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Complaint Against the Committee of Safety


Friday, March 8, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

A Petition of Leonard Whiting, Benjamin Whiting, Samuel Cummings, and Thomas Cummings, relative to their being summoned before the Committee of Safety of Hollis, Dunstable, Merrimack, and Litchfield, being read,

Voted and Ordered, That the Petitioners be heard thereon, on the 20th day of March instant, if this House be then sitting; and if not, then on the second day of their sitting afterwards; and that they cause Robert Fletcher, the Chairman of the Committee of Safety, or Correspondence, of Dunstable, Hollis, Litchfield, and Merrimack, to be served with a copy of the Petition and Order thereon, that the said Committee may appear and show cause, if any they have, why the prayer thereof should not be granted; and the said Committee are hereby ordered to cease all further proceedings against the Petitioners until that time.


A Petition of Enoch Bean against Benjamin Dow and others, being read and considered,

Voted and Ordered, That Benjamin Dow and Noah Dow both of Gilmanton, and John Glidden and David Glidden both of the Gore, so called, be cited to appear before this House, on Friday, the 22d day of March instant, to answer for their contempt of the order of the Congress appointing a Committee of Safety of Gilmanton, to hear and try a trespass, or trespasses, complained, of by said Bean, to be committed by said Dows and Gliddons upon lands in said Bean' s possession.

Voted, That Jonathan Lovewell, Esq˙, Joseph Badger, Esq˙, Dr˙ Dearborn, Captain Nathaniel Sartel Prentice, and Mr˙ Elijah Grout, be a Committee of this House, to join a Committee of the honourable Board, to revise and correct the Table of Fees for the several Officers of this Colony, and to make report to this House as soon as may be.

Voted, That Moses Nichols, Esq˙, Colonel Walker, and Mr˙ Baldwin, be a Committee of this House, to join a Committee of the honourable Board, to confer together, and make a form of a Proclamation of the Publick Officers appointed for this Colony, and of the opening of the several Courts of Justice, and also for a Publick Fast throughout this Colony, and to make report thereon to this House as soon as may be.

Adjourned to half-past eight o' clock, to-morrow morning.