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Petition of Thomas Fletchall


Colonel Pinckney, from the Committee of Conference, reported several amendments proposed in the Conference; which being read, were severally agreed to, and ordered to be made parts of the Bill.

A Bill to revive and continue, for the time therein mentioned, the several Acts and clauses of Acts of the General Assembly, therein particularly mentioned, was read the third time.

Resolved, That the Bill do pass; and that the title be, An Act, &c.

Ordered, That the Bill be sent to the Legislative Council for their concurrence.

Ordered, That Captain Moultrie and Mr˙ Bacot do carry the same to the Legislative Council.

Captain Moultrie reported, that he, with Mr˙ Bacot, had delivered the Bill they had in charge to the Legislative Council.

A Petition of Thomas Fletchall, Robert Cunningham, Patrick Cunningham, Robert Pearis, Elisha Robinson, Pinkethman Hawkins, James Alexander, Thomas Wisdom, William Dodgen, Henry Green, and Robert Proctor, Prisoners in Charlestown Jail, principal actors in the late commotions in the interior parts of the Colony, was presented and read.

After some debate thereon, a motion was made, and seconded, for leave to withdraw the Petition.

And the question being put, it passed in the negative.

Ordered, That the Petition do lie on the table.

The Clerk of the Legislative Council brought from that House a Bill to empower the Court of Admiralty to have jurisdiction in all cases of capture of Ships or Vessels of the inhabitants of Great Britain, Ireland, the British West-Indies, Nova-Scotia, and East and West-Florida, and to establish the trial by Jury in such cases; read the third time, and passed in that House.

Ordered, That the Bill be engrossed.

The Clerk of the Legislative Council brought from that House an Ordinance to ascertain the duties of a Mustermaster-General of the Land and Naval Forces in the service of this Colony; read a third time, and passed in the Legislative Council.

Ordered, That the Ordinance be engrossed.

The House was moved, that a Committee be appointed to prepare an Address to be presented to his Excellency the President and Commander-in-Chief, requesting that he will be pleased to order a day of solemn Fasting, Prayer, and Humiliation, to be observed throughout this Colony.

Ordered, That Colonel Pinckney and the Rev˙ Mr˙ Tennent be a Committee to prepare and bring in the same.

Ordered, That Captain McQueen, Mr˙ Verree, and Mr˙ Chiffelle, be a Committee to inquire and report the names of such persons amongst the late Insurgents, as are proper to be excepted in a declaration of pardon or amnesty.

Resolved, That Mr˙ Speaker do issue Writs for the election of Members of the General Assembly, to fill up such vacancies as have already happened, or may, from time to time, happen in any of the Parishes and Districts throuoghout the Colony.

On motion. Resolved, That this House will now proceed to ballot, jointly with the Honourable the Legislative Council, for a Captain of the Ship Prosper.

The Members of the Legislative Council being introduced into the General Assembly for that purpose, the balloting was proceeded in accordingly.

And the ballots being reckoned, Mr˙ Speaker reported


that Clement Lempriere, Enquire, was duly elected Captain and Commander of the Colony Ship-of-War Prosper.

On motion, Resolved, That the Certificates issued, and to be issued, in pursuance of the Resolutions of Congress of the 14th of June, 1775, which have not been signed by Mr˙ Neufville and Mr˙ Bacot, two of the late Commissioners of the Treason, shall be numbered and signed by Mr˙ Gibbes, and the other Commissioner nominated yesterday.

On motion, that the Report of the Committee on Henry Aitkin' s Petition be now taken under consideration, the question was put, and it passed in the negative.

And then the House adjourned till to-morrow morning, nine of the clock.