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Report of the Committee Appointed

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The Committee appointed to consider the claims and pretensions of several Colonels in the Army, reported; which Report was accepted. Whereupon,

Ordered, That Colonels Glover, David Brewer, Woodbridge, Little, and Jonathan Brewer, be commissioned as Colonels in the Massachusetts Army; and that Joseph Haven, Esquire, administer the oath prescribed by Congress.

The Report is as follows, viz:

The Committee appointed to consider the claims and pretensions of the several gentlemen hereafter named, who suppose that they have just ground to expect of this honourable Congress that they should receive commissions, appointing them severally to be chief Colonels in the Massachusetts Army, now raising for the defence of the rights of this and the neighbouring Colonies, viz: Col, Glover, General Heath, Colonel David Brewer, Col˙ Robinson, Colonel Woodbridge, Colonel Little, Colonel Henshaw, and Colonel Jonathan Brewer, beg leave to report the following state of facts to this Congress, viz: That the said Colonels Glover, David Brewer, Woodbridge, Little, Henshaw, and Jonathan Brewer, have exhibited their claims to your Committee; and, according to the returns which the said gentlemen have respectively made to us, the said Colonel Glover has levied ten companies, making, in the whole, five hundred and five men, inclusive of officers, and about three quarters of the said number armed with effective firelocks, who are willing and choose to serve in the said Army under him, the said Glover, all now at Marblehead.

That the said David Brewer has levied nine companies, amounting, inclusive of officers, to the number of four hundred and Sixty-five men, who choose to serve under him as their Colonel, and that three hundred and seven of the said men are armed with effective fire-arms, and that said companies, excepting thirty-four men, who are on their way to Head-Quarters, are posted at Roxbury, Dorchester, and Watertown.

That the said Woodbridge has levied eight companies, amounting, inclusive of officers, to the number of three hundred and fifty-four men, who choose to serve under him as their chief Colonel, and that two hundred and severity-three of the said men are armed with good effective firelocks, and that all the said men, excepting seven, are now in the Camp in Cambridge; the said seven men are on the road hither.

And that the said Little has raised eight companies, (according to General Ward' s return,) amounting, inclusive of officers, to the number of five hundred and nine men, who choose to serve under him as their chief Colonel, and all the said men are armed with good effective firelocks, and three hundred and eighty-two of them with good bayonets fitted to their firelocks, and that seven of the said companies are at the Camp in Cambridge, and one Company at Cape Ann, by order of the Committee of Safety.

And that the said Jonathan Brewer, has levied eight companies, amounting, inclusive of officers, to the number of three hundred and ninety-seven men, who choose to serve under him, the said Jonathan, as their chief Colonel, and that three hundred and two of the said men are armed with good firelocks, and that all the said men, excepting twenty-seven who are on the road hither, are posted at Cambridge and Brookline; and the said Brewer supposes, from accounts he has received, that one Captain Murray is on the road from Hatfield hither with a full company.

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And that the said Colonel Henshaw has returned to us that he has a prospect of several companies arriving shortly here, who he supposes would be inclined to serve under him as their chief Colonel.

And that General Heath and Colonel Robinson have made no returns to us, your Committee, of their levies, or whether they are willing to serve in the said Army as Colonels.

And upon these facts your Committee are clearly of opinion, that the safety of the Country, and the promoting the publick service, make it highly necessary and expedient that the said Colonels Glover, David Brewer, Woodbridge, Little, and Jonathan Brewer, be, without delay, commissionated as chief Colonels in the Army aforesaid, and that their Field-Officers, Captains, and Subalterns be also commissionated as soon as a list of them can be settled, inasmuch as your Committee are fully satisfied, from good documents, that all the men contained in the nineteen Regiments already organized, together with all the men levied by the said Colonels Glover, David Brewer, Woodbridge, Little, and Jonathan Brewer, together with an allowance of four hundred and fifty men which may have been enlisted by General Heath, and the like number by Colonel Robinson, will fall considerably short of amounting to thirteen thousand six hundred men; and also because your Committee apprehend that this Congress may, without any injustice to the Field-Officers already commissionated, or any other, make such orders, that the amount of the pay of the whole Army may not be unreasonably enhanced, by a greater number of Regiments than by the last establishment it was intended the Army should consist of. All which is most humbly submitted by your Committee.

JOSEPH HAWLEY, per order.

Adjourned to Friday morning, eight o' clock.

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