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Paper purporting to be a Proclamation of his Excellency Josiah Martin


Friday, August 25, 1775.

The Congress met according to adjournment.

A Paper purporting to be a Proclamation issued by his Excellency Josiah Martin, dated on board His Majesty' s Ship Cruizer, at Cape-Fear River, the eighth of August instant, directed to the Moderator of the Provincial Convention at Hillsborough, being read:

Resolved unanimously, That the said Paper is a false, scandalous, scurrilous, malicious, and seditious libel, tending to disunite the good people of this Province, and to stir up tumult and insurrections dangerous to the peace of His Majesty' s Government, and the safety of the inhabitants, and highly injurious to the characters of several gentlemen of acknowledged virtue and loyalty; and further that the said Paper be burnt by the common hangman.

The Order of the Day being read, Resolved, The same lie for consideration till Monday next.

The Petition of Frances Dunn and Dorothy Boote being read, Resolved, The same lie on the table for consideration.

Mr˙ Joseph Williams, a Delegate for the County of Surry, has leave to absent himself from the Congress for ten days.

Resolved, That Mr˙ Harnett, Mr˙ Willie Jones, Mr˙ Knox, Mr˙ Locke, Mr˙ Caswell, Mr˙ Thomas Person, and Mr, John Ashe, be a Committee to take into consideration and report a stale of the Publick Funds.

Resolved, That Mr˙ Cogdell, Mr, Green Hill, Mr˙ Martin, Mr˙ Taylor, Mr˙ Pattillo, Mr˙ Thomas Jones, Mr˙ John Kinchen, Mr˙ Thomas Hall, Mr˙ Locke, and Mr˙ Skinner, be a Committee of Intelligence, to receive all Petitions respecting the Return of Delegates, &c˙, and report thereon to this Congress.

Resolved, That all those gentlemen possessed of any intelligence respecting Indian Affairs, furnish Willie Jones, Esquire, one of the Commissioners for the Southern Department, with the same in writing.

Resolved, That it be recommended to the Committees of the several Counties and Towns in this Province, to obtain an exact List of the Inhabitants within their respective Counties and Towns, distinguishing in such List the number of White Male Persons, between the age of sixteen and fifty years; the number of Males above fifty and under sixteen; the number of White Women; the number of Female Children; the number of Black Male Slaves being taxables; the number of Female Slaves who are taxables; and the number of Slaves not taxables; and that such Lists he returned certified by the Chairman of the Committee to the President of this Congress, on or before the first day of November next.

Mr˙ Edward Everigin has leave to absent himself from the service of this Congress.

Mr˙ James Green is appointed an Assistant Clerk to this Congress.

Adjourned till five o' clock, this afternoon.

Friday, five o' clock, P˙ M˙, August 25, 1775.

The Congress met according to adjournment.

Mr˙ Robert Lanier is appointed to serve on the Committee to prepare a Plan for the internal peace of this


Province, in the room of Mr˙ Joseph Williams, who has leave of absence.

Resolved, That the Commanding Officer of the Independent Company of the Town of Hillsborough, despatch four of the said Company to proceed from this place towards Wilmington, until they meet with a certain James Cotton, of the County of Anson, who, it is said, is in custody of certain persons, in order to be brought before this Congress, and to assist in bringing the said James Cotton before the Congress.

The Congress adjourned till Monday morning, nine o' clock.