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Mr. Bassett, being returned, reported that he had waited on the House of Assembly, according to order, and informed them of the same appointment.

The Council entered upon the consideration of the letter from the President of Congress and the resolutions inclosed therewith, and thereupon

Resolved, That the following message be transcribed, signed by the Speaker, and sent to the House of Assembly, that is to say : Gentlemen :

A letter from the Honorable Mr. Hancock, as President of the Congress, inclosing sundry resolutions of that body respecting the augmentation and reënlistment of the Continental army during the continuance of the war, being laid before us, we think it our duty to give you this immediate information thereof, sending herewith the letter and its inclosures, and as this business is of the greatest importance, we wish that it might be proceeded upon in the most effectual and expeditious way, and therefore propose to your honorable House the appointment of committees by both Houses to confer upon the subject matter of the said letter and resolutions of Congress, who may severally report upon this business.

Ordered, That Mr. Collins wait on the House of Assembly with this message and the President's letter with its inclosures,

A committee from the House of Assembly, attending, were admitted and delivered the following verbal message, that is to say :

That Messrs. McKean, Cook and Robinson were appointed a committee by the House of Assembly to confer with the committee of Council on the forming a device and making a Great Seal for this State, and that they were then ready to attend the conference.

Adjourned till to-morrow morning, 10 o'clock.

Thursday, October 31st, 1776. The Council met. Present all the members. Mr. Collins reported that he had waited on the House of Assembly and delivered the message aforesaid, with the President of Congress's letter and its inclosures, according to order.

A member from the House of Assembly, attending at the door, was admitted and delivered a written message from that House, as follows, to wit : Gentlemen :

“This house has taken into consideration your message relating “to the enlistment of a Battalion in this State to continue in the “service of the United States of America during the present “war, together with the letter from the President of the Congress "and its inclosures, and thereupon appointed Messrs. Robinson, “Ridgely and McKean a committee to confer with a committee “of your honorable House on the subject matter thereof, at such “time and place as your House shall appoint."

And the same being taken into consideration,

Ordered, That Messrs. Sykes, Vandyke and Collins be a committee to confer with the committee appointed by the House of Assembly on the subject matter of the message aforesaid, to meet at the house of Mr. Anderson this afternoon.

Ordered, That Mr. Vandyke wait on the House of Assembly and inform them of this appointment.

Adjourned till to-morrow morning, 10 o'clock.

FRIDAY, November ist, 1776. Council met. Present all the members.

Mr. Vandyke reported that he had waited on the House of Assembly, according to order, and informed them of the appointment of the committee of Council as aforesaid.

Some of the members desiring leave to attend committees, adjourned till to-morrow morning, 10 o'clock.

SATURDAY, November 2d, 1776. Council met.

The committee appointed to confer with a committee of the House of Assembly respecting the raising of a Battalion from this State to serve in the Army of the United States of America during the present war, upon the terms mentioned in the resolutions of Congress, made their report, which, by order, was read the first time.

A member from the House of Assembly, attending at the door, was admitted and delivered to the Chair the resolutions of that House upon the report of their committee respecting the raising of the battalion aforesaid to serve during the present war, for the approbation and concurrence of the Council, which, by order, was read the first time.

On motion,

By special order, as well the report of the committee of Council as the resolutions of the House of Assembly aforesaid, were read second time, and after some debate had thereon, the further consideration of the same was deferred till the afternoon.

The committee appointed to confer with a committee of Assembly on the subject matter of forming a device and making a Great Seal for this State, brought in their report, which, by order, was read the first time.

On application of Mr. Collins for leave of absence till Monday afternoon, the same was granted.

Adjourned till 3 o'clock.

EODEM DIE, P. M.

Council met. Present all the members, except Mr. Collins.

A member from the House of Assembly, attending at the door, was admitted and delivered to the Chair a resolution of that House upon the report of the committees of conference respecting the forming of a device and making a Great Seal for this State, which, by order, was read the first time.

On motion,

By special order, the same was read a second time and concurred in, and is in the words following, to wit :

Resolved, That a committee of one member from each House “be appointed to procure, as soon as possible, a silver seal of “the diameter of three inches and of a circular form, and that "there be engraven “Britannia” on the right side thereof, and "on the left, opposite to her, “Liberty," in the usual shapes) “ with a label proceeding from Britannia to Liberty in these “words : “Go to America ;" and that there be engraven on the “top, the shape of a book, having these words therein : “The “Bill of Rights ;" and at the bottom another book having these “words therein: “The System of Government;" and that there “shall be an inscription round the same, near the edge or ex"tremity thereof, in the words following, in capital letters : * THE GREAT SEAL OF THE DELAWARE STATE,' “with the figures 1776.

Resolved, That Mr. McKean be appointed on the part of this “House for the purpose above mentioned.'

On motion,

Resolved, That Mr. Sykes be appointed on the part of the Council for the carrying the resolution aforesaid into execution.

Ordered, That Mr. Vandyke wait on the House of Assembly, with the concurrence of Council to their resolution, and inform that House of the appointment of Mr. Sykes to join with Mr. McKean in procuring the Great Seal for this State.

The Council resumed the consideration of the resolutions of the House of Assembly respecting the raising a battalion from this State to serve during the war in the Army of the United States, and after some time spent therein it was deferred till Monday next.

Adjourned till Monday morning, 10 o'clock.

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