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Committee to inquire what provision is made for a Post to ride from the Army to Worcester


Thursday, April 27, 1775,

Seven o' clock, A˙M.

Met pursuant to adjournment,

Ordered, That Captain Goodman inquire of the Committee of Safety, whether any provision is made for a Post or Posts, to ride from the Army to Worcester, agreeably to a request from the Selectmen of that Town; and also to procure a Writ for calling a General Assembly in May next, issued from General Gage for that purpose.

Ordered, That the Secretary pro tempore take Extracts from the Minutes of the Resolves of this Congress, and authenticate the same, and deliver them to the men now in waiting from York and Welles, for the purpose of obtaining some Powder.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Gerry have leave to bring in a Resolve, with regard to the seaports in the County of Essex.

Whereupon Mr˙ Gerry offered the following:

Whereas, hostilities have been commenced in this Colony by Great Britain, and the sword may remain unsheathed for a considerable time:

Resolved, That it be, and it hereby is earnestly recommended to the Committees of the seaport Towns in the County of Essex, that they use their utmost; endeavours to have all the effects of the inhabitants of their respective Towns removed as soon as possible; that the Congress highly approves of the conduct of said Towns, in wearing a pacifick appearance, until their effects shall be secured; that the Congress consider it as absolutely necessary for said inhabitants to be in readiness to go into the country on the shortest notice, and to avoid mixing with our enemies, as thereby their own lives will ever be in imminent danger when the Colony and the Continent shall attack such enemies. And it is also recommended to them that their application to Congress for advice, and this Resolve in consequence thereof, be kept a secret, that their effects may be more easily removed,

Ordered, That three o' clock next Tuesday be assigned to take up the matter in the Resolve brought in by Mr˙ Gerry.

Ordered, That Mr˙ President, Col˙ Orne, Doctor Taylor, Major Fuller, of Middleton, and Captain Goodman, be a Committee to confer with the Officers of the Army relative to the reduction of their pay.

Colonel Dwight was appointed to wait on the Committee of Safety, and acquaint them with the names of the Officers in the Regiments of Minute-Men in Worcester County.

Mr˙ Hale appointed to the same business, in the County of Hampshire.

Adjourned to three o' clock, P˙ M.


Met according to adjournment.

Ordered, That Captain Kingsbury, Doctor Holten, and Deacon Stone, be appointed to inquire and endeavour to get an exact account of the men killed, and wounded, and murdered, in the late scene, on the nineteenth instant.

The Order of the Day was moved for, to take up the matter of supplying the Treasury.

Ordered, That a Committee be appointed for that purpose, to consist of five, and to be chosen by written votes.

Ordered, That two be added to this Committee.

Ordered, That Doctor Holten, Mr˙ Bullen, and Captain Batchelder, be appointed to sort and count the votes.

Ordered, That nine o' clock be assigned for that purpose.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Patridge, Captain Greenleaf, and


Doctor Baker, be appointed to consider the Petition from Gorham, and to sit forthwith.

Ordered, That Captain Whitemore, Mr˙ Freeman, and Doctor Baylies, assist as scribes the Committees, in taking fair copies of the Depositions in order for the Press, and to sit forthwith.

Ordered, That Jonas Dix, Esq˙, William Stickney, Esq˙, and Deacon Stone, be appointed to take true copies of the Depositions, and have them signed by the Deponents, and authenticated by the Justices and Notary Publick.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Hubbart have leave to go home a few days.

Adjourned to nine o' clock to-morrow morning.