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Committee to consider what is proper to be done with persons giving intelligence to the enemy, or supplying them with provisions, Committee to consider of ways and means of establishing Expresses between the several Continental Posts, Joseph Reed elected Adjutant-General, and Stephen Moylan Quartermaster-General, A majority of the voices of the Colonies present, necessary for the appointment of any person to a place of profit, John Whitcomb and Hugh Mercer elected Brigadier-Generals

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Resolved, That this Congress will, tomorrow, again resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole, to take into their further consideration the Reports of the Committee of Conference.

The several matters to this day referred, being postponed,

Adjourned to ten o' clock, tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 5, 1775.

A Letter of the 2d, from Major-General Putnam, with sundry Letters and Papers enclosed, was laid before Congress, and read.

Resolved, That the same be referred to the Committee on Prisoners.

A Letter from the Committee of Greenwich, in Cumberland County, in New Jersey, dated the 3d, was laid before Congress, and read, informing that the Sloop Betsey & Ann, Benjamin Tucker, Master, from Bermuda, was arrived there, with seventeen hundred bushels of Salt, and two puncheons of Rum, which he is desirous of exchanging for Provisions, which the inhabitants of the Islands of Bermudas are in extreme want of. Whereupon,

Resolved, That the said Master be allowed to exchange his cargo for Provisions, and to export the same, under the inspection and direction of the Committee of Greenwich, who are desired to take an oath, or such other security as they think proper, of the said Master, that he will carry the same to the Islands of Bermudas, and will use his utmost endeavours to avoid all English men-of-war and cutters.

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The Congress took into consideration the Report from the Committee of the Whole. Whereupon,

Resolved, That a Committee of five be appointed to consider what is proper to be done with persons giving intelligence to the enemy, or supplying them with Provisions.

The Members chosen: Mr˙ J˙ Adams, Mr˙ Jefferson, Mr˙ Rutledge, Mr˙ Wilson, and Mr˙ R˙ Livingston.

Resolved, That the Deputy Commissaries-General, Deputy Quartermasters-General, Deputy Adjutants-General, and Deputy Mustermasters-General, make regular Returns and Reports to Congress and to the respective Officers to whom they are Deputies, at least once a month, and that the principals also make Returns to Congress at the same periods.

That the Paymaster-General, and the Deputy Paymasters-General, make Monthly Returns to Congress of their expenditures, and the state of the military chests in their several Departments.

That the Flying-Camp be under the command of such Continental General Officers as the Commander-in-Chief shall direct.

That Expresses be established between the several Continental Posts.

That the Militia, when in service, be regularly paid and victualled in the same manner as the Continental Troops.

That the Aids-de-Camp of the Commander-in-Chief rank as Lieutenant-Colonels.

That the Aids-de-Camp of Major-Generals rank as Majors.

That Robert Hanson Harrison, Esquire, have the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Continental Army.

That the Assistant Quartermasters be allowed Captains' pay.

That the pay of the Regimental Surgeons be augmented to thirty-three Dollars and one-third of a Dollar a month.

Resolved, That a Committee, to consist of one Member from each Colony, be appointed to consider of ways and means of establishing Expresses between the several Continental Posts.

The Members are: Mr˙ Bartlett, Mr˙ Samuel Adams, Mr˙ Ellery, Mr˙ Wolcott, Mr˙ Lewis, Mr˙ W˙ Livingston, Mr˙ Franklin, Mr˙ Rodney, Mr˙ Rogers, Mr˙ Braxton, Mr˙ Hewes, Mr˙ Lynch, Jun˙, and Mr˙ Gwinnett.

Congress then proceeded to the election of an Adjutant-General and Quartermaster-General, to fill up the vacancies in those offices; when,the ballots being taken and examined,

Joseph Reed, Esq˙, was elected Adjutant-General, and Stephen Moylan, Esq˙, was elected Quartermaster-General.

Resolved, That Joseph Reed, Esq˙, have the pay of 125 Dollars a month, and the rank of a Colonel.

That Stephen Moylan, Esq˙, have the pay of 80 Dollars a month, and the rank of Colonel.

Resolved, That the election of Major-Generals be postponed.

Resolved, That no person shall be appointed to any place of profit, unless the person to be appointed shall have a majority of the voices of the Colonies represented at the time of the election.

Congress then proceeded to the election of two Brigadier-Generals; when, the ballots being taken, the following gentlemen were duly elected: John Whitcombe, Esq˙, and Hugh Mercer, Esq.

Resolved, That this Congress will, tomorrow, again resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole, to lake into their further consideration the Report of the Committee of Conference.

The Order of the Day, and the several matters to this day referred, being postponed,

Adjourned to ten o' clock, tomorrow.

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