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Publick Records


Sunday, March 3, 1776.

The Council met according to adjournment.

Resolved, That the Publick Treasurers, or either of them, be empowered to draw on the Continental Treasury for any sum not exceeding twenty-five thousand Dollars, towards defraying the expense of the Troops on the Continental establishment in this Province.

Resolved, That all the Publick Records, of what nature soever, in the custody of the Secretary, be immediately removed from the Secretary' s Office, and that all the Papers appertaining to the Court of Chancery, or any other person, be immediately removed, and kept in some secure place, by Mr˙ Christopher Neale, who is hereby required to see this necessary order carried into execution; and in case of necessity, to call on the Colonel of the Militia for sufficient force for that purpose.

Resolved, That it be recommended to the several Committees in this Province, to remove the Publick Records of their respective Counties, and secure the same in the hands of some trusty person, wherever the same are now in the hands of persons suspected to be inimical to the American rights.

Resolved, That the next Congress shall be held at the Town of Halifax, the County of Halifax, the 2d day of April next, and that the Printer to this Province give notice of the same, by printing and dispersing a number of Handbills, and inserting this Resolution in his publick Gazette.

The Council adjourned till to-morrow morning, nine o' clock.