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Rev. Wm. White requested to perform divine service tomorrow


Wednesday, July 17, 1776.

The Convention met according to adjournment.

Upon motion, Resolved, That the Rev˙ Mr˙ William White be requested to perform divine service to-morrow morning, before this Convention, that we may jointly offer up our prayers to Almighty God to afford us his divine grace, and assistance in, the important and arduous task committed to us; and to offer up our praises and thanksgivings for the manifold mercies and the peculiar interposition of his special providence in behalf of these injured, oppressed, and insulted United States.

Colonel Matlack and Mr˙ Clymer are appointed to wait on the Rev˙ Mr˙ White, and furnish him with a copy of the foregoing Resolve.

Moved, That Colonel Miles be appointed Brigadier-General and Commander-in-Chief of the forces of Pennsylvania.

Referred for further consideration.

Mr˙ Matthew Brown, John Flemming, Philip Marsteller, and Robert Whitehall, appeared in the House for the first time, took the oaths, and made and signed the profession of faith required.

Moved, That effectual measures be taken to obtain the Arms from all Non-Associators; as they are absolutely necessary for the defence of the country. And as the Associators in this State are not all completely armed, and the Resolve of the honourable Congress for disarming disaffected persons and Non-Associators has not yet been effectually executed, therefore,

Resolved, That Mr˙ Rittenhouse, Mr˙ Bull, Mr˙ Kirkbride, Mr˙ Flemming, Mr˙ Marsteller, Mr˙ Edgar, Mr˙ Harris, Mr˙ Coulter, Mr˙ Morgan, Mr˙ Gray, and Mr˙ Crawford, be a Committee for bringing in an ordinance for the purpose of carrying fully into execution the said Resolve of Congress.

A Petition from divers debtors now confined in the Jail


of Philadelphia, praying releasement from their confinement, was read; and

Ordered to lie on the table.

Adjourned to to-morrow morning, eight o' clock.