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ACTS AND RESOLVES, 



PUBLIC AND PRIVATE, 



Province of the Massachusetts Bay: 



TO WHICH ARE PREFIXED 



THE CHARTERS OF THE PROVINCE. 



HISTORICAL AND EXPLANATORY NOTES AND AN APPENDIX. 



Published under Chapter 87 op the Resolves op the General Court 
op the Commonwealth for the Year 1867. 



Volume %IX., 
BEING VOLUME XIV. OF THE APPENDIX. 



JVJTA T Y1VG 



BESOLVES, ETC., 1775-1776. 



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BOSTON : 
WRIGHT & POTTER PRLNTING CO., STATE PRINTERS, 
32 Derne Street. 
1918. 

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RESOLVES, ORDERS, VOTES, 

ETC. 

Passed 1775-76. 



in 



LEGISLATIVE LIST 1 



FOR 



I775-7 6 - 



Action by Major Part of the Council, from July 19, 1775. 
PEREZ MORTON. 

Secretary Pro tempobe of the Province. 



COUNCILLORS OR ASSISTANTS. 
Of the Inhabitants of or Proprietors of Lands within the Territory formerly 
called the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay ; 
Hon: James Bowdoin 



Benjamin Greenleaf 
John Hancock 
Joseph Gerrish 
Jedediah Foster 
Michael Farley 
Joseph Palmer 
Jabez Fisher 
Hon: James Pitts 



Caleb Cushing 
John Winthrop 
John Adams 
James Prescott 
>Esqrs. Thomas Cushing 

Benjamin Lincoln 
Azor Orne 
Mr. Samuel Adams 
Eldad Taylor 



• Esqrs. 



Of the Inhabitants of or Proprietors of Lands within the Territory formerly 
called the Colony of New Plymouth; 

James Otis ) 

Robert-Treat Payne j 



Hon: William Seayer ) 
Walter Spooner ) 



Of the Inhabitants of or Proprietors of Lands within the Territory called the 
Province of Maine ; 

Hon: Benjamin Chadbourn, Enoch Freeman & Charles Chauncy, 

Esqrs. 

Of the Inhabitants of or Proprietors of Lands within the Territory lying 
between the River of Sagadahoch & Nova Scotia ; 

Dr. John Taylor. 

» See House Journal, 1775-76, pp. 3-6. 
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4 Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Representatives.] 

For the Province, at large : — 
Mr. Moses Gill & Dr. Samuel Holten, Esqrs. 



REPRESENTATIVES OR DEPUTIES. 
July 19, 1775 to May 10, 1776. 
Mr. JAMES WARREN, Speaker. 



County of Suffolk. 
Boston, . . .Hon. Samuel Adams, Esq., 
Hon. John Hancock, Esq., 
Dr. Benjamin Church, 
Mr. John Pitts. 
Col. Aaron Davis. 
Capt. Ebenezer Withington. 
Capt. Daniel Vose. 
Col. Joseph Palmer. 1 
Col. Solomon Lovell. 



County of Essex — Concluded. 



Roxbury, 
Dorchester, 
Milton, . 
Braintree, 
Weymouth, 
Bingham and 
Cohasset, 
Dedham, 
Medfield, . 
Wrentham, . 
Brookline, . 
Needham, . 
Stoughton 
and Stough- 
tonham, 
Medway, 
Bellingham, 
Walpole, . 
Chelsea, . . 



> Benjamin Lincoln, Esq. 

Mr. Abner Ellis. 
Mr. Daniel Perry. 
Mr. Jabez Fisher.* 
Capt. Benjamin White. 
Col. William Mackintosh. 

Mr. Thomas Crane. 

Capt. Jonathan Adams. 

Mr. Stephen Metcalf. 
, Mr. Benjamin Kingsbury. 
, Deacon John Sale. 



County of Essex. 
Salem, . . . Mr. Daniel Hopkins, 

Mr. Elias Hasket Derby. 
Danvers, . . Dr. Samuel Holton. 3 
Ipswich, . . Col. Michael Farley, 4 

Dummer Jewett, Esq. 
Newbury, . . Joseph Gerrish, Esq. 5 
Newbury Port, . Capt. Jonathan Greenleaf , 

Major Stephen Cross. 
Marblehead, . Azor Orne, Esq., 

Elbrige Gerry, Esq. 
Lynn, . . . Mr. Edward Johnson. 
Andover, . . Mr. Samuel Phillips, Jr. 



Beverly, 

Rowley, . 

Salisbury, 

Haverhill, 

Olocester, 

Topsfield, 

Almsbury, 

Bradford, 

Wenham, 

Melhuen, 

Boxford, 



Capt. Josiah Batchelor, Jr. 

Mr. Nathaniel Mighill. 

Major Nathaniel Currier. 
. Mr. .Jonathan Webster, Jr. 
. Capt. Joseph Foster. 
. Mr. John Gould. 
. Capt. Caleb Pilsbury. 
. Capt. Daniel Thurston. 
. Capt. Benjamin Fairfield. 
. Mr. James Ingells. 
. Aaron Wood, Esq. 



County of Middlesex. 



Cambridge, 



Charlestown, 

Watertown, 
Woburn, . 
Concord, . 
Newton, . 
Reading, . 
Marlborough, 
Billerica, . 
Framingham 
Lexington, 
Chelmsford, 
Sherburne, 
Sudbury, . 

Maiden, . 
Weston, . 
Medford, . 
Littleton, . 
Wesford, . 
Waltham, . 



Mr. Abraham Wattson, 

Jr., 
Mr. Samuel Thatcher. 
Mr. Richard Devens, 
David Cheever, Esq. 
Capt. Jonathan Brown. 
Josiah Johnson, Esq. 
Col. James Barrett. 
Abraham Fuller, Esq. 
Mr. John Temple. 
Mr. Peter Bent. 
William Stickney, Esq. 
Capt. Josiah Stone. 
Mr. Jonas Stone. 
Col. Simeon Spaulding. 
Mr. Daniel Whitney. 
Deacon Thomas Plymp- 

ton. 
Mr. Ezra Sergeant. 
Col. Braddyll Smith. 
Mr. Benjamin Hall. 
Mr. Abel Jewett. 
, Dr. Asaph Fletcher. 
Jonas Dix, Esq. 



1 Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiii., 197, reads, "Braintree, Col. Ebenezer Thayer." 

a Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiii., 197, reads, "Wrentham, Mr. Benjamin Guild." 

3 Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiii., 198, reads, " Danvers, Capt. Samuel Epes." 

* Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiii., 198, reads, " Ipswich, Dummer Sewall, William Storey." 

6 Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiii., 198, reads, "Newbury, Mr. Samuel Moody." 



Representatives.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 



County ok 

Stow, . . 
Oroton, 
Pepperrell, 
Townsend, 
Stoneham, 
Wilmington, 
Dracut, . 
Holliston, 
Tewksbury , 
Acton, . 
Dunstable, 
Lincoln, . 



Middlesex — Concluded. 
. Henry Gardner, Esq. 
. Col. James Prescot, 
. Capt. Edward Bancroft. 
. Mr. Israel Ilobart. 
. Joseph Bryant, Jr. 
. Capt. Timothy Walker. 
. Deacon Amos Bradley. 
. Col. Abner Perry. 
. Mr. Ezra Kindall. 
. Mr. Josiah Hayward. 
. James Tyng, Esq. 
. Maj. Eleazer Brooks. 



County 

Springfield, . . 

West Springfield, 
Wilbraham, . 
Northampton, 
South Hadley, . 
Amherst, . 
Hatfield, . . . 

Westfield, . . 

Sunderland, 
Montagu, . 
Northfield, 
Brimfield, 
South Brimfield, 
Monson, . 
Greenwich, . 
Belcherslown, 
Colrain, . 
Murrayfield, 
Ashfield, . . . 
Worthington, 

Shutesbury , 
Chesterfield, 



of Hampshire. 1 
John Hale, 
William Pynchon, Jr. 
Maj. Benjamin Ely. 
Major John Bliss. 
Joseph Hawley, Esq. 
Mr. Noah Goodman. 
Mr. Moses Dickenson. 
John Hastings, 
Elihu White. 2 
Eldad Taylor, Esq., 
Capt. David Mosely. 
Mr. Daniel Montagu. 
Dr. Moses Gunn. 
Mr. Phineas Wright. 
Mr. Abner Morgan. 
Anthony Needham. 
Deacon Abijah Newell. 
Mr. Joseph Hendrick. 
Col. Samuel How. 
Deacon Joshua Caldwell. 
Lieut. Enoch Sheppard. 
Mr. Elijah Cranson. 
Deacon Nathaniel Leon- 
ard. 
Capt. Joseph Lock. 
Mr. Benjamin Mills. 



County of Plymouth. 
Plymouth, . . Hon. James Warren, 

Esq. 
Scituate, . . . Nathan Cushing, Esq. 



County of 
Duxbury, 
Marshfield, 

Bridgwater, 

Middleboro\ 

Rochester, 

Plymton, 

Pembroke, 

Kingston, 

Abington, 

Hanover, 



Plymouth — Concluded. 
. Mr. George Partridge. 
. Deacon Nehem iah 

Thomas. 
. Col. Edward Mitchell. 
. Capt. Joshua White. 
. Major Ebenezer White. 
. Mr. Seth Cushing. 
. Mr. John Turner. 
. lion. William Sever, Esq. 
. Capt. Woodbridge Brown. 
. Col. Joseph Cushing. 



County of Barnstable. 



Barnstable, 

Sandwich, 

Yarmouth, 

Eastham, 

Wellfleet, . 

Chatham, 

Harwich, . 

Falmouth, 

Truro, 



Taunton, 



Rehoboth, 



Dartmouth, 



Norton and 
Mansfield, 
Attleborough, 
Dighton, . 

Freetown, 

Raynham, 
Easlon, 

Berkley, . 



. Daniel Davis, Esq., 
Joseph Otis, Esq. 

. Col. Nathaniel Freeman, 
Mr. Joseph Nye, Jr. 

. Major Enoch Hallet. 

. Mr. Amos Knowles, Jr. 
. . Col. Elisha Cobb. 

. Col. Joseph Doane. 

. Mr. Joshua Nye. 3 
. . Mr. Moses Swift. 
. . Mr. Samuel Harding. 

County of Bristol.'* 

. . Hon. Robert Treat Payne, 
Esq., 
Col. George Williams. 
. . Mr. Ephraim Stark- 
weather, 
Capt. Thomas Carpenter. 
. Walter Spooner, Esq., 
Benjamin Aikin, Esq. 

> Mr. Nathan Hodge. 



Capt. John Stearns. 

Dr. William Baylies, 

Deacon George Codding. 
. Thomas Durfee, 

Joshua Hath way. 
. Mr. Benjamin King. 
. Mr. Benjamin Pettin- 
gale. 

Mr. Samuel Tobey, Jr. 



x Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiii., 200, adds, "Southampton, Samuel Burt," for the County 
of Hampshire. 

2 Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiii., 200, 

3 Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiii., 201, 
* Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiii., 201, ■ 

of Bristol. 



reads, " Hatfield, Mr. Elisha White." 
t reads, "Harwich, Mr. James Nye." 
i adds, " Swanzey, Jerathmeel Bowers," for the County 



6 Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Representatives.] 



York, . . 
Kittery, . 
Wells, . . 
Berwick, . 
Arundel, . 
Biddeford, 



Edgar town, 
Chilmark, 
Tisbury, . 



County of York. 

Mr. Daniel Bragdon. 

Edward Cutt, Esq. 
. Col. Ebenezer Sayer. 
. Major Ichabod Goodwin. 

Mr. John Hovey. 
. James Sullivan, Esq. 

Dukes County. 
. . Col. Beriah Norton. 
. . Mr. James Allen, Jr. 
. . Capt. Nathan Smith. 



County of Worcester — Concluded. 



County of Worcester. 1 



Worcester, 
Lancaster, 

Mendon, 
Brookfield, 

Oxford, 
Charlton, . 
Sutton, . 

Leicester, . 
Spencer, . 
Paxton, 
Rtdland, . 
Oakham, . 
Hubbardston, 
New Brainlree, 
Southborough, 
Westborough, . 



Northboro\ 
Shreivsbury, 
Lunenburgh, 
Uxbridge, . 
Harvard, . 
Dudley, 
Rutland District, 



Mr. David Bancroft. 

Capt. Hezekiah Gates, 

Mr. Ebenezer Allen. 

Mr. Edward Rawson. 

Hon. Jedediah Foster, 
Esq. 

Capt. William Watson. 

Major Isaiah Blood. 

Edward Putnam, 

Amos Singletary. 

Mr. Hezekiah Ward. 

Mr. Oliver Watson. 

Mr. Phinehas Moore. 

Mr. John Fessendou. 

Mr. Thomas White. 

Mr. William Muzzy. 

Major James Wood. 

Capt. Timothy Brigham. 

Capt. Hezekiah May- 
nun l. 2 

. Capt. Levi Bridgham. 

. Deacon Jonas Stone. 

. Dr. John Taylor. 3 

. Mr. Abner Rawson. 

. Mr. Joseph Wheeler. 

. Major William Learned. 

. John Chadwell, Esq. 



Bolton, . 

Sturbridge, 

Hardwick, 

Western, 

Holden, . 

Douglass, 

Grafton, 

Petersham, 
Westminster, 
Alhol, . . 
Templeton, . 
Princeton, . 



Capt. Nathaniel Willson. 

Capt. Timothy Parker. 

Mr. Stephen Rice. 

Col. Simeon D wight. 

Mr. John Child. 

Major Caleb Hill. 

Deacon Joseph Batch- 
elor. 

Col. Jonathan Grout. 

Deacon Nathan Vv'ood. 

Capt. John Haven. 
. Mr. Jonathan Baldwin. 
. Mr. Moses Gill. 



County of Cumberland. 
Falmouth, . . Mr. Samuel Freeman. 
North Yarmouth, Capt. William Cutter. 



Scarborough, 
Oorham, . 
Brunsivick, . 



Mr. Joshua Fabyan. 
Capt. Bryant Morton. 
Col. Samuel Thompson. 



County of Lincoln. 
Pownalborough, Thomas Rice, Esq. 



Georgetown, 
Newcastle, 

Topsham, 
Bristol, 
Hallowcll, 
Edgecomb, 



Mr. Dummer Sewall. 
Mr. Benjamin Wood- 
bridge. 
Mr. James Fulton. 
Col. AVilliam Jones. 
Capt. William Howard. 
Mr. Moses Davis. 



County of Berkshire. 4 
Stockbridge, . . Deacon Elnathan Curtis. 



Pittsjield, . 

Richmond, 
Lancsborough, 
Williamsloum, 
Gageborough, 



Capt. Charles Goodrich, 
Capt. Israel Dickinson. 
Capt. David Rossiter. 
Major Jonathan Smith. 
Mr. Samuel Kellogg. 
Capt. William Clark. 

Caldwell, Esq., 



1 Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiii., 202, 203, adds, "Hutchinson, John 
"Leominster, Deacon Israel Nichols," for the County of Worcester. 

2 Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiii., 202, reads, "Westborough, Col. Stephen Maynard." 

3 Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiii., 203, reads, "Lunenburgh, Dr. Jonathan Low." 

4 Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiii., 204, adds, "Great Barrington, Dr. William Whitin 
"Lenox, Caleb Hide," "Tyrringham, Ezekiel Herrink," for the County of Berkshire. 



RESOLVES, ORDERS, VOTES, ETC. 

Passed at the Session begun and held at Boston, 
on the Nineteenth Day of July, A.D. 1775. 1 



CHAPTER 1. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING VARIOUS SUMS IN ADVANCE TO THE SOLDIERS 
OF THE REGIMENT COMMANDED BY COL. JAMES EASTON. 

The Petition of James Easton of Pittsfield in the County of Legislative 
Berkshire & Colony [of Massachusetts Bay] aforesaid humbly council 8 , l e 
Sheweth That some time the begining of May last, Your Petitioner ff^gs 1 '' 6 ' 
raised 50 Men in Consort with Col Ethan Allen and others and Archives, 
Stormed and took the Fortress of Tyconderoga, soon after taking c xx -» lw Vz- 
that very Important Place Your Petitioner Seeing great contentions Archives, 
arising about the command of that Station, by reason that the little t 1 ***^ 08 " 
Army then there was not properly regulated Your Petitioner then Records of the 
at his Charge made a Journey from thence to the Hon ble Provincial n^we! 237 XXi '' 
Congress then sitting at Watertown to give intelligence of the House Jour. 
Reduction of the above Fortress to the United Colonies: and also vh'is,u. 'jo'ur- 
if possible to get a proper regulation at the said Fortress the Hon ble provincial 3 
Provincial Congress tho't proper not to intermedle in this affair as ^ on s re8S 9 °* 
they understood the Taking of the Fort had it's Origin in Connect- 
icut General Assembly and ordered there President to write to the 
said Assembly & sent me Express there desireing them to regulate 
& Garrison the same which they did not at that time incline to do 
but furnish'd me with 500 lb of Powder and some Cash, and ordered 
me as fast as Possible to proceed forward with it to Tyconderoga 
and on my way to raise as many men at the United Colony's expence, 
as I could which I did; on ariving there I found matters in a much 
worse Situation than when I left the Place I was then by an Express 
sent for Home, by some Companys I had raised and were ready to 
March soon after my return, hearing that agents were sent from 
the Provincial Congress to settle matters at Tyconderoga I again set 
off for that place & at my Arrival had the Honor to be appointed 
to the Command of a Regim 1 and receiv'd of the aforesaid Agents 
£280 and have paid it out to the Several Officers of the Regim 1 to 
be by them paid to the Soldiers as Advance pay, for one Months 
Wages and your Petitioner begs leave to inform your Honors that 

1 The Journal of the Provincial Congress has been published by the Commonwealth by 
virtue of a resolve passed March 10, 1837, and is therefore omitted in the Publication of 
the Province Laws. 

After the adjournment of the Provincial Congress at Watertown the Governor and 
Lieutenant Governor, being absent, the General Court continued its sessions there under 
the Provisions of the Charter and continued its sessions up to the close of 1780, when 
the Constitution of the Commonwealth was adopted. — Province Laws, i., 19. Manual 
for the General Court, 1912, p. 85. 

Wherever chapters in this volume are more fully reported in Legislative Records of the 
Council than in Mass. Archives, the record, as usual in such cases, is copied from the 
former. 

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Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 1 .] 

he humbly conceives that 40/ Advance pay is wholly Inadequate 
to the Soldiers for their present Necessity many of them having 
been there ever since the Fort was taken, and having only a Days 
warning to prepare for the Campaign & most of them extreemly 
Poor the new raised Company's are much in the same Circum- 
stances as to Poverty and the Regim 1 entertain an Idea that they 
shall fare as the Connecticut Troops do at that place, they having 
40/ Bounty and 40/ Adv a pay and your Petitioner would humbly 
pray that your Honors would make them near about equal (that 
there may be no murmuring) by puting Money into the Command- 
ing Officers hands to the Amo' of £1,600 including the £400 already 
expended to pay out to them as their necessities may require for 
Blanketts & other Clothing ; And your Petitioner begs leave further 
to inform your Honors that he has already expended out of his own 
Pocket for the raising and Paying off Men in the Service of the 
United Colonies £921, besides all his own Expences for himself & 
Horse in Travelling back and fourth in said Services w ch is no 
inconsiderable sum And your Petitioner prays the indulgence of 
Your Honors whilst he Observes 'that when he is at Crown point 
he is about 300 Miles from this Place, and that he Expects soon to 
be Ordered to S l John's so that he will soon be 400 miles from this 
Honorable Assembly which will render it impracticable to have any 
further Supply of Cash from the Assembly 'till the Campaign is 
Ended and your Petitioner altho' from the begining of our troubles 
from a Corrupt & Abandon'd Ministry, has been most heartily En- 
gaged in the Cause of our much injur'd Country, and he has Spaired 
neither money nor time, nor Bodily Strength nor fatigue, for the 
General Cause, but at all times when Judged expedient, has heartily 
devoted all to the Public good yet he is so Sensible the Kegim 1 he 
has the Honor to Command cannot be properly provided for at such 
a distance without the Commanding Officer has money to Silence 
the murmuring of the Soldiers that he expects a draft on the Re- 
ceiver General for the Sum of £1,200 or a £1,000 to pay the Adv a 
pay and provide Blanketts & other necessaries for the Regim 1 and 
unless the Honor ble Council & Hon ble House of Representatives should 
see fit in their great Wisdom to Grant such a Supply to him for y e 
purposes aforesaid He humbly begs leave to resign his Orders and 
prays that some other person may be appointed in his room as in 
duty bound shall ever Pray 

Ja 8 Easton" 

Read & 

Resolved that the Prayer of the Petition be so far Granted that 
their be paid out of the publick Treasury to Coll James Easton the 
sum of Four Hundred Pounds to be by him Applyd for the payment 
of the Non Commission officers & soldiers in his Regement that have 
not yet received their forty shillings Advance pay. and that their 
be a further sum of Two Hundred and forty Pounds paid out of 
Said Treasury to Timothy Edwards & Samuel Brown Esqrs to be 
laid out for Blanketts at the Price of Twelve shillings Each for the 
Use of said Regement: and that such non-Commission officers & 
soldiers as have procured their own Blanketts or that will procure 
them shall be paid Twelve shillings Each in money by the said 
Edwards & Brown when Certified thereof and take their Recipts 
for the same 

And that their be paid out of said Treasury one Hundred Pounds 
more to Said Edwards & Brown to be used for Billeting said Rege- 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 9 

ment at the Rate of one penny per mile Each man Reckoning the 
distance from the Respective places of abode of Each soldier to 
Ticonderoga or Crownpoint 

Also that their be paid out of said Treasury Two Hundred Pounds 
more to said Edwards & Brown to be expended for providing Stock- 
ings Breeches shirts &c to Supply said Regement in Casces of neces- 
sity in manner as is directed in A Resolve of the late Congress Dated 
may 9th 1775 In which the Commasaries are Instructed on what 
Terms they are to supply the Army, the said Easton Edwards & 
Brown to be accountable to this Court for the sums they Recive 
and Lay out in this affair. The whole sum to be Drawn out of 

said Treasury Amounts in the whole to Nine Hundred & forty 
Pounds. [Passed July 26. 



CHAPTEK 2. 

RESOLVE IN REGARD TO THE POOR OF BOSTON BEING REMOVED TO 

SALEM. 

The Petition of William Greenleaf, One of the Overseers of the Legislative 
Poor of the Town of Boston Oliver Wendal & John Pitts Selectmen gj£?Sf of the 
of said Town humbly Sheweth That your Petitioners on the 20 th xxxiii.,'i. 
inst 1 received a Letter (by a Trumpeter) from John Scollay Esq r Mass. 
Chairman of a Committee of Selectmen Overseers of the Poor, tcvt!ls%, 55^. 
and Committee for receiving Donations all of said Town of Boston, i egl ^? tiv f h 
Purporting the distress'd Situation of the Poor & other inhabitants Council, xxxi?, 
of said Town who are desierous of being remov'd from their Cruel xxxii.^^lok 
confinement which cannot be effected without the assistance of HouseJou'r- 
General Gage who requires that the Vessells & other Carriages with 10, it Jonr- ' 
the Persons who are Employ'd in Transporting them shall meet provincial 11 
with no detention or Annoyance all which will appear to Your congress of 
Honors by the Papers accompanying this Petition. Therefore Your 35, sCftfus,' 
Petitioners deeply anxious for their friends & fellow Citizens intreat ^• 176 » 240 > 476 > 
Your Honors that in Your great Wisdom you wou'd devise some 
measures for their Speedy relief and as in duty & Affection bound 
shall ever pray 

W M Greenleaf 
Oliver Wendell 
John Pitts 
In the House of Representatives 

[Read and] 

Resolved, that this House are ready to exert there best endeavours 
to Liberate their unhappy Bretheren of the Town of Boston, if they 
may be Suffered to remove with their Effects agreeable to the solemn 
Treaty of Gen 1 Gage, entered into with the Committee of that 
Town : That an indiscriminate indulgence ought to be given to all 
the Inhabitants without Exception who have not been Enemical to 
America to leave the Town, without lett or molestation in the man- 
ner & [to] ' the Place hereafter mention'd That considering the 
hazard of propagating the small Pox, the inhabitants of the Town 
of Boston are to be removed by Water to the part of Salem, where 
this House will provide an Hospital and such other [deserted] 1 
Houses as shall be proper for the reception & accomodation of said 

' Inserted from Mass. Archives, ccvi., 48. 



10 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 3.] 



Inhabitants untill they shall have been so Cleansed as to remove all 
apprehensions of their comunicating that infectious Distemper, 
and that on their Arival at the Port of Salem they shall be under 
the direction of the Selectmen & Committee of Safety of that Town, 
with respect to the Places & manner of landing and repairing to the 
Hospital or Houses provided for them 

That Sloops, Boats or any other Bottoms not armed w ch shall con- 
vey the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston to Salem; together with 
all such persons as shall be necessarily employed & shall be agreed 
to by the Selectmen of Said Town to assist in their removal, shall 
pass & repass free from insult, injury or molestation provided they 
do not land, & shall return to Boston, as soon as may be after having 
Landed the said Inhabitants & their Effects and offer no Insult, 
Injury or Molestation to any Person. 

That Beds, Beding, necessary Stores & Medicines be sent out 
with the Poor by the Selectmen & Overseers, and the Donation 
stores be sent out by the Committee of Donations for their Support, 
& that as soon as such of the Selectmen & the Overseers of the Poor 
as are now in the Town of Boston, shall be made acquainted with 
the foregoing Eesolve, they are hereby directed immediately to im- 
prove the first fair & Suitable Weather in removing the Poor of the 
said Town in the manner & to the Place above prescribed 

The Committee of Safety in Salem to be served with a Copy of 
this Eesolve. 

In Council read & Concurred. [Passed July 27. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 3. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 54, 56. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 12, 17, 
18. Supra, 
chap. 2. 



CHAPTER 3. 

RESOLVE APPOINTING THE COMMITTEE OF SAFETY IN THE TOWN OF 
SALEM AS OVERSEERS OF THE BOSTON POOR AT SALEM HOSPITAL. 

In the House of Eepresentatives 

"Whereas the Committee of Safety of the Town of Salem at a 
conference with a Committee of this House did consent that the 
Hospital in that Town should be improv'd for the reception of the 
Poor from Boston & did represent that Bread, Firewood, & a Well 
will be wanted it is therefore 

Resolved that the Committee of Safety of the Town of Salem be 
appointed by this Court as Overseers of said Poor whose Bussiness it 
shall be to receive into their own hands all such necessary Stores 
Medicines & Donations as shall be sent out with said Poor by the 
Selectmen of Boston & improve the same for the support of said Poor, 
and also to make all such further Provision at the Charge of this 
Colony as shall be necessary for their support & Comfort so long as 
they shall be continued in said Hospital & lay their Accounts before 
this Court for allowance. 

In Council Eead & concurred. [Passed July 28.* 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is July 27. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws (Besolves, etc.). — 1775-76. H 



CHAPTEK 4. ggSffo7thc 

Council, 
xxxili 4 
ORDER GRANTING POWDER TO LUKE PERKINS. Maes. 

Archives, 

Luke Perkins of Stoughton, who is Employ'd as a Manufacturer 



of Small arms for the Colony [of Massachusetts Bay], that he can- Records of the 
not Procure a Sufficient Quantity of Powder in said Colony to prove xxxi'.^'i, 24 
the Arms, he may from time to time make for the use of said Colony, ^fylfrQ \i*' 
therefore he prays the Hon ble Court will furnish him with so much 87, '93, 167, 220/' 
powder as will be Sufficient for the purpose aforesaid and as in Honseironr- 
duty bound shall ever pray nai.pp. 17 ,is. 

J r J _ _ Journals or 

Luke Perkins each ito- 

vincial Con- 
Read & gress of Mass., 

Orderd That the Prayer of the above Petition be granted And iK'm^f?' 
that the Committee of Supplies be, & they are hereby directed to *-*> && j% *g|» 
supply the said Luke Perkins with six Pounds of Powder for the m. 
purpose mentien'd in said Petition. [Passed July 28. 



CHAPTER 5. 

ORDER APPOINTING A COMMITTEE TO PROCURE NARROW AXES FOR 

THE ARMY. 

Ordered That Cap* Brown, M r Dix, Coll 1 Smith, Maj r Brooks, Legislative 
Esq r Johnson 1 M r Johnson of Lynn, & Coll 1 M c Intosh be a Com- coS* " 1 " 5 
mittee to procure immediately Two Hundred narrow Axes for the xxxm.,9. 
Use of the Army, and when procured, to put them into the hands Archives, 

of the Committee of Supplies to be by them sent to General Wash- CCV1 " 60 " 

ington for the Use aforesaid. [Passed July 28. House Jour- 

Supra, chap. 4. 



CHAPTER 6. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING CAP T GEORGE DODGE TO SHIP FISH FROM SALEM Legislative 

TO THE WEST INDIES. Records of the 

Council, 
xxxiii., 10. 

Resolved that Cap 1 George Dodge be, and he hereby is permitted Ma88> 
to Export 80 Hogsheads of Old Jamaca Cod Fish from Salem to the Archives, 
West Indies agreeable to a Resolve of the late Provincial Congress Legislative 
passed the 20 th day of June last the said Dodge is hereby directed councu 8 °* the 
to give timely Notice to this Court when his Vessell will depart and xxxri., 103,294. 

•/ -L Housg Jour- 

order the Master of said Vessel to undertake the Conveyance of nai,pp.i3,i5, 
Letters or any Service that this Court may think fit to appoint him 17, 18- 
too. [Passed July 28. 2 

1 Sic. 

2 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is July 27. 



12 



Province Laws (Itesolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 7, 8.] 



CHAPTER 7. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 10. 



Archives, 
ccvl., 63. 



House Jour- 
nal, pp. 14, 19. 
Ante, p. 9, 
chap. 2. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING JOSEPH LEE AND NATHANIEL TRACY TO SHIP 
FISH TO THE FRENCH WEST INDIES. 

Joseph Lee of Marblehead & Nathaniel Tracy of Newburyport. 
[sheweth] that they are now possessed of ab* 150 Barrells Mackrell 
caught the last Year, which are in danger of being Spoild and are 
perishing in their hands Wherefore the said Joseph and Nathaniel 
humbly pray that Your Honors will allow them to Ship the said 
Mackrell together with a small Quantity of scale Fish, on Board a 
Schooner (belonging to Your Petitioners) bound to the French West 
Indies and your Petitioners shall ever pray &c 

Joseph Lee 
Nath l Tracy 

[Read and] 

Resolved that Joseph Lee of Marblehead & Nathaniel Tracy of 
Newbury Port be Allowed to ship for the West Indies One Hundred 
& fifty Barrels of Mackrell together with the scale Fish s d Lee & 
Tracy have on hand they not Shipping any Other Article of Pro- 
visions more than is nessary for Said Voyage and to be under the 
Inspection of the committee of Safety of Marblehead or Newberry 
Port. [Passed July 28. 



CHAPTER 8. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING JOHN STEVENS, J B , TO SHIP A CARGO OF FISH TO 
THE WEST INDIES. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 11. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 65. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 14,18. 
Ante, p. 9, 
chap. 2. 



John Stevens jun k of Glocester [showeth] that he is now posess'd 
of a Quant y of Shad and Menhaden which are in danger of being 
spoil'd, and are perishing in his Hands Wherefore the said Stevens 
humbly prays that Your Honors will allow him to Ship the said 
Shad & Menhaden together with a small Quantity of Scale Fish on 
board a Schooner belonging to Your Petitioner bound to the West 
Indies and Your Petitioner shall ever pray 

John Stevens jun b 

[Read and] 

Resolved that John Stevens Jun r of Glocester be Allow'd to ship 
for the West Indies A Cargo of Shad & Manhadens to gather with 
Scale fish which Said Stevens has on Hand he not Shiping any other 
Article Except Lumber nor more Provisions than is Necessary for 
said voyage & to be under the Inspection of the Committee of Safety 
of the s d Town of Glocester. [Passed July 28. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 13 



CHAPTER 9. £ egl8, ? tlv , e . h 

Records of the 
Council, 

• VOTE CHOSING HENRY GARDNER TREASURER. Mas". 1- ' ^ 

Archives, 
ccvi 62 

This Day both Houses of Assembly came to the choice of a Colony I' ' : 

Treasurer by joint Ballot; when it appeared that Henry Gardner Records of the 
Esq r was unanimously chosen. [Passed July 28. ' xxSulVb 9. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 17, 19. 



CHAPTER 10. 

RESOLVE IMPOWERING THE COMMITTEE OF SUPPLIES TO TAKE A RE- 
CEIPT FOR THE MEDICINES SENT TO D B JONAS FAY. 

In House of Representatives Legislative 

As it appears to this House y' very extravagant Quantities of med- counen ° f the 
icine have been procured and sent to D r Jonas Fay Surgeon in xxxiii., '13. 
Col Easton 3 Regiment at Ticonderoga for the use of s d Regiment Archives, 
therefore ccv1 -' 74, 

Resolv* House Jour- 

that messeiurs Edwards & Brown, the Committee of Supplies for Ante, p. 7, 
this Colony to s d Regiment, be & they are hereby empowered & chap." I.' p ' U ' 
directed to take a receipt of D r Fay for the whole of s d medicine 
and to endeavour that s d medicine be not embezzled but discreetly 
usd for s d Regiment, and the overplus which shall not be thus neces- 
sarily expended be safely kept for the use of this Colony. 

In Council read & concurred. [Passed July 29. 



CHAPTER 11. ^ ls !? tiv l. 

Records of the 
Council, 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £90. 9. 7 TO MESSRS. LEVI SHEPPARD AND EBEN- m™'' M * 

EZER HUNT. Archives, 

ccvi.,72. 

Resolved. That there be paid out of the Public Treasury to Mess" Chives 
Levi Sheppard & Ebenezer Hunt of Northhampton or to their Order ccvi., 71-73. 
The Sum of Ninety Pounds nine shillings & seven pence in full dis- fiords of 6 the 
charge of his Account for Medicines delivered to Coll 1 James Easton x X xm U, i3 
for the Use of the Troops at Ticonderoga And the Receiver House Jour- 

General is hereby directed to pay the same accordingly. [Passed 1^'if, % 8 ' U ' 
July 29. f"P r ' a > cna P- 

CHAPTER 12. 

RESOLVE REQUIRING THE TREASURER TO DELIVER TO MAJOR 
STEPHEN CROSS HIS RECEIPT FOR £1,040. 

The Committee appointed to settle with Major Cross, the Ex- Legislative 
penditure of the Moneys taken out of the Treasury for the payment cou°gii 8 of the 
of the Advance pay to Col Pinny's Regiment beg leave to Report xxxiu.,15. 
by way of Resolve Archives, 

ccvi., 64. 
1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; Legislative Records — 
of the Council also gives this date, although the entry was made on August 1. 



14 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 13, 14.] 



House Jour- 
nal, pp. 10, 20, 
21. Ante, 
p. 7, chap. 1. 



In the House of Representatives 

Resol d that the Treasurer or Eeceiver General deliver to Maj r 
Stephen Cross the origenal Eeceipt or security which he gave the 
Said. Treasurer for £1,040 the Said Cross having satisfied your Com- 
mittee that he Expended the Sum of one thousand pounds in pay- 
ing the Non Commision officer & Soldiers of Col Phinyes Regi- 
ment their advanc pay of f ourty Shillings Each and also Returned 
in the Said Treasury 8 office fourty pounds which is the whole sum 
of one thousand & fourty pounds. 

In Council read & concurred. [Passed July 29. 



CHAPTEE 13. 



RESOLVE EMPOWERING THE COMMITTEE FROM BRIDGE WATER TO 
CONTINUE EBENEZER KEITH IN THEIR CUSTODY. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 16. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 70. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, xxxi., 
126; xxxiii., 15. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 16,21, 
22. Journals 
of each Provin- 
cial Congress 
of Mass., 
pp. 139, 140. 



In the House of Representatives 

Whereas the Committee of Correspondence of the Town of Bridge- 
water have represented to this House a certain Ehenzer Keith of 
that Town, as having in a most Obstinate daring manner acted in 
open violation of the Recommendations of the Continental and Pro- 
vincial Congresses, as well as in direct opposition to the Rights & 
Liberties of this country, more especially by abusing a Soldier for 
no other reason than his inlisting in the Service of his Country, 
taking an Oa[th] ' to be true to the Same, and receiving the Colony 
Securities for which s d Committee have confined him the s d Keith. 
Therefore 

Resolved that the s d Committee of Correspondence be and they 
are hereby directed to continue s d Keith in their Custody and to 
Confine or Secure him in Such manner as they think Safest till the 
further order of this Court. 

In Council read & concurred. [Passed July 29. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 18. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 67. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 66. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 17. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 19, 21, 
23. 



CHAPTER 14. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING THE ACCOUNT OF SAMUEL ALLEN FOR APPRE- 
HENDING DESERTERS. 

Eesolv d that the account [of Samuel Allen] 1 is right cast, and 
properly vouched, and that the amount be paid to s d Sam 1 Allen by 
the Receiver General and that the same be deducted out of the 
within Named 2 Deserters' Wages, and that the secretary serve the 
[said] Cap 1 Locke with the amount of the account. [Passed 
July 29. 

1 MSS. mutilated. 

2 Account for apprehending deserters belonging to Capt. Lock's company in the late 
Col. Gardner's regiment. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 66. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 15 



CHAPTER 15. 

ORDER APPOINTING A COM MITTKK TO COUNTERSIGN THE TREASURER'S Legislative 

NOTES Records of the 

Council, 

Ordered xxxiii.,18. 

That y e Committee appointed by a late Congress of this Colony Archives, 
to counter sign y e Notes of y e Receiver General, be directed forth- <M:vi -- 75 - 
with to attend that Service, & to furnish him with such a Number T»f^!j? tlve tb 
of Blanks as he shall judge necessary to compleat y e Emission of Council, xxxi., 
such a grant of one hundred thousand pounds then voted as the 237,' -^o,^! 
demands on this Colony shall require before other provision can be House Jour, 
made also that y e s d Receiver General be directed, as far as Circum- 23 ua. Jour- 
stances will permit to acccommodate the persons who shall receive p^tac^i h 
s d Notes, with such as shall best suit their Conveniency, & be agre- £° i ngreB8< ? 7] 
able to y e Resolves of s d Congress. [Passed July 29. 588. 8 ' ,1 ' 1> ' 



CHAPTER 16. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £6. 7 TO DR. WILLIAM BAYLES. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved that their be Granted & paid out of the Publick Treas- xxxuL/23. 
urey To Doct r William Bayles the Sum of Six pounds Seven Shil- ^chives 
lings Lawfull money in full Discharge of his ace 1 for 124 lb of Cas- ccvi., 77. ' 
carilla and Transporting the Same to the Committee of Supplies at House Jour- 
Watertown. [Passed July 29. am?$. n, 24, 

chap. i. 



CHAPTER 17. 

RESOLVE APP G A COMMITTEE TO INSPECT THE PEOPLE COMING OUT 
OF BOSTON ON ACC T OF Y B S. POX. 

In the House of Representatives Legislative 

Upon Advise rec d last Evening from Gen 1 Washington that the £^3 of the 
Inhabitants of Boston are unexpectedly coming Out from that Town ^ xiiL,2 °" 
to Chelsey by way of Winnesimmite Ferry and as this house are Archives, 

apprehensive that the people of the Country maybe Exposed to take CCV1 " '"" 

the Small pox from the s d Inhabitants of Boston being suffered j^p 6 25. ur " 
Indiscriminatly to resort into the Country and to Such parts as they Ante, v. 9, 
may Chuse and probibally some of the s d Inhabitants may be in such 
weak and Infirm Circumstances as to stand in need of Immediate 
relief. Therefore * 

Resolved that M r Freeman, Coll 1 Orne, M r dishing, & Major 
Smith with such as the Hon b Board shall Join be a Commte Imme- 
diatly to repair to Chelsey to Inspect the state and Character of 
such Inhabitants of Boston as have or may arrive there from thence 
and that the s d Committee be impowered and Ordred to do and 
direct everything that they shall find absolutely nesesary for the 
safety of the Country and the Immediate relief of any helpless and 
Indiigent persons belonging to s d Boston who may arive at the s d 
Chelsey and that the s d Coram" as soon as may acquaint this Court 
of their proceedings in the premmises. 

In Council read & concurred & M r Foster, Col Palmer & M r Gill 
are joined. [Passed July SO. 



16 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 18, 19.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 21. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccv i., 82. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 82. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 24, 26. 



CHAPTBE 18. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £2. 2. 4 TO WILLIAM OLIVER. 

Resolved that William Oliver be allowed & paid out of the publick 
Treasury of this Colony two pound two Shilling and four pence in 
full Satisfaction of the within Account. 1 [Passed July SI. 



CHAPTER 19. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE TREASURER TO GIVE BOND FOR THE FAITH- 
FUL DISCHARGE OF HIS DUTIES. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 21. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 79. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 26, 27. 
Ante, p. 3 ; 
p. 13, chap. 9. 



In the House of Kepresentatives 

Resolved that no person who is or Shall be Chosen by this Court 
into the Office of Treasurer and receiver General for this Colony for 
the present year, Shall be Esteemed duly qualified to enter upon 
the execution of that Office, until he shall first have an Oath duly 
Administer'd to him for the faithful performance of the trust of his 
said Office and Shall give bond with Sufficient Sureties to the Ac- 
ceptance of a Committee to be appointed by this Court to Judge in 
their behalf, both of the Sufficiency of the Security and of such 
Bonds in the Sum of One Hundred Thousand Pound Lawful Money 
to the three Eldest Councellors of this Colony for the time being, 
who are hereby appointed a Committee in behalf of the Colony, and 
Especially Authorized to take said Bond to themselves to the use 
of the Colony ; which bond Shall be Conditioned for such Treasurer's 
duly and faithfuly discharging the duty of his Office According to 
Law, and for his rendering an Account when and So Often as he 
shall be required by the General Court, of all and any Such Sum 
or Sums of money, Securities and other Estate of this Colony as he 
shall from time to time receive or be Possess'd of, to the use of the 
said Colony, and for his well & truly paying and delivering to his 
Successor in said Office or to any other person that may be appointed 
by the General Court to receive the Same, all such sum or Sums of 
money, Securities or other Estate of the Colony, as upon such Set- 
tlement of his Accounts or otherwise shall be found due and pay- 
able from him to the Colony, or for which he shall be found 
Accountable, and it is further 

Ordered, that in case Such Bond, Shall not be put in suit within 
three years from the date thereof ; it shall be void and of no Effect : 
And that Cap 1 Dix and Maj r Fuller with Such as the Honorable 
Board Shall Join, be a Committee to Judge of the Sufficiency of 
the Bond to be taken as aforesaid and of Such as may offer to be- 
come Sureties for the Treasurer as aforesaid, 

In Council Read & concurred & M r Gill is joined. [Passed 
July 31. 

1 For labor, etc. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 82. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-70. 17 



CHAPTER 20. 

EESOLVE ACCEPTING THE REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE Y T WENT TO 
CHELSEA TO GET INFORMATION RESPECT THE PEOPLE WHO WENT 
FROM BOSTON. 

The Committee appointed by the General Court to repair to Legislative 
Chelsea to inspect the State and Character of Such Inhabitants of oouncu 8 , of the 
Boston as have or may arrive there from thence, & to do & direct xxxiii.,'25. 
every thing that they shou'd find absolutely necessary for the Safety Archives, 

of the Country and the immediate relief of any helpless & Indigent ccvl -» 85 - 

Persons belonging to Boston who might arrive at the said Chelsea ^chives 
Beg leave to report that they immediately proceeded upon the Bussi- cxxxvii.,'i3; 
ness to which they were appointed, and on their way to & at Chel- Legislative 
sea found Sundry of the Inhabitants of Boston who had been ^uncn 8 ° f the 
allowed to remove, and by them were informed that the Small Pox xxxiii'23. 
has not lately prevaild in that Town and that Gen 1 Gage had dir- na i"p e P . as^e. 
rected that the Almshouse poor should be sent to Salem but find- c^p'^ 16 ' 
ing that no Inhabitants were permitted to come out on the day 
that they were there and that from Gen 1 Gage's past failure in the 
performance of his Solemn agreements with that Town, it was 
very uncertain whether others might come out agreeable to the just 
expectations of the People : they impowered & directed the Select- 
men and Committee of Correspondance of the Town of Chelsea, or 
the Major part of them to make strict enquiry into the State & 
Circumstances of all persons who should arive there from Boston 
and take care of & provide for the Indigent and Guard & secure the 
Country against the Small Pox, as in the commission to them (a 
Copy whereof is herewith Exhibited) will appear. all which is 

humbly Submitted 

Jedediah Foster %> Order. 

Eead & Accepted. [Passed July 31. 



CHAPTER 21. 

RESOLVE CONFIRMING THE TRANSACTIONS OF THE GENERAL COURT 
ASSEMBLED JULY 30, 1775. 

Whereas the General Court was adjoun d on Saturday y e 29 th of Legislative 
this Instant ; to Monday the 31' But upon Inteligence received from council 8 , ° 
General Washington of y e Removal of a number of the Inhabitants Mass! 1 '' 26 ' 
of Boston to Chelsea ; and fearing that y e Small Pox, might be dis- Archives, 

pers d through y e Country by their means; it was Judged advissable — - — : 

that the Court Should be assembled Sooner than the time to which Records of 6 the 
it Stood adjourned; which was accordingly done: and as Some ^xiifSg 
Doubts might arise touching the legallity of the proceedings of House Jour- 
the Assembly Convened before the time to which they Stood ad- st^™, 2 chap'. 
journed. Therefore 20 - 

Resolved that the transactions of the afores d meeting; in Conse- 
quence of the aforementioned Inteligence, be Considered to all 
Intents & purposes as good & Valid. [Passed July 31. 



18 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 22-24.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 26. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 89. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 90, 91. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxi., 26. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 14, 29, 
30. Journals 
of each Pro- 
vincial Con- 
gress of Mass., 
pp. 38, 542. 



CHAPTEE 22. 

RESOLVE EMPOWERING THE COMMISSARY TO SELL DAMAGED PRO- 
VISIONS AT AUCTION. 

On the Petition of Charles Miller Deputy Commissary General 
for the Forces of the Colony aforesaid Representing that there is a 
quantity of Provissions both of Bread and meat Damaged by the 
weather So as to be unfit for the army & praying Directions in that 
behalf 

Resolved that all Such Damaged Provissions after they are Con- 
demned as unfit for use by a committee Regularly appointed Shall 
by the Commissary be sold at Publick Auction after he shall have 
Given Suitable notice of the time and place of the Sale thereof and 
the proceeds of Such sale Shall be by said Commissary paid to the 
Receiver General of this Colony taking his Receipt for the Same 
and that the petitioner be served with a Copy of this Resolve by the 
Secretary. 

Read & accepted. [Passed August 1. 



CHAPTER 23. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 28. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 92. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 28, 30. 
Ante, p. 16, 
chap. 19. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COM EE APPOINTED TO FORM A BOND TO BE 
EXECUTED BY Y E TREASURER TO ACCEPT THE SAME OF HIM. 

Resolved that the Commitee appointed by this court to Prepare 
the form of A Bond to be Executed by Henry Gardner Esq r whom 
this Court has Elected to the office of Treasurer and Receiver Gen- 
eral of this Colony be Directed to Accept of the said Henry Gard- 
ner Esq r A Bond for the faithfull Discharge of his office wherein 
he with two suffisiant Sureties shall be Joyntly and severally Bound 
in the sum of fifty thousand Pounds in Case the said Gardner shall 
Desire it and that on his Conforming to this Resolve the said Henry 
Gardner Esq r shall be taken in that Respect Quallified for that 
office any thing Contained in any former Resolve of this Court to 
the Conterary hereunto notwithstanding. [Passed August 1. 



CHAPTER 24. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 29. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxxxviii., 171. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 30, 31. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING SUNDRY ACCOUNTS FOR HORSE AND CARRIAGE 
HIRE FOR GENERAL WASHINGTON. 

Resolved that the Accounts exhibited by Tim? Bliss And w Cotton, 
George Pyncheon, John Worthington & Joshua Loring for Horse 
& Carriage hire for His Excellency George Washington on his way 
from Springfield to Leicester, Worcester &c amounting to Four 
Pounds 13/2 d L M y are well vouched & right cast, and that the 
same be paid according to their Respective Orders, to Cap 1 George 
Pyncheon. [Passed August 1. 



[1st Sess.J Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 



19 



CHAPTER 25. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £116. 4. 4£ TO M B RICHARD DERBY, JR. 



MdBB. 
Archives, 
CCVl., Ma. 



Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., :i4. 

Resolved. That there be paid to Rich d Derby, j r , Esq r or his Order ^g^ 8 u ^ the 
out of the publick Treasury of this Colony the sum of £116. 4. 4£ in Council, 
full of the within account. 1 [Passed August 1. House tour- 

nal, p. 23, 31. 



CHAPTER 26. 

RESOLVE FOR SUPPLYING NEWBURYPORT WITH SHOT. 

Resolved that the Town of Newbury Port having been at a great Legislative 
Expence to procure Powder & Cannon for their Defence, that Orders council^ 
be given to the Committee of Supplies to furnish them with the y™"-' 30, 
following articles on account of this Colony viz Archives, 

° J CCVl., 95. 



[Passed August 1. 



60 Rounds 2 Inch Shott 

60 d<> 2i Inch d° 

60 D° 3 Inch d° 

30 Rounds for 1-32 Pounder 

30 Rounds for 1-24 d° 

40 Canisters Grape Shott. 



House Jour- 
nal, pp. 30, 31. 
Ante, p. 11, 
chap. 4. 



CHAPTER 27. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £57. 0. 8 TO MR. JOHN DERBY. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 31. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 97. 



Resolved That there be paid out of the publick Treasury of this 
Colony to M r John Derby or his Order the sum of £57.0.8 sterling Archives, 
agreable to the within Account. 1 [Passed August 1. 



ccvi.,. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 23, 31. 
Supra, 
chap. 25. 



CHAPTER 28. 



VOTE ACCEPTING REPORT OF COM TEE ON WARRANTS FOR SURGEONS. 



The Committee appointed to consider how the Warrants for the Legislative 
Surgeons shall be Signed beg leave to Keport as our Opinion, council 8 ° f the 

That the Warrants be given out by the Hon ble Council as Exercis g xxxm.,'31. 
the Powers devolving on them by Charter in the absence of the Archives, 
Governor & Lieutenant Governor ccvi -» 98 - 

Eead & accepted. [Passed August 1. House Jour- 

1 Expenses of the Schooner Quero's Voyage from Salem in New England to Great 
Britain and back to Salem aforesaid in the Service of this Colony. — Mass Archives, 
ccvi., 94, 96. 



20 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 29-31.] 



CHAPTEE 29. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 31. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 99. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 87. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, xxxi., 
170, 171. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 31, 32. 
Ante, p. 15, 
chap. 15. 



ORDER APPOINTING A COMMITTEE TO COUNTERSIGN THE NOTES OF 
Y K RECEIVER GENERAL. 

Ordered. 

That M r Hopkins, M r Phillips & Deacon Eawson be a Committee 
to Counter sign the notes of the receiver General, and they are 
directed forthwith to attend that service, and to furnish him with 
such a number of blanks, as he shall Judge Nesesary, to Compleat 
the Emision, of such a part of One hundred Thousand pounds, 
Voted by the late Congress as the demands on this Colony shall re- 
quire, before Other provision can be made, also that the said Receiver 
General, be directed as far as Circumstances will permitt, to accom- 
modate the persons who shall receive said Notes, with such as shall 
best Suit their Conveinniancy, in any sum not less y n forty Shillings, 
the Order of this Court of the 29 th July last directing a Committee 
appointed by a late Congress to perform this business and the order 
of Congress directing the Treasurer to Issue none for a less sum 
than for four pounds, Notwithstanding. [Passed August 1. 



CHAPTER 30. 



ORDER DIRECTING MR. SAMUEL PHILLIPS TO MUSTER THE COMPANY 
OF CAPT. BENJAMIN AMES. AND IMPOWERING HIM TO DRAW FROM 
THE PUBLIC TREASURY £114 TO PAY THEIR ADVANCES. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 33. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 101, 102. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 32. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 35. 
Ante, p. 7, 
chap. 1. 



Ordered that M r Sam 1 Phillips be directed to Muster the Comp y 
of Cap 1 Benj a Ames, in Col Fryes Regim 1 (if not already muster'd) 
and that he be also impowered to draw out of the Public Treasury 
of this Colony the Sum of One Hundred and Fourteen Pounds for 
the Purpose of paying the Sum of Forty shillings as Advance wages 
to each of the Non Commissioned Officers & private Soldiers, be- 
longing to the above Comp y if they have not been paid and y e Re- 
ceiver General is hereby directed to pay the Same to M r Phillips 
accordingly ; he to be accountable to this Court. [Passed August S. 



CHAPTER 31. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 33. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 103. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 38. 
Ante, p. 17, 
chap. 20. 



RESOLVE APPOINTING A COMMITTEE TO TAKE CARE OF THE PEOPLE 
COMING FROM BOSTON TO CHELSEA. 

Resolved. That Joseph Greenleaf Esqr Mr "William Greenleaf & 
Doct Peter Roberts be and hereby are impower'd to repair immedi- 
ately to Chelsea to take Care of & make provision for the Poor dis- 
tress'd Inhabitants of Boston, now coming over to s d Chelsea. 
[Passed August 8. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 21 



CHAPTER 32. 

RESOLVE ACCEPTING THE REPORT OF Y E COM EE APP" TO PROCURE 
APPOTHECARIES FOR THE MEDICAL STORE AT WATERTOWN. 

The Committee appointed by both Houses to consider what is Legislative 
proper to be done with regard to appointing Appothecaries for the coum-if, ° f the 
Medical Store at Watertown &c Beg leave to Keport That the Med- gcrfii., , 84. 
ical Store in Watertown be continued where it now is and that M r Archives, 

Andrew Craigie appointed by the late Congress Apothecary to the ccvl -> 104 - 

Colony, be directed to take care Thereof and prepare the necessary Archives 
compositions and that M r James Miller Church be appointed ccvi., io*», 105. 
Assistant Apothecary to said Store to put up and distribute said Records of the 
Medicines, agreeable to the Orders of the Committee appointed by xxxn^W- 
the late congress to take care of the Medical Stores and this Com- xxxm'., 33.' 
mittee would farther recommend that an Establishment be made nai^pp! 22" r 39. 
for said Apothecary and Assistant Apothecary. 

Read & accepted. [Passed August 3. 



CHAPTER 33. 

RESOLVE APPROVING THE CONDUCT OF THE COMMITTEE OF INSPECTION Legislative 

ON THE AFFAIR OF THE EAST PRECINCT IN POWNALBORO. council* ° f ""* 

xxxiii., 35. 

Resolved, That the Facts alledg'd in the Petition of Timothy Archives, 
Langdon, & others, Committee of Inspection for the East Parish cliY -> 21 - 
of the Town of Pownalboro', against M r Abiel Wood respecting his Mass. 
Conduct; were proper to be consider'd by the Committee of Inspec- cxxxvu.,'i8; 
tion, & that from their representation, they had sufficient Evidence Legi'efatfve 
of the Facts to deem him an Enemy to his Country; and that Com- Records of the 
mittees of Inspection, are the only Bodies recommended by the X xx?.^44. 
continental Congress, to Judge, & determine respecting Infringments na°i U pp J i6 ir 2i 
of the Association of the continental Congress; and that Commit- 38. ' Journals' 
tees of Correspondance are not authoriz'd for that End: And that wncfiai co™ 
from the Representation made by the Committee of Inspection; this gy^of Mass., 
Court approve of their Conduct. [Passed August 3. 



CHAPTER 34. gSM*. 

Council, 
xxxiii., 39. 
ORDER ALLOWING £8. 1 TO JOSIAH JOHNSON. Mass. 

Archives, 

Ord d that the sum of Eight Pounds one Shilling lawful Money 



be paid out of the public Treasury of this Colony to Josiah Johnson Archives, 
Esq r in full for his account of 31 axes, and conveying them to the HouseTour- 
Colony store. [Passed August 3. 1 A^'frlte 

1 The date in Legislative Records of the Council is given as August 31, evidently a 
mistake. 



22 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 35-37.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 39. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 109. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 17, 
39 bis. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 41. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 108. 



Archives, 
ccvi., lOTn-108. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 40. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp.17, 
39 bis. 



CHAPTER 35. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £21. 15. 9 TO CAP T JOHN STEVENS. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony Twenty One Pounds 15/9 to Cap 1 John Stevens in full dis- 
charge of his Ace 1 for Sund y ' 9 Supply'd his Comp^ &c at Tycon- 
deroga. [Passed August 3. 



CHAPTER 36. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £142. 3. 11 TO DISCHARGE PAY ROLL OF CAPT. 
JOHN STEVENS. 

In the House of Representatives 

Resolved that the Pay Role Exhibited by Cap n John Stevens in 
Col Bened 1 Arnold' Reg 1 is Right Cast and Properly Vouched and 
that, the same amounting to 142.3.11 be Paid out of the Publick 
Treasury of this Colony to the said Cap 1 John Stevens (in full Dis- 
charge of Said Pay Role) for the use of the several Persons Named 
therein, He having Given Bond with sufficient surety' to the Satis- 
faction of this House for the Faithfull Payment of the several Per- 
sons Named in the within l 

In Council read & concurred. [Passed August 3. 



CHAPTER 37. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 41. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 110. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 17, 
39 Us. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £135. 12. 2i FOR PAY ROLL AND A FURTHER 
AMOUNT OF £4. 15. 11 TO CAPT. SAMUEL WRIGHT. 

In the House of Representatives 

Resolved that there be Paid to Cap' Sam 1 Wright out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury of this Colony the sum of one Hundred and Thirty 
five Pounds twelve shillings and two Pence Half Peny in full Dis- 
charge of his Pay Role in Col Arnolds Regem' for the use of the 
several Persons Named therein he Having Given bonds With suffi- 
cient suretys to the sattisfaction of this House faithfuly to aply the 
same to that use the Blankets Charged therein Having been first 
Deducted and the sum Paid him by Col Arnold being also Deducted 
and also the further sum of Four Pounds fifteen shillings and Eleven 
Pence Being the Expences of marching his men to Ticonderoga 
S< Johns &c. 

In Council read & concurred. [Passed August 3. 

1 Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiii., 41, reads, "named therein." 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 23 



CHAPTER 38. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £39. 19. 1 FOR PAY ROLL, AND A FURTHER AMOUNT 
OF £3 TO CAPT. ISAAC MATTHEWS. 

Resolved, that there be Paid to Capt Isaac Mathews out of the Pub- legislative 
lick Treasury of this Colony the sum of thirty nine Pounds Nine- council, 
teen shillings and one Peny in full Discharge of his Pay Role in j^jj*'* 42 ' 
Col Arnolds Reg 1 for the use of the several Persons Named therein Archives, 
he Having Given Bonds faithfuly to Pay the same to the several 



Person' named in said List and also the Farther sum of three nai"pp. i7, r 39, 

Pounds For his Expences in Marching his men to Tycondoroga &c. 40 - 
[Passed August 3. 



CHAPTER 39. K§S» ft . 

Council, 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £6 TO CAP T ISAAC COLTON. Mass. 1 "' 42 ' 

Archives, 

Resolved that the Receiver General be & he is hereby directed to H 

pay unto Cap 1 Isaac Colton in Coll David Brewers Regiment the nai, p.kows. 
sum of Six pounds for one months Advance Wages. [Passed 

August 3. Legislative 

a Records of the 

Council, 

xxxiii., 43. 
Mass. 

CHAPTER 40. £S?3f: 



Mass. 
RESOLVE ALLOWING £13. 3. 8 TO ENOCH HUSE. cot? 1 115* 

Legislative 

Resolved that Enoch Huse be allowed & paid out of the Publick conSSf, S 
Treasury of this Colony thirteen pound three shilling & eight pence ^, 197, 198, 201, 
in full Satisfaction of the within account. 1 [Passed August 3. 213^ 214. ' 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 40. 

Journals of 

each Provin- 
cial Congress 

CHAPTER 41. PP^163 8 , 8 208,222, 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £12. 18. 5 TO THOMAS DAVIS. & eglBl ? ttT ?«. 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that Thomas Davis be allowed & paid out of the publick M ass""' u ' 
Treasury of of 2 this Colony twelve pound eighteen Shilling & five Archives, 
pence in full Satisfaction of the within account. 1 [Passed Augusts. ^^ — : 

r L if Ma8g 

Archives, 

ccvi., 113a. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 16, 40. 
Supra, chap. 
40. 



CHAPTER 42. 



Legislative 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £14.3 TO THOMAS WILLIAMS. Coun^f, ° f th<J 

xxxiii., 44. 

Resolved that Thomas Williams be allowed & paid out of the Archives, 
publick Treasury of this Colony fourteen pound three Shillings in ccvi -' 116 - 
full Satisfaction of the within account. 1 [Passed August 3. Archive 

ccvi 117 

1 Expenses in riding post. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 113 a , 115, 117. House Jour- 

2 Sic. nal, pp. 16, 40. 



24 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 43-45.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 45. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 118. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 119. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 16, 40. 



CHAPTER 43. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £13. 14. 4 TO CALEB KIMBALL. 

Resolved that Caleb Kimball be allowed & paid out of the Publick 
Treasury of this Province thirteen pound fourteen Shilling & four 
pence in full Satisfaction of the within account. ' [Passed August 3. 



Legislative CHAPTER 44 

Records of the V;nAX 1UIV i± . 

Council, 

xxxiii., 45. 

Mass. RESOLVE ESTABLISHING THE WAGES OF AN APOTHECARY AND AN 

Archives, 

ccvi., 120. 



ASSISTANT APOTHECARY. 



na°i!Tp J 3vio. Resolved, That the Establishment for an Apothecary be Seven 
chap' 32 21 * Pounds ten shillings $> Month and for an Assistant Apothecary, 
four Pounds <#» month. [Passed August 4. 



CHAPTER 45. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £2. 8. 4 TO CAP T JOSEPH CHADDOCK. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii , 46. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 121. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 121». 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 41 bis. 



In Committee of Safety. 

Resolved, That Cap 1 Joseph Chaddock be Ordered with the Troop 
of Horse under his Command to proceed forward as an Escort to 
the Hon ble Members of the Continental Congress on their Way to 
Philadelphia, untill they are met by an Escort from the Colony of 
Connecticut 

In Obedience to a Resolve of the Committee of Safety I have 
waited Two Days & a half Avith Thirteen Men of the Troop of Horse 
under my Command, from Brookfield as far as Springfield ferry as 
an Escort to the Hon ble Members of the Contintal 2 Congress on 
their Way to Philadelphia. 



Lieut: David 



Hitchcock 
Col A. Walker 
Corp 1 Benj a Potter 
Corp 1 Roger Bruce 
Corp 1 Jos H Bush j r 
Elish a Holten 
Tho 8 Moore 



Jos" Chadock Cap' 

Jede: Baldwin 
Benj a Gilbert 
Nath: Barrell 
j. cuttler 
Tho 8 Hill 
Dan l Bartlett 



Resolved that Joseph Chaddock be allowed & paid out of the pub- 
lick Treasury of this Colony the Sum of two pound eight Shilling 
& four pence in full Satisfaction of the annexed account. [Passed 
August 4. 

1 Expenses in riding post. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 119. 

2 Sic. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 25 



CHAPTER 46. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £2. 14. 8 TO BENJ A BATCHELDER. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved that Benj a Batcheldor be allowed & paid out of the Pub- xxxin.,47. 
lie Treasury of this Colony the Sum of Two Pounds 14/ and 8 pence House Jour- 
in full Satisfaction of the above Account. 1 [Passed August 4. nai, p.4i,&«. 



CHAPTER 47. KSMth. 

Council, 
xxxiii., 4". 
RESOLVE ALLOWING £6. 2. 6 TO JA 8 WARREN. Mass. 

Archives, 
ccvi., 130. 

Resolved that the Hon 1 James Warren Esq : be Allowed & paid j^^ 

out of the publick Treasury of this Colony the Sum of Six pound Archives, 

pcv\ mil 

two Shilling & Six pence in full Satisfaction of the within account." House Jour. 
[Passed August 4. nal . P- 41 bis - 



CHAPTER 48. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £16. 5 TO COL JACOB BAILEY. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved That Sixteen pounds five Shillings be paid Out of the xxxiii., 48. 
Publick Treasury of this Colony to Co 11 Jacob Baley, in full for his Archives, 

Service & the Service of an Indian Chief one Lewis Tataaranco of ccvl -» 129 - 

the Canawago Tribe, which Indian was Imploied by S d Baley 39 days Archives 
on a Voy a to Canada in the Service of this Colony. &c. [Passed cxii v. ,323,324. 

a • a House Jour- 
AugUSt 4. nal, pp. 34, 35, 
36, 38, 39, 41. 

CHAPTER 49. SffiK5«,e 

Council, 
xxxiii., 48. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £5. 10/ TO STEP N DAVIS. Mass- 

Archives, 
ccvi., 127. 



Resolved that Stephen Davis or Order be allowed and paid five MasI 
pound ten shilling out of the publick Treasury of this Province in ^S^TS?' 
full Satisfaction of the within account. 3 [Passed Auqust 4. House Jour- 

L a nal, p. 41. 



CHAPTER 50. ggffiS*. 

Council, 
xxxiii., 49. 
RESOLVE ALLOWING £12. 5/ TO ROB T TWEEDELL. Mass. 

Archives, 
ccvi., 126. 

Resolved that Eobert Tweedell be allowed & paid out of the pub- ^g~ — " 

lick Treasury of this Colony the Sum of twelve pound five shilling Archives, 
in full Satisfaction of the within account. 4 [Passed August 4. House Jour- "" 

nal, p. 41. 

1 Expenses of horse hire. — Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiii., 47. 

2 Expenses of a journey in the public service to Providence. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 
130. 

3 Expense of carrying provisions after the army. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 128. 
* Expenses of cutting wood for the army. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 126. 



26 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 51.] 



CHAPTEK 51. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COLLECTION OF A PUBLIC SUPPLY OF 

POWDER. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 51. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 131. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 34, 38, 
41, 42, 43, 45. 
Journals of 
each Provin- 
cial Congress 
of Mass., 
p. 354. Ante, 
p. 11, chap. 4. 



In the House of Eepresentatives 

Whereas it has been Eepresented to this House, that a larger 
Quantity of Powder is wanted, than is at present in the Magazine, 
and considering how much depends upon that most necessary 
Article, which, under God if Provided may prove the Salvation of 
America It is therefore 

Resolved that the respective Towns and Districts, in the Counties 
hereafter named, (they lying least Exposed to the Depredations of 
the Enemy, of any which have not already been Draughted upon) 
be directed to deliver to the Committee who are appointed for that 
purpose, their Towns Stock of Powder, except so much as is pro- 
posed to be reserved in each Town and District according to the 
following Schedule 

And the Committee are hereby directed to give their receipts to 
the respective Selectmen of such Towns and Districts as they 
shall Receive Powder from in form following Viz' the Day 

of 1775 Received of A B C Selectmen of the Town of the 

Towns stock of Powder Contain 5 Weight to the use of the 

Continental Army which Powder is to be replaced again as soon as 
the State of the Public Magazine will admit, or paid in Money; and 
the Committee appointed to receive the Powder are hereby Severally 
Impowered & directed to employ such Teamsters as shall be neces- 
sary will ' all possible dispatch to convey the same to the Committee 
of Supplies and upon y e delivery of said Powder, and producing a 
Certificate from either of the Committee Men, appointed to Collect 
said Powder, setting forth the Sum agreed on, for the Conveyance 
of the Same The Committee of Supplies Shall give said Teamsters 
a Certificate of the Receipt of Said Powder, which Certificate being 
laid before the Council, Said Teamster shall Receive a Warrant from 
the Major part of the Council on the Public Treasury of the Colony 
for the Sum agreed upon to be paid in Colony Notes or Bills, and 
the Receiver General is hereby directed to Pay the Same accord- 
ingly, and the Committee appointed for the aforementioned Pur- 
poses are still farther directed & impowered to Collect Powder from 
other Towns than are Expressed in the following Schedule, where 
it may be had, and give their Receipts as expressed above. And 
also to Purchase of any private Person who may have of that Article 
to Sell and lay their Accounts of the Powder so purchased before 
this Court. The Persons whose Names follow are appointed 

a Committee for the purposes expressed in the foregoing Resolve. 

Suffolk M' Perry & Cap' Vose 

Essex M r Mighill & M r Webster 

Middlesex, Docf Fletcher, Deac n Stickney & Col Smith 

Plymouth Col° dishing 

Bristol Coll° Williams 

» Sic, for " with." 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 



27 





To be left 




To be left 




in Town 




in Town 


Suffolk County 




Middlesex. — Con. 




Milton 


2 half Bb 


Waltham .... 


1 half bbs 


Dedham 








1 do 


Stow 










1 do 


Mcdfield 








1 d" 


Groton . 










1 d« 


Wrentham . 








2 d° 


Shirley . 










1 d« 


Necdham 








1 d° 


Pepperel 










1 do 


Stoughtonham 








1 d" 


Townsend 










1 do 


Medway 








1 do 


Ashley 1 . 










1 do 


Bellingham . 
Walpole 








1 do 


Natick . 










1 d° 








1 do 


Dracutt 










1 do 






Bedford 










1 do 


Essex County 




Holliston 










1 d° 


Danvers .... 


2 do 


Tuksbury 










1 d° 


Newbury 








2 do 


Acton 










1 d° 


Newbury Port 








8 do 


Dunstable 










1 d° 


Andover 








2 d° 


Lincoln . 












Rowley . 








2 do 


Wilmington 












Haverhill 








2 do 






Topsfield 








1 d° 


Plymouth County 




Boxford 








1 do 


Middleberry .... 


2 do 


Almsbury 








2 do 


Bridgwater 










2 do 


Bradford 








1 d° 


Abington 










2 d° 


Middletown . 








1 d° 


Hallifax 










1 do 


Methuen 








1 d° 


Plymouth 










12 do 






Pembrook 










2 d° 


Middlesex 




Hanover 










2 do 


Woburn .... 


2 half bbs 


Kingston 










2 do 


Concord 








2 do 






Newton 








2 do 


Bristol County 




Reding . 








2 do 


Taunton .... 


2 do 


Marlboro' 








2 d° 


Rehoboth 










2 do 


Billerica 








1 d° 


Norton . 










1 do 


Framingham 








2 d° 


Mansfield 










1 do 


Chelmsford . 








2 d° 


Freetown 










2 do 


Sherburn 








1 do 


Berkley . 










1 do 


Sudbury 








2 d° 


Attlebury 










2 do 


Weston . 








1 d° 


Rainham 










1 d° 


Littleton 








1 do 


Eastown 










1 do 


Hopkington 








1 do 


Dartmouth 










1 do 


Westford 








1 do 







In Council Read & Concurred. [Passed August 4. 



CHAPTEE 52. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING JAS. MINOT TO BE SUPPLIED WITH CORN FOR 
THE TOWN OF CAMDEN IN EXCHANGE FOR BILLETTING SUPPLIES. 



The Humble Petition of the Town of Cambden in Penobscot 
Bay 

We the Committee appointed by the Inhabitants of this Town, 
do now dispatch on their behalf, the Bearer to inform You of the 
Arrival of a Fleet at Long Island in this Bay on the Purpose of 
Exchanging Provissions for Cord Wood who have advised us of their 
peaceable intentions by Letter and have Conveyed to us Copy of a 
Certificate from the Gent n Selectmen of the Town of Boston, recom- 
mending to the Inhabitants of these parts to afford them all proper 
Assistance Though our necessities are very great, owing to the 
Scarcity of Provissions, yet we Should esteem it highly prejudicial 
to the Community to open such an Intercourse with them Contrary 
to the Resolves of Your House We Your humble Petitioners, 

1 The House Journal, p. 43, reads " Ashby." 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 49. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxxxviii., 211- 
213; ccvi., 122- 
125. Legis- 
lative Records 
of the Council, 
xxxiii., 11, 12. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 39, 43, 
44, 46. Ante, 
p. 9, chap. 2; 
p. 11, chap. 4. 



28 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 53.] 



do therefore most earnestly pray for your Advice in so Important a 
matter to us, we being but a new settlement, depending on our 
Cord Wood, 'till our Farms are Somewhat brought too Whether 
you will be pleased to afford us any assistance with respect to pro- 
vissions or allow us to Exchange the said Wood for Provissions to 
Answer our present Necessities 

Abra m Ogier ) 

John Ballard V Com ee of Cambden 

James Minot ) 

[Read and] 

Resolved that the Committee of Supplies, be directed to supply 
Said James Minot, with Two Hundred Bush' 8 of Indian Corn and 
take his Receipt for the same, w ch Corn to be deliver'd to the Care 
of the Committee of Safety of said Cambden in the County of Lin- 
coln to be distributed to the Inhabitants as they the said Committee 
shall think proper, and for the pay of said Corn the said Committee 
of Safety are to Supply the American Forces Raised for the Defence 
of the Sea Coast that shall or may be stationed near or at Said Town 
with Fresh Meat or any thing that may answer for the Billetting 
said Forces, and the said Committee of Safety are to be accountable 
to the General Court of this Colony. 1 [Passed August 5." 



CHAPTER 53. 



VOTE ACCEPTING COM EK ' 8 REPORT RESPECTING THE COLONY SEAL. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 54. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxxxvii., 14- 
15». 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 20, 46, 
47, 48, 51. 



In the House of Representatives 

Ordered that Major Bliss and Doct r Whiting be of the Committee 
appointed to consider what is necessary to be done relative to a 
Colony Seal, in the Room of Doct r Church and M r Cushing who are 
absent 

In Council Read and Conc d 

The Committee appointed for the purpose, Report, that the 
Device of the Old Province Seal be not taken up, & that the De- 
vice herewith be the Established form of a Seal for this Colony 
for the Future. 

James Otis p order 

In Council Read & accepted with this amendment Viz 1 Instead 
of an Indian holding a Tomahawk & Cap of Liberty, there be an an s 
English American holding a Sword in the Right hand & Magna 
Charta in the left Hand with the Words Magna Charta imprinted 
on it, & round him these Words, " Ense petit placidam sub Liber- 
tate Quietem." 

In the House of Representatives 

Read and Concurred. [Passed August 5. 

1 Mass. Archives, ccvi., 122, and the House Journal, p. 44, add, "for the said Corn." 

2 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal; according to 
Legislative Records of the Council the date is August 4. 

3 Sic. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7(3. 29 



CHAPTER 54. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING PRINCE GORHAM TO SHIP FISH AND ONIONS 
TO THE ISLAND OF ST. EUSTATIA. 1 

Humbly Sheweth Prince Goreham of Barnstable on behalf of p^'^f"^ h 
himself & Benj a Cobb, that Your Petitioners and the Town we live council, 
in are much in want of Powder & other necessary's which may be fi^'' 
obtained in the West Indies, and that your Petitioners have on Archives, 
hand Forty Hogsheads of Old Jamaica Fish, Forty Barrells of Ale- 



wives, 2,000 Bunches of Onions which are now perishing, and your Archives, 
Petitioners cannot dispose of here, wherefore your Petitioners House^Jmir. 
Humbly prays your Honors to grant them a Permit to export the nai, pp. 4g, 47. 
same to S' Eustia, and Receive from them Warlike Stores & other chap! 33. ' 
necessarys and your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray. &c 

Prince Gorham for self & Co 

[Read and] 

Resolved that Prince Gorham & Benj a Cobb be & they are hereby 
Permitted to Export from Chatham to the island of S l Eustatia 
forty hhd s of old Jamaica & new Scale Fish forty barrels of Ale- 
wives and 2,000 Bunches of onions But no more provisions than 
are absolutely Nessesary for the Vessels Use, to be under the Inspec- 
tion of the Committee of Inspection of s d Chatham, always provided 
that the S d fish alewives &c Shall not be Cleared out for any of his 
Brittannick Majesty's dominions. [Passed August 5. 



CHAPTER 55. 

RESOLVE APPOINTING A COMMITTEE TO TAKE CARE OF THE POOR OF 
BOSTON WHO MAY GO TO SALEM. 

Resolved, That a Committee of four members from Boston, & three Legislative 
from the Country be chosen to take care of the Poor of the Town §££S2Jf of the 
of Boston who may go into Salem xxxm.,56. 

Resolved, That M r William Greenleaf, M r Isaac Smith, & Deacon Archives, 
Gibbins Sharp on the part of the Town of Boston, and Cap 1 Shil- c^ 1 -' ui ' 
laber on that of the Country be of that Committee, and that the Ma8 S; 

t A.rcniv68 

appointment of three other Gentlemen to compleat the Comittee be ccvi., m! 
deferr'd, & the Comittee above named are hereby impowered & ^ a ^ p e ^ our " 
directed to act in this matter untill the Committee be filled up. Ante, v. 9, 
[Passed August 5. c p 

CHAPTER 56. 

RESOLVE RESPECTING THE SEA COAST COM YS IN Y E COUNTY OF 

PLYMOUTH. 

In the House of Representatives Legislative 
Whereas by a Resolve of Congress of the 27 th of June last four of councn 8 , ° f the 
the Nine Companies by s d Resolve to be raised in the County 8 of xxxiii -' 57 - 
Plym & Barnstable for the defence of the Sea Coasts are to be sta- Archives, 
tioned in the County of Plym according to the direction of the CCY1 -» m - 

1 Sic, for St. Eustatius. 



30 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 57,58.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxii., 180-183, 
280. House 
Journal, p. 48. 
Journals of 
each Provin- 
cial Congress 
of Mass., 
pp. 412, 413. 



Field officers of the first Regiment in the County of Plym & to be 
under their direction. & whereas there are four Field officers in said 
Regiment & two of them live at a great distance from the Sea 
Coasts & from the other two from which many Inconveniences 
arise Therefore 

Resolved That the Honb 1 Board be desired to Impower any two 
of said Field officers to Station order and direct said four Company 8 
the Commanding officer of s d Regim 1 being one of the Two 

In Council read & concurred [and] Col James Warren Esq r [and] 
Major Tho 8 Lothrop are appointed to the above. [Passed August 5. 



CHAPTER 57. 



RESOLVE RESPECTING CERTAIN DONATIONS 

BOSTON. 



FOR THE POOR OF 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 59. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 148. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 138-140. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 45, 48, 
49. Ante, p. 9, 
chap. 2; p. 11, 
chap. 4. 



Resolved that the Selectmen of the Several Towns in the County 
of Hampshire Where any Donations of Grain for The Poor of the 
Towns of Boston and Charlestown are or may be Deposited be and 
they are hereby Impowered and Directed to have all Such Grain 
(except "(Indian Corn) Reduced to Flower and Transported to 
Watertown, and there Delivered to the Committee of Supplies as 
Soon as may be, and that the Expence of flowering Said Grain and 
Transporting Said Flower to Watertown be Paid out of the Public 
Treasury of this Colony on the Delivering the Same as is above 
mentioned and it is further 

Resolved that M r John Hale be a Committe to Retransport from 
Hartford to Springfield all Such Grain & other articles as have been 
Given in Donations for the use of Said Poor by any of the Inhab- 
itants of Said County of Hampshire Which Grain & other articles 
have been Sent Down the River to Hartford, and that Said Com- 
mitte be also Impowered and Directed to Reduce Said Grain to 
flower and Transport Said flower to Watertown there to be Delivred 
to the Committe of Supplies as aforesaid and that the Expence of 
Retransporting S d Grain from Hartford Flowering and Conveying 
the Same to Watertown be also Paid out of the Publick Treasury 
of this Colony and it is further 

Resolved that In Case any Part of Said Donations have been or 
Shall be in Indian Corn the Said Selectmen or Committe are hereby 
Impowered and Directed to Dispose of the Same Either for money 
or Some other kind of Grain or other Provision Nessasary for the 
army Which may be more Conveniently Transported. [Passed 
August 5. 



CHAPTER 58. 

RESOLVE ACCEPTING REPORT OF COM TEE ON A LETTER FROM GEN L 

WASHINGTON. 



Records l of the ^ HE Committee of both Houses to whom was Referred the Con- 
Councii, sideration of a Letter from his Excellency Gen 1 Washington relative 

xxxiii., 60. ^ Q guc j 1 p ersons as ma y come out of Boston and be suspected of 

1 Sic as to parenthesis. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7(5. 31 

being Enemical to the Liberties of this Country report by way of A r *. 8 h fj veB 
Kesolve. exciv.,i2i: 

Resolved that Joseph Greenleaf Esq r Cap' Edw d Procter &c M r HoieeJoiS?" 
Jn° Peck be a Committee whose duty it shall be to give constant ™ ]; i ^:} '' '" • 
attendance at the place where the People coming out of Boston to 
Chelsea, shall Land, and Strictly Examine into the Characters & 
Circumstances of all such persons as may arrive from Boston at the 
said Chelsea, and if upon enquiry any of the said Persons shall appear 
to be Enemies to this Country then the said Committee are directed 
to keep in Custody all such suspected persons until a proper Rep- 
resentation shall be made to this Court, & Order given thereon. 
[Passed August 7. 



CHAPTER 59. 

RESOLVE CONTINUING THE PENSION OF ABIJAH FROST. 

The Petition of Abijah Frost humbly Sheweth That in Legislative 

the Year 1756 he joined the American Forces in his Majesties Serv- councn 8 , ° f the 
ice for the Reduction of Canada : after having been Four Years in xxxm., 6i. 
the Army, when fighting for his Country at the Island of S l John's, Archives, 

he had the misfortune to loose his Right Arm by a Cannon Ball, by CCY1 -> 156 - 

w ch means he was disenabled for those Employments which had be- Archives 
fore afforded him a Comfortable Subsistence On representing ccvi., 155.' 

this disaster to the General Court of this Colony, they tho't fit to na^pp. °" r 50. 
direct, and accordingly Ordered to be paid out of the Public Treasury Law^xvm 
to your Petitioner y e Annual Pension of Twelve Pounds Ten shil- 490, chap. 53.' 
lings which he accordingly received till the Month of April last, 
when another Year expired, the Public difficulties deprived him of 
of 1 a relief whereon he placed his main dependence: And the 
Colony records being at this time in the Town of Boston, he is 
necessitated to lay his Case before this Hon bIe Court, and humbly 
prays that on considering his Circumstances, they would prevent 
the suffering of himself and Family by ordering a Fulfilment of the 
Public Engagements above related, and Your Petitioner as in Duty 
bound shall ever pray 

Abijah Frost 

[Read and] 

Resolved that the Prayar of this Petition be Granted and that the 
Sum of Twelve Pounds Ten Shilings being the Anueal Pension of 
the s d Abijah Frost be Continued During the Plassure of this Court. 
[Passed August 7. 

» Sic. 



32 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 60, 61.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 62. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 157. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 31, 40, 
44,46,50. Ante, 
pp. 22, 23, 
chaps. 36-38. 



CHAPTEK 60. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £173. 12. \\ TO CAPT. ISAAC MATTHEWS. 

The Committee to whom was Eeferred the Examination of Col 
Arnolds Account having proceeded so far as to find that the Several 
Orders drawn by him on the late Provincial Congress to pay Sundry 
Persons viz' 



Martin Marvin 
John Adas . 
Colin M c Kenzie 
Elisha Painter 
John Spardin 
Richard Gill . 
Winthrop Hoit 
William Woods 
Ebenezer Averill 
Paul Averill . 
Samuel Adams 
Samuel Keep 
Robert Lewis Esq r 



£3. 


17. 


6 


2. 


0. 





11. 


9. 


3 


7. 


14. 


4 


34. 


2. 


6 


10. 


17. 





4. 


0. 





8. 


16. 


7 


3. 


9. 





3. 


14. 





53. 


7. 


3 


2. 


10. 


10 


27. 


17. 


10£ 



173. 12. \\ 



Amounting in the whole to One Hundred & Seventy three pounds 
Twelve shillings & 1 pennv \ which Several Orders are Endorsed 
over and made payable to Cap' Isaac Matthews and they find that 
Col Arnold has in his Account against this Colony given Credit for 
the aforementioned Orders Your Committee therefore beg leave to 
report the following Kesolve viz' 

Resolved That the sum of one hundred Seventy three pounds 
twelve shillings and a penny half penny be paid by the Colony Treas- 
urer to the said Cap' Isaac Matthews in discharge of the aforesaid 
Several orders. [Passed August 7. 



CHAPTER 61. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 63. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 151. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 146, 146", 
150, 151, 152. 
House Jour, 
nal, pp. 49, 51, 
52. Ante, 
p. 14, chap. 13. 



VOTE ACCEPTING REPORT OF COM™ RESPECTING 3 WOMEN FROM 

BOSTON. 

The Committee appointed by both Houses, to examine, Three 
Women lately came out of Boston, and brought to this Court, beg 
leave to report as our Opinion That M r8 Goldthwait Wife of Maj r 
Jo h Goldthwait may be permitted to go to Stafford, to endeavour the 
recovery of her Health, by the use of the Waters there, and to be 
under the Care of the Selectmen of Said Stafford during her stay in 
that place, and afterwards to remove to Eehoboth, to reside with 
her brother M r Isaac Brigham, there to be under the care of the 
Committee of Correspondance of said Town, (without any Expence 
to the Public) untill the further Order of this Court The others 
Viz' M" Goldthwait Wife of M r Benj a Goldthwait, & M™ Chamber- 
lain, they have given such an open, full accouut of matters, and 
appear so friendly to the Country, Your Committee think they may 
without Danger thereto be freed from confinement 

Cha 8 Chauncy & Order. 

Read & accepted. [Passed August 7. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7*j. 33 



CHAPTEK 62. 

RESOLVE PROVIDING FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE EASTERN PARTS 

OF THE COLONY. 

In the House of Representatives Legislative 

Whereas it is necessary for the Safety of this Colony and the councif, 
protection of the Eastern parts of it in particular, that an additional xxxlii -» u - 
Force shou'd be Station'd in the County of Lincoln, to defend the A r £f£{ 
Country from the Inroads of our Enemies, and prevent their plun- cevi., 76, 15s. 
dering the Inhabitants of their Cattle, Sheep Wood &c in Order to Recordset the 
Supply the Fleet and Troops at Boston. Council, 

JLi J j. r xxxm., 5, 

Therefore 19 W*. House 

Resolved that the Hon bIe Board be, and hereby are desired to pp"™^!. 
direct Capt n James Curtis's Company lately arrived at the Camp at J^wf' E;. 27, 29 
Cambridge from Brunswick, to repair immediately to Deer Island chap! 56.' 
with Six Whale Boats, and when arrived there to be under the 
direction of some person who may be appointed by the Hon ble 
Board And the Committee of Supplies are hereby directed to 

Supply Cap 1 Curtis with two Months allowance of Provissions for 
his said Company 

And it [is] ' hereby 

Resolved that the Officers and Soldiers of said Curtis's Company 
shall receive Forty shillings advance Pay on their being Muster'd. 
and the Hon ble Board are desier'd to Appoint some Person to Muster 
them as soon as may be and also that some Person or Persons be 
appointed to Muster the other Two Company's as soon as raised 

And it IS FURTHER 

Resolved that there be Two other Company's of 59 Men each in- 
cluding Officers immediately raised for the purpose aforesaid and 
that it be recommended to the Hon ble Board to appoint a Committee 
to deliver out Enlisting Orders to such persons as the Committee 
may see fit. and the Hon bIe Board are hereby desired to appoint 

some suitable Person to order and direct the said Company in the 
said County of Lincoln as he shall think will most promote the 
Interest and Safety of the Colony It is likewise 

Resolved That the pay of the said three Company's shall be equal 
to the pay Establish'd for the Massachusetts Forces, raised for the 
Defence of the Sea Coasts And it is further requested of the 

Hon ble Board that in Case the Gen 1 Service shou'd require the Aid 
of any of the Towns already stationed in the County of Lincoln at 
any other Particular Town or Plantation in the County of Lincoln: 
such Commanding Officer might be Authorized to draw from the 
Place where such Forces may be Stationed, so many Companies or 
parts of Company's as he shall think necessary, and such Company's 
both Officers and Soldiers are hereby directed to obey the Orders of 
the said Commanding Officer accordingly 

And the Selectmen of the several Towns where such Forces shall 
be ordered (or Assesors of any Plantation where there are no Select- 
men) are hereby impowered and directed to supply them with suit- 
able Provissions (Two Months allowance for Cap 1 Curtis's Company 
Excepted) during their Stay in such or 2 Town or Plantation, for 
w ch they shall be paid out of the Public Treasury the Sum of Six 

1 Inserted from the State Library copy, Legislative Records of the Council, p. 54 
(1775-76). 

2 Sic. 



34 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 63.] 



shill 3 $> Week for each Man who shall be so Supply'd And 

the Committee of Supplies are hereby directed to furnish said 
Curtis with Three Barrells of Powder One Thousand Weight of Ball, 
Five Hundred Flints, and Two Hundred Bushells of Indian Corn, 
or Flower equivalent, to be delivered to such Commanding Officer 
as may be appointed by the Hon bIe Board, for the use of the said 
Forces such Powder, Ball & Flints to be disposed of at the Dis- 
cretion of the Commanding Officer, and the Corn or Flower, to be 
delivered to such Selectmen or Assesors of any Town or Plantation, 
who may supply said Town with Provissions, they to be accountable 
for what they may respectively receive. And it is further 

Resolved. That the Committee who may be appointed, by the 
Hon ble Board to give out Enlisting Orders, be impowered and directed 
to procure or cause to be procured Eight other Whale boats for the 
use of the Said Forces and if Such Boats cannot be readily pro- 
vided the said Committee are hereby impowered to draw an Order 
on the Hon ble Jede h Prebble Esq r or the Hon blc Enoch Freeman Esq r 
at Falmouth for the Boats they have been Building, who are hereby 
directed to deliver the same to such Order accordingly, and Charge 
them to the Colony and immediately to cause as many more to be 
Built at the expence of the Colony for the use of the Forces sta- 
tioned in the County of Cumberland. And it is further recom- 
mended to the Hon ble Board to impower suitable persons to have the 
direction of the Forces Stationed in the Counties of Cumberland & 
Lincoln & from time to time, to Order any or all the said Forces 
to any Place in either of the s d Counties as Emergency's may re- 
quire and the Hon blt ' Board are likewise desired to give Instructions 
to the Commanding Officer in said County of Lincoln to order that 
Fort Pownal at Penobscot be immediately demolished. 

In Council Read & Concurred. [Passed August 7. 1 



CHAPTER 63. 



RESOLVE EXCUSING THE COMMITTEE OF SAFETY OF SALEM FROM 
SERVING AS OVERSEERS OF THE POOR OF BOSTON AND APPOINTING 
A NEW COMMITTEE. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 66. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 165. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
clxxx., 120; 
ccvi., 137. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 53, 54. 
Ante, p. 10, 
chap. 3. 



On the Petition of the Committee of Safety of the Town of 
Salem, praying this Court to excuse them from serving as Overseers 
of the Poor of the Town of Boston 

Resolved. That the Prayer of the Petitioners be so far granted, as 
that they be excused from making any further Provision for the 
Alms House Poor of the said Town of Boston And That Mr Wil- 
liam Greenleaf, M r Isaac Smith, Deacon Gibbins Sharp M r John 
Sweetser, Cap' W m Shillaber Cap Jonathan Gardner and M r Ebenezer 
Putnam be a Committee in the Room and Stead of the Committee 
of the Town of Salem for that purpose. [Passed August 8. 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is August 4. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 177.">-7ii. 35 



CHAPTER 64. 

VOTE ACCEPTING REPORT OF COM TEK IN REGARD TO NON-COMMISSIONED 
OFFICERS & SOLDIERS AND APPOINTING A COM™ TO PAY ADVANCE 
WAGES TO CERTAIN OF THEM. 

The Committee appointed to apply to the Colonels of the several Legislative 
Regiments raised by this Colony and to the Muster Masters & Pay counci?, 
Masters in the Camps at Cambridge & Roxbury, and obtain of them |^ i,,fl7 ' 
a compleat list of the Non Commission'd Officers and Soldiers in Archives, 
their respective Regiments that such Methods may be persued as 



shall remove all just grounds of Complaint relative to the Soldiers Archives, 
not having their Advance pay have attended that service and L c c ^ B iative 

beg leave to Report, that notwithstanding application has been Records of the 
made to the Colonels, & pay Masters aforesaid by your Committee xS!!' 17. 
and a return having been ordered by the General to be made by the D I a i U8 , e ) J 23 ir o<; 
Colonels as directed by this Court, yet it has either to 1 been neg- Anie,v'.i,' 
lectecl by many of them, by which your Committee are unable to chap " ' 
Report what Numbers of them are in the whole Forces raised by 
this Colony who have not received their Advance Wages which delay 
causes great uneasiness in those Regiments, at least where the returns 
have been duly made, and will soon put it out of the Power of the 
Officers to quiet their Men unless the grounds of their Complaint 
are Speedily removed Your Committee therefore beg leave to sug- 
gest whether if some suitable person should be now appointed & 
impowered to receive the Money out of the Treasury and pay the 
Advance Wages to those Men who have not receiv'd it so fast as 
your Committee shall be able to ascertain to him the Numbers in 
each Regiment respectively and he be directed to take a Receipt 
from each Man he shall so pay it would not still the present uneasi- 
ness and Secure the Interest of y e Colony 

Benj a Lincoln #> Order 

In Council, read & accepted; 

In the House of Representatives 

Read & concurr'd & M r Richard Devens was appointed for the 
purpose therein mention'd 

In Council read & concurred. [Passed August 9. 



CHAPTER 65. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE TREASURER TO PAY £300 TO W M GREENLEAF 
FOR THE POOR OF BOSTON AT SALEM HOSPITAL. 

Resolved, that the Receiver General be, & he hereby is directed to Legislative 
pay to M r William Greenleaf £300 out of the Public Treasury of cSS?Sf t of the 
this Colony to be apply'd for the support of such of the Poor of the ^s" 1- '' 68 ' 
Town of Boston, as are or may be removed from s d Boston to the Archives, 

Hospital in Salem, said Greenleaf giving his Receipt to be account- ccv1- ' 167, 

able for the same to this Court. [Passed August 9. nXroS^e. 

1 The State Library copy, Legislative Records of the Council, p. 56 (1775-76), reads 63. ' 
" hitherto." 



36 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 66-69.] 



CHAPTER 66. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 69. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 169. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 170. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 55, 57. 
Ante, p. 27, 
chap. 52. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £40 TO JA: MINOTT. 

Whereas this Honourable Court has Directed the Committe of 
Supplies to Supply James Minot one of the Committe of safty of 
Cambden with two Hundred Busshells of Corn and the .Committe 
of Supplies have returnd an Answer that there is no Corn in Store 

Therefore 

Resolved that James Minott have an Order on the Publick Treas- 
urer of this Colony for the Sum of Forty pounds to Purchase the 
above Said Quantity of Corn he to be accountable for the same to 
this Court. [Passed August 9. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 70. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 171. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 39. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 53, 57. 
Journals of 
each Provin- 
cial Congress 
of Mass., 
pp. 209, 210. 



CHAPTER 67. 

ORDER DIRECTING COL° LITTLE TO DELIVER 40 ARMS TO THE 

COMMITTEE. 

Ordered that Coll Moses Little who has rec d from the ordnance 
Store in Cambridge forty fire Arms which were procured for Coll 
Nixons Regiment in Consequence of A Request from the Ilonb 1 
Gen 1 Lee do return them to the Committee appointed to receive 
& dispose of the arms Collected from the several Towns in this 
Colony. [Passed August 9. 



CHAPTER 68. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £10 TO JO" PATRICK. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 70. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 52 bis. 



Resolved, That the Sum of Ten Pounds be paid out of the Public 
Treasury to Joseph Patrick, for the Expence he has been at for him- 
self & Five Men, in performing the Service, mentioned in his Peti- 
tion. 1 [Passed August 9. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 70. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 172. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 142. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 33, 55, 
58 bis. Ante, 
p. 11, chap. 4. 



CHAPTER 69. 

ORDER DIRECTING DOCT E EUSTIS TO RETURN A HORSE AND CHAISE. 

Ordered. That Doct r Andrew Eustis be and hereby is directed 
immediately to deliver to the Committee of Supplies the Horse & 
Chaise which was in the Possession of the late Docf AVarren & 
which formerly belonged to to 2 Harrison Gray of Boston. [Passed 
August 9. 

1 The House Journal, p. 52, reads: " Expences of his Journey from Deer Island, to 
procure Supplies, &c. for the Inhabitants of the Eastern Parts of the Colony.'' 
- Sic. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7(J. IJ7 



CHAPTER 70. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £10 ANNUALLY TO DAVID THOMPSON JUN E . 

Whereas David Thompston Jur Inlisted a Soldier In the Ser- Legislative 
vece of this Colony In the year 1757 Lost his Left Arm in Sad g^S° fthe 
Service by means of which he was Eenderd Incapebel of Support- g^^ 1 -' 7 ' 2 - 
ing himself & Family & being alowed a Pension of Ten Pounds pr' Archives, 
Anum by a Former Cort which he has Received Anually to January clxxx -» "*• — 
1774 & by Seasons of the Lat unhappy Disputs he has failed of Archives, 
Receiving his S d pension; tharefore House 'j*ur 

Resolued that thare be Anunaly Paid out of the Publick Trasury nai^pp. 46, 47. 
of this Colony to the Said David Thompstn the afforsaid Sum of ^aws^xvii., 
The Pounds as a Pension from the Time that he failed of Receiuing 102, chap. 239. 
the Saim During the pleasure of this Cort. [Passed August 10. 



CHAPTER 71. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £27. 11. 44 TO JOHN WATSON. 



The Committee to whom was referred the examination of Col ^ egi f ( f tlV ( the 
Arnolds Ace 1 beg leave to report that they find the said Arnold has Council, 
drawn Orders on the Provincial Congress in fav r of Jn° Watson Esq r Mas" 1 '' 78 ' 
for the sum of Twenty Seven Pounds Elevin shill 8 & 4£, & that ££j hi J? 3 8 » 

the s d Arnold has given this Colony for the Amo 1 thereof in his 

Account The Committee therefore humbly propose that the nai^pp. 49?k, 

follow? Resolve pass viz £afeifl3b. 

Resolved That the sum of twenty Seven pounds Eleven shillings 
& four pence half penny be paid to John Watson Esq r or order in 
full of two orders drawn by Col Benedict Arnold on this Colony 
dated the 30 th of June last. [Passed August 10. 



CHAPTER 72. 

ORDER ACCEPTING THE REPORT OF COM™ IN REGARD TO THOS. 
COWDEN'S APPLICATION FOR A COMMISSION. 

The Committee of both Houses of Assembly, appointed to take Legislative 
into consideration a Letter from His Excels Gen 1 Washington with councn 8 , ' the 
one inclosed from Gen 1 Green, representing that One Cap 1 Tho 8 xxxm.,75. 
Cowden of Fitchburg, hath been Soliciting an Office in the Army Archives, 

of the United Colonies raised for the defence of American Liberty cllv " m - 

and that he hath invariably opposed every measure pursued for Chives 
the Restoration of our violated Priviledges, especially when the ciiv., 32-35. 
Veins of our Heroic Countrymen were inhumanly opened at Lex- Refordsonhe 
ington and Concord, he exerted himself in preventing that Succour xxxm^'es u 
& relief which Justice immediately call'd for Having taken s d House jour- 
Letters & the Evidences exhibited against him into consideration 6i,62^ p " ' ' 
& given the said Cowden fair hearing in defence ; do find it Clearly 
proved that the said Cowden hath heretofore been a Constant opposer 



38 Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7(5. [Chap. 73.] 

of the Public measures taken for the Security of our Violated rights, 
so far as he conveniently could whereby he hath forfeited the atten- 
tions & Confidence of his Town, and they have justly considered 
him as Enemical to his Country and notwithstanding he professes 
a full conviction of his past Errors & misconduct, the most Sincere 
contrition for the same, a hearty Friendship for his Country, wil- 
lingness to Bisque Life & Fortune in it's defence, humbly imploring 
forgiveness of the General Assembly & his Country and in the most 
solemn manner promisses Amendment & reformation, the Sincerity 
of which hath of late in Some measure been Evidenc'd by an apparent 
friendly exertion with his Countrymen and a kind Entertainment 
of the Soldiery, and Especially by discovering a great Abhorrence 
of and indignation against that Grand deceiver and betrayer of his 
Country whose name & Letters are equally execrated by all Good 
Men; Yet the absolute necessity of taking y e most effectual care 
that the Army be supplied with no Officer but of known integrity 
and well approved Friendship for the Liberties of this Country, as 
well as of Martial Abilities & Good Courage, induce us to forbear 
recommending him as a person, at present, fit to be intrusted with 
a Commission in the Service. Nevertheless, we humbly apprehend, 
the Voluntary Confession by himself made & herewith Exhibited, 
his Solemn engagements to be have well for the Future, and his 
late kindness to the Soldiery, being some Evidence of a Eeformation, 
render it Safe and proper that he should be released from his present 
Confinement and allowed to return to his Family & Estate in peace 
and that he ought, & hereby is recommended to the forgiveness & 
protection of his Countrymen and that a Copy of this Report be 
given to said Cowden for his own Security against the further Re- 
sentment of the Public for his past offences, and that he have leave 
to publish the same with his Confession if he sees fit, and that a 
Copy hereof be sent to His Excellency General Washington in 
Answer to his Letter 

Waltee Spoonee $> Order 
Read & accepted. [Passed August 10. 



CHAPTER 73. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO PAYMENT OF THE TEAMSTERS ACC TS FOR CAR- 
RYING OR TRANSPORTING Y E EFFECTS OF THE POOR OF BOSTON. 

Recordso'nhe Resolved That there be allowed and paid out of the public Treas- 
councii, ury unto the Teemsters or such person or persons as shall transport 

Mass. '' or carry any of the poor of the Town of Boston and also of Charles- 

4v C i hi i76.' town and their Effects to any place whatsoever agreeable to the 
Legislative — orders of the late Congress after the rates following viz 1 For every 
Records of the person upwards of Eighteen years of age who is unable to Travel 
X x™i!, 278, 279, after the rate of three pence a mile, for every person from twelve 
Housefjour. to eighteen years of age who is unable to Travel after the rate of 
nai, pp. 45, 63. two pence a mile, and for every person under the age of twelve 
eachProvin- Years who is unable to Travel one penny $> mile and that there be 
of a Mass ^254 a U° we d an( ^ P a id f° r transporting the Goods and Effects of all such 
Ante, v'h, ' ' poor persons after the rate of one shilling $> tun a mile And that 
c ap * * the Hon ble the Council be desired to give orders on the Treasury to 

the Several persons that have been or shall be employed in that 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7(5, 



39 



Service for their respective demands after the rates aforesaid they 
producing Certificates agreable to the resolves or orders of Congress. 
[Passed August 11. 



CHAPTER 74. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £6. 10 TO DR. RICHARD PERKINS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 

xxxiii., 77. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi.,177. 



Resolved that Doc 1 Richard Perkins be allowed & paid out of the M 
publick Treasury of this Colony the Sum of Six pound ten shilling Archives, 
in full discharge of the within account. 1 [Passed August 11* 



ccvi., 17 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 26, 63. 



CHAPTER 75. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £9 TO JONAS DIX. 

Resolved that Jonas Dix Esq : be allowed & paid out of the pub- 



Legislatlve 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 78. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 177 a . 

lick Treasury of this Colony Nine pounds in full discharge of the Archives, 
within account. 3 [Passed August 11. House 1 Jour. 

nal, pp. 61, 63. 



CHAPTER 76. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £12. 14. 4 TO SAM L RICE. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 78. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 178. 



Resolved that Samuel Rice be allowed & paid out of the publick 
treasury of this Colony the Sum of twelve pound fourteen Shilling Archives, 
& four pence in full discharge of the within account. 4 [Passed House 1 Jour - 

AligUSt 11. nal, pp. 42, 63. 



CHAPTER 77. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £2. 8 TO ANNA DAVIS. 

Resolved that Anna Davis be allowed & paid out of the publick 
Treasury of this Colony two pound eight Shilling in full discharge 
of the within account. 5 [Passed August 11. 

1 Expenses of a journey to Providence. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 177. 

2 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is the August 10, evidently a mistake, as the same 
record states that it passed the House on the 11 th . 

3 Expence of administering the oath to officers and soldiers. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 
177". 

4 For making and carting spear poles, etc. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 179. 
6 For nursing. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 180. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 79. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 180. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 180. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 57, 63. 



40 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 78-82.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 80. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 180a. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 180«. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 53, 63. 



CHAPTER 78. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £10 TO THO 8 THACHER. 

Resolved that Thomas Thacher be allowed & paid out of the pub- 
lick Treasury of this Colony ten pound in full discharge of the 
within account. 1 [Passed August 11. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
\xxiii., 80. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 181. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 182. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 46, 63. 



CHAPTER 79. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £2. 13. 4 TO HUGH M r LANE. 

Resolved that Hugh M c Lane be allowed and paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury of this Colony the Sum of two pound thirteen Shilling 
& four pence in full discharge of the annexed account. 3 [Passed 
August 11. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 80. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 181«. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 181«. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 57, 63. 



CHAPTER 80. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £12. 18 TO M BS ORCUTT. 

Resolved that M rs Orcut be allowed & paid out of the publick Treas- 
ury of this Colony twelve pound eighteen Shilling in full discharge 
for eleven weeks Nursing for herself & two Daughters, & for the 
articles charged as above. 3 [Passed August 11. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 81. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 181i. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 18U. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 57, 63. 



CHAPTER 81. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £2.4 TO EZEK L RUSSELL. 

Resolved that Ezekiel Russel be allowed and paid out of the pub- 
lick Treasury of this Colony two pound four shilling in full dis- 
charge of the within account. 4 [Passed August 11. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 82. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 183. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 183. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 44, 63. 



CHAPTER 82. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £2. 14 TO GEO. WILLIAMS. 

Resolved that George "Williams be allowed and paid out of the 
Publick Treasury of this Colony the Sum of two pound fourteen 
Shilling in full discharge of the within account. 6 [Passed August 
11. 

1 For services as clerk, etc. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 180 a . 

2 For four reams of paper. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 182. 

3 For nursing. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 181 a . 

4 Expence of printing, etc. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 181i. 

6 Travelling expences in procuring firearms, etc. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 183. 



[1st Sess.J Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775—7*;. 41 



CHAPTER 8 3 Legislative 

V; XX -tt- X _L XLi XV °' J ' Records of the 

Council, 
RESOLVE ALLOWING £G8 TO DAN'- JONES. 



Legislative 
Records of the 

Resolved That M r Dan 1 Jones be allowed & paid out of the Public Council, 
Treasury of this Colony, Sixty Eight Pounds in full discharge of House j our. 
the above Account.' [Passed August 11. mi,pp.w, ea, 



CHAPTER 84. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £35. 12. 7 TO ELIJAH BABCOCK. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that there be allowed & paid out of the Public Treasury xxxiii., m. 
of this Colony to M r Elijah Babcock the Sum of Thirty five pounds Mass. 
Twelve Shillings & 7 pence in full of his Account, being for Sund' y s cVv^ill.' 
Supply'd, for the use of the Army at Tyconderoga. [Passed n a °i U pp J 3s U 44 
August 11. 65.' 

CHAPTER 85. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING A SUPPLY OF AMMUNITION TO BE DELIVERED 
TO CAP T JOS. FOSTER AND THAT HIS COMPANY BE SENT TO THE 
DEFENCE OF GLOCESTER. 

Resolved that the Committy of supplies be Directed to deliver Legislative 
three hundred Weight of Powder out of that which has or may be council* ° f the 
first Brought in from the several Towns; three Hundred shott of ^xm.,84. 
nine Pounds weight three Hundred ditto suteabl for a swivel Gun Archives, 
of A small size & one Hundred weight of Grape shot to Capt n Joseph CCY1 -» 185 - 
Foster for the Defence of the Town of Glocester he Giving A Re- Archives 
ceipt in the behalf of said Town to be accountabl for the same ccvi., 175.' 

_ l _ _ House Jour- 

also nal, pp.60, 61, 

Resolved that the Hon robU the Council be Desired to order the ^ 6 e 56 f' n 66 - 
Company Rais'd by Capt n John Lane (Part of Which is now at chap! 4; p! 14, 
Cambridg) to March Immediatly to Glocester and their to Eemain chap'. 5e! P ' 2 °' 
for the Defence of that or any of the Ajasent Places which may 
be attack d by our Enemies ; Untill Farther orders, and to be under 
the Direction & Command of the Committy of Corespondence of the 
Town of Glocester & to be under the same Eeguletion with the 
Fores raised for y e Defence of y e See Coast. [Passed August 12. 



CHAPTER 86. 

ORDER ACCEPTING THE REPORT OF COM™ IN REGARD TO EDW W 

PERRY. 

The Committee appointed to Examine M r Edward Parry ["who Legislative 
has been bro't from Georgetown to this Court" — Legislative coundf, ° f the 
Eecords of the Council, xxxiii., 84] &c have attended that Service, xxxiii., 85. 
and considering his close connection with, and dependant on Per- Archives, 

exxxvii., 26. 
1 Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiii., 82, reads, "For the Supply of their 
ExcellJ" 8 Gen 1 '* Washington & Lee, their Company & Household." 



42 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 87, 88.] 



Mass. 
Archives, 
cxxxvii., 25-43; 
ccvi., 210. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 84. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 38, 58, 
68. 



sons employed by the Crown, his disposition to Supply our Enemies 
with Masts, Plank &c contrary to the known Sentiments of this 
People, and that his being restraind from doing it he considers as 
Acts of Violence & Injustice, all which appear under his own hand 
beg leave to Eeport as their opinion, that the said Edward Parry 
be immediately sent to the Town of Sturbridge in this Colony, there 
to be detained, & provided for by the Selectmen of that Town until 
the further Order of this Court and if on any pretence whatever he 
shall presume to leave Said Town of Sturbridge unless by order as 
aforesaid he shall be taken & put under close confinement until the 
further Order of this Court. 

Benj a Lincoln $> Order 
Eead & accepted. [Passed August 12. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 85. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 187. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 58, Ii6. 
Ante, p. 14, 
chap. 13; p. 21, 
chap. 33. 



CHAPTER 87. 

RESOLVE RECOMMENDING TO THE INHAB T8 NOT TO FIRE SMALL ARMS 

UNNECESSARILY. 

Whereas there has been a frequent firing of small arms in divers 
parts of this Colony, whereby many of the Inhabitants have been 
needlessly alarmed, and much Amunition unnecessarily expended 
therefore 

Resolv* that it be & it hereby is recommended to the Inhab- 

itants of this Colony, not to fire a gun, at Beast, Bird, or mark, 
without real necessity therefor, and it is recommended to the The ' 
Selectmen Committees of Correspondence & inspection in the several 
Towns & Districts in this Colony to use their Endeavours that the 
spirit of this Resolve be strictly and faithfully adhered to & that 
this Resolve be published in the several News Papers. [Passed 
August 12. 



CHAPTER $%. 



ORDER ACCEPTING THE REPORT OF COM™ IN REGARD TO AND W 

HAMBILTON. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 86. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 188. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 22, 53, 

07. 



The Committee of both Houses appointed to examine, one 
Andrew Hambilton, taken up at Kennebec on Suspicion of afford- 
ing Supplies to our Enemies, beg leave to report, that the Said Ham- 
bilton appears to be a Crafty, designing person, formerly held a 
Commission under the Crown; does not give any good Reason, for 
his taking Passage for Boston, and has been very Officious in prying 
into the Management of the Public affairs of this Colony Your 
Committee for these Reasons are of Opinion that he should be sent 
to Springfield Goal, to have the Liberty of the Yard during his good 
behaviour, otherwise to be put under close confinement, there to 
remain until further information can be obtained respecting him or 
he be discharged by Order of this Court 

Cha s Chauxcy $> Order 

Read & accepted. [Passed August 12. 

1 Sic. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775—76. 43 

CHAPTEK 89. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO DESERTIONS FROM THE ARMY. 

Whereas it is made evident to this Court, that many non-com- Legislative 
missioned Officers and Soldiers, belonging to the continental army, ooTinoif of the 
do absent themselves from their duty; and that there is great reason * xxlii >'~ s - 
to believe divers of them are employed in their own private business, Archives, 
while they are drawing Pay from the Publick; and all the measures, C( ' v1- ' laL 
hitherto used, have been ineffectual to prevent Such Base and per- ATCM Ve8 
nicious Practices. Therefore, in order to reform this mischief and exivi.,336; 

, T , . ccvi., 193. 

abuse, It IS Legislative 

Resolved That the Committees of Correspondence for the councn 8 ° £ the 

Several Towns in this Colony, and the Selectmen where such com- xxxm.,'87. 
mittees are not chosen be, and hereby are, directed and enjoyned naTpp.si!* 
to make carefull and dilligent enquiry, from time to time, whether ^nte'l^'u" 
there be any Non Commissioned officers or Soldiers, within their chap! is. 
respective Towns, belonging to the said Army; and if any such shall 
be found, that they bring them to a Strict and impartial exami- 
nation, upon what account they left the Army, by whose leave and 
for what time ; And to require all such as have no Furlows or whose 
Furlows are out and have no real impediment of Sickness to return 
to their Duty immediately; And in case they neglect it, that Such 
Committees or Selectmen, do without fail or delay, Send an account 
of their names, the Company and Regiment to which they belong, 
and the places where they are lurking, to his Excellency Gen 1 Wash- 
ington that so such infamous deserters and defrauders of the Pub- 
lick may not go unpunished. And it is Strongly recommended to 
all the inhabitants of this Colony to be aiding and assisting to their 
said Committees and Selectmen in the execution of this resolve, 
and that they by no means countenance, harbour or conceal ; but, 
on the other hand, give information of all such delinquents to the 
said Committees or selectmen. And also to the said Committees and 
Selectmen, that they be vigilant & faithfull in the discharge of this 
Trust. 

And his Excellency Gen 1 Washington is hereby requested to give 
orders that the foregoing Resolve be posted up in such publick places 
in the Camps as to him shall seem proper. That the Soldiery of the 
Army may be excited to take into their Serious consideration, the 
baseness, fraud and Villainy of the abovementioned practice, that 
they may thereby be made Sensible that every one who shall be 
guilty thereof will greatly disparage himself, become Justly con- 
temptible and deserving of severe punishment, and wholly forfeit 
the Respectable Character of an American Volunteer 

Ordered that the Foregoing resolve be printed in hand Bills and 
directed to the Committees of Correspondence or Selectmen in the 
Several Towns in this Colony 1 and that Fifty Copys thereof be sent 
to General Washington Also that a Committee be appointed to 

procure the printing the said Hand Bills, to direct the Printer as to 
Number and to superscribe them to the several Towns & That 

the following Letter to General Washington accompany the said 
Copys viz 

1 The address, "To the Committee of Correspondence in the Town of " appears 

just before the last preceding paragraph, sxipra. 



M 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 90, 91.] 



Watertown 13 th of Aug. 1775 
General Washington 

Sir, the inclosed hand Bills will Sufficiently serve to satisfie your 
Excellency, that the General Court fully concur with you in your 
Opinion of the importance and necessity of the utmost exertions 
for the reformation of the infamous practices, mentioned in your 
Letter of the 7 th instant, directed to the President of the Hon- 
ourable Board, and also of the readiness of the General Court to 
Cooperate with you in every measure tending to remedy the mischief 
therein complaind of 

Read & Accepted. [Passed August 13. 



CHAPTER 90. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiil., 91. 
Ma sb. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 195. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxxxvii.,16; 
cxxxviii.,217.j; 
ccvi., 190, 197. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 40, 46, 
55, 56, 59, 60. 
Journals of 
each Provin- 
cial Congress 
of Mass., 
pp. 328, 727, 735, 
736, 737. 



RESOLVE PROHIBITING ANY VESSEL FROM GOING ON A WHALING 
VOYAGE WITHOUT LEAVE FROM COURT. 

In the House of Representatives 

Inasmuch as the Time prefixed by the Continental Congress, pro- 
hibiting all Exportation to Great Britain Ireland and the English 
West India Islands is not yet come ; yet as this Colony in Union with 
the Sister Colonies on this Continent, are unhappily engaged in an 
unnatural War with the Parent State; it behoves us under such 
Circumstances to take all possible Precaution, that none of the In- 
habitants of this Colony, supply those who are seeking our Ruin, 
with Provisions, or any materials that shall enable them to execute 
their cruel Designs against us 

Therefore 

Resolved that from and after the 15 th Day of August Instant no 
Ship or Vessel shall sail out of any Port in this Colony on any 
Whaling Voy a whatever, without Leave first had & obtained from 
the great and General Court, of this Colony, or from some Com- 
mittee or Committees, or Persons they shall appoint to grant such 
Leave. And that it be recommended to the hon bl Board to write 
Letters to the several Assemblies of the other New-Englands Col- 
onies, advising them to pass a similar Resolve And likewise that 
this Resolve be printed in the several News Papers of Cambridge 
& Watertown, and in Hand-Bills, & that Cap' Goodman & Cap 1 
Stone with such as the Hon bl Board shall join, be a Committee for 
getting the same printed and dispers'd to the several See Ports in 
this Colony. 

In Council read & concurred & Docf Taylor is joined. [Passed 
August 14. 



CHAPTER 91. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 92. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 198. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 71. 
Ante, p. 11, 
chap. 4; p. 33, 
chap. 62. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COM™ OF SUPPLIES TO ASSIST IN CONVEY- 
ING CERTAIN STORES TO NEWBURYPORT. 

In the House of Representatives 

Resolved That the Committee of Supplies be directed to assist 
Cap 1 James Curtis with suitable Carriage to convey one Ton of 
Stores from Watertown to Newbury Port, and lay their Accounts 
before this House 

In Council read & concurred. [Passed August 14. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 45 



CHAPTER 92. 

RESOLVE IN REGARD TO THE FURNISHING OF CLOTHING FOR THE 

ARMY. 

The Committee appointed by both Houses y e 9 th Inst 4 to con- Legislative 
sider what was proper to be done relative to the Receiving & dis- counc'n 8 , ° f th 
posing of the Coats & other Articles which were Ordered to be 5j£ Ui, » 92, 
procured for the Soldiers by the Resolves of the late provincial Con- Archives, 
gress, beg leave to report by way of Resolve. CCV1- ' 0K 

Resolved, That Major Fuller, M r Watson & Cap 1 Brown be, and 5*fft veB> 
they hereby are appointed a Committee to Receive Coats, Breeches, ccyi., m\ 
Shirts, Shoes & Stockings (in Lieu of the Committee of Supplies) Legislative 
which the Inhabitants of this Colony are now providing in conse- coudcu 8 of tlie 
quence of Certain Resolves of the late Provincial Congress entered xxxn., m, 245, 
into June 29 th & July 9 th ; and said Committee are hereby invested House Jo'ur- 
with all the Powers given to the Committee of Supplies in said ^f 1 ^^ 58,63, 
RESOLVES Journals of 

Resolved That the said Committee be and they hereby are ctoi Congress 
directed to receive from the Committee of Supplies Buttons Pro- pp^ 8 '^ 
vided by them for said Coats, and to cause the same to be Buttoned Ante, p. 11, 
accordingly, also to be divided into Parcells sufficient for a Regi- c ap ' 
ment, and Shaded as nearly as possible for Uniforms ; and they are 
likewise impowered to draw on the Publick Treasury for defraying 
the Charges of Buttoning as aforesaid, and to wait the further 
Orders of this Court for delivery of the same 

Resolved, That the Committee appointed by the late Provincial 
Congress to Collect Shirts, Breeches, Stockings & Shoes as afore- 
said be and they hereby are directed to make returns to the Com- 
mittee New ! appointed, of the particular Quantities of each of Said 
Articles by them purchased, together with the Prices, and the 
Names of the Persons, whom they have paid for the Same 

Resolved, That the Committee of Supplies be, and they hereby 
are directed to deliver into the Hands of the Committee now 
appointed all the Articles of Cloathing above Enumerated, Viz* 
Coats, Breeches, Shirts, Stockings, Shoes &c now in their posses- 
sion and the Same Committee are hereby directed and impowered 
to draw on the Treasurer of this Colony for the Paym 1 of Such of 
the above mentioned Articles of Cloathing as they shall Receive 
and as shall not have been paid for by the Committee of Congress. 

Resolved That the Committee now appointed be and they hereby 
are directed to deliver to each Captain of the Forces established by 
this Colony, & now under Command of his Excellency Gen 1 Wash- 
ington ; a proportion of the Breeches, Shirts Stockings and Shoes 
which they shall Receive in Consequence of their appointment and 
to take Receipts for the same in the Form following Watertown 

1775 Received of a Committee of the Gen 1 Assembly 

of Massachusetts Colony Shirts at Breeches at Shoes 

at Stockings at the whole Amount g to which I 

Promise to distribute amongst the Non Commissioned Officers & 
Soldiers of my Company, and to deduct the Amount thereof from 
their Wages Respectively on makeing up the Muster Rolls; which 
Receipts shall be all taken and kept in One Book a Copy of which 
shall be delivered to the Pay master General of the Continental 

1 Sic for " now ? " — as in the next paragraph. 



46 



Province Laws (liesolves, etc. ) . — 1775-76. [Chaps. 93, 94.] 



Army for y e time being, that he may examine the same in order to be 
Satisfyed that proper deduction shall have been made accordingly. 
Read and accepted. [Passed August 14. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiil., 94. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 202. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 203. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, xxxi., 
172. House 
Journal, pp. 20, 
52, 67, 68. 
Journals of 
each Provin- 
cial Congress 
of Mass., p. 187. 
Ante, p. 11, 
chap. 4. 



CHAPTER 93. 

RESOLVE IN REGARD TO CONTRACTS FOR VICTUALLING SUPPLIES FOR 
THE CONTINENTAL ARMY. 

Resolv d that as the Massachusetts army raised for the Defence of 
american Liberty is now become part of the continental army that 
therefore all contracts made by our committee -of Supplies for 
victualling s d massachusetts army are terminated & the Commissary 
General of s d continental army is to be considered at Liberty to pur- 
chase supplies for victualling s d army of such persons & in such way 
and manner as he shall see fit. [Passed August 14. 



CHAPTER 94. 



RESOLVE CONSTRUING RECOMMENDATIONS IN REGARD TO SHEEP AND 

LAMBS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 96. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 205. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxii., 268, 269. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp.53, 71, 
72. Journals 
of each Provin- 
cial Congress 
of Mass., 
pp. 495, 496. 



In the House of Representatives 

Whereas Considerable Doubts have arisen amongst the good 
people in Some parts of this Colony, by means of the various Con- 
structions of the Recommendations of the Continental ' & Provincial 
Congresses, respecting the preserving & encreasing the Stocks of 
Sheep For the more Effectual obviatory 3 Such Doubts this 

House do now 

Resolve that in their Opinion the Owners of Sheep are by these 
recommendations by no means absolutely restrained from Killing 
Such Sheep & Lambs, as by the Scarcity of hay are rendered Neces- 
sary to be killed nor others from purchasing them but that if such 
Owners of Sheep Shall Suffer their Stock, to encrease to as great a 
Number as they are able to Support, And if they Should have a Sur- 
plussage that They manifest a readiness to Sell the same at a reason- 
able rate, to others who may be disposed to buy, with a view to keep 
them, in this Colony; they fully comply with the Spirit & intentions 
of those recommendations 

Especially as the Severe Drought in most parts of the Colony 
renders it impracticable for the Farmers to keep their whole Stock 

In Council read & concurred. [Passed August 14. 

1 Sic. 

' Sic, for obviating. 



[1st Sbss.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 47 



CHAPTER 95. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE PURCHASE OF CERTAIN SUPPLIES FOR THE 
USE OF CAPT. CURTIS AND THE FORCES TO BE STATIONED AT DEER 
ISLAND. 

Resolved that the Treasurer be and he hereby is directed to pay Legislative 
out of the publick Treasury to Cap 1 Brient Morton the Sum of one conScif °* * he 
hundred & Ninety six Pounds to purchase two Months Provision xxxiii.,'97. 
for Cap' James Curtis 8 Company two Hundred Bushels of Corn & Archives, 
Six Whale boats for the Use of the forces Destin d for Deer Island ccvi -' 2U - 
in the County of Lincoln which Corn and Boats are to be delivered House Jour- 
to the Care of Col° Kirgill in said County and said Capt Morton wiis.Ante, 
to be Accountable to this Court for the same Sum. [Passed p.'fl'chap. 
August 15. si- 

CHAPTER 96. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING THE BRIGG SALLY TO PROCEED AT ONCE TO 

DARTMOUTH. 

The Committee of Inspecton & Correspondence for the Town of Legislative 
Falmouth, humbly Sheweth, that on information that the Brigg council, 
Sally from the West Indies Laden with Sugar & Mollasses, Com- xxxm -» 98 - 
manded by Cap* Edward Grisby and Owned by M r Joseph Sherburne Archives 
Suspected to be for the British Army now in Boston, we tho't fit to ccvl, 219-220-. 
send for the Captain and find by him he has Orders to proceed with naTpp. 11* 
said Brigg and Cargo to Swansey to Colo 1 Bowers' Wharf for which ^^"chap.'S; 
Reasons we thought fit to Stop said Brigg and Cargo, supposing it pi 21' chap." 33! 
impossible for them to proceed to Swansey with Safety, and have 
ordered her to be detained at Falmouth until Your Honors shall 
give orders how said Brigg shall be proceeded with &c We your 
Petitioners therefore pray Your Hon" to take the affair under your 
consideration and order as you in your Wisdom shall see fit and 
your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray 

Jn° Grannis ) Clerks for Commit ee 

Nath 1 Shiverick ) of Correspondence. 

[Read and] 

Resolved that the Owner of the Vessel mentiond in the above 
Petition have Liberty to proceed immediately with said Vessel & 
Cargo to Dartmouth & that such procedure with said Vessel & 
Cargo by order of the Owner be no[t] Intercepted. [Passed 
August 16. l 

CHAPTER 97. 

RESOLVE IN REGARD TO THE ESTABLISH MT OF A COMPANY OF OFFICERS 
AND MEN AT MACHIAS, AND ALLOWING £100 TO JER" OBRIAN. 

The Petition of the Subscribers in behalf of the Inhabitants of Legislative 
Machias in the County of Lincoln and Province of the Massachusetts Su£cu, o£ the 
Bay Humbly Sheweth, that your Petitioners in the present un- Mass! 1- ' 10 °' 
happy times, have been at great Expence in Guarding the Coast at Archives, 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records the date is August 15. 



48 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 98.] 



Machias, by which means the Inhabitants have done but very little 
else for Two Months past w ch leave us in a very distressed Situation ; 



MaBS. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 225, 229. 

na^pioi/b, unable to defend our selves, or the Common cause for which our 
l^ A % 6 ' p<33 ' Country in General are Contending however we beg leave to hold 
ourselves ready & willing to Exert our selves still further, by Virtue 
of such encouragement as your Honors shall think proper, we there- 
fore pray your Honors would please to allow us the Priviledge of 
raising a Company of Men amongst our selves on the Expence of 
the Province, by which means we humbly conceive we should be 
enabled to Guard our own post by continuing the the J Young men 
in the place, which at present are wholly out of Employ, and con- 
tribute in some measure to the necessity of the Poor Inhabitants 
and the Company raised, to be under such restrictions and Regu- 
lations as your Honors shall think fit we would also beg leave, to 
represent to Your Honors that we have not a sufficiency, of Powder 
and Ball to make any co nside rable defence in Case of an Invasion, 
we humbly pray your Honors would Supply us with Two Hundred 
weight of Powder & Ball in proportion Your Honors are doubtless 
sensible of the great Cost & Charge, your Petitioners must neces- 
sarily be at in the conveyance of a Number of Prisoners from 
Machias to Watertown, near three Hundred and Eifty Miles distant 
the particular Accounts of which we beg leave to lay before Your 
Honorable Committee we therefore pray your Honors would please 
to Grant such a sum of Money to be paid unto your Petitioners as 
will Enable us to defray all such charges as shall be found right and 
just, and your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray 

Jeremiah Obrian 
Benj a Foster 

[Read and] 

Resolved that their be Eaised at Machias a Company Of fifty 
men officers Included on the Same Pay and for the Same time as 
the forces that are Already Raised for the defence of the Sea Coasts, 
and that they be allowed by this Coloney Six Shillings $? Week $> 
man billeting dureing their Service and the Coloney to Supply 
Cap' Jeremiah Obrian for the use of Said Company With fifty Weight 
Of Powder and ball equivalent he to be accountable to the Court 
for y e same Said Company when Raised to be under the direction 
of their Capt n as to their Station also 

Resolved that m r Jeremiah Obrian be Paid Out of the Treasury 
of this Colony the Sum of one hundred Pounds towards his Ace 1 
Exhibited With this Petition he giveing Security for the Same With 
One Suerty (to this Colony treasurer) untill he brings Proper 
vouchers to Support Said Account. [Passed August 16. 



CHAPTER 98. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 102. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 227. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £43. 11. 8 TO EBEN R MARVIN. 

Ebenezer Marvin of Still Water in the County of Albany 
Humbly Shews That by Order of Col Benedict Arnold while in the 
employment of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay he advane'd the 
Articles and did the Services exhibited in the foregoing Account 2 to 

1 Sic. 

2 Expenses for support of prisoners, medicines, etc. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 226. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws (Itesolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 49 

the use of the said Colony the Said Marvin therefore Humbly prays Maes, 
an Allowance of the said Account, and an Order for the Payment of itvi 1 "^' 
the Hum total thereof and he as in duty bound will ever pray House Jour- 

1,1 . if ^ nal, pp. 89, 

Li5EN R Marvin T2M«,78,'74,76. 

[Read and] 

Resolved That there be paid out of the public Treasury of this 
Colony to Doct r Ebenezer Marvin the sum of Forty three pounds 
Eleven shillings and Eight pence in full of the within acco'. [Passed 
August 16. 



CHAPTER 99. JSSSffff* 

Council, 
xxxiii., 108. 
RESOLVE ALLOWING £6. 4 TO SIMON HASTINGS. Mass. 

Archives, 
ccvi., 230. 



Resolved that Simon Hastings be allowed & paid out of the pub- 
lick Treasury of this Colony the Sum of Six pound four Shilling in Archives, 
full discharge of the within account. 1 [Passed August 16. House'jour- 

nal, pp. 4^', 7. 



CHAPTER 100. ^ egi8l ? tlv ^ 

Records of the 
Council, 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £38. 6 TO DAVID CLOUGH AND OTHERS. Mass! 1 '' 103 " 



Resolved that David Clough Stephen, 2 Wellman & Abraham Whit- 



Archives, 

ccvi., 231. 



ney be allowed & paid out of the publick treasury of this Colony Archives, 
thirty Eight pounds Six shillings in full discharge of the within HouseTour- 
account. 3 [Passed August 16. nai, pp. ey, 75. 



CHAPTER 101. i 6 ^ 1 ^ 

Records ol the 
Council, 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £2. 16/ TO SAM L FREEMAN. Mass! 1 '* W *' 

Archives, 

Resolved that M r Samuel Freeman be allowed & paid out of the r.— ^ — - 
publick Treasury of this Colony the Sum of two pound Sixteen Archives, 
shilling in full of the within account. 4 [Passed August 16. HoureJour- 

nal, pp. 41, 75. 



CHAPTER 102. £ egi8l , at, 7„ 

Records of the 
Council, 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £4. 12/ TO EPH. JACKSON. Mass"'' 105 ' 

Archives, 

Resolved that Ephraim Jackson be allowed & paid out of the 

publick treasury four pounds & twelve shillings in full discharge of Archives, 
the within account. 5 [Passed August 16. Legislative 

Records of the 

1 For services as doorkeeper. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 230. Council, 

2 Sic. xxxiii., 104. 

3 For spears delivered Gen 1 Sullivan, etc. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 231. House Jour-_ 

4 For travelling expences to New Hampshire. — Mass Archives, ccvi., 232*. nal > PP* 61 > ' 5 - 
6 For spears delivered. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 232. 



50 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7(5. [Chaps. 103-106.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 105. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 233. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 233. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 75. 



CHAPTER 103. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £48. 2. 8 TO CAPT. L. KOLLOCK. 

Resolved that Cap 1 Lemuel Kollock be allowed & paid out of the 
publick Treasury of this Colony the Sum of forty eight pounds two 
Shilling & eight pence in full discharge of the within account. 1 
[Passed August 16. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 106. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 233". 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 233a. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 68, 75. 



CHAPTER 104. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £3. 1 TO ABU" LIVERMORE. 

Resolved that Abijah Livermore be allowed & paid out of the pub- 
lick Treasury of this Colony the Sum of three pounds & one Shil- 
ling in full discharge of the within account. 3 [Passed August 16. 



CHAPTER 105. 



RESOLVE GRANTING THE PETITION OF SALEM FOR THE REPLACING 
OF POWDER LENT TO THE COLONY. 



House Jour- 
Dai, p. 66. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
clxxx., 127. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 244. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 76, 78. 
Ante, p. 26, 
chap. 51. 



A Memorial from the Town of Salem. 

Read and committed to Mr. Gerry, Deacon Rawson, and Col. 
Orne. 

Ordered, That the Memorial of the Selectmen of the Town of 
Salem, respecting the replacing of the Powder which they had lent 
to the Colony, be committed to the aforementioned Committee. 
In y e House of Representatives 

On y e within petition 

Resolued 

That y e same be sent to y e hon a Board with y e Desire of this 
House that y e prayer of y e petition be forthwith granted 

In Council Read & Concurred. [Passed August 17. 



CHAPTER 106. 



ORDER DIRECTING CAP T JOS. FOSTER TO GO TO CAMBRIDGE TO MUS- 
TER MEN IN CAP T LANES COM Y . 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 106. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 235. 



In the house of Representatives 
Ordered that Cap 1 Joseph Foster be and he hereby is Appointed 
and Directed to Repair Immediately to Cambridge there to Muster 
Such of Lieu 1 Daniel Lane's Men belonging to Cap* John Lanes 
company as he Shall Judge fit for Service and that the Said Cap 1 
Jos. Foster Receive from the Publick Treasury the sum of Seventy 
five pounds and pay unto Each man he Shall so muster Forty 

1 For spears delivered, etc. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 233. 

2 Expence of chairs and their transportation. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 233". 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 51 

Shillings as Advanc'd pay and Twelve shillings to Each man to 
Provide himself a Blankit and make Return to this house of the 
Numbers he Shall have muster'd And pay'd and that Such 

men as are mustered and have Not Got Each a Good Firelock the 
Said L' Lane Shall furnish them therewith out of the Province 
Stores and the Store keeper is hereby Derected to Diliver them to 
him accordingly the Said Lane to be accountable therefor at the 
Prices he Shall Receive them at and is hereby Directed to Reduct : 
the pay for the same out of the wages of Such Soldiers as he shall 
Deliver them to when he Shall make up his musterole. 8 
In Council 
Read & Concurrd. 3 [Passed August 17. 



CHAPTER 107. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £9. 2. 2 TO EDW D JOHNSON. Legislative 

Records of the 
. Council, 

Resolved, That there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this xxxhi., 107. 
Colony to M r Edward Johnson the sum of nine Pounds Two shil- House Jour v 
lings & 2 pence in full for Twenty Six narrow Axes and for collect- ™}' pp- 55 > 6 '« 
ing and Transporting the Same to Watertown. [Passed August 17. 



CHAPTER 108. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £8. 6. 10 TO JONAS DIX. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the public Treasury of this xxxiii., 108. 
Colony to Jonas Dix Esq the sum of Eight pounds six shillings and Archives, 
Ten pence in full for Thirty Narrow Axes and for Collecting and ccvi -» 238 - 
Transporting the same to Watertown. [Passed August 17. na°i U8e '^s^es 



CHAPTER 109. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £6. 12. 4 TO W M MTNTOSH. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this xxxiii., ios. 
Colony to M r William Mckintosh the sum of Six pounds Twelve Archives, 

shillings and four pence in full for Twenty Eight Narrow Axes and CCY1 - 239 - 

for Collecting and transporting the same to Watertown. [Passed ^pp" 1 ^; 
August 17. 68.' 

1 Sic, for " deduct." 

2 Sic. 

s Not found in the House Journal. 



52 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 110-1 12.] 



CHAPTEK 110. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 108. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 240. 

House Jour- 
nal, »p. 55, 67, 
68. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £20.12. 10 TO MAJ. ELEZ B BROOKS. 

ResoliCd that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to maj r Elezar Brooks the Sum of Twenty Pounds Twelue 
Shillings & Ten pence in full for Eighty Shovels & Spaydes and 
Twenty Six Narrow Axes and for Collecting & Transporting the 
Same to Cambridge & Watertown. [Passed August 17. 



CHAPTER 111. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 115. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 241. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 76, 77, 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £100 TO JOHN HANCOCK, ESQ". 

Resolv' 1 that there be paid out of the public Treasury of this 
Colony to the Hon 1 John Hancock Esq r the sum of one hundred 
Pounds for the Purpose of defraying his Expences as a Member of 
the Continental Congress, he giving his Rec' for the same, and to 
be accountable to this Court therefor. [Passed August 17. 



CHAPTER 112. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 99. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 222. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 81, 82. 
Journals of 
each Pro- 
vincial Con- 
gress of Mass., 
pp. 18, 40,41,54, 
59, 95, 735, 736. 
Ante, p. 9, 
chap. 2. 



RESOLVE APPOINTING A COM TKE TO RECEIVE DONATIONS FOR Y E 
POOR OF BOSTON. 

In Council 

Whereas this Board have Received Information, that consider- 
able Sums of Money & Quantities of Provissions have been already 
Collected in all the united Colonies, at Great Britain and elsewhere 
for the benefit of the Poor Sufferers by means of the Boston Port 
Bill, and others in the Town of Boston and the Colony of the 
Massachusetts Bay, and that other Collections are still making; & 
Whereas the dispersion of the Inhabitants of Boston, and the Com- 
mittee appointed by that Town to receive Donations, render it impos- 
sible that this Service should now be performed by them. 

Resolved, That Sam 1 Adams Joseph Palmer & Moses Gill Esq rs 
with such as the Hon ble House of Representatives of this Colony shall 
join be a Committee, for the future, to receive all such Donations 
as may be sent, by the humane and Charitable, in this or any other 
Colony, for the benefit of the Sufferers aforesaid, the said Committee 
to keep fair Accounts of all they shall receive, and to be account- 
able to the General Court for the same. 

In the House of Representatives. Read & Concurred & Maj r Haw- 
ley, Col Barrett, M r Durfy & Col Cutt are joined to the Com- 
mittee of the Hon ble Board. 

In Council Read and Concurred. [Passed August IS. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc). — 177f)-7i>. 53 



CHAPTER 113. 

RESOLVE COMMENDING THE ACTION OF THE EASTERN REG MT OF 
MILITIA, AND GIVING CERTAIN FURTHER DIRECTIONS THEREON. 

The Committee appointed to take into consideration the Memo- Legislative 
rial of the Officers of the Eastern Regiment of Militia in the County gjjjgjf °- f the 
of Lincoln, beg leave to report That the Conduct of said Regi- xxxiii.,'113. 

ment of Militia, in destroying Fort Pownal, and taking a Number Archives, 
of Vessels mentioned in said Memorial, is highly approved That ccvl -» 2U - 
the Sloops mention'd, as taken, in s d Memorial together with their A ^. 
Rigging and Sails, be secured in some place or Places of Safety by cixxx., i-k-, 
the Selectmen & Committees of Correspondence of each Town in Legislative 
the County of Lincoln where these Vessels now are until the further Records of the 
Order of this Court That the Schooner taken as mentioned in said xxxiii./ioa. 
Memorial be & remain in the care of the Petitioners to be by them n^pp^"^ 
employ \1 in Defence of the Sea Coasts of those Eastern parts, and 7 J$[ ,8L U 
the Annoyance of Our Enemies, in the most prudent and Effectual chap'.is'; p.47, 
manner until the further Order of this Court That the Boat or chap - 95, 
Barge mention'd in said Memorial, be under the care of Col James 
Cargill, to be by him used and employ'd in the Colony Service, until 
the further Order of this Court That Mess" Phillips & Cruger 

be discharg'd, evidence appearing from Several persons of Credit, 
now out of Boston, that they have acted a friendly part in several 
instances to the great cause of Liberty; and nothing appearing 
against them, but only the Admirals Pass, without which, tis sup- 
posed, they cou'd not go out of Boston with their Vessels and that 
Jonathan Carleton, mentioned also in said Memorial, & any others 
in the hands of our Friends in said County of Lincoln be discharg'd 
if the Selectmen & Committees of Correspondence in those parts 
may Judge it fit & proper, and consistent with the Public Safety, 
otherwise to be kept in Custody till further orders 

Jos: Palmer Chairman 

Read & accepted. [Passed August 18. 



CHAPTER 114. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE PAYMENT OF ONE MONTH'S ADVANCE 
WAGES TO SOLDIERS STATIONED ON THE SEA COAST. 

The Committee appointed to consider whether the Non Com- Legislative 
missioned Officers and Private Soldiers stationed on the Sea Coast, councn!° fthe 
should have a Months advance Pay, reported The report was xxxiii.,'ii7. 
accepted and is as follows, viz* House Jour- 

Besolved, That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this rf^'j^f* 
Colony, to the several Muster masters appointed by the late Con- p- 29, chap. 56. 
gress, to Muster the Company's raised for the Defence of the Sea 
Coasts, the several Sums sufficient to pay the Officers and Soldiers 
stationed in their respective Counties, one Months Wages, and their 
Billeting from the clay of their inlistment, until they were Station'd 
by the Committies appointed for that purpose, as soon as a new 
Emission of Bills shall be Issued; and that they pay the same to said 



54 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 115-117.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 118. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 245. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 246. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 77. 



Officers and Soldiers, taking their Receipts therefor, and that they 
make return of, and be accountable to this Court for the same. 
[Passed August 18. 



CHAPTEE 115. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £35. 16. 2 TO REUBEN COLBURN. 

Resolv d that there be paid out of the publick Treasury of this 
Colony ' to M r Reuben Colburn thirty five pounds Sixteen shillings 
& 2 d in full discharge of the within accompt. 3 [Passed August 18. 



CHAPTER 116. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 119. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 247; 
cclxxxiii., 129. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 82. 
Ante, p. 45, 
chap. 92. 



RESOLVE APPOINTING A COM™ TO RECEIVE CERTAIN ARTICLES OF 
CLOTHING CONTRACTED FOR BY THE COM TEE OF SUPPLIES. 

Resolved, That Abraham Fuller Esq r M r Abra m Watson and M r 
Jon a Brown be and they hereby are impowered to receive Such 
articles of Cloathing as the Committee of Supplies shall have con- 
tracted for and as they shall judge necessary to be purchased for 
the Forces raised by this Colony; and they are also directed to apply 
to the Council for a Warrant, on the Treasurer for a Sufficient sum 
to pay for said Articles, and to deliver the Same to the Captains in 
the Respective Regiments taking receipts therefor agreeable to ;i 
Resolve of this Court. [Passed August 18. 



CHAPTER 117. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 120. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 252. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 253. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 82. 
Province 
Laws, xviii., 
235, chap. 19. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £18. 14. 9 TO THE SELECTMEN & OVERSEERS OF 
THE TOWN OF LEXINGTON. 

The Petition & Remonstrance of Benj a Brown, Jon a Harrington, 
Tho s Parker, Josh a Reed &Thadeus Parker, Selectmen and Overseers 
of the Poor, of the Town of Lexington Humbly Shews That 

on y e 9 th of June A> 1767 Mary & Elenor Pike part of the Family 
of Sam 1 Pike were to be Supported at the Publick Expence as will 
appear by the Journal of the General Court on said day, and Pro- 
vission was thereon Ordered to be made for Said Pikes by the Over- 
seers of the Poor of the Town of Lexington which has been done 
accordingly and their Accounts have been allowed ever Since to the 
9 th of June 1774 The Petitioners desire that the folio w' g Account 
may be allowed which is the Charge for Supports Said Pikes from 
the 9 th of June 1774 to the 9 th of June 1775 as in duty bound 

shall ever pray &c 

On the Petition of Benj a Brown & others Selectmen and over- 
seers of the Poor of the Town of Lexington, Shews that Mary & 
Eleanor Pike are still Supported by the Town of Lexington, as 

1 For travelling expences, etc., in conducting Indians from Kennebec River to Water- 
town. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 246. 

2 Final action not found in the House Journal. 



[1st Sbss.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775—76. 55 

order d by the General Court, will appear by the Journals of Said 
Court for the year 1767 Therefore 

Resolv* that the Prayer of Said Petition be so far grant d , as that 
their be paid out of the public Treasury the Sum of Eighteen Pounds 
fourteen Shillings & nine pence to Dea n Jonas Stone for the use of 
the Selectmen & overseers of the Poor of the above mention d Town, 
in full discharge of the above Sum from the 9 th of June 1774. 
to the 9 th of June 1775. [Passed August 18. 



CHAPTER 118 Legislative 

V^ Xl -tt. -T J. Jli XV •!• -L o • Records of the 

Council, 

VYYiii 1'''^ 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £18. 12. 9 TO THE SELECTMEN OF NORTON. Ma88 . '• " ' 

Archives, 
ccvi., 254. 



Resolved that the Select Men of the Town of Norton be allowed 
& paid the Sum of eighteen pound twelve Shilling & nine pence Archives, 
out of the publick Treasury of this Colony in full of the above L^gi'si^ve 6 ' 
account. 1 \ Passed August 18. Records of the 

L J Council, 

xxxiii., 122. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 79, 83. 

CHAPTER 119. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £7. 4 TO EDW D EMERSON. 

The Petition of Edward Emerson Humbly Sheweth That i^ 1 ^? 11 ^ h 
whereas your Memorialist was appointed by Col James Cargill and council, 
the Officers of his Eegiment in the County of Lincoln to Convoy to Mass! 1- ' 123 ' 
this Hon ble Court Mess" Peleg Crooker and Nathan Phillips, Sup- Archives, 

posed to have been guilty of violating the Law of Congress, to which ■ — - — '■ 

they have been heard before said Hon ble Court Your Petitioner Archives, 
humbly prays that the Hon blK Court would allow Your Petitioner for hou"^ 7 ^ 
himself One Man and Two Horses, time and Expences from Booth nai, pp. 78, 83. 
Bay to Watertown and from Watertown to said Boothbay which is jfbjfp! m 5 . 3 ' 
ab l 400 Miles out and Home and have been on the Journey and 
here 10 Days that your Hon ble Court would take the same into 
your wise Consideration and discharge your Petitioners as soon as 
your wisdom will admit & as in duty bound shall ever pray 

Edward Emerson 

[Read and] 

Resolved that major Edward Emerson be allowed and paid out of 
the publick Treasury Seven pound four Shilling in full discharge 
for the Services within Specified. [Passed August 18. 



CHAPTER 120. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £30 TO THE COM EE APPOINTED TO SUPPLY THE 
POOR Y T COME OUT OF BOSTON. 

The Committee appointed to consider the Request of Joseph and glf^"^^ 
William Greenleaf, relative to the Poor of Boston now moving over council, 

to Chelsea, reported. House Jour- 

Read and accepted. nai, p. 83. 

1 Purchase of firearms. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 254. 



56 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 121.] 



House Jour- 
nal, p. 76. 
Ante, p. 20, 
chap. 31. 



Resolved, That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony the Sum of Thirty Pounds to Mess" Joseph & William 
Greenleaf, and Doct r Eoberts, a Committee appointed to take care 
of said Poor as they move out, they to improve said money for Said 
purpose, and to be accountable to this Court for the same. [Passed 
August 18. 



CHAPTER 121 



RESOLVE AUTHORIZING THE SAILING OF CERTAIN VESSELS TO 
SOUTHERN PORTS. 



Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 124. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 258. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 259. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 78, 84. 
inte, p. 14, 
chap. 13; p. 27, 
chap. 52; p. 44, 
chap. 90. 



To the HoN m ' E Council and House of Representatives for the 
Colony of the Massachusetts Bay assembled at Watertown Aug 15 th 
1775 Humbly Shew the Representatives of some of the Towns in 
the County of Lincoln, in behalf of said County, that the unhappy 
dispute between England and the united Colonies in America, 
whereby the Exportation of Lumber has ceased; and the Providence 
of God in a great Measure cutting of Our hopes from the English 
Harvest by Drought and Mildew have at present rendered Bread 
extreem Scarce amongst us, and unless Supplied from abroad, we 
must be soon wholly destitute of And that Such is the laudable 
Jealousy and Zeal of the People in Said County for the cause of 
Liberty, that no Vessel is permited to Sail with Lumber for Corn 
to any Port, without Licence first obtained from the General Court, 
the Expence and delay of which would in almost all cases, wholly 
hi nder the Voyage. Wherefore your Petitioners humbly pray Your 
Honors, that the Committees of Correspondense in the Several Towns 
& Plantations in said County, may be authorized to grant Permitts 
to such Masters of Vessels as live within their Respective districts, 
and are known to be friendly to the Cause of Liberty, and are willing 
to risque their lives and Interest, to sail to any of the Southern Col- 
onies, with Lumber to procure Provissions, without molestation 
from any Perso n amongst us or otherwise relieve said Inhabitants 
as your Honors in your Wisdom shall think Proper and Your Peti- 
tioners as in duty bound shall ever pray 

Tho 8 Rice Dum b Sewall 

Will: Howard Will Jones 

Benj a Woodbridge Moses Davis 
[Read and] 

Resolved that the Selectmen & Committees of Correspondence of 
the Towns in the County of Lincoln Are severally Authorised & & ' 
Impowered to Grant Permits to Such Masters of Vessels as Live 
within their Respective Towns & Districts Who are known to be 
friendly to the Liberty of America to Sail to any of the Southern Col- 
onies on the Continent & no where else with Lumber to Procure Pro- 
visions (without Molestation from the Inhab ts of S d County) 'till 
the further Order of this Court. [Passed August 18. 

1 Sic. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 57 



CHAPTER 122. 

RESOLVE IN REGARD TO THE ESTABLISH m OF A COMPANY OF OFFI- 
CERS AND MEN IN GOLDSBORO', N" 4, NARRAGUAGUS AND PLEASANT 
.RIVER. 

The Petition of the Committees for the Townships of Goldsboro' Legislative 
Number Four, Narraguagus and Pleasant River lying in the Eastern counen 8 of the 
parts of said Province HUMBLY Shews that whereas the present xxxiu.,'ii5. 
alarming situation of this Country & the- Province in General par- Archives, 
ticularly the several Towns to which we belong, being at present ccvi -» 2(; "- 
destitute of all Legal & Constitutional Government, beg leave to Mass : 
inform your Honors that we have taken such Steps as we thought ccvi., 242-43. 
proper, to Govern ourselves in our different departments agreeable ^"pp^jv^, 
to the Once happy Constitution of this Province, according to our 78 > ? 5 - -Ante,' 
Judgment, the Copy of which proceedings we beg leave to Transmitt 113. ' c ap ' 
by the Bearer Cap 1 Alexander Cambell, however being suspicious 
of our ability's in matters of that nature, We beg to come under the 
direction & protection of your IIon ble Body, and to have such Laws 
and Rules prescribed for us, as you in your Wisdom may think most 
suitable, & we for ourselves and Constituents do heartily engage 
to conform to the same from time to time as Your Honors shall 
direct It may be needless for us to Represent to Your Honors 

the very distress'd situation of this Country with respect to Pro- 
vissions, and almo st every other necessary of Life, We Humbly pray 
that Your Honors would take this matter into your wise consider- 
ation, and point out some method, that the distressed Inhabitants 
may be reliev'd in that way Your Honors may think best. We beg 
leave to Refer you to Cap 1 Alex a Campbell for any further p'ticulars 
Relative to this Country, and Your Petitioners as in duty bound 
will ever pray. 

Will m Nickells ) Committee 

Jon a Tracy \ for Goldsborough 

Henry Dyer ) Committee for 
Phin 8 Whitten \ N° 4. 

Alex e Campbell ) Comm ec 

John Ruall \ Narraguagus 

Dan l Merit ( Committee for 

Jn° Hall ) pleasant River 

[Read and] 

Resolved that one Company of fifty Men including Officers be 
raisd & stationd in the Towns of Gouldsborough Narraguagus Num- 
ber Four & pleasant River & to be on the same Establishment as 
those already raisd in the County of Lincoln to the Eastward of 
S' Georges and that they be supply'd with One hundred Pounds of 
Powder Five hundred flints & Ball equivalent and that the Powder 
Ball & Flints be transported to Falmouth in the County of Cum- 
berland at the Expence of this Colony, and that the above mentiond 
Articles be deliverd to Cap 1 Alexander Campbell for the use of the 
s d Company when rais'd, Capt n Campbell together with the other 
Petitioners to be accountable to this Court for the same. [Passed 
August 19. 



58 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 123-126.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 126. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 260. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 260. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 28, 41, 
85. 



CHAPTEE 123. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £35. 18. 1 TO NEH" SMEDLEY. 

Resolved That there be paid out of the public Treasury of this 
Colony to M r Nehemiah Smedley or order the sum of Thirty five 
pounds Eighteen shillings and one penny in full of the order * Col 
Arnold having given this Colony Credit for this Order in his Acco 1 . 1 
[Passed August 19. 



CHAPTER 124. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 127. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 28, 41, 
85. Supra, 
chap. 123. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £27 TO NEH n SMEDLEY. 

Resolved, That there be allowed and paid out of the Public Treas- 
ury of this Colony, unto Nehemiah Smedly or his Order the Sum 
of Twenty Seven Pounds in full of the within Order 2 Col Arnold 
having given this Colony Credit for this Order in his Account. 
[Passed August 19. 



CHAPTER 125. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £198. 8. 6 TO DOCT R EBEN B MARVIN FOR CAPT. 
BUEL'S MUSTER ROLL. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 127. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 261. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 72, 73, 
74,84. 



Resolved That there be allowed and paid out of the public Treas- 
ury of this Colony unto Doct r Ebenezer Marvin the sum of One 
hundred and ninety eight pounds Eight shillings and Six pence in 
full for Cap 1 Ezra Buels muster Poll he the said Marvin giving Suffi- 
cient Suretys to the Colony Treasurer to pay the Several men their 
Several wages as mentioned in the roll exhibited deducting four 
days from each officer and private mens pay that are made up to 
the first day of July last. [Passed August 19. 



CHAPTER 126. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 128. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 262. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 263. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 82, 84. 
Ante, p. 48, 
chap. 98. 
Supra, chap. 
125. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £4. 10/ TO DOCT R EBEN E MARVIN. 

Your Memorialist Humbly Sheweth that on the 12 day of May 
last he was Employ'd by Col Benedict Arnold at the Posts of 
Tyconderoga & Crown Point on the 20 th May Eeceived Orders from 
the Said Col Arnold to proceed to the City of Albany with the 
Prisoners that were taken at St. John's and to Purchase such neces- 
sary's as could not be avoided for the use of Said Regim* being at 
Still-water on the 24 th , 25 th & 27 th days of May when the greatest 
part of the Recruited number of Cap 1 Buels Comp y were Inlisted 
and Receiving intelligence by Col Arnold's Letter of the Advice 
the s d Col Arnold had rec d from S't John's notifying that the Kings 

1 Expences of baking bread, cartage of same, etc. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 260. 

2 For 150 bushels of wheat, baking and transporting the same. — Legislative Records 
of the Council, xxxiii., 127. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 59 

Troops there were prepareing to come and retake the said Posts of 
Crown Point and Tyconderoga wherein the said Col Arnold begged 
the utmost Exertions of the Inhabitants to come to his assistance 
in securing and keeping said Posts of Crown Point and Tycon- 
deroga Your memorialist made use of his influence as far as it 
would extend to Encourage the Young Men of his Neighbourhood 
and acquaintance to Inlist in said Buels Company, and did Advance 
considerable Sums of Money as Advance Pay to the said Company 
to encourage them to enter the then very necessary Service without 
which said Company could not have been raised and did further 
Advance, considerable sums of Money to the said Company for their 
necssary Support in Service, which by receipts from under their hands 
will appear which Money was to be repaid out of their wages he 
therefore has taken Order to Receive the Money on said Pay Roll and 
did by a Petition and an Account lay the same before this House 
together with his Own Acc fc and hath waited on this Hon ble Court 
these 20 days for a Settlement of the same Your memorialist there- 
fore Humbly and earnestly Requests of this Court that they direct 
the Committee thereon appointed to bring before this Court their 
Report on said Pay role, and that said Committee be directed to 
consider the Extraordinary time and Expence already incurred and 
make such allowances therefor as this Honorable Court shall think 
Proper and your Memorialist as in duty bound shall ever pray 

Eben e Marvin 

[Read and] 

Resolved That there be allowed and paid out of the public Treas- 
ury of this Colony unto the within named Ebenezer Marvin the sum 
of Four pounds ten shillings for his Services as mentioned in this 
petition. [Passed August 19. 



CHAPTEE 127. 

RESOLVE ACCEPTING REPORT OF COM EE IN REGARD TO GOV K HUTCHIN- 
SON'S LETTERS. 

The Committee [to consider what is proper to be done with the Legislative 
Letters of the late Gov r Hutchinson and how they shall be preserv'd] g*SSSK° f the 
Report, that it is of Great Importance that the Letters and other otHi.,'130. 
Papers of the late Governor Hutchinson, be carefully preserved, as Archives, 

they Contain Documents for History of great Moment: and that ccv1 -' - ( ' 9 - 

Evidence, in the hand writing of a Man whose nefarious Intrigues ^chives, 
& practices, have Occassioned the Shedding of so much innocent sp 1 -* 2 ^^. 
Blood, and brought such horrid Calamities on his Native Country, na i, pp. 82, 86. 
may be preserved for the full Conviction of the Present & future 
Generations: and therefore that such of the Letters, and Papers 
aforesaid, as are not now in the Custody of the Hon bIe Sam 1 Dexter 
Esq r of Dedham, be delivered to him, and together with those, 
already under his care, faithfully kept by him, until the further 
Order of this Court, and that such of them be Publish'd from time 
to time as he shall Judge proper 

John Adams $> Order 

Read and accepted. [Passed August 19. 



60 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 128-131.] 



CHAPTER 128. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 132. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 131. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 84, 85. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £195. 3. 9 TO BENEDICT ARNOLD. 

Resolved, That there be allowed and paid out of the publick Treas- 
ury of this Colony to Col Benedict Arnold the Sum of One Hun- 
dred and Ninety five Pounds three shillings and Nine pence in full 
for the Ballance of his whole Account after the above deductions are 
made and if Col Arnold shall hereafter Produce a Receipt from 
Col Eastons of the delivery of said Oxen, Cows, and Horses &c he 
is hereafter to be allow'd for the same. [Passed August 19. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 132. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
cxlvi., 336. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 272. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 86. 
Journals of 
each Provin- 
cial Congress 
of Mass., p. 3. r i4. 
Ante, p. 11, 
chap. 4; p. 26, 
chap. 51. 



CHAPTER 129. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COM TKE OF SUPPLIES TO REPLACE THE 
POWDER LENT TO THE COLONY BY BEVERLY. 

Resolved that the Com ee of Supplies be and they are hereby directed 
to deliver to Josiah Bacheldor jur two half Barrels of Powder for 
the use of the Town of Beverly, it being to replace the two half 
Barrels of Powder, Lent the Colony, the 18 th of June last. [Passed 
A ugust 19. 



CHAPTER 130 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 133. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 274. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 274. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 71, 75, 
83. Ante, 
p. 26, chap. 51. 
Supra, chap. 
129. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £52. 13. 4 TO CAPT. JON A GREENLEAF FOR POWDER 
LENT TO THE COLONY BY NEWBURYPORT. 

Resolved that Cap 1 Jonathan Greanleaf be paid out of the pub- 
lick Treasury of this Colony the Sum of fifty two pound thirteen 
Shilling and four pence in full for Six half Barrels of Powder lent 
the Colony & for carting the Same to Head Quarters, and also 

that the Town of newbury port be not precluded from Calling upon 
the Colony for four other half Barrels within mentioned if the 
Necessity of their case may require it, they paying the Colony the 
money already received therefor. [Passed August 19. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 134. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 275. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 275. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 73, 87. 



CHAPTER 131. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £45. 17 TO EDW" MITCHELL. 

Resolved that M r Edward Mitchel be allowed & paid out of the 
publick Treasury of this Colony the Sum of forty five pound Seven- 
teen Shilling in full discharge of the within account. 1 [Passed 
August 21. 

1 For spears delivered, etc. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 275. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 61 



CHAPTEE 132. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £2. 1(5/ TO OLIVER MILLS. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

An Account of Mr. Oliver Mills, of Carting Goods from Charles- House Jour 
town to Worcester. nai, p. m. 

Eesolve of the House of a Grant to Oliver Mills for £2.10/ Read HouseJour- 
& Concurr'd. [Passed August 21. nal ' p ' yT - 



CHAPTER 133. SSSSfiS*. 

Council, 
xxxiii., 135. 
RESOLVE ALLOWING £1. 11. 4 TO NOAH GOODMAN. Mass. 

Archives, 
ccvi., 276. 

Resolved that M r Noah Goodman be allowed & paid out of the Mass . 
publick Treasury of this Colony the Sum of one pound Seven ^ M £$?' 
Shilling & four pence in full Ballance of the within account. 1 Hou'seJour- 
[Passed A ugust 21. nal> pp - 72 ' sT - 



CHAPTER 134. 

RESOLVE IN REGARD TO THE MANNING OF TWO VESSELS PROVIDED 
BY MACHIAS FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE COAST. 

Whereas the Inhabitants of Machias have been at Considerable Legislative 
Eexpence in fixing Two armed vessels for the Defence of the Sea councif, * the 
Coasts and are in continual Danger of having their Harbour Blocked xxxiii > 13T - 
up by the Tenders & Armed Vessels of our Enemies. Therefore Archives, 

Resolved that proper Officers be commissioned to take the Com- CCY1- ' 27 ' - 

mand of s d Vessels, and that the Commanding Officer who shall be Archives 
appointed be authorised to Inlist a proper Number of Sea men not ccvi., 221,' 2so. 
Exceeding Thirty to navigate each of Said Vessels And that S d Records of* the 
Officers and Sea-men shall be under such pay of this Colony as shall ^xxufSss 
be hereafter allowed. And that the Commanding Officer of S d Ves- House jour- 
sels from Time to Time be directed to apply to the Committee of s» t '$¥%, 89, 90. 
Safety of Said Machias for men to Mann S d Vessels upon any chap2 : p 47 
Emergency from the Company which is to be Stationed at Said chap. 97. 
Machias under the Command of Cap Stephen Smith and Said Com- 
mittee are Impowered to order Said men accordingly and when so 
ordered by the Committee of Safety on Board they are to be under 
the command of the Commanding officers of Said Vessels. [Passed 
August 21. 

1 For travelling expences, etc. — Mass Archives, ccvi., 276. 



62 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 135, 136.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 138. 
Muss. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 281. 

Legislative 
Records of ^the 
Council, 
xxxii., 56. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 88 bis. 
Ante, p. 21, 
Chap. 33; p. 44, 
chap. 90. 



CHAPTEE 135. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING INQUIRY AS TO EXPORTATION OF FISH FROM 

FALMOUTH. 

Whereas it has been represented to this Court That Jeremiah 
Pote and Eobert Pagan of Falmouth in the County of Cumberland 
have latly exported a quantity of fish contrary to the Resolves of 
Congress therefore 

Resolved That the Com tee of Inspection of the Town of Falmouth 
afores d be desired to make Strict enquiry into this matter and if 
upon Examination thereof they should find the persons aforesaid or 
either of them or any other person or persons in the Town of Fal- 
mouth have been guilty of Violating the resolves of the Congress of 
this Colony or the resolves of the Contenental Congress that they 
cause the said person or Persons so found Guilty to be Apprehended 
and Sent to this Court to answer for their Conduct in this matter 
on the first Thursday of the next setting of this Court. [Passed 
August 21. 



CHAPTER 136. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING INQUIRY AS TO EXPORTATION OF FISH AND PRO- 
VISIONS FROM BARNSTABLE. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 139. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 285. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 90. 



In the House of Represen' 8 - 

Whereas it is represented to this house That some of the Inhab- 
itants of the Town of Eastham and some of the Inhabitants of the 
Town of Chatham and other Towns in the County of Barnstable 
have in divers instances violated the Resolves of the Continental 
Congress & of the Congress of this Colony particularly in Sending 
fish to the West Indies & provisions to Nantuckett therefore 

Resolved That Col Nath" Freeman and Col Joseph Otis be desired 
to make enquiry into this matter and if upon examination they find 
that any person or persons in any of the Towns aforesaid have been 
Guilty of Violating any of the Resolves aforesaid and have acted or 
are acting in direct Violation of the libertys of this Colony That 
they cause such person or persons to be apprehended and Secured 
by those forces that are appointed to Guard the Coasts thereabout 
and that they be Safely Guarded and brought up to this Court to 
answer for their Conduct on the first Tuesday of the next Sitting 
of this Court 

In Council 

Read & concurred. [Passed August 22. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 63 



CHAPTER 137. SSSK?*. 

Council, 

xxxiii., 141. 
RESOLVE ALLOWING £7. 8. 8 TO JOSEPH RIGGS. Mush. 

Archives, 

ccvi. 286. 

Resol d that there be allowed and paid out of the publick treasury Ma J 
the sum of Seven pound Eight shillings & Eight pene to Joseph Archivee, 
Riggs in full of the within account. 1 [Passed August 22. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

xxxiii., 140. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 79, 90. 



CHAPTER 138. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £12. 10. 5* TO MARY STERNE. 

d, That there be allowed and Paid out of tin 
Treasury of this Colony to Mary Sterne, or Order the Sum of councTi" 



Resolved, That there be allowed and Paid out of the Publick £ e s ls !? tlve iV . 

Records of the 



144. 



Twelve Pounds, ten shill s & 5^ in full of her Account as exhibited. 

[Passed August 22. n^lV-^ 



CHAPTER 139. SSKSthe 

Council, 
xxxiii., 144. 
RESOLVE ALLOWING £12 TO NATH r - BAKER. Mass. 

Archives, 
ccvi 24'"$ 

Resolved that Natha 1 Baker be allowed & paid out of the publick rr— - — : 

Treasury of this Colony the Sum of twelve pound in full discharge Archives, 
of the within account. 3 [Passed August 22. House 2 Jour- 

nal, pp. 79, 93. 



CHAPTER 140. ££»«* 

Council, 
xxxiii., 145. 
RESOLVE ALLOWING £15. 17. 4 TO JOSEPH FIELD. Mass. 

Archives, 
ccvi 293 a . 

Resolved that their be Granted & paid out of the publick Treas- — - - 

ury of this Colony to Joseph Field the Sum of Fifteen pounds Archives, 
Seventeen Shillings & four pence in full Discharge of the within House 2 Jour. 
ace 1 . 4 [Passed August 22. nai, p. 93. 



CHAPTER 141 Legislative 

V - 7X - LX1 -- L ■*- -^ -^ J-'i-i-. Records of the 

Council, 

RESOLVE ALLOWING 15/ TO NATH 1 - MIGHILL. Mas" 1 " 

Archives, 
ccvi. 294. 

Resolved, that there be allowed and paid out of the Publick Treas- 

ury of this Colony to Nathaniel Mighill the sum of fifteen shillings Archives, 
in full of the within account. 5 [Passed August 22. KreJour. 

nal, pp. 79, 93. 

1 Expenses for care of prisoners. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 287. 

2 For entertainment of Gen. Washington and his retinue. — Legislative Records of the 
Council, xxxiii., 144. 

3 For spears. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 293. 

4 For spears, etc. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 293 a . 

6 Expenses of travelling for powder. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 294. 



64 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 142-144.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 146. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 295. 



Archives, 
ccvi., 295. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 79, 93. 



CHAPTEE 142. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £1. 7/ TO JOSEPH WHEELER. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Treasury of this Colony 
the sum of one pound Seven shillings to Joseph Wheeler in full for 
four Days and half service in riding thro the County of Worcester 
to procure clothing for the Army. [Passed August 22. 



CHAPTER 143. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 147. 

Mass . 
Archives, 
ccvi., 296. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 76, 93. 
Ante, p. 52, 
chap. 111. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £130 TO EACH DELEGATE OF THE CONGRESS. 

The Committee appointed to consider what sum would be meet 
and proper, to be ordered and Paid out of the Public Treasury of 
this Colony, to the several Gentlemen Delegates from this Colony 
to the Hon ble Continental Congress to Enable them to defray their 
charge & Expence in their Journey and attendance at the next Ses- 
sion of the said Congress, have attended that Service, and after 
Conferring with four of the s d Delegates, and maturely weighing 
the matter, are of Opinion that it is proper that One Hundred & 
thirty Pounds L M y ' is a meet Sum to be allowed to each of the 
said Delegates for the purpose aforesaid Therefore the said Com- 
mittee beg leave to Report the following Form of a Resolve as proper 
to be passed on the Occasion Viz 1 

Resolved that as there has been already this Session ordered and 
paid to the Hon ble John Hancock Esq r the Sum of one hundrd 
pounds for y e purpose of defraying the charge of his Travel and 
attendance at the Next Sitting of the Hon ble Continental Congress 
there be ordered & paid to him out of the publick treasury of this 
colony the further Sum of thirty pound for the purpose aboves d and 
that the Sum of One hundred and thirty pounds be ordered and 
paid out of the s d treasury to Each of the other Hon ble Delegates to 
the s d Congress for this colony to defray the charge of their Travel 
and attendance at the Next Session of the s d Congress and Each of 
the S d Gentlemen Shall be Accountable to this court for the sums 
which they Shall respectively receive. [Passed August 28. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 148. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 300. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 300. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 90, 93. 



CHAPTER 144. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £84 TO MAJ R STEPHEN CROSS. 

Resolved that Major Stephen Cross be allowed & paid out of the 
publick Treasury of this Colony the Sum of eighty four pound in 
full discharge of the within account. 2 [Passed August 22. 



1 Lawful monev. 

■ For purchase" of French arms. — Mass. Archives, ccvi. 



300. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 177;">-7t;. (J.j 



CHAPTER 145. MSB?*. 

I Council, 

xx xi ii 14!t 
RESOLVE ALLOWING £5. 9. 4 TO JEDE" FOSTER. Mass. ' 

Archives, 
ccvi., --".it. 
Resolved that Col. Jedediah Foster be allowed & paid out of the ^j~ 
publick Treasury five pound nine Shilling & four pence in full of Archives, 
the within account. 1 [Passed August 22. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

xxxiii., 148. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 79, 93. 

CHAPTER 146. £ egl8, f iv , e th 

Records of the 



Council, 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £6. 16. 9 TO THE SELECTMEN OF NEWTON. Mass"'' M9 " 

Archives, 
ccvi., 298. 



Resolved that the Selectmen of Newtown he allowed and paid out 
of the publick Treasury of this Colony the Sum of Six pound Sixteen Archives, 
Shilling & nine pence in full discharge of the within account. 2 Hj u 'a e 2 jou r . 
[Passed August 22. nai, pp. 87, 9:!. 



CHAPTER 147. ggSSSt*, 

Council, 
xxxiii., 150. 
RESOLVE ALLOWING 20/ TO DAN L BRAGDON. Mass. 

Archives, 
ccvi. 299. 

Resolv d that there be allowed and paid out of the publick Treasury — — '- 
to Ichabod Goodwin j r the sum of one pound for the use of Capt Archives, 
Daniel Bragdon in full of his acc° annexed. 3 [Passed August 22. House 2 Jour- 

nal, pp. 62, 92, 
93. 



CHAPTER 148. 

RESOLVE APPOINTING A COM™ TO MAKE INQUIRIES CONCERNING 
LEAD AND SALT IN THIS COLONY. 

In Council Legislative 

Resolved that the Hon 1 Benj. Greenleaf, Eldad Tayler and Joseph coS, * tbe 
Palmer Esquires with Such as the Honourable House Shall xxxiii., 154. 

join be a Committee, to make Inquiry in this Colony, after Virgin Archives, 

Lead and leaden ore, and the best Methods of collecting, Smelting ccvl -» 304 - 

and refining it: and also to inquire into the cheapest and easiest n I a ° 1 ) 1 p e 94 Ur " 
Methods of making Salt, in this Colony, the said Committee to Journals of 
transmit the Result of their Enquiries to the Delegates of this chai congress 
Colony at the continental Congress. of MaB8 -> p- 64 - 

In the House of Representatives 
Read & concurrd & Coll Freeman, Cap' Greenleaf Doct Whiting 
& M r Story are join d . [Passed August 22. 

1 Expenses of travel. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 297. 

2 For shovels and spades. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 298. 
9 Expenses of travel. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 299 a . 



66 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 149-151.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 196. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
clxiv., 3. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
clxiv., 3. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 46, 67, 
96. 



CHAPTER 14 9. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £10. 4/ TO PAUL REVERE. 

Resolved that M r Paul Revere be allowed & paid out of the pub- 
lick Treasury of this Colony ten pound four Shilling in full dis- 
charge of the within account 1 . [Passed August 22. 



CHAPTER 150 



RESOLVE ESTABLISHING THE WAGES OF JOSHUA DAVIS AND SYLVANUS 
DREW IN THE BOAT SERVICE. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 142. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 290. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 291. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 141. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 91, 92. 
Ante, p. 29, 
chap. 56. 



On the Petition of Joshua Davis representing that he has been 
& is employ'd in the Service of this Goverm' in the Boat Service & 
likewise has by Direction of the late provinc 1 Congress employ'd 
Sylvanus Drew as a Master Boat Builder but that no Establishment 
has as yet been made for him or the s d Drew Therefore 

Resolved, 

That M r Joshua Davis be & he hereby is entitled to the Pay of a 
Leut' Colonol in the Army for the Time that he has & shall con- 
tinue in the Service & likewise that M r Sylvanus Drew be entitled 
to the Pay of a Captain for the Time that he has & shall continue 
in the Service as Master Boat Builder & that they each of them 
draw the same allowance as is provided for the Troops. [Passed 
August 23.' 



CHAPTER 151. 



RESOLVE TO LODGE DUPLICATES OF THE REC R GEN L8 RECEIPTS IN 
THE SECRETARY'S OFFICE. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 142. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 292. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 85, 86, 
90, 91 his, 92, 93, 
94. Ante, 
p. 13, chap. 9. 



Resolved and Ordered that all & every person, or persons in this 
Colony possessed in behalf of any Town or district of any Duplicate 
of Receipts given by Henry Gardner Esq r Since his first appointment 
by the Congress of this Colony to the office of Receiver General for 
the same testifying his Receipt of any Sum of Money, or s the Prov- 
ince tax or part of the Province tax set on any Town or district for 
any Year now Past do as soon as may be transmit and lodge in the 
Office of y e Secretary of this Colony lately appointed by this Council 
such duplicate whereof he is possessed as aforesaid, and that every 
Collector or other Person who may be possessed of any Receipt of any 
such Moneys whereof a duplicate was not given is hereby directed 
and required to procure a Copy of such receipt to be made and to 
be examined by the Clerk of the Town where he resides in this 
Colony and Certified by the same Town Clerk to be a true Copy, 
and that the Person so possessed of such Single receipts to transmit 
the said Copy with such certificate thereon as soon as may be to the 
Secretary's Office aforesaid, and that every such Town Clerke who 

1 Expenses of riding for the Com ,ee of Safety, printing, etc. — Mass. Archives, clxiv., 3. 
Final action not found in the House Journal. 

2 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council and the House Journal the date is August 22. 

s " As," in Mass. Archives, ccvi., 292. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7«>. 67 

may be applied to, to make such examination and Certificate is 
hereby Eequired to do the Same without Fee or Reward therefor 
and the said Secretary is hereby ordered to keep all such Duplicates 
and Copys as maybe transmitted to him in the most careful and 
safe manner to be improved by this Colony in Settling their Accounts 
with their said Receiver General. This Resolve to be Published in the 
Cambridge, Watertown & Worcester Papers. [Passed August 23. ' 



CHAP TEE 152. SfiSX?*. 

Council, 
ORDER ALLOWING £10 AND BLANKETS TO MESS R8 OTIS, BATCHELDOR xxxiii., 150. 
AND HOPKINS FOR THE ST. FRANCIS INDIANS. Archives, 

ccvi., 303.' 

In House of Representatives Mass. 

Order* that there be pai'd out of the public Treasury of this ^i^ iv |.^_ 29 . 
Colony to Joseph Otis Esq r , Cap 1 Batcheldor, & Dan 11 Hopkins, the ccvi., '302. 
sum of ten Pounds Lawful Money, to be by them deliver d to the Records^of the 
Chief from the saint Fransis Tribe, and the four Indians who 9 0u ^ n ' „ Q 

. -—* „ , . / ^ i XX XI 11. , loo. 

attend him, as a Present from this Court. House Jour- 

Also Ord d that the above Com ee procure for, and present to the $fy?, V 89bisf' 

above Indians, five Blankets, and lay th r ace' before this House jjjj&fc' 91 ' 92 ' 93 ' 
In Council Read & concurred. [Passed August 23. 



CHAPTER 153. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £160 AND AMMUNITION TO CAP T JER" OBRIAN FOR 
THE SUPPLY OF HIS TWO VESSELS. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Cap* Jeremiah Obrian Appointed Commander of the council 8 , * the 
Armed Schooner Dilligent & of the Sloop Mecliias Liberty now ^gg 11 "' 153 ' 
Lying in the Harbour of Mechias fixed for the Purpose of Guarding Archives, 

the Sea Coast the Sum of One hundred & Sixty Pounds Lawfull clxiY - 6 " 

Money of this Colony for supplying the men with Provissions And j^ppf g^. 
Amunition Also that there be Delivered to the Said Obrian out of Ante,v.&\, 
the Colony Store One hundred Cannon Balls of three Pounds Weight 
Each & Two hundred Swivel Balls for all which & the Captures he 
Shall make he is to Account with this Court. [Passed August 23. 



CHAPTER 154. &gSf?Sthe 

Council, 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £99. 13. 31 TO BENEDICT ARNOLD. xxxiii., 161. 

* Mass. 

Archives 

Resolved That there be allowed and paid out of the public Treas- cxxxviii.', 227. 
ury of this Colony the sum of ninety nine pounds thirteen shillings Mass. 
and three pence farthing 2 to the said Benedict Arnold 3 pursuant to f^xx-vm!, 225. 
the within order the said Arnold having given Credit for the same in ^f^d^of the 
his Account he the said Arnold giving Security to pay the Several council, 
officer's and men their wages as mentioned in the muster roll. House Jour- 
[ Passed August 23. nal . pp- m . 97 - 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is August 22. 

2 Pay-roll of the Sloop Interprize. — Mass. Archives, cxxxviii., 225. 

3 See Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiii., 159-161. 



68 



Province Laws (Hesolves, etc.). — 1775—70. [Chaps. 155-158.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 162. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 311. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 311. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 94, 97. 
Supra, chap. 
154. 



CHAPTER 155. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £27. 17/ TO ELEAZER OSWALD. 

Resolved That there be allowed, and paid out of the public Treas- 
ury of this Colony to the said Col Eleazer Oswald or order the sum 
of twenty Seven pounds Seventeen shillings in discharge of the 
within order the said Col Arnold have ' given Credit for the same 
in his acco 1 . [Passed August 23. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 162. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 312. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 94, 97. 
Supra, chap. 
155. 



CHAPTER 156. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £20 TO JON v BROWN. 

Resolved That there be allowed and paid out of the public Treas- 
ury of this Colony to Jonathan Brown or order the sum of twenty 
pounds in discharge of the above order Col Arnold having given 
Credit therefor in his acco'. [Passed August 23. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 17R. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
clxiv., 4. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., S7, 162. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 96 bis, 
97. Province 
Laws, v., 416, 
chap. 2; 507-9, 
notes. 



CHAPTER 157. 

RESOLVE APPOINTING A COM TEE TO INSPECT THE PRESS FOR STRIKING 
OFF BILLS OF CREDIT. 

In the House of Representatives 

Resolved that Coll Thomson & M r Webster with such as the Honb 1 
Board shall Join be a Committe to Inspect the Press for Striking of 
Bills of Several Denominations to the Amount of the Sum of One 
hundred Thousand Pounds Lawf 1 Money & they hereby are Directed 
to Appoint the Houres for Striking off Said Bills & to take Especial 
Care to keep the Several Plates in their own hands & Possession at 
all Times Except when Said Plates are in Use at the Hours assigned 
for Striking off the Same Bills. 

In Council read & Concurred & Benj a White Esq r is joined. 
[Passed August 23. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 119. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 24S. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 102. 
Ante, p. 52, 
chap. 112. 



CHAPTER 158. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE DISTRIBUTION OF DONATIONS RECEIVED 
FOR THE POOR OF BOSTON. 

In Council Whereas this Court at their present Sessions have 
passed a Resolve appointing Samuel Adams, Joseph Palmer, Moses 
Gill Esq" Maf Hawley Col Barrett M r Durfy & Col Cutt a Com- 
mittee to receive all such Donations as may be Sent by the Humane 
and Charitable in this or any other Colony for the benefit of the 
Poor suffrers by means of the Boston Port Bill, which Committee 
are to be Accountable to this Court for the same, And Whereas the 
Suffrers aforesaid stand in great Need of said Donations for their 
immediate relief; therefore 

1 Sic, for " having." 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76.' 69 

Resolved That the Committee before mention'd be and hereby are 
impowered to distribute the Donations they may receive among the 
Sufferers beforemention'd according to their best Discretion 
In the House of Represent ' 
Read & Concurr'd with the following alteration viz 4 That Cap 4, 
Thacher be on the Committee in the Room of Major Hawley who 
desires to be excused 
In Council 
Read & Concurred. [Passed August 24. 



CHAPTER 159. SgSffiSu,. 

Council, 
xxxiii., 146. 
RESOLVE ALLOWING £10. 16/ TO PAUL REVERE. Mass. 

Archives, 
ccvi. 294 a . 

Resolved that M r Paul Revere be allowed and paid out of the J " — ■ 

treasury the sum of ten pound sixteen shillings in full of the within Archives, 
account." [Passed August 24. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

xxxiii., 145. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 46, 105. 

CHAPTER 160. 

ORDER RELATING TO THE RELEASE OF CERTAIN PRISONERS IN 

BOSTON JAIL. 

The within named Committee [appointed upon Petition of Josiah j^g^ 11 ^ th 
Jones, a Prisoner in Concord Goal, setting forth that " having been council, 
obnoxious to the Jealousy of his Fellow Countrymen," he was taken Mass! 1 '' 17< * 
Prisoner at Cape Porpus, and brought to the Provincial Congress, ^^ iv | s ' 

by whom he was sent to the Goal aforesaid] beg leave to report as — — — 

their Opinion that in case Mess™ Hicks & Jones two persons now in Archives, 
Custody in Concord can by any means procure the release of Mess" mPi^mbSJ 1 '' 
James Lovell John Leach, John Gill, Will m Starr and Peter Edes House Jour. 
from Prison in Boston, and there removal from Boston, the said "s, loi. ' 
Hicks and Jones with three others, Such as the Major part of the 
Council shall consent to who are now in Custody by Order of this 
Government be discharg'd Sam l Adams $» Order 

Read & accepted. [Passed August 24. 



CHAPTER 161. 

RESOLVE PERMITTING THE VESSEL OF THO 8 PADDOCK TO PROCEED 
TO THE WEST INDIES. 

To the Hon rle the Council & House of Representatives of the Legislative 
Massachusetts Bay in New England most humbly Sheweth Lydia cXu, ° f the 
Paddock wife of Thomas Paddock of Middleborough in behalf of f I ™->' 178 - 
her Husband aforesaid that the said Thomas fitted out a Vessel for Archives, 
the West Indias laden with Lumber and had a clearance for the same clxlY -> '• 

1 Sic. 

2 Expenses of printing colony notes, etc. — Mass. Archives, ccvi., 294 a . 



70 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 1 62.] 



Maes. 
Archives, 
clxiv., 8». 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 76, 78, 
98, 105. Ante, 
p. 21, chap. 
33. 



and the consent of y e Committee for the Voyage, but by some evil 
minded persons the said Vessel was stop'd proceeding on her A'oyage 
and the said Thomas is confined to his Farm as your Petitioner 
supposeth under an apprehension of being unfriendly to his Country, 
but no evidence is produced by which he has justly forfeited the 
Esteem and fav r of his Countrymen his Vessel and Cargo are spoil- 
ing himself & family suffering and he totally ignorant of any thing 
he has done, contrary to the Safety of his Country or the advise of 
the Continental or Provincial Congresses therefore your Petitioner 
most humbly prays the interposition of this Honorable Court, and 
that your Petitioners Husband may proceed on said Voyage with 
said Vessel and Cargo having having ' no other design but to benefit 
himself & his Country as your Petitioner in duty bound shall ever 
Pray Lydia Paddock 

The Committee of both Houses to whom was refered the Petition 
of Lydia Paddock in behalf of her Husband Tho 8 Paddock, have 
attended that Service & have consider'd the said Petition, & answer 
thereto and fully heard the parties ; it appearing to y e Committee 
that the said Tho 8 Paddock is not a friend to his Country, whereby 
there is danger the said Paddock may serve the Enemy's of this 
Country, by supplying them with Provissions &c, and it further 
appears that the said Paddock's Vessel now lies in the Town of 
Dighton loaded with Lumber ready to Sail to the West Indies, the 
said Paddock having procured a Clearance for said Vessel, the Com- 
mittee are of Opinion, that it might be of Service not only to the 
owner but to the Public That the said Vessel proceed on the Voyage, 
provided the said Vessel and Cargo was put under the direction & 
Control of a Master who is a real friend to this Country and 

therefore report as their Opinion that the said Tho 8 Paddock, be 
permitted to send his said Vessel the said Voyage, provided the said 
Paddock shall procure such a person for a Master, as shall be 
approved of by the Committee of inspection for the Town of Dighton 

James Prescott $» Order 

Eead and accepted and 

Resolvd that the said Thomas Paddock be accordingly permitted 
to send his said Vessell on the said Voyage provided he shall pro- 
cure such a Person for Master as shall be approvd of by the Com- 
mittee of Inspection for the Town of Dighton. [Passed August 24. 



CHAPTER 162. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 180. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
clxiv., 31. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 54, 77, 
85, 98, 99, 100. 
Journals of 
each Provin- 
cial Congress 
of Mass., pp. 63, 



RESOLVE RELATING TO THE MAKING OF SALTPETRE AND THE PUR- 
CHASE OF SULPHUR, AND APPOINTING A COM™ THEREON. 

Whereas the Honorable Continental Congress have strongly 
recommended to the Assemblies, & conventions of the united Col- 
onies to appoint one, or more Person or Persons in each colony to 
put in practice the making Salt petre according to such, mode as 
shall be best adapted to their particular Circumstances, and to buy 
up (on account of the united Colonies) all the Good merchantable 
Salt petre that shall be made in said Colonies by the first day of 
October 1776. Therefore in compliance with said recommenda- 

tion and for the Carrying so valuable a purpose into Execution It is 

1 Sic. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7<',. 71 

Resolved that Docter Whiteing, Deacon Baker of Bolton & Cap' g^ 1 ^ 2w » 85 *» 
John Peck, be a Committee whose buisness it shall be faithfully, 
and diligently to apply themselves to the Manufacturing of Salt 
petre for the space of three months from the first day of September 
1775. jointly or severally in such places in this Colony as they shall 
Judge most suitable for that purpose, and they are hereby directed 
to use all Diligence to Discover the most Eligible and Successfull 
method of manufacturing that Important Commodity and to Com- 
municate all the usefull knowledge they shall acquire in said busi- 
ness to all such as Request it of them and that they (from time to 
time) publish in the News papers or otherwise all the usefull Dis- 
coveries they may make in the Progress of said Business and each 
of the said Committee shall be allowed and paid out of the public 
Treasury of this Colony for y e said term of three months four shillings 
<#» Day for every day they shall be employed in said Service, as a 
Reward for the aforesaid Services: And it is further 

Resolved, That said Committee are hereby impowered to buy up all 
the good, and merchantable Salt petre that shall be made within 
this Colony by the first day of said October 1776 at half a Dollar a 
pound and the said Committee are also directed to buy up all the 
good & merchantable Sulphur that shall be refined in this Colony by 
the first day of said October at nine pence $p pound the Sellers of 
Sulphur producing a Certificate from a major part of the Select men 
either of the Towns to which he or they belong or the Town where 
such Sulphur was refined certifying that the same was produced & 
refined from Mines & Ores within this Colony. And the said 

Committee shall deliver such Salt petre & sulphur to such person, or 
persons as shall be appointed by the General Court to receive the 
same, And shall receive out of the Colony Treasury from time to 
time such Sums of Mony as upon the presentation made to them by 
said Committee they shall judge necessary for buying up said Salt 
petre & sulphur and it is further 

Resolved That it be strongly Recommended to the Inhabitants of 
the several Towns in this Colony that they Exert themselves in pro- 
moting this Important manufacture (as the surest means of pre- 
serving their own Lives, Liberties, & Estates of Insuring the Salva- 
tion of their Country and it's future prosperity by erecting one or 
more Salt petre Works in each Town where it may be done with 
probable Success), And that they not only thoroughly attend to the 
working of those materials from which Salt petre may be speedily 
procured without any previous management but that they also take 
especial Care to Collect together under proper Sheds those mate- 
rials (the knowledge of which may be Easily obtained from publi- 
cations) which by fermenting & putrifying together will in due time 
afford Salt petre with Ease and in great plenty. And it is 

further 

Resolved, That the several Methods of making Salt petre recom- 
mended by the Honorable Continental Congress to the united Col- 
onies be immediately Reprinted together with the foregoing Resolves, 
and that there be added thereto by way of appendix the method of 
making Salt Petre practis'd by Docf Graham and that one of the 
pamphlets be sent to the Selectmen of each Town within this Colony, 
and that Docf Whiting procure the reprinting the several methods 
recommended by the Hon bIe Continental Congress for making Salt- 
petre together with the foregoing Resolves, & distribute them agree- 
able thereto 

Read & accepted. [Passed August 24. 



Tl 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7G. [Chaps. 1G3, 164.] 



CHAPTER 163. 



legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 183. 

Mas 8. 
Archives, 
cclxxxiii., 130. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
clxiv., 11. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 88, 89, 
1)8, 100, 101. 
Ante, p. 45, 
chap. 92; p. 54, 
chap. 116. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE DELIVERY OF CLOTHING PROVIDED FOR 
THE ARMY TO THE QUARTERMASTER-GENERAL. 

In the House of Representatives 
Resolved, that the Shirts, Breeches, Stockings & Shoes provided 
by a Committee appointed to procure Cloathing by the last Congress 
& by Order of the Committee of Supplies & received by a Committee 
of this House be delivered to the Quarter Master General of the 
Continental Army for the use of the same, & take his receipt there- 
for, and that such as are now in hand be forwarded by the said Com- 
mittee as soon as may be. 

In Council 
Read & Concurred. [Passed August 24. 



CHAPTER 164. 



RESOLVE APPOINTING A COM™ TO SIGN THE BILLS OF CREDIT. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 184. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
clxiv., 13. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 96 bis, 
97, 101. Prov- 
ince Laws, v., 
416, chap. 2; 
507-9, notes. 
Ante, p. 68, 
chap. 157. 



In the house of Representatives 

Resolved that M r Joseph Wheeler Col Joseph Gushing Col Eben- 
ezer Sawyer and Deacon Thomas Plimpton with Such as the hon ble 
Board Shall join be a Cmtee to number & sign the bills of credit to 
be emitted by this Colony in persuance of an Act passed this Session 
entituled an Act for making and Emitting Bills of publick Credit 
and that three of said Cmtee and no more Sign each of said bills 
one of them with red Ink one with blue Ink & the other with black 
Ink And it is further 

Resolved that the Cmttee appointed to Inspect the Press & attend 
the Printing off the Bills Shall when any convenient number of 
bills are Struck off deliver them to one or more of the said Cmttee 
appointed to number & Sign the said Bills taking a Receipt for the 
Same expressing the Number of the bills so delivred & the Amount 
of their Value, which Receipt Shall be delivred to the Receiver 
General of the Colony to be taken up by the Cmttee who Sign Said 
Bills when they shall deliver the Same bills therein expressed to him 
numbered & signed according to the act aforesaid. it is further 

Resolved that the Said Cmttee for inspecting the Printing said 
Bills before they enter on Said Service be sworn before Some Justice 
of Peace who shall for that Purpose be appointed by the Honb e 
Board to the faithfull discharge of their said Office it is further 

Resolved, that as often as the Said Cmttee for numbring & signing 
the said bills Shall deliver to the Receiver General of the Colony 
any bills as aforsaid the Receiver General Shall give them a Receipt 
for the amount of the Value of the same bills to be by the Same 
Cmttee Kept for the use of the Colony 
In Council 

Read & concurred, & Ja 8 Prescott & Jos: Palmer are joined. 
[Passed August 24. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws (Jtesolves, etc.). — 1775-7<>. 7; 1 , 



CHAPTER 165. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING HANNAH GOLDTHWAIT TO GO TO NEWTOWN. 

The Humble Petition of Hannah Goldthvvait of Boston Legislative 

Your Petitioner Humbly Sheweth that Whereas your Petitioner coum-uV'' ' the 
obtaind leave of a Committee from Your Honors, and the IIon ble £,**!.''•' ] ~ ' 
the Colony Council to go to the Town of Stafford for the benefit of Archives, 

using the Waters for the Recovery of her Health And Whereas it is - — - — 

the opinion of your Petitioner's Physician that your Petitioners Archives, 
Health will not permit her to take so large a Journey she therefore <' xi v., l. ' 

± o •/ JlouBi* Jour- 

earnestly begs of your Honors to give leave for her to use the Waters nai, pp. 97, 98. 
at Newtown until she shall be better enabled to proceed to Reho- c h ap'. jji. 32, 
both and Your Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray 

Hannah Goldthwait 

[Read and] 

Resolved That the Prayer of the Petition be granted & that the 
Petitioner have the Liberty ask'd for. [Passed August 24. 



CHAPTER 166. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO VESSELS SAILING FROM ANY PORT IN THIS 
COLONY DURING THE RECESS OF THE COURT. 

Whereas a Resolve was passed by the General Court, on the 14 th ^fjf,.'*"™ th 
of this instant August, directing, "that from and after the 15 th Day council, 
of August instant, no Ship or Vessell should sail out of any port in m^bb?"' lt,f! ' 
this Colony, on any whaling Voyage whatever, without leave first Archives, 

had and obtained from the Great and General Court of this Colony, — — — 

or from some Committee or Committees, or persons they shall appoint nau'p 6 i02. r " 
to grant such leave." And it being necessary, that an Adjour- 4'a P ' |jo. 44 ' 

ment of this Court should soon take place, and by means thereof, 
many persons may suffer Damage for Want of such Permits there- 
fore, 

Resolved, that the Major part of the Council for this Colony 
be, and they accordingly are, hereby fully impowered to grant leave 
for any Vessell or Vessells to sail out of any port in this Colony, on 
any whaling Voyage whatever, as to them shall seem fit & reason- 
able for the Benefit of Individuals, and the Good of the Public, 
provided there be good & sufficient Security given that the Oil & 
Bone &c return [taken '] on said Voyage shall be brought into some 
Port in this Colony Except the Port of Boston [and provided '] such 
Permit do not interfere with any Resolve or Recommendation of the 
Continental Congress: The Power herein given to the major part 
of the Council, to continue only in the Recess of the General Court. 
[Passed August 24. 

1 Inserted from the House Journal, p. 102. 



74 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 1*57-169.] 



CHAPTER 167. 



RESOLVE RELATING TO BOATS OF THE COLONY TAKEN FROM HOS- 
PITAL ISLAND. 

R^fordifof th Resolved that Col Lovell be and he hereby is appointed to take 
council, care of and secure a Number of Boats belonging to the Colony lately 

xxxm., 187. — taken from the Hospital Island, and are now at Weymouth untill 
na^pp^Tioi. the further Order of the Court. [Passed August 24. 



Legislative 

Records of the 

Council, 

xxxiii.,188. 

Mass. 

Archives, 

clxiv., 19. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
clxiv., 19». 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 100, 
102. 



CHAPTER 168. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE SELECTMEN OF ROCHESTER TO HIRE 
WHALE-BOATS FOR USE AT WAREHAM AND ROCHESTER. 

To the Hon ble James Bowdoin Esq r President of the General 
Court of the Massachusetts Bay, the Selectmen of the Town of 
Wareham, humbly Sheweth, that whereas, Soldiers being Station'd 
in Said Town it is necessary that they be provided with Boats, in 
Order to hold correspondence with those Stationed on the opposite 
Islands, to go to their Assistance in case of necessity, and likewise 
to Pilot in any Vessels that may arrive on our Coasts desirous of the 
same, and as there is none procured, your Petitioners pray that Pro- 
vission may immediately be made by the Hon ble General Court 

Eben b Briggs 
Sam 1, Savery 
Noah Fearing 

[Read and] 

Resolved that the Selectmen of Said Rochester be Directed & Im- 
powered to Hire at the Expence of this Colony Six Whale Boats 
three to be placed at Wareham & three At Rochester for the Pur- 
poses mentioned in Said Petition till the further order of this Court. 
[Passed August 24. 



The Selectmen 
of W areham 



CHAPTER 169. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE REPLACING OF POWDER LENT BY SEVERAL 
TOWNS TO THE COLONY. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 188. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
clxiv., 20. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 103, 104. 
Ante, p. 26 ; 
chap. 51. 



Whereas many Towns in this Colony have been ordered by this 
Court & late Congresses to bring into the publick Magazine a part 
of their Town Stocks of amunition for the use of the American Army 
with Encouragement of having the Same replaced as soon as the 
State of the colony Magazine and the demands of the army would 
admit thereof, and great Mischief may accrue from an unnessary 
delay of this affair 

Resolved, that the Committee of Supplies be, & they hereby are 
impowered & directed to replace & deliver to the Several Towns the 
Powder that has in consequence of the above Resolves been ordered 
therefrom as Soon as the State of the colony magazine will admitt 
thereof Special Reference being had to the Towns which lie nearest 
to Boston & are contiguous to the Sea Costs. [Passed August ~4. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775—7*3. 75 



CHAPTER 170. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO THE PROVINCE TAXES FROM 1769 TO 1774. 

The Committee of both Houses appointed to consider of some Legislative 
method of calling in the Outstanding Moneys due to this Colony, cou£cu,° fthe 
beg leave to report it as their Opinions that the following Resolves £,**'"•> 189 - 
pass this Court viz 1 Archiv es, 

Eldad Taylor & Order cxxxviii '' 2 - ta - 
Resolved, That the Assessors of each Town and District, in this Archives, 
Colony, for the present Year, be required, so far as in their Power, Houle Jour-"' 
to exhibit to this Court, on the second Tuesday of its next sitting, nai, pp. 54, 98, 
the Sum total of the Assessments made on their Town or District, province ' 
for the Province Tax, from the Year 1769 to the Year 1774, inclu- S^fcgSfe. 
sively ; and to whom such Assessments were delivered. Ante, p. 13, 

And be it further c ap ' 

Resolved, That each Constable or Collector, in each Town or Dis- 
trict in this Colony, or the Executors or Administrators of any of 
them that are deceased, be required to exhibit to this Court, on the 
second Tuesday of its next sitting, the Sum total of the List com- 
mitted to him, to collect, for the Province Tax, from the Year 1769 
to the Year 1774, inclusively; and also of all Payments that have 
been made by him to the Treasurer, with the Receipts, or attested 
Copies thereof, from such Treasurer ; and that this Resolve be printed 
in Hand-Bills, one of which to be sent to each Town and District. 
And be it further 

Resolved, That the several Sheriffs of the several Counties in this 
Colony, their Under Sheriffs or Deputies, be required forthwith to 
pay unto Henry, Gardner, Esq ; Treasurer and Receiver-General for 
this Colony, all such Monies as each of them have received, and as 
are still remaining in their Hands, by Virtue of any Execution or 
Executions, against any Constable or Collector, committed to them 
by Harrison Gray, Esq; formerly Treasurer of the Province of the 
Massachusetts-Bay. 

Read and accepted. [Passed August 24. 



CHAPTER 171. 

RESOLVE APPOINTING A COM™ TO TRANSMIT PUBLIC TRANSACTIONS, 

ETC. 
In Council, Legislative 

Resolved, That William Sever, Jedediah Foster & Joseph Palmer coSncn, 
Esq" Together with Such as the Hon ble House Shall join, be a M xx f- m - 
Standing Com tee for the purpose of transmitting Weekly, or oftner Archives, 
if occasion should require, to the Delagates from this Colony at the 



Continental Congress, all the public Transactions of the Great & D ai?pp. 92^104. 
General Court, & of the Council, when the said Court is not Siting, 
and also of all such daily Occurrences, as may take place, & may in 
any manner affect this, or the United Colonies. 
In the House of Representatives 
Read & concurrd and M r D evens M r Partridge M r Lothrop & M r 
Gerry are join'd to the Committee of the Hon ble Board. [Passed 
August 24. 



76 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775—70. [Chaps. 172, 1 73.] 



CHAPTER 172 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 191. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
clxiv., 29. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 88, 81), 
104, 106. A nt<; 
p. 72, chap. Iti3. 



RESOLVE APPOINTING A COM TEE TO COLLECT AND DELIVER AN ACC T 
OF ALL CLOTHING, ETC., SUPPLIED FOR SALE TO THE ARMY. 

Resolved That Esq r Dix, Coll Thayer, & Cap' Darby be a Com- 
mittee to collect from y e Files of y e Committee of Supplies an account 
of all y e Cloathing Accoutrements & other articles by them supplied 
for Sale to y e Forces under Command of General Washington which 
were established by this Colony, & s d Committee are directed to apply 
to the Commissary of s d Forces & other proper officers by whom s d 
Cloathing &c were delivered for Copies of the Recceipts of y e same 
lS: to deliver them to y e person who shall be appointed to pay off 
s' 1 Forces so arranged that y e paymaster may at one View see y e amount 
which either Captain is to deduct from his respective Company, & 
thereby prevent any Loss of y e public Debts due from y e Soldiers 
of this Colony. [Passed August 24. 



CHAPTER 173 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 192. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
clxiv., 25. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxxxvii., 17; 
clxiv., 26, 28«. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp.102, 105. 
Ante, p. 7, 
chap. 1; p. 9, 
chap. 2. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £340.16/ FOR THE USE OF COL. EASTON'S REG r . 

The Humble Memorial, information and Petition of Timothy 
Edwards and Samuel Brown jun r Shevveth 

That they in prosecution of the service to which they were 
appointed, have Paid Billettiug Money to three Company's lately 
raised in the County of Berkshire, belonging to Col James Easton's 
Regiment; which according to the Establishm 1 of One penny p mile 
amounted to £102.7/ That five Company's are yet to be Paid, four 
of which are said to be now at Crown Point, the other now raising 
in said County which they are told are not yet full That one 

hundred Pounds only has been Ordered and delivered to them for 
this purpose; but according to what has been paid £170 will be yet 
wanting to compleat this Service That mess Potts or Kettles being 
wanted immediately, and Pots not to be bought nearer than New 
York, they have engaged 70 Tin Kettles & Eight Brass washing 
Kettles also (according to General Montgomery's recommendation) 
they have presumed to furnish Forty Tents, and shall proceed to 
furnish Thirty more, unless instructed to the Contrary That the 
Tents and Kettles were bought in Albany, for which they would 
not pass the Notes of this Colony, except upon their promise, that 
they would redeem them if required. That it appears to them of 
Importance that the Committee of Safety of the Colony of N en- 
York be consulted on this Head, as this Regiment must suffer much 
and with foundation will complain, if they should not be able to 
pass their Notes for such necessaries and conveniences as must come 
to them out of the Province of New York and further if the Com- 
mittee of Supplys should be oblig'd to redeem the Notes, which they 
have or may pass in that Province, it will give them much trouble 
and doubtless be some Expence to this Colony, That to get Coats 
for the Non Commissioned Officers and Soldiers, belonging to said 
Regiment in this part of the Country, will be attended with many 
difficulties, but from the enquiry which they have made, they appre- 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775—76. 77 

hend, that the Regiment in General would much rather take the 
Value of them in Money if paid soon, and further, that this Avould 
give p'ticular satisfaction to one Company, to whom by order of the 
Colonel, it was promised to be paid before they should March and 
that they are made quiet at present by a promise, that said Money 
should be applyed for immediately That Col Easton by written 
Orders, has directed them to furnish each Company with Carriages, 
over and above their billetting Money to transport their packs 
And as your Petitioners supposed, they had no Authority either 
by warrant or Resolve to do this, difficulty arose here also therefore 
they pray to be instructed in this matter as soon as possible that 
they are also applyed to for Sixteen Frying Pans Sixteen Fifes, 
Eight Drums & 1 stand of Col rs they pray for instruction herein like- 
wise. That they have taken much pains by applying first at Albany, 
and then to the Principal Towns in the County of Berkshire, to 
provide the 200 pounds of Powder ordered, but have Collected only 
149 pounds This is sent forwards, and they further beg leave to 
shew that by furnishing 70 Tents 70 Tin and 8 Brass Avash s Kettles 
out of the grant made to them for providing Stockings &c but a 
small part will be left for the expressed purposes of the Grant Thus 
your Memorialists as in Duty bound will ever pray 

Tim° Edwards 
Sam Brown jun r 

[Read and] 

Resolved, that the Receiver General of this Colony be & he hereby 
is directed to pay to Messr's Timothy Edwards & Sam 1 Brown Junior 
or order the Sum of three hundred & forty pounds Sixteen Shillings, 
for the use of further Supplying Col James Easton's Regiment, for 
Compleeting their Billeting for Tin & Brass Kittles Tents & frying 
pans they to be accountable to this Court for said Sum of Three 
hundred & forty pounds, sixteen shillings. [Passed August 24. 



CHAPTER 174. ggKt* 

Council, 
xxxiii., 194. 
RESOLVE ALLOWING £45. 10/ TO DANIEL PERRY. Mass. 

Archives, 
clxxiii., 4. 

Resolved that that ' M r Daniel Perry be allowed & paid out of the ^^ ■ 

publick Treasury of this Colony the Sum of forty five pound ten Archives, 
Shilling in full discharge of the within account. 2 [Passed August House Jour- 
24. nal » PP- 62 > **» 



CHAPTER 175. Kg£g»th. 

Council, 
xxxiii., 195. 
RESOLVE GRANTING £38. 13/ TO EBEN K ALLEN. Mass. 

Archives, 
clxxiii., 4a. 

Resolved that there be Granted & paid out of the publick Treasury 



of this Colony to Ebenezer Allen the Sum of thirty Eight pounds Archives, 
thirteen Shillings in full Discharge of the within ace'. 3 [Passed House '.Wr 
August 24. nai.p.ios. 

1 Sic. 

2 For spears and travelling expenses. — Mass. Archives, clxxiii., 4. 
8 For guns and travelling expenses. — Mass. Archives, clxxiii., 4 a . 



78 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 176—179.] 



CHAPTEE 176. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £5. 8/ TO GEORGE DANA. 

Resol* that there be allowed and paid out of the publick treasury 
to m r George Dana the sum of five pounds Eight shillings in full 

[Passed August 24. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 195. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
clxxiil., 5. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
clxxiii., 5. 

STppSmtc. of the Anexed account -' 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 197. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
clxiv., 30. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
clxiv., 30. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 196. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 61, 105. 



CHAPTER 177. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £37. 0. 8 TO RICH" GRIDLEY. 

Resolved that their be Granted & paid out of the publick Treas- 
urey of this Colony to Richard Gridley the Sum of Thirty Seven 
pounds & Eight pence in full Discharge of the within ace 1 .* [Passed 
August 24. 



CHAPTER 178. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 204. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 197. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 108. 



ORDER ALLOWING EXPENSES OF THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE. 

In the House of Representatives 
The list of the Members of the House, with their Travel and 
attendance was read and allowed by the House. 
In Council Read & allowed. [Passed August 24. 



CHAPTER 179. 



RESOLVE RELATING TO THE PAY OF THE ARMOURERS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 204. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
clxiv., 34. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
clxiv., 35. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 14, 19, 
9S, 100. 



We your Humble Petitioners being Armourers in the Service 
of the Province of Massachusetts Bay do desire your Honors would 
grant us our request as we have worked some considerable time, 
without any Regulation and without receiving any Pay and not 
knowing the price we work for and not having any encouragement 
to work only for the Good of our Country and as many of us, have 
family's and depend upon our "Wages for their Subsistence We 
therefore pray your Honors that you would give us immediate relief, 
by putting in a Head Armourer and paying us some Money which 
we Stand in great need of, and cannot carry on our Bus sines s and 
Live comfortably without and we therefore pray your Honors that 
you would provide some House or some Comfortable place for 
us and some person to cook for us, as one or two of us have every 

1 For boards. — Mass. Archives, clxxiii., 5. 

2 For spears, steel, etc. — Mass. Archives, clxiv., 30. 



[1st Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 



79 



day to attend the Cooking Bussiness which is detremental to the 
Country 

Benj a Guilliam 

Benj MAlllirNER 

Sam Liscom 
John Steele 
Abed° Wade 
Seth Dunbar 
Caleb Whitney 
Sam l Kenney 

[Read and] 

Resolved that the Sum of four pounds Lawfull money be paid Out 
of the Publick Treasury of this Colony to Each Armorer who has 
been Engaged in the Service afforesaid on his produceing a Certifi- 
cate of his being appointed to the Service of an armorer. [Passed 
August 24. 



John Steele j r 
Rubin Steele 
Jon a Blasdell 
Dan l Cole 
Obad" Badger 
Isaiah Eaton 
Benj a Mountfort. 



80 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7(5. [Chaps. 180-183.] 



RESOLVES, ORDERS, VOTES, ETC. 

Passed at the Session begun and held at Boston, 
on the Twentieth Day of September, A.D. 1775. 



CHAPTER 180. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 206. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 317. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 79, 108. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £2. 12. 2 TO SAMUEL FREEMAN. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the publick Treasury of this 
Colony to M r Samuel Freeman the Sum of Two pounds Twelve 
Shillings & Two pence in full of his Acco 1 for Books of Records, 
Ink, Sand Boxes &c. [Passed September 20. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 206. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 31S«. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 52, 108. 



CHAPTER 181. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £6. 12. 9 TO JOHN WALTON. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to M r John Walton the sum of Six pounds Twelve Shillings 
& Nine pence in full of his Account for Labour. [Passed September 
20. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 206. 



CHAPTER 182. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING 12/ TO JONATHAN LEARNED, JUN R . 



Mass. 
Archives, 

Hous'e 3 Jour- Resolved that their be allowed and paid out of the Publick Treas- 

nai, pp. 79, los. U ry of this Colony to Jonathan Learned jun r the Sum of Twelve 
shillings in full for Three days Labour. [Passed September 20. 



CHAPTER 183. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 207. 



Mass. 

Archives, 
ccvi., 319. 

5Kp J ?M08. [Passed September 20 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £7. 3. 4 TO BRADDYL SMITH. 



Resolved that Col Braddyl Smith be allowed and paid out of the 
Publick Treasury of this Colony the Sum of Seven pounds Three 
Shillings & Four pence in full of his account for procuring Powder. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 81 



CHAPTER 184. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £11. 4 TO JOSIAH STONE. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that M r Josiah Stone be allowed and paid out of the xxxin., 207. 
Publick Treasury of this Colony the sum of Eleven pounds Four Mass. 
shillings in full of his account for Purchasing, Collecting, and Trans- t™\.]™M,zz\. 
porting Fire Arms & Axes. {Passed September 20. nai^p/iiMUffi 



CHAPTER 185. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING 19/4 TO WILL M STICKNEY. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved that M r William Stickney be allowed and paid out of the xxxiii.,'207. 
Publick Treasury of this Colony the Sum of Nineteen Shillings and Mass. 
Four pence in full of his account for Procuring and Transporting 4vl!f 322.' 
Powder. [Passed September 20. House Jour-^ 



CHAPTER 186. SSffi?«« 

Council, 
xxxiii., 208. 
ORDER ALLOWING TWO MONTHS BILLETING, TO OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS House Jour- 
RAISED FOR DEFENCE OF THE SEA COAST. nal, p. 111. 



House Jour- 
Ordered, That there be paid out of the public Treasury of this ^^wt^bis.' 
Colony, to the Selectmen, and others appointed by Congress, to Journals of 
Billet the Officers and Soldiers, raised for the Defence of the Sea clai congress 
Coast, or to their Order, two Months Billeting of said Officers and £^412*413. 
Soldiers, from the Time of their Inlistment, according to the Rate A ^ te > p- 53 > 
established by Congress. [Passed September 21. 



CHAPTER 187. JgaK?u- 

Council, 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £20 TO ENOCH FREEMAN AND WILLIAM OWEN. Mas" 1 '' 20 ' 

Archives, 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Tresurey of this zr~ i -~ 1 ~ 

Coloney to the Honb e Enoch Freeman Esq r & M r Willm Owen Archives, 
two of the selectmen of the Town of Falmouth for the use of said House 3 Jour. 
Town the Sum of twenty Pounds in order to Enable them to supply nai, pp. 85, 108, 
the Powder ball & flints mentioned in the within Petition and the ofeachProvin. 
Tresurer is accordingly ordered to Pay the same. [Passed Sept em- of a Mass gress 
ber 21. p- «s. 'Ante 

p. 26, chap. 51. 



82 



Province Laws {^Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7G. [Chaps. 188-190.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 209. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 325, 326. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 110, 112. 



CHAPTER 188. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £24. 12. 8 TO ABNER ELLIS. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury to M r 
Abner Ellis the sum of Twenty four pounds Twelve shillings and 
Eight pence in full of his account for Fire Arms. [Passed Septem- 
ber 22. 



CHAPTER 189. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 209. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
clxxx., 138. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
clxxx., 138. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 108, 112. 
Province 
Laws, xviii., 
115, chap. 66. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE TREASURER TO PAY TO THE SELECTMEN 
OF GRAFTON 40/ PER ANNUM. 

Petition of George Gier of Grafton in the County of "Worcester 
[for the continuation of a pension by reason of injuries sustained 
after returning from the Crown Point expedition in 1758] 

[Eead and] 

Resolved That the Treasurer of this Colony pay unto the Select- 
men of the Town of Grafton for the use of the pet r within named 
the sum of Forty shillings $> annum commencing upon the first day 
of May 1774 till the further order of this Court. [Passed Septem- 
ber 22. 



CHAPTER 190. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 210. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 327. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 328. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 184, 
209,210. House 
Journal, 
pp. Ill, 113, 114. 
Province 
Laws, v., 416, 
chap. 2; 509, 
note. Ante, 
p. 72, chap. 
164. 



RESOLVE RESPECTING AUTHENTICATION OF Y E BILLS OF CREDIT. 

Whereas by an Act of this Court entituled, " An Act for making 
and Emitting of Bills of public Credit," passed the 23 d day of 
August 1775; And by a Subsequent Resolve of s d Court, on the 
following day; It is therein 

Ordered, That all the Bills of Credit therein mentioued to be 
Emitted (ten thousand of each denomination) Shou'd be authenti- 
cated, by signing & numbering, by any three of the Com tee mentioned 
in Said Act, & Resolve; And it appearing to this Court that there is 
no necessity for three Signers to the Bills of one Shilling, of two 
Shillings, of two Shillings & six pence, of four Shillings, of five 
Shillings, of Six Shillings, of Seven Shillings & Six pence, & of 
eight Shillings, mentioned in said Act & Resolve to be authenti- 
cated by three Signers, and that Such authentication, will cause an 
unnecessary delay in said Emission 

It is therefore 

Resolved, That one Thousand of said mentioned Bills of each 
denomination, from Number one to number One Thousand inclu- 
sively Shall be signed only by any two of said Com tee and that the 
remaining Nine Thousand of each denomination of Said mentioned 
Bills from number one Thousand to number ten Thousand includ- 
ing the last number, Shall be Signed only by any one of said Com tee ; 

And whereas four Thousand of the Bills of each of the larger 
denomination mention'd in said Act, Viz 1 of ten Shillings, of eleven 
Shillings, of twelve Shillings, of Seventeen Shillings, of twenty Shil- 
lings, of twenty-four Shillings, of thirty Shillings, & of forty Shil- 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 177")-7C. 83 

lings, are already Signed by three Signers, agreeable to said Act & 
Resolve ; And whereas Six Thousand of the said last mentioned Bills 
of each of the larger denomination yet remain to be Signed, 

It is therefore 

Resolved That said Six Thousand remaining Bills of each of the 
larger denominations, Shall be Signed or authenticated only by any 
Two of Said Com tec ; And That all Such Signing or authentication, 
in both these Resolves, Shall be to all intents & purposes as lawful 
& valid, as if the Same Bills had been Signed & authenticated by 
any Three of Said Com tee , any thing in said Act, or said Resolve, 
contained to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding. [Passed 
September 22. 



CHAPTER 191. 

RESOLVE AUGMENTING THE COM E TO SETTLE ACC TS OF THE COM B 
OF SUPPLIES AND GRANTING TO THEM £1,000. 

In the House of Representatives Legislative 

Resolv d that Nathan Gushing Esq r with such other as the hon bl council 9 , ° f thc 
Board shall join, be added to the Committee appointed by this g™^-' 211 - 
Court to settle such accounts of the Committee of Supplies, as yet Archives, 

remain unsettled ; and that there be paid out of the public Treasury CCY1- ' 329 ' 

to the s d Committee viz to the Hon bI Benjamen Lincoln Esq r M r Refordsof the 
William Cooper David Cheever Esq r and Nathan Cushing Esq r , and Council, Us 
such other as the Hon bl Board shall join the Sum of one thousand 209. Executive 
Pounds in order to enable them to pay and discharges' 1 accounts, counc?£ xvti!? 
they to be accountable to this Court for s d Sum. j o°uriS? use 

In Council Read & concurred, & M r Gill is joined. [Passed pp.108.i09, no, 
September 22. * 112^,113^, 



CHAPTER 192. SSMthe 

Council, 

xxxiii., 211. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £5 TO CAP T EPHRAIM JACKSON. 

Mass. 
Archives, 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this ^gisiaiive 
Colony to Cap' Ephraim Jackson the sum of Five pounds in full of Records of the 
his account for a Powder House Frame. [Passed September 22. X xxm., 1. 

House 
Journal, 
pp. 109, 112. 



CHAPTER 193. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £57. 8. 5 TO ELEAZER BROOKS. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Eleaser Brooks the sum of Fifty Seven pounds Eight JS£{ * the 
shillings & Five pence in full of his account for Two hundred and xxxiii., 211. 
Fifteen Spears. [Passed September 22. House Jour- s 

1 Under date of September 30 there appears another record of the foregoing action, so 
far as the appropriation is concerned. This latter record reads : Resolve of the House of 
a Grant of One Thousand pounds in favour of the Committee appointed to settle such 
Accounts of the Committee of Supplies, as remain Unsettled to Enable them to pay and 
discharge the same, they to be accountable to the Court for the said Sum. — Legislative 
Records of the Council, xxxiii., 232. 



84 



Province Laws (Besolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 194-197.] 



CHAPTER 194. 



Legislative 
Kecords of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 212. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 114. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £47. 4. 10 TO JOHN BROWN. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to John Brown the sum of Forty Seven pounds four shillings 
& Ten pence in full of an Order drawn in his favour by Benedict 
Arnold Esq r on the Colony. {Passed September 22. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 

xxxiii., 212. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 330-331. 
House Jour 



CHAPTER 195. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £31. 10. 4 TO LACKLAN M1NTOSH. 



Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
na^pp.Tio'itf, Colony to Lacklan M c Intosh the sum of Thirty One pounds Ten 
shillings & Four pence in full of an Order drawn in his favour by 
Benedict Arnold Esq r on the Colony. [Passed September 22. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 214. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 332, 333. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 119 Ms. 
Journals of 
each Provin- 
cial Congress 
of Mass., 
pp.244, 249,291, 
355, 405. 



CHAPTER 196. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £14. 11. 2 TO PETER COFFIN, JUN B . 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Peter Coffin jun r the Sum of Fourteen pounds, Eleven 
Shillings & Two pence in full of his account for Sundry Articles 
supplied the Inhabitants of Deer Island by Order of Congress. 
[Passed September 26. 1 



CHAPTER 197 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 

Mass"*' 21 RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON CLOTHING TO DELIVER TO 

Archives, 
cclxxxiii., 132. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 334-337. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 212. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 113, 115, 
116, 117. Ante, 
p. 41, chap. 85; 
p. 50, chap. 
106. 



CAPT. JOHN LANE SEVENTY-SEVEN COATS. 

Resolved, That the Committee of Cloathing be & they hereby are 
directed, to deliver to Cap' John Lane, Seventy seven Coats, (as 
soon as they Conveniently can.) to be by him delivered, as followeth, 
viz* one Coat to each Noncommissioned Officer & Soldier under his 
Command, the said Lane to be Accountable to this Court for the 
same. [Passed September 27. 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is September 27. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws (liesolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 85 



CHAPTEK 198. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE TREASURER TO PAY £140. 8 TO CAP T JOSEPH 

FOSTER. 

Resolved that the Receiver General be and he hereby is directed kf? l8 |? tlv f e tn 
to pay the sum of One Hundred & Forty pounds Eight shillings out Council, 
of the Publick Treasury of this Colony, unto Cap 1 Joseph Foster, to xxxlll -> - 16 - 
be by him applied for the Payment of One Months advance Wages M £?s. 
to Cap' John Lane, the Two Lieutenants, and Forty Shillings to ccvi., 338.' 
each of the Forty Nine Noncommissioned Officers and Soldiers under niii"p! i£"w*. 
his Command who have not received any advanced Pay. Also for Supra,chap. 
the Payment of Twelve shillings to each of the said Forty Nine Non- 
commissioned Officers & Soldiers in the Liue of a Blanket. The said 
Joseph Foster to be accountable to this Court for the same. [Passed 
September 27. 

CHAPTEK 199. SSKthe 

Council, 
xxxiii., 217. 
RESOLVE ALLOWING £15 FOR THE SELECTMEN OF MENDON. Maes. 

Archives, 
ccvi. 344. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury fifteen H ^ Jour — 
Pounds to Deacon Edw d Eawson for the Use of the select men of nai, p. 121. 
the Town of Mendon in full for six small arms delivered to the Com- each Provln 



mittee of Safety by the Hand of Stephen Partridge for the Use of ^ a ^ ngre8B 
the Army as appears by their recipt of July 13th 1775 amounting pp. 402, 406, 407. 
to that sum. [Passed September 27. chap. 2; p. 36, 

chap. 67. 



CHAPTER 200. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COM™ OF MILTON TO DELIVER PROPERTY Legislative 
OF THE LATE GOVERNOR HUTCHINSON TO BRIGADIER GENERAL Records of the 
THOMAS. xxxm!.217. 

Mass. 

The Committee of the Town of Milton, having in their keeping c ixxxTi 8 37». 



two Chaises & one Sulky, said to be the property of the late Gov- Mass. 
enor Hutchinson cixx^iaV 

Resolved, that said Comm ee be & hereby are directed forthwith to Legislative 
deliver said Carriages to Brigadier General Thomas, he to be account- council 8 , ° f * e 
able for the same when called upon by this Court for that purpose, xxxiii.,214. 
[Passed September 27. nai, pp. 120 lis, 



CHAPTER 201. &£»«» 

Council, 
xxxiii., 217. 
RESOLVE PERMITTING STEPHEN HUSSEY AND ELISHA COBB AND Mass. 

OTHERS TO SEND OUT VESSELS IN THE WHALE FISHERY. Archives, 

clxxx., 155. 



On the Petition of Stephen Hussey and others of Nantucket ^Mves 
and Elisha Cobb & others of Wellfleet gag^JMBfc 

Resolved. That the Petitioners abovementioned, and all others, Refordsof the 
who have Vessels fitting out for the Whale Fishery, be and they xxxm!!'2i3 bis, 
hereby are permitted to send their Vesels out on said Fishery, they '220, 221 bis. 



86 



Province Laws ( Resolves ,elc). — 1775-76. [ Chap . 202 . ] 



House Jour- 
nal, pp. 110, 
112 Ms, 116, 

118 bis, 121, 125. 
Ante, p. 56, 
chap. 121; 
p. 73, chap. 166. 



taking on board no more Provisions then is necessary for said 
Voyages, in the Judgment of the Selectmen of the Towns from 
whence they sail, and giving Bond to the Eeceiver General of this 
Colony, in the Sum of Two Thousand Pounds for each Vessel, that 
they will carry out no more Provisions, than is hereby allowed, & 
that said Vessels, with their Cargoes, return to some Port in this 
Colony, and there land the same, the Ports of Boston and Nantucket 
excepted. [Passed September 27. l 



CHAPTER 202. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 219. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 350. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 349-351. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 121, 122, 
123. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING EPHRAIM JONES, JAILKEEFER, TO LET JOSHUA 
HOW OUT OF JAIL TO WORK FOR HIS SUPPORT. 

Petition of Ephraim Jones of Concord in the County of Middle- 
sex and Keeper of the Goal in said Town Humbly Sheweth That 
one Joshua How, more then three years since was Committed to 
Goal by Order of the Superior Court, and was Sentence'd to be 
Whipt and put out and kep't to hard labour for the Term of Twenty 
Years; Since which Sentence, namely in April 1773 your Petitioner 
received a written order from the then Sheriff of the County Con- 
taining the Approbation of the Kings Attorney, to put the said How 
to any Person that might appear to take him; which your Petitioner 
did accordingly, Soon after the said How was Committed to Goal 
again for debt; your Petitioner last april received a Verbal Order 
from the said Sheriff, that when said How had Settled the debt he 
was confined upon, then to let him out to Work to any Person that 
might appear to take him; Your Petitioner has for some time past 
had Orders from the Creditor, not to hold said How any longer on 
his debt; but as the Kings Attorney and the Sheriff are considered 
as out of Office, and the said How very poor and Almost Naked for 
want of Cloathing, and the Goal crowded with other Prisoners, there- 
fore your Petitioner Earnestly prays the advise and direction of 
this Hon be Court. 

The Committee appointed to Consider the within Petition of 
Ephraim Jones, having considered the same together Avith the Rela- 
tion which the said Ephraim gives of the Settlement of the Execu- 
tion upon which the said Joshua How was Committed since the 
order or Lyscence of David Phipps the late Sheriff for the County 
of Middlesex dated Nov r 6 th 1773 supposing such declaration of the 
said Ephraim's to be true, Beg leave to Report by way of Resolve. 

Resolved that the Said Epraim be permitted and Directed to Let 
the Said Joshua How out to Work for any Person who Shall Employ 
him for his Support untill the further Order of this Court, provided 
he be now held & detained in the said Goal at Concord by no process 
or Judgment of Court other than the Sentence of the Superiour 
Court first mentioned in the within Petition. [Passed September 28. 

1 On the following day it was " Resolved " that one of the schooners in question, belong- 
ing to John Webb of Boston, be detained where she now is, with her Tackling & Stores 
now on board, until the further Order of this Court. — Legislative Records of the Council, 
xxxiii., 221; Mass. Archives, clxxx., 152^. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 87 



CHAPTER 20 3 Legislative 

^ xx ■**• x - 1 - -^ xv ^ ^ ♦-» • Records of the 

l oil licll, 

■vYYjii ■>•»•> 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE TREASURER TO PAY £12 TO DAVID FOSTER. Mass. 

Archives, 
ccvi., 352. 



Resolved that the Receiver General be and he hereby is directed 
to pay out of the Publick Treasury the sum of twelve Pounds to Archives, 
m r John Turner for the Use of the Petitioner [David Foster], as a HouseJour 
Pension Granted to the Said Petitioner by the General Court of this nai, pp. 120.123, 
Colony on the 7 of June in the year 17G3 as by the Journals may Laws, xvii!? 06 
appear and Which became due on the seventh of June Last and so 395, chap. 37. 
Annually till the further order of this Court. [Passed September 28. 



CHAPTER 204. 

RESOLVE GRANTING MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO THE INHABITANTS OF 
MARTHA'S VINEYARD. 

Resolved. That there be raised in the Island of Marthas Vinyard, R egisl d ativ f e t h 
two Companies, to Consist of Fifty men Each, Including their council, 
officers, said Companies, to be station d uppon the sea Coast, on that Mass"*' 224 " 
Island, According to the direction of the field Officers, of the regi- Archives, 

ment of Militia, of said Island, or the major part of them, the said — — — 

two Companies, to be under the same Establishment, the forces Archives, 
raised in this Colony for the defence of the Sea Coast are as to pay, ?, cvi -' 35 , 5 - 358 - 

*j ± j * Jrlous6 Jour- 

Subsistance and ammunition and Every Soldier, in the said two nai.pp.121.123, 
Companies, shall furnish himself with A good and Sufficient firelock p^.d-iap. 56; 
[and] Bayonet and no man shall be mustered as a Soldier, who is not p- 81 » cha P- 
so furnished, said two Companies, to Continue in Service, till the 
first day of December next, unless before that time dismiss d by the 
Orders of this Court, and that the field officers of the Eegiment of 
Militia of said Island be and they hereby are Impowered to Isue 
beating Orders for the raising said Companies to such persons as 
they can recommend to be Commissionated and muster those Com- 
panies when raised. [Passed September 28. 



CHAPTER 205. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING EPHRAIM JONES, GOAL KEEPER, TO ADVERTISE 
THE ESCAPE OF CERTAIN PRISONERS, TO OFFER A REWARD FOR 
THEIR APPREHENSION, AND TO BRING CERTAIN PERSONS BEFORE 
THE HOUSE TO ANSWER AS TO THEIR ESCAPE. 

In the House of Eepresentatives Legislative 

Whereas Cap 1 Ephraim Jones of Concord (Keeper of the Goal ctZm,° tihQ 
there) hath Just Eepresented to this house that Josiah Jones, Jona- ^*** iL » 227 - 
than Hicks, and William Likely were by the late Congress Committed Archives, 

to Goal in that Town, and that the Said Jones Hicks & Likely did CCYi " 363 / 

some time last Night brake Goal and make their escape ktcords'of the 

Therefore Council, 

Resolved that the Said Ephraim Jones do immediately Advertize House JouV 
the said Jones Hicks & Likely in all the News papers Published in f^'j^" ilfef 3, 
this Colony Describing their age Stature Dress and Countenance 



88 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7(>. [Chaps. 206,207.] 



offering a Eeward of Three Pounds, besides other Necessary Charges 
to any Person or Persons who shall Apprehend & Deliver into his 
Custody each or either of Said persons and to Offer the like re- 
ward to any Person who Shall Discover to him any Person who may 
be Convicted of being Accessary to their escape 

And it is further 

Ordered that the said Ephraim Jones do immediately Take into 
Custody and bring before this House the Rev d Asa Dunbar and 
Simeon Jones of Weston that they may be inquired of Conserning 
such escape. 

In Council Read & concurred. [Passed September 28. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 221. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 359-362. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxii., 110 Ms. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 57, 73, 
99, 117, 123, 125. 
Journals of 
each Provin- 
cial Congress 
of Mass., 
pp. 322, 337, 348, 
368, 369. 



CHAPTER 206. 

RESOLVE AUTHORIZING THE SELECTMEN OF BRAINTREE TO TAKE 
POSSESSION OF THE ESTATE OF THE LATE JOHN BORLAND. 

In consequence of " Two several Resolves of the late Provincial 
Congress, dated the 16 th & 21 st of June past, respecting the Property 
and Estates of such persons who had left their Habitations in the 
Country and taken Refuge with our Enemys." 

Resolved that The Selectmen of the Town of Braintree be, and 
they hereby are fully Authorized and impowered immediately to 
enter upon, and take possession of the Estate of the late John Bor- 
land Esq r deceased, situate in Braintree, in the County of Suffolk, 
both real & personal, and that they improve the same in the best 
manner they can, till the further Order of this Court, any Resolve 
of the late Congress to the Contrary notwithstanding, they to be 
accountable to this Court for the protiits ariseing therefrom. 
[Passed September 29. l 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 228. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 364. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 364, 364a. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 123, 126. 
Province 
Laws, xviii., 
150, chap. 76. 



CHAPTER 207. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £8 ANNUALLY TO WILLIAM SNELL. 

Resolved that the Petitioner a be allowed a Pension of Eight Pounds 
annually the Same to Be Drawed Out of the Publick Treasurey of 
this Colony and to Be Paid one year ending the 20 th of December 
1 TT4 As By the Journals of the House of Representatiues for the year 
17GG Will appear. [Passed September 29. 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council and the House Journal the date is September 28. 

2 "William Snell of Bridgewater in the County of Plymouth . . . A provincial Soldier 
in the year 1762 at the retaking of Newfound Land." From the petition. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws (liesolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 89 



CHAPTER 208. SRlST 

Maes. 

RESOLVE ORDERING THE TREASURER TO PAY £13.4 TO SOLOMON ^'"V; ? 

AUNAHHAUNAWWAUNMUT. ~ 

M.i--. 

Archives, 

A Petition of Solomon [Jhhawnauwaunmut, chief Sachem of the L^sTattve 810 ' 



iegie 
Moheannock, or Stockbridge Indians, praying an Allowance for ser- Records of the 

vices performed in Consequence of a Letter he received from the xxxii.,k,289; 
Provincial Congress, 1 Executive 9 ' 

[Read and] Records ofthe 

Resolved That the Treasurer of this Province be and he hereby is ni. House " 
ordered to pay the said Solomon the sum of Thirteen pounds four Journal > i J - 127 - 
shillings in full for his services mentioned in his Petition. [Passed 
September 29. 

CHAPTER 209. 

RESOLVE EMPOWERING THE COMMITTEE OF CORRESPONDENCE FOR 
FALMOUTH TO LICENSE THE INHABITANTS OF NANTUCKET TO PUR- 
CHASE PROVISIONS AND SUPPLIES. 

Petition of the Selectmen of the Town of Sherburne on the Legislative 
Island of Nantucket In behalf, and at the Bequest of many of the ^om^n of lhe 
Inhabitants thereof Sheweth xxxffi.,'229. 

That your Petitioners some time past presented their Memorial Archives, 
to you in General Court Assembled, representing among Other clxxx -» 132a - 
things their apprehensions that some designing men had made false ^ScMves 
representations of the Inhabitants of this Island ; which probably cixxx., 86, 132. 
produced the Resolve of the late Provincial Congress, forbidding all Records of the 
necessary Supplies being brought to this place; and notwithstanding xxxn C %2 
we hoped those misrepresentations had been in good measure cleared House Jour- 
Up to your Satisfaction, yet we find the Resolve still remains in 4^ uo p iia,' 12H 
force, and a Strict adherence is paid Thereto ; ofeachProvin 

Therefore we desire you would take the matter into your serious ciai Congress 
consideration, and remit the severity of said Resolve, so far as to p P . sfsfsk, 447, 
Suffer the Necessarys of Life to be brought us for the Use of our * 70 j 4 ^hll' n- 
domestick Concerns, and likewise for the Whale fishery so far as we p! m) chap. 90! 
shall Obtain Permission to prosecute that branch of Business, and 
as in duty bound shall ever Pray. 

Whereas it has been Represented to this Court by y e Selectmen 
of the Town of Sherburne on Nantucket, that y e Inhabitants of that 
Island are likely to be reduced to great Difficulty and distress by 
y e Severity of a Restriction laid on their purchasing necessary Sup- 
plies from y e Continent, and as this Court are far from being desirous 
of laying unnecessary restrictions and Burdens on y e people of that 
Island therefore 

Resolv* that y e Committee of Correspondence for y e town of 
Falmouth in y e County of Barnstable be and they hereby are em- 
powered & Directed, by written permits under their hands, to grant 
Licence to s d Inhabitants to purchase, so much provision & other 
necessary Supplies, as is sufficient for their internal consumption, 
an[d] for those voyages which they may prosecute consistant with 
the Resolves of Congress, & of this Court, & no more. s d permits 
shall specify y e Quantities each person has Liberty to purchase, and 

1 See Legislative Records of the Council, xxxii., 44. 



90 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 210, 211.] 



it is Kecommended to the Inhabitants of this Colony to sell to s d 
Inhabitants of Nantucket such supplies on their producing s a 8 d ' 
permits &not otherwise; any Eesolve of the Provinical Congress to 
the Contrary notwithstanding and it is Recommended to 8 d 

Committee with their neighbouring Committees of correspondance 
that in case they shall receive, credible inteligence y l y e Supplies 
thus purchased & transported are sold at any other market than s a 
Island or disposd of to the ministerial fleet or army, or any con- 
nected with them; that they give y e earliest notice thereof to this 
Court. [Passed September 29. 



CHAPTER 210. 



RESOLVE PERMITTING SALE OF IMPORTED GOODS AFTER 10™ OCT R 1775. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 231. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 366. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxi., 43, 44. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 115,121, 
126. Journals 
of each Pro- 
vincial Con- 
gress of Mass., 
pp. 57, 58. 
Ante, p. 9, 
chap. 2; p. 14, 
chap. 13; p. 21, 
chap. 33. 



Whereas a late Congress of this Colony, did on the fifth Day of 
December last, pass a Resolve prohibiting the Sale of all Goods that 
were imported from Great Britain or Ireland, Molasses, Syrups, 
Paneles, Coffee or Piemento from the British Plantations, or from 
Dominice, Wines from Madeira or the Western Islands, after the 10 th 
of October 1775, And as the Reasons for passing said Resolve, do 
not subsist, 

Therefore 

Resolved That any Person or Persons whatsoever having in their 
Custody, any of the abovemention'd Goods, be & they hereby are 
permitted to make Sale and dispose of said Goods in this Colony, 
as usual, after the said tenth Day of October next, anything in the 
aforemention'd Resolve to the contrary notwithstanding. And that 
this Resolve be publish'd in the Cambridge Watertown & Worcester 
Papers And it is recommended to the Committees of Corre- 

spondence Inspection or Safety, in the several Towns in this Colony, 
and where no such Committees are appointed the Selectmen of such 
Towns, that they take proper care that no undue advantage is taken 
in the Sale of Goods, but that all Persons making Sale thereof 
strictly adhere to the Resolve of the Continental Congress respecting 
the Sale of Goods and Merchendeze. [Passed September 30. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 232. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 367. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 230. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 118, 130. 
Journals of 
each Provin- 
cial Congress 
of Mass., 
p. 757. 



CHAPTER 211. 

RESOLVE FIXING THE TITLE TO THE LAWS OF THE COLONY PASSED 
AT THE LAST SESSION. 

Resolved that the Introduction to the Acts of this Colony passed 
the last Session, be in the words following Viz Acts and Laws 
passed by the great and General Court or Assembly of the Colony 
of the Massachusetts Bay, begun and held at Watertown upon 
Wednesday the Nineteenth day of July 1775. [Passed September 30. 

1 Sic. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 91 



CHAPTER 212. 

ORDER ALLOWING £10 TO EDW" MANCHESTER. 

Ordered that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to William Davis for the Use of Edward Manchester the cSn f ofthe 
Sum of Ten pounds for Two years Pension to September 1775 and x xxiii.,'232. 
that the said Edward Manchesters name be entered in the List Executive 
of Pensioners of the General Court for Eive pounds Annually.' council, xvii.^ 
[Passed* September 30. m * m - 



CHAPTER 213. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £1.6.4 TO JOHN PITTS, ESQ*. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this Legislative 

Colony, to John Pitts Esq r the sum of One pound Six shillings & g~g" of the 

four pence, in full of his account of Expences 2 supplied a Committee xxxm.,'233. 

of the General Court. [Passed October 2. House Jour- 

L nal, pp.46, 131. 



CHAPTER 214. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £2 TO EBENEZER SWAN. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Ebenezer Swan, the sum of Two pounds in full of his couSoh ° f the 
Account for One doz n of Chairs for the Use of the Hospital at xxxiiL.'m 
Cambridge. \ Passed October 2. House Jour. 

L nal, p. 131. 



CHAPTER 215. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £40 TO THE HEBREW INSTRUCTOR AT HARVARD 

COLLEGE. 

Resolv d that there be granted and allow d to be paid out of the Legislative 
public Treasury to M r Stephen Sewall, Hancock Professor of the council 8 , ° f the 
Hebrew and other Oriental Languages, at Harvard College, the Sum xxxiii.,235. 
of forty Pounds, as a Gratuity, in Consideration of his faithful dis- Archives, 

charge of the great and important Trust reposed in him for one CCY1 -> 3 '°- 

Year. [Passed October 3. SSSfisu. 

1 Not found in the House Journal. 

2 " Of a committee of this House to Salem.' 1 '' — House Journal, p. 46. 



92 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps, 216-l' 19.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 235. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 371. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 128, 135. 
Ante, p. 13, 

chap. y. 



CHAPTER 216. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £150 TO THE TREASURER. 

Resclv d that there be granted and allow d to be paid out of the 
public Treasury to Henry Gardner Esq r Treasurer, and Receiver 
General of this Colony the Sum of one hundred and fifty Pounds, 
in part for his Services for the Current year. [Passed October 3. 



CHAPTER 217. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £100 TO THE PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY AT HAR- 
VARD COLLEGE. 

Resolv d that there be granted and allow d to be paid out of the 
public Treasury to M r Edward Wigglesworth, Holisian Professor of 
Divinity at Harvard College, the Sum of one hundred Pounds, as a 
Gratuity in Consideration of his faithful Discharge of the great and 
important Trust reposed in him, for one year, ending the twenty 
[Passed October 8. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 236. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 372. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 128, 135. fifth Day of Jan y last 



CHAPTER 218. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £100 TO THE PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS AT 
HARVARD COLLEGE. 

Resolv d that there be granted and allow d to be paid out of the 
public Treasury to the Hon e John Winthrop Esq r L.L.D. Holisian 
Professor of the Mathematicks and Natural Philosophy at Harvard 
College, the Sum of one hundred Pounds as a Gratuity, in Con- 
sideration of his Faithful discharge of the great and important Trust 
nai, pp. i2s, 135. reposed in him for one year, ending the thirteenth Day of Jan y last. 
[Passed October 3. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 238. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvL, 373. 



CHAPTER 219. 



RESOLVES RELATING TO THE CAPTURE AND DISPOSAL OF THE 
SCHOONER INDUSTRY AND HER CARGO. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 236. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccxiv., 254. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
clvii., 5(16-11; 
clxiv., 194; 
clxxx., 274; 
ccxiv., 348-266; 
cclv., 148. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 230. 



The Committee appointed by both Houses to take under Con- 
sideration the Capture and disposal of the Schooner Industry (Francis 
Butler Master) and her Cargo, beg leave to Report the following 
Resolves. 

Resolved, That the Committee of Correspondence of the Town of 
Marblehead, be, and they hereby are directed to return an Inventory 
of the s d Cargo to this Court on oath, and cause said Cargo, to be 
sold at Publick Vendue, and after paying the necessary Charges, of 
taking care of said Vessel and Cargo, and the sale of the same, that 
they bring or cause to be brought the remainder of the mouey, that 
s d Cargoe may sell for into the Publick Treasury of this Colony, 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 93 

taking the Treasurers receipt for the same, there to be held 'till J, I .|j , '7 ) ' 1 , .Tii<j 
further order of the General Assembly of this Colony; That the welm'. Ante] 
money on board, said, Schooner to be the property of some Inhab- ''' 14,, ' li:i ''- 11 
itants of Boston, be also delivered to the said Treasurer taking his 
receipt therefor, that this Court may have opportunity to determine 
on the propriety of delivering the same, whenever the owners shall 
appear. And it is further 

Resolved that the Committee of Correspondence be directed, to 
have the said Schooner apprized by three Persons under Oath, and 
that they make return of said apprizement, to this Court as soon as 
may be and that the same Schooner be delivered to the Order of 
His Excellency General Washington for Him to improve as an armed 
Vessel, he giving a receipt for the same a duplicate of which shall 
be lodged in said Treasurers office It is also further 

Resolved that the Men who were present aiding and assisting in 
the Capture of said Vessel shall be allowed out of the Publick Treas- 
ury such sums as this Court shall hereafter determine They proving 
by a certificate from s d Committee to the satisfaction of this Court 
that they were so assisting. [Passed October 4. 1 



CHAPTEK 220. 

RESOLVES RELATING TO THE CAPTURE AND DISPOSAL OF THE BRIG- 

ANTINE DOLPHIN. 

The Committee Appointed by both Houses to take under Con- Legislative 
sideration the Capture and disposal of the Briganteen Dolphin, Wil- councu 3 of the 
liam Wallace Master, beg leave to Eeport the following Resolves xxxm., 237. 

Resolved. That the Committee of Safety for the Town of Glocester Archives, 

be and they hereby are directed to deliver the Master of said Vessel ccvl -» 3i)2 - 

his wearing Apparrel and Cabbin Furniture, and that they also de- Kecordifonhe 
liver the Mate and foremost Hands thereof, any small property or council, 
Adventure that they may have on board And that the said Com- House Jour- 
mittee of Safety, as soon as may be, return a true Inventory of the ^ 1 ' p ^'„ 1 ^ 1 ' 136 ' 
said Cargo to this Court under Oath, and that they cause the same p- 9. chap.' 2. 
except what is to be deliver'd as aforesaid, to be sold at Public 219!" a ' c ap * 
Vendue, and to bring or cause to be brought the Money the same 
may produce, into the Public Treasury of this Colony, and take the 
Treasurers Receipt for the same, there to be held 'till some further 
Order of the General Court. 

And it is further 

Resolved That the said Committee of Safety be directed to have 
the same Brigantine apprised by three Men under Oath, and that 
they make return of said apprisement to this Court as soon as may 
be And that the said Brigantine be deliver'd to His Excel- 

lency General W T ashingtons Order for him to improve her as an 
Armed Vessel for Defence of the Country, he giving his Receipt for 
the same, a Duplicate of which Receipt said Committee is directed 
to lodge in the Treasurers Office aforesaid 

And it is further 

Resolved That there shall be allowed out of the Public Treasury 
to those Persons who were present and assisting in the Capture of 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council, and the House Journal the date is October 3. 



94 



Province Laws (Itesolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 221,222.] 



said Vessel, such Sum as this Court shall hereafter determine, they 
proving by a Certificate from said Committee or otherwise to the 
satisfaction of this Court, that they were so assisting. [Passed 
October 4. 1 



Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 23S. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 385. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 134. 
Ante, p. 14, 
chap. 13; p. 21, 
chap. 33. 



CHAPTER 221. 

RESOLVES GRANTING TO GOODS TAKEN AWAY ON THE DAY OF THE 
BATTLE AT CHARLESTOWN. 

Whereas the Com tee of Inspection for the Town of Londonderry 
have Collected a considerable quantity of AVearing Apparrell house- 
hold furniture and other Articles that were taken away on the day 
of Battle at Charlestown and have sent them to Watertown and 
delivered them into the hands of M r Richard Devons and Whereas 
it is probable That wearing Apparrell Household furniture and other 
goods were taken from Charlestown and other places at the time 
aforesaid and may be in divers Towns in this Colony and the Neigh- 
boring Colonys and Provinces It is therefore 

Resolved That the Com tce of Correspondence and Com tees of Inspec- 
tion in each Town in this Colony and in each Town in the Neighbor- 
ing Colonys and Provinces and where no such Com tct ' 8 are the Select- 
men of each Town be desired to make enquiry and Search for any 
Apparrell or goods of any sort brought amongst them belonging to 
the Inhabitants of Boston or Charlestown or any other Towns at or 
after the time aforesaid and that they advertise in the public news 
papers all such goods as may from time to time come to their hands 
that the owners thereof may know where to apply for the same 

And it is further 

Resolved That the said Richard Devons be directed to deliver the 
goods now in his possession to those persons that shall make out to 
his Satisfaction their property in them they paying a proportionable 
part of the Charge of Collecting and bring 8 the same to Watertown. 
[Passed October 4. 



CHAPTER 222. 



RESOLVE IMPOWERING THE COURT OF SESSIONS OF DUKES COUNTY 

TO RAISE A TAX. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 240. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 387. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 388. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 133, 138. 
Province 
Laws, xviii., 
812, chap. 23. 



Whereas the Treasurers Acc ts for the County of Dukes County 
ware exaibited att the General Court of this Province in order for 
approbation att may term 1774 and S d general Court Being Disolved 
By Reason of which Said Acc ts Could not Be Approved 

Therefore 

Resolved that the Court of General Sessions of the Peace For S d 
County Be and thay hereby are Empowered att there next Sessions 
to Rase a tax for Said County in the Same manner and for the Same 
Purpuses as the Law Empowered Said Court to Do Provided Said 
acc t9 had Been approved at the general Court aforesaid. [Passed 
October 4. 



1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council and the House Journal the date is October 3. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 95 



CHAPTER 223. 

RESOLVE GRANTING 4/ PER DIEM TO THE SPEAKER. 

In the House of Representatives Legislative 

Resolved. That there he granted and allowed to be paid out of the council, 01 "' 
Public Treasury to the Hon. James Warren Esq the Sum of four m**" 1- ' 240, 
shillings per diem for every Day of his attendance in the General Archives, 
veral Sessions over and above his pay as a Mem- ccv1- ' m ' 



Court during its several Sessions over and above his pay 
ir of this House 
In Council Read & Concurred. [Passed October 4. 



ber of this House SSSSiss. 



CHAPTER 224. BSSffSo,. 

Council, 
xxxiii., 241. 
RESOLVE GRANTING £1. 12 TO JAMES SULLIVAN. 



Mass. 
Archives, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this ^-"'lathr 
Colony to James Sullivan the sum of One pound Twelve Shillings Records of the 
in full of his Account of Expences in going to the Congress of New m n House x1 '' 
Hampshire. [Passed October 4. '\Tnfm 

Journals of 
each Provin- 
cial Congress 
of Mass., 

CHAPTER 225. pp. 135, us, m 

Legislative 
RESOLVE GRANTING £4. 16. 8 TO BRIANT MORTON. Councif, ° f th ° 

xxxiii., 241. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Briant Morton the sum of Four l pounds Sixteen Shillings c^uncff, of the 
and Eight pence in full of his Account of Expences in procuring g sxii ; , | 7 ' 2 - , 
Whale Boats for the Colony. [Passed October 5. nai, pp. 139, 141. 

Journals of 
each Provin- 

cial Congress 

of Mass.,p.5Ul. 

CHAPTER 226. 

RESOLVE FORBIDDING BOATS TO PASS AND REPASS THE CHELSEA 

FERRY. 

Whereas this Court has reason to apprehend that the Small Legislative 
Pox prevails in the Town of Boston, whereby great danger is appre- councif, 
bended of spreading that Distemper through the Country by the m^ 11 "' 243 ' 
Ferry at Chelsea, being open for the Transportation of the Poor Archives, 

and other Inhabitants of the Town of Boston into the Country And CCY1- ' 398 ' 

whereas General Gage does not comply with the just expectations na°i"pt> J i°3:u4i. 
of this Court, that the said Inhabitants with their Effects shou'd $£ e > jj 16 » 
come out indiscriminately, but perverts the Communication to pur- 
poses that may prove dangerous to the Community, 

Therefore 

Resolved, That the Committee appointed to attend at Chelsea, 
be order'd to retire and give no further attendance, and that no Boats 

1 House Journal, p. 141, and Executive Records of the Council, xvii., 122, read, 
£14. 16. 8. 



96 Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 227.] 

pass and repass the Ferry from and to Boston And whenever 

it shall appear to this Court, that General Gage is disposed to com- 
ply with his engagement for a general liberation of the Inhabitants 
of Boston & their Effects, this Court will be ready to receive and 
make suitable Provision for said Inhabitants. [Passed October 5. 



CHAPTER 227. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO VESSELS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY THE 
PEOPLE AT THE EASTWARD. 

wfiiJ^I+M^ Whereas some Persons in order to break through the Association 

Records of the . i/~» • i/^ • t t t « * 1 • n 

council, entered into by the Continental Congrss 111 behalf of their Con- 

xxxni., > — stituents and to Contravene the Resolutions of the late Congress of 
Archives, this Colony have Ordered their Vessels into the Eastern parts of this 
Le Vi {si 3 . 9 ti' province, and the good People there have been at great expence and 

Records of the Trouble in coming to and attending on the General Court, to take 
xxxiii!!'24o. Necessary Orders for the disposal of such Vessels by them so taken 
House Jour- i n to Custody. And Whereas to ease the People of this Expence, 'it 
144.' Journals becomes necessary in the Present Exigency of Publick Affairs, to 
cfaTcongress"" have a more certain enquiry made into the Reason of such Captures 
of A .3?o 8 o',, before the General Court shall take them under Consideration. It 

pp.313, 314. . 

Ante, p. 9, is 1 herelore 

chap! i^; P p. 1 2i, Resolved that Samuel Jordan Esq r Daniel Merrit, Alexander Camp- 
ch ££'ch] Post ' bell, William Nichols, John Bayne, John Springer, Joseph Wood, 
u~."' ' James Richardson, Adam Cogswell, Thomas Stincon, John Bate- 
man, Thomas Millikin, and Ivory Hovey be a Committee untill the 
further Order of this or some future General Court of this Colony, 
any Nine of whom to be a Quorum, to examine into the Reason and 
Justness of the Capture of any Vessel or Vessels, that have been or 
may be taken into Custody by any Committee of Inspection, Safety 
or Correspondence of any Town Place, or district, or other person 
between Penobscott and Machias, and may Order any Vessel or 
Vessels so taken to be discharged or held According to the Nature 
of the Charge and Evidence against them. And in such Cases where 
the said Committee shall order the detention of any Vessel taken 
into Custody as above expressed, they are required as soon as may 
be, to transmit an Account of their doings to this Court, setting 
forth the Nature of the Case with the Circumstances attending 
it. Provided always that when any Committee of Inspection, Safety, 
or Correspondance of any Town district, or place within the Limits 
aforesaid, or any owner or master of any Vessel so taken and de- 
tained shall be agree'd at the determination of said Committee by 
this Court, appointed, such Committee of any Town place or district, 
or owner, or Master of any such Vessel or Vessels, may bring their 
Cause at their expence before the General Court of this Colony, 
where they shall be heard, and have the Order or determination of 
said Committee by this Court appointed reversed if the same shall 
appear to said Court to be Unreasonable and Unjust to which end 
the said Committee are required to furnish any Committees or Other 
person or persons agrieeved by their determination, in any Instance 
with Copies of their proceedings, the same being demanded. 
[Passed October 6. 1 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is October 5. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 97 



CHAPTER 228. {£<£. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £3.6 TO JOSEPH WHEELER. 



Council, 
xxxiii.,244. 

Mass. 
Archives, 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this ^^' 40 i : 
Colony to Joseph Wheeler the sum of Three pounds Six shillings in nai, pp. 109," 
full of his account for Shingles for the Use of the Powder House, j, 42 ^, chap. 
[Passed October 6. ™- ' 



CHAPTER 2 2 9. Legislative 

^ x x ■ £X A -»- J-< J-M ai *j «/ . Records of the 

Council, 

wxiii 244 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £137. 9. 6 TO JOHN THOMAS, ESQ". Mass. 

Archives, 

cevi., 399. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the publick Treasury Unto ^^ 

John Thomas Esq r the sum of one hundred thirty seven pounds Archives, 
Nine shillings & Six pence In full for Keeping the Light house House Jour. 
Eighteen Months and supplying the same with wood oyl charcoal j™ 1 - p &ivtnce 
&c. \ Passed October 6. Laws, iv., 992, 

u chap. 22; 1005, 

notes. 



CHAPTEE 230. 

RESOLVE DISMISSING JEREMIAH POTE & THOMAS WIRE FROM ATTEND- 
ANCE AT THE GENERAL COURT, ON A CHARGE OF VIOLATING A RE- 
SOLVE OF CONGRESS. 

Petition of Jeremiah Pote and Thomas Wire, humbly Sheweth £ egis '? tiv ? . 
that they being Accused by the Committee of Inspection of the council, 
Town of Falmouth, of Counteracting the Association of the late ^s^Maefs 5 .' 
Honourable Congress of this Colony by sending dry fish to the West Archives, 



Indias, are desirous of having their Cause before the General Court, 
as soon as may be, that their Conduct may appear in it's true light, Archives, 
wherby they hope to be delivered from all Suspicions of being Enemies ^ftg^^ifc. 
to their Country; and they beg leave to assure this Honourable latfve Records 
Court, that they think they have, and still do design Religiously X xxi?., 4 6?4T; ' 
to adhere to, and pursue every measure that is or shall be ordered 2^^ House 
for the defence of American Liberty and they in duty bound shall Journal, 

T) PP. 133, 135 Ms, 

ever Pray ffi. A ' nte , 

[On report of a committee appointed to examine the matter, it ^.jfi'^^yg 
was found that] chap. 227. 

The said Pote in Excuse for his so doing, says he never had seen 
said Resolve of Congress, but had heard of it, but as they were in 
another Colony thought that Resolve could not be binding upon 
him, but soon after was Convinced of his Error, and is heartily 
Sorry for the Offence he has given in that Transaction, and has 
since and will Religiously observe the Resolves of this Colony and 
the Continental Congress it does not appear to your Committee 
that the said Wyer ever heard of said Resolve at that time. 

Thereupon 

Resolved that the said Pote & Wyer be dismissed from any further 
Attendance on this Court. [Passed October 6. 



98 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 231-234.] 



CHAPTER 231. 



RESOLVE APPOINTING DEACON SAM L FISK TO RECEIVE ALL FIRE 
ARMS MADE FOR THE COLONY. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 247. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 421. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxii., 74, 75; 
xxxiii., 233. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 84, 110, 
127, 128, 130, 139, 
140 bis, 143, 144, 
140. Journals 
of each Pro- 
vincial Con- 
gress of Mass." 
pp. 335, 336. 
Ante, p. 85, 
chap. 199. 



Ill the House of Representatives 

Whereas a number of Fire Arms have been purchased by this 
Colony, and no Person apointed whose proper Business it is to re- 
ceive & take charge of the same. Therefore 

Resolved That Deacon Samuel Fisk of Watertown be and he 
hereby is authorised & directed, to receive into his Possession such 
Fire Arms and Accoutrements as have been, or may be purchased 
for the Use of this Colony, and give his Receipt for the same; which 
Receipt shall be lodged with the Clerk of this House before any 
further allowance be made for the payment for said Arms ; And said 
Samuel Fisk shall deliver said Arms to the Order of the Major Part 
of the Council only, and shall be accountable to this or some future 
General Court for his Conduct in said Office. 

In Council Read & concurred. [Passed October 7. 



CHAPTER 282. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 247. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 417. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 418. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 117, 144. 
Province 
Laws, xviii., 
604, chap. 148. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £3 AND A FURTHER SUM OF £3 ANNUALLY TO 

JOHN SIMONS. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the publick Treasury of this 
Colony, into the Hands of the Hon. Walter Spooner Esq r the Sum 
of three Pounds, for the use of the within mentioned John Simons, 
in full, to the Month of June last, for the Pension usually allowed 
the Petitioner. And that the like Sum of three Pounds be allowed 
s d Petitioner annually in the like manner during the Pleasure of 
this Court. [Passed October 7. 



CHAPTER 233. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 247. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 419. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp.125, 144. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £145. 2. 6 TO CHARLES HALL. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Charles Hall the Sum of One Hundred and Forty-five 
pounds Two shillings & Six pence in full of Account for Baking for 
the Army of this Colony. [Passed October 7. 



CHAPTER 234. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 24S. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £11. 11. 6 TO ELIPHALET HILL. 



Resolved that there be paid out of of ' the Publick Treasury of 
House Jour- this Colony to Eliphalet Hill £11. 11. 6 in full of his Account as 
nai,pp.i34,i45. pogt Rider and k ee pmg the Province Horses. [Passed October 7. 

1 Sic. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7*;. 99 



CHAPTEE 235. Mu tiTe 

ol the l ouncll, 

XX Kill.. 248. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE TO 

BRING IN A MILITIA BILL. Bfflffiita 

Council, 

Resolved that Captain Bacheldor, and Major Smith be a Com- ^aj^ 
mittee to bring in a militia Bill in the Room of Colonel Godfrey '^"Y^'i'il'i-'r' 
and Colonel Potter who are absent. [Passed October 7. ub w». 



CHAPTER 236. 

RESOLVES COMMITTING CERTAIN PERSONS TO JAIL AND RELEASING 
OTHERS AND ORDERING A BRIGANTINE DELIVERED TO THE OWNERS. 

The Committee of both Houses appointed on the Petition of Legislative 
Thomas Crandon and Nathaniel Hammond, and also on the appli- council, 

cation made by the Committee of Correspondence for the Town of xxxm -» 246 - 

Dartmouth, have attended that service and beg leave to Report, as Archives 
their Opinion that four of the Prisoners therein named Viz Edward ccvi., 4orUo3. 
Webb, Thomas Newman, Charles Clarke and John Wooden, be forth- Records of the 
with sent to some Goal in this Colony there to be Confined untill ^™ j ? il ' 243 
the further Order of this Court: and the other two appearing to be 2*4. House 
empressed Men Viz Benjamin Bowers and John Burn, therefore pp. 142, i4o, ue. 
Report that they be discharged Also Report that the Brigantine 
mentioned by said Committee, say'd to be the Property of Henry 
Bowers & Henry Bowers jun r be forthwith discharged, and delivered, 
to the said Bowers 8 or their Orders. 

Thereupon 

Resolved, that the said Edward Webb, Thomas Newman, Charles 
Clark and John Wooden be forthwith sent to Taunton Goal in this 
Colony there to be Confined, untill the further Order of this Court; 
and that the said Benjamin Bowers and John Burn be forthwith 
discharged And it is further 

Resolved that the said Brigantine be forthwith discharged, and 
delivered over to Mess" Henry Bowers and Henry Bowers jun r who 
are the rightful owners thereof. [Passed October 9. 1 



CHAPTER 237. ^ l8 !f"7 th 

Records of the 
Council, 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £1,000 TO BENJ A LINCOLN, ESQ E , AND OTHERS. Mass! 



Resolved that Henry Gardner Esq r be and he is hereby directed 



Archives, 
ccvi., 420. 



to pay the sum of One thousand pounds unto Benj a Lincoln, Moses Records^ the 
Gill, David Cheever & Nathan Cushing Esquires, a Committee xvlT'ik 
appointed to settle such Accounts of the Committee of supplies as House Jour- 
remain unsettled, to enable them to pay & discharge such Ace 1 they 141!^ Ante,' ' 
to be Accountable. [Passed October 9. p. as, chap 191. 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is October 6. 



100 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 23S-242.] 



CHAPTER 238. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiil., 248. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 147. 
Ante, p. 53, 
chap. 114. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £199. 11 TO JAMES SULLIVAN, ESQ B . 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony To James Sullivan Esq r the sum of One hundred & Ninety 
Nine pounds Eleven shillings to pay the Company Stationed for the 
defence of the Sea Coast in the County of York, Two months Bil- 
leting & One months Wages. [Passed October 9. 



CHAPTER 239 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 249. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 422. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 146. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £2. 16. 10 TO SAMUEL HAWES. 

Resolved, 

That Two Pounds 16/10 be paid out of the Treasury to Sam 1 
Hawes for Expences in bringing to Watertown Six prisoners & carry- 
ing them to Taunton Goal & that the Receiver Gen 1 be directed to 
pay the same accordingly. [Passed October 9. 



CHAPTER 240. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING £100 TO COL° JOSEPH OTIS AND OTHERS. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Col Otis, Col Freeman, Major Hallet and Joseph Demick 
the Sum of One hundred pounds, for Purchasing four Peices of 
na°i"ppa^Hi, Cannon and Ammunition, and an Order to grant the Soldiers stai- 
142 - tioned in Barnstable and Plymouth their Billetting. [Passed Octo- 

ber 9. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 250. 



CHAPTER 241. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 250. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 424. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 112, 125, 
143, 146. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £10. 0. 9 TO JOSEPH PATRICK. 

Resolv d that there be paid out of the public Treasury of this 
Colony to Joseph Patrick the Sum of ten Pounds and Nine Pence 
to defray his Expences, from Deer Island to this Town, and in dis- 
patching the necessary Business relative to the sloop Sally, he to be 
accountable to this Court for the same. [Passed October 9. 



CHAPTER 242. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 250. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvi., 425. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 150. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING £1. 16 TO STEPHEN CROSS. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Stephen Cross the sum of One pound Sixteen Shillings 
in full of his Account for Transporting Forty Fire Arms from New- 
bury Port to Watertown. [Passed October 9. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 101 



CHAPTER 243. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £14 TO EZRA SMITH. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved That there be allowed and paid out of the public Treas- xxxUi.,'250. 
ury of this Colony to M r Ezra Smith or order the sum of Fourteen Archives, 
pounds in full discharge of Col Benedict Arnolds order in favor of ccvl -» 423 - 
Brown Chamberlain hereto Annexed he the said Arnold having ]f£" Be J 1 °y r ; 50 
Credited this Colony for the same order. [Passed October 9. 



CHAPTER 244. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING ISAAC HATHAWAY TO RECEIVE A PRISONER FROM 
THE JAIL AT TAUNTON, TO EXCHANGE FOR HIS SON IN CAPTIVITY 
ON HIS MAJESTY'S SHIP ROSE. 

Petition of Isaac Hatheway humbly Sheweth that on the Four- Legislative 
teenth day of September last his Son John Hatheway was Arrested Council 8 ° f the 
and taken out of his Vessel near long Island in his Service, loaded xxxm.,25i. 
with Hay from Egg Harbour, and is now detained on board his Archives, 
Majesty's Ship Rose Cap' Wallace, which is greatly to his damage He ccvil -> 1 - 
Therefore humbly prays this Honourable Board to allow him One of ^chives 
the Prisoners at Taunton, or Elsewhere, to Redeem his Son From ccvii., 2. ' 
Captivity, and in duty bound shall ever pray. na°i U pp J H7 r i52 

[Read and] ^ ^™< 

Resolved that the Said Isaac Hatheway be allowed to Recive of 
the Prison Keeper in Taunton a private man who hath been taken 
from the Navy under the Command of Admiral Graves he Giving 
his bond to the Sherriff of the County of Bristol to the use of this 
Colony in y e penal Sum of One Hundred pounds Conditiond that in 
Case he Shall not Exchange the prisoner whom he shall Receive for 
his Son that he will Return the Said prisoner to the prison in Taun- 
ton within fourteen days from the time he Shall Receive the Said 
Prisoner And y e Keeper of Said Prison is hereby Directed to Con- 
form himself to this order provided the Said Isaac Hatheway Shall 
Give Security as above directed. [Passed October 9. 



CHAPTER 245. 

RESOLVE GRANTING 18/4 TO CAP T . JONATHAN BROWNE. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this Legislative 

Colony to Cap 1 Jonathan Browne the Sum of Eighteen Shillings & g$3 of the 

four Pence in full of his Account for Three Axes for the Use of the xxxlii -» ' 251 - 

Army. [Passed October 10. House Jour- 

J L nal, p. 152. 



102 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 24ii-^ r.i.] 



CHAPTER 246. 



RESOLVE IMPOWERING EPHRAIM WOOD TO PROVIDE CLOTHING FOR 
CERTAIN PRISONERS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 252. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 3. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 4. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 127, 131, 
153. 



Petition of Ten Prisoners belonging to the different Regiments 
now in Boston, being Prisoners ever since the Nineteenth of April 
last, and remaining now in Goal in the Town of Concord, Pray your 
Honours to take under Consideration our disagreeable Necessity of 
applying to your Honours for Cloathing, to Cover our Nakedness; 
to make us comfortable in the approaching Season. We rely on 
your Honours humanity for that relief, which is necessary for your 
Petitioners Preservation ; and as in duty bound shall ever pray. 

[Read and] 

Resolved that the Prayer of this Petition be So far Granted as that 
Ephram Wood one of the Select men of the Town of Concord be 
impowered and directed to provide one Coat one Shirt one Pare of 
Britches one Pare of Stockings and one Pare of Shoes, for Sutch 
of the Within named Persons as the Select men of the town of Con- 
cord Judge are Preasant Sufferors for Want of Clothing and he 
Apply to this court for the Pay for s d Clothing. [Passed October 10. 



CHAPTER 247. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 253. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxxxvii., 61, 
62; ccxi., 26. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 108, 118, 
123, 129. Ante, 
p. 100, chap. 
241. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE OF SAFETY TO DETAIN THE 

SLOOP SALLY. 

Resolved, (that Whereas the Committee of Safety and Correspond- 
ence of Deer Island, did on the 30 th of August last, take into Custody 
the Sloop Sally belonging to Nathan Jones.) that the said Committee 
be and they hereby are directed to detain, and take Proper care of 
said Sloop Sally untill the further Order of this Court. [Passed 
October 12. 



CHAPTER 248. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £71. 5 TO JONATHAN WEBSTER. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 253. 



House Jour- 
nal, pp. 128, 156, October 12. 
157. 



Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Jonathan Webster the sum of Seventy One pounds five 
shillings in full of his Account for Thirty Six fire Arms. [Passed 



CHAPTER 249. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £18 TO THOMAS BURKMAR. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 254. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 157. 
Ante, p. 98, 
chap. 231. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Thomas Burkmar the sum of Eighteen pounds in full 
for Six Fire Arms, Bayonets and Steel Ramrods, sold to the Gov- 
erment, being at the Rate of Ten dollars each Fire Arm. [Passed 
October 12. 



[2d Sess.J Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7»;. L03 



CHAPTER 250. JaSSRfu- 

Council, 

RESOLVE GRANTING £1,000 TO THE COM E TO SETTLE ACCO™ OF COM 1 Mass."' 

OF SUPPLIES. Archives, 

OCT 11., 9. 



Resolved. That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Records of C the 
Colony the Sum of One Thousand Pounds, unto the Committee ~'S«i 11, 2B0 
appointed to settle such of the Accounts of the late Committee of Executive 
Supplies, as were unsettled, they to be accountable for the same counci?, * * he 
to this Court. [Passed October 12. xvii./m. 

l House Jour- 

nal, pp. 151,157. 

Ante, p. 99, 

chap. 237. 

CHAPTER 251. 

RESOLVE RECOMMENDING TO THE AUTHORITIES OF HARVARD COL- 
LEGE APPOINTMENTS AND DISMISSALS ON GROUNDS OF CONDUCT 
AS TO THE COLONIES. 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Resolve, respecting the Legislative 
Corporation and Overseers of Harvard College beg leave to Report council 8 ° f the 

as follows. xxxiii.,'239. 

Resolved. That it be recommended to the said Corporation & Archives, 
Overseers not to appoint any Persons as Governors or Instructors ccv1- ' 3s6 - 
but such whose political Principles they can confide in and also to H S u8eJ 1 < i ur ;, e 

• i xi. n ■ • i .eu • r\xxx a t • nal, pp. 134, 13b, 

inquire into the Principles of such as are now in Office & dismiss 139. 
those who by their past or present Conduct appear to be unfriendly 
to the Liberties & Privileges of the Colonies and the Secretary is 
hereby directed to serve the President of Harvard College & the 
Secretary of the Board of Overseers severally with a Copy of this 
Resolve. [Passed October IS. 1 



CHAPTER 252. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £14. 8 TO LUKE PERKINS. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this xxxm.,255. 
Colony to M r Luke Perkins the sum of Fourteen pounds Eight Shil- House Jour- 
lings in full for Six fire Arms, with Iron Ramrods & Bayonets to ^ e P p W Jg 
each, purchased of him for the Use of the Colony. [Passed Octo- chap! 231. ' 
ber 14. 



CHAPTER 253. 

RESOLVE REQUIRING DELIVERY OF A CERTAIN BOAT TO BENJ N PETERS 
AND WILLIAM MUNDAY. 

Petition of Benjamin Peters and William Munday humbly shew- Legislative 
eth that your Petitioners, was taken some time ago by a British Ves- council 8 , ° f tbe 
sel and Carried into Boston on the 29 th of August last being sent out xxxiii.,'255. 
a Fishing in a Boat belonging to M r Robert Gould Merchant in Bos- Archives, 



ccvii., 10. 



1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council and the House Journal the date is October 4. 



104 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7(3. [Chaps. 254-25G.] 



Archives, ton William Pritchard Skipper of said Boat, when we were off the 
ccvii., 11.' Graves we took Possession of said Boat and Carried her into Lynn 
nai, pp! 138,160. And as we humbly Conceive, we have a right to said Boat as our Prop- 
erty yet would do nothing which might justly expose us to Censure, 
and therefore your Petitioners humbly Prays your Honours to Judge 
in this Affair; and if it be Consistant with Justice & Eeason to give 
us said Boat as we have been great sufferers by being taken and Car- 
ried into Boston and as in duty bound shall ever pray. 
[Read and] 

Resolv* that the Boat petition* 1 for by Benjamin Peters and Wil- 
liam Munday be deliver d to the Petitioners to be us d and improve" 1 
by them 'till the further order of this Court. [Passed October 14. 



CHAPTEK 254. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 256. 

House Jour- 

nal.pp.160,161. full fQ - r a Whale boat and 0arg 



RESOLVE GRANTING £8. 5 TO JAMES PRICE. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to James Price, the sum of Eight pounds five shillings in 

[Passed October 14. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 256. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 163. 



CHAPTER 255. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £59. 17. 5 FOR SAMUEL JENKINS. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Briant Morton the sum of Fifty Nine pounds Seventeen 
Shillings & Five pence to the Use of Samuel Jenkins in full. 1 
[Passed October 14. 



CHAPTER 256. 

RESOLVE ACCEPTING REPORT OF THE COM E ON THE LETTER FROM 
AMBROICE & PEIRE TOMA TWO INDIAN CHIEFS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 252. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 6. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxliv., 331-337; 
ccvii., 7, 8. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 249, 
260. House 
Journal, 
pp. 148, 155, 
157 bis, 165, 166. 



The Committee of both Houses to whom was referred the Con- 
sideration of the Letter from Ambroice & Peire Toma two of the 
Heads of the S l Johns Tribe of Indians, in behalf of their tribe, and 
to Confer with them beg leave leave 2 to Report that they have 
attended that service, and apprehend it may be of great Service to 
this Colony at this time, to Cultivate a good Harmony with the 
Tribe of Indians near the Settlements in North America ; to Effect 
and Continue which, and to prevent their Seeking Supply's from 
our Enemies they are of Opinion, that such a Quantity of Ammu- 
nition be procured and sent to Penobscot to the Truckmaster there, 
as may be Necessary to Furnish that Tribe, as the time draws nigh 
when they Usually go a Hunting. 

That there be also sent to the said Truckmaster a quantity of Pro- 
visions and Cloa thing as shall be judged necessary to be sold them 
in Exchange for Furrs that they may bring to him. That it is 

1 For five "Whale-boats. — House Journal, p. 163. 
8 Sic. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775—7(5. 105 

further the Opinion of this Committee that a Letter be Wrote that 
Tribe, axpressive of the desire we have that the Friendship at present 
subsisting may be Continued. That the Expences of these Indians 
be paid by the Colony and such a Present as this Court shall think 
proper be made to them as a Testimony of our Friendship 
Read & accepted. [Passed October 16. } 



CHAPTER 257. 

RESOLVE IMPOWER1NG STEPHEN RICE TO MAKE PRESENTS TO TWO 

INDIAN CHIEFS. 

In the House of Representative R^ord^ofthe 

Resolved, that M r Stephen Rice be & he hereby is directed to pur- council^ 
chaise two Blankets & two pieces of Ribbands, and deliver them, Mais. 1 "' 262 ' 
with Sixteen Shillings in Cash, as a present to Ambroise & Peire Archives, 

Toma Two Indian Chiefs one of whom Represents the S l John's, — - — : 

and the other, the Miccamac Tribe of Indians, & Lay his ace 1 before n aUpp. m,m. 
this House for allowance. . g ro « cha ^ 

In Council Read & concurred. [Passed October 16. 



CHAPTER 258. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £48. 7. 5 TO LIEUT. ANDREW GILMAN. 

Resolved, that the Receiver General be & he hereby is directed, ^fordf™ the 
to pay to Lieut. Andrew Gillman, Out of the publick Treasury of Council, 
this Colony, Twenty two pounds for, his Expences for m r Jedidiah Mass! 1 " 26 
Prible Truck-master two Indians & himself from the truck house f™~™*' 
at Penobscott, to Watertown, & from thence back to Penobscott H UBeJour — 
again also Twelve pounds 14/ll d for his Billeting and Expences nai, pp. 92, iss, 
a mongst the Indians untill this date, and th[i]rteen pounds 12/-6 d s^ra^ chap, 
for services, done till this day, the whole amounting to forty Eight 25 "- 
pounds 7/5 d S d Gilman to be accountable to this Court for the S d 
Sum, N B. the two Indian Reffered to as above are Ambroice & 

Peire Toma who Represent the S l Johns & the Miccamac tribes of 
Indians. [Passed October 16. 



CHAPTER 259. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £300 TO JEDEDIAH PREBLE, ESQ R . 

Resolved. That the Receiver General be and he hereby is directed K^rjf^of the 
to pay to the Hon. Jedidiah Preble Esq Truck-Master or Order the council, 
Sum of Three Hundred Pounds out of the Public Treasury ot this Mas8 '* 
Colony to be by him applied for the purchase of Provisions Ammu- ^c^yes, 
nition and Goods for supplying the Eastern Tribes of Indians, and " Jpur — 
take Furrs. Skins &c in payment Said Preble to be accountable to nai, pp. 155, 163, 
this Court for the same. [Passed October 16. Stp.aST"' 

1 Mass. Archives, cxliv., 331. 



106 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7(>. [Chaps. 260, 261.] 



CHAPTER 260. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COM E OF CORRESPONDAN E OF WORCESTER 
TO LIBERATE M. VI ART. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 262. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
clxxx., 180. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
clxxx., 180. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 153, 167. 
Journals of 
each Provin- 
cial Congress 
of Mass., 
p. 594. Ante, 
p. 14, chap. 13. 



Petition of the Committee of Correspondance for the Town of 
Worcester humbly sheweth. That Monsieur Viart a Frenchman, 
about Three months ago was put under their Custody, by the Com- 
mittee of safety, with directions that the said Yiart should have 
liberty to Walk for his Health, to a Convenient distance about this 
Town; and they would inform your honours, that he hath injoyed 
the Liberty according to the directions given them, like a Gentle- 
man of strict Honour. And as they have received your Honours 
orders dated August 15 th 1775 to keep the said Viart under Custody, 
with the same liberty, untill further Order. They beg leave humbly 
to shew, that the said Monsieur Viart came to them in such Cloath- 
ing, as was fit for summer only, and that without some provision be 
made for him, or he be liberated, so that he may provide for him- 
self, he must suffer in this Cold Climate, he is at this time destitute 
of Comfortable Linnen, Stockings, Shoes, &c 

your Petitioners therefore pray, that your Honours would take the 
matter into Consideration, and give such directions Relative to the 
Premmises, as your Wisdom shall dictate, and your Petitioners as in 
duty bound shall ever pray. 

[Read and] 

Resolved that the Committee of Corispondence of the Town of 
Worcester be and they are Hereby Impowered and Directed to 
Liberate the Within Named Monsier Viat that he may be able to Pro- 
vide for himself. [Passed October 16. 



CHAPTER 261. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £17. 12. 6 FOR DANIEL HEMENWAY. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 263. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 16. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 17. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 108, 124, 
159, 107. 



Petition of Daniel Hemenway a Soldier in the service of the 
Province humbly Sheweth that on the Nineteenth day of April last, 
was badly wounded at the Battle of Lexington, Prays your Honours 
to take his Unhappy Situation into to ' your wise Consideration and 
afford him such relief as shall in some measure Compensate for the 
great expence, and four months loss of his time, and as in duty 
bound shall ever pray 

[Read and] 

Resolved That the Receiver General of this Colony be and he 
hereby is ordered to pay out of the publick Treasury to Cap 1 Josiah 
Stone for the Use of the Petitioner the Sum of Seventeen Pounds 
Twelve Shillings and Six Pence including Docf Ebenezer Hemen- 
way's Ace' of £6.2.4 in full. [Passed October 16. 

> Sic. 



[2d Sbss.] Province Laws (Mesolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 107 



CHAPTER 262. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £31. 14 TO WILLIAM COOPER, ESQ B . Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this xxxm.,264. 
Colony to AVilliam Cooper Esq r the sum of Thirty One pounds Mass. 
Fourteen shillings in full discharge of his Account for his services cc%., T *&i. 
as Secretary of the Committee of Safety & his Son's Services as na ( i U pi> J i38 r i42 
Writer and going on Expresses. [Passed October 16. 169.' Ante! 



CHAPTER 263. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £18 FOR ROGER HUNNEWELL. 

Petition of John Stewart in behalf of Roger Hunnewell of Scar- Legislative 
borough Humbly Sheweth, That said Roger Hunnewell, lost one of council 8 , 
his Arms at the Seige of Louisbourg in 1745, which rendered him Mass 1,265 ' 
incapable of maintaining himself and family He has had a Pension Archives, 
of Nine pounds $> r Annum granted to him by an Act of the General 



Court for Life, and Received it from that time to the year 1773 Archives, 
Six pounds of it has been yearly paid to himself, and the other cixxx.,203. 

jt j j x * House Jour- 

Three pounds to the Selectmen of Scarborough for the Use of his nai, pp. 147, 169. 
family, He has a large family of Children and is in distressed Lawsfxvm., 
Circumstances the Confusion of the times having prevented his 804 > cua P- 7 - 
receiving the Annual Pension for 1774. your Petitioner has sup- 

plied him from time to time with Necessarys towards relieving him in 
his distresses and has got two Orders on the Colony Treasurer One 
from the Selectmen of Scarborough for Six pounds, and another 
from said Hunnewell for Twelve pounds, due to him for Two years 
pension to the First day of October 1775 

[Read and] 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony the Sum of eighteen Pound to John Stewart or order in 
full discharge of the account exhibited in the within Petition. 
[Passed October 17. 



CHAPTER 264. 

RESOLVE ORDERING THE TREASURER TO SEND THE £300 LATELY 
GRANTED TO JED" PREBLE, ESQ K , TO TRISTRAM DALTON, ESQ R . 

Whereas there was an Order pass'd this Court on the fourteenth }gf*£tlt the 
Instant, that the Treasurer of this Colony should pay the Honorable council, 
Jedediah Prebble Esq r Truckmaster at ponobscot three hundred Mass! 1 ''' 66 * 
pounds to purchase Ammunition Provision and Goods to supply the f-™-^' 

eastern tribes of Indians and take Furs Skins &c in payment And — — — - 1 ■ 

House Jour- 

whereas the Season is so far advanced that there is the greatest nai, pp. 170, 
Necessity of having the said goods &c purchas'd as soon as may ]J^ %}m, 
be Therefore chap! 259. 

Resolv d that the Treasury be directed to send the said Sum of 
three hundred pounds to Tristram Dalton Esq r for him to purchase 
Ammunition Provision and other goods suitable to the Indian trade 



108 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 265-267.] 



and to send them to the said Hon ble Jedediah Preble Esq r by the 
first good Water Conveyance And the Treasurer is directed to stay 
the Payment of the said Sum to the said Preble And M r Jede- 

diah Preble J r is desired to advise the said Tristram Dalton Esq r 
what Articles are suitable. [Passed October 17. 



CHAPTEE 265. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £135 FOR THE SELECTMEN OF PROVINCE- 
TOWN. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 266. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 24. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 25, 26. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 162, 169. 
Province 
Laws, xviii., 
777, chap. 133. 



Resolved, That there be paid out of the publick Treasury of this 
Colony to the Hon ble James Otis Esq r to be by him deliver'd into the 
hands of the Selectmen of the Town of province Town, or to their 
Order the Sum of One Hundred, and thirty five pounds, for the 
use of the Inhabitants of said Town to enable them to discharge 
such debts as have arisen for the preaching of the Gospel, and further 
to enable them to pay the Protestant Minister already settled in said 
Town, agreeable to a Grant of the General Court, or Assembly of 
this Colony at their sessions in February A.D. 1774, which Grant 
was made of the sum of forty five pounds annually for twelve Years 
next after the Year One Thousand Seven hundred, & seventy 
two which sum of One Hundred, and thirty five pounds is in full 
of said Grant till May last. 

And the Eeceiver General is hereby Order'd and directed to pay 
the abovesaid sum of One Hundred, & thirty five pounds to the said 
James Otis Esq r for the purposes abovesaid he giving his receipt 
therefor. [Passed October 17. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 268. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 23. 

Executive 
Records of the 
Council, 
xvii., 136. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 171 bis. 
Ante, p. 103, 
chap. 250. 



CHAPTER 266. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £2,000 TO THE COM E TO SETTLE COM* OF SUP- 
PLIES ACCO T . 

Resolved, That Henry Gardner Esq r Treasurer be and he hereby 
is directed to pay the Sum of Two Thousand Pounds unto Benjamin 
Lincoln Moses Gill Charles Chauncy William Cooper David Cheever 
Nathan dishing Esq r & M r Josiah Batchelder a Committee Ap- 
pointed to settle all such Acc ts of the Committee of Supplies as 
remain unsettled to enable them to pay & discharge such accounts 
the said Committee to be Accountable to the Court for said Sum. 
[Passed October 17. 



CHAPTER 267. 



ORDER DIRECTING REMOVAL OF THE BILLS OF CREDIT & PLATES TO 
Y B TREASURERS OFFICE. 



KeSrts'ot the Whereas the Chairman of the Comm ee appointed by this Court 
Council,^ to Inspect the press for stamping the last Emission of Bills, has given 

Mass! 1 '' 269 ' Information that the Business is finished, and that the whole Xum- 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 109 

ber of Bills ordered by this Court is stamped and that he apprehends Archives, 
the place where the Chest Containing said Bills and plates is now cl 



House Jour- 

deposited is not sate. nai, pp.172,174. 

Ordered, That the Chest with its Contents be immediately re- Jjjftj? 1 
moved to the Treasurers Office, and that the Committee afore- p. 82,' chap, uo. 
mentioned still keep possession of the Key of s d Chest: and deliver 
the Bills to the Coram 16 appointed to sign the same as they shall 
apply for them. [Passed October 18. 



CHAPTEE 268. 

RESOLVE IMPOWER G THE COMMITTEES, &c, TO PERMIT VESSELS TO 
TRADE TO OTHER COLONIES. 

Whereas sundry Owners & Masters of Vessels who are desirous Legislative 
of Transporting some necessary Articles of Merchandize or provis- council 8 , 
sions from one part of this Continent to another, have lately solicited xxxiii., 270. 
the Aid of this Court; and as it is inconvenient for the Court to Jg£{|j veB 
attend to such Applications, it is hereby recommended to the Com- ccvii., 27.' 
mittees of Inspection, Correspondence and Safety of the respective ^pp/hmto. 
Towns where such Owners & Masters dwell upon their Eequesting jl^^ovin 
it, to grant Certificates in their Favour setting forth their true dai Congress, 
Character; Provided they are known to be Men of Undoubted 3£4?p.5*" 
Integrity and Friendship to their Country, and there design is no- c ^p''^.p- 2 1'c 

• • • 1 i it-. 1 » j 1 Vi j ■ 1 i r* chap. 66, p. 56, 

wise inconsistant with the Kesolves of the Continental Congress, or chap. 121. 
the regulations come into by this Colony, to the Intent that they 
may not be suspected, by those who are unacquainted with them, 
of Carrying on some Unwarrantable Scheme and thereupon treated 
as Enemies to the Country. Such Owners and Masters first 

binding themselves in sums equal to the Value of their Vessels & 
Cargoes, payable to the Colony Treasurer, and to be forfeited to the 
Use of the Colony in Case of their deviateing from their professed 
design 

The Committees to take such Bonds into their keeping Previous 
to their giving Certificates as above expressed. [Passed October 20. 1 



CHAPTEE 269. ggMthe 

Council, 
xxxiii., 272. 
RESOLVE GRANTING £10 TO EBENEZER KENFIELD. Mass. 

Archives, 
ccvii., 29. 

Resolved. That the Sum of Ten Pounds be allowed and paid out ^^ 
of the Public Treasury to Ebenezer Kenfield in full for one Years Archives, 
Pension beginning in March 1774 and so annually till the House Jour- 

further order of this Court. [Passed October 20. mtiZ'Si™* 

Province 
1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- L, awB( xvii., 
lative Records of the Council the date is October 19. 106, chap. 248. 



110 



Province Laws ( Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 270-274.] 



CHAPTER 270. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 272. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 28. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 179 bis. 
Ante, p. 108, 
chap. 267. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £133. 6. 8 TO PAUL REVERE. 

Resolved that there be Allowed and paid out of the Public Treas- 
ury the Sum of One hundred thirty three pounds Six Shillings and 
Eight pence; to Paul Revere, for his printing for the use of this 
Colony One hundred and Sixty ' thousand Bills, agreeable to his fore- 
going Account. [Passed October 20. 



CHAPTER 271. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 272. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 172. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING SELECTMEN OF WATERTOWN TO DELIVER 2\ 
BARRELS POWDER FOR THE TOWN OF BEVERLY. 

Resolved that the Selectmen of the Town of Watertown be directed 
to deliver Two & ahalf Barrels Powder to Colonel Herrick for the 
Use of the Town of Beverly. 2 [Passed October 20. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 273. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 31. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 32, 33. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 138, 144, 
178. 



CHAPTER 272. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £7. 12. 2 TO MARY BOYNTON. 

ResoWd That there be paid out of the Treasury of this Colony to 
Mary Boynton Seven pounds twelve Shillings & 2 d for Nursing & 
tend g her late Husband Who was wounded in the Engagem 1 on 
Bunker Hill & for a Gun &c lost in s d Engagem'. [Passed Octo- 
ber 21. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 273. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 34. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 114, 183. 



CHAPTER 273. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £43. 10 TO ABNER ELLIS. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Abner Elliss the sum of Forty Three pounds Ten shillings 
in full of his Account for Two hundred and One Spears & Trans- 
porting the same from Dedham & Newtown to Cambridge. [Passed 
October 21. 



CHAPTER 274. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £1. 19 SHILLINGS TO BENJAMIN SAMPSON. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 273. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 37. 



Whereas it appears that two Bills of the Currency of this Colony, 
one of thirty shillings and the other of nine shillings while in the 
Possession of Benjamin Sampson, have been so defaced by a certain 
Casualty as to render them unfit to pass any longer 

Resolved that Henry Gardner Esq r and Deac n Stone be and they 

1 The House Journal, p. 179, reads, " one Hundred and thirty-three Thousand Bills." 

2 Final action on this resolve is not found in the House Journal. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. Ill 

are hereby authoris'd and directed to see that the said Bills be Mass. 
entirely consumed to Ashes and that the Receiver General pay the ^vi'i'.','. 
said Benjamin Sampson the Sum of thirty nine shillings in lieu of H< "»e •'<" ir - 
the said Bills. [Passed October 21. wu,pp.i»,18S. 



CHAPTER 275. 

RESOLVE REGULATING THE DISPOSITION OF Y E SOLDIERS COATS. 

Whereas Encouragement has been heretofore given, that the Legislative 
Soldiers in the forces raised by this Colony shall receive the Coats council 8 ° f the 
made in the towns to which they severally belong and it is found Jacxiii.,'274 
impracticable to conform to this Rule in delivering out those that Archives, 
are brought into the Store for cloathing ccvi1 -' m - 

Resolved that Notice be herehy given that where the Inhabitants ^"chi 
of any town are desirous that the Coats by them provided should be ccixxxiii., 13:.. 
deliver'd agreable to this Encouragement, it is expected that such itecords'of the 
Inhabitants will take care that said Coats are deliver'd to the Soldiers xxxn C %3 251 
from their respective towns accordingly : And whenever any person House'jour-"' 
shall present to the Committee of Cloathing at Watertown a Rec* £&,'£§! ^onr' 
in form following (Viz) ["] We the Subscribers Inhabitants of the ™£ 8 £^[ h 
town of in the County of now belonging to Cap Com- congress of 

pany in Col Regiment hereby acknowledge that we have each m^'^e,^ 6 ' 

Receiv'd of the bearer a Coat according to the Encouragement p '™ ,C ht p " «i 

of a late Congress of this Colony" subscrib'd by any Number of P ' ' ° ap " 
Soldiers belonging to the town by whom the cloathing was provided, 
and the same shall be witnessed by the commission'd Officers of the 
Companies to which such Subscribers belong in such case the Com- 
mittee are directed to pay the Sum of twenty five shillings for each 
Coat so deliver'd taking Rec' therefor: 

Such towns as are indifferent about the delivery of their Coats 
according to the foregoing Encouragement, will convey them to the 
Committee of cloathing at Watertown where they will receive pay- 
ment for the same. 

The Comm ee of Cloathing have procured Buttons which they will 
deliver to the Selectmen of any town or their Order, for as many 
Coats as they shall certify are providing for the Use of the Soldiers 
belonging to their town 

And whereas many Soldiers who are well supply'd with cloathing, 
are desirous of the value of their Coats in Money instead of the Coats, 

Orderhl that whenever an Order shall be offer'd to the Committee 
of Cloathing, from any Soldiers for the Payment of the value of 
their Coats together with a Certificate from the Selectmen of the 
towns to which they severally belong, or the commission Officers of 
of ' their respective Companies testifying That the Soldiers signing 
such Ord r are well provided with Cloathing the said Comm ee be 
directed to pay the Sum of twenty five shillings for each Soldier 
so applying till the further Order of this Court and that the fore- 
going be published in the Watertown, Cambridge and Worcester 
Papers. [Passed October 21. 

J Sic. 



112 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 270, 277.] 



CHAPTER 276. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 275. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 39. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 40. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 128, 158, 
159. Journals 
of each Provin- 
cial Congress 
of Mass., 
pp. 210, 211. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £372. 4. 8£ TO SELECTMEN OF SALEM. 

Petition from the Selectmen of Salem humbly sheweth, that in 
obedience to a Eesolve of the late provincial congress, they procured 
a considerable number of Blankets, Fire arms and Accoutrements 
for the soldiers, inlisted from Salem into the American Army, but 
found it in many Cases impracticable, and in others that it would be 
attended with much trouble, to pursue strictly the directions of that 
Resolve, by reason whereof the Committee of supplies say they are 
not Authorized to settle the accounts respecting the same Where- 
fore your Petitioners pray your Honours to take the necessary 
measures for the settlement of said accounts and other accounts of 
expences incurred in providing Necessaries for said soldiers that 
so the money may be paid immediately and your Petitioners enabled 
to satisfy the demands & get rid of the daily importunities of the 
persons of whom they received the several articles supplied by them 
or their order to the soldiers aforesaid. They also pray that a reason- 
able allowance may be made them for the expence ariseing in obtain- 
ing a Settlement of said Accounts, and as in duty bound shall ever 
pray. 

The Committee appointed to Consider the Petition and Accounts 
of the Selectmen of the Town of Salem have examined the Accounts 
& there appears due to the Selectmen for Fire arms, Blankets and 
other necessaries for the supply of the Army the sum of Three hun- 
dred & Seventy Two pounds four shillings & Eight pence One 
farthing for which take leave to report the following Resolve Viz 

Resolved that Henry Gardner Esq r Treasurer & c be & he hereby is 
directed to pay to the Selectmen of the town of Salem the Sum of 
Three hundred and Seventy two pounds four shillings & eight pence 
\ in full of their Account. Excepting the Sum of Seven pounds, six 
Shillings. & li charg d for Billeting Soldiers to the Camp which is 
not yet considered. [Passed October 21. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 276. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 41. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 240. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 140, 180, 
1S3. Ante, 
p. 96, chap. 
227. 



CHAPTER 277. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £150 TO THE HON BL COUNCIL. 

Resolved that the Hon 1 Council be, & they are, hereby impowered 
to draw out of the publick Treasury, the sum of one hundred and 
fifty pounds, to be applied in defraying the charges which have or 
may arise by the bringing of persons before the Council who are 
taken in Vessels and otherwise. [Passed October 21. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7«>. 113 



CHAPTEE 278. 

RESOLVE PUTTING WILLIAM WALLACE AND WIFE UNDER THE CARE 
OF THE SELECTMEN OF GLOUCESTER. 

Petition of William Wallace late Commander of the Brigantine Legislative 
Dolphin from Quebec [states that he was arrested at Cape Ann and councn,° f the 
taken before General Washington, that he was sent by him to the xxxin., ■>■;>■,. 
General Court for examination, and there granted his liberty ; that Mass. 
he is left without any thing for the support of himself and wife, and cvriij&,'43. 
prays for relief] STpfei. 

[Read and] is*. Ante, 

Resolved that William Wallace and his Wife be under the Care of 220. ' c 
the Selectmen of the Town of Glocester untill the further order 
of this Court, said Selectmen to provide all such necessarys for their 
support as said Wallace and his Wife shall not be able to provide 
for themselves, said Selectmen to lay their Accounts before this 
Court for allowance. [Passed October 21. 



CHAPTEE 279. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £641. 6. 5 TO WILLIAM SHEY. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this xxxiil - 277 - 
Colony to William Shey for a Bill of Exchange drawn on this Court Mass. 
by the Chairman of the Committee at Machias the sum of Six hun- cwn™b£lb6. 
dred & Forty One pounds, Six Shillings & Five pence. 1 [Passed ^Tpp^ise 
October 23. w', ns, ul 



CHAPTEE 280. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £8. 13. 4 TO JOHN WOODS, SOLOMON SHAW AND Legislative 

ANTHONY DIKE EACH. Records of the 

Council, 
xxxiii., 278. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the publick Treasury Unto Archives, 
John Woods solomon shaw and Anthony Dike as armourers the ccvii - u - 
sum of Eight pounds thirteen shillings & four pence to Each man Mass. 
In full for there wages to the first Day of August Last past and ccvii., 45/46. 
that the Hono ble Councill Be Desired to to 2 Recommend the s d John S^Khs, 
Woods solomon shaw and Anthony Dike to his Excellency Gen 1 186 - A ™ te < 
Washington in order to their being appointed Armourers in the army 179. ' 
in future. [Passed October 23. 

1 "For a Cargo of Flour, Corn, Pork, &c. delivered to them at Machias." — House 
Journal, p. 149. 

2 Sic. 



114 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc. ) . — 177 ">— 76. [Chaps. 281, 282.] 



CHAPTER 281. 



RESOLVE RELATING TO PURCHASE OF CLOTHING FOR THE ARMY. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 278. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 47. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cclxxxiii., 134. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp.174, 1S1, 
182, 183. Jour- 
nals of each 
Provincial 
Congress of 
Mass., pp. 355, 
357, 358. Ante, 
p. 94, chap. 
221; p. Ill, 
chap. 275., 



Resolved that the Committee of cloathing procure those Buttons 
that are purchas'd for the purpose, to be set on those Coats that 
they now have or may hereafter receive without Buttons, as soon as 
may be, and this without any respect to the Numbers of the Regi- 
ments as was at first propos'd 

That said Committee deliver of the buttons aforesaid to the select- 
men of any town or their Order, according to the Number of Coats 
they shall certify are providing for the Use of the Soldiers in their 
respective towns, keeping an Account thereof. 

That they make such Allowance for Pockets Thread Stay- 
ing Worsted or Mohair for Button holes as they shall judge reason- 
able and also for transporting the Coats to Watertown having 
proper Eegard to the Weight therof 

That they be directed to purchase Blankets for the Colony on 
reasonable terms. 

That they make Compensation to those non-commission'd Officers 
and Soldiers that suffer'd loss at Bunker's Hill who have not already 
received Recompence; agreable to the Resolve of Congress of the 
19 th of June last hereto relating. That said Committee be 

directed to keep the Coats that shall be brought into them from 
each town, separate that they deliver them out to the Soldiers 

or their Order by any of their Officers, as they shall apply en- 
deavouring as nearly as is convenient to conform to the Encourage- 
ment at first given that they allow each a Coat to the Value of 
twenty five shillings, and where any cost less, that they make up the 
deficie[n]cy in Cash. 

If any Coats that shall be brought appear to be more ordinary 
than common that the Committee take more particular Care that 
such be deliver'd according to these directions. 

And in Order to prevent all Injustice to the Colony and Sol- 
dier That said Committee be directed to keep a fair Account of 
the Names & Places of all Soldiers who shall receive Coats or Money 
shewing to whom they were deliver'd and that in their Accounts, 
they use Care to keep the respective Companies in each Regiment ' 
distinct. [Passed October 23. 



CHAPTER 282. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 279. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 50. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 187, 188. 
Ante, p. 11, 
chap. 4; p. 107, 
chap. 264. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THAT 4 ^-BAR B POWDER BE DELIVERED TO 
TRISTRAM DALTON. 

Resolved That Cap* William Johnson of y e Schooner Brettania 
chartered by y e Committee of Supplies of this Colony & now said 
to be arrived at Townsend near Kennebeck River be & he hereby is 
directed to deliver to Tristram Dalton Esq r or Order for supply- 
ing y e Truckmaster of penobscot four half barells of powder he pay- 
ing for y e same five Shillings $? pound. [Passed October 23. 

1 As amended, the word originally used being "company." 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws (liesolves, etc.). — 1775-7*). 115 



CHAPTEK 283. 

RESOLVE REQUESTING GEN 1 - WASHINGTON TO SUPPLY 500 FLYNTS TO 
ENOCH PLUMMER ON REASONABLE CONSIDERATIONS. 

Whereas it is necessary that an Application of the Truckmaster Legislative 
of Penobscot for sundry Articles to supply the Indians in that part conScif ° f the 
of the Country should be comply'd with as a salutary Measure, for xxxiii., 279. 
preserving their Friendship, and this Colony, having exhausted it's Archives, 
Stock of Flynts to supply the continental Army, is unable to furnish ccv "-» 5L 
any for the immediate purpose mention'd ?ai?pp J i «9 r i9o 

Resolved that his Excellency George Washington Esq r be & he ^f ra > chap- 
hereby is desired to order Enoch Plummer of Newbury Port to be 
supplied out of the Continental Magazine, with five hundred Plynts 
for the purpose aforesaid, he paying a reasonable Consideration for 
the same. [Passed October 23. 



CHAPTER 284 Legislative 

v - y - L - J - jt *-- L - , -- LiJA -'«*• Records of the 

Council, 

RESOLVE GRANTING £1,851 ST G TO THE HON LE BENJ N FRANKLIN, ESQ K . Mass! 1 " ^ 

Archives, 

Resolved that there be granted and paid out of the publick treas- '' — '- 

ury of this colony to The Hon ble Benj a Franklin Esq r late agent for Archives, 
y e House of Eepresentatives of the said colony in Great Britain in ^ sgjpeoi^l - 
full for his Services and disbursements in his s d agency from Oct 627-634- cxim., 
31 st 1770, to the first day of March 1775 when his agency determin d lative Records 
the sum of Eighteen hundred & fifty one ' pounds Sterling and that £"x e ^is"^ 1 ' 
Henry Gardner Esq r Treasurer of this colony be and he is hereby 539;'xxx.;26,' 
directed to wait on the said Benj a Franklin Esq r now at Cambridge HoifseJoiir- 
and pay the said sum to him taking his receipt for the same. nai,pp.i65,i88. 
[Passed October 23. 

CHAPTER 285. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £1. 10 TO JONAS DIX, ESQ*. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this xxxm., 282. 
Colony to Jonas Dix Esq r the sum of One pound Ten shillings in Mass. 
full of his account for Apportioning the Colony Tax. [Passed £™i\™m! 

October 23. House Jour- 

nal , pp . 173, 188. 

CHAPTER 286. SSBW* 

Council, 

RESOLVE GRANTING £22. 8. 5| TO JONAS DIX, ESQ B , FOR THE USE OF Mass"'' 282 ' 
THE TOWN OF WALTHAM. Archives, 

ccvii., 58. 



Resolved. That there be Granted and paid out of the Publick ^hiveB 
Treasury of this Colony the sum of Twenty two Pounds Eight shil- ccvii., 58,*59. 
lings & five penc three farthings to Jonas Dix Esq r for the Use of Rlfordfof the 
the town of Waltham in full of the within ace'. 2 [Passed October 23. g^Jj^. 

1 The House Journal, p. 188, reads, £1,854. nal pp 164 j g8> 

2 For care of one John Walkley and family, poor Strangers, and not Inhabitants of * ' ' ' 
any Town in this Colony. — Mass. Archives, ccvii., 59. 



11(5 



Province Laws (liesolves, etc.). — 1775-71). [Chaps. -287-2111.] 



Legislative 
Kecords of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 283. 



CHAPTER 287. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £3 TO JOHN CARTER. 



Mass. 
Archives, 

HouseJour- Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 

nai, pp. 117, 150, Colony to John Carter the sum of Three pounds in full of his account 

for timber sufficient to make Sixty Gun stocks. [Passed October 24. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 283. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 61. 
House Jour- 



CHAPTER 288. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £3.6.8 TO URIAH NORCROSS. 



Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
najrppriio'm, Colony to Uriah Norcross the sum of Three pounds Six shillings & 
Eight pence in full of his account for AVork done at the Council 
Chamber. [Passed October 24. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 283. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 62. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 189. 
Ante, p. 38, 
chap. 73. 



CHAPTER 289. 

RESOLVE GRANTING 10 s TO JAMES JOHNSON. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to James Johnson the sum of Ten shillings in full of his 
account for Carting William Brown & his family the poor of Boston 
with their Goods to Stoneham. [Passed October 24. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 284. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 64. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 64, 65. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 189. 
Ante, p. 9, 
chap. 2. 



CHAPTER 290. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £1. 4. 10 TO JAMES SWAN. 

Resolved that there be allowed & paid out of the publick Treasury 
to M r James Swan the sum of one pound four shillings & ten pence 
in full discharge of the within Account. 1 [Passed October 24. 



CHAPTER 291. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 284 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 187. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 1 FOR SELECTMEN OF SPRINGFIELD. 

Petition of William Pynchon jun r in behalf of the Selectmen 
of the Town of Springfield Humbly Sheweth, that the following is 
a true Account of Services by them done for the said Colony in 
aiding and assisting General Washington on his way through Spring- 
field to the Camp at Cambridge and to his Servants on their Return 

1 That Knight Dexter of Providence, Innholder, furnish'd Entertainment and a horse 
to John Gill j r , and William White, in the month of April and May last, who were employed 
as Riders by the committee of Safety, for the use of this Colony, to the amount of Twenty 
four Shillings and ten pence Law 1 money ; as appears from receipts and acco ts herewith 
produced. — Mass. Archives, ccvii., 65. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7G. 117 

therefrom on their way to New York also in Transporting a 
Quantity of Powder through said Town of Springfield on the way to 
the Camp at Cambridge, which arrived in said Town of Springfield 
from Philadelp* 

The said Selectmen therefore pray that a just and suitable reward 
may he made therefor, and that the same may be ordered out of the 
Publick Treasury of this Colony to said Selectmen in discharge 
thereof, and they as in duty bound shall ever Pray. 

[Read and] 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to William Pynchon jun r the sum of Three pounds One shil- 
ling for the Use of the Selectmen of the Town of Springfield in full 
of their Account. [Passed October 24. 



CHAPTEK 292. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £263. 0. 1 TO FRANCIS MORE, JUN B . Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this xxxiii., 284. 
Colony to Francis More jun r the sum of Two hundred and Sixty Mass. 
Three pounds One penny in full of his account for Baking for the i^™; 
Colony and the Receiver General is directed to pay the same accord- ^pi^T"^ 
ingly. [Passed October 24. 



CHAPTEK 293. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £9. 13 TO SAMUEL BARNARD. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this xxxiii., 284. 
Colony to Samuel Barnard the sum of Nine pounds Thirteen shil- Mass. 
lings in full of his Account for conducting Nine Prisoners from c^u^el 8 ' 
Watertown to Worcester Goal. [Passed October 24. House Jour- 



CHAPTEK 294. 

RESOLVE GRANTING 12 SH. TO DAVID PARKER. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this xxxiii., 285. 
Colony to David Parker the sum of Twelve shillings in full of Mass. 
his Account for Work done at the Council Chamber. [Passed ta\^6i.' 

f)rfnhpf 9,4- House Jour- 

UCZOOer 4<t. nal,pp.l52,189. 



CHAPTEK 295. SSSK?the 

Council, 
xxxiii., 285. 
RESOLVE GRANTING 16 SH. TO URIAH NORCROSS. 



Mass. 
Archives, 



Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this House 6 Jour- 
Colony to Uriah Norcross the sum of Sixteen shillings in full of his nai.pp.127.is9. 
account for Work done at the Powder House. [Passed October 24. 



118 



Province Laws (J2esolves,etc). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 296-299.] 



CHAPTER 296. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 285. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 71. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 154, 189. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £1. 14. 4 TO STEPHEN BARRET. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Stephen Barret the sum of One pound Fourteen shillings 
and four pence in full of his account for removing a Prisoner from 
Spencer to Milton. [Passed October 24. 



CHAPTER 297. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 285. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 69, 70. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 117,150, 
187. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £7. 15. 10 TO JOSEPH AYERS. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Joseph Ayers ' the sum of Seven pounds Fifteen shillings 
& Ten pence in full of his Account for taking Care and Labouring 
on the Estate of David Phipps Esq 1- . 3 [Passed October 24. 



CHAPTER 298. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 286. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 285. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 129, 187. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £13. 12. 2 FOR AARON WRIGHT. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Joseph Hawley Esq r for the use of Aaron Wright the sum 
of Thirteen Pounds twelve shillings & Two pence it being at the 
rate of four shillings $> T Week for billeting each Prisoner in full dis- 
charge of s d Account. [Passed October 24. 



CHAPTER 299. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 286. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 78. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 79. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 184,187. 
Ante, p. 81, 
chap. 186. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £240 TO WILLIAM JONES AND DUMMER SEWALL. 

Resolved that there be allowed and paid out of the Publick Treas- 
ury to Will m Jones & Dumer Sewal the Sum of two Hundred & 
forty pounds to Defray y e Charge of Billitting fifty men at Booth- 
bay & fifty men at Bristol for two months who are there stationed 
for y e Defence of the sea Coast the said Jones & Sewall to be 

accountable to this Court for the Same. [Passed October 24. 

1 The House Journal, p. 187, reads, " John Ayers." 

1 As employed by the Committee of Safety. — Mass. Archives, ccvii., 70. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws (liesolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 119 



CHAPTER 300. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £30 TO JEDUTHAN BALDWIN, ESQ". Legislative 

Records of the 

Council, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the publick Treasury of this xxxiii., 287. 
Colony to Jeduthan Baldwin Esq r the Sum of Thirty pounds in full Archives, 
for forten weeks and two Days Service being from the Twen- ccvu - 80 - 

tieth Day of may Last to the first Day of august as an Engineer ' and ^^j 
that Henry Gardner Esq r be Directed to pay the Same accordingly, cevu.,81.' 
[Passed October 24. SffiSS* 

153, 175, 192. 



CHAPTER 301. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £11. 3. 6 TO JONATHAN WEBSTER. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this xxxm., 287. 
Colony to Jonathan Webster the sum of Eleven pounds Three shil- Mass. 
lings & Six pence in full of his account for Collecting Powder and ^^Jf/ 
Transporting the same. [Passed October 24. House Jour- 



CHAPTER 302. S2§SKSth. 

Council, 
xxxiii., 288. 
RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 6 TO JONATHAN GROUT. 



Mass. 
Archives, 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this L cvi j-i 5 I a - 
Colony to Jonathan Grout the sum of Three pounds Six shillings Records of the 
in full of his Account for collecting Cloathing for this Colony. 2 xxxn! 11 ^; 
[Passed October 24. xxxiii' 287. 

L House Jour- 

nal, pp. 84, 193. 

Journals of 
each Pro- 
vincial Con- 

CHAPTER 3 03. ^ es 4 s - s °V Ma88 - 

pp. 4/8, 4 1 9. 

RESOLVES EMPOWERING THE SELECTMEN OF LEOMINSTER TO ASSEMBLE 
THE FREEHOLDERS OF THE TOWN TO ELECT A CONSTABLE, AND 
PROVIDING PENALTY FOR REFUSING OFFICE. 

Resolved That the Selectmen of the Town of Leominster be and Legislative 
they are hereby empowered to Assemble the Freeholders and other council! ° 
Inhabitants of said Town who are qualified according to Law to Mass"'' 288 ' 
Vote in Town Affairs, to meet at such Time and Place within said Archives, 

Town, as they shall Appoint, then & there to choose one Constable ^^ — : 

to serve in that Office the remainder of the Year and untill another Archives, 
be chosen & Sworn in his Stead they Observing the direction of the JEmae Sour- 
Law in said Choice, the Time appointed by Law for the choice of nal, pp. 154,155, 
Town Officers being elapsed notwithstanding. LaWsff.^ 06 

And be it further cha P- 2S - 

Resolv'd that in Case it should happen that the Person who shall 

1 By request of General Ward. — Mass. Archives, ccvii., 81. 

2 " Imployed by the late Congress to Collect from several Towns in the upper part of 
the County of Worcester, some Shirts, Breeches, Stockings & Shoes." — Legislative Records 
of the Council, xxxiii., 287. 



120 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 304-306.] 



be first chosen at such meeting to the Office of a Constable should 
refuse to accept the said Office or to take the Oath by Law required 
to qualify him to Act in such Office such Person so elected and 
refusing, shall be subject to the same Penalty for such refusal as he 
would have been if he had been regularly chosen to the same Office 
in the Mouth of March last and that such Penalty shall be recover- 
able in the same Manner, and the said Town may upon such refusal 
proceed to the choice of another Person & so from Time to Time 
in Case of refusal untill some Person liable to serve in the said Office 
shall be chosen who shall Accept the same & take the said Oath. 

And be it further 

Resolved that the Person chosen and qualified as aforesaid shall 
& he is hereby vested with the same Authority to all Intents and 
Purposes as he would have been had he been chosen & Sworn in the 
month of March. [Passed October 24. 



CHAPTER 304. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £500 TO WILLIAM GREENLEAF, ISAAC SMITH & 

OTHERS. 

uecorlfs^f the Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Council, Colony to William Greenleaf, Isaac Smith and others Overseers of 

xxxm "' — '■ — the Poor of Boston the sum of Five hundred pounds to be by them 
mi°i?pp J i7^i92. applied for the use of such Poor as are removed from hence to the 
oban is 35 '' Hospital in Salem. [Passed October 25. 



CHAPTER 305. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 290. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 85. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 134, 187. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 15/ TO JOSEPH JENNINGS. 

Resolved that the prayer of this petition be Granted and that there 
be paid out of the publick treasurey to Joseph Jennings the Sum of 
three pounds Fifteen Shillings ' & that Henry Gardner Esqr pay the 
Same accordingly. [Passed October 25. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 291. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 86. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 193. 



CHAPTER 306. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £5. 5 TO DANIEL BRAGDON. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Daniel Bragdon the sum of Five pounds Five shillings in 
full of his Account for attending on the Press. [Passed October 25. 

1 "To defrey the Expences of Nursing and looking after his Son Ten Weeks," who 
was " Wounded in the Battle on the 17 th of June last." — Legislative Records of the Council, 
xxxiii., 290. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 121 



CHAPTER 307. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £500 TO TIMOTHY EDWARDS AND SAMUEL 
BROWN, JUN E , ESQ KB ., AS COAT MONEY. 

Resolved that their be granted and paid out of the Publick Treas- Legislative 
ury of this Colony to Timothy Edwards and Samuel Brown jtm r cSif * *** 
Esq" the sum of Five hundred pounds as Coat money, or in Hue of xxxin., 291. 
the Coats due to the Noncommissioned Officers and Soldiers in House Jour- 
Colonel James Eastons Regiment, and that they or one of them 195. 5nfe,' 
repair to said Regiments, and pay each of such Noncommissioned £; i n> C chap K3; 
Officers and soldiers as are in Actual' Service, Twenty five shillings 275. 
in liue of said Coats. Said Timothy and Samuel to be accountable 
to this Court for the first mentioned Sum. [Passed October 25. 



CHAPTER 308. 

ORDER APPOINTING COMMITTEE TO RECEIVE £100 ST G OF DOCT K 
BENJ N FRANKLIN. 

In Council £ egl8 !? tlv i%u 

Records of the 

Ordered; council, 

That Hon' M r Whetcomb M r Prescot M r Holton & M r White with ^ L ' 291 ' 
such as the Hon b,e House shall join, be a Committee to receive of Archives, civ., 

the Hon ble Benjamin Franklin Esqr one hundred pounds sterling, — - — 

sent by several charitable Persons in England for the relief of those n av pp. 195*196. 
who were wounded in the battle at Lexington, and of the widows eachP^oVin- 
& children of those who were then slain; Dr Franklin having ex- ciai congress, 
pressed his readiness to pay the said sum to such persons as shall 5^" 519, 661-694! 
be appointed to receive it. The Committee to dispose of the said ^*« \i^> 
monies according to the best of their discretion, & to make return 
of their doings therein to this Court 

In the house of Representatives 
Read and concurr'd and Maj r Hawley M r Devans, Col Barret, 
M r Stone of Lexington and M r Dix are joyn'd. [Passed October 25. 



CHAPTER 309. 

RESOLVE IMPOWERING JAMES ADAMS, ADM E , TO EXECUTE A DEED. 

Resolved that the prayer of the foregoing Petition [By James Legislative 
Adams to execute a deed as administrator of the estate of Benjamin council 8 , * the 
Allen, of Lincoln] be granted and that the Petitioner be and he * xxiil -> m 
is hereby Impowered to make and Execute a good Deed or Deeds Archives, 

in Law of all the Real Estate Mentioned in Said Petition to the ccvn "' 87 ' 

Purchaser or Purchasers of the same he first giving Bond to the SpS^, 
Judge of Probate for the County of Middlesix that the Proceeds of Province 
Said Sale be applied in Manner following viz, that all the Just Debbts chap!'™.'' ' 
of the above Named Deceased, be first paid and the Risedue to be 
applied for the Benefit of the Heirs of the Said Deceased agreeable 
to Law. [Passed October 26. 



122 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775—7*5. [Chaps. 310-312.] 



CHAPTER 310. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING PAYMENTS OF THO B GOLDTHWAIT AND OTHERS 
FOR MILITARY SERVICE AT FORT POWNALL. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 293. 
Maes. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 88. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 85, 90, 
95, 103, 181, 194, 
195. Journals 
of each Pro- 
vincial Con- 
gress of Mass., 
217, '226. Prov- 
ince Laws, 
xviii., 802, 
chap. 2. 



On the Petition of Thomas Goldthwait Esq r & others mentionrt 
in said petetion late Officers & Soilders of the Garrison of Fort 
Pownall praying that they may be allow'd their wages from y e first 
day of June 1774 to y e first day of June 1775 being agreeable to y e 
Roll herewith exibeted, which is according to y e establishment made 
by the General Court in June 1774 

Resolved that their be paid out of y e publick Treasury of y e 
colony to y e said non commisiond officers & soliders nam'd in said 
pay Roll y e sum of three hundred & & ' thirty eight pounds, in full 
for their services 

And that y e Treasurer of said Colony is directed to pay to each 
of said officers & soilders nam'd in said pay Roll Capt. Goldthwait 
& Jon a Lowder the Gunner Excepted y c Sums mention'd against 
each of their names & take their several receipts for y e same or 
orders from under their own hand which sums are agreeable to y e 
Establishment for one Year last past. [Passed October 26. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 294. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 89. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 73, 110, 

no.i'29,131,138, \ Passed October 26. 

147, 176, 197 



CHAPTER .'ill. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £. r >. 7. 4 TO JAMES SWIFT. 



Resolved That their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to James Swift the sum of Five pounds seven shillings and 
four pence in full of his Account for service in assisting in the 
Commissary Generals store from June 18 tb to August the Third. 



CHAPTER 312. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING HENRY BOWERS TO RECEIVE FROM THE PRISON 
KEEPER IN TAUNTON ONE PERSON TAKEN FROM THE NAVY, ON GIV- 
ING BOND IN REGARD TO EXGHANGE OF PRISONERS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 295. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 90. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 91. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 192, 19S, 
199. Ante, 
p. 113, chap. 
27S. 



Petition of Jerathmeel Bowers showing that one John Shardon 
of Swansey is now a Prisoner on board of Cap 1 AVallace 8 Ship, has 
been there near two months, has a Wife and four Children in want 
of his Care the said Wallace has Offered him a dollar p T day if he 
will undertake to be a Pilot, but the Poor Man has had Virtue enough 
hitherto to refuse the Offer Wallace has Consented to Accept another 
Man in his Stead and as there is danger of his finally Complying 
through necessity, and as he is acquainted with the Coast, might 
be the Cause of bringing the Men of War into the Rivers and 
Harbours on the south Shore. [Prayer that said Shardon may be 
Redeemed by sending a man from Taunton Goal; the Petitioner un- 
dertaking to procure the said Shardon or Return the Prisoner to 
Taunton as this court may direct.] 

[Read and] 

1 Sic. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 123 

Resolved that Henry Bowers be allowed to receive of the Prison 
Keeper in Taunton one person who hath ben Taken from the Navy 
under the Command of admirel Graues. he Giving his Bond to the 
Sheriff of the County of Bristol to the vsee of this Colony in the 
penal Sum of one Hundred Pounds, Condition that in Case he Shall 
not Exchange the Prisoner whome he Shall receive for the Said 
John, he will returne the Said Prisoner to the Prison in Taunton 
afore s d within fourteen Days from the Time he shall receive the s d 
Prisoner, and the Keeper of said Prison is hereby directed to Con- 
forme him Self to thir ' order, provided the Said Henry Bowers Shall 
Give Security as above directed. [Passed October 27. 



CHAPTER 313. 



RESOLVE RECOMMENDING CERTAIN TOWNS TO FURNISH SALEM WITH 
MILITARY SUPPLIES ON CERTAIN TERMS. 

Whereas The Perticuler Situation of the Town of Salem with re- Legislative 
gard to its being exposed to Desolation by the Enemy The smallness council 8 , * thG 
of the Quantity of their Amunition The Methods they are tak- mJL,'»B. 

ing for their Defence And the probability of their being able to save Archives, 

the place provided they could be furnished with a Sufficient stock of CCY " - ' 9o " 

powder and Ball, having been represented to this Court. And Archives, 

being desirous that a place of So great importance as Salem is might ccvu., %.' 
if possible be saved from Distraction. nai, pp. 19-2,195, 

Resolved This Court earnestly recommends to the Towns herafter p^chap. 169. 
Named that they would furnish the forementioned place with the 
Several Quantities of powder proposed in this List 2 upon their appli- 
cation to them for it. which Quantity shall either be returned to them 
again in powder or paid for in Money not Exceeding five shillings p 
pound by the Selectmen or Committee of Safety of y e Town of Salem. 
as the Selectmen of the Several Towns from whence it is taken shall 
choose. [Passed October 28. 



CHAPTEE 314. 

RESOLVE RECOMMENDING SEARCH FOR STOLEN GOODS. 

Whereas the Committee of Inspection for the town of London- Legislative 
derry have collected a considerable quantity of wearing apparel Hous- councu 8 , 01 the 
hold furniture & other articles that were taken away on the day of xxxm., 297. 
battle at Charlestown & have sent them to Watertown, and delivered Archives, 

them into the hands of M r Richard Devens ; And whereas it is prob- ccvll -> 9 '- 

able that wearing apparel Houshold furniture & other goods were ^ a ™pp J i i5, r i29, 
taken from Charlestown & other places at the time afores d & may r?s/ Ante, 
be in divers towns in this Colony & the neighbouring Colonies & " 
Provinces. 

It is therefore 

Resolved that the Committee of correspondence & Committees of 
Inspection in each town in this Colony & in each town in the neigh- 
bouring Colonies: & provinces & where no such Committees are, the 

1 The House Journal, p. 199, reads "this." 

2 Danvers 50 pounds, Rowley 50, Andover 50, Haverhill 50, Topsfield 25, Boxford 25, 
Bradford 50, Middletown 25, Methuen 25. — Mass. Archives, ccvii., 95, and House Jour- 
nal, p. 201. 



p. 94, ehap. 221. 



124 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 315, 31<>.] 



Select men of each town be desired to make inquiry & search for any 
apparel or goods of any sort brought amongst them belonging to the 
inhabitants of Boston or Charlestown or any other towns at or after 
the time afores d ; and that they be desired to send such goods as may 
from time to time come to their hands to M r Devens. M r Watson & 
Cap 1 Brown at Watertown, a Committee of this Court appointed to 
receive said goods & to pay the charges of collecting & bringing the 
same, which Committee is directed to deliver those goods to such 
Persons as shall make out to their satisfaction their respective prop- 
erty therein: they paying a proportionable part of the charge of col- 
lecting and bringing the same to Watertown; any thing in a resolve 
of this Court passed the third instant to the contrary notwithstand- 
ing. [Passed October 28. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 298. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 92-94. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 297. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 157, 207. 



CHAPTER 315. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £11. 19. 2 FOR THE SELECTMEN OF SUDBURY. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Thomas Plympton for the Use of the Selectmen of Sud- 
bury, the sum of Eleven pounds Nineteen shillings and Two pence 
in full of their Account for Nursing, Boarding, and providing a 
Surgeon for the Widow Anneas Kimbleton a Transient Person, who 
broke her Thigh at Sudbury in May A.D. 1774. [Passed October 28. 



CHAPTER 316. 



RESOLVE PERMITTING WILLIAM DAVIS TO SEND A SLOOP ABROAD TO 
PURCHASE POWDER. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 298. 
Mass 
Archives, 
ccvii., 98. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 99. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 200, 209. 
Ante, p. 14, 
chap. 13; p. 29, 
chap. 56. 



Petition of William Davis of Dartmouth [showing] that the 
Town of Dartmouth, as well as many of the Neighbouring Towns are 
much exposed to the Ravages of the Enemy, and almost destitute 
of that essential Article Powder, and as there is a Company Stationed 
at Dartmouth by your Honourable Court for the defence of the sea 
Coast your Petitioner apprehends it will be very necessary for a 
supply of Powder at hand upon all Emergency's. [Prayer] that 

the Court would grant him a permit to send his Sloop called the 
Reliance, now lying at Dartmouth, Ready to put to Sea with her 
ballast, to some of the Erench West India Islands with Money's, 
under such Restrictions, as your Honours shall see most Expedient 
and beneficial to the Publick, in order that your Petitioner may 
Procure and bring back a Cargo of Powder, which is much wanted 
in Dartmouth and the Neighbouring Towns, and most essentialy 
necessary for the Preservation of the Country. 

[Read and] 

Resolved That the petition of William Davis be granted and that 
the said Davis be and he hereby is permitted to send the Sloop Re- 
lyance to any foreign ports in order to purchase and bring into this 
Colony a cargo of Gunpowder, provided that the said Davis or the 
master of said Sloop shall give his bond with Sufficient Surety or 
Suretys, to the Receiver General of this Colony, in the penal sum 
of two thousand pounds conditioned, that if the said Sloop shall 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 125 

bona fide bring the powder she shall take on board during said voyage, 
into some port in any of the United Colonies (Boston and Nantuckett 
excepted) and shall take on board no other Cargoe in order for said 
Voyage, than cash only and also no more provisions than what shall 
be allowed by a permit under the hands of the Com tet ' of Correspond- 
ence for the Town of Dartmouth, as being absolutly necessary for 
the prosecution of said Voyage, then the said Bond shall be Void, 
or else to stand and remain in full force Effect and Virtue. [Passed 
October 30. 



CHAPTER 317. 

ORDER GRANTING £62. 0. 10 TO ABIJAH THOMPSON AND OTHERS. 

Petition of Abijah Thompson and others We the Subscribers Legislative 
being Armourers by the Appointment of the Committees of Safety council, 
& Supplies for the Colony of the Massachusets Bay, beg leave to Mass 1- ' 3 °°' 
Present this Petition Archives, 

Whereas many of us have families to support, and depend upon "' — 
our Wages for that purpose Therefore we your Petitioners humbly Archives, 
pray that your Honours would be pleased, to order payment and as House !?our. 
in duty bound shall ever pray. nai, pp. iso, 173, 

r-D j n 186,192,211. 

[Kead and J Ante, p. 113, 

Resolved there be payd out of the publick treasurey to the armorers cha i J - 28 °- 

in full of ther acount to the first of august the Sumes Anext to Each 

mans Name 
to Viz 

Abiah Tomson 3. 6. 8 

Samvel Willson 3. 6. 8 

Jeremiah Winn 3. 6. 8 

Philip Farinton 6. 8. 

John Mirett 5. 8. 

Abedirege Wade 7. 5. 4 

Jonathan Blasdal . 6. 17. 4 

Seth Jonson 9. 0. 

Isaih Eaton 0. 13. 4 

Obadiah Badger 0. 13. 4 

Seth Dunbar 2. 8. 

Samvel Liscom 2. 16. 

Daniel Cole 3. 18. 2 

Joseph Seaver , . . . . 3. 6. 8 - 

Shubal Seaver 3. 6. 8 

Totl 62. 0. 10 

Ordered that a Warrant be drawn on the Treasury for s d £62.0/10 d 
in favour of Abijah Thompson to the use of the whole agreable to 
the within order. [Passed October 31. 



CHAPTER 318. iteciirilsof the 

Council, 
xxxiii., 301. 
RESOLVE GRANTING £18 TO SILVANUS DREW. Mass. 

Archives, 
ccvii., 102. 

Resolv d that there be paid out of the publick Treasury of this ^^ 
Colony to the within named Silvanus Drew Eighteen pounds in full Archives, 
for three months wages from May 5 th to Aug 1 1 st as master Boat- House Jour- 
builder, agreeable to a Kesolve of this Court whereby s d Drews wages 2u! V Antl' m ' 
is particularly established. [Passed October 31. p. 66, chap! 150. 



126 



Province Laws (Itesolves> etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 319, 320.] 



CHAPTER 319. 



RESOLVE FOR PROMOTING THE MANUFACTURE OF SALT PETRE. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 302. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 114. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxciv.,143; 
ccvii., 138. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 110, 111, 
127, 144, 14ft, 158, 
159, 161, 215. 
Ante, p. 70, 
chap. 162. 



Resolved that D r Whiting, a member of the Committee appointed 
by this Court to improve y e Art & Business of manufacturing Salt 
peter, be directed immediately to repair again to the Colony of Con- 
necticut to such Person or Persons as upon enquiry he shall suppose 
to be best skilled in the said Art; and after gaining the best In- 
formation to be obtain'd relative to this Matter, that he repair with 
Deacon Baker another of said Committee directly to Newbury Port, 
and that they with Cap 1 Jn° Peck the other of said Committee, use 
their utmost Efforts until the fifteenth day of December next for 
obtaining a successful & sure method of manufactoring said Com- 
modity And that in Addition to the sum voted by this Court, as 
a Eeward to each of the s d Committee for every Day they should be 
employ d in s d Seruice, there be allow d and pay d out of the public 
Treasury; the sum of two shillings per Day to each of them who 
from the Date hereof shall be employed in the manner, and during 
the time afores d together with twenty Shillings per week, while 
absent from their families, to defray their Expences; and that agre- 
able to a former Resolve of this Court, they Cause to be published, 
in the plainest manner, and as early as may be, all the useful Dis- 
coveries, they shall from time to time make in s d Business, in all the 
News Papers in this Colony. 

Also 

Resolv* that the s d Committee, be and they hereby are impower d 
in addition to half a Dollar per pound, which they were directed by 
this Court to give for all the Salt Petre which should be manu- 
factured in this Colony and deliver d to them before the first of Oct r 
1776 to pay a Bounty of four Shillings a pound for all that shall be 
manufactured as a fores d before the first of June next. Provided 
that each Manufacturer shall produce to them, at least fifty pounds 
thereof and a Certificate from a majority of the selectmen of the 
Town in which it shall haue been made that it was by him manu- 
factured. [Passed November 1. 






Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 304. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 113. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 216, 217. 
Supra, chap. 
319. 



CHAPTER 320. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £4. 14 TO WILLIAM WHITING. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to William Whiting the sum of four pounds fourteen shil- 
lings in full of his Account for Horse hire and Expence's in going 
to Windsor, &c. [Passed Xovember 2. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 177. r >-7f>. 127 



CHAPTER 321. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £22. 3. 2 TO WILLIAM WHITING. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this xxxiii., W. 
Colony to William Whiting the sum of Twenty Two pounds three Mass. 
shillings & Two pence in full of his Account for Horse hire and Scv^ V ^,i«8. 
Expences in going to New York & Philadelp a and Assisting in making House Jour- 
Salt Petre. \ Passed November 2. supra,ebkv. 
L 320. 



CHAPTER 322. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £1.1.4 FOR W M GREENLEAF. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this xxxiii., 304. 
Colony to Jonathan Webster for the Use of William Greenleaf the Mass. 
sum of One pound one shilling and four pence in full of his account ^^119. 
for entertaining the Guards, and the Prisoners taken at Machias. House J°_ ur - 
[ Passed November 2. 



CHAPTER 323. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £268. 16. 4 FOR EPHRAIM SPOONER AND COMPANY. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this xxxiii.,'305. 
Colony the Sum of Two hundred and sixty Eight pounds, Sixteen Mass. 
shillings and four pence to James Warren to the Use of Ephraim tcvnjni. 11s. 
Spooner & Comp y in full of their Account for Gun Powder. [Passed H <> U8 e J° ur - 

tit 7 /7i L nal,ppl32, 216. 

November 2. 



CHAPTER 324. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £8. 1. 9 TO SIMON HASTINGS. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this xxxm.,306. 
Colony to M r Simon Hastings the sum of Eight pounds One shilling Mass. 
and Nine pence in full of his Account for his Attendance &c. upon ^lVTio-ik. 
the Court as door keeper. \ Passed November 2. H S U8e J ^ ur ;,- 

r L nal, pp. 216, 2L. 



CHAPTER 325. 

RESOLVE CONFIRMING ACTS OF THE COMMITTEES OF SAFETY, &c, OF 
BRUNSWICK, BOWDINGHAM, AND TOPSHAM IN REGARD TO CERTAIN 
VESSELS. 

Representation of the Committee's of Safety and Correspond- ^f j|"J f e th 
ence for the Towns of Brunswick, Bowdingham and Topsham Beg council, 
leave to Inform this Hon ble Court, that being informed that Nine Mass! 1- ' 306 ' 
Sail of Vessels had arrived in Kennebeck, and had dispersed them- Arc ,l liv 1 |!' 
selves through the Various branches of said River, and were Collect- — — — '- 



128 Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 326.] 

Mass. i n g fire-wood, Butter and other Articles, we therefore thinking it 

ccvii., 124. our duty to wait on them and enquire into the Legallity of their 
M°i"pp J i°9i!2i8. proceeding, have found, that they had in no wise followed the 
A ?* e ' & 44, ing direction of the Congresses or General Assembly but were come here, 
chap. - 268. P ' " with only Clearance from that part of the Port of Boston Called 
Nantucket without Consent of any Committee whatever by them 
Signifyed, in direct opposition to a Resolve of Congress of the 9 th 
June last, We therefore being Twelve in Number of the Committee 
for the several Towns above mentioned, having Personally and Par- 
ticularly Examined into this matter, and find by the masters own 
Confession that they brought with them no Licence from any Com- 
mittee whatever and that all their pretentions for Carrying out of 
this place any of the above articles, was a Permit from one Samuel 
Goodwin and Samuel Emerson Two of the Committee of Safety for 
the Town of Pownalborough to some of said Vessels to sail out of 
said River which we thought not Legal We therefore taking the 
whole into our serious Consideration, have ordered said Vessels to 
be Stopt and hawled up untill the mind of this Honourable Court 
is known, which determination of ours has been put into Execution, 
and wait your Honours Approbation. 

on the Representation made by Samuel Stanwood Chairman of the 
Committees of Safety and Corrispondence for the Towns of Bruns- 
wick, Bowdenham and Topsham, 

Resolved that y e Said Committees are hereby Justified in their 
Inquiry and are Directed to Suffer the nine vessells in their memo- 
rial mentiond to Return to Nantuckitt with Such necessaries as they 
Can procure: provided that each master of those vessells bind him- 
self in a sum Equal to the value of his Respective vessell and Cargoe 
payable to the Treasurer of this Colony for the use of this Colony 
Conditioned that he will sail Directly for the Island of Nantuckett 
and their Land the Cargoe in such vessell Contained for the use of 
the Inhabitants of Said Island and that the Same Shall not be Dis- 
posed off to any other purpose and the Said Committee are hereby 
Directed to take Such bonds at the Charge of Such masters of the 
s d vessells previous to their permiting them to go out and the Same 
to transmit to the Treasurer of this Coloney as soon as may be. 
[Passed November 2. 



CHAPTEE 326. 

RESOLVE JOINING MR. JED" PHIPS TO COM EE ON SALTPETRE. 

Reford^of the Whereas M r Jedediah Phips of Sherburne has produced to this 

Council, _ Court several pounds of genuine Saltpetre of his own Manufacturing 

MaS?" 307 * & giuen full Evidence of his knowledge in discovering Earth impreg- 

A ™i lv i09 nated therewith, as well as of his abilities to manufacture s d Com- 

Le^is'iative — modity & also has consented to enter into y e Employment of this 

Records ofthe Government for improving y e Art & Business aforesd & engaged to 

xxxHu'304. communicate his useful Discoveries therein therefore 

Ho'useJour- Resolved That y e s d M r Jedediah Phips be taken into y e Service of 

Tnt? t v v~ik? ' this Colony as afores d untill y e 15 th of Dec r next & he hereby is 

chap. 319. directed to repair to Newbury Port as soon as may be & use his 

utmost Efforts with Doctor Whiting Deacon Baker & Cap 1 John 

Peck a Committee of this Court for y e purpose afores d or either of 

them to make further Improvements in the Art of manufacturing 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7(>. 



129 



s d Commodity & for every Day which lie shall be Absent from Home 
& employed agreablo to y c Direction of this Resolve, he shall be 
allowed & payed out of y c public Treasury y e Sum of six shillings #> 
Day for his Service & twenty Shillings $> Week to defray his Ex- 
pences, as already provided for s d Committee. [Passed November 2. 



CHAPTER 327. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £7. 11. 8 TO JOHN CADES. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to John Cades the sum of Seven pounds Eleven shillings and 
Eight pence in full of his Account for dealing out Provisions in 
the Commissary Generals Store. [Passed November 2. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 308. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvil., 119». 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 68, 179, 
219. Ante, 
p. 122, chap. 
311. 



CHAPTER 328. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £11. 13. 4 TO PAUL INGERFIELD. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Paul Ingerfield the sum of Eleven pounds Thirteen shil- 
lings and four pence in full of his Account for Assisting the late 
Commissary General of this Colony. [Passed November 2. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 30S. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 121. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 179, 219. 
Supra, chap. 
327. 



CHAPTER 329. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £9.6.8 TO JOSEPH BROWN. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Joseph Brown the sum of Nine pounds Six shillings & 
Eight pence in full of his Account for Assisting the late Commis- 
sary General of this Colony. [Passed November 2. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 308. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 120". 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 52, 98, 
219. Supra, 
chap. 328. 



CHAPTER 330. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 7. 8 TO BENJ A ABRAHAMS. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Benjamin Abrahams the sum of Three pounds Seven shil- 
lings & Eight pence in full of his Account for Assisting the late 
Commissary General of this Colony. [Passed November 2. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 308. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 122«. 
House Jour, 
nal, pp. 73, 95. 
179, 219. 
Supra, chap. 
329. 



130 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 331—33 L] 



Legislate e 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 30S. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 122. 
House Jour 



CHAPTER 331. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £12. 0. 4 TO JOSEPH SNELLING. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
nai!pp.i79,2i9. Colony to Joseph Snelling the Sum of Twelve pounds and four 
pence in full of his Account for Assisting the late Commissary Gen- 
eral of this Colony. [Passed November 2. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 309. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 120. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 72, 179, 
219. Supra, 
chap. 331. 



CHAPTER 332. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £12. 0. 4 TO DAVTD GREENLEAF. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to David Greenleaf the sum of Twelve pounds & four pence 
in full of his Account for Assisting the late Commissary General of 
this Colony. [Passed November ... 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 309. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 121». 
House Jour 



CHAPTER 333. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £11.15.8 TO SOLOMON NASH. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
baVpp"i7M19. Colony to Solomon Nash the sum of Eleven pounds Fifteen shillings 
jSfcpro, chap. an< j jgjg ut p ence j n f u n f hi s Account for Assisting the late Com- 
missary General of this Colony. [Passed November 2. 



CHAPTER 334 



RESOLVE REPEALING LAST PARAGRAPH IN A RESOLVE RELATIVE TO 
THE SOLDIERS' COATS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 310. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 116. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 214. 
Ante, p. Ill, 
chap. 275. 



In the House of Representatives 

Resolved that the last Paragraph in a Report respecting the cloath- 
ing of the Army, that pass'd this House the twenty first of this Instant 
be reconsider'd And that the Committee of Cloathing be directed 

to give public Notice that they will not be permitted to receive any 
Coats after the first of December and are directed to pay no Money 
in the room of Coats to the Soldiers till the twentyeth of December. 

In Council Read and concurred. [Passed November ,.V 

» This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is November 3. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7(>. 131 



CHAPTER 335. &$Xl!*e 

Council, 
xxxiii., 809. 
RESOLVE GRANTING £12. 0. 4 TO HENRY SWIFT. 

Mass. 
A rchives, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this h"^ j£u r . 
Colony to Henry Swift the sum of Twelve pounds and four pence in nai, pp. 179,219. 
full of his Account for Assisting the late Commissary General of this ^ ra ' clldp ' 
Colony. [Passed November 3. ,' 



CHAPTER 336. S&SSK?,* 

Council, 
xxxiii., 309. 
RESOLVE GRANTING £4. 18 TO JOHN RICHARDSON. 

Mass. 
Archives, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this h^m Jdnr. 
Colony to John Richardson the sum of Four pounds Eighteen shil- nai.pp.179,219. 
lings in full of his Account for Assisting the late Commissary Gen- ^ ra ' chap * 
eral of this Colony. [Passed November S. 1 



CHAPTER 337. 

RESOLVE DISPOSING OF SCHOONER & CARGO BELONGING TO GEORGE 
ERVING AND CAP T WORMWELL. 

The Committee appointed to Consider the State of the Legislative 
Schooner and Cargo belonging to George Erving, and Cap 1 c^unca 8 , ° f the 

Wormwell beg leave to report the following Resolve Viz Ma"" - ' m 

Whereas the Committee of Correspondance of the Town of Plym- Archives, 

outh did sometime past take into their possesion, three fourth parts CCY11 -» 13 °- 

of the Cargo of said Schooner consisting of Rum Sugar, and Molasses, ^^p^^, 
belonging to George Erving an Inhabitant of Boston, and have de- 220,' 226, 227. 
tained the said Schooner, three fourths of which belongs to said chap! 227. ' 
Erving, waiting the Orders of this Court, Therefore 

Resolved, That the said Committee of Correspondance be, and 
they hereby are order d to sell, and dispose of that part of the Cargo 
aforesaid to the Commissary General of the Continental Army he 
paying the prices usually given for such Articles, which Mony shall 
be paid to the Treasurer & Receiver General of this Colony to be 
appropriated in such manner as this Court shall hereafter direct. 

And be it further 

Resolved, That the said Committee be directed to have the said 
Schooner apprized by three Men under Oath, and that they make 
return of said Apprizement to this Court, as soon as may be, and 
that the said Schooner be deliver'd to his Excellency General Wash- 
ington's order, for him to improve her as an Armed Vessel for de- 
fence of the Country, he giving his receipt therefor, a duplicate of 
which receipt said Committee are directed to lodge in the Treasurer's 
Office aforesaid as soon as may be. [Passed November 3. 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is November 2. 



132 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 338, 339.] 



CHAPTER 338. 



RESOLVE DIRECT 



TREASURER AND SECRETARY TO DELIVER OUT 
VOUCHERS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 311. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 129. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxxxviii., 262- 
269. Legis- 
lative Records 
of the Council, 
xxxiii., 279. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 90, 91, 
93, 94, 138, 140, 
196, 220, 221. 



Whereas many Vouchers are lodged in the hands of the Treas- 
urer of this colony and in the Secretarys Office that may be Neces- 
sary to be produced to prove the Several Articles of Charge to be 
transmitted to the Continental Congress by this Colony which the 
Treasurer and Secretary may not think they can with propriety 
deliver out of their possession without the express directions of this 
Court therefore 

Resolved That the Treasurer and the Secretary be and they hereby 
are Severally directed to deliver unto the Com ,l ' e appointed by this 
Court to prepare the accounts of charges and expences incurred by 
this Colony in the defence of american liberty to be transmitted to 
the Hon ble the Continental Congress they the said Com tee making 
out an account of the amount of the Sums Supported by the Several 
vouchers & their date and the names of the persons to whom any 
Sums as aforesaid have been paid and giving a receipt for the vouchers 
they shall receive which receipt of said Com tee shall be held good 
and Effectual to discharge the Treasurer and the Secretary in as full 
and ample manner and sort as tho the vouchers had not been de- 
livered as aforesaid. [Passed November 3. 



CHAPTER 339. 



RESOLVE APPOINT AN ENGINEER AT PLYMOUTH. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 311. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 126. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 141, 142, 
221, 224. Ante, 
p. 100, chap. 
240. 



Resolved, That some suitable Person for an Engineer &c be ap- 
pointed to repair immediately to Plymouth there to make such works 
as are necessary for the defence of that town &c. against the ravages 
of the Enemy, and that a Carriage for a Field piece which Avas some- 
time past made for them by order of the Committee of Supplies, and 
now in Watertown, be appropriated for the use of said town, and 
deliver'd to the Hon ble James Warren Esq r and also that they be sup- 
plied with Cannon ball for the purpose abovemention'd to the amount 
of One Ton of Cannon, & Swivel Shot, and that the Select Men of 
said Town be, and hereby are Impower'd. to procure, and furnish the 
said quantity of Shot, and Exhibit their Account to this Court for 
payment, and that the Speaker Col Sayer and Cap 1 Partridge be a 
Committee to wait on his Excellency General Washington, and desire 
him to appoint some suitable person as an Engineer to repair to 
Plymouth for the purposes abovementioned. [Passed November 8. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7<>. 133 

CHAPTER 340. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO THE DISPOSITION OF THE POOR OF BOSTON. 

Resolved that the Poore of the Town of Boston that are now in Legislative 
the Town of Newburyport be Destined in the manner following c^Sncn ° f the 

viz xxxlli., 314. 

to the Town j Capt Phillip Bass wife and 3 Children Archives, 
of Groton ( the widow Bounds & 2 Children and Peter Meers& wife ccvll -> v &- 

" Christopher Brazer & wife & 5 Children Archives 

. , J Christopher Brazer ju r wifee and one Child. ecvii.,134'. 

James Hinckes & wife & 2 Children. na°"pp. 217/227, 

> Lewis Follings and wife. 228. Jg^g- 
j M r Joannah Trevoy & 3 Children 
T . Ambrose Colby & wife & 3 Children 
Loommster j Mrs Paterson £ 2 children 

[ M rs Mary Calf & daughter in Law & 2 Children. 
,, m , ( Walter Piper wife and five Children 

j • h • ) Salter Pip er Ju r wife & mother & 7 Children 
° * ( Joseph Grant & wife & mother & 4 Children 
the town ( the widow Elisabath Bescom 

of -j the widow Johnson 

Litteltown ( the widow mary York, 
and the Seelect men of the Towns of Groton Andover Loominster 
Luningburg and Littelton are Directed to apply to the Select men 
of Newburyport for their Proportion of Said Poore and by receiveing 
a Sartificate that they are of the Poore of Boston & their Names age 
and the time when they came out of Boston & they are to transport 
them to their Several towns acording to their Destination and to be 
Payed out of the Publick Treasurey for their Cost in Procuring and 
transporting Said Poore of Boston to their Eespective Towns and 
the Secretary is hereby directed to furnish each of the Towns of 
Groton Andover. Leominster. Luningburg. & Littleton, with an At- 
tested Copy of this Eesolve as soon as may be. [Passed November 3. 



CHAPTER 341. 

RESOLVE RESPEC G THE FORTIFYING CAPE ANN HARBOUR. 

The Committee of both Houses appointed to take into Consider- Legislative 
ation a Letter from his Excellency General Washington, respecting council 8 , ° f the 
the fortifying Cape Ann Harbour, have attended that service, and xxxiii.,'303. 
beg leave to report as their opinion; that his Excel 7 the General be Archives, 

desired to direct Major Mason to proceed to the Towns of Concord ccvu -» 143 - 

Worcester, Lancaster & Leicester there to view the Cannon now in Archives 
those Towns, & such & so many of them being the property of this ccvji.,144, 145. 
Colony as he shall judge fit for use & necessary for the defence of Records of the 
said Harbour, the Town of Glocester have leave to remove to that ^ u, m 
place ; & that it be earnestly recommended to the Select-men or Com- House 'jour- 
mittees of the Towns aforesaid in whose care any Cannon not the zn.SwjasL ' 
property of this Colony, may be, and viewed as aforesaid, that they ^aplsi. 26 ' 
deliver them to the Town of Glocester on this important occasion 
if needed. And that Major Mason or the Selectmen of the Town 



134 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 342, 343.] 



of Glocester have liberty on the credit of this Colony to procure 
from any Town, or person who may have it to spare, two barrels of 
powder to be replaced as soon as the state of the Colony will admit 
of it, and if not replaced, such Town or person to receive pay there- 
for out of the Colony Treasury at a rate not exceeding five shillings 
pr Pound, & said Glocester to be accountable therefor to this Court. 
That Cap 1 Batchelder wait on General Washington, for the pur- 
pose above mention'd ; And that the Selectmen of Gloucester be 
immediately Serv d with a Copy of this Resolve. {Passed November 4. ' 



CHAPTEE 342. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 316. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 146. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 109, 112, 
216, 220, 229, 230. 
Ante, p. 88, 
chap. 206. 



RESOLVE RELATING TO SUPPLYING THE ARMY WITH WOOD. 

Resolved that M r Devans' Cap: Thatcher Cap: Ellis M'Cheever 
Col Thayer Col Barret & Maj r Brooks, be a Committee who are 
directed immediately to afford there utmost Aid and Assistance to 
the Q r Master General, that the Continental Army may be provided 
with a full Supply of the Articles of Hay and Wood, till the further 
Order of this Court; and for the purpose of more effectually pro- 
curing the latter, that they enter the Woodlands of such of our 
Enemies as have fled into Boston, and after having apprized the 
Wood thereon standing or so much of it as they shall think neces- 
sary to take, that they apply to General Washington for Axmen, 
or otherwise cause the same to be cut and transported to the 
Camp: And the said Committee are also impower'd if neces- 

sary to purchase Wood cut or standing, of any Person or Persons ; 
And that the said Committee receive out of the publick Treasury 
of this Colony, such Sums as they shall think necessary, not exceed- 
ing Two thousand Pounds in Order to enable them to proceed in 
accomplishing said Business; for which Sums they shall be account- 
able to this Court, and at the expiration of one month, lay a fair 
Account of the expenditure of such Sums, as they shall so receive 
out of the Treasury before this Court, and the said Committee are 
further directed to acquaint the General with the Ord r this Court 
have taken as above. [Passed November 4. 



CHAPTER 343 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 316. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 141. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 137, 139. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 173, 177. 
222, 225, 226. 
Ante, p. 98, 
chap. 231. 



RESOLVES ENCOURAGE THE MANUFACTURE OF FIRE ARMS. 

Whereas it is of the utmost Importance to the Welfare and Hap- 
piness of these Colonies, that the Manufacturing of Fire Arms & 
Provisions of Military Stores be effectually promoted & encouraged 
agreable to the Recommendations of the honourable continental 
Congress therefore 

Resolved that for every effective & Substantial Fire Arm which 
shall be manufactured in this Colony with a Barrel of three Feet 
and nine Inches in Length, that will carry an ounce Ball, a good 
Bayonet with a Blade not less than eighteen Inches in Length, a 
Steel Ramrod with a Spring to retain the Same, two Loops for Gun 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is November 1. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws (Mesolves, etc.). — 1 7T. r >— 7<>. [35 

Strings, & the Makers Name Stamped or engraved on the Lock, & 
which Shall be delivered at Watertown to Richard Devens Esq r Com- 
missary on or before the first Day of June next and resemble in Con- 
struction & as nearly as may be equal in goodness the Kings new 
arms there Shall be allowed & payed out of the publick Treasury to 
the owner thereof the Sum of three Pounds. And for the Accomo- 
dation & convenience of such Manufacturers it is also 

Resolved, that Col John Baker of Ipswich in the County of Essex; 
Cap'Ichabod Goodwin of Berwick in the County of York ; Cap 1 Oliver 
Witt of Paxton in the County of Worcester; Cap' Elijah Hunt of 
Northampton, M r Aaron Ashley of Springfield in the County of 
Hampshire; Cap 1 David Bush of Pittsfield in the County of Berk- 
shire; Doc 1 David Cobb of Taunton in the County of Bristol; M r 
Michael Blackwell in the County of Barnstable; and Cap' James 
Hatch of Pembrook in the County of Plimoth, be & they hereby are 
respectively empowered to receive for the Colony at the Price & 
during the Time aforesaid all Fire Arms which Shall be offered them 
for Sale & manufactured as aforesaid ; and they are directed to deliver 
the same once a Month to the Commissary and taking his Eeceipt 
therefor to apply to the Council for a Sufficient Sum wherewith to 
pay for such Fire- Arms, the Charges of Transportation &c 

Provided always that the owner of each Fire Arm which shall be 
received for the Colony, shall prove the same at his own Risque by 
four Inches & an half Powder, a Ball & Wads on each, in presence 
of one of the Committee afores d or in failure thereof before the Com- 
missary. And it is hereby recommended to the Committee of Corre- 
spondence and Selectmen of each Town in this Colony to apply to 
the Manufacturers of Fire Arms in their Respective Towns & afford 
them all necessary Encouragement & to Post this Resolve, that the 
Inhabitants of each Town may promote this Salutary Measure 

Thus far is proposed to be published 

Resolved that the honorable Council or a major part of them, be 
& they hereby are impowered to allow & pay out of the Publick 
Treasury for Fire Arms which Shall be delivered to the Commissary 
as aforesaid Such Sums as by his Receipts shall appear to be due to 
the Committee aforesaid or venders thereof; together with the 
Charges of purchasing & Transportation, and also at any Time to 
order Such Sums to be delivered to the Commissary for Payment 
of Fire Arms, which he may receive in their recess or Adjournment 
as they Shall Judge necessary, the Commissary to be accountable to 
this Court for the Same. 

Resolved that there be payed out of the publick Treasury to Richard 
Devens Esq r the Sum of one hundred Pounds to be forthwith in- 
vested, by an Armorer or some other Judicious Person to be by him 
appointed, in Steel, Files & other Tools necessary to carry on the 
manufactory aforesaid and he hereby is directed to Supply with 
said Articles the Manufacturers in this Colony, who Shall need them 
& pay him therefor at Such advanced Prices as Shall be Sufficient to 
pay the Charges of purchasing & Transportation & to account with 
this Court for the same and he is further directed to hire or pro- 
vide at Concord a Suitable Building for an Arsenal & a Guard there- 
for, when furnished with Colony Arms; & to cause said Arms to be 
markd on the Barrel near the Lock with the Letters M B, & also 
to be Numbered & to employ an armorer when necessary for this & 
other Purposes, and the Commissary is also directed to procure good 
Sheaths for the Bayonets. [Passed November 4. 



136 Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 344.] 

CHAPTER 344. 

ORDER REQUIRING PROCLAMATION FOR A PUBLICK THANKSGIVING. 

Records'of the ^ Proclamation for a Publick Thanksgiving Viz 
council, Although, in consequence of the Unnatural, Cruel, and Barbarous 

xxxm., 318. — measures adopted & Pursued by the British Administration, great 
Archives an( ^ distressing Calamities are brought upon our oppressed Country 

cxxxviii.',258. an d ii this Colony in Particular Wee feel the dreadful Effects of 
nailpp. 209)232. Civil War, by which America is staind with the Blood of her Valiant 
andThankL Sons who have bravely fallen in the laudible defence of our rights 
giving Days of an d Privileges Our Capital, once the Seat of Justice, Oppulence 

p. G 502. nsan ' and Virtue is unjustly wrested from its proper Owners, who are 
Obliged to flee from the Iron hand of Tyranny, or are held in the 
Unrelenting Arms of Oppression, Our Sea Ports greatly distressed, 
and Towns burnt by the Foes, who have Acted the part of barbarous 
Incendiaries and although the Wise and Holy Governor of the 
World, has in his righteous Providence sent drought into this Colony, 
and waisting Sickeness into many of our Towns, yet we have the 
greatest reason to adore and praise the supream disposer of events, 
who deals infinitely better with us then we deserve, and amidst all 
his Judgments hath remembered mercy, by causing the Voice of 
Health again to be heard among us instead of Famine, affording 
to an Ungrateful People a Competency of the necessaries and Com- 
forts of Life, in remarkably preserving and protecting our Troops, 
when in apparent danger, while our Enemies, with all their boasted 
skill and Strength have met with Loss, disappointment and defeat ; 
and in the Course of his good providence, the Father of Mercies, 
hath bestowed upon us many other favours which call for our great- 
ful Acknowledgements Therefore we have thought fit, with the 
advise of Council and the House of Representatives to appoint 
Thursday the Twenty Third day of November Instant to be observed 
as a day of Public Thanksgiving throughout this Colony; hereby 
calling upon ministers and People to meet for Religious Worship 
on said day, and devoutly to offer up their Unfeigned Praises to 
Almighty God, the Source and benevelent bestower of all good, for 
his affording the necessary means of subsistance, though our Com- 
merce has been prevented, and the supplies from the fishery denied 
us; that such a measure of Health is enjoyed among us That the 
Lives of our Officers and Soldiers have been so remarkably preserved, 
while our Enemies have fell before them That the Vigorous efforts 
which have been Used to excite the Savage Vengence of the Wilder- 
ness, and rouse the Indians to Arms, that Unavoidable destruction 
might come upon our Frontiers, have been almost miraculously de- 
feated That our Unnatural Enemies instead of Ravageing the 
Country with Uncontrouled sway are confined within such nar- 
row limmits to their Own mortification & distress Environed by an 
American Army, Brave, and determined, that such a band of 
Union, founded upon the best principles, unites the American Col- 
onies That our rights and Priviliges both Civil and Religious, are 
so far preserved to us, notwithstanding all the attempts of our bar- 
barous Enemies to deprive us of them And to Offer up humble and 
fervent prayer to Almighty God for the whole British Empire, espe- 
cially for the United American Colonies That he would bless our 
Civil Rulers, and lead them into wise and prudent measures, in this 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 137 

dark and difficult day That he would endow our General Court, 
with all that wisdom which is profitable to direct That he would 

graciously smile upon our Endeavours to restore peace preserve our 
rights and Priviliges, and hand them down to posterity That he 
would give wisdom to the American Congress, equal to their im- 
portant Station That he would direct the General and the 
American Army's where ever employed, and give them success and 
Victory That he would preserve and Strengthen the Harmony of 
the United Colonies That he would graciously pour out of his Spirit 
upon all order of men through the land, bring us to a hearty Re- 
pentauce & Reformation Purify and Sanctify all his Churches That 
he would make ours Emanuels Land That he would spread the 
Knowledge of the Redeemer through the whole land and fill the 
World with his Glory, and all servile Labour is f orbiden on said day. 
God save the People 

Read and Accepted and thereupon 

Ordered that the foregoing Proclamation, be signed by the major 
part of the Council, and that a printed Copy thereof be transmitted 
to each Religious Society through this Colony. [Passed * Novem- 
ber 4. 



CHAPTER 345. ESSE?.* 

Council, 
xxxiii., 321. 
RESOLVE GRANTING £20 TO SAMUEL KELLOG. Mass. 

Archives, 
ccvii 151. 

Resolved that there be allowed and paid out of the public Treas- ^^ — 

ury of this Colony to Samuel Kellogg the sum of Twenty pounds in Archives, 
full for ten wolves Killed in the Town of Williamstown Since the House Joiir- 
first day of march 1774 being a bounty allowed by this Colony, for mi, pp. 224, 225, 
that purpose he the said Kellog produceing Such Certificates to the Laws,iii.,706, 
Treasurer as by law is required And the Treasurer is hereby ordered chap> 15, 
to pay the same Accordingly. [Passed November 6. 



CHAPTER 346. 

RESOLVE EMPOWERING ELIZABETH DODGE, ADM X , TO SELL REAL 
ESTATE, AND MAKING PROVISION IN REGARD TO THE PROCEEDS. 

Upon the Petition of Eliz a Dodge widow & Admontratrix on the Legislative 
Estate of her late Husband Paul Dodge of Dudley in the County of coS of the 
Worceter and others xxxm.,322. 

Resolved that the Prayer of the Petition be Granted and that the Archives, 
Said Admin 1 be and she hereby is Autorized and Impovvered to make ccvn -> 147- 
Sale of all the real Estate of which her late Husband the Said Paul ^^j 
Dodge died Seazd and Possess'd for the most the Same will fetch and ccvii., us, 149. 
to Execute a good Deed or Deeds Sufficient in law of the Same She na^ppfnojW 
observing the Rules and Directions of the Law Relating to the Sale £ a ^g n ^ e 151 
of real Estates by Exec" & Admin™ and Giving Security to the Judge chap. 10.'' 
of Probates for the County afores d that the Proceeds of Said Sale 
Shall be applyd as follows viz that out of the monies arising by Said 
Sale the Said Eliz a and her two Children by her late Husband the 
Said Paul Dodge be allowed the Sum of forty Six pounds Eight 
Shillings and two pence lawfull money The Widow afores d to have 



138 Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 347.] 

the Interest of One third part of the Said forty Six pounds Eight 
Shillings and two pence during her Natural Life according to the 
Mutual Agreement of all Parties Concernd and the Remainder of 
the Efects of Such Sale to be paid to Daniel Dodge the father of the 
deceasd Paul Dodge in full Discharge of his Bond mentioned in Said 
Petition. [Passed November 6. 



CHAPTER 347. 

RESOLVES RELATING TO MUSTER ROLLS. 



Mass. ^ Resolved that the Several Captains in Each Regiment belonging 

ocvii., 335. to this Colony in the Continental Army make out a muster Roll of 
House Jour- his Company from the day each Officer and Souldier was Inlisted 
"^'2M 1T Ante' ^° ^ ne First day of August last and that the said Rolls be made up 
i>.3.i, chap.64.' agreeable to a Schedule accompanying this Resolve Estimating 
Twenty eight days to a month agreable to the Invariable Usage of 
this Colony three hundred Copys whereof Shall be lodged with the 
adjutant General for that purpose and that when the Rolls are so 
made Up attested and oath made to the truth thereof by the Captains 
Respectively the Same Shall be by them lodged with their Respective 
Colonals or Chief officers of the Regiment to "Which they Respec- 
tively belong with the original Inlistments to be by Such Colonal 
or Chief Officer lodged in the Secretarys office as soon as may be. 
and it is further 

Resolved that Each Non Commissiond officers and Souldiers who 
have Received arms or accoutrements from the Colony or the Towns 
to which they Respectivly belong Shall be paid only Such sums 
which Shall appear to be due to them until the first day of August 
last after deducting the value of Such arms & accoutrements by them 
Received at the Rates Charged by the Committee of Safety or the 
Committee of Supplies or the Town of whom the Same was Received 
and the amount of Cloathing Such non Commissioned officers and 
Souldiers have been Respectively Supplyed with And if after the 
Last day of December next Such non Commisiond officers and 
Souldiers Shall deliver Such arm by them respectively Received to 
the Commissary General of this Colony at Watertown Such offcirs 
and Souldiers Shall Receive out of the publick Treasury of this 
Colony the amount of the Stoppages aforesaid deducting Six Shil- 
lings for the use of Each firelock they Respectively first producing 
Certificates from the Commissary Gen 1 that they are so delivered 
and it is further 

Resolved that for Such arms as have been borrowed and Received 
from any Selectmen of any Town in Complyance with any Resolve 
of the Late provincial Congress upon Receipts of Such Selectmen 
being produced Certifying that Such arms have been Returned to 
them the Sums so Stopped in the Rolls Respectivly Shall be paid 
by the Treasurer the deduction of Six Shillings being first made for 
the use of Each Firelock unless Certificates from the Respective 
owners of those arms Shall be produced that Such owners are Satis- 
fied for the vse thereof 
And it is further 

Resolved that if any Officer or Soldier Shall be found to be Guilty 
of any fraud or falshood in Returning any article or sum he Shall 
have Received of this Colonv which is ordered to be made in the 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 177 5-76. ])}<) 

muster roll agreable to the Schedule Such officer or Souldier Shall 
forfeit his wages and be accordingly Cashiered 

And M r Perry is hereby Directed to procure Nine hundred printed 
Coppys of the form for a musteroll and the Same to deliver to the 
adjutant General And it is further 

Resolved that his Excellency General Washington is Eequested to 
Cause those musterolls to be Dispersed in the Several llegiments 
belonging to this Colony and he is further desired to Give an order 
that Conformity be had to this Kesolve. [Passed November 6. 



CHAPTER 348. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO THE DISPOSITION OF THE POOR OF BOSTON. 

Whereas by two Resolves of Congress passed the 1st of May and R egl8l ^ tlv f e th 
the 1st of July last, the Provision made for the Reception and Sup- council, 
port of the Poor of the Towns of Boston and Charlestown, who are Mas". 1 "' 312 ' 
driven from those Towns, by the cruel Hand of Tyranny and Oppres- Archives, 

sion is confined to a certain Number of Towns in this Colony, as — : 

appears by a Schedule annexed to said Resolves; and whereas Numbers Archives, 
of said Poor, having Relations and Connections in other Towns; or in £c*jf vl i3i' 25f:; 
Prospect of some Employ; are removed, or about removinq themselves to House Jour- 

• nal dd 2*2*2 2^'? 

other Towns than those mentioned in said Schedules, Therefore, 236. Journals' 
Resolved, That such suffering Poor shall be allowed to remove ciai a con2Tess" 
into any Town in this Colony, they producing a Certificate from any of Mass., 

*J nr» 1 7fi J*^ft A.*" l \ 

of the Selectmen, Town Clerk, or Overseers of the Poor of Boston, or Ante, p. 3s,' ' 

Charlestown, that they are of the Poor of the Town to which said cnap - 73 - 

Selectmen, &c, does or did in March last belong. And it is hereby 

recommended to the Selectmen of all such Towns, where said Poor 

are or may be removed, to provide for, and employ them, in the best 

and most prudent Manner, till the further Orders of this Court; and 

to all the Inhabitants of the Colony, that they may be treated with 

that Humanity and Tenderness, which their Merits and Sufferings 

in the common Cause of their Country have entitled them to: And 

every Town in the Colony that shall receive and provide necessary 

Provisions, Fuel or Cloathing, for the Support of such suffering Poor, 

shall be allowed and paid therefor; and said Sufferers shall not in 

future be considered as the Poor of that Town to which they remove. 

And whereas from the present Confusion some of the Poor of Bos- 
ton and Charlestown, have removed, or may remove out of said Towns, 
without a proper Certificate; and the Toivn to which such Persons 
have removed, or may remove, may refuse to receive and provide for 
them, for ivant of the same; it is notwithstanding recommended to the 
Selectmen of such Towns, that if upon careful Enquiry, they shall 
judge any such Person or Persons to be of the Poor of either of said 
Towns, that such Provision be made as is necessary to prevent their 
Suffering, until such Certificate can be procured; and such Towns 
shall be reimbursed as is before provided : 

And ivhereas some Towns in the Colony, may have a larger Num- 
ber of the Poor of the Towns of Boston and Charlestown, than has 
been hitherto Assigned them, and more than they are willing to re- 
tain; the Selectmen of those Towns may cause such Poor to be removed 
to some Town that shall not have the Proportion that has been assigned 
them, or to any other Toivn said Poor may choose, that shall not object 
to their being sent to them; and the Selectmen or Overseers of the Poor 



140 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 349,350.] 



of such Towns are requested to receive and make Provision for them, 
as is before directed; all reasonable Charges attending such Removal 
to be paid by this Colony. 

And it is further 

Resolved, That the Selectmen of the several Towns within this 
Colony, and sueh Committees as have been appointed by Congress, 
or this Court, who have transported, or received and supported any 
of the Poor of the Towns of Boston or Charlestown, according to the 
Resolves of the late Congress of this Colony, or of this Court, relative 
to such Poor, be, and hereby are directed to exhibit to this Court, 
fair Accounts of the Expence of Transporting or Receiving and Sup- 
porting any such Poor, from the Time such Expence began, to the 
first Day of October last; expressing the Name and Age of each 
Person so received and Supported. 

Also, That the Selectmen of the several Towns, who shall still 
support any of the Poor of the Towns aforesaid, be directed from and 
after the first Day of October last, to make up their Accounts to the 
End of every three Months, and exhibit them to this Court. And 

that William Cooper, Esq ; cause this Resolve to be forthwith Printed 
in Hand-Bills, and transmitted to the Selectmen of each Town in 
this Colony; that the several Towns in this Colony, and the Poor 
Sufferers of the Towns of Boston and Charlestown, may have a clear 
and precise Knowledge of what this Court has, in their Justice and 
Compassion, done for the Relief and Support of those Sufferers. 
[Passed November 7. ' 



CHAPTER 349. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £269. 5 FOR THE SOLDIERS AT MARBLEHEAD. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 321. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 155-157. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 224, 231, 
232, 233, 234 bis. 



Resolved that the Treasurer of this Colony be and he hereby is 
ordered to pay unto M r Elbridge Gerry and Azor Orne the sum of 
Two hundred & Sixty nine pounds five shillings to be by them applied 
towards paying the several Soldiers stationed at Marblehead for one 
months billeting, and also paying each of the Officers and men sta- 
tioned there One months more Wages, they to be accountable to this 
Court for the same. [Passed November 7. 2 



CHAPTER 350. 



RESOLVE GRANTING LEAVE TO HENRY KNOX TO USE CERTAIN 
HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 323. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 154. 



Petition of Henry Knox humbly sheweth that your Petitioner 
having been Obliged to leave all his Goods and House furniture in 
Boston w ch he has no prospect of ever getting possession of again, 
nor any Equivalent for the same Therefore begs the Honourable 
Court if they in their Wisdom see fit to permit him to exchange house 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives, ccvii., 131, and the House Journal ; accord- 
ing to Legislative Records of the Council and the other Mass. Archive copies the date is 
November 3. 

2 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is November 6. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 141 

furniture with Henry Barnes late of Marlborough which he now has House Jour, 
it in his power to do, and your Petitioner as in duty bound shall Tn^'p.' 2 ^,' 236 ' 
ever pray chap. 13. 

[Read and] 

Resolved That the pet r have leave to make use of the household 
furniture of the said Henry Barnes he giving a receipt to the Com tee 
of Correspondence or Selectmen of the Town of Marlboro for what 
he shall so receive and he to be account 11 to this Court for the Same. 
[Passed November 7. 



CHAPTEK 351. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £20 TO FRANCES HOOTON. 



Petition of Phillip Bass jun r Edward Carnes jun r William Welch, Jtel^rds^the 
and Ebenezer Wells humbly sheweth That your Petitioners were council, 
Seamen on board of the Sloop Belisle ; which belonged to Cap 1 Job. Mass! 1 '' 324 * 
Prince, and was with your Petitioners pressed into General Gage's Arc i hiv 1 5?; 

Service at Annopolis Royal to Carry Hay, and Sheep for his Army — — - — - 

to Boston This employment was very disagreeable to your Peti- Archives, 
tioners, and they took the first good Opper y to take the Vessel from House Jour 64 ' 
the Captain just off of Seguin Island, and Carried her into Kenne- nai.pp 131,149, 
beck River, and there delivered her to the Committee of George- Ms'. Ante^.u, 
town, Who sold the Hay, and gave us only money Enough to bring chap> 13 - 
us up here. Your Petitioners are in distress for want of money 

to support themselves and humbly beg that this Hon be Court will 
take there Case into Consideration, and allow them the Wages that 
were due to them from the Sloop before they took her, and after- 
wards or what more your Honours in your Great Wisdom may think 
proper And your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. 

The Committee to whom was referred the Consideration of the 
Petition of Phillip Bass jun r and others and the Papers relating to the 
taking of the Sloop Belisle beg leave to report as their opinion That 
the Sloop aforesaid be detained by the Committee of Correspondence 
for the Town of Georgetown till the further order of this Court That 
as it appears to the Committee that the Petitioners have already re- 
ceived from the said Com ee of Correspondence the sum of Eleven 
dollars each and two of the Petitioners are now in the Army and one 
other of them only a Passenger on Board, your Committee are of 
Opinion that any further Allowance to the Petitioners be deferred 
till further light in this affair can be made to appear to this Court 

It further appears to this Committee That Francis Hooton the 
master of the said sloop appears to have Acted a friendly part to this 
Colony, they therefore are of Opinion that he be no longer detained 
but have free and full Liberty to go at his pleasure, and that their 
be allowed and paid out of the public Treasury to the said Francis 
Hooton the sum of Twelve pounds in full for his time and expences 
in attending upon this affair 

[Read and] 

Resolved that Henry Gardner Esqr Treasurer & c be, & he hereby 
is directed to pay out of the public Treasury to the within named 
Frances Hooton or order the Sum of Twenty pounds in full for his 
Services within mentioned. & that he be detained no longer but have 
free & full Liberty to go at his pleasure. [Passed November 7. 



142 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 352-354.] 



CHAPTER 352. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
\xxlii., 325. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvli., 158. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 52, 237. 
Journals of 
each Provin- 
cial Congress 
of Mass., 
pp. 332, 334, 382. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING REMOVAL OF THE LIBRARY OF HARVARD 

COLLEGE. 

Resolved, That the President & Fellows of Harvard College be & 
hereby are directed to remove the Library and Apparatus belonging 
to the said College, or such parts of them as they shall judge imme- 
diately necessary for the present instruction of the Students, from 
the places where they are now deposited by an order of the late Con- 
gress, to Concord ; and that they lay an account of the expence of 
such removal before this Court. [Passed November 7. 



CHAPTER 353. 

Legislative RESOLVE GRANTING £6 TO STEPHEN RICE, ESQ R . 

Records of the 

Council, 

xxxiii., 327. Resolved That there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 

House Jour- Colony to Stephen Rice Esq r the sum of Six pounds in full of his 
223/240! Intel Account for purchasing Two Blankets. Two peices of Ribbon and 
£57. chap ' two P r of Shoes for Two Indian Chiefs as $> r order of this Court. 
[Passed November 7. 



CHAPTER 354. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 325. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 153. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
exxxviii., 260; 
ccvii., 166. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 254. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 239, 240. 
Province 
Laws, v., 441, 
chap. 8; p. ">18, 
notes. 



RESOLVE RELATING TO THE NECESSARY QUALIFICATIONS OF RE- 
TAILERS, &c, TO RECEIVE LICENCES. 

Whereas by an Act of this Colony, made in the Sixteenth Year 
of the Reign of George the Third, infilled, An Act Empowering the 
Courts of General Sessions of the Peace, within this Colony to grant 
Licences, to Tnnholders and Retailers, in certain Casts: It is among 
other Things, therein Enacted, That the several Courts of General 
Sessions of the Peace, in each and every County in this Colony, who 
hare in any Measure been interrupted in their Proceedings, {as men- 
tioned in said Act) or have omitted granting Licences as usual, are 
thereby authorised and inpowered at their first Sessions, thereafter 
to be held respectively, to grant Licences to Tnnholders and Ret a iters 
of Spirituous Liquors, or common Vict nutters, to exercise their 
respective Callings, for and during the Remainder of the Year, or 
until the Term at which by Law they are authorised to grant such 
Lice/ices; observing the Rules and Directions of the Law, in such 
Cases made and provided And no direction is given in the said Act, 
what preliminary Steps are necessary to be taken, by Tnnholders, Re- 
tailers, or common Victuallers, in order to qualify them for the said 
Employment. Lt is therefore, 

Resolved, That before any such Licences be granted to Innholders, 
Retailers or common Victuallers, every Person applying to the sev- 
eral Sessions as aforesaid, before they are Licenced, shall produce a 
Certificate from the Major Part of the Selectmen of the Town where 
they dwell, recommending them to be Persons of sober Conversation, 
suitably qualified and provided for the Exercise of such an Employ- 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 143 

ment; and particularly, that they be firmly attached to the Rights 
and Interests of their Country; and that this Resolve be Published 
in Hand Bills, and sent into each Town in this Colony. [Passed 
November 8. 1 



CHAPTER 355. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING GRANTS TO SUNDRY PERSONS TO THE AMOUNT 

OF £367. 17. 11|. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury to the Legislative 
several Persons hereafter mentioned, the sums Annexed to their council 8 ,^ 
names respectively to be in full discharge of the annexed Accounts 2 *£ " 
Viz. 



To Docter Isaac Foster 

To Docter John Warren 

To Docter Isaac Rand 

To Docter Joseph Hunt, (Mate) 

To Docter James Thatcher (Mate) 

To Docter Joseph Lynd (Mate) 

To the Rev' 1 Samuel Cook 

To Abraham Watson Esq 1 

To the Widow Hannah Wright 

To Ann Goodwin 

To Anna Loring 

To Sarah Hicks . 

To Nathan Viles 

To Jonas Prentice 

To Docter Isaac Foster for the Use of 

To Samuel Conant 

To Jonathan Robbins 

To Matthew Clark 

To Cap 1 Isaac Foster . 

To Ann, Elizabeth and Margaret Dav 

To James Munro 

To Isaac Mansfield 

To Thomas Clark 

To Benjamin Stone 

To Noah Price . 

To Samuel Sanger his Executor 

To David Ross . 

To William Adams 

To Timothy Harrington 

To John Badger . 

To William Howe 

To John Hay . 

To Ebenezer Austin . 



Richard Russell 



is or order 



or administrator 



£44. 
26. 
45. 
18. 
7. 
15. 



0. 
11. 
10. 

0. 
17. 
15. 



30. 12. 

32. 8. 

8. 18. 
1. 3. 
1. 1. 
1. 10. 

4. 5. 
32. 0. 

5. 13. 
4. 10. 
7. 10. 

10. 13. 

4. 0. 
3. 7. 

14. 

7. 8. 

1. 0. 

5. 4. 

6. 15. 

9. 10. 

6. 10. 
1. 1. 
3. 6. 

12. 2. 

1. 8. 

7. 5. 
2. 




8 
11 



8 


I* 

4 


OS 

5 
4 
8 

4 

8 
9 




li 
0" 
11 
8 
4 
9 

8 



House Jour- 
nal, pp. 103, '238, 
239. 



£367. 17. 11! 



[Passed November 8. 



CHAPTER 356. 



RESOLVE APPOINTING CERTAIN INSPECTORS OF PROVISIONS. 

Resolved that Cap* Eliphalet Robbins and Nathaniel Sparhawk, 
John Newell & Will: Dyer be and hereby are appointed severally 
whenever they shall be thereto requested to Inspect and Pack all such 
Beef and Pork as may be Killed and Barreled up for Sale within the 
Bounds of the Towns of Watertown, Roxbury, Waltham, Newtown, 
Cambridge, and Brookline within the term of Six months from this 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives, ccvii., 166 ; according to Legislative Records 
of the Council and the other Mass. Archive copies the date is November 7. 

2 " Of the Attendance and Supplies of divers Persons therein mentioned, to the sick 
and wounded." — House Journal, p. 163. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 328. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 167. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 235, 240, 
241, 245, 246. 



lU 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 357-3M.] 



time, who shall be sworn to the faithful performance of the trust 
reposed in them, and shall be paid for their time and trouble by 
sush Person or Persons as shall employ them, and whose Business 
it shall be to see to it, that all the Beef and Pork so Barreled up for 
sale, shall be good and merchantable and well salted, and that none 
of the best of it be picked out, and shall mark the Weight of the 
Beef packed in each cask upon the Head, and also the first Letter 
of the Christian and Sirname of the Person packing the same. 
[Passed November 8. 



CHAPTER 357. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 16. 4 FOR SAMUEL CLARKE. 

BeoStteof the Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
council, Colony to Joseph Hawley Esq r for the Use of Samuel Clarke the 

— — '' " ' sum of Three pounds Sixteen shillings & four pence in full of his 
na^ppfis^ko. Account for Victualing a Guard and Prisoners from Watertown to 
Northampton Goal. [Passed November 8. 



Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 329. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 189, -240. 



CHAPTER 358. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £4. 0. 8 FOR JEMIMA LYMAN. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to the Hon t,e Joseph Hawley Esq r for the use of Jemima 
Lyman the sum of Four pounds and Eight pence in full of Two 
Accounts for Victualing guards and Prisoners at Northampton. 
[Passed November 8. 



CHAPTER 359. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 329. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 142,240. 
Ante, p. 100, 
chap. 240. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 3 TO JOSEPH OTIS, ESQ 8 . 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Joseph Otis Esq r the sum of Three pounds three shillings 
in full of his Account for mustering and swearing the Companies 
Stationed in the County of Barnstable. [Passed November 8. 



CHAPTER 360. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 330. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvli., 168. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 124, 240. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £5. 12. 7 TO ABIJAH WATERMAN. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Abijah Waterman the sum of Five pounds Twelve shil- 
lings & Seven pence in full of his account for Victualing Prisoners. 
[Passed November 8. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7ti. 145 



CHAPTER 361. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £27. 16. 8 TO ISRAEL DICKENSON, ESQ R . Legislative 

Records of the 

Council, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the publick Treasury of this xxxm., 331. 
Colouy to Israel Dickenson Esq r the sum of Twenty seven pounds Mass. 
Sixteen shillings & Eight pence in full of his account for Services cctu., i?d. 
&c at Ticonderoga. [Passed November 8. 2SJSSSW 



CHAPTER 362. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £1. 17. 6 TO EDWARD RAWSON. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this xxxm., 331. 
Colony to Edward Rawson the sum of One pound Seventeen shil- House Jour- 
lings and six pence in full of his account for a Journey to Provi- journals^ 240 ' 
dence by order of Congress. ^[Passed November 8. cfai h con°re°s 

of Mass., p. 149. 



CHAPTER 363. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £1. 4 TO THOMAS RICE, ESQ K . Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this xxxm., 331. 
Colony to Thomas Eice Esq r the sum of One pound four shillings in House Jour- 
full of his ace 1 for swearing Two Companies. [Passed November 8. ' pp ' ' 



CHAPTER 364. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 15. 4 TO ASA LAWRENCE. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Asa Lawrance the sum of Three pounds Fifteen shillings conSffl, ' the 
and four pence in full of his account for Procuring Tools for the xxxm., 331. 
Gun smiths. [Passed November 8. House Jour- 

L nal, pp. 172, 240. 



CHAPTER 365. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £2. 9. 4 TO COL° SAMUEL HOW. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this xxxm.,'331. 
Colony to Col Samuel Howe the sum of Two pounds nine shillings Mass. 
& four pence in full of his account for enterta[in]ing Prisoners. ^^ ( v no a . 
[Passed November 8. H V 8 ® J ^ ur ;. n 

L nal, pp. 135,240. 



146 Province Laws (Besolves, etc.). — 1775-7(3. [Chaps. 36G-3G9.] 



CHAPTER 366. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 33-2. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 172. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 171. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 164, 165, 
185,237. Jour- 
nals of each 
Provincial 
Congress of 
Mass., p. 377. 



RESOLVE GRANTING TO SIMON LEARNED AND OTHERS, 
TENANTS, PAY OF FIRST LIEUTENANTS. 



2" lieu- 



Petition of Simon Larned and others, 2 d Lieutenants of the 4 th 
& 9 th Eegiments of Foot commanded by Colonel Learned & Colonel 
David Brewer [for commissions as second lieutenants, with pay of 
first lieutenants, at £3.10 per month, alleging " that the Continental 
Congress has been pleased to Issue out Ensigns Commissions for us 
and our pay but £3 per month," instead of £3.10, as had been voted 
by the Colonial Congress] 

[Eead and] 

Resolved that the Prayer of the foregoing Petition be so far granted 
that the Petitioners be made up in the muster Rolls for Payment 
untill the first Day of August last at three Pounds ten Shillings $» r 
Month, & that they be paid accordingly. [Passed November 8. 



CHAPTER 367 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 333. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxxxviii., 261. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 177, 245. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £L 7. 4 FOR MARY WEST. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Daniel Hopkins for the use of Mary West the sum of Four 
pounds Seven shillings & four pence in full of her Account, for a 
Gun, sword &c. lost by her Son who was killed at the battle of 
Charlestown. [Passed November 8. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 333. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 173. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 174. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 149, 197, 
247. 



CHAPTER 368. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £20 FOR BIMSLEY STEVENS. 

Resolved that thare Bee allowed and paid out of the Coloney 
trasury vnto M r Sam 11 Phillips for the use of Bimsely Stevens twenty 
Povnds in full for His Servis as Adjutant General from y e 19 th of 
April 1775 to the 28 th of June following, and the trasvr Is hearby 
Dyrected to pay the Same accordingly. [Passed November 8. 



CHAPTER 369. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 334. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 175-178. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 186,247. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £151. 10. 1 TO EBENEZER HALL. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Ebenezer Hall the sum of One hundred and Fifty One 
pounds Ten shillings and One penny in full of his account for baking 
Bread &c. [Passed November S. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7i'». 147 



CHAPTER 370. 

RESOLVES PROVIDING PAY FOR Y E MILITIA WHO CAME ON THE ALARM 

AT LEXINGTON. 

Resolved, That each person whether in the American Army, or Legislative 
not who on, or after the nineteenth of April last being then a Captain coSScif, °* the 
or other Officer of this Colony, did in consequence of the alarm made ^ 8 V- * 334- 
on that Day march from Home with the Command of any Company, Archives, 

or party of minute Men, or others for the Defence of this Colony ccvn " 182 ' 

against the ministerial Troops, be, and he hereby is directed to make JS^ppf^sW 
up a Roll of the Travel, and Service of himself, and the said Men 2**-' Province' 
under his Command who did not inlist into the Colony Army, and chap. 'io';' 520,' 
therein exhibit the Number of miles which each Man Travelled from, ^jfctef^w 
and to his Home at one penny p mile for the Expence of travelling; chap. 235. ' 
and also the Time which each man was in Service, computing from 
the Time he left Home to the Time he left the place of Rendezvous; 
and also allowing one Day for each twenty Miles from said place of 
Rendezvous to his Home, and with Regard to such Men as Marched 
as aforesaid, and inlisted into the Army, each Captain, or other 
Officer as aforesaid is respectively directed to exhibit in his Roll the 
Time of such Mens Service, computing from the Time they left their 
respective Homes to the Time they inlisted into said Army without 
exhibiting their Travel as that is already order'd to be inserted in the 
Rolls, which the Officers under whom such Men inlisted are directed 
to make up, and return : And it is further 

Ordered, that the sums of the pay which shall be inserted in such 
Rolls for the Service of the Officers, and privates shall be such as 
the Time of their respective Service will amount to at the Rates 
following, that is to say Captains at £6 fp Month 1 st Lieu ts at £4 
2 d Lieu 18 £3.10.0 Serjeants £2.8/ Corporal's, Fifers, & Drummers 
at £2.4 & privates £2.0.0 each <g> Month counting 28 days to a 
month : And that the said Rolls shall be authenticated by the 

Oaths of the Officers who shall make them up, and a Column left 
therein to insert proper Deductions for Entertainment received from 
Innholders, and others as hereafter provided: 

Also 

Resolved, That all the Captains, and other Officers aforesaid be 
and they hereby are respectively directed to make up said Rolls as 
soon as may be, and lodge them in the Secretarys office for the 
consideration of this Court; and the Payment of the Contents of all 
the said Rolls shall be stayed untill the Accounts of the Innholders, 
and others who afforded Entertainment, or money to bear their 
Expences to the Men, borne on said Rolls in their March to, and 
from the place or places of Rendezvous, shall be preferred, and con- 
siderd by this Court: and all persons having such Demands, are 
directed to exhibit their Accounts to this Court on or before the 
20 th Day of December next, and such sums as by this Court shall be 
allowed on such Accounts for the Entertainment of such Men respec- 
tively, shall be stopped on such Rolls, & deducted out of the Sums 
which shall appear to be due to the men born on such Rolls, for 
the discharging such Accounts, and all the Accounts of Innholders, 
& others who afforded Entertainment to the said Soldiers in there 
March, or on their Return Home shall be vouched by the Receipts of 
such Soldiers, or of the Officers under whom they marched And 

it is further 



us 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 371, 372.] 



Ordered, That all such Persons as marched upon the aforesaid 
Occasion, and continued any Time in the Service of this Colony in 
the Character of field officers whether of the Militia or Minute Men, 
and who did not inlist into the Army, be allowed and directed to 
make up the Accounts, or Rolls of their Service from the Time they 
severally marched from Home to the Time they arrived to their 
respective Homes at theRates following viz : Colonels £12 qp Month, 
Lieu 1 Colonels £9.12/ Majors £8.0.0 and Adjutants £3. 12/ and lodge 
them in the Secretarys Office for the consideration of the Court. 

And Whereas some of the Men who marched on the Alarm afore- 
said to the places of Rendezvous, did from thence return to their 
Homes without leave of their respective Officers: 

It is further 

Resolved, That this Court highly disapprove of such unjustifiable 
Conduct, whereby not only the Lives of their worthy Friends, and 
fellow Countrymen left in the Field; but also the Rights and Lib- 
erties of their Country were greatly endangered ; And while the Court 
from an aversion to censure such Persons have forborn to order them 
to be discriminated in the Muster Rolls, It is expected that such 
Conduct in future be altogether avoided in this Colony, that Officers, 
and privates of the militia faithfully attend their Duty when prop- 
erly called thereto, and that on all alarms each person repair to his 
place of parade, observe orders, and never quit his post untill regu- 
larly dismissed and all persons who in future shall disobey this Re- 
solve will make it indispensably necessary for this Court as well as 
Colony to exercize their utmost Resentment against them therefor 

Ordered that a Copy of the foregoing Resolves be attested by the 
Secretary And that M r Pitts procure it to be printed in the 

Watertown Cambridge and Worcester Papers. [Passed November 9. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 337. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 188. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 181, 187. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 245,249. 
Ante, p. 11, 
chap. 4; p. 108, 
chap. 266. 



CHAPTER 371. 

RESOLVE ORDERING THE COM TEE OF SUPPLIES TO PAY HENRY GARD- 
NER, ESQ B , £790. 10. 5 £. 

Eesol d that the late Com 66 of Supplies, be directed to pay unto 
Henry Gardner Esq r , Rec r General, the s d Sum of seven hundred and 
Ninety pounds ten Shillings and five pence one farthing, being the 
ballance now in their hands, and take his Rec 1 for the same, and 
upon their paying the same, they be discharg d of the several Sums 
mentiond in the within account ' ; and that M r Gerry Col° Orne be a 
Com ee to receiue the Books and Papers now in the Hands of the s d 
Com ee of Supplies, to adjust and settle the acc ts remaining open in 
s d Books, and render an account thereof to this Court. [Passed 
November 9. 



CHAPTER 372. 

RESOLVE PROVIDING FOR THE SOLDIERS ON THE SEA COAST. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 337. 
Mass. 



In order that the Soldiers on the Sea Coast may be conveniently 
billitted and enabled to provide for themselves and families Neces- 
saries for the ensuing Winter 

1 Sundry accounts of the Com ,ee of Supplies. — Mass. Archives, ccvii., 1S7- 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 177o-7<>. 149 

Resolv* that the Captains of those Companies on the Sea Coast ^Jv^ivl 
service, who are desirous of Receiving their Wages before the term - — - ' 



of their Inlistments is expired, have Liberty to make up the Muster naLpp.248,248 
Rolls of their respective Companies, to the first of Novem r instant, ciiap. iwf. 1, 
expressing each man's Name, Rank, time of Inlistment, time in the 
Service ; Pay receiv'd ; Ballance due, each in seperate Collumns ; which 
Muster Rolls being attested befor a Justice of the Peace, shall be 
lodg d in the Secretary's Office, for Inspection & Payment and 

also that the Select Men, and Others, who have had the Care of bil- 
litting s d Soldiers (by Order of Congress) have Liberty to exhibit 
their accounts for s d Billitting to the s d first of Novem r ; and lodge the 
same in the Office afores d for payment. And that M r Hopkins pro- 
cure this Resolve to be printed in the Cambridge Paper. [Passed 
November 9. 



CHAPTER 373. SgSSSthe 

Council, 
xxxiv., 338. 
RESOLVE DIRECTING A SUPPLY OF CLOTHING FOR THE COMPANY OF Mass. 

CAPTAIN JOHN LANE. Arc ,t liv 1 e 8 ' 

ccvli., 186. 

Resolved That the Commete of Supplys for Clothing be and they Archives, 
hereby are ordred, to deliver to Cap tn John Layne Such Clothing ™J£^m' 13; 
as his Companey Stands in need of, not Exceeding one months pay House Jour- 
$» r man, and the S d Cap tn John Layne be accountabele for the Same to °n<J' p 2 ^,' 2 ' 
this Cort, when he marks up his Musterroll. [Passed November 9. chap-far. 



CHAPTER 374. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £180. 11. 6 TO THE COM B OF SAFETY. 

Resolved that their be Granted and paid out of the publick Treas- Legislative 
ury to the Several Persons herein mentioned the Sums Set against councn, ' the 
each Persons name in full for their services on the Committee of xxxiv., 339. 
Safety in Answer to their Petitions and Accompt herewith exhibited Archives, 

J ■"■ ccvii., 202. 

To Joseph Palmer Esq r for 101 Days attend ce & 5 Days Travil Mass. 

@5/8 £30. 0. 8 Arc - 1V o^o' ™- 

To Benjamin White Esq' for 104 Days attendance @ 5/8 . . 29. 9. 4 Epw" 

To Samuel Holton Esq' for 54 Days attend & 4 Travil 5/8 . 15. 6. £ al " P 249. " 

To Richard Devens Esq r for 104 Days Attendance @ 5/8 . . 29. 9. 4 Journals of 

To Abraham Watson Esq r for 107 Days attendance @ 5/8 . 30. 6. 4 each Provin- 

To said Watsons Accompt 8. 18. 2 cial Congress 

To Nathan Cushing Esqr f or 76 Days Travil & Attend™ @ 5/8 . 21. 10. °. f Mass., p. 498. 

To Mr Jon" Hastings 64 Days as Clerk @ 2/10 .... 9. 1. 4 £?™> ?• 9 ' 

To Mr William Cooper Jun' 46 Days as Clerk @ 2/10 . . 6. 10. 4 l 

Totall £180. 11. 6 

[Passed November 10. x 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is November 9. 



150 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 375-378.] 



CHAPTEE 375 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 340. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 25S. 
Ante, p. 85, 
chap. 19a. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £2. 14 TO HON. WALTER SPOONER, ESQ B . 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colouy to the Hon bc Walter Spooner Esq r the sum of Two pounds 
fourteen shillings in full for a Gun bought of him for the Govern- 
ments Use, and the Treasurer is hereby Ordered to pay the same 
Accordingly. [Passed November 10. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 341. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
clviii., 8, 9; 
clxxx., 223-226; 
ccvii., 152. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 325, 
326 bis, 329; 
xxxiv., 340, 348. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 232, 233, 
241,242,250,251, 
252, 259, 260, 262, 
263. 



CHAPTER 376. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £250 TO SAMUEL FREEMAN. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Samuel Freeman the sum of Two Hundred & Fifty pounds 
for the Use of the poor sufferers of the Town of Falmouth. [Passed 
November 10. 



CHAPTER 377. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £8 ANNUALLY TO STEPHEN VOSE. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 341. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
clxxx., 212. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
clxxx., 212. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 197,252, 
253. Province 
Laws, xvi., 486, 
chap. 316. 



In [the] House of Representatives 

Resolved That there be paid out of the publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Stephen Vose (the within mention'd Petitioner) ' the Sum 
of Eight Pounds & the Receiver General is directed to pay the same 
accordingly Also that the s d Sum of Eight pounds be annually 
allow'd & paid him in Consideration of his Wounds 'till the further 
Order of this Court. 

In Council Read & concurred & 

Ordered y l the s d Vose's name be entered on the List of Pensioners 
of this Court. [Passed November 10. 



CHAPTER 378. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 341. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 212, 213. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 252, 253. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £15. 2. 9 TO JAMES NOBLE. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to James Noble the sum of Fifteen pounds Two shillings & 
Nine pence in full of his Account for Expences in marching to 
Ticonderoga. [Passed November 10. 

1 " A Private Soldier in the service of the Province at Fort Frederick (S* John's) in June 
Anno Domini 1759 who was wounded (in an Engagement with the Indians)." — Legislative 
Records of the Council, xxxiv., 341. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws (Itesolves, etc.). — 1775-70. 151 



CHAPTER 379. 

RESOLVE GRANTING 18/ TO MRS. PATTEN. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this xxxiv., 342. 
Colony to John Hovey the sum of Eighteen shillings for the Use of Mass. 
the Widow patten in full of her account for Victualing Ely Stiles Jj58Jufc 
with his Guard and Prisoners from Machias. [Passed November 10. ^ i ^l } ' J ^\ V) 



CHAPTER 380. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £36. 5. 5 TO JAMES NOBLE. 

The Committee on Col Arnolds Account have examin'd Cap* Becords l of the 
Noble's pay Roll, and find, That the said Arnold, has Charg'd this Council, 
Colony with said Nobles pay roll, and has received the whole there- Mass!'' U2 ' 
of It further appears that the ballance due to the said Noble which Ar ^ iv 2 e ^; 

the said Arnold has received amounts to Thirty six pounds, five - — '^-^ 

shillings, and five pence, and as it appears, that the said Noble, and nai, pp. 31, 266. 
his Men are in great want of their Mony and the said Arnold is now Jj"f ra > cnap - 
in the Continental Service, and cannot at present be come at to pay 
the Sum he received for the use of the said Noble, and his Com- 
pany : therefore 

Resolved, That there be allowed, and paid by the Treasurer of this 
Colony to the said Cap' Ja s Noble the Sum of Thirty six pounds, five 
shillings, and five pence being the full ballance of his Muster roll he 
giving Security to pay the several Men made up in his muster roll 
the several Sums due to them 

And it is further 

Resolved, That this Court prefer to General Washington a Charge 
of the sum aforesaid against the said Arnold that a Stoppage of so 
much as is before order'd to be paid to said Noble may be made for 
the benefit of the Continent. [Passed November 10. ' 



CHAPTER 381. 

RESOLVE IMPOWERING SELECTMEN OF NORTHAMPTON TO PROCURE Legislative 

CLOATH G FOR THE PRISONERS THERE. Records of the 

Council, 
xxxiv., 342. 

Resolved That the Select Men of the Town of Northhampton, be ^X'ves, 
and they hereby are impowerd and directed, to procure at the Ex- ccvii., 194. 
pence of this Colony such Cloathing as they shall find to be of abso- Mass. 
lute Necessity for the Midshipmen officers & Privates mentioned in t^^Jiid. 
their Petition; & lay their Accounts of such Disbursements before na°i U pp J 234 r 253 
this Court for Allowance and Payment. [Passed November 10. 254.' 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and Legislative Records of the Council ; 
according to the House Journal the date is November 11. 



152 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 382-384.] 



CHAPTER 382. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 343. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 198. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 197. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 237, 254. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £162. 14. 1 TO NOAH LEE. 

[On the Petition of Noah Lee a captain under Col Arnold, in 
the expedition against Ticonderoga] 

Resolved That there be allowed and paid out of the public Treas- 
ury of this Colony unto the said Noah Lee the sum of one hundred 
and Sixty two pounds fourteen shillings and a penny in full discharge 
of his muster roll which has been sworn to by him he having pro- 
duced and filed in this Court orders from his Several men to receive 
the Same for their use and the Treasurer is hereby ordered to pay 
the same accordingly. [Passed November 10. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 344. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 201. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 145,175, 

178, 17i), 224, 250, 

252. Ante, 

p. 70, chap. 162, 



CHAPTER 383. 

RESOLVE FOR PROCURING SULPHUR. 

In the House of Representatives 

Resolved, That Major Cross, and Cap 1 Greenleaf with such as the 
Hon ble Board shall join be, and they hereby are appointed a Com- 
mittee to procure Thirty Tons of Sulphur in such Way as they shall 
judge proper, and if that quantity cannot be procured in this Col- 
ony, to hire, & fix out a small Vessel at the Expence of this Govern- 
ment for the purpose of obtainining the Deficiency, and the former 
Committee appointed to collect Sulphur are directed to deliver the 
same to the persons aforesaid, and to cause said Article as they 
shall procure it to be transported to such Town, or Towns as the 
said Committee shall think proper And there stored for the purpose 
of being manufactured into powder, and they are further directed 
to apply to this Court for a sufficient sum of Money, to answer the 
purposes aforesaid 

In Council Read & concurred & M r Greenleaf is joined. [Passed 
November 10. 



CHAPTER 384. 

RESOLVES RELATING TO ACCOUNTS IN THE RECESS OF THE GENERAL 

COURT. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 344. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 190. 

Legislative 

Records of the 

Council, 

xxxiii., 300, 

301 bis. House 

Journal, 

pp. 187, 193, 196, 

199,200,208,214, 

215,216,246,247. 



In the House of Representatives 

"Whereas a necessary attention to the more important affairs of 
the Government, in the present extraordinary Times of Difficulty, 
& Distress, renders it impracticable for this House to receive, and 
examine the numerous accounts now daily exhibited against the 
Government agreeable to the Mode heretofore usually practised : and 
the payment thereof has been greatly delayed to the Detriment of 
Individuals as well as to the Injury of the Credit of the Govern- 
ment therefore 

Resolved, That Nathan Cushing Esq., M r Wood, M r Durfee, M r 
AVatson, Major Brooks, M r Webster, and Cap 1 Lock be, and they 
hereby are appointed a Committee untill the further Order of this 
House to receive, examine, and in behalf of this House finally pass 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc. ) . — 1775—7(5. 153 

upon all accounts, not otherwise committed, which shall be pre- 
sented to them for payment of Services done, and Articles Supply'd 
by Order of Congress, or the General Court, and properly vouched; 
and the Doings of said Committee shall be consider'd as valid as any 
Vote or Eesolve of the House touching said Accounts as well in the 
Recess of the Court as during the sitting of the same And said 

Committee or any four of them, who are hereby appointed a Quorum, 
are directed to open an office, and advertize the public thereof, and 
of this Resolve, that the Business may be constantly attended, and 
effectually performed 

And said Committee are further directed to keep in a Book a true 
Copy of all Accounts which shall be passed by them, and sent to the 
Board for Concurrence, and payment with an alphabet thereto, and 
to cause the same to be layed before the House for perusal, and In- 
spection once, or oftener in each Session as the House shall order. 

Also 

Resolved, That the Secretary be, and he hereby is directed to keep 
such accounts as shall be passed by said Committee, and in conse- 
quence thereof concurr'd & order'd to be paid by the Hon ble Board 
in seperate Files. 

Also 

Resolved, That the Honorable Council or such Comittee of Council 
as they shall appoint be, and they hereby are impower'd both in the 
sitting and Recess of the Court to concurr such accounts as shall 
have been passed by the Committee aforesaid, and the payment of 
said acco ta thus passed, and concurred shall be orderd in the Man- 
ner which the Charter directs provided always that the foregoing 
Method of allowing accounts shall be taken to be adopted merely 
from the Necessity of the present Times, and not considerd as a 
precedent for the future. 
In Council 

Read & concurred, and Benj a Lincoln, Jn° Taylor & Benj a White 
Esq" are Committee on the part of the Board to transact the Business 
assigned the Com ee of the Board in the foregoing Resolve. [Passed 
November 10. 



CHAPTEE 385. 

ORDER FOR PAYMENT OF MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE. Legislative 

Records of the 

In the House of Representatives xxxiv.,349. 

The Paroll of the Members of the House with their Travel and House Jour- 
attendance was read and allowed In Council read and allowed & 57*79^103* 12s' 

Ordered that a Warrant be drawn on the Treasury for £1,822.7.0 ^2, uibis, \k, 
in full of s d Payroll. [Passed November 10. 



CHAPTEE 386. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO DELIVERY OF DONATIONS TO THE COM BK 
OF BOSTON, NOW OUT. 

Whereas this Court on the 16 th & 24 th day of August last passed Legislative 
two resolves impowering Samuel Adams, Joseph Palmer Moses Gill council* ° 
Esq", Cap 1 Thatcher, Col Barrett, M r Durfy, and Col Cutt a Com- Mais!" 350, 



154 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 387, 388.] 



Archives, 
ccvii., 189. 



mittee to receive all such donations as may be sent by the humane, 

and Charitable in this, or any other Colony for the benefit of the 

na°i!pp.25o, r 257. poor Sufferers by means of the Boston port Bill, and to distribute 

Hum -L58. 8 ' ^ ne same among the sufferers according to their best discretion they 

to be accountable to this Court: And Whereas the major part of 

the Committee of Donations chosen by the Town of Boston for the 

receiving the donations aforesaid, & distributing them among the 

necessitous of that Town are since the passing the resolves aforesaid 

come out of Boston, and the donations aforesaid are more likely to 

be distributed in a just, and Equitable manner by those who must be 

better acquainted with the Circumstances of the Inhabitants of the 

Town of Boston than Strangers can be 

Therefore 

Resolved, That the said Samuel Adams, Joseph Palmer, Moses 
Gill, Esq" Cap 1 Thatcher, Col Barrett, M r Durfy and Col Cut pay 
and deliver into the hands of John Hancock, Thomas Gushing, 
Samuel Adams, David Jeffries, William Greenleaf, Jn° Brown Cap 1 
W m Mackey, M r Jon a Mason, Cap 1 Edward Proctor, Henry Hill John 
Avery Jun r Benjamin Austin Esq r , Gibbins Sharp, Thomas Crafts 
the major part of the Committee of Donations appointed by the Town 
of Boston, that are now out of the same Town or the major part of 
them the ballance, that remains in their hands of all donations they 
have received since their appointment aforesaid, for the benefit of 
the poor Sufferers by means of the Boston Port Bill to be by them 
distributed among such Sufferers according to their best discretion 
they to be accountable to this Court. [Passed November 10. 



CHAPTER 387. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 351. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 210. 

Mass. 
A rchives, 
ccvii., 211. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp.149, 185, 
•259. Ante, 
p. 96, chap. 227. 



RESOLVE IMPOW° COM EE OF CORRESP CE OF CHATHAM TO DETAIN THE 
SCHOONER WILLIAMS BELON" TO JN° PRINCE A TORY. 

Resolv d that the Schooner Williams, belonging to John Prince, 
formerly of Salem, in this Colony, now at Halifax, (a Tory of the 
first magnitude!) together with her appurtenances & Cargo, be de- 
tailed in the Hands, and under the care of the Committee of Cor- 
respondence of the Town of Chatham, 'till the further Order of this 
Court. [Passed November 10. 



CHAPTER 388. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 351. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 218. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 248. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £48. 8. 



TO SAMUEL PHILLIPS. 



Resolved that their be Granted and paid out of the Publick Treas- 
ury of this Colony to Samuel Phillips the sum of Forty Eight pounds 
Eight shillings & Eight pence two farthings ' in full of his Account 
for sundrys bought for his Excellency General Washington. [Passed 
November 11. 

« The House Journal, p. 248, reads, £48. 8. 8. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7<>. 155 



CHAPTER 389. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £12. 0. 4 TO ROBERT HUNTER. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that their be Granted and paid out of the Publick Treas- xxxiv., an. 
ury of this Colony to Robert Hunter the sum of Twelve pounds and House Jour- 
four pence in full of his Account for Assisting the Commissary SKp^a, 248 ' 
General of this Colony. [Passed November 11. chap. 327. 



CHAPTER 390. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £3 FOR BENJ N POMEROY. 



[On Petition of Benjamin Pomeroy] Keford^of the 

Whereas it appears to this Court that the Said Benjamin Pom- council, 
eroy While he was at Lewisburg in the year 1745 in the Sarvice of Mass!'' 352 ' 
this Colony did Git a Lameness whereby he has ben Rendred unable £™$ iv $i 
to Suport himself Ever Since. & has Recived out of the Publick 



Treasurey a Grant of three pounds annually for a number of years Archives, 
past until the year 1773 Therefore H^use Jour. 

Resolved that their be allowed & paid out of the Publick Treas- ^^ e u ' U2 - 
urey of this Colony to Thomas Rice Esq r three pounds for the use of Laws, xiv., 374, 
the Said Benjamin Pomeroy for the year 1774. [Passed November 11. 220,^'hap.' ill*' 



CHAPTER 391. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £1. 16. 11 TO JOHN CALDWELL, ESQ K . Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that their be allowed and paid out of the Publick Treas- xxxiv - 352 - 
ury of this Colony to John Caldwell Esq r the sum of One pound House Jour^ 
sixteen shillings and Eleven pence in full of his account for collect- 
ing Powder. [Passed November 11. 



nal,pp.l36,248. 



CHAPTER 392. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £7. 8. 8 TO EPHRAIM CURTIS. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this xxxiv., 353. 
Colony to Ephraim Curtis the sum of Seven pounds Eight shillings & House Jour- 
Eight pence in full of his account for boarding Prisoners. [Passed i^iw. 9 ' 12 ' 
November 11. 



CHAPTER 393. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £1 TO ASAPH FLETCHER. Legislative 

Records of the 
. CouncU, 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this xxxiv., 353. 
Colony to Asaph Fletcher the sum of One pound in full of his account House Jour, 
for Collecting Powder. [Passed November 11. na ' pp ' ' ' 



156 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 394-398.] 



CHAPTEE 394. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 353. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £2. 



TO DANIEL HOPKINS. 



Resolved that their be paid out of the publick Treasury of this 
House Jour. Colony to Daniel Hopkins the sum of two pounds Eight shillings 
nai, pp.138, 179, & Eight pence in full of his accoun t for swearing the Soldiers at 

Marblehead, Salem &c. [Passed November 11. 



CHAPTER 395. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 353. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 167, 248. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £1. 19. 2f TO AMOS SINGLETARY. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Amos Singletary the sum of One pound nineteen Shill** 
and Two pence Three farthings in full of his account for Collecting 
Powder. [Passed November 11. 



CHAPTER 396. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £32. 4. 6 FOR JOSEPH FOWLER. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to the Hon ble Michael Farley Esq r for the use of Joseph 
Fowler the sum of Thirty two pounds four shillings & Six pence in 
nai?pp J 2°3V248. fuU of nis Account for boarding a number of Prisoners at Ipswich. 
[Passed November 11. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 353. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 354. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 220. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 96, 196, 
223, 243. 



CHAPTER 397. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £5. 10 TO GEORGE PARTRIDGE. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to George Partridge the sum of Five pounds Ten shillings 
in full of his account for attendance in the Eecess of the Court to 
prepare accounts for the Continental Congress &.c. [Passed No- 
vember 11. 



CHAPTER 398. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £206 TO CAPT. JOSEPH FOSTER. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 354. 



Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Cap 1 Joseph Foster the sum of Two hundred and Six 
pounds ' in full of his account for billeting Seventy five men Eleven 
nai^ppS^o. Weeks, he to be accountable. [Passed November 11. 

1 The House Journal, p. 260, reads, £206. 5. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws (llesolves, etc.). — 1775-7*;. 157 



CHAPTEK 399. 

RESOLVE APPOINTING A COMMITTEE TO DISPOSE OF Y E INHABITANTS 
OF BOSTON NOW COMING OUT AND GRANTING TO THEM £100. 

Whereas the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston who with their Legislative 
Effects have been hitherto detained by General Gage & his Successor coHncu* ° f the 
contrary to agreement & the most solemn Engagements, are now ™[ T -' 354 - 
expected out of said Town, therefore Archives, 

Resolved, that M r Thomas Crafts, Cap' Edward Procter, & M r ccvn " " m - 

Isaac Peirce be and hereby are appointed a Committee of this na°i"pp J 2°5M65. 

Court, with full power to procure upon the Credit of this Colony, JobtmIs of 
sufficient Teams to carry those Persons, who are not able to remove ciai Congress 
themselves & their Effects, to such Towns as they apprehend to be °]™* p 8 ; v^; 46L 
most suitable & convenient to receive them in the County of Hamp- c 3 h ^' 2 |^ 
shire or else where, which have not as yet received the proportion of 348. ' 
those Sufferers Assigned them by a Resolve of Congress passed 

the l 3t of May last allowing for the hire of these Teams at the rate 
of 12 d a Tun $» Mile & that said Comm ee also provide necessary sup- 
port for said Poor to the places of their destination; and if it should 
be found difficult to remove those Poor to to ' the respective Towns 
to which they shall be assigned, the Comm ee are in such case to 
recommend to the Selectmen of the Towns they may be sent to, that 
they assist in removing said Poor to the Place of their destina- 
tion, unless it should be convenient for them to remain in such 
Town And Whereas this Court are informed, that the Small 

Pox is now in Boston; it is further 

Resolved that the Comm ee aforesaid be & hereby are strictly en- 
join'd to make use of every precaution by smoking, cleansing, airing, 
& detaining Persons or Effects, as they may Judge necessary to pre- 
vent a communication of that Distemper to the Army & Inhabitants 
of this Colony at so important A Crisis as the present; and that the 
Sum of One hundred Pounds be paid out of the Colony Treasury by 
Henry Gardner Esq. Reciever General, to said Comm ee to enable them 
to defrey the necessary Expences aforesaid ; they to be accountable 
to this Court. [Passed November 11. 



CHAPTEE 400. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £9. 5. 4 TO SIMON HASTINGS. 

In the House of Representatives Legislative 

Records of the 



Resolved, that their be granted and paid out of the Publick Treas- council, 
ury of this Colony to Simon Hastings the sum of Nine pounds five XXX1V > 



35o. 



shillings and four pence in full of his account for attendance as door ^chivei 
keeper to this House. ccvii., 222. 

In Council Read and Concurred. [Passed November 11. na°i"pp.2°i6/267, 

268. 
1 Sic. 



158 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 401, 402.] 



CHAPTER 401. 



RESOLVE EXTENDING THE COM N OF DELEGATES AT THE AMERICAN 
CONGRESS TO JANUARY NEXT. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 336. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 223. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 260,269, 
270. Journals 
of each Provin- 
cial Congress 
of Mass., 
pp. 49, 55, 86. 



Whereas, the Honourable John Hancock, Thomas Gushing, 
Samuel Adams, John Adams, & Robert Treat Paine Esq™ have been 
duly appointed to represent this Colony at the American Congress 
now held at Philadelphia, and by their Commission are appointed to 
represent this Colony in said Congress untill the last day of Dec r 
next and whereas the important Business of the Colony has 

hitherto prevented this Court from proceeding to a Choice of Dele- 
gates to represent this Colony in the said American Congress after 
the said last Day of December And Whereas this Court is near ad- 
journing for a short space. Therefore 

Resolved. That the time limited in the said Commission of the 
present Delegates of this Colony now attending the American Con- 
gress for their representing this Colony therein be further extended 
unto the last day of January next; And the said John Hancock, 
Thomas Cushing, Samuel Adams, John Adams, and Robert Treat 
Paine, Esq" are hereby fully impowered to Act for, & represent this 
Colony in the said American Congress agreeable to former Commis- 
sions untill the said last day of January next. [Passed November 11. 



CHAPTER 402. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 356. 
Mass. 

Archives, 1., 
536. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 295. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 162, 163, 
164, 198, 200, 
201-6, 226, 236, 
268, 269. 



RESOLVE RELATING TO THE ARREST OF DOCTER BENJ A CHURCH. 

In the House of Representatives 

Whereas it appears to this House that Doct r Benjamin Church 
late a Member thereof, by his past conduct has discover'd himself 
to be enemical to the united American Colonies, and has laid him- 
self open in their Opinion to a criminal prosecution for his past con- 
,duct in holding a traiterous correspondence with our Enemies. And 
whereas the Court Martial in whose Custody he now is. from the 
want of a suitable Provision in the Continental Articles of War may 
be unable to bring the said Church to condign punishment ; And the 
setting him at liberty may be attended with dangerous consequences 
to the Cause of America. 

Therefore 

Resolved. That the Hon bl The Counsel of this Colony be and they 
hereby are desired to take suitable measures for causing the said 
Benjamin Church in case of his being liberated from his present con- 
finement to be apprehended and secured, that such further measures 
with respect to him may be pursued as the security of this People 
loudly demands, and the Laws of this Colony will justify. 

In Council Read & Concurred. [Passed November 11. 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolve*, etc.). — 177.">-7(;. 159 



CHAPTER 403. 

RESOLVE PROVIDING FOR A GRANT TO THE COM KB OF COUNCIL TO 
EXAMINE ACCOUNTS IN THE RECESS. 

Resolved, That the honorable Council be, and they hereby are Legislative 
impowered any Time before their Recess, to order the Treasurer to councn, ° f t,K " 
deliver to the Committee of Council for concurring Accounts, which xxxiv., 'sw. 
shall be preferrd against this Government, and previously examind Archives, 

and pass'd by a Committee of the House, provided for that purpose, C(:vn -' 21ti - 

such a Sum as the honorable Board shall think sufficient to pay, and naUplaesf' 
discharge Accounts, which may be so concurred during their Recess; Ante, p 152, 
said Committee of Council to be accountable to this Court for said c ap ' 
Sum. [Passed November 11. 



CHAPTER 404. 

RESOLVE IMPOWERING JOSEPH GREENLEAF, ESQ E , TO SETTLE WITH 

POST RIDERS. 

Resolved, That the said Joseph Greenleaf Esq r ' be, and he hereby Legislative 
is directed to settle with the several Post-Masters, and Post-riders to coSnSf, ° f tbe 
the 5 th Day of October last, and discharge their several Bonds pro- ^i v -' 357 - 
vided nevertheless, that if the Post Master General, should choose Archives, 

to undertake (by himself, or his Agent) to Settle the whole Matter ccvii -' 224 ' 

from the beginning, in such Case it is further na^ppfnlllW 

Resolv'd, That the said Joseph Greenleaf be, and he hereby is ^ h '^^ 23 ' 
directed to put over said Settlement into the Hands of the Post c p " 
master General, or his Agent, and to impower either of them to 
receive the moneys now due to said Colony from the several Post- 
masters for said Purpose. [Passed November 11. 



CHAPTER 405. 

RESOLVE RECOMMENDING TOWNS TO SUPPLY MACHIAS WITH POWDER. 

Resolved That it be recommended to the Several Towns in this Legislative 
Colony to Supply the people at Machias with such apart of their councn 8 , ° f the 
Town Stock of powder as they can Spare to relieve them in this time xxxiv., 358. 
of great danger and the said Towns are desired to deliver the Same Archives, 

to the said [James] a Lyon [Chairman of the Committee of Safety CCYU -' 227, 

at Machias] 2 or such person or persons as the Inhabitants of Machias J^pp^^y. 
shall appoint so as the whole do not amount to more than three Ante, p.iso, 
barrells they to be accountable to this Court for the same and this c ap * 
Court will replace such powder as shall be so Supplyed them by such 
Town or Towns as soon as may be or pay them for the same not less 
than five shillings a pound for such powder. [Passed November 11. 

1 "One of the Committee for establishing a Post Office in this Colony." — Mass. 
Archives, ccvii., 224. 

2 Inserted from Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiv., 358. 



160 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 17 75-7 (5. [Chaps. 406-408.] 



CHAPTER 406. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv.,358. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 217. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 108, 248. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £23. 17. 8 TO JOHN ROBBINS. 

Resolved that there be Granted & paid out of the publick Treas- 
ury of this Colony to John Robbins the Sum of Twenty three pounds 
Seventeen Shillings & Eight pence in full for his Loss of time & 
Expence to Doct" & nurses ocasioned by his being wounded in the 
Lexington Battle. [Passed November 11. 



CHAPTER 407. 



RESOLVE MAKING PROVISION FOR CAPTORS OF VESSELS WITHIN 
THIRTY LEAGUES. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 358. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 219. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 259, 264. 
Province 
Laws, v., 436, 
chap. 7; 515, 
516, notes. 
Ante, p. 96, 
chap. 227. 



Whereas by a Law of this Colony made in y e present Session of 
y* General Court entitled "an act for encourageing y e fixing out of 
armed Vessels to defend y e Sea Coast of America & for erecting a 
Court to try & condemn all Vessels that shall be found infesting y e 
same " it is provided that all Vessels which shall be brot into this 
Colony & proved to be y e property of or any Ways employed by y e 
Enemies of y e united American Colonies or for supplying y e said 
Enemies shall with their Appurtenances & Cargoes be deemed for- 
feited & disposed of as by s d Act is ordered & directed, & no pro- 
vision being therein made for Captors not legally commissioned 
therefor who in certain Cases ought to meet with all necessary 
Encouragement 

Resolved That when & so often as it shall appear to y e judge of 
any Court by s d Act provided that any Vessel or Vessels which shall 
be by such Court condemned, have been taken by any Inhabitants 
of y e united American Colonies within Thirty Leagues of y c Amer- 
ican Shore in that Case it shall be lawful & such judge is hereby 
authorized & directed to award to y e Captors y e amount of what such 
Vessel or Vessels with their Cargoes & appurtenances shall produce 
after deducting y e Charges of Tryal & Condemnation & also y e Sheriffs 
Fees for Sale at public auction, in y e same Manner as would have been 
done had such Captors been commissioned with Letters of Marque & 
Eeprisal by any of y e Colonies aforesd. [Passed November 11. 



CHAPTER 408. 



RESOLVE RELATING TO SENDING THE PRISONERS OF SUFFOLK TO THE 
GOAL IN PLYMOUTH. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 359. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 225. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 192. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 252, 
251-256. 



Whereas the Goal for the County of Suffolk, is in Boston, which 
is now a Garrisoned Town in the hands of our Enemies; and cannot 
be used for the reception of such Prisoners as shall be apprehended 
in the several Towns in said County of Suffolk saving the said Town 
of Boston. 

Resolved, That when, and so often as the Sherrif of the County 
of Suffolk, or any other Officer, or Officers of the said County, or of 
any of the Towns in said County, shall have any Execution, "War- 



[2d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7G. 161 

rant, or Process whatsoever by Virtue of which they might legally 
commit any Person, or Persons to the Goal in said County of Suffolk, 
Avere it in a situation to receive, and restrain them, shall be, and 
hereby are impowered at all times hereafter, untill a Goal shall be 
provided in the County of Suffolk, other than the Goal in said 
County in the Town of Boston, or untill the Goal in the Town of 
Boston can be conveniently improved for the purpose aforesaid by 
the Sherrif of said County, to commit such Person, or Persons to the 
Goal in the County of Plymouth, and the Sherriff of the said County 
of Plymouth shall be and he hereby is impower'd, and directed to 
keep, and detain all, and every such Person, or Persons so committed 
as aforesaid in the same manner as the Sherriff of the said County 
of Suffolk, would have been impowered to do if he, or they had been 
committed to the Goal in the said County of Suffolk and that any 
Person, or Persons obstructing or hindering the said Officers "and. 
their Assistants in committing any Prisoner as aforesaid, shall be 
liable to the same pains, and penalties as for opposing, and obstruct- 
ing such Officers in the execution of their several Offices in similar 
cases in their own respective Precincts And it is further 

Resolved, that the Sherriff of the County of Suffolk as well as the 
said County of Suffolk be liable to make good all damages, that may 
arise by reason of the escape of any Prisoner, or Prisoners for Debt, 
or any other Cause from the Goal of Plymouth, committed by any 
Officer of the said County of Suffolk, in the same manner as they 
would be respectively liable to, in case of such Prisoner, or Pris- 
oners escaping out of the Goal in the County of Suffolk. And 
whereas there is built, & prepared in Plymouth in the County of 
Plymouth aforesaid a new Goal, which the Sherriff has not been 
enabled to enter into possession of and remove Prisoners to. for want 
of Orders from proper Authority It is therefore further 

Resolved, That the Sherriff of the said County of Plymouth be, 
and hereby is impowered, and directed immediately to take possession 
of the said new Goal, and there to remove, and in future to detain 
any Prisoners he may now have in keeping, or that may hereafter be 
committed by legal Authority. And it is further 

Resolved, That the Sherriff of the County of Plymouth be, and 
hereby is Impowerd, and directed to deliver any Prisoner, or Pris- 
oners, which shall be committed to the said Goal in Plymouth in 
pursuance of these Resolves, by any Officer, or Officers in the County 
of Suffolk to any Person, or Persons by Order of any Court of Ses- 
sions, Court of Common Pleas, or Court of Judicature; Court of 
Assize, and General Goal delivery, at any Time held for and within 
the said County of Suffolk, any Law, Usuage or Custom to the Con- 
trary Notwithstanding. [Passed November 11. 



162 



Province Laws (Ilesolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 409-412.] 



RESOLVES, ORDERS, VOTES, ETC. 

Passed at the Session begun and held at Boston, 
on the Twenty-ninth Day of November, A.D. 

1775- 

CHAPTER 409. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 366. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 235, 236. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 8. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £10. 8/ TO THE SELECTMEN OF UXBRIDGE. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to the Selectmen of the Town of Uxbridge for the use of 
said Town the sum of Ten pounds Eight shillings in full for sup- 
porting John Morris a Colony Pauper from March l 8t 1774 to March 
1 st 1775. [Passed December 2. 



CHAPTER 410. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 367. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 238. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 8. 



RESOLVE GRANTING 



£15. 12/ TO THE SELECTMEN 
UXBRIDGE. 



OF THE TOWN OF 



Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to the Select men of Uxbridge for the Use of s d Town the 
sum of Fifteen pounds Twelve shillings in full for supporting Betty 
Trifle a Colony Pauper from the 25 th March 1774 to the 25 th March 
1775. [Passed December 2. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 367. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 3, 8. 



CHAPTER 411. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £12. 4. 1$ TO SAMUEL GREENLEAF. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Samuel Greenleaf the sum of Twelve pounds Four shil- 
lings & One penny farthing in full of his Account for supplies to 
Soldiers, Prisoners, &c marching to Head Quaters. [Passed Decem- 
ber 2. 



CHAPTER 412. 



RESOLVE DISBANDING THE SOLDIERS STATIONED IN THE TOWNS OF 
NEWBURY, DARTMOUTH, ROCHESTER & WAREHAM. 

Recordsofthe Whereas it is necessary that a Number of Men should be imme- 
councii, diately rais'd agreeable to a Resolve of this Court of yesterday And 



xxxiv., 368. 
Mass. 



US 



it appears to this Court, that the men station'd upon the Sea 



[od Sess.] Province Laws (llesolves, etc.). — 177")-7i>. L63 

Coasts in the Town of Newbury, Dartmouth, Rochester, & Ware- Archives, 
ham may without inconviency be spared from any further .Service w 



in Guarding the Sea Coasts in those Towns. Refwdfldfthe 

Therefore £5i c11 &m B66 

Resolved, That the men station'd on the Sea-Coasts in the Towns m. Blouse 

of Newbury, Dartmouth, Rochester & Wareham be, and they hereby pp^tlr, 9, 12. 

are dismissed from the Service aforesaid, from, & after the fifth day 

of December instant, and that no further pay, or allowance be made 

for that Service after that time. [Passed December 4. 



CHAPTER 413. 

RESOLVE EXCUSING THE TOWN OF LINCOLN FROM REINFORCING THE 

AMERICAN ARMY. 

Whereas by a resolve of this court pass d the 1 st of december Legislative 
instant the comanding officer in the town of Lincoln was directed council 8 , ° f the 
forthwith to assemble the Melitia of that town & cause the number S?g V :' 368, 
of thirteen men to be inlisted to Joyn the american army, and Archives, 
whereas by a Late Resolve the inhabitants of the S d town are directed CCYU -» m - 
to supply a certain Quantity of wood for the use of s d army, which ^chives 
renders it inconvenient that any men should be taken from s d town cxivi., 344-345*; 

, ,1 • ,■ ccvii., 233. 

at this time Legislative 

Resolved that the Comanding officer of the town of Lincoln be & q^^^ of the 
hereby is excused from assembling the Melitia & inlisting any men xxxiv.,365. 
to Joyn the american army as afores d the afores d Resolve Notwith- nai"pp- ( i3, r i4. 
standing. [Passed December 4. g*™*. ch *P- 



CHAPTER 414. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO SUPPLY OF WOOD AND MEN FOR THE ARMY. 

Resolved that the Commanding Officer of the Melitia in the Town Legislative 
of Natick be excused from calling together the military Company councff, ° f the 
in s d Natick under his Command In order to Inlist Nine Soldiers to ?, xxiv -> 369 - 
Join the american Army at Cambrige to serve unti 11 the 15 th Day Archives, 
of Janury next the Resolve Of the two Houses of the first of Decemb r CCYU - 243 - — _ 
Instant, notwithstanding And whereas the s d Town of Natick were jj^ppfu^fo. 
directed by the Assembly of this Province in their present Session supra, chap, 
to Supply the army at Cambrige with three Cords of Fire Wood 
pr T Day 

Resolved that the Town of Natick be held to Supply with two 
Cords of Firewood $> r Day only & that The Town of Dedham be 
henceforth Directed to Supply the army at Cambrige with one Cord 
of Fire wood $» day for the Time & on the Condition That the Town 
of Natick were originally ordered To do in addition to the 

three Cords already derected they should supply to the Camp at 
Roxbury. [Passed December 5. 



164 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7B. [Chaps. 415-417.] 



CHAPTER 415. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £39. 7 FOR SERVICES OF SOLDIERS AT GLOUCESTER. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 372. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 5, 10, 15, 
17. 



Resolved that the Receiver General be and he is hereby directed 
to pay to Aaron Wood Esq r Thirty nine pounds Seven Shillings to 
be by him applyed for the Payment of One Serjant and Twenty Five 
Privates for their Service as Soldiers at Glocester Viz The Serjeant 
a month, and the men half a month each, and also for the Billeting 
&c of said Soldiers. [Passed December 6. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 373. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
clxxx., 234. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
clxxx., 234. 
House Jour, 
nal, p. 233 
(November, 
1775); pp. 5, 14. 



CHAPTER 416. 

RESOLVE REQUIRING SELECTMEN OF IPSWICH TO SUPPLY THE PRIS- 
ONERS IN IPSWICH GOAL WITH COATS, BLANKETS, &c. 

Petition op Thomas Livermore Serjeant of the 63 d Regiment 
setting forth that he with Seven Soldiers & Nine Sailors being Pris- 
oners, and confined in Goal at Ipswich would acquaint your Honors 
that Five of our Number has been very sick, One of which men re- 
mains very I'll and has nothing to Cover him in this Inclement 
Season but the Cloaths w ch he has now on his Back, and those has 
Remain'd on for Three months, we are all in a Bad situation for 
Cloathing, and our Necessity Obliges us to Petition your Honours, 
to grant us such Relief as your Honours shall think proper, and as 
in duty bound shall ever pray 

[Read and] 

Resolved That the Selectmen of the Town of Ipswich be and they 
hereby are required and impowred as soon as may be to furnish each 
of the Seven Soldiers mentioned in said petition with two Shirts one 
blanket and a Cap 

That they furnish each of the nine Sailors in said Goal with one 
Coat Jackett and a pair of breeches two shirts two pair of Stockings 
a pair of Shoes one Cap and one blanket and that the said Select- 
men provide light Sacks for the said Sixteen prisoners and lay an 
account of their expences before this Court for allowance & payment. 
[Passed December 6. 



CHAPTER 417. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING THE TOWN OF MARBLEHEAD THE USE OF TWO 

24 CANNON. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 374. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 249. 

House Jour, 
nal, pp. 19, 
20 bis. 



Resolved That the Town of Marblehead be & it hereby is impowered 
to cause two Peices of Ordnance twenty four pounders now at Con- 
cord which were damaged on y e 19 th April last by y e ministerial 
Troops & have been since repaired, to be removed to sd : Town at 
their own Expence & there improved for their Defence untill y e 
further orders of this Court touching y e same. [Passed December 7. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 1(55 



CHAPTER 418. 

RESOLVE PROVIDING FOR THE POOR OF BOSTON SENT OUT TO POINT 

SHIRLEY. 

Whereas a Committee has been appointed by this Court to pro- Legislative 
vide for and remove such of the Inhabitants of Boston as may be council 8 0l the 
sent from thence to Point Sherley, or other places, as also to make gaiv.,876. 
use of every precaution necessary, to prevent a communication of Archives, 
the Small Pox to other parts of this Colony, which appears to be the ccvn -» 246 - 
intention of our Enemies Archives 

Resolved, that said Committee be & hereby are directed & im- cxciv., \k. 
powered to Impress if it should be found necessary, a sufficient Refords'of the 
number of Carriages for the removal of such of said Inhabitants & SSS^'ses 
their Effects as shall have been sufficiently smoked and cleansed, to House bour. 
such Towns as the Committee shall Judge proper, giving them a \t£ p! 157, ' 
Certificates, that they are of the Poor of Boston, and quite free from cha P- 399 - 
Infection And it is recommended to the Committee that they re- 
tain at Point Sherley such of said Inhabitants as they shall appre- 
hend may have been in the way of receiving the Small Pox, for such 
a space of time as may be necessary to determine whether they had 
the Infection, taking care that they are supplied with such quanti- 
ties of Provisions Wood & c as they Judge will be sufficient to keep 
them from suffering It is further recommended to said Committee 
to provide if they see occasion suitable Houses as Hospitals for the 
reception of those Persons who may be taken with the Small Pox, 
or shall appear to have the Symptoms of the Distemper; as also to 
engage a Physician or Physicians to attend the Sick if required, and 
to place sufficient Guards at the Infected Houses to prevent a per- 
miscuous passing or repassing to & from said Houses. [Passed 
December 7. 



CHAPTEE 419. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £10. 4/ TO ALEX 8 PARRAN. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Alex r Parran ' the sum of Ten pounds four shillings in full oSSSSf ° f tbe 
for the loss of his Gun, and for boarding and Nursing Twelve Weeks xxxiv., 377. 
and carrying him to Glocester. [Passed December 7. House Jour- 

L nal, pp. 6, 18. 



CHAPTER 420. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £13. 15/ TO NATH L FARMER. 

Petition of Nathaniel Parmer of Lexington in the County of Legislative 
Middlesex Cordwainer humbly Sheweth, that on the morning of the council 5 , ° 
Nineteenth of April last, (he being one of the minuet men) was fire'd xxxiv > 371 



upon by the Ministerial Troops at Lexington, and was Woun[d]ed D I a 1 U8e p J ^' 2 
in his right Arm w ch Fractured the Bone to that degree that sundry 
Peices of the same has been since taken out, by w ch means your Peti- 

1 Who was in the Battle of Bunker's Hill. — Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiv., 



166 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775—76. [Chaps. 421-423.] 



tioner hath suffered much pain as well as loss of time and Charge 
to the Docters whose Bills are herewith presented, and in fine is 
totally disabled from Carrying on his Business, by which he Chiefly 
supported himself and Family Wherefore he prays your Honours 
would take his distressed Case, under your wise consideration and 
grant him such Relief as to you in your Wisdom shall seem meet, 
and your Petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray 

[Read and] 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Deacon Stone for the Use of Nathaniel Farmer the sum of 
Thirteen pounds Fifteen shillings in full for his Doctring nursing and 
Loss of time while confined with his Wounds. [Passed December 7. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 378. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 19, 22. 



CHAPTER 421. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 11. 8 TO WILLIAM GILCHREST. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to William Gilchrest the sum of Three pounds Eleven shil- 
lings & Eight pence in full for boarding & nursing of Thomas Green 
a Wounded Soldier ' agreeable to his Account therefor. [Pasted 
December 7. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 379. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 378. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 22. 



CHAPTER 422. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £8. 9/ TO GEORGE REED. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to George Reed the sum of Eight pounds Nine shillings in 
full for his nursing Doctring & Loss of Time while Confined with 
his Wounds. 2 [Passed December 7. 



CHAPTER 423. 



RESOLVE EXCUSING THE TOWN OF BEDFORD FROM FURNISHING THE 
PROPORTION OF MEN. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 379. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 250. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 19, 21. 
Ante, p. 163, 
chap. il'S. 



Whereas by a resolve of this Court of the first instant the Town 
of Bedford were ordered to furnish thirteen men to join the araer- 
ican army on the tenth instant and the Commanding officer of said 
Town was ordered to inlist that number of men accordingly and 
whereas by another resolve of this Court the same Town were ordered 
to furnish the army with four Cords of wood daily and it would be 
quite impracticable for said Town to comply with both said resolves 
therefore 

Resolved that the Commanding officer of the said Town of Bed- 
ford be and he hereby is excused from assembling the Militia and 
inlisting any men to join the americau army the aforesaid resolve 
first mentioned notwithstanding. [Passed December 8. 

1 "A Soldier wounded on Bunker Hill in June last." — Executive Records of the 
Council, xvii., 182. 

2 "Wounds received on the 19 th April last." — Executive Records of the Council, xvii., 
182. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 177.J-7U. 167 



CHAPTER 424. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £3 ANNUALLY FOR WILLIAM CLEMENS A PEN- 
SIONER. 

Petition of the Selectmen of the Town of Medway in the County Legislative 
of Suffolk. Humbly Sheweth That the great and General Court of g^jj of the 
this Province, at their Session in the month of November A.D. 17G1 ^ iv, » 389 - 
did upon the Petition of William Clemons, order and allow, the Archives, 

sum of Three pounds to be paid out of the Publick Treasury from clxxx -» 23p - 

that time Annually, till the further Order of the General Court, on A r jlc^i ves 
Account of his sufferings in the Provincial Service in the late cbacx.,286. 
Wars. That the said Sum of Three Pounds has been Paid out nai^pj). 8, is, 

of the Publick Treasury, and applied towards the support of the Lawsxvl? 06 
said Clemens Annually ever since said order of Court except the 142, chap. 3&. 
Present year. That since the said Order of Court, the said ' 

Clemens has been reduced to 'a Noncompos, Indigent Condition, by 
reason of Tedious fitts and Sickness, Occasioned (as is generally 
supposed) by his Sufferings aforesaid, and has been under the care 
of the Selectmen, and Supported in a great measure upon the Cost 
of this Town for a number of years past. That the said Clemens 

is not a native of this Town & was accounted no other than a Tran- 
sient man at the time, of his Entering the Provincial Service in the 
late Wars. That your Honours would take under Consider- 

ation the Circumstances of the said William Clemens, And make 
such Provision for his necessary support, as your Wisdom and Justice 
shall direct, and your Petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray. 

[Read and] 

Resolved that their be allowed and paid out of the Publick Treas- 
ury of this Colony to the select men of Medway for the use of the 
within named William Clemmons the Sum of three pounds for the 
year 1775 and the same sum Annually to Commince from this Day 
till the further order of this Court on account of his sufferings 
mentioned in this petition. [Passed December 8. 



CHAPTER 425. 



RESOLVE RELATING TO TWO PRISONERS. 



Resolved that the Selectmen of the Town of Worcester be impow- Legislative 
ered to furnish George Henry Fisher a Prisoner sent by Order of council 8 ° f the 
the Major part of the Council to Worcester with Cloathes suited to xxxiv., 38i. 
his Necessitous Circumstances, and that they lay an Account of Mass. 

• Ar<*nivf*8 

their Expences before this Court for Allowance and payment fur- ccvu., 251, 252. 
thermore that the Committee of Correspondence of the said Town Rifords'of the 
who have thought proper to recommit to Goal, for some late in- council, 
solvent behaviour, one John Holden, formerly a Soldier in the Min- House Jour- 
isterial Army be directed to keep the said Holden in Goal untill the ™\^ u ' A 2 ni e 
further order of this Court. [Passed December 8. p.'i4,'chap.i3.' 



168 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 426-429.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxlv., 382. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 20, 21. 
Ante, p. 152, 
chap. 384. 



CHAPTER 426. 

RESOLVE DESIRING THE COUNCIL TO DIRECT THEIR COMMITTEE TO 
RECORD ACCOUNTS. 

Whereas by a Resolve of this Court of the Eighth of November 
last past, it is provided that the Committee of the House therefor 
appointed, shou d keep in a Book a true record of all accounts, 
which shall have been passed by them, with an Alphabet thereto, 
and it now appears that the Business will be conducted with greater 
dispatch by the Records being made after such accounts shall have 
been concurred, and paid by a Committee of Council provided for 
that purpose Therefore 

Resolved that the said Committee of the House be, and they hereby 
are directed to send to the said Committee of the Honourable Board, 
all accounts which they shall have passed without recording the 
same, and the Honourable Board are desired to direct their Com- 
mittee to cause such accounts, when concurred and discharged, to 
be fairly recorded, agreeable to the Method proposed by the Resolve 
aforesaid, and to employ a suitable Person for that purpose. [Passed 
December 8. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 383. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 4, 21. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxlv., 383. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 9, 25. 
Ante, p. 66, 
chap. 150. 



CHAPTEE 427. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £2. 2/ TO JOB PLYMPTON, J UN*. 

Resolved that their be allowed and paid out of the Publick Treas- 
ury of this Colony to Job Plympton jun r the sum of Two pounds 
Two shillings in full for a Firelock found for the Use of the Army. 
[Passed December 8. 



CHAPTER 428. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £31. 4/ TO COL. JOSHUA DAVIS. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Colonel Joshua Davis the sum of Thirty One pounds four 
shillings, it being the pay of a Lieutenant Colonel, in the Service 
of this Colony, from the first day of May up to the First day of 
August, which pay said Davis was allowed by a Resolve of this Court. 
[Passed, December 8. 



CHAPTER 429. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 383. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 21. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £12. 7/ TO JOSEPH COMEE. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury to Joseph 
Comee ' the sum of Twelve pounds Seven shillings, in full for his 
Nursing Boarding, & Doctring and time lost. [Passed December 8. 

1 Wounded on the Nineteenth of April last at the Battle of Lexington. — Legislative 
Records of the Council, xxxiv., 383. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 169 



CHAPTER 430. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE SECRETARY TO TAKE COPIES OF Y B 
VOUCHERS TO BE SENT TO THE COM TBE AT CONGRESS. 



Resolved that the Secretary be, and ho hereby is directed forth- Legislative 
with to take, or procure to be taken, Copies of of 1 all such Vouchers, council 8 , 
as the Committee appointed by this Court, to prepare the Acco ts of xxxiv > 3H1 - 
Charges and Expenccs incurred by this Colony, in defence of Amer- ^ Ia ^: 
ican Liberty, may think needfull to Transmit to the Honourable ccvii., 260. 
the Continental Congress, and that he carefully compare such Copies, na°i"pp?3, U 26. 
with the Originals, and Attest the same, in order to their being ££**> p^ 132 > 
lodged in the Secretarys Office which Copies so attested shall have 
all the Validity & Effect that the Originals might or ought to 
have And the Secretary is directed to consult with the said Com- 
mittee, and be directed by them with regard to the mode of taking 
said Copies. [Passed December 9. 2 



CHAPTER 431. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £12.2/ TO FRANCIS BROWN. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Francis Brown 3 the sum of Twelve pounds Two shillings ^1^!}? of the 
in full for his Nursing, Boarding, and Doctring. [Passed Decern- xxxiv.,384. 

ber 9. House Jour- 
nal, pp. 8, 21. 



CHAPTER 432. 

RESOLVE IMPOWERING THE COMMITTEE OF SAFETY TO APPREHEND 

EDWARD RAND. 

Whereas by Information given to this Court there is great Rea- Legislative 
son to apprehend that Edward Eand pewterer of Newbury Port & councif ° f the 
Brother of Doctor Isaac Eand of Boston has carried on a criminal xxxiv.,384. 
Correspondence wt h his Brother afores d who is unfriendly to y e Archives, 
Cause of America therefore ccvii., 256. 

Resolved That Cap* Epes forthwith repair to M r Winthrop Gray ^chives 
at Maiden or Point Shirley & inquire into y e Facts afores d in Con- ccvii., 256j. 
fidence & provided y e s d Gray shall confirm y e same that then y e s d na°i?p e P J 25, r k 
Cap fc Epes forthwith repair to y e Committee of Safety & Corre- gjj"p2 : p 14 
spondence of Newbury Port with this Resolve who are hereby directed chap! 13. 
& impowered to cause s d Edward Rand pewterer to be immediately 
put under a sufficient Guard & his papers secured, untill y e further 
order of this Court. 4 [Passed December 9. 

1 Sic. 

2 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is December 8. 

3 Wounded on the 19 th of April last at the Battle of Lexington. — Legislative Records 
of the Council, xxxiv., 384. 

4 "The information relative to M r Rand of Newbury Port is as follows That he 
wrote a Letter to his Brother Isaac Rand of Boston & Benjamin Marrton of Marblehead, 
which was there publickly read ; that It contained Information that y e Soldiers of y e Amer- 
ican Army were mutinous & deserting, that all were in Confusion, that y e better Sort of 
people were sick of y e opposition, that he wished himself in Boston where he could speak 
his Mind freely &c &c." — Mass. Archives, ccvii., 256^. 



170 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.) . — 1775-70. [Chaps. 433-435.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 386. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvli., 253. 

House Jour, 
nal, pp. 13, 25, 
27. Province 
Laws, v., 395, 
chap. 8; 412, 
note. 



CHAPTER 433. 



RESOLVE DIRECT 



RECEIVER GENERAL TO ISSUE WARRANTS TO COL- 
LECT THE OUTSTANDING TAXES. 



Resolved that the Receiver General of the Colony of Massachuttes 
Bay be and is hereby Directed and Impowred to Issue his AVarrents 
to the Several Constables & Collectors Within S d Coloney Enabling 
them to Collect the Several Sums Assest on the Inhabitants of the 
Several Towns in said Coloney for the year 1774. [Passed Decem- 
ber 9. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 387. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvli., 255. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
CCVli., 254. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 28 bis, 
29. Province 
Laws, v., 442, 
chap. 9; 518, 
notes. Ante, 
p. 108, chap. 
267. 



CHAPTER 434. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE TREASURER TO DELIVER M B REVERE TWO 

COPPER PLATES. 

Resolved that Henry Gardner Esq r Receiver general of this Col- 
ony, be and he hereby is directed to deliver unto M r Paul Revere 
Engraver, the two pair of copper plates now in the keeping of said 
Receiver General, from which the last Emission of Bills was struck 
off; one pair of said plates to be deliver'd upon the return of the 
other; and that M r Reviere be directed to proceed with all expedi- 
tion in the cutting or engraving a new sett of Plates for the strike- 
ing off Bills of publick Credit to the amount of Seventy five thousand 
pounds, of the denominations specify'd in the Bill now pending for 
the Emission of said Sum, provided the same passes into an Act; 
and that he be allowed for said Service one penny and a half penny 
OT 1 : for each Bill he shall strike off, he finding paper and every 
Material that shall be necessary, and allowing a deduction to be 
made from the foregoing Allowance, of the Sum of thirty shillings 
lawf 1 Money, for the Advantage he will receive from the old Plates; 
and that Col Thompson be a Committee to take into keeping said 
Reviere's press, until the plates shall be ready for the striking off 
said Bills or any part of them. [Passed December 9. 



CHAPTER 435. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 386. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 261. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 364, 
371. House 
Journal, pp. 6, 
18, 31, 32. 
Ante, p. 14, 
chap. 13; 
p. 89, chap. 
209. 



RESOLVE RELATING TO FRAUDULENT SHIPMENTS AT NANTUCKET. 

AViiereas Representation has been made to this Court that sup- 
plies of Provision, more than are necessary for internal Consump- 
tion, and for such Voyages as may be Prosecuted, consistant with 
the Resolves of Congress and the General Assembly of this Colony, 
have been lately shiped from this and the neighbouring Colonies for 
the Island of Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard, And there is great 
reason to suspect that the Inhabitants of the said Island of Nan- 
tucket have abused the Indulgence of this Court by supplying our 
Enemies with such provisions &c as were admitted to be Transported 
to them for their Internal Consumption only 

Resolved that the Committee of Correspondence for the Town of 
Falmouth in the County of Barnstable be and they hereby are directed 

1 Old tenor currency. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (liesolves, etc.). — 1775-7G. 171 

forthwith to return to this Court a true Copy upon Oath of all per- 
mits w ch they have granted to the Inhabitants of Nantucket, or any 
other person or persons in their behalf for Obtaining Provisions 
from the Inhabitants of this and the Neighbouring Colonies, to 
supply said Inhabitants of Nantuckec, and to suspend granting any 
permits in future to the said Inhabitants or any person on their 
behalf till the further order of this Court; And the Selectmen of 
the Town of Sherburne on the Island of Nantucket, as also of each 
Town on Mar[t]ha's Vineyard are directed forthwith to make strict 
enquiry into the Imperfection ' of Provisions into their Respective 
Towns since the 28 th Sep r last, and of all Provisions now in said 
Towns, & to make returns thereof on Oath to this Court as soon as 
may be and the Inhabitants of this Colony and of the other United 
Colonies are desired to withhold further supplies of Provision Fuel 
or other Necessaries from said Island untill the further Recommen- 
dation of this Court, and the Printers of the Colonies aforesaid are 
respectively desired to cause this Resolve to be inserted in their 
news papers. [Passed December 11. * 



CHAPTER 436. 

RESOLVE DIRECT 6 ' COMMISSARY GEN L TO CARRY HIS ACC0 T8 TO 

CAMBRIDGE. 

Whereas John Pidgeon the late Commissary of the forces raised ^f^* 1 ^ the 
by this Colony keeps his Books at Some distance from the army by council, 
reason whereof the Officers of the Army are prevented from Setling Mass!'' 388 ' 
their rolls as ordered by this Court Archives, 

therefore - 

Resolved that the said Pidgeon be and he hereby is directed to nai, p. 27. 
furnish the officers of said Forces with such Accounts as said Pid- 
geon is possessed of Necessary to the making up their rolls at Cam- 
bridge and that he be desired to attend there to Settle Said 
Accounts as long as his presence there may be Necessary. [Passed 
December 11. 



CHAPTER 437. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £7. 8. 3 FOR EZEKIEL ADAMS. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Daniel Perry for the Use of Ezekiel Adams the sum of SSSSu" °* thc 
Seven pounds Eight shillings & Three pence in full for keeping and xxxiv.,391. 
supporting Mary Allen one of the Poor of the Town of Boston to House Jour- 
March last. [Passed December 11. nai.pp.2,34,29. 

1 The House Journal, p. 31, reads "Importation." 

2 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is December 9. 



172 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 438, 439.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 392. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 267. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 268. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 391. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 27, 32, 
35. Ante, 
165, chap. 



& 



CHAPTEK 438. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO THE SICK AT POINT SHIRLEY. 

Whereas it appears that the Inhabitants lately come out of Bos- 
ton to point Shirley are under difficult Circumstances for want of 
Fuel and that two of said Inhabitants are now broke out with the 
small Pox. 

Resolved, That the Com tte at s d Point Shirley be and they are 
hereby directed to make use of any old decayed Stores, barns, or 
fish Houses, as fuel for the relief of the Sick, and distressed, and 
if necessary to take down any publick building there for the Purpose 
aforesaid s d Com tte to render an account of their proceedings to this 
Court; and they are further directed to use their Utmost endeavours 
to prevent the spreading of the small pox, and make proper repre- 
sentation of the state of such Persons as are put under their care to 
this Court whenever they find there is occasion therefor and 

that Cap : Foster & Cap : Searl be a Committee to repair imme- 

diately to Point Shirley & Cause such Buildings as may be thought 
necessary to be taken down for fuel to be apprized, and take any 
Measures & give any directions that shall appear to them necessary 
to aid the Committee now there, in procuring Wood, and in pre- 
venting the spreading of the small Pox. [Passed December 12. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 393. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 265. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 265, 266. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 33, 34. 
Province 
Laws, v., 462, 
chap. 15; 527, 
notes. Ante, 
p. 9, chap. 2; 
p. 14, chap. 13. 



CHAPTER 439. 

RESOLVES RELATING TO ENLISTMENTS AND VESSELS IN THE NAVAL 

SERVICE. 

Resolved That It be & It hereby is strongly recommended to y e 
Committees of Correspondence & Safety of y e Town of & in 

Case of a Deficiency of both s d Committees to y e Selectmen of s d Town 
that they cause to be made to this Court a true Return of y e Num- 
ber of Men in s d Town who are desirous of enlisting & fit for Marines 
or Seamen on board of armed Vessels either in y e pay of y e Conti- 
nent, or of this Colony, or of private Adventurers who shall fit out 
s d Vessels, also y e Names of such persons as are desirous of entering 
y e Service afores d & are qualified for Commanders or other officers, 
likewise y e Ships Brigantines Schooners or Sloops in s d Town suit- 
able for armed Vessels which are to be sold or hired out, to whom 
they respectively belong, what their Tonnage, y e Depth of Water 
they draw, their Breadth, their Decks, & what their Age & that 
s d Return be made agreable to y e Schedule ' herewith sent them, & 
without Delay Lodged in the Secretarys office 

Resolved that the foregoing Resolve be printed & sent to the sev- 
eral Maritime Towns in this Colony with a special direction to each 
of said Towns by filling up the Blank in the same with the Name 
of each Town to which it shall be sent 

Resolved That Coll Tomson be a Committee to cause the fore- 
going Resolves, & the Schedule annexed ' to be printed & sent to 
the Towns mentioned therein. [Passed December 12. 

1 " A RETURN from the Town of of Persons qualified for Officers and Seamen, 

who are desirous of inlisting on board of armed Vessels in the Service of the United-Col- 
onies, or of this Colony, or private Adventurers ; — Also, of the Dimensions of Vessels JU 
for the Purpose aforesaid, to be sold or hired out in said Town ; the Oxcner's Names ; Age 
of the Vessels, $6. agreeable to the within Resolution of the General Court." Then fol- 
lows the schedule. — House Journal, p. 34. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1 775-70. 173 



CHAPTER 440. 

RESOLVES PROVIDING FOR STRENGTHENING THE DEFENCES OF THE 
COAST AND LAND FORCES OF GLOUCESTER. 

In the House of Eepresentatives Considering the importance Legislative 
of the Harbour of Glocester to this Colony, the Exposed ness of the cSSS^J of the 
same to the Enemy it appears necessary, that in Addition to the Sjf! v *' 393 - 
Provission already made, that more men should be station'd there to Archives, 
compleat, and defend the Fortifications already erected and erecting. ccvil -» 263 - 

Therefore § K iveB> 

Resolved. That there be two Companies immediately raised con- ecvii., 264. 
sisting of 50 Men each including Officers upon the same Establish- nai.p.io. 
ment of the forces rais'd for the Defence of the sea Coasts, One J^fl'.jfcf^Visa 
Company of which to be employ'd to manage the Artillery; And chap. ad; 
that suitable Officers be commissionated to raise, and command the 415. ' ° p- 
same the above Companies to continue in said Service 'till the 

first day of April next unless discharg'd before that time by order 
of this Court. 

And it is further 

Resolved, That a General Officer be appointed to take the Com- 
mand of the forces station'd at Glocester; who shall be empower'd 
to call in the neighbouring Militia, upon any Emergency as he shall 
judge necessary and discharge them again, as soon as the service 
will admit of the same And that the above Officers be chosen 

by joint ballot of the hon ble Board, and this House. 

In Council Head & concurred. [Passed December 12. 



CHAPTER 441. 



RESOLVE RELATING TO SUPPLY OF FIREWOOD. 



Resolved That the Inhabitants of the Town of Chelsea Maiden Legislative 
and Lynn be desired to furnish the Com tee of this Court at Chelsea g^JSS?, * the 
with a Sufficient quantity of firewood on the present occasion and xxxiv./m 
the Com tce9 of Correspondence and the Selectmen of each of said Archives, 

Towns are desired to afford all necessary assistance to the Com tee of ccvll -> 269 - 

this Court in furnishing them with that article. [Passed Decern- ^ a ] U p e f° ur " 
her 13. Ante, p. u, 

chap. 13. 



CHAPTER 442. 

RESOLVES FOR FORWARDING Y E MANUFACTURE OF GUNPOWDER. 

Resolved that M r Putnam, Cap 1 Parker, and M r Singletary be and ^f^dfofthe 
they hereby are appointed, a Committee to purchase so much Land, council, 
and such a part of the Stream of Water, in the Town of Sutton, as xxxlv > 398 ' — 
may be fully Sufficient, for the Erecting a mill in the said Town of ±™li ves 
Sutton for the manufacturing Gunpowder. 276 "'h 74, 275 ' 

And it is further journal, pp. 36, 

Resolved, that the Committee aforesaid are hereby Authorised, P 9 ' ^2, chap 6 ' 
and impowered, to purchase the remains of a Gunpowder mill, in 383. 



174: Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 177 5—7 <j . [Chaps. 443-44").] 

the Town of Stoten, with so much of the land, and Stream adjoin- 
ing the same, as may be sufficient to prepare said Mill for the manu- 
fact e Gunpowder. And the said Committee are hereby impowered 
to employ such Skilful persons for the erecting and prepare g said 
Mills for the Manufacturing Gunpowder and also to provide such 
Skilful Persons, as manufacturers, as may be Sufficient for that pur- 
pose, and to lay the Bills of the Expences thereof before this Court, 
and that the said Committe contract for a sum not exceeding Six 
hundred pounds. [Passed December 14. 1 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv.,402. 

Ante, p. 169, 
chap. 430. 



CHAPTER 443. 

ORDER DIRECTING THE SECRETARY TO TAKE COPIES OF PAPERS FOR 
CONTINENTAL CONGRESS. 

Ordered that the Secretary be directed to take Copies of all such 
papers as were to be transmitted to Continental Congress. a [Passed 
December 14. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 404. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 258. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 257. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 396. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 37, 42. 
Ante, p. 169, 
chap. 432. 



CHAPTER 444. 

ORDER DIRECTING THE DISCHARGE OF EDWARD RAND OF NEWBURY 

PORT. 

The Committee of both Houses appointed to examine into the 
Character and conduct of Edward Rand touching the Charge 
alledged against him, have attended that service and fully heard 
and examined M r Rand touching the same, and have also heard Cap 1 
Epes who was appointed by the Court to make enquiry into the 
affair, and also one of the Committee of Newbury Port who has 
given us an Account of M r Rands Character in General. Therefore 
your Committee beg leave to report as their Opinion, that there is 
no evidence sufficient to support the Charge alledged against said 
Rand, and that in General his Character stands fair, and that he be 
discharged Avithout any further Enquiry. 

[Read and] 

Ordered that the said Rand be discharged without further Enquiry. 
[Passed December 14. 



CHAPTER 445. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £16 TO EBENEZER BEAL. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 404. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 31, 32, 
33. 



Petition of Ebenezer Beal Setting forth that he being on Board 
of a Vessel, fitted out at Machias, for the purpose of taking one of 
his Majesties Armed Cutters, which they engaged and took (on the 
12 th day of June last) in Machias River in which engagement your 
Petitioner was wounded by a Ball entering his Hip, where it is 
now Lodged, and renders your Petitioner incapable of getting a 
Livelihood 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is December 13. 
* Not found in the House Journal. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7*',. 17.1 

He therefore) prays your Honors to take his case into your consid- 
eration and grant him such Relief as your Honors may think Proper. 

[Read and] 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Colony Treasury to Eben- 
ezer Beal of Machias the sum of Sixteen pounds in full for his Loss 
of Time Six months and his Boarding. [Passed December 14. 



CHAPTER 446. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £4 TO EBENEZER MUNRO. 

Petition of Ebenezer Munro, Setting forth that he belonged to Legislative 
Cap 4 John Parker's Company of Lexington, was on the 19 th of April councu 8 , ° f the 
last wounded by the Kings Troops through the right Arm, which xxxiv., 405. 
rendered him Unable to Labour for more than Six Weeks, besides House Jour- 
being at the Charge of Board & of the Sergeon ' ' 

[Read and] 

Resolved that their be Paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Ebenezer Munro the Sum of Four pounds in full for 
Boarding nurs s and Doctring. [Passed December 14. 



CHAPTEE 447. 

RESOLVE FOR SUPPLYING THE PRISONERS IN WORCESTER GOAL Legislative 

WITH CLOATH Q & FUEL. Records of the 

Council, 
xxxiv., 405. 

Resolved That the Select Men of the Town of Worcester, be, and Chives 
they are hereby directed and impowered carefully to examine the ccvii., 273. 
S d Prisoners in S d Goal and supply them with Cloathing & fuel so Mass. 
far as they shall think is absolutely necessary to make them com- wv\lJ2i£*. 
fortable and no further, and lay their account before this Court for Ho 1 U8 ) e /2s ir 4i 
examination and allowance. [Passed December 14. 



CHAPTER 448. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 16 TO JOHN WASON. 

Petition of John Wason setting forth that his Son inlisted him- Legislative 
self into the Colony Service in April 1775 and served as a private councn®° f the 
Soldier in the said Service untill the Battle at Chelsea in May, xxxiv., 4og. 
where he was wounded in his thigh, by a Ball from y e Enemy, after House Jour- 
receiving the Wound aforesaid, he was Carrye'd to Lexington your na ' pp ' 
Petitioner hearing thereof went from said Shirley to s d Lexington, 
& on the 20 th day of June took his Son and Carried Home, and their 
nursed and took care of him untill he was Well of his Wound an 
account of the Expence and trouble is hereunto Annexed 

[Read and] 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Colony Treasury to John 
Wason ' the sum of Three pounds Sixteen shillings in full for Board- 

1 The House Journal reads, "John Watson." 



176 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 449.] 



ing and nursing his Son John Wason Eleven "Weeks as will appear 
by the Petition and Account herewith exhibited. [Passed Decem- 
ber 16. ' 



CHAPTER 449. 



RESOLVE EMPOWERING THE SELECTMEN OF NEEDHAM TO PROVIDE 
FOR A TOWN MEETING TO ELECT CERTAIN OFFICERS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 408. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 282. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 283, 284. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 2, 43. 



Petition from the Selectmen of Needham, setting forth, that in 
the year 1774 the said Town of Needham made Choice of a Con- 
stable for the Westerly part of said Town, but he neglected to serve 
as Constable, And also in the year 1775 The Town likewise chose 
a Constable for the said Westerly part of the Town, who also declines 
to serve as Constable And Whereas the Assessors of said Town for 
the year 1774 have made the Province Tax, also the Town Tax for 
said Westerly part of the Town, and are not yet committed to Col- 
lect by Eeason of their being no Constable or Collector to collect 
the same It is therefore humbly requested that the said Hon be 

Council and House of Representatives, wou'd impower your Peti- 
tioners to call a Town meeting as soon as may be, in Order to Chuse 
a Collecter for the Westerly part of the Town to collect the aforesaid 
Taxes Viz for the year 1774 and pay in the same as he shall be 
impowered and directed by a Warrant or Warrants from the afore- 
said Assessors: and also to impower the said Town to Chuse a Con- 
stable for said Westerly part of the Town for this present year. 

[Read and] 

ResoWd that the prayer of the Petition be so far Granted as that 
the Select Men of the Town of Needham be, and hereby are im- 
power'd forthwith to Issue a Warrant for a Town Meeting, and direct 
the same to the Constable for the Time being in the eastwardly part 
of said town of Needham to warn, & give publick Notice to the Free- 
holders, and other Inhabitants of said town Qualified by law to vote 
in said meeting of time, and place therein set forth for that purpose 
To choose a Moderator to regulate said Meeting, and likewise to 
choose a Collector for the westerly part of said Needham to gather 
the Taxes assessed on said Westerly part of said Needham for the 
year 1774. which Collector so chosen shall be held to gather all the 
public Taxes that shall be committed to him by the late Assessors of 
said Town for the Year 1774 for the westerly part of said town, and 
pay in the same as he shall be Impower'd, and directed by a War- 
rant, or warrants from the aforesaid Assessors or a Major part of 
them to all intents, & purposes as tho' said Collector had been chosen 
in the month of March in the said year 1774. for which said Assess- 
ment should have been collected. [Passed December 16. 

1 This date is according to the House Journal ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is December 15. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 177 

CHAPTER 450. 

RESOLVE FOR APPREHENDING SAMUEL GELSTON. 

The Committee appointed by both Houses to consider of sundry Legislative 
depositions relative to the conduct of some of the Inhabitants of councu, ° f the 
the Island of Nantucket, and make report thereon have attended xxxiv., 413. 
that Business, and find there is great reason to suspect that some of Legislative h 
said inhabitants have had undue connection with some of the Officers council, 
and Sailors belonging to our Enemies Fleet And it having been HouseJour. 
made to appear to this Committee by the depositions aforesaid that nal . p- ra. 
a Certain Docf Samuel Gelston of said Island has been guilty of chap". 435.' ' 
many infamous Practices in supplying our said Enemies with Provi- 
sion &c. contrary to the resolution of the Continental Congress the 
authority of this Court, and the known sence of the whole Conti- 
nent Therefore beg leave to report by way of Resolve 

Resolved that Major Joseph Dimock of Falmouth in the County 
of Barnstable be and he is hereby impowered and directed to repair 
to said Island of Nantucket with such Assistance as he shall think 
sufficient, and apprehend said Samuel Gelston and bring him before 
this Court as soon as may be, that he be dealt with according to the 
nature of his highhanded Offence, and that he be and is hereby 
impower'd and directed to command such aid and assistance as he 
may need in order to apprehend s d Gelston, and the Committee ask 
leave to sit again. 

In Council, Read and Accepted and the Committee are ordered 
to sit again. 

In the House of Representatives Read and Concurred. [Passed 
December 18. 



CHAPTER 451. 

RESOLVE FOR SUPPLYING THE ARMY WITH HAY. 

Whereas a considerable Quantity of Hay is wanted for the Use Legislative 
of the American Army, and unless speedily supplyd, very great In- council 8 ° f the 
conveniences & perhaps fatal Consequences may ensue It is xxxiv.,411. 

therefore Archives, 

Resolved That the several Towns mentiond in the Schedule hereto ccvi1 -. 285 . 28 "- 
annexd be calld upon immediately to furnish such Quantity of Hay Chives 
& of such sort, and to cause the same to be conveyd to such Camp ccvn., 286, 2s-. 
as is therein pointed out for which They will be allowd & paid at naTpp^^o 
the rate of five pounds # Ton for Eng 8h Hay & forty Shill^ <g» Ton ^n.btVms);' 
for Salt hay, and its expected that the Teamsters take of the person pp. 40,41, 50, 51, 
or persons authorisd to receive such Hay, Certificates expressing the f. 14 s ,' chap? 13!' 
quantity they deliver, and that such Certificates be transmitted to 
the Secretarys Office within Twenty days from the date hereof And 
it is earnestly recommended to the Select Men & Com tees of Corre- 
spond 6 of those Towns respectively, as they regard their own & their 
Countrys Welfare to see that this Requisition be punctually com- 
ply d with on their part And the Gentlemen hereafter namd 

are appointed a Com tee to cause this Resolve to be communicated to 
the several Towns concernd and to take such further Steps as may 
be necessary to procure a full Compliance with the same ; viz M r 



178 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7(5. [Chap. 452.] 



Perry & M r Kingsbury for Suffolk County M r Phillips & M r Moody 
for Essex Deacon Plympton M r Hayward & M r Bent for Middlesex 
& Col Cushing for Plym 'For the County of Worcester M r Bent. 



H 


H 


c 


c 


D 


B 


o 








D 


¥ 






a 


a 






«< 


V! 



Watertown 








5 





Newton . 








5 





Bradford 








1 


- 


Ipswich . 








5 





Rowley . 








1 





Boxford . 








1 





Newbury 








3 





Southborougr 


L 






2 





Medford 








2 





Woburn 








5 





Maiden . 











10 


Reading 








4 





Bedford . 








2 





Framingham 








3 





Danvars 








2 





Beverly . 











4 


Lincoln 








3 





Hollistown 








2 





Brookline 








9 





Littleton 








1 





Stoneham 








1 





Lexington 








2 





Acton . 








1 





Sudbury 








9 





Stow 








2 





Andover 








4 





Sherbourn 








1 





Marlborough 








5 





Lynn 











10 


Concord 








5 





Topsfield 








1 





Chealsea 











10 


Waltham 








3 





Little Cambridge . 






5 


3 


Weston 








3 






Bridgwater 

Wrentham 

Medfield 

Dedharn 

Dorchester 

Roxbury 

Stoughton & 

Braintree 

Hingham 

Weymouth 

Abington 

Scituate 

Pembroke 

Hanover 

Milton . 

Brookline 



Stoughton ham 



[Passed December 20. 



CHAPTER 452. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 417. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 290. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 191,231 
(November, 
1775) ; p. 58. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING CAP T JOHNSON TO DELIVER TO RICHARD DEVANS, 
ESQ E , COM Y GENERAL, THE NEAT PROCEEDS OF A CARGO. 

Resolved That Cap 1 W m Johnson of y e Schooner Brittania be & 
he hereby is directed forthwith to deliver Rich d Devens Esq r Com- 
missary of this Colony y e neat proceeds of a Cargo consigned him 
by Order of y e late Committee of Supplies being p his account three 
hundred & sixty four fire Arms five hundred & twenty nine & an 
half Pounds of Powder (Leward Weight) two thousand Flints 7o lb 
Ball & twelve Cutlasses; excepting so many of s d Articles as by Re- 

1 See Mass. Archives, ccvii., 286. 
* Sic, for "tuns." 

3 This date is according to the House Journal ; according to Mass. Archives and Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is December 18. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7(5. 179 

ceipts shall appear to have been delivered agreable to y e Order of £*f'> i^ 11 '- 
tliis Court & he is further directed to adjust his Accounts as soon 
as may be w th Coll Orne & M r Gerry a Committee appointed for 
that purpose also that he deliver twelve swivel Guns to the Com- 
mittee of safety of Newbury Port to bo Improved by them in y e De- 
fence of s d Town untill y e further Orders of this Court. [Passed 
December 20. 



CHAPTER 453. 

RESOLVES APPOINTING A COLONEL TO COMMAND AT GLOUCESTER IN 
Y B ROOM OF A GENERAL OFFICER. 

Resolved, That that part of the Eesolution of this Court of the Legislative 
2' 1 December instant providing " that a General Officer be appointed ^unctf, of the 
to take the Command of the Forces stationed at Glocester, who shall xxxiv., W 
be impower'd to call in the neighbouring Militia upon any Emergency Archives, 

as he shall judge necessary, & discharge them again as soon as the ccvll -» 291 - 

Service will admit of the same " be, & it hereby is render'd null, & j&^Jf^J® the 

Void. Council, 

Resolved, That a Field Officer of the Rank of Colonel be appointed 4u xr House ' 
to take the Command of the Forces station'd at Glocester & of the j° u ™55 59' 60' 
Militia; that shall at any Time be raised for Defence of the same, Ante'p.'vs, 
unless some General Officer of this Colony shall be present and he is c ap * 
hereby impower'd to order the commanding Officer of the neigh- 
bouring Eegiment of Militia upon any Emergency, to repair with 
his Regiment to the Town of Glocester aforesaid ; and cooperate 
with him in defending the same so long as he, the said Commanding 
Officer of the Sea Coast Forces shall judge it necessary; and the 
Militia Officers, & Soldiers, who shall be raised as aforesaid are hereby 
directed to obey the said Commanding Officer of the Sea Coast Forces 
accordingly. [Passed December 20. 



CHAPTER 454. 

RESOLVE GRANTING COMPENSATION FOR LOSS OF ARMS &c ON THE 
19 APRIL & 17 th JUNE. 

Resolved, That full Compensation be' made to such Captains, Legislative 
Subalterns, Non commission'd Officers, & Privates, who sustain'd councif ° f the 
Loss of Arms, Accoutrements, or Cloathing on the 19 th of April, & xxxiv., 419. 
17 th June last, and that each Captain, & Subaltern produce a Certif- Archives, 

icate from the Colonel, or Commanding Officer of such Regiment, CCYl1 - 2t i 2, 

and that each Noncommission'd Officer, & Private produce a Certif- n a ° U p e o ° 8 ur " 
icate from the Captain, or Commanding Officer of the Company to (November, 
which such Non commission'd Officer, or Private did, or doth respec- 55.' Jnte,' v . ui', 
tively belong, & that such Certificate with other Circumstances cha P- 37 °- 
concurring therewith shall be admitted as plenary Evidence, and it 
is further provided that any other legal, or satisfactory Evidence 
may be admitted as Time, Place, & Circumstances may require to 
the Satisfaction of the Committee appointed by this Court to con- 
sider such Losses, and Compensation shall be made accordingly. 

This Resolve to be printed in the Watertown News Paper. [Passed 
December 20. 



180 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 455, 456.] 



CHAPTER 455. 



RESOLVE PERMITTING A VESSEL OF JACOB BOARDMAN TO PROCEED 
FOR PURCHASE OF MILITARY SUPPLIES. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 420. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
clxxx., 249, 
249^. Legis- 
lative Records 
of the Council, 
xxxiv., 409. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 48, 58, 
60, 62. Ante, 
p. 9, chap. 2. 



Memorial of Jacob Boardman of Newbury Port, setting forth that 
he with several Others are fitting out a Vessell to some part of 
Europe for the purpose of Procuring Gun Powder and other Mili- 
tary Stores And they have so far prepared for a Voyage of this 
Sort, as to have raised upwards of Two Thousand Pounds lawfull 
money, to be laid out for Articles of that Sort besides a Sum suffi- 
cient to purchase a Vessel to bring it in. if your Honors think fit to 
give them suitable Encouragement they will proceed with Alacrity 
to Accomplish their proposed Plan. 

[Read and] 

Resolved that the Vessel mentioned in the Memorial of Jacob 
Boardman belonging to Newbury Port be permitted to proceed on 
a Voyage to any part of Europe, the dominions of Great Brittain 
excepted for the purpose of Procuring Gun Powder & other Military 
Stores for the service of this Colony; provided the Owners of the 
Vessel enter into Bonds with Sufficient Surety's in the sum of Two 
Thousand pounds to be taken by the Committee of Safety of New- 
bury Port in the name of the Treasurer of this Colony, that said 
Vessel shall proceed upon said Voyage with all possible dispatch 
and bring nothing back except Gun Powder and other military 
Stores, and to land the same in some port of this Colony Boston and 
Nantucket excepted and that said Vessel shall proceed in Ballast 
without any other loading And this Colony engages to take all the 
powder brought in said Vessel, giving for the same at the rate of 
Five shillings $> T pound, the same being delivered to the Commis- 
sary of this Colony. [Passed December 21. 



CHAPTER ±56. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 421. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp.44, 62. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £24. 17. 1£ TO SAM L BREWER. 

Petition of Samuel Brewer, setting forth that on the Fifth day 
of May last he was appointed by the Hon be John Thomas, Esq r Com- 
mander in Chief then at Roxbury, the Adjutant General of the 
Army under his command, and afterwards Commissioned by the 
Hon 6 Assembly of Congress, as an Adjutant General of said Army 
and did continue to do duty till the first of August last your Memor- 
list therefore prays this Hon le Court to take his Case into Consider- 
ation and make an Establishment for him. 

[Read and] 

Resolved that the Treasurer of this Colony pay to Samuel Brewer 
the sum of Twenty four pounds Seventeen shillings and a penny Two 
farthings in full for his Services mentioned in his Petition. [Passed 
December 21. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7*). 181 

CHAPTER 457. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING COM Y GENERAL TO PROCURE STORES. 

Resolved, That the Commissary of this Colony be, and he hereby Legislative 
is directed forthwith to provide with the utmost Diligence sundry council 8 , ° f the 
military Stores agreeable to the preceding Estimate ' amounting to ^ iv> 424 - 
the Sum of Ten thousand, Nine hundred, & seventeen Pounds 3/4 Archives, 

That he procure such only as are of a good Quality, and give the ccvil -> 296 - 

Preference to the Persons in this Government who will supply them Archives 
at the most reasonable Rates; & that he give Certificates from Time ccvii., 297-299. 
to Time of the Articles receiv'd, and their amount to the persons Records of 6 the 
supplying the same which Certificates shall be consider'd by the j™^ 11, 422 _ 
Committees on accounts as sufficient Vouchers to the amount of said House 'jour- 
Sum exclusive of what the hon ble Board shall deliver thereof to the 30! 'Jtn<e, p. 152, 
Commissary to purchase such of the said Stores as must necessarily p^ofch'ap. 
be procur'd out of this Colony, and said Committee are directed to 455. 
pass, and make payment of the same accordingly And the hon ble 
Board are hereby impowered to order so much of the said ten thou- 
sand, Nine hundred, & seventeen Pounds 3/4 out of the public Treas- 
ury as the Commissary shall apply for, and they shall find necessary 
to procure what of the said articles cannot be procured in this Col- 
ony. [Passed December 22. 



CHAPTER 458. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO CUTTING OF WOOD ON LAND OF HANNAH 

SEWALL. 

Memorial of Hannah Sewall of Brookline, setting forth that a Legislative 
very considerable Landed Estate hath Accrued to her, and her councn 8 , ° f the 
Brother Samuel Sewall Heirs at Law to their late Brother Henry xxxiv.,424. 
Sewall deceased Intestate, which Estate remains wholly Unsettled Archives, 
& Undivided And Whereas by Virtue of a Vote of this Hon be Court, ccvii -' 300 - 
liberty hath been granted to Cut Wood from off the Estates of such ^chives 
Persons as have Fled into Boston, for Refuge, and thereby rendered ccvii., 301. 
themselves obnoxious to their Country, and a Committee appointed D a°"pp. 5MJ4, 
for the purpose of supplying the army with Wood, and Whereas in ^^> p^ 34 > 
Consequence of said Vote a number of Persons have entered the 
Wood Lots of your Memorialist owned as aforesaid and scituated in 
Newton in the County of Middlesex, and Cut from thence very Con- 
siderable Quantities of Wood to the great detriment of said Wood 
Lot And Whereas your Memorialist hath already freely supplied the 
army with a great Quantity of Wood, and is, and has been always 
ready to supply her full Proportion of Wood, for the Supporting said 
Army. Your Memorialist therefore prays a Committee from both 
Houses may be appointed, to make full enquiry into the Truth of 
this Memorial, and afford your Memorialist relief Addequate to her 
peculiar Scituation, and further prays that orders be immediately 
given to the said Courts Committee to desist from Cutting any more 
Wood from said Lots untill the Hon be Committee that may be ap- 
pointed for said enquiry, shall make Report to this Hon be Court. 

1 Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiv., 422. 



182 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 459, 400.] 



[Read and] 

Resolved that the Committy appointed by this Court to provide 
wood for the Continental army in this Colony be Immediately Order'd 
to desist from Cutting any more wood on the land of the memorialist 
till the further order of this Court. [Passed December 22. 



CHAPTER 459. 



RESOLVE RECONSIDERING Y E RESOLVE RESP° ERECTING A POWDER 
MILL AT SUTTON & FOR ERECTIN" ONE AT ANDOVER. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 427. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 305. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 61, 64, 
67. Ante, p. 173, 
chap. 442. 



Resolved, That a Resolution of this Court that passed the House 
on the 12 th Instant, directing M r Putnam and others to erect a Powder 
Mill at Sutton and repair another at Stoughton, be reconsider'd And 
that Cap 1 Goodman attend M r Thomas Harling to Andover and 
Stoughton, to take a view of a Place in each of those Towns, pro- 
posed for erecting a Powder Mill and report to this Court, at which 
place said Mill may be erected with the greatest Convenience and 
Dispatch. [Passed December 23. 



CHAPTER 4(50. 



RESOLVES RELATING TO ACCUSATION AGAINST ABIEL WOOD. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 428. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 306. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
clx., 358-409. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 388. 
389, 417. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 15, 44, 
45, 46, 61, 67, 71, 
72, 73. Ante, 
p. 14, chap. 13 ; 
p. 21, chap. 33. 



Resolved that the former Committee of Inspection on the East 
part of the Town of Pownalboragh had suffecint Evidence to Justify 
them for Publishing Abiel Wood as a Violater of the Continental 
association and that in many other Instances he the Said Wood 
appeared by his Conduct to be an Enemy to the Liberties of this 
Country And the said Committee deserve to be, highly Commended 
for So doing And the Committee of Corrispondance of Said Town 
who Counteracted the Doings of Said Committee of Inspection is 
very unjustifiable as it Encouraged the Said Abiel Wood in his prin- 
ciples and practices so Inamical to the Rights and Liberties of 
America further 

Resolved that Abiel Wood Shall be Confined until he shall Give 
bonds with two good and Sufficient Sureties to the Treasurer of this 
Colony in the sum of one Thousand Pounds the Condition Whereof 
Shall be that he the Said Abiel will not in any way assist or Corris- 
pond with any of the Enemies of this Country and that he will be 
of good behaviour and peacable towards all and more Especially 
towards the persons of the former Committee of Inspection for the 
East part of the Town of Pownalborough and that he will at any 
time appear and answer to any Complaint which may hereafter be 
made against him when he shall be thereunto required by order of 
this Court and that he will abide there order thereon. [Passed 
December 25. 1 



1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is December 23. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 183 



CHAPTEK 461. 

RESOLVE FOR SUPPLYING THE ARMY WITH WOOD BY FORCD3LY 
ENTERING Y E WOOD LANDS &c IF NECESSARY. 

Whereas by a Resolve passed in the House of Representatives Legislative 
on the Third day of November last, and Concurred by the Board on council 80 * the 
the fourth day of the said Month, it is xxxiv.,429. 

Ordered that M r Devans, Captain Thatcher, M r Cheever, Colonel Mass. 
Thayer, M r Walker, M r Dicks and M r Ellis should be a Committee SSS^aL 
who were directed to afford their utmost Assistance & Aid to the "^"^^n 
Quater Master General, that the Continental Army might be provided 88, h, 48, 49, so, 
with a full supply of Wood untill the further order of the Court. n'.^Ante.^.'m, 
and for the purpose of more effectually procuring the same, they chap. 342. 
were impower'd to enter the Wood Lotts of such of our Enemies as 
had fled into Boston, and after having the Wood thereon growing 
apprized, to cause the same to be cut down and drawn to the Camp, 
which Resolve with one since passed for the same purpose has proved 
Inefectual, and it being of absolute necessity for the Preservation 
of the lives and Property of the People of all America, that the said 
Army be supplied with Necessary Wood. 

It is therefore 

Resolved that Cap 1 Vose, M r Guild, M r Stone of Lexington, and 
M r Withington be added to the said Committee, and that either 
Three or more of said Committee be and they hereby are impower'd 
if Wood Sufficient for said Army cannot be procured at a reasonable 
price without it, to enter the Wood Lands of any Person or Persons 
within this Colony, and after apprizing the Wood thereon standing 
and Growing, to cause the same to be cut down and carried to the 
Camp to supply said Army; And if any Person Owner or Proprietor 
of such Wood Land shall molest or hinder the said Committee or 
any three of them from Acting in pursuance of this Resolve, the 
said Committee or the Major part of them present, being not less 
than three, are hereby impowered to Cause such Person to be arrested 
and sent to this Court, to be dealt with according to the demerits 
of his Contempt And the said Committee is hereby directed to pay 
each Person whose Wood they shall cause to be cut down and car- 
ried away, the Price the same shall be by them apprized at and also 
to pay all Ax-men which they shall employ reasonable Wages and 
the Owner of any Team that they may employ, reasonable Wages 
for his Team. [Passed December 25. 



CHAPTER 462. 

ORDER APPOINT 8 A COM E TO SIGN THE BILLS OF CREDIT OF THE Legislative 

LAST EMISSION. Records of the 

Council, 
xxxiv., 431. 

In the House of Representatives Archives 

Ordercl. That M r Wheeler, Deacon Cheever, M r Morgan and M r ccvii., 316. 
Pyncheon, with such as the Hon b Board may join, be a Committee House Jour- 
to sign the Bills of Credit of the last Emission Province 3,74 ' 

In Council note*'Zinte' 

Read & concurred &, Ja 8 Prescott & Joseph Palmer Esq" are joined, p. no, chap'. 
[Passed December 26. m - 



184 Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 463-460.] 



CHAPTER 463. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 432. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 317. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 31K. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 61 
(August, 1775) ; 
p. 74. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £4. 10 FOR JOHN DAVIS. 

[On the petition of John Davis] 

Resolv d that there be paid out of the public Treasury of this Col- 
ony to Edward Johnson, the sum of four Pounds ten Shillings to 
be by him paid to the Petitioner, (as he the s d Johnson shall judge 
necessary) the above sum being in full for one year and an halfs 
Pension ending the last Day of Sep. 1775 allow d to the Petitioner 
by a former House of assembly of this Colony. The s d Johnson being 
accountable to this Court for the same. [Passed December 26. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 432. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 322. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 33, 73. 



CHAPTER 464. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £1.4.3 TO DR. NEHEMIAH HINDS. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the publick Treasury of this 
Colony To D r Nehemiah Hinds the sum of one pound, four shillings 
& three pence in full discharge for all such medicines he used at his 
own cost, in the Army from April 19 th to y e 20 th of July 1775. 
[Passed December 26. 



CHAPTER 465. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 433. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 67, 74. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £5.6.8 TO JOSHUA HAYNES, JUN*. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Joshua Haynes jun r (a Soldier wounded at the battle of 
Lexington) the sum of Five pounds Six shillings & Eight pence in 
full for his Loss of time, Nursing & Doctring. [Passed December 26. 



CHAPTER 466. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 435. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 319. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 320. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 54, 75. 
Ante, p. 11, 
chap. 4; p. 108, 
chap. 266. 



VOTE GRANTING 6/8 *> E DAY TO EACH MEMBER OF THE COM EE OF 

SUPPLIES. 

The Committee to whome was Reffered the Petition of David 
Cheever Esq r signed per order for himselfe and others the Committee 
of supplyes Do Report that there be allowd to the said Committee 
the sum of six Shillings and Eight pence a Day while actually Im- 
ployed In said service. 

"Woodbridge Brown per Order. 

Read and accepted. [Passed December 26. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 185 

CHAPTER 467. 

RESOLVES FOR PAYING OFF THE SEVERAL POST RIDERS. 

Resolved that the several Post Eiders (excepting Peter mumford KePonis'ofthe 
already agreed with at Ten pounds <#» Quarter) be paid for their Council, 
Service at the rate of Twenty shillings $» annum on every mile of Mass!' 43 °' 
their rout for those taken into the Continental service begining ^jj^Yii' 

the first of June and Ending the fifth of October last; the four that ^j— ^ — : 

are dismissed from the service excepting Isaac Colton at the rate of Archives, 
twenty five shillings $» annum for Every mile of their rout begining ^"'housc 14, 
the first of June and ending the fifth instant. '^^%' l T>'r>' 

And that Joseph Greenleaf Esq r be and hereby is directed to pay 76*. Ante,' ' 
to the Treasurer of this Colony all the monies he has Received or ]^ 59, chap ' 
may receive from the the 1 several post Offices in this Colony 

And where as it Appears that the Incomes of the Several Offices 
are inadequate to the Expence incurred by Riding. Therefore further 

Resolved that the Receiver General be and hereby is Directed to 
pay the several post Riders as followeth in full for Services. viz 

John Noble from Cambridge to Portsmouth 65 miles ..... £21 13 4 

Josiah Barnard from Portsmouth to Falmouth 53 miles . . . . . 17 13 4 

Adams and Hide from Cambridge to Springfield 87 miles . . . . 29 

Peter mumford from Cambridge to Providence 46 miles 13 6 8 

the Above persons began to ride the first of June and Ended the 
fifth of October last when they Entered the Continental Serv- 
ice Benjamin Epes from Ealmouth to George town 46 
miles Twenty Eight pounds fifteen shillings 
Cadwaladar Ford Ju r from Cambridge to Exeter 48 miles Thirty 

Pounds 
Isaac Colton from Springfield to Great Barrington 43 miles Twenty 

one pounds ten Shillings 
Howland and Goodwin from Cambridge to Falmouth 81 miles fifty 

pounds twelve Shillings and Six pence 
and these four last are Dismissed from the service. [Passed Decem- 
ber 27.* 



CHAPTER 468. 

RESOLVE APPOINTING A COMMITTEE TO ASSIST COM T GEN 1 - IN PRO- Legislative 

CURING STORES. Records of the 

Council, 
xxxiv., 438. 

Resolved that Coll. Porter, Deacon Cheever & M r Pitts be a Archives, 

Committee to advise with the Commissary General in procuring and ccvii.,326. 
depositing such Ordinance and other military Stores, as this Court House Jour- 
have order'd to be purchas'd for the use of the Colony. [Passed Anie^'?. lsi*' 
December 27. cha P- 457 - 

1 Sic. 

* This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is December 26. 



18G 



Province Laws (Besolves,etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 409-471.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 439. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 331. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 84. 
Ante, p. 15T, 
chap. 399; 
p. 172, chap. 
438. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 439. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 329. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 61, 64, 
68, 81, 82, 83. 
Ante, p. 126, 
chap. 319. 



CHAPTER 469. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £100 TO THOS. CRAFTS, ESQ B , &c. 

Resolved That Henry Gardner Esq. Keceiver General of this Col- 
ony be and he hereby is directed to pay unto Thomas Crafts Esq 
and others a Committee appointed by this Court to provide for such 
of the Poor of Boston as have or may be sent out of said Town to 
Point Shirley, the Sum of One Hundred Pounds for the purpose 
aforesaid, said Committee to be accountable to this Court therefor. 
[Passed December 28. 



CHAPTEE 470. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COM™ TO PROCURE SALT PETRE TO DE- 
LIVER IT TO RICH" DEVENS, ESQ B , COM Y GEN L . 

Resolv* that the Committee appointed by this Court to purchase 
Salt: petre be and they hereby are directed to deliver all the salt: 
petre they shall purchase, in persuance of their Commission, to 
Rich d Devens Esq r and take his receipt for the same. [Passed 
December 28. 



CHAPTER 471. 

ORDERS GIVING DIRECTIONS FOR THE COM™ ON THE MUSTER ROLLS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 440. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 333. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 330; 
xxxiv., 415. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 54, 
71 bis, 83, 85, 86. 
Ante, p. 138, 
chap. 347. 



In the House of Representatives 
Ordered, That the Committee of both houses lately appointed to 
examine the Muster-rolls Order'd by this court to be made up to the 
first of August last, be directed not only carefully to see to it, that 
all such Stoppages be made on the said rolls as are directed to be 
made by the resolve passed in the house on the third of November 
Last, and concurred by the Council on the sixth of the same month 
but that they diligently enquire, & endeavour fully to find out 
whether any officer, or Officers borne on such rolls are indebted to 
the Government for any Moneys receiv'd to pay their regiments, or 
Companies, their Advance pay, which they have not accounted for 
to either of the paymasters, of the Colony and also whether any 
Non-commission'd Officers, or privates have receiv'd their advance 
pay more than once, and in all instances where the said Committees 
shall find that any Officers, or privates are indebted to the Govern- 
ment, on such Accounts, that they stay the payment of so much of the 
Wages of the particular person so indebted, whether Officers or Sol- 
diers borne on the said rolls as may indemnify the Government and 
in order more Effectually to do the same the said Committee is 
hereby directed & impower'd to call upon such of the Commissaries, 
paymasters, & Committees of Supplies, as have been in the service 
of this Colony for all Accounts & Certificates necessary to enable 
them to make the Stoppage as aforesaid And that an Addition be 
immediately made to the said Committee of Two on the part of the 
house, and one on the part of the board, and that any five of such 
increased Committee be a Quorum and that the said Committee be 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 187 

hereby directed, and required, constantly to attend the business of 
examining and correcting the said rolls untill they shall be finished, 
and from time to time as Soon as they shall have passed on such 
rolls that they present the same to the Honorable board for their 
Concurrence, and that the board as soon as they shall have passed 
thereon make their Warrant, on the Treasurer for the payment of 
what shall appear to be due to each man borne on the said rolls. 

Ordered That Major Gooding, & Coll Porter be added to the Com- 
mittee above mention'd on the part of the House. In Council Read 
& concurred & Jabez Fisher Esq r is joined to the Com pe of the House 
and 

Ordered that Benj a White Esq r be of y e s d Committee in the room 
of Moses Gill Esq r who is excused. [Passed December 28. 



CHAPTER 472. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO FURNITURE FOR DEBORAH CUSHING. 

Petition of Deborah dishing AVife of Thomas Cushing Esq r one Legislative 
of the Members of the Continental Congress setting forth, that council 8 ° f the 
your Petitioner formerly living in Boston, and having at the time xxxiv.,435,436. 
of the Ministerial troops commencing Hostilities with this Colony, Mass. 
had M r Cushing necessarily called to Public Business out of Town it tc^Jsii. 
prevented his getting any of his Household Furniture out, excepting ^ U8e J gi r ' S5 
One or Two Beds. That your Petitioner is informed the Furniture 92. ' Ante, p. u, 

which belong'd to the late infamous Traitor to America Hutchin- chap.' 206. p ' 85 ' 
son is now in disuse, and in the Hands of the Committee of Corre- 
spondence for Milton. 

She therefore prays, that your Honors, and the Honourable House 
may be pleased to grant a Warrant, or order, for such Articles as 
she may necessarily want, being willing to become Accountable for 
them, or to be under such restrictions as your Honors may think 
proper 

[Read and] 

Resolved, that the prayer of said Petition be granted and that the- 
Committee of Correspondence of the Town of Milton be, and hereby 
are directed to deliver to said Deborah dishing such, and so much 
of the Household furniture now in their hand belonging to the late 
Governor Hutchinson, as in the Judgment of said Committee she 
may need, and take her Receipt therefor, the said Thomas dishing 
Esq r to be accountable to this or some future General Assembly of 
this Colony for the same, and the aforesaid Committee are directed 
to get such Articles (as said Deborah may receive) apprized by Three 
indifferent persons under Oath, and lodge a Copy of said Apprize- 
ment in the Secretarys Office. [Passed December 29. 1 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is December 27. 



188 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 473-475.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 442. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 340. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 338. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 83, 84, 
93. Province 
Laws, ill., 47, 
chap. 28. 



CHAPTER 473. 

RESOLVE 1MPOWERING THE TOWN OF PLYMOUTH TO CALL A TOWN 
MEETING AND CHOOSE A COLLECTOR, &c. 

Resolved That the Selectmen of the Town of Plimouth be & hereby 
are Impower'd & directed to Issue a Warrant to the Constables of 
said Town directing them to Warn & give Notice to the Freeholders 
& other Inhabitants Qualified to Vote in Town Meetings as the 
Law directs to Assemble & Meet together at such time & place in 
s d Town as Specified in said Warrant to Choose a Collector or Col- 
lectors of Taxes for the year 1775 which Collector or Collectors when 
chosen shall be Authorized & impowered to execute & discharge the 
duties of said Office as fully as tho he or they had been Chosen at 
the Annual Meeting in March 1775. The restriction of the Choice 
of Town Officers by Law to the month of March notwithstanding. 
[Passed December SO. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 448. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 337. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 323. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 373, 433. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 20, 63, 
66, 77-79, 94, 95. 



CHAPTER 474. 

RESOLVE CONTIN G THE 4 COM YS STATION'D AT BRAINTREE, WEY- 
MOUTH & HINGHAM. 

Resolved That those Officers and Men of the four Companys now 
station'd at Braintree Weymouth and Hingham, who are not inlisted 
into the Continental Army be and they are hereby directed to con- 
tinue and do Duty on their Posts until the further Order of this 
Court. [Passed December 30. 



CHAPTER 475. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 449. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 353. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cclxxxiii.,138. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 433. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 75, 79, 
83, 84, 85, 87, 94, 
95. Province 
Laws, v., 442, 
chap. 9; 519, 
notes. Ante, 
p. 183, chap 462. 



RESOLVE RELATING TO SIGNING BILLS OF CREDIT. 

Resolved that the several Bills for compleating the Sum of 
Seventy five Thousand Pounds which this Court has Order'd to be 
emitted by a late Act, be signed & number'd in the following Man- 
ner Viz: That the Bills of the several denominations from eight 
pence to seven shillings inclusively be sign'd by any one of the 
Committee appointed for this Purpose as said Committee shall 
agree; That the Bills of the several Denominations from ten shil- 
lings to forty eight shillings inclusively be sign'd by any two of the 
same Committee, one of whom shall sign with black Ink & the other 
with Eed Ink That the several Bills be number'd by the above 
mention'd Committee, in such manner as shall by them be deter- 
min'd. [Passed December 80. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 189 



CHAPTER 476. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO FORM OF BEATING ORDERS FOR Y B SEA Legislative 

COAST FORCES. Records of the 

Council, 
xxxiv., 450. 

Resolved that the form of the Beating orders and Inlistment for Archives 
raising men in this Colonies service to defend the Sea Coast on the ccvii., 35 1. 
Establishment made by this Court for the year Seventeen hundred House Jour, 
and seventy Six be as follows To wit /n/ra'cimp 92 ' 

To— 477 - 

Sir You are hereby impowered immediately to inlist a Company Beating 
to consist of able Bodied & Effective men (including Officers) orders - 

as Soldiers in the Massachusetts Service for the Defence of The Sea 
Coast in this Colony agreeable to an Establishment made for the 
defence of the Sea Coast for the year 1776 and Cause them to pass 
muster as soon as may be Day of 1776 

We the Subscribers do hereby engage and inlist ourselves as Form of an in- 
soldiers in the service of the Massachusetts Colony for the defence Il8tm '- 
and protection of the Sea Coast in said Colony from the Day of our 
inlistment to the Last Day of December 1776 on the Establishment 
for that purpose made unless the said Service shall admit of a Dis- 
charge of a part or the Whole Sooner which is to be determined by 
the General Court of said Colony and do hereby oblige ourselves to 
submit to all the orders and Eegulation of the Army and faithfully 
to observe and obey all such orders as we shall from Time to Time 
receive from our Superiour officers. [Passed December 30. 



CHAPTEE 477. 

RESOLVE CONTINUING THE SEA COAST FORCES. 

Whereas the time for w ch the men raised by this Colony for de- Legislative 
fence of the sea Coast thereof is near expired, and it being neces- councu 9 ° f the 
sary that their should be new Levies for that purpose. It is xxxiv., 443. 

therefore Mass. 

Resolved, that their shall be forthwith raised, and inlisted. in the tcv^Jsii, 36i. 
pay of this Colony for the defence of the same Twelve Hundred ^ ] U pp J ° u 9 r " 6 3 
men upon the following Establishment to serve, and be in pay from 66,68,71, k' 86,' 
the time of their marching from their Homes to their respective nlteofeach 11 *" 
Stations, provided they pass muster to the last day of December congressof 
1776, unless the general Court shall see fit to discharge them or any Mass., p. 426. 
part of them before, each Company to have One Captain and Two cllap. 372. 8 ' 
Lieutenants, Three Serjeants, Three Corperals, One drummer, and J^a.chap. 
One Fifer, the Cap ts pay to be Five pounds Eight shillings $» r 
month The first Lieutenants pay three pounds twelve shillings 
$» r Month, the Second Lieutenant, Three pounds Three shillings p T 
month each Serjeants pay Forty four shillings each Corporals and 
Drummers Forty shillings and Fifers & Privates pay Thirty Six 
shillings $» r month and where it may be necessary to appoint a 
Field Officer, or Officers over some part of the said Men so raised the 
pay of a Chief or First Colonel shall be Nine pounds, a Lieutenant 
Colonel Eight pounds, and for a major Seven pounds #» r month 
accounting by Calendar months and that each Officer & Soldier 



190 Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 477.] 

aforesaid shall arm, and equip himself with a good effective Fire 
Arm, Cartridge Box, Blanket & Knapsack, half apound of powder, 
Twenty Bullets, & four Flints, and no non-commissioned Officer, or 
Private soldier shall be allowed to pass muster, unless so equipped 
and provided. And it is recommended to the Selectmen of each Town, 
that they out of their Town Stocks supply the persons so inlisted 
being Inhabitants of their Town, with the Quantity of Ammunition 
aforesaid on such Persons paying a reasonable price for the same 
and being otherways unable to procure it And it is also 

Resolved, That each Officer, and Private Soldier, shall, within two 
months, next, after their passing Muster, be further armed, and 
equiped with a Bayonet & Belt, and a Canteen sufficient to hold 
one quart upon Penalty of having Six shillings a month deducted 
out of their Wages for all the time they shall be unprovided there- 
with after the expiration of the said Two months, and the Cap 1 or 
Commanding Officer who shall make up the Muster Rolls, is hereby 
ordered to deduct the same And it is also 

Resolved, that the allowance of Provissions to each Officer and 
private soldier by the day shall be one pound of Wheat Bread, or 
one pound and One quarter of other Bread One pound of Pork, 

or one pound and a quarter of Beef, and where Salt Fish can be had 
they shall be allowed, One pound of Fish one day in seven, instead 
of One days allowance of meat also One shilling and Eight pence 
$» r Week to purchase Milk, Butter, Pease or other Sauce, Soap and 
Vinegar And it is 

Resolved, that there shall upon the aforegoing Establishment of 
the Twelve Hundred men aforesaid be Stationed at a place called 
Martha's Vineyard in this Colony, Two companies consisting of 
Seventy five men each including Officers. And it is also 

Resolved, That their shall be stationed upon the same Establish- 
ment at the Elizabeth Islands in this Colony, Two Companies to 
consist of Seventy five men each including Officers, which Four 
Companies aforesaid shall be under the Field Command of a Major 
to be appointed over them by the Court. 

And it is also 

Resolved, that a Commissary be appointed by this Court to sup- 
ply the Four Companies aforesaid with Barracks, Wood & Utensils 
to Cook in, and their allowance of Provision & money according to 
the foregoing Establishment till the further order of this Court. 

And it is 

Resolved, That there shall be Stationed at Plymouth Fifty men 
including Officers upon the same Establishment, and that there shall 
be a Commissary appointed by this Court to supply said Company 
with Barracks, Wood and Utensils to Cook in, and their allowance 
of Provisions, and money according to the Establishment aforesaid. 

And it is 

Resolved that there shall be Stationed at Marblehead Two Com- 
panies to consist of Seventy five men each Officers included One 
Captain of which Companies shall have the Chief command of both. 

And it is 

Resolved that there be Stationed at Salem, One Company to con- 
sist of Fifty Men including Officers, and that a Commissary be 
appointed by this Court to supply said Companies at Salem & Mar- 
blehead with the allowance of Provision and money aforesaid, and 
to provide for them if necessary, Wood, Barracks, & Utensils to 
Cook in. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 191 

And that there be Stationed at Glocester, Four Companies, Two 
whereof shall consist of Sixty three men each including Officers, 
and the other Two to consist of Sixty Two men each including Offi- 
cers, and to be under the Command of a Colonel to be appointed by 
the Court as already provided, and that a Commissary be appointed 
by this Court, to supply them with the allowance as is above pro- 
vided for the others on the same Establishment and with Barracks, 
Wood, & Utensils to Cook in if Necessary. 

And it is likewise 

Resolved, that there shall be stationed at Falmouth in the County 
of Cumberland, Five Companies to consist of Eighty men each in- 
cluding Officers Two Companies whereof shall be raised of the 
Inhabitants of said County Two of the Inhabitance of the County 
of York, and One of the Inhabitants of the County of Lincoln, to 
be under the command of One Colonel, and One Major to be chosen 
and appointed over them by this Court of which Men the com- 
manding Officer shall place necessary guards on Kennebeck River, 
at Harpswell, Brunswick, North Yarmouth, New Casco, Cape Eliz- 
abeth, Scarborough on Saco River, and in such other places as he 
shall think necessary for the defence of the province of Main, And 
that a Commissary be appointed by this Court to supply said Com- 
panies with their allowance of Money & Provisions according to 
the above Establishment, and with Barracks, Wood & Utensils to 
cook in. 

And it is also 

Resolved, that the Council shall, and they hereby are impowered 
forthwith to Issue their Warrant to the Treasurer directing him to 
pay the aforesaid Commissaries when chosen, the sum of Fifty shil- 
lings for each Officer & Soldier which they are to provide for re- 
spectively the said Commissaries giving Bonds with sufficient 
Sureties as the Council shall direct, that the Moneies which they 
shall from time to time receive by Warrant of Council for the pur- 
pose aforesaid shall be by them faithfully expended in supplying & 
providing for the Companies under their respective Care, & accounted 
for accordingly, and the Council are further impowered at the expi- 
ration of Two Months to order to each Commissary aforesaid who 
shall well and truly account with this Court or such Committee as 
shall be by them appointed for this purpose for that part of the 
Sum aforesaid which he shall have received, the further Sum of 
Five pounds for Each Officer & Soldier under his Care, or such 
a part thereof as shall be found necessary to furnish Supplies four 
months, and at the Expiration of that, or any other time for which 
Monies shall be advanced to each Commissary for supplying the 
Forces as aforesaid to renew their drafts in the said proportion of 
Twenty five shillings a man $> r month or so much thereof as shall 
be found necessary untill the 31 st December next provided the Com- 
missaries shall respectively continue to account for the sums they 
shall receive as aforesaid, and the Forces shall not be dismissed before 
from the Service of this Colony 

Also 

Resolved that the Cap' of each Company aforesaid be and hereby 
is directed to make up his muster Roll the last day of Feb y next, and 
after that time quaterly so long as he shall continue in the Service 
as aforesaid, and to direct the Company to draw on the Treasurer 
in favour of some person whom they shall appoint to receive the same, 
and the Council are further empowered to Issue their Warrants on 



192 Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 478.] 

the Treasury for Payment thereof to the Persons on said Rolls or 
their orders. 

Resolved, that the Commanding Officer of each company shall 
cause them to be improved in Military discipline (unless otherwise 
upon duty) once or oftner each day excepting the Sabbath, and order 
them to avoid an unnecessary Expence of Ammunition, and each 
Non commissioned Officer, or Soldier who shall Act in opposition 
to this Resolve, or disobey the lawfull commands of either of his 
Officers relative to the premises and be thereof convicted before a 
Majority of the Sea Coast, Commissioned Officers stationed in the 
same town with him, shall forfeit, and have deducted from his 
Wages a sum not exceeding six shillings, nor less than one shilling 
for each Offence. 

Resolved, that there be appointed one person in each County where 
the Sea Coast men are station'd to muster the same; and each Sea 
Coast Officer shall on an alarm be under command of any Officer of 
the Militia of Superior Rank, and superior to any Officer of the 
Militia of equal Rank. 

Resolved that the Sea Coast Forces shall be subject to and govern'd 
by the same Articles of War or Regulations which shall be provided 
for the Militia of this Colony when raised in consequence of an 
Alarm and where no Field Officer or Officers are appointed over 
the said Forces they shall during their continuance on any station 
be so far considered belonging to the Regiment of which said station 
or Place is a part as to be tryed & punished for any Breach of said 
Articles of War by a Court Martial consisting of the Officers of the 
said Regiment & the Forces aforesaid, or such a part thereof as the 
said Articles shall direct. 

And it is also 

Resolved that there shall be stationed at Kittery Point one Com- 
pany of Fifty Men includ 8 Officers under the same Laws, regulations 
and Establishments aforesaid, the commanding Officer of which 
Company shall keep a Serjeants Guard at York, and that a Commis- 
sary be appointed by this Court to supply said Company with the 
Provisions, Money, Barracks &c as above mentioned for others on 
the same Establishment. 

Resolved that Col Freeman be and hereby is appointed and directed 
to send a printed Copy of the above Establishment, with inlisting 
Orders and forms of inlistment to the several Captains that may be 
chosen by this Court on said Establishment. [Passed January l. 1 



CHAPTER 478. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £3 TO JOSHUA BRAGDON. 

Legislative Petition of Joshua Bragdon setting forth that last spring he 

council, raised a Company under the command of Col James Scammons and 

xxxiv., 453. marc hed to Head Quaters where he remained and did duty with his 

nai U pp J 52 lI 97 Company till the latter end of August last, when by reason of poor 
Health, and from the advice of his Physician your Petitioner got a 
discharge from the Service, since which has been sent for to make 
up a Roll for said Company which occasions the loss of one months 
time attended with considerable expence 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ccvii., 341; according to the other records 
the date is December 30. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves^ etc.). — 1775-76. 193 

[Read and] 

Resolved That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Joshua Bragdon three pounds in full for his time & Ex- 
pence in making up a Roll for his Company (not being at Present 
in the service) and the receiver General is directed to pay the same 
accordingly. [Passed January 1. 



CHAPTER 479. 

RESOLVE ESTABLISHING TWO COMMISSARYS INSTEAD OF ONE FOR 
ELIZABETH ISLANDS & MARTHA'S VINEYARD. 

Whereas by a resolve of Court which passed in this House on Legislative 
the 20 th ' day of December last for raising forces for the defence of oSi?, ' 1 * 6 
the sea Coast it was provided that one Commissary should be ap- xgxiv., 464. 
pointed to supply the Companies to be Station'd on the Elisabeth Archives, 

Islands & Marthas Vineyard with their allowance of Provisions ± — . 

money wood Barracks & utensils to cook in and it being thought Archives, 
necessary there Should be more than one for those islands. ccvu.,364. 

„,, J „ . . House Jour- 

1 hererore it is nai, pp. 98, 100. 

Resolved that there Shall be appointed one Commissary for the chap. Sfr 1 . 90 ' 
Elisabeth Islands & one for Marthas Vineyard instead of one for 
both. [Passed January 1. 



CHAPTER 480. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO Y K ACCOUNTS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Whereas many accounts against this Colony are exhibited by xxxiv., 438. 
Innholders & others, without any charge of the particular Articles Archives, 
which would justify the foot of Such Accoun 18 , therefore ccv"., 3 ' 2 "- 

Resolved, That all Accounts exhibited against this Colony in future, Archives 
by Innholders, or others, Shall particularly Specify the Several Arti- ocvu.,828. 
cles, & charges thereof, which may collectively make up the foot of Refordfo? the 
such Accounts; & no others will be received. And that this Resolve Cou ? cil ». M 

XXXIV. 4oo. 

be published in the Watertown, Cambridge & Worcester news-papers, House" Jour- 
for three Weeks successively, next after the date hereof. [Passed le^s^'sVss' 
January 3. 2 i°*. ' 



CHAPTER 481. 

resolve recommending to y e several towns to forward the 
manufacture of salt petre. 

Resolved, that it be and it hereby is recommended to the Select- LegiBiative 
men of the several Towns in this Colony, as soon as may be to call council, 
their Towns together, and to insert in the Warrants to be by them Mass!'' 439 ' 
Issued for calling said Town Meetings; a Clause or Article, for de- Arc . hiv o e 3 8 ' 
vising Ways and Means for introducing the Art of Manufacturing - — '■ 

1 The House Journal, p. 100, reads December 28, which is the true date. 

2 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is December 27. 



194 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7G. [Chaps. 4<S2, 483.] 



House Jour- 
nal, pp. 86, 87, 
91, 106. Ante, 
p. 12S, chap. 
326; p. 186, 
chap. 470. 



Salt petre into private Families in such Towns, and it is hereby 
recommended to said Towns to appoint Committees, and grant all 
such Encouragement as they shall judge proper, to this necessary 
business, and it is recommended, to the Selectmen, to lay before 
their Towns for their consideration, the several Methods for collect- 
ing Materials and making Salt petre, which have been published 
by the IIon ble the Continental Congress and by this Court. And it 
is further recommended to all private Families to exert themselves 
in collecting Earth from the Foundations of Houses, Barns, Stables, 
Dove Houses and all other Buildings and from Cellers and other 
places, and in learning the Art of extracting Salt petre from the 
same. And the same price shall be allowed for any quantity under 
50 pounds as is allowed by this Court for any quantity above 50 
pounds weight. [Passed January 3. 1 



CHAPTER 482. 



RESOLVE FOR APPOINTING A COMMITTEE TO WAIT ON GEN L WASH- 
INGTON RELATIVE TO THE DONATION. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 459. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 105. 
Ante, p. 153, 
chap. 386. 



Resolved that their be a Committee appointed to wait on his Ex- 
cellency General Washington and recommend it to him to pay the 
donation received from Virginia for the poor of donation, 2 to the Com- 
mittee appointed by the Town of Boston to receive the same who 
are now out. [Passed January 8. 



CHAPTER 483. 



RESOLVE RELATING TO COPIES OF THE MINUTE, MILITIA AND SEA 

COAST ROLLS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 459. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 366, 367. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 458. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 103, 106, 
107. Ante, 
p. 1S6, chap. 
471. 



The Committee of both Houses appointed to consider of what is 
further necessary to be done before, the minute, Militia and Sea 
Coast Rolls are paid off, beg leave to report the following 

Eesolve Whereas, no direction is given to the commanding 

Officers of the several companies of Minute, Militia, and also the 
Sea Coast men, for lodging their Respective Rolls in the Treasurers 
Office, great damage may arise to this Colony thereby And Whereas 
some Companies are Stationed at a very considerable distance, which 
will occasion much charge and difficulty for want of a duplicate of 
said Rolls. 

Therefore 

Resolved, that some person be immediately employed to take 
Copies of such Rolls as have been or may be examined & passed 
upon & no duplicate left; said Copies to be examined & Certified by 
the Committee on said Rolls and lodged in the Secretarys Office. 

Read and Accepted. [Passed January 3. 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is December 28. 

2 Sic; it seems for Boston. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 195 



CHAPTER 484. 

RESOLVE ADJOURNING Y E COURT OF SESSIONS FOR Y E COUNTY OF 

BARNSTABLE. 

Whereas the Court of generall sessions of the Peace for the Legislative 
County of Barnstable Stands Adjourned from the first Tuesday of coiuicu, ° f the 
December Last to the Second Tuesday of January Instant then to xxxiv., 460. 
be held At Barnstable Within and for the County of Barnstable Archives, 

Resolved that Said Court of generall sessions of the Peace be CCYliv 368- 

further adjourned to the first Tuesday of February Next then to be ^i U p e i^ r " 
held at Barnstable in and for Said County and All Perssons 

are hereby ordered to Conform themselves accordingly. [Passed 
January 3. 



CHAPTER 485. BfJ , 

Council, 
xxxiv., 460. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £12. 1 TO THE SELECTMEN OF BRADFORD. ; 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 232, 245 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this $gy en j e ,£ 
Colony to the Selectmen of Bradford, the sum of Twelve pounds naisofeach 
One shilling in full of their Account for supplying the Soldiers be- congressof 
longing to s d Town with Guns &c. agreeable to the direction of the Mass., p. 209. 
Provincial Congress. [Passed January 3. 



CHAPTER 486. 

RESOLVE GRANTING 3SH. 2 EACH TO W M BROWN & OTHERS, CLERKS &c. 

The Committee upon the Petition of William Brown & Others Legislative 
Clerks and Assistants to M r Pigeon late Commissary General pray- coSncff ° f tbe 
ing for an allowance for Services &c having heard the Petitioners xxxiv., 462. 
and Evidences they had to produce in support of their Petition, beg Legislative 
leave to report as their opinion that the Petitioners have acted council 8 , ° f the 
whilst in the said service with integrity & Honesty and have shown House'«Jour 
a proper regard to the Public Intrest, and have been instrumental nai, pp. 38, 109. 
of considerable savings to the Colony as represented in their Peti- chap! Ill 22 ' 
tion and are of Opinion that they be allowed the sum of Three 
shillings and two pence each $> r day for their Services. 

Bead and Accepted. [Passed January 4. 



CHAPTER 487. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £31. 12 FOR THE PEOPLE OF MACHIAS. 

Resolved that the Treasurer or Keciever General be and he is Legislative 
hereby Directed to pay to Cap 1 Bachelder of Beverly the Sum of coSncn 8 , ° f the 
thirty One Pound twelve Shillings to be by him paid To Thomas xxxiv.,'464. 
Davis John Dyson & Larkin Thorndike to discharge a Joynt Note of Archives, 
Hand which David Gardner and Stephen Smith Gave to the Said cclxxxiii -- m . 
Davis Dyson and Thorndike for Sundrys Supplys for the People of n a ° U p e f° 9 ur ' 



196 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 488-491.] 



chip! fob! 59 ' Machias and that the People of the Said Machias be taxed for the 
said Sums of thirty One Pounds twelve Shillings when ever the Great 
& General Court Shall think proper. [Passed January 5. 



CHAPTER 488. 



Legislative 
Record 8 of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 465. 

House Jour- 
rial, pp. 62, 109, 
110. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £14. 8 TO DOCT R SILAS BALL. 

Resolved that their be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Docter Silas Ball ' the Sum of Fourteen pounds Eight 
shillings in full of his Services as Surgeons Mate from the 19 of 
April to the 9 th of July and in full for Medicines Used at his Own 
Cost for the use of the Army. [Passed January 5. 



CHAPTER 489. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 12 TO BENJ N TUCKER. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 465. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 107, 113. 



Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Benjamin Tucker the sum of three pounds Twelve Shil- 
lings in full for Six Weeks service in Roxbury Camp, as Serjeant to 
General Thomas as by the Generals Certificate to certify the same. 
[Passed January 5. 



CHAPTER 490. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £6 TO TIMOTHY DANIELSON. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 465. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 28, 119. 



Resolved that their be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony the Sum of Six pounds to Timothy Danielson, in full Com- 
pensation for his Services in Waiting on the Governor and Company 
of the Colony of Connecticut and a Journey to Governor Trumbell. 
[Passed January 5. 



CHAPTER 491. 



RESOLVES FOR SUPPLYING THE ARMY W T " BLANKETS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 466. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 371. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 370; 
cclxxxiii., 140. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 72, 79, 
92, 95, 104, 107, 
109, 112, 114-118. 
Ante, p. 112, 
chap. 276. 



Whereas his Excellency General Washington has represented to 
this Court the Necessity of Providing Blankets for the Armey, and 
has requested the immediate Asistance of this Court in this inter- 
esting Affair 

Therefore 

Resolved, That there be collected from the several Towns here- 
after nam'd, according to the Schedule hereto annexed, Four Thou- 
sand Blankets And Whereas it is of great importance, that 
said Blankets shou'd be speedily in Camp, It is also 

Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to repair to the Select- 
men of the several Towns mentiond in said Schedule And the 
Selectmen in each of s d Towns are hereby earnestly desired to use 

i The House Journal, p. 109, reads, "Doctor Silas Bald." 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775—7*;. 



197 



their utmost endeavours, in aiding and assisting the Committee in 
effecting the above Business And that the Sum of Two Thou- 

sand six Hundred Pounds be deliver'd into the hands of said Com- 
mittee in the following Proportion, (Viz) 

To M r Lincoln the sum of . 
To Co" Barret the sum of . 
To Maj r Moody the sum of . 
To M r Mills the sum of 
To M r Knowls the sum of . 
To M r Thomas Durfy the sum of 
To Co" Mift]chel the sum of 
To M r singletary the sum of 
To M r Thomas Durfy the sum o 
To D r Hovey the sum of 
To Cap' Hide the sum of 
To D r Allen the sum of 

to enable them to pay for said Blankets, and the transporting them 
to the Commissary General of this Colony The Committee to be 
Accountable to this Court for the same, And said Committee are 
further directed to deliver said Blankets to the s d Commissary Gen- 
eral, and take his Receipt therefor And 'tis further 

Resolved, that the price, which shall be agreed upon by the above 
Committee, and Selectmen, together with the Name of the towns 
where such Blankets are purchas d be by them affixed to each Blanket, 

From the County of Suffolk 260 viz. 













. £169. 0. 















. 378. 6. 















. 232. 1. 















. 195. o. 















. 190. 9. 





f 










. 258. 14. 















. 176. 16. 















. 388. 14. 





f 










. 422. 10. 


1) 












48. 2. 















52. 0. 















88. 8. 






Roxbury . 


16 


Dedham 






22 


Medway . 


15 


Dorchester 


17 


Medfield . 




15 


Bellingham 


11 


Milton 


13 


Wrentham 




22 


Walpole . 


11 


Braintree . 


22 


Brookline . 




15 


Chelsea 


9 


Weymouth 


15 


Needham . 




13 






Hingham & ) 
Cohasset J ' 


22 


Stoughton & ) 


OO 






Stoughtonham J 








From 


the County of Middlesex 582 viz. 




Watertown 


20 


Maiden ... 20 


Dracut 


12 


Woburn . 


25 


Weston 






30 


Medford . 


25 


Concord . 


20 


Bedford 






12 


Holliston . 


12 


Reading . 


27 


Littleton 






10 


Tewksbury 


10 


Newton 


30 


Westford 






15 


Acton 


10 


Marlborough 


30 


Waltham 






24 


Dunstable 


11 


Billerica . 


18 


Stow . 






11 


Lincoln 


14 


Framingham 


20 


Groton 






18 


Wilmington 
Cambridge 


10 


Lexington 


20 


Pepperill 






13 


15 


Chelmsford 


12 


Townsend 






10 


Charlestown ) 
Farms J ' 


11 


Sherburn . 


11 


Stoneham 






9 


Sudbury 


20 


Natick 






3 


Ashby 


5 








Shirlev 


5 








Hopkinton 


14 




From the County of Essex 357 


VIZ. 




Salem 


52 


Beverly ... 20 


Bradford . 


16 


Danvers . 


18 


Rowley 




16 


Wenham . 


8 


Ipswich 


29 


Salisbury . 




16 


Middleton . 


8 


Newbury . 


26 


Haverhill . 




26 


Manchester 


10 


Newbury Port . 


26 


Topsfeild . 




10 


Methuen . 


8 


Lynn 


14 


Boxford 




16 






Andover . 


22 


Amesbury . 




16 








From 


the County of Hampshire 300 viz. 




Springfield 


12 


Greenfield. . . 10 


Leavertt . 


4 


Wilbreham 


6 


Shelburn . 




7 


Palmer 


6 


Northampton . 


17 


Conway 




7 


Granville . 


14 


Southhampton . 


6 


Sunderland 




10 


New Salem 


7 


Hadly 


10 


Montagu . 




7 


Belchertown . 


7 


South Hadley . 


6 


Northfield . 




7 


Brimfield . 


10 


Amherst . 


8 


South brimfield 




6 


Colerain . . . 


7 


Granby 


7 


Monson 




6 


Bernardston 


2 


Hatfield . . . 


11 


Pelham 




4 


Chesterfield 


5 


Whately . 


7 


Greenwich 




7 


Southwick 


7 


Westfield . 


32 


Blanford . 




12 


West Springfield 


12 


Deerfield . 


10 










Warwick . 


4 



198 



Province Laws ( Resolves, etc.). — 177 5-7 6 . [ Chap . 491.] 



From the County of Barnstable 293 viz. 



Barnstable 45 

Sandwich 40 

Yarmouth 40 

Harwich 40 

Eastham 40 



Wellfleet 18 

Truro 18 

Chatham 26 

Falmouth 26 



Edgartown 



Freetown . 
Rehoboth . 
Swansey & 
Shawanett 
Dartmouth 



From the County of Dukes County 136. 
48 Chilmark ... 48 Tisbury 



From the County of Bristol 398 viz. 



20 
60 

33 

183 



Norton 

Mansfield 

Attlebor" 

Freetown 

Easton 



16 
9 
20 
16 
13 



Rainham 

Berlkly 

Dighton 



40 



12 



From the County of Plymouth 275 viz. 



Plymouth . 
Scituate 
Duxbury . 
Marhsfield 
Middleborough 



Worcester 

Lancaster . 

Brookrield 

Oxford 

Charlton 

Sutton 

Liecester 

Spencer 

Paxton 

Rutland 

Hutchinson 

Southborough 

Westborough 

Northborough 

Lunenbourgh 

Shrewsbury 



23 
2S 
6 
26 
30 



Rochester . 
Plympton . 
Pembroke . 
Kingston . 
Hanover . 



23 
20 
26 
13 
13 



Hallifax . 
Wareham . 
Bridgewater 
Abington . 



From the County of Worcester 594 viz. 



27 
33 
30 
9 
13 
30 
14 
14 
18 
14 
18 
10 
13 
13 
25 
13 



Uxbridge 

Harvard 

Dudley 

Bolton 

Upton 

Sturbridge 

Leominster 

Hardwick 

Holden 

Western 

Douglass 

Grafton 

Petersham 

Westminster 

Athol 



7 
23 
13 
18 

9 
14 
14 
14 

8 
14 

8 
13 
15 
13 



Templeton 

Princetown 

Mendon 

Oakham . 

Hubbardston 

New Braintree 

Fitchbourgh 

Royalston . 

Ashburnham 

Winchendon 

Northbridge 



13 
L6 
30 



13 
20 
M 
8 
L3 

ID 

8 
7 
7 



For the County of Nantucket. 



Sherbourn 650 



York . 
Kittery 
Wells 
Burwick 



For the County of York 74 viz. 



Arundell . 
Biddeford & 
Pepperilborough 



For the County of Berkshire 80 viz. 



Great Barrington 
Sheffield . 
Pittsfield . 
Stockbridge 



10 Newmarlborough 

12 Tyringham 

9 Lenox 

7 



Richmond 

Lanesborough 

Williamstown 



Resolved, That the following Gentlemen be a Committee for the 
purppose mentioned in the foregoing Resolve viz 

( M r Lincoln 

For the County of Suffolk \ Coll M e Intosh 

( Deacon Sale 



Middlesex 



Hampshire 



f Colonel Barret 
M r Whitney 

\ Coll Spaulding 
Cap 1 Sartell 

[ M r Bryant 

fM r Mills 
I Coll Field 
"] M r Dickerson 
[ Cap' Needham 



Essex 



Barnstable 



f Major Moody 
J M r Ingalls 
M r Story 
Cap 1 Epes 



f Major Hallet 
J Cap 1 Knowles 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Itesolves, etc.), 

Dukes County . . Deacon Allen 



Plymouth 



Nantucket 
Berkshire 



f Colonel Mitchel 
•! Deacon Thomas 



M r Durfy 
Cap 1 Hyde 



[Passed January 5. 



Bristol . 

Worcester . 
York . 



— 1775-71). 



M r Durfy 
Cap 1 Stearns 
M r Godfry 



f Esq. Singletary 
' M r Allen 
( M r Rice 

Deacon Hovey 



199 



CHAPTER 492. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO SIGNING & NUMBERING Y E BILLS OF CREDIT 
FOR £75,000 EMISSION. 

In Council 
Resolved, that two Persons such as the Hon: House shall chuse 
be appointed to sign & number the Bills of Credit of y e last Emis- 
sion, in the room of Ja 8 Prescott and Joseph Palmer Esq rs who are 
hereby excused. 

In the House of Eepresentatives 
Read & concur'd and Doct Rice & Major Ely are appointed to 
sign & number the Bills accordingly & the Com tie are directed to 
sit forthwith. [Passed January 6. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 470. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 379. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 380. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 461. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 122. 
Province 
Laws, v., 519, 
note. Ante, 
p. 183, chap. 
462. 



CHAPTER 493. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 471. 
ORDER DIRECTING THE DOOR KEEPER TO TAKE INTO CUSTODY Mass. 

DOCT B SAM L GELSTON. Archives, 

cxxxvm.,2, is. 



Orderd. That the Door Keeper be directed forthwith to take in Archives, 
Custody Docf Samuel Gelston, and put him under a proper Guard ^f^&ti™"' 
till the further Order of Court that the present Guard may be Records of the 

releas'd. [Passed January 6. xxxh^Vs. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. Ill, 122. 

Ante, p. 177, 

chap. 450. 

CHAPTER 494. B88SS*. 

Council, 
xxxiv., 471. 
RESOLVE GRANTING £8,000 TO THE COMMITTEE FOR FIXING OUT VES- Mass. 

SELS ON Y E COLONY ACCOUNT. Archives, 

cclxxxm., 141. 

Resolved, That the Receiver General of this Colony be and he Rtcordso-ftne 
hereby is directed to pay into the hands of the Committee for fixing Cannon, 
out Vessels on Account of this Colony for importing Powder and kouse'jour- 
other Warlike Stores, the Sum of Eight Thousand Pounds, said ejigffiff' 
Committee to be accountable to the General Court for the same. 121 - 
[Passed January 6. 



200 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 495-497.] 



CHAPTER 495. 



RESOLVE APPOINTING A COM TEE TO PURCHASE A PRIVILIDGE & ERECT 
OR REPAIR A POWDER MILL AT STOUGHTON OR SUTTON. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 472. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 382. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 105, 119. 
Ante, p. 182, 
chap. 459. 



Whereas at the present important Crisis of our Public Affairs, 
the Intention of this Court for causing to be erected Mills for manu- 
facturing Gun Powder hath not hitherto been so far executed as the 
Exigency of the Times most evidently requires, and the attention of 
the Court to each step to be taken in this measure, must further 
retard it, and unnecessarily interrupt the urgent Business of the 
Court 

It is therefore 

Resolved, That M r Putnam M r Crane & M r Vose, be and they 
hereby are appointed, a Committee to purchase the remains of a 
Powder Mill at Stoughton, & Land & Priviliges convenient to im- 
prove y e same and to repair a Powder Mill or purchase a privilige 
for and erect one at Sutton, as they after hav s consulted the Master 
Workman who shall undertake the same shall judge expedient, and 
the said Committee are directed to give their constant and diligent 
attendance to this Business untill it shall be perfected, and the 
Council are impowerd to draw on the Treasury for a Sum not ex- 
ceeding Three Hundred Pounds in favour of said Committee to 
enable them to pay the Charges of purchasing and repairing or erect- 
ing a Mill as aforesaid, they to be accountable to the Court for the 
same. [Passed January 8. 



CHAPTER 496. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £45. 8. 7£ TO JOS" PEARSE PALMER. 

Record^of the Resolved, that the Treasurer of this Colony, be and he hereby is 
council, directed, to Pay unto Joseph Pearse Palmer, the sum of Forty Five 

-- 1 — 2- — '■ — pounds Eight shillings & Seven pence half Penny in full consider- 
na°i"pp. ttf.m ation for his Services, as Quater Master General at Twelve pounds 
120, 122. ^,r M ou th in the Army under the Command of General Artemas 

Ward. [Passed January 8. 



CHAPTER 497. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 473. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccciii., 149. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccciii., 149. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 70, 74, 
123, 128. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £4. 10 TO EDMUND FOWLE. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Treasurry of this Colony to 
Edmond Foull the sum of four Pounds ten Shillings for the Exter- 
odonary Trouble that Committee ' have ocationed in sitting in his 
House from the first Day of the Congress sitt in this Town to this 
Day & for Expence of Wood & candles, & the damage done his 
Fierniteer. [Passed January 9. 

1 For Committees of Congress and Court. — Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiv., 
473. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 201 



CHAPTER 498. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £300 TO THE COM BE TO PROCURE SULPHUR. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

ReSOlvd. xxxiv., 474. 

That the Receiver General of this Colony be & he hereby is directed Archives, 
to pay into the Hands of the Hon e Benj a Greenleaf Esq r Cap 1 Jon- cclxxxm -> 142, 
athan Greenleaf. & Maj r Stephen Cross a Committee appointed by usl^'vvsVhi 
this Court to purchase Sulphur the Sum of Three hundred Pounds 66,125.' Ante, 
to inable them to make Payment for the Quantities of Sulphur they m° ,c ap ' 
have or shall engage to receive they to be accountable to the General 
Court for the same. [Passed January 9. 



CHAPTER 499. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £23. 5 TO DEACON GOLD OF TOPSFIELD. 

Petition of the Selectmen of the Town of Topsfield, setting forth Legislative 
that on the 28 th day of October last a Committee of the Town of council 8 , 
Glocester came to us with a Letter from the Committee of Safety xxxlY -» 474, 
desireing some Assistance from this Town by Men to guard and de- r^pp^ioiTks 
fend that Town for a Short time, as by their Letter herewith exhib- 129.' Jouniais' 
ited may more fully appear, your Petitioner laid said Letter before vfnclai'co™' 
the Town, the Town thought it absolutely necessary that the Town g^g^igi, 
of Glocester should be well Guarded ; And agreed that Notwith- Ante, p. 9, ' 
standing we had a large number of Men already in the Army, If chap.4is P- 164 ' 
Fifteen more would Inlist themselves to Guard the Town of Glocester 
for the term of Fifteen days, they should be paid at the same rate 
$> T month, that the Soldiers had in the army, not doubting but it 
would be made a general Charge, and also six shillings $> r Week to 
each man for his support while there On which Encouragement, 
Thirteen privates, One Drummer and Lieutenant, Samuel Cummings 
an Officer in the Militia, under whose command they inlisted for 
that Service, mak s Fifteen in the whole; They Marched to Gloces- 
ter on the 31 st of said October, and returned home again at the 
expiration of Fifteen days, your Petitioners therefore prays that 
your Honors would Order such allowance to pay the said Soldiers 
for their Service and support, as is allowed and paid to the Soldiers 
in the Army for the like term of time, and in the same stations 

[Read and] 

Resolved, That there be paid out of the Treasury of this Colony 
unto Deacon Gold Representative for the Town of Topsfield the 
following Sums Viz 

To One Lieutenant for 15 days at £3 P r month at 28 days to a month . . £1. 16. 6 
To 14 Men 15 days at 36/ $> r month at Twenty Eight days to a month . . 1,3. 8. 6 

To billeting the aforesaid 15 Men two Weeks and One day each a 5/ F r Week 8. 0. 



£23 

[Passed January 9. 



202 Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. .500. ] 



CHAPTER 500. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING Y E COMMITTEE ON MUSTER ROLLS TO ALLOW 
THE FIELD OFFICERS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF 29 th APRIL. 

Refordfof the Whereas y e Committee appointed to examine y e Muster Eolls of 
Council, y e Regiments raised by this Colony now in y e continental Army have 

Ma88 V '' 475 ' represented to this Court that some of y e Colonels of y e Regiments 
ccvii iV 386 afores d have made up their Rolls at fifteen Pounds for a chief Colonel, 

1L y~ & y e s d Committee have applyed for Directions in this Affair, & 

na°"pp. m,m, whereas by referring to y e Records of y e provincial Congress it plainly 
ofeachProvin- appears that on y e 23 d of April last it was resolved that y e Colonels 
ciai congress f Regiments consisting of 1,000 men being Part of y e Army then 
pp. i48, B i'67,i68. voted to be raised by this Colony should be entitled to £15 <g» Month 
cnfp. 47i. 86 ' for a Coll & that on y e 25 th It was Resolved that each Regiment should 
consist of but 590 Men, & y e Committee of Safety proceeded to issue 
inlisting Orders with Copies of s d Establishment wherein it appeared 
that each Colonel of a Regiment consisting of 598 Men & raised as 
afores d should be entitled to £15 <g» Month & Whereas on y e 29 th of 
April afores d y e Congress having found that great Uneasiness pre- 
vailed in y e Colony & Camp & Soldiers were prevented from inlisting 
on Account of y e high Wages engaged to y e Field officers by y e Estab- 
lishment afores d , sent a Committee to y e Camp to represent y e Circum- 
stances of this Affair to such Field officers as were then engaged & 
recommended it to them to consent that their Wages should be re- 
duced to £12 for a Colonel & in proportion for Lieutenant Colonels & 
Majors & the Committee reported that they had collected together all 
y e Field Officers who had inlisting Orders & could be found by s d Com- 
mittee & that the s d officers promised to acquiesce in y e final Deter- 
mination of Congress relative to this Matter, w ch established y e s d 
Colonels (a) £12 & other Field officers in proportion; & whereas this 
Court consents to y e payment of y e Field & other Officers according to 
y e last mentioned Establishment notwithstanding few (if any) of s d 
Regiments contained 598 Men agreable to y e terms thereof, but had no 
Expectation that any of y e Field officers would claim y e first Estab- 
lishment, because it so happened that y e general Confusion of y e 
Colony & Hurry of Business did not admit of y e s d Establishment 
being recalled by y e Congress or Committee of Safety & thus the 
Colonels were permitted to hold them, & such Claim appears to this 
Court very unjustifiable 

Resolved That y e Committee on y c Muster Rolls afores d be & they 
are hereby directed to cause the same to be made up agreable to y e 
Establishment made on y e 29 th April afores d & to direct such Field 
officers (if any there be) who require Wages agreable to y e Establish- 
ment of y e 23 d of April to prefer to y e Court a petition for the Wages 
Which they may suppose to be due in addition to what they will re- 
ceive upon y e last Establishment that they may be heard & proper 
order be taken thereon & that y e s d Committee shew a Copy of this 
Resolve to each of y e Field officers who shall apply to them on this 
Matter as afores d . [Passed January 9. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws ( Resolves, etc.). — 17 75— 7«i . 203 



CHAPTER 501. 

RESOLVE FOR DELIVERING SCHOONER & CARGO TO JOHN BUNKER, 
Y E CAPTOR TO BE TRIED IN ADMIRALTY. 

Whereas M r John Bunker and others did on the 24 th day of ^f^ 1 ^ the 
November last at Mount desert take a Schooner called the Falmouth Council, __ 
Packet Isaac Danks Master, laden with live Stock, Butter, Cheese, xxxlv -» 477 - — 
Sauce &c. and in our Enemies Service bound to Boston, and said Archives, 
Bunker not knowing any Provision made in such Cases, delivered cxxxvii.,'52; 
said Schooner & Cargo into the Hands of the Committee of Golds- House Jour- ' 
borough till he shou'd have the Order of this Court thereon m B i$fw%i 

Therefore *«**, p. ieo," ' 



Resolved, that the Committee of Goldsborough aforesaid be and 
they hereby are directed to deliver said Schoon r with her Cargo or 
the proceeds thereof, if the same, or any part thereof hath been 
disposed of by said Committee as also the Papers and appurtenances 
to her belonging, unto the said John Bunker, that said Vessel may 
be brought to Trial at some Court of Justice erected by the General 
Court of this Colony to try the Capture of Vessels. [Passed Jan- 
uary 9. 



chap. 407. 



CHAPTER 502. 

RESOLVE ENCOURAGE MR. SAM 1 - PHILLIPS, JUN B , TO MANUFACTURE 

GUNPOWDER. 

Whereas M r Samuel Phillips jun r has proposed to Build a mill Rgf^d^of the 
with all expedition at Andover for Manufacturing Gun powder, and council, 
this Court is willing to give all reasonable encouragement to so xxxlv -> 478 - — 
important & necessary an undertaking it is Therefore Archives 

Resolved if the said Mill shall be erected within a reasonable time ccvii., m. 
in the Judgment of the General Court, That during the term of one nai?pp. iomo7, 
year next after the said Mill shall be erected, and fitted to go, there \u' bis' 125 'm 
shall be delivered to the said Phillips by this Colony from time to 132. Ante, 
time so much Salt Petre as shall be sufficient to keep the said Mill 470 ; p C 20of' 
constantly employed provided the same can be manufactured, and p^2oi, 4 chap. 
purchased within this Colony at the rate and bounty which is already, *98. 
or that hereafter may be established by the General Court for the 
same, and also that the Committee of this Court appointed to pur- 
chase Salt Petre, be not Obliged to reserve by them at any one time 
a larger Quantity than will be sufficient to keep the said Mill in 
Employ for more than the term of One Week. In Case said Mill 
shall be obliged to stand still any part of said year for want of Salt 
Petre, and the same be made to appear to the Satisfaction of this 
Court, said Phillips shall be allowed to receive a sufficient quantity 
of Salt petre, to employ said Mill, the same length of time it was 
Obliged to stand still, and to Manufacture it into Powder on the 
same terms as during the aforesaid year, and in case said Phillips 
requires it, there shall be delivered to him so much Sulphur, as is 
necessary to Manufacture the Salt Petre into Gun Powder, he the 
said Phillips paying this Colony the first Cost of the Sulphur; And 
he the s d Phillips shall at his own expence not only provide a suffi- 
cient quantity of good Charcoal for all the Gunpowder he shall manu- 



204 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 503, 504.] 



facture for the Colony, but also provide and keep at his own Cost a 
good and Sufficient Guard at his powder Mill at all times, to prevent 
any wicked and designing Persons from destroying the same, and to be 
at all other necessary expences in manufacturing said Powder. The 
said Phillips shall enter into Bonds as the Council shall order, that 
he will well, and truly deliver the Commissary General of this Col- 
ony so many pounds of good Merchantable Gun Powder as he shall 
be able to Manufacture of the Salt Petre which he shall receive of 
the Colony, or any Committee appointed by the General Court to 
Manufacture, or procure the same; and also be at the expence of 
Transporting said Powder to the Colony Store, and of Transporting 
to his said Mill such Sulphur, and Salt Petre as the Colony, or the 
Committee of said Colony shall deliver him ; And also that he will 
cause to be Published all the discoveries which he shall make rel- 
ative to the Construction of said Mill and the Manufacturing Powder 
as aforesaid. 

And it's also 

Resolved, that the said Philips shall be paid out of the Publick 
Treasury of this Colony, Eight pence $> r pound for as many pounds 
of good Merchantable Gun Powder as he shall manufacture of the 
Salt Petre w ch he shall receive of the Colony as aforesaid on his de- 
livering such Gun powder to the Commissary of the Colony. 

And it is also 

Resolved that the several Committees that are or may be appointed 
by the General Court to procure salt Petre or Sulphur, are hereby 
directed to deliver said Phillips from time to time so much Salt Petre, 
aud Sulphur as shall be sufficient to keep the said Mill constantly 
employed as aforesaid, and to take duplicate Receipts thereof speci- 
fying the Quantity of each, and also the price of the Sulphur One 
whereof shall be Lodged with the Commissary aforesaid, and the 
other said Committee are directed to keep. [Passed January 9. 



CHAPTER 503. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 8 FOR JOS" COOLIDGE. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 480. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 121, 130. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Daniel Whitney to the use of Joseph Coolidge the sum 
of Three pounds Eight shillings in full Compensation for his Son's 
nursing and boarding and loss of time, he being wounded at the 
Alarm on the 19 th April 1775. [Passed January 9. 



CHAPTER 504. 

RESOLVE FOR PAYING ONE PENNY $> MILE FOR TRAVEL, AND TO 

REINLIST. 



Reford^ofthe Whereas it appears to this Court that the part of the Militia of 
Council, this Colony now in the American Army as a Temporary reinforce- 

xxxiv., 48o«. — men ^ j j n consequence of a Resolve of said Court of the 1 st Dec r last 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 205 

past, did conceive at the time of their Inlistment that by said Ee- Legislative 
solve they were intitled to One penny ty T Mile for their Travel from council* °' the 
their respective Homes to the Camp and back again, and that his §£?£L' , j 71,W7 ' 
Excellency General Washington did only engage to the Committee naL pp. 184,186. 
of said Court when upon a Conference with him relative to this chap! m™' 
matter. That there should be allowed to said Militia so much p r day 
for their Travel as the Value of their rations in the Camp would 
amount to. And Whereas by referring to the said Eesolve, it appears 
that the said Militia were promised Rations while on their March 
to and from the Camp, to bear their expences in the same, and the 
said mode of Expression may be naturally construed by the Inhab- 
itants of this Colony, to mean the usual allowance of this Colony 
of One penny ^ r mile for Travel whatever might have been the real 
intent of the Court at the time of passing said Resolve And 

Whereas it is the duty and intrest of every Government strictly to 
keep their Eaith and Engagements with all persons whatever, and 
this Court is disposed to give all reasonable Satisfaction to the per- 
sons aforesaid, and any other inhabitants of the Colony while they 
continue to act with the Spirit & Patriotism which appears at present 
to influence their conduct. 

It is therefore 

Resolved that the Captain or commanding Officer of each Company 
of the Militia aforesaid be and he hereby is directed forthwith to 
make up a Roll of the Travel of each man of his respective Company 
from his Home to the Camp and back again and the amount thereof 
at One penny <g? r mile, therein deducting the sum or sums which 
shall have been paid to him or his Company as Rations for Travel 
as aforesaid, and he is further directed to meet the Committee of 
this Court Viz Colonel Lowel & Major Bliss at Cambridge, at the 
House of M r Jones' Inholder or Col Williams and M r Perry at Rox- 
bury at the House of M r Blany's inholder on the Thirteenth day of 
January instant, or if his duty in the Army will not admit thereof 
on said day, to attend on Monday the Fifteenth of said January in 
order to receive the Ballance that shall be due for said Travel, to 
pay the men born on said Roll, and the Commissary General of the 
Army aforesaid is requested to deliver said Committee a Schedule 
of the sums that he shall have paid to each Company for Rations as 
aforesaid, and the Council are hereby impowered to Issue their 
Warrants on the Treasurer of this Colony to pay said Col° Lowell 
& Major Bliss the sum of Four hundred pounds and to Col Wil- 
liams & M r Perry the sum of Eight hundred pounds to enable them 
to pay off said Rolls as aforesaid said Committ ee to be accountable 
to the General Court for the same. 

And Whereas his Excellency General Washington has Signifyed 
to this Court that he shall need the Assistance of the said Com- 
mittee untill the last of this month, and from the late Virtuous 
Zeal & Ardor manifested in their Conduct, the Court have the highest 
Confidence in there readiness to afford the same. 

Resolved that it be and hereby is strongly recommended to the 
Officers & Soldiers of each Company aforesaid to reinlist themselves 
to serve in the said Army untill the last day of Jan y instant, or for 
such a part of said Time as his Excellency General Washington shall 
require, upon the pay & under the Regulations expressed in the 
former inlistment. 

Resolved that the Committee aforesaid are hereby directed to cause 
the foregoing Resolves to be forthwith printed in hand Bills, and 



206 



Province Laws (Besolves, etc.) . — 1775-76. [Chaps. 505, 506.] 



Copies thereof delivered to each Captain or Commanding Officer of 
the Companies aforesaid, who are directed to cause the said Resolve 
to be read to their several Companies. [Passed January 9. 



CHAPTER 505. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 480. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
oclxxxiii., 143. 
House Jour 
nal, pp. 65, 129, 
133 bis. Ante, 
p. 72, chap. 164. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £55. 4 TO THE COMMITTEE THAT SIGNED THE 
BILLS OF THE EMISSION OF £100,000. 

Resolved that there be allowed and paid out of the Publick Treas- 
ury of this Colony to the Committee appointed to Number & Sign 
the Bills of the Emission of One hundred Thousand pounds The 
sum of Fifty five pounds four shillings in full for their Services and 
Risque in numbering and Signing said Bills, and the Receiv r Gen- 
eral is hereby ordered to pay the same, and also that the s d Com- 
mittee be discharged accordingly. [Passed January 10. ' 



CHAPTER 500. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 482. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 395. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 135. 
Ante, p. 138, 
chap. 347; 
p. 162, chap. 
412. 



RESOLVE REQUIRING CERTIFICATE OF QUART" MASTER GEN L FOR 
GUNS DELIVERED IN. 

Whereas the Soldiers who were inlisted into the American Army 
belonging to this Colony who have been lately discharg'd & had 
rec d Fire Arms & Cartridge Boxes which were purchased and de- 
liverd to them by this Colony, were order'd to return the same to 
Richard Devens Esq r Comissary General of this Colony & to take 
his Receipt for the same to entitle them to receive the Sums deducted 
for such Guns & Cartridge Boxes out of their AVages as made up in 
their Pay Rolls as lately exhibited and Whereas the said Fire 

Arms & Cartridge Boxes were purchased for the Use of the Conti- 
nental Army & the Soldiers aledge that they have accordingly re- 
turn'd the same, to the Ordinance Store Keeper of the American 
Army, or such other Persons as were properly authorized to 

receive the same by his Excellecy General Washington 

Therefore 

Resolved, That any Soldier who has rec d a Gun or Cartridge Box 
from the Colony Store, & shall produce a Certificate either from the 
Quater Master General or his Deputys or the Ordinance Store Keeper 
of the American Army, that such Gun or Cartridge Box has been 
by them return'd into the Continental Store The same Certifi- 

cate shall be deemed sufficient to all intents and Purposes as if the 
same was certified by Richard Devens Esq r the Commissary General 
of this Colony, according to the former Resolve of this Court. 
[Passed January 10. 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is January 9. 



[3d Sess.J Province Laws (liesolves, etc.). — 1775-7'i. 2<>7 



CHAPTEE 507. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING DELIVERY OF ARTICLES TO CHARLES CHAUNCY, 

ESQ". 

The Committee of both Houses on the Petition of Charles Legislative 
Chauncy Esq r in behalf of M r Neal M c Intyer, beg leave to report S(°' tbe 
as their opinion that the prayer of the Petition 1 be granted, and ^ xiv - >485 - 
that an order pass this Court to the person or persons who may have Archives, 
the Goods, Cloathing or Furniture, mentioned in the petition or ccvli -< 392 » 393 - 
invoice in their possession, to deliver the same to the order of Charles Archives 
Chauncy Esq r or M r Neal M c Intyer as soon as demanded. ccvii., 394. 

J ^ J Legislative 

Jabez Fisher *? r Order Records of the 

^ Council, 

Eead & accepted & thereupon xxxiv.,416. 

Resolved, that the Committee of Frenchman's Bay be & they nai, pp. eo, si, 
hereby are directed to deliver all the goods, Cloathing or furniture ^ 130 ' 138- 
mentioned in y e inclosed Schedule * to y e Order of Cha 8 Chauncy 
Esq r or M r Neal M c Intyer on demand. [Passed January 10. 



CHAPTER 508. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £4. 10 TO JOHN TIDD OF LEXINGTON. 

Petition of John Tidd of Lexington, setting forth that on the Legislative 
19 th of April he received a Wound in the Head (by a Cutlas) from cmm<S\, ° f the 
the Enemy, which brought him (senceless) to the Ground at w ch xxxiv., 490. 
time they took from him his Gun, Cartridge Box, Powder Horn House Jour- 
&c. he prays your Honors would make him some compensation for ' p ' 
said Loss, likewise Six Weeks loss of time, Charge of a Surgeon, 
Nursing and Board 

[Read and] 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to John Tidd the sum of Four pounds Ten shillings in full 
for his loss of Gun &c, set forth in his Petition. 3 [Passed Jan- 
uary 13. 

1 For the recovery of certain goods on board the Sloop Advance, taken into Frenchman's 
Bay. — Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiv., 416. 

2 One Mehogeny Desk 

Six Leather bottom' d d° Chairs. 

three ditto Tables. 

Feather bed three Blanketts & Quilt 

pair Sheats Large Looking Glass, 

pair hand Irons Shovels & Tonges, 

1 bed Steed Two Trunks Wearing appariel 

1 Chest d° one Case of Spiritts, three 

barrells Flower 4 potts 1 Kettle three Loafs 

Sugar 20 lb brown d° 16 Coffee, pair 

brass Candle Sticks, pair Stayes &c 

3 Final action not found in the House Journal. 



208 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7G. [Chaps. 509, 510.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 491. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 402. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 375-377, 
396. Legis- 
lative Records 
of the Council, 
xxxiv., 485, 488, 
490. House 
Journal, 
pp. 140, 146. 
Ante, p. 204, 
chap. 504. 



CHAPTER 509. 

RESOLVE FOR COMMISIONATING Y E OFFICERS OF THE MILITIA, THE 
REENFORCEMENT OF THE ARMY. 

Whereas the Captains & Lieutenants of the Militia who have 
lately Joined the Army as A Temporary Eeinforcement have not 
been Commissionated according to the several Stations to which 
they have been elected And whereas they may continue a longer 
Time in Service than was at first expected. 

Therefore 

Resolved That the Hon. Council of this Colony be desired to 

commissionate all such Officers as aforesaid, according to their sev- 
eral Ranks, who with fifty Men or Upwards, accounting in said 
Number Officers and also such Men as have inlisted from their re- 
spective Companies into the Continental Army, shall incline to con- 
tinue in the Service 'till the Last of this Month or 'till the tenth of 
February next if occasion shall require, upon their being certified 
of their appointment according to the Resolves of this Court and 
of their retaining the Number of Men specified in this Resolve. 
[Passed January 13. 



CHAPTER 510. 



RESOLVE FOR ADDING TO THE SEA COAST ESTABLISHMENT. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 491. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 403. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 68, 91, 
112. Ante, 
p. 1S9, chap. 
477. 



It is 

Resolved, That there be raised on the Sea Coast Establishment 
made by this Court for the present Year, One Company to consist 
of fifty Men including Officers, and station'd at the Mouth of Sheeps- 
cutt River, and Places adjacent, as the Commanding Officer of said 
Company shall order And that a Commissary be appointed by 

the General Court to supply them with Provisions and Money 
according to the Establishment aforesaid 

And that there be station'd at Pemaquid for the Defence of the Sea 
Coast near Damarascotta River, and the places adjacent, one Com- 
pany consisting of fifty Men including Officers on the Establishment 
aforesaid, and that there be a Commissary appointed to supply them 
with Money and Provisions according to said Establishment. 

And that there be station'd at Georges, Meduncook and Penob- 
scut as the Commanding Officer shall Order one Company of Men 
consisting of fifty including Officers And that there be a Commis- 
sary appointed to supply them with Provisions and Money as by the 
Establishment aforesaid is provided. 

And that the Company by the Establishment aforesaid at Salem 
be augmented to One Hundred men including Officers, and to be 
supplied as by the said Establishment is provided 

And it is also 

Resolved that there be station'd at Truro One Company of fifty 
Men including Officers, & that there be a Commissary appointed to 
supply them with Provisions and Money according to the establish- 
ment aforesaid. 

And it is also 

Resolved. That the Council be and they hereby are impower'd to 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 177o-7(). 209 

make out their Warrant to the Treasurer to supply the Commis- 
saries of the Companies before mention'd to be station'd at Truro 
Sheepscutt Pemaquid and Georges in the same manner and the same 
proportion as is provided in the Establishment of the Sea Coast men 
passed by the General Court in December last And also to draw 
on the Treasurer for sufficient Sums to pay the Muster Rolls of the 
aforesaid Companies agreeable to said Establishment. 

And it is also 

Resolved That no new Barrack shall be built for the Sea Coast 
Men in this Colony by the Commissaries or any other Person at the 
Expence of this Colony, without the Express Order of the General 
Court. [Passed January 13. 



CHAPTER 511. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING THE ACCO T OF THE TREASURER OF THE COUNTY 

OF BARNSTABLE. 

The Comm eb appointed to examine the Accounts of the Treas- Legislative 
urers of the several Counties reported on the accounts of the Treas- council 8 of the 
urer of the County of Barnstable xxxiv.,493. 

Read and accepted. Archives, 

Whereas it appears upon Examination of said Accounts, that all ccvli -» m - 
the Monies granted and allowed by the Court of General Sessions ^ a ° U8e ff ur " 
of the Peace for the said County for the Year 1774 were for such (September, 
purposes & appropriations as the Lawimpower'd said Court to grant. 1775 ^pp- 73 > 99 - 

Therefore 

Resolved. That said Account be allowed. [Passed January 15. 



CHAPTER 512. 

RESOLVE APPOINTING A COM EB TO SETTLE THE UNSETTLED ACCO 8 OF 
Y B LATE COMMITTEE OF SUPPLIES, & TO TAKE CARE OF SEVERAL 
CARGOES. 

In the House of Representatives Legislative 

Resolved That Coll Porter & M r Brown of Boston with such as {j££f t of the 
y e honor b Board shall joyn be & they hereby are appointed a Com- xxxiv., 493. 
mittee to settle the accounts remaining unsettled on y e Books of y e Archives, 
late Committee of Supplies & to collect or pay y e Ballances that may CCYii -> 406 - 
be due to or from the Colony on said accounts, also to take y e Care jf a °j U8e J y$] 38 
of the Brigantines Rockingham & Unity's Cargoes & such a Part of Ante, p. 17s, 
y e Schooner Macaroni's as belongs to y e Colony, also to see that y e p^is^hip. 
Order of this Court be complyed with by Cap 1 W m Johnson late 466, 
Commander of y e Schooner Brittania, relative to his Delivering to 
y e Commissary of s d Colony y e neat Proceeds of y e Cargo of s d Schooner 
consigned him by y e s d late Committee of Supplies, exclusive of what 
he shall produce Receipts of having Delivered agreable to any order 
of s d Court. & they are further directed to receive from y e Files of 
s d Committee of Supplies all y e papers relative to s d Vessels or any 
of y e Persons having accounts unsettled as afores d , & upon y e arrival 
of any of them to cause y e proceeds of their Cargoes (if vested in 
military Stores) to be delivered to y e Colonial Commissary & take 
his Receipts therefor, & to certifie to the standing Committee on 



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Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7(3. [Chaps. 513-"> L5.] 



Accounts the Sums Which they shall find necessary to discharge 
y e portage Bills, Hire, & other necessary Charges attending y e said 
Voyages that shall be due from y e Colony afores d & y e standing Com- 
mittees on Accounts are hereby impowered to pay & discharge y e 
portage Bills, Hire of Vessels & other Charges, that shall be ex- 
amined & certifyed by the Committee now chosen as afores d they to 
be accountable to the General Court for their Doings. 

In Council Read & concurred and Moses Gill Esq r is joined. 
[Passed January 15. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 496. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 407. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 149. 
Ante, p. 189, 
chap. 477. 



CHAPTER 513. 

ORDER DIRECTING ONLY A QUARTER OF THE PLYMOUTH COMPANY 
TO BE RAISED IN THAT TOWN. 

Whereas the Town of Plymouth will derive but Little Additional 
Strength from the Company to be Stationed there, if it be formed 
wholly from the Inhabitants of said Town Therefore 

Ordered That the Officers who shall be Appointed to raise & Com- 
mand s d Company do not Inlist of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Plymouth into said Company more than one quarter part of the same 
Includeing officers. [Passed January 15. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 497. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 136, 140, 
145. Ante, 
p. 189, chap. 

477. 



CHAPTER 514. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £50.2 TO JAMES LEMONT. 

Petition of James Lemont setting forth that he received orders 
to inlist a Company of Men to be stationed in the County of Lin- 
coln for the defence of the sea Coast, and before they passed muster 
the County was allarm'd by a number of our Enemies Vessels arriving 
at pleasant Eiver, to which your Petitioner with his Men immedi- 
ately went, and was Obliged to Victual said men till their return to 
Georgetown, where your Petitioner was afterward Stationed, and 
was Victualed by the Select men Further your Petitioner did hire 
several Boats for the use of the Colony to convey the men under my 
Command from One place to another, as the County was often 
alarmed by the Enemies Vessels which occasioned Col Cirgill to 
order me from One place to another where there was no passing by 
land, 

[Read and] 

Resolved that Henry Gardner Esq r Treasurer and receiver General 
be and he hereby is directed to pay to James Lemont or his order 
the sum of Fifty pounds two shillings in full discharge of his account. 
[Passed January 15. 



CHAPTER 515. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 500. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 148. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £3 TO JOSIAH LYMAN. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Cap' Josiah Lyman the sum of Three pounds in full for 
a Gun lost at the battle of Chelsea. [Passed January 16. 



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CHAPTER 516. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 9 TO JOHN WILLMAN. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved that there be paid out of the publick Treasury of this xxx^v.'.'boo. 
Colony to John Willman the sum of Three pounds Nine shillings House Jour - 
in full for his Loss and sufferings, by reason of being wounded at naLpp.07,M0. 
the battle of Charlestown. [Passed January 16. 



CHAPTER 517. 

RESOLVE FOR IMPRESSING HAY IN THE DEFICIENT TOWNS. 

In the House of Representatives Legislative 

Whereas by a Eesolve of this Court which passed this House the councfi^° f the 
16 th of December last, it was recommended to a number of Towns, xxxiv.,«B. 
in the Counties of Suffolk, Essex, Middlesex, Plymouth & Worcester, Archives, 

as they regarded their own safety & the general welfare of these ccvll -» 4Ui) - 

Colonies, to take effectual measures to supply the Camps at Cam- Recordfof the 
bridge & Roxburv, with such quantities of Hay as were set to the Council, 
respective Towns named in said Resolve; at the rates of £5 <#> Ton house Jour- 
for English Hay & 40/ p Ton for Salt Hay; And whereas upon a gg'^g; 6 ^; 
thorough enquiry made by this Court, it now appears that the allow- p- h chap. 13;' 
ance then made is below the market price & short of what has been 451."' c ap ' 
usually given by the Inhabitants of this Colony under a like scarcity 
with the present 

Resolved, that it be recommended to those Towns which have not 
as yet forwarded to the Camps, the Quantities of Hay which have 
been assigned them, that they send their respective quantities imme- 
diately, and receive pay therefor at the rate of £6 p Ton for English 
& 50/ <p Ton for Salt Hay, provided the same shall be brought into 
Camp within ten days from the date hereof: And least the other 
Towns mentioned in said Resolve, which from an early regard to the 
recommendations of this Court, have already furnished their respec- 
tive quantities of Hay should be Sufferers for so doing ; they are to 
receive out of the Colony Treasury, such sums as have been short 
paid them, of the prices now allowed to be given therefor, on their 
producing proper Certificates to the Hon ble Board, of the quantities 
furnished as aforesaid who are hereby impowered to grant Warrants 
for the same. And the Selectmen & Committees of Correspondence 
in those Towns are desired to transmit to this Court, the Receits for 
the Hay they have already carried into Camps that so their regard 
to the Credit of this Community, & zeal for the common safety, may 
appear upon the public Records of this Colony. And whereas it may 
so happen that at the expiration of said ten Days some Towns 
may still remain deficient, to prevent the fatal consequences of such 
neglect, the Selectmen of any delinquent Town are hereby directed 
& impowered to Impress therein for the Use of the Continental 
Army, so much Hay as will make up the full quantity assigned such 
Town by the aforesaid Resolve of this Court And the Comm ee named 
in the former Resolve are directed to see that, & the foregoing Re- 
solve carried into execution & Coll Thompson is directed to get this 
Resolve printed in hand bills & dispersed thro' the several Towns 
mentioned in the Schedule annexed to the first Resolve. 
In Council Read & concurred. [Passed January 16. 



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Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 518-521.] 



CHAPTER 518. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 505. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £24 TO SAM L OSGOOD. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Samuel Osgood the sum of Twenty four pounds in full 
discharge for his Services as Major of Brigade in the Army from 



nXpp J i°4M57. the 19th of A P ril t0 the 2 ° th of Jul y last - [Passed January 17 



CHAPTER 519. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 505. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 156. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £1. 14 TO DAVID KENFIELD. 

Resolved, that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to David Kenfield 34/ ' in full discharge for a Gun lost at 
the Battle on Bunker's Hill. [Passed January 17. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 506. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 413. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 497. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 150, 158. 
Ante, p. 189, 
chap. 477. 



CHAPTER 520. 

RESOLVE RECONSIDERING THAT PART OF THE SEA COAST ESTABLISH- 
MENT W ( " RESPECTS RAISING TWO C0MP Y8 IN THE COUNTY OF CUM- 
BERLAND. 

Resolved That that part of the Sea Coast Establishment, which 
respects the raising two Companies in the County of Cumberland, 
be so far reconsider'd, as that Captain Bryant Morton lately appointed 
by this Court to command one of the said Companies, be & he hereby 
is empower'd and directed to enlist the whole or any part thereof, in 
any other County in this Colony, where he can fill up the same with 
the greatest dispatch, except in Sea Port Towns And that Coll 

Thompson be and hereby is impower'd & directed to sign inlisting 
Orders & give a Form of an Inlistment to the said Morton agreeable 
to the establishment before mention'd. [Passed January 17. 



CHAPTER 521. 



RESOLVE PROVIDING FOR TWO COM 8Y8 TO SUPPLY THE FORCES AT 
SALEM & MARBLEHEAD. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 506. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 414. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 156. 
Ante, p. 189, 
chap. 477. 



Whereas by a Eesolve of this Court of the 27 th of Dec r last Pro- 
vision is made for a Commisary for the forces stationed on the Sea 
Coast at Salem and Marblehead and as it appears to be more for 
the public Benefit that there should be a Commisary for each of 
those Towns 

It is therefore 

Resolv d that the Commissary already appointed, be a Commis y for 
the Companies at Marblehead only and that a Comm y be appointed 
for the forces station d in the Town of Salem. [Passed January 17. 

i The House Journal, p. 156, reads, £1. 10. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 213 



CHAPTER 522. 

RESOLVE DIRECT THE OFFICERS OF THE COMP YS W r " HAVE DONE Legislative 
DUTY AT BRAINTREE WEYMOUTH & HINGHAM TO MAKE UP THEIR cou^lf of tne 
ROLLS TO THE 1 8T OF JANUARY. xxxiv.,507. 

Mass. 
Archives 

Whereas his Excellency General Washington hath informed this ccvii., 415. 
Court, that he doth not think himself at Liberty to pay four Com- Legislative 
pany, of Men, who have Generally done duty at Brantree, Weymouth council 8 ° f the 
& Hingham the last year; & the said Companies having received no xxxiv 462. 
part of their pay from him since August last Therefore naL pp. 164, 167. 

Resolved, that the Officers of the Said four Companies be directed chap. 474 1 . 88 ' 
to make up their Rolls to y e first day of Jan y Currant & observe Such 
rules as were given to the Officers in the Camps at Cambridge and 
Roxbury. [Passed January 17. 



CHAPTER 523. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £5. 11 TO BENJ A THOMPSON. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Benj 11 Thompson the sum of Five pounds Eleven shillings council 8 ° f the 
in full of his Acco 1 for Boarding & Nursing Jesse Holt belonging to xxxiv., W 
Captain John Harndens Company. \ Passed January 17. House Jour- 

r i J L 3 nal, pp. 22,159. 



CHAPTER 524. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO THE SUPPORT OF JANE JACKSON AND HER 
TWO CHILDREN. 

Whereas it appears, that Jane Jackson, & Her two Children, Legislative 
have been sent over from Castle Will m into the Town of Dorchester, councif ° f the 
since which, they have been maintained at the Expence of the S d xxxiv.,507. 
Town notwithstanding their application to Gen 1 Washington, (by Archives, 
order of this Court), to desire his assistance in conveying them Back ccv11 -' 897- 
to Boston, He refusing to concern Himself in the matter. Archives 

Therefore ccvii., 39s. 

Resolved, that the Select Men of Dorchester, be, and they are Records of the 
hereby directed to remove the said Jane Jackson, with Her two x°x?v U '457. 
Children, into some Inland Town, where they may be maintained at House'^our- 
the cheapest rate, and provided either of y e s d Persons are able to U5,'i60, i&t. ' 
work, that they be put out for that Purpose, to lessen the charge 
of their maintenance as afores d . The s d Select Men to lay their ac- 
counts before this Court for Examination & allowance. 

Read and Accepted. [Passed January 18. x 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is January 17. 



214 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7G. [Chaps. 525-528.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 500. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cclxxxiii., 144«. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 506. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 150, 154, 
161. Ante, 
p. 204, chap. 
504. 



CHAPTER 525. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £238. 12. 4 TO DAN 1 ' PERRY. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony, to Dan 1 Perry or order the sum of Two hundred & Thirty 
Eight pounds, Twelve shillings, & four pence, in full discharge of 
the ballance of an account of George Williams & Daniel Perry. 1 
[Passed January 18. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 510. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
cxliv., 338. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxliv., 33'J. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 15,161. 
Province 
Laws, xvii., 
269, chap. 104. 



CHAPTER 526. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO DUES OF ELIZ A SAMPSON & OTHER INDIAN 
INHABITANTS OF GRAFTON. 

On the Petition of Elisabeth Samson and others indian Inhab- 
itants of Grafton praying to be Relieved Respecting their Income 
by the intrest money in the hands of the Guardians of that tribe 

Resolved that whereas sd. IIon ble Artemas Ward Esq r one of their 
present Guardians is necessarily Employed in the Continental army 
and the others have neglected to Releive those Indians it is become 
necessary that new Guardians should be appointed who shall by Such 
appointment be vested with the same power in all matters Respect- 
ing the property of those Indians as the present Guardians have. 
[Passed January 18. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 511. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 419. " 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 420. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 54, 75, 
164. Ante, 
p. 148, chap. 
371; p. 209, 
chap. 512. 



CHAPTER 527. 

RESOLVE DISCHARGING DAVID CHEEVER, ESQ", & OTHERS LATE COM" 

OF SUPPLIES. 

Resolved That David Cheever Esq r & others y e late Committee of 
Supplies of this Colony be & they hereby are discharged of y e within 
mentioned Sum of seveen hundred & ninety Pounds ten Shillings & 
five pence one farthing y e Ballance which appeared to be due from 
them on Settlement of their Accounts with this Court, the same 
being received by Henry Gardner Esq r Treasurer of y e Colony as 
appears from the within Receipts by him signed. 8 [Passed Jan- 
uary 18. 



CHAPTER 528. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 12 FOR THOMAS MONGOMERY. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 511. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 160. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Joseph Hendrick to the Use of Thomas Mongomery the 
sum of Three pounds Twelve shillings in full for Nursing, Board 5 
and Doct g said Mongomery a Soldier in Cap 4 Isaac Grays Company. 
[Passed January 18. 

1 Apparently for travel. — Mass. Archives, cclxxxiii., 144*. 

* For the accounts here referred to see Mass. Archives, ccvii., 420. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (liesolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 215 



CHAPTER 529. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £6. 15 FOR ISRAEL GREEN. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Doctor Fletcher, for the Use of Israel Green, the sum of council 8 , ° fthe 
Six pounds, Fifteen shillings, in full for Boarding & Nursing his Son xxxiv., 512. 
Lewis Green, a Wounded Soldier in Cap 1 John Blakes Comp y . House Jour- 
[Passed January 18. 



CHAPTER 530. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £9. 16 TO JOSHUA FELT. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this xxxiv., 512. 
Colony to Joshua Felt ' the sum of Nine pounds Sixteen shillings in House Jour- 
full for his Loss of Time, Boarding &c. [Passed January 18. nai, pp. 121, 160. 



CHAPTER 531. 

RESOLVE RESPECT 6 TWO VESSELS DETAIN 'D AT S T GEORGES. 

On Information received from the Committee of Corrispondence, Legislative 
of Saint Georges, respecting, two Vessels held in Custody, by said c^eff, of the 
Committee. xxxiv., 512. 

Resolved Archives, 

That the Vessels mentioned in said Information, from the Com- ccvll -» 421 - 

mittee of Saint Georges, be held in Custody by the said Committee, Archives, 
untill the Courts shall be Opened, for the Trial of Vessels, which ccvii., 422. 
have been in any way Employed, in aiding and assisting Our Enemies nai^p! i6°5 Ur 
(According to the Act of this Colony Made for that purpose) and £^8^462 
that the said Vessels, and their Appurtinances, be delivered into the chap. 15';' 527', 
hands of the Captors, when said Courts shall be Opened for the p°i4%hap. 13; 
Affors d purposes. [Passed January 18. Pj 7 160 ' cha i J - 



CHAPTER 532. 

ORDER FOR STAYING THE BLANKETS LATELY ORDERED IN FROM 
THE COUNTIES OF HAMPSHIRE AND BERKSHIRE. 

Whereas This Court is well informed, That General Washington Legislative 
has Eesolved to apply to this Court That the Officers for one Kegi- gg of the 
ment may be appointed by the same, in the Counties of Hampshire xxxiv., 513. 
and Berkshire, for the raising a full Kegiment in them to be em- Archives, 

ployed at the Northward, and as the Blankets to be collected in these ccv11 -- 423 - 

Counties will be absolutely necessary for the Use of these Men to be A I r a c 8 h 3 i ves> 
so raised, and as these Blankets may be on their Way Therefore ccvii., 424. 

Order'd, That the Blankets collected or collecting in these na °i" p e i™ " 
Counties be stayed therein, or if on the Way, that they be order'd each^rovin- 

1 A soldier wounded at Concord. See his petition, House Journal, p. 121. 



216 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.) . — 1775-76. [Chaps*. 533, 534 . ] 



ofMass.f ess back Those collected in the County of Hampshire to the Towns of 
K 10 ' 2 i96 380 ' Northam P ton or Springfield, and those collected in the County of 
chap'. 49i. ' Berkshire, to the Towns of Barrington or Pittsfield, and deliver'd 
in/ra, chap. to the Selectmen of said Towns, respectively 'till further Orders 

And that any of the Members of either of those Counties, have 
leave to endeavour that the same be effected. [Passed January 19. 



CHAPTER 533. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 514. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 426. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 428, 431, 
432. House 
Journal, 
pp. 160, 161. 
Ante, p. 74, 
chap. 169. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING AN ACCOUNT OF ALL POWDER, LEAD & FLYNTS, 
SUPPLIED THE ARMY, &c. 

Resolved that the Committees or select Men of the several towns 
In this Collony send a Just and True accompt off all the powder 
Lead and flints by them Deliverd by order of the Congress or house 
of Kepresentatives of this Collony, for the use of s d Collony or army 
to the Committee of accounts by the first Day of april Next In order 
to there being paid for the same the powder at five shillings per 
pownd the Lead at five pence p pound the flints at five shillings 
per Hunderd unless they Chuse to have the same Replaced when the 
state of this Collony will permitt off and It Is further 

Resolved that the select men or Committees as foresd send an 
Accompt of all the powder Lead and Flints Deliverd to the minute 
men or others that was used or Left In the Camps for the Benifitt 
of the army on the Alarm on the 19 Day of april Last or otherwise 
Be left In y c Camps for the use of the army that the same may be 
paid for By this Court. [Passed January 19. 



CHAPTER 534. 



RESOLVE FOR RAISING A REGIMENT IN THE COUNTIES OF HAMPSHIRE 
& BERKSHIRE TO GO TO CANADA & FOR APPOINT FIELD OFFICERS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 520. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 430. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxlvi., 354, 355. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 174, 175. 
Ante, p.215, 
«hap. 532. 



Resolv d that the Request of his Excellency General Washington, 
relative to raising one Reg 1 to consist of seven hundred and twenty 
Eight men, including Officers, agreeable to the Continental Estab- 
lishment, to reinforce the Army in Canada be forthwith complied 
with, and that the s d Reg 1 be inlisted from the Counties of Hamp- 
shire & Berkshire, to continue in the Service of the United Colonies 
until the first of Jan y next, if requir d thereto; and that the Field 
Officers be now appointed by Ballot of one House of assembly, and 
Concurrence of the other, and when chosen, the s d Officers be com- 
missionated by the Council, and orderd on their Service of Recruit- 
ing without Delay. [Passed January 19. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 217 



CHAPTER 535. SSSSSu,. 

Council, 
x x x I v 52 1 
RESOLVE DIRECTING A POWDER MILL TO BE BUILT AT STOUGHTON. Mass.'' 

Archives, 
ccvli 429 

Resolved That y e Com moe lately appointed for erecting a powder ^^ — : 

Mill for this Colony be & they hereby are directed to cause y c same Archives, 
to be built at stoughton without Delay, & to exert themselves for ^.^Legis™' 
executing this most important & necessary Business in preference lative Records 

, -r-i i i • i 1 1 i i. i u. of the Council, 

to any other Engagement which they may be at present under to X xxiv.,5i4. 
this Court & to Cause the same to be Constructed in such manner " a °i"p e f 7 ° 4 ur " 
as shall appear to them most Advantageous. [Passed January 19. ^»«e,^200, 



CHAPTER 536. 

VOTE CHOOSING FIELD OFFICERS OF THE REG T TO BE RAISED IN Legislative 

HAMPSHIRE AND BERKSHIRE TO GO TO CANADA. Council 8 ° f ^ 

xxxiv., 521. 

In the House of Representatives Archives, 

The House proceeded by Ballot to Choose the Field Officers for ccvii., 434. 
the Regiment to be raised in the Counties of Hampshire & Berk- Legislative 
shire to Reinforce the Continental Army in Canada agreable to A council 80 
Resolve of this Day & Unanimously made Choice of House ''jour- 

Elisher Porter Esq. Colonel nai, pp. 174, 175. 

Thomas Williams Esq. Leu' Colonel chap. 534. ' 

M r Abner Morgan Major 
In Council Read & Concurred. [Passed January 19. 



CHAPTER 537. 

ORDER DIRECTING THE COMMISSARY GENERAL TO MAKE A TENDER Legislative 

OF BLANKETS TO GENERAL WASHINGTON. Council 8 ° f "^ 

xxxiv., 522. 

Ordered That the Commissary General be directed to inform His Archives, 
Excellency General Washington that he has a number of Blankets ccvii., 433. 
by him, and is ready to deliver them, and such as shall come in, to House Jour- 
his Order for which he is to take a Receipt. [Passed January 19. J 5ra*e%. 215, 

chap. 532. 



CHAPTER 538. 

RESOLVE FOR RAISING 4,368 MEN IN THIS COLONY TO REINFORCE THE 
CONTINENTAL ARMY TILL THE 1 8T OF APRIL NEXT. 

Whereas it is of Great Importance not only to the Inhabitants Legislative 
of this Colony, but also of all the United Colonies, That the Lines gSu| of the 
and Fortifications at Cambridge and Roxbury shou'd at all Events ^* v -» 522 - 
be maintaind and that the Army investing Boston shou'd be of Archives, 

Strength sufficient to Act offensively as well as defensively And ccvu -> 435 - 

Whereas His Excellency General Washington has applied for a tern- ^XVes, 
porary Reinforcement from Connecticut New Hampshire and this ccvii., 425', 440, 
Colony to be at the said places as soon as possible. The proportion of lative Records 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is January 20. 



218 



Province Laws (liesolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 538.] 



of the Council, 
xxxiv.,485,499, 
513. House 
Journal, 
pp. 140, 159, 169, 
170, 171-173. 
Province 
Laws, v., 445, 
chap. 10; 520- 
2(!, notes. 
Ante, p. 9, 
chap. 2; p. 14, 
chap. 13; 
p. 208, chap. 
509. 



which to this Colony is four Thousand, three hundred. & sixty 
Eight Men. 

Resolved That the Commanding Officer of each Company of Militia 
in the Towns hereafter mentiond, chosen agreeable to the direction 
of the Provincial Congress be and hereby is directed to cause his 
Company to be muster'd without delay and that out of the Com- 
panys in such Town, the[y] cause to be voluntarily enlisted, the 
number of Effective Men herein after affixed to such Towns respec- 
tively to serve in the American Army, on the Continental Estab- 
lishment from the Day of their Inlistment to the first Day of April 
next And that each Officer and Soldier shall be allowed and 

paid for their Service respectively, the same sums by the Calender 
Month as are allowed to such Officers and Soldiers in the Army, on 
the said Establishment, the Time of Service to be computed from 
the Time of his Inlisting to the time of his discharge, and allowing 
sufficient Time for his return home, that is to say, accounting one 
day for every Twenty Miles Travel, Also one penny per Mile to 
compensate his Expences to the Camp, and at the same Rate per 
Mile to bear his Expences from the Camp home, His travelling Ex- 
pences to the Camp to be paid by himself, and each Man to be com- 
pensated therefor, at the Rate abovesaid, upon his Arrival in Camp, 
and the allowance to defrey his Expences thence, to his home, to be 
paid before or upon his discharge And the Selectmen & Com- 

mittees of Correspondence and Safety of each Town hereafter men- 
tioned are requested without fail, to afford their immediate assistance, 
fully to effect this Business with dispatch, as they regard their 
Country's and their own Welfare and Safety 

And It is further 

Resolved, That all the Field and Staff Officers, shall be appointed 
by this Court, and commissionated by the Council on or before they 
arrive in Camp, and the Captains Subalterns and noncommission 
Officers of the several Company's shall be chosen by the Companies 
respectively, from such as are inlisted, or others and the Captains 
and Subalterns shall be commissionated by the Council on or before 
they arrive in Camp. And no Officer who shall be chosen & serve on 
this occasion, shall be consider'd as so connected with the Conti- 
nental Army, as to be thereby disqualified from being an Officer in 
the Militia of this Colony, by Virtue of any clause in any Act pro- 
viding for the regulation of the said Militia 

The Form of the Inlistment. 

"We the Subscribers do hereby severally inlist ourselves into the 
Service of the united Colonies of America to serve until the first 
Day of April next if the Service shall require it, and each of us do 
engage to furnish and carry with us into the Service a good effective 
Fire Arm, & Blanket (also a good Bayonet & Cartridge Pouch if pos- 
sible) And we severally consent to be formed by such Person as the 
General Court shall appoint, into a Company of Ninety Men includ- 
ing one Captain two Lieutenants one Ensign, four Sergeants, four 
Corporals, one Drummer, & one Fifer to be elected by the Com- 
panies, and when formed We engage to march to Head Quarters of 
the American Army with the utmost Expedition, and to be under 
the command of such Field Officer or Officers as the General Court 
shall appoint And We further agree during the time aforesaid, 

to be subject to such Generals as are or shall be appointed and to be 
under such Regulations in every Respect as are provided for the 
Army aforesaid 

Dated this Day of AD 1776 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 



219 



Boston 
Roxbury . 
Dorchester 
Milton 
Braintree, . 
Weymouth 
Hingham . 



Lynn . 
Bradford . 
Danvers . 
Marblehead 
Ipswich 
Newbury Port 
Andover . 



Cambridge 

Charlestown 

Watertown 

Woburn 

Concord . 

Newton 

Reading . 

Marlborough 

Billerica . 

Framingham 

Lexington 

Chelmsford 

Sherbourn 



Plimton 
Ware ham . 
Rochester . 
Middleborough 
Hallifax . 



Taunton . 
Dartmouth 
Rehoboth . 
Swanzey . 





County of Suffolk. 




00 


Dedham . 


45 


Med way 


27 


Medfield . 


20 


Bellingham 


25 


Wrentham 


55 


Hull . 


25 


Brookline . 


10 


Walpole . 


40 


Needham . 


23 


Chelsea 


25 


Stoughton . 


35 


Cohasset . 


25 


Stoughtonham . 


20 






County of Essex. 




38 


Beverly 


42 


Haverhill . 


23 


Middleton 


16 


Glocester . 


37 


Salem 


91 


' Topsfield . 


91 


Newbury . 


58 


Boxford 


68 


Rowley 


31 


Wenham . 


64 


Salisbury . 


26 


Manchester 


48 


Almsbury . 


26 


Methuen . 




County of Middlesex. 




21" 


Sudbury 


33 


Ashby 


2 


Maiden 


9 


Stoneham . 


13 


Weston 


13 


Natick 


22 


Medford . 


10 


Dracut 


26 


Littleton . 


14 


Bedford . 


16 


Hopkinton 


17 


Holliston . 


24 


Westford . 


23 


Tewksbury 


26 


Waltham . 


9 


Acton 


25 


Stow . 


17 


Dunstable 


25 


Groton 


29 


Lincoln 


12 


Shirley 


10 


Wilmington 


24 


Pepperil . 


14 




12 


Townsend . 


18 






County of Plymc 


UTH. 




25 


Bridgewater 


95 


Pembroke . 


17 


Abbington 


24 


Marshfield 


49 


Hanover . 


19 


Duxborough 


81 


Scituate 


52 


Kingston . 


14 


County of Bhist 


roL. 




74 


Freetown . 


34 


Berkley 


74 


Attleborough . 


49 


Raynham . 


74 


Mansfield . 


24 


Norton 


39 


Dighton . 


30 


Easton 



25 
20 



25 
15 



36 
50 
16 
18 
13 
16 
22 



9 

4 

4 

16 

6 
14 
13 
13 
13 
8 
7 



33 
36 
22 
15 



17 
22 
44 
28 



County of Barnstable 260. 
To be raised in the County at large. 



County of Worcester. 



Worcester . 


26 


Western . 


16 


Rutland . 


17 


Leicester . 


13 


Hardwick . 


29 


Petersham 


22 


Holden 


11 


New Braintree . 


15 


Hutchinson 


23 


Spencer 


17 


Oakham . 


10 


Athol 


13 


Paxton 


10 


Sutton 


39 


Templeton 


16 


Lancaster . 


46 


Oxford 


11 


Winchendon 


11 


Harvard . 


25 


Sturbridge 


17 


Royalston . 


8 


Bolton 


23 


Charlton . 


16 


Hubbardston 


8 


Princeton . 


11 


Dudley 


12 


Lunenburgh 


20 


Mendon 


33 


Southbor . 


13 


Leominster 


13 


Uxbridge . 


13 


Westborough . 


17 


Westminster 


16 


Northbridge 


6 


Shrewsbury 


25 


Fitchburgh 


10 


Upton 


15 


Northborough . 


9 


Ashburnham 


10 


Douglass . 


15 


Grafton 


15 


New P. in Worcestei 


6 


Brookfield 


49 


County of Yoi 


K. 






York . 


41 


Lebanon . 


10 


Pepperilborough 


14 


Kittery 


40 


Arundel 


15 


Sandford . 


12 


Berwick 


41 


Biddeford . 


20 


Buxton 


10 


Wells 


35 


Windham . 


10 







220 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 539.] 



County ok Cumberland 



Falmouth . 

N. Yarmouth . 

Scarborough 

Brunswick 


30 
22 
20 
19 


Gorham 
Harpswell 
Cape Elizabeth 
Windham . 

County of 


20 
14 

12 
10 

jINCOLN. 


New Glocester 
New Boston 
Pearsontown 


Georgetown 
Woolwich . 
Pownalborough 
Bowdoinham 
Topsham . 


12 
6 
10 

5 
8 


Hallowell . 
Winthrop . 
Vassalborough 
Winslow . 
Bootlibay . 


6 
8 
7 
6 
5 


Edgcombe 
New Castle 
Bristol 
Gardnerstown 


[Passed January 


20. 









CHAPTER 539. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 527. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 480. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 133, 168. 
Ante, p. 152, 
chap. 384. 



RESOLVE APPROVING REPORT OF COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE Y E ACCO TS 
OF BENJAMIN LINCOLN AND OTHERS. 

Whereas Benjamin Lincoln, John Taylor and Benjamin White 
Esq" have received out of the Publick Treasury the sum of Eight 
Thousand pounds, and One pound Sixteen shillings of the Select- 
men of Hopkinton for Three Blankets over paid that Town The 
Committee therefore have Examined the said Accounts and find that 
they were such only as had been examined, allowed and passed upon 
by the Committee appointed by the Hon ble House and Concurred by 
the said Benjamin & Others the Committee of Council, that they 
were well Vouched and right cast, and have presented said Accounts 
with the Vouchers, to be lodged in the Secretary's Office. That the 
said Benjamin Lincoln, John Taylor, & Benjamin White Esq" have 
faithfully discharged the trust reposed in them, and find a ballance 
of Sixteen pounds Nineteen shillings Three farthings due to them, 
which they have advanced for this Colony. That the Examination 
of the said Accounts by said Committee was made 18 th Instant and 
does not include any payments made since that time, and that the 
Order received on the 19 th Instant, for Three Thousand pounds, on 
the Treasurer, was not included in the abovesaid sum of Eight 
Thousand pounds. 

Therefore 

Resolved that the said Benjamin Lincoln, John Taylor, and Benj n 
White Esq" be and they are hereby discharged from the Sum of 
Eight Thousand pounds, which they received out of the Publick 
Treasury, and the sum of One pound Sixteen shillings, received for 
Blankets; also that there be allowed and paid out of the Public 
Treasury to Benjamin Lincoln, John Taylor & Benjamin White 
Esq" the sum of Sixteen pounds Nineteen shillings and Three 
farthings in full for so much advanced in payment of Accounts for 
this Colony. [Passed January 20. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (liesolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 221 



CHAPTER 540. 

RESOLVE APPOINTING A COM E TO ASSIST IN RAISING A TEMPORARY 
REINFORCEMENT TO THE CONTINENTAL ARMY. 



Whereas this Court at the request of his Excellency General {^j?y 8 r ^ Mv f e th 
Washington, have thought it necessary that a Temporary Rein- Council, J 
forcment of the Army should be made with all possible dispatch, xxxlv ' 5 ' 28 - — 
and to effect the same have proportioned among the several Towns Archives, 
in this Colony, such a number of men as they apprehended each ccvii.,444. 
Town ought to raise upon the present emergency, and have appointed nai, pp. 170.MI, 
a Committee a Com ee ' out of each County to assist in Raising the ^j~£ If'''- 
Men, and forming them when raised into companies which Com- chap.|;p.i4, 
mittee are as follows Viz p. 217, chap. 

For the County of Suffolk M r Gould, Col Lovell & Col M c Intosh 538 - 
For the County of Essex M r Phillips, M r Jewett M r Hopkins & Major 

Cross. 
For the County of Middlesex, Col Spaulding, M r Brooks, Col 

Perry, Cap 1 Sartle and M r Bryant. 
For the County of Plymouth, Cap 1 dishing, Col dishing, and 

Cap 1 White of Middleborough. 
For the County of Barnstable Col° Otis and Col Cobb 
For the County of Bristol Cap* Hodges, M r Starkwether and Doct r 

Baylis. 
For the County of Worcester Cap 1 Parker, M r Fessenden, M r Allen, 

M r Rice, and Col Hill. 
For the County of York, Col Sawyer, M r Sullivan & Maf Gooding, 
For the County of Cumberland M r Fabyan & Cap' Cutter. 
For the County of Lyncoln, Cap 1 Howard & Col Jones. 
Therefore 

Resolved that the Persons aforenamed for each of the several 
Counties aforesaid be and they hereby are directed to use their utmost 
endeavours with the Committees of Correspondence and Safety, and 
the Selectmen of each Town to have the several proportions of men 
affixed to each Town in their several Counties, raised with all pos- 
sible expedition and when raised to form them into Companies of 
Ninety Men each including Officers, and as soon as each company 
has chosen their several Officers, that they cause them to March 
forthwith to the Camp at Cambridge or Roxb y as his Excellency 
General Washington shall direct. [Passed January 21. 



CHAPTER 541. 

RESOLVE FOR RAISING A REGIMENT IN THE COUNTIES OF HAMPSHIRE 
AND BERKSHIRE TO REINFORCE THE ARMY IN CANADA. 

Whereas it is of very Great Importance to our Brethren the Legislative 
Inhabitants of Canada, & to the Inhabitants of the United Colonies. j^S ° f the 
especially to y e Western & Northern Counties thereof that the xxxiv., 529. 
advantages Gained under the Smiles of Providence by the American Archives, 
Army dureing the Year last past over the ministerial Forces in ccvn " 44 °- 44 " b - 
Canada should be maintained & the remainder of them there Effect- j^fordfof the 

1 Sic. 



222 Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 541.] 

council, ^ ually Subdued, as well as the Rights & Liberties of our Brethren in 
House'Jour 52 '' that Colony Secured, and Whereas his Excellency General 

\xt P A7ite~ m ' Washington nas applied to each of the Colonies of Connecticut, New 
p. 9, chap/2; Hampshire & Massachusetts Bay. severally to furnish A Regiment 
p! 2i6, C chap! 3 ' Consisting of seven hundred & Twenty Eight men Including officers 
534 - to be raised with all possible dispatch on the American Establish- 

ment & to serve the United Colonies untill the first day of January 
next if required thereto It is therefore 

Resolved that a Regiment Consisting of seven hundred & twenty 
Eight men be raised for the purpose aforesaid in the Counties of 
Hampshire and Berkshire. & to be Under the Command of Elisha 
Porter Esq r as Colonel Thomas Williams Esq r as Leu 1 Colonel & 
Abner Morgan Esq r as Major who have been Unamiously Chosen by 
the General Court of this Colony to those offices respectively, and 
that the Commanding officer of each Company of Militia in the 
Towns of the said Counties of Hampshire & Berkshire hereafter 
mentioned chosen agreable to the direction of the provincial Con- 
gress, be & hereby is directed to Cause his Company without Delay 
to be mustered and that out of the Company or Companies in such 
Town they Cause to be voluntarily Inlisted. the Number of Effective 
men herein affixed to such Towns Respectively to Serve the United 
Colonies on the Continental Establishment. & under their Generals 
untill the first day of January next if the service shall require it. 
and that Each officer & Soldier shall be allowed & paid for their 
Service respectively the same Sum by the Calendar month as is 
allowed to other officers & Soldiers in the Establishment afores d . the 
Time of Service to be Computed from the Time of his Inlistment 
or Entering the same to the Time of his discharge. & Allowing suffi- 
cient Time for his return Home, that is to say accounting one day 
for every twenty miles march, also one penny $> mile to Compensate 
his Expences on his march to & from the Camp for so many miles 
as he shall bear his Traveling Expences in the march afores d . and 
Each Non Commissioned officer & Soldier shall be allowed a Blanket 
or twelve shillings to pay for the same if he finds it himself, and 
Whereas the Season is Severe & the service both Important & neces- 
sary it is further 

Resolved as a further Encouragement to such Non Commission 
officers & Soldiers as shall appear to-Inlist for the Succour of their 
Brethren in Canada. & for the defence & support of the Just Cause 
of America on this occasion, that in addition to one months advanced 
wages to be paid them by his Excellency General Washington there 
shall be paid them also out of the publick Treasury of this Colony 
one other months advance wages upon their passing muster by a 
muster master to be appointed by his Excellency, in full Confidence 
that the Justice of the Congress will order the same to be reimbursed 
& the Treasurer is hereby ordered to pay the Sum of Thirteen hun- 
dred. Ninety Eight pounds eight shillings to Coll Porter for 
that purpose he to be accountable to this Court for the same and 
the Selectmen and Committees of Correspondence & Safety of Each 
of said Towns are requested without fail to afford their Immediate 
assistance fully to Effect this Business with the Utmost dispatch 
as they regard their Countrys & their own Safety & welfare and 
it is further 

Resolved that the Captains Subalterns and Non Commissioned offi- 
cers of the several Companies shall be Chosen by the Company s 
respectively from those Inlisted or others and Commissioned by the 



[3d Sess.J Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 



223 



Council and that the Committee appointed by this Court in con- 
junction with the Field officers aforesaid distribute the men Inlisted 
as afores d into Companies 

The Form of y c Inlistment 

We the Subscribers do hereby severally inlist Ourselves into y e Ser- 
vice of y e united American Colonies untill y e 1 st Day of January next 
if y c s (1 Service should require it & each of us do engage to furnish 
& Carry with us into y e Service aforesd a good effective fire Arm & 
Blanket (also a good Bayonet Cartridge Pouch, & a Hatchet or Tom- 
hawk or Cutting Sword if possible) & We severally consent to be 
formed by such person or persons as y e General Court shall appoint 
into a Company of ninety Men including one Captain two Leiu- 
tenants one Ensign four Serjeants, four Corporals one Drum & one 
Fife to be elected by y e Company & commissionated by ye e Council 
& when formed We engage to march into Canada with y e utmost 
Expedition & to be under such Field Officers as y e General Court 
have appointed or shall appoint & We further agree during y e Time 
afores d to be subject to such Generals or superior officers as are or 
shall be appointed & to be under such Eegulations in Every Respect 
as are provided for y e Army afores d 

Dated this of AD 1776 



County of Berkshire. 



Sheffield . 


24 


West Stockbridge 


7 


Partridgefield . 


8 


Sandisfield 


n 


Richmond 


13 


Gageborough 


8 


New-M arlborough 


16 


Lenox 


13 


Jericho 


8 


Egremont 


n 


Becket 


9 


New Providence 


10 


Great Barrington 


15 


Hopland & ) 
Glass Works j 


9 


Williamston 


14 


Alford 


7 


East Housuck . 


9 


Tyringham 


13 


Pitsfield . 


21 


Louden 


5 


Stockbridge 


12 


Hartwood . 
Lanesborough . 

County of Hamfs 


8 
19 

HIRE. 






Springfield 


19 


Greenfield . 


11 


New Salem 


12 


Wilbraham 


11 


Shelburne . 


10 


Belcher-Town . 


12 


West Springfield 


21 


Conway 


12 


Colrain 


10 


North Hampton 


23 


Sunderland 


7 


Ware 


7 


Southhampton . 


9 


Montague . 


9 


Warwick . 


6 


Westfield . 


18 


Northfield . 


10 


Bernardston 


9 


Southwick 


9 


Brimfield . 


13 


Murrayfield 


6 


Hadley 


10 


South Brimfield 


10 


Charlemont 


7 


South Hadley . 


9 


Monson 


8 


Ashfield 


8 


Amherst . 


14 


Pelham 


12 


Worthington 


8 


Granby 


7 


Greenwich 


9 


Shutesbury 


9 


Hatfield . 


10 


Blanford . 


10 


Ludlow 


5 


Whately . 


6 


Leverett 


5 


Norwick . 


4 


Williamsburgh . 


7 


Palmer 


11 


Chesterfield 


12 


Deerfield . 


13 


Granville . 


13 






[Passed Januai 


-y 21. 











CHAPTER 542. 



RESOLVE APPOINTING A COM™ TO APPOINT STAFF OFFICERS TO SERVE 
IN Y E REGIMENT TO BE RAISED IN THIS COLONY TO GO TO CANADA. 

Whereas it is of great Importance, that the Regiment to be raised Legislative 
by this Colony to serve the united Colonies in Canada should be council, 
inlisted, & Marched with the utmost Dispatch, and the Appoint- Mass!"' 533 ' 
ment of the Staff Officers by this Court, and making Commissions aicMtos, 
to Captains, & Subalterns for said Regiment by the Council may - — '- 

• r>i\ House Jour- 

occassion Delay. nai,pp.i75,i82, 



224 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 543, 544.] 



183. Supra, 
chap. 541. 



Resolved, That the Field Officers of the Regiment together with 
Major Pyncheon, Major Ely, Col Field, M r Dickerson, Major Bliss, 
Col How, Doctor Whiting, Cap 1 Goodrich, and Major Smith, or the 
major part of them be, and they hereby are appointed a Committee 
to appoint a Quarter Master, An Adjutant a Chaplain, Surgeon, & 
Surgeons Mate for said Eegiment and the honorable Board are 
hereby impower'd to deliver to said Committee five Blank Warrants 
for the said Staff Officers, also a sufficient Number of blank Com- 
missions for the Captains, & Subalterns aforesaid sign'd and 
the said Committee are directed to fill up the said blank Commis- 
sions with the Names of such commission Officers as the Companies 
shall respectively choose. [Passed January 22. 



CHAPTER 543. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 634. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 450. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 538. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 183, 184, 
187. 



RESOLVE DIRECT THE TREASURER TO PAY Y E £2,000 TO BE LENT 
M B TRUMBULL IN CONTINENTAL BILLS, IF HE DESIRES IT. 

Whereas Joseph Trumbull Esq. Commissary General of the Con- 
tinental Army has applied to Henry Gardner Esq r Treasurer of this 
Colony, for the Loan of Two Thousand Pounds to enable him in his 
said Capacity to make Provisions for the Troops marching into 
Canada to succour and recruit the Army there, and it appears to this 
Court that it be necessary to advance the Service, that the Treasurer 
shou'd comply with his Request 

Therefore 

Resolved That Henry Gardner Esq r Treasurer of this Colony, be 
and hereby is impower'd to advance out of the Treasury Two Thou- 
sand Pounds to Joseph Trumbull Esq taking his Obligation for there 
payment of the same on Demand.' [Passed January 22. 



CHAPTER 544. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £16 TO ELISHA PORTER, ESQ", AND £10. 7. 6 TO 
ABNER MORGAN TO BE LAID ON THEIR TOWNS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 535. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
cclxxxiii., 145. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 185, 186. 
Province 
Laws, v., 564, 
chap. 13; 667, 
notes. 



In the House of Representatives 

Resolved That there be paid to Elisha Porter Esq r out of the Col- 
ony Treasury the Sum of Sixteen Pounds, to be laid on the Town of 
Hadley, in full for his Travel to and attendance at the House the 
present Session as a Representative for said Town 

Also 

Resolved, That there be paid out of the said Treasury to M r Abner 
Morgan the Sum of Ten Pounds seven shillings & six pence in full 
for his Travel to and attendance at this House the present Session 
as a member from the Town of Brimfield said Sum, last mention'd 
to be laid on the said Town of Brimfield. 
In Council 

Read & concurred. [Passed January 22. 

' On the same day the treasurer is directed to pay this amount " in Continental Bills," 
if said Trumbull should desire it. — Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiv., 538, and 
House Journal, p. 187. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7<j. 225 



CHAPTEK 54:5. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £100 TO ELISHA PORTER, ESQ R . Legislative 

Records of the. 
Council, 

Resolved that there he paid out of the Public Treasury of this xxxiv., 535. 
Colony to Elisha Porter Esq r the sum of One hundred pounds to House Jour- 
enable him to purchase necessaries for his men who are to march Wejp'.ffii, 
to Canada. [Passed January 22. cha P- M1 - 



CHAPTER 546. 

/ 

RESOLVE URGESTG THE SPEEDY RAISING OF THE REINFORCEM T OF 
THE ARMY IN CANADA. 

Whereas this Court, at the request of His Excellency General Legislative 
Washington have order'd that a Eegiment shou'd be raised in the council^ ° 
Counties of Hampshire and Berkshire to reinforce the Army in ^^ v '* 585 ' 
Canada, with all possible dispatch, and to effect the same have pro- Archives, 

portion'd among the several Towns in those Counties such a num- ccv11 '' 449 ' 

ber of Men as they apprehend each Town ought to raise, And have mi^is^ 1 "* 
appointed a Committee out of each County to assist in raising the ^,f e >^- 221 » 
men. and forming them when raised, into Companys. viz ML542. P * 

Major Pyncheon. Major Ely. Coll. Field. M r Dickerson Major Bliss 
and Coll How. for the County of Hampshire and Doct Whit- 

ing. Cap* Goodrich & Major Smith for the County of Berkshire 

Therefore 

Resolved. That the said Committee be and they are hereby directed 
to use their utmost endeavours with the Field officers of the Eegi- 
ment to be raised as afores d & the Committees of Correspondence & 
Safety and the Selectmen of each Town within their respective 
Counties to have the several proportions of Men affixed to each Town 
therein raised with all possible Expedition, and when raised to form 
them into Company's of ninety Men each including Officers, and as 
soon as each Company has chosen their several Officers, that they 
cause them to march forthwith into Canada. [Passed January 22. 



CHAPTER 547. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £2. 5 TO COL° ELISHA PORTER. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Col Elisha Porter the sum of Two pounds Five shillings couuen 8 ° f the 
in full for a Gun lost in the Battle of Charlestown. [Passed Jan- xxxiv., 536. 

Uary 22. House Jour- 

nal.pp.183, 1S5. 



22G 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 548, 549.] 



CHAPTER 548. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 536. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 451. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 188. 
Province 
Laws, i., 84, 
.chap. 37; v., 
240, chap. 42; 
.282, notes. 



RESOLVE ESTABLISHING THE LAST FEE TABLE. 

Whereas a certain Act intituled "An Act for establishing and 
regulating the Fees of the several Officers within this Province here- 
after mentioned " made and passed at the Session of the Great and 
General Court of this Colony begun and held at Boston in the County 
of Suffolk upon Wednesday the sixth Day of January 1773 expired 
on the last Day of October last, and at present there is no Act or 
Law of this Colony now in force for establishing and regulating the 
Fees of the several Officers in the said Act mentioned, excepting a 
certain Act made and passed in the fourth Year of the Reign of 
William and Mary King and Queen intitled "An Act for regu- 
lating Fees ; " which last mentioned Act has by divers temporary Acts 
from Time to Time been superceeded and suspended as insalutary, 
and the Fees thereby settled and established appear to be in many 
Instances extravagant and unreasonable 

It is therefore 

Resolved That henceforward, until the further Order of the 

General Court, it shall be lawful for all Officers named and men- 
tion'd in the Act first abovementioned to take and receive for the 
several Services therein specified, such and no higher Fees, than the 
Fees or Sums of Money specified in the said first mentioned Acts 
and be subject to the pains & penalties there provided for Offence, 
against the same. [Passed January 22. 



CHAPTER 549. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 537. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 452. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 453. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 502. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 159, 160, 
1S3. Ante, 
p. 47, chap. 95; 
p. 186, chap. 
471. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE ON MUSTER ROLLS TO PASS 
UPON JAMES CURTIS* ROLL. 

Petition of James Curtis of Brunswick setting forth that he 
raised a Company of Fifty Men, and was Ordered by Col Phinney 
to March them to Head Quaters, where we arrived the 30 day of 
July, and on the 9 th day of August Received Orders from the Hon- 
orable Council, to return to Deer Island in the County of Lincoln, 
under the Command of Col James Curgill 

Your Petitioner would further set forth, That he has made up his 
Muster Rolls upon the Establishment untill he received Orders, and 
also his Rolls from said 9 th of August upon the Sea Coast, and has 
been at great Cost and Charge therein, and still at great Charge, and 
the Hon le Committee refuses to Pass said Rolls, by reason they are 
not made up to, and from the 1 st day of August, and also Refuses 
to allow the men their Coats and Blankets according to Establish- 
ment, they Inlisted in when they marched to Head Quarters without 
your Honors approbation Your Petitioner prays your Honors would 
allow them the same as others that inlisted upon the Establishment. 

The Committee chosen to take into consideration the Petition of 
Cap* James Curtis, beg leave to report, as their Opinion that said 
Curtis have leave to make up his Muster Roll from the time the Men 
inlisted to the 9 th day of August, but cannot find that they are in- 
titled to any Coats or Blankets. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 



227 



Read and accepted. 

Resolved. That the Committee on Muster Eolls be directed to pass 
upon said Curtis's Roll, when made up agreeable to the above Re- 
port on the Establishment of the Army. [Passed January 22. 



CHAPTER 550. 

RESOLVE DIVID Q THE MEN TO BE RAISED IN THE SEVERAL COUNTIES 
INTO REGIMENTS AS A REINFORCEMENT TO THE AMERICAN ARMY. 

Resolved. That the Men order'd by this Court to be raised from 
the Militia in this Colony to serve in the American Army, until the 
first Day of April next, be divided into Regiments as follows, viz 



460 Suffolk & \ 

238 York / 

830 Essex 

472 Plymouth & ) 

260 Barnstable J 

749 Worcester 

509 Bristol & 

180 Cumberland 

571 Middlesex & 

99 Lincoln 

4,368 



698 for one Regiment 
830 for another Regiment 
732 for another Regiment 
749 for another Regiment 
689 for another Regiment 

670 for another Regiment 



4,368 



[Passed January 22. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 538. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 454. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 177, 178. 
187. Ante, 
p. 217, chap. 
538. 



CHAPTER 551. 

RESOLVE FOR COMMISSIONING THE OFFICERS OF Y B MILITIA WHO 
REINFORCED THE CONTINENTAL ARMY. 

The Committee appointed by both Houses to consider the pro- Legislative 
priety of Commissionating such Captains & Lieutenants as marched council 8 ° f the 
and joined the Continental Army from the Militia with full com- xxxiv., W 
panies in pursuance of the Resolve of the General Court on the first Archives, 
day of December last, have attended their duty, and are of Opinion ccv11 -. *7i. 
that the Commissionating all the Captains and Lieutenants in the ^™ se J ^ T \ &2 
order in which they were chosen, by their respective Companies, as 200.' Ante,' 
they marched into the Camp; is what said Officers expected, and 509f 8,chap ' 
as they have done the duty, Sustain'd the Office, and expect the pay, 
due to them by the Establishment of the Continental Army, your 
Committee conclude they ought to be Commissionated. There- 

fore beg leave to report a Resolve for that purpose 

Resolve 6, That all the Captains & Liu ts that marched into the 
Camp as a Temporary reinforcement to the Continintal Army by 
order of this Court, of the first of Last month ; be now Commission- 
ated by the Council Agreeable to the severall ranks, and in the order 
in which they were Chosen by their respective Companys. anything 
in a resolve of this Court of the 13 th Instant to the Contarery 
Notwithstanding and that said Commissions bear date the 10 th of 
last month the day on which most of them Arived in the Camp. 
[Passed January 24. ' 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is January 23. 



228 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 552, 553.] 



CHAPTER 552. 



RESOLVE PERMITTING JOSEPH DEAN TO SEND A VESSEL TO THE 
WEST INDIES TO COLLECT MONEYS DUE HIM. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 540. 
541. Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 468. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 469. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 52, 192, 
199. Ante, 
p. 44, chap. 90; 
p. 199, chap. 
494. 



Petition of Joseph Deaxie [for leave] to sail from this Colony to 
Surrinam in a Brigantine, which he now has by him, and laying 
totally useless, in order to secure [certain sums of money due him]. 
He means not, nor does he wish to contravene the Resolves of the 
American Congress, or the regulations made by this Colony He 
therefore only Asks permission to carry empty Molosses Casks enough 
to bring home the proceeds of his said debt in the produce of Sur- 
rinam and the rest ballast 

He intends, if by any means can be obtained, to purchase a Cargo 
of Powder But as this is a matter altogether uncertain, and as 
Molosses Casks can not be procured in Surrinam, he prays your 
Honors to grant him the Permission above prayed for. 

[Read and] 

Resolved that Joseph Dean be allowed to send the Brigantine, in 
his petition mentioned, to the foreign West Indies, in order to col- 
lect any moneys which may be due to him there, he giving bonds 
with Sufficient Suretys in the sum of one Thousand pounds, to the 
Treasurer of this Colony, that he will not export in Said Brigantine, 
any Cask, or produce of the Colonies 

And it is recommended to the Sd Joseph Dean, to purchase & re- 
turn here, Arms, Ammunition or any species of military Stores 
enumerated in a late Resolution of the Congress, if there to be 
obtained. [Passed January 24. 1 



CHAPTER 553. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 543. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 466. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 467. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 542. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 42, 192, 
200. Supra, 
chap. 552. 



RESOLVE PERMITTING THOMAS RUSSELL TO SEND A VESSEL TO THE 
WEST INDIES TO COLLECT MONEYS DUE HIM. 

Resolved that Thomas Russell be allowed to send the Schooner of 
which Matthew Groves is master to the foreign West Indies in order 
to collect any moneys which may be due to him there, he giving 
bonds with Sufficient Suretys in the sum of one Thousand Pounds 
to the Treasurer of this Colony, that he will not export in said 
schooner any Cash, or produce of the Colonies; and it is hereby 
recommended to the S d Thomas Russell, to direct the Master of S d 
Vessell to purchase Arms, Ammunition, or any kind of Military 
Stores enumerated in a late Resolution of the Congress, if there to 
be obtained. [Passed January 24. 1 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is January 23. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7G. 229 



CHAPTER 554. 

RESOLVES RELEASING ONE COMP v ORDERED TO BE STATIONED AT 
ELIZAB T ISLAND. 

Whereas there are two Companies of Seventy five men each, Legislative 
raised and Stationed at the Elizabeth Islands by a Former Resolve council, ° 
of this Court ; and it being apprehended that one of those Companies Mass!'' M4 ' 
will be Sufficient to guard those Islands till the first day of April Archives, 

next : and as it is of importance to reinforce the Continental Army 2 — 1 

before Boston with the greatest Expedition; therfore, It is Recordfonhe 

Resolved that the Committee for raising men in the County of ^™ 1!, 454 
Barnstable be directed to include, in the Proportion of men to be House'jour- 
raised in that County, one Company of s d men Stationed at the us! v Ante,' 19 '' 
Elisabeth Islands afores d , in case they will inlist: And all Such \j™ 9 ' c ^j v ' 
Officers and Soldiers of them, who Shall inlist & engage in the Ser- chap. 538. ' 
vice of the Continental Army, till the s d first day of April Shall re- 
ceive the Same allowance for travelling to & from the Camp as also 
the Same wages, as others raised for the purpose of reinforcing the 
s d Continental Army; and Shall be released from their Service at the 
s d Elisabeth Islands till the s d first day of April next, and then Shall 
return to that Service & Establishment again: And if one Sett of 
Officers Shall inlist one Company of Seventy five men of Said Com- 
panies Stationed at s d Islands, they Shall in that Case be the Officers 
of that Company and may fill up, by inlistment the remainder of 
the Company to make up the number of ninety men in the whole 
including Officers, and the whole of s d Company Shall then proceed 
to the Choice of an Ensign to serve till the first day of April, And 
whereas Barachiah Bassett Esq r was appointed by this Court as a 
major to Command the forces Stationed at the islands afores d & at 
Marthas Vineyard, and his attention to s d Service from this time till 
the first of April next being thought unnecessary ; and the s d Bassett 
being Chosen as a Lieutenant Colonel, by this Court for the Regi- 
ment to be raised in the counties of Plymouth & Barnstable to rein- 
force the Continental Army till the s d first day of Ap[r]il Therefore 
It is further 

Resolved that the s d Barachiah Bassett Esq r be released from his 
service at s d Islands untill the first day of April and then to return 
to s d Station & Establishment. [Passed January 24. 



CHAPTER 555. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

RESOLVE GRANTING £81. 16. 8 TO PAUL REVERE. MassT*' 545 ' 

Archives, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the publick Treas y of this Colony cclv "' 205 ' 

to M r Paul Revere the Sum of Eighty one Pounds sixteen shillings Archives 
& eight pence for Printing of 100,000 Bills of Credit, and in full gous^Jour- 
Discharge of the within Accompt. [Passed January 24. nai, p. 197. 

r L 3 Ante,?. Vt0, 

chap. 434; 
p. 206, chap. 
505. 



230 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 556, 557.] 



CHAPTER 556. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 545. 



Archives, 
ccvii., 464. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 411. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 488, 503. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 140, 141, 
187, 200, 201. 
Ante, p. 147, 
chap. 370. 



RESOLVE IMPOWER THE COUNCIL TO PAY THE STOPPAGES ON THE 
SEVERAL MUSTER ROLLS. 

Whereas by one Resolve of this Court passed in the house of 
Representatives on the seventh of November last, and Concurred 
by the Council directing the Method of making up the rolls of the 
Service, and Travel of the Minute Men, and others who in conse- 
quence of the Alarm made on the nineteenth of April last marched 
for the defence of the Colony against the Ministerial Troops It is 
among other things provided and directed that the payment of the 
contents of the said Rolls shall be stayed untill the Accounts of the 
Innholders, and others who afforded entertainment, or Money to 
bear Expences to the Men borne on the s d rolls on their March to, 
and from the place of Rendezvous should be presented, and con- 
sider'd by this Court, and that such sums as by this court should 
be allowed on such Accounts shall be Stopped, and deducted out of 
the sums due on such rolls for the discharging such Accounts, but 
it appears that there is no direction given in the said resolve for 
drawing out the Money so stopped on such rolls to the person, or 
Towns for whose use, or benefit any sums might be Stopp'd as afore- 
said It is therefore 

Resolved, That the Hon ble Council be, and hereby are impower'd 
to make their Warrant on the Treasurer for the payment of all such 
Sums allowed on such Accounts either by this court, or any Com- 
mittee of the same thereunto impower'd by the court to the person, 
or persons, or Town for whose use, and benefit such Moneys were 
stopped on the Rolls aforesaid. [Passed January 24. 



CHAPTER 557. 



RESOLVE DIRECT 6 THE COMMITTEE APPOINTED TO INSPECT THE PRESS 
OF THE LAST EMISSION OF £75,000 TO DELIVER THE BILLS NOW UN- 
SIGN" TO THE COM™, ETC. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 546. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 465. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 198, 201. 
Ante, p. 170, 
chap. 434; 
p. 183, chap. 
462; p. 199, 
chap. 492. 



Whereas the whole of the Bills for the Emission of the £75,000, 
are now printed off, and the Committee appointed to Inspect the 
press have moved for a Discharge 

Therefore 

Resolved, That the Committee for Inspecting the press deliver the 
Chest together with the whole of the Bills which remain unsign'd 
to the Committee appointed to sign the same, and take their Receipt 
therefor And that said Committee be directed to deposit the afore- 
mention'd Chest in the Treasurers Office. [Passed January 24. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7i'>. 231 



CHAPTER 558. 

RESOLVE FOR CALLING IN THE BILLS ISSUED BY MISTAKE OF DIF- 
FERENT SUMS ON Y E FACES & BACKS. 

Whereas Through the Error of the Press, some Bills of Credit Legislative 

• -i Record 8 of tli6 

of this Colony have been lately issued with different Sums specified council, 
on the Faces & Backs of the said Bills respectively MassT** 6 * 7- 

It is therefore Archives, 

Resolved, That M r Webster Deacon Plimton and Coll Gushing, be 



& they hereby are appointed a Committee to receive and exchange naVpp.i9M96. 
all such Bills agreeable to the Sums specified on their Faces respec- ^ pra ' ohap ' 
tively, and all Persons possessing any of said Bills are hereby directed 
to cause the same to be forthwith sent to the said Committee, in 
Order to be exchanged as aforesaid 

And the said Committee are directed to keep the said Bills, which 
they shall then receive by Exchange untill the further Order of this 
Court for destroying them. [Passed January 24. 



CHAPTER 559. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

ORDER FOR REPLACING Y B MISPRINTED BILLS BY THE SUPER- Mass V ' M "' 
NUMERARY ONES OF £100,000 EMISSION. Archives, 

ccvii.,456. 



Ordered, That the Committee who have in their Possession, the na°i U p e i97 Ur " 
supernumerary Sheets of Bills of Credit of the £100,000 Emis- Ante.'p.m, 
sion be directed to deposit with the Committee appointed yesterday ^prafchap- 
to exchange the misprinted Bills, so many as may be necessary for 558- 
that purpose. [Passed January 24. 



CHAPTER 5 60. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

RESOLVE GRANTING TO THE FIVE DELEGATES IN AMERI AN CONGRESS Mass V '' 54? " 

£130 EACH. Archives, 

ccvii., 458. 

Resolved, That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Archives 
Colony in Continental Bills to the Hon bIe John Hancock, Samuel ccvii., 417. *is. 
Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, & Elbridge Gerry Esq rs RlcorK/the 
Delegates from this Colony in Continental Congress, the sum of xSSv^fei 3% 
One hundred, & thirty pounds each to enable the said Gentlemen to 406, 407' 438, 505! 
defrey their Expences, and support the Dignity of their Office they j o 9 ura^™p.44, 
to be accountable to the General Court for the same. [Passed ^jjf' ' 20 { 58 
January 24. chap. 401.° ' 



232 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 561-564.] 



CHAPTER 561. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 548. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 194, 199. 
Infra, p. 242, 
chap. 591. 



RESOLVE APPOINTING JOHN BUTRICK LIEUTENANT COL° IN Y E ROOM 

OF COL° JACKSON. 

Resolved that Major John Butrick of Concord be appointed Lieu- 
tenant Colonel of the Regiments ' to be raised from the Counties of 
Middlesex and Lincoln, in the Room of Col° Jackson who has already 
joined the Army. [Passed January 24. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 548. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 472. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 410. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 500. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 148, 149, 
151,153,202,203. 



CHAPTER 562. 



RESOLVE IMPOWER" TREASURER TO PAY TO HIS EXCELL* : 
"WASHINGTON £50,000. 



GEN' 



Resolved, That the Receiver General have liberty to pay the Fifty 
Thousand Pounds which This Court have offer'd to lend his Excel- 
lency General Washington, 3 either in Continental Bills, or other 
Money. [Passed January 25. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 549. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
cclxxxiii., 146. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxii., 131. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 75, 203. 
Journals of 
each Provin- 
cial Congress 
of Mass., p. 383. 



CHAPTER 563. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £100 TO DOCT B SAM L LANGDON. 

Resolved, that there be allowed and paid out of the public Treas- 
ury to D r Samuel Langdon President of Harvard College the Sum 
of One hundred Pounds over & above the Rents of Massachusetts 
Hall, which with a former Grant of One hundred Pounds is in 
full for his services for one Year ending 14 Day of October 1775. 
[Passed January 25. 



CHAPTER 564. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £312. 16 FOR CERTAIN OF COL. ELISHA PORTER'S 

SOLDIERS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 549. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 203, 204. 
Ante, p. 226, 
Chap. 545. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Major Joseph Hawley the sum of Three hundred & Twelve 
pounds, Sixteen shillings, to be delivered to Col Elisha Porter Esq r 
to be by him paid to such of his Soldiers as shall provide themselves 
with a Blanket. [Passed January 25. 

1 Sic for " Regiment," see House Journal, p. 199. 

2 Under an earlier date, January 16, 1775-6, the following entry appears: "Whereas 
representation has been made to this Court, by a Committee thereof, that his Excellency 
General Washington was desirous of borrowing for the Use of the Continental Army a 
supply of Money. 

Resolved that the Council be and they hereby are empower'd to draw on the Treasurer 
of this Colony for the sum of Fifty Thousand pounds lawfull money in favour of his Excel- 
lency aforesaid, as Commander in' Chief of the Continental Army, or for such a part of said 
sum as his Excellency shall have a present demand for, he giving an Obligation in his 
Capacity to return the same to the said Treasurer when demanded." — Legislative Records 
of the Council, xxxiv., 500. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 233 



CHAPTER 565. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING WHERE THE COLONY FIRE ARMS SHALL BE 

LODGED. 

Resolved that All Fire Arms and Cartridge Boxes belonging to Legislative 
this Colony or to any Town within the same, and which are or shall coSSJaf olthe 
be in the hands of any Officer or Soldier belonging to this Govern- xxxiv., '549. 
ment, shall when such Officer or Soldier is discharged the Service Archives, 
be lodged either with the Commissary General of this Colony or with CCYii -» ^' J - 
the Quarter master General his Deputys or the ordinance Store keeper ^j^Jff^f tl 
of the Continental Army, who shall give his receipt for the same, Council, 
taking Care particularly to mention whether they belong to the 5«te7p.206 498 ' 
Colony or any particular Town in the Colony & if to any Town to cha P- 506 - 
what Town & in what County which receipt the Receiver General 
is hereby directed to Annex to the Roll of the Company to which 
Such Officer or Soldier belongs and pay all such Stopages as shall 
have been made for the same, without any Special Warrant from the 
Council therefor and the Treasurer is also hereby directed, upon his 
receiving any receipt of the Quarter Master General his Duputys 
or the ordinance Store keeper of the Continental Army for any arm 
or arms, Cartridge Box or Boxes, which have been deliverd him by 
any Officer or Soldier belonging to this Government, to Charge the 
Continent with the Arms & Cartridge boxes so Delivered. 1 [Passed 
January 25. 

CHAPTER 566. 

RESOLVE ANNULLING Y E RESOLVE WITHHOLDING SUPPLIES FROM 
MARTHAS VINEYARD. 

Whereas upon Enquiry it doth not Appear that many of the Legislative 
Inhabitants of the Island of Martha' 8 Vineyard ever had a Disposition Records of the 
to Supply the Enemy with provisions and it doth not appear by the xxxiv., 550. 
Resolve of the ninth of December last that they were Suspected of Archives, 
Corruptly doing the Same; and Such measures having been taken ccvii., 473. 
as in (all probabil[i]ty) will prevent the Enemy from being Supplyed Legislative 
from that Island and the inhabitants thereof must Suffer while under council 8 , ° 
the aforementioned restraint Therefore House' 'jour 

Resolved that the order of this Court of the ninth of December nai, pp. 131,206. 
last So far as it Respects Martha' 8 Vineyard only ; be and hereby is chap'. 435.' ' 
annulled, and that this resolve be printed in the Cambridge and 
Watertown papers. [Passed January 25. 



CHAPTER 567. 

RESOLVE ESTABLISHING THE FEES OF THE COURTS OF JUSTICE FOR 
THE TRIAL OF CAPTURES OF VESSELS IN THIS COLONY. 

Resolved That the Fees to be hereafter demanded, and Received Legislative 
in the Courts of 2 Justice within this Colony, shall be as follows Viz council 8 , 

xxxiv., 551. 

1 Not found in the House Journal. " 

2 Mass. Archives, ccviii., 1, and the House Journal, p. 208, have an amendment here, 
which reads, " Justice for the Trial of the Captures of Vessels." 



234 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7(5. [Chap. 568.] 



Mass. 

Archives, 
ccviii., 1. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 92, 124, 
158, 159,161,187, 
203, 205, 206, 208. 
Province 
Laws, v., 436, 
chap. 7; 515-17, 
notes. Ante, 
p. 160, chap. 
407. 



a d 

To the Constables for Warning a Town Meeting and drawing Jury Men . . £0. 2. 

For summoning each Juror or Witness . . . . . . . . . 0. 0. 6 

To the Sherrif, or Constables for every Miles Travel from the place of Abode to 

the Place of Tryal in making a return of a Warrant or Summons . . . 0. 0. 2 
To each Juror, or Witness for every Miles Travel from the place of his Abode to 

the place of Tryal 0. 0. 2 

To every Witness for attendance lJ> r day . . . . . . . 0. 2. 8 

For the attendance of the foreman of the Jury in each cause ¥> r day . . . 0. 4. 6 

For the attendance of each of the other Jurors t >r day 0. 4. 

For the Clerks attendance each day . . 0. 5. 

For the Sherrif or Constable's attendance each ty r day 0. 4. 

To the Clerk for recording the Proceedings of the Court, for every Page contain- 
ing twenty four lines of Eight Words in a line 0. 0. 6 

For taxing the Bill 0.5.0 

For all Attested Copies 6' 1 P r Page as above 0. 0. 6 

To the Sherrif for selling a Vessel & Cargo, and paying out the Proceeds to the 
Captors, and the Fees to the Colony Treasurer, Three pence on the pound, 
or One and a Quarter $> r Cent 

To the Judge for receiving Information 0. 6. 

for every Warrant 0. 5. 

for his Travel from home to the Place of of Tryal for every Ten Miles . . 0. 5. 

for every Days sitting on Tryal . . 1. 0. 

for Notifying, or Advertizeing exclusive of the Expence to the Printers . . 0. 8. 

for every Summons for One or more Witnesses 0. 0. 6 



[Passed January 25. 



CHAPTER 568. 



RESOLVE PROVIDING FOR PAYMENT OF GENERAL OFFICERS WHILE IN 
THE SERVICE OF THIS COLONY. 



Mass. 
Archives, 
cclxxxiii., 147. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 3. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 198, 207. 
Ante, p. 186, 
chap. 471. 



Whereas there has no Establishment been made for the General 
Officers appointed by the Congress of this Colony for their Services 
in the Massachusetts Army from the Time they enter'd into said 
Service untill they were put into the pay of the Continent, or were 
otherwise discharg'd Therefore 

Resolved, That there be allowed, & paid out of the publick Treas- 
ury of this Colony to the General Officers appointed by the Con- 
gress of this Colony for their Services in the Massachusetts Army, 
from the time they Enter'd into said Service, untill they were put 
into the pay of the Continent, or were otherwise discharged, at the 
several Rates following. Viz: 

To. the Hon ble General Ward, who served this Colony as Commander 

in Chief Twenty one pounds $> month 

To General Thomas, who served this Colony as Lieu 1 General. . . . 

Eighteen pounds p month and 

To Generals Whitcomb, Heath, Fry, and Pumroy who served this 
Colony, as Major Generals Sixteen pounds <p month 

Each, accounting Twenty Eight Days to a month and they 
are hereby respectively desir'd to make up their Accounts 
accordingly, and lodge them with the Secretary of this Colony, 
for examination, & allowance of the Committee on the Muster 
Rolls of the Army. [Passed January 25. 

1 Sic. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 235 

CHAPTER 569. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £8. 11. 5 FOR DENN1SON WALLIS. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Cap 1 Epes to the Use of Dennison Wallis a wounded 1 ^;;5° tthe 
►Soldier the sum of Eight pounds, Eleven shillings & Five pence in xxxiv.,554. 
full for the loss of his Gun, Bayonet, Nursing and Boarding. House Jour. 
[Passed January 26. 



CHAPTER 570. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £5. 5. 9 FOR REUBEN EARLE. 

Resolved, that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Colonel Ebenezer Learned the sum of Five pounds, Five councn 8 ° f the 
shillings & Nine pence in full of Euben Earles Wages as an Armourer xxxiv.,'554. 
in said Learned ['si Regiment to the First of Aug 1 last. [ Passed House Jour. 
January 26. jjftffl; »• 174 ' 

CHAPTER 571. 

RESOLVE EXPLAIN THE RESOLVE RELATIVE TO THE ALLOWANCE OF 
LOSSES SUSTAINED IN THE BATTLES OF LEXINGTON & CHARLES- 
TOWN. 

Whereas this Court Observe that in Consistency with the letter Legislative 
of the purview of their resolve of the 19 th dec r last relative to the council 8 ° f the 
Compensat g the loss of arms accoutriments and Cloathing sustained xxxiv., 554. 
by Certain persons who Engaged the minesterial forces on the 19 th Archives, 
of april and the 17 th June last past acc ts of losses may be Exhibited CCYiii -» 10 - 
to the Committee of this Court from Officers and privates not so ^j U8e J g^ r 2 " 07 
much as raised by this Colony and Others may make a Claim of 208.'^ Ante, 
Compensation for losses which losses were not Caused by their being ^ 79 ' chap * 
Actually Engaged in fight with the ministerial Troops on the days 
abovesaid or Either of them which is Evidently diverse and without 
the true Intent & design of the Court at the time of their passing 
the said resolve as appears from the preamble thereof as well as the 
Justice and reason of the Case It is therefore 

Resolved that the aff.said resolve of the 19 th dec r last Ought not 
to be taken or Construed to Extend to any Commis d non Commis d 
Officers or privates who on the said 19 th day of april or 17 th of June 
or Either of them were not on the Establishment of this Colony or 
to losses which were not caused by such persons having been Actu- 
ally Engaged in Battle against the ministerial Troops on the said 
days or Either of them and no Committee or Committees of this 
Court or of Either house appointed to Consider of the Claims of 
persons for Compensation of losses in Consequence of the said re- 
solve of the said 19 th of dece r ought to allow or report in Favour of 
an allowance of any such claim without satisfactory Evidence that 
the person or persons making such Claim was on the Establishment 
of this Colony and that he was Actually Engaged in fight with the 
said ministerial Troops. [Passed January 26. 

1 The House Journal, p. 210, reads, " on the 19 (h April last." 



236 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 572-575.] 



CHAPTER 572. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 557. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 11. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 217. 
Ante, p. 233, 
chap. 565. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE TREASURER TO PAY THE STOPPAGES ON 

Y K ROLLS. 

Whereas by a Resolve of Gen 1 Court of the 25 th Instant the Re- 
ceiver Gen 1 is directed to pay out such sums as are ordered to be 
Stopped on the pay Rolls for Supplys of arms and Cartridge boxes 
to the Officers and Souldiers made by any Town in this Colony with- 
out a special Warrant from the Council therefor. Which Resolve 
doth not Extend to Such Supplys made by the Officers to the Men 
born on their respective Rolls. 

Therefore 

Resolved that the Receiver General be and he hereby is directed 
to pay out the Stopages made by the Officers for arms and Cartridge 
Boxes by them Supplied in the same manner as for those Supplied 
by the Towns. [Passed January 26. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 558. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 25, 49, 
69, 81, 122, 216, 
217. Ante, 
p. 120, chap. 
304. 



CHAPTER 573. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £500 TO WILLIAM GREENLEAF, ESQ B , & OTHERS 
FOR POOR OF BOSTON. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to William Greenleaf Esq r and others appointed by the Gen- 
eral Court Overseers of the Poor of Boston, the sum of Five hun- 
dred pounds, to be by them applied, to the support of such Poor. 1 
[Passed January 26. 



CHAPTER 574. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £24 TO JOSEPH WARD, ESQ 8 . 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Joseph Ward Esq r the sum of Twenty Four pounds in 
full of his Services, as Aid de Camp & Secretary to the Hon bIe Gen- 
oa?^ J i58 r 2i2 eral Ward from April the 20 th to July the 20 th 1775. [Passed Jan- 
dpl&s 284 ' ™ry26. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 558. 



CHAPTER 575. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 560. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 16. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 456. 



RESOLVES APPOINTING DIFFERENT OFFICERS TO ONE OF THE COMP T8 
TO BE STATION" AT FALMOUTH FROM THOSE FIRST APPOINTED. 

Resolved. That Benjamin Petty be and hereby is appointed 
Captain of a Company to be raised in the County of Lincoln and 
station'd in Falmouth, in the County of Cumberland, in the Room 
of Cap 1 Samuel M c Cobb, lately elected major of a Regiment of Militia 
to be raised in the Counties of Middlesex & Lincoln, to join the 
Army before Boston Also That William Lithgow be and hereby 
is appointed first Lieutenant of the Company aforesaid, in the room 

1 The House Journal, p. 216, gives the names of the " others," and adds, " as are, or 
may he removed from said Town to the Hospital at Salem, and that said Greenleaf be im- 
powered in Behalf of said Overseers, to receive said Sum, he giving a Receipt therefor, 
and they be accountable to this Court for the same." 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 'I'M 

of the said Petty elected Captain as above And That Kichard SSJKSJub, 
Harnden, be and hereby is appointed second Lieutenant of said a*, figna, 
Company in the Room of William Lithgow elected first Lieutenant, ¥,\>\. 
as above. [Passed January 27. 



CHAPTER 576. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £16. 6. 11 TO THE SELECTMEN OF SALEM. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to the Selectmen of Salem, 1 the sum of Sixteen pounds, Six council* 
shillings and Eleven pence, in full of Provisions supplied the Army, xxxiv., seo. 
[Passed January 27. 2SS3SS<h. 



CHAPTER 577. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £75 TO BERIAH NORTON. 

Resolved, that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Colonel Beriah Norton, the sum of Seventy five pounds, gSSSf, ° f the 
to enable him to procure Powder for the use of the Soldiers on xxxiv., mi. 
Martha's Vineyard. [Passed January 27. House ^va. 



CHAPTER 578. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £36. 16/ TO JOHN SHAPLEIGH. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to John Shapleigh the sum of Thirty six pounds, Sixteen gSSSSf, °* the 
shillings in full for Garrisoning the Fort at Kittery point, Fourteen xxxiv., sei. 
days. [Passed January 27. H aTpp J 2°ii r 2i8 



CHAPTER 579. 

RESOLVE IMPOWERING Y E COMMITTEE ON THE POWDER MILL TO PUR- 
CHASE OR HIRE LAND & STREAM AT STOUGHTON IN BEHALF OF 
THE COLONY. 

"Whereas This Court on the 5 th Day of January current, pass'd ^f^f"^^ 
a Resolve impowering M r Putnam, M r Crane and M r Vose to pur- council, 
chase the remains of a Powder Mill at Stoughton and Land and MassT"' 562 " 
Priviledges convenient to improve the same, or purchase a Privi- ^^^ 
ledge for and erect one at Sutton, as they after having consulted - — 1 — 1 

► -i HOU86 «IOUI"- 

the master Workman who shall undertake the same shall judge nai, pp. 218,219. 
expedient And whereas by a Resolve of this Court of the 19 th Day ^p.535 217, 
of January currant, the said Committee were directed to build the 
said Mill at Stoughton, but the Committee aforesaid are not invested 

1 The House Journal, p. 202, reads, " New Salem." 



238 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7(3. [Chaps. 580-582.] 



with sufficient power to hire the Land & Stream at Stoughton, but 
are restricted to purchase the same 

Therefore 

Resolved. That the Committee aforesaid be and they hereby are 
fully authorized and impower'd to purchase or hire as they shall 
judge meet, the Land and advantageous Stream at Stoughton, where 
they have or shall agree, to erect a Powder Mill for such a Term of 
Years, and for such Yearly Pent as they shall think proper, and that 
they in behalf of this Colony take a Deed or Lease of the same, as 
they shall agree to purchase or Hire. [Passed January 29. 



CHAPTER 580 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 563. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 19. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 20. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 197, 222. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE SELECTMEN OF TAUNTON TO PROCURE 
CLOATH FOR THE PRISONERS THERE. 

Resolved that the Selectmen of the Town of Taunton be Em- 
powered & Directed to procure Such Cloathing as they shall Judge 
necassary for the prisoners in the Goal there: Committed by order 
of the hon ble Council and Lay their ace" [of] Disbursments for that 
purpose before this Court for allowance. [Passed January 29. 



CHAPTER 581. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 564. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 222. 
Supra, chap. 

580. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £29. 19. 8 TO ELIJAH DEAN. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Elijah Dean, the sum of Twenty Nine pounds, Nineteen 
Shill ga and Eight pence in full for keeping Prisoners. [Passed 
January 29. 



CHAPTER 582. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE SELECTMEN OF SALEM TO FURNISH 
CLOATHING FOR CERTAIN PRISONERS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 566. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 21. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 21 a . 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 224. 



Petition of John Collass and others, Prisoners in Salem Goal, 
setting forth, that they are in a distressed condition, for want of 
Cloathing, and have nothing to cover them in the night, they pray 
your Honors would afford them some relief 

[Read and] 

Resolved that the Select men of Salem be and they are hereby 
Directed to furnish s d Prisoners with Suitable Cloathing and Blankets 
Necessary for the Season and Lay there account before this Court 
for allowance. [Passed January SO. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 239 



CHAPTER 583. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING TIIOM 8 CRAFTS, JUN B , & OTHERS TO DELIVER £60 
NOW IN THEIR HANDS (Y K PROPERTY OF JOS" GOLDTHWAIT) TO THE 
TREASURER OF THIS COLONY. 

Whereas it appears to this Court, that the sum of Sixty pounds Legislative 
now in the hands of Tho 8 Crafts Jun r Edward Procter, Winthrop S, 8 ^* 
Gray & Daniel Sigourney was the property of Joseph Goldthwait a xxxiv., 566. 
noted Enemy to the Rights of America & now actually employd in Archives, 
the Ministereal Army in Boston CCYiii " **• 

Resolved that the beforementioned Tho 9 Crafts Jun r Edward S^ain™' 
Procter, Winthrop Gray & Dan 1 Sigourney be and they are hereby 
directed to pay the above Mentioned sum of Sixty pounds into the 
Hands of Henry Gardiner Esq r Treasurer & Recever General for 
this Colony there to remain for the further order of the General 
Court. [Passed January SO. 



CHAPTER 584. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £200 TO THO 8 CRAFTS, JUN E , & OTHERS. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Col- xxxiv., 567. 
ony to Thorn 3 Crafts jun r Edward Procter, Winthrop Gray, and House Jour- 
Daniel Sigourney (or to any two of them) the sum of Two hundred nn'^'.^'lfue, 
pounds, they being a Committee of the Court to receive the Inhab- ^ b ~\ c Jf r \' l ' 
itants of Boston at Chelsea. [Passed January SO. cnap.W 



CHAPTER 585. 

RESOLVE APPOINTING MAJ E JAMES STONE LIEUTENANT COL IN THE 
ROOM OF COL° DANFORTH KEYS. 

Resolved that Major James Stone be appointed Lieutenant Colonel Legislative 

• Records of the 

of the Regiment of Militia, to be raised in the County of Worcester council, 
to join the Army before Boston till the First of April next, in the XXX1V- ' 568- 
Room of Colonel Danforth Keys who declines serving. [Passed j^ai u pp J i93 r '>' > 9 
January SI. infra, \>. 242, 

a chap. 591. 

CHAPTER 586. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £350 TO THE INHABITANTS OF MACHIAS & OTHER 

TOWNSHIPS. 

Petition of the Committee's and others, Inhabitants of the Legislative 
Townships of Machias, Gouldsborough, Number Four, Narraguagus, counclf, * the 
Pleasant River, and Chandlers River, in the County of Lincoln on xxxiv., 069. 
behalf of said Inhabitants setting forth, that ever since the first Archives, 

settlement of said Townships (untill the last year) your Petitioners cccm -» 153 - 

comfortably supported themselves and families by exchanging their Archives 
Lumber for such things as they found necessary for their sup- exxxviii.', 286; 

J J r ccciii., 153. 



240 Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 587.] 

House Jour- port That the present unhappy situation of affairs, has stopped 
225,' 228. ' ' their Lumber Trade, and have not the means of supporting their fam- 
ilies, altho' they have vast quantities of Lumber by them. Where- 
fore your Petitioners pray your Honors would take their deplorable 
situation into your wise consideration, and point out some method, 
whereby they may support themselves as a means of doing which, 
they beg leave to observe to your Honors, if a Sufficient quantity of 
Provisions should be allowed them, and proper persons appointed 
by your Honors to receive their Lumber therefor, Or if your Honors 
would indulge them, with the Loan of a sum of money, untill it be 
in their power to repay the same by the sale of their Lumber, either 
of which methods would in a great measure answer the desired end. 
[Read and] 

Resolved that there be paid out of the publick Treasury of this 
Colony to the aforementioned Benjamin Foster and others the sum 
of Three hundred and fifty pounds Lawful mony provided the Said 
Benjamin Foster and others beforenamed Shall all of them give their 
bond Jointly and severally to Repay the Same in one Year from the 
date thereof to the Treasurer of this Colony for the use of the Same 
Which money the aforementioned Persons shall Dispose of in the 
best manner they Can to purchase Provisions for the inhabitants of 
Mechias, Chandler River, Gouldsbury, Narraguagus N° four & Pleas- 
ant River to be Devided among the said plantations as the afore- 
mentioned persons Shall Direct haveing Respect to their Circum- 
stances Number and Necessities. [Passed January 81. 



CHAPTER 587. 

RESOLVE FOR PREVENTING THE DEPRECIATION OF Y E BILLS OF 

CREDIT. 

Refords'of the Whereas the Gen 1 Court have Rec d Such Information as that 
council, there is Reason to apprehend that a Confederacy is forming by some 

Mas8 V '' ' Evil minded persons in this and other Colonies which may Injure 
cVv^Tle. the Credit of the Continental Bills and the Bills of this and the the ' 
- '— other Colonys 

House Jour- _,, . •> 

nai,pp.22i,229, Therefore 

Lawsfv ,^ 6 Resolved that it be Recommended to the Committees of Inspection 

chap. 18; ,530, an( j Corrispondence in all the Towns in this Colony, to make Strict 

p. 14, chap. 13; Enquiry in their Several Towns and if they Shall find any person 

p. 21, chap. 33. w j fcn j n the same endeavouring by any way whatever to prevent the 

Credit of the Continental Bills or the Bills of this or any other of 

the united Colonys of America or to alter or Counterfeit the Same 

that they Cause Such person to be arrested and Secured and Give 

information thereof to this Court in order that Such person may 

be proceeded with according to the Just Demerit of Such high Crimes 

and missdemeanours, and that this Resolve be Published in all the 

news papers in this Colony. [Passed February 1.* 

1 Sic. 

2 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is January 31. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 177/3— TU. 241 



CHAPTER 588. 

RESOLVE MAKING RECEIPTS OF BLANKETS, &c, FROM COL° PORTER 
VALID AS FROM THE COMMISSARY GENERAL. 

Whereas by a Resolve of this Court dated January 4 th a Com- Legislative 
mittee of this Court was appointed and directed to purchase & Col- conadf, 
lect a number of Blankets for the Use of the Continental Army, to xxxiv.,'r>(;3. 
deliver the same to the Commissary General of the Colony and take Mass. 
his Receipt therefor, after which an order passed this Court dated ^m^n' 
January 18 th that the Blankets collected in the Counties of Hamp- JSjJJfjgf^, 
shire & Berkshire be stayed for the use of the Eegiment to be raised 227.' Ante' 
in the above Counties for the Canada expedition, w ch Blankets for %i? %%v£' 
the County of Hampshire (in particular) were stayed accordingly, chap. 532. 
before they arrived to the Commissary's Office; And by a Resolve 
of Jan y 23 d were ordered to be delivered to Colonel Elisha Porter 
for the use of his Regiment upon the Canada expedition, by reason 
of which the Committee for Collecting of Blankets for the County 
of Hampshire, cannot obtain the Commissaries Receipt for the 
Blankets collected in said County. Therefore 

Resolved that when the Committee, who were directed to procure, 
Blankets in the County of Hampshire, shall produce a Receipt of 
the same from Col Elisha Porter, or the Major part of the Select- 
men of any town in the County of Hampshire, where such Blankets 
shall be deposited, certifying the number and Value thereof, and 
that they were received for the Use of Col Porters Regiment, it 
shall be accepted and allowed in the same manner, as if the same 
had been under the Hand of the Commissary General of this Col- 
ony. [Passed February 2. 1 



CHAPTER 589. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING Y E SHERIFFS & CONSTABLES TO MAKE RETURNS 
OF THE EXECUTIONS DEL D THEM BY HARRISON GRAY. 

Where as the Law of this Colony Directs, the respective Sheriffs Legislative 
to make returne of the Executions to them Committed into the council 8 ° f the 
office from whence they Issued, at a Certaine time, and as a Number xxxiv.,572. 
of Sheriffs afore Said hath Omited & been necessarily prevented Archives, 
makeing returne of Such Executions as Enjoyned on them So to do, ccyiu -» 38 » 38a - 
to Harison Gray Late Treasurer of S d Coloney from whome Such na°i U pp J 208 r 223 
Execution Issued, and by reason thereof the present Treasurer Henry 237! Province' 
Gardner Esq r , Is Impeded in Collecting the Several Sums of money chap^T'' ' 
out Standing in Sundry Constables hands with in S d Colony, and 
as it is absolutely necesarey Some proper Directions Should be Imme- 
diately Giuen to those Sheriffs to recover of Such Delinquent Con- 
stables there respective proportions & pay the Same to Said Henry 
Gardner as Treas r a fore Said. Therefore 

Resolved that the respective Sheriffs a fore Said be & they are 

hereby Directed to make True & Just returns of the Several Execu- 
tions deliver'd them by the S d Hareson Gray with the Several Sums 
of money by them Colected by Vertue of Said Executions, to said 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is January 29. 



242 



Province Laws (Besolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 590, 59 1 .] 



Henry Gardner receiuer General, on or before the first day of April 
next, and the Said receiuer General is hereby Impower'd and & ' 
Directed to Issue Execution or Executions on the respective Deficint 
Constables within Said Colony for Such Sums they shall be found 
in arear by S d returns as by Law the S d receiuer General or Treas r is 
Impower'd to Do: & the Respective Sherriffs so makeing return & 
paying what moneys they shall have in their hands shall thereupon 
be discharged. 

And it is further 

Resolved that all Sherriffs and Deputy Sherriffs who may have in 
their hands any of the monies belonging to this Colony Recovered 
by actions against persons for Sums due for Excise or for Lands Sold 
or in any other way Immediately pay in such monies to Henry Gard- 
ner Esq r Treasurer and wheras in some instances Such monies have 
not been Levied and the executions Remain unsatisfied in the hands 
of Such officers it is further 

ordered that Such sherriffs and Deputies Cause return of Such 
Executions immediately into the offices of the Courts in the Counties 
from whence they Issued that proper measures may be taken to Re- 
cover the Debts owing to this Colony and that this Resolve be pub- 
lished in the Cambridge and Watertown papers. [Passed Feb- 
ruary 2. 



CHAPTEK 590. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 574. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 36. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 235. 
Ante, p. 227, 
chap. 551. 



RESOLVE FOR COMMISSIONING ALL THE OFFICERS OF Y E MILITIA OF 
THE REINFORCEMENT WHETHER OF 64 MEN OR NOT. 

Resolved. That The Hon r Council be desired to give Commissions 
to such Officers as joined the Army in December last, who were 
chosen by the Company's, and formed under the Direction of the 
Committees of this Court, who were directed to raise those Temporary 
Recruits, although such Company's did not amount to sixty four 
Men. [Passed February 2. 



CHAPTER 591. 



ORDERS FOR NOTIFYING THE FIELD & STAFF OFFICERS OF THE REIN- 
FORCEMENT OF THEIR SEVERAL APPOINT™. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 575. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 35. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxlvi., 360. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 192-194, 
234. Ante, 
p. 227, chap. 
550. 



Ordered, That the Secretary immediately give notice to the Gen- 
tlemen elected Field & Staff Officers of the several Regiments to be 
raised in this Colony to join the Army before Boston, 'till the first 
of April next, of their appointment to said Offices respectively 
In Council 

Read & concurred, and 

Ordered that the Secretary give the aforesaid notice, by making 
out a List of the said Field Officers, and publishing the same in 
Edes & Halls News Papers apprising them of their appointment 
and directing them to repair to their respective Posts in the army, 
with all possible Dispatch. [Passed February 2. 

1 Sic. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 243 



CHAPTER 592. 

RESOLVE EMPOWERING THE THIRD PRECINCT OF PLYMOUTH TO 
ELECT A COLLECTOR OF TAXES. 

Petition of James Warren and William Watson, Agents for the Legislative 
Third Precinct in the Town of Plymouth setting forth that the councn 8 , of the 
said Precinct neglected choosing a Collector of Taxes at their meet- xxxiv.,675. 
ing in March last, by which means they are rendered incapable of Archives, 
supporting the Gospel Ministry. & their affairs will be involved in ccv111 ' 3 ' 2 - 
great confusion without the aid of the General Court. They there- Archives 
fore pray your Honors to impower the said Precinct to choose a ccvm., $&', 84. 
Collector of Taxes for the year 1775. at any future meeting regu- na^pp. m*k, 
larly called for that purpose, JSftujj!!'* 

[Read and] 473. 

Resolved, That the Third Precinct in the Town of Plym be & 
hereby are Impowered At A Legal meeting for that purpose to Choose 
a Collector of Taxes for the Year 1775. which Choice shall to all 
Intents & purposes be as valid as if the said Collector had been 
Chose at their meeting in March last, any Law to the Contrary 
Notwithstanding. [Passed February 2. 



CHAPTER 593. 

ORDER RELATING TO THE PEOPLE OF NANTUCKET. 

The Committee of both Houses appointed to take into consid- £ egl8 )f tlv f e th 
eration a Memorial of the Selectmen of Sherburn in the Island of council, 
Nantucket [in regard to the "forbiding any Importation of Fuel or Massy'' 576 ' 
Provisions into this Town"], have attended that service, and beg Archives, 
leave to report as their opinion That a Representation of the present 



State of that Island, and of the Conduct of the Inhabitants, be made Refords of the 
to the American Congress, and that the Inhabitants be supplied Council » lon .., 

. . T . „ p . ' , . , rtr xxxiv.,480,551. 

with JNecessaries for their Subsistance in the manner directed by a House Jour- 
Resolve of the Congress, until their determination on such repre- 239' ^We,' 205 ' 
sentation may be had Pj 5 170 > cha P- 

All which is humbly submitted 

John Winthrop p 1 Order 
In Council 
read & accepted, and thereupon 

Ordered that a Representation to y e purpose mentioned in the 
foregoing Report be made to y e American Congress accordingly 

And, That John Winthrop Esq r with such as the Hon ble House 
shall join be a Committee to make s d representation. 
In the House of Representatives 
Read and concurr'd, and M r Brown of Boston and M r dishing of 
Scituate are joined. [Passed February 3. 1 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is February 2. 



2U 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7G. [Chaps. 594, 595.] 



CHAPTEK 594. 



RESOLVES FOR CONFINING DOCT E SAM L GELSTON AND JOHN BROWN. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 577. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 572. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 163, 194, 
195, 202, 212, 
234 bis, 235, 
236 quater, 240, 
242. Ante, 
p. 199, chap. 
493. 



Whereas it appears by Doct r Gelstons confession that he has 
contravened the Resolves of the American Congress and has sup- 
plied the Enemies of America with sundry Articles of Provision, 
and by other evidence it appears that the said Samuel Gelston is 
unfriendly to the rights and liberties of this Country And whereas 
the greatest danger must necessarily result from permitting such 
persons to go at large and continue their Traiterous practices of 
opposing the measures adopted for our defence, and of spreading 
false and discouraging rumours, and of communicating information 
of all our opperations to our unnatural enemies. And whereas the 
said Gelston did make his escape from the messenger of the Hon ble 
House of Representatives who had him in his keeping, and it appears 
necessary that he should be effectually secured. It is Therefore 

Resolved that the said Samuel Gelston be forthwith confined in 
some Goal in this Colony, that the Council shall order, there to re- 
main till the further order of the Council. And Whereas it appears 
by the examination of John Brown & Doct r Gelston, that the said 
Brown has Contravened the Resolves of the American Congress, and 
aided the said Doct r Gelston in making his escape from the Mes- 
senger of the Hon ble House of Representatives who had him in Cus- 
tody and carried him off to Rhode Island, where he and the said 
Gelston were apprehended and securred by order of the Hon ble 
House. It is further 

Resolved that the said John Brown be forthwith confined in some 
Goal in this Colony that the Council shall order, there to remain 
till the further order of the Council. And whereas there was found 
in the Custody of the said Brown, about Ten pounds weight of 
India Tea which is now in the Custody of the Committee of this 
Court. Therefore 

Resolved that the Mesenger of the Honorable House of Repre- 
sentatives be directed to cause the said Tea to be Publicly consumed 
by Fire this day at One OClock PM. [Passed February 3. 



CHAPTER 595. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 578. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 41. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 238. 
Ante, p. Ill, 
chap. 275. 



RESOLVE EMPOWERING HEIRS OF DEC D SOLDIERS TO RECEIVE THEIR 
BOUNTY, &c, WITHOUT ADMINISTRP. 

Whereas the non Commission'd Officers and Soldiers who In- 
listed into this Colony's Service, in the late Campaign, became 
Entitled to the bounty of a Coat, or money for the same And 

Sundry of said non Commission'd Officers and Soldiers, are Since 
deceas'd and left no Estate worth Administring upon 

Therefore to Enable the heirs of those deceas'd, to receive the 
bounty aforesaid without taking Administration on the Estate of 
such deceased, 

Resolved that where there is no x\dministrator Qualified to receive 
the bounty aforesaid ; upon the Selectmen of such Town where 

Such non Commission'd Officer or Soldier belonged, or had his last 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Jiesolves, etc.). — 1 7 7/>— 7 «>. 245 

residence Certifying to the Committee of Cloathing, that there is 
no Administrator appointed on the Estate of any Such deceased; 
And also the said Selectmen, Or Some of the Commission'd Officers 
of the Company to which such deceased belong'd, Signifying to 
what Company & Regiment he or they belong'd and that the bounty 
aforesaid hath not been received; The said Committee of 

Cloathing be and they hereby are directed to pay unto the Select- 
men (or their order) of Each Town respectively where Such deceas'd 
non Commission'd Officer or Soldier belonged or had his last resi- 
dence, the Sum of twenty five Shillings for the use and benefit of 
the heirs of such deceased 

But in case Such deceas'd non Commission'd Officer or Soldier 
hath left no heir, that then said bounty be retain'd for the use of 
this Colony. [Passed February 3. 



CHAPTEK 596. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £6. 18 TO JOHN NEWTON. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this xxxiv., 579. 
Colony to John Newton for himself and others, the sum of Six House Jour- 
pounds Eighteen shillings in full for Guarding Prisoners from Rhode Ani^'p^', 8 ' 
Island to Watertown. [Passed February 3. cha P- 594. 



ORDER APPOINTING M B SEW ALL ON THE COM™ TO SIGN BILLS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 

CHAPTEK 597. Mass!' 579 ' 

Archives, 
ccviii., 43. 

Legislative 
Records of the 

Ordered, That M r Sewal be added to the Committee for signing the xxx?v il, 548 564 
Bills of Credit of the last Emission. [Passed February 3. heo'. House 

Journal, 
pp. 228, 240. 

Ante, p. 183, 

chap. 462; 
p. 199, chap. 
492. 

CHAPTEK 598. 

RESOLVE IMPOWERING CERTAIN JUSTICES OF THE PEACE OF LINCOLN 
COUNTY TO MAKE INQUIRY INTO A CERTAIN RIOT AND OTHER DIS- 
LOYAL CONDUCT OF INHABITANTS OF THAT COUNTY. 

Resolved that William Lithgow, John Taylor, Ezekiel Pettee, Legislative 
Thomas Stinson, and Waterman Thomas Esq" Justices of the Peace council 8 ° f the 
for the County of Lincoln, or any three of them (Quorum Unus) xxxiv., ssi. 
are hereby required to make enquiry into the Riot and injury com- Mass. 
mitted by a number of Persons, arm'd and disguised, against the c^xxxvm.'^gs; 
person and property of John Bakeman Esq r and also respecting the l/"^'^^,, 
conduct of some of the Inhabitants of the County of Lincoln in sup- Records of the 
plying the Enemy with Provisions, and Fuel, and of all breaches of xxxh^'483,489, 
the peace and other disorders, committed in said County, and also HouseJour- 
to enquire what persons have been guilty of Countervening the Re- nai, pp.137. 139, 
solves of the American or Provincial Congresses, or the acts or ordi- province 
nances of the General Court of this Colony, and the said Justices Jhap 8 ^;' 486 ' 
are hereby impowered and directed to cause to come before them 



24(5 Province Laws {Resolves, etc.).— 1775-76. [Chaps. 599, 600.] 

any Persons accused in the Premises, and such witnesses as may be 
found, and of them enquire on Oath of all matters relative to the 
Premises, and all persons who shall by such Justices be found so far 
Guilty of the Breach of the Laws of this Colony, especially provided, 
or the breach of the Peace, or of evil intent against the rights and 
Liberties of America, as that in their Judgement they ought to be 
brought to trial for their respective Crimes and Offences, that they 
cause such Persons to recognize with sureties in such sums as shall 
appear to them reasonable, according to the circumstances of the 
accused, that they will appear and answer for their respective crimes 
& misdemeanors at the Superiour Court of Judicature, Court of 
Assize and General Goal delivery next to be holden at Falmouth, in 
the County of Cumberland, within and for the Counties of Cumber- 
land and Lincoln, and in default of their recognizing as aforesaid, 
the said person or persons to committ to prison until they shall so 
recognize or be legally discharged, and all persons of what quality 
or denomination soever within the said County of Lincoln, are hereby 
commanded to assist the said Justices in the enquiry into, and Exe- 
cution of all matters in the foregoing order contain'd, which Justices, 
Officers and witnesses shall be paid for their cost and expences as in 
the Law of this Colony is provided in case of conviction, and in case 
there shall not be a conviction before the Court of assize, they shall 
be paid as this Court shall hereafter order. [Passed February 6. 1 



CHAPTER 599. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £5. 14 FOR ABNER KENT. 



Recorcf^of the Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Council, Colony to Asaph Fletcher the sum of Five pounds Fourteen'' shil- 

— X1V '° — lings to the use of Abner Kent a wounded Soldier, in full for Nursing 
SdTSfwSn. hoarding &c. [Passed February 6. 



CHAPTER 600. 

Legislative RESOLVE GRANTING £6 AND £3 ANNUALLY TO NATH L CONANT. 

Records of the 

Council, 

xxxiv.,584. Resolved that the Prayer of the Within Petition 3 Be Granted and 

Archives, that their be allowed and Payed out of the Publick Treasurey to 

ccvm., 45. Nath 11 Connant the Sum of Six Pounds Being two years Pension 

Archives Ending the 14 th Day of November Last as By the Journals of the 

ccvm., ^^'. House of Eepresentatives for the year 1770 AVill appear and the Sum 
naupp. so.m of three Pounds annually untill the further order of this Court. 
SiBwf"- YPatsed February 6. 

xviii. 484 

chap!*39. ' ' This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 

Council the date is February 5. 

2 The House Journal, p. 250, reads, £5.10. 

3 For a pension. — Mass. Archives, ccviii., 46. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 247 



CHAPTER 601. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 15. 3 TO EBEN B CLAP. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Ebenezer Clap, the sum of Three pounds Fifteen shillings couna?, of the 
& Three pence in full of his account for the use of his Cart &c. xxxiv.,584. 
[Passed February 6. S"5SS,m 

CHAPTER 602. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £2. 16 FOR JN° SARGEANT. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to James Ingals the sum of Two pounds Sixteen to the Use councn 8 , * the 
of John Sargeant in full for the loss of a Hat & Jacket. 1 [Passed xxxiv-.W. 

February 6. House Jour- 

CHAPTER 603. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £2. 14 FOR THE HEIRS OF JOHN DELAND, JUN R , 

DECEASED. 

Resolved That there be Paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Captain Samuel Epes, the sum of Two pounds fourteen councn 8 , ° f the 
shillings, to the Use of the Heirs of John 2 Deland jun r , deceased, xxxiv.,584. 
in full for the Losses he sustained at the Battle of Lexington. House Jour. 

r r, 7 7-r 2. n nal, pp. 22.251 . 

[Passed February 6. 



CHAPTER 604. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £5 F ANNUM TO ISAAC TORREY. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved That there be Allow'd & paid out of the publick Treas- xxxiv.,585. 
ury of this Colony to the within petitioner [Isaac Torrey] or his Archives, 
Order the sum of five pounds as a pension from June 1774 to June clxxx -. 252. 
1775 which sum was Granted him by the General Court in 1761 to ^chives 
be paid Annually as will appear by the Journals of the House for cixxx., 252. 
s d year reference thereto being had, And that the said sum of five nai"pp5246, r 249. 
pounds be Allowed him annually untill the further Order of this Laws n xvii 29 
Court. [Passed February 7. chap.60. 



CHAPTER 605. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 8 FOR HENRY JACOBS. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Cap 1 Samuel Epes, the sum of Three pounds, Eight shil- gjSSSf, of the 
lings, to the Use of Henry Jacobs, in full for the Losses sustained xxxiv.,585. 
by his Son in the Battle of Lexington. [Passed February 7. House Jour- 

J fe L ^ nal, pp. 22, 251. 

1 At the battle of Bunker Hill. — House Journal, p. 248. 

2 The House Journal, p. 251, reads, " Heirs of Benjamin Deland, jun." 



248 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 17 75-7 6. [Chaps. 606-609.] 



CHAPTEE 606. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £2. 11 FOR JON A TARBELL. 

Records 1 ^ the Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
council, Colony to Cap*' Sam 1 Epes the sum of Two pouuds Eleven shillings 

— — ^ — '- — to the Use of Jonathan Tarbell in full for the Losses he sustain'd 
na°i l , l pp. 2^251. in the Battle of Lexington. 



[Passed February 7. 



CHAPTER 607. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £2 FOR NATHANIEL GOLDTHWAIT. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 586. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 22, 251. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Cap 1 Samuel Epes, the sum of Two pounds to the use of 
Nathaniel Goldthwait in full for the Losses he sustained by his Son 
in the Battle of Lexington. [Passed February 7. 



CHAPTER 608. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £1. 4 FOR THO 8 GARDNER. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 586. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Cap' Samuel Epes the sum of One pound four shillings, 
to the Use of Thomas Gardner in full for the Losses lie sustained 



J °M5i. °y his Son in the Battle of Lexington. [Passed February 7. 



nal, pp. 23, 



CHAPTER 609. 



RESOLVE FOR BUILDING TEN SLOOPS OF WAR & APPOINTMENT OF A 
COM EB WITH A GRANT OF £10,000. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 589. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 51. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxxxvii., 5S. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 442, 
487,557. House 
Journal, 
pp. 215,239,253, 
254. Ante, 
p. 233, chap. 
567. 



In the House of Representatives 

Resolved, That there be built at the public Expence of this Colony 
for the Defence of American Liberty Ten Sloops of War of one 
hundred, & ten Tons, or fifteen Tons each suitable to carry from 
fourteen, to Sixteen Carriage Guns of Six, & four pounders, and that 
Cap' Batcheler, Col Bowers, & M r Durfey be a Committee with 
such as the Hon ble Board shall Join to provide Materials, & employ 
proper persons to build said Vessels as soon as may be for the pur- 
pose abovesaid, & that the Sum of Ten Thousand pounds be de- 
livered to the said Committee to enable them to proceed in Building, 
Eigging, & fixing said Vessels as soon as possible, and that each one 
of the Committee be accountable to the General Court of this Colony 
when thereunto called by the said Court for the Money he shall re- 
ceive. 

In Council Read & concurred and W m Sever & Benj a Green- 

leaf Esq" are joined. [Passed February 7. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7(5. 249 



CHAPTER 610. SK,„ 

Council, 

RESOLVE GRANTING £120 POUNDS TO WILLIAM BAKER. Mass"''''"' 

Archives, 

Resolved that their be Allowed and Paid out of the Publick Treas- CCYiil -» " <J - 
ury of this Colony to William Baker the Sum of one Hundred and M as , 8 ; 

j t v t Archives 

twenty Pounds in full for a Grant made him by the General Court covin., 68. 
on the first Day of march 1774 for his Services ' Ending in May 1775 S^fSo^s, 
and Expences mentioned in this Petition 2 for said year; as it appears f^™'k 2i: '' '''*>, 
to this Court he has not Eecived any part of Said Grant to inc'e Laws, 

this time. [Passed February 7. chap'.'ii^' 



CHAPTER 611. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £1. 16 TO THOMAS GATES. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Thomas Gates the sum of One pound Sixteen shillings in Council 8 ° f the 
full for the Use of his horse from Cambridge 3 to Worcester. [Passed xxxiv., '593. 

February 7. House Jour- 

nal.pp.224,225. 

CHAPTER 612. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £2. 12 TO NATHANIEL CLEAVES. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Nathaniel Cleaves the sum of Two pounds Twelve shil- g^^f of the 
lings in full for a Gun lost in the battle of Lexington. [Passed xxxiv., W. 

February 7. House Jour- 

. nal, p. 253. 

CHAPTER 613. 

RESOLVE GRANTING DIVERS SUMS TO VARIOUS PERSONS. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony, the sum of Two pounds Twelve shill gs to the Heirs of David §gg™3f of the 
Bobbins deceased Two pounds to the Representatives of Robert xxxiv., '594. 
Phelps deceased Two pounds to Israel Willard, and One pound to House Jour- 
Joseph Wilder in full of their respective Losses sustained in the nal >P- 253 - 
Battle of Charlestown. [Passed February 7. 



CHAPTER 614. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £1. 4 TO JOHN JONES. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to John Jones the sum of One pound four shillings in full §££$£ of tbe 
of the Losses he sustain'd at the Battle of Charlestown. [Passed xxxiv., 594. 

February 7. House Jour- 

nal, p. 253. 
1 As messenger of the General Assembly. — See Province Laws, xviii., 783, chap. 149. 
J See Mass. Archives, ccviii., 68. 
3 The House Journal, p. 252, reads, from " Concord to Worcester." 



250 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 615-018.] 



CHAPTER 615. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £6. 16 TO REUBEN CARLTON, ADM 8 . 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 594. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 253. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony, to Eeuben Carlton administrator of the Estate of Ebenezer 
Herrick, £6.16/ in full of the Losses sustain'd by the said Herrick 
at the Battle of Bunkers Hill. [Passed February 7. 



CHAPTER 616. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 594. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 75, 75«. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 253. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 4 TO ELISHA MARSH & £2. 6 TO JOHN 

HEMANWAY. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony the sum of Three pounds four shillings to Elisha Marsh ' & 
Two pounds Six shillings to John Hemanway in full of their several 
Losses sustained at the battle of Charlestown. [Passed February 7. 



CHAPTER 617. 



RESOLVE TO LEND GEN L WASHINGTON 79 FIRE ARMS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 596. 
Mass 
Archives, 
ccviii., 49. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 496, 498. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 254, 255. 



Whereas application has been made to this Court by his Excel- 
lency Gen 1 Washington for seventy nine fire arms the property of 
this Colony now in the possession of Col Parsons 

Resolv d That M r Cranson M r Devens & M r Ellis be a Committee 
to to " apprize s d Arms and diliver them to Gen 1 Washington or his 
order; he paying the apprisement or giving his receipt for the same 
and s d Committee are hereby ordered to pay the money if receiv d to 
the Treasur r of this Colony and lodge his receipt in the secretary 9 
Office. [Passed February 7. 



CHAPTER 618. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING THE PAYMENT OF MINUTE MEN TO CALEB 
HYDE AND OTHERS. 



Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 70. 



Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 71, 72. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 129, 248, 
250. Ante, 
p. 147, chap. 
370. 



Resolved that their be Alowed and paid out of The publick Treas- 
ury of this Coloney to Caleb Hide and Others menshoned in the 
within petition 3 at the Same Rate as was Allowed to the minnit men 
who marched on the Ninteenth of April Last for Billeting and 
weagers. they prepareing and presenting muster rolls to the Com- 
mittee for Examination in the same manner as is ordered for the 
services of minute men. [Passed February 7. 

1 The House Journal, p. 253, reads, " Elisha March." 

2 Sic. 

8 For recompence in marching part of a company of militia in the alarm at Ticonderoga, 
one hundred and forty-four miles at his own expen'ce. — Mass. Archives, ccviii., 71. 



[3d S ess . ] Pro v i m : E Laws ( Resolves , etc.). — 1 7 7 5- 7 ( ! . 25 1 



CHAPTER 619. --,. 

ccviii., 73. 



RESOLVE GRANTING TO SELECT MEN OF ARUNDEL CAP T DORMAN'S Mass. 

COMP Y S TRAVEL MONEY. Archives, 

ccviii- 73, 74, 
75b. House 

Resolv d that the Treasurer of this Colony Be and He is Hereby SonS'^bS' 
Directed to pay the whole of the Travel money or y e penny <g»r mile p- ^4, chap, 
that is allow d to Each officer and Soldier in the muster Roll of 
Cap n Jesse Dorman in Coll n James Scammons Regiment to y e select- 
men of Arundel or their order. [Passed February 7. 



CHAPTER 620. £ eglsl ? tiv f e , h 

Records of the 
Council, 
RESOLVE GRANTING £4. 12 TO THEOD 8 DOTY. xxxiv., 596. 

Mass. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this ccviii., 79'. 
Colony to Theod 8 Doty the sum of Four pounds Twelve shillings in na" P p J 2° 2^260. 
full of his account for riding in Search of Doct r Samuel Gelston. ^ e < j?^ 244 - 
[Passed February 8. 



CHAPTER 621. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £10. 16 TO WILLIAM DENNIE. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this xxxiv., 597. 
Colony the sum of Ten pounds Sixteen shillings to William Dennie Mass. 
in full of his Account for Three Chaldren of Sea Coal del d M r Baker £8E% 7*. 
for the Use of the Colony. [Passed February 8. House' Jour. 



CHAPTER 622. 

RESOLVE IMPOWERING WALTER SPOONER TO MAKE SALE OF LAND IN 
BEHALF OF TWO INDIANS AND MAKING PROVISION IN REGARD TO 
THE PROCEEDS. 

Petition of Ann Coshommon an Indian Woman of Chilmark in Legislative 
Dukes County & Benjamin Obadiah of Dartmouth in the County ggJJSJf of the 
of Bristol Indian man, Labourers Setting forth that One John xxxiv., 593. 
Quaniman Indian man late of Dartmouth aforesaid deceased, died Archives, 
Seized, of a Tract of Land of about One hundred Acres, and they cxliv - 



being by the Law of this Province Heirs to the same, the said Land Mas s : 
lying in the Town of Dartmouth aforesaid, and mostly uncultivated cxiiv., 345, 346. 
they humbly pray that they may have liberty to make sale of the na°i?Pp J 259?260. 

same Law^i 6 151 

[Read and on report of committee] chap.'io!' 

Resolved that the prayer of the petition be granted and that Walter 
Spooner Esq r be & he hereby is impowered to make sale of the Tract 
of Land mentioned in said petition of which John Quanimon died 
Seized for the most the same will fetch & make & Execute a good 
deed or Deeds in Law of the same to the purchaser or purchasers 
he observing the Rules & directions in the Law provided for the 



252 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 623, 624.] 



sale of Real Estates by Executors & ad r8 and the money arising by 
said sale to be put to interest on good security for the benefit of the 
Legal heirs of the said John Quanimon and the interest of the Money 
to be paid Annually to the said heirs on their making application to 
the said Walter Spooner Esq r he to be accountable to the general 
Court of this Colony when thereto required. [Passed February 9. 1 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 595. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxliv., 341. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxliv., 34-2. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 259, 260, 
Province 
Laws, ii., 151, 
chap. 10. 



CHAPTER 623. 

RESOLVE IMPOWERING WALTER SPOONER TO MAKE SALE OF LAND ON 
BEHALF OF TWO INDIANS AND MAKING PROVISION IN REGARD TO 
THE PROCEEDS. 

Petition of Thomas Symonds and Mary Thomas, native Indians 
of Middleborough, in the County of Plymouth, setting forth that 
they are legally and rightfully possessed of a Peice of Land, lying 
and being in Dartmouth in the County of Bristol, at a place called 
Sconticutt Neck, they therefore humbly Pray your Honors would 
Grant them Liberty to make Sale of the same 

[Read and on report of committee] 

Resolved that the Prayer of the Petition be granted and that 
Walter Spooner Esq r be and he hereby is empowered to make sale 
of the tract of Land mentioned in Said petition for the most the 
same will fetch, and to make & execute a good deed or deeds of the 
same to y e purchaser or purchasers he observing the rules & directions 
of y e Law for the sale of Real Estates by Executors & administrators 
and the Money Arising by such Sale to be laid out by the said Walter 
Spooner Esq r in purchasing so much Land for the benifit of said 
Indians where it will best accommodate them as it will pay for after 
deducting the necessary Charges of such sales & purchase and that y e 
said Walter Spooner Esq r be accountable to the General Court of this 
Colony for his doings touching the premises. [Passed February 9. ' 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 604. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 84. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 95, 266. 
Ante, p. 147, 
chap. 370. 



CHAPTER 624. 

RESOLVE REQUIRING TOWNS TO PRODUCE CERTIFICATES FROM THE 
OFFICERS ON Y K ACCO™ FOR PROVISIONS SUPPLIED ON THE 19™ OF 
APRIL. 

Whereas accounts have been presented to this Court for pay- 
ment by several Towns in this Colony for provisions supplied the 
Men who marched from such Towns respectively on the alarm on 
the 19 th of April last & after & no sufficient Vouchers are lodged 
with such acc° whereby it may be made evident that the public had 
y e benefit of Such provisions and whereas this Colony allowed to 
each man, so marching, one penny p mile to refund his expences 
in traviling into camp &c 

Therefore 

Resolved, that each Town who have presented their accounts to 
this Court for payment & yet remain unpaid, & those who in future 
shall present such accounts for payment shall Lodge with them, 
before they shall be passed on, a Certificate from the officer who 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is February 7. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Itesolves, etc.). — 177.")-7<;. 253 

commanded such men on the alarm aforesaid that no part of the 
provisions mentioned in such acc° were expended in their march to 
head Qu r and a Certificate from the Commissary what Number of 
days such Company were in Camp & did not draw their allowance 
from the public Stores. [Passed February 9. 



CHAPTER 625. 



RESOLVE APPOINTING DOCT B JN° GREENLEAF OF THE COM TKB ON SALT 
PETRE AND GRANTING TO SAID COM EK £1,400. 

Resolved That Docf John Greenleaf be Joined to the Committee Legislative 
appointed to receive Examine & pay for all good & merchantable coupon ° f the 
salt petre at the rate heretofore Established by this Court that shall xxxiv.,605. 
be manufactured in this Colony & that there be paid to the said Archives, 
Committee out of the Treasury of this Colony the Sum of Fourteen ccvlll -» 82 - 
hundred pounds to Enable them to pay for the same they to be ^chives 
accountable to this Court for the money they or either of them shall ccixxxm!, i38«. 
receive and M r Jedediah Phips is directed to attend at Watertown n a o i"pp J i O 86/;>06, 
on the second & fourth Tuesdays of each month for that purpose ^l' 25 ^™'™' 
untill the first day of June next & to advertise this order for his p. 126, chap, 
attendance in the Watertown & Cambridge New Papers three Weeks 319- 
successively. [Passed February 9. 



CHAPTER 626. 

RESOLVE PRESCRIBING THE FORM OF INLISTMENTS FOR THE REGI- 
MENT TO REINFORCE THE AMERICAN ARMY IN CANADA. 

Resolved that the following be the Form of an Inlistment to be Legislative 
signed by such Soldiers as are to be raised by this Colony, in the coundf, * the 
Counties of Hampshire and Berkshire to join the American Army xxxiv., 605. 
in Canada, and Brigadier Thompson is hereby appointed to get the Maes. 
same printed as soon as possible. covin., si'. 

We the subscribers do hereby severally inlist our selves into the n a ° u P pf£$?;' 
service of the united American Colonies, until the First day of 267 Ms. Ante, 
January next, if the service should require it. and each of us do 542. ' c ap ' 
engage to furnish and carry with us into the service aforesaid, a 
good effective Fire Arm and Blanket; also a good Bayonet, Car- 
tridge Pouch, and a Hatchett, or Tomahawk, or Cutting Sword if 
Possible. And we severally consent to be formed into a Regiment 
under the command of such Field Officers, Captains and Subalterns 
as are or may be appointed & Commissionated by the American Con- 
gress, and when so formed, we engage to March under said Officers 
into Canada with the utmost expedition, and we further agree during 
the time aforesaid to be subject to such Generals and other Officers 
as are or shall be appointed ; and to be under such regulations in 
every respect as are provided for the American Army. 

Dated the of A.D. 1776. [Passed February 9. 



254 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 627-G30.] 



CHAPTER 627. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £10. 12 TO NATHAN PUTNAM. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 607. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Publick Treasury of this 
Colony to Nathan Putnam a Wounded 1 Soldier, the Sum of Ten 
pounds Twelve shillings, in full for his Nursing, Boarding, Docter- 
SSrpp. J Mo, r 268, in g> Loss of Time &c - [Passed February 10. 



269. 



CHAPTER 028. 



Legislative 
Kecords of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 607. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 87. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 267, 269. 
Ante, p. 199, 
chap. 494. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £2,000 TO THE HON ,iE BENJ A LINCOLN, ESQ 

& OTHERS. 

Resolved That there be allowed and paid out of the public Treas- 
ury of this Colony to The Hon ble Benj a Lincoln Esq r & others a 
Com tee of this Court for fitting out ten Vessells to procure Gun- 
powder & ammunition &c a the sum of two thousand pounds for that 
purpose they to be accountable to this Court for the Same. [Passed 
February 10. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 607. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 86. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 270. 
Ante, p. 181, 
chap. 457. 



CHAPTER 629. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £1,000 TO RICHARD DEVANS, ESQ" 

Whereas, the Commesary General of this Coloney; by Order of 
this Court, is Directed to procure Sundry Supplys, of a Warlike 
kind, for the Coloney; and, 'tis Judg,d Conveniant by this Court, 
that a Sum of Money be put into His Hands for s d Use therefor 

Resolved 

That there be Advanc'd out of the Coloney Treasurey the Sum 
of one Thousand Pounds to Kich d Devins Esq r Commesary General 
of this Coloney, to be applied, to the Use, & for the Purposes above 
s d , He to be accountable to this Court for the Expendeture thereof. 
[Passed February 10. 



CHAPTER 630. 



RESOLVE FOR FACILITATING THE RAISING THE REGIMENT IN THE 
COUNTIES OF HAMPSHIRE AND BERKSHIRE TO REINFORCE THE ARMY 
IN CANADA. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 60S. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 88. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 85. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 255, 261, 
271, 272. Ante, 
p. 221, chap. 
541. 



Whereas, the Votes & proceedings of the Hon bIe Continental 
Congress respecting the Kegiment now raising in this Colony to join 
the Continental Army in Canada, make it necessary that some Alter- 
ation should be made in the Resolves of this Court of the 21 8t of 
Jan y last, respecting the Encouragement thereby offer'd & proposed 
to such as should enlist themselves into the said Service. And 
whereas it is apprehended the Mode of appointing the Captains, 
Subalterns & Noncommissioned, Officers therein recommended, will 
retard the speedy Inlistment & forming the several Companys 

1 " At the Battle of Lexington." — House Journal, p. 209. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7*J. 255 

to be raised (which ought to be forwarded with all Possible Dis- 
patch). Therefore 

Resolved, that the Order of Court of the 21 8t of Jan 7 last, relative 
to raising a Regiment of Men in the Countys of Hampshire and 
Barkshire, to serve in Canada, so far as it relates to the two Months 
Advance Wages, the Electing Captains, Subalterns & noncommis- 
sioned Officers by the Men. And the Officers being confined 
to raise said Regiment in the Counties aforesaid be reconsidered. 

Resolved, that the Blank Commissions for the Captains, Subalterns 
& Staff Officers, sent to this Court by the Continental Congress to 
the said Regiment, be loJged in the Hands of the Field Officers 
appointed to raise & command said Regiment, as also inlisting papers, 
with Orders to them, to deliver such inlisting papers to those Men, 
who come Recommended to them for their Loyalty to their Country, 
their Courage & good Conduct, as properly qualified for Officers; 
and upon their raising the Complement of Men Assigned them, to 
deliver them their Commissions. And for the Encouragement 

of such as shall enlist themselves into the said Service, it is further 

Resolved, That agreable to the Resolves of the Hon ble Continental 
Congress, There shall be paid to each effective able Bodied non com- 
missioned Officer and Soldier .who shall enlist as aforesaid, & be 
properly accoutred according to the Terms of their Enlistment, the 
Sum of Forty shillings Lawful Money as a Bounty, and also that 
there shall be advanced and paid to every Officer & Soldier, One 
Months Advance Wages, that they may be enabled to purchase 
necessary Cloathing ; both the said Sums to be paid them upon their 
passing Muster. It is further 

Resolved, that those who have enlisted already upon the former 
Enlistment, given out, upon their signing the Enlistment now 
Ordered, shall be Entitled to the same Bounty & Priviledges as if 
they had not before enlisted, & shall be entitled to receive Pay from 
the Date of their first Enlistment. The said Sums of one Months 
Advance Wages & forty shillings Bounty to be in Lieu of the two 
Months Advance Wages ordered in the said Resolves of the 21 3t 
of Jan 7 

And Whereas by the said Resolves of the 21 st of January three 
Companys were to be raised from the County of Berkshire, as part 
of the said Regiment, & whereas nearly 400 Men have already En- 
listed & march'd from the said County of Berkshire into Canada to 
serve the United Colonies there untill y e 15 th of April Next, many 
of whom it is hoped & expected will be willing to Continue in the 
said Service untill the first Day of Jan y next, Therefore 

Resolved, that the Field Officers of the said Regiment be directed 
to Enlist as soon as possible out of those already Marched as afore- 
said two whole Companys to join the said Regiment, whose Advance 
Wages & Bounty including what they have already received from 
General Schyler shall be made equal in every Respect to those who 
now enlist, according to the Terms proposed by the Hon ble Conti- 
nental Congress, & that six Companys only be now rais'd for the 
said Regiment, untill this Court shall be informed of the Success 
of raising the said two Companys out of those now in Canada as 
aforesaid. [Passed February 10. 



256 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 631-633.] 



CHAPTER 631. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £21. 7. 2 FOR CERTAIN SOLDIERS UNDER CAP T 
SAM L GR1DLEY. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 611. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 260. 



Resolved, that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Cap 1 Samuel Gridley, the sum of Twenty One pounds, 
Seven shillings, & Two pence, to the Use of Fourteen Persons in 
his Company, in full for the Losses by them sustained in the Battle 
of Bunkers Hill. [Passed February 12. 



CHAPTER 632. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 611. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 100. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 101. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 162, 273. 
Ante, p. 164, 
chap. 417; 
p. 189, chap. 
477. 



RESOLVE ESTABLISHING A COMPANY OF MATROSSES AT MARBLEHEAD. 

Whereas, it appears to be of great importance, to the safety and 
Wellfare of this Colony, that the Harbour of Marblehead, be effect- 
ually secured against the attacks of our Enemies, & whereas the 
Inhabitants of that Town have at very great Expence Erected, Bat- 
terys, wherein twenty peices of Cannon are mounted, & it being 
absolutely necessary for a successful defence that there should be a 
number of Men well acquainted with the management of Cannon 
appointed to said Batteries, therefore 

Resolved, that a Company of Matrosses consisting of 38 Men, ex- 
clusive of Officers be immediately raised for the purpose aforesaid, 
and that a Captain & two Lieutenants be chosen for said Company, 
their pay to be the same with Officers of the like Rank on the Sea 
Coast Establishment; and the Commanding Officer of the two Com- 
panys of Sea Coast Men stationed at Marblehead, is hereby directed 
& impowered to Draft 25 Men from each of said Companys to be 
Joined to said Company of Matrosses which will then consist of 100 
Men Officers included. [Passed February 12. 



CHAPTER 633. 



RESOLVE APPOINTING A TRUCKMASTER AT MACHIAS & GRANTING 

HIM £400. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 614. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 95. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 96-98. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 614. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 245, 273, 
274, 276. 



Resolved, That a Truckmaster be appointed by this Court to re- 
side at Machias, and that the sum of four hundred pounds be paid 
out of the public Treasury of this Colony to said Truckmaster to 
enable him to procure such Ammunition, and other Articles of Goods 
as may be necessary to supply the said Indians [of the S' Johns and 
Passamaquada tribes] with, and that he set the Articles he shall 
supply them with at a moderate advance, and take in return there- 
for their furrs, & other things they may procure in hunting he the 
said Truckmaster to be accountable to this Court for the said Money, 
and his Conduct in this affair 

And it is further 

Resolved, That John Steel be desired to repair to Machias as soon 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 257 

as may be, and there Act, as an Armourer in repairing the said 
Indians Guns, and such others as may be sent him by Order of Court, 
and for his Service, & the use of his tools there be allowed, & paid 
to him after the rate of four pounds p month to commence from 
the time of his setting off from Newbury port till the further Order 
of this Court And That the said Truckmaster furnish the said 

Armourer with stock to proceed in his Business, and receive from 
the Indians, and other such pay on Account of this Colony as shall 
be reasonable for the Stock, & work done. [Passed February 12. 



CHAPTER 634. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING Y E COMMISSARY TO PROCURE CANNON AND 
POWDER FOR FALMOUTH. 

Whereas it appears, from a State of the Ordnance, Ordnance Legislative 
Stores, and Ammunition for Small Arms, at Falmouth in the County coun r c 1f° f thc 
of Cumberland, exhibited to this Court, that most of the Cannon xxxiv.,616. 
there are unfit for Use, and that the Quantity of Shott, Powder and Archives, 
Flynts is very small covin., 93. 

And as it is necessary for the General Safety of the Province, and ^^ives 
that part of it in particular, that a supply of those Articles shou'd covin., 94. 
be immediately procur'd. iSffiof the 

Therefore Cou ? cll !^ i in1 

xxxiv. 364 421. 

Resolved. That the Commissary General of this Colony, be House'jou'r. 

and hereby is impower'd and directed, to procure, as soon as possible, 211,' 254, '274!' 63, 
at the Expence of this Colony, Ten good Cannon as follows viz 

Three twelve Pounders, Three nine Pounders, and four six 
Pounders, together with one hundred round Shot for each Cannon, 
suitable for the same Also nine hundred weight of Powder and 

One Thousand Flynts. [Passed February 12. 



CHAPTER 635. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £69. 1. 8 TO SOL LOVELL. 



Resolved, that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Solomon Lovell the sum of Sixty Nine pounds, One shil- co^cn 8 of the 
ling & Eight pence in full discharge of his Account ' for supplying xxxiv.,616. 
Fifty Six men under the command of Cap 1 Joseph Trufant stationd House Jour, 
at Weymouth. [Passed February 12. nai.pp.209.277. 



CHAPTER 636. 

ORDER PRESCRIBING A METHOD OF PROCEDURE FOR ALL COMMITTEES 
WHO HAVE GOVERNMENT MONEYS IN THEIR HANDS. 

Whereas it has been found necessary to Deposit in y e hands of Legislative 
Committees large sums of Money for Defreying the Charges incurred councu 8 , ° f the 
in the present unhappy Contest and a ballance is often left in the $£*£•• 613 - 
hands of Such Committees which Sums though they may be paid into Archives, 
the Treasury of this Colony and a Eeceipt Given by the treasurer CCYin " m ' — 

1 For billeting soldiers. — House Journal, p. 209. 



258 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 637-639.] 



House Jour- 
nal, p. 281. 
Ante, p. 134, 
chap. 342; 
p. 199, chap. 
494 ; p. 248, 
chap. 609; 
p. 253, chap. 
625; p. 254, 
chap. 629. 



for the Same yet unless the Treasurer Should Credit the Colony for 
Such sums a Loss may happen by Such Keceipts being mislayed or 
forgotten 

Therefore 

Ordered that all Such receipts be Lodged with the Seccretary who 
upon his Receving the Same Shall immediatly Enter all Such sums 
in a book to be by him kept for that purpose to be produced when 
there shall be an adjustment of the Treasurers accounts, and all 
Committees who Shall be hereafter Intrusted with sums of publick 
moneys Shall not be Considered as Discharged of Such Ballences in 
their hands until they Shall lodge the treasurers Receipts in the 
Seccretarys hands for the purpose aforesaid. [Passed February 13. ' 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 617. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 103. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 617. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 234, 275, 
278. 



CHAPTER 637. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £35 TO JOSEPH HENDERSON. 

Whereas, M r Joseph Henderson is by this Court appointed to 
Carry, Exhibit, and adjust the Accounts of this Colony with the 
Hon ble Continental Congress at Philadelphia 

Therefore 

Resolved. 

That there shall be paid out of the publick Treasury of this Col- 
ony, to the said Joseph Henderson for his Time, & Expences on said 
Journey to and from Philadelphia for the above purposes, the Sum 
of Thirty five pounds, and should the said Joseph Henderson be 
detained longer at Philadelphia than fourteen days on said Service 
he shall in that case receive a further compensation for his Services. 
[Passed February 18. 



CHAPTER 638. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 617. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 115. 

Mass. 

Archives, 

cxciv., 148, 178, 

179,180. House 

Journal, 

pp. 261, 268,277, 

283. 



RESOLVE EMPOWERING THE TREASURER TO PAY OUT CONTINENTAL 

BILLS, ETC. 

Resolved, That the Receiver General of this Colony be & hereby 
is impowered & directed to make use of the Continental Money now 
in the Treasury, transmitted to this Colony by the Honorable Con- 
tinental Congress as well as the Bills Emitted by this Colony, for 
Discharging all Warrants drawn upon him by the Council of this 
Colony. [Passed February 18. 



CHAPTER 639. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO ELIAS HASKETT DERBYS AFFAIRS AND THE 
CARGO OF THE SCHOON E WILLIAM. 



Record^onh The Committee to whom was referred the consideration of M* 
Council, ' Elias Haskett Derbys conduct in Importing Coffee and other goods 
Mas8 V '' 61b ' from the Island of Dominica contrary to the Resolves of Congress, 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is Februarv 12. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7r>. 259 

have attended that service, and have examined the several depositions Archives, 
in the case as well as the Orders given by M r Derby to Cap' Lander, c<!Vill -» 105 - 
and heard several witnesses on the affair upon the whole are of Archives 
Opinion That the said Cap 1 Lander has acted quite contrary to the ccviu., iofl-118. 
Orders of his Owner and in direct violation of the Resolves of the na"pp. 'ujhe, 
Continental Congress. And as to M r Derby's conduct in this matter, f4*204*2io 31 2ii 
the Committee are unanimously of Opinion that he has not himself '*'>*', zw. 
in the Importation of those Goods from Dominico acted in any way chap. 13. ' 
Contrary to the Resolves of the Continental Congress, and that he 
ought not to be Charged with the misconduct and Misbehaviour of 
the said Lander 

William Story $p r Order 

[Read and] 

Resolved That the Coffee and such other articles as were imported 
contrary to the association in the Scooner William Peter Lander 
Master from Dominico in the hands of the Com tee of Correspondence 
of the Town of Ipswich and of the Town of Beverly or in the hands 
of whoever else it be Stored at the Charge & Risque of the owner 
and kept in Safe Custody till the further Order of this Court. 
[Passed February 13. 



CHAPTER 640. 

RESOLVE IMPOWERING EACH TOWN IN THE COLONY AT THEIR ANNUAL 
MARCH MEETING TO CHOOSE COM EK OF CORRESP CE 1NSPEC N & SAFETY. 

Whereas, it appears to this Court that it will be greatly condu- Legislative 
cive to the safety, & Welfare of this, & the other Colonies at a time c^uncn 8 ° f the 
of common danger, that a Committee be chosen in each Town, & xxxiv., 620. 
one only for the special business of attending to the political, & Archives, 
general Interest of the Colonies, while the attention of the other ccviii -» 116 - 
officers is employed about the particular concerns of their respective House Jour- 
Towns; in order to this, & to prevent the confusion, & mischiefs AfJ^v.9,' 
which may arise by the multiplying of Committees diversely denom- £{Jap! l^p.^'i, 
mated, for purposes nearly the same. chap. 33.' 

Resolved, That the several Towns in this Colony be, and hereby 
are directed, & impowered at their Annual Town Meeting in March, 
to choose by written Votes of such as are qualified by law to Vote 
for Representatives, or in Town Affairs, such a number of the Free- 
holders, Inhabitants of said Towns respectively as they shall think 
proper, whose Principles are known to be friendly, to the Rights & 
Liberties of America, to serve as a Committee of Correspondance 
Inspection, & Safety for the year then next ensuing; And any, or 
either of them for Unfaithfulness in their office to remove, and others 
choose in their room at any other Town meeting legally assembled 
for that purpose whose Business shall be to communicate with dis- 
patch any matters of importance to the Public, that may come to 
their knowledge, to the Committees of the same denomination of 
any other Town, County, or Colony, which it may particularly con- 
cern, or to the General Assembly of this Colony, or in their Recess 
to the Council; and also to Inspect whether there are any Inhab- 
itants of or Residents in their respective Towns who violate the 
Association of the Continental Congress, or any other the Resolves, 
Directions, or Recommendations of said Congress, or Acts, or Re- 
solves of the General Court & preceding Congresses of this Colony, 



260 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 641. J 



respecting the present struggle with Great Britain ; and if any such 
be found, that they proceed with them in such manner as the Re- 
solves of the Continental Congress, or the Laws, or Resolves of this 
Colony do, or shall direct 

That they make known to the General Court, or to the Council 
all gross breaches of trust in any Officers, or Servants of this Col- 
ony, that may come under their Observation that they use their 
utmost influence to promote peace, & harmony in their respective 
Towns; as also faithfully to execute any Orders, or Resolves of this 
Court which may be to them directed, from time to time, during 
their continuance in Office; And in order to enable said Committee 
to proceed in a uniform & judicious discharge of the duty assigned 
them it is further 

Resolved, that said Committees be duly furnished with all the 
Resolves of the Continental Congress, which have been, or may 
hereafter be published, that has any relation to their Office; And 
that Cap 4 Brown of Watertown be a Committee during the recess of 
this Court, to procure, and cause the same to be printed, and sent 
to the Town Clerks of the several Towns in this Colony, for the 
use & direction of said Committees &c and that he Cause this Re- 
solve to be printed in hand Bills immediately, & sent to the several 
Towns in this Colony. [Passed February 13. 



CHAPTEE 641. 



RESOLVE APPOINTING A COMMITTEE TO PURCHASE FIRE ARMS FOR 

Y E ARMY. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 620. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 118. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxciv., 190, 195, 
244; ccviii., 
50, 104. Legls- 
lative Records 
of the Council, 
xxxiv., 596, 611. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 159,254, 
255, 258, 275, 278. 
Ante, p. 250, 
chap. 617. 



Resolved, That a Committee be appointed in the Several Counties 
of Suffolk, Essex, Middlesex Hampshire, Worcester, Plimouth Bris- 
tol and York to purchase as early as possible in the Recess of this 
Court all the good & effective Fire Arms which are to be Obtain'd in 
the several Towns in the Counties aforesaid, on the best Terms they 
may be had, and forward them without delay, to His Excellency 
General Washington, or his Order. 

Resolved, That it be recommended to His Excellency to deliver 
to the Chairman of each Committee for the several Counties afore- 
said, such sum or sums of money, as may be sufficient, to enable 
them to execute their Commission, with ease & dispatch they to be 
accountable to his Excellency for the same. 

Read and accepted, and the following Gentlemen are appointed 
for the purpose within expressed viz. 

For the County of Suffolk Cap* Ellis M r Witherton Coll. Thayer 
and Esq Metcalf 

For the County of Essex M r Jewet. Cap Epes, M* Ingals, and 
M r Johnson of Lynn 



For the County of Middlesex 
Perry & M r Bryant 

For the County of Hampshire 
Field, Major Ely & Major Bliss. 

For the County of Worcester 
More, M r Stone, & Coll Grout 

For the County of Plymouth 
White and M r Partridge 



Coll Barret, Mr Stickney Coll 

Cap Goodman M r Cranson, Coll 

M r Singletary Cap' Parker, Cap 1 

Coll Mitchel Maj r Gushing, Maj r 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-70. 201 

For the County of Bristol Coll Williams M r Hathaway Cap 1 Toby, 
M r Starkweather 

For the County of York. M r Hovey Cap Bragdon & Major Good- 
win. [Passed February 13. 



CHAPTEK 642. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £4. 13. 8 TO ISAAC PHILLIPS. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this xxx?v.,62i. 
Colony to Isaac Phillips the sum of Four pounds Thirteen shillings House Jour- 
& Eight pence, it being a Ballance due to him in Cap' Eleazer Ham- nai,pp.264,27o, 
lins muster Roll. [Passed February 13. 



CHAPTER 643. SSSSK?*. 

Council, 
RESOLVE GRANTING £8. 12. 9 TO DAVID SANGER. xxxiv.,621. 

Mass. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this covin., 102*. 
Colony to David Sanger, the sum of Eight pounds, Twelve shillings, ?a°i"pp J 26i!284. 
& Nine pence in full for Expences in taking Doct r Gillson. [Passed f^ e> g^ 244 ' 
February 13. 

CHAPTEE 644. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £4 FOR WILLIAM THOMAS. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to George Partridge the sum of Four pounds, to the Use of S 6 ^ r 3? of the 
William Thomas, in full for his Service in mending Arms &c. xxxiv.,'62i. 
Passed February 13. House Jour. 

nal, pp.274, 280. 

CHAPTEE 645. 

RESOLVE LIMITING THE TIME FOR RECEIT ACCO TS OF LOSSES ON 
THE 19™ OF APRIL AND 17 th OF JUNE LAST. 

Whereas by a Resolve of the General Court passed the 19 th Decern- Legislative 
ber last all Officers and Soldiers who were on 19 th of April & 17 th Records of the 
June last past engaged in Battle with the Ministerial Troops and xxx?v., 612. 
suffered loss of Cloathing, Arms & Accoutrements, should on appli- Mass. 
cation made to the General Court with sufficient Evidence of their c^mTSi' 92. 
having sustained such Loss, be compensated, and whereas the de- House* Jour- 
laying to Exhibit said Accounts, may give occasion for Frauds and 2ro,'28o.' Ante,' 
Impositions SuVp-ssf' 

Resolved that all Officers & Soldiers who sustained any loss of chap. 571.' 
Cloathing, Fire Arms, Ammunition &c. by being engaged in Battle 
with the Ministeral [Troops] on the 19 th April and 17 th June last, 
are hereby Notified that unless they shall Exhibit a particular 
Account of their Losses to this Court, on or before the Second 
Tuesday of the next sitting of the same they will be deprived of the 



262 Province Laws (Resolves, etc.) . — 1775-76. [Chaps. 646, 647.] 

benefit of Compensation, And that this Resolve be printed in the 
Watertown & Cambridge News papers Three Weeks successively. 
[Passed February 14. 1 



CHAPTER 646. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £8 TO CHARLES MILES. 
Legislative Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 

Recordsortbe _ _., , __., * n -. _ . ,. , » t->- 1 

Council, Colony to Charles Miles a wounded Soldier, the sum of Eight 

xxxiv., 622. — p 0un( i s j n f u n f or the Loss he sustained in the battle of Charles- 
naTppSieo, town. [Passed February 14. 

286.' 



CHAPTER 647. 



RESOLVE GRANTING PREMIUMS ON THE NEXT POWDER MILLS 

ERECTED. 

Legislative Whereas the Invention & Industry of the Inhabitants of this 

council, Colony have been Excited by the Barbarous Policy of Britain, and 

MassT'' 622 ' by the Encouragement given by the General Court, to seek internal 
Archives, Resources of Warlike Stores, and have been so far succeeded, that 

- — J much greater quantities of that Capital Article Saltpetre has & 

Archives, probably will be made here than the Powder Mills, now Erecting 
House X Jour 148 ' at Stoughton & Andoverwill be able to Manufacture into Gunpowder. 
nai,pp.28i,285. And whereas Experience & the present apparent designs of Admin- 
p. 193, chap. istration strongly dictate the necessity of guarding against the want 
* 81, of that important Article, which we presume may be done by En- 

couraging Individuals to Erect Powder Mills Therefore 

Resolved, That a Bounty or Premium of Fifty pounds shall be 
paid out of the Treasury of this Colony to the person or persons 
who shall at his or their own Expence Erect the first Powder Mill 
in this Colony other than the aforementioned Capable of manu- 
factureing at least fifty pounds weight of powder <g> day And shall 
make & manufacture therein Ten hundred pounds weight of good 
& merchantable Gun powder to be Judged & approved of by a 
Comm tee to be appointed by this Court. Also that a Bounty or pre- 
mium of Thirty pounds shall be paid out of the Treasury of this 
Colony to the person or persons who shall in like manner Erect a 
Second powder mill (other than those Mentioned in the preamble) 
and make and Manufacture therein Ten hundred pounds weight of 
good Merchantable Gunpowder, to be Judged of & approved as afores d 
Provided always that the said Mills shall be Erected And the powder 
manufactured therein within Six Months from the fifteenth day 
of Feb ry Curr 1 and that the said Mills shall be Erected within such 
Towns or plantations as the General Court of this Colony shall 
Licence, or in the recess of the same, as shall be licenced by the 
Council, and in such part or parts of such licenced Town as shall 
be approved by the major part of the Selectmen thereof. [Passed 
February 14. 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is February 12. 



[3d Sess.] Pkovince Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 177.5-76. 263 



CHAPTER 648. KS te 

Council, 
RESOLVE APPOINTING RICH D DEVENS, ESQ B , ON THE COM EE OF SALT ^^ v -' 624 ' 

PETRE. Archives, 

ccviii., 129. 

Resolved That Richard Devens Esq, Commissary of this Colony, Houge Jour . 
be & hereby is added to the Committee appointed to examine, re- ^J';^ 
ceive, purchase and pay for, Salt Petre. [Passed February 14. chap', m. ' 



CHAPTER 649. 

RESOLVE PRESCRIBING THE FORM OF INLISTMENT FOR THE COMPANY 
OF MATROSSES AT MARBLEHEAD. 

Resolved, That Col Orne be, and he hereby is appointed to raise Legislative 
as soon as may be, and muster a Company of Matrosses to be sta- councn*° f the 
tioned in the Town of Marblehead agreeable to a Resolve of this Jgj** T -« 624 - 
Court passed the house of Representatives the 10 th Instant, and that Archives, 
the following be a form of Inlistment for the said Company of CCYil1 '' 128, 

Msirrn«<sp<s House Jour- 

IVldirObbeb _ nal, pp.289, 290. 

We the Subscribers do hereby Engage, and Inlist ourselves as Ante,? ^m, 
Matrosses in the Service of the Massachusetts Colony for the defence, c ap ' e 
& protection of the Sea Coasts in said Colony from the day of our 
Inlistment to the last day of December 1776. on the Establishment 
for that purpose made unless the said Service shall admit of a dis- 
charge of a part or the whole sooner which is to be determined by the 
General Court of said Colony, and we do hereby Oblige ourselves to 
Submit to all the Orders, & regulations of the Army, and faithfully 
to Observe, and Obey all such Orders as we shall from time to time 
receive from our Superior Officers. 

Day of 1776. [Passed February 14. 



CHAPTER 650. SSSBS*. 

Council, 

RESOLVE GRANTING £50 TO JOHN LOWELL. xxxiv., 625. 

Mass. 
A.rcli i vcs 

[On the Petition of John Lowell, a clerk in the Secretary's ccviii., 132. 
office for six months] Mass. 

Resolved That there be allowed and paid out of the public Treas- ^j^ili. 
ury of this Colony to the said John Lowell the sum of Fifty pounds House Jour^ 
in full for his Services as within mentioned which sum shall be 283,' m '" 
considered as part of what may hereafter be granted to the Secretary 
of this Colony for Extraordinary Services. [Passed February 14. 



CHAPTER 651. 83HSS.. 

Council, 
RESOLVE GRANTING £1,000 TO THE COMMITTEE TO PROCURE WOOD xxxiv., 626. 
FOR THE ARMY. Archives, 

ccviii., 122. 



Resolved That there be paid out of the public Treasury of this H 
Colony to the Com tee of this Court appointed to procure Wood for nai, p. 287. 
the Continental army the sum of one Thousand pounds more to C hap!342; ' 
enable them to perform that Service they to be accountable to this p^is3,chap. 
Court for the same. [Passed February 14. 



264 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7(3. [Chaps. 652-655.] 



CHAPTER 652. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £300 TO THOM 8 CRAFTS & OTHERS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 626. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 123. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 287. 
Ante, p. 239, 
chap. 684. 



Resolved, That there be allowed, & paid out of the Public Treas- 
ury of this Colony to Thomas Crafts Esq, Cap 1 Edward Procter, & 
Mess™ Daniel Sigourney, & Winthrop Gray (or any two of them) a 
Committee of this Court to receive the Inhabitants of Boston at 
Chelsea, & prevent the spreading of the Small Pox, the Sum of 
Three hundred pounds further to enable them to def rey the Expence 
which has arisen, or may arise by supporting said Inhabitants, until] 
they can be removed to other Towns, with safety to the Country; 
they to be accountable to this Court for the same. [Passed Feb- 
ruary 14. 



CHAPTER 653. 



RESOLVE IMPOWERING THE COUNCIL TO APPOINT A COMMANDER AT 
FALMOUTH IN PLACE OF GENERAL FRYE. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 626. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 127. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiii., 326. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 232, 233 
(November, 
1775); p. 292. 
Ante, p. 234, 
chap. 568. 



Whereas the Hon bl Joseph Fry Esq r who has been appointed by 
this Court to the command of the Forces station'd at Falmouth in 
the County of Cumberland, is appointed a Brigadier General in the 
Continental Army And as it may be necessary, in case of his 

accepting the said Trust, to have some other Person appointed to 
the command at Falmouth, before the next sitting of this Court 

Therefore 

Resolved That the Council be and hereby are impower'd to 

appoint some Person to such command at Falmouth, on their being 
certified in the Recess of the Court, that the said Joseph Fry Esq 
has accepted the appointment to the Office of Brigadier General as 
aforesaid. [Passed February 14. 



CHAPTER 654. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 627. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 268, 284, 
285. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 14. 4 TO JON A WEBB'S HEIRS. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Jonathan Webbs Heirs the sum of Three pounds Fourteen 
shillings & Four pence in full for the Losses he sustained in the 
Battle of Lexington. [Passed February 14. 



CHAPTER 655. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING CONSTABLES TO LODGE RECEIPTS & DUPLICATES 
IN THE SEC YS OFFICE. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 628. 
Ma 88. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 124. 



Whereas many Constables, and Collectors of Taxes in this Col- 
ony have neglected to exhibit to this Court the Receipts or attested 
Copies thereof which they have receiv'd from the Colony Treasurer 
agreeable to an Order of Court passed in August last. Therefore 

Resolved, That each, & every Constable, and Collector of Taxes 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Itesolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 265 

in the several towns in this Colony from the year 1769. to the year Mass. 
1774 inclusively who shall not exhibit to this Court, or lodge in the ^vluTlao. 
Secretary's Office the Receipts or attested Copies thereof which he 121. House 
has receiv'd of the Treasurer of this Colony, or his predecessor in pp. 289, 290. 
Office within sixty Days after the fifteenth day of Feb* Inst 1 shall ^*J; fef 6 ' 
be presum'd not to be possess'd of any such Receipts but indebted 
to the Colony the full sum of the Colony Tax committed to him to 
Collect 

And the Assessors for the present Year in the several Towns in 
this Colony who have not exhibited to this Court the sum total of 
the several Assessments made on their town for the province tax 
from the year 1769 to the year 1774. inclusively agreeable to the 
aforesaid order of Court are again most earnestly call'd upon & re- 
quired to lodge an Account of said assessments in the Secretary's 
Office as soon as possible. [Passed February 14. 



CHAPTER 656. SSTSu- 

Council, 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COMMISSARY GENERAL TO PURCHASE Mass!'' 6 "' 
TWENTY 3 L,i CANNON FOR THE USE OF THE COLONY. Archives, 

ccvm., 144. 



Resolved That the Commissary General of this Colony, be and Archives 
hereby is directed, to procure for the Use of the Colony, Twenty ^ m v, U5 ' 
Field Pieces of three Pounders each, instead of the Twenty of several Journal, 
Sizes, which by a former Resolve of this Court he was directed to ^e^p. 2 257, 294 ' 
procure Any thing in said Resolve to the contrary notwithstand- chap. 634 
ing And also, that said Commissary do advise with Coll Bur- chap. '668." ' 

beck, the Engineer, respecting said Pieces. [Passed February 15. 



CHAPTER 65 7. .ggSBS*. 

Council, 
xxxiv., 629. 
RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COMMISSARY GENERAL TO DELIVER 10 HALF Mass. 

BAR 8 POWDER TO Y E SELECTMEN OF MARBLEHEAD. Archives, 

ccviii., 147. 



Resolved that the Commissary General of this Colony be and he ^°i" p e 29°4 Ur ~ 
hereby is directed to deliver unto the Selectmen of the Town of ^' l '<?, p . 263, 
Marblehead Ten half Barr 8 powder as soon as the state of the Pub- c ap " 
lick magazine will admitt thereof. [Passed February 15. 



CHAPTEE 658. 

RESOLVE APPOINTING A COMMITTEE TO PROCURE SILVER & GOLD 
IN EXCHANGE FOR BILLS. 

"Whereas the Hon ble the Continental Congress have desired this Legislative 
Court to make application to the several Towns in this Colony, to councfi^° fthe 
know what quantity of Silver & Gold can be procured in exchange xxxiv., 630. 
for the Continental Bills, as that sort of money is greatly wanted to Mass. 
support that part of the Army gone against Quebec Therefore cxciv.,234; 

Resolved that the Persons hereafter named in each County of this House Jour- 42 ' 
Colony be a Committee to make enquiry what money in Silver & Gold nai,pp.289,29i, 



266 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 659.] 



can be procured in exchange for Continental Bills, and the same 
Committee are required to obtain Subscriptions in their several 
Counties of all Persons that are willing in this time of Danger and 
distress to exchange hard money for said Bills, and that each Person 
set down against his name, the amount of such Sum as he is ready 
to exchange, and that the said Committee make report of their 
doings therein on the Second day of the next sitting of this Court, 
And that M r Perry Col Lovell & Col Davis for the County of Suffolk, 
Col Orne Major Cross, M r Hopkins & M r Phillips for the County 
of Essex, M r Hall, Col Barret & M r Hobert for the County of Mid- 
dlesex Major Hawley, Major Ely, Col° Bliss, Captain Goodman & 
Col Field for the County of Hampshire M r Gushing M r Turner & 
Major White for the County of Plymouth, Col Otis & Col Doan 
for the County of Barnstable M r Durfey Col Bowers, Col Godfrey, 
& Col Carpenter for the County of Bristol Cap 1 Parker, M r Cald- 
well, M r Eawson, M r Singletary M r Bencroft & M r Wheeler for the 
County of Worcester, M r Curtis, M r Whiting & M r Dickerson for the 
County of Berkshire Captain Bragdon, M r Hovey & Col Sawyer 
for the County of York M r Preeman Brig r Thompson, & M r Fabyan 
for the County of Cumberland M r Rice, Cap* Howard, Major Sewall 
& Colonel Jones for the County of Lincoln, Col Norton for the 
County of Dukes County and M r Stephen Hussey for the County of 
Nantucket, be a Committee for the purposes aforesaid, and that 
M r Davis give Notice to M r Hussey, of his being Appointed for the 
purpose aforesaid. [Passed February 15. 



CHAPTER 659. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 631. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvili., 139. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvii., 359-36(K 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 502. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 274. 
Ante, p. 54, 
chap. 116; 
p. 183, chap. 
462; p. 186, 
chap. 471 ; 
p. 209, chap. 
512. Infra, 
p. 270, chap. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING HOW THE COM TKK8 OF ACCO™, FOR SIGNING BILLS, 
ON CLOATHING, AND MUSTER ROLLS SHALL BE PAID. 

Whereas the Committee on Accounts the Committee for signing 
&c the Bills emitted, by Order of this Court, the Committee on 
Cloathing and the Committees on the Muster Roles of the Army & 
Militia have in their Memorial, represented that in Order to their 
discharging" the Duties required of them, most of their Time has 
been employ'd, they have been deprived the Pleasure & Benefit of 
the publick Debates, have been in great Measure prevented doing 
their Duty to their particular Constituents, by which they have been 
not a little injured, and praying that for part of their Services they 
may be paid out of the publick Treasury of this Colony, There- 

fore 

Resolved, that the above Committees, be paid for their Respective 
Services one half out of the Publick Treasury of this Colony, and 
the Committee on Accounts are hereby directed to pay the same 
Accordingly, and the other half to be made up in the Pay Roll of 
the House of Representatives. [Passed February 15. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7«j. 267 



CHAPTER 660. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £336. 5/ TO CAP T JEREMIAH O'BRIAN. 

The Committee appointed to consider the Account of Captain Legislative 
Jeremiah Obrian reported That, by examining said Obrians Ac- conSciL ° f tte 

counts, they find the whole of the Provision &c for billeting the Men xxxiv., 63 2. 

under his command, amounts to no more than Five shillings & House Jour- 

• • rial up *'67 k> 78 

Six pence ty T Week each, and as said Captain Obrian has no other <m\ lhfrd, ' 
Vouchers, the Committee are of Opinion that his Account is §j 8 ^ 78,6hap ' 
just said account being £371. and the Account for Cordage, Tal- 
low, Iron &c. belonging to the Vessels by said Obrians Account is 
the further Sum of £125.5/ which Sums amount to £496.5/ out of 
which Sum, He the said Obrian has received the Sum of £160 which 
leaves the Sum of £336.5/, The said Committee therefore report the 
following Resolve 

Read and Accepted and thereupon 

Resolved, That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony, to said Cap 1 Jeremiah Obrian, the Sum of Three hundred 
and Thirty Six Pounds Five shillings in full discharge of said 
Account. [Passed February 15. 



CHAPTER 661. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £763. 6. 1 IN FULL OF CAP T JEREMIAH OBRIANS Legislative 

MUSTER ROLL. Records of the 

Council, 
xxxiv., 632. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this House Jour- 
Colony, to Cap 1 Jeremiah Obrian the Sum of Seven Hundred & Sixty nai, pp. 2-23,291, 
Three pounds Six shillings & One penny in full of said Obrians chap. eeoT"' 
muster Roll to the First instant. [Passed February 15. 



CHAPTER 662. 

RESOLVE EMPOWERING COL° CARGILL TO DETAIN THE SCHOONER 

DOLPHIN. 

Memorial of James Cargill of Newcastle in the County of Lin- Legislative 
coin setting forth to your Honors, that the Schooner Dolphin was council 8 , ' the 
by Order of the Hon 16 Court, committed to His Care, and that your xxxiv., 633. 
Memorialist fitted her with Two New Masts, also with Carpenters & Archives, 
Smiths Work to fitt her for Use. And also ordered Andrew Reed CCYiii -» 138 - 
jun r to Coast in said Schooner to Portsmouth & Newbury in order ^chives 
to get Rigging for her, which She was very Scant off Said Schooner cx«v., 172; 
was ordered to proceed on Business the first of January last. Your House Jour- 4 ' 
Memorialist would be glad of your Honours directions, concerning ^ 1,P ^- f^' 270 * 
said Schooner. Ante, p'. 47,' 

[Read and] ffiSffi. 5 ' 58, 

Resolvd that Colonel Cargil be allowd to Detain the above Said 
Schooner till further Orders of this Court and be accountable for her 
Earnings when required. [Passed February 15. 



268 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. fi63— 666.] 



CHAPTER 663. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 633. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 134, 135. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 294. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £21. 13. 3| TO SIMON HASTINGS. 

Resolved That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to M r Simon Hastings, the Sum of Twenty One pounds, 
Thirteen shillings, & Three pence half penny, in full discharge of 
his Account for sundrys supplied the Hon le House, since the 29 th 
November last. [Passed February 15. 



CHAPTER 664. 

Legislative RESOLVE GRANTING £7. 15. 8 TO STEPHEN SMITH. 

Records of the 

Council, 

xxxiv., 634. Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 

House Jour-_ Colony to Stephen Smith the Sum of Seven pounds Fifteen shillings 
m! V Ante,' 2 ' ' & Eight pence in full of his Account for sundries supplied the 
633 256 ' chap " Indians. [Passed February 15. 



CHAPTER 665. 



ORDER ADMITTING OLIVE HOLMES TO BAIL. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 599. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 154. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 155, 156. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 575. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 236, 263. 



The Committee appointed by both Houses to consider the Peti- 
tion of a number of the Inhabitants of Dedham & Roxbury praying 
that Olive Holmes maybe admitted to Bail, have attended that Serv- 
ice and beg leave to Report; it is their opinion that the said Olive 
Holmes be admitted to Bail, provided that she recognizes with suffi- 
cient Surties to the Satisfaction of Jonathan Metcalf Esq r and M r 
Abner Ellis for her appearance at the next superiour Court of Judi- 
cature, Court of assize and General Goal delivery, to be held in and 
for the County of Suffolk, then and there to answer to such Indict- 
ment as may be found against her by the Grand jurors for said 
County upon suspicion of her having murder'd her Child, all which 
is humbly submitted 

Benjamin White $» r Order 

Read & accepted, and 

Ordered that the said Olive Holmes be admitted to Bail, under 
the Conditions above mentioned. [Passed February 16. 1 



CHAPTER 666. 



RESOLVE GRANTING THE RETURN OF £60 TO HANNAH GOLDTHWAIT. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 632. 



Petition of Hannah Goldthwait late of Boston in the County of 
Suffolk, setting forth that for some time past, she hath been under 
low & declining Circumstances she hath been Obliged to contract 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is February 8. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 269 

divers Debts which she hath no way of discharging but by the tender Mass. 
Usuage of her kind Husband, who by his Public Office is Obliged to r^u.fbs, 159. 
remain in Boston, and that none of her Creditors might by her Mis- H< ? UBeJ »5g r i r 
fortunes suffer thereby, He her said Spouse did confide in M r White AnU,v.w&, 
of Marble Head to bring out of s d Boston & deliver to Her, a Certain cha P- 68a - 
Sum of money for the purpose aforesaid the said Hannah having 
heard, that the s d Sum of money hath been taken into Custody by 
the Hon le Court, she humbly desires that the said Sum of Money 
might be returned to Her for her relief and support 

[Read and] 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Hannah Goldthwait or order the sum of Sixty pounds for 
the purpose mentioned in Her Petition. [Passed February 16. x 



CHAPTEE 667. 

RESOLVE EMPOWERING Y E COUNCIL TO CONSIDER SUPPLY 6 GEN L WASH- 
INGTON WITH 3,000 POUNDS OF POWDER. 

On consideration of An Application of his Excellency Gen 1 ^ gl ^jg lv f e th 
Washington that three thousand weight of Powder the property of council, 
this colony lately imported by M r Shaw of Connecticutt may be lent MassT'' 636 ' 
or sold to him for the use of the United colonies on it's arrival in Archives, 

CXC1V *'■>' ' 

this colony which application was made this day by a letter address d - — .'.'.' 

to the Hon ble Walter Spooner Esq r the President of the Council It is Rlf rc?s'of the 

Resolved That the Hon ble council of this colony be and hereby are ^xlv!'^. 
impowered in case the said powder Shall arrive in this colony during House Jour- 
the Next recess of this court on consideration of the engagements 297.' PP ' ' 
of this colony to particular Towns for powder lent to the colony as 
also the pressing exigencies of this colony for that article to deter- 
mine in behalf of this court whether Gen 1 Washington shall be sup- 
plied with the s d powder or any part thereof or not and to act thereon 
as they shall Judge most expedient and conducive to the general 
Safety. [Passed February 16. 



CHAPTEE 668. 

RESOLVE STATIONING 75 MEN AT QUOSHNET HARBOUR IN DARTMOUTH. 

Resolved, That there be stationed at Quoshnet Harbour in Dart- Legislative 
mouth, Seventy-five Men including Officers, to consist of one Capt. council* 
and two Lieutenants, and that a proper Proportion of said Men as House'jour- 
shall be judged necessary by the Commanding Officer, be of the Train, nai, p . 295. 
and that Ten Pieces of Iron Ordnance be purchased for that Purpose, Legislative 
to consist of Four nine Pounders, and Six six Pounders, with a suit- councif,° 
able Quantity of Powder and Shot, not less than fifty Rounds for each Executive 2 ' 57 °" 
Piece of Ordnance, and that the abovesaid Men be inlisted by the Records of the 
first Day of April next, and to continue in the Service till the last xvil^V. 
Day of December following, if the Service should require, and to be ^Y 1 ™ J 2 °52 r 265 
upon the same Establishment as other Men on the Sea-Coast Ser- 277,' 295", 2961 
vice. And that Three Hundred Pounds be deposited in the Hands 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is February 15. 



270 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 669—671.] 



of the Hon. Walter Spooner, Esq; who is directed to lay out the 
same in the best Manner he can to procure Ordnance and Stores as 
above directed, and that he be accountable to this Court for the 
same. [Passed* February 16. l 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 635. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 244, 254. 
282, 297. 



CHAPTEE 669. 

ORDER GRANTING PAYMENT OF PAYROLL OF THE HON* HOUSE 
AMOUNTING TO £2,274. 10/. 

In the House of Representatives 

The Payroll of the Hon le Members of the House, with their Travel 
& Attendance was read and allowed by the House 

In Council Read and Allowed, and 

Ordered that a Warrant be drawn on the Treasury for the sum of 
Two Thousand, Two Hundred & Seventy Four pounds, Ten shil- 
lings in full of said Roll. [Passed February 16. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 636. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 153. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 297. 
Ante, p. 260, 
chap. 641. 



CHAPTER 670. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COMMISSARY GENERAL TO DELIVER TO HIS 
EXCELL CY GEN L WASHINGTON ALL THE FIRE ARMS IN HIS POS- 
SESSION. 

Resolved. That the Commissary General be and he is hereby im- 
powerd and directed to deliver to His Excellency General Wash- 
ington, or his Order such Colony Fire Arms, as are in his keeping, 
that are fit for Service, he paying the price they shall be set at by a 
Committee to be appointed by this Court to appraise the same 

And that Cap 4 Brown of Watertown, Coll. Thatcher and Major 
Fuller, be a Committee for that purpose, who are directed to keep 
an Account of the Number of the Guns so appraised, and the 
amount thereof and to report the same to this Court. [Passed 
February 16. 



CHAPTER 671. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £4 FOR RACHEL FISK. 



Refoni^ofthe Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Council, Colony to James Prescott Esq' the sum of Four pounds for the Use 

of Rachael Fisk Widow of Peter Fisk who was Killed in the Battle 



xxxiv., 636. 



nailpp ^298^299. of Charlestown, in full for the Losses he sustain'd in s d Battle. 
[Passed February 16. 

1 This date is according to Legislative Records of the Council ; according to the House 
Journal the date is February 15. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 271 



CHAPTER 672 Legislative 

v> J.J- -n. J. J - J - jJ -»' v^i-i. Records of the 

Council, 

RESOLVE GRANTING £20 TO ALEX" GRAY. SussT'' 686 ' 

Archives, 

Resolved That there be Allow'd & paid out of the Publick Treas- ccvlli - m - 

ury of this Colony the sum of Twenty pounds to M r Alexander Gray na^pp'.^^j- 
in full for Three months Service in writting for this Court ending 299.' 
this day. [Passed February 16. 



CHAPTER 673. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £27. 8 TO SAMUEL FREEMAN. 



Resolved That there be allowed & paid out of the publick Treas- Legislative 
ury of this Colony unto Samuel Freeman Esq' the sum of Two g^SSf ot the 
pounds eight shillings in full for his Service as Secratary to the late xxxiv.,636. 
Provincial Congress from the 7 th of July last to the 19 th and also the Archives, 
further sum of Twenty five pounds in full for Recording the doings ccviii -» 161 - 
of said Congress, agreable to the Order of this Court. \ Passed H ° UBe Jour. 

n 7 *n L Ml. pp. 297, 299. 

February 16. 

CHAPTER 674. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £146.8/ TO THOMAS CUSHING, ESQ E . 

Resolved, That the Sum of One Hundred and forty six Pounds Legislative 
eight shillings be allowed and paid to Thomas Gushing Esq r for two ft the council 
hundred & forty-four Days attendance on the business of the Col- * xxiv > 637 - 
ony, at the Continental Congress, the last Year his Account of Dis- Archives, 
bursements and Expences for the Colony, to be consider'd and acted ccviii -' 157, 
upon the next Session of the General Assembly. [Passed Feb- ^ u p e ^ 9 ur - 
ruary 16. 

CHAPTER 675. 

RESOLVE IMPOWER G PLANTATIONS NOT INCORPORATED TO CHOOSE 
COMMITTEES OF CORRESPONDENCE, INSPECTION, & SAFETY. 

Resolved, That the plantations within this Colony not incorporated Legislative 
be, and they are hereby impower'd to call a meeting of the Inhab- council 8 , ' e 
itants which meeting shall be warn'd by a Justice of the peace who Mass V '' 638 ' 
resides nearest said plantation, or place where the meeting is to be Archives, 
held which Justice shall Issue his warrant in proper form to call a CCV111 "' — - — ■ 
meeting to some principal Inhabitant of said Plantation directing na°up! 2^' 
him to set up a Copy of his Warrant in some public place in said ^a 6 ' eio 2 "' 
plantation there to stand fourteen days before said Meeting And 
when the Inhabitants of any plantation, or place so warn'd & assem- 
bled as abovesaid they shall have the same priviledge of choosing 
Committees of Correspondance Inspection, & Safety as if they were 
incorporated into a Town as is provided by a Resolve of this Court 
Dated Eeb y 13 th 1776. and their doings shall be Valid to all Intents, 
& purposes as if they were Incorporated into a Town. [Passed 
February 16. 



272 



Province Laws (Besolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 676, 677.] 



CHAPTER 676. 



RESOLVE EMPOWERING THE COM EE8 OF CORRESPONDENCE INSPECTION 
& SAFETY TO APPOINT PERSONS TO RECEIVE RAGS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 638. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 149. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 300. 
Ante, p. 259, 
chap. 640. 
Supra, chap. 
675. 



Whereas the Colony cannot be supplied with a sufficient Quantity 
of Paper for its own consumption without the particular care of it's 
Inhabitants in saving Hags for the Paper mills. Therefore 

Resolved that the Committees of Correspondence, Inspection & 
Safety in the several Towns in this Colony be and they hereby are 
required immediately to appoint some suitable person in their respec- 
tive Towns (where it is not already done) to receive rags for the 
Paper mills. And the Inhabitants of this Colony are hereby desired 
to be very careful in saving even the smallest Quantities of Rags 
proper for making paper which will be a further evidence of their 
disposition to promote the Publick Good. [Passed February 16. 



CHAPTER 677. 



RESOLVE PRESCRIBING FORM OF RETURN OF CENSUS OF TOWNS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 639. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 148. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 150, 169. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 640. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 301, 302. 
Province 
Laws, v., 468, 
chap. 16; 528, 
529, notes. 



Resolved that the List to contain the return of the Number of the 
inhabitants of each Town in the colony of the Massachusetts Bay 
to be made by the Select men of the respective Towns pursuant to 
a late Act intitlid " An Act for the carrying into execution a resolve 
of the American Congress for ascertaining the Number of inhabitants 
in this colony " shall be of the foregoing form ' and that two hun- 
dred & sixty lists of the form afores d the like number of said 
Acts be printed and sent to the Select men of the Several towns in 
this colony as soon as may be and that Cap. Jonathan Brown be 
a Com tee to procure the printing the said Lists & Acts and that y e 
s d Com tee take effectual care that Such lists be transmitted to such 
Select men. 8 [Passed February 16. 

1 A form similar to that for unincorporated towns, infra. 

2 The following resolve of the same date was passed in regard to unincorporated places. 
A List or return on Oath of the householders dwelling in the unincorporated places 

called in the county of in the colony of the Massachusetts Bay and of the 

Number of souls of each family including innmates and boarders 



The Names of the heads 
of each family 



The Number of the 

white people in each 

family 



The Number of Negroes 

and molattoes in 

each family 



The whole Number in 
each family 



Resolved that the list to contain the return of the number of the Inhabitants of the un- 
incorporated places in the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay, to be return' d by the several 
Committees appointed by this Court, pursuant to a late Act, intitled "An Act for carrying 
into execution a Resolve of the American Congress, for ascertaining the number of Inhab- 
itants in this Colony," shall be of the preceeding form; and that sixty lists of the form 
aforesaid & the like number of said Acts, be printed, and deliver'd or sent to the several Com- 
mittees named in the said Act, as soon as may be ; And that Cap' Jonathan Brown be 
a Committee to procure the printing of the said lists, and that he take effectual Care, that 
such lists & Acts be deliver'd or sent to the several Committees named in the said Act. — 
Mass. Archives, ccviii., 150. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 273 



CHAPTER 678. 

RESOLVES FOR ARMING THE MACHIAS LIBERTY AND SCHOONER DILI- 
GENT & AN ESTABLISHMENT THEREFOR. 

Whereas it is of Importance that the Enemies of the united Col- J^^of the 
onies should as far as possible be deprived of Necessary Supplies council, 
whereby they may be render'd the less capable of distressing this Mass 7 " 5 ° 
and the other Colonies aforesaid, and to effect this purpose it is 4v C m v i66 
Expedient, and necessary Armed Vessels should be fitted out and — — J -r~ — 

• -» • xiOUBC J OUI*- 

Employed to prevent supplies getting into the hands of our said nai, pp. 223, 224, 
Enemies Therefore m'bu,m\ 

Resolved, That the Committee of Correspondance, Inspection, & Province 
Safety of Newbury Port with Cap 4 Jeremiah Obrian be a Committee chap. 7. ''Ante, 
to prepare, and in all respects Equip, and man with Fifty men each pi^chap! 03 ' 
including Officers the Sloop Machias Liberty, and Schooner Diligent 640. 
now lying at Newbury Port, and that the said Committee recom- 
mend such proper persons to the Hon ble Council as may be neces- 
sary for Officers of said Vessels for the purposes above mention'd, 
and when said Vessels are prepared as aforesaid the Officers belonging 
to said Vessels be Commissionated by and follow such directions as 
they shall receive from time to time from the Council of this Colony 

And it is further 

Resolved, That the following sums set against the several Officers, 
and Men Engaged in the above Service shall be paid them upon their 
faithfully discharging the duties assigned them 



viz. 


P Month 




P month 


a Captain 


. £4 


Carpenter 


. £1. 10 


s 4 Lieu' . 


. £3 


Gunner .... 


. £1. 10 


2 d Lieu' . 


. £2. 10/ 


Pilate & Quarter master . 


. £1. 10 


Surgeon . 


. £2. 10/ 


Steward .... 


. £1. 10 


Master . 


. . . £2 


Master at Arms 


. £1. 10 


Boatswain 


. £1. 10/ 


Foremast Men 


. £1. 4 



And for further Encouragement to the said Officers & Seamen It is 
Resolved, That they shall be Intitled to One Third the proceeds of 
all Captures that shall be by them made, and finally Condemned 
agreeable to a Law of this Colony made, & passed in the present 
Session of the General Court Intitled " * An Act for fixing out armed 
Vessels, and for the Trial, and Condemnation of Vessels, that have 
been Employed in aiding, and Assisting our Enemies and in such 
proportions as is allowed the Officers, and Seamen of the Armed 
Vessels fitted out on Account of the United Colonies by his Excel- 
lency General Washington The above establishment to continue 
untill the last Day of December next, unless this Court should think 
it expedient to discharge them sooner. [Passed February 17* 

1 Sic, as to quotation. 

2 This date is according to Mass. Archives; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is February 8. 



274 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 679—681.] 



CHAPTER 679. 

RESOLVE FOR ERECTING A STORE FOR THE COMMISSARY GENERAL 

IN WATERTOWN. 

Relfrdifof the Whereas it appears to this Court to be expedient and necessary 
council, that a Store be erected for the Use of the Commissary General in 

xxxiv " 6 ' 27 - the Town of Watertown Therefore 

Archives, Resolved that Cap 1 Thatcher be a Committee to erect a Store with 

ccviii.,125,126. a ll convenient speed, at the Charge of this Colony for the purpose 
nai,pp.283,287, aforesaid of the following dimensions Viz Fourteen feet in "Width 
288,290,291. an( j Twenty Feet in Length, & Thirteen and a half feet Post, said 
Store to be set up as near the Guard House in said Town of "Water- 
town as conveniently may be. The Owner of the Land consenting 
thereto on such Terms as the said Thatcher shall judge reasonable. 
[Passed February 17. 1 



CHAPTEK 680. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 639. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
cxcvi., 97. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxcvi., 96. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 300, 303. 
Ante, p. 248, 
chap. 609. 



RESOLVE PERMITTING CAPTAIN COCHRAN TO ENLIST SEAMEN FOR THE 
DEFENCE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. 

Resolved that Cap 1 Robert Cockran be permitted by the major 
part of the Council to Enlist a number of seamen for the Defence 
of South Carolina not exceeding three Hundred men out of the In- 
habitants of this Government, excepting such as are employed in the 
Continental Army, in the Armed Vessells fitted out either by this 
Colony or by any of the Inhabitants thereof or in the Forces raised 
by this Government for the defence of the sea Coasts, of whom none 
are to be enlisted. [Passed February 17. 2 



CHAPTER 681. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING BENJ N CROCKER TO GO TO THE WEST INDIES TO 

COLLECT MONEY. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 641. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 172. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 173. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 228, 232, 
233. Ante, 
p. 228, chap. 
652. 



Resolved, that Benjamin Crocker be allowed to go, in a Vessell of 
which himself is Master, to the west Indies, in order to collect any 
moneys which may be due to him & others there he giveing Bonds 
with Sufficient Sureties in the sum of one thousand Pounds to the 
Treasurer of this Colony, that he will not carry in said Vessell, any 
Cash or produce of the Colonies, and that he will return to some 
port of the United Colonies (other than Boston Nantucket or New 
York,) with the Proceeds of the Collection of such Debts, and not 
purchase any goods from any Island contrary to the Continental 
Assciation, and it is hereby recommended, to the said Crocker, to 
purchase arms Ammunition or any kind of Military Stores, enumer- 
ated in a late Eesolution of the Congress, if there to be obtained; 
and that the committee of Inspection of Falmouth be and hereby 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is February 14. 

* This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is February 16. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7 b'. 2T.*> 

are directed to see that there be no more provission carried off in 
said Vessell, Than what is necessary for Victualling the People Be- 
longing to her dureing the Voyage. [Passed February 17. 



CHAPTEE 682. &&««* 

Council, 
RESOLVE GRANTING £400 TO PHILIP HODGKINS & OTHERS. xxxiv.,642. 

Mass. 

Resolved that there be paid ' out of the Public Treasury of this Arc .hive8, 
Colony to Philip Hodgkins &. others the sum of Four hundred its. Legis- ' 
pounds to supply the Necessity's of the Inhabitants between Penob- onhe counclf, 
scot & Gouldsborough. \ Passed February 17. xxxiv., 683,619. 

° L ** House Jour- 

nal,pp.225,302, 
304, 306. 



CHAPTER 683. 

RESOLVE GRANTING AN ADDITIONAL PREMIUM OF NINE PENCE F E 
POUND ON SULPHUR REFINED FROM MINES & ORES IN THIS 
COLONY. 

Whereas it is of the utmost Consequence that there be procur'd Legislative 
a sufficient quantity of Sulphur for manufacturing into Gun powder council, 
the Saltpetre that may be obtain'd ; MassT*' 642 ' 

Resolved that there be allowed and paid out of the Treasury of Archives, 
this Colony, for every pound of good & merchantable Sulphur, that ° 



shall be refined from Mines & Ores within this Colony, and deliver'd naTpp^Moo, 
to the Commissary General of this Colony, before the first day of So %^\ h ^ ,te ' 
July next, a bounty of nine pence p r pound, in addition to the like 498. 
sum, which the Committee of this Court, for procuring that Article 
are already directed to give the Venders of such Sulphur producing 
a Certificate from the major part of the Selectmen of any town where 
such Sulphur is refined, certifying in what town and County within 
this Colony the same was produced and refined 

And that Cap 1 Brown get this Resolve printed in the several News 
Papers. [Passed February 17. 



CHAPTER 684. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COM EE TO FIT OUT TEN ARMED VESSELS TO 
CONTRACT ONLY FOR FIVE AT PRESENT, AND TO PURCHASE FIVE 
OTHERS. 

Resolved that the Committee lately appointed to build Rig and fix Legislative 
ten armed Sloops be, and they hereby are impower'd to suspend con- council 8 ° f the 
tracting for more than five of that Number, untill upon making full xxxiv.,643. 
Enquiry they shall have a probable Prospect of obtaining necessary Archives, 

Materials for riging and equipping the same, and instead thereof ccviii -> 163 - 

said Committee are hereby also authoris'd to purchase rig and fix ^^eg 
five suitable Vessels already built, for the purpose of defence, of any ccvm., 164, 165, 
other denomination & dimentions than those specify'd in a former journai°, U8e 
Resolve, according to their best discretion, and said Committee are vfc t f P '^ 302 - 
further impower'd to import at the Risque and expence of this Col- chap.609. 

1 Mass. Archives, ccviii., 178, reads "lent," and at the end, after "Gouldsborough," 
adds: "they the said Philip Hodgkins Alex r Campbell Francis Shaw, Benj n Foster & 
Stephen Smith giving bond jointly & severally to the Treasurer of this Colony or his Suc- 
cessor in said office, for the payment of said Sum on or before the sixteenth Day of Feb? 
next." 



276 Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7(3. [Chaps. 685, 686.] 

ony, any materials they shall find necessary for riging and fixing 
any of the aforesaid Vessels, as they shall judge best, not infringing 
upon any Resolves of the continental Congress. [Passed Feb- 
ruary 17. 

CHAPTER 685. 

RESOLVES APPOINTING A COM ES TO FIT OUT A NUMBER OF VESSELS TO 
IMPORT FLOUR, RICE, AND IRON, AND GRANTING £18,000 FOR PAY- 
MENT. 

n%&2££«« o In the House of Representatives 

Records of the __ T1 , n . . * . . ~ , -r, ., . ■< .. . . 

council, Vv hereas the Administration of Great Britain, by their despotic, 

Mas8 V " 646 " & Cruel measures, from time to time, and finally by shedding the 
cV$u ve no blood of the Inhabitants of the British American Colonies has obliged 
House Jour — us to ta ^ e U P arms > ^ or our defence, and thereby we are Engaged in 
nai,pp.303,306, an unnatural War, which has in a considerable degree prevented 
30 '' the Importation of Bread, Corn, flower, and other Articles of Sub- 

sistance, & defence into this Government, from the neighbouring 
Colonies, whereby great part of the usual Supply is cut Short, and 
as the sea Coasts of this Colony, are surrounded with Ships of War, 
and Cutters, which makes it necessary for Our defence, an Armed 
force should be station'd in various parts thereof, which Army can- 
not be subsisted, and defended without an Importation of those Sup- 
plies, and it being of great ImjDortance proper measures should be 
pursued to prevent the distresses that may arise from the want of 
the said Articles 
Therefore 

Resolved, That Thomas Durfy Esq r and Daniel Davis Esq r Cap 1 
Josiah Batcheldor with such as the honorable Board shall Join, be, 
and they hereby are appointed a Committee to agree for, and fix 
out with all possible dispatch On Account of this Colony on the best 
terms as many Vessels as may be sufficient for the Importing Ten 
Thousand Barrels of Flour Two thousand Casks of Rice, & one 
hundred Tons of Pig Iron from any of the Southern Colonies, that 
shall to them appear most safe, and may be Effected in the most 
Expeditious manner, and that said Committee deliver unto the Com- 
missary General of this Colony the aforesaid flower, Rice, & Iron 
when Imported taking his receipt for the same And it is further 

Resolved, That there be paid out of the public Treasury of this 
Colony into the hands of the said Committee the sum of Eighteen, 
Thousand pounds for the above purposes said Committee to be 
Accountable to this Court for the same. 

In Council Read & concurred and Walter Spooner & Moses 

Gill Esq" are joined. [Passed February 17. 



CHAPTER 686. 

RESOLVE IMPOWERING THE GENERAL SESSIONS OF THE PEACE FOR 
ESSEX COUNTY TO GRANT A LICENSE TO ISAAC ABBOT TO KEEP A 
TAVERN IN ANDOVER. 

Klcordfof the ResoV 1 That the Justices of the Court of General Sessions of the 
council, J Peace for the County of Essex, be & hereby are impowered at their 
Mass!'* 64b ' next Term, to grant the petitioner [Isaac Abbot] a Licence (if they 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (liesolves, etc.). — 177.")— TC. 277 

see Cause) to keep a Tavern in the House where he now dwells in Archives, 

Andover, he having already Obtain'd an Approbation of the Select- ccvlll » 18 °- 

men of Andover for that purpose (the Time for Granting Licences JltcMtos 
being elapsed notwithstanding,) And the said petitioner is hereby covin., i&. 
permitted, to keep an House of publick entertainment for Travellers nal,pp.2«,249. 
in the mean time, he observing the Regulations of the Law in that 
Case made & provided. [Passed February 19. 



CHAPTER 687. 

RESOLVE SUSPENDING PROCESS OF THE COURTS OF LAW. 

Whereas this Colony for several months past has been made by Legislative 
Great Britain the Seat of an unnatural War by reason whereof & the coun^f ° f tbe 
Constant attention of this Court to the necessary means of Defence xxxiv.,649. 

• • • JVl'tSH 

There has not as yet been opportunity to make sufficient provision Archives, 

for regulating in all respects the executive Courts in this Colony ccvul -> im - . 

and especially with regard to the Fees for services in & about civil ^chives 
Actions ; which fees have heretofore been very unequal and dispropor- covin., 176. 
tionate to the services and in some instances plainly excessive and nailpp. 300)303, 
as this Court are deeply impressed with the necessity of making ^}nte%^m 
divers alterations in the fees & allowances for such services that all chap! sis. 
oppression & every appearance thereof in our Courts of Justice may 
be wholly taken away & prevented & have the fullest Intention 
immediately after [their next Meeting '] most seriously to attend to 
this matter and to make such regulations therein as that on the one 
hand none who are necessarily employed in the Course of civil actions 
should fail of receiving a reasonable allowance & that on the other 
hand none by any cunning arts or fictions should take exorbitant 
Sums on any pretence whatsoever. 

It is therefore 

Resolved and 

Ordered that no civil Action Shall be entered with any Justice of 
the Peace & that no Judgement shall be render'd on any Action 
which is now pending or that Shall be entered & pending in any 
Inferior Court of Common pleas in this Colony before the Third day 
of April [next 'till the 2 ] further order of this Court, but that such 
actions shall be Continued of Course untill y e term next after the 
Third [day of April next whether there shall 2 ] be an appearance of 
the defendant or not, and that no fees shall be allowed or Costs 
taxed by any Inferior Court of Common pleas in this Colony on any 
action which shall be Commenced or entered between the passing 
this resolve & the said third Day of April next, but such as shall 
be allowed by some future act or order of this Court any law act or 
resolve to the Contrary hereof notwithstanding. 

This Resolve to be published in the next Cambridge, Watertown 
& Worcester News papers. [Passed February 20. 

1 Inserted from the House Journal, p. 312. 

2 Inserted from Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiv., 649. 



278 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 1)88-690.] 



CHAPTEK 688. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COMMISSARY GENERAL TO DELIVER OUT 
OF THE COMMISS YS STORE 15 FIRE ARMS TO CAP T JOHN ELD1NS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 660. 



Resolved that the Commisary Gen 1 be & hereby he is Directed to 
Deliver out of the Colony Store to Cap 1 John Eldins fifteen fire, 
arms for the use of his Company, Taking his receipt for the Same 
ccvHi iv i85 Expressing the value thereof, & promising to be accountable there- 
- — : V~ : for, and that Mai r Fuller Cap 1 Brown of Watertown & Co 1 Allen, be a 

House Jour- ' u a * 

nai,pp.3i2,3i3. Committee to appraise & Number said Arms. [Passed February 20. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 650. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 184. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 99. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 612. 
Executive 
Records of the 
Council, 
xvii.,276. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 275, 311, 
312. Love's 
Fast and 
Thanksgiving 
Days of New 
England, 
p. 503. 



CHAPTER 689. 

RESOLVE APPOINTING A DAY OF FAST. 

It having been the laudable Practice of this Government: to 
recommend and appoint Days for Fasting & Prayer upon solemn 
& special Occasions, besides our Annual Fast. And as this Court 
apprehend that the present time is big with the most important 
Events to this and the other Colonies, and that these Events are in 
the hands of the Supreme Governor of the Universe 

Therefore Unanimously 

Resolved 

That the Hon bl Board, be & hereby are desired to set apart Thursday 
the seventh Day of March next to be observed as a Day of solemn 
humiliation & prayer, devoutly to implore of Almighty God, that 
the vocal dispensations of Providence, in the peculiar Events which 
have lately taken place may be duly resented and the great end 
for which they are design'd, happily accomplish'd That he 

will also commend his Blessing upon our Councils & Arms in the 
present Struggle with Great Britain, for those inestimable Eights, 
Civil and Religious, with which God & Nature has invested us, and 
made it our Duty to endeavour at every hazard to hand down to 
Posterity, and that they cause a Proclamation to be immediately 
issued, and sent to the Ministers and Pastors of the several Denom- 
inations of Christians in this Colony for the purposes aforesaid.' 
[Passed February 20. 



CHAPTER 690. 



RESOLVES APPOINTING A COMMITTEE TO PURCHASE FLOUR IN THE 
WESTERN PARTS OF THIS COLONY AND GRANTING £1,000 FOR PAY- 
MENT. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 651. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 183. 



Whereas it is of the utmost Consequence that effectual Care be 
taken to provide a sufficient Magazine of Provision for the use of 
this Colony, and it is possible we may be disappointed of part of the 
Flour and Rice lately Order'd to be imported from the southward. 

Therefore 

1 The fast was held March 7 th , 1776, and was public. — Love's Fast and Thanksgiving 
Days of New England, p. 503. 



[3d Sess.] Province Laws (liesolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 279 

Resolved that Deacon Elnathan Curtis of Stockbridge Gideon Mass. 
Wheeler Esq r of Lanesborough ' & M r Benedict Dewy of Great Bar- %$£$&. 
rington be a Committee to purchase in the western parts of this H J S° 8e £gP r - 
Colony, a Quantity of good Merchantable Flour not exceeding Two Ante, p. 276, 
thousand barrels, provided the same is deliver'd at Springfield and cha P- 686 - 
Iladley at sixteen shillings p r hundred, including every Charge And 
in Order to prevent any loss from failure in the Quallity of this 
Article, it is Order'd that every Vender thereof cause to be marked 
on each Barrel, his Name, and the town to which he belongs And 

it is further 

Resolved that there be paid out of the publick Treasury to Cap 1 
Noah Goodman & Major William Pyncheon the sum of One Thou- 
sand Pounds to enable them to pay for the Flour and Transporta- 
tion thereof on it's delivery, at the said Towns of Springfield & 
Iladley They to be accountable to this Court for the same. [Passed 
February 20. 



CHAPTER 691. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £100 FOR SUFFERERS OF FALMOUTH. 

Resolved. That there be granted & paid out of the Public Treas- Legislative 
ury of this Colony to Samuel Freeman the Sum of One Hundred council 8 ° f the 
Pounds for the Use of those Persons who are sufferers by the burn- xxxiv., 652. 
ing of the Town of Falmouth Said Sum to be applied in the same Archives, 
manner as was directed in a former Resolve of this Court granting CCYiii -» 188 - 
the Sum of Two Hundred & fifty Pounds for that purpose Said J*}™ 6 J u 7o 3g 

Freeman to be accountable to this Court for the Same. [Passed 255,' 313, 314." 
February 20. fiSfei* 

1 The Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiv., 651, and the State Library Copy, 1775- 
76, page 598, give Lunenbourgh. 



280 



Province ~LAW8(ftesolves,etc). — 1775-76. [Chap. 692.] 



RESOLVES, ORDERS, VOTES, ETC. 

Passed at the Session begun and held at Boston, 
on the Thirteenth Day of March, A.D. 1776. 



CHAPTER 692. 



Maes. 
Archives, 
cxciv., 279. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxciv., 276-278. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 654. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 2, 4. 
Ante, p. 259, 
chap. 640. 



RESOLVE IMPOWERING THE SELECTMEN AND COMMITTEE OF CORRE- 
SPONDENCE OF TRURO TO SECURE REMAINS OF THE TRANSPORT 
FRIENDSHIP CAST ASHORE ON CAPE COD, TO AWAIT TRIAL. 

The Committee to whom was referred sundry Papers relative to 
the Transport Ship Called the Friendship Cap Holmes late master 
which was Cast on Shore on the back of Cape Cod on the 29 th of 
February last, have attended that service & beg leave to report 

That The Selectmen & Committee of Correspondence Inspection 
and Safety for the Town of Truro be directed and Impowered to 
Secure what remains of said Ship, and to Collect and take proper 
Care of her rigging, sails Cables & anchors as also of the Provisions, 
Powder Cannon, ammunition & other Stores which She had on board, 
that they lodge & keep them in some Safe place untill it Shall be 
determined, by the Judge of the Court of Justice for the Tryal & 
Condemnation of all Vessells found Infesting the Coasts &c that 
may be brought into the Counties of Plimouth Barn'staple, Bristol 
Nantuckett or Duke's County, to whom they belong, excepting one 
Cask of Vinegar, Two Boxes of Tin, Eight Bolts of Canvas & five 
kegs of Paint, which they are directed, after having them Apprized 
by three Impartial Persons to be appointed for that purpose by the 
Said Selectmen & Committee, to Send them to the Commissary 
General of this Colony for the use of the Continental Army and 
that all officers and others be required to afford their Aid and assist- 
ance to the Selectmen & Committee aforesaid in securing the Vessell 
& Stores before mentioned and as Embezzelments in Cases of this 
nature is highly Disreputable & altogather unjustifiable and every 
Species thereof ought to be discouraged that all persons be directed 
to use their utmost Endeavors to prevent y e same & that it be recom- 
mended to the Persons concerned in this Capture to restore to Cap 
Holmes his wearing Apparell & private papers 

All which is humbly Submitted 

Thomas Cushing $j order. 

Eead & accepted, & thereupon 

Resolved, that the Selectmen & Committees of Correspondence, 
Inspection & Safety be, & they hereby are directed & impowered 
to secure what remains of said Ship, & to take Care of her rigging 
& other appurtenances & also of the Provisions, Powder, Cannon, 
Ammunition & other Stores, which she had on board, untill the 
same shall be determined on by the Judge of the Court of Justice 
appointed to try the Justice of the capture of all Vessells, that 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 281 

are found infesting the Sea Coast &c & brought into either of the 
Counties of Plymouth, Barnstable, Bristol, Nantucket or Dukes 
County excepting one Cask of Vinegar, two Boxes of tin, Eight 

Bolts of Canvas & five Kegs of Paint, which Articles the said Select- 
men & Committees aforesaid are hereby directed, (after having them 
apprised by three impartial Persons to be appointed for that pur- 
pose, by the .Selectmen & Committees afore ' to send them to the 
Commissary General of this Colony for ' Use of the Continental 
Army. And all Officers & others ' hereby required to afford their Aid 
& assistance to the Selectmen & Committees aforesaid, in securing 
the said Yessell with her Appurtenances & Stores aforesaid; and all 
Perso : are hereby directed to use their utmost Endeavours to pre- 
vent any Embezzlement of the Same; and it is also recommended 
to the Persons concerned in this Capture to restore to Cap 1 Holmes 
his wearing Apparel & private Papers. [Passed March 14. 



CHAPTER 693. 

VOTE APPOINTING A COMMITTEE TO TRANSMIT BOOKS & FILES OF LET- 
TERS OF THE COM™ OF SUPPLIES &c TO THE DELEGATES AT CON- 
GRESS. 

In the House of Representatives R egl rd tlV f the 

The Committee appointed to take into consideration the Letter council, 

from M r Gerry, with another Letter said to come from Philadelphia, Mass!*' 655 ' 

report d as their Opinion, " that a Committee be appointed to trans- Archive*. 

mit the Memorandum and Day Books, with Files of Letters men — - — - — '- — 

tioned in M r Gerrys Letter to our Delegates at Congress, and also naupp. t^io. 

to obtain an Account of all the Powder lent by this Colony, to the f^'J^^ 1 ' 

Continental Army, and report the same to this House " 

Read and accepted and Deacon Cheever, M r Partridge & M r Ellis 

are appointed a Committee for the purpose therein expressed. 
In Council Read & Concurred. [Passed March 15. 2 



CHAPTER 694. SSSK?*. 

Council, 
xxxiv., 657. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £16 TO JOB STANWOOD. 

Mass. 
Archives, 

Resolved, that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Hous^'Jour- 
Colony to Job Stanwood (who lost his Arm at the taking of Cape nai, pp. 6,9. 
Britain in the Year 1745) the Sum of Sixteen pounds in full for Laws^xTv., 233, 
Two years Pension ending the 11 th day of April next. [Passed chap-' 264 - 
March 15. 

1 MS. mutilated. 

* This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is March 14. 



282 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 695-698.] 



CHAPTER 695. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 657. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 160 
(January, 
1776) ; p. 7. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £12. 18. 8 TO HENRY LEALAND. 

Resolved that there be Paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Henry Lealand the sum of Twelve pounds Eighteen shil- 
lings & Eight pence to enable him to pay his Company for support- 
ing themselves. [Passed March 15. 



CHAPTER 696. 



PAY OF A SEC U MAJOR. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 657. 

* las , 8 : ORDER DIRECTING THE COM™ ON MUSTER ROLLS IN REGARD TO THE 

Archives, 
ccviii., 191. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 502. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 10. 
Ante, p. 186, 
chap. 471. 



Ordered That the Committee on Muster Rolls, in making up the 
same, consider the pay of a second Major at Seven Pounds p Month. 
[Passed March 15. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 657. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 11. 



CHAPTER 697. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £1. 16 TO JOSEPH MIXER. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Joseph Mixer (in full for the Loss of his Gun in the battle 
of Bunker Hill) the Sum of One pound Sixteen shillings. [Passed 
March 15. 



CHAPTER 698. 



RESOLVE RELATING TO EXCHANGE OF HARD MONEY FOR BILLS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 657. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 192. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 10, 12. 
Ante, p. 265, 
chap. 658. 



Whereas Committees were appointed by this Court in several 
Counties in this Colony to procure Subscribers who shou'd certify 
under their hands what Sum of hard Money each subscriber would 
exchange for Continental Bills, but no Bills have been granted for 
that purpose. 

Therefore 

Resolved That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to each Person belonging to either of the Committees afore- 
said such Sum or Sums as shall appear to the Hon. Council that 
they severally may be able to exchange for hard money, and that 
the said Committee pay the said hard money to the Treasurer of 
this Colony for the Use of the Canadian Expedition, and take his 
Receipt for the same, they severally to be accountable to this Court. 
[Passed March 15. 



[4th Sess.J Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 283 



CHAPTER 699. 

RESOLVE IMPOWERING THE COM TEE ON MUSTER ROLLS TO MAKE UP 
CAP T JAMES PERRY'S ROLL TO THE 12 th OF AUGUST. 

Resolved that the committee ou the Rolls be and they are hereby Legislative 
directed to make up the muster Roll of Cap' James Perry 3 Company council 8 ° f the 
in Coll Paul Dudley Sargant 8 Regement to the twelfth of august xxxiv., W 
for the Non commision officers & Soldiers borne on said Roll, they Archives, 
having Received no pay from the Continen 1 before that date as ccvlll -» 193 - 
appears by a Certificate on said Roll from the Collonel. [Passed nai U pp J io ir i2 

March 15. Ante, p. 282, 

chap. 696. 



CHAPTER 700. 

RESOLVE RECOMMENDING RETURN OF 75 DOLLARS TO CAP T JAMES Legislative 
HOLMES OF THE MONEY TAKEN FROM HIM AT TRURO, ON THE LOSS ^J^f of the 
OF HIS SHIP. xxxiv.,659. 

Resolved that it be recommended to the Selectmen of the Town Archives, 
of Truro, that they return to Cap 1 James Holmes Seventy Five dol- House jour° 3 ' 
lars, part of the Cash that he claims as his Private property on Board Jf 1 '^)^ 9, 13, 
the Friendship lately ran ashore in said Town, for said Cap 4 Holmes p.*280, chap, 
necessary support, till Trial of said Vessel can be had, or further 692 ' 
Order of this Court. [Passed March 16. 



CHAPTER 701. 

RESOLVE ADJOURNING WORCESTER COURTS TO THE SECOND TUESDAY 

IN JUNE NEXT. 

Whereas the Courts of General sessions of the Peace and Inf eriour Legislative 
court of Common Pleas for the County of Worcester according council 8 ° f the 

to the Time appointed by Law should be holden at Worcester in Said xxxiv.,659. 
County on the Last Tuesday of march Instant and whereas the Court Archives, 
of Gen 1 Sessions for the peace for the Last December Term for Said ccviu., 204. 
County is adjourned to monday the Twenty fifth day of this Instant ^ U8e J ™ r i 6 
March and whereas no business of Great Importance Can be Trans- Province ' 
acted at said Courts, and Sundry of the Justices and officers of Said clfap! is.'* ^ 
Courts are members of this Court which is likely to Continue Sitting 
beyond y e time appointed for holding Said Courts and it's probable 
that matters of Great importance may Require the attendence of all 
the members of this Court at that Time 

Therefore 

Resolved that Said Courts be and hereby are adjourned unto the 
second Tuesday in June next being the Time at which the Inferiour 
Court of Common pleas and Court of Gen 1 Sessions of the peace for 
Said County are by law appointed to be holden at Worcester afore- 
said and that all pleas, processes, writs, actions, suits Issued or to 
be Issued, Complaints, precepts Recognizances and all other matters 
and things returnable and having and that Should have had Day in 
said Courts if the same had been holden the Said Last Tuesday of 
march or at the Adjournment of December Court Shall be return- 



284 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 702-705.] 



able and have Day in Said Courts on the Said second Tuesday of 
June next and Shall abide and Continue unto that time and shall 
then be proceeded heard Tried & Determined to all Intents and 
purposes as Effectually as if Said Courts should have been held on 
the said Last Tuesday of march, or at the time to which the Court 
held in December last was adjourned. [Passed March 16. 



CHAPTEK 702. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £26. 5. 7 TO THE SELECTMEN OF GROTON. 

Legislative Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 

council 8 , e Colony to the Selectmen of the Town of Groton the Sum of Twenty 

xxxiv., 660. gj x p 0un( j s Yive shillings & Seven pence in full of their account of 

2S U pp J a8a r a8B Provision supplied the Colony. [Passed March 16. 



CHAPTEE 703. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 661. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 13. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £1. 4 TO THOMAS WINDSH1P. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury to Thomas 
Windship the sum of One pound four shillings in full of a Gun lost 
in the Battle of Lexington. [Passed March 16. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 661. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 4, 5 
(December, 
1775); pp.11, 
13. 



CHAPTER 704. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £7. 17. 6 TO LIEIF NATHAN WHEELER. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Lieutenant Nathan Wheeler the sum of Seven pounds, 
Seventeen shillings & Six pence in full of his Services as a Subaltern 
Officer in Col Doolittle's Regiment from the 28 th of April last to 
the First of July 1776. [Passed March 16. 



CHAPTEE 705. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 661. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
clxxx., 315. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 6, 11, 
12. Journals 
of each Provin. 
cial Congress, 
p. 377. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £57. 6. 8| TO WILLIAM DODGE & OTHERS. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Treasury of this Colony to 
William Dodge Daniel Goodhew Jeremiah Stanford Francis Cogs- 
well Tho 8 Dodge John Heard & Anna Dodge Joint petitioners the 
sum of fifty Seven pounds Six shillings and Eight pence Three 
farthings in full for the Supply of provision Sold by them to Robert 
Byert Benj n York & Jonathan Buck for the Supply of Some of the 
Eastward Settlements agreable to the Resolve of congress of the 20 : 
& 22 d of June last upon the petitioners Making over to the Treas- 
urer of the Colony the obligations given to them from S d Byert, 
York, and Buck. [Passed March 16. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 285 



CHAPTER 706. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £5. 12. 4 TO CATHARINE ALEXANDER. Legislative 

Records ol the 
Council, 

Resolved that there be Paid out of the Public Treasury of this xxxiv., 662. 
Colony to Catharine Alexander, the sum of Five pounds Twelve Mass, 
shillings & Four pence in full discharge of her account of Losses ccvUi.Tp6- 
her late Husband sustained at the Battle at Bunker Hill on the 17 th ^^.[l™ 86 
June last. [Passed March 16. p-14. 



CHAPTER 707. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £3.7.6 TO JOHN CUMMINGS. 

Resolved, that there be Paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to John Cummings the Sum of Three pounds, Seven shil- councu 8 , ° f the 
lings & Six pence in full discharge of his Account for the Losses he xxxiv., 662. 
sustained at the Battle of Charlestown on the 17 th June last. House Jour- 
[ Passed March 16. 

CHAPTER 708. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £6. 12. TO AMOS DOLE. 

Resolved that there be Paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Amos Dole the sum of Six pounds Twelve shillings in full councu 8 , ° f the 
discharge of his Account for the Losses he sustained at the Battle xxxiv., 662. 
of Charlestown on the 17 th June last. \ Passed March 16. House Jour- 

L nal, p. 14. 



CHAPTER 709. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £1 4 TO THE HEIRS OF JOSEPH HIBBART. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 

Colony to the Heirs of Joseph Hibbart deceased, the sum of One g^f, ° f the 

pound four shillings in full for the Loss of a Gun at the battle of xxxiv., 662. 

Charlestown on the 17 th June last. \ Passed March 16. House Jour- 

u nal, p. 14. 



CHAPTER 710. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £6. 12 TO RICHARD SOWTEL AND OTHERS. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Richard Sowtel, Jonas Nagus, & Jonas Wright the sums coundf, of the 
of Six pounds Twelve shillings in full discharge of their Account, xxxiv., 662. 
for Losses sustained at the Battle of Charlestown on the 17 th of June House Jour- 
last. [Passed March 16. nai, P .i4. 



28G 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.'). — 1775-7(5. [Chaps. 711-714.] 



CHAPTER 711. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 663. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 197- 
197 b . House 
Journal, p. 14. 



RESOLVE GRANTING 19/ 6 TO ELIPHALET HASTINGS AND 17/ TO THE 
SELECTMEN OF WALTHAM. 

Resolved, that there be Paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Eliphalet Hastings the sum of Nineteen Shillings & Six 
pence and to the Selectmen of Waltham the sum of Seventeen shill gB 
in full of their Accounts for Losses sustained at the Battle of Charles- 
town. [Passed March 16. 



CHAPTER 712. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 663. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 14. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 16. 6 TO THE HEIRS OF AMOS WHEELER. 

Resolved, that there be Paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to the Heirs of Amos Wheeler deceased, the sum of Three 
pounds Sixteen shillings & Six pence in full for the Losses he sus- 
tain'd at the Battle of Charlestown on the 17 th June last. [Passed 
March 16. 



CHAPTER 713. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 663. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 205. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 17. 
Ante, p. 273, 
chap. 678. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COMMISSARY GEN 1 - TO DELIVER 200 L, < POWDER 
TO CAP T JERE 11 OBRIAN. 

Resolved That the Commissary General for this Colony be 
directed to procure and deliver to Cap' Jeremiah Obrion two hun- 
dred weight of Gun Powder for the Use of the Sloop Machias Liberty 
and the Schooner Diligent, he being accountable to this Colony for 
the same. [Passed March 16. 



CHAPTER 714. 



VOTE APPOINTING FIELD OFFICERS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 664. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 206 a . 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 3, 4. 



In the House of Representatives 
The House made choice of the following Field Officers Viz 

Solomon Gorham First Lieu 1 of the Comp y stationed at Glocester 

under the command of Cap' Daniel Warner in the room of John 

Low who declines serving 
Andrew Woodbury Sec d Lieu' of the same Comp y . 
John Chandler First Lieu' of a Company in said Glocester under the 

command of Cap' Bradbury Saunders, in the room of Isaac 

Somes who declines serving. 
William Kinsman Sec d Lieu' of the same Company in the room of 

said Chandler 
Ebenezer Low First Lieu' of Cap' Giddens comp y in s d Glocester in 

the room of Jabez Lane who has joined the Continental Army. 
Jeremiah Foster Sec d Lieu' in the Comp y last mentioned in the room 

of Moses Atkinson who has likewise joined the Continental Army 
In Council Read and Concurred. [Passed March 18. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 287 

CHAPTER 715. 

RESOLVE FOR PROCURING A LIST OF THE TORIES LEFT IN BOSTON. 

Resolved that such of the Selectmen & Committee of Correspond- R?? lsl d ltiv f th 
enceof the Town of Boston as have continued there until this time, Council, 
to lay before this Court, as soon as may be, a List of the Names of all xxxlv -» 66n - — 
such Persons in the said Town, as have countenanced, Aided, or in ArchiVes 
any way Assisted our Enemies or have appeared to act an unfriendly cxxjcvii.,'60; 
part to the Liberties of America, while the said Town was in pos- House Jour, 
session of the British Troops, that such measures may be taken with 2^6is. p ' 18, 
regard to those Persons as may be judged necessary for the Security 
of the Town and Colony 

And the Secretary is directed forthwith to Transmit a Copy of 
this Resolve to John Scollay Esq r to be communicated. [Passed 
March 18. * 



CHAPTER 716. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £400 TO ELISHA DICKERSON. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Elisha Dickerson the sum of Four hundred pounds, for council 8 ° f the 
the Use of Col Porters Eegiment now on their march to Canada, xxxiv., am. 
r Passed March 19. House Jour- 

L nal, p. 19. 

1 Not found in Mass. Archives, but the following does appear : — 
In House of Representatives 19 th March 1776 

Whereas it is Represented that a considerable Number of Persons who are inimical to 
the Liberties of America, and who have been aiding assisting and abetting the Enemies of 
the United Colonies of America in the murder of the Inhabitants thereof, and in burning 
and destroying their dwelling Houses, and Robbing them of their property, are yet remain- 
ing in Boston and their continuing there will much disturb the peace of the Town and 
prove dangerous to the united Colonies of america 

It is therefor 

Resolved that Coll. Orne Deacon Rawson and Coll Sartell with such as the Honourable 
Board shall Join be a Committee to apply to the Selectmen and the Several Committees of 
the Town of Boston for a list of all those Persons now there remaining, who have Signed 
any Association against the united Colonies, or either of them, or that have taken up arms 
under General Gage, or General Howe against the Colonies, aforesaid or Either of them, 
or that have Signed any Address to Either of the Said Generals, or in any way or manner 
aided assisted, or abetted, the Army or Fleet which have been infesting the Sea Coast of 
America : or that have fled to them for protection and that the said Committee report 

the same List with a state of Facts committed against the said united Colonies, or Either 
of them, by the persons who Shall be contained in the said List ; that this Court may advise 
thereon and that the said Selectmen and Committees of Boston, be, and they are 

hereby Strictly injoined, and commanded to give the said Committee of this Court all needed 
assistance herein and the Said Committee are also directed to take every method that 

Shall appear to them expedient to procure a true List of of [sic] the Persons inimical to 
the Liberties of the Colonies aforesaid & now residing in said Town and report the 

Names of them with the Facts by them committed against their Country to this Court as 
Soon as may be 

In Council March 19'h 1776 

Read & concurred & Jn° Winthrop and Jed h Foster Esq rs are joined 
In Council March '20'h 1776 

Ordered that Moses Gill Esq r with such as the Hon 1 House Shall join be added to the 
aforesaid Committee 

In the House of Representatives Mar. 16. 177 [MS. mutilated.] 

Read and concurr'd & M r Pitts is joined. — Mass. Archives, ccviii., 211. 



288 



Province Laws (llesolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 717, 718.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 666. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 207. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 20. 
Ante, p. 209, 
chap. 512. 



CHAPTER 717. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING MOSES GILL, ESQ E , TO PAY THE TREASURER 
£300 NOW IN HIS HANDS. 

"Whereas Moses Gill Esq r Chairman of the Committee appointed 
to settle the accounts remaining unsetled on the Books of the Com- 
mittee of Supplies and to collect Ballances due to the Colony on the 
Said Accounts, and also to take care of Several Cargoes of Vessels 
belonging to the Colony has now in his hands three hundred pounds 
in silver money which is the property of the Colony and which he 
Received of Captain Shaw master of the Schooner Maceoroni and 
the said Gill being desirous to be discharged thereof 

It is therefore 

Resolved that the Said Moses Gill Esqr be and he hereby is directed 
to pay the said Sum to the Treasurer of this Colony and the said 
Treasurers Receipt Shall be a discharge for the Same. [Passed 
March 19. 



CHAPTER 718. 



RESOLVE ADJOURNING COURT OF ADMIRALTY FOR THE MIDDLE 

DISTRICT. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 667. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 214. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 22. 
Province 
Laws, v., 517, 
notes. Ante, 
p. 233, chap. 
567. 



Whereas the Judge of the Court of Justice for the Counties of 
Suffolk, Essex and Middlesex (appointed in pursuance of an Act 
of the General Court at their Session in November last, intitled an 
Act for Encourageing the fixing out of Armed Vessels to defend the 
Sea Coast of America, and for Erecting a Court to try and condemn 
all Vessels that shall be found infesting the same) has appointed cer- 
tain days for holding his Court for that purpose at Ipswich Viz the 
Eighteenth nineteenth, Twentieth, Twenty First, Twenty Eighth, 
and Twenty ninth days of March instant, and it being inexpedient 
that those Courts should be held untill some further Regulation 
shall be made relative to the proceedings therein It is hereby 

Resolved and 

Ordered that the Court aforesaid appointed to be held on the days 
aforesaid (which are not already Elapsed) be adjourned until monday 
the First day of April next to be held at Ipswich in the County of 
Essex, and all Processes, Pleas, and every matter and thing what- 
soever which might or could have been heard, considered and deter- 
mined by the said Judge in Virtue of the appointment of those days 
for that purpose shall and may be heard and determined by him on 
the said First day of April next, and they are hereby continued 
accordingly. And all Jurors and Witnesses who have been sum- 
moned to attend in pursuance of the appointment aforesaid shall be 
hereby h olden and are accordingly directed to attend said Court on 
the said First day of April next, and shall be liable to the same pen- 
alties for Non attendance as if the said Court had been held on the 
days appointed for holding the same. [Passed March 20. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 289 



CHAPTER 719. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £72 TO JOSEPH BACON. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that there be Paid out of the Public Treasury of this xxxtv., 668. 
Colony to Joseph Bacou, the sum of Seventy two pounds in full for House Jour, 
his Services as a Post Rider from Woodstock to Cambridge, from (January, 
the 25 th of April last to this time. [Passed March 20. J™^ pp- 14 > 



CHAPTER 720. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COMMISSARY GENERAL TO TAKE POSSES- 
SION OF ALL THE COLONY STORES. 

Resolved, That the Commissary General of this Colony be and he Legislative 
hereby is empower d & directed to take into his Custody, all and council 80 * 1 
singular the Stores of every kind, purchas'd by this Colony for the * xxiv '" 



, 669. 



Mass. 



Use of the same, and not particularly appropriated, and the Com- Archives, 
mittees or other Persons who may have any of the Stores aforesaid CCV11 '-' m 
in their Possession are hereby directed to deliver the same accord- ^ a ° U8e 2i° ur " 
ingly. \ Passed March 20. Ante, p. 274, 

J L chap. 679. 



CHAPTER 721. SSSK?*. 

Council, 

ORDER RELATING TO CAP T JAMES KEITH'S MUSTER ROLL. Mass! - ' 6 '' 

Archives, 
ccviii., 210. 



Ordered That the Committee on the Muster Rolls of the Army 
make up the Roll of Cap' James Keith in Coll Sargents Regiment nai, p. 23. 
to the fifteenth of August last. [Passed March 20. chap. 699 283 ' 



CHAPTER 722. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £1,000 TO RICH" DEVANS, ESQ* AND OTHERS. 

Resolved That there be allowed and paid out of the public Treas- Legislative 
ury of this Colony to Richard Devons Esq r and others a Com tee of council 8 ° f the 
this Court to procure fire wood for the Continental army the further xxxiv.,670. 
sum of one thousand pounds to enable them to pay for such fire Archives, 
wood as they have already or may hereafter agree for to Supply the ccviii., 213. 
army aforesaid they to be accountable to this Court for the same. Ho ] useJo P r ^ 
[Passed March 20. Ante, p. 263, ' 

chap. 651. 



290 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 723-726.] 



CHAPTER 723. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
(Council, 
xxxiv., 671. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 26. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £8 FOR JN° NICHOLS. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Deacon Stickney for the use of John Nichols, 1 the sum 
of Eight pounds in full of his Losses at the Battle of Lexington. 
[Passed March 21. 



CHAPTER 724. 



RESOLVE FOR PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF THE SMALL POX. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 674. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 218. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 219. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 671. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 18, 21, 
26, 27, 31. 
Province 
Laws, v., 662, 
note. Ante, 
p. 165, chap. 
418. 



Resolved that the Selectmen of the Town of Boston be directed 
to use the utmost vigilance and industry to find out every person in 
that Town who is actually infected with the Small pox and to cause 
them to be collected in some several house or houses in the most 
Westerly part of the Town and with the greatest Diligence & Care 
effectually to cleanse all infected places other than those to which 
the infected persons shall be removed, and that in case it should so 
happen that the said distemper should break out anew that the 
infected person or persons be removed immediately to the place 
assigned for those who are now infected, and that the S d Selectmen 
be also directed from time to time very particularly to advertize the 
publick of the State of the Small pox during its continuance there 

And that M r pitts a Member of this Court and one of the Select- 
men of Boston be directed to take a Copy of this Resolve attested 
by the Secretary and communicate the same to his Brethren the S d 
Selectmen as soon as may be. [Passed March 22. 



CHAPTER 725. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 676. 

House Jour, 
nal, p. 30. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £9 TO TIMOTHY MUNROE. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony, to Timothy Munroe a wounded Soldier, 2 the sum of Nine 
pounds in full for his Doctering, Nursing &c. [Passed March 22. 



CHAPTER 726. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 676. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 216. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 6, 11. 



RESOLVE IMPOWERING TREASURER TO PAY DEC D SOLDIERS WAGES TO 
THEIR HEIRS WITHOUT ADMINISTRATION. 

Whereas Some of the Soldiers that have been engaged in the Serv- 
ice of this Colony the year past, are decas'd and the Estates left by 
the S d deceas'd is not Sufficient to Influence any person to Admin- 
ister thereon Therefore 

Resolved that the Receiver General be and he hereby is directed 
& Impowered to pay unto the Heirs next akin, to the above men- 

1 The House Journal, p. 26, reads, "John yicholas." 

2 The House Journal, p. 30, reads, "in Capt Bancroft's Company." 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7i>. 291 

tioned Soldiers the Several Sums that may be respectivly due to Ante, p. 236, 
them on the Muster rolls, on the Said Heirs producing a Certificate chftp * :r, ' i - 
from the Selectmen of the Town where the S d deceased Soldier had 
their abode, that they are the heirs next akin to the Said deceas'd 
and that there is not Estate enough to Influence the heirs to take 
administeration. and it is further 

Resolved, that the Receiver General afores d is hereby directed to 
pay unto the Several Soldiers engaged in the Service of this Colony, 
the Several Sums that have been Stoped out of their wages for fire 
amies, on their producing Certificates from the persons of whom 
they received the S d fire armes that they have returned the Same 
and that they have Satisfied the owners of Such Armes for the use 
thereof. [Passed March 22. 



CHAPTEK 727. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £4. 18. 8 TO JAMES PRESCOTT, ESQ B . 

Resolved That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to James Prescott Esq r the sum of Four pounds Eighteen councn 8 , ° f the 
shillings and Eight pence in full for the loss sustained by his Son xxxiv., 677. 
Benjamin being Killed in the Battle of Bunkers Hill. [Passed House Jour- 
March 22. L Dal ' p - 29 - 



CHAPTER 728. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £5 FOR DAVID KEMP. 



Resolved that there be Paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to James Prescott Esq r the sum of Five pounds for the Use council 8 ° f the 
of David Kemp in full of his Losses in the Battle of Bunker Hill, xxxiv., 677. 

[Passed March 22. House Jour- 

nal, p. 29. 

CHAPTEE 729. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £2. 1/ TO OLIVER HILDRETH. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this xxxiv., 677. 
Colony to Oliver Hildreth the sum of £2.1/ in full for Nursing & House Jour- 
Boarding his Son Abijah * Seven Weeks. [Passed March 22. nai )P p.3,32. 



CHAPTER 730. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £3 TO ELISHA FRIZELL. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this xxxiv., 678. 
Colony to Elisha Frizell, the sum of Three pounds in full for a Gun House Jour- 
and Bayonet broke in the Battle of Bunker Hill. [Passed March 22. nal « p - 33, 

1 Wounded at Bunker's Hill. — House Journal, p. 3. 



292 



Provence Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 731-734.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 677. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 217. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 37. 



CHAPTER 731. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING CAP T SAM 1 - GRAGG TO REPAY ISAAC FARNS- 
WORTH'S WAGES INTO THE TREASURY. 

Whereas it has been made to appear to this board; that Isaac 
Farnsworth a fifer in Cap" 1 Sam 11 Graggs Company of Sea Coast men 
in the County of Lincoln; last year, did not Serve the publick more 
than one Week, & as it appears that Cap' Sam" Gragg has made up 
Said Farnsworth in his pay roll for Two months & Eight days: & 
has drawn his pay agreeable thereto at 40/ p r month ; therefore that 
Justice may be done to y e publick; Cap tn Sam" Gragg is hereby 
directed to Repay to Henry Gardner Esq r receiver Gene 1 for the use 
of this Colony the afores d Sum of four pound two Shillings & 2 pence 
& take his receit therefor; & Lodge the Same in the Secretary 8 office. 
[Passed March 23. x 



CHAPTER 732. 



Legislative 

Records of the 

Council, 

xxxiv., 678. 

Mass. RESOLVE RELATING TO AN ELECTION SERMON THIS YEAR. 

Archives, 

ccviii., 222. 

House Jour- — Resolved, that the Choice of a Person to preach the Election Ser- 
nai.pp. 22, 34. mon for the present Year lies with the Council. [Passed March 23. 



CHAPTER 733. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £42. 16 TO THE HEIRS OF SEVERAL SOLDIERS 
KILLED AT BUNKERS HILL. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 679. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 33. 



Resolved That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to the Heirs of several Soldiers killed in the Battle of Bun- 
ker's Hill, the sum of Forty Two pounds Sixteen shillings in full 
of said Losses in the Battle. [Passed March 23. 



CHAPTER 734. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £4. 17 TO CAPT. REUBEN DOW. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 680. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 33. 



Resolved That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Captain Reubin Dow the sum of Four pounds Seventeen 
shillings in full for the Losses he sustained at the Battle of Bunkers 
Hill. [Passed March 23. 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is March 22. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 293 



CHAPTER 735. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £27. 1. 5 TO A NUMBER OF SOLDIERS IN CAP T Legislative 

DOW'S COMPANY. Records of the 

Council, 
xxxiv., 680. 

Resolved That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Mass. 
Colony, to a number of Soldiers in Cap 1 Reuben Dows Company the £.™u v |2i 
sum of Twenty Seven pounds, One shilling & Five pence in full for 2-iia. House 
the Losses they sustained in the Battle of Bunker Hill. [Passed dS^jb. 
March 23. 5gpra,ctaap. 



CHAPTER 736. 

RESOLVE APPROVING COMMISS* SULLIVANS ACCO T . 

The Committee of both Houses appointed to examine the Com- Legislative 

missary's accounts, beg leave to report, that they have examined council 8 ° f the 

the account of James Sullivan Psq r and find the same right cast, xxxiv., W. 

well vouched, and conformable to the Establishment, ordered by Legislative 

this Court for the Sea Coast service, that Provision and other neces- council 8 , ° f the 

sary articles have been purchased, and Cash advanced for Sauce xxxiv., 654. 
o <■ tt i i -i-io mi • i> t House Jour- 

money &c to the amount of Light hundred & ihirty four pounds, nai, pp. 2, 6. 14, 

Seventeen shillings & Three pence Two farthings That there re- f'each U provin- 
mained on hand the First of March, Seven Thousand four hundred o f a Mass Sre83 
& Ninety Six pounds Flour Five thousand, three hundred & Eighty pp. 412, 413. 
four pounds Pork Ten thousand Eight hundred & Sixty nine 
pounds Beef (including Wastage) and some large quantity of Cord 
Wood Also that a ballance of One Hundred & Sixty five pounds, 
two shillings and Eight pence Two farthings in cash, appears to be 
due to this Colony, which sum together with the articles before 
mentioned (on hand), the said James Sullivan Esq r be further ac- 
countable to this Court therefor 

Charles Chauncy <#> r Order 
Read & accepted. [Passed March 23. 



CHAPTER 737. 

RESOLVES APPOINTING SAMUEL TUFTS OF THE COM M ON SALT PETRE 
& ALLOWING A GRANT OF £1,000. 

Whereas by the Request of Docter John Greenleaf he is excused ^ egIsl (i atlv f e th 
from being of the Committy to Receive saltpeter council 80 

therefore Mass!'' 683 " 

Resolved that m r samuell Tufts of Newbury Port be and he is hereby Archives^ 
appointed to Receive all the Good and Merchantable Saltpeter made 



within this Colony which may be Brought and Delivered* to him at n a°i?p e 39 >ur 
Newburyport before the first day of June next with A Certificate ^*« J?^ 2 . 53, 
from the selectmen of the Town wherein it was made that said salt 
Peter was made in such Town within this Colony and he is hereby 
Directed to Pay the Person so delivering the same seven shillings 
p Pound and that the said samuell Tufts may be Inabled to Com- 
ply with the above Direction it is farther 



294 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 738-740.] 



Resolved that he be furnished from the Treasury of this Colony 
with the sum of One thousand Povnds he to be accovntable to this 
Covrt for the same & to Deliver the saltpeter he may so Receive to 
the order of this Court and the secretary is directed to send to 
the said samuell Tufts an attested Coppy of the above. [Passed 
March 25. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 683. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 227 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 19, 30, 
37, 40, 41. 
Province 
Laws, v., 629, 
chap. 38; 709, 
notes. Ante, 
p. 88, chap. 206; 
p. 287, chap. 
715. 



CHAPTER 738. 

RESOLVE FOR SECURING TORIES ESTATES IN THE TOWN OF BOSTON. 

Whereas the Mandamus Counsellors, Commissioners of the Cus- 
tom & others the open & avowed Enemys to the Rights of their 
Country & the Cause of Liberty have been compelld by the Terror 
of the American Arms & an apprehension of the Resentment of a 
justly incensd People to depart the Town of Boston (at any time 
since 19 th April 1775 & before 20 march instant) abandoning not 
only their Houses & Real Estates but also in their hasty & precipitate 
Flight their Personal & other moveable Effects to a very consider- 
able value. 

Resolved That M r Brown, M r Sp r Cooper Deac" Rawson M r Pitts 
& Col n Sartel be a Committe to repair to the Town of Boston & 
there take or cause to be taken just & true accounts of said Houses 
& Real Estates, Personal & other moveable Effects, the property of 
the beforementioned Mandamus Counsellors & others, To committ 
the charge & care of s d Estates & Effects to such suitable Persons 
as they may Judge proper, & to make Report of their proceedings 
hereon as soon as may be, that this Court may take such further 
order thereon as may be necessary & fitting. [Passed March 25. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 684. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 230. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 229. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 26, 39. 
Province 
Laws, xviii., 
650, chap. 61. 



CHAPTER 739. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £6 TO WILLIAM THAYER A PENSIONER. 

Resolved that their be Paid out of the Publick Treashury of this 
Colleny To said Will m Thayer [a Pensioner] y e Sum of six pound for 
the Two above said years l and that said William be Continued on 
the pension list and be allowed three pounds per year until the 
further order of this Court. [Passed March 25. 



CHAPTER 740. 

RESOLVE GRANTING PERMISSION TO ABIJAH BURBANK TO BUILD A 

POWDER MILL. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 684. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
clxxx., 348. 



Petition of Abijah Burbank of Sutton setting forth, that your 
Petitioner is owner of the Stream Land and Dam in said Town of 
Sutton, which was lately viewed by a Committee of the Hon le House, 
in order for the Erecting a Powder Mill, That in consequence of a 
late Resolve of the General Court for encourageing the Building 

1 177-4 & 1775. — Mass. Archives, ccviii., 230. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 295 

two Powder mills within this Colony and from an earnest desire of A T j. l ( ^j veB 
supporting the great and important Cause of America by his en- cizxx.,sl8. 
deavours to supply the Public with that very important article of S^'mS* 
Gunpowder; your Petitioner is induced to apply to your Honors, S».£»? w ' 
and humbly Prays that your Honors would grant him license agree- p. ate, chap. 
able to said Resolve to Erect a Powder Mill within the said Town w '- 
of Sutton in such place as the Major part of the Selectmen of said 
Town shall approve of 

[Read and] 

[Resolved ] that the prayer thereof be Granted and that the said 
Abijah Burbank have Liberty to Build a powder mill on said Stream 
in Sutton on the Encouragment of a Late Resolve of this Court, for 
the erecting two other Powder mills. [Passed March 25. 



CHAPTER 741. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £1.14 TO BENJ A SIMOND. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Benjamin Simond the sum of One pound Fourteen shil- gSScu 8 , ° f the 
lings in full of his Acco 1 for sundrys supplied the Colony. [Passed xxxiv./eso. 
March 25. STES™' 

CHAPTER 742. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COMMISSARY GENERAL TO COLLECT THE 
ARTICLES AT CASTLE WILLIAM INTO HIS CARE. 

It being Represented that there are many valuable Articles on Legislative 
Castle Island the property of this Colony which are now Exposed to councn 8 , * the 
Embezzelment and Waste Mas^'*' 685 ' 

Resolved that the Commissary General be Directed Immediately Archives, 
to Cause all Such articles to be Collected and Deposited in some ccv111 -' 224 - — 
place where they may be kept safe for y e future benifit of this 
Colony 

and further 

Resolved that the Commissary General before he Shall proceed 
on this matter be Directed to apply to His Excellency Gen 1 Wash- 
ington for his advice Relative thereto. 1 [Passed March 25. 



CHAPTER 743. 

RESOLVE ADJOURNING THE COURTS OF THE COUNTY OF BARNSTABLE 
TO THE LAST TUESDAY OF JUNE NEXT. 

Whereas the Court of General Sessions of the Peace and Inferior Legislative 
Court of Common Pleas for the County of Barnstable, according to coSncii,° lthe 
the time appointed by Law should be holden at Barnstable in the ^** v - 680 ' 
said County on the first Tuesday of April next, and whereas sundry Archives, 
of the Justices and officers of the said Courts are members of this ccvlll -» 22 °- 

1 Not found in the House Journal. 



296 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 744.] 



House Jour- 
nal, pp. 35, 36. 
Province 
Laws, v., 45, 
chap. 18. 



Court, which is likely to continue sitting beyond the time appointed 
for holding the said Courts; and it is probable that matters of great 
importance may require the attendence of all the members of this 
Court at that time: Therefore, 

Resolved, that the said Courts be and hereby are adjourned to the 
last Tuesday of June next, being the time at which the Inferior 
Court of common Pleas and Court of General Sessions of the peace 
for the said County are by law appointed to be holden at Barnstable 
aforesaid ; and that all pleas, processes, writs, actions, suits issued 
or to be issued, complaints, precepts, recognizances, and all other 
matters & things returnable, and having and that should have had 
day in the said Courts, if the same were holden the said first Tuesday 
of April next, shall be returnable and have day in the said Courts 
on the said last Tuesday of June next, and shall abide and continue 
unto that time, and shall then be proceeded on, heard and deter- 
mined to all intents and purposes as effectually as if said Court 
should have been held on the said first Tuesday of April next. 
[Passed March 28. x 



CHAPTER 744. 



ORDER DIRECTING THE COMMISSARY GENERAL TO DELIVER TO 
WALTER SPOONER FOUR CANNON. 



Legislative 

Records of the 

Council, 

xxxiv.,689. 

Mass. 

Archives, 

ccviii., 236. 




Petition of Walter Spooner of Dartmouth, setting forth that a 
Petition was presented from the Committee of Correspondence of 
the Town of Dartmouth to this Court setting forth that the Har- 
bour in said Town was of great importance to the Public, and after 
a full enquiry into the State of said Harbour the Hon ble Court passed 
a Eesolve that a Company of Seventy five men including Officers 
should be Stationed there for the defence of said Harbour and also 
Eesolved That Ten $»eices of Iron Ordnance, with a suitable quantity 
of Ordnance Store, and it was further Ordered that the sum of £300 
should be deposited in the Hands of your Petitioner for the purpose 
of procuring the Cannon & Stores, but your Petitioner hath not 
been able to procure the Cannon, though care and pains have been 
taken therefor and being informed that there is a considerable 
number of Cannon in and near Boston, some of which may not be 
needed for the common defence 

Therefore your Petitioner Prays that he may be allowed to pur- 
chase or be indulged with the Loan of a few $?eices of Cannon for 
the immediate defence of said Harbour And your Petitioner 
further prays that a Captain may be appointed to raise and take the 
command of the Seventy Five men agreeable to the said Resolve, 
and also provide a Commissary to provide for said Company. 

Read & 

Ordered that, the Commissary Gen 1 be directed to Deliver to the 
petitioner for the purpose mentiond in his Petition four of the Can- 
non on Castle Island which belong to this Colony from among those 
reported to be Spoiled if they Can be repaired of a size not less than 
those which will Carry a nine pound ball and the petitioner is 
Directed to Cause them to be repaired as soon as may be. [Passed 
March 28. 



1 This date is according to Mass. Archives; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is March 23. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775—76. 297 



CHAPTER 745. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £34. 8 TO EBENEZER SHUTE. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Eben r Shute the sum of Thirty four pounds Eight shil- g5£S5Sl°** he 
lings in full of his account for taking care of Nathan Shute one of xxxiv -> 69 °- 
the poor of this Colony from the 23 d July 1774 to March 17, 1776. House Jour- 
{Passed March 28. "*• pp ' 2 " *" 



CHAPTER 746. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £4. 8. 7 TO SAMUEL BRADISH. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public, Treasury of this xxxiv.,'091. 
Colony, to Samuel Bradish the sum of Four pounds Eight shillings House Jour- 
& Seven pence in full of his Account for. ' [Passed March 28. nal - P- 4,; - 



CHAPTER 747. 

RESOLVE IMPOWERING ABIGAIL CHEANEY TO SELL REAL ESTATE. 

Petition of Abigail Cheaney of Needham, setting forth that her Legislative 
late Husband had left her about Seven Acres of Land lying in said council 8 , ° f tbe 
Town, unimproved, she being very Aged, and having no Heir to xxxiv -> 691 - 
leave said Land too prays your Honors to impower said Petitioner Archives, 
to make sale of the same for the most it will fetch ccvm., 234. — 

[Read and] g"^ 

[Resolved] that the Prayer thereof Be Granted and that the Peti- ccvm., 235, 
tioner be and hereby is impowered to make Sale of the Seuen acres Laws, 11., lfli, 
of Land mentioned in the Petition in the County of Suffolk for the chap- 10- 
most the Same will fetch and to make and Execute a good Deed or 
Deeds in the Law of the Same She Observing the Rules of the Law 
for the Sale of Real Estates By Executors and administrators and 
Giving Sufficient Caution to the Judge of Probate for the County 
of Suffolk that the money the Said Seuen acres of Land Shall fetch 
at her Decease Shall Be Paied to the Creditors to the Estate of 
Will™ Cheaney Late of Needham Deca d and that the Petitioner Be 
allowed to make use of the Intrest During her natural Life for her 
Support. 2 [Passed March 28. 



CHAPTER 748. 

VOTE ACCEPTING REPORT OF COM EK ON COMMISSARY WHITTEMORE'S 

ACCOUNT. 

The Committee of both Houses appointed to take into Consid- glf^ds'of the 
eration the Commissary's Accounts, have examined the within Kc- council, 
count of Mr. Samuel JVhittemore, (as taken into a new Draft, a ^ouse'jour- 
former one being withdrawn by Reason of some Errors) and find the nal » p- 53 - 

1 The records do not state for what this amount was paid. See chap. 757. 
a Not found in the House Journal. 



298 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 749-751.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 692. 
Executive 
Records of the 
Council, 
xviii., 42. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 2, 24. 
Ante, p. 293, 
chap. 736. 



same well vouched, right cast, and conformable to the Establishment 
made by the Court for the Sea-Coast Service: That seven Hundred 
six Pounds two Shillings and ten Pence, has been advanced by said 
Whittemore, for Provisions and other Necessaries; that there re- 
mained on Hand the first March Instant, two Thousand four Hun- 
dred and fifty Pounds Beef, forty-four Hundred three Quarters 
sixteen Weight Flour, ninety Cords of Wood, for which Articles he 
is further to be accountable ; also that Balance of Eighty-one Pounds 
one Shilling and ten Pence Cash appears due to the said Samuel 
Whittemore, which he has advanced in Payment for the Articles 
abovementioned and for the Service aforesaid. 
Head and accepted. [Passed * March 29. 



CHAPTER 749. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 693. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 262. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 263-67. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 45, 56. 
Ante, p. 228, 
chap. 552. 



RESOLVE PERMITTING RICH D DERBY, ESQ B , TO FIX OUT VESSELS FOR 
THE WEST INDIES. 

Resolved that the Hon ble Richard Derby Esq, be & he hereby is 
permitted to fix out one Large Vessel or two Small Ones, for a 
Voyage to the forign West Indies, and Back to this Colony again, 
and to export in s d Vessel or Vessels, three hundred Empty Molasses 
hhd 8 & other Lumber to the Value of two hundred & twenty pounds 
Lm y ', it being the amount of Powder & fire arms lately Imported by 
him, into the Town of Salem, the S d Derby Giveing Bond with Suife- 
cient Sureties to the Receiver General of this Colony, in the Sum 
of Two Thousand pounds, Conditioned that there Shall not be taken 
on board or exported in S d Vessel or Vessels any produce of the 
united Colonies, more than the above mentioned Sum of two hun- 
dred & twenty pounds in empty Molosses hhd 8 & Lumber, and that 
S d Vessel or Vessels Shall not proceed to any of the Brittish west- 
India Islands, But That they Shall Return to Some port in this 
Colony with their effects, the Island of Nantucket Excepted. 
[Passed March 29. 



CHAPTER 750. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 694. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 41, 55. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £11. 8. 6 TO WILLIAM HENSHAW. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to William Henshaw the sum of Eleven pounds Eight shil- 
lings & Six pence in full for his Wages in the Service of this Col- 
ony as an Adjutant General. [Passed March 29. 



CHAPTER 751. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COLONELS TO PROCURE PAYMENT FOR 
THEIR SERVICES. 

Records 1 ©? the Resolved That the Colonels or Commanding officers of the Regi- 
Councii, ment of militia of this Colony last raised in consequence of a resolve 

Mass V " 694 ' °f Court as a Temporary reinforcement of the Continental army 

1 Legal money. 



/ 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 299 

observe the directions which they have or may receive from his Ex- Archives, 
cellency Gen 1 Washington with regard to making up their pay roils ** 



266. 



or abstracts and in case his Excellency shall decline to pay them Archives, 
agreeable to said resolve that said officers receive pay so far as the %™^ ^i;;;' 1 
general thinks reasonable and lay the remainder of their demands be- nai, p. so. _" 
fore this Court for consideration and allowance. [Passed March 29. ct?&p.l-&}~' 



CHAPTER 752 



RESOLVE ADJOURNING THE COURT OF SESSIONS FOR PLYMOUTH 

COUNTY. 

Whereas the Court of General sessions of the Peace for the Legislative 
County of Plimouth according to the Time appointed By Law should gJSSJJ o£ the 
Be holden at Plimouth in the Said County on the Second Tuesday ™ 8 v -«' 695 - 
of April next and whereas Sundry of the Justices and officers of the Archives, 

Said Court are members of this Court Which is Likely to Continue CCTlu -» 254 - 

Setting Beyond the Time appointed for the Holding Said Court and ^chives, 
it is Probable that matters of Greate importance may Kequire the covin., jk. 
attendance of all the members at that Time Therefore n ai? P ! 52. 

Resolved that the Said Court Be and Hereby is Adjourned To the E™vmce^ 
first Tuesday of July Next Being the Time at which the Court of chap.is.'* 
General sessions of the Peace for Said County is By Law appointed 
to Be Holden at Plimouth afore Said and that all Pleas Processes 
writs actions Suts Issued or to Be Issued Complaints Preceipts 
Kecognisances and all other matters and things returnable hauing 
and that Should have had Day in the Said Court if the Same were 
holden the Said Second Tuesday of april next Shall Be Returnable 
and haue Day in the Said Court on the Said first Tuesday of July 
next and Shall abide and Continue unto that Time and Shall then 
Be Proceeded on Heard and Determined to all Intents and Purposes 
as effectually as if Said Court Should haue Been held on the Said 
Second Tuesday of april next. [Passed March 29. 



CHAPTER 753. 

1 

RESOLVE GRANTING £2. 10 TO SAMUEL FELCH. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved, That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this xxxiv.,695. 
Colony, to Samuel Felch the sum of Two pounds Ten shillings, in Mass. 
full for a Great Coat lost in the battle of Lexington. [Passed JSSJmL 

March 29. Hmise Jour- 

CHAPTER 7.54. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £2. 8 TO NATHAN WHEELER. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved, That there be Paid out of the Public Treasury of this xxxiv., 696. 
Colony to Nathan Wheeler the Sum of Two pounds Eight shillings, House Jour, 
in full for a Gun lost at the Battle of Bunker Hill. [Passed nal '?- M - 

March 29. 



300 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 755-758.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 696. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 253. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 690. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 48, 57. 



CHAPTER 755. 

RESOLVE PERMITTING CAP T W M WOOD TO GO TO ENGLAND. 

Resolved, that Cap 1 William Wood lakely taken by two Priviteers, 
owned by Persons in this Colony be permitted with his Crew to pro- 
ceed from Cape Ann and Newbury Port for England he having given 
his Parole of Honour Never to Act Offensively against the United 
Colonys of North Amarica. [Passed March 29. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 696. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 258. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 57. 
Ante, p. 276, 
chap. 685. 



CHAPTER 756. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £3,000 TO THE HON E BENJAMIN GREENLEAF, 
ESQ* & OTHERS A COMMITTEE TO IMPORT FLOUR & IRON. 

Resolved that the Receiver General be & he hereby is Directed to 
pay out of the Publick Treasury, the Sum of three Thousand pounds, 
to the Hon. Benj a Greenleaf y e Hon. Walter Spooner y e Hon. Moses 
Gill Messrs Tho 3 Durfee Daniel Davis Stephen Cross and Josiah 
Batchelder J r the Committee Appointed to Import 10,000 barrels of 
flour 100 Tons of Pigg-Iron &c, to enable them to pay the freight and 
Charges of Said flour & Iron, each of the Said Committee to be 
Accountable to this Court for Such Sum or Sums as he Shall Receive. 
[Passed March 29. 



CHAPTER 757. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 697. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 55. 
Ante, p. 297, 
chap. 746. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £29. 5. 11 TO SAM 1 - BRADISH. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Samuel Bradish, the Sum of Twenty Nine pounds Five 
shillings & Eleven pence, in full for Boarding, nursing, and Doc- 
tering for the Wound he received in the Battle of Bunker Hill. 
[Passed March 29. 



CHAPTER 758. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 697. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 238. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 238-241. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp.47, 51, 
57. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING PAYMENT OF CAPT. LOTHROP'S MEN. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the publick Treasury of this 
Coloney the sum of Seventy five pounds Two shilling and three 
pence as weagers for Cap 1 Daniel Lothrop and Company may [be] 
found in said Role and to be paid to Each man Respectively as is 
their set Down and that the aCompts anexted to said Role be Allowed 
and paid Accordingly Except a Deduction of one pound Six Shil- 
liings and Nine pence in Adams Baileys aComp' wich Leives a Bal- 
lance Due on Said aCompts of five pounds fifteen Shillings. ' [Passed 
March 29. 

1 Of the same date the following record appears in Legislative Records of the Council, 
xxxiv., 697 : — 

Resolved That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Colony the sum of Eighty 
pounds, Seventeen Shillings and Three pence in full of the Wages due to the Officers & 
Soldiers on Cap 1 Daniel Lothrop's Roll. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 301 



CHAPTER 759. ££««» 

Council, 
xxxi. 
RESOLVE GRANTING £37 TO ISAIAH THOMAS. 



House Jour- 
nal, pp. 287, 288 

Resolved That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this {jg™^ 
Colony, to Isaiah Thomas the sum of Thirty Seven pounds, in full 26,' 55,' 57, 6a. ' 
of his Account for printing for the Colony. [Passed March 80. 



CHAPTER 760. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING WILLIAM FROST, COM*, TO RECEIVE ALL THE 
MONIES NOW IN THE HANDS OF JAMES SULLIVAN, LATE COMMISSI 

Resolved that William Frost the present Commissary of the Forces Legislative 
stationed at Falmouth in the County of Cumberland be directed to cSSSf, ' the 
Keceive of James Sullivan Esqr late Commissary of that place all g^-> 698 - 
Such moneys Stores & provisions as the said Sullivan has in his Archives, 
hands belonging to this Colony and the said Frosts' Eeceipt therefor ccvm " 2r ' 8 ' — 
Shall be a discharge to the said Sullivan and make the Said Frost JJg^fSMB, 
chargable to this Colony for the same "always provided, that the eo.\£jte,' 
said William Frost shall first have given Bond agreable to the Re- 736. ' 
solve of this Court, for establishing such an Officer at that Port." 
[Passed March SO. 



CHAPTER 761. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £2. 7 TO THADDEUS MAXWELL. 

Resolved that there be paid out out ' of the Public Treasury of Jl&Sffof the 
this Colony, to Thaddeus Maxwell, 2 a Wounded Soldier, the sum council, 
of Two pounds Seven Shillings in full of his Expences in recovering xxxlv -» 698 - — 
from his wounds. [Passed March 30. £££ £ our - 



CHAPTER 762. 

ORDER DIRECTING THE COMMISS* GENERAL TO DELIVER THE HON LB 
WALTER SPOONER, ESQ 55 , 4 P 8 CANNON. 

In the House of Representatives Legislative 

Whereas the Court did impower and direct the Commissary Gen. council 8 , 
of this Colony to Deliver to the Hon !e Walter Spooner Esq r four fj™- 698 - 
peices of Cannon on Castle Island w h belong to this Colony from Archives, 
among those reported to be broken but in a repairable condition, of -J— 2 — : — 
a size not less than Nine pounder's, and the Commissary Gen. having ^ppf 5^59. 
reported to this House that there is None Suitable for the purpose ^njk v^, 
on S d Island, 
therefore 
Ordered that the Commissary Gen deliver to the Hon le Walter 

1 Sic. 

2 The House Journal, p. 60, reads, " Hugh Maxwell." 



302 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 763-765.] 



Spooner Esq 1 " four peices of Cannon of the Above Size of such as 
are broken, & can be repaired, which are Now in the Town of Boston 
& belong to this Colony, for the fortifying of the Harbour at 
Dartmouth 

[In] Council Eead & concurred. [Passed March SO. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 699. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 259. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 259, 
260, 261. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 42, 55. 



CHAPTER 763. 

ORDER RELATING TO ALTERATION OF BILLS OF CREDIT BY JOSEPH 

AND ASA BUTLER. 

The Committee of Both Houses appointed to take under con- 
sideration the information of the Committee of Correspondence &c. 
for the Town of Mendon, against Joseph Butler and Asa Butler for 
altering two Bills of Credit of this Colony; beg leave to report 

That we find said Information is true by the Confession of the 
said Joseph & Asa, & other corroborating curcumstances, and that 
the said Joseph and Asa are both minors, and Soldiers in the Con- 
tinental Army, and appear very humble and Penitent, and stand 
ready to throw themselves upon the mercy of this Court, & abide 
their determination 

John Taylor $» r Order 

Read and 

Ordered that Maj r Fuller be directed to take bond for the appear- 
ance of the said Joseph and Asa at the Superior Court of Judi- 
cature &c a to be holden at Worcester in and for the County of 
Worcester in Septem r next. [Passed March 30. 



CHAPTER 764. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 699. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 20, 60. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £1. 16 FOR DAN L BUCKNAM. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to David Bancroft, for the Use of Daniel Bucknam jun r the 
sum of One pound Sixteen shillings, in full for Transporting a Field 
piece from Sutton to the Camp. [Passed March 80. 



CHAPTER 765. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 699. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxlvi., 40, 41. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 58. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £65. 13. 4^ TO THE OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS ON 
CAPTAIN STEWART'S ROLL. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony the sum of Sixty five pounds, Thirteen shillings & Four 
pence Two farthings, to the Officers & Soldiers on Cap* Lemuel 
Stewart's Roll, on the Expedition to Ticonderoga & Crown point. 
[Passed March 30. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 303 



CHAPTER 766. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £6. 15 TO LEMUEL STEWART. Legislative 

Records of the 

« i i. rn , ., . Council, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this xxxiv., too. 
Colony to Lemuel Stewart, the sum of Six pounds Fifteen shillings House Jour- 
in full of his Account for sundry's supplied his Soldiers. [Passed stpr«, 4 cha P . 
March 30. m 



CHAPTER 767. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £8. 13. 4 TO JOHN BROWN. Bwffi'of the 

Council, 

Resolved that there be payd out of the Colony Treasury to John Mass!" ' 0I 
Brown Eight pounds thirteen Shillings and four pence in full for ^gjfves 
his Expences of Nursing and Boarding when wounded. [Passed House Jour . 

April 1. nal.pp.49.6L 



168. 



CHAPTER 768. SSSfflft. 

Council, 
xxxiv., 700. 
RESOLVE FOR COMMITTING ALL ACCOUNTS FOR POWDER, LEAD & Mass. 

FLYNTS &c, TO THE COMMITTEE ON ACCOUNTS. cVimi V 288 



Resolved that all Accompts exhibited against this Colony for Records of 8 the 
powder Lead & flynts, delivered to the minnute men & others, agre- xxxiv^eM. 
able to a resolve of this Court pass'd January 17 th 1776 be and they House Jour- 
hereby are Committed to the Standing Committee on accompts & (August, 
y e s d Committee are directed to allow Such of the s d accompts as (j^i^y 138 
Shall be authenticated by Sufficient Vouchers or proper Evidence 1776); pp.' ez, 
that the s d Powder Lead & flynts were expended in Battle or left in p.'2i6, chap. 
Camp for the use of the Army and no other. [Passed April 1. 



533. 



CHAPTER 769. 

RESOLVE APPOINTING A COMMITTEE TO PROCURE TEAMS FOR THE Legislative 

CONTINENT ARMY GOING TO RHODE ISLAND. Records of the 

Councd, 
xxxiv., 701. 

Resolved That Col Davis Col Thacher Cap* Brown of Watertown Si ve8> 
Maj r Fuller Col M°Intosh M r dix and M r Hall be a Com tee to pro- ccvm.,290. 
cure such a number of Teams as his Excellency General Washington Mass. 

rt Arc In vcs 

shall judge necessary to transport such military Stores baggage &c covin., 291. 
as he may have occasion to Send to Ehode Island and that the said Recordfof the 
Com tee wait on his Excellency to know the Terms upon which he Cou .? ci1 ' 
expects the same to be procured and that they proceed upon the House Jour- 
business immediatly. [Passed April 1. J59. 1, PP ' W ' ^ • 



304 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 770-772.] 



CHAPTER 770. 



RESOLVES IMPOWERING MOSES GILL, ESQ B , AND OTHERS TO EMPLOY 
A PERSON TO PROCEED TO S T THOMAS' TO TAKE CARE OF Y E BRIG N 
UNITY & CARGO AND ALLOWING A GRANT OF £30. 7. 8 TO ISAAC 
NOYES. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 702. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 270-287, 
289. Legis 
latlve Records 
of the Council, 
xxxiv., 694. 
Flouse Jour- 
nal, pp. 62, 63, 
68. 



The Committee appointed to take into consideration a Letter 
from Tristram Dalton Esq r of Newbury Port, and the Papers Accom- 
panying the same, relative to the Brig" Unity and her Cargo now 
lying in the West Indias, by reason of the death of Cap 1 Michael 
Corbit, Master of said Brig n in the Service of this Colony [reported]. 

[Eead and] 

Resolved That Moses Gill, John Brown & Abraham Watson Esq" 
be and they hereby are impowered and directed to employ some 
suitable person to proceed immediately to S l Thomas 3 and dispose 
of said Brig" & her Cargo in such manner as they shall think will 
be most for the Intrest of this Colony, and send or bring home the 
neet proceeds of said Vessel and Cargo in Cash, or such Articles, 
as he shall think most advantageous to the Colony. 

Also 

Resolved That there be allowed and paid out of the Public Treas- 
ury of this Colony unto Isaac Noyes, one of the Marriners belonging 
to the Brig" Unity, the sum of Twenty Eight pounds, Two shillings 
& Eight pence, for his Wages, and the further sum of Two pounds 
five shillings for his Expences from York to this place and other 
Services in full to this date. [Passed April 1. 



CHAPTER 771. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 702. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccciil., 165. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 53, 61. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £9 TO PAUL REED. 

Resolved, that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Paul Reed the sum of Nine pounds, in full for the Loss 
of money in his hands, and by him advanced for the Colony. 1 
[Passed April 1. 



CHAPTER 772. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE APPRAISAL OF IMPROVEMENTS ON PROP- 
ERTY OF BERIAH TREE, MADE BY CERTAIN CLAIMANTS IN POS- 
SESSION. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 702. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 293. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 292, 294. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 12, 44, 
57, 66. Prov- 
ince Laws, 



Petition of Beriah Tree setting forth, that agreeable to an Act 
in General Court Feb y 16 th 1774 that a Committee should be ap- 
pointed to adjudge the Value of the Labour done on a Tract of Land 
granted to your Petitioner, in an Act passed at the time above men- 
tioned, by Mess" Stephen Davis, Moses Rich, Robert M c Master, 
John M c Master & Moses Young, accordingly the Committee apprized 
the said Labour of the abovenamed Persons the money being Ten- 
dered but they refused and by force of Arms they still keep Posses- 
sion of said improvements, there being no law for me to get redress 

1 " To pay off Cap' Timothy Langdons Company in the County of Linkon for there bilit- 
ing." — Mass. Archives, ccciii., 165. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1 775—70. 305 

Therefore your Petitioner prays that the Old Committee may xviii.,760, 
apprize the proffits of said improvements, and he will stand ready c p ' 1 " 1 " 
to Tender the Overplus, if any to said Davis, Rich, M c Masters & 
Young, after the Proffits which they have forcibly received are 
deducted. 

[Read and] 

Resolved that the Prayer of the Petition be Granted and that the 
Committee Within Mentioned be Directed to Prize the Profits of 
the Improvements of Said Land and the Petitioner Procede accor- 
ingly. [Passed April 1. 



CHAPTER 773. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £2.6 TO TIMOTHY WHITING. 



Resolved That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony, to Tim Whiting the sum of Two pounds Six shillings, in councn sof the 
full of his Account for Losses sustained in the battle of Bunker 3 xxxiv.,705. 



Hill. [ Passed April 1. House Jour. 

L J nal, p. 66. 



CHAPTER 774. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £1.7.4 FOR JOHN LEWIS. 



Resolved That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Tim Whiting to the Use of John Lewis, the sum of One K?^ of the 
pound, Seven shill g3 and four pence in full of his Losses at the Battle xxxIv./toq. 
of Bunker 3 Hill. \ Passed April 1. House Jour- 

L * nal, p. 66. 



CHAPTER 775. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £14. 15 TO SEVERAL PERSONS IN CAP T WILLIAM 

SCOTTS COMPANY. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury to Several fef^^f^T? tl 
Persons in Cap' William Scotts Company, the sum of Fourteen council, 

pounds Fifteen shillings in full for the Losses they sustained in the xxxlY -> 705 - 

Battle of Bunker Hill. [Passed April 1. House Jour- 



CHAPTER 776. 

RESOLVE ACCEPTING THE TREASURER'S ACCO T FOR THE COUNTY OF Legislative 

BRISTOL Records of the 

Council, 
xxxiv., 706. 

The Committe appointed to Examine the Treasurers Accompt Mass. 
for the County of Bristol have attended that Service, and beg Leave ccvuClg's. 
to Report, Viz That they find Said accompts well avouch d and Right ^^ 
Cast, and that we do not find aney monev Granted by the Sessions Ar ° h . iTe ,*- 

j> ji n i P-r>-,ii i i ii-r-wT ^ it ecvui., 296-288. 

oi the County of Bristol but what they had a Right to Grant by Law. House Jour. 

Benj : Guild P r Order. If: pp - "• 44 « 
Read and Accepted. [Passed April 1. 



306 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 



77 (, i ( 



8.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 706. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
clviii., 12. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp.52, 5">, 
61. Ante, 
p. 273, chap. 
678. 



CHAPTER 777. 

RESOLVES GRANTING TO MICHAEL HODGE £950. 18. 2 FOR THE COM TKK 
OF CORRESPONDENCE OF NEWBURYPORT AND £21. 4. 5 FOR JACKSON, 
TRACY & TRACY. 

Resolved That there be paid to M r Michael Hodge for -the Use of 
the Committee of Correspondence &c, for Newbury Port, the sum 
of Nine hundred and Fifty pounds, Eighteen shillings and Two 
pence, in full discharge of their Accounts Exhibited to this Court, 
for fitting out the Two Armed Vessels, Called the Sloop Machias 
Liberty, and the Schooner dilligent Commanded by Cap' Jeremiah 
Obrian, which was done by the Order of this Court. 

Further 

Resolved that the sum of Twenty One pounds four shillings & five 
pence be allowed and paid to M r Michael Hodge for the Use of Jack- 
son, Tracy & Tracy in full discharge of their Acco' Exhibited to 
this Court for sundry Supplies which Cap' Jeremiah Obrian, received 
of the said Jackson, Tracy & Tracy for the Use of the Two above- 
said Armed Vessels, before the Committee of Committee of 1 Corre- 
spondence for Newbury Port, received the Order of Court. 2 [Passed 
April 1. 



CHAPTER 778. 



RESOLVE SUSPENDING ALL ACTIONS OF TRESPASS AGAINST THE OFFI- 
CERS & SOLDIERS IN THE CONTINENTAL ARMY. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 707. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 300. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 302. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 43, 44, 
67, 68. 



Whereas this Court has received Information that John Parke 
the Deputy Quarter Master General of the Army of the United 
Colonies and Richard Duff his Clerk are arrested at the Suit of Wil- 
liam Thomson merchant in an action of Trespass wherein the said 
Thompson Complains that the said John & Richard broke and En- 
tered his dwelling House and made an assault on his Person and 
broke his Household Furniture in said House very [much] and it 
being Sugested to this Court that the said John and Richard Entered 
Sd House by order of their Superior officer to quarter Soldiers there, 
and it appearing to said Court that in the present State of our public 
Affairs the producing suits against Persons employed in said Army 
for their Entering the Houses and enclosures of the Inhabitants of 
this Colony in Support of said Army would have a Tendency more 
dangerous than the Suspending such suits for the present 

It is therefore 

Resolved that there Shall be no Suit produced or prossecuted nor 
any Writ or precept served on any officer or private Soldier now in 
or that have been in the Army aforesaid the last or present Campaign 
for any Entry by them made on Houses or Lands in this Colony 
while they were in the service of the sd Colonies and all Sherriffs 
and other officers are commanded to take Notice & Govern themselves 
accordingly and that they do not Execute or return any Writ against 
Such person now in their hands or that Shall hereafter be delivered 
them untill this Court Shall further Consider of this matter and 
reconsider this Resolve. [Passed April 1. 

1 Sic. 

3 See Addenda at end of session. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7t;. 307 



CHAPTER 779. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE DELIVERY OF SUNDRY DRUGS & MEDICINES 
IN BOSTON TO DOC K MORGAN, SURGEON GENERAL. 

Whereas, his Excel 7 General Washington, has directed the Sur- Legislative 
geon Gen 1 of the Continental army, to procure what Medeciues, may council 8 ° f the 
be Obtained in the town of Boston, for the use of said army, and as xxxiv., 708. 
it appears there are drugs of Various kinds, left in the Shops, and Archives, 
stores of Sylvester Gardner and William Perkins, late Inhabitants CCYili -' 299 - 
of Boston Therefore Ho . u8e j0 . ur - 

nal, pp. 6,, 68, 

Resolved 69. 

That whatever drugs, and medecines are found in the Stores, or 
Shops, of the Above mentioned Sylvester Gardner, and William 
perkins (fled from Boston) be delivered to Docf Morgan, Surgeon 
Gen 1 of the Continental Army, and any person, or persons, who 
have the Care of the said drugs, or medecines, are hereby directed 
to deliver the same Accordingly. [Passed April 1. 



CHAPTER 780. BX 

Council, 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COMMISSARY GENERAL TO INFORM HIMSELF Mass 7- ' 7 ° 8 ' 
OF THE NUMBER OF CANNON AT BOSTON & CASTLE ISLAND. Archives, 

ccviii., 303. 

Resolv* That y e Commesary Genr 1 of this Colony be and he hereby JgjjJSiB Q f e tne 
is empowered and Directed to enform himself with respect to the Council,^ 
Number of Cannon now lying at Boston & Castle Island which are House'jour- 
the property of this Colony; and that he Cause to be clear d out and £ a V P i's 58 ' 61, 
repair d all those which he Judges can be made fit for use. [Passed Ante.p.m, 
April 1. chap - 744 - 



CHAPTER 781. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £200 TO WILLIAM CUSHING. 

On the Petition of William Cushing Esq r praying for a Grant as Legislative 
Justice of the Superior Court Records of the 

_. . K , it-,-- Council, 

Resolved, that there be granted to the Petitioner the sum of Two xxxiv., 709. 
hundred pounds, in Consideration of his faithfull services in time House Jour- 
past, which shall be in full until this time that Court not having nal * pp ' 28, 70 ' 
met any time within a year past. [Passed April 2. 



CHAPTER 782. 

RESOLVE FOR CONFINING JOHN RICH. 



In the House of Representatives Legislative 

Whereas one John Rich who was master of the Sloop success and counco 8 , ° f tbe 
sent to this Court by the Committee of safety of Majorbagaduce ' for xxxiv., 709. 

» In Lincoln County. See House Journal, Jan. 10, 1776, p. 137; ib., Feb. 5, 1776, p. 247. 
Now Castine, Hancock County, Maine. 



308 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 783, 784.] 



Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 304. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 305-311. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 19, 42, 
48, 49, 62, 64, 69, 
70. 



Supplying the Enemy in Boston Some time past with Provisions or 
necessarys for their Subsistance the facts appearing by the depositions 
& papers attending s d Rich to be true. Therefore 

Resolved that the s d Rich be Committed to some Goal in this Col- 
ony, which the Council shall direct till the further Order of this 
Court upon failure of his giving Bond with sureties agreeable to a 
former resolve of this Court. 1 

In Council Read and Concurred and 2 thereupon 

Ordered that the said Rich be sent to the Goal at Ipswich. [Passed 
April 2. 



CHAPTER 783. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £7.3.6 TO GEORGE KILLBOURN. 

Rec i8 rd8 iV f tn Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury to George 
council,^ " Killbourn, the sum of Seven pounds, Three shillings & Six pence, 
xx xiv., 709. — - n ^jj Q £ ^. g ^ cco t £ or nurs i n g & Boarding Two Soldiers wounded 

na°i^7o°. Ur ' in the battle of Bunker's Hill. [Passed April 2. 



CHAPTEE 784. 

VOTE ACCEPTING REPORT OF COMMITTEE APPOINTED TO MAKE EN- 
QUIRY OF MONSIEUR LE BARON, RELATIVE TO A VESSEL GOING 
INTO BOSTON. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 710. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
cxxxvii., 66. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 647. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 309 
(February, 
1776) ; pp. 71, 
72. 



The Committee of both Houses appointed to enquire of Monsieur 
Le Baron de Woldcke Chavelier del' Order de s* Jean de Jerusalem 
& de Malta relative to the design the Captain in whose Vessel he 
came, had of going into Boston &c. Report, that from the Account 
Le Baron gave of the matter there was reason to suppose the French- 
man designed to go into Boston with his Cargo, but upon his being 
heard in his own Justification, and the evidence given by Cap 1 Fol- 
gier who left the West Indies but a few days before him, the Com ee 
were of Opinion that on the whole it was best to give him up his 
Papers & admit him to sell his Cargo The Committee are further 
of Opinion that the Hon ble James Otis Esq r before whom Le Baron 
was Examined, and by whom he was forwarded to the Council, had 
great reason to suppose that the Master had formed a design of going 
into Boston, that his Honors Conduct herein merits applause, and 
that the account of the Expences be laid before the Committee of 
Acco ts for Examination & allowance 

Read and accepted. [Passed April 2. 

1 The resolve here referred to was passed March 29, of the same year, and ran as 
follows : — 

Resolved that John Rich who was master of the Sloop success and sent hear by the Com- 
mittee of Safety for majerbagaduce and is now under Confinement for supplying the Min- 
esterall Troops in Boston with Necessaryes for their subsistance that he the said John Rich 
shall Give Bonds with sufficiant surety to the Treasurer of this Coloney in the sum of Two 
hundred pound that he the Said Rich will not Supply our Enemys with any thing whatever 
nor hold any Correspondance with them, nor have anv Conection with any person Con- 
cerned with them ; and the said Rich shall be Confined untill the Bonds are finished ; and 
then the said Rich Shall have Liberty to Return and follow his Lawfull Bisness and to be 
unmolested and shall be AConteball'to this Court in any Breech of said Bonds. — Mass. 
Archives, ccviii., 309. 

2 MS. mutilated. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7<>. 309 



CHAPTER 785. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO AN EXCHANGE OF PRISONERS. 

Petition of Caleb Green for and in behalf, of John Akin Legislative 
Joseph Russell, Henry Wait, John Barrow, Will m Taylor and Walter g^}f of the 
Wood setting forth that the said John Akin as master of the Sloop xxxiv., no. 
Greyhound, and the s d Russell, Wait, Barrow, Taylor, & Wood, as Archives, 
mate & Marriners sailed some time in March last in the Colony Serv- ccvni., 312. 
ice for Philadelphia; that on the Twenty seventh or Twenty Eighth Mas8 -. 

x, * «/ «/ o Archives 

day of March being on their return from Philadelphia they were ccvni., 312, 350, 

taken by One of the Tenders, belonging to the King of Great Britain, journal ," 86 

that One Wallace the Cap 4 of the Tender is ready to Exchange the p-72Ms. 

said Cap' & Marriners for as many Prisoners being delivered to him, 

and he threatens unless a speedy exchange is made to send the said 

Master & Marriners to Great Britain Wherefore your Petitioner 

for and in behalf of the said Master & Marriners humbly prays that 

the Hon 1 ® Court would order an Exchange of Prisoners, that thereby 

the said master & Marriners may not be put to any further hardship 

& damage. 

[Read and] 

Resolved that Caleb Green the within petitioner be allowed to re- 
ceiue of the Prison Keeper of Taunton Six persons who have ben 
Taken from the Navy under the Command of one Cap 1 Wallis now 
in Newport the Said Caleb Giuing his bond to the Sheriff of the 
County of Bristol to & for the use of this Colony in the penal Sum 
of one hundred pounds Condition'd that In Case he Shall not Ex- 
change the prisoners as afores d whome he Shall receiue for the aboue 
John Joseph Henry John Taylor & Wood, he will returne the pris- 
oners whome he Shall receiue for the aboue persons to the prison 
Keeper in s d Taunton within fourteen days from the Time he Shall 
receiue s d prisoners, & the Keeper of Said prison is hereby Directed 
to Conforme him Self according to this order, provided the Said 
Caleb Green shall Giue Security as above Directed. [Passed April 2. 



CHAPTER 786. 

RESOLVE PERMITTING BARTELEMI WASANIS TO PURCHASE CERTAIN 
ARTICLES TO SHIP TO ST. DOMINGO. 

The Committee of both Houses, to whom was committed the Legislative 
Petition of Barteelmi Wasanis, have attended that service, and re- council 8 ° f tbe 
port as their Opinion, That his Case, as Sett forth in said Petition, xxxiv., '713. 
being somewhat singular & distressing, [they recommend relief in Archives, 
terms of the resolve following] oixxx., 368t>. 

Read & accepted & thereupon Mass. 

l ± .Archives 

Resolved That the prayer of said Petition be so far granted, that cixxx., 368, 
the Petitioner have liberty to purchase Oil, Spermaceti, Candles, fative Refords 
Lumber and a small quantity of Provisions, not exceeding One ° f *ke c °™ cU « 
Thousand Pounds in the whole being nearly the Neat Proceeds of House Jour- 
his Cargo, and the same to ship for the sole & only use of the Island w*$?' 49 ' 72 * 
of S l Domingo, the said Petitioner giving Bond with one sufficient 
Surety to the Receiver General of this Colony in the penal Sum of 



310 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 787, 788.] 



Oue Thousand Pounds that said Oil, Candles Lumber & Provisions 
shall be safely landed in said Island, the danger of the Seas & Ene- 
mies only excepted And upon sufficient certificate being produc'd 
to the Eeceiver General of this Colony for the time being, that said 
Effects have been landed as aforesaid, excepting only as aforesaid, 
that then said Bond shall be cancell'd by such Eeceiver General. 
[Passed April 3. 



CHAPTER 787. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 717. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 72, 
73 bis. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £8 FOR BENJAMIN RAYMOND & OTHERS. 

Resolved, That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Cap 1 Earl Clap, to the Use of Benj" Raymond, John 
Hammond, John Oliver & Richard Smith, the sum of Eight pounds, 
in full for what was deducted from their pay in the muster Roll. 
[Passed April 3. 



CHAPTER 788. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 718. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 328. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 74, 75. 
Province 
Laws, il., 151, 
chap. 10. Ante, 
p. 294, chap. 
738. 



RESOLVE FOR SECURING THE ESTATES OF THE TORIES IN BOSTON. 

Whereas this Court have received information, that considerable 
parts of the Real & Personal Estates of the Mandamus Councillers, 
Commissioners of the Customs & other open & avowed Enemies to 
the Rights & Liberties of America who have departed this Colony 
since April 19. 1775 are now in the occupation & possession of Per- 
sons who have clandestinely taken the same ; & others under pretence 
of Gift, Sale or Attachment, claim a Right to hold & enjoy such 
Estate & Effects, by which practises the Publick or Individuals may 
be greatly injured; for prevention whereof 

Resolved, that the Committee appointed, to take Inventories of, 
& to secure till the further order of this Court, the Estate & Effects 
of said Absconders, in the Town of Boston be & hereby are im- 
powered to cause every such Person or Persons, as they know or have 
good cause to suspect have in their occupation or possession any 
Estate late the Property of the afores d Mandamus Councillers & c 
and them to examine thereon, & if need be to require answers upon 
Oath respecting the concealment or conveyance of said Effects as 
the Law allows in cimilar cases with respect to the Effects of Inter- 
tates; and said Comm ee are also authorised & directed to take into 
their possession and secure such Estate & Effects; (as also the Estate 
& Effects of any Persons in Great Britain which by virtue of powers 
of Attorney were under the care & direction of said Mandamus 
Councillers & c untill the further Orders of this Court, any attach- 
ment or Civil Process made or commenced since the 19, of April 
last notwithstanding. [Passed April 3. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7*5. 311 



CHAPTER 789. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £2 TO ELEAZER WARNER. Legislative 

Records of the. 

Resolved That there be paid out of Public Treasury of this Col- xxxiv.,718. 
ony to Eleazer Warner the Sum of Two pounds, in full for the Loss House Jour, 
he sustained in the Battle of Bunker Hill. 1 {Passed April 8. nal « * u - 



CHAPTER 790. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING COLONELS TO MAKE UP THEIR ROLLS. 

Resolved that Each Col 1 or Commanding officer of a Kegem 1 be, Legislative 
and hereby is directed to make out an Exact Pay-role or Abstract councif ° fthe 
for his Reg' from the time of their Inlistment to the time they xxxiv.,719. 
march'd from their respective Homes, Each Col 1 , or Commanding Archives, 
Officer of such Keg' to make oath to the truth of S d Pay-role or ccviii -» 329 - 
abstract, or otherways, Exhibit the oath of the Captain or Com- ^ a °! U8e J ?" r ; 8 
mander of their respective Companies to the truth of the Demand, Ante,?. 29k,' ' 
Born on such roles, or abstracts, and Lodge the same with the chap * ' 5L 
secretary, for Examination, and allowance. [Passed April 4. 



CHAPTER 791. 

RESOLVE GIVING LIBERTY TO S T ANDREWS LODGE TO RAISE THE 
BODY OF GEN L WARREN & INTER HIM IN BOSTON. 

The Committee appointed to take under Consideration the Erect- Legislative 
ing a monument to the Memory of the Honourable Major General council 8 , ° £tbe 
Warren beg leave to report that they have attended that service and xxxiv.,719. 
find that the place where his Body was buried is discovered and that Archives, 
the Lodge of Free masons in this Colony whereof he was late Grand CCY111 -> 33 °- 
master are desirous of taking up the said Deceaseds remains and in na^ppf?^;-. 
the usual funeral Solemnites of that Society to decently Interr the 
same and that his Friends are consenting thereto wherefore your 
Committee are of opinion that the Said lodge have leave to put their 
Said intentions into Execution in Such manner as that the Govern- 
ment of this Colony may hereafter have an opportunity to Erect a 
monument to the Memory of that worthy Valiant and patriotic 
American 

, Ja Sullivan # r Order 

Eead and accepted, and the said Lodge has leave to put their in- 
tentions as aforesaid, into Execution accordingly. [Passed April 4. 

1 The House Journal, p. 74, and Executive Records of the Council, xviii., 63, read 12/. 



312 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-70. [Chaps. 792-795.] 



CHAPTER 792. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £5. 8 TO JONATHAN CROSSBY. 



Reforcfs^fthe Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Col- 
■Councii, ony to Jonathan Crossby, the Sum of Five pounds, Eight shillings, 

xwiv., — -^ £ u jj o ^ ^. g j 4 icc0un ^ | L ogseS) sustained in the Battle of Bunker's 

ST tsT" Hill- [Passed April 4. 



CHAPTER 793. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £1. 4 TO MOSES RICHARDSON. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 720. 

House Jour 
nal, p. 78. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Moses Richardson, the sum of One pound Four shillings, 
in full for a Great Coat, lost by him in the Battle of Bunker Hill. 
[Passed April 4. 



CHAPTER 794. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £4.9 TO BENJ A BALL. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 721. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 78. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Benjamin Ball the Sum of Four pounds Nine shillings, in 
full for the Losses his Son met with, in the Battle of Bunker Hill. 
[Passed April 4. 



CHAPTER 795. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING W M SEVER & THOM 8 DURFEY TO RIG CERTAIN 
VESSELS AS BRIGANTINES AND THAT THEY BE SUPPLIED WITH DUCK 
FOR SAILS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 722. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 338. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 337. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 687. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 46, 47, 
53,75,76. Ante, 
p. 248, chap. 
609; p. 275, 
chap. 684; 
p. 289, chap. 
720. 



The Committee of Both Houses to whom the forgoing Petition 
[of William Sever and Thomas Durfey, of the committee for build- 
ing and equipping armed vessels, recommending that certain vessels 
be rigged as brigantines] was Committed ; have Considered the Same, 
and are of Opinion that William Seaver & Thomas Durfee, Esq" 
Two of the Committee "for Building & equiping sundry Armed 
Vessells" have leave to rigg the Two Vessells they are now Building 
into Brigentins, instead of Sloops, as was first intended Briggintins 
being of more General Service, and best Answering their intended 
Use your Committee are also of an Opinion that it will be 

expedient for W m Seaver & Tho" Durfiee Esq 8 part of the Committee 
aforesaid, to receive from Richard Devens Esq 1 the Commersarv Gen- 
eral of this Colony, Thirty Six Bolts of Duck which will be Neces- 
sary for the Furnishing said Briggintins with Sails, all which is 
Humbly Submitted 

Moses Gill %> order. 

Read & accepted & thereupon 

Resolved, That the said William Sever and Thomas Durfy Esq" 
accordingly rigg the two Vessels they are now building into Brig- 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 313 

antines instead of Sloops and that they receive from Richard 
Devens Esq r the Commissary General of this Colony Thirty six Bolts 
of Duck wherewith to furnish said Brigantines with Sails. [Passed 
April 5. 



CHAPTER 796. 

ORDER APPOINTING A COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER WHAT IS PROPER TO 
BE DONE RELATIVE TO A VESSELL WITH TORIES ON BOARD CAST 
ASHORE AT PROVINCE TOWN. 

The Committee appointed to consider what is proper to be done Legislative 
relative to a Sloop having on board Jolly Allen & Others, said to be councu 8 ° f the 
cast ashore at Province Town on Cape Cod; take leave to report as xxxiv.,723. 
their opinion. That a Committee be appointed to repair to said Archives, 
Province Town forthwith, and there take such measures as may be CCYiu > 334 - 
needful to prevent the Persons who were on board said Sloop from ^chives 
making their Escape or from communicating the infection of the ccym., 335; 
Small Pox, to any of the Inhabitants The said Committee likewise Legislative 
to take the most effectual measures for the securing the said Sloop coum;n 80fthe 
with all the Cargo & Effects on board, and in case any part thereof xxxiv.,720. 
has been taken out & distributed: that they collect the whole there- n a"pp. to^o, 
of and cause the same to be deposited in such manner as that it may 83 > 8 *- 
be forthcoming at the Order of this Court, tak g as particular an 
Inventory thereof as they conveniently can The said Committee to 
be authorized to require the Aid of the Sea Coast Men stationed 
there, or of any Others as they may think proper for the fully 
accomplishing this business. 

Benj n Geeenleaf $» r Order 

In Council 
Read & accepted, & 

Ordered that Joseph Pearse Palmer Esq r with such as the Hon 1 
House shall-join, be a Committee for the purpose mentioned in the 
above Report 

In the House of Representatives 
Read and concurr'd & Major Demick and Coll. Cobb are joined. 
[Passed April 5. 



CHAPTER 797. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £9. 4. 3 FOR THE SELECTMEN OF HARDWICK. 

Resolved That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Cap 1 Stephen Rice to the Use of the Selectmen of Hard- Jg™^* of the 
wich in full of their Account l for Bread &c, supplied the Army. 4 xxxiv., t-26. 
[Passed April 5. 

1 £9.4.3 is given in the marginal note. 

2 Not found in the House Journal. 



3U 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 798-801.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 727. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 253 
(February, 

1776). 



CHAPTER 798. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £18. 15. 7 FOR Y K SELECTMEN OF PRINCETOWN. 

Resolved That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Moses Gill Esq/ for the Use of the Selectmen of Prince- 
town, the sum of Eighteen pounds, Fifteen shillings & Seven pence, 
in full of their Account for sundries supplied the Army. [Passed 
April 5. 



CHAPTER 799. 



VOTE APPOINTING A COMMITTEE TO ERECT A POWDER MILL AT 

SUTTON. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 727. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 332. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 31, 82, 
84, 85. Ante, 
p. 294, chap. 
740. 



The Committee appointed to consider whether the Encourage- 
ment already given for erecting Powder Mills are sufficient reported 

That as the Bounty already offer'd has proved insufficient for the 
purposes design'd, a Committee be forthwith appointed to erect a 
Powder Mill in the Town of Sutton at the Expence of this Colony 
with all possible Expedition, and on the best Plan for manufactoring 
Gun Powder 

Azor Orne p Order 

Read & accepted, and M r Edward Putnam & M r Abijah Burbank 
of Sutton, are appointed a Committee for the purpose above ex- 
press'd. [Passed April 5. 



CHAPTER 800. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 727. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 331. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 85. 
Ante, p. 248, 
chap. 609. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COMMISS v GENERAL TO DELIVER DUCK 
FOR ARMED VESSELS. 

Resolved that the Commosary General, be & he is hereby directed 
to deliver to the Hon. Richard Derby Esq, & m r Josiah Batchelder 
J r or either of their Orders, thirty two Bolts of Duck, to be applied 
for the use of two Armed Vessels, which they are to Build & equip 
for y e Service of this Colony. [Passed April 5. 



CHAPTER 801. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE DELIVERY OF HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE TO 
DOCTOR SAMUEL COOPER. 



Legislative 
Records of*the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 728. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
elxxx., 367c. 

Mass. 
Archives, 



The Committee of both Houses appointed to take under con- 
sideration the Petition of the Rev d Docf Cooper [for the loan of 
furniture of tories], beg leave to report the following Resolve. 

Resolved that the Committee appointed to take an Inventory of 
the Estates belonging to the Persons who have fled from Boston 
with the British fleet and army be and they hereby are ordered and 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7(5. 315 

directed to deliver the said Doct r Cooper so much Household Fur- cixxx.,367. 
niture of the Estates aforesaid as he may find necessary to furnish Records of the 
his House with, he giving his receipt to said Committee therefor, xxx?v U, 727 
and being: accountable to this or some future General Court of this House Jour- 

n i » n nal, pp. 43, 80, 

Colony lor the same. 85. infra, 

Read & accepted. And the said Committee are directed to deliver cha P- m - 
to Doct Cooper so much Household Furniture as aforesaid, as he 
may find necessary to furnish his House with, he giving his Receipt 
therefor to said Committee & being Accountable for the same to the 
General Court. [Passed April 5. 



CHAPTER 802. 

RESOLVE FOR APPREHENDING AND EXAMINING CERTAIN TORIES IN 

BOSTON. 

Whereas there hath been Exhibited to this Court by their Legislative 
Comittee a List of Persons now residing in the Town of Boston in council 8 , ° f the 
the County of Suffolk, who are apprehended to be inimical to the xxxiv.,724. 
Interest of the united Colonies, & of this Colony, and as their being Archives, 

Suffered to go at large may be attended with danger to y e Public as CCYU1 -» 342 - 

well as afford them an oppurtunity of escaping from Justice. Archives 

Therefore covin., 315,317. 

Resolved that the Hon ble Joseph Palmer and Benjamin White Records of 6 the 
Esq", Joseph Greenleaf, Samuel Niles, Thomas Penniman, The- xxxiv^Voi Ms. 
ophilus Cushing and Thomas Crafts Esq" Justices of the Peace in House Jour- 
& for s d County be and they or either of them are hereby directed ^ h^'Ante, ' 
immediately to issue their Warrant directed to the Sherriff of s d p^ 28 ?! chap. 
County his Under Sheriff or either of his Deputies, or y e Constables 
of any town within said County requiring him or them forthwith to 
apprehend & bring before them Or the major part of them at such 
Place in s d County as they Shall appoint the Bodies of all the Per- 
sons Contained in s d List viz: "John Lovel J r Sam 11 Danforth J r 
Tim Prout, George Lush, Hopestill Capon, Augustus Moore, Tho 8 
Edwards, Edw d Wentworth, William Clark, John Field, William 
Perry John Erving Esq r Stephen Greenleaf Esq r Jn° Timmins, Ja s 
Perkins, Tho 8 Amory, Ralph Inman, Richard Green, Daniel Hub- 
bard, Jo 8 Turell, Nath 1 Cary, Edw d Hutchinson, Doct r Miles Whit- 
worth, John Hunt tert 8 , Nath 1 Brinley, Isaac Greenwood, Docf Isaac 
Rand, [jun r ] Docf Ja s Loyd, John Hodgson Doct Tho 8 Cast, Sam 11 
Minott, Edw d Davis, Downe Cheever Joseph Laughton, Jeremiah 
Allen, Sam 11 Bradstreet, Doct 1 " Ja s Pecker, Sam 11 Wallis, Richard 
Billings, Benja Phillips, John Haskings, Shobael Hewes, Bait. Wall, 
John Stevens; William Davies, John Homans, John Magner, John 
Rice, Simeon Stoddard, Caleb Blanchard, John Bryant, Cap' Con- 
ner, Shippy Townsend, Tho 3 Clemens, Joseph Clark, Edmund Goo- 
kin, Ambrose Vincent, Moses Pitcher, John Howe, Rufus Green, 
Benjamin Green, Benjamin Green Jun r William Wait Wallis, Jerry 
Jones Jenkings, Charles Whitworth, Ebenezer Allen, one Blaisdel, 
Stephen Fullerton, Sam 11 Gove, Eben r Norwood, Richard Madden, 
John Tufts, John Filis, Sam 1 Bulfinch, William Downe Cheever, 
Jacob Wendal one Hossin a Dutchman, John Green, William Par- 
ker, Andrew M c Kean, Tho 8 Turner, Job Prince, John Gray, Wil- 
liam Rogers, and Tho 8 Mewse " all of whom are now residing in s d 



310 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 803.] 



Boston, together with any others in s d Boston which are or may be 
complained of having designs to act or having acted against the 
rights of this or the other united Colonies [or] of having in any 
manner aided abetted or assisted the Enemies of the united Colonies 
or either of them. And the s d Justices of the Peace or y e major part 
of them are directed as soon as may be Strictly to Examine s d Per- 
sons, and to Consider the Evidence that may be procured & laid 
before them in the Premisses, And that they without delay Safely 
Secure all Such persons, which they may Judge have acted, or are 
acting, as Enemies, Spies, or Traitors to this or y e other Colonies, 
either by taking Sufficient Bonds payable to the Treasury of this 
Colony for their Good behaviour, or appearance at some Court proper 
to try them or causing them to be Committed to Goal as the Nature 
and aggravation of their Several Crimes, may admit, or not admit 
of Bail or the apprehension of Danger to the Publick from their 
going at large may require. [Passed April 6. 1 



CHAPTEE 803. 



RESOLVE ADJOURN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF JUDICATURE, &c, FOR 
MIDDLESEX COUNTY. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 729. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 344. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 88. 
Province 
Laws, v., 44, 
chap. 17; 454, 
chap. 11. 



Whereas the Superior Court of Judicature, Court of Assize and 
General Goal delivery for the County of Middlesex, according to Law 
should be holden at Concord in the said County on the second Tues- 
day of April currant; and whereas several of the Justices and Officers 
of the said Court are members of this Court, which is likely to con- 
tinue setting beyond the said time, and it is probable that matters 
of great importance may require the attendence of all the members 
of this Court at that time, Therefore 

Resolved, That the said Court be and hereby is adjourned to the 
fourth Tuesday of October next, being the time at which the Supe- 
rior Court of Judicature, Court of Assize and General Goal delivery 
for the said County is by Law appointed to be holden at Cambridge 
in the County aforesaid ; and that all pleas, processes, writs, actions, 
suits issued or to be issued, complaints, precepts, recognizances, and 
all other matters and things returnable, and having and that should 
have had day in the said Court, if the same were holden the said 
second Tuesday of April currant, shall be returnable and have day 
in the said Court on the said fourth Tuesday of October next, and 
shall abide and continue unto that time, and shall then be proceeded 
on, heard and determined to all intents and purposes as effectually 
as if said Court were held on the said second Tuesday of April cur- 
rant. [Passed April 6. 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is April 5. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-71J. 317 



CHAPTER 804. S388S?*. 

Council, 

ORDER DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE FOR FORTIFYING THE HARBOUR Mass!*' ' 
OF BOSTON TO TAKE A VIEW OF NODDLES ISLAND. Archives, 

cxxxvil., 71J. 



CHAPTER 805. 



Ordered That the Committee for fortifying the Harbour of Boston Archives, 
be directed Immediately to take a View of Noddles Island & report SfP^lg 70 «fcg 
to this Court what time it will probably take a Regiment Consisting 81&-327, sie. - 
of 728 men to perform the Bussiness of Fortifying said Harbour, jte^aaotthe 
[Passed April 6. Counoll i.-, * ■ 

L -* xxxiv., 674,682, 

714, 721, 726. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 30,38, 
39,40, 41, 42, 43, 
44, 47, 53, 56, 73, 
76, 81, 82, 84, 86, 
90 96. 
VOTE ACCEPTING REPORT FOR REMOVAL OF THE CANNON FROM 

CASTLE ISLAND. Legislative 

Records of the 

The Committee of both Houses, on the State of the Colony, beg ScS^'m 
leave to report, That in their Opinion, it is highly expedient that ^chives 
the Cannon on Castle Island, such of them at least as are fit for use, ccviii., 341. 
or may soon be rendered so, should be immediately removed from Mass. 
thence to the Town of Boston, or other safe & convenient place; ^mjllb. 
And that the Committee appointed to see to the fortifying the liar- ]f gi rd tiV f e t h 
bour of Boston, be directed to apply to General Ward, to order some council, 
part of the Army under his command, to effect the removal of them House' Jour? 06 " 
accordingly ? a i'^ p ™ 1 *„ „„ 

° J T> TST m r ^ 1 49 MS > 62 ' 67 » S 8 . 

Benj Greenleaf $> r Order 87. Ante, 
Bead & Accepted. [Passed April 6. 1 too. 'supra, 

chap. S04. 



CHAPTER 806. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE RECEIVER GENERAL TO PAY OUT THE Legislative 

STOPPAGES MADE BY THE OFFICERS FOR ARMS, &c. Records of the 

Council, 
xxxiv., 733. 

Resolved that the Eeceiver General of this Colony be and he hearby Chives 
is Directed to pay out the Stopages made by the officers for arms ccviii., 349. 
and Cartridges Boxes Supplied by any Private Persons in the same House Jour- 
manner as for those supplied by the towns or officers. [Passed ^e P p'. 236, 91 ' 

April 8. chap! 572. 



CHAPTEE 807. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THOM 8 JONES TO BUILD LOG HOUSES SUFFICIENT 
FOR 70 OR 80 MEN. 

On the Petition of Thomas Jones Commissary of the Forces Legislative 
station'd at Naushaun praying for directions respecting the build- council 9 ° f the 
ing Barracks for said Forces xxxiv., 734. 

Resolved. That the said Commissary be and he is hereby directed Archives, 
with the assistance of the Soldiers on said station to build as many ccviii., 353. 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is April 15. 



318 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 808-810.] 



Mass. Log Houses with the Timber on said Island as will be sufficient for 

ccv C mT353. the reseption of seventy or eighty Men, and the said Commissary is 
naTpp J ^ r 92. further directed to procure Nails and Boards sufficient to build 
Cabbins and cover the Roofs of said Houses. [Passed April 8. 



CHAPTER 808. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxlv., 734. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 92. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £4. 16 TO THOMAS WHITE. 

Resolved That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony, to Thomas White the sum of Four pounds Sixteen shillings, 
in full for Two months Wages as a Serjeant in the Continental Army, 
he not being made up in any muster Roll for said Service. 1 [Passed 
April 8. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 734. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 354. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 364«, 
355, 355a. 
House 
Journal, 
pp. 79, 91,92. 
Ante, p. 122, 
Chap. 310. 



CHAPTER 809. 

RESOLVE THAT JON A LOWDER HAVE LEAVE TO DRAW HIS PAY AS 

GUNNER. 

Resolve d that Jonathan Lowdor have Leave to Draw his pay that 
is made up to him on Cap 1 Goldthwaits pay Role for his Servace as 
a Gunner at Fourt Pownall and the treas r of this Colony is ordered 
to pay the same. [Passed April 8. 



CHAPTER 810. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 735. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 348. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 28, 50, 
97. Ante, 
p. 263, chap. 
648; p. 293, 
chap. 737. 



RESOLVE RELATING TO FRAUDULENT PRACTICES & IMPOSITIONS 
RESPECT SALT PETRE. 

Whereas it is represented, that sundry persons have procured, 
and are now using means to procure, from without this Colony, 
quantities of Salt petre, or the Materials therefor partly wrought, 
with a view to receive from the Treasury of this Colony the price & 
premium promis'd for such as shou'd be Manufactured within this 
Colony ; Wherefore for the prevention of any such fraudulent prac- 
tices & Impositions taking place 

It is 

Resolved, That all such persons as are or may be appointed by the 
General Court to receive & pay for Salt petre manufactured within 
this Colony be directed, and they hereby are directed not to receive 
and pay for any quantity that may be brought to them respectively 
for the use of the Colony until the person, or persons bringing the 
same shall take an Oath, which the persons appointed to receive 
the same as aforesaid are hereby Authorised to Administer, agreable 
to the form following viz 4 You A B do solemnly swear that the 

whole quantity of Salt petre now presented by you was manufactured 
within this Colony and that neither the whole nor any part of the 
Materials from which it was extracted, was brought from any place 
without the limits of the Colony. So help you God. [Passed April 8. 



1 See Addenda at end of session. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 319 



CHAPTER 811. 

RESOLVE ALLOWING CHARLES ARNOLD TO RECEIVE A PRISONER FROM 
THE GOALER IN CONCORD, TO EXCHANGE FOR ONE IN THE ENEMY'S 
HANDS. 

Whereas an order passed this Court that Caleb Green have Lib- n^ lB '? tlve tl 
erty to receive Six persons out of Taunton Goal taken from y e Navy Council, 
under y e Command of Cap 1 Wallace at Newport in order to redeem Mass V '' 735 ' 
y e Same number of men lately taken by him in their passage from Arcb . ive J?' 
Philadelphia to Dartmouth and as there was but five in said Goal, — — 
for which five lie hath received five men taken on their passage afore- Archives, 
said one yet remains on board Wallace It is therefore House JouV- 

Resolved that Charles Arnold be allowed to receive of the prison n ai, p- 96. 
keeper in Concord one man (a saylor if may be) giveing his Bond chap. tss. ' 
to y e sheriff of y e County of Middlesex or y e keeper of Said Goal for 
y e Use of this Colony in the penal sum of fifty pounds Conditioned 
that in case he shall not exchange the prisoner whom he shall re- 
ceive from Concord Goal for one Joseph Russell now onboard y e Said 
Wallace he will return the prisoner to the said prison keeper in Con- 
cord within fourteen days from the time he shall receive him y e S d 
prisoner & y e keeper of said prison is hereby directed to conform 
himself accordingly to this order provided the said Arnold shall give 
Security as above directed. [Passed April 8. 



CHAPTER 812. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £52. 18. 7 TO ROGER DENCH & OTHERS. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Roger Dench & others the Sum of Fifty Two pounds councn 8 ° f the 
Eighteen shillings & Seven pence, in full of their Account for taking xxxiv.,736. 
care of the Sick in Colonel Woodbridges Regiment. [Passed April 8. House Jour- 



CHAPTER 813. £ egl8 !? t, 7„. 

Records of the 
Council, 

RESOLVE DIRECTING PAYMENT OF SERVICES OF JOHN KENNY OUT OF Mass!'' 786 ' 
MONEY FOUND ON THE FRIENDSHIP. Archives, 

ccviii., 347. 

Resolved that the Commity of Truro be Directed to pay John xrchiyeB, 
Kinney So much of his acount petitioned 1 for as Shall be thought ccviii., 347. 
Just by Said Commity out of the money found on board the Friend- na°upp.8V82, 
ship and lodge there acount with the Judge of admiralty for the jf'^ C hap?' 
County of plimouth for alowance. [Passed April 8. 692; p\ 283, 

1 For carting baggage of prisoners from Truro to Plymouth. — House Journal, p. 81. 



320 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 814, 815.] 



CHAPTER 814. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £4. 4 TO RICHARD THISSELL. 

Refords'of the Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
council, State to Richard Thissell the Sum of Four pounds four shillings, in 

XXX1V " 737, — full discharge of what his Son lost at the Battle of Bunker Hill. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 78. 



[Passed April 9. 



CHAPTER 815. 



RESOLVES FOR RAISING A REGIMENT TO DEFEND THE TOWN AND 
HARBOUR OF BOSTON, AND ESTABLISHMENT. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 748. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 358. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxxxvii., 70; 
ccviii., 361, 364. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 739. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 90, 97, 
99, 100, 102. 
Ante, p. 317, 
chap. 804. 



Whereas it is of the greatest Importance not only to the Inhab- 
itants of Boston but of this whole Colony that the Town & Harbour 
of the Said Boston should be effectually fortified and secured against 
any attacks from the Enemy; and as the Continental Forces left and 
stationed in and about S d Town are not sufficient in the Judgment 
of this Court with the variety of other important Duties assigned 
them to throw up and defend all those Works which sound policey 
would dictate for the purpose aforesaid, It is therefore 

Resolved that there be immediately raised Eight Companies con- 
sisting of a Captain, two Lieutenants four Serjeants, Four Corporals, 
one Drumer, one Fifer, and seventy seven privates; which Com- 
panies shall constitute one Regiment to be under the Field Com- 
mand of one Colonel, one Lieutenant Colonel & one Major, Field 
Officers, Captain, & Subalterns; all of which shall be appointed by 
this Court, and commissionated by the Council; the Non-Commis- 
sioned Officers shall be chosen by their respective Companies; and 
each Officer & private Soldier shall be holden to serve from the day 
of their engageing or Inlisting in the said Service, untill the first 
day of December next, unless the Service should admit of their dis- 
charge sooner. And the Officers of the several Regiments and Com- 
panies of Militia in the respective Counties in this Colony are hereby 
directed without fail to afford their utmost assisstance in raising of 
the said Companies with the greatest dispatch, as they regard the 
Interest of their Country and the approbation of this Court 

And it is 

Resolved, That there be allowed & paid to each of the Officers & 
Soldiers, as Wages for every Calender Month, during their Contin- 
uance in the said Service the following Sums respectively Viz 1 

To the Colonel £12 

To the Lieu' Do 9. 12 

To the Major 8 

To each Captain 6 

To each first Lieu' 4 

To each second Lieu' 3. 10 

To each Serjeant 2. 8 

To each Corporal & Drum r 2. 4 

To each Fifer & private Soldier 2 

And the Time of the Service of each Non-commissioned Officer & 
Soldier shall be computed from the fourth Day next preceeding their 
marching from home to the Time of their Discharge; and allowing 
for their Return home that is to say at the rate of one Day for every 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 321 

twenty Miles Travel ; also there shall be allowed one penny p Mile 
to each Man to compensate his Expences in his Travel to the place 
of Eendezvous, & at the same Rate to bear his Expence in his re- 
turn home his travelling expence to the Camp to be paid by him- 
self: And each Man to be compensated at the Rate abovesaid upon 
his Arrival at the Camp 

And it is further 

Resolved, That each Non Commissioned Officer & private Soldier, 
shall be equipt & provided with a good effective Fire Arm and Bay- 
onet a Cartridge Box, Knapsack & Blankett; and no Non-Commis- 
sionated Officer and private Soldier, shall be allowed to pass Muster 
without he is so equipt & provided 

And it is further 

Resolved, That said Regiment shall be allowed & supplied with 
the following subsistence Viz' 
Art. 1 One pound of Bread <g» day 

2 Half a pound of Beef & half a pound of pork and if 

pork cannot be had, a pound & a quarter of Beef; 
and one day in seven, they shall have one pound & 
a quarter of Salt Fish, instead of One day's allow- 
ance of Meat $> day if to be had 

3 One pint of Milk, or if Milk cannot be had on[e] Jill 

of Rice $» day 

4 One Quart of good Spruce or Malt Beer, or one pint 

Cyder p day if to be had 

5 One Jill of pease or Beans or other Sauce equivalent 

<pday 

6 Six Ounces of Butter p Week 

7 One pound good common Soap for six Men p Week 

8 Half a pint of Vinegar per Week per Man if it can be 

had 
And there shall be appointed by this Court for said Regiment, one 
Adjutant, one Chaplain, one Commissary one Quarter Master, one 
Surgeon, and one Surgeons Mate to be upon the following Estab- 
lishment of pay by the Calender Months Viz' 

To the Adjutant £5. 10 

To the Chaplain 6 

To the Commissary .......... 4 

To the Quarter Master 3 

To the Surgeon 7 

Surgeons Mate 4 

And the Commissary Gen 1 is hereby directed as soon as a Commis- 
sary is chosen for the above purpose to deliver to him a sufficient 
Number of Tents Utensils to cook in, and intrenching Tools for 
said Regiment. [Passed April 9. 1 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is April 11. 



322 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 816-819.] 



-Legislative 
Records of the 
"Council, 
xxxiv., 741. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii.,3fi8, 
370. House 
Journal, 
pp. 101, 106,107. 
Ante, p. 318, 
chap. 810. 



CHAPTEE 816. 

RESOLVE PRESCRIBING THE FORM OF AN OATH TO BE TAKEN BY 
PERSONS BRINGING IN SALT PETRE. 

[The preamble and resolve in this instance are the same as ante, 
p. 318, chap. 810. The oath here prescribed is as follows] 

You A B, do solemnly Swear, That no part of the Salt Petre now 
presented by you was extracted from Materials in any measure 
wrought in any place from without this Colony, but that the process 
of the Manufacture of the whole thereof was begun, carried on & 
finished within the Limits of this Colony So help you God. 
[Passed April 10. 



CHAPTER 817. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 742. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £23. 15 TO THE SELECTMEN OF NEW BRAINTREE. 

Resolved That there be Paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to the Selectmen of New Braintree, the sum of Twenty Three 
pounds Fifteen shillings, in full of their Account for Provisions 
supplied the Army. 1 [Passed April 10. 



CHAPTEE 818. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 742. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 79, 93, 
98. Ante, 
p. 278, chap. 
C90. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £300 TO NOAH GOODMAN AND WILL M PYNCHEON, J B . 

Resolved That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony, To Noah Goodman, and William Pyncheon jun r a Com- 
mittee to procure flour for the Colony, the Sum of Three hundred 
pounds to enable them to pay for the same. 2 [Passed April 10. 



CHAPTEE 819. 



RESOLVE RELATING TO STOPPAGES ON MUSTER ROLLS. 



Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 374. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 112. 
Ante, p. 138, 
chap. 347; 
p. 233, chap. 
565. 



Whereas the Selectmen of Sundry Towns in this Colony & many 
private persons, Supplied the officers & Soldiers in the Army with 
fire Arms cartridge Boxes & other Accutrements, and many of Said 
Officers & Soldiers have neglected to return said Arms & Accutre- 
ments to the persons that Supplied them with the same, and have 
Neglected to return them to the commissary General of this Colony, 
or to the Quarter master General his deputys or the Ordinance Store 
keeper of the Continental Army Agreable to a Resolve of this Court 
of the 25 th of January last. 

Therefore 

Resolved that all the Stoppages that have been made upon the 
Muster rolls for Fire Arms Cartridge Boxes & other Accutrements, 

1 Not found in the House Journal. 

2 See Addenda at end of session. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7*>. 323 

be paid to the Selectmen of the town for which they were Stoped or 
the person that Supplied the same ; and also Six Shillings for the 
Use of each Fire Arm so Stoped if it appears upon said rolls that it 
has been Stoped for the use of said fire Arm. 

And the receiver General is hereby directed to pay all Such Stop- 
pages as Shall have been made for the same, without any Special 
Warrant from the Council therefor. [Passed April 11. 



CHAPTER 820. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £16. 8. 3£ TO THE SELECTMEN OF ATHOL. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to the Select men of the Town of Athol, the sum of Sixteen council 8 ° f the 
pounds Eight shillings Three pence Two farthings, in full of their xxxiv.,745. 
Account for Provisions supplied the Army. 1 [Passed April 11. 



CHAPTER 821. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE SHERIFF OF BARNSTABLE COUNTY TO 
APPREHEND SOL° DAVIS & PRINCE GORHAM. 

Resolved That the Sheriff of the County of Barnstable be and he Legislative 
hereby is directed and fully Authorized and impowred immediatly council 8 ° f the 
to take into his possession all such India Tea and English goods as xxxiv., 745. 
were brought into Barnstable in a Vessell latly arrived there belong- Archives, 
ing to one Solomon Davis and Commanded by one Prince Goreham 



and that he Store the same in Some Convenient place till the further ^chives 
order of this Court and that the Sherriff aforesaid Cite the said ccviii.,37'1,372, 
Solomon Davis & Prince Gorham to Attend this Court forthwith to House Jour- 
Answer for their Conduct by serving them with An Attested Copy nai,j?p.io3,io7, 
of this report & resolve. [Passed April 11. 



CHAPTER 822. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING WILLIAM KING TO PUT ON HIS MUSTER ROLL 
GAMALIEL WHITING AS LIEUTENANT AND NATHANIEL CRITTENTON 
AS ENSIGN. 

Petition of William King of Great Barrington, setting forth that Legislative 
he being appointed to raise a Company last Campaign in Col John councn 8 , 01 the 
Fellows regiment, he effected the same and was accordingly Com- f^g^'' 745, 
missioned by the Congress of this Colony that M r Samuel Brewer Archives, 
was returned to serve as Lieutenant, & M r Gamaliel Whiting as En- ccv111 -' 3|9 - — 
sign of said Company that previous to the Issuing said Commis- Archives, 
sions Viz on the Sixth day of May last, said M r Brewer was by covin., p. 
General Orders appointed Adjutant General of the Army at Roxbury, nai, pp. 9", 110. 
in which Station he continued till he was appointed Major of Bri- ^'ap. ifci 1 . 86 ' 
gade, in which last Station he continued till the close of the Cam- 

1 Not found in the House Journal. 



324 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chap. 823.] 



paign M r Brewer was however Commissioned Lieutenant and M r 
Whiting Ensign of said Company, in consequence of the afore- 
mentioned return to Congress General Thomas who then com- 
manded the Army at Eoxbury, being acquainted with the promotion 
of M r Brewer, and judging that a Company complete with men, 
ought likewise to be provided with Officers ordered that M r Whiting 
should do duty and be obeyed as Lieutenant, and M r Nathaniel Crit- 
tinton as Ensign of said Company, who did their duty and took 
their rank accordingly in their Company & Eegiment, and agree- 
able thereto, were Commissioned by the Continental Congress, your 
Honors Memorialist, therefore has, on the Muster Roll of his Com- 
pany borne M r Whiting Lieutenant and M r Crittinton Ensign; but 
finding he must make Oath that the Officers borne on said Roll, 
were Commissioned by Congress, as he had borne them, declined 
taking the Oath ; and should M r Brewer be borne Lieu' & M r Whiting 
Ensign on said Muster Roll an equal difficulty would accrue in 
taking the Subsequent part of the Oath prescribed Viz That they 
did duty accordingly for M r Brewer never did a tour of duty in the 
Company M r Whiting did the duty of Lieu' and M r Crittinton the 
duty of Ensign to the End of the Campaign by reason of the afore- 
said difficulties & embarrisments, the muster Roll aforesaid is not 
passed, to the great damage of said company, Thirty three of which 
are now in the Continental Army, and in great want of their Pay, 
as are those, who have returned home Your Memorialist beg leave 
further to observe; that being under marching Orders, will be 
Obliged to leave the said Muster Roll unsettled, unless some way be 
provided, in which it may be passed, 

[Read and] 

Resolved that the Petitioner be Directed to bare on his Said Mus- 
ter Role the Names of y e S d Gamaliel Whiting as Liev' and Nath 1 
Crittenton as Ensign, and that upon the S d Petitioner making Oath 
that the Said Liev' & Ensign have Served & Done Duty agreable To 
the Return made by S d muster Role the Committee appointed to 
Examin the muster Roles be and hereby are Directed to Pass Said 
Role in the Same manner as if the Said Liev' and Ensign had been 
Commissioned to those Respective offices the Said Brewer having 
been Commissioned Liev' & the S d Whiting Ens n In any Wise Not- 
withstanding. [Passed April 11. 



CHAPTER 823. 



RESOLVE FOR PRESSING TEAMS TO CARRY THE CONTINENTAL CANNON 

TO NEW YORK. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 74S. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 381. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 728. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 83,113. 
Ante, p. 303, 
chap. 769. 



Whereas it is necessary for the common safety, that the Ord- 
nance and Stores be remov'd according to the direction of His Ex- 
cellency General Washington And whereas it has been made 
to appear to this Court, that Teams necessary to transport the same 
cannot be procured in the ordinary way 

Therefore 

Resolved That the Selectmen of the several Towns in this Col- 
ony be and they hereby are order'd to give all possible aid and assist- 
ance to Coll. Henry Knox of the Train of Artillery in removing and 
conveying said Ordnance and Stores, thro' this Colony, on their way 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7 f>. 325 

to New-York, and in case the Inhabitants of said Colony refuse to 
supply Teams or other necessary means of conveyance, said Select- 
men or any two of them, in any Town in this Colony, tire empowerd 
& directed to impress in said Town, so many Teams as are necessary 
for the purpose aforesaid said Knox paying a reasonable price for 
the same. [Passed April 11. 



CHAPTEE 824. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE TO PROCURE WOOD & HAY FOR 
THE ARMY TO SETTLE WITH THE Q B MASTER GEN L & PAY THE 
MONEY TO THE COLONEY TREASURER. 

In the House of Eepresentatives Legislative 

Resolved that the Committee appointed by this Court to purchase council 8 , ° f the 
wood & hay for the Continental army be Directed to apply to the gtxiv.,75L 
Quarter Master General of the Continental Forces or his Deputy or Archives, 

Under Quarter master for a settlement of their Accounts and for ccvm -' 3y2 - 

the whole amount of the several Sums due to this Colony for Wood na^pp^Lm. 
and Hay which the said Committee have purchas'd and sent to the Ante > v- 134, 
said Army and for such Sum or Sums as are due to them for their 
Services and Expences And the said Committee are further 

directed upon their receiving of the said Quarter Master such Sums 
which are due as aforesaid ; to make report thereof to this House, 
and likewise to pay back the Monies they receiv'd out of the Colony 
Treasury for the aforesaid purpose of purchasing said Articles unto 
Henry Gardner Esq r Receiver General and take his Receipt therefor. 
In Council 
Read & concurred. [Passed April 12. x 



CHAPTEE 825. 

RESOLVE RELATING TO Y E FORM OF INLISTING ORDERS FOR THE 
OFFICERS OF THE REG T TO DEFEND BOSTON. 

Resolved. That the form of the beating Orders, and Inlistment Legislative 
for raising One Regiment consisting of seven hundred & twenty councn 8 , ° f the 
eight Men, into this Colonies Service to defend & secure the town H? dy " ,WL 
and Harbour of Boston on the Establishment made by this Court Archives, 
from the ninth of this Instant April, until the first Day of December c< 



next, be as follows viz Archives, 

To ccviii., 380, 3S5, 

You are hereby empowered immediately to enlist a Company to lltiVe Records 
consist of eighty-eight able bodied & effective Men, including non £xx^v.?747? ci1, 
commission'd Officers & Privates, as Soldiers in the Service of this House Jour. 
Colony, to defend & secure the Town & Harbour of Boston, (the loVios.'iog.'no! 
noncommission'd Officers to be raised by their respective Companies) chap, sis 3 . 20 ' 
and cause them to pass Muster as soon as possible 
Day of 1776 

We the Subscribers do hereby sevarally inlist ourselves into the 
Service of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay to serve in a company 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is April 11. 



326 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc. ) . — 1775-76. [Chap. 826.] 



whereof is Captain until the first Day of December next, unless 

the Service shou'd admit of our discharge sooner; and each of us 
do engage to furnish and carry with us into the Service, a good 
effective Fire Arm, and Bayonet if to be obtained, Cartridge Box, 
Knapsack, and Blanket and when formed, we engage to march to 
the Town of Boston or such place within this Colony as the General 
Court of said Colony shall appoint, and do hereby oblige ourselves 
faithfully to observe and obey all such Orders, as we shall from time 
to time receive from our Superior Officers. [Passed April 12. 



CHAPTER 826. 



RESOLVE MAKING Y E ESTABLISHMENT OF SEA OFFICERS, &c, IN THE 

COLONY SERVICE. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 752. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccvili., 387. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccix., 35. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 43, 114, 
115. Province 
Laws, v., 474, 
chap. 19; 531- 
33, notes. 
Ante, p. 275, 
chap. 684. 



Resolved. That the following Officers and Seamen be appointed for 
each of the Vessels now building by this Colony, and the pay per 
Month allowd them agreeable to the Sums affix'd viz 

Captain Eight Pounds. 

Lieutenant Five Pounds eight shillings 

Second Lieutenant Five Pounds. 

Master Four Pounds. 

Mate Three Pounds. 

Boatswain Three Pounds. 

Boatswain's Mate ..... Two Pounds four shillings 

Steward Two Pounds eight shillings 

Gunner ........ Two Pounds eight shillings. 

Gunners Mate Two Pounds four shillings. 

Carpenter . Three Pounds. 

Carpenter's Mate Two Pounds four shillings. 

Surgeon Seven Pounds. 

Surgeon's Mate Four Pounds. 

Quarter Master & Master at Arms . . Two Pounds ten shillings 

Pilot Two Pounds eighteen shillings. 

Cook Two Pounds four shillings. 

Drummer Two Pounds four shillings 

Sixteen Boys ...... at twenty shillings each. 

Eighty Seamen and Marines . . .at forty shillings each 

All of which Officers Seamen and Marines shall furnish themselves 
with a good effective fire Arm. Cartouch Box. Cutlass and Blanket 

And be it further 

Resolved That the Captains be appointed as soon as may be, 
which Captains when chosen shall return a List of Persons, suitable 
for the other Officers and shall proceed to inlist the Number of Sea- 
men, Marines and Boys propos'd ; And for further encouragement to 
said Officers, Seamen and Marines It is 

Resolved That they shall be entituled to one third part of the 
proceeds of all Captures that shall be by them made and finally con- 
demned to be distributed in such manner as this Court shall here- 
after determine 

And the said Vessels shall be armed and mounted with at least 
twelve Carriage Guns, all of one size viz' six pounders, and with a 
proper number of Swivels and Cohorns, and the Hon bIe Council are 
hereby desired to commission them to cruise against all British 
Property agreeable to the late Resolves of the Hon bl Continental 
Congress. 1 [Passed April 12. 

1 See printed copy. — Mass. Archives, ccix., 35. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 327 



CHAPTER 827. 

RESOLVE FOR PAYING THE NONCOMMISS D OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS Legislative 

ONE MONTHS ADVANCE WAGES. Records of the 

Council, 
xxxlv., ''>.',. 

Resolvd, That there be paid one Months Advance Wages to the Archives 
non-commission'd Officers and Privates in the Regiment to be raised ccviii., ask 
to fortify and defend the Town and Harbour of Boston, agreeable House Jour- 
to a Resolve of this Court of the 9 tb Inst' upon their passing Muster. ^tniF,'p!m, 
[Passed April 12. chap! si's. 



CHAPTER 828. 

ORDER FOR REMOVING THE CANNON FROM CASTLE ISLAND. 

Ordered That the Committee of this Court, appointed to see to Legislative 
the fortifying of the Harbour of Boston, be directed immediately councn 8 ° f the 
and without fail, to procure the removal from Castle Island, all the xxxiv., 756. 
Cannon and Carriages thereon, which are capable of being made fit Archives, 
for Use, and if the removal of the said Cannon and Carriages cannot ccvliL ' 39 °- 
be effected without incurring an Expence to this Government, that ^^ 
the said Committee be and hereby are directed to effect the said ccviii., 389 Ms. 
Business, whatever expence may be necessary therefor. [Passed na°i u P e ii°6 Ur " 
April 12. fife ft? 7 ' 

CHAPTER 829. 

RESOLVE FOR SINKING A NUMBER OF OLD VESSELS IN THE CHANNEL Legislative 

NEAR THE CASTLE IN THE HARBOUR OF BOSTON. Records of the 

Council, 
xxxiv., 757. 

Resolved that for the more effectually fortifying & securing the A^ives 
Town & Harbour of Boston, the Com tee already appointed for that ccviii., 3t4. 
purpose be & they hereby are directed & impower'd. to purchase a Legislative 
Sufficient Number of old Ships or Vessels, & cause them to be sunk councn, ° f the 
in the Channel between the middle ground & Castle rocks so call'd, xxxiv., 717, 739. 
in said Harbour, for preventing any Vessels of above two hundred n^pp.uMi;, 
Tons entering the same, & that y e said Com tee execute said order p^nfehap. 
without loss of time, & lay their Accounts before this Court for 8( > 4 - 
allowance. 1 [Passed April 12. 



CHAPTER 830. 

RESOLVE GRANTING 18 SH. TO DAVH) CURTIS. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this xxxiv., Vss. 
Colony to David Curtis the Sum of Eighteen shillings, in full for House Jour, 
his Sons Board while wounded. [Passed April 13. nai,p.U9. 

1 The House Journal, p. 147, under date of April 18, records a similar resolve for pro- 
curing " on the best Terms such Vessels," and adds: "and said Committee are further 
impowered in Behalf of this Colony, to give Security for the Payment of the amount of said 
Vessels, to those Persons who may have Power to dispose of the same." 



328 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 831, 832.] 



CHAPTER 831. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 758. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 394. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxciv., 334; 
ccix., 2-7. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 742. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 120, 121. 



RESOLVE RESPECT A NUMBER OF PRISONERS AT MARBLEHEAD. 

The Committe of Both Houses appointed to Take under Con- 
sideration a Letter ' from the Committe of Corrispondence of the 
Town of Marblehead Informing this Court that there Was Sent to 
Said Town twenty two persons Who Where Taken on Board the Brig- 
inteen Sally by Cap 1 John Manley (in the Continental Service) from 
Boston Bound to Hallifax the Committe Report by Way of Resolve 

Resolved that the Soldiers Belonging to the British army With 
their Wifes and Children bo Sent to Gener 11 Ward and that Calib 
Wheaton and others Who Where Taken on Board Said Brig be Sent 
to this Court for Examina 11 Except the Women and Children and 
them Exclusive of y e Solders Wife & Childre" to be Disposed of By 
the Committee of Corrispondenc of Marblehead in that Way and 
Manner that Shall be the Least Charge to Goverment and that 
Brigad r Farley, be desird in season to collect the Accompts of the 
necessary Expences attending the support & maintenance of these 
& all the other persons taken on board the same Vessell & endeavor 
to have the same dischargd out of the moneys arising on the sales 
of the Cargo & Effects found on board the s d Vessell. [Passed 
April 15." 



CHAPTER 832. 



RESOLVE PROHIBITING ALL DEALINGS WITH THE INHABITANTS OF 

NOVA SCOTIA. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 740. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 366. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 102, 103. 
Ante, p. 228, 
chap. 552. 



Whereas it is apprehended that some of the Inhabitants of this 
Colony may be induced from a regard to their own Intrest to employ 
their Vessels the ensuing Season in the business of Fishing, and in 
order to avoid the inconveniences they may be exposed to by an Act 
of Parliament prohibiting all manner of Trade and commerce with 
the united Colonies, and declareing forfeited all such Vessels & Car- 
goes &c as shall be taken belonging to the same, may make over 
the property of their Vessels to some inhabitants of Nova Scotia To 
the Intent therefore that no Inhabitant of this Colony may unwarily 
go into such a method of conduct; It is 

Resolved that if any Inhabitant of this Colony shall upon any 
pretence whatever, transfer his property in any Vessel to an Inhab- 

1 To The Hono'' le Council. Marblehead April 9 th 1776 for the Colony of the Massa- 

chusetts Bay 

May it Please your Honours 

The Committee of Correspondence have this day Received from Capt. Samuel Tucker 
Commander of one of the Continentall armed Vessells, Twenty two Persons, Who where 
[sic] in the Briginteen Lately taken By Capt. John Manly, from Boston Bound to Halli- 
fax, among whom are four Soldiers with their wives and Children, one Caleb Wheaton 
(who from his own Account has heretofore Been Esteemed Inimicall to his Country) with 
his three Sons, and a Number of others who in the Course of their Examination, have Not 
Been Able to Acquitt themselves, to their Country, (in our Esteem) for the Particulars of 
which we Beg Leave to Referr you to the worthy Bearer Azor Orne Esq r one of the Com- 
mittee who attended the Examination, the Committee have Made Comfortable Provision 
for the Entertainment of the above persons, and desire your Honors direction what further 
Steps they Shall take with them, and are with Respect your Honors 
Most Obedient Humb" Servent 

Jonathan Glover Chair Man. — Mass. Archives, cxciv., 334. 

' This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is April 13. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 329 

itant of the Province of Nova Scotia, ho will thereby violate a 
Resolve of the Congress prohibiting all intercourse with the Inhab- 
itants of that Province, and of course may expect to be obliged to 
submit to the pains & penalties due to such an Offence. [Passed 
April 15. 1 



CHAPTER 833. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING BENJ N MILLS TO PAY £77. 11/ TO THE TREAS- 
URER OF THIS COLONY. 

The Committee appointed to consider the Account of Benjamin Legislative 
Mills, reported that they had attended that Service, and upon Ex- councu ° £ the 
amination had of the same found them fairly Stated & well avouched, xxxiv., 759. 
and that the said Benjamin received of Henry Gardner Esq r Treas- Archives, 
urer for the Colony the Sum of One hundred & Ninety Five pounds ccviii -» 395 - 
for the purposes of supplying Blankets That the said Benjamin ^ass. 
hath supplied with 106 Blankets of the Value of £117.9.0 so that ccvffi., 886». 
there remains due to the Colony aforesaid the sum of £77.11.0 as ma°i"pp J °" r i'22, 
the just Ballance due from the said Benjamin Whereupon 123 24i^"iia 

Resolved, that the Said Benjamin pay unto the Said Henry Gard- 5ss" 
ner Treasurer as aforesd the aforesd Sum of Seventy Seven pounds 
Eleven shillings as the Just Bal a due as aforesd whose Rec 1 for the 
Same Shall be a Discharge in full for the Said Benjamin for the Sum 
of one hundred ninty five pounds by him Reed as aforesd. [Passed 
April 15. 



CHAPTEE 834. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 17. 2 TO BENJAMIN MILLS. Legislative 

Records of the 

Resolved that there be paid out of the public Treasury of this xxxiv., 760. 
Colony to Benj n Mills the sum of Three pounds, Seventeen shillings House Jour- 
& Two pence, in full for Blankets lost out of those purchased by Stp^ch&p? 2 " 
said Mills for this Colony. [Passed April 15. 833. 



CHAPTER 835. SSSSSu. 

Council, 

RESOLVE DIRECTING PUBLICATION OF THE DEPOSITIONS OF DOCT E JOHN Mats.'* ' 
WARREN AND OTHERS. Archives, 

ccviii., 396. 



Resolved that the depositions of Doct r John Warren, Daniel Scott Archives, 
& Frederick Ridgely, Respecting a Quantity of medicines left in the ccviii., 397-399. 
work House of the Town of Boston, lately improved as a Hospital RecordVofthe 
by the British troops, be published in the Watertown news papers, xxx?v!!'738. 
By order of the Gen 1 Court. [Passed April 15. House Jour. 

J L 1 nal, pp. 102,123. 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is April 9. 



330 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 836-839.] 



CHAPTER 836. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 760. 

Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 733. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 224 
(January, 
1776); pp.91, 
103, 104. 
Ante, p. 189, 
chap. 477; 
p. 237, chap. 
577. 



RESOLVE RELATING TO COMMISSI NORTONS ACCOUNT. 

The Committee of both Houses appointed to take into Consid- 
eration the Commissaries Accounts beg leave to report that they 
have Examined the Acco' of Col Beriah Norton, as Exhibited up 
to the 4 th of this Instant April, and find the same right Cast and 
well Vouched, that £467.15.8 has been advanced for Provisions & 
other necessary's by the said Col Norton for the Sea Coast Service; 
That a Ballance of £86.14.5 appears due to said Col Norton, and 
notwithstanding He has not been able to Exhibit at this Time a 
particular Account of the disposal of every Article, your Committee 
are of Opinion that he should receive his Second payment agreeable 
to the Establishment made for the Service aforesaid he being further 
accountable 

Charles Chauncy $> r Order 

Kead & Accepted and thereupon 

Resolved That the said Col Norton receive his Second payment 
agreeable to the Establishment aforesaid, He being further account- 
able. [Passed April 15. 



CHAPTER 837. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £2. 4 FOR THOMAS ROGERS. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 761. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 39. 124. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Benjamin Mills Esq r for the Use of Thomas Rogers, (in 
full for a Gun improved by one George Mills in the Service the last 
Summer, and not returned to said Rogers) The sum of Two pounds 
four shillings in full of said Gun. [Passed April 15. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 762. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 411. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 125. 
Ante, p. 293, 
chap. 737. 



CHAPTER 838. 

ORDER ADDING CAP T EDMUND SAWYER TO THE COM EB FOR RE- 
CEIVING, INSPECT" & PAYING FOR SALT PETRE. 

Ordered That Cap 1 Edmund Sawyer of Newbury be joined to 
M r Tufts of Newbury-Port, in the business of inspecting receiving 
and paying for Salt Petre. [Passed April 16. 



CHAPTER 839. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 762. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxliv., 336, 351, 
352. House 
Journal, pp. 90, 
91, 126. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £23. 8 TO LIEU T ANDREW GILMAN. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Lieu' Andrew Gilman, the sum of Twenty Three pounds 
Eight shillings, in full for his Wages & Billeting to this day and 
that he be discharged from the Service of this Colony. [Passed 
April 16. 



[4th Sess.J Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775— 7<>. 331 

CHAPTER 840. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £219. 16. 1 TO COL° JOSIAH WHITNEY. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Col Josiah Whitney the Sum of Two hundred & Nine- S r c { ofttie 
teen pounds Sixteen shillings & One penny, in full of his Abstract xxxiv.,762. 
of the pay due to the Officers & Soldiers in his Regiment from the House Jour- 
time of their Engaging to the day they Marched to Camp. [Passed w! v !dnte, ' 
April 16. p^ 311 . cha 'p- 

CHAPTER 841. 

RESOLVE EMPOWERING BULAH BALL, ADMINISTRATRIX, TO SELL REAL 
ESTATE, AND MAKING PROVISION IN REGARD TO THE PROCEEDS. 

Petition of Bulah Ball of Spencer Widow, setting forth that she Legislative 
[was] appointed Administratrix on the Estate of her late Husband councn 80f the 
John Ball deceased That said dec d Personal Estate is not sufficient xxxiv.,763. 
to pay his just debts That it would be greatly injurious to the Archives, 
Intrest of the Real Estate to have it sold in parscels That the ccviii -> ^ 
Buildings are considerably out of repair That your Petitioner has Masa^ 
Six young Children, whose respective parts would be much more covin., 401-403. 
profitable to them by having the place sold and their Shares put to ^pp?5, U M5, 
Intrest, than it could be by having their Shares in Land after such ^i 56 ^ 2 '. 136 - ' 
a part is sold as will be necessary in order to pay the debts, for which Laws, n., 151, 
reason your Petitioner humbly prays that she may have leave of this chap " 10, 
Hon le Court to sell the Aforementioned dec d [ 8 ] Real Estate. 

[Read and] 

Resolved, That the prayer thereof be so far granted that she is 
hereby Impowered to Sell the whole of said Real Estate, and give a 
good, & sufficient Deed, or Deeds thereof She observing the Rules, 
& Directions of the Law for the Sale of Real Estates by Executors 
& Administrators. And first giving Security to the Judge of pro- 
bate for the County of Worcester. That she will pay to Margaret 
Houghton who was the widow of the Father of the Deceasd, in Lieu 
of her Dower in said Estate agreeable to their agreement the sum 
of Nine pounds, Twelve shillings Annually during her natural 
Life. And that the said Beulah the Widow of the said Deceas'd 
shall have the Interest of One Third of the Remainder during her 
natural Life. And after her Decease the principal shall be paid to 
the Heirs of said Deceas'd, or their legal Representatives, And that 
the Remaining Two thirds be applied for the payment of such Debts 
of the Deceased as the personal Estate will not be sufficient to Dis- 
charge after proper allowance, & charges of Settlement of the Estate 
and after the Debts, & charges are paid. 

The Remainder shall be put into the Hands of the Guardians of 
the Children of the Deceas'd to be by them put to Interest for the 
Benefit of their said Wards in just proportion according to the Law 
of Inheritance. [Passed April 16. 



332 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-70. [Chaps. 842, 843.] 



CHAPTER 842. 



RESOLVE FOR SUPPLYING THE INHABITANTS OF THE EASTERLY PARTS 
OF THE COUNTY OF LINCOLN WITH NECESSARIES TO THE AMOUNT 
OF £1,200. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 765. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 111. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxxxviii., 286. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 614. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 287 
(February, 
1776); pp.57, 
80, 10S, 138. 
Ante, p. 239, 
Chap. 586. 
Infra, p. 338, 
chap. 861. 



Whereas the Inhabitants of the easterly Parts of the County of 
Lincoln, viz. from Machias to Campden, inclusively, are in a dis- 
tressed Condition, by Eeason of the present War we are engaged in, 
and being deprived of their Lumber-Trade, which was their chief 
Support, they are now almost destitute of Bread-Corn, Salt, and 
Ammunition. And as it is of great Importance, that said Inhab- 
itants should be supplied, with said Articles, for their immediate 
Support and Defence: 

Resolved, That there be delivered out of the public Treasury, the 
Sum of Tioelve Hundred Pounds, unto the Honorable John Taylor, 
Esq; Capt. Jonathan Oreenleaf, and Mr. James Noble Shannon, or 
any two of them, to be by them applied for the purchase of said 
Articles as followeth, viz. about One Hundred and Fifty Pounds, 
for Ammunition; Two Hundred Pounds, for Salt, and Eight Hun- 
dred and Fifty Pounds, in Corn or other Bread-kind, to be by them 
or their Order distributed to the several Committees, who have 
been or may be appointed by said Inhabitants for that Purpose, each 
of said Committees, so appointed, to give their Note in Behalf of 
themselves and their Constituents, to the Treasurer of this Colony, 
for the Sum or Sums that they shall receive, to be paid on or before 
the eleventh day of April, A.D. 1777. Said John Taylor, Esq; 
Capt. Jonathan Oreenleaf and Mr. James Noble Shannon, to deliver 
all such Notes as they shall receive on that Account to said Treas- 
urer, and to make return of their Doings to this Court as soon as 
may be. [Passed April 16. ' 



CHAPTER 843. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £38. 4. 4 TO THE SELECTMEN OF MENDON. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 765. 



Resolved, that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to the Selectmen 2 of Mendon, the sum of Thirty Eight 
pounds, Four shillings & four pence, in full of his a Acco 1 for Pro- 
visions, and Transporting the same to head Quarters in April last, 
for the use of the Army. 3 [Passed April 17. 

1 As to the date of this resolve see Legislative Records of the Council, xxxiv., 7C1, where 
the resolve appears passed April 16, in a shorter form. See Addenda at end of session. 
•■< Sic. 
3 Not found in the House Journal. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 333 



CHAPTER 844. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £6. 8. 3 FOR JEREMIAH WHITTEMORE. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Oliver Watson the sum of Six pounds Eight shillings & g^Scu* ofthe 
Three pence for the Use of Jeremiah Whittemore in full for Pro- xxxiv.,765. 
visions and Transporting the same, for the Use of the Forces who 
marched on the l l J th of April last. 2 [Passed April 17. 



CHAPTER 845. ££»«* 

Council, 
xxxiv., 765. 
RESOLVE DIRECTING THE SELECTMEN & COMM EE OF SAFETY OF TRURO Mass. 

TO DELIVER CAP T HOLMES HIS PRIVATE PROPERTY. Archives, 

ccvni., 415. 



Resolved, that the Select men & Committee of Safety &c for the Archives, 
town of truro Be & thay are hearby Directed to Deliver to the S d ccviii.,|ik 

IrOUSG *l 0111*" 

holmes, Late Master of the Ship frindship Stranded on the Shoer at nai.pp.i08.i23, 
Cape Cod, the 29 Day of febuwary Last the Remander of his Privit p^ssfchap""' 
Property that is yet in the hands of the Said Select men & Com- 70 °- 
mittee of Safety of Said town of truro. [Passed April 17. 



CHAPTER 846. 

RESOLVE EMPOWERING THOM 8 MILLER, ADM K , TO SELL REAL ESTATE 
AND MAKING PROVISION IN REGARD TO THE PROCEEDS. 

Petition of Thomas Miller, Administrator of the Estate of Legislative 
Thomas Miller late of Newton in the County of Middlesex Inn- council 8 , 
holder, deceased, Executor of the last Will & Testament of Eleazer ^f*™.'' 765- 
Hide of said Newton deceased, and Administrator of the Estate of Archives, 
Rachael Hide of said Newton also deceased, late Widow of the said C( 



Eleazer setting forth That the said Eleazer by his last Will & Archives, 
Testament, bequeathed to his said Wife Eachael the whole of his House Jomf 3 ' 
Estate, She to pay the debts that were due from s d Eleazer. That nai, pp. 62,125. 
the whole of the Personal Estates of the said Eleazer and Rachael Laws^n 6 , in, 
are already disposed of, and part of the real, disposed of by said cna P- 10 - 
Rachael, towards the payment of said Debts, and there is yet remain- 
ing due, with the debts due from said Rachael, more than Seventy 
pounds lawfull money. That the selling of so much of said Real 
Estate only, as would be Sufficient to discharge said remaining debts, 
will discomode and damage the remainder. 

Wherefore your Petitioner humbly prays, that your Honours would 
be pleased to Authorize him to make Sale of the whole of the re- 
maining part of said real Estate, consisting of about Thirty Six 
Acres of Land, with a dwelling House and Barn thereon, for dis- 
charging said Debts and necessary Charges, and the Overplus for 
the Use and Benefit of the Legal Representatives of the said 
Rachael And as in duty bound, shall ever pray 

[Read and] 

Resolved that y e prayer of the foregoing Petition be granted, and 



334 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 847-849.] 



the Petitioner be, and is hereby impowered to make Sale of the Real 
Estate in his Petition mentioned, for the most the Same will fetch, 
and to make and Execute, a good Deed or Deeds thereof, he Observ- 
ing the rules of the Law, for the Sale of Real Estates by Executors, 
and Administrators, and giving Security to the Judge of Probate 
for the County of Middlesex that the proceeds of said Sale be applied 
for the payment of the said Eleazer Hides, and Rachael Hides Debts, 
and the overplus (if any there be) be paid to such person or persons, 
as Could have inherited Said real Estate, if it had not been Sold. 
[Passed April 17. 



CHAPTER 847. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COM EE TO FORTIFY BOSTON TO DELIVER 
6 ¥> 8 CANNON TO JON A JACKSON OF NEWBURY PORT. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 767. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 427. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 111,121, 
139. Ante, 
p. 327, chap. 
828. 



Resolved 

That the Committee appointed to Fortify the Town and harbour 
of Boston be and they hereby are directed to deliver into the hands 
of Jonathan Jackson of Newbury port Six peices of Cannon from 
Nine to twelve pounders Said Cannon to be Improved for the de- 
fence of Said Newbury port untill the further Order of this Court, 
provided said cannon can be spared. & are not wanted for the defence 
of the Town & harbour of Boston. [Passed April 17. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 771. 



CHAPTER 848. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £18 TO ABIAL WALKER. 



Mass. 
Archives, 

House Jour- Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 

nai.pp.in.ns, Colony to Abial Walker, the sum of Eighteen pounds, in full for 
Losses sustained by her late Husband Cap 1 Benjamin Walker taken 
at Bunker Hill on the 17 th June last. [Passed April 18. 



CHAPTER 849. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 771. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 441. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 442. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 140,143. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE RECEIVER GEN L TO PAY CAP T JN° LANE 
THE SEVERAL SUMS DUE ON HIS MUSTER ROLL. 

Resolved, 

That the Receiver General of this Colony be directed to pay unto 
Cap' John Lane the several Sums which are made up & appear due 
on his Muster Roll to each of the Men in his Company for their 
travelling Expences from their Homes to Head Quarters. [Passed 
April 18. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws (fiesolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 335 

CHAPTER 850. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £2. 4 TO JON A ATHERTON. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Jonathan Atherton the sum of Two pounds four shillings, counen 8 , ° f the 
in full for a Gun he provided & delivered to James Bridges, which xxxiv.,'?-!. 
sum is Stoped out of the Wages due to said Bridges in Cap 1 Hastings House Jour- 
Muster Roll. ' [ Passed April 18. ' ?$ Z. 8> '''' 59, 



CHAPTER 851. 

RESOLVE DIRECT AMOS SINGLETARY, ESQ R , TO PAY £194. 6. 2 TO THE 
TREASURER OF THIS COLONY. 

The Committee appointed to Examine the Acco ts of Amos Sin- Legislative 
gletary Esq r reported that they had attended that Service and councff ° f the 
found the same fairly stated and well Vouched, that the said Amos xxxiv., 771. 
hath furnished the said Colony with Three hundred and Seventeen Archives, 
Blankets, of the Value of One hundred & Ninety four pounds, Seven ccviii -» 434 - 
Shill sa and Ten pence. And that he hath rec d of Henry Gardner ^chives 
Esq r as Treasurer for said Colony the sum of Three hundred & Eighty ccviii.,435-438«. 
pounds, fourteen shillings for the purpose aforesaid so that there na^ppaos^. 
remains due to the Colony aforesaid a ballance of One hundred & ££* p^ 199 - 
Ninety four pounds Six shillings & Two pence. 

Whereupon 

Resolved that Amos Singletary aforesd pay unto the said Henry 
Gardner Esqr Treasurer as aforesd, the aforesd Sum of One hundred 
ninty four pounds Six Shillings and two pence as the Just Ballance 
of all Acc ts between him and the aforesd Colony and that the Rec 1 
of the Said Henry for the same be a Discharge in full to the Said 
Amos for the aforesd Sum of three hundred Eighty Eighty 2 Pounds 
fourteen Shillings. [Passed April 18. 



CHAPTER 852. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING SAMUEL MOODY TO PAY £49. 1. 1 TO THE TREAS- 
URER OF THIS COLONY. 

The Committee appointed to settle the Acco' of M r Samuel Legislative 
Moody, reported that they had Examined the same, found it fairly councu 8 , ° f the 
Stated & well vouched, and that there is a ballance of Forty nine MaTs V '' 7 ~ 2 ' 
pounds, One Shill g and One penny due to the Colony Whereupon Archives, 

Resolved that the said Samuell Moody pay the said Sum of forty C( 



nine pounds One Shilling One peney unto" Henry Gardner Esq r as Archives, 
Treasurer for the Coloney of the Mass ttes Bay whose Rec 1 for the Same hS Jot^ 49 *' 
shall be a Discharge in full for the Said Samuell for the Sum of two na^pp. i05, r i42. 
hundred thirty two pounds One Shilling by him Rec d for the Pur- chap.&i 196 ' 
poses of furnishing the Several Articles charged in Said Ace 1 accord- 
ing to the Resolve of the Gen 1 Court passd January 4 th 1776. 
[Passed April 18. 

1 See Addenda at end of session. 
' Sic. 



336 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 853-856.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 772. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
cxciv., 344. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxciv., 343-346. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 769, 773. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 139,143. 



CHAPTER 853. 

RESOLVE RESPECT JON A STICKNEY, JUN B . 

[On report of the Rowley Committee in regard to Jonathan Stick- 
ney as an " Enemy to America "] 

Resolved That the said Jonathan Stickney jun r be immediatly 
sent to the Goal in Ipswich in the County of Essex and there Con- 
fined in a room by himself that he be allowed Neither pen ink nor 
paper and that no person be permitted to Speak to him but in the 
presence of the Goaler till the further order of the General Court. 
[Passed April 18. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 773. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 439. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 145 bis, 
146. Ante, 
p. 275, chap. 
6S4; p. 312, 
chap. 795; 
p. 314, chap. 
800. 



CHAPTER 854. 

RESOLVE DIRECT 6 THE COMMISSARY GENERAL TO DELIVER JERATH- 
MIEL BOWERS, ESQ E , 40 t> 8 DUCK. 

Resolved That the Commissary general of this Colony deliver to 
Jerathmiel Bowers Esq r forty pieces of Duck by him to be made 
use of for making Sails for those arme'd Vessells he and others a 
Com tee of this Court were directed to build for this Colony he to be 
accountable to this Court for the same. [Passed April 18. 



CHAPTER 855. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 774. 

Mass. 

Archives, 

ccviii., 444, 

445. House 

Journal, 

pp. 78, 105,124, 

146 bis, 149. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING DR. ISAAC RAND TO PROCURE NURSES AND 
MEDICINES FOR THE SMALL POX HOSPITAL. 

Resolved that Docter Isaac Rand be and hereby is directed imme- 
diately to procure on the Credit of this Colony such a number of 
Nurses, & such a Quantity of Medicines as are necessary for the Use 
of the small Pox Hospital for the Continental Army, and that he 
Exhibit an Account of the same to this as soon as may be. [Passed 
April 19. ' 



CHAPTER 856. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE TREASURER TO RECEIVE IRON CHESTS, &c, 
LATE IN THE POSSESSION OF HARRISON GRAY. 



The Treasurer of this Colony having represented to this Court 
the necessity of his being furnished with one or more Iron Chests, 
for the better security of Colony Property Therefore 

Resolved that Henry Gardner Esq r Receiver General be, and he 
hereby is directed to take into his Possession the Iron Chests, to- 
gether with the Weights & measures, Steelyards & Scales, which 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 756. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 391. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 78, 90, 

p 15 294l 7 chap'.' ie ' belongs to this Colony and were in the Hands of Harrison Gray the 

"38. ' former Treasurer; the said Henry Gardner Esq r giving his receipt 

for said Articles to the Committee appointed by this Court to take 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is April 18. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775—7*;. 337 

into their possession the effects of Enemies to the Liherties of 
America in the Town of Boston, said Committee rendering an Ac- 
count of the same to this Court. [Passed April 19. l 



CHAPTER 857. 

RESOLVE RESPECT SUPPLYS FOR THE REG T TO BE STATIONED AT 
NODDLES ISLAND. 

Resolved, that the Committee appointed to fortify the harbour of legislative . 
Boston, be and they hereby are empowered and directed, to purchase council, 
on the best terms they may be had, Eight hundred feet of the Con- Mass!'' 7 " 6 ' 
tinental Barracks, (provided their Cost, with the Expence of re- Archives, 

moving & rebuilding them shall in the opinion of the Committee — '- 

be less than the value of new ones) and cause them to be removed Archives, 
to, & rebuilt on noddles Island; and they are directed to appoint House Jour- 
some suitable person to superintend, the taking down, removing to, nai, pp. 126,137, 
& rebuilding the same at the place aforesaid And also all the Car- us. Ante' ' 
penter work necessary to be done on said Island And also some fe™ 1 ' c ^ p ' 
suitable Engineer to Attend & direct y e raising the fortifications chap. 816.' 
ordered on said Island And they are Also directed immediately to 
cause to be built on said Island a convenient Bake-house & Brew- 
house sufficient for one Regiment of Men 

Resolved, that the Commissary General of this Colony be and he 
hereby is directed to purchase, if they are not on hand, and trans- 
port them to, & lodge them in some safe store near Noddles Island, 
Two hundred barrels of Beef, the same quantity of Pork, Three 
hundred Quintals of dried Cod Fish, five hundred Bushels of Beans 
or peas, Thirteen hundred Gallons of Molasses, five hundred Barrels 
of Flour, forty Barrels of Vinegar, three thousand pounds of Soap, 
& Butter, Rice, & Milk for the Regiment of Men to be stationed on 
said Island According to the Allowance voted them, Three hundred 
barrels of Cider, a sufficient quantity of Spruce for making Six hun- 
dred barrels of Beer, Forty empty Barrels, Twenty Cords of Wood, 
one thousand Wooden Canteens, One hundred & Twenty Mess Pots, 
the same Number of Wooden Mess Bowls, & the like Number of 
Pails and the Commissary is directed to deliver out said Articles 
at such time to such person & in such proportions as he shall be 
directed in future by this Court. [Passed April 19. 



CHAPTER 858. 

RESOLVE DIRECT THE COMMISSARY GENERAL TO APPLY TO GEN L Legislative 

WARD FOR THE LOAN OF 2 HALF BAR 8 POWDER. Records of the 

Council, 
xxxiv., 779. 

Resolv d that the Commissary Gen 1 of this Colony be, and he hereby ^chives 
is directed to Apply to Gen 1 Ward for the Loan of Two half Barrels ccviii.,456. 
of Powder from the Continental Store, in Order to prove a number House Jour, 
of Cannon lately cast for the use of this Colony; and that s d Com- ^ae,'v*lvi, 
missary deliver s d Powder, (if obtained) to M r Burbeck for y e pur- chap! 805. 
pose afores d . [Passed April 19. 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is April 12. 



338 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-70. [Chaps. 859-862.] 



CHAPTER 859. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £4 TO CAP T REUBEN DOW. 



Records^? the Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
council,^ Colony to Captain Eeuben Dow, the sum of Four pounds, in full 

xxxiv., ,80. — o £ j^ g Q} iar g e j n going home, Nursing & Boarding, in Consequence 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 152. 



of his being Wounded. 1 [Passed April 19. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 781. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 455. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 404. 
Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 756, 
757 bis, 762 bis, 
770. House 
Journal, 
pp. 140, 149, 151. 
Ante, p. 317, 
chap. 804. 



CHAPTER 860. 



RESOLVE APPOINT A COM EE TO WAIT ON GENERAL WARD, &c. 

In the House of Representatives 

Resolved. That Coll. Bowers and Deacon Rawson, with such as 
the Hon bl Board shall join be a Committee immediately to apply 
to General Ward, and desire him to remove about One Hundred 
Men from Beverly and as many more as can be spared from Bunkers 
Hill and employ them in building Barracks and erecting a fort at 
Noddles Island, and that Coll. Josiah Whitney, be directed imme- 
diately to repair to Boston, & to order the Men belonging to his 
Regiment as fast as they are raised to march to the same place, in 
order to forward the works beforemention'd 
In Council 

Read & Concurred & John Whetcomb Esq r is joined. [Passed 
April 19. 



CHAPTER 861. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 783. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 459. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 154. 
Ante, p. 332, 
chap. 842. 



RESOLVE APPOINTING W M JONES ON THE COM EE FOR DISTRIBUTING 
STORES AMONG THE INHABITANTS OF THE EASTERLY PART OF Y E 
COUNTY OF LINCOLN. 

The House appointed Coll 1 William Jones on the Committee to 
distribute the Sum of twelve hundred pounds to the Inhabitants 
of the Eastern part of the County of Lincoln, agreeable to a late Re- 
solve of this Court, in the room of M r Greenleaf, excused. [Passed 
April 20. 



CHAPTER 862. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 783. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 457. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cxliv., 338; 
ccviii., 458. 



RESOLVE GIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE TRUSTEES LATELY APPOINTED 
FOR THE GRAFTON INDIANS. 

Resolved, That the present Trustees lately appointed by this Court 
to Manage the Indian Affairs of Grafton be, & hereby are directed 
to make enquiry as soon as may be conveniently whether the five 
pounds, & Interest as mention'd by the petitioner 2 be really due 
from the former Trustees ; & if so, that they improve proper methods 



1 At Bunker Hill. — House Journal, p. 152. 

2 Elizabeth Sampson, with respect to certain sums of money. 



■House Journal, p. 9. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 339 

as the Law directs for the recovery of debts to procure said Money Legislative 
for the use, & benefit of the said petitioner Further council* ' thc 

Resolved, that the present Trustees aforesaid be, & hereby are gx*iv.,5M,556. 
directed to distribute the interest mony of Andrew Abraham de- nai, pp. 15,214, 
ceas'd, among all the posterity of said Andrew Abraham deceas'd, mffivvffi' 
or to pay it to Elizabeth Samson only (according to the order, & n^ihs.Ante, 
desire of said Andrew Abraham) as shall to them appear most just 520" ,c ap ' 
& reasonable. [Passed April 20. 



CHAPTER 863. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £16. 12. 11 TO THE i COM KK OF THE TOWN OF UPTON. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to the Committee of the Town of Upton, the sum of Sixteen councu 8 , 01 the 
pounds, Twelve shillings, and Eleven pence, in full for sundries xxxiv.,785. 
supplied the Army. 1 [Passed April 22. 



CHAPTER 864. 

RESOLVE FOR REMOVING THE FORCES AT GLOUCESTER AND SALEM 

TO BOSTON. 

Resolved that for the more expeditiously making the fortifications Legislative 
necessary for the Defence of the Town & Port of Boston, part of counctf ° f tbe 
the Fources of this Colony lately raised for the Defence of its Sea xxxiv.,'786. 
Coasts, shall without any Delay march to the Said Boston; that is Archives, 
to Say Cap* Daniel Giddens & the whole of the Company under his ccvm -. 46-2 - 
command now doing duty at glocester & Cap 1 Daniel Ward & a De- ^j^f f™ r ~ 
tachment of the Company under his command to the Number of Ante, p. 320, 
fifty men including himself now doing duty at Salem, & that on p. 33s, chap, 
their arrival at Boston, they shall be under the Field Command of 86 °- 
Col Josiah Whitney & be imployed in such Service as the Com- 
mittee of this Court for the fortifying the Town & Harbour of Bos- 
ton shall order and that the Said Company and Detachment from the 
Time of their march from their present posts to Boston aforesaid 
and during their Stay there shall be on the same Establishment of 
pay & Subsistance as has been lately made by this Court for the 
Eegiment now raising to be Commanded by the Said Col. Whitney, 
& that the Comisary for the Companies now posted at glocester, 
supply the Said Cap Giddens & the Company under his com- 

mand with sufficient Eations for their March to Boston computing 
at the Eate of one Day for 20 Miles Travel, & that the Comisary for 
the fources Stationed at Salem supply the Said Cap 4 Ward & 

the aforesaid Detachment with sufficient Eations for their march to 
Boston, computing at the Eate aforesaid, & that the Honorable 
Council be impowered fourthwith to make their orders to the above 
named Captains Eespectively, for the marching the Said company 
and Detachment to Boston aforesaid & & a all other Orders necessary 
for carrying this Eesolve into execution. [Passed April 22. 

1 Not found in the House Journal. 

2 Sic. 



340 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.) . — 1775-76. [Chaps. 865, 866.] 



CHAPTER 865. 



Legislative 

Records of the 

Council, 

xxxiv., 789. 

Mass. 

Archives, 

ccviii.,465. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 167, 168. 
Ante, p. 327, 
chap. 829; 
p. 338, chap. 
860; p. 339, 
chap. 864. 



RESOLVES DIRECTING CASTLE ISLAND TO BE FORTIFYED, &c. 

Whereas a Eesolve passed this Court the 12 th of April Currant 
impowering and directing the Committee appointed to fortify the 
harbour of Boston, to sink Ships in the Channel between the Middle 
ground and Castle Eocks so called for preventing any Vessel of more 
than two hundred Tons from passing to Boston And it is found 
that Castle Island is in a direct line between our fortifications on 
Dorchester point and that part of the Channel the water in which is 
to be reduced and that Our Enemies may remove any obstructions 
we may lodge therein without being exposed to the fire from any of 
our Batteries It is therefore 

Resolved, that the Committee aforesaid be and they are hereby 
impowered and directed to repair & raise such fortifications on Castle 
Island as may be found Necessary. 

And as covering will be wanted for the men employed on that 
Island, It is further 

Resolved, that the Resolve of the 18 th Instant impowering the said 
Committee to purchase and remove to Noddles Island 800 feet of 
the Continental Barracks be so far reconsidered as that the said 
Committee have liberty to remove so many feet of the said Eight 
hundred to Castle Island & there rebuild them for the purpose afore- 
said as they shall Judge Necessary 

And whereas the design of raising a Regiment of Men & calling 
in a number of the sea coast Companies all to be under the Com- 
mand of Col Josiah Whitney is to fortify the harbour of Boston and 
as this Court have appointed a Committee to see their orders relative 
to such fortification carried into execution 

It is therefore 

Resolved, that the said Col Josiah Whitney be and he hereby is 
instructed, to follow such directions as he may receive from time 
to time from said Committee in all things whatsoever which pertains 
to fortifying the harbour aforesaid. [Passed April 23. 



CHAPTER 866. 



RESOLVES IMPOWERING THE COM EES OF THE SEVERAL TOWNS IN THIS 
COLONY TO LEASE OUT THE ESTATES OF THE ENEMIES OF THE 
UNITED COLONIES, &c. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 790. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 463. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
cliv., 49. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 127, 128, 
141 (Januarv, 
1776) ; pp. 152-4. 
Province 
Laws, v., 710, 
note. Ante, 
p. 259, chap. 
640; p. 271, 



Whereas Sundry persons of this Colony have joined our Un- 
natural enemys who have in a hostile manner been endeavoring to 
inslave the United Colonys; and others have absconded and removed 
out of this Colony with intent to aid the despotick measures of our 
enemies and divers of both sorts have left Estates both Real and 
personal much of which have been already wasted and more is liable 
to waste therefore 

Resolved That the Committee of Correspondence Safety and In- 
spection in each and every Town & Plantation in this Colony where 
there is any Real or personal Estate in their Respective Towns be- 
longing to any person or persons that in their opinion have fled to 
Boston in the late time of distress to Secure themselves or that have 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7*;. 341 

joined the Unnatural enemys of the United Colonys or that have chao.m; 
withdrawn themselves out of this Colony to Aid the despotic k fe; p. C 8u p * 
measures of our enemies That they immediatly take possession of cha P- M '-- ' 
all such Estates and according to their best discretion and Judg- 
ment for the use of this Colony order and Lease out such Real Estate 
to such person or persons and for such Sum and sums of money as 
they shall think proper for the Space of one Year and that they re- 
turn to this Court a true Inventory of such personal Estate as they 
shall receive into their possession belonging to each such person and 
also an account to whom they shall let the said Estate and the Amount 
of the Rent they shall Agree to be paid for the same any former order 
or resolve of the Congress of this Colony or of the general Court to 
the Contrary notwithstanding provided always that nothing in the 
aforegoing resolve shall be Construed to extend to such Estates as 
aforesaid whether real or personal as are now held and possessed by 
persons friendly to this Colony by Virtue of any written conveyance 
bearing date & actually executed on or before the 22 d day of May 
1775 And whereas Sundry persons in this Colony did not actually 
join our Unnatural enemys nor remove out of this Colony but have 
discovered a Strong attachment to them and been aiding and assist- 
ing them in their wicked designs all in their power and have approved 
of their measures 

It is therefore further 

Resolved that the Com tee8 aforesaid be directed to make return to 
this Court at or before the Second tuesday of their next Session of 
the names of all persons who have in any manner acted against 
or opposed the Rights and libertys of this Country or who have 
Signed or Voted any address to General Gage approving his errand 
to this Colony or his administration Since the dissolution of the 
general Court at Salem in 1774 or to Governor Hutchinson after the 
arrival of General Gage or to General How or who have Signed and 
promoted any association for Joining or assisting the enemys of this 
Continent and of such as have fled from this Colony to or with the 
British Army fleet or else where together with their respective Crimes 
and Evidences or depositions which may be procured to prove the 
same Unless such person or persons shall have given ample Satis- 
faction to the public of their Sincere Contrition thorough reforma- 
tion and firm attachment to the Rights and interest of this and the 
other United Colonys of America and it is recommended to the 
Justices of the peace in the Several Counties to aid and assist such 
Com tee8 in taking such depositions as may be procured in the prem- 
isses. [Passed April 23. 



CHAPTER 867. SfiR?». 

Council, 
xxxiv.. 791. 
RESOLVE FOR STORING THE CARGO OF Y B SLOOP SALLY AT DART- Mass. 

MOUTH. Archives, 

ccviii., 470. 



Resolved that the whole of the Stores latly Imported into Dart- Archives, 
mouth in the sloop Sally belonging to this Colony be Stored there ccviu.,47b». 
Under the care of Cap 1 Gamalel Church & Lemuel Williams and na^pp. 152,156, 
by them to be kept Until Removed by the Commisary General of 165 * 
this Colony or the order of this Court. [Passed April 23. 



342 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 868-872.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 792. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
cclxxxiii., 159. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 78, 96, 
165. 



CHAPTEE 868. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £2. 1 FOR ISAAC B1SSELL. 

Resolved that there Be paid out of the Collony Treasury Uuto 
John Bliss Esqr the sum of two pounds and one shilling for the use 
of Isaac Bissell of Suffield In full for his Riding Express to Hartford 
In Connecticut In April Last past. [Passed April 28. 



CHAPTEE 869. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 793. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 468. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 166, 168, 
169. Ante, 
p. 340, chap. 
866. 



ORDER DIRECT THE SECRETARY TO PROCURE THE PRINTING A RE- 
SOLVE IMPOWERING COM EE TO LEASE OUT THE ESTATES OF THE 
ENEMIES OF AMERICA. 

Ordered that the Secretary be directed to procure the printing A 
Sufficient Number of the Resolves impowering the Committees of the 
several Towns in this Colony to lease out the Estates of the Enemies 
of the united Colonies &c and deliver the same, when printed, to the 
Sheriff of the County of Suffolk; that each Town in the Colony 
may be Furnished with a Copy thereof. [Passed April 23. 



CHAPTER 870. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £1. 19 TO ELEAZER PRIEST. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 793. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 101, 168. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony, to Eleazer Priest, the sum of One pound Nineteen shillings, 
in full for Losses he sustained at the battle at Chelsea in May last. 
[Passed April 23. 



CHAPTER 871. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £6. 9 TO THE HEIRS OF JOHN GIBSON. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 793. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 168. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to the Heirs of John Gibson, the sum of Six pounds Nine 
shillings, in full for Losses sustained at the Battle of Bunker Hill. 
[Passed April 23. 



CHAPTER 872. 



RESOLVE ALLOWING Y K SEA COAST MEN \ v PART OF THE NET PRO- 
CEEDS OF ALL VESSELS & CARGOES TAKEN BY THEM. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 794. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 467. 



Whereas this Colony have Raised & Stationed a Number of men 
on the Sea Coast for there Protection & Defence who are under the 
Pay of this Colony, and Some of them have taken Sundry Vessells 
and No Resolve has as yet Been Passed to Determine what Share Such 
men Shall have in any Prizes that are or may Be taken therefore 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 343 

Resolved that the Sea Coast men Stationed in any Part of this House Jour. 
Colony Shall Be Intiteled to one third Part of the neat Proceds after "j^sfiw,' ?e6 
Charges of Condemnation & other Expences are Paid of all Vessells u '''.;^ ■'"'[' 
and Cargoes that have been or Shall hereafter Be taken by them lis. ' 
and Legally Condemned By the Court Established to try the Justice 
of all such Captures which Shall Be Divided amongst them in Pro- 
portion to the Pay of the officers & Soldiers Employed in such Port 
or Place and the remander Shall be to the use of the Colony. 
[Passed April 23. 



CHAPTER 873. 

RESOLVE GRANTING A BOUNTY ON HEMP MANUFACTURED IN THIS 

COLONY. 

As it is the wisdom of every Community to Encourage the Growth Legislative 
& manufacture of those Commodities which tend to the public good, coSncn*, ° f the 
especially such articles as are necessary for defence in the time of xxxiv -> 795 - 
War, and as the furnishing a Navy is of the last importance, both Mass. 
to the present and future security of these united Colonies; and as ccviii.,47i- 
this cannot be done without large quantities of the necessary article j 7 urnaf OU8e 
of Hemp, which maybe produced to great advantage among us; And PR- I39,i40,i5s, 
whereas the Hon ble Continental Congress have recommended that nai's of each™ 
encouragement be given for the Culture & growth of Hemp, there- con^ressfof 
fore for the encouragement of those who will undertake to cultivate Mass., p. 63. 
so important a Comodity at this time: It is 

Resolved that there shall be paid out of the Public Treasury of 
this Colony for every pound of good Merchantable Hemp water rolled 
& well dressed, which shall be of the growth of this Colony after the 
date hereof, a Bounty of Two pence upon the pound to continue for 
the space of Three years from the date hereof, The Quantity & 
Quality of the Hemp to be certified to the Treasurer of the Colony 
under the hand of the major part of the Selectmen of the Town in 
which it is raised who shall be impowered to Administer an Oath to 
the person, producing the comodity in the form following Viz 

You A B. of do Swear that the pounds of Hemp by 

you now offered for a survey was produced and raised by you within 
this Colony since April 1776, And that neither you nor any other 
person in your behalf have heretofore had a Survey & obtained a 
Certificate for the same or any part thereof. So help you God which 
Oath shall be reduced to writing before it is Administered, the 
quantity of Hemp being expressed in words & not in figures, and 
the person taking the same shall subscribe his name thereto, after 
which the surveyor shall endorse and subscribe his Certificate in the 
form following Viz 

ss the Day of AD Surveyed the quantity of 

Hemp within mentioned, and found it to be good & Merchantable, 
and intitled to a premium agreeable to a Eesolve of the General 
Court It is earnestly recommended to all those whose situation 
will admit of it (by every method in their power) to promote the 
raising of Flax, the doing of which will be considered not only as 
acting a wise & prudent part with regard to themselves & families 
in this time of Scarcity but as highly meriting the approbation of 
the public. [Passed April 24. 



344 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7(5. [Chaps. 874-«s7«.] 



CHAPTER 874. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £2. 15 TO APPLIA KENESON. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 796. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 170. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the public Treasury of this 
Colony to Applia Keneson, the sum of Two pounds Fifteen shillings 
in full for the Losses her Husband sustained in the battle of Lex- 
ington. [Passed April 24. 



CHAPTER 875. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 796. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 170. 



RESOLVE GRANTING 6/8 TO WILLIAM DODGE. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the public Treasury of this 
Colony to William Dodge ' the sum of Six shillings & Eight pence 
in full for a Bayonet lost in the battle of Lexington. [Passed 
April 24. 



CHAPTER 876. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 796. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 170. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £2. 10/ TO SAM'- WOODBURY. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the public Treasury of this 
Colony to Sam 1 Woodbury the sum of Two pounds Ten shillings, in 
full for Losses he sustained in the battle of Lexington. [Passed 
April 24. 



CHAPTER 877. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £. r ) TO THE HEIRS OF PETER WHETCOMB. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 796. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 170. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to the Heirs of Peter Whetcomb deceased, the sum of Five 
pounds in full of his losses in the Battle of Lexington. [Passed 
April 24. 



CHAPTER 878. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 797. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 170. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £1. 8 TO BENJ N SHAW. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the public Treasury of this 
Colony to Benj n Shaw the sum of One pounds Eight shillings in full 
of his Losses in the battle of Lexington. [Passed April 24. 

1 The House Journal, p. 170. reads, "the Third." 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7«">. 345 



CHAPTEK 879. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £2. 16 TO ISAAC LAWRENCE & £4. 1 TO MARTHA 

LAWRENCE. 

Resolved That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Isaac Laurence the sum of Two pounds, Sixteen shillings, council 8 , ° f thc 
and to M r8 Martha Lawrence the sum of Four pounds One shillings xxxiv -» 7OT - 
in full for Losses at the battle of Lexington. [Passed April 24. House Jour- 



CHAPTEK 880. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £5 TO EZRA JEWETT. Legislative 

Records of the 
Council, 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury to Ezra xxxtv., 797. 
Jewett the sum of Five pounds l in full of his Prentice's Losses in House Jour. 
the battle of Lexington. [Passed April 24. nal ' p ' 1T0 - 



CHAPTER 881. 

RESOLVE FOR PRINTING 1,000 MILITIA ACTS, AND 1,000 REGULATIONS, 
&c, IN A PAMPHLET. 

The Committee appointed to consider what further number of Legislative 
the Militia Acts together with the Eules and Regulations for the council, 
Militia when called out on an Alarm, be printed reported Mass!'' 79 "' 

Eead & accepted Archives^ 

Resolved. That 



One Thousand of the above Militia Acts together with the like n^pp. 127-136, 
number of the Rules & Regulations of the Militia be printed in a i^' e L,aws >rov " 
Pamphlet, in order that each of the Brigadiers, Field Officers, Cap- v., 445, chap, 
tains & adjutants in Commission in this Colony, belonging to the 
Militia or alarm List, may be furnished with one of the same ; that 
they may severally know their Duty: and that Brigadier Thompson 
Co 11 Grout & M r Hopkins, be a Committee to procure the Printing 
of the same. [Passed April 24. 



CHAPTER 882. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £91. 5. 7 TO CAP T AARON GUILD. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Col- ^ egi ^. 1 ( ative th 
ony, to Cap 1 Aaron Guild, the sum of Ninety One pounds, Five council,^ 

shillings & Seven pence in full of his Roll for the Use of the men xxxlv -» 798 - 

born thereon. [Passed April 24. House jour- 

1 The House Journal, p. 170, reads, 5 Shillings. 



346 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.) . — 1775-76. [Chaps. 883-886.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 798. 



CHAPTER 883. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £11. 18. 2 FOR Y E SELECTMEN OF LEOMINSTER. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Israel Nichols Esq r for the Use of the Selectmen of 
Leominster, for Provisions supplied the Army the sum of Eleven 
pounds Eighteen shillings & Two pence in full of their Account. 1 
[Passed April 24. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 798. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 17, 27, 
124, 155, 171. 
Ante, p. 234, 
Chap. 568. 



CHAPTER 884. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £41. 7 TO JOSEPH FRYE, ESQ E . 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony, to Joseph Frye Esq r the sum of Forty One pounds, Seven 
shillings, in full of his Services as Major General. [Passed April 24. 



CHAPTER 885. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COM EE FOR FORTIFY THE HARBOUR OF 
BOSTON TO HIRE 100 MEN. 



Legislative Resolv* That the Committee for fortifying the Harbour of 

Records or the . * i_ i » • i * •** m mi • 

Council, Boston be and thev hereby are empowered to hire in behalf of this 

xxxiv., 799. 

Mass. 

Archives, 

- authorize for that purpose) in fortifying Castle Island agreable to a 
late resolve of this Court with the utmost expedition and Dismiss 



House Jour- 
nal, p. 171. 
Ante, p. 340, 
chap. 865. 



Colony one hundred men on the best terms they can be procured 
and employ s d men (under a good Overseer which s d Committee shall 



s d men as soon as the safety of the Town and harbour of Boston will 
permit or by Order of the Gen 1 Court. [Passed April 24. 



CHAPTER 886 



RESOLVE GRANTING £12. 2. 8 TO THE SELECTMEN OF NORTHBOROUGH. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 799. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 164, 165. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to the Selectmen of the Town of Northborough, the sum of 
Twelve pounds, Two Shillings & Eight pence, in full of their Account 
for Provision for 52 men. [Passed April 24. 



1 Not found in the House Journal. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 347 

CHAPTER 887. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £4. 18 FOR Y K HEIRS OF JON A BATES, DEC D . 

Resolved that there be paid out of the public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Deacon Nichols to the use of the Heirs of Jonathan Bates, coSScu, ' tbe 
deceased, the sum of Four pounds Eighteen shillings in full of his xxxiv.,'7n9. 
Losses in the battle of Charlestown. [Passed April 24. House Jour- 



CHAPTER 888. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COMMISSARY GENERAL TO PROCURE SUNDRY 
WARLIKE STORES, &C. 

Resolved that the Commasary General, be & he is hereby directed, ^f^f^ the 
to procure Eighty Duble fortified Cannon, Suitable for Ships use, council, 
that will Carry a Ball of 6 lb w* each, one hundred & Twenty Swivel- Mass!" 7 " - 
Guns, & Twenty Cohorns, also Ten Tons of Round Shott, five Tons j£jf^ 4 
of Chain, & Dubleheaded Shott; Three Tons Grape Shott, Three 8 '' Jour — 
Tons of Powder and one Ton of hand Granadoes, as Soon as Pos- nai, pp. 173,174. 
sible, and deliver the Same or any part thereof, to the Hon. W m chap. 684 2 . 75 ' 
Seiver y e Hon. Rich'd Derby, the Hon. Jerethmeel Bowers & Thomas 
Durfey, Esq" and Cap' Josiah Batchelder j r or to either of their 
Orders, to be by them applied for the use of the armed Vessels, 
now Building &c for the Service of this Colony. [Passed April 24. 



CHAPTER 889. 

RESOLVE FOR REPAIRING HARVARD COLLEGE. 

Memorial of the President & Fellows of Harvard College in Legislative 
Cambridge setting forth that immediately after the commencement ^ouncn 8 ° f the 
of the present War in defence of the American Liberties, on the xxxiv.,801. 
19 th day of April, 1775, all the Buildings & Appurtenances of said Archives, 
College were entered, and ever since have been occupied, by the ccviii -» 479 - 
Army then suddenly assembled & formed, as Barracks & for other ^chives 
necessary purposes. cxxxvii.,'s7; 

That said Buildings with their Appurtenances are greatly defaced cctac'xiu., 160! 
& damaged by the Army, so that the repairs must amount to a con- n ^ o 1 U pp J i°65 r i70 
siderable Sum, if put into the same good Order as when occupied 175.' Province* 

i, a 01 i 1 Laws, i., 651, 

by the Students. . chap. 1. Ante, 

That the rents of said Buildings, by which, many great & neces- ^ 2 142 ' chap- 
sary expences of the Society were defrayed, have wholly ceased for 
the year past. 

That not only the aforesaid Rents, but likewise One years income 
of Charlestown Ferry, granted by the General Assembly of the Col- 
ony to the College soon after it was founded, has been cut off by 
this War, said Ferry being in Possession of the Enemy. 

That we cannot doubt but that the Hon bIe Continental Congress 
will consider it as a debt of Justice to make good these Losses w ch 
the College has sustained for the Accommodation of the Continental 
Army, & by the British Troops 



348 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 890, 891.] 



That since, by the Signal Smiles of Heaven on our Military Opper- 
ations, the Enemys Fleet & Troops are driven from the Capital, and 
the Continental Forces are now removed from Cambridge; and since 
it is necessary that the Students of the College should return as soon 
as possible to their proper Seat ; for these & other Reasons we think 
it proper to apply ourselves to this Hon ble Court, rather than more 
directly to the Hon le Congress of the United Colonies, that the Col- 
lege Buildings may be repaired, the Students there reinstated, and 
this Literary Society compensated for the great Losses it has sus- 
tained We therefore beg leave to commend the afore ] aforesaid 
Circumstances of the College under our Care to the consideration 
of your Honors, that all necessary provision may be made for restoring 
& reimbursing this Society, as in your Wisdom shall seem best, and 
that you would give Orders accordingly. 

[Read and] 

Resolved that M r Watson, Col Thatcher, & Maj r Fuller be a Com- 
mittee to Estimate the Dammages sustained by Harvard College for 
the Accomodation of the Continental army, & by Means of the Brit- 
tish Forces. 

And that said Committee be impower'd to make such repairs imme- 
diately, as may be necessary for the comfortable accommodation of 
the Members of said College, and report to this Court. And 

that said Members have leave to take possession of these buildings, 
and the appurtenances thereunto belonging, as soon as those Repairs 
are made. [Passed April 24. 



CHAPTER 890. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £21. 15. 4^ TO THE SELECTMEN OF GRAFTON. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to the Selectmen of Grafton, the sum of Twenty One pounds 
Fifteen Shillings & 4 d £ in full of their Account for Provisions sup- 
in April last. [Passed April 24. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 802. 

SS."mm65. P lied the Arm y 



CHAPTER 891. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £34. 6. 8 TO THE SELECTMEN OF BRADFORD. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 802. 

nai^ppS'ies. supplied the Army. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to the Selectmen of Bradford, the Sum of Thirty four pounds 
six shill gs and Eight pence in full of their Account for Provisions 
[Passed April 24. 



Sic. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-7*5. 349 

CHAPTER 892. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £14. 11. 2 TO THE SELECTMEN OF FITCHBURG. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to the Selectmen of Fitchburg, the sum of Fourteen pounds, council, 01 tllc 
Eleven shillings & two pence, in full discharge of their Account for xxxiv., so2. 
Provisions supplied the Army. [Passed April 24. H^uee J owc^ 



CHAPTER 893. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £58. 9 TO THE SELECTMEN OF HOLLISTON. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to the Selectmen of Holliston, the sum of Fifty Eight pounds cSii 8 , * the 
Nine shillings, 1 in full of their Account for Boarding men at Pox- xxxiv., 803. 
bury & Cambridge, in the Service of this Colony. [Passed April 24. House J °. ur - 165 



CHAPTER 894. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £21. 16. 1 FOR THE COM EE OF SUPPLIES OF 

UXBRIDGE. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony, to Abner Rawson the sum of Twenty One pounds, Sixteen councu! ° f the 
shillings & One penny, for the Use of the Committee of Supplies xxxiv.,'804. 
of the Town of Uxbridge, 8 in full of their Account for Provisions 
supplied the Army. [Passed April 24. 



CHAPTER 895. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE OFFICERS WHO WERE CALLED IN TO JOIN Legislative 
THE CONTINENTAL ARMY IN FEBRUARY LAST, TO MAKE UP THEIR Records of the 
n nlT(! Council, 

KUL.L.&. xxxiv., 804. 

Mass. 
r, 7? 7 Archives, 

Resolv d. ccix., i. 

That the Officers of the Militia who were called in last February Legislative 

to join the continental Army at Dorchester and Roxbury for a few Council 8 ° f the 

Days be directed to make up their Muster Polls in the same Manner xxxiv., W. 

as the Militia who have been called in at other Times. [Passed na^pp. 54A~s. 

A nril 24 Ante > P- 221 « 

.ipru A*. chap. 540. 

1 The House Journal, p. 164, reads, £61.9/. 

2 The House Journal, p. 165, reads "Holliston.'' 



350 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 896-899.] 



CHAPTER 896. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 804. 

House Jour 
nal, pp. 164, 165. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £16.2.4 TO THE SELECTMEN OF METHUEN. 

Resolved, that there be paid out of the public Treasury of this 
Colony to the Selectmen of Methuen, the sum of Sixteen pounds, 
Two shillings & four pence, in full of their Account for Provisions 
supplied the Army. [Passed April 24. 



CHAPTER 897. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 804. 

House Jour 
nal, pp. 164, 165. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £15. 10/ FOR THE SELECTMEN OF NEWBURY. 

Resolved, that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony to Samuel Moody, the Sum of Fifteen pounds, Ten shillings, 1 
for the Use of the Selectmen of the Town of Newbury, in full of 
their Account for Provisions, Carting &c for the Army. [Passed 
April 24. 



CHAPTER 898. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 804. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 12, 175, 
176. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £12. 18. 8 TO PH1NEAS SMITH AND OTHERS. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony, to Phineas Smith & Others the Sum of £12.18.8 in full of 
their Account for Guarding Cannon at Lexington & Transporting 
them to Cambridge. [Passed April 24. 



CHAPTER 899. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 777. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 443. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 149, 150. 
Province 
Laws, v., 44, 
chap. 17. 



RESOLVE ADJOURNING THE SUPERIOR COURT IN THE COUNTY OF 

WORCESTER. 

Whereas the superiour Court of Judicature, Court of Assize and 
General Goal delivery according to Law should be holden at "Worces- 
ter within and for the County of Worcester on the Tuesday next 
preceding the last Tuesday of April currant And whereas several of 
the Justices and officers of the Said Court are members of this Court 
which is likely to Continue setting beyond the said Time and it is 
probable that matters of Great Importance may require the attend- 
ence of all the members of this Court at that time Therefore 

Resolved, that the said Courts be and hereby are adjourned to the 
third Tuesday of September next being the Time at which the Supe- 
riour Court of Judicature Court of assize and General Goal delivery 
is to be Holden at Worcester within and for Said County of Worces- 
ter and that all pleas, processes, writs, actions, suits Issued or to be 
Issued Complaints precepts, recognizances and all other matters and 
things returnable, and having and that should have had day in the 

1 The House Journal, p. 165, reads, £15.10.1^. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 351 

said Courts if the same were holden the day next proceeding the last 
Tuesday in April Currant shall be returnable and have day in the 
said Courts on the said third Tuesday of September next and shall 
abide and Continue unto that time And shall then be proceeded on, 
heard and determined to all intents & purposes as effectually as if 
Said Courts were held on the day by law appointed as aforesaid. 
[Passed April 25. } 



CHAPTER 900. 

RESOLVE ADJOURN" THE SUPERIOR COURT IN THE COUNTY OF HAMP- 
SHIRE. 

Whereas the superiour Court of Judicature, Court of Assize and p egl8l ? tlv f e 
General Goal delivery according to Law should be holden at North- council, 
ampton within and for the County of Hampshire on the Last Tues- Massy*' 778 ' 
day of April Currant, and whereas several of the Justices and officers Archives, 
of the said Courts are members of this Court which is Likely to 



Continue setting beyond the said time and it is probable that mat- n ai"p! iso? 1 "' 
ters of Great Importance may require the attendence of all the mem- £ a ^ 8 in ^ e u 
bers of this Court at that time Therefore chap, it.' 

Resolved that the Said Courts be & hereby are adjourned to the 
fourth Tuesday of September next being the time at which the 
Superiour Court of Judicature Court of assize and General Goal 
delivery is to be holden at Springfield within and for Said County 
of Hampshire and that all Pleas, Processes, Writs Actions suits 
Issued or to be Issued, Complaints Precepts Recognizances and all 
other matters and things returnable and having and that should 
have had day in the said Courts if the same were holden the last 
Tuesday in April Currant Shall be returnable and have day in the 
said Courts on the Said Last Tuesday of September next and shall 
abide and Continue unto that time and shall be proceeded on heard 
and Determined to all Intents and purposes as Effectually as if Said 
Courts were held on the said last Tuesday of April. [Passed 
April 25. } 



CHAPTER 901. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COMMITTEE FOR FORTIFYING THE HARBOUR 
OF BOSTON TO DRAW ON THE COMMISS Y FOR INTRENCHING TOOLS. 

Resolved that the Committee for Fortifying the town and Harbour Legislative 
of Boston be & they hereby are directed & impowered to draw on council 8 ° f the 
the Commissary General of this Colony for necessary intrenching xxxiv.,805. 
tools for 100 Men or as many of them as by order of this Colony Archives, 

they shall employ for the purpose aforesaid, and also Provisions for ccix - 8 - 

said Men, which the Commissary General is directed to supply accord- ^ UBe ^5 Ur " 
ingly. [Passed April 25. Anie,'v.m, 

° J L l Chap. 885. 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is April 19. 



352 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 902, 903.] 



CHAPTER 902. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 805. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccix., 19. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii.,312,315; 
ccix., 20. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 181. 
Ante, p. 328, 
chap. 831. 



RESOLVE FOR APPREHENDING JOHN HILL. 

Whereas a certain John Hill, lately taken Prisoner by Commo- 
dore Manly, in a Vessell bound from Boston to Hallifax, and brought 
into Portsmouth, was examined before the Council; and no Evi- 
dence then appearing against him, he was discharged & set at 
Liberty; And whereas it hath since been made to appear to this 
Court; that the said Hill, at the time he was taken, as aforesaid, 
had in his possession Chests, Trunks & Packages of Goods and Mer- 
chandizes to the value of three hundred pounds Sterl g supposed to 
have been stolen from the distressed Inhabitants of the Town of 
Boston; and was an Assistant to Crean Brush in his late unwar- 
rantable and highhanded Thefts & Robberies Therefore 

Resolved, That the said Hill be immediately apprehended, wherever 
to be found, & brought before this Court for Examination, touch- 
ing the Premises, and all Sheriffs, Constables & other executive 
Officers, and all the good People of this Colony, are hereby directed 
& impowered to apprehend the said Hill, wherever he may be found, 
and bring him forthwith before this Court, in order that he may be 
dealt with for his aforesaid highhanded Crimes, as to Law & Justice 
appertains. [Passed April 25. 



CHAPTER 903. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 806. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccix., 9. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccviii., 335; 
ccix.,9-17 a . 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 171, 180, 
181. Ante, 
p. 313, chap. 
796. 



ORDER APPOINTING A COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER THE REPORT OF A 
FORMER COMMITTEE IN REGARD TO A SLOOP CAST ASHORE IN PROV- 
INCETOWN, AND DIRECTING PAYMENT FOR THE SERVICES OF THE 
EARLIER COMMITTEE. 

In Council Orderd that Benjamin Chadbourn & Benjamin White 
Esq" be a Committe with Such as the Hon bl House shall joyn to 
take into Consideration the Report of Joseph Pearse Palmer Esq r 
Maj r Dimick & Coll Cobb a Committe appointed by this Court Rel- 
ative to a Sloop latly cast a shore at Province Town on Cape Cod 
with their Acc t8 and Report what is proper to be done thereon 
In the House of Representatives 

Read and concurr'd, and Coll Hallet, M r Bryant and M r Lincoln 
are join d 

The Committee upon the foregoing Order have attended that 
service and report that is their Opinion that the proceedings of 
Joseph Pearse Palmer Esq r and Major Dimick, as set forth in their 
report be accepted, and that they be paid out of the Public Treas- 
ury the amount of their Accounts Viz The said Joseph Pearse 
Palmer Esq r Eight pounds Sixteen shill gs & Seven pence And to 
the said Joseph Demick the sum of One pound nineteen shillings 
in full of their Accounts 

Benj n Chadbourn p T Order 

Read & accepted. [Passed April 25. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 353 

CHAPTEE 904. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £45. 10. 4 TO CAP 1 ' SAM L COWELL. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colouy, to Cap 1 Sam 1 Cowell, the sum "of Forty five pounds, Ten coun^i 8 ,° f the 
Shillings & four pence, in full of his Abstract Poll. [Passed xxxiv-.W 

April 25. House Jour- 
nal, p. 178. 

CHAPTEE 905. 

RESOLVE RESPECTING THE REMOVAL OF THE POOR OF BOSTON AND 

CHARLESTOWN. 

Resolved that it be & it hereby is recommended to the Selectmen Legislative 
of the several Towns in this Colony where any of the poor of the councn 80f the 
towns of Boston & Charlestown are resident & supported at the xxxiv.,807. 
public expence, & are now desirous of removing with their effects Archives, 
into said towns, that on their producing a Certificate from the ccix -» 18 - 
majority of the Selectmen of the towns they respectively belong to, House Jour- 
of there being a prospect they will be able to support themselves & Anie^p.U', 
Families that they be assisted with Teams or proper conveyances chap " 73 ' 
with necessary provisions for such removal & exhibit their Accounts 
to this Court for the same, and they shall be paid at the same rates 
as have been ordered by this Court for removing said poor into the 
Country. [Passed April 25. 



CHAPTEE 906. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £8. 17 TO CAP T ABEL KIMBALL. 



Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Col- Legislative 
ony, to Captain Abel Kimball, the sum of Eight pounds, Seventeen cSu, of "^ 
shiH* 8 for the Use of his Company, in full of their Services for taking xxxlY -> 807 - 
care of a Brig n brought into Glocester. [Passed April 25. ° House J ^ l g r j- 6 



CHAPTEE 907. 

RESOLVE GRANTING TO JOSEPH WHITE THE "WAGES DUE AN AP- 
PRENTICE. 

Resolved that the prayer of the petitioner [Joseph "White for the Mass. 
wages due his apprentice Abijah Wyman, deceased] be Granted and ^m iv i67 
that the Treasurer pay unto Joseph White the whole sum Due unto House ' Jo ' ur — 
the Said Abijah as borne on Cap 1 Jon a Holmans Musterole. [Passed nai™pp. 69, r f82. 
April 26. 



354 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc). — 1775-7b\ [Chaps. 908, 909.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 808. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccix., 31. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccix., 32, 33. 
House Jour- 
nal.pp. 101, 189. 
Province 
Laws, ii., 151, 
chap. 10. 



CHAPTER 908. 

RESOLVE EMPOWERING SAMUEL DENNY, ADMINISTRATOR, TO SELL 

REAL ESTATE. 

Petition of Samuel Denny of Leicester in the County of Worces- 
ter Administrator on the Estate of Joseph Bigelow late of Spencer 
deceased setting forth that the said Joseph Bigelow died Insolvent, 
being possessed of a small real Estate, and therefore your Petitioner 
prays that this Hon le Court would enable your Petitioner to sell the 
remaining part of the real Estate of said deceased, saving the Use 
of the AVidows dower to her during Life. 

[Read and] 

Resolved that the Prayer of the Petition here unto annexed be 
Granted and Samuel Denny the Petitioner be and hereby is im- 
powered to make Sale of the Real Estate of Joseph Biglow Late of 
Spencer Deceas d after the widows Dower is Set off and to make and 
Execute a good Deed or Deeds thereof he Observing the Rules of 
the Law for the Sales of Real Estates by Executors and Adminis- 
trators and giving Security to the Judge of Probate for the County 
of Worcester that the Proceeds of Said Sale be applied for the Pay- 
ment of the Said Joseph Biglows Debts. [Passed April 26. 



CHAPTER 909. 



RESOLVE IMPOWERING NATH 1 - RICHARDSON, ADMINISTRATOR, TO SELL 

REAL ESTATE. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 80S. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccix., 30. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccix., 29, 30*. 
House Jour- 
nal, p. 183. 
Province 
Laws, ii., 151, 
chap. 10. 



Petition of Nathaniel Richardson Administrator of the Effects 
& Credits that were of Joshua Richardson late of Woburn, de- 
ceased setting forth That the said Intestates Estate, at the time 
of his decease, was involved in Debt, to a much greater amount than 
his personal Chatties were appraized at, as by the Certificate, here- 
with exhibited, appears And your Memorialist has since rendered 
the said Estate Insolvent And as the Creditors of said Estate are 
importunant for their demands, and no Court of Common Law will 
be open in this County for some length of time He humbly prays 
your Honours to grant him Liberty in his aforesaid Capacity to make 
Sale of the said Intestates real Estate, in Order that he may pay off 
the debts & make a Speedy settlement of said Estate. 

[Read and] 

Resolved that the Prayer of the Petition be granted and Nathaniel 
Richardson the Petitioner be and is hereby impowered to make Sale 
of the Real Estate of Joshua Richardson Deceas d for the most it will 
fetch, and to make and Execute a good and Lawfull Deed or Deeds 
thereof he Observing the Rules and Directions of the Law for the 
Sale of Real Estates by Executors and Administrators, and giving 
Security to the Judge of Probate for the County of Middlesex that 
the Proceeds of Said Sale Shall be applied for the Payment of the 
Said Deceased' Debts and the overplus (if any there be) be Disposed 
of in the Same manner and for the Same use as the Said Real Estate 
would have been had it not been Sold. [Passed April 26. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 355 



CHAPTER 910. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COMMISS Y GENERAL TO DELIVER FOR CAPE 
ELIZABETH AMMUNITION, &c. 

On the Petition of the Committee of Safety of Cape Elizabeth K^rd^ofthe 

Resolved. That the Commissary General be & he is hereby directed council, 

to procure for the Defence of that Town Mass!"' 809 ' 

Two Crow Barrs ^ l lZ B ' 

Fifteen Shovels or Spades — 

J. JVIitSB. 

Six Pick Axes Archives, 

Two Hundred Pounds of Lead or Ball House^'our. 

Two Hundred Flynts n»i, pp. hb, 174, 
and Six Narrow axes. [Passed April 26. 



CHAPTEE 911. 

RESOLVE EXPLAINING A FORMER RESOLVE RELATIVE TO THE DE- 
LIVERY OF CAP T JAMES HOLMES PRIVATE PROPERTY. 

Whereas a Kesolve passed this Court dated y e 17 th of April cur- Legislative 
rent directing the select men Committe of Safety &c of the town councn 80fthe 
of Truro to Deliver to James Holmes late master of the Ship Friend- xxxiv., sio. 
ship Stranded on Cape Cod Shoar in Febr y last ; the Remainder of Archives, 
his private property that was then in the Hands of s d Select-men CC1X -* u - 
and Committee, by virtue of which Resolve (as this Court is in- ^Slro'iSo'in 
formed) S d Holmes has made Demand of the greatest part of the 177,' i8i', lsi 
Cargo found on Board s d Ship. Therefore citp.sis. 33 ' 

Resolv d that by the Words "the Remainder of his private prop- 
erty that is yet in the Hands of the Select men & Committee of 
Safety &c " mentioned in s d Resolve shall and ought to be under- 
stood, the Remainder of his Clothing Cabbin furniture Sea Books 
Cash and private papers which were then Actually in the Hands of s d 
Select men & Committee. s d Holmes making it appear that y e Cash 
was actually his private property and s d Resolve shall not be con- 
strued to extend to any part of the Cargo or Stores found on Board 
s d Ship. [Passed April 26. 



CHAPTER 912. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £14. 3. 9 TO SARAH PARKER. 

Resolved That there be paid out of the public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony, to Sarah Parker the sum of Fourteen pounds, Three shil- council 8 , of thc 
lings & Nine pence, in full of the Losses sustained by her Husband, xxxiv./sio. 
the late Colonel Parker who was slain in the Battle of Charlestown. House Jour- 
[Passed April 26. nal ' p> ls7 ' 



356 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 913-916.] 



CHAPTER 913. 



Legislative 
Records 
of the Council, 
xxxiv., 810. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 31, 182. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 5. 7 FOR JAMES ORDWAY. 

Resolved That there be paid out of the public Treasury of this 
Colony to James Ingalls the sum of Three pounds, five shillings & 
Seven pence, for the Use of James Ordway a wounded person, in 
full of his Nursing Boarding &c. [Passed April 26. 



CHAPTER 914. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 811. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccix., 25. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccix., 26-28<». 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 177, 178. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING M E ENOCH LINCOLN TO PAY UNTO HENRY GARD- 
NER, ESQ B , £45. 10. 6 A BALLANCE DUE TO THE COLONY. 

Resolved that the Said Enoch [Mr. Enoch Lincoln] pay the aforesd 
Sum of forty five pounds ten Shillings and Six pence unto the Said 
Henry Gardner Esqr as Treasurer of the the ' Coloney aforesd as the 
Just Bal e due as aforesd whose Rec 1 for the Same Shall be a Dis- 
charge in full for the Said Enoch for the aforesd Sum of one hun- 
dred Sixty nine pounds by him Rec d for the Purposes aforesd. 2 
{Passed April 26. 



CHAPTER 915. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £7. 9 TO JACOB BACON. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 811. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 187. 



Resolved That there be paid out of the public Treasury of this 
Colony to Jacob Bacon (a Wounded 3 Soldier) the sum of Seven 
pounds, Nine Shillings, in full for his Nursing, Doctering &c. 
[Passed April 26. 



CHAPTER 916. 



RESOLVE FOR PROCURING INTRENCHING TOOLS FOR FALMOUTH. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 811. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccix., 34. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 185. 
Province 
Laws, v., 445, 
chap. 10. 
Ante, p. 351, 
chap. 901. 



Resolved That the Commissary General of this Colony be & he 
is hereby directed to procure for the Use of the Forces station'd at 
Falmouth in the County of Cumberland 

Four Crow Bars 

One Hundred Shovells or Spades and 

fifty Narrow Axes 

fifty Pick Axes 

And the said Commissary is directed to deposit the same with the 
Select Men of the Town of Falmouth for the Use of the Militia 
there, when there shall be no further Use for them by the Forces 
aforesaid said Select Men to be accountable for the same & to con- 

* Sic. 

8 The report of the Committee on this subject appears to have made a mistake in the 
value of blankets, to which this order relates ; which mistake is corrected by the committee 
in Council May 3. The correction is as follows : " The Com tte within Mentiond beg Leave 
to Correct an Error in the preamble to the Within Report namely Respecting the value of 
219 Blankets at 119£ 9/6 which they now Say are of the value of 123£ 9/6 and ought to 
have been So Expressd in the Same." — Mass. Archives, ccix., 28 a . 

3 On April 19 th . — House Journal, p. 187. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. IJoT 

sider them as a Part of those Articles which they are by the Law for 
regulating the Militia of this Colony obliged to provide. [Passed 
April 26. l 

CHAPTER 917. 

RESOLVES GRANTING £3. 13. 4 TO ELEAZER FRENCH, AND THE ANNUAL 

PENSION OF £i. 

Petition of Eleazer French setting forth the great necessity he Legislative 
is drove to, by the Unhappy misfortune of having his right Arm counclf ° f the 
shot off by a Cannon Ball, in the Engagement on Bunker Hill, the xxxiv.,812. 
17 th June last: also lost at the same time, his Gun appraized at Eight House Jour- 
dollars, and Cartridge Box Bayonet f l Powder, 1J 1 Ball and One nal> pp * 47 ' 182 ' 
Blanket, all his own property, which last Articles was appraized 
at 28 s /2 d the whole amount £3.15.2 all which your humble Peti- 
tioner prays may be made up to him to releive his present necessi- 
ties. Also humbly prays the Hon ble Court would consider how 
unable the Petitioner is to subsist on his own Earnings, with only 
his left Hand, & prays there may be some Provision made, to releive 
him in future from want & penury. 

[Read and] 

Resolved that there be allowed & paid out of the Public Treasury 
of this Colony the sum of Three pounds, Thirteen shillings & four 
pence, in full discharge of said French's Loss 

And Whereas the said French lost his his 2 right Arm by a Cannon 
Ball as mentioned in the Above Petition. it is 

Resolved, that there be allowed and paid him the sum of four 
pounds Annually during the pleasure of this Court, and the same to 
commence on the first day of April next. [Passed April 27. 



CHAPTER 918. 

RESOLVE DETERMINING Y E SHARES OF CAPTURES TAKEN BY THE 
ARMED VESSELS OF THIS COLONY. 

Resolved. 

That One third part of the money 8 (after the Charges of Condem- Legislative 
nation are paid) arising from the Captures that may be made by any council 80 * the 
of the Armed Vessels fitted Out On account of this Colony and shall xxxiv.,813. 
be finally Condemned in any Court of Justice Erected for the Tryal Archives, 
and Condemnation of such Captures shall be distributed among the ccix -» 3S - 
officers Seamen and marines in the manner following: Mass. 

° Archives, 

Viz* To A Cap' Six shares and all the Cab- The Carpenter two d° Hou'sefj'our- 

bin furniture The Carpenter 5 mate one & half d° na ] pp- igo ( 191, 

The first Leiv 1 five d° The Surgeon three Shares Ante, p. 342, 

The second Leu 1 four d° The Surgeons mate One and half d° chap. 872. 

The Master three d° The Master at Arms One & quarter d° 

The mate one & half d° The Pilot two D° 

The Boatswain One & half d° The Cook One and half d° 

The Boatswain mate One & quarter D° The Drummer One & quarter D° 

The Steward two Shas D° The Boy 5 One half D° 

The Gunner One & half d° 2 shares 3 The Seamen & Marines one D° 
The Gunner 3 mate One & quarter d° 

[Passed April 27. 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives and the House Journal ; according to Legis- 
lative Records of the Council the date is April 27. 

2 Sic. 

3 Omitted in the printed copy, Mass. Archives, ccix., 36, and in Legislative Records 
of the Council, xxxiv, 813. 



358 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 919-922.] 



CHAPTER 919. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 813. 

House Jour- 
nal, pp. 24, 190. 



RESOLVE GRANTING £5 TO JOHN BAKER. 

Resolved That there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this 
Colony, to John Baker, the sum of Five pounds, in full of his Ac- 
count for nursing & Boarding a Wounded Soldier. [Passed April 27. 



CHAPTER 920. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 813. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccix., 43. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccix., 44. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 121, 165, 
188, 191. 
Ante, p. 271, 
chap. 675. 



RESOLVE DIRECTING THE COM EE OF CORRESPOND™ &c, OF GARDNERS- 
TOWN TO ALLOW WILL M GARDNER TO IMPROVE A TRACT OF LAND 
IN SAID TOWN. 

Resolved That the Committee of Correspondence Inspection & 
Safety for the plantation called Gardinerston be & hereby are directed 
to allow Will m Gardiner to Improve till the further order of this 
Court a Tract of Land and the Buildings thereon lying in said 
Gardinerston that he has lately improved provided the said Gardiner 
has not in the Judgment of s d Committee Acted an unfriendly part 
towards his Country. [Passed April 27. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 814. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 212 
(January, 

1776) ; p. 189. 



CHAPTER 921. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £3. 10 TO SOLOMON PIERCE. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury to Solo- 
mon Pierce, a wounded * Soldier, the sum of Three pounds Ten shil- 
lings, in full for his Nursing, Doctering &c. [Passed April 27. 



CHAPTER 922. 



RESOLVE EMPOWERING ELIZABETH WILLARD, ADMINISTRATRIX, TO 
SELL REAL ESTATE. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 814. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccix., 39. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccix., 40-42». 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 146, 189, 
190. Province 
Laws, ii., 151, 
chap. 10. 



Petition of Elizabeth Willard of Holden in the County of Worces- 
ter (Widow) Administratrix on the Estate of Daniel Willard late of 
Holden Gentlemen deceased setting forth that the dec d in his Life 
time purchased of the Rev d M r Rogers of Littleton, about One hun- 
dred Acres of Land in Holden aforesaid for the sum of Thirty pounds, 
which Sum has never been paid, and the said deceased mortgaged 
said Lands to said Rogers on the 29 th April A.D. 1772, to secure said 
Debt and Intrest, and also said dec d in his life time purchased about 
Three and a half Acres in s d Holden, for the sum of Two pounds, 
Two shillings, which Sum has been paid That the said Daniel Wil- 
lards Estate has been represented Insolvent, and commissioners have 
been appointed to receive the Claims to said Estate but there can 
be no distribution of said Estate until the said Lands are sold 

Therefore she humbly prays that she may be impowered by this 

1 On April 19 th . — House Journal, p. 212 (January 1776). 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. :jf>9 

Hon ble Court to make Sale of said Lands (reserving her right of 
Dower therein) in order that the proceeds of the same may be divided 
among the Creditors 

[Read and] 

Resolved that the Prayer of the Petition hereunto annexed be Sor 
far Granted that Elizabeth Willard the Petitioner be and is hereby 
impowered to make Sale of three acres and one half an Acre of the 
Real Estate of Daniel Willard Late of Holden Deceas d Last men- 
tioned in Said Petition (after her Right of Dower is Set off) for the 
most the Same will fetch she Observing the Rules of the Law for 
the Sale of Real Estates by Executors and administrators and giving 
Security to the Judge of Probate for the County of Worcester that 
y e Proceeds of Said Sale be applied for the Payment of the Said De- 
ceas d Debts and the over plus (if any there be) be Disposed off in 
the Same manner and for the Same use as the Said Real Estate would 
have been had it not been sold. [Passed April 27. 



CHAPTER 923. 

RESOLVE GRANTING £22.8 TO RICH D DEVANS, ESQb. 

Resolved that there be paid out of the Public Treasury of this Legislative 
Colony to Richard Devans Esq r the Sum of Twenty Two pounds council 8 ° f the 
Eight shillings in full for his Services as Paymaster to the forces of xxxiv./sis. 
this Colony. \ Passed April 27. House Jour. 

J L * nal, pp. 189, 192. 



CHAPTER 924. 

RESOLVE DIRECTING RICH" DEVENS, ESQ E , TO PAY THE BALL™ IN 
HIS HANDS DUE TO THE GOVERNMENT TO JOSIAH STONE. 

Resolv\l, That Richard Devens Esq r be and hereby is directed to Legislative 
pay to Cap 1 Josiah Stone the Sum of Seventy-five Pounds fourteen council 8 ° f tbe 
shillings and six pence, being the ballance due to the Colony from xxxiv.,816. 
him, as pay master to the Soldiers that had not receiv'd their ad- Archives, 
vance pay according to a Resolve of this Court the 9 th Day of August cclx -» 45, 
last, and also deliver three Warrants, now in his hands, impowering ^chives 
him to draw Money out of the Treasury for the same purpose, a ccix., 46, 46». 
compliance herewith, shall be a full discharge to the said Richard n .ai"pp. 177 jsg, 
Devens Esq r for the Moneys receiv'd of the Colony, for the pur- * 92 g 5 ^£ 
poses aforesaid And the said Cap 1 Stone is directed to pay the said supra, chap 
Sum of £75.14.6 to the Treasurer of this Colony, taking duplicate 
Receipts therefor, one of which, together with the three Warrants 
aforesaid to be lodged with the Secretary of the Colony. [Passed 
April 27. 



64. 



360 



Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 925, 926.] 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 787,815. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccix., 55 a . 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccix., 53-55. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 64, 162, 
19'2, 193. 



CHAPTER 925. 

VOTE APPOINTING MAJOR BARBER TO GIVE PERMITS TO VESSELS AT 

BOSTON. 

Petition of Nathaniel Barber setting forth that he had the 
Honour of laying before you the State of the North Battery, in this 
Town; since which he found Two pieces of Cannon, (Twelve 
Pounders,) have been taken from that dismantled Fortress, on en- 
quiry, find M r Nathaniel Baker Blacksmith, has taken them by 
Order of Commissary Devens and Assistant Quarter Master Gen 1 
Fraizer thought it my Duty to give you this Information likewise 
to acquaint your Honours that at a meeting of the Committee of 
Inspection held at Boston the 9 th Instant he was appointed to Re- 
ceive Certificates of Goods landed in this Town, and to Grant per- 
missions to take on Board Merchandize to be exported, taking 
Securities for their not being carried to the Enemies of America, 
in the First part of this Business he has Acted, but have not as yet 
granted any Permission, and thinks he cannot till he has the further 
directions of the Hon le Court As many Vessels from different parts 
are daylay expected he humbly hopes such directions will imme- 
diately be Issued and as he has tarried in Town upon Expence, 
Humbly Crave the favour of your Honors that he may be ap- 
pointed promising faithfully to observe such Rules & directions 
as you shall please to Order, and as there is such an appointment 
in Philadelphia; hope your Honors will take this matter into con- 
sideration as soon as possible, as it will be of great Service to this 
devoted Town it will expedite Business which under the present 
Circumstances of the Town ought not to be retarded 

The Committee of both Houses on the Petition of Major Barber 
beg leave to report that said Barbers Petition be so far Granted, as 
that he may be appointed to give permits to all Vessels coming in 
and going out of the Port of Boston, agreeable to the Resolves 
of the Continental Congress 

James Otis $> r Order 

Read & accepted. [Passed April 29. 1 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 817. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccix., 57. 

House Jour- 
nal, p. 180. 
Ante, p. 160, 
chap. 408. 



CHAPTEK 926. 

RESOLVE DECLARING NULL THE RESOLVE DIRECTING THE SHERIFF 
OF SUFFOLK TO COMMIT PRISONERS TO PLYMOUTH GOAL. 

Whereas by a resolve of this Court of the Ninth of November 
last the Sheriff of the County of Suffolk and other officers in that 
County were Authori[z]ed and impowred to Commit any person or 
persons to the Goal in the County of Plymouth whom they might 
legally commit to the Goal in the County of Suffolk as the Town 
of Boston in which the County Goal is, was then in the possession 
of the Enemies of the United Colonys as by the same resolve will 
more fully appear 

And AVhereas the Enemy aforesaid have fled from the said Town 
of Boston and the Inhabitants have again taken possession thereof 

1 This date is according to Mass. Archives ; according to Legislative Records of the 
Council the date is April 27. 



[4th Sess.] Province Laws {Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. 301 

and the difficulties of imprisoning persons there is now removed It 
is therefore 

Resolved That the resolve aforesaid so far as it relates to the 
Sheriffs or other persons belonging to the County of Suffolk impris- 
oning any person in the Goal in the County of Plymouth be and 
hereby is declared Null and void and shall be of no further force or 
Effect And that the Sheriff of the County of Suffolk be and he 
hereby is fully Authorized and impowered to remove from the Goal 
in the County of Plymouth to the Goal in the Town of Boston all 
and every person and persons that were by him or others officers in 
the County of Suffolk Committed to said Plymouth Goal in pur- 
suance and by Virtue of the resolve aforesaid. [Passed April 29. 



CHAPTEE 927. 

RESOLVE GRANTING LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION TO WILL M WHIT- 
WELL. 

Petition of William Whitwell setting forth that M r William Legislative 
Whitwell late of Boston Merch 4 deceased; made & published his last gjjjnrii 8 , of the 
Will & Testament, which was duly proved, approved & allowed by xxxiv./sn. 
the Hon ble the Judge of Probate for the County of Suffolk, before Archives, 

the Town was blocked up ; but soon after the proving said Will, ccix -' 60 - 

there was no having Access to the Kegister of Probates Office then Chives, 
kept in the Port of Boston; and so your Petitioner could not obtain ccix., 59.' 
an Authenticated Copy of said Will, and little or nothing has been ^vifflvn, 
Able to be done relating to the Settlement of the said deceased L^Wsf™!*! 106 
Estate. chap.'u! 

That Your Petitioner being the Eldest Son of the said deceased, 
applied to the Hon le the Judge of Probate lately appointed by the 
Hon ble the Council of this Colony for Letters of Administration on 
his said fathers Estate, but he apprehends he cannot legally grant 
such Letters without the Express directions of your Honors, as your 
Petitioner is not able to produce an Authenticated Copy of said 
Will. And as nothing can properly & Legally be done relating [to] 
the settling of the said dec d Estate, 'till such time as Administra- 
tion is granted de novo and the Heirs of said dec d may suffer great 
loss & damage by a delay thereof 

your Petitioner therefore humbly prays your Honors would be 
pleased to take the premisses into your wise consideration, & be 
pleased to Authorise & Impower the Hon le the Judge of Probate for 
said County of Suffolk, to allow your Petitioner to take out admin- 
istration on his said fathers Estate 

[Read and acted upon as follows] 

Whereas the Records and papers belonging to the probate office 
in the County of Suffolk cannot be found and it is Apprehended 
the same were carried off by our enemies when they fled from Bos- 
ton and the original will referred to in the within petition cannot 
be found therefore 

Resolved That the hon ble the Judge of Probate for the County of 
Suffolk be and he hereby is fully authorized and impowred to Grant 
out letters of administration on the Estate of the said William 
Whitwell Deceased to the pet r he giving Security as the law requires 
for the f aithfull Discharge of that trust and that the said Judge pro- 



362 



Province Laws (Resolves, etc.). — 1775-76. [Chaps. 928, 929.] 



ceed in the Settlement of said Estate in the same manner as in the 
Settling of Intestate Estates Unless the heirs shall otherwise agree 
or the original will shall hereafter be found. [Passed April 29. 



CHAPTER 928. 



Legislative 
Records of the 
Council, 
xxxiv., 818. 
Mass. 
Archives, 
ccix., 61. 

Mass. 
Archives, 
ccix., 62. 
House Jour- 
nal, pp. 75, 190. 
Province 
Laws, ii., 151, 
chap. 10. 



RESOLVE EMPOWERING S1BBEL HOLBROOK, ADMINISTRATRIX, TO SELL 

REAL ESTATE. 

Petition of Sibbel Holbrook of Sherbourn in the County of Mid- 
dlesex widow & Administratrix on the Estate of James Holbrook, 
late of said Sherbourn deceased setting forth, That the said James 
Holbrook died. Seized and possessed of One half of a small lot of 
Land in Douglas undivided, supposed to be about Fourteen Acres 
and was appraized at Five pounds Twelve shillings, the other half 
belonged to Micah Holbrook of said Sherbourn and whereas said 
Micah hath sold his right in said Land, and the Person whom he 
sold to, is about to make improvement, and must have it divided 
or purchase the other half and as the Charges of dividing it will 
be considerable, and when divided be of no Service to said deceased 
Estate, and not likely to sell for more, said dec d was also possessed 
of a small right of Land, undivided, appraized at nine pounds The 
said dec* 1 was ju