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Regular forces of the Colony to be increased to eight Battalions


Mr˙ Cary, according to order, reported, that the Commitee of the whole Convention had come to the following Resolutions; which he read in his place, and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk' s table, where the same were again twice read, and agreed to by the Convention:

Resolved, That the regular Forces now in the pay of this Colony be recruited to ten Companies of sixty-eight men each, rank and file; and that six other Battalions, each to consist of the like number of men, with their proper Officers, exclusive of the forces already voted for the defence of the Counties of Northampton and Accomack, be raised and embodied for the defence and protection of this Colony, and that these levies be recruited throughout the Colony.

Resolved, That each of the said Battalions be commanded by a Colonel, a Lieutenant Colonel, Major, ten Captains, twenty Lieutenants, ten Ensigns, and thirty Sergeants.

Resolved, That one of the said Battalions be composed of Germans, with German Officers.

That the plan formerly established for the defence of this Colony, by Minute-men and Militia, ought to be continued, with some alterations.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Cary, Mr˙ A˙ Lewis, Mr˙ Meredith, Mr˙ Wills, Mr˙ Jones, Mr˙ Banister, Mr˙ Smith, Mr˙ Rootes, Mr˙ Thomas Walker, Mr˙ Fitzhugh, Mr˙ Harvie, Mr˙ Kenner, Mr˙ Dandridge, Mr˙ Fleming, Mr˙ Holt, and Mr˙ Travis, be a Committee to prepare and bring in an Ordinance pursuant to the foregoing Resolutions.

Resolved, That the said Committee, or any seven of them, be a sufficient number to proceed to business.

Mr˙ Cary, from the Committee to whom it was referred to examine Charles Robinson, who had been apprehended as a suspected person, reported, that the Committee had accordingly examined him, and had found no Papers of a publick nature in his possession; but, as he is at present in the employment of a person in arms against this Colony, they are of opinion he ought not to be suffered to return to Norfolk, but be admitted to go at large on his parole.

Resolved, That the Convention doth agree with the Committee in the said Report.

The Order of the Day, for the Convention to resolve itself into a Committee on the state of the Colony, being read,

Resolved, That this Convention will to-morrow resolve itself into the said Committee.

Adjourned till to-morrow, half after ten o' clock.