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Committee to Provide Wood for the Army


Monday, December 25, 1775.

Present in Council: Honourables William Sever, Benjamin Greenleaf, Caleb Cushing, Benjamin Chadbourn, Joseph Gerrish, Jedediah Foster, James Prescott, Eldad Taylor, Joseph Palmer, Samuel Holten, Moses Gill, John Taylor, Benjamin White, Esquires.

In the House of Representatives: Whereas, by a Resolve passed in the House of Representatives on the 3d day of November last, and concurred by the Board on the 4th day of the said month, it is ordered that, Mr˙ Devans, Captain Thatcher, Mr˙ Cheever, Colonel Thayer, Mr˙ Walker, Mr˙ Dicks, and Mr˙ Ellis, should be a Committee, who were directed to afford their utmost assistance and aid to the Quartermaster-General, that the Continental Army might be provided with a full supply of wood, until the further order of the Court; and, for the purpose of more effectually procuring the same, they were empowered to enter the wood lots of such of our enemies as had fled into Boston, and, after baying the wood thereon growing appraised, to cause the same to be cut down and drawn to the camp; which Resolve, with one since passed for the same purpose, has proved ineffectual, and it being of absolute necessity for the preservation of the lives and property of the people of all America, that the said Army be supplied with necessary wood, it is, therefore,

Resolved, That Captain Vase, Mr˙ Guild, Mr˙ Stone, of Lexington, and Mr˙ Withington, be added to the said Committee, and that either three, or more, of said Committee be, and they hereby are empowered, if Wood sufficient for said Army cannot be procured at a reasonable price without it, to enter the woodlands of any person, or persons, within this Colony, and, after appraising the Wood thereon standing and growing, to cause the same to be cut down and carried to the camp, to supply said Army. And if any person, owner, or proprietor, of such woodland, shall molest or hinder the said Committee, or any three of them, from acting in pursuance to this Resolve, the said Committee, or the major part present, being not less than three, are hereby empowered to cause such person to be arrested and sent to this Court, to be dealt with according to the demerits of his contempt. And the said Committee is hereby directed to pay each person, whose Wood they shall cause to be cut down and carried away, the price the same shall be by them appraised at, and, also, to pay all axemen which they shall employ reasonable wages, and the owner of any team that they may employ reasonable wages for his team.

In Council: Read, and concurred.

The Secretary, by order of the House, laid on the Speaker' s table the Resolve to raise two Companies for the defence of Gloucester.

Adjourned to ten o' clock, to-morrow morning.