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Connecticut Committeee of Safety



Wednesday, November 22, 1775.

At a meeting of the Governour and Council of Safety, at Lebanon, present:

His Honour the Governour, Jabez Huntington, William Williams, Nathaniel Wales, Jedediah Elderkin, Joshua West, Benjamin Huntington, Esquires.

His Honour laid before us many Letters and Answers from the Congress, General Washington, General Schuyler, &c.

Dr˙ Church having arrived in this Town yesterday, sent by General Washington, under guard of Captain Putnam, a Sergeant, and seven men, pursuant to a Resolve of the General Congress of the following tenor, (enclosed by said General,) viz:

"Philadelphia, November 6, 1775.

"Resolved, That Dr˙ Church be closely confined in some secure Jail in the Colony of Connecticut, without the use of pen, ink, and paper, and that no person be allowed to converse with him, except in the presence and hearing of a Magistrate of the Town, or the Sheriff of the County where he shall be confined, and in the English language, until further orders from this or a future Congress.

"By order of Congress:

"JOHN HANCOCK, President.

"Attest: CHARLES THOMSON, Secretary."

And underwritten:

"Sir: In consequence of the above resolve, I now transmit to your care Dr˙ Church, under the guard of Captain Israel Putnam, a Sergeant, and seven men. You will please to comply in every particular with the above Resolution of Congress.

"I am, with great respect, Sir, your most humble and obedient servant, GEORGE WASHINGTON."

The foregoing being laid before this Board, for advice, &c˙, on consideration,

Voted and Resolved, That said Dr˙ Church be committed


to and confined, and kept in the same manner as ordered by said Congress, in the Jail in Norwich, in the County of New-London, until further orders from said Congress and this Board. (And order is given accordingly.)