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Order Respecting Charles Roberts


The Committee of the Township of Maidenhead, in the County of Hunterdon, made return of persons who signed the Association, as well as those who refused, which was read, and ordered to be filed.

The Committee appointed to draft an Ordinance for erecting a Court of Admiralty in ibis Province, reported, that they had consulted William Livingston, Esq˙, one of our Delegates in Continental Congress on the subject, and proposed to him, whether it would not be of manifest advantage to the Colonies, if that Congress should, by one General Ordinance, institute the powers and mode of erecting a Court of Admiralty to be adopted by all the Colonies: That Mr˙ Livingston agreed thereto, and said, he would take the first opportunity of proposing this matter in Congress; and added, that as they had already given directions for the disposition of the transport lately carried into Elizabethtown, no injury could ensue to the publick from the New Jersey Congress deferring the erecting a Court of Admiralty in this Province, until they are informed whether the Continental Congress will direct a General Ordinance for the purpose: And the Committee submit it to the consideration of the Congress, whether it will not, for the above reasons, be expedient that the said Committee should for the present defer further proceedings in the business to which they were appointed.

The Congress taking the said Report into consideration,

Ordered, That further proceedings of the said Committee be deferred accordingly.

Charles Roberts, by an order of the County Committee of Somerset, directed to Major Frederick Frelinghuysen, was brought before this Congress. The charge exhibited against said Roberts, was read, who having made his defence, and being fully heard, was ordered to withdraw. The Congress having duly considered said charge, do

Resolve, That said Charles Roberts pay the costs of the present prosecution, to be taxed by the County Committee of Somerset, and give obligation, with surety, to the Chairman of said Committee, in the sum of one hundred and fifty Pounds, for his good behaviour in future; that he yield up to said Chairman all his arms, and weapons of defence, to remain in custody of said Chairman until the said Committee shall deem it proper to redeliver them; and, on non-compliance herewith, that the said Roberts be committed to the keeper of the common Jail of said County, who is hereby ordered to keep him in close confinement during such non-compliance.

Ordered, That the said Charles Roberts be reconducted


to the Chairman of the County Committee of Somerset, by Major Frederick Frelinghuysen, to be dealt with as is above directed.

A Letter from the County Committee of Somerset, setting forth, that they think it expedient some measure should be taken to fortify Perth Amboy, was read, and ordered a second reading.

Adjourned to three o' clock, in the afternoon.

Met according to adjournment.

A Petition from sundry Inhabitants of Somerset, praying that none but Freeholders may be qualified to elect Deputies to represent them in Congress, was read, and ordered a second reading.

A Memorial from the County Committee of Monmouth, praying that some mode maybe prescribed for keeping Minute Companies on Foot was read, and ordered a second reading.

Adjourned till nine o' clock, tomorrow morning.