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Bill for Encouraging the Fixing Out of Armed Vessels

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Wednesday, February 14, 1776.

Resolved, That Richard Devans, Esq˙, Commissary-General of this Colony, be, and hereby is added to the Committee to examine, receive, purchase, and pay for Saltpetre.

An engrossed Bill, for encouraging the fixing out of Armed Vessels to defend the Sea-Coasts of America, and for erecting a Court to try and condemn all Vessels that shall be found infesting the same.

Read, and Resolved, That it pass to be enacted.

On one of the Petitions of Colonel Cargill, read February 9th:

Resolved, That he be allowed to detain the Schooner therein mentioned till further orders of this Court, and be accountable for her earnings when required.

A Petition of a number of Inhabitants of the Eastern part of the County of Lincoln, earnestly praying the Court to consider the situation of that part of the Colony, and to grant them some protection. Read, and committed (together with the last pan of the Report of the Committee of both Houses on the conduct of Colonel Cargill) to Mr˙ Davis, Colonel Thompson, and Colonel Thurston.

Resolved, That there be paid out of the publick Treasury of this Colony, to the Committee of this Court appointed to procure Wood for the Continental Army, the sum of one thousand Pounds, to enable them to perform that service, they to be accountable to this Court for the same.

Resolved, That there be allowed and paid out of the publick Treasury of this Colony, to Thomas Crafts, Esq˙, Captain Edward Procter, and Messrs˙ Daniel Sigourney and Winthrop Gray, (or any two of them,) a Committee of this Court to receive the Inhabitants of Boston at Chelsea, and prevent the spreading of them Sall-Pox, the sum of three hundred Pounds, further to enable them to defray the expense which has arisen, or may arise by supporting said inhabitants, until they can be removed to other towns with safety to the country, they to be accountable to this Court for the same.

Ordered, That a message go to the honourable Board, to know if they have passed upon the Resolve of the House for appointing a Truckmaster at Machias.

John Taylor, Esq˙, came down, and informed the House that the honourable Board had concurred the same.

Ordered, That a message go to the honourable Board, to inform them that the House propose, at twelve o' clock, this day, to come to the choice of a Truckmaster, to reside at Machias, by joint ballot with the Board.

Walter Spooner, Esquire, came down and informed the

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House that the honourable Board agreed to come to the choice of a Truckmaster, to reside at Machias, agreeable to the proposal of the House.

Ordered, That a message go to the honourable Board, to inform them that this House is ready to proceed to the choice of a Truckmaster for Machias. Then,

Ordered, That Deacon Stickney, Captain Vose, and Colonel Spaulding, be a Committee to count and sort the votes.

Thomas Cushing, Esquire, came down and informed the House that the Board were ready to proceed to the choice of a Truckmasier for Machias.

The Committee, having carried up the voles, reported that Mr˙ Stephen Smith was unanimously chosen.

The Committee on the Resolve of Congress reported a Resolve for collecting Silver and Gold. Read, and Committees being appointed for that purpose, agreeable thereto, the Report was recommitted to Mr˙ Story, to be drawn into a Resolve.

Ordered, That Colonel Orne bring in a Form of an Inlistment, to be signed by the Company of Matrosses to be raised for Marblehead.

The House made choice of Field-Officers for the First Regiment of Militia for the County of Essex.

Afternoon.

A Pay-Roll of the Company which marched thirty-six miles from Stockbridge and West-Stockbridge, May 10, 1775, under the command of Captain Abraham Brown, for the reduction of Ticonderoga, at the request of Colonel Benedict Arnold, &c. Read, and committed to the Committee on the Rolls of the Militia and Minute-Men.

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