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Report of the Committee of the Whole


Wednesday, November 22, 1775.

The Congress resumed the consideration of the Report from the Committee of the Whole; which was agreed to, as follows:

The Committee of the Whole House to whom were referred the several Petitions from the Island of Bermuda, representing the distress to which they are exposed by the Non-Exportation Agreement, and praying to be relieved in such manner as the Congress may deem consistent with the safety of America, report that they have considered the same, and thereupon came to the following Resolutions:

That the Inhabitants of the Island of Bermuda appear friendly to the cause of America, and ought to be supplied with such and so great a quantity of the produce of these Colonies as may be necessary for their subsistence and home consumption; that, in the opinion of this Committee, they will annually require, for the purposes aforesaid,


seventy-two thousand bushels of Indian Corn, two thousand barrels of Bread or Flour, one thousand barrels of Beef or Pork, two thousand one hundred bushels of Peas or Beans, and three hundred tierces of Rice; and that they be permitted to export the same yearly.

That the said Inhabitants ought to pay for the above annual allowance in Salt; but it is not the design of this Resolution to exclude them from the privilege of receiving American produce, to any amount, in exchange for Arms, Ammunition, Saltpetre, Sulphur, and Field-Pieces, agreeable to a Resolution of Congress, passed the 15th of July last.

That to enable such of these Colonies as can conveniently furnish the Island of Bermuda with the abovementioned annual allowance to divide whatever advantages may result therefrom, in proportion to their respective shares of the general expense, it is further the opinion of this Committee —

That the Colony of South-Carolina supply them with three hundred tierces of Rice.

That the Colony of North-Carolina supply them with sixteen thousand bushels of Indian Corn, and four hundred and sixty-eight bushels of Peas or Beans.

That the Colony of Virginia supply them with thirty-six thousand bushels of Indian Corn, and one thousand and fifty bushels of Peas or Beans.

That the Colony of Maryland supply them with twenty thousand bushels of Indian Corn, and five hundred and eighty-two bushels of Peas or Beans.

That the Colony of Pennsylvania supply them with one thousand two hundred barrels of Flour or Bread, and six hundred barrels of Beef or Pork.

That the Colony of New-York supply them with eight hundred barrels of Flour or Bread, and four hundred barrels of Beef or Pork.

That the Conventions or Committees of Safety of the abovementioned Colonies ought to superintend the said exportation, provide against frauds, and take care that, in exchanging the said commodities of Salt and Provisions, no undue advantages be taken, by either party, of their mutual wants; and, further, that no Vessel employed in this business ought to load without their permission; and that when they shall, in pursuance of these Resolutions, permit any of the said Vessels to load, they do give notice thereof to the Committee of Inspection of the County, City, or Town where such Vessel shall load, and inform them that the same is done under the authority and by order of this Congress.

That these Resolutions ought to be kept as private as the execution of them will admit; that they should be transmitted to the several Conventions, Assemblies, or Committees of Safety, of the United Colonies, and to the Island of Bermuda; and that the Inhabitants of the latter be informed that the Congress will afford them other necessaries, such as Lumber, Soap, and Candles, whenever the quality and quantity of each of those articles used in the Island shall be ascertained.

That Edward Stiles be permitted, under the direction of the Committee of Safety of the Colony of Pennsylvania, to send the Brig Sea Nymph, Samuel Stobel, Master, with four thousand bushels of Indian Corn, three hundred barrels of Flour, one hundred barrels of Bread, twenty barrels of Pork, eight barrels of Beef, thirty boxes of Soap, and fifteen barrels of Apples, to Bermuda, for the immediate supply of the Inhabitants; and that the said Cargo be considered as part of the annual allowance aforesaid, for the year ensuing.

The Congress resumed the consideration of the Report of the Committee on Mr˙ Douw' s Letter, and the Minutes of the late Treaty at Albany, and, after some debate, the same was postponed.

The several matters to this day referred being postponed,

Adjourned to ten o' clock, to-morrow.