qualified and took his seat.

The Bill for establishing an Academy in the County of Granville, for appointing Trustees, & other purposes, was read the second Time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill for levying a Tax for defraying the Contingencies of the several Counties in this State, and for other purposes therein mentioned, was read the first Time, passed and sent to the Senate.

Read the Petition of sundry of the Inhabitants of Bertie County, praying, &c.

Ordered that the same be rejected.

The Bill for apprehending & selling certain Slaves set free contraryto Law, and for confirming the Sales of certain Slaves, &c., was read the second Time, passed and sent to the Senate.

On motion, ordered that Mr. William Baker have Leave to absent himself from the services of the House after To morrow.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House for enlarging the Parols of certain Persons, Concurred with.

At the same time Received the Resolve of this House referred to in the above Message, Concurred with.

The House adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 o'clock.

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Wednesday, 3rd February, 1779.

The House met according to Adjournment.

Resolved, that the House will proceed to reading Bills, and not hear any petition whatever til 1 o'clock.

The Bill to lay off and establish a Town near Chatham Court House, on the plantation & Land formerly the property of Ambrose Edwards, now entered in the Land Office by Ambrose George, in said County, was read the second time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill for establishing an Academy in the Neighborhood of Hillsborough was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill for appointing Naval Officers in the different ports of this State, and directing their duty in office, and for other purposes, was read the second time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill for extending the Boundary line between this State and the Common Wealth of Virginia, was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill to amend and explain an Act for Establishing Offices 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 first time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill for erecting a separate and distinct County, by taking off a part of the Counties of New Hanover, Duplin and Bladen, was read the second time and Rejected.

The bill for dividing Tryon County into two distinct Counties, and for other purposes, was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill for dividing the County of Anson into two distinct Counties, and other purposes therein mentioned, was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Whereas it has been thought proper, for the convenience and easy attendance of the Delegates for this State in the Continental Congress, that the number of them should be increased.

Resolved, that in addition to the number heretofore appointed there be chosen one other Delegate, who shall hold and possess

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the same powers, Rights and Authorities, which have been heretofore Delegated by this State to the members representing the same in the Continental Congress.

Resolved, that another Delegate be chosen in the room of John Williams, Esquire, who has resigned the said Office.

Resolved, that three members, and three only, of the six appointed, shall attend the Congress at the same time, and every Delegate so attending shall, during his said attendance, there, going to, and returning from the Congress, be paid out of the public Treasury at and after the rate of three Thousand pounds per Annum.

Resolved, that the Additional Delegates now to be chosen, as well as the Delegates who shall be appointed to succeed John Williams, Esquire, shall be and continue in office for the term of one year next ensuing the date of their appointment, unless otherwise ordered by a Subsequent Assembly.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House for providing the Delegation of this State in Congress, &c.

Resolved, that a Judge of the Superior Court shall be appointed in the room of James Iredell, Esquire, who has resigned, that each of the Judgee shall attend four Courts at least, of every Circuit of the Superior Courts, if not prevented by sickness or other unavoidable necessity, and each Judge shall receive out of the public Treasury Three Thousand pounds per annum.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House relative to the Salaries of the judges, &c.

Mr. Jones moved for leave and presented a Bill to carry into effect an Act passed at New Bern, in November, in the year one

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Thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven, entitled an Act for confiscating the property of all such Persons as are inimical to the United States, and of such persons as shall not within a certain time, therein mentioned, appear and submit to the State, whether they shall be received as Citizens thereof, and of such persons as shall appear and shall not be admitted as Citizens, and for other purposes therein mentioned, and for other purposes, which he read in his place & Delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and sent to the Senate.

Resolved, that the public Printer be allowed the rate of two Thousand pounds per Annum from this date, that he be allowed the rate of Twelve hundred pounds for the last year to this date.

Resolved, that the Attorney General be allowed Twelve hundred pounds per annum, and each of the Public Treasurers Two Thousand pounds per annum, to commence from this Date.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House respecting the Salaries of the Public Printer, Attorney General and Public Treasurers.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House propose, if agreeable to the Senate, to Ballot at 4 o'Clock in the afternoon for a judge of the Superior Court, in the stead of James Iredell, Esquire, resigned; Two Delegates to represent this State in Congress, one in the stead of John Williams, Esqr., resigned, the other to be added to the Delegation; a Brigadier General for the District of Wilmington, in the stead of General Ashe, promoted; a Councillor, in the room of William Cray, Esquire, Deceased; a place for holding the next Assembly at; and put in nomination for a judge, John Williams (Granville), and Archibald McLaine, Esquires; For Delegates, Joseph Hewes, Alexander Martin, William Sharp and Thomas Barker, Esquires; For a Brigadier General, Alexander Lillington and Thomas Brown, Esquires; for a Councillor, Frederick Jones, Esquire; a place for

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holding the next Assembly at, The Towns of New Bern, Hillsborough and Campbletown.

If you approve of this measure you'l signify the same by Message.

We have on our part appointed Mr. Person and Mr. James Williams to superintend the Balloting.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

The Resolve of your House appointing Commissioners to erect Magazines for the reception of Military Stores in this State, you will with this receive, Concurred with.

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

Mr. Williams, from the joint Committee appointed to arrange and ascertain the Salaries & fees of the different officers in the civil department in this State, presented the Report of the said Committee, and the same being read was rejected.

Then on motion, Resolved, that the Clerks' fees be double what they now stand at.

This being objected to, the Question was put and carried in the Affirmative, Thirty to Nineteen.

On motion of Mr. Person; ordered that the Yeas and Nays be taken down on the said Question, which are as follows:

Yeas.—Messrs. Johnston, Smithwick, Baker, Peebles, Hawkins, Mayo, Jordan, Sanders, McCrawley, Hewes, Hooper, Gilbert, Cleveland, Isaacs, James Williams, Swain, Nash, Relf, Miller, Farrow, Hancock, Williams (Caswell), Davidson, Gorham, Bright, Cogdell, Shepperd, Spruill, Hunter & Respass.

Nays.—Messrs. Haywood, Williams (Pitt), Cotton, Devane, Bloodworth, Clark, Cain, Clinton, Jacob Hunter, Whitaker, Fifer, Locke, Wilson, Winston, Ferreby, Hardin, Person, Lindsey & Stephen Miller.

The Bills to ascertain and regulate the Fees of the Clerks in the Superior and County Courts, Justices of the peace, and Attorneys, in this State, and directing the method of paying the same, and other purposes, was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

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Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House for enlarging the number of Delegates for this State in Congress, &c., Concurred with.

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

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received your Message proposing that the General Assembly Ballot at 4 o'Clock this Evening, for the several officers therein mentioned, to which we agree, and put in nomination for a Delegate to represent this State in Congress, Mr. Benjamin Hawkins.

The House Adjourned til To-morrow Morning 9 o'Clock.

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Thursday, 4th February, 1779.

The House met according to Adjournment.

Mr. Person, one of the Committee appointed, on the part of this House, to superintend the Balloting for a judge of the Superior Court, two Delegates, a Brigadier General for the District of Wilmington, a Councillor, and a place for holding the next Assembly at, Reported, that, by a Majority of the votes of both Houses, Archibald McLaine, Esqr., was Elected a Judge; Joseph Hewes & William Sharpe, Esquires, Delegates; Frederick Jones, Esqr., Councillor; Alexander Lillington, Brigadier General; and that the next Assembly was to be held at New Bern.

The House taking the said Report into Consideration,

Resolved, that they do concur therewith.

Read the Memorial of James Iredell, Esq., in behalf of Henry Eustis M'Culloch, and sundry papers therein referred to.

Ordered that the same be referred to a joint Committee, and that Mr. Person, Mr. Nash, Mr. Jones, Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Hewes, Mr. Hooper, Mr. Johnston, Mr. Cogdell and Mr. Respass, be a Committee on the part of this House for the purposes aforesaid.

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Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have appointed Messrs. Person, Nash, Jones, Hawkins, Hewes, Hooper, Johnston, Cogdell and Respass, a Committee, on their part, to Act jointly with a Committee of the Senate, to take under Consideration the Memorial of James Iredell, Esq., in behalf of Henry Eustis M'Culloch.

Read the memorial of William Palmer, in behalf of his Father, Robert Palmer, Esqr.

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee appointed to take under Consideration the Memorial of James Iredell, Esq., &c.

Read the Memorial of the Honbl. Thomas Benbury, Esq., in behalf of Thomas Oldham, late of Chowan County.

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee appointed to take into consideration the Memorial of James Iredell, Esq., &c.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send you the Memorial of William Palmer, in behalf of his Father, Robert Palmer; also the Memorial of the Honbl. Thomas Benbury, Esqr., in behalf of Thomas Oldham, late of Chowan County, both of which we propose referring to the Committee appointed to take under Consideration the Memorial of James Iredell, Esq., &c.

Mr. Hewes, from the Committee appointed to examine into the quantity of Public Tobacco on hand, and to device ways and means of paying for Twenty-three pieces of heavy Cannon Imported in the Ship “Holy Heart of Jesus,” Captain Borretts, commander, Reported as follows:

That it appears to your Committee there is about Forty Hogsheads of Tobacco belonging to the public, in the hands of Mr. Nathaniel Keais; that from the quantity of Salt put into the hands of the said Keais, your Committee are of opinion the quantity of Tobacco ought to be greater. That it also appears to your Committee it will require one Hundred and Forty Hogsheads of Tobacco to pay for the Cannon aforesaid. That Robert Salter,

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Esq., be appointed to receive all such Tobacco already purchased, and to purchase such other quantities as may be necessary to compleat the payment of the said Cannon and to settle and adjust the Accounts with Captain Borretts, as Agent for the Merchant that Contracted for and sent out the same, so far as relates to the proportion of such Cannon as have been Landed for the use of this State.

That the Treasurers or either of them be directed to pay into the hands of the said Robert Salter, Esquire, the sum of Fifteen Thousand Pounds, to enable him to purchase such quantities of Tobacco as may be wanting for the purpose aforesaid, and to compleat the settlement with Captain Borretts, and that he lay his accounts, proceedings and Expenditures before the General Assembly at their next Session.

The House taking the said Report into consideration, Concurred therewith.

Ordered that the above Report be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence the Report of the Committee appointed to examine into the quantity of Public Tobacco, &c., Concurred with by this House.

Read the Report of the Committee appointed to consider the petition of Alexander Diack, one of the Executors of the Estate of William Aitchison, Deceased, and the same was Rejected.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House have received your Message and Resolve in favour of Capt. Hinson, and propose passing a Resolve in favour of the Inhabitants of Bermuda, Generally, supposing that many of that Island will come into this State with the same desire of procuring provisions; and that all are equally entitled to those Benefits, for which purpose we have sent a Resolve for your Concurrence.

Received from the Commons the following Message:

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Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House in favour of the Inhabitants of the Island of Bermuda, Concurred with by this House.

Read the Petition of Isaiah Paschal, of Granville County, praying, &c.

Resolved, that Mr. Person & Mr. Peebles, be a Committee to inquire into the facts set forth in the said Petition.

On reading the Petition of Hance Bond, Captain of Marines on Board the Ship Caswell, praying to be paid his Wages and the Wages of his Officers and Marines, &c.

Resolved, that, on his producing a Certificate from Capt. Willis Wilson, Commander of the said Ship, or other sufficient proof of the time he, his officers and Marines have served on Board the said Ship, That John Easton, Esquire, paymaster, do pay such Wages as may appear to be due.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House in favour of Hance Bond, Captain of the Marines on Board the Ship Caswell, &c.

Whereas, for the want of a sufficient number of Assessors in Captain Mulford's District, in Bladen County, the property of the Inhabitants thereof have not been assessed agreeable to Law; Therefore,

Resolved, that any three Justices of the peace in the said County be, and they are hereby, authorized and impowered to appoint as many assessors for the said District as may be necessary. That such assessors are hereby required to assess the property of the Inhabitants of the said District agreeable to the Assessment Act now in force, and under the same rules and regulations as therein prescribed.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House

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impowering any three Justices of the peace in Bladen County to appoint Assessors, for the purposes therein mentioned.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Report of the Committee appointed to examine into the quantity of public Tobacco, &c., concurred with by this House.

At the same time received the Report of the Committee referred to in the above Message, Concurred with.

Mr. Johnston, according to order, presented a Bill to Dock the Intails of the Lands, which he read in his place & Delivered in at the Table where it was again read, passed and Sent to the Senate.

The Bill to lay off and establish a Town near Chatham Court House, on the plantation and Land formerly the property of Ambrose Edwards, now entered in the Land office by Ambrose George, in said County, was read the third time, passed and ordered to be Engrossed.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

The Resolve of your House impowering any three justices of the peace in Bladen County to appoint Assessors for a Certain District in the said County, we herewith return you, Concurred with.

Resolved, that after reading the Militia Bill To-morrow Morning, that the House will proceed to reading such Bills as are on the third reading.

Ordered that Mr. Gorham and Mr. Respass be added to the Committee of Public Accounts.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House have received your Messages referring the consideration of the several Memorials, in behalf of absentees, to a Committee of both Houses, which we cannot concur with, this House

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being clearly of opinion that the prayers of the said Memorials militate directly against the true spirit and intention of the Confiscation Act and would be granting a partial Indulgence to a few Individuals who are equally as subject to the Rigor of the Law as many others now in the same situation.

Mr. Person from the Committee appointed to enquire into the facts set forth in the Petition of Isaiah Paschal, Reported as follows:

That the facts set forth in the said Petition are true, as we are induced to believe, and that the said Isaiah Pachal is in or about the Fiftieth year of his age, and at this time so infirm and under such Disability as renders him unfit for the Service.

We therefore recommend him to this House as a fit object of their notice, and that he be in future discharged from Military duty and future Drafts, for the defence of this State or the United States of America.

The House taking the said Report into consideration, Concurred therewith.

Ordered that the above Report be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence the Report of a Committee appointed to enquire into facts set forth in the Petition of Isaiah Paschal, Concurred with by this House.

The House adjourned till To-morrow Morning 9 o'Clock.

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Friday, 5th February, 1779.

The House met according to adjournment.

Resolved, that the House will To-morrow proceed to read the confiscation Act, &c.

Resolved, that Mr. Hewes, Mr. Sessums and Mr. Johnston, be a Committee, on the part of this House, to examine and report on the accounts of Nicholas Long, Esquire, Deputy Quarter Master General.

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Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have appointed Mr. Hewes, Mr. Sessums and Mr. Johnston, a Committee, on their part, to act jointly with such Gentlemen of the Senate as may be appointed, to examine And Report on the Accounts of Nicholas Long, Esquire, Deputy Quarter Master General.

Mr. Cogdell, from a Committee of the whole House, Reported the Amendments necessary to be made in the Bill to Regulate and Establish a Militia in this State, which being read were ordered to be made in the Bill. Then, on motion, ordered that the said Bill be read the second time. Read the same the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Read the Petition of Lt. Ptolemy Powell, praying, &c.

Ordered that the same be referred to a Committee. That Mr. Johnston, Mr. Williams (Caswell) and Mr. Respass, be a Committee for that purpose.

The Bill for apprehending and Selling certain Slaves set free contrary to law, and for confirming Sales of others, and for other purposes, was read the third time, passed and ordered to be engrossed.

This being objected to, on motion of Mr. Locke, ordered that the Yeas & Nays be taken down on the said Question, which are as follows:

Yeas.—Messrs. Haywood, Johnston, Williams (Pitt), Cotton, Smithwick, Devane, Bloodworth, Peebles, J. Hunter, Clark, Cain, Clinton, Mayo, J. Hunter, Sessums, Turner, Wilson, Sanders, McCrawley, Gilbert, Hardin, Cleveland, Isaacs, Swain, Nash, Relf, Farrow, Hancock, Brown, Griffin, Patterson, Williams (Caswell), Gorman, Bright, Shepperd, Spruill, McLemore, Alford and Respass.

Nays.—Messrs. Jordan, Fifer, Locke, Winslow, Hooper, Person, Lindsey, F. Miller, S. Miller and J. Hunter.

The Bill for the ease and convenience of the Militia in the West End of Rowan County, was read the third time, passed and sent to the Senate.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

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Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have received your Message appointing a Committee to examine and Report on the Accounts of Nicholas Long, Esquire, to which we agree, and have appointed Messrs. McKenzie, Coor and Sumner, a Committee.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

The Resolve of your House in favour of Captain Hance Bond we herewith return you, concurred with.

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

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

The Report of the Committee appointed to inquire into facts set forth in the Petition of Isaiah Paschal, we herewith return you, concurred with.

At the same time received the Report of the Committee referred to in the above Message, Concurred with.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

You will with this receive the Report of the Committee appointed to take under Consideration the Memorial of the Reverend Mr. Adam Boyd, Concurred with by this House.

At the same time received the Report of the Committee referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Report of the Joint Committee appointed to take under Consideration the Memorial of the Revd. Mr. Adam Boyd, Concurred with by this House.

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The Bill to establish Courts of Chancery in this State, and to regulate the manner of proceeding therein, was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill for establishing an Academy in the Neighborhood of Hillsborough, was read the third time, passed and ordered to be Engrossed.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence the Report of the Committee appointed to consider of ways and means to supply the State with Arms, &c., Concurred with by this House.

At the same time Received the Report of the Committee referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was Concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Report of the Committee appointed to Consider of ways and Means to supply this State with Arms, &c., Concurred with by this House.

Resolved, that Mr. Mayo, Mr. Jordan, Mr. James Hunter and Mr. Isaacs, be added to the Committee appointed to receive and Count the old Proc.

The House adjourned til 4 o'Clock P. M.

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The House met according to Adjournment.

Read the Petition of Carling Wollard & William Congleton, praying, &c.

Ordered that the same be referred to a Committee. That Mr. Williams (Caswell), Mr. Hawkins, Mr. Peebles and Mr. Bloodworth, be a Committee for the purpose aforesaid.

Resolved, that the House will To-morrow proceed to read the Bill for the Regulation of the Town of New Bern, The Bill for establishing an Academy in Granville County, The Bill to enable the Inhabitants of a Certain Tract of land lying in Mecklinburg County, known by the name of Governor Dobb's Tract Number

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five, and the Bill for Extending the boundary line between this State and the Common Wealth of Virginia.

The Bill to invest the property of a Bridge or Causeway in Gideon Lamb, his Heirs and Assigns, by him already built thro' the Great Dismal Swamp, from Lebanon to Camden County, for the term of Thirty-five years, was read the Second time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill for levying a Tax for defraying the Contingencies of the several Counties in this State, and for other purposes therein mentioned, was read the Second time and Rejected.

The Bill to impower the County Courts of Martin & Tyrrell to lay a further Tax for defraying the expense of the Public Buildings of the Counties aforesaid, was read the third time, passed and ordered to be Engrossed.

The Bill to impower the Court of Bertie County to lay a further Tax for Compleating the Public Buildings of said County, and other purposes, was read the second time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill to amend an Act entitled an Act to regulate the Pilotage of Cape Fear and Ocracock Bars & the Rivers leading from the same to Brunswick, Wilmington, New Bern, Bath & Edenton was read the Second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Resolved, that Mr. Lock, Mr. Bloodworth and Mr. Hawkins, be a Committee to take out and amend the Bill to impower the County Courts of pleas & quarter Sessions in this State to order the laying off Public Roads, &c.

The Bill to amend an Act entitled an Act to impower the Courts for the Counties of Tryon & Guilford to lay a tax by assessment for finishing the Court House, prison & Stocks, in the said Counties, and also to impower the several Counties in the District of Wilmington to levy Taxes for Building a District Gaol and Gaoler's House, in the Town of Wilmington, and other purposes therein mentioned, was read the Second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

The House Adjourned till To-morrow Morning 9 o'clock.

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Saturday, 6th Febuary, 1779.

The House met according to Adjournment.

Mr. Respass, from the Committee appointed to examine the pay roll of Lt. Ptolemy Powell, Officer of the Guard at Halifax, Reported as follows:

That the same is consistent with the Continental pay.

All which is submitted.

The House taking the said Report into Consideration, Concurred therewith.

Resolved, that the Treasurers, or either of them, pay the said Lt. Ptolemy Powell the amount of his Pay roll, and be allowed in their Accounts with the Public.

Ordered that the above Resolve and Report be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence the Report of a Committee appointed to examine the pay roll of Lt. Ptolemy Powell, Concurred with by this House; also a Resolve of this House impowering the Treasurers, or either of them, to pay the Amount of the said pay roll.

On motion, ordered that Mr. William Brown have leave to absent himself from the service of this House.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House in favour of Capt. Powell, Concurred with.

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

The Bill to carry into effect an Act passed at New Bern, in November, in the year one thousand seven Hundred and seventyseven, entitled an Act for confiscating the property of all such persons as are inimical to the United States, and of such persons as shall not within a Certain time therein mentioned appear and

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submit to the State, whether they shall be received as Citizens thereof, and of such persons as shall so appear and shall not be admitted as Citizens, and for other purposes therein mentioned, and for other purposes, was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Ordered that the Committee appointed to examine and report on the Accounts of Nicholas Long, Esquire, Deputy Quarter Master General, be directed to examine and settle the Accounts of Thomas Craike, Commissary of Stores.

Mr. Thornton Yancey, one of the Members for the County of Granville, appeared and took his Seat.

The Bill for ascertaining what property in this State shall be deemed taxable property, the method of assessing the same and collecting the public Taxes, and other purposes, was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

On reading the Petition of the Rev. Mr. Adam Boyd, praying, that Mr. Bloodworth or Mr. Mallet, Contractors for the District of Wilmington, be impowered to supply him with his Rations and Forage due and to become due, agreeable to the Continental Arrangement,

Resolved, that either of the said Contractors be and they are hereby impowered to supply the said Rev. Mr. Boyd with Rations and Forage, agreeable to the aforesaid Arrangement.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House in favour of the Rev. Mr. Adam Boyd.

The House Adjourned til 4 o'Clock P. M.

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The House met according to Adjournment.

On motion, ordered that Mr. John Easton have leave to absent himself from the Service of the House.

The Bill for Establishing an Academy in the County of Granville, for appointing Trustees, and other purposes, was read the third time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill to Enable the Inhabitants of a certain Tract of Land lying in Mecklenburg County, known by the name of Governor Dobb's Tract, number five, to make Entries thereof and obtain Titles for the same, was read the third time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Resolved, that the House will, on Monday next, proceed to read for the third time the Bill for the Regulation of the Town of New Bern.

Mr. Person, from the joint Committee appointed to re-examine accounts of William Gilbert, Commissary for Tryon County, Reported as follows:

It appears to your Committee that Mr. William Alston acted as a joint Commisary with Mr. Gilbert, that Col. Graham gave Mr. Gilbert a receipt for a number of Rations, in which were included one hundred and twenty rations for six days supply for Captain Hardin and his Company, that Captain Hardin gave Mr. Alston a receipt for a large number of rations for his Company, in which number the aforesaid one Hundred and twenty rations were also included: That since that time the said Captain Hardin hath given Mr. Gilbert a Receipt for five Thousand and seventy-one rations, for said Hardin and his Company, all which receipts for rations have been charged to the public and paid partly to Mr. Gilbert and partly to Mr. Alston, so that in this Instance, Mr. Gilbert hath received pay for the aforesaid one hundred and twenty and the last mentioned five thousand and Seventy-one rations at ten pence each, amounting to two hundred and Sixteen pounds five shillings and ten pence, which he had no right to charge and which should therefore be by him repaid into the Treasury of this State. That that part of the Report of the Committee at Hillsborough, in August last, respecting Mr. Morris, appears to have been occasioned by mistake and that it

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appears Mr. Gilbert hath paid Mr. Morris agreeable to the allowance made by the public. That part of said report respecting Mr. Gilbert certifying the probate of an account when he was not at that time in the Commission of the Peace appears to your Committee as reported by the Committee at Hillsboro.

Your Committee further Report, that it appears Colonel Graham gave Mr. Gilbert a receipt for Six Thousand seven Hundred Rations in full of Rations delivered by Mr. Gilbert to the officers and men in the service from the first to the 29th day of August, 1776, which Mr. Gilbert charged in his Account with the Public, and hath been paid for, and that the aforesaid Gilbert hath also charged the Public by four different receipts four Thousand one Hundred and fifty-two Rations for the aforesaid Troops and hath received satisfaction from the Public for the same, when in truth, as it appears to your Committee by the Dates of the Receipts, the same were included in Colo. Graham's General receipt, and therefore should not have been charged by Mr. Gilbert, which said four Thousand one Hundred and fifty-two rations, at 10 each amounting to one Hundred and Seventy three pounds, together with the aforeaid two Hundred and Sixteen pounds five Shillings and ten pence, amounting in the whole to three Hundred and eighty-nine pounds five Shillings and ten pence, hath been by Mr. Gilbert wrongfully and intentionally charged to the public.

The Committee also Report that it appears by the Oath of Captain Hardin that, at the time said Hardin gave the above mentioned receipt for rations, he told Mr. Gilbert that he had given Mr. Alston a receipt for the same, and that Mr. Alston had already received the money from the public. Notwithstanding which Mr. Gilbert hath again charged the said rations to the public, and hath received pay for the same as is before expressed.

And, lastly, your Committee Report that for want of the vouchers and owing to the great confusion and perplexity of the Accounts and papers they cannot at present make so full & satisfactory an investigation of the aforesaid accounts as they would otherwise have done.

All which is submitted.

The House taking the said Report into consideration, concurred therewith, and

Resolved, that on Mr. Gilbert's complying with the two first

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parts of the said Report, that he be indulged til next Session of General Assembly to make his defence, (to the last article thereof only).

Ordered that the above Report, &c., be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Messsage:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence the Report of the Committee appointed to re-examine the Accounts of William Gilbert, also a Resolve of this House thereon.

The House Adjourned til Monday Morning 9 o'Clock.

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Monday, 8th February, 1779.

The House met according to Adjournment.

The Bill for regulating the Town of New Bern, and other purposes therein mentioned, was read the third time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House have appointed Mr. Coor & Mr. Sumner, to act with such Gentlemen as you may appoint, to receive the old proclamation Money from the Treasurer & burn the same this Evening.

Resolved, that Messrs. Hunter, Williams (Caswell), Jordan, Mayo, Bloodworth, Relf and Fifer, be a Committee to Act with the Gentlemen of the Senate for the purpose aforesaid.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have received your Message appointing certain Gentlemen to receive of the Treasurer the old proclamation Money and burn the same this Evening, and have for the purpose, on our part, appointed Messrs. Hunter, Williams (Caswell), Jordan, Mayo, Bloodworth, Relf and Fifer.

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Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House in favour of the Reverend Mr. Adam Boyd, Concurred with.

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

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House have received the Report of the Committee appointed to investigate the Accounts of William Gilbert, and cannot concur therewith, unless you insert the words “and intentionally” in the third page of the Report, as it came from the Committee, and we cannot concur with the Resolve of your House relative to granting Mr. Gilbert time til next Assembly for preparing his Defence, unless it relates to the last Article of the Report only.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have received the Message of yours proposing Amendments in the Report of the Committee relative to William Gilbert, as also the Resolve of this House relative thereto, to which we agree and have made the same conformable.

Resolved, that Mr. Hooper, Mr. Jones, Mr. Nash, Mr. Lock and Mr. Johnston, be a Committee to prepare and bring in a Bill for raising Men to March to the Southward.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House impowering the Treasurer to receive such old Proclamation Money as the Collectors had received bona fide before the first day of February.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was Concurred with.

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Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House impowering the Treasurer to receive the old proclamation Money therein mentioned, Concurred with.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Report of the Committee appointed to re-examine the Accounts of William Gilbert, and the Resolve of your House thereon, concurred with.

At the same time received the Report and Resolve referred to in the above Message, Concurred with.

Ordered that the Committee to examine the Accounts of Nicholas Long, Esquire, Deputy Quarter Master General, be a Committee to examine the public Accounts of this State, so far as they are investigated.

Resolved, that Mr. James Green be directed to pay to either of the Public Treasurers the sum of one Hundred and four pounds fourteen Shillings and three pence, due by him to the State for eight Tory and two Public Horses sold at Wake Court House, and that such Treasurer Account for the same in settlement with the public.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House directing Mr. James Green to pay a certain sum of Money into the Public Treasury, which is in his hands, for certain Tory & Publick Horses sold by him.

Mr. William Gilbert, one of the Members of Tryon County, having been charged with passing sundry erroneous accounts in the former Sessions of Assembly, and a Select Committee having now fully inquired into the same and reported that the said Gilbert had intentionally defrauded the publick to a Considerable amount, which Report was concurred with by the Assembly:

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Resolved, that the said William Gilbert, by reason of his Conduct in this Respect, is unworthy of a Seat in the House of Commons, and that he be expelled from the same.

The Honbl. Speaker laid before the House a Letter from John Geddy, Esquire, Lieutenant Colonel of Halifax County, resigning his office of Lt. Colonel aforesaid.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House directing Mr. James Green to pay a certain sum of Money into the Treasury, &c., Concurred with.

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

On reading the Bill for levying a Tax for the year one Thousand seven hundred and seventy-nine, and other purposes, it was proposed that the said Bill be amended by inserting a Tax of three pence on each pound value of Taxable property instead of two pence, this being objected to the question was put and carried in the affirmative, 29 to 19.

Then, on motion, ordered that the Yeas and Nays be taken down on the said Question, which are as follows:

Yeas.—Messrs. Jones, Haywood, Johnston, Williams (Pitt), Cotton, Smithwick, Devane, Bloodworth, Hawkins, J. Hunter, Mayo, Jacob Hunter, Jordan, Turner, Whitaker, Sanders, McCrawley, Fereby, Hooper, Swain, Nash, Relf, Williams (Caswell), Gorham, Bright, Cogdell, Shepperd, Respass and Yancy.

Nays.—Messrs. Peebles, Clark, Cain, Clinton, Fifer, Lock, Wilson, Hardin, Cleveland, Isaacs, Lindsey, F. Miller, Farrow, Griffin, Patterson, Davidson, S. Miller, Spruill and James Hunter.

The said Bill being read the second time was amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill to Dock the Intails of Land was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill for raising forces for the Defence of this State and the neighboring States, and other purposes, was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

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In the Assessment Bill when it went from this House, Slaves under five years of age, and all between the ages of Fifty and Sixty, were valued at two Hundred Pounds each, and on reading the same the third time in the Senate, the valuation of two Hundred pounds was Deléd and one Hundred and Fifty pounds Substituted in lieu thereof, and on reading the same the third time in this House it was moved and seconded that the valuation of two Hundred pounds be settled, this being objected to, the question was put and carried in the Negative, 35 to 14.

Then, on motion, ordered that the Yeas and Nays be taken down on the said Question, which are as follows:

Yeas.—Messrs. Peebles, Hunter, Sesums, Fifer, Lock, Wilson, Winslow, Hardin, Isaacs, Lindsey, Williams (Caswell) Davidson, Hunter and Alford.

Nays.—Messrs. Jones, Haywood, Johnson, Williams (Pitt), Cotton, Smithwick, Devane, Bloodworth, Hawkins, Clark, Cain, Clinton, Mayo, Jacob Hunter, Jordan, Turner, Whitaker, Sanders, McCrawley, Fereby, Hooper, Cleveland, Swain, Nash, Miller, Farrow, Griffin, Patterson, Miller, Bright, Cogdell, Shepperd, Spruill, Respass and Yancey.

The House Adjourned til 4 o'Clock P. M.

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The House met according to Adjournment.

The Bill for laying a further Tax on the Taxable property of the Inhabitants of Camden County, for the purposes of finishing & Compleating the Court House, prison and Stocks, for the said County, was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill for erecting a Town in the County of Washington was read the second time, passed and sent to the Senate.

Mr. William Bryan, one of the members for the County of Johnston, appeared and took his Seat.

The Bill for dividing Tryon County into two Distinct Counties, & for other purposes therein mentioned, was read the third time, passed and ordered to be Engrossed.

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Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House have received & considered a Letter from His Excellency the Governor, a Letter from the Delegates from this State to His Excellency, which we propose referring to a joint Committee of both Houses, & have appointed Messrs. Martin, Coor, Rogers & Davis.

Ordered that Messrs. Nash, Hooper, Jones and Lock, be a Committee, on the part of this House, for the purposes aforesaid.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have received the Message of yours appointing certain Gentlemen therein mentioned to Act jointly with a Committee of this House to take under consideration the Letters, &c., therein referred to, and have, for that purpose, on our part, appointed Messrs. Nash, Hooper, Jones and Lock.

Resolved, that the House will, To-morrow, proceed to read the Bill to regulate and Establish a Militia in this State. Also the Bill to regulate and ascertain the Fees of Clerks in the Superior and County Courts, &c.

The Bill for dividing the County of Anson into two Distinct Counties, & other purposes therein mentioned, was read the third time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill to impower the Court of Bertie County to levy a further Tax for compleating the Public Buildings in said County, & other purposes, was read the third time, passed and ordered to be Engrossed.

The Bill for extending the boundary line between this State & the Commonwealth of Virginia, was read the third time, passed and ordered to be Engrossed.

The Bill to amend part of an Act entitled an Act 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, for collecting in all former Emissions, & other purposes, was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

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The Bill for altering the times of holding certain County Courts of Pleas and Quarter Sessions therein mentioned, was read the second time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill for erecting a Battery at Currituck Inlet, and for other purposes therein mentioned, was read the second time and Rejected.

The Bill to amend an Act entitled an Act for Erecting a Prison in the Town of Edenton, for the use of the District of Edenton, was read the second time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill to prescribe the Affirmation of Allegiance and Fidelity to this State to be taken by the people called Moravians, Quakers, Mennonists, and Dunkards, and granting them certain Indulgences therein mentioned, & for other purposes, was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill to Establish the Seat of Government, &c., was read the second time and Rejected.

The Bill to amend an Act entitled an Act to amend the Staple of Tobacco, and prevent frauds, &c., was read the second time and Rejected.

The Bill for the supression of vice and immorality was read the first time and Rejected.

Resolved, that Mr. Bloodworth, Mr. Cleveland, Mr. Winslow & Mr. Isaacs, be added to the Committee appointed to re-examine the Accounts of William Graham.

The House Adjourned til To-morrow Morning 9 o'Clock.

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Tuesday, 9th Febuary, 1779.

The House met according to Adjournment.

Read the Petition of John Cruden, sen., praying to be admitted a Citizen, &c.

Ordered that the same be referred to a Committee appointed to take under Consideration the Memorial of James Iredell, Esq., &c.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate.

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send you the Petition of John Cruden, sen.,

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which we have thought proper to refer to the Committee appointed to take under Consideration the Memorial of James Iredell, Esq.

We also propose that that Committee take under Consideration the Memorial of the Honbl. Thomas Benbury, Esq., in behalf of Thomas Oldham, late of Chowan County, and desire your Concurrence thereto.

Resolved, that Doct. Savage's Acct., for sundries delivered for Col. Chariol's Battalion, be referred to Mr. Craik; and that he be directed to allow and pay for as much of the said account as shall appear to him to be founded upon articles purchased for and applied to cloathing the new Commissioned officers and Common Soldiers of the said Battalion.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House referring the Account of Doct. Savage, &c., to Mr. Craik.

Resolved, that Messrs. Savage and Westmore be allowed the sum of twelve Hundred and fifty-three pounds six shillings for sundry Cloathing, &c., furnished the nine Months men; that the Treasurers, or either of them, pay them the same and be allowed.

This being objected to the question was put & carried in the affirmative, 32 to 19.

Then, on motion, ordered that the yeas & nays be taken down on the said question, which are as follows:

Yeas.—Messrs. Jones, Johnston, Williams (Pitt), Cotton, Smithwick, Devane, Hawkins, T. Hunter, Mayo, Jacob Hunter, Jordan, Turner, Fifer, Sanders, McCrawley, Hooper, Swain, Nash, Relf, F. Miller, Hancock, Griffin, Patterson, Williams (Caswell), Gorham, Bright, Cogdell, Shepperd, Spruill, Alford, Respass and Yancey.

Nays.—Messrs. Haywood, Bloodworth, Clark, Cain, Clinton, Sessums, Whitaker, Lock, Wilson, Winslow, Harden, Cleveland, Isaacs, Lindsey, Farrow, Davidson, S. Miller, McLemore and James Hunter.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

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Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House allowing Messrs. Savage and Westmore a Certain sum therein mentioned.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence the Resolve of this House in favour of Charles Waddell. For your further Information we send you said Waddell's account.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House in favour of Charles Waddell, Concurred with.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

Herewith you will Receive the Resolve of this House in favour of Col. William Bryan, of Johnston County, together with the account, which we send for your Concurrence.

At the same time Received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House in favour of Col. William Bryan, of Johnston County, Concurred with.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House in favour of Charles Pasteur, Esqr.

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At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was Concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House in favour of Charles Pasteur, Esqr., Concurred with.

The Bill to regulate and ascertain the Fees of the Clerks in the Superior and County Courts, Justices of the Peace, and Attorneys, in this State, and directing the method of paying the same, and other purposes, was read the third time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House in favour of Mr. William Wooten.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was Concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House in favour of William Wooten, Concurred with.

Resolved, that Mr. William Gilbert have leave to resign the office of a Justice of the Peace in Tryon County.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House permitting William Gilbert to resign the office of a Justice of the peace of Tryon County.

The Bill to amend an Act entitled an Act to amend an Act for establishing offices for receiving Entries of Claims for Lands in the several Counties within this State, for ascertaining the method of

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obtaining titles to the same, and for other purposes therein mentioned, was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Resolved, that the House will, tomorrow Morning, proceed to read the Confiscation Bill, &c.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House have Unanimously agreed that Mr. Gilbert shall resign his office of a Justice of the Peace.

The House Adjourned til 4 o'Clock P. M.

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The House met according to Adjournment.

The Bill to invest the property of a Bridge or Causeway in Gideon Lamb, his Heirs and Assigns, by him already built, thro' the Great Dismal Swamp, from Lebanon to Camden County, for the term of Twenty-five years, was read the third time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Resolved, that Mr. Cogdell be appointed to examine the Engrossed Bills.

The Bill to amend an Act intitled an Act to Regulate the Pilotage of Cape fear and Ocracock Barrs, and the Rivers leading from the same to Brunswick, Wilmington, New Bern, Bath and Edenton was read the third time, passed and sent to the Senate.

Resolved, that Mr. Nash have leave to absent himself from the service of the House.

The Bill for altering the times of holding certain County Courts of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, therein mentioned, was read the third time, passed and ordered to be Engrossed.

The Bill for erecting a Town in the County of Washington, was read the third time, passed and sent to the Senate.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House in favour of Messrs. Savage and Westmore, concurred with by this House.

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

The Bill for levying a Tax for the year one Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy-nine, and other purposes, was read the third time, passed and ordered to be Engrossed.

The Bill for ascertaining what property in this State shall be deemed Taxable property, the method of assessing the same and collecting the public Taxes, & other Purposes, was read the third time, amended by consent, passed and ordered to be Engrossed.

The Bill for laying a further Tax on the Taxable property of the inhabitants of Camden County for the purposes of finishing and Compleating the Court House, prison and Stocks, for the said County, was read the third time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Petition of William Egleson, praying, &c., was read and rejected.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House in favour of Doct. Charles Pasteur, being the Ballance of his Account, it sufficiently appearing the account is justly due.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House in favour Doct. Charles Pasteur, Concurred with.

The House Adjourned till To-morrow Morning 9 o'clock.

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Wednesday, 10th February, 1779.

The House met according to Adjournment.

Resolved, that Mr. Cogdell, Mr. Haywood and Mr. Respass, be a Committee to examine and Report upon the accounts of Christopher Dudley, one of the Commissioners for Erecting Saltpetre works in the Town of Halifax.

The Bill to amend an Act Entitled an Act for Erecting a Prison in the Town of Edenton, for the use of the District of Edenton, and for other purposes, was read the third time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

On reading the said Bill, Mr. Relf moved that that part of the Clause which related to repairing the Court House be struck out.

The question was put and carried against the Motion, 40 to 8.

Then, on motion, ordered that the Yeas and Nays be taken down on the said question, which are as follows:

Yeas.—Messrs. Haywood, Johnston, Williams (Pitt), Devane, Bloodworth, Peebles, Hawkins, T. Hunter, Clark, Cain, Clinton, Jacob Hunter, Jordan, Turner, Whitaker, Hardin, Cleveland, Isaacs, Lindsey, F. Miller, Farrow, Hancock, Griffin, Patterson, Williams (Caswell), Davidson, Gorham, S. Miller, Shepperd, McLemore, Jas. Hunter, Alford, Respass, Yancey and Bryan.

Nays.—Messrs. Cotton, Smithwick, Fifer, Fereby, Swain, Relf, Bright and Spruill.

Mr. Jones, from the Committee appointed to consider His Excellency the Governor's Letter, together with a Letter from the North Carolina Continental Delegates, inclosing some Resolutions of Congress, Reported as follows:

That a sufficient provision is already made by the Militia Law, of this present Session, for the State Regiment directed to be raised for the particular service thereof, by the advance of the Militia pay.

Thereupon, your Committee are of opinion that the said Regiment shall not be entitled to draw Cloathing.

Your Committee are further of opinion that His Excellency be empowered, at his Discretion, to Grant warrants to the purchasing Commissioners, appointed during the present Session, for so much Money exclusive of the Ten Thousand pounds to each Commissioner, according to a former Resolution, as may be necessary

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to discharge the Contracts which they have already entered into, and that he discharge such Commissioners from the Public Service.

Your Committee observe, that by a Resolution of Congress, Dated January 2, 1779, it is declared “That the whole Emission of Continental Currency of May 20, 1777, and April 11, 1778, shall be taken out of Circulation, and that the same shall be received for Debts and Taxes into the Continental Treasury, or into the Continental Loan Offices, either on loan or to be exchanged for other Bills of the like Tenor, until the first Day of June next, and shall not be redeemable after the said day; and as the good people of this State are possessed of many Continental Bills of the Emissions above mentioned, Your Committee recommend that the publick printer be directed to publish the aforesaid Resolution of Congress, and the members of the General Assembly also to notify the same to their Constituents, that those who have Continental Bills, of the aforesaid Emissions, may apply to the Manager of the Continental Loan office in due time.

Your Committee having lastly considered that part of the Letter from the Delegates of this State which relates to re-inlisting such Continental Soldiers of nine Months men now to the Northward, and belonging to this State, whose time of service has expired or is about to expire, beg leave to recommend that a Bounty of three Hundred Dollars per man be given to each Soldier who shall re-inlist for one year or more in the North Carolina Continental Service, and that the Continental Delegates be authorized to Act accordingly.

The House taking the said Report into Consideration, Concurred therewith.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence the Report of the Committee appointed to Consider His Excellency the Governor's Letter, together with a Letter from the North Carolina Continental Delegates, &c., Concurred with by this House.

Whereas a Petition hath been preferred to the Legislature of this State by the Honbl. Thomas Benbury, Esquire, in behalf of

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Thomas Oldham, and by John Cruden for himself, praying that they may be admitted to the priviledges of Citizens of this State, and be restored to their property, and sitting forth divers matters & things in the said Petition to entitle themselves thereunto.

Resolved, therefore, that the said Petitions be referred to the Governor & Council, and that it be recommended to them to enquire into the merits of the said Petitions and the several matters therein contained and to give notice to the Petitioners to attend with any proofs they may be possessed of, and that the Governor and Council shall report to the next Assembly the result of such their inquiries.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House relative to the Petitions of the Honbl. Thomas Benbury, Esq., in behalf of Thomas Oldham, and the Petition of John Cruden.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House recommending Colo. Robert Salter to the Command of the Detachment to be ordered as an Escort to the Commissioners who are to run the dividing line between this State and the State of Virginia.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was Concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House recommending Colo. Robert Salter to the Command of the Detachment ordered as an Escort to the Commissioners, &c., Concurred with.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

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Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

You will with this receive a Resolve of this House appointing persons for purposes therein mentioned, which we send for your Concurrence.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House appointing persons for purposes therein mentioned, Concurred with.

The House Adjourned till 4 o'clock P. M.

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The House met according to adjournment.

The Bill to impower the County Courts of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, in this State, to order the laying of Public Roads, &c., & other purposes therein mentioned, was read the second time and Rejected.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House in favour of Doct. William Savage.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was Concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House in favour Doct. William Savage, Concurred with.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

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We return you with this the Report of the Committee appointed to consider His Excellency the Governor's Letter and a Letter from the North Carolina Delegates, &c., Concurred with.

At the same time received the Report referred to in the above Message, Concurred with.

The Bill to carry into effect an Act passed at New Bern, in November, in the year one Thousand seven Hundred & seventyseven, entitled an Act for Confiscating the property of all such persons as are inimical to the United States, and of such persons as shall not within a Certain time therein mentioned appear and submit to the State, whether they shall be received as Citizens thereof, and of such persons as shall so appear and shall not be admitted as Citizens, and for other purposes, was read the third time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

It was moved and seconded that the said Bill be rejected, the question was put & carried against the motion, 32 to 16.

Then, on motion, ordered that the yeas and Nays be taken down on the said question, which are as follows:

Yeas.—Messrs. Johnston, Williams (Pitt), Jones, Cotton, Smithwick, Devane, Bloodworth, T. Hunter, Mayo, Sessums, Jordan, Turner, Whitaker, Sanders, McCrawley, Fereby, Hooper, Swain, Relf, F. Miller, Hancock, Griffin, Patterson, Gorham, S. Miller, Bright, Cogdell, Shepperd, Alford, Respass, Yancey and Bryan.

Nays.—Messrs. Haywood, Clinton, Hunter, Fifer, Lock, Winslow, Wilson, Hardin, Cleveland, Isaacs, Person, Farrow, Williams (Caswell), Davidson, Spruill and McLemore.

The Bill to prevent stealing of Slaves, and for other purposes therein mentioned, was read the second time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House appointing Auditors to settle and Adjust the Publick Accounts.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was Rejected.

Resolved, that one person be appointed to settle and Adjust the Public Accounts, who shall examine and State all former public

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private accounts, and Claims, and lay the same before the General Assembly so soon as they shall be compleated (or sooner if thereto required), and, in order to prevent any imposition on the Publick, that he keep Books well bound, in which he shall State all Accounts so examined against the United States and inhabitants of this State, since the Commencement of the present War with Great Britain.

Resolved, that John Hunt be and he is hereby appointed Auditor for the purposes aforesaid, who shall be allowed the sum of three Thousand Pounds for such service, and such other further sum as the Assembly may think proper. That the said John Hunt shall give Bond with security in the sum of Ten Thousand Pounds, payable to His Excellency the Governor and his successors in office, for the faithful discharge of his Duty.

Resolved, that the said John Hunt shall have free access to all Public papers and accounts, and shall have power to remove the same to any place he shall think most convenient. That he be also impowered to receive of the Public Secretary such and so many of the large bound Books taken as the property of Governor Martin, as may be necessary for the purposes aforesaid, and the Secretary is hereby impowered to deliver him the same.

Resolved, that the said John Hunt be allowed to draw out of the Public Treasury of this State the sum of Fifteen Hundred Pounds to enable him to proceed on the settlement of the said Accounts. That the Treasurers or either of them advance him the same & be allowed.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House appointing John Hunt to settle and adjust the Public Accounts, &c., which passed this House some Days ago.

Resolved that the House will To-morrow proceed to read the “Bill to regulate & Establish a Militia in this State,” and the “Bill to amend part of an Act entitled an Act for Emitting Eight hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds,” &c.

The House adjourned til Tomorrow Morning 9 o'clock.

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Thursday, 11th February, 1779.

The House met according to Adjournment.

On motion, ordered that Mr. Hooper have leave to absent himself from the service of this House after To-morrow.

Resolved, that William Bryan have leave to resign his Command as Colo. of Johnston County, as also the office of a justice of the Peace.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have Resolved that William Bryan have leave to resign his Command as Colo. of Johnston County, as also the office of a justice of the Peace, agreeable to his request herewith sent you, and desire your Concurrence.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House have ordered their Clerk to make up the Estimate of allowances to the members to Thursday inclusive.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have ordered their Clerk to make out the Estimate of allowances to include To-morrow.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

Herewith you will receive a Resolve of this House for raising the Salaries of the Several Publick officers of this State.

At the rame time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was Rejected.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have received the Message and Resolve of yours raising the Salaries of the several Public officers of this State,

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with which we cannot concur, but propose the one herewith sent, for your Concurrence, in lieu hereof.

Ordered that the following Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence:

Resolved, that each of the judges of the superior Courts shall attend four Courts at least of every Circuit of the Superior Courts, if not prevented by sickness, and each judge shall receive out of the public Treasury Two Thousand five Hundred pounds per annum. That the Attorney General be allowed Twelve Hundred pounds per annum, to commence from the date thereof.

The Bill to regulate & Establish a Militia in this State was read the third time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House allowing Whitmill Hill, Esquire, a certain sum of Money which he advanced to the volunteers and Balloted men of Martin County.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was Concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House in favour of Whitmill Hill, Esqr., concurred with by this House.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence the Report of the Committee appointed to re-examine the Accounts of Mr. Graham, Concurred with by this House.

At the same time received the Report of the Committee referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was Rejected.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

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Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House in favour of Mr. William Amis.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was Concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House in favour of William Amis, Concurred with.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House concur with yours in ordering the Clerk to make out the Estimate to include To-morrow.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House have received your Message permitting Mr. Bryan to resign the Command of Johnston County, and his office of a Justice of the Peace, with which we concur.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House have received your Message appointing Mr. Hunt, Sole Auditor, &c., &c., and cannot Concur therewith, this House would wish to avoid giving the Public reasons to say “that instead of imploying men adequate to the service of the State we endeavour to render offices suitable to the convenience of Individuals.” We hope the Commons will consider the Resolution of this House appointing three Auditors, & adopt the same, otherwise the Senate consider this as a protest against the proceedings of the Commons, who, from partiality to an Individual, deny Justice to the Public.

As the most cautious attention should be paid to the prevention of every circumstance which may have a possible direct or indirect

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tendency to lessen the distinction which the Constitution of this State intends should be preserved betwixt the two branches of Legislation, and as an intercourse betwixt the Members of the twe Houses, when the Houses are sitting, may have a tendency to lessen that independent unbiased freedom of Debate which each respective House ought surely to preserve;

Resolved, therefore, that it be recommended to the Members of the House of Commons not to intermix with the Members of the Senate while the latter are upon business, nor to be present in the Senate House at such time, unless by order of, and in the conducting of the business of this House. Any person who shall disobey this recommendation is to be considered as tresspassing upon the priviledges of the Senate.

Resolved, that it be recommended by this House, to Mr. John Hunt, to proceed on the settlement of the public Accounts.

Mr. Johnston, from the Committee appointed to settle the accounts of Colonel Nicholas Long, Deputy Quarter Master General, Reported as follows:

That your Committee have examined the said account with the vouchers, and find that the said Col. Nicholas Long has paid and expended, on account of the publick, the sum of Thirty-five Thousand five Hundred and forty-six Pounds two Shillings and one penny. That he has received the sum of Twenty-four Thousand one Hundred & Sixty pounds seven Shillings & ten pence, and that there is a Balance due to him of Eleven Thousand three Hundred & Eighty-five pounds fourteen Shillings & three pence.

The House taking the said Report into consideration, Concurred therewith.

Ordered that the above Report be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence the Report of the Committee appointed to settle the accounts of Nicholas Long, Esq., Deputy Quarter Master General, Concurred with by this House.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House

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for discharging a Certain Joshua Parker from the Continental Service.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House for discharging a certain Joshua Parker from the Continental Service, Concurred with by this House.

Resolved, that the plan of the Town of New Bern, established by an Act passed during the present Session, for the regulation of the said Town, be authenticated by a Certificate endorsed thereon, and signed by the Speakers of both Houses, and that the Certificate be in the following words:

We do hereby certify, agreeable to a Resolution of the General Assembly, dated the 11th Day of February, 1779, that this plan of the town of New Bern is one of the two plans to which the Act passed at the General Assembly held at Halifax Town in January, 1779, entitled an Act for the Regulation of the Twon of New Bern, and for other purposes, refers.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House for authenticating the plan of the Town of New Bern by a Certificate endorsed thereon and signed by the Speakers of both Houses.

The House Adjourned til 4 o'Clock P. M.

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The House met According to Adjournment.

The Bill to amend part of an Act entitled an Act for Emitting Eight Hundred & fifty Thousand Pounds in Bills of credit for discharging the Debts incurred by this State in raising men to re-inforce the Battalions belonging to this State in the Continental Army, for calling in all former Emissions, and other purposes, was read the third time, passed and sent to the Senate.

The Bill to prevent Stealing of Slaves, and for other purposes, was read the third time, passed and ordered to be Engrossed.

Resolved, that Benjamin Blount have leave to resign his Command as Colonel of Tyrrell County.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have Resolved that Benjamin Blount have leave to resign the office of Colonel of Tyrrell County & desire your Concurrence.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Report of the Committee appointed to settle the accounts of Nicholas Long, Esquire, Concurred with.

At the same time received the Report referred to in the above Message, Concurred with.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House for authenticating the plan of the Town of New Bern, Concurred with.

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

Mr. Lock moved for leave to enter his reasons of dissent against the Bill to prescribe the Affirmation of Allegiance and Fidelity to this State to be taken by the Unitas Fratrum or Moravians, Quakers, Mennonists, and Dunkards, and Granting them certain indulgencies therein mentioned, and other purposes.

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Ordered that he have leave to enter his reasons of dissent To-morrow.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We concur with your Resolve relative to Mr Blount's resigning his Command in Tyrrell County.

Resolved that John Armstrong be allowed the sum of Thirtyfour pounds two Shillings & Eight pence for sundries furnished the nine Month's men, &c. That the Treasurers or either of them pay him the same and be allowed.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House allowing John Armstrong a certain sum therein mentioned.

Mr. Mayo, from the Committee appointed to receive the old proclamation money, Reported that the Committee had attended on the Treasurer and received the sum of Twenty-two Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety-one Pounds seven Shillings, which they had destroyed.

Received from the Committee the Reports of the Committee of Claims, which were read and Concurred with.

Mr. Hawkins, from the Committee appointed to take under consideration the Petition of Carlia Wollard and William Congleton, Reported as follows:

That it is the opinion of your Committee that James Bonner, jun., Seth Wilson, William Bonner, Christopher Cooper, Anthony Low, and A. Lewis, of Capt. Smaw's Company, in Beaufort County, were fairly Ballotted (on the day appointed) Soldiers on the Continental Army for Nine Months, that some time after the Board of officers in the County took upon themselves, for reasons unknown to your Committee, to discharge four of the men aforementioned and to point out the said Wollard and Congleton with two others to supply their places, contrary to the intent and meaning of the Act directing the method of Ballotting Soldiers. Your Committee are therefore of opinion that Col. Lamb should

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be directed to discharge the said Wollard and Congleton and direct the Colonel of Beaufort to furnish him the two men that were fairly Ballotted.

All which is hereby submitted.

The House taking the said Report into Consideration, Concurred therewith.

Ordered that the above Report be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence the Report of the Committee appointed to take under Consideration the Petition of Carlia Wollard and William Congleton, Concurred with by this House.

Resolved, that——Agerton, of Bute County, be allowed the sum of ten pounds for apprehending, taking and delivering over to a Continental officer, a Deserter from the Continental Army. That the Treasurers or either of them pay him the same and be allowed.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House in favour of——Agerton.

Resolved, that William Wilkinson be allowed the sum of Ninetyone pounds three Shillings and nine pence one farthing, for that sum allowed him by the Congress at Halifax, November, 1776, for which a Certificate hath not been issued, as appears by the Report of the Committee of Accounts. That the Treasurers or either of them pay him the same and be allowed.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House in favour of Mr. William Wilkinson.

The House adjourned till To-morrow morning 9 o'clock.

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Friday, 12th February, 1779.

The House met according to Adjournment.

Mr. Cogdell, from the Committee to whom the accounts of Capt. Christopher Dudley, one of the Superintendants for the Salt Petre Works, was referred, Reported as follows:

That the Committee having examined the same, together with the vouchers, find a Balance due from said Dudley to the Public of two Hundred and twenty-seven pounds two Shillings and four pence.

All which is submitted.

The House taking the said Report into Consideration, Concurred therewith.

Ordered that the above Report be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence the Report of the Committee appointed to examine the accounts of Capt. Christopher Dudley, Concurred with by this House.

Resolved, that Capt. Nathan Williams be allowed the sum of Twenty-seven pounds seven Shillings and Eight pence, for sundries furnished Colo. Caswell's Regiment, on the Expedition to Moore's Creek. That the Treasurers, or either of them, pay him the same and be allowed.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House allowing Nathan Williams a certain sum therein mentioned.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

You will with this Receive a Resolve of this House for discharging the light Dragoons, raised by this State, &c.

At the same time received the Resolve of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read was Concurred with.

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Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House for discharging the light Dragoons, raised by this State, Concurred with.

The Honbl. Speaker laid before the House a Letter from the Frontier, &c., and the same being read was referred to a Committee.

Resolved, that Mr. Hooper, Mr. Hawkins and Mr. Johnston, be a Committee, on the part of this House, for the purposes afore said.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have appointed Mr. Hooper, Mr. Hawkins and Mr. Johnston, to Act jointly with such of your House as you may appoint to examine and Report upon the Letter herewith sent you.

This House, above all private considerations, are disposed to part with opinions framed upon mature deliberation in order to harmonize with the Senate, when their Concurrence is necessary to effect the very necessary purpose of continuing an establishment of the Courts of Law in this State, and

Have Resolved that the Governor shall receive three Thousand pounds for the ensuing Year, the Council four pounds per Day during the time of their service, the Secretary one Thousand pounds, the Judges two Hundred and fifty pounds for every Court they shall attend, the Attorney General one Thousand pounds, the Treasurers two Thousand pounds, and ask your Concurrence.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House ascertaining the Salaries of the Governor, Secretary, Judges of the Superior Courts, Attorney General and Treasurers, also the Daily pay of the Members of the Council of State.

The Bill for raising Forces for the Defence of this State, and

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other purposes, was read the third time, amended, passed and sent to the Senate.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House for disarming the disaffected persons in this State.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send for your Concurrence a Resolve of this House appointing Col. David Smith, Commandant Colonel of Cumberland County, for a Certain time.

At the same time received the Resolves of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read were Concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House appointing Colo. David Smith, Commandant Colo. of Cumberland County, and the Resolve for disarming the disaffected persons in this State, Concurred with.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We have appointed Colo. Graham and Mr. Shepperd, to act with the Gentlemen by you appointed, to consider & Report upon sundry Letters, &c.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House in favour of Capt. Nathan Williams, Concurred with.

We also concur with the Beport of the Committee relative to Mr. Christopher Dudley.

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We also Conour with your Resolve in favour of John Armstrong.

You will likewise receive your Resolve in favour of Agerton, Concurred with.

The Resolve in favour of William Wilkinson, we likewise Concur with, and we likewise Concur with the Report of the Committee relative to Carlia Wollard and William Congleton.

At the same time Received the several Resolves of this House and the Reports of the Committees referred to in the above Message, Concurred with.

The Reports of the Committee of Accounts were Read & Concurred with.

Mr. Respass, one of the Members of the Senate, informed the House that one other Member of the Senate was appointed to assist in examining the Engrossed Bills.

Ordered that Mr. Hawkins be appointed of this House for the purpose aforesaid.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

This House have received your Message respecting the Salaries of the most important officers of this State.

We admit your House above all private Considerations, and only inform you that a Resolve of this House of the Tenth instant for granting allowances to all the officers you mention is now lying in your House for Concurrence.

The House resumed the Consideration of the Resolve of the Senate, ascertaining the Salaries of the Several State officers, &c., Concurred with.

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Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House have resumed the Consideration of the Resolve of your House ascertaining the pay of the several State Officers, which we herewith return you, Concurred with.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send, for your Concurrence, the Report of the Committee appointed to examine the Accounts of Thomas Craike, Esqr., Concurred with by this House.

At the same time received the Report referred to in the above Message, and the same, being read, was Concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Report of the Committee appointed to examine the Accounts of Thomas Craike, Esqr., Concurred with.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

Herewith you will receive a Resolve of this House for Conveying Powder, &c., to Salisbury, which we send for your Concurrence.

At the same time received the Resolve referred to in the above Message, which, being read, was concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House for conveying powder, &c., to Salisbury, Concurred with.

Resolved, that Thomas Craike, Esqr., Commissary of Stores, be allowed the sum of Five Thousand four Hundred & Forty-three pounds one Shilling and three pence, for Commissions on sundry purchases for the Publick, and the pay of Deputy Commissaries, &c. That the Treasurers or either of them pay him the same and be allowed.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate, for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

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Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send, for your Concurrence, a Resolve of this House allowing Thomas Craike, Esqr., Commissary of Stores, a certain sum therein mentioned.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

You will, with this, receive the Resolve of your House in favour of Thomas Craike, Esqr., Concurred with.

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

Resolved, that General William Skinner be allowed the sum of three Hundred pounds for his Extraordinary trouble and expence and attendance on the present Session of Assembly, and to defray the expence of House rent, &c.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate, for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send, for your Concurrence, a Resolve of this House allowing General William Skinner a certain sum therein mentioned.

Mr. Hooper, from the joint Committee appointed to take into Consideration divers Letters & papers containing information of an Insurrection in the County of Tryon, Reported as follows:

That it will be necessary to appoint a Brigadier General for the District of Salisbury pro tempore, (as Brigadier General Rutherford is on service to the Southward) to take command of the Militia of that District.

That one Thousand of the Salisbury Militia be immediately imbodied, that of this number three hundred shall be light Horse.

That seven hundred of the Militia be imbodied from the District of Hillsborough, of which one Hundred shall be light Horse.

That two Hundred light Horse be immediately raised from the District of Halifax.

That one-fourth of the Militia of Wilmington be imbodied, and one-fourth part of these to be light Horse.

That in case of not being able otherwise to obtain Horses, for the use of the light Horsemen, the officers, upon such deficiency,

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may apply to two Magistrates of the County, who are hereby impowered to issue a warrant of impress to such officer, who may execute it upon any person having Horse or Horses, which may be spared, without distressing him in making necessary subsistence for himself and Family.

Any Horse or Horses lent or impressed shall be valued by two Freeholders, one of which shall be nominated by the party and the other by the Magistrates, and such valuation shall be paid to the person or persons whose Horse or Horses are thus impressed or lent, provided such Horse or Horses shall be lost, die or be disabled in the service. And that the owner of such Horse or Horses shall be entitled to eight Shillings per Day for the use of them.

That the Field officers and Captain of the Militia be impowered to impress, where they cannot be borrowed or hired, and the valuation of Arms shall be in the same manner as that of Horses.

That the Governor be impowered to imbody a force additional to the above, or to lessen that number, as exigencies or change of Circumstances make it proper. That he dispatch ammunition to the Western & Southern parts of this State, and wherever else he may think necessary, for the General safety of this State, and that he do in all things exercise the executive powers of this Government to put a speedy and happy decision to this Insurrection.

That it be proposed to the Assembly to appoint officers to the Horse.

That Mr. Matthew Locke be appointed Brigadier General of the District of Salisbury pro tempore, that he immediately proceed on the Execution of the office of Brigadier General, as aforesaid, and that a Certificate of his appointment, signed by the Speakers of both Houses, shall be his Commission and a sufficient warrant for his exercising the rights and assuming the Rank incident to the office, provided that nothing herein contained shall be construed to hinder Brigadier General Butler, or any other Brigadier General, from taking the Command of the Forces raised on this occasion, in case the Governor should think proper to appoint him, or either of them, to the same.

The house taking the said Report into consideration, concurred therewith.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate, for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

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Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send, for your Concurrence, the Report of the Committee appointed to consider and Report upon the Letters from the Frontiers, &c., Concurred with by this House.

Resolved, That it be recommended to the Governor immediately to dispatch a sum of Money to Brigadier General Locke, for the purposes of beginning the March of the Militia of Salisbury District and making the necessary preparations for the defence of the Frontiers of this State.

That he send such Money, under a good and sufficient Guard, thro' the Country, and that the Governor be impowered to Draw upon the Treasury for such further sums as shall be necessary to carry the plan of opposition to the Enemy into Execution.

That he issue a Commission of Brigadier General to Alexander Lillington, Esquire, for the District of Wilmington, and take the most effectual measures to prevent any impression being made in that quarter by the Enemies Ships, or by them with the concurring aid of the disaffected inhabitants of this State.

Resolved, that the Brigadier Generals of the Districts of Salisbury, Hillsborough, Halifax and Wilmington, appoint a Commissary, to supply the Troops now ordered into service, each for their respective districts, and that such Commissary apply to the Governor for his orders, as well as Money to make the necessary purchases.

Resolved, that the Governor be desired to issue to the Brigadier Generals of Hillsborough, Halifax and Wilmington, such sums of Money, and such orders, as may be necessary to expedite and make effectual the intended opposition to the Enemy.

Ordered that the above Resolves be sent to the Senate, for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send, for your Concurrence, a Resolve of this House recommending to His Excellency the Governor to dispatch a sum of Money to Brigadier General Locke, for the purposes of beginning the March of the Militia, &c.

Resolved, that the Speakers of the Assembly write to the Governor of this State and transmit him the information this day obtained from Tryon County, and from other parts of the State,

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relative to an Insurrection begun, and that they do also write to the Governor of Virginia, stating particularly the exigencies of this and the Southern States, and urging the progress of the Virginia Troops.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate, for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send, for your Concurrence, a Resolve of this House requesting the Speakers of both Houses to send Expresses to Governor Caswell and the Governor of Virginia, for purposes therein mentioned.

Resolved, that it be recommended to His Excellency the Governor to send the British prisoners, now in Johnston County, to some place of safety, and where nothing is to be apprehended from their insidious attempts to disaffect the subjects of this State or to remove their Slaves.

Ordered that the above Resolve, together with the following Message, be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send, for your Concurrence, a Resolve of this House recommending to his Excellency the Governor to move certain prisoners now in Johnston County.

Resolved, that the Commissary of Stores be directed to furnish two Hundred weight of Powder, and Lead in proportion, to Colo. John Whitaker, for the use of the light Horse to be raised in the District of Halifax.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate, for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send, for your Concurrence, a Resolve of this House directing the Commissary of Stores to deliver Colonel John Whitaker a quantity of ammunition.

Resolved, that it be recommended to the justices of the Peace of the respective Counties to seize and secure, and even to place at a distance from their places of residence, all disaffected persons who, not satisfied with entertaining sentiments inimical to the Country,

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may be justly suspected of a disposition to carry those sentiments into execution, and that they may be impowered also to order the Sheriff, with a posse Comitatus, to disarm all persons from whom any injury to the publick safety is to be apprehended. That this shall not be executed but by a Warrant, signed by three Magistrates at least, upon due proof made, and the Colonels of the respective Regiments are directed to furnish every possible assistance to carry this into execution.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate, for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send, for your Concurrence, a Resolve of this House impowering the Justices within the several Counties in this State to seize and secure disaffected persons, &c.

Resolved, that John Whitaker be appointed Colonel, and Robert Peebles, Major, of the two Hundred Light Horse directed to be raised in the District of Halifax, and that the Brigadier General of the District be directed to apportion the number two Hundred to the several Counties, and issue immediate orders for enlisting volunteers or making Drafts agreeable to the Militia Law, to the necessary amount from each County, and that he also ascertain how many Captains or other Inferior officers each County shall furnish for the Command of the said Light Horse, allowing one Captain, one Lieutenant and one Cornet to every thirty privates, and the Field officers in the respective Counties shall thereupon appoint the officers accordingly.

Resolved, that Absolom Tatum be appointed Major of one Hundred Light Horse, to be raised in the District of Hillsborough, and the following Persons Subalterns, to-wit:

Thomas Satterwhite, Captain.
Solomon Walker, Lieutenant, Granville.
John Taylor, Cornet.
Mark Patterson, Captain.
Nathan King, Lieutenant, Orange.
Joseph Barberry, Cornet.
Jeremiah Williamson, Captain.
David Michell, Lieutenant, Caswell.
John Rhodes, Cornet.
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Resolved, that Benjamin Cleveland be appointed Colonel, William Shepperd Lieutenant Colonel, and Joseph Hardin Major, of the three Hundred Light Horse, to be raised in the District of Salisbury, and the following Persons Subalterns, to-wit:

John Cruth, Captain, Anson.
David Wilson, Captain, Mecklenburg.
Thomas Harris, Captain.
Moses Grist, Captain, Wilkes.
John Horn, Captain, Surry.
William Hardin, Captain.
John Cruth, Captain, Tryon.
Francis Cunningham, Burke.

Resolved, that the Brigadier General in the District of Wilmington take such steps for the appointment of the officers necessary for the Command of the light Horse, to be raised therein, as to him shall appear proper and necessary.

Resolved, that Certificates of the appointment of the Colonels, Lieutenant Colonels and Majors of the light Horse, now voted for the service of this State, be signed by the Speakers of both Houses, which Certificates shall operate as Commissions, and shall invest the said officers with all the Rank and power, which they could or might have, under Commissions from His Excellency the Governor, and that the Brigadier Generals, in their respective Districts, grant Certificates of the appointment of the Inferior officers, which Certificates shall have the same operation as those signed by the two Speakers, in manner aforesaid.

Resolved, that the Brigadier General for the District of Hillsborough, Salisbury and Wilmington, apportion the light Horse, directed to be raised in the several Counties in those Districts, in the same manner as before Directed for the District of Halifax.

Resolved, that a Colonel of the light Horse shall be entitled to seven Dollars per Day; a Lieutenant Colonel and Major, Six Dollars per Day, and Forage and Shoes for their Horses, together with the same Rations which are allowed by Law to Militia officers of the same Denominations.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate, for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

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Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send, for your Concurrence, a Resolve of this House, appointing officers to Command the Light Horse to be raised, &c.

Resolved, that Nicholas Long, Esquire, be directed to send to Virginia, immediately, for all the Fire Arms in that Commonwealth, which belong to this State, and that he have the same repaired as expeditiously as possible when they arrive, for the use of the Militia.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate, for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send, for your Concurrence, a Resolve of this House directing Colonel Nicholas Long to send to Virginia for Fire Arms, &c., belonging to this State.

Resolved, unanimously, that the following Message be sent to the Senate, in answer to their Message of yesterday, with respect to the appointment of an Auditor:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

This House observe, with extreme concern, that you have drawn private resentment into your Public Councils, and have deviated so far from the Dignity of Senators as to reject a measure of General Utility from ill grounded prejudices to an Individual.

Indecency of expression in private life is culpable, in public it becomes highly Criminal.

In the first, it wounds the feelings of Individuals and sullies the most benevolent intentions; but in the latter, in addition to these, it calls forth a warmth into the public deliberations which prevents that reciprocal condescension which produces mutual information and leads to measures of wisdom and General utility.

It had been happy for the Senate, if, in their enthusiastic spirit of reprehension, their zeal had not transplanted them beyond the bounds which Legislative bodies have heretofore prescribed as rules of practical procedure.

But it is with reformers in politics, as it is with those in religion, they despise knowledge that results from the experience of others and value themselves upon the powers of Invention.

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A Body of the Legislature protesting in form against the proceedings of the other branch, is a doctrine hitherto unheard of, it must mark the genius of the present age, and the Senate of North Carolina will have the honor of the sagacious discovery. For a Member of the Assembly to protest against the proceedings of the House in which he sits is founded in the Strictest propriety and vindicated by our Constitution. It gives him an opportunity to exempt himself from the imputation of Measures which he disapproves and serves to discriminate him from the Majority with whom he must have been confounded by persons abroad, unless he availed himself of this mode to give them information of his real sentiments. But for a Senate to protest against the proceedings of the Commons, of which they were not a part, to avoid censure for a Conduct which it was impossible they should take a share in, to arraign an Independent branch of the Legislature because they dared to differ in opinion with them, has the Badge of novelty at least.

The appointment of Mr. Hunt was, in consequence of an experiment made of his capacity to perform the trust reposed in him, a preference that was in a measure justified by the opinion of Gentlemen whose competency the Commons would not have hesitated to pronounce decided, if the Senate had not indirectly called it in question.

How far the appointment of three is an improvement of the plan of the board of Auditors, let the public, to whom you have referred us, decide.

If that precise number has particular virtues the secret is with the Senate, reason in this case is against it; of the three the Senate nominated, one at least must have attended at a distance from his own home and be exposed to an expence for his subsistence that his allowance would not have supported. This is one of those trusts which does not require numbers to execute it; consistency of design and execution is certain where an Individual only is concerned in the arrangement of accounts, but where many are employed it leads to perplexity from the different practical modes which each is desirous to procure.

While you charge the Commons with fitting offices to men, and sacrificing the justice due their Country to a partiality to individuals, one cannot but admire the more enlarged benevolence of the

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Senate, which is not restrained to an individual but comprehends a larger scope of merit by making the public purse more extensively beneficial.

This House, with pleasure, bears testimony to the merit of the characters you have nominated, for it would give pungent distress to the Commons could they be suspected of depreciating private worth to defeat a public intention.

In this the Senate must pardon a small deviation from their Example. How far the Senate may think themselves vindicated in dispensing with an express article of the Constitution by appointing a Gentleman to a lucrative office who was in possession of one under the same denomination before, they can best explain, they may perhaps be able to reconcile it to themselves, but will hardly prevail upon the individual to contrast his own political feelings and to risque the loss of an established permanent office for one whose duration may much depend upon the opinion of those who originated his appointment.

The Commons regret that they have been drawn into this recrimination. To have been silent might have been construed as an acquiescence under your charge from a conviction of its truth. It might have induced the Senate to persist in this mode of protest from a belief of its regularity, and drawn into question their legislatorial abilities with men abroad who might not have charity enough to give them so large a credit upon the score of inadvertence and precipitation as their friend the Commons are disposed to give. Silence might have drawn them on to the further assumption of censorial powers which might have struck at the Independence of each respective body of legislation and infringed the pure principles of the Constitution.

To say more is unnecessary, to have said less might have betrayed an unpolitical inattention to a Message fraught with exalted patriotick zeal, and deprived the shining example of watchfulness for the public good of its proper panegyrick.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

Herewith you will receive the Report of the Committee appointed to consider and Report upon the Letters from the Frontiers, &c., Concurred with.

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At the same time received the Report from the Committee, referred to in the above Message, Concurred with.

Received from the Senate the following Messages:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House recommending to the Governor to send a sum of Money to Brigadier General Locke, for the purposes therein mentioned, Concurred with.

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House, appointing officers to the Command of the Light Horse to be raised, &c., Concurred with by this House.

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House, impowering the justices in the several Counties in this State to secure disaffected persons, Concurred with.

We likewise Concur with your Resolve in favour of General Skinner.

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

Your Resolve, requesting the Speakers of both Houses to send Expresses to Governor Caswell, &c., you'l herewith receive, Concurred with.

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House, for removing certain prisoners, Concurred with.

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

You will, with this, receive the Resolve of your House, directing the Commissary of Stores to deliver Ammunition, &c., to Colo. Whitaker, Concurred with.

At the same time received the several Resolves of this House, referred to in the above Message, Concurred with.

The House Adjourned til To-morrow Morning 7 O'Clock.

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Saturday, the 13th February, 1779.

The House met according to Adjournment.

Resolved, that the printer be and he is hereby directed to print immediately Copies of the Militia and aid Acts and Resolves relative to raising Forces to quell the present Insurrection, and that he transmit a copy of each to the Brigadier Generals in their respective Districts, for which he shall be allowed extraordinary.

Ordered that the above Resolve be sent to the Senate for their Concurrence, together with the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith send, for your Concurrence, a Resolve of this House directing the Printer to print certain Acts of the Assembly and transmit to the respective Districts immediately.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith send, for your Concurrence, a Resolve of this House appointing persons to examine & receive the Acts of Assembly.

At the same time received the Resolves of the Senate referred to in the above Message, and the same being read, was Concurred with.

Ordered that the following Message be sent to the Senate:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the Senate:

We herewith return the Resolve of your House appointing Gentlemen to receive and prepare for the press the Acts of the Assembly, Concurred with.

Received from the Senate the following Message:

Mr. Speaker & Gentlemen of the House of Commons:

We herewith return you the Resolve of your House directing the printer to strike off certain Acts, &c., with which we Concur.

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

The business of the Session being ended,

Resolved, that the Speaker sign the several Acts as the acts of the Assembly, and the Journals as the Acts of this House.

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Resolved, that the thanks of this House be given to the Honbl. Thomas Benbury, Esquire, for his able, faithful and public spirited services as Speaker.

By order of
John Hunt, C. H. C.
Thomas Benbury, S. C.

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A List of papers laid before the General Assembly at their Sessions in January, 1779.

Resolves of Congress.

1. Respecting the Exportation of Grain from this to the Eastern States.

2. For sending 400,000 Dollars into this State for raising and Equipping Cont. Battalions.

3. Providing for maimed seamen and Soldiers.

4. Raising an Aid of 3,000 Men for Southern States.

5. Requiring Troops to be sent on with the Additional Aid of 2,000 Men.

6. For establishing Comptrollers, Auditors and Treas. officers.

7. Respecting the purchasing of Cannon.

8. Concerning the procuring provisions.

9. Respecting Shipping Provisions.

10. Loan Office Certificates & Money.

11. Recommending the Promotion of Religion and Piety.

12. Relating to Flaggs of Truce with Manifestoes.

13. To Quarter Master & Com'ys department.

14. Reduction of Florida.

15. Arrangement of the Army.

16. Procuring Forage.

Letters From:

1. Mr. Harnett concerning the Public Acc'ts.

2. Mr. Penn accompaning the 400,000 dollars.

3. Mr. Harnett relating to the Public Acc'ts.

4. The Delegates relating to the 500,000 dollars.

5. President of Congress inclosing the requisition of Aid.

6. Mr. Harnett respecting Money.

7. President of Congress inclosing 2nd Aid.

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8. Committee of Congress respecting public officers.

9. President of Congress in favor of Gen. Lincoln.

10. Governor Henry requiring Galley Caswell.

11. Gen. Lincoln concerning the Enemy.

12. Governor Lowndes concerning the Enemy.

13. Gen. Lincoln inclosing Desposation & Extracts from Lord Sterling's Letter.

14. Governer Lowndes concerning the Enemy.

15. Robert Palmer concerning Confiscation Act.

16. James Iredell's resignation.

State of North Carolina's Acct's. with Cont. Treasury.

Memorial of John London.

Memorial of Robert Ellis.

2 Copies Articles of Alliance & Union with France.

1 Manifestoe Proclamation from the British Commissioners sent by Flagg.

1 Packet of Manifestoes & proclamations.

COUNCIL PAPERS.

1. Colonel Charriol's Acc'ts, and Vouchers.

2. John C. Bryan's Acct's.

3. Capt. Cottineau's Actt's.

4. George Harrison's Letters.

5. Joseph Johnston's Petition.

6. Samuel Crabtree's Case.

7. Farq'd. Campbell's Deposition.

8. Matthew Sharpe's Affidavits.

9. Burgwin, Hogg and Marshall's Petition.

10. James McKay's Petition.

11. Inhabitants of Roanoke Island & Hatteras, Petition.

12. Papers from George Cavey, Master of the Flag.

13. John Harper's Petition.

14. General Ashe's Letter 24 Dec., 1779.

15. Colonel William Thomson's Acc't.

16. Letters from the Governor of Virginia requiring an Aid to reduce the Chickamaga Settlements.

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17. Copy Act of Assembly Virg. for appointing Com. to establish the Western Boundary between No. Car. & Vir.

18. Petition of Thomas Saint.

19. Petition of Hardy Jones concerning John Zach's Grant for Land in Rowan County.

20. Resignation of Major James Smith of Rowan.