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April 13


Present in Council: Honourable James Otis, Benjamin Greenleaf, Walter Spooner, Caleb Cushing, John Winthrop, Joseph Gerrish, John Whetcomb, Jedediah Foster, James Prescott, Eldad Taylor, Benjamin, Lincoln, Michael Parley, Joseph Palmer, Samuel Holten, Jabez Fisher, Benjamin White, Esquires.

Ordered, That Colonel Sawyer be empowered and directed to sign the Beating Orders to be given out for inlisting


a Regiment to fortify the Harbour of Boston, and procure a sufficient number of the same, together with the form of Inlistment and Establishment, printed and distributed; and that the Beating Orders be directed to all the Officers proposed for each Company, with the rank which they are proposed to sustain, provided they can raise their Companies.

Resolved, That there be paid out of the publick Treasury of this Colony, to David Curtis, the sum of eighteen Shillings, in full for his son' s board while wounded.

A Bill entitled "An Act for preventing the forging and altering Bills of Publick Credit and -for their depreciation, and for making them a tender in all payments," having passed the House of Representatives to be enacted,

In Council: Read a second time, and passed a concurrence to be enacted.

A Bill for amending An Act entitled "An Act for the encouraging the fixing out of Armed Vessels for the defence of America," having passed the House of Representatives to be enacted:

In Council: Read a second time, and passed a concurrence to be enacted.

Resolved, That the Soldiers belonging to the British Army, with their wives and children, be sent to General Ward, and that Caleb Wheaton and others, who were taken on board the Brig Sally, by Captain John Manly, be sent to this Court for examination, except the women and children; and them (exclusive of the soldiers' wives and children) to be disposed of by the Committee of Correspondence of Marblehead, in that way and manner that shall be the least charge to Government; and that Brigadier Parley be desired, in season, to collect the accounts of the necessary expenses attending the support and maintenance of these and all the other persons taken on board the same vessel, and endeavour to have the same discharged out of the moneys arising on the sales of the cargo and effects found on board the said vessel.

Adjourned to ten o' clock, Monday morning.

Monday, April 15, 1776.