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Payment ordered for the losses of Colonel Parker, slain in the battle of Charlestown Act passed for executing the Resolve of Congress recommending the disarming the enemies of the United Colonies


Friday, April 26, 1776.

Present in Council: Honourable James Otis, William Sever, Benjamin Greenleaf, Walter Spooner, Caleb Cushing, John Winthrop, Benjamin Chadhourn, John Whetcomb, Jedediah Foster, James Prescott, Eldad Taylor, Michael Farley, Samuel Holten, Jabez Fisher, Benjamin White, Esquires.

In the House of Representatives: The House made choice of Abraham Andrews, First Lieutenant of Captain Brown' s Company, in Colonel Whitney' s Regiment in the room of Elijah Danforth; and Silas Porter as Second Lieutenant of the same Company, in the room of Thomas Richardson.

In Council: Read, and concurred.

In the House of Representatives: Ordered, That — be a Committee, with such as the honourable Board may join, to consider the proceedings of the Committee of the Towns of Duxbury, Marshfield, Scituate, and Hanover.

In Council: Read, and concurred, and Caleb Cushing, Eldad Taylor, and James Prescott, Esquires, are joined.

On the Petition of the Committee of Safety of Cape Elizabeth,

Resolved, That the Commissary-General be, and he is hereby directed to procure for the defence of that town, two Crow-Bars, fifteen Shovels or Spades, six Pick-Axes, two hundred pounds of Lead or Ball, two hundred Flints, and six Narrow-Axes.

Whereas, a Resolve passed this Court, dated the 17th of April, current, directing the Selectmen, Committee of Safety, &c˙, of the Town of Truro, to deliver to James Holmes, late master of the Ship Friendship, stranded on Cape-Cod shore in February last, the remainder of his private property that was then in the hands of said Selectmen and Committee; by virtue of which resolve (as this Court is informed) said Holmes has made demand of the greatest part of the cargo found on board said ship;

Therefore Resolved, That, by the words "the remainder of his private property that is yet in the hands of the Selectmen and Committee of Safety," mentioned in said resolve, shall, and ought to be, understood, the remainder of his clothing, cabin furniture, sea-books, cash, and private papers, which were then actually in the hands of said Selectmen and Committee; said Holmes making it appear that the cash was actually his private property; and said resolve shall not be construed to extend to any part of the cargo or stores found on board said ship.

Resolved, That there be paid out of the publick Treasury of this Colony, to Sarah Parker, the sum of fourteen Pounds three Shillings and nine Pence, in full for the losses sustained by her husband, the late Colonel Parker, who was slain in the battle of Charlestown.

A Bill entitled "An Act for executing the Resolve of Congress recommending the disarming the Enemies of the United Colonies," &c˙, having passed the House of Representatives to be engrossed:

In Council: Read a second time, and passed a concurrence to be engrossed.

Adjourned to nine o' clock, to-morrow morning.