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Letter from the General

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Wednesday, July 19, 1775.

Met according to adjournment.

The President laid before the Congress a Letter from the General, with sundry papers enclosed, which were read; and being taken into consideration,

Ordered, That Mr˙ Wilson apply to the Committee of the City and Liberties of Philadelphia, and request them to make diligent inquiry what quantity of Duck, Russia Sheeting, Tow-Cloth, Oznaburghs, and Ticklenburghs, can be procured in this City, and make return as soon as possible to this Congress.

Resolved, That Joseph Trumbull be Commissary-General of Stores and Provisions for the Army of the United Colonies.

Resolved, That the appointment of a Quartermaster-General, a Commissary of Musters, and a Commissary of Artillery, be left to General Washington.

That a Company of Matrosses be raised in the City of Philadelphia, and sent to Boston.

That a Committee of three be appointed to devise ways and means of raising the above Company.

The Committee chosen are Mr˙ Lynch, Mr˙ Lee, and Mr˙ Gadsden.

That the President be desired to write to the Powder Committees, or Committees of Safety in this City and New-York, (where it is said a supply of Powder is lately arrived) to forward to the camp as much good Gunpowder as they can spare.

That General Thomas be appointed first Brigadier-General in the Army of the United Colonies, in the room of General Pomeroy, who never acted under the commission sent to him, and that General Thomas' s commission bear the same date that General Pomeroy' s did.

That it be left to General Washington, if he thinks fit, to appoint three Brigade Majors, and commission them accordingly.

That a Committee of three be appointed to report the method of establishing an Hospital.

The Committee chosen are Mr˙ Lewis, Mr˙ Paine, and Mr˙ Middleton.

That it be recommended to the Colonies of New-Hampshire, Massachusetts-Bay, Rhode-Island, and Connecticut, to complete the deficiencies in the Regiments belonging to their respective Colonies, retained by the General in the Continental Army before Boston.

That it be recommended to the Colony of Rhode-Island to complete and send forward to the camp before Boston, as soon as possible, the three hundred and sixty men lately voted by their General Assembly.

That it be recommended also to the Colony of Connecticut, to complete and send forward to the camp before Boston, as soon as possible, the fourteen hundred men lately voted by their General Assembly.

That the paragraph of the General' s Letter respecting an easier communication between him and this Congress, be referred for consideration till Saturday next.

That a Committee be appointed to bring in an estimate of the expenses incurred by the votes and resolves of this Congress.

Mr˙ Deane, Mr˙ Johnson, and Mr˙ Cushing chosen.

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Agreed, That the Congress meet here to-morrow morning at half past nine o' clock, in order to attend Divine Service at Mr˙ Duché' s Church, and that in the afternoon they meet here, to go from this place and attend Divine Service at Doctor Allison' s Church.

Resolved, That the nomination of three of the Commissioners for Indian Affairs, in the Southern Department, be left to the Council of Safety, appointed by the Colony of South-Carolina.

That Mr˙ John Walker, of Virginia, be appointed one of the Commissioners for Indian Affairs, for the Southern Department.

Adjourned till to-morrow, at half past nine o' clock.

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