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April 2


The Committee appointed to prepare the form of a Commission and Instructions to Commanders of private Ships-of-War, brought in the same; which were read.

The Commission, being agreed to, is as follows:


"The Delegates of the United Colonies of NEW-HAMPSHIRE, &c˙, to all to whom these presents shall come, greeting:

"Know ye, That we have granted, and by these presents do grant, license, and authority, to ˙˙˙˙˙ mariner, commander of the ˙˙˙˙˙ called ˙˙˙˙˙˙ of the burden of ˙˙˙˙ tons, or thereabouts, belonging to ˙˙˙, of˙˙˙, in the Colony of ˙˙˙˙, mounting ˙˙˙˙ carriage-guns, and navigated by ˙˙˙˙˙ men, to fit out and set forth the said ˙˙˙˙ in a warlike manner, and by and with the said ˙˙˙˙˙ and the crew thereof, by force of arms, to attack, seize, and take the ships and other vessels belonging to the inhabitants of Great Britain, or any of them, with their tackle, apparel, furniture, and lading, on the high seas, or between high and low water marks, and to bring the same to some convenient ports in the said Colonies, in order that the Courts which are or shall be there appointed to hear and determine causes, civil and maritime, may proceed, in due form, to condemn the said captures, if they be adjudged lawful prize; the said ˙˙˙˙ having given bond, with sufficient sureties, that nothing be done by the said ˙˙˙˙, or any of the officers, mariners, or company thereof, contrary to, or inconsistent with the usages and customs of nations, and the instructions, a copy of which is herewith delivered to him. And we will and require all our officers whatsoever to give succor and assistance to the said ˙˙˙˙ in the premises. This commission shall continue in force until the Congress shall issue orders to the contrary.

"By order of Congress:

"Attest: ˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙ President."

The Congress then took into consideration the draft of Instructions; and, after some time spent thereon,

Resolved, That it be recommitted, and that it be an instruction to the Committee to fill up the blanks in said draft as they shall think best.