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Committee to wait on General Washington


The Report of the Committee appointed to consider the circumstances of the Soldiers, with respect to their advance pay, as well those stationed on the sea-coasts as others, was resumed, and recommitted to Colonel Freiman, Colonel Bowers, and Mr˙ Davis.

Ordered, That Captain Batchelder, Colonel Thompson, and Major Cross, be a Committee to consider the subject


of a motion made by Mr˙ Foster, of Gloucester, for an additional Force and supply of Ammunition for the defence of that Town.

John Adams, Esq˙, brought down the Bill for annulling the Commissions of the several Officers, civil and military, in this Colony, with a new Draught thereof, and the following order of Council thereon, viz:

In Council, August 10, 1775: Read and concurred, as taken into a new Draught.

Sent down for concurrence.

Ordered, That the Resolve appointing a Committee to bring in a Bill to prevent the waste of Powder, be reconsidered, and that said Committee be directed to bring in a Resolve for that purpose.

An Account of Stephen Barret, of the charge of carrying a Prisoner from Concord to Mr˙ James Boice' s, of Milton, was read, and Mr˙ Barret had leave to withdraw the same.

Colonel Prescott brought down a number of Letters found on board the vessels taken at Machias, which were committed for revision to Mr˙ Hopkins, Mr˙ Partridge, and Mr˙ Crane.

The Committee appointed to draw up an Advertisement calling on all persons who have paid Moneys into the hands of Mr˙ Treasurer Gardner, to produce a duplicate or copy of his Receipt therefor into the Secretary' s Office, reported. The Report was ordered to lie till to-morrow morning.


An Account of Jonas Dix, Esq˙, for forty-five days' time employed in administering the Oath to Officers and Soldiers of the Massachusetts Army, was read, and committed to the Committee on Accounts.

The Committee appointed in the forenoon to consider the subject of a motion made by Mr˙ Foster, of Gloucester, reported:

Ordered, That Mr˙ Story and Captain Goodman, with such as the honourable Board shall join, be a Committee to wait on his Excellency General Washington, and confer with him on the propriety and manner of supplying the Town of Gloucester with Ammunition and Men for their defence in their present exigence, and to inquire particularly with regard to a Company raised by Captain John Lane, part of which are now in the Camp at Cambridge.

Sent up for concurrence.

Ordered, That the Speaker, Colonel Freeman, and Major Hawley, with such as the honourable Board shall join, be a Committee to confer with his Excellency General Washington on the subject of a number of Letters brought from Machias.