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Report of Joint Committee on the Petition of Philip Hodgkins


Tuesday, February 6, 1776.

Present in Council: Honourable William Sever, Walter Spooner, Caleb Cushing, John Winthrop, John Whetcomb, James Prescott, Eldas Taylor, Benjamin Lincoln, Michael Farley, Joseph Palmer, Samuel Holten, Jabez Fisher, John Taylor, Benjamin White, Esqs.

Colonel Bowers came up with a message from the House to inform the Board, that the House had passed upon all business of a publick nature, before them, and desired the Board would do the like, in order that the House may have a recess on Thursday next.

The Committee of both Houses appointed to consider a Petition of Philip Hodgskins, making complaint against Colonel Cargill; also, a Letter from Samuel Jordan, Chairman of the Committee at Goldsborough, complaining of Colonel Cargill; also, setting forth the state of several vessels detained by said Committee: furthermore, requesting that a number of troops be stationed there; and, that the doings of the Committees in places not incorporated might be confirmed, have carefully attended that service, and beg leave to report, as their opinion, viz: That Philip Hodgskins have leave to withdraw his Petition, as it fully appears to your Committee, that his confinement was in consequence of refusing to bo mustered and sworn, when, at the same time, be owns that he was inlisted in the service of this Colony; and, as to the complaint of the Committee of Goldsborough against said Cargill, no part thereof was


supported, therefore, in our opinion, ought not to operate to the disadvantage of Colonel Cargill; furthermore, as to the vessels detained by the Committee of Goldsborough, your Committee are humbly of opinion, that this Court has made sufficient provision already. Your Committee beg leave further to report as their opinion, that a Committee of both Houses be appointed to consider, and report, what is further necessary for this Court to do, in order to support and protect the people in the County of Lincoln, east of Penobscot River; also, how Committees shall be chosen in places not incorporated.

ELDAD TAYLOR, per order.

In Council: Read, and accepted; and, thereupon Ordered, That the same Committee be appointed for the purpose mentioned in the last paragraph of the foregoing Report.

In the House of Representatives: Read, and recommitted, and Mr˙ Caldwell is appointed on the Committee in the room of Colonel Freeman, absent.

In Council: Read, and concurred.

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