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Resolution by the Continental Congress concerning provisions for Bermuda
United States. Continental Congress
May 18, 1779
Volume 14, Pages 305-306

RESOLVE OF CONGRESS RESPECTING THE BERMUDIANS, 18 MAY, 1779.

In Congress, 18 May, 1779.

The Committee to whom was referred sundry letters from Leonard Alboy and others report:

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That, being convinced, from a variety of Concurrent testimony & Circumstances, the distresses of the Bermudians are not exaggerated, and that any provisions which may arrive at their Island will be faithfully and entirely applied to their use; having also collected a number of important Vouchers in proof of their warm attachment to these States; & being, moreover, assured by the Minister of France that his Court will cordially acquiesce in any measures which the policy of Congress may adopt in behalf of those suffering Islanders, they are of opinion that, notwithstanding the resolution of inexpediency of the 7th Instant, some mode of immediate relief to that distressed people ought to be adopted, and therefore do earnestly recommend the following Resolutions:

Resolved, That it be recommended to the executive powers of the States of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia & North Carolina respectively to permit one thousand bushels of Indian Corn to be exported from each of the said States for the relief of the distressed inhabitants of those Islands, & that it be required of the Captains of any Vessels on board which the said Corn shall be laden to return to the executive powers aforesaid certificates of the delivery and faithful appropriation of the said provision, under the signature of at least two of the principal Inhabitants of the said Island.

On the question to agree to the report Resolved in the Affirmative.

Extract from the Minutes.

CHAS. THOMSON, Sec'ry.