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Committee on General Schuyler' s


Friday, February 2, 1776.

Two Letters from General Schuyler, dated 22d and 25th January, with an account of his expedition to Tryon County, with nine enclosures, being received, were read, and referred to a Committee of Three.

Members chosen, Mr˙ Wythe, Mr˙ E˙ Rutledge, and Mr˙ McKean.

General Schuyler' s Receipt for £7,829 9s˙, Pennsylvania currency, delivered him by the hands of Mr˙ Tench Tilghman, was laid before Congress.

A Letter from Colonel Wayne being read,

Resolved, That Colonel Wayne be directed to quarter his Battalion in and near Chester, until the further orders of Congress, or of a Committee of Congress, for that purpose appointed.

Ordered, That the Secretary deliver to Mr˙ J˙ Mease a copy of Colonel Wayne' s Letter, so far as respects the supplying his Battalion with necessaries.

The Committee to whom the Memorial of Matthias Aspden was referred brought in their Report; which being taken into consideration,

Resolved, That Mr˙ Aspden be permitted to export, in the Sloop Tryal, consigned to him from Port-au-Prince, the Produce or Manufactures of these Colonies (Horned Cattle, Sheep, Hogs, Poultry, and Lumber for making Casks excepted,) to Port-au-Prince, to the amount of £1,800, Pennsylvania currency.

That the above permission be not drawn into precedent, and that Mr˙ Aspden take every possible precaution to avoid all British men-of-war and cutters on the voyage.

The Committee to whom the Memorial of H˙ Keppele and John Steinmetz was referred, brought in their Report; whereupon,

Resolved, That the Memorialists have no just claim to satisfaction or reparation for the loss of their ship and cargo, seized by one of the King' s ships-of-war, and detained by Admiral Graves and General Howe, either out of the Continental Treasury, or out of the value of the clothing sent hither to supply the British troops at Boston, and intercepted and disposed of to the use of the American Army.

Resolved, That a Committee of Three be appointed to take an account of Prisoners, the names of the Officers, and their places of residence, and report the same to Congress.

The Members chosen, Mr˙ McKean, Mr˙ Smith, and Mr˙ Wisner.

A Memorial from the Rev˙ Mr˙ Samson Occum was read, and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

Adjourned to ten o' clock, on Monday next.