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July 4, Pardon offered to such of the Monmouth Insurgents, as shall, without delay, return peaceably to their homes, and conform to the orders of the Congress


Thursday, July 4, 1776.

Met according to adjournment.

The Petition from John Reynolds and George Riche, Paper-makers in Germantown, Pennsylvania, setting forth, that they designed to carry on their trade in this Colony, and praying that this Congress would encourage the same; read a second time, and deferred for further consideration.

Resolved, That, in order to prevent a failure of justice, all Judges, Justices of the Peace, Sheriffs, Coroners, and other inferior officers of the late Government within this Colony, proceed in the execution of their several offices, under the authority of the people, until the intended Legislature, and the several officers of the new Government be settled and perfected, having respect to the present Constitution of New-Jersey, as by the Congress of late ordained, and the orders of the Continental and Provincial Congresses; and that all actions, suits, and processes, be continued, altering only the style and form thereof according to the terms by the said Constitution prescribed, in the further prosecution thereof.

Ordered, That the Committee of the County of Gloucester be continued, and they proceed to act in all cases as heretofore directed, until a new election.

Adjourned to three o' clock, afternoon.

Met according to adjournment.

Whereas this Congress has been given to understand that divers persons in the County of Monmouth have imbodied themselves in opposition to the measures of Congress; and


are informed that numbers have expressed their willingness to return to their duty upon assurances of pardon, alleging that they have been seduced and misled by the false and malicious reports of others:

It is therefore declared, That all such persons as shall, without delay, return peaceably to their homes and conform to the orders of Congress, shall be treated with lenity and indulgence, and, upon their good behaviour, shall be restored to the favour of their country, provided that such as shall appear to have been the leaders and principals in those disorders, who, to their other guilt, have added that of seducing the weak and unwary, shall yet be treated according to their demerits.

Adjourned to meet at Trenton, to-morrow morning, ten o' clock.