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Petition of Richard Cantillon


Die Martis, 9 ho˙ A˙ M˙, July 30, 1776.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.

NEW-YORK. — Mr˙ Harper, Mr˙ Beekman, Col˙ Brasher.

ALBANY. — Mr˙ Abraham Yates, Mr˙ Blecker.

SUFFOLK. — General Woodhull, Mr˙ Gelston, Mr˙ Smith.

ULSTER. — Colonel De Wit.

DUTCHESS. — Colonel Hoffman, Mr˙ Landon.

WESTCHESTER. — Mr˙ Gouverneur Morris, General Morris.

ORANGE. — Mr˙ Outwater.

QUEEN' S. — Mr˙ Samuel Townshend, Mr˙ Sands, Mr˙ James Townshend.

KING' S. — Mr˙ Covenhoven.

TRYON. — Mr˙ William Harper, Mr˙ Moore, Mr˙ Newkirk.

CHARLOTTE. — Colonel Williams, Mr˙ Duer.

GLOUCESTER. — Mr˙ Olcott.

Peter Olcott, Esq˙, one of the Deputies from Gloucester County, produced his Credentials, dated at Newbury, the 28th June, ultimo, subscribed by Jacob Bayley, Esq˙, as Chairman, by himself as Clerk, and six other principal inhabitants, members of the Committee of the said County, whereby it appears that he is elected and returned a Member of this Convention by the inhabitants of the said County, (only three dissenting,) and that the inhabitants are forward for having a form of Government, &c. The said Credentials were read and filed.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Olcott take his seat.

Colonel Williams and Mr˙ Olcott were severally sworn, and took the general oath of secrecy.

The Petition of Richard Cantillon, of Amenia Precinct,


and John Parkinson, of Charlotte Precinct, in Dutchess County, was read. They therein set forth their acquaintance with several branches of the Linen Manufactories in this State, the necessities of setting up such Manufactories in this State, their intentions to set up a Linen Manufactory, and they thereby offer a preference of their manufactures for the use of the State, and praying for such resolution of this Convention as may exempt their manufacturers (to the number of twelve) from being draughted into the publick service.

Resolved, That the said Richard Cantilkn and John Parkinson, together with such manufacturers and labourers as they may statedly employ in the business of the Linen Manufactory in that County, (not to exceed the number of twelve men, besides the said petitioners.) shall, while so employed in the said manufactory, be exempted from being subject to be draughted or called out into actual service in the Militia of the said County of Dutchess.