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MONDAY, November 4th, 1776.
Council met. Present all the members, except Messrs. Cantwell and Collins.
Mr. Vandyke reported that he had waited on the House of Assembly, according to order, and informed them of the appointment of Mr. Sykes to join Mr. McKean in proçuring a 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 divers amendments being proposed and agreed to, the same were transcribed.
Ordered, That Mr. Sykes wait on the House of Assembly with the said resolutions, and amendments proposed by this House, for their consideration and concurrence.
Adjourned till to-morrow morning, 10 o'clock.
TUESDAY, November 5th, 1776. Council met. Present all the members, except Mr. Cantwell and Mr. Collins.
Mr. Sykes reported that he had waited on the House of Assembly, according to order, with their resolutions respecting the raising a battalion from this State, and the amendments thereto proposed by this House, for their consideration and concurrence.
A member from the House of Assembly, attending at the door, was admitted and returned the amendments proposed by the Council to resolutions respecting the raising a battalion from this State, to all of which the House of Assembly agreed except those in the fourth resolution, to which that House proposed further amendments, and the same being taken into consideration were acceded to by the Council.
Whereupon Mr. Vandyke was ordered to wait on the House of Assembly with the concurrence of Council to the said resolutions, which are as follows, to wit :
"1. Resolved. That one battalion be enlisted from this State "to serve during the present war, agreeable to the resolutions of “Congress of the 16th of September last.
“2. That a member be appointed by each House to repair ** forthwith to the camps in New York and New Jersey and in“quire into the condition of the battalions there under the com“mand of the Cols. Haslet and Patterson, and obtain a list of “such officers in Col. Haslet's Battalion as are willing to continue "in the service during the present war on the terms proposed by “Congress; and also a list of such officers in Col. Patterson's “Battalion as may be desirous of supplying vacancies, if any "such shall be.
"3. That the said two commissioners be instructed to consult "and advise with General Washington respecting the promotion "and appointment of officers in the battalion to be enlisted as "aforesaid.
“4. That the said commissioners be furnished with blank “commissions from Congress, and that they, having the appro“bation of General Washington, may fill up the same with the "names of such officers as choose to continue in the service, "giving preference to the officers in Col. Haslet's Battalion of "regulars, deficiencies to be made up out of the list of officers "belonging to Col. Patterson's Battalion.
“5. That the commissioners take the most speedy and ef"fectual measures to procure the enlistment of such non-com"missioned officers and privates in the two battalions aforesaid "as may be willing to engage in the service during the war on "the terms proposed by Congress.
“6. That the said commissioners make particular inquiry into “the condition of the clothing, arms and blankets of the soldiers “belonging to the said battalions, and report the same to the “General Assembly as soon as possible.
“ Resolved, That Col. Samuel West be appointed on the part “of this House a commissioner for the purposes aforesaid.
Adjourned till to-morrow, jo o'clock.
WEDNESDAY, November 6th, 1776. Council met.
A member from the House of Assembly, attending at the door, was admitted and delivered to the Chair the orders and resolution following, to wit :
“ Ordered, That Mr. Thompson, Mr. Lockwood, and Mr. “Bradley be a committee to adjust and settle the accounts of the “Military Treasurers of the several Counties in this State, and “report the same to this House.
“Ordered, That Messrs. Thompson, Lockwood, and Bradley “be a committee to adjust and settle the pay and accounts of the “officers appointed in the said Third Battalion proposed to have “been raised in this State by the late Convention thereof.
“Resolved, That the accounts of the signers of the last emis“sion of paper currency, and of those persons who attended the “press, etc., be referred for adjustment to the above mentioned “committee.
* Ordered, That Mr. Ridgely wait on the Council with a copy “of the above orders and resolution and propose to them the ap"pointment of a committee of Council to join with the committee "of this House in the business aforesaid, if they think proper."
And the same being read and considered were concurred in, and thereupon Messrs. Sykes and Dingee were appointed to join the committee named by the House of Assembly in the settlements of the several accounts aforesaid, and that they report the same to this House.
The Council proceeded to the nomination of one of their members to repair to the camps in New York and New Jersey, agreeable to the resolutions of yesterday, when Lieut. -Col. Collins was unanimously appointed.
Ordered, That Mr. Wiltbank wait on the House of Assembly with a copy of the appointment of Col. Collins aforesaid, and also with the concurrence of Council to the foregoing resolution and orders of the House of Assembly.
Mr. Wiltbank reported that he had waited on the House of Assembly according to the order aforesaid.
A committee from the House of Assembly, attending at the door, were admitted, and delivered to the Chair a bill entitled
"An act to render certain bills of credit a legal tender within this State, and to prevent the counterfeiting of the same and other bills of credit.'
Also, a “Bill for printing and emitting fifteen thousand pounds on bills of credit of this State, to be let out on loan; and for striking the further sum of ten thousand pounds in such bills for the use of this State, and for providing a fund for sinking the
Which, by order, were read the first time.
A committee from the House of Assembly, attending at the door, were admitted and delivered to the Chair the following propositions, to wit:
“Ordered, That Messrs. Porter, Clarke and Hill be a committee “to wait on the Council and propose to them the appointment of “Delegates from this State to Congress, by joint ballot of both “Houses, as prescribed by the Constitution; and also the ap"pointment of a Council of Safety for this State, to act during the “recess of the Legislature.”
And the same being taken into consideration, the Council concurred in the first proposition, as to the appointment of delegates. As to the appointment of a Council of Safety,
Resolved, That the following message be transcribed, signed by the Speaker, and sent to the House of Assembly, viz: Gentlemen :
The propositions delivered to us by your committee respecting the appointment of Delegates from this State to Congress by joint ballot, and also a Council of Safety, to act during the recess of the Legislature, were taken immediately under our consideration. As to the first, the Council have concurred; as to the last, to wit: the appointment of a Council of Safety, we could have wished that some reason had been assigned in the proposition to show the necessity of forming such a power upon our own authority. We can conceive a case that may justify such a measure, to wit: the adjournment of the General Assembly before the appointment of a President and Privy Council under the present Constitution. If this should be the intention of the House of Assembly, and their reason for proposing the appointment of a Council of Safety, we shall think it our duty to join such a provision for the weal of the State in the recess of the General Assembly; therefore we wish to have this business explained.
Ordered, That Mr. Polk wait on the House of Assembly with this message.
Mr. Polk returned and made report that he had delivered the message according to order.
Adjourned till 10 o'clock to-morrow morning.