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Committee to bring in an Ordinance for raising and embodying, immediately, an armed force


Wednesday, July 19, 1775.

Resolved, That the Rev˙ Charles Minn Thruston be desired to read prayers to this Convention, and to preach to-morrow, in the room of the Rev˙ Miles Selden, who is at present indisposed.

The Order of the Day being read, the Convention resolved itself into a Committee to take into their further consideration the state of the Colony; and after some time spent therein, Mr˙ President resumed the chair, and Mr˙ Bland reported, that the Committee had had the same under their consideration, and had come to a Resolution thereon; which he read in his place, and then delivered it in at the Clerk' s table, where the same was again twice and agreed to, as follows:

Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that a sufficient Armed Force be immediately raised and embodied, under proper Officers, for the defence and protection of this Colony.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Bland, Mr˙ Robert Carter Nicholas, Mr˙ Mercer, Mr˙ Jones, Mr˙ George Mason, Mr˙ Rootes, Mr˙ Stephen, Mr˙ Zane, Mr˙ Bannister, Mr˙ Blackburn, Mr˙ Thruston, Mr˙ Thomas Ludwell Lee, Mr˙ Braxton, Mr˙ Nelson, Mr˙ Woodford, Mr˙ Henry Lee, and Mr˙ Christian, do prepare and bring in an Ordinance pursuant to the said Resolution.

Resolved, That this Convention will again resolve itself into a Committee, on Friday next, to take into their further consideration the state of the Colony.

Adjourned till Friday, nine o' clock.