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State of the Colony


Monday, October 23, 1775.

The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.

The draught of an Ordinance for compelling the payment of the Ten Thousand Pound Tax, from such persons as


have refused to pay their quotas, was read a second time, paragraph by paragraph; and, after deliberating thereon,

Ordered, That the same be engrossed.

Mr˙ Fisher, from the Committee appointed to examine what matters were referred over to this Congress by the late Provincial Congress or Committee of Safety, reported, that an application to the late Congress to encourage the making of Saltpetre in this Colony, and some Petitions from the County of Somerset, respecting Colonel McDonald' s appointment to the command of the Battalion of Minute-Men in that County, were all the matters referred to this Congress.

The Congress adjourned till three o' clock, P˙M.

The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.

Pursuant to the Order of the Day, the Congress resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole House, upon the estimate of the expense necessary to put this Colony into a state of defence at this time; and also upon the ways and means to provide a Fund to defray the expenses of the same; and, after some time spent therein, Mr˙ President resumed the chair, and Mr˙ Fisher, Chairman of the Committee, reported, that the Committee had made some further progress in the matters referred to them, and desired leave to sit again; to which the Congress agreed.

The Congress adjourned till nine o' clock, to-morrow morning.