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March 22


Friday, March 23, 1776.

The House met according to adjournment.

The Committee appointed by both Houses, to confer about Instructions for the Commissary who shall deliver out Provisions to the Troops at Portsmouth, made report as follows, viz:

First. That a Commissary be appointed constantly to attend every allowance day, upon the Troops at or near Portsmouth.

Second. That the Commissary proceed to deliver out Provisions, agreeable to the Return of the Quartermaster, every allowance day.

Thirdly. That the Commissary deliver one gill of rum, per day, to each man going upon fatigue, and not otherwise: the number to be ascertained by the Adjutant.

Fourthly. That an agent Victualler be appointed to provide all the necessaries for the Army.