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Committee to Inquire


Ordered, That Mr˙ Haven administer the oaths to General Heath as Colonel, and as Major-General in the Massachusetts Army.

The President then delivered General Heath a Commission as Colonel, and another as a Major-General of the Massachusetts Army.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Pickering, Mr˙ Lothrop, and Mr˙ Pitts, be a Committee to deliver Commissions to the following Officers in General Heath' s Regiment, viz: Jotham Loring, Second Major; Charles Cushing, Captain; Elias Whitton, Lieutenant; Benjamin Beal, Ensign.

Ordered, That the President Major Hawley, Mr˙ Gerry, Colonel Thompson, Captain Goodman, Colonel Lincoln, and Colonel Freeman, be a Committee to inquire into the reason of the present want of discipline in the Massachusetts Army, and to report to this Congress what is the most proper way to put said Army into a proper regulation.

A Commission was delivered to Colonel Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge, as Colonel of a Regiment in the Colony Army.

Ordered, That Commissions be delivered to the Officers of Colonel Woodbridge' s Regiment, agreeable to a list by him exhibited to the Committee of Safety.

The Order of the Day was moved for.

Ordered, That Colonel Lincoln, Mr˙ Pitts, and Mr˙ Lothrop, be a Committee to receive, sort, and count the votes for another Major-General.


Which Committee reported, that they had attended that service, and that Joseph Fry, esq˙, was chosen.

Ordered, That Mr˙ Phillips be appointed forthwith to wait on Colonel Fry to inform him of such choice, and to know if he will accept that trust.