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Application to the Continental Congress for aid in procuring Seamen from the Northern Colonies


In Congress, Monday, November 27, 1775.

The Congress met according to adjournment. And the Journal of yesterday was read.

Major Elliott, of the Regiment of Artillery, having made application for Bounty Money to raise recruits for that corps, and for directions where to place the said recruits as they shall be raised,

Ordered, That Mr˙ President do issue his warrant on the Treasury, for the payment of fourteen hundred Pounds currency, to Major Barnard Elliott, for the recruiting service in the Regiment of Artillery, to be accounted for.

And that the recruits for the said Regiment be posted at the most convenient and near places to the several batteries in Charlestown, under the command of the Artillery; and that such places be fitted up accordingly.

An Account of Captain Robert Cochran, amounting to one hundred and thirty Pounds and five Shillings, being laid before the Congress,

Ordered, That Mr˙ President do issue his Warrant for the payment thereof.

And a Warrant was issued accordingly.

On motion, Resolved, That Colonel Moultrie be directed forthwith to order a detachment of forty Privates, who are best acquainted with maritime affairs, to do duty and serve on board the armed Ship Prosper, for one month, unless sooner discharged by proper authority.

On motion, Resolved, That the Delegates of this Colony in the Continental Congress be immediately applied to, to use their utmost endeavours to procure two hundred able Seamen, to be engaged in the northern Colonies, and sent hither with all possible despatch, for manning the armed Vessels in the Colony service. And that they be requested to cause the encouragement offered by this Colony to be made as publick as possible.

A motion was made, that previous to any attack upon the Men of War in the Road, the intended attack upon such ships shall be notified to Lord William Campbell, if he shall then be on board.

A debate ensued; and the question being put,
Resolved in the affirmative.

On motion, Resolved, That the Council of Safety do pay such Accounts as to them shall appear reasonable, for the subsistence in diet, for the ferriage, and for the carriage of the sick, of recruits for the Provincial Forces, from their enlistment to the time of their being brought to head-quarters.

On motion, Resolved, That the powers of the General Committee, the Committee of Observation, and all the


Parochial and District Committees throughout the Colony, be, and they are hereby revived and continued.

A motion being made, that the Commissions issued by the late Council of Safety to Captain Allston' s Volunteer Company of Foot Rangers or Rovers, in the Craven County Militia, be withdrawn,

A debate arose; and the question being put, it passed in the negative.

A motion was then made, that the late Council of Safety' s appointment of the Company of Foot Rangers or Rovers being confirmed, the said Company is hereby declared subject to patrol duty, and liable to be called out upon emergencies, by the Field Officers of the District; also subject to the orders of the Commander-in-Chief of any embodied Troops, with which the said Company shall be called into service.

A debate ensued; and the question being put, It was resolved in the affirmative.

Adjourned to nine o' clock, to-morrow.