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the Season will admit it. The Plan of the Fort and the Commissioners Accompts will be laid before You, by which you will perceive how much remains to be done, in what Manner the Money has been disposed of, and how much is yet in arrear to the Work.
From hence you will be enabled to judge what further Sum will be wanting to compleat a Work which has for many years been considered by the Legislature of this Province as an Object of the greatest Importance for the Defence and Protection of this flourishing and populous City against His Majesty's Enemies in Time of War.
“I think it incumbent on me, Gentlemen, to recommend this Matter to your most serious Consideration, and to request that you will make the proper Provision for carrying on and compleating this important Work in the most speedy and effectual Manner, in which you may be assured of my hearty Concurrence.
“JOHN PENN. " January 20th, 1774."
The Governor laid before the Board the following Answer, which he received last Night from the Assembly, to his Amendments to the Bill for preventing Frauds in the packing and preserving of Shadd and Herring, &c :
Amendment 1st. The House adhere to the Bill.
And the Secretary was Ordered to carry the Bill back to the House, with a Message that the Governor could not recede from his proposed Amendment.
The Board then resumed the Consideration of the four following Bills, Viz'.:
"An Act to prevent infectious Diseases being brought into this Province."
“An Act for repealing a part of An Act entituled 'An Act for regulating Pedlars, Vendues, &c."
"An Act for confirming the Estate of John Steel, of Carlisle, in the County of Cumberland, in and to a certain Plantation and Tract of Land, in the Township of Middleton, in the County aforesaid, several of the Tittle Deeds whereof are lost.'
“A Supplement to the Act entituled 'An Act for raising of County Rates and Levies.'
And the Secretary was directed to return the said Bills to the Assembly, with a Verbal Message to the House that the Governor gave his Assent to the two first, but could not agree to pass either of the other two.
Friday 21st January, 1774. MEMORANDUM:
The Assembly having yesterday sent up to the Governor for his Concurrence, A Bill entituled “An Act to increase the Allowance to Members of Assembly, for their attendance on the public Service," and the same being agreed to, was this Day returned to the Assembly with the Governor's Assent.
Saturday 230 January, 1774. A Committee of Assembly waited on the Governor and delivered him a Message in answer to His Honor's Message of the 20th Instant, and a Copy of the Resolves referred to therein, and at the same Time, acquainted the Governor that the House inclined to adadjourn on the 12th of September next, and requested him to appoint some Members of Council to assist in comparing the Bills that had been agreed to, with their engrossed Copies, to which the Governor replied, that he had no objection to their proposed Adjournment; that he would appoint some Members of Council to collate the Bills and meet the House in the Council Chamber at one o'Clock, to enact them into Laws.
Council Chamber, 1 o'Clock, P. M.
The several engrossed Bills being compared with their Originals and found to agree, The Governor sent the Secretary to the House with a Message requiring their attendance, that he might pass the Bills which had received his Assent.
The whole House waiting on him accordingly, the Speaker presented to him eight Bills, entituled as below, which his Honor was pleased to enact into Laws, and appointed the Secretary to accompany two Members of the House to see the Great Seal affixed to them, and to deposit them in the Rolls office.
The Speaker then in behalf of the House, presented to the Governor a Certificate for £400 towards his support, for which his Honor returned them his thanks. The Laws are entituled as follows, Viz':
“ An Act for regulating the Buildings, keeping in repair the Streets, Lanes, Alleys and Highways, in the Borough of Lancaster, and for other Purposes therein mentioned.”
“An Act to amend the Act entituled 'An Act for granting to His Majesty the sum of fifty-five thousand Pounds, and for striking
the same in Bills of Credit, in the manner herein after directed, and for providing a Fund for sinking the said Bills of Credit by a Tax on all Estates real and personal, and Taxables within this Province."
"An Act to oblige the Trustees and Assignees of insolvent' Debtors to execute their Trusts."
“An Act to prevent infectious Diseases being brought into this Province."
"An Act for regulating the Fishery in the River Conestoge, in the County of Lancaster.”
6 An Act to prevent Tumults and riotous Assemblies, and for the more speedy and effectual punishing the Rioters.”
“ An Act for repealing a part of an Act, entituled An Act for regulating Pedlars, Vendues, &ca."
"An Act to increase the allowance to members of Assembly, for their attendance on the Public Service.
MEMORANDUM, 31st January, 1774.
The Governor, taking into consideration the Letters and other Papers received from Arthur St. Clair and Æneas M'Kay, Esquires, relating to the proceedings of Dr. Conolly, as they stand upon the Council minutes of the 19th of this month, this day thought proper, with the advice of the Council, to write the following Letter to Lord Dunmore, Governor of Virginia, upon that Subject, viz':
“PHILADELPHIA, 31st January, 1774. "My Lord,
“A few Days ago I received by Express, from the Western Frontiers of this Province, the inclosed Copy of an Advertisement, lately set up at Pittsburg and divers Other Places in that Quarter of the Country, by one John Conolly, who has taken upon him as Captain Commandant of the Militia at Pittsburg, and its dependencies, by virtue of your Lordship’s Commission, as he says, to command the People to meet him there as a militia on the 25th Instant, and to exercise Jurisdiction over them, as Settlers under your Government within the Dominion of Virginia.
“ A Step so sudden and unexpected could not but be matter of great Surprise to me, as well as very alarming to the Inhabitants of those Parts, who have taken up, improved, and hitherto peaceably enjoyed their Lands under Grants from the Proprietaries of this Province.
“ Being, however, too well acquainted with your Lordship’s Character, to admit the least Idea that you would countenance a measure injurious to the Rights of the Proprietaries of Pennsylvania, or which might have a tendency to raise Disturbances within their Province, I fatter myself that the laying before you a short state of the Limits of this Province, so far as regards the present Question, and acquainting you with the steps which have been taken to ascertain its Western Extent, and the Situation of Pittsburg, will be abundantly sufficient to satisfy you that that place is, beyond all doubt, within this Province.
“ The Western Extent of the Province of Pennsylvania, by the Royal Grant, is five Degrees of Longitude from the River Delaware, which is its Eastern Boundary.
“In the year 1768, an East and West Line was run from Delaware, at the mouth of Christiana Creek, to the crossing of Dunkard Creek, a Branch of the Monongahela, by Messieurs. Dixon and Mason, two Surveyors of Distinction, who were sent over from Eng. land to run the Division Line between Maryland and Pennsylvania. These Artists fixed the Latitude and Extent of that Line with the utmost exactness and precision, to the satisfaction of the Commissioners on both sides. From the 233d mile Stone on this Line, a North Line hath been since carefully run and measured to the Obio, and from thence up to Fort Pitt; the several Courses of the River have been taken with all possible Care. From the Line of Dixon and Mason to a known Point in the South Line of the City of Philadelphia, the true Course and Distance bath been discovi by actual Survey, as also from the Point aforesaid, to that part of the River Delaware which is in the same Latitude as Fort Pitt; and from these several Data, the most exact Calculations have been made by Dr. Smith, Provost of our College, Mr. Rittenhouse, and our Surveyor General, in order to ascertain the difference of Longi. tude between Delaware and Pittsburg, who all agree that the latter is near six miles Eastward of the Western extent of the Proyince.
"The better to illustrate this Matter, and enable your Lordship to form a Judgment of the accuracy with which the work has been done, and the Calculations made, I have inclosed a Map or Draught of the several Lines above mentioned, with explanatory Notes, as delivered by them to me. Should your Lordship, however, con. itrary to my Expectation, still entertain any doubt respecting this matter, I hope you will at least think it reasonable for avoiding those mischiefs which must naturally arise in Cases of clashing and disputed Jurisdiction, to defer the appointing of Officers, and exercising Government in that neighbourhood, and suffer the People to remain in the quiet and undisturbed Possession of the Lands they hold under this Province, till some temporary Line of Jurisdiction can be agreed on by Commissioners, to be appointed by both Goveroments, to confer on this Subject, or until the Affair can be settled by His Majesty in Council, before whom a Petition, exhibited by the Proprietaries of Pennsylvania, for the Settlement of their Western as well as other Boundaries is now dependivg.
“ I shall hope to receive your Lordship’s Sentiments of this matter by the first Opportunity, and am, with great Regard,
“ Your Lordship’s most Obedient
"JOHN PENN. “To The Right Honorable the Earl of Dunmore, Governor & Com
mander-in-Chief of His Majesty's Province of Virginia.”
February 24th, 1774.
The Governor having lately received a Letter from Jonathan Trumbull, Esquire, Governor of Connecticut, dated the 31st January last, this day sent him an answer thereto, which Letter and answer are as follow, Viz':
“LEBANON, 31st January, 1774.
“ I am not favoured with any of yours, yet think it proper to acquaint you with some of the public acts of this Colony, passed since mine of the 22d of November last, Viz":
"At a General Assembly of the Governor and Company of the Colony of Connecticut, hoiden at Hartford, by Adjournment, on the second Wednesday of January, 1774 :
“ It is enacted that the Inhabitants dwelling within the Bounds of this Colony, on the West Side of the River Delaware, be, and they are hereby made and constituted a distinct Town, with like Powers and Priviledges as other Towns in this Colony by Law have, within the following Bounds and Limits, viz': Bounded East by Delaware River, North by the North Line of this Colony, West by a North and South Line across the Colony at fifteen miles distance from a Place on Susquehanna River called Wyoming, and South by the South Line of the Colony, which Town is hereby annexed to the County of Litchfield, and shall be called by the name of Westmoreland: That Zebulon Butler and Nathan Denison, Esquires, Inhabitants of said Town, are appointed Justices of the Peace in and for the County of Litchfield; That the former is authorized and directed to issue a Warrant, as soon as may be, to notify the Inhabitants of the said Town of Westmoreland in said County, to meet at such Time and Place as he shall appoint, within said Town, to choose officers, and to do any other Business proper to be done at said Meeting; and
“Thatąthe Governor of this Colony is authorized and desired to issue a Proclamation, forbidding any Person or Persons whatsoever taking up, entring on, or settling any of the Lands contained or