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Five hundred effective men to be employed for the protection and defence of Northampton and Accomack


Thursday, December 7, 1775.

Resolved, That Colonel Woodford, of the Second Regiment, be empowered to employ a Secretary, with the same wages as are allowed to the Secretary of the Colonel of the First Regiment.

Ordered, That the proposition of the Rev˙ John Dixon, for the manufactory of Salt, be referred to Mr˙ Braxton, Mr˙ Mason, Mr˙ Carter of Stafford, Mr˙ Thomas Walker and Mr˙ Clapham, and they are to report the same, with their opinion thereupon, to the Convention.

Mr˙ Mercer, from the Committee appointed to report such of the Letters lately received from the Committee for the County of Elizabeth City, as concerned the publick reported several of the said Letters.

Ordered, That the said Letters be referred to the Committee on the state of the Colony.

The Convention then, according to the Order of the Day, resolved itself into a Committee on the state of the Colony; and after some time spent therein, Mr˙ President resumed the chair, and Mr˙ Treasurer reported, that the Committee had, according to order, had under their consideration the state of the Colony, and had come to a Resolution thereupon, which he read in his place, and then delivered in at the Clerk' s table, where the same was again twice read and agreed to, as follows:

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that five hundred effective Men, three Companies whereof to be Riflemen, be employed for the protection and defence of the Counties of Northampton and Accomack.

Resolved, That this Convention will to-morrow again resolve itself into a Committee, to take into their further consideration the state of the Colony.

Adjourned till to-morrow, at half after ten o' clock.