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Committee to Confer with Major Preston


The Congress took into consideration the Report of the Committee on the application for offices, &c˙, and the same being debated,

Resolved, That forty iron Pots be provided for the Soldiers, while in the Barracks near Philadelphia.

Resolved, That the Commissioned Officers of each Company be allowed, every week, a quarter of a cord of Hickory, or other Wood in proportion.

Resolved, That there be provided for the Battalion raised in Pennsylvania one hundred Haversacks, a Camp Kettle for every six men, a Tomahawk, Canteen, Cartouch-Box, Knapsack, and two Belts for each man.

Resolved, That a Coat of Uniform be provided for each Soldier, and that what the Coat cost more than the Hunting-Shirt, which was to have been given them, be deducted from their wages.

Resolved, That the said Battalion be paid one month' s pay as soon as may be; that afterwards they receive monthly half a month' s pay only, until so much is retained as will amount to the money advanced for their Fire-Arms, Clothing, &c˙; after which they shall receive their full pay monthly.

Resolved, That it be recommended to the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania to provide Arms for the three Companies which are ordered to march; and also to provide the articles ordered above for the use of the said


Battalion, and likewise to furnish the said Battalion with Drums, Colours, and Fifes.

Dr˙ James Holmes was chosen Surgeon to Colonel Maxwell' s Regiment.

Matthias Halsted was elected Quartermaster to Lord Stirling' s Regiment.

Resolved, That the Committee on the qualifications of Officers, &c˙, be directed to procure proper Medicine-Chests for the Battalions raised in Pennsylvania and New-Jersey.

The Congress then resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole, to take into consideration that part of the Report of the Committee of Conference relative to an attack on Boston; and after some time spent thereon, the President resumed the chair, and Mr˙ Ward reported, that the Committee had taken into consideration the matter referred to them, but not having come to any resolution, desired leave to sit again.

Resolved, That the Congress will to-morrow morning, unless publick despatches prevent, resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole, to take into their further consideration the Report of the Committee of Conference relative to the attack on Boston.

Resolved, That Mr˙ McKean, Mr˙ Lee, and Mr˙ S˙ Adams, the Committee appointed to confer with Maj˙ Preston, be a Committee to consider what allowance should be made to the Officers who are prisoners, for their support.

Resolved, That Mons˙ Reconville, a Canadian prisoner at Trenton, be permitted to come to Philadelphia, and there wait the orders of Congress.

The Order of the Day being renewed,

Adjourned to ten o' clock, to-morrow.