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Answer of the Governour


Wednesday, June 21, 1775.

The House met pursuant to their adjournment.

The Members appointed to wait on the Governour with the Message of last night, reported they had delivered the same according to order; and that his Honour was pleased to say, he had no business at present to lay before the House.

A Petition from a number of inhabitants near Head' s Creek, in the Townships of Chestnut-Hill and Domencing, in Northampton County, was presented to the House, and read, complaining of great inconveniences suffered by the petitioners, from a saw-mill dam erected on the said creek, obstructing the navigation thereof, and praying relief.

Ordered to lie on the table.

Mr˙ Speaker laid before the House a Letter from Benjamin Franklin, Esquire, Agent for this Province in London, dated the, 15th of February last, enclosing a list, of six Acts of the General Assembly of this Province, presented to His Majesty in Council the 14th, of the same month, respectively intituled, and passed, as follows, viz:

No˙1. "An Act for the relief of Samuel Sweet, a languishing prisoner in the Gaol of Philadelphia; and Thomas Bamford, a languishing prisoner in the Gaol of Lancaster County, with respect to the imprisonment of their persons;" passed the 28th of September, 1773.

No˙ 2. "An Act for the support, of the Government of this Province, and payment of the Publick Debts;" passed the same day.

No˙ 3. "An Act to prevent counterfeiting the Paper Moneys Mother Colonies;" passed the same day.

No˙ 4. "An Act to continue an Act intituled ‘An Act to amend the Act intituled An Act to prevent the exportation; of Bread and Flour not merchantable;’" passed the 23d of July; 1774.

No˙ 5. "An Act for lending the sum of Eight Hundred


Pounds to the several and respective Counties of Bedford, Northumberland, and Westmoreland, for building a Court-House and Prison in each of the said Counties;" passed the same day.

No˙ 6. "An Act for the support of the Government of this Province, and payment of the Publick Debts;" passed the 29th of September, 1774.

All which Acts are herewith most humbly presented this 14th day of February, 1775, by me, Henry Wilmot, Agent for the Proprietaries of Pennsylvania,

Upon motion, Ordered, That Mr˙ Gray, Mr˙ Hillegas, Mr˙ Rodman, Mr˙ Pearson, Mr˙ Wayne, Mr˙ Ross, Mr˙ Swoope. Mr˙ Montgomery, Mr˙ Edmonds, Mr˙ Hunter, and Mr˙ Dougherty, be a Committee to prepare and bring in a Bill for striking the sum of Twenty-Two Thousand Pounds, in Bills of Credit, to be sunk, by the excise on spirituous liquors.