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Pennsylvania Assembly



Monday, February 20, 1775.

The House met pursuant to their adjournment.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Rodman and Mr˙ Humphreys wait on the Governour and acquaint him that the House having met pursuant to their adjournment, are ready to receive any business he may be pleased to lay before them.

Mr˙ Speaker communicated to the House a Letter received in their recess from the Honourable Cortland Skinner, Esquire, Speaker of the Assembly of the Province of East and West Jersey, enclosing certain Resolves lately passed by that Assembly, which were read by order, and are as they severally follow, viz:


Perth Amboy, January 25, 1775.

SIR: By order of the House of Assembly, I enclose you the Resolutions of this House, approving of the Proceedings of the Continental Congress, and am, sir, your very humble servant,


To the Honourable Edward Biddle, Esq˙, Speaker of the Assembly of the Province of Pennsylvania.

HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, January 25, 1775.

Mr˙ Crane and Mr˙ Kinsey laid before the House the Proceedings of the Continental Congress, held at Philadelphia in September last, which were read.

On the question, Whether the House approve of the said Proceedings? It passed in the affirmative.


Resolved, That this House do unanimously approve of the Proceedings of the Congress.

Resolved, That James Kinsey, Stephen Crane, William Livingston, John De Hart, and Richard Smith, Esquires, or any three of them, be and they are hereby appointed to attend the Continental Congress of the Colonies, intended to be held at the City of Philadelphia in May next, or at any other time or place, and that they report their proceedings to the next session of the General Assembly; instructing the said Delegates to propose and agree to every reasonable and constitutional measure for the accommodation of the unhappy difference at present subsisting between our mother country and the Colonies, which the House most ardently wish for.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Speaker do transmit a copy of the foregoing Resolutions to the Speakers of the Assemblies of New-York and Pennsylvania.

Resolved, That the thanks of this House be given to James Kinsey, Stephen Crane, William Livingston, John De Hart, and Richard Smith, Esquires, for their faithful and judicious discharge of the trust reposed in them at the late Continental Congress.


The Members appointed to wait on the Governour, reported that they had delivered their message according to order, and that his Honour was pleased to say he had no business at present to lay before the House, but if any should occur during their sitting, he would acquaint them with it by Message.