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Houelman Arnold appointed a Lieutenant of the company commanded by Major Ottendorf

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Monday, December 9, 1776.

A Letter, of the 8th, from General Washington; one, of the 22d November, from General Ward, enclosing one of the 9th of the same month, from General Gates; one of the 18th of the same month, from G˙ Morgan, at Pittsburg; and a Petition and Remonstrance from the Captains and Subalterns of Colonel Mackay' s Battalion; a Letter, of the 17th November, from Lieutenant-Colonel Wilson, of the said Battalion; and a Letter of the 22d November, from John Avery, at Boston, were read:

Also, a Letter of the 25th November, from Colonel Moses Hazen, was read, and referred to the Committee on the Northern Army.

Resolved, That another Member be added to the said Committee.

The Member chosen, Mr˙ R˙ H˙ Lee.

The Indians being introduced, spoke to Congress; but having said nothing relative to matters between them and the United States, no notice was taken of it, and they withdrew.

Resolved, That the sum of 117 11-90th Dollars be paid

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to Colonel Haussegger, in full of his Account for Boards, &c˙, bought for the publick service, and for his expenses.

Resolved, That 1,000 Dollars be advanced to Major Ottendorff, for the purpose of recruiting his Companies; he to be accountable.

Resolved, That Houelman Arnold be appointed a Lieutenant of the Company commanded by Major Ottendorff:

That 2,000 Dollars be advanced to the Delegates of New-Jersey, for the publick service; they to be accountable:

That 50,000 Dollars be advanced to Mr˙ J˙ Mease, for the publick service; he to be accountable.

Resolved, That Mr˙ Risberg, the Assistant Quartermaster in Philadelphia, be directed to send by water to Christiana Bridge, the Military Stores sent from the Army, and that they be safely lodged there till farther orders.

Resolved, That 5,000 Dollars be advanced to Mr˙ Carpenter Wharton, for the publick service; he to be accountable.

Resolved, That the Council of Safety of Pennsylvania be requested to give the Continental Officers, and all others, employed in removing the publick stores from Philadelphia, whether by land or water, all the assistance in their power.

Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed to prepare an Address to the Inhabitants of America, and a recommendation to the several States, to appoint a day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer:

The Members chosen, Dr˙ Witherspoon, Mr˙ R˙ H˙ Lee, and Mr˙ Adams.

Resolved, That Mr˙ J˙ Mease be empowered and directed to settle and pay the arrears due to Colonel Hay' s Battalion of the Flying-Camp.

Resolved, That Thomas de Naif be appointed a Lieutenant of Artillery under Mons˙ Romand de Lisle.

Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed to inquire into the state of the Prisoners sent from New-Jersey.

The Members chosen, Dr˙ Witherspoon, Mr˙ Clarke, and Mr˙ F˙ L˙ Lee.

Whereas, in consequence of many complaints that engrossers had distressed the publick, by raising Salt to an exorbitant price, the Council of Safety of Pennsylvania, with the approbation of Congress, took the management of the affair into their hands, and have endeavoured, by as just and equal a distribution as possible of the Salt imported from time to time, to supply the different parts of the country; yet, it is found upon trial, either from the artful conduct of interested persons not discovered, or from the impossibility of the thing itself, that the remedy has been ineffectual; and, on the contrary, Salt continues scarcer and dearer in this port, than where no regulations have been tried: Therefore,

Resolved, That it be recommended to the Council of Safety of Pennsylvania, to take off all restraint upon the sale of Salt; and give publick notice that it shall be lawful for any person to import and sell it, in such manner, and at such prices, as shall suit voluntary purchasers.

Resolved, That 200 Dollars be advanced to Mr˙ William Govett, Assistant to the Auditor-General: he to be accountable.

Resolved, That in case this Congress shall be under the necessity of removing from Philadelphia, it shall be adjourned to Baltimore.

Whereas, General Washington hath repeatedly applied, and hath yesterday renewed his application, for an immediate reinforcement for the defence of Philadelphia, and the State of Pennsylvania:

Resolved, That the Council of Safety of Pennsylvania be requested, this day, to send expresses, that can be relied on, to the several Counties, earnestly requesting that they march what Troops they can collect, armed and provided in the best manner possible, to the Army under the command of General Washington.

Resolved, That Mr˙ J˙ Mease be directed to furnish Captain Henderson' s Company, of the Eleventh Pennsylvania Battalion, with Blankets and Stockings.

Resolved, That Expresses be immediately sent to the Committees of the Counties of Coecil, Baltimore, Hartford, and Frederick, in Maryland, requesting that they apply,

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without delay, to the Militia of their respective Counties, to send forward, immediately, for the defence of the City of Philadelphia, and the reinforcement of General Washington' s Army, as many Troops as possible, informing the said Committees that some assistance, in the way of Arms, may be furnished here, to such as have no Arms to bring with them:

That an express be sent to the Council of Safety of Delaware, requesting them to send forward, as fast as possible, for the defence of this City, and the reinforcement of General Washington, as many Troops as possible, informing the said Council that some assistance in the way of Arms may be furnished here to provide such as have no Arms to bring with them.

Resolved, That the Board of War be directed to take care of the Arms belonging to the Continent, and have them properly secured.

Resolved, That William Chambers be appointed Captain,

Alexander Wilson First Lieutenant, and Adam Hoops, Second Lieutenant, in the Third Battalion of the Regiment commanded by Colonel Moses Hazen.

The several matters to this day referred being postponed,

Adjourned to ten o' clock to-morrow.

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