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Report of the Committee on the Petition of Sampson and George Matthews


Mr˙ Banister, from the Committee to whom the Memorial of Sampson and George Matthews was referred, reported, that the Committee had, according to order, had under their consideration the said Memorial, and that it


appeared to them that the said Memorialists were concerned in trade, and may therefore be deeply interested in the disposition of the country' s money, so far as may relate to the collection of their debts from persons concerned; that it further appeared to them, that the Memorialists were extremely active in the promotion of the service, as commissaries, and that they discharged their duty therein in an advantageous manner to the country; that it also appeared, that Col˙ John Bowyer, at the first marching of the forces, was averse to the war, and retarded the service; but, upon some attacks of the Savages on Greenbrier, he consented to Capt˙ Murray' s drafting part of his company, in order to repel them; that Col˙ Bowyer is no otherwise concerned in the disposal of the publick money than as it may be in his power to favour his brothers, who have lately broke up their store, and had many debts to collect. And that they had come to the following Resolution thereupon; which he read in his place, and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk' s table, where the same was again twice read, and agreed to by the Convention:

Resolved, That some person, totally disinterested in the commercial way with the claimants, ought to be appointed to pay the publick money to the persons entitled thereto.