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Alexander Morris discharged on his parole


The House resumed the consideration of the Ordinance respecting the Arms of Non-Associators; and after a considerable time employed in debating thereon and amending the same, it was ordained in the following words, viz:

Whereas the Non-Associators in this State have either refused or neglected to deliver up their Arms according to the Resolves of the honourable Continental Congress and the Assembly of Pennsylvania, and effectual measures have not been taken to carry the said Resolves into execution:

Be it therefore Ordained, by the authority of this Convention, That the Colonel or next officer in command of every Battalion of Militia in this State, is hereby authorized, empowered and required to collect, receive, and take all the Arms in his district or township nearest to such officer, which are in the hands of Non-Associators, in the most expeditious and effectual manner in his power, and shall give to the owners receipts for such Arms, specifying the amount of the appraisement; and such as can be repaired shall with all possible despatch be rendered fit for service, and the value according to the appraisement of all such Arms, together with the repairs and transportation, shall be paid to the officers by the Treasurer, on the order of the Council of Safety, for the use of the owners, and defraying the charges.

And be it further Ordained, That the same Arms shall be appraised by any three reputable freeholders appointed by the Commanding Officer. But if the owner of any Arms shall neglect or refuse to apply for such money within six months, the same shall be applied towards the repairs of the Arms: and the Colonels are hereby authorized to draw for the necessary sums of money, for the purposes aforesaid, on the Council of Safety.

And it is further Ordained, That the Colonels aforesaid shall arm the Associators with the said Arms, and keep an account to whom they are delivered, and return the same to the Council of Safety; and every Associator shall be answerable for such Arms or the value, unless lost or destroyed by some unavoidable accident, or in actual service.

And be it further Ordained, That in case any Arms so collected shall not be worth repairing, the same shall be laid by until such time as may be thought proper by the Committee of the County to return them to the owners.

Moved and Resolved, That the salary of each of the Delegates to be chosen to serve this State in Congress shall be twenty shillings per diem.

The election of Delegates is adjourned to eight o' clock to-morrow morning.

Adjourned till to-morrow morning, eight o' clock.