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Measures for Defence of New Jersey and Pennsylvania


At a Conference of the Delegates in Congress for the States of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, of the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania, the Committee of Inspection and Observation for the City and Liberties of Philadelphia, and the Field-Officers of the five Battalions of the said city, &c˙, at the State House in Philadelphia, on the 5th day of July, 1776, in pursuance of the following Resolution of Congress, to wit:

"In Congress, July 4, 1776.

"Resolved, That the Delegates of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, be a Committee to confer with the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania, the Committee of Inspection of the City and Liberties of Philadelphia, and the Field Officers of the Battalions of the said City and Liberties, on the best means of defending the Colonies of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and that they be empowered to send expresses where necessary.

JOHN HANCOCK; President."


THOMAS McKEAN in the Chair.

Resolved, That it appears to the conferees that all the associated Militia of Pennsylvania, (excepting the Counties of Westmoreland, Bedford, and Northampton,) who can be furnished with arms and accoutrements, should be forthwith requested to march with the utmost expedition to Trenton, (except the Militia for Northampton County, who are to march directly to New Brunswick,) in New Jersey, and that the said Militia continue in service until the Flying-Camp of ten thousand men can be collected to relieve them, unless they shall be sooner discharged by Congress.

Resolved, That the Militia march by Companies to the place of rendezvous.

Resolved, That the said Militia be taken into Continental pay, and receive the same pay, allowances, and rations, with the Continental troops, from the time they begin their march until they return to their respective homes.

Resolved, That those of the three Battalions of the Pennsylvania Troops, now remaining in the Province, be ordered to march immediately for New Brunswick, in New Jersey.

Resolved, That the Committee of Safety of this Colony provide as many Tents as they can for the said Militia.

Resolved, That the Committee of Inspection, &c˙, in the several Counties furnish a good Kettle to every six men, and give all the assistance in their power; that the said Militia be well armed and equipped, and march with the greatest expedition.

THOMAS McKEAN, Chairman.

In Congress, July 5, 1776.

Resolved, That the Committees of Inspection for the several Counties in the Colony of Pennsylvania be directed to order such Troops as they may raise for the Flying-Camp to be marched to Trenton, the resolve of yesterday to march them to Philadelphia notwithstanding.

Resolved, That this Congress highly approve of the foregoing resolutions, and recommend it to the good people of Pennsylvania to carry the same into execution with the same laudable readiness which they have hitherto manifested in supporting the injured rights of their country.

By order of Congress:
JOHN HANCOCK, President.