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Form of Commissions


The Committee appointed to prepare a form of a Commission, &c˙, for the Officers of those Companies, who are to be stationed on the sea-coasts, reported. The Report was accepted, and is as follows:

The Committee appointed to take into consideration in what manner and form Commissions, Beating and Enlisting Orders, be made out to the Officers to be appointed and raised for the defence of the sea-coast, having taken the


premises into consideration, would humbly report the following draught of a blank for Commissions, viz:

"The Congress of the Colony of the MASSACHUSETTS-BAY, to ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ , gentleman, ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ Greeting:

"We, reposing especial trust and confidence in your courage and good conduct, do, by these presents, appoint you, the said ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ to be a ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙, of a Company of Foot, appointed by said Congress to be raised for the protection and defence of the sea-coast in this Colony. You are, therefore, carefully and diligently to discharge the duty of a ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙, in leading, ordering, and exercising the said Company in arms, both inferiour officers and soldiers, and to keep them in good order and discipline; and they are hereby commanded to obey you as their ˙ ˙ ˙; and you are yourself to observe and follow such orders and instructions as you shall from time to time receive from your superiour officers, or from those who are or may be appointed to have the direction of the said Company or Companies, in the several Towns or Counties where you may be stationed, according to military rules and discipline in war, in pursuance of the trust reposed in you.

"By order of Congress:

"˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙, President.

"˙ ˙ ˙ the ˙ ˙ ˙ day of ˙ ˙ ˙, A˙ D˙ 1775.

"Attest: ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙, Secretary."

Also, your Committee beg leave to report the following blank or form for Beating Orders, viz:

"To ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙

"SIR: You are hereby empowered immediately to enlist a Company, to consist of forty-seven able-bodied, effective men, including Sergeants, Corporals, Drummers, &c˙, as soldiers in the Massachusetts service, for the defence of the sea-coast in this Colony; and cause them to pass muster as soon as may be.

"By order of Congress:

"˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙, President.

"˙ ˙ ˙ day of ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙, A˙ D˙ 1775.

"Attest: ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙, Secretary."

Your Committee likewise report the following form of an Enlistment, viz:

"We, the subscribers, do hereby solemnly engage and enlist ourselves as Soldiers in the service of the Massachusetts Colony, for the defence and protection of the seacoasts in said Colony, from the day of our enlistment to the last day of December next, unless the said service should admit of a discharge of a part, or the whole, sooner, which is to be determined by the Congress or General Court, or Assembly of said Colony. And we do hereby promise to submit ourselves to all the Orders and Regulations of the Army, and faithfully to observe and obey all such orders as we shall, from time to time, receive from our superiour officers.

Your Committee also beg leave to report, that the Committees in the several Counties, appointed by this Congress to give but Beating and Enlisting Orders, be directed to fill up said commissions and orders, and to deliver the commissions to the Officers as soon as their Companies are full; also, that a person be appointed in each of those Counties upon the sea-coast, to administer the oath to Officers and Soldiers.


Resolved, That there be one hundred and twenty blank Commissions printed, sixty Beating Orders, and one hundred and twenty Enlisting Orders.