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Committee to consider of the fortifying of Ports on the American Coast for the protection of Cruisers, and the reception of their Prizes


Resolved, That a Committee of five be appointed to consider of the fortifying one or more Ports on the American coast, in the strongest manner, for the protection of our Cruisers, and the reception of their Prizes; that they take the opinion of the best Engineers on the manner and expense, and report thereon to Congress.

The Members chosen, Mr˙ Harrison, Mr˙ J˙ Adams, Mr˙ Hewes, Mr˙ R˙ Morris, and Mr˙ Whipple.

Resolved, That the Commissioners appointed to go to Canada, or any two of them, be empowered, if they think it necessary for the service of the United Colonies, to raise a number of Independent Companies, not exceeding six, and to appoint the Officers; that they also be empowered to, fill up all vacancies that may happen in the Army of the United Colonies in Canada, while they are there.

Resolved, That 1066 2/3 Dollars, in Continental money, over and above the 1600 Dollars to be paid them in specie, be advanced to the Commissioners going to Canada, to defray, their expenses, they to render an account.

Resolved, That 400 Dollars, in specie, be paid to Mr˙ Walker, in full for so much by him lent to General Wooster


for the use of the Army in Canada; and that General Wooster' s note be taken up and cancelled.

Resolved, That this Congress will, on Monday next, resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole, to take into consideration the trade of the United Colonies; and that sundry motions offered by the Members from Massachusetts-Bay, Maryland, and Virginia, be referred to said Committee.

Adjourned to ten o' clock, on Monday.