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June 26,Officers for the Battalion to be raised by Colonel Lewis Dubois


Wednesday, June 26, 1776.

A Letter of the 21st, from General Washington, and one of the 26th, from Brigadier-General Wooster, were laid before Congress, and read.

Ordered, That the Letter from Brigadier-General Wooster be referred to the Committee appointed to inquire into the causes of the miscarriages in Canada.

The Board of War brought in a Report, which was taken into consideration. Whereupon,

Resolved, That Mons˙ Antoine Felix Weibert, who applies


to be employed as an Engineer in the Continental Army, be recommended to General Washington as a person who appears to be qualified to act in that capacity; but as he asks no more at present than to be placed in a situation in which he may be enabled to evidence his abilities, that the General be desired to employ him in such way as he shall judge will best conduce to the good of the service, and answer Mons˙ Weibert' s request.

Resolved, That the following gentlemen be appointed Officers of the Battalion to be raised under Colonel Lewis Dubois; their Commissions to be given them as soon as their complement of men shall be raised:

Jacobus S˙ Bruyn, Lieutenant-Colonel; William Goforth, Major; David Dubois, First Captain; Elias Van Banschoten, Second Captain; Thomas De Witt, Third Captain; Isaac Wool, Fourth Captain; Philip D˙ B˙ Bevier, Fifth Captain; Richard Platt, Sixth Captain; Albert Pawling, Seventh Captain; and Cornelius T˙ Jansin, Eighth Captain; James Gregg, Aaron Austin, Jonathan Piercy, Evans Wherry, Garret Van Wagcnan, Henry Vandenburg, Nathaniel Conklin, and Henry Dodge, as First Lieutenants; Daniel Gano, Second Lieutenant in the First Company; John Coates, Surgeon; and Henry Dubois, Adjutant.

Resolved, That the President write to the Convention of New York, and explain to them the reasons that induced the Congress to enter into the foregoing Resolution; and to request the Convention to appoint the other Officers of the Battalion, and to use their best endeavours in equipping and forwarding the said Battalion as soon as possible.

Resolved, That the Marine Committee be empowered to purchase the armed Brig Catharine, with her Guns, Tackle, Apparel, and Furniture, as she now lies in Connecticut.

The Committee of Claims reported that there is due —

To Dr˙ Bond, the sum of 9 30-90 Dollars for Medicines and attendance for three Indians;

To Benjamin Armitage, for boarding and lodging Thomas Folmer, the Indian Interpreter, twenty days, the sum of 12 25-90 Dollars;

To Richard Cheney, the sum of 4 82-90 Dollars, for victualling General Lee' s Guard, and that the same ought to be paid to John Morton, Esq.;

To Anthony Welte, for Provisions supplied Captain Nelson' s Company, the sum of 18 18-90 Dollars;

To Aaron Phips, the sum of 7 44-90 Dollars, for sundry expenses of General Lee' s Guard;

To John Osborne, the sum of 8 Dollars, namely: 6 Dollars for boarding and lodging a sick Soldier, and 2 Dollars for a Coffin for one of Captain Van Zant' s men;

To George Hawes, for Wagon-hire, &c˙, carrying Money to Cambridge at the time Mr˙ Franks went, the sum of 70 40-90 Dollars;

To Messrs˙ Hanson, Donaldson, and Franks, for carrying Money to the Camp in March last, the sum of 238 28-90 Dollars;

To Isaac Sorrel, the sum of 26 85-90 Dollars; of which 10 69-90 Dollars were for the expenses of the Prisoners that were brought from North Carolina and the Guard, the remainder for the expenses of the Guard that went with the Powder, &c˙, to Colonel Miles, at Marcus Hook;

To Henry Hatter, the sum of 645 46-90 Dollars; of which sum, Captain John Nelson is to be charged for two Rifles, 24 Dollars; the remainder, viz: expenses of Captain John Nelson' s Company at Reading, 12 89-90 Dollars; expenses of Prisoners from St˙ Johns and Chambly to 8th of June, 538 47-90 Dollars; Mr˙ Haller' s pay, as Commissary, from the 30th of March to the 7th of June, seventy days, at 7 60, 70 Dollars.

Ordered, That the said Accounts be paid.

Resolved, That a bounty of ten Dollars be given to every Non-Commissioned Officer and Soldier who will inlist to serve for the term of three years.

Ordered, That the Resolutions passed yesterday be sent to General Washington, and that he be desired to afford such assistance to the Northern, or Canada Department, as he shall be enabled to do consistently with the safety of New York; and from time to time to give such directions as he may think expedient for the publick service.

A Paragraph of a Letter from General Washington to one of the Members, being laid before Congress, and read,


Resolved, That it be referred to the Board of War and Ordnance.

Resolved, That the Secret Committee be directed to supply the Marine Committee with one ton of Gunpowder, for the use of the vessel whjch they were this morning empowered to purchase.

Resolved, That Michael Hillegas, Esq˙, be empowered and directed to pay such sums of Money as are or may be due to the several signers of Continental Bills of Credit, for their services, agreeable to the Resolve of Congress for that purpose.

The Committee to whom was referred the Petition of William Whiting, a Soldier, who was wounded in the Continental Army at Quebeck, brought in their Report, which was read:

Whereupon, Resolved, That the sura of twenty Dollars be paid out of the publick Treasury to William Whiting, to enable him to return to his family at Norfolk, in Connecticut.

The Committee on the Treasury, to whom were referred the Petition and Accounts of Stephen Rowe Bradley, brought in their Report. Whereupon,

Resolved, That there be paid to Stephen Rowe Bradley the sum of 691 22-90 Dollars, for the service of himself and his Company, from the 25th day of January to the 25th day of February, during which time they were employed in the service of the Continent.

The matters to this day referred, being postponed,

Adjourned to nine o' clock, tomorrow.