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Proceedings of the Continental Congress, communicated to the House by the Delegates


Tuesday, January 24, 1775.

Mr˙ Crane and Mr˙ Kinsey laid before the House the following Memorial, which was read, and is as follows, to wit:

To the Honourable the House of Representatives of the Colony of NEW-JERSEY, in General Assembly met:

GENTLEMEN: We the subscribers, having been appointed and requested by the Committees of the several Counties in this Colony, including a majority of the Members of your House, to represent the Colony of New-Jersey in the Continental Congress of Delegates from the other American Colonies, at Philadelphia, in September last, beg leave to report to the House that we attended the said Congress, and did every thing in our power to answer the intention of our appointment; and hope and trust that the Proceedings of the said Congress, which we now lay before you for your consideration, will receive your approbation, and have the desired effect in producing that peace, happiness, harmony, and confidence, between Great Britain and the Colonies, so ardently wished for by all good men.

We are, gentlemen, your most obedient servants,


January 11, 1775.

Mr˙ Crane and Mr˙ Kinsey also laid before the House the Proceedings of the Continental Congress, held at Philadelphia, in September last, which were read. On the question, whether the House approve of the said Proceedings? It passed in the affirmative.

Resolved, That this House do unanimously approve of the Proceedings of the Congress; such as are of the people called Quakers, excepting only to such parts as seem to wear an appearance, or may have a tendency to force, (if any such there be,) as inconsistent with their religious principles.

Resolved unanimously, That James Kinsey, Stephen Crane, William Livingston, John De Hart, and Richard Smith, Esquires, or any three of them, be and they are hereby appointed to attend the Continental Congress of the Colonies, intended to be held at the City of Philadelphia, in May next, or at any other time and place; and that they report their proceedings to the next session of the General Assembly; instructing the said Delegates to propose and agree to every reasonable and constitutional measure for the accommodation of the unhappy differences at present subsisting between our mother country and the Colonies, which the House most ardently wish for.

The House also being informed, that at the Congress held at Philadelphia, the 6th of September last, a motion was made to give some of the Colonies a greater number of votes in the determination of questions to be agitated therein, than to others; and conceiving such motion to be of dangerous consequence, do also instruct their Delegates not to agree to a measure of that kind, unless it should be agreed at the same time that no vote to be taken on such principles, shall, in future, be obligatory on any Colonies whose Delegates do not consent thereto.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Speaker do transmit a copy of the foregoing Resolutions to the Speakers of the Assemblies of New-York and Pennsylvania.

Resolved unanimously, That the Thanks of this House be given to James Kinsey, Stephen Crane, William Livingston, John, De Hart, and Richard Smith, Esquires, for their faithful and judicious discharge of the trust reposed in them at the late Continental Congress.