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Thursday, January 4, 1776.

The Committee on the Petition of the Selectmen of the Town of Bridgewater, reported. Read, and not accepted, and ordered to be recommitted.

A Petition and Memorial of the Town of Salem, selling forth their distressed circumstances, and praying that they may be exonerated the whole of the Colony tax laid on them for the current year. Read, and the petitioners had leave to withdraw their Petition.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Story get the Resolve for procuring Blankets printed as soon as it has passed the honouable Board.



Colonel Joseph Foster, having been appointed to the command of the Forces to be stationed at the Town of Gloucester, moved the House that a precept may issue to that Town for the choice of some person to represent it in his stead:

Whereupon, Ordered, That Mr˙ Davis, Mr˙ Gardner, and Major Blood, be a Committee to consider the said motion, and report.

Ordered, That the Secretary be directed to lay upon the table the Resolve of Court appointing a Committee to sign the Bills of Credit.

The Secretary laid the same on the table, accordingly.