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Committee to Consider the Expediency of Paying off the Massachusetts Forces

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Friday, September 22, 1775.

A Petition of Elisha Cobb, of Wellfleet, in behalf of Elisha Doane, Esq˙, and others, praying for liberty to send off a number of Vessels on whaling voyages, was read, and committed to Captain Bragdon, Deacon Codding, and Dr˙ Gunn.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Story, Deacon Nichols, Mr˙ Mills, Mr˙ Hubbard, and Deacon Rawson, be a Committee to consider the expediency of paying off the Massachusetts Forces to the first of August last past.

Benjamin Lincoln, Esq˙, brought down the Report of the Committee, appointed to devise means for supplying the Army with Wood.

Read and considered, and the matter was ordered to subside.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Cooper, Colonel Bowers, Colonel Orne, Colonel Thompson, and Mr˙ Durfee, be a Committee to consider the Petition of Stephen Hussey and others, of Nantucket; also, the Petition of Elisha Cobb, of Wellfleet, and all Petitions of a similar kind; and also to take a general view of the trade of this Colony, and report some rules relative thereto.

A Petition of the Committee of Inspection of the Town of Bristol, praying the direction of this Court with respect to the Sloop Sally, taken from one Andrew Johnson, was read, and committed to Mr˙ Hall, Colonel Grout, and Mr˙ Woodbridge.

Ordered, That a Message be sent to the honourable Board, for the Petition of Warwick Palfrey.

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Afternoon.

A Petition of Captain John Lane, representing that his Company is suffering for want of Money, Coats, and Blankets, and praying relief, was read, and committed to Captain Batchelder, Mr˙ Starkweather, and Major Johnson.

A Petition of John Riordan, praying a Permit to send his Sloop to the Island of St˙ Croix, was read, and committed to the Committee on Trade.

A Petition of the Selectmen and Committee of Correspondence of the Town of Hardwick, praying the direction of this Court with respect to the Estate of Timothy Ruggles, was read, and committed to Mr˙ Allen, Mr˙ Bent, and Captain Brown.

The Committee on the two Orders of Colonel Arnold reported. The Report was recommitted, and the Committee were directed to sit again forthwith.

A Petition from the Committee of Waldoborough, praying the Court to consider the distressed circumstances of said Town, and grant relief to the Inhabitants, was read, and committed to Mr˙ Woodbridge, Mr˙ Durfee, and Mr˙ Wilson.

The Report of the Committee appointed by the late Congress to agree with the Post-Riders, &c˙, was read, and committed to Mr˙ Pitts, Deacon Codding, Colonel Bowers, Colonel Thayer, and Mr˙ Phillips.

A Petition of Jeduthan Baldwin, praying pay for his services as an Engineer in Colonel Gridley' s Regiment of Artillery, was read, and committed to Colonel Thurston, Deacon Gould, and Mr˙ Ward.

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