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VOLUME III 



JOURNAL OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 
From August 17, 1781, to February 26, 1784 



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COMPILER'S PREFACE TO JOURNALS OF THE HOUSE 
OP ASSEMBLY. 



In inaugurating the republican government in Georgia our 
Revolutionary fathers adhered as closely as possible to the forms 
and practices which had prevailed under the king's government. 
Acts were passed continuing in force all acts of the royal legis- 
latures not in conflict with the Constitution which had just been 
adopted, and the rules of court and of procedure in the l^islature 
which had hitherto prevailed were continued; but there were, 
under the Constitution of 1777, several respects in which the 
lower house of the legislature differed from the lower House un- 
der the king's government. Under the royal government this body 
was called the "Commons House of Assembly." It was com- 
posed of members elected from the parishes and districts by 
electors who had to have, before they could vote, certain quali- 
fications, the most important of which were that an elector 
must be not less than twenty-one years old, and must own not 
less than fifty acres of land in the parish in which he desired to 
vote; or, in lieu thereof, other taxable property of the value of 
fifty pounds sterling. To be qualified to sit in the Commons 
House of Assembly he had to have, in addition to the qualifica- 
tions of an elector, certain other qualifications, the most impor- 
tant of which were that he must not be a papist and must own, 
anywhere in the province, at least five hvmdred acres of land, or, 
in lieu thereof, other property of the value of five hundred pounds 
sterling. The members elected their own speaker, but the king's 
governor had the right to "negative" their choice, when they had 
to elect another and another until they elected one acceptable to the 
governor. They elected their own doorkeepers and messengers, 
but the governor appointed their clerk and adjourned, prorogued 
and dissolved them at pleasure. In the transaction of business 
they conformed very closely to the rules of the House of Com- 



I74:?29 



4 PREFACE 

mons of Great Britain. They served without pecuniary compen- 
sation. 

When the king's government was subverted and the republic 
was established, this body was called, not the Commons House 
of Assembly, but simply the House of Assembly. It was com- 
posed of members chosen, not from the parishes or districts as 
under, the king's government, but from the eight counties into 
which the state had been divided, each county having ten mem- 
bers except Liberty, which had fourteen, and Glynn and Camden^ 
which had one each. The port and town of Savannah was given 
four members, and the port and town of Sunbury two members 
*'to represent their trade." They elected their own speaker and 
other officers, adopted their own rules of procedure, and ad- 
journed without consulting with or interference by the governor, 
who was himself elected by them. The qualifications of an elec- 
tor were that he must be twenty-one years old, must have paid 
taxes on property valued at ten pounds, "or be of a mechanical 
trade." No person holding a title of nobility could vote, and 
failure of any qualified voter to cast his ballot in any election 
subjected him to a fine of five pounds sterling. 

The qualifications of a representative were that he must be 
twenty-one years old, a resident for twelve months in the 
county for which he sat, of the Protestant religion, and pos- 
sessed, in his own right, of two hundred and fifty acres of land, 
or some property to the amount of two hundred and fifty pounds, 
and no person holding any title of nobility could hold any office 
of trust, profit or honor. Members of the Continental Congress 
could sit, speak and vote in the House of Assembly as other 
members. 

The House of Assembly was alone clothed with power to 
make, amend and repeal laws for the government of the State, 
and the power to pardon offenders was lodged in it. Out of 
their own number they chose, on the first day of each annual 
session, an executive council composed of two members from 
each county except Camden and Glynn. During the sessions of 
the House of Assembly all of the members of the executive coun^ 



PREFACE 6 

cil were required to be present, but their powers were only ad- 
visory. They could not pass, amend or repeal laws, but all 
bills introduced in the House of Assembly were, before being put 
on their passage, submitted to them for their advice and sugges- 
tions. The house could accept their advice and adopt their 
suggestions or not as it saw fit. The governor had no veto 
power. 

During recesses of the House of Assembly one-half of the 
executive council, one member from each county, was required 
to remain at the seat of government to counsel and advise the 
governor in the discharge of the executive duties, and he began all 
important orders, proclamations, etc., with the words, ''by and 
with the consent of the Honorable the Executive Council," etc. 

This volume contains the Journals, so far as it is now possible 
to find them, of the House of Assembly from the adoption of the 
Constitution of 1777, to the close of the session, February 26, 
1784. 

These Journals have never heretofore been printed. 



' (From State Archives.) 

Augusta August 17th. 1781. 

The Representatives of the Freemen of the State of Georgia^ 
met at Augusta, agreeable to the Resolution of the Honra'ble the 
Council, from the Different Counties Vz* 



Prom Chatham County. 

M' James Bryan 
M' Samuel Stirk 
M' James Jackson 
M' Charles Odingsell 

From Burke County. 

M' John Twigs 
M' Daniel M*^Murphy 
M' Myrick Davis 
M' John Jones 
M' James Jones 
M' John Clements 
M' James M°Kay 
M' Thomas Lewis 
M' Hugh Lawson 
M' John Grant. 

From Effingham County 

M' Stephen Johnson 
M' Caleb Howell 
M' Daniel Howell 
M' Abraham Ravott 

From Liberty County. 
M' James Dunwody 



W (Nlathan Brownson 
M' Joseph Woodruff. 

From Ridimond County. 

M' James McNeil 
M' Jeremiah Bugg 
M' Hugh M^Gee 
M' John Wilson 
M' Abednego Wright 
M' Archibald BeU— 

From Glynn County. 
M' Joshua Inman 

From Wilkes County. 

M' George Walton 
M' William Walker 
M' Daniel Coleman 
M' John Freeman 
M' Micajah Williamson 
M' Bernard Heard 
M' Zachariah La Mar 
M' Benjamin Cato 
M' Walton Harris 



8 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The Representatives Present Proceeded (Myrick Davies Es- 
quire in the Chair) to take the Oath prescribed in the Consti- 
tution 

The House Proceeded to Ballott for a Speaker, when Nathan 
Brownson Esq' was Unanimously Elected. 



The House Proceeded to Ballott for a Governor, and on Clos- 
ing the Poll, it appeared that Nathan Brownson Esquire was 
Elected Governor of this State for the Present year. 

The Hous^ Proceeded to Ballott for a Speaker in the room of 
Nathan Brownson Esquire, Elected Governor when John Jones 
Esquire was Elected. 

The House then Proceeded to Ballott for the Executive Coun- 
cil, and on Closing the Poll it appeared that the following Gen- 
tlemen, were duly Elected for the Several Counties Vz* For 
Chatham County. Jonathan Bryan & Charles Odingsell Esq" 
Effingham County. Abraham Ravot & Jenkin Davies Esquires 
Burke County. Myrick Davis & James Jones Esquires Rich- 
mond County. Humphry Wells Jun*" & Benj° Riden Esquires 
Wilkes County. Daniel Coleman & Absalam Bidwell Esquires 
Liberty County. Joseph Woodruff & William Gibbons Sen' 
Esq" 

On Motion — 

That a Committee be appointed to draw up an Address to the 
Governor Elect. 

Ordered^ that M' Jackson, M' Stirk, and M' M'Murphy be 
that Committee. 

On Motion 

RESOI.VED, that M' M*Murphy, M' Jadcson & M' Stirk be a 
Committee to draw up Rules for the Government of the Mem- 
bers of this House; and report the same, tomorrow Morning. 



AUGUST, 1781 9 

On Motion 

Resolved^ that a Committee be appointed to Procure a Clerk, 
Door keeper & Messenger for the House, and that M' John 
Twiggs & M*" George Walton be that Committee 

Resolved that Daniel Danily be appointed Messenger to this 
House 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 8 OClock. 



(From State Archives,) 

Saturday August iS"" 1781 

The House met according to Adjournment 

The Committee appointed to draw up Rules for the Gov- 
-ernment of the Members of the House of Assembly, Reported 
the same, which was agreed to by the House ; and is as follows. 

First — That the Members Precisely Attend at the Hour to which 
the House Stands Adjourned. 

Second. That when the Speaker takes the Chair, every Member 
shall do the Same. 

Third- Any Member not Attending agreeable to the Hour of 
Adjournment, shall be fined for each Minute, One Penny, or 
the Depreciation in Continental Money, and not be Permitted 
to take his Seat until the Same is Paid. 

Fourth. That no more than One Member, shall be up at one and 
the same time; and shall not Speak but twice on one Subject, 
without leave of the Speaker 

Fifth. That any Person Called to Order by the Speaker and 
Refusing to comply, shall for the first Offence be fined at the 



10 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

discretion of the House Persisting in his Offence, double the 
same, Proving still refractory Shall be expelled the House. 

The Committee appointed to draw up an Address to the 
Governor Elect ; brought in the same, which was read and Agreed 
to by the House, and is as follows. 

Sir. 

The Representatives of this State having Unanimously Elected 
you Governor for the Present year, it is with Pleasure, I am 
Commanded by that Body; to Signify, their Choice unto you. 

A Knowledge of your Character; your Integrity and Deter- 
mined conduct, have induced the House at this Period to Select 
you for that important Trust, a Period Sir, when notwithstand- 
ing it hath Pleased Almighty God to Crown our Cause with the 
most Signal Success. Our Country is still invaded by Publick, 
and infested by Private enemies 

It is our Duty to fall on such measures as the 

former and Prevent the latter from Preying on the Vitals of our 
State. We make no doubt we shall meet with your Assistance, 
and Exertions, in this laudable undertaking, And we Assure 
Your Honor we shall Pay the Greatest Attention, and regard to 
any Affair of Publick Consideration, you may think necessary 
to recommend. 

(Signed) John Jones, Speaker. 

Ordered, That the same be engrossed ; Signed by the Speaker 
and Presented to him by the Committee of this House 

Ordered. That M' Twiggs, M' Jackson, M' Williamson and 
M' M^'Gee be that Committee. 

On Motion ; Resolved That a Committee be appointed to bring 
in a Bill ; Obliging the Families of all Suspected, and other Per^ 
sons to our cause, to repair within the Enemies lines 



AUGUST, 1781 11 

Ordered That M' Twiggs, M' Jackson & M^Murphy be a 
Committee to Prepare and bring in the same. 

On Motion 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to receive the names 
of Persons, to fill up Publick Offices in this State. 

Ordered. That M' M'^Murphy, M' Dunwoody and M' Wal- 
ton be that Committee, and that they report on Monday Next. 

On Motion 

Resolved that the Continental Delegates be appointed to rep- 
resent this State in Congress on Monday Morning next 

On Motion 

Resolved that the House Proceed to the Choice of a Briga- 
dier General of Melitia; this afternoon. 

Resolved. That his Honor the Governor be requested to issue 
a Proclamation, requiring the Citizens who have fled from this 
State to the Northward to repair within the same, if in South 
Carolina within the space of thirty days, if in North Carolina — 
Sixty days, if in Virginia Ninety days, and in other States to 
the Northward of Virginia four Months, and in case any Person 
shall refuse to come in, within the time above mentioned; to 
share the burthen of defending the Country; and endeavour 
to drive the Enemy out of the Same, that his Landed Property 
shall be trebly Taxed, and the Monies to go for the Support 
of the Troops to be raised for the State. 

The House then Adjourned to four OClock P. M. 



12 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The House met According to Adjournment. 

Whereas it is absolutely necessary that the Property of Ab- 
sentees who have joined the enemy, and such Persons as have 
been Ordered into the Enemies Lines; and Also all Property 
which belonged to Persons, who have been killed in Defence of 
his Britannick Majesty's Government, Should be immediately 
Collected, and Placed in the hands of Commissioners, to be Ap- 
pointed for each County, that the said Commissioners be em- 
powered to let out Such Property, to Such Persons as may make 
Application; taking good and Sufficient Security, to his Honor 
the Governor, to be Accountable to the Legislature or Such Per- 
sons as may be Appointed by them to receive the same. And in 
Case the said Commissioners, find that any Person or Persons, 
attempt to Secret, or Refuse to give an Account when Required 
of the Property as aforesaid, or shall Attempt to remove out of 
the County, any Part of the Same, that they be Empowered to 
call on the nearest Melitia Officer for a Force Sufficient to Secure 
the Same; and in case such Melitia Officer, shall Refuse to Sup- 
ply the men so required for the Purpose aforesaid, he shall be 
fined the whole of his Property; Provided the Enemy should 
Advance into the interior Part of the State, that then the Com- 
missioners, or the Persons to whom the same is Rented, Shall 
have liberty to Remove such Property out of the State, to Such 
Place of Security as the Commissioners Shall Direct. 

RESOI.VED that two Persons from each County be appointed to 
form a General Committee, and that a Majority of the Persons 
30 appointed be competent to business 

The House Proceeded to ballott for Commissioners for each 
County, when it appeared that the following Persons were 
elected. 

Wilkes County. William Walker & Walton Harriss 

Richmond County. Archibald Beal & James M^'Niel 

Burke County. John Twiggs & Daniel M^Murphy 



AUGUST, 1781 13 

Effingham County. Caleb Howel & Abraham Ravott 
Uberty County. Joseph Woodruff & James Dunwoody 
Chatham County. Samuel Stirk & Charles Odingsells 

Whereas there is great reason to believe that much personal 
and other Property; belonging to Persons who joined the Enemy 
has been removed without Authority out of the State, and there 
detained by Persons having no Itgal Pretensions to the Same 

Rt$ouvij> That the aforesaid Commissioners do Search for 
the Said Property; and Report their Proceedings to his Honor 
the Governor and Executive Council, that in case of refusal to 
deliver the same that Proper Steps may be taken for recovery. 

Resolved that the Commisssioners, appointed as aforesaid be 
also empowered to rent out the Plantations of Absentees; 
for the best Price that can be obtained for the same; 
that they give the Preference to such Persons as were Obliged 
to leave this State on Account of the British Troops, And that 
they be empowered to dispossess any Person who has without 
Authority taken Possession. Provided he, or she, so in posses- 
sion will not give the Rent so required, and that the Commis- 
sioners be Obliged to take an Oath, before his Honor* the Gov- 
ernor & Executive Council ; before they enter on the Execution 
of the business aforesaid. 

Nathan Brownson Esq' Governor Elect waited on the House, 
with his Answer to the Address and Qualified agreeable to the 
Constitution 

Myrick Davies Esq' Elected by the Council, President, waited 
on the Speaker, and Qualified as Such. 

The Governor's Answer to the Address was read as follows. 

Gentlemen 

Your Unanimous choice of me to the first Magistracy of this 



14 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

State, Signified to me by your Speaker; does me unmerited 
Honor'. 

The favourable Sentiments, you are Pleased to express of 
my Character, inspires me with a desire of merithig such Appro- 
bation; deeply imprest with a sense of the importance of the 
Trust, and my want of Abilities unaided by your Councils and 
exertions ; I should have declined so Arduous a Task, but relying 
on your advice, and Assistance, I shall make every exertion to 
carry into effect such measures as you shall devise. Effectually 
to secure this State, against the Machinations of Public and Pri- 
vate Enemies, and to establish the Peace and Tranquility of this 
once flourishing Country; on a Permanent foundation 

Imprest with the Highest Sentiments of esteem and respect, 

I have the Honor' to be 

Gentlemen &c. 
Signed Nathan Brownson. 



To the Honorable the Speak* 
& Members of the House 
Assembly. — 



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On Motion, of M*" Jackson for leave to bring in a Bill for the 
better Regulation of the Militia, the same was agreed to and 
read the first time. 

On Motion of M' Jackson for leave to bring in a Bill for Ad- 
mitting certain Persons as Citizens, the same was agreed to and 
read the first time. 

The Bill for the better R^^lation of the Militia was read a 
Second time, and Ordered to be sent to the Council for their 
Perusal. 

Ordered. That M' Dunwoody and M' M^'Murphy be that 
Committee. 



AUGUST, 1781 16 

The House Proceeded to the choice of Magistrates when the 
following Persons were appointed. 



For Chatham County. 

Esquires Assistant Judges. 



Joseph Clay. 
William O Brian 
John Wereat 



Noble Wimberly Jones, William Gibbons Jun' Joseph Haber- 
sham, James Habersham, Charles Odingsells, Jonathan Bryan, 
James Jackson, James Bryan, Peter Deveaux Esquires 

For Effingham County. 

John Adam Truitlen, Jenkin Davis, Theophilus Lundy, Abra- 
ham Ravot, John Brownston, Martin Dasher, Robert Bevel, Na- 
thaniel Hudson, Daniel Howell, Stephen Johnson, & Caleb How- 
ell Esquires. 



For Burke County. 

Myrick Davies 
Edward Telfair 
Daniel M^'Murphy 



^ Esq" Assistant Justices 



Henry Jones, Thomas Lewis Jun*" Thomas Lewis Sen' David 
Emanuel, John Conyers, John Clements, James Jones, John Du- 
hart, Roger Lawson Jun' Hugh Lawson, John Jones, John Grant, 
James Pugh, & Mills Murphy Esquires. 



For Liberty County. 

Esquires : Assistant Justices 



Joseph Woodruff 
William Gibbons Sen' 
Charley Kent — 



James Maxwell, Stephen Williams, Samuel Miller Josiah 
Bacon, James Cochran, Hepworth Carter and James Dunwoody 
Esquires. 



16 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

For Richmond County. 



William Glascock 
Edmund Bugg. 
Charles Crawford. 
Lewis Gardner. 



Esquires. Assistant Justices. 



John Germany, David Walker, Nathaniel Harriss, John Wil- 
kinson, Benjamin Riden, George Wyche, Littleberry Bostick, 
Abedn^no Wright, Peter Paris, Isaac Jackson, Andrew Burnet,. 
James Marten, James Bowcy, & John Hill, Esquires. 

For Wilkes County. 

William Downes 

Absalam Biddle 

Stephen Heard \ Esquires. Assistant Justices 

Zachariah Lamar 

[The next two pages are lost ; torn from the original.] 

On Motion. 

RESOLVED that a Deputy Commissary General of Purchases be 
appointed for this State ; and that he be recommended to General 
Greene for his Approbation 

It appeared on casting up the Poll that George Walton Esquire 
was duly Elected. 

Abraham Jones Esquire, was appointed Clerk to this House 
and Qualified as such. 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow morning 8 OClock 



' AUGUST, 1781 17 

(From State Archives,) 

Monday August 20"* 1781. 

The House met According to Adjournment. 

The House Proceeded to the Choice of the following Officers, 
and on Casting up the Poll, the following Gentlemen were Unau- 
imausly elected. 

John Wereat Esquire, Chief Justice 
Samuel Stirk Esquire, Attorney General 
James Bryan Esquire, Treasurer 
John Milton Esquire, Secretary. 

On Motion. 

Orperep that the Election for Continental Delegates be Post- 
poned till Tomorrow morning 

On Motion 

RE90I.VED that Col** Elijah Clark b^ Added to the Commission- 
ers, appointed for the Absentees Estates in the County of Wilkes. 

On Motion 

Resolved. That a Director General of Hospitals for this 
State be appointed, and that this House Proceed to Elect him 
immediately 

Resolved that the Commissioners appointed for the Absentees 
Estates in the different Counties be Authorized and impowered 
to sell all Personal Property, (Negroes excepted) for the benefit 
of the State, except such Articles as may be wanting for the 
use of the Troops Actually doing duty in the same, and that the 
Amount of the Sales (after) Paying the necessary Charges be 
paid into the Treasury to be disposed of as his Honor* the Gov- 

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18 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

emor and Executive Council shall think fit; for the benefit and 
Advantage of this State. 

The House Proceeded to the choice of a Director General of 
Hospitals for the State, when on Casting up the ballots it ap- 
X)eared that James Dunwoody Esquire was Unanimously Elected. 

Resolved, that a Committee be appointed to draw up Instruc- 
tions for the Commissioners appointed to Superintend the Ab- 
sentees Estates ; and that they report the Same tomorrow morn- 
ing. 

Ordered that M' Jackson, M' Williamson and M' Bugg be 
that Committee. 

RESOI.VED that M' M^'Murphy M' Stirk, M' Dunwoody M' 
M'^Gee, M' Johnson & M' Walton, be a Committee on Petitions. 

A Petition from Jeremiah Oats was read & Referred to the 
Committee on Petitions. 

On Motion 

Resolved, that a Committee be appointed to Consider of Ways 
and Means. 

Order3^ that M' Twiggs, M' Jackson M' Lamar and M' Wal- 
ton be that Committee. 

The following Petitions were Read and Refered to the Com- 
mittee on Petitions, Vz. 

From Edmund Bugg 
From Henry Jones 
From Nathan Barnet 
From James Little 

M' Walton laid before the House a Letter from Col** Clarke, 
to the Speaker, which was read; and Ordered to be Refered to 
the Committee on Petitions 



AUGUST, 1781 19 

A Bill for the Prevention of Internal Conspiracies was read the 
first & Second time, and Sent to the Council for their Perusal. 

On Motion 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to take into Consideration the Bill for the better Regula- 
tion of the Militia 

M' Twiggs in the Chair. 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair 

M' Twiggs from the Committee of the whole House to take 
into Consideration the said Bill reported that they had taken the 
same into Consideration made some Progress therein & beg'd 
leave to sit again 

Resolved that they have leave. 

A Petition from Sundry Inhabitants of North Carolina was 
read. 

Ordered that the same be referred to a Committee of the 
whole House, to be taken into Consideration on thursday next. 

The House then Adjourned till 5 OClock. 



The House met According to Adjournment 

On Motion 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to Resume the Consideration of the Bill for the Better 
R^^lating the Militia, 

M*" Twiggs in the Chair. 

The Speaker having Resumed the Chair 

M' Twiggs from the Committee of the whole House to take 



20 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

into Consideration the said Bill. Reported that they had gone 
through the same, which he read in his Place and delivered in 
at the Table 

Ordered that the same be Engrossed. 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to Revise the Sev- 
eral Laws of this State, which are expired or near expiring, 
and that they bring in a Continuation Law for the enforcing the 
same & that M*" Stirk M' M^'Murphy and M^ Dunwoody be that 
Committee. 

The Committee on Petitions Reported as follows. 

On No. I. From Jeremiah Oates. The Committee are of 
Opinion that the Prayer of the Petition be granted. 

No. 2. From Edmund Bugg. The Committee are of Opinion 
that the Prayer of the Petition cannot be granted at 
Present as the Persons who Joined the Kings Troops 
owe large sums of money to divers other Persons, 
therefore it is but justice that the same be defered 
untill a future day; and that the Property remain in 
the hands of the Commissioners untill Confiscation 
takes Place. 

No. 3. From Nathan Bamet. The Committee are of Opinion 
that he wait for the Recovery of his debt untill the 
said Benjamin Allen Estate is Confiscated. 

No. 4. From James Little. Report the same as Barnet. 

No. 5. From Henry Jones of Wilkes County. The Commit- 
tee are of Opinion the Petitioner ought to Produce 
the Resolution of the House of Assembly, and wait 
for Payment, untill Money is in the hands of the 
Treasury 



AUGUST, 1781 ii 

No. 6. On a Letter from Col^ Elijah Clark. The Committee 
are of Opinion that a Gratuity of fifty Pounds Sterling 
should be given M' Manade for his Services, as soon 
as money is in the Treasury And that the Value of a 
Negro be Paid to M' Joseph Nail, for Riding Ex- 
press, at different times for Col° Clark (or a Negro) 
as soon as the Property becomes Confiscated. 

On Motion 

Resolved that the thanks of this House be given Colonel EH- 
jah Clark for his distinguished Services to this Country during 
the last and Present Campaign, and that the Speaker be desired 
to transmit the same, and that exclusive of his Rights as an 
Officer, this House, as a Reward to Extraordinary merit, make 
Col® Clark a Complement of the Plantation of Thomas Walters, 
where the said Col** Clark now resides Rent free ; Untill the De- 
termination of a future House with Respect to Confiscating his 
Property, and the Payment of his debts, and they Recommend 
should Confiscation take Place, and the said Walters' Debts 
Paid Exclusive of said Plantation; the same be Granted and 
Given to Colonel Clark. 

On Motion 

Ordered that a Deputy Quarter Master General be Appointed. 

The House Proceeded to the Appointment of a Deputy Quar- 
ter Master General, when Joseph Woodruff Esquire was Unani- 
mously elected. And that he be recommended to General Green 
for his Approbation. 

The House then Adjourned till Tomorrow Morning 8 OClock 



22 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

(From State Archives.) 
Tuesday August 2i"' 1781. 
The House met According to Adjournment 

ResolviSd^ that the Fees heretofore allowed by Law to the 
several Officers, acting under the Government of this State, and 
which have been received by them, be Paid in Specie or the De- 
preciation in Continental Currency, Agreeable to the said Act 
the said Officers are hereby empowered and Authorized to take 
and receive the aforesaid Fees untill the further order of this 
House, to the contrary 

On Motion 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to take into Consideration a Bill declaring Certain Per- 
sons who are therein described Citizens of this State, and for 
Burying in Oblivion Certain high Crimes and Misdemeanors 

M' Twiggs in the Chair. 

The Speaker having Resumed the Chair 

M' Twiggs from the Committee of the whole House to take 
into Consideration the said Bill, Reported 

That they had gone through the same 

Ordered that the same be engrossed. 

Resolved that this House Proceed to the Choice of four Per- 
sons to Represent this Sta;te in Congress untill the Meeting of 
the next House of Assembly. 

The House Proceeded to the Election of Continental Dele- 
gates, when on Casting up the Ballots it appeared that Edward 



AUGUST, 1781 23 

Telfair, Samuel Stirk, Noble W. Jones and William Few Es- 
quires were by a large Majority duly Elected. 

On Motion. 

The House Proceeded to the Choice of Field Officers, when on 
Casting up the Poll the following were Elected. 

For Wilkes County. 

Elijah Clark, Colonel. 

John Cunningham, L* Colonel. 

William Walker, Major. 

For Richmond County. 

Joshua Dunn, Colonel 
Isaac Jackson, L* Colonel 
Joshua Winn, Major 

For the Lower Richmond 

James Martin, Colonel. 
Tames McNeil, V Colonel 
Archibald Beal, Major. 

For Burke County. 

Asa Emanuel, Colonel 
James M^'Kay, V Colonel 
Francis Boykin, Major. 

For Effingham Coimty. 

Caleb Howell, Colonel 
Stephen Johnson, L* Colonel 
Daniel Howell, Major. 

For Chatham County. 

George Walton, Colonel 
John Martin, L* Colonel 
Charles Odingsells, Major 



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For Liberty County. 

John Baker, Colonel. 

Cooper, L* Colonel 
James Maxwell, Major. 

On Motion. 

r^ — ' '■ 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House, to take into Consideration a Bill for the Prevention of 
Intimal Conspiracies and other Purposes. 

M' Twiggs in the Chair 

The Speaker having Resumed the Chair 

M' Twiggs from the Committee of the whole House to take 
into consideration the said Bill Reported. 

That they had gone through the same, which he read in his 
Place, and delivered in at the Table. 

On Motion 

Resolved that M' John Wilkinson be Ordered to Attend this 
House at four OClock this Afternoon, to inform them his Rea- 
sons for discharging Cap* John Burnet, after being in Custody ; 
and also by what Authority he Acts as a Magistrate for the 
County of Richmond. 

The House then Adjourned till 4 O Clock P. M. 

The House met According to Adjournment 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to draW op Itistruc- 
tions to the Continental Delegates, and Letters to the President 
01 Congress, and Report tomorrow Morning. 

Ordered. That M' Twiggs, M' M^Murphy M' Jackson & M' 
Dunwoody be that Committee. 



AUGUST, 1781 25 

ResoItVHd that William Downes, Barnard Heard, and George 
Walton Esquires, appointed by the Board of Justices, Commis- 
sioners of Sequestered Estates in the County of Wilkes, do make 
a Return of the Several matters Transacted by them, since their 
appointment to his Honor the Governor and Council on or before 
the first day of September next. 

That the Corps now raising under the Recommendation of 
General Greene by L* Colonel Jackson be established by this 
State, and that they be allowed the same Bounty for Officers 
and men as those raising in South Carolina, except those who 
have been enlisted from the British Forts, and that it be Recom- 
mended to a future Assembly, on Proof of their behaving well 
to grant them such Premium as they may think they deserve. 
That the time of their Enlistment be for twelve Months, from 
the time of their entering; including those already engaged. 
And that the same consist of One hundred Horse, and 
equal number of Foot, and to have One Lieutenant Colonel Com- 
mandant, One Major, Six Captains Eight Lieutenants, One Ser- 
jant Major, One Quarter Master Serjant, Sadler with three Non 
Commissioned Officers, One Trumpeter or Drummer and Fifer 
to each Troop or Company; and that the said Corps be called, 
or named, the GEORGIA STATE LEGION. 

18. The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for continuing 
the Several Laws, Expired, or near expiring, brought in the 
same which was read the first time, and Ordered to be read a Sec- 
ond time Tomorrow Morning. 

The Committee for the Civil List Reported as follows. 
Governor at the rate of Five hundred Pounds Per 

Year fi66: 8 

Chief Justice at the rate of three hundred pounds P 

Annum 100 : - 

Attorney General at the rate of two hundred Pounds 

Per Annum 66 : 8 



26 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Treasurer at the rate of One hundred and fifty 

Pounds Per Annum £ 50: - 

•Secretary at the rate of One hundred Pounds Per 

Annum 33 : 6:8 

Clerk of the Council & Assembly at the rate of Sev- 
enty five Pounds Per Annum 25 : 

Messenger of the Council fifty Pounds 

f 431- 2-8 



Resolved, That the Hon'rable, the Continental Delegates be 
allowed their Expenses, during their Service in Congress, and 
going to, and, Returning from that Body. 

Resolved. That the Hon'rable Edward Telfair, W" Few 
Noble Wymberly Jones and Samuel Stirk Esquires, Shall be and 
they are hereby declared the Representation of this State in the 
Continental Congress, and that they or any two, be Capable of 
filling the same during the ensuing year, and untill others shall 
be appointed. 

A Bill to Continue the Several Acts heretofore made in the 
then Province of Georgia, and also All Acts made and Passed, 
by the Several Conventions, Congresses and Houses of As- 
sembly of the State of Georgia, Was read the Second time & 
Ordered to be sent to the Council for their Perusal. 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 8 oClock 



(From State Archii/es.) 

Wednesday August 22^ 1781 — 

The House met According to Adjournment 

On Motion 

Resolved, that his Honor, the Governor and the Executive 



AUGUST, 1781 27 

Council be empowered to Issue a Special Commission of Oyer & 
Terminer to his honor* the Chief Justice or in his Absence to the 
Assistant Justices, for the Tryal of Offenders, at such time and 
Place as he may think necessary. 

RES01.VED that the Honrable Samuel Stirk Esquire appointed 
Attorney General of this State, and a Continental Delegate have 
leave to Stay till after the next Session On Account of the Mul- 
tiplicity of Business ; on the Attorney General's hands 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to draw up a letter 
to the President of Congress and also to our Delegates; to be 
Signed by the Speaker of this House, Representing the Situation 
of this State, and requiring some Assistance from that Body. 

Ordered that M' Twiggs, M' M^'Murphy, M' Jackson, M'' 
Dunwoody, M' Walton, and M' McNeil be that Committee. And 
that they report this afternoon 

The following Acts were Passed, and Ordered to be Signed by 
the Speaker (vz*). 

An Act, Entitled an Act to Amend the Several Acts ; for the 
better regulation of the Melitia of this State. 

An Act, Declaring certain Persons therein described Citizens 
of this State; and for burying in Oblivion certain high Crimes 
and Misdemeanors. 

An Act for the Prevention of Internal Conspiracies, and for the 
empowering certain Committees therein mentioned, to examine 
into the Conduct of certain Suspicious Persons. 

An Act to continue the Several Laws heretofore made, in the 
then Province of Georgia, and also all Acts made and Passed by 
the Several Conventions, Congresses and Houses of Assembly of 
the State of Georgia 

Resolved that his Honor* the Governor in Council be em- 



28 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

powered to administer the following Oath, to the Commissioners 
appointed to superintend the Sequestered Estates; before they 
enter on the. execution of their Office, (viz.) 

I, A. B. appointed a Commissioner of the Sequestered and 
Absentees Estates, Solemnly Swear on the Holy Evangelists of 
Almighty God; that I will truly, and faithfully, fulfill the Trust 
reposed in me and that I will not Embezzle or clandestinely Con- 
vey or Cause or Procure the same to be done ; or Suffer Know- 
ingly or Willingly others to embezzle ; or Clandestinely Convey, 
any Article, or Articles of Property aforesaid, belonging to the 
said Estates, which may come to my hands as a Commissioner. 

And that I will Act to the best of my knowledge in the dis- 
posal of such Property ; for the Interest and benefit of the State ; 
without any regard to my Private Emolument, Whatsoever. 

Resolved^ that the Sum of One Hundred and fifty Pounds in 
Specie be allowed his Honor' the Governor for Secret Services. 

Resolved, that in the Present Situation of Public affairs, that, 
that Part of the Common Law, Concerning Action of Debt, and 
Accounts shall be stopt; untill an Hour of less disquet takes 
Place, or the further Orders of a future House of Assembly to 
the Contrary. 

RESOI.VED that his Honor' the Governor, and the Executive 
Council be empowered to Procure such Necessaries for the 
Troops belonging to this State as they may think expedient, and 
that his Honor the Governor be empowered to Pledge the Faith 
of the State for Payment of the same, or give such Person or 
Persons Certificates to be received and exchanged as Specie, at 
the Treasury of this State or to Pay in real Gold or Silver for 
all or any Part of the same; should the Treasury be in such 
Condition as to Admit it. 

19. The House Proceeded to take into Consideration A Pe- 
tion from Joshua Winn. 



AUGUST, 1781 i» 

The Committee are of Opinion that the said Joshua Wyne do 
wait for the recovery of any demand, he may have against the 
Said Andrew Moores Estate untill the same becomes Confis- 
cated. 

The House Proceeded to take into Consideration the following 
Petitions Vz* 

From Francis Settles N* 2. 

That his debt Cannot be Paid untill Goodgions Estate becomes 
Confiscated, that he be recommended to the Commissioners Rela* 
tive to the Hire of the Negroes at Present in his Possession. 

N® 3. From Martha Appling. 

The Committee are of Opinion that the said Martha Appling 
do wait for the recovery of her demands untill Confiscation takes 
Place 

Resolved that the Committee appointed to draw up letters 
and Instructions to the Honrable the Delegates in General Con- 
gress, and Major General Greene be empowered to do the same, 
and that the Speaker in Presence of the said Committee do Sign 
the same. 

Resolved^ that the Petition of Sundry Persons from North 
Carolina be Adjourned untill the meeting of the Next House of 
Assembly. And that the Officers and Board of Justices be Sum- 
moned to Attend to give their Reasons; why the Promise of a 
Negro was made to them 

Resolved that all Property taken in Action shall be sold for 
the benefit of the Captors; except such as may belong to the 
friendly Citizens of this, or any other State, or the Sequestered 
Property, And it is further Resolved, that they shall be allowed 



80 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

a Salvage of one third on all Property taken from Persons living 
on the other side of the line from Hudsons Ferry, on Savannah 
River; to the Mouth of little Ogeechee, from thence to Beards 
Bluff on the Altamahaw, and from thence to the Cow ford on 
Saint Mary's (Except the Property of Citizens as aforesaid) 
tho' not immediately taken in Action unless Such Property Shall 
be taken, after our fixing Posts or taking Possession of the Parts 
below. Provided the same be Condemned, agreeable to the 
Constitution of this State, and Provided Also on Evidence to 
the Court it shall appear that the Party was commanded by an 
Officer, and Ordered out by the Commanding Officer of the 
Regiment to whom they belong. 



JANUARY, 1782. 



31 



(From State Archives.) 
Augusta. January i"* 1782. 

Being the time appointed by the Constitution of this State for 
the meeting of the General Assembly. 

The following Members were Returned from the Different 
Counties. 

William Gibbons Sen' Pro. Tem. in the Chair when the follow- 
ing Members Attended & Qualified 



For Chatham County 



Jonathan Br3ran 
John Martin 
William M'Intosh 
Peter Deveaux. 



Charles Odingsells 
James Jackson 
Sam* Stirk 



The following being Returned for said County but did not At- 
tend, Vz» 



Joseph Clay. 
James Habersham. 
Joseph Habersham 
John M^Cluer 



John Baker 
John Cooper 
Benja'' Andrew. 
Sam* Salters 
James Maxwell 
James Dunwoody 



John Fowler Brisbane 
John Wereat. 
William Gibbons p 



For Liberty County. 



William Way. 
Daniel Sullivan 
Edward Way 
William Brown 
Joseph Woodruff 
John Roberts 




82 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The following being returned for said County but did not At- 
tend, Vz. 

John Bacon, & Samuel West. 

For Wilkes County. 

Elijah Clark. Micatah WilliamsocL , 

Stephen Heard. Holman Freeman. - 

Daniel Cdeman. Samuel Scott 

Beniamin Thompson. Robert Harper 

John Lindsay. Georgre Dooly. 

For Cambden County. 
William Gibbons Sen' 

For Glynn County. 

Nathan Brownson. 

For Burke County. 

John Twiggs. Thomas Lewi's Sen. 

Daniel M^'Murphy. David Emanuel. 

John Clements. Alexander Irwin. 

Hugh Lawson. Thomas Lewis Jn' 

The following being returned for said County but did not At-- 
tend, Vz. 

William Lord & Lamuel Lanier. 

For Richmond County. 

William Glascock. James Martin. 

Andrew Bums. Zacharias Fahn. 

William Few. Joshua Saunders. 

James M'^NeiL Charles Crawford 

Thomas Ansley. Samuel Alexander. 



JANUARY, 1782. 83 

For Effingham County. 

Caleb Howell. John Adam Truitlen. 

Abraham Ravott. Jenkin Davis 

Daniel Howell. 

The following being returned for said County but did not At- 
tend Vz* 

Theophilus Lunday. Beniami'n Lanier. 

John Brownson. John Martin Dasher. 

Daniel Bonnell. 

Rules for the Government of the Members of the Hon'rable 
the House of Assembly. 

First. That the Members Precisely attend at the Hour to which 
the House stands Adjourned. 

Second. That when the Speaker takes his Seat, every Member 
shall do the same. 

Third. Any Member not Attending agreeable to the Hour of 
Adjournment shall be fined half a Dollar Specie. 

Fourth. That no more than one Member shall be up at one and 
the same time ; and shall not speak but twice on one Subject, 
without leave of the House. 

Fifth. That any Person being called to order by the Speaker, 
and refusing to comply ; shall for the first Offence be fined one 
Dollar Specie, Persisting in his Offence double the Sum ; Prov- 
ing still refractory shall be expelled the House. 

Sixth. That the Member making a motion shall commit the same 
to writing; and any Person desiring an Amendment to the 
Motion shall Also Commit the same to writing; before he shall 
be allowed to debate. 

S r r— vol 8 



34 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Seventh. Any Member guilty of Profane cursing or Swearing 
in debate, shall be fined for each Offence, One Dollar. 

On Motion 

Resolved that M' Heard, M' Martin, M' Thomas Lewis Sen', 
M' Glascock, M' Andrew, M' Davis be a Committee of Previ- 
ledges, and Elections, and that they Report this afternoon, at 
four O Clock. 

The House then Adjourned till four OClock. 



The House met According to Adjournment. 

The Committee of Previledges and Elections Reported that 
Nathan Brownson & James Jackson Esquires held Posts at the 
time of their Election, which in the Opinion of the Committee 
exclude them from Seats in this House under the Constitution, 
by virtue of that Election ; which was agreed to. 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow 9 OClock. 



' '* (From State Archives.) 

January 2* 1782. 

The House met According to Adjournment. 

The House Proceeded to Ballott for a Governor when on 
casting up the Poll, it appeared that John Martin Esquire was 
Elected by a lirge Majority. 

The House Proceeded to Ballot for an Executive Council, when 
on Closing the Poll, it appeared that the following Gentlemen, 
were elected, Vz^ 

For Chatham County, Jonathan Bryan & Charles Odingsells 
Esq" 



JANUARY, 1782. 35 

For Liberty County, Benjamin Andrew & James Maxwell Esq" 

For Burke County, Thomas Lewis Sen' & William Lord, Esq"* 

For Richmond County, William Glascock & Andrew Bums, 
Esq'* 

For Wilkes County, Stephen Heard, & Holman Freeman Esq" 

For Effingham County, Jenkin Davis & Abraham Ravott Esq" 

The House Proceeded to ballot for a Speaker, when on casting 
up the Poll it appeared that William Gibbons Esq' was elected by 
a large Majority. 

The House Proceeded to the Choice of a Clerk, when James 
Jones Esq' was chosen. 

The House Proceeded to the Choice of a Door keeper when 
M' John Barter was chosen. 

Motion was made. 

That A Committee of three be Appointed to draw up an Ad- 
dress to the Governor Elect, acquainting him of his Election. 

Resolved that M' Few, M' Stirk and M' Dunwoody be that 
Committee. 

Resoi^ved that Writs of Election be issued by the Speaker to 
fill up all vacancies 

On Motion. 

Resolved that a Committee of five be appointed to enquire into 
the Quarter Masters Department, and to report the same as soon 
as Possible, And that M' Twiggs, M' Clark, M' M^ Intosh, M' 
M'' Murphy and M' Lindsay be that Committee. 

Resolved. That a Committee be appointed to Report the busi- 
ness Necessary first to be taken up by this House. " & that M' 



36 JOURKAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Williamson, M' Few, M' Emanuel, M' Stirk, M' Baker and M'^ 
Truitlen be that Committee. 

R^soi,vED That a Committee of one from each County be ap- 
pointed as a Standing Committee of Accounts, and that M'^ 
Scott, M' M^^Neil, M^ Lawson, M' Treutlen, M' Deveaux, and M' 
Baker be that Committee 

RES0I.VED. That a Committee of three be appointed to draw 
up Rules and Regulations for the Government of the Members 
of this House, and that M' M'Murphy, M' Stirk & M*" Dunwoody 
be that Committee. 

The House then Adjourned till three OClock 



The House met according to Adjournment 

A Letter of the thirtyeth of October last from the Hon'rable 
Edward Telfair Esq' to the Speaker of the House of Assembly 
was read 

M' Stirk from the Committee appointed to draw up an Ad- 
dress to the Governor Elect, reported the same, which was agreed: 
to ; and is as follows — 

Sir. 

I am commanded by this House to inform you of Your ap- 
pointment, to the first Magistracy of this State 

The Strenous struggles made by the Citizens of this State,, 
against our unnatural enemies have, at length nearly Secured to 
us those blessings ; for which we have so long contended, and we 
make no doubt, but in a short time, we shall reap the fruits of 
our labour. 

The Diabolical Mechinations, exercised by the Emisaries of 
our Enemies; have thro' the blessing of Divine Providence been: 



JANUARY, 1782. 37 

brought to nought, it becomes us to guard against them in future, 
and to fall on such Measures as will tend to our happiness and 
Security, and convince them that we are determined to bear every 
hardship, that human Invention can inflict; rather than suffer 
them to have dominion over us 

We shall use every exertion we Possibly can, to Put this State 
in a Proper Situation of Defence, and endeavour by every means 
to make its Government respected; both at home and abroad; 
and your Honor' may rest Assured that any matter you may 
think Proper to Recommend, which may tend to that event will 
be paid the greatest Attention to. 

Your integrity and known Patriotism, must give every Citi- 
zen of this Country, great Satisfaction ; when they behold a man 
Placed at the head of Government, whose sufferings by the com- 
mon enemy have not in the least deviated his Sentiments which 
marked his line of conduct, at the commencement of the Contest. 

Ordered that the above be engrossed, and Signed by the Speak- 
er, And that M"" M^'Murphy, M' Coleman and M'' Deveaux be a 
Committee to wait upon the Governor Elect with the same 

M' Stirk from the Committee for drawing up Rules and Regu- 
lations for the Government of the Members of this House, Re- 
ported the same, which was agreed to. 

The House then Adjourned till Tomorrow half after 9 O- 
Clock 



(From State Archives,) 

January 3* 1782. 

The House met according to Adjournment. 

RES01.VED. That a Committee be appointed to make enquiry 
what Provisions &c. can be Procured, and Point out a Mode for 



38 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

immediately Procuring the Same. And that M'' M'^Murphy, M' 
Woodruff and M' M'^Neil be that Committee 

Letters from the Delegates in Congress, inclosing An Account 
of Moneys drawn from the Continental Treasury, for which this 
State Stands Debited ; was read. 

Resolved. That they be refered to a Committee of three. 
And that M' Mcintosh, M' Baker and M' Stirk be that Com- 
mittee. 

M"" Few from the Committee appointed to Report the business 
necessary first to be taken up Reported the same 

Ordered that it lie on the Table for the Perusal of the Mem- 
bers 

ResoIvVED. That Monday next be appointed to Elect all Civil 
Officers, & Continental Delegates. 

And that a Committee of three be appointed to receive the 
names of all Candidates, for the following Offices Viz* Chief Jus- 
tice, Attorney General, Treasurer, Secretary of the State, Reg- 
ister of Probates, Surveyor General, Auditor of Accounts, Reg- 
ister of Grants, Deputy Quarter Master General, and that M' 
Stirk, M' M°Murphy, and M' Edward Way be that Committee. 

Ordered. That leave be given to bring in a Bill Intitled an 
Act to relieve such Persons as have Suffered by the Common En- 
emy, and are Objects of Attention, And that M*" Stirk, M*" Few, 
and M*" M^'Murphy be that Committee. 

Ordered. That a Committee of three be appointed to enquire 
into the Situation of this State, and Report the same to this 
House, that they draw up Instructions to the Delegates, And that 
M'' Stirk, M' Twiggs and M' M'Intosh be that Committee. 

Ordered that a Committee of Petitions be appointed and that 



JANUARY, 1782. 39 

M' Clark, M' Alexander, M' Emanuel, M' Truitlen, M' Deveaux, 
and M' Cooper be that Committee. 

The Petition of Benjamin Catching and John McCarthy was 
read and referred to the Committee on Petitions. 

The Governor Elect waited on the House, and returned the 
following Answer to the Address sent him. 

M' Speaker and Gentlemen. 

I beg leave to return you my sincear thanks for the Honor' you 
have done me, in appointing me to the Honorable and important 
Office of Chief Magistrate of this State; an Office unexpected 
and unsolicited, must therefore confess I feel a secret Satisfac- 
tion of this so signal a mark of your approbation, but at the same 
time could have wished your choice had been directed to Another, 
who in my humble opinion is by far more capable to discharge 
that important Trust than my self. 

T am conscious of inability to so arduous an undertaking and 
think my self by no means adequate to the Task, I shall there- 
fore stand in great need of, and hope for the Advice and assist- 
'r nce of every department, however the small share of Abilities I 
;»')ssess, may depend, shall be streniously exerted for the support, 
•li;^ity and happiness of this State, and the worthy Citizens, over 
which I have now the Honor' of Presiding. 

T am extreamly happy in finding the virtuous made by the good 
<_ ti::ens of this State, against our cruel and unnatural Enemies, 
. have at length nearly secured to us, those blessings for which we 
have so long contended ; and doubt not, but by a Steady contin- 
lUiHoe of those' exertions, and the support, we have every reason 
to expect we shall in a short time reap the happy fruits of our 
labour. 

It gives me infinite Pleasure when I reflect, that the diabolical 
machinations heretofore exercised by the Emisaries of our ene- 
nwes; have through the blessings of Divine Providence been 



40 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

brought to nought ; it therefore essentially becomes us to guard 
against those in future, and fall on such measures, as will tend to 
our happiness and security, and Convince them we are deter- 
mined to bear every hardship that human nature can inflict, rather 
than suffer them to have dominion over us. 

r 

' I think every exertion Possible should be made to put this State 
into a Proper Posture of defence, and endeavour by every means, 
to make its Government respected, both at Home and abroad, and 
you may rest assured, Gentlemen, that if any matter should occur 
to me, leading to that desirable event, I shall with pleasure imme- 
diately communicate the same to your Honorable House. 

Gentlemen, if my former Conduct has merited the esteem and 
approbation of my Country men, I am extremely happy, and hope 
my future conduct will be such as not to forfeit they good opinion 
they are now Pleased to entertain. 

The line of my conduct has ever invariably been to endeavour 
to Act, with a Conscious rectitude, which in my opinion, always 
carries its reward with it, tho' it may, and frequently does not, 
meet with Publick applause and approbation. 

I am Gen. &c. 

(Signed) John Martin 

The Governor Elect, at the same time took the Oath of Office. 

The Council informed the House, that Stephen Heard Esquire 
was elected President ; who likewise took the Oath of Office. 

Ordered That M' Coleman, M' Mcintosh, M'' M^'Murphy, 
M' Few, M' William Way and M*" Caleb Howell be a Committee 
of Previledges and Elections, & that they have Power to send 
for. Persons, Papers & Records. 

Ordered. That the Commissioners of Sequestered and Con- 
fiscated Estates, be directed immediately to lay before this House 



JANUARY, 1782. 41 

their whole Proceedings, Particularly specifying the Property 
that has been disposed of; with the Amount of Sales, and the 
Cash received, also a Proper Return of all Sequestered Property, 
now in Possession of this State. 

Ordered. That leave be given to bring in a Bill intitled an Act 
to declare nul and void all warrants of Survey, unless the Claim- 
ants come into the state, and settle on the same within a limited 
time, That M' Few, M' Lindsay, M' Coleman and M' Clark, be 
that Committee. 

The Petition of Hardy Deloch was read, and referred to the 
Committee on Petitions. 

On Motion. 

Resolved. That the House and Plantation late Martin 
Weatherfords, be granted to the Reverend M"" Lewis, untill the 
first day of December next (rent free) reserving the House when 
wanted, for the meeting of Public Bodies 

The House then Adjourned till tomorro morning 10 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

January 4**" 1782. 

The House met according to Adjournment. 

Nathan Brownson, Esquire was returned a Member for Glyn 
County, Attended, Qualified & took his seat. 

James Jackson and Nehemiah Wade Esquires being Returned 
Members for Chatham, attended Qualified & took their Seats. 

A Petition from Mary Randolph, was read, and refered to the 
Committee on Petitions 



42 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered. That M' Jackson, M' M*=Intosh and M' Caleb How- 
ell be added to the Committee, to bring in a Bill intitled an Act 
to declare null and void all warrants of survey &c. 

M' Stirk from the Committee appointed to examine into the 
Accounts of money drawn from the Continental Treasury re- 
ported. 

Ordered. That this House will go into a Committee tomor- 
row Morning ten OClock to take into Consideration the said 
report. 

On Motion 

Resolved, that M' Stirk, M' Baker, and M*" M^'Intosh be a 
Standing Committee to Veceive Vouchers, from those who have 
had Public Monies in their Hands, and report the same, and that 
they have Power to Call for Person's Paper's and Records. 

A Letter from M' John Wilkinson, was read, and Ordered to 
be referred to the Committee to receive Vouchers &c. 

M' Woodruff from the Committee to Point a mode of Procur- 
ing forrage &c. Report, that this House Issue an order tp the 
Forrage Master to apply to the Planters to furnish such articles 
(of forrage) as they can spare at Present, and that this House, 
Provide means for satisfying them as early as the situation of 
the Country will admit of, and beg leave to sit again, which was 
agreed to. 

Ordered. That M*" Few be added to the Committee for Point- 
ing out a Method for Procuring forrage. 

Resolved, that leave be given to M' Jackson to bring in an 
Ordinance empowering his Honor' the Governor to issue a Proc- 
lamation, Commanding all Officers belonging to this State to re- 
pair to the same, and to Point out a mode for regulating their 
rank — 



JANUARY, 1782. 43 

A Petition from Neomia Ledbetter was read, and refered to 
the Committee on Petitions 

M' William Lord elected one of the Members for the County 
of Burke, attended, and declined taking his Seat. 

Ordered, that a Writ of Election issue to fill up that vacancy. 

Ordered That the Speaker be requested to write to his Ex- 
cellency General Greene ; informing him of the Honorable John 
Martin Esquire being elected Governor of this State, which was 
as follows. 

House of Assembly 4"* Jan'^ 1782 
Sir. 

I have the Honor to inform you that the Honorable John Mar- 
tin Esquire has been elected Governor of this State for the ensu- 
ing year, agreeable to the Constitution 

I have the Honor to be your Excellency's 
Most Obedient Hum. Servant 

His Excellency. 
Maj' General Green 

RESoiyVED, that a Committee be appointed to draw up an Esti- 
mate for the Current year and that M' Brownson, M' Few, and 
M' Jackson be that Committee 

A Circular letter from the Financier General of the day 

of October last was read 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table for the Perusal of 
the Members 

A Letter to the late Governor of the twenty seventh of Decem- 
ber from Maj' General Green was read and referred to a Com- 
mittee of two, and that M' Brownson and M' Lawson be that 
Committee. 



44 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

M' Jackson brought in an Ordinance, empowering his Honor 
the Governor &c. which was read the first time. 

M' Stirk from the Committee for leave to bring in a Bill for 
the Relief and distressed Persons, reported the same ; which was 
read the first time. 

The House then Adjourned till tomorrow lo OClock. 



(From State Archives.) 

January 5*** 1782. 

The House met Pursuant to Adjournment — 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House, to take into Consideration, Accounts of moneys drawn 
out of the Continental Treasury &c. 

M' Mcintosh in the Chair 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair 

M' M'^Intosh from the Committee of the whole house to take 
into Consideration Accounts of money's drawn out of the Conti- 
nental Treasury &c. reported, which was agreed to; and is as 
follows 

N"* I. That John Houstoun Esquire be cited to appear in this 
State to render an Account of all the money he has had in his 
hands on Account of the same and in case he refuses to comply, 
that application be made to the Executive Authority of South 
Carolina for sending him into the same, agreeable to the Articles 
of the Confederation. 

2\ That the Delegates in Congress be made Chargeable for 
the Moneys Paid Col^ White on the nineteenth of July, Sixth^of 
November, and the twenty Sixth of December One thousand 



JANUARY, 1782. 46 

Seven hundred and Seventy Seven ; untill they bring Satisfactory 
Proof, that they have Accounted for the same, with the former 
Legislatures or Executive bodies. 

3*. That Maj' Seth John Cuthbert (the same as N*^ i). 

4"". That Governor Truitlen be called on to furnish this 
House, with such Vouchers, as will enable them, to call the Per- 
sons who received the money to Account for the same 

5"* That the money Paid Peter Tarling, Deputy Quarter Mas- 
ter General of this State, is not accountable for, he being a Con- 
tinental Officer, and received the same, without any order from 
this State or its Delegates 

6"* That M' William Hornsby who received Twenty thousand 
five hundred Dollars from Congress and has Partly settled with 
this State, but who, by his Obligation still owes a large ballance ; 
be cited by the Executive Authority of this State to appear and 
settle finally on the said Obligation; and in case of refusal to 
make Application to that State in the Confederacy where he may 
reside, within the American Lines; to send him to this State, 
agreeable to Confederation, and further that the said Hornsby be 
requested, in case of being within the American lines of this State, 
immediately to Settle the said ballance; and on Refusal, that the 
Attorney General be Ordered to Prosecute &c* 

7"* Mess" Wood and Langworthy (the same as N° i.) 

8*** Thomas Scott (the same as N** i.) 

9*** Clement Nash, the same order as the Estate of M' Bul- 
lock 

10"* John Hardey Esq' one of the Treasurers (the same as 
N« I.) 

1 1"* That George Walton, Richard Howly, and William Few 
Esquires Delegates in Congress for the Years One thousand 



46 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Seven hundred and Eighty and One thousand Seven hundred and 
Eighty One, be called on ; & give a Proper Account of the expen- 
diture of the Money's drawn from the Continental Treasury by 
their Orders. 

12*^ That the Report of the House of Assembly in the year 
One thousand seven hundred and Eighty Relative to Telfair and 
Company for one hundred and Ninety eight thousand four hun- 
dred Dollars ; is Perfectly Satisfactory to the Committee. 

13*^ That the Committee Wish, that William Few Esquire 
one of the Delegation, should inform the Reasons of Jonathan 
Bryan and Mordecai Sheftall's drawing money out of the Conti- 
nental Treasury 

14"* That M' Benjamin Walker (the same as N** i). 

M' Brownson from the Committee appointed to take into con- 
sideration, General Green's letter, reported. 

Ordered, that the same lie on the Table for the perusal of the 
Members 

M' Stirk from the Committee appointed to take into considera- 
tion the situation of the State Reported 

Ordered, that the same do lie on the Table for the Perusal of 
the Members. 

M' M^'Intosh from a Committee of the whole House to take 
into consideration an Ordinance &c. Reported that they had gone 
through the same, which was read 

Resolved. That leave be given to M' Stirk, to bring in a Bill 
entitled an Act for erecting Goals &c. which was brought in and 
read the first time, and Ordered to be read a Second time 

The Speaker informed the House that M' Jones elected Clerk 
<leclined serving. 



JANUARY, 1782. 47 

The House then Proceeded to the choice of another Clerk when 
John Wilkinson was chosen. 

The Ordinance for Settling the Rank of Continental Officers 
&c. belonging to this State, was read the second time 

Ordered, that the same be engrossed and sent to the Executive 
Council for their Perusal and Advice, & that M*" Jackson & M' 
Deveaux be a Committee to wait on them with the same. 

Resoi^ved. that a Member from each County be appointed a 
Committee of ways and means, that M' Few, M' Clark, M' M®- 
Murphy, M' Truitlen M' Jackson, M' Dunwoody, and M' Brown- 
son be that Committee 

A Petition from Thomas Lee was read, and referred to the 
Committee on Petitions 

The Committee appointed to take into consideration the Situa- 
tion of the State, Reported. 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table, and be taken up on 
tuesday next. 

The House then Adjourned till Monday next 10. OClock 



(From State Archives,) 

Monday January f^ 1782. 

The House met according to Adjournment 

A Petition from Stephen Johnson, was read and refered to the 
Committee on Petitions. 

M' Brownson from the Committee to make an estimate for the 
Current year, Reported 



48 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table. and to be 

taken up on Thursday next. 

Ordered. That the Order for this day be adjourned till To- 
morrow. 

RESOI.VED. that the late Deputy Quarter Masters, and Com- 
missaries General of this State be directed to lay their respective 
Accounts, and Vouchers, before the Auditor of Accounts, who is 
hereby Authorized after liquidating the same to Report to the 
Governor & Council by the including the whole expenditure 

of their Departments in order that they may be transmitted to our 
Delegates in Congress, and Placed to the Credit of this State 

That his Honor' the Governor be requested to order the Com- 
manding Officers of the Different Regiments, or Battalions of 
Melitia, of this State; to make out and deliver to him Certified 
Pay Rolls, with proper Abstract of all the Melitia duty that has 
been done by their respective Corps, till the fifteenth of February 
next, arid that in future from that date. The aforesaid Officers 
be directed to make out and return Monthly Pay Rolls, in a regu- 
lar manner, that the service may be charged to the United States 

That any Regiment, Battalion, or Company refusing or failing 
to Comply with such Orders, shall not be intitled to have or re- 
ceive any reward or compensation whatever for any Services 
done. 

That the Deputy Quarter Master and Commissary General's be 
Ordered in future, to make out Monthly returns of all their ex- 
penditures, that ought to be charged to the United States. 

M"" Few, from the Committee of Ways and Means, Reported 

Ordered, that the same be taken up on Thursday. 

Resolved, that the Report of the Committee appointed to take 
into Consideration, the Situation of the State be taken up imme- 
diately 



JANUARY, 1782. 49 

M'' Odingsells and M' Bums, a Committee from the Council, 
Returned the Ordinance for empowering the Governor, to call 
in the Continental Officers of this State; with their Observations 
thereon. 

Resolved, that M' Few, M'' Woodruff and M*" Lindsay be a 
Committee, to take into consideration, the situation of the State 
Ligion. 

Ordered, that the third and fourth Article of the Report of the 
Committee Appointed to take into consideration the situation of 
this State, be refered to Thursday next. 

Resolved, that as Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill, 
entitled An Act, to do away any imaginary line drawn in this 
State, and that M' Stirk, M' Few, and M' Jackson be that Com- 
mittee. 

Ordered, that his Honor' the Governor, be desired to dispose 
of the Carolina State Troops under the command of Major 
Moore, as may best tend to the benefit and interest of this coun- 
try. 

Ordered, that M' Brownson, and M' Few, be added to the 
Committee for drawing up instructions to our Delegates, and 
that they Prepare a letter to the President of Congress. 

Ordered, that the Bill for building Goals be committed to a 
Special Committee, and that M' Few, M' Stirk and M' Jackson 
be that Committee. 

Resolved, that a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill 
entitled an Act, to amend an Act entitled an Act declaring certain 
Persons, therein described Citizens of this State, and for burying 
in Oblivion certain high crimes and misdemeanors; and that 
M' Stirk, M' Few, and M' McNeil be that Committee. 

4 T r— vol 8 



60 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

On Motion 

RESOLVED, that a special Committee be appointed to take into 
consideration, the situation of Indian affairs and that M"* Brown- 
son, M' Truitlen and M' Jackson be that Committee. 

Ordered, that M' Coleman be Added to the Committee of Pe- 
titions in the room of M' Clark, who has leave of Absence 

A Petition from Richard Henderson was read. 

Ordered, that the same be refered to the Committee of Indian 
affairs. 

M' Stirk from the Committee appointed to bring in a Bill inti- 
tled an Act to Repeal an Act, entitled an Act for drawing an 
imaginary line in this State, brought in the same, which was read 
the first time. 

r 

The Petition's of Jacob Kennebrew, and Elijah Warden, was 
read, and refered to the Committee on Petitions. 

The Committee on Ways and Means, Reported, as follows. 

That in the Present situation of the Resources of this State, it 
will be absolutely impossible to Provide and find, ways and means 
of discharging the Debts that will necessarily accrue if the Sala- 
ries of the Civil Officers, and Pay of the Melitia Officers continue 
high as usual. Your Committee are of opinion that there should 
be only a bare Subsistance allowed to the Officers, and that the 
Assembly serve gratis, which was agreed to. 

The said Committee further Report that in order to husband 
the Resources, We recommend that a Person be appointed to 
manage the resources of this Country, which was carried in the 
Negative. The Yeas and Nays being called for are as follows, 
Vz* 



JANUARY, 1782. 



51 





Yea. 




Yea. 


M' 


Dunwoody, 


M' 


Truitlen 


M' 


Few. 


M' 


Brownson 


M' 


Fahn 


C 


»• 




Nays 




Nays 


M' 


Stirk 


M' 


M'Murphy 


M' 


M'Intosh 


M' 


Clements 


M' 


Deveaux 


M' Caleb Howell 


M' 


Baker 


M' 


Dan' Howell 


M' 


William Way 


M' 


Lawson 


M' 


Edward Way 


M' 


Emanuel 


M' 


William Brown 


M' 


Irvine 


M' 


Woodruff 


M' 


Tho" Lewis Jn' 


M' 


SuUivaat 


M' 


Alexander 


M' 


Coleman 


M' 


Jackson 


M' 


Lindsay 


M' 


McNeil 


M' 


Williamson 


M' 


Saunders 


M' 


Scott 


M' 


Ansley 


M' 


Harper 


M' 


Martin 


M' 


Dooly 


M' 


Crawford 


M' 


Thompson 


M' 


Wade. 


M' 


Twiffffs 


; 


?5. 



RESOI.VED, that M' Woodruff, M' Scott and M' Stirk be added 
to the Committee of Ways, and means, and that they be ordered 
to Sit again. — 

On Motion. 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House, to take into consideration the Bill to relieve Objects of 
Attention 



M' Woodruff in the Chair. 

The Speaker Having resumed the Chair 



52 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

M' Woodruff from the Committee of the whole House to take 
into consideration the said Bill, Reported. That they had taken 
the same into consideration, made some Progress therein and 
beg'd leave to sit again 

. Order^^ that they have leave to sit again 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow morning lo OClock. 



(From State Archives.) 

Tuesday January S^ 1782. 

The House met according to Adjournment. 

A letter from Abraham Jones inclosing an Account was read 
and refered to the Committee of Accounts. — 

The Petition's of Mary Lewis, Nancy Stephens, and Rebekah 
Rae was read and refered to the Committee of Petitions. 

A Petition of Daniel Wallecon was read, and refered to the 
Committee on Petitions 

On Motion of M' Stirk 

RES01.VED, that the late Governor be required to deliver to this 
House all Papers of a Publick nature which came into his hands 
during his continuance in Office. 

Motion being made that their be a Chief Justice Elected, which 
was carried in the Negative; The Yeas and Nays, being called 
for are as follows. 





JANUARY, 1782. 


Yea 


Yea 


M' Stirk 


M' C. HoweU. 


M' Deveaux 


M' Dan* HoweU 


M' Brown 


M' Jackson. 


M' Scott 


M' M'NeU 


M' Lewis Jun' 


M' Dunwoody 


M' Wade 


M'Few 


M' Anslev 


M' Brownson 


M' Crawford 


i6. 


M' Alexander 




Nay 


Nay 


M' M'Intosh 


M' M'Murphy 


M' Baker 


M' Clements 


M* WiUiam Way 


M' Lawson 


M' Edward Way 


M' Emanuel 


M' Woodruff 


M' Saunders 


M' SulHvant 


M' Martin 


M' ColMnan 


ftPFahn. 


M' Lindsay 


M* Truitlen 


M' Harper 


18. 


M' Dooly 





53 



The House then Proceeded to the choice of Officers, when the 
following Persons were Chosen. — 

Samuel Stirk Esquire, Attorney General. 

John Lindsay Esquire, Treasurer 

John Milton, Esquire Secretary. 

Barnard Heard Esquire, Register ,of Probates for Wilkes 
County. 

John Apling Esquire, Register of Probates for Richmond 
County. 



54 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Josiah Lewis Esquire, Register of Probates for Burke County. 

John Adam Truitlen Esquire, Register of Probates for Effing- 
ham County 

James Bryan Esq' Register of Probates for Chatham County 

Josiah Bacon Esquire, Register of Probates for The Counties 
of Liberty Glyn and Cambden 

Jenkin Davies Esquire, State Surgeon. 

John Wilkinson, Auditor of Accounts. 

RESOiyVED^ that the State Surgeon, have Power to employ two 
Mates. 

Ordered, that a Special Committee be appointed to receive An 
Account of Nathan Brownson Esquire, our late Governor, and 
that M' Coleman, M' Few, and M' Truitlen be that Committee, 
and that they Report as soon as Possible. 

The Committee appointed to take into Consideration the Sit- 
uation of the State Legion Reported. 

Ordered^ that the same do lie on the Table. 

M' Coleman from the Committee of Petitions Reported in 
Part. Vz* 

N° I. From Jacob Kennebrew & Elijah Warden. Referred 
to the Governor and Council 

N** 2. That Thirty Bushels Corn be allowed John M^Carty 

N"* 3. That the Law Points out to M' Kitchen for his Subsist- 
ance, and that the Doctors Bill, or fifty Bushels of Corn 
be allowed him. 

N*' 4. That the Petition of Nemia Leadbetter be refered to the 
Law now before the House. 



JANUARY, 1782. 56 

N** 5. That the Petition of Stephen Johnson be laid Over 

N"" 6. That the Petition of Thomas Lee, lay over. 

N*' 7. That the Petition of Hardy Deloch, be refered to the Au- 
ditor of Accounts. — 

N** 8. That the Petition of Mary Randolph be Granted She pro- 
ducing Proper Vouchers, which was agreed to. 

The Committee appointed to find out ways and means of 
building a Jail in Augusta, Report 

That a Subscription be opened for the Purpose of Procuring 
Negroes to cut the timber for a Goal, and if a Sufficient number 
is not obtained by this means, that they be Impressed, from such 
Persons as Can best spare them. 

That William Livingston be appointed to Superintend and di- 
rect the whole, and that he be Authorized and empowered to call 
on the Quarter Master for Wagons, Artificers, and every other 
means that is in his hands, which may be necessary to effect the 
business. 

The House then Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House, to take into Consideration the Bill for the relief of Ob- 
jects of distress. 

M' Baker in the Chair. 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair. 

M'' Baker from the Committee of the whole House to take into 
Consideration the said Bill Reported, that they had gone through 
the same, which was agreed to. 

Ordered, that the same be engrossed, and sent to the Executive 
Council for their Perusal and Advice, and that M' Truitlen and 
M' Coleman be a Committee to wait on them with the same. 



66 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The House then Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to take into Consideration the Bill for doing away an im- 
aginary line. 

M' Baker in the Chair. 

The Speaker having Resumed the Chair. 

M' Baker from the Committee of the whole House to take into 
Consideration the said Bill Reported. That they had gone thro' 
the same which was received and read the second time. 

Ordered^ that the same be engrossed and sent to the Executive 
Council for their Perusal and Advice, and that M' Truitlen and 
M"" Coleman be a Committee to wait on them with the same. 

Ordered^ that the Election of Delegates be Adjourned over 
till Tomorrow. 

The House then Adjourned till Tomorrow morning lo OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Wednesday, January 9**" 1782 

The House met according to adjournment 

M"" Few from the Committee of Ways and Means — 

Reported 

Ordered, that the same do lay on the table for the Perusal of 
the Members. 

M^ Ravott and M' Lewis a Committee from the Council Re- 
turned the following Bills. Vz* 

A Bill for the relief of objects of distress 



JANUARY, 1782. 67 

A Bill for doing away an imaginary line between the good 
Citizens of this State &c. 

A Bill entitled an Act to repeal an Act to draw a line or lines 
&c. was read the third time 

Ordered, that the said Bill be engrossed and that the Speaker 
lign the same. 

A Bill intitled an Act for the relief of distressed Persons who 
are or may be objects of attention; was read the third time. 

Ordered, that the said Bill be engrossed and that the Speaker 
Sign the same. 

M' Stirk from the Committee appointed to bring in a bill inti- 
tled an Act to Amend An Act declaring certain Persons therein 
described Citizens of this State and for burying in Oblivion, cer- 
tain high crimes and misdemeanours, brought in the same, which 
was read the first time 

A Petition from Elisabeth Crittendon was read, and Refered 
to the Committee of Accounts. — 

A Petition from Charles Waters, Praying to be restored to 
the Liberties and previledges of a Citizen of this State 

Resolved, that the same be refered to a Special Committee, 
and that M' Scott, M' Harper, and M*" Lindsay be that Commit- 
tee. 

Resolved, that it be recommended to the Commander in chief 
of the Southern department, to issue an immediate order agree- 
able to the Regulations of Congress, for the Officers of the Geor- 
gia Continental line to meet at some convenient Place in Georgia, 
in order to select those officers to be appointed to the Command 
of the one Battalion of Infantry on the establishment of this 
State. 



68 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

A Petition from Henry Jones, with an Account, Praying to be 
Paid, for building a Goal in the County of Wilkes in the Year 
One thousand seven hundred and Seventy eight — 

Ordered^ that the same be refered to the Committee on Peti- 
tions. 

A Petition from Zacharias Fahn. Praying to be relieved from 
a Contract made with M' Lucena. 

Ordered, that the same be refered to the Committee on Peti- 
tions 

M' Few from the SpeciaJ Committee to examine the Accounts 
of Nathan Brownson Esquire, our late Governor, Reported which 
was agreed to, and is as follows. — 

That, they find Proper Vouchers for the Money expended ex- 
cept two Pounds Sixteen Shillings Paid Myrick Davies Esquire, 
which ought to be allowed, there remains a Ballance Due him for 
his Salary, One hundred and fifty Pounds eight Shillings and one 
Penny Specie — 

The House Proceeded to the Choice of Continental Delegates 
for the Current year, when the following Gentlemen were duly 
elected. Vz.^ Noble Wymberly Jones, Edward Telfair and Wil- 
liam Few Esquires. — 

The House Proceeded to the choice of a State Quarter Master 
when Nehemiah Wade Esquire ; was duly elected. 

RESOI.VED, that a Committee be appointed to form a deprecia- 
tion Table of the difference of exchange between Georgia and 
Continental Money issued, and Specie, to commence from the 
month of January One thousand Seven hundred and seventy Six, 
to the first of January One thousand Seven hundred and eighty 
two, and that the Same be made in the most equitable terms, and 
that they be empowered to call for Persons, Papers, and Rec- 
ords. — 



JANUARY, 1782. 69 

And that M' Few M' Jackson, M' Stirk, M' Baker and M' 
Woodruff be that Committee 

RES01.VED, that M' Jackson, M*" Truitlen and M' M'Murphy, be 
a Committee to bring in a Bill for erecting a Court of Claims. 

A Petition from M' John Lindsay, was read, and Refered to 
the Committee of Petitions. 

The House took into consideration, the Report of the Commit- 
tee of Ways and Means, which was agreed to by a Majority of the 
House, and is as follows. — 

Your Committee are of Opinion, that in order to defray the 
contingent expences of the State, there should be issued on the 
Credit of the Sequestered, and other Public lands, Certificates to 
the amount of Fifteen thousand Pounds which Certificate shall 
be drawn in the following manner Vz* for the sum of 

This Certificate shall be received in Payment of the Confiscated 
Estates, agreeable to a law Passed the day of 

as Specie. 

Your Committee are further of opinion that the said Estates, 
or such Part of them, as will sink the said Certificates on or be- 
fore the first day of November next, set up at Public Sale to the 
highest bidder for Specie, or those Certificates. 

Your Committee farther report that the Heads of the Quarter 
Master, and Commissaries Department on making Publick Con- 
tracts, shall give temporary Certificates Specifying the Article and 
Quantity, to the Person or Persons contracting; in return for 
such articles as they may supply the State, but that they shall not 
be Permitted to give more than was given in the year One thou- 
sand seven hundred and seventy five for any articles by them to be 
Purchased for the use of the State, which temporary certificates 
shall be within one Month hereafter Produced to his Honor the 
Governor, who, on examining the same shall be empowered to 
give a Standing certificate, on the Sequestered lands, as afore- 



«0 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

said, and farther that the Quarter Master and Commissary as 
aforesaid shall at the end of every Month, deliver to the Gov- 
ernor, a general Return of all contracts by him made within the 
same; which said return shall be entered and Registered in the 
Secretary's Office of this State. 

Your Committee further Report that his Honor the Governor, 
be Requested to Order the Commanding officers of the different 
Regiments or Battalions, to make out and deliver to him, certi- 
fied Pay Rolls, with Proper Abstracts of all Melitia duty that has 
been done by the respective Corps, who, upon examining the 
same is hereby empowered to give Certificates on the Sequestered 
lands as aforesaid; and that for the future he do issue Orders 
that the Pay Rolls be delivered to him Monthly, and such Battal- 
ion or Company Refusing, or failing to comply with such orders 
shall not be entitled to have or receive any Reward or compensa- 
tion whatever for any Services done. 

The Yeas* and Nays being called are as follows 
Yea Yea 



M' Stirk 


M' Emanuel 


M' Deveaux 


M' Irvine 


M' Baker 


M' Tho* Lewis Jun' 


M' Edw* Way 


M'Pew 


M' Brown 


M' M'Nefl 


M' Woodruff 


M' Saunders 


M' Coleman 


M' Ansley 


M' Lindsay 


M' Martin 


M' Williamson 


M'Pahn 


M' Harper 


M' Crawford 


M' Dooly 


M' Alexander 


M' Thompson 


M' Caleb Howell 


M* Twiggs 


M' Dan' Howell 


M' M*Murphy 


M' Wade. 


M' Clements 


SO. 


M' Lawson 





JANUARY, 1782. 61 



Nay 


Nay 


M' William Way 
M' Dunwoody 
M' SuUivant 


M' Truitien 
M' Brownson 

5. 



Ordered, that the Deputy Commisary, and Quarter Master 
Generals, Treasurer, and all Publick officers give good and suf- 
ficient Security for the faithful discharge of the trust Reposed in 
them. The Commisary in the sum of three thousand Pounds 
Specie, the Quarter Master in the sum of three thousand Pounds 
Specie, the Treasurer five thousand Pounds Specie, Auditor of 
Accounts, one thousand Pounds Specie, and that the said Surety's 
be Presented to his Honor' the Governor and Executive Council 
for their Approbation and consent. 

The House then adjourned to Tomorrow morning 10 oCIock 



(From State Archives.) 

Thursday January lo^** 1782. 

The House met According to Adjournment 

The Speaker Signed the following Acts. Vz* 

An Act, to repeal an Act, entitled an Act to draw a line or 
lines between the good Citizens of this State and the enemies 
thereof ; and to Prevent Plundering, and detect Spies within the 
same ; And, An Act for the Relief of distressed Persons, who are 
or may be Objects of attention. 

Resoi^ved, that a Committee be appointed to examine the books 
of the Commissioners of Forfeited Estates, and that M' Truitien, 
M' Baker, and M' M^'Intosh be that Committee. 

A Petition from John Bacon, with an Account, was read, and 
Refered to the Committee of Accounts. 



42 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The Petitions of James Evans, James Miller, Lewis Musick, 
James Ford, and George Miller, was read and refered to fhe 
Committee of Petitions 

The Committee of Petitions Reported in Part as follows. Vz* 

N° 9. That the Petition of John Lindsay be Granted. 

N° ID. That the Petition of Daniel Wallicon be Postponed 

N** 1 1. That the Petition of Rebekah Rae ; be Postponed. 

N** 12. That the Petition of Mary Lewis, be Postponed. 

N^ 13. That the Petition of Mary Stephens be refered to the 
Attorney General. 

N^ 14. That the Petition of Zacharias Fahn, be Postponed 
which was agreed to. 

Resoi^ved^ that M*" Few, have leave to bring in a Bill to Re- 
peal Part of an Act entitled an Act to Amend the Several Acts, 
for the better Regulation of the Melitia 

M' Few from the Committee, appointed to bring in a Bill to 
repeal Part of an Act, entitled an Act to amend several Acts ; for 
the better Regulation of the Melitia brought in the same, which 
was read the first time. 

M' Burns and M' Freeman, a Committee from the Council 
waited on this House with the following Recommendation. Vz* 

That they think it necessary that a Commissary of Military 
Stores, and keeper of Public Salt, should be appointed, 

That a close Waggon for the Conveyance of Ammunition and 
Public Papers be Provided. 

That means be Provided to Procure sundry necessaries for the 
supply and support of the Governor's family (the Certificates to 



JANUARY, 1782. 63 

be issued being in their opinion inadequate thereto) agreeable to 
the Memorandom delivered to the Committee of Ways and Means 

That the Procuring Salt should immediately be adopted for the 
use of this State. 

Resolved, that his Honor' the Governor be directed to order 
the Commissaries immediately to collect and lay up five thousand 
bushels corn, for the Sole use of supplying bread to the Families ; 
and the Melitia, at different Posts, and that the Quarter Master 
be ordered not to take, or Purchase any com in this State, untill 
the above quantity be furnished ; as it appears by the Report of 
the Committee that but a small quantity of Corn can be Procured 
in this State; the Deposit and distribution be left to the Gov- 
ernor and Council. 

On Motion 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House, to take into consideration, a Bill to amend an Act, entitled 
an Act to bury in Oblivion certain high crimes and misdemeanors 

M' Dunwoody in the Chair 

The Speaker having Resumed the Chair 

M' Dunwoody from the Committee of the whole House to take 
into consideration the said Bill, Reported. 

That they had examined the said Bill and was of opinion the 
same should be recommitted, which was agreed to. 

M' Scott from the Special Committee, to whom was Refered 
the Petition of Charles Waters, Reported. 

Ordered, that the Petition of Charles Waters be Refered to the 
<jOvemor and Council. — 

Resolved. That his Honor' the Governor and Council, be 



64 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

desired to curtail such Part of the Rations of Forrage as may ap- 
pear to them to be necessary in the Present scarcity of com. — 

M' Stirk from the Committee, appointed to bring in a Bill en- 
titled an Act, to Amend an Act declaring certain Persons therein 
described Citizens of this State, and for burying in oblivion cer- 
tain high crimes and Misdemeanors, brought in the same which 
was read the first time. 

The House Proceeded to the Election of a Councellor for the 
County of Burke, in the room of M*" Lord who Resigned his seat 
at that Board, and on counting the Ballots M"^ Lawson, was 
elected. 

The House having taken into consideration, the Report of the 
Committee of the Georgia State Legion, which is as follows, 

Resoi^ved, that the Horse of the Georgia Legion not being 
able to be equipped, in such a manner, as the Service Requires; 
ought to be reduced to one Troop, which was agreed to by a Ma- 
jority, the Yeas and Nays being called for are as follows. — 

Yea Yea 

M' Stirk M' Thompson 

M' Baker . M' Emanuel 

M' Dunwoody M' Irvine 

M' Edw* Way M' Tho" Lewis p 

M' William Brown M' Saunders 

M' Woodruff . M' Aiisley 

M' Coleman M' Martin 

M' Lindsay. M' Crawford 

M' Clements M'' Alexander 

M*" Williamson M' Truitlen 

M' Scott M' Wade 

M' Harper M' Few 
M' Doolv 2.'i. 



JANUARY, 1782. 66 



Nay 


Nay 


M' M'Intosh 


M' McNeil 


M' Deveaux 


M'Fahn 


M' W- Way 


M' Caleb HoweU 


M' Sallivaiit 


M' Dan' HoweU 


M' TwiKRS 


M' Brownson 


M' M«Murphy 


M' Jackson 


M' Lawson 


12. 



The Committee further Report, that the said Troop consist of 
one Captain, two Lieutenants, one Quartermaster, one Sadler, 
three Serjants, and forty Privates for which Horses and other 
necessaries may be compleatly Provided, that the Remainder of 
those enlisted for the Horse Service, shall at their option, be re- 
duced to foot, to serve in the same State Corps, during the re- 
mainder of their time, or be discharged, and receive for Payment 
Certificates that such Part of a Negro is due them to be Paid at 
the expiration of the term they were enlisted for, That the Offi- 
cers Reduced, shall receive the same, to be Paid at the expiration 
of the twelve Months they engaged for; and that Lieutenant 
Colonel Jackson make the Arrangement. — which was agreed to — 

Resoi^ved^ that M' Jackson, M' M'^Murphy, and M' Coleman 
be the Committee to bring in a Bill on the Report of the Commit- 
tee on Ways and Means. 

Resolved^ that M' Stirk, and M' Mcintosh be a Committee to 
draw Instructions for the direction and Government of the Au- 
ditor's of Accounts, and Report tomorrow Morning. 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 10. OClock 



(From State Archives.) 
Fryday, January 11*^ 1782. 
The House met according to Adjournment. 

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66 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

A letter from Nathan Brownson Esquire. Resigning his Seat 
for Gljm County was read. 

Ordered. That a Writ of Election Issue for a Member for 
said County. 

M' Jackson from the Committee, appointed to bring in a Bill on 
the Report of the Committee on Ways and Means, brought in the 
same, which was read the first time. 

M*" Stirk and M' M'^Intosh, a Committee appointed to draw up 
Instructions, for the direction and Government of the Auditor of 
Accounts. Reported as follows. 

First. The Payrolls that may be exhibited against the State for 
Melitia duty. Prior to the twenty Sixth day of February 
one thousand seven hundred and eighty, be liquidated 
agreeable to the then Melitia law, untill the Passing of 
the Melitia law in August last, when all Pay Rolls shall 
be made out agreeable to the Regulations of the same, 

F' • and that all Accounts be Attested by the Captains or the 
Officer's commanding the Parties, and Certified by the 
Colonels of the Respective Regiments, and that all such 
sums when Paid shall be entered in the Receipts in words. 

Second. That all charges exhibited by the Quarter Masters and 
Commissaries for the Melitia, Prior to the said twenty 
sixth day of February, One thousand seven hundred and 
eighty, be attested by themselves and certified by the 
respective Officers of the Parties, for which the supplies 
were made. — 

Third. That all and every charge that may be brought against the 
State, Prior to the aforesaid term, that may tend to the 
aforesaid supplies, in the Quarter Master and Commis- 
sary's department, for Continental use, be made out in the 
name of the United States, and sworn to by the Person 
supplying the Same, and certified by the Person to whom 



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JANUARY, 1782. 67 

such Supplies were delivered, or receipts; as the. case 
may be, and Charged to the United States. 

Fourth. That such charges, respecting the said departments of 
the Quarter Master, and Commissaries for the Melitia 
of the State, be under similar Regulations with that of 
the Military and Properly Arranged, and charged to the 
State, and that the Auditor do call on the aforesaid 
Quarter Master and Commissary once every month for 
their Accounts and vouchers, and upon liquidating and 
arranging the same, deliver them to his Honor' the Gov- 
ernor and Council, that the said Auditor do give to the 
Quarter Master and Commissary upon Adjusting their 
said Accounts, Certificates for such sums as they have 
Settled for. 

Fifth. That all charges since the twenty sixth day of February 
One thousand seven hundred and eighty tending to the 
Support of Civil Government, be settled and Audited, at 
equitable rates, and Reported to the House accordingly. 

Sixth. That the Auditor be directed and required to apply to all 
and every Person or Persons who may have, or hereafter 
shall receive any monies, and charged to them by the 
State, that they do forthwith bring in Proper Vouchers 
for expenditures, and should any Person, or Persons, neg- 
lect or refuse to comply with the same, after thirty days 
notice given, that the name or Names of Such default- 
ers, together with the Sum or Sums he or they may have 
received, be delivered into the hands of the Attorney 
General, who is hereby directed and required to bring 
Actions at law against such defaulters as aforesaid 

Seventh. That the Auditor do report during the Setting of this 
House, on the different Accounts he may Audit, day by 
day, and that during the Recess of this House, the said 
Auditor do report at such convenient time, as may be 



68 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

thought necessary to his Honor' the Governor and Ex- 
ecutive Council, which was agreed to. — 

On Motion 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to take into consideration the Bill entitled an Act, to amend 
an Act, declaring certain Persons therein described Citizens of 
this State> and for burying in Oblivion Certain high crimes and 
misdemeanors 

M*" Twiggs in the Chair 

The Speaker having Resumed the Chair. , 

M' Twiggs from the Committee of the whole House, to take 
the said Bill into consideration. Reported, that they had gone 
through the same, which he read in his Place and Delivered in at 
the Table. 

A Bill entitled an Act to amend an Act, declaring certain Per- 
sons therein described Citizens of this State and for burying in 
Oblivion certain high Crimes and misdemeanors, was read the 
second time. 

Ordered^ that the same be sent to the Executive Council for 
their Perusal and advice, And that M' Baker and M' Deveaux be 
a Committee to wait on them with the same. 

On Motion 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House, to take into consideration A Bill entitled an Act to Re- 
peal Part of an Act entitled an Act to amend several Acts for the 
regulation of Melilia 

M^ Mcintosh in the Chair 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair. 



JANUARY, 1782. 69 

M' M'^Intosh from the Cominittee pf the whole House to take 
into consideration the said Bill Reported 

That they had gone through the same, which was not agreed 
to. 

On Motion 

The House resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House, to take into Consideration a Bill entitled an Act for Con- 
fiscating the Estates of Certain Persons therein described, and 
for the Providing funds for defraying the contingent expences 
of ttie State. 

M' Twiggs in the Chair 

The Speaker haying Resumed the Chair 

M' Twiggs from the Committee of the whole House to take 
into consideration the said Bill, reported that they had gone 
through the same, which he read in his Place and delivered: in at 
the Table. 

A Bill entitled an Act for Confiscating the Estates of certain 
Persons therein described, and for the Providing funds, for de- 
fraying the contingent expences of the State, was read a Second 
time. 

Ordered^ that the said Bill be engrossed, and sent to the Ex- 
ecutive Council for their Perusal and advice And that M*" Jackson 
and M' Stirk be a Committee to wait on them with the same. 

A Petition from Robert Bonner, with an Account was read, and 
refered to the Committee on Petitions 

A Petition from John Herndon, was read and refered to the 
Committee on Petitions. 

Resolved^ that the State Commissary and Quarter Master be 
under the same Regulations, with those of the Continental line 



68 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

thought necessary to his Honor' the Governor and Ex- 
ecutive Council, which was agreed to. — 

On Motion 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to take into consideration the Bill entitled an Act, to amend 
an Act, declaring certain Persons therein described Citizens of 
this State) and for burying in Oblivion Certain high crimes and 
misdemeanors 

M' Twiggs in the Chair 

The Speaker having Resumed the Chair. 

M*" Twiggs from the Committee of the whole House, to take 
the said Bill into consideration, Reported, that they had gone 
through the same, which he read in his Place and Delivered in at 
the Table. 

A Bill entitled an Act to amend an Act, declaring certain Per- 
sons therein described Citizens of this State and for burying in 
Oblivion certain high Crimes and misdemeanors, was r^ad the 
second time. 

Ordered^ that the same be sent to the Executive Council for 
their Perusal and advice. And that M"" Baker and M' Deveaux be 
a Committee to wait on them with the same. 

On Motion 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House, to take into consideration A Bill entitled an Act to Re- 
peal Part of an Act entitled an Act to amend several Acts for the 
regulation of Mel ilia 

M"" M^ntosh in the Chair 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair. 



JANUARY, 1782. 69 

M' Mcintosh from the Committee of the whole House to take 
into consideration the said Bill. Reported 

That they had gx>ne through the same, which was not agreed 
to. 

On Motion 

The House resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House, to take into Consideration a Bill entitled an Act for Con- 
fiscating the Estates of Certain Persons therein described, and 
for the Providing funds for defraying the contingent expences 
of the State. 

M' Twiggs in the Chair 

The Speaker having Resiuned the Chair 

M' Twiggs from the Committee of the whole House to take 
into consideration the said Bill, reported that they had gone 
through the same, which he read in his Place and delivered: in at 
the Table. 

A Bill entitled an Act for Confiscating the Estates of certain 
Persons therein described, and for the Providing funds, for de- 
fraying the contingent expences of the State, was read a Second 
time. 

Ordered, that the said Bill be engrossed, and sent to the Ex- 
ecutive Council for their Perusal and advice And that M' Jackson 
and M' Stirk be a Committee to wait on them with the same. 

A Petition from Robert Bonner, with an Account was read, and 
refered to the Committee on Petitions 

A Petition from John Herndon, was read and refered to the 
Committee on Petitions. 

Resolved, that the State Commissary and Quarter Master be 
under the same Regulations, with those of the Continental line 



70 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

James Cochran Esq' a Member elected for the County of Glyn 
Attended, Qualified, and took his seat. 

M' Odingsells and M' Freeman a Committee from the Council 
Returned the Bill, entitled an Act for Confiscating the estates of 
certain Persons therein described and for the Providing funds for 
defraying the contingent expences of the State, with their re- 
marks. 

Ordered, that his Honor' the Governor, be requested to give 
to James Evans, James Miller, Lewis Musick, James Ford, Wil- 
liam Neale, William Goodley, Cap* Prince, William Young and 
James Bridges, Sufiicient Power and Authority under the Great 
Seal of the State, to collect, in South and North Carolina's, one 
Negro each, belonging to this State, as a gratuity for their Serv- 
ices last Campaign. 

And that his Honor' Particularly name the Negro the Person 
to whom they lately belonged, and the Person having the same in 
possession 

Resoi^ved^ that no more Negroes be given to any Person or 
Persons applying, on a contract said to be made by Col^ William- 
son and others, and that in future any contract or bargain made, 
by any Officer or Officers in the Service of this State, with re- 
spect to the Property of it shall and is hereby declared to be ille- 
gal and of course null and void 

Whereas it appears by the books of the Commissioners of the 
Sequestered and Confiscated Estates, that they have disposed of 
Property belonging to the aforesaid Estates to the amount of 
three thousand Six hundred and twelve Pounds seventeen Shil- 
lings and two Pence, for which they have not Accounted there 
fore 

Resolved, that the aforesaid Commissioners ought to be, and , 
are Considered accountable to this State for the aforesaid Sum of 
three thousand six hundred and twelve Potmds seventeen Shil- 



JANUARY, 1782. 71 

lings and two Pence untill they return Bonds to the full amount 
of that sum agreeable to the terms for which they were Author- 
ized to sell that property. 

Ordered^ that they deliver to his honor' the Governor all 
Books, Bonds, or other Papers that is in their Posession belong- 
ing to any of the Confiscated Estates, and take his Receipt for the 
same. 

That his honor' the Governor and Council, be Authorized and 
Requested to appoint an Agent in each County to make out, and 
return to Council an Account of all the land ; and other Confis- 
cated Property, that there may be in each County. 

That the Governor and Council be Authorized and empow- 
ered to dispose of the Remainder of the Confiscated Estates, in 
the same manner that the aforesaid Commissioners are Author- 
ized to do. 

On Motion 

RES01.VED, that Joseph Woodruff Esq' late Deputy Quarter 
Master General, be desired to deliver all Property of a Public na- 
ture, in his Possession to Nehemiah Wade Esquire, as soon as 
Possible, taking his Receipt for the same. — 

On Motion 

RESOi^ved^ that the Publick Papers in the hands of Edward Da- 
vies Esquire late Auditor General, be delivered by him to Daniel 
M'^Murphy Esquire to be conveyed to our Delegates in Congress, 
and that his Honor' the Governor be requested to write to M' 
Davies on the Subject. 

M' Wade being appointed Quarter Master to this State, Ac- 
• cepted of said appointment. 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow morning 9 OClock. 



72 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

(Prom State Archives.) 

Saturday January 12"* 1782 

The House met according to Adjournment 

The following Petitions were read, and Ordered to be Post- 
poned Vz* 

From Thomas Ansley 

From Nehemiah Wade. 

A Bill intitled an Act, to amend an Act declaring certain Per- 
sons therein describe. Citizens of this State ; and for burying in 
Oblivion, certain high Crimes and misdemeanors; was read the 
third time 

Ordered, that the Speaker Sign the same. 

M' John Adam Truitlen, from the Committee of Accoimts, Re- 
ported, which being taken into consideration by the House, was 
agreed to, and is as follows, 

N"* I. On the Account of Blossomgame Harvey. That he apply 
to the Persons who employed him. The Yeas, and Nays 
being called for are as follows 

Yea Yea 



M' Mcintosh 


M' Irvine 


M' Deveaux 


M' Th(^ Lewis Jn' 


AP Baker 


M* WiUiam Few 


M* Dunwoody 


M* M" Neal 


M' William Way 


M* Saunders 


M' Brown 


M'Fahn 


M' Sullivant 


M' Crawford 


M' Scott 


M' Alexander 


M' Harper 


M' J. A. Truitlen 


M' Clements 


20. 



M' Emanuel 



JANUARY, 1782. 73 

Nay Nay 

M' Stiik M' M^^Murphy 

M' Edw* Way M' Martin 

M' Woodruflf. M' Caleb HoweU 

W Cokman M' Dan^ Howdl 
M' Thompson 10. 

M' Twiggs 

N* 2. On the Account of Robert Bonner, that the same be con- 
sidered as part of his duty, which he owed his Country. 

N* 3. That the Petition of Henry Jones for building a Goal in 
Wilkes County, be refered to the Commissioners for 
building a Goal in the said County. — 

N** 4. That John Bacon's Account of Ten Pounds, be allowed 

N** 5. That the Account of Elisabeth Crittendon be refered to 
the Auditor of Accounts. — 

N* 6. That the Account of Abraham Jones of twenty five 
Pounds, be allowed, deducting the five guineas received 
of Governor Brownson. 

That the Account of Joel Phillips, be returned being blank 

On Motion 

Resolved, that M' Walton, Chesley Bostick and M' Woodruflf, 
be appointed to collect the Vouchers, in the Commissary's and 
Quarter Masters Departments, about the time of the Reduction 
of Augusta, and the same to be made a Continental Charge. — 

On Motion 

Resolved, that his Honor' the Governor be empowered to issue 
Certificates to such Persons, who shall Produce certificates from 
the commanding Officer of the regiment, he, or they, served dur- 
ing their Refugeeship from this Country, for their respective 



74 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Quota's of land, agreeable to the Resolve of the last Assembly, 
which said Certificates shall run as follows. 

"Agreeable to the Resolves of Assembly Passed the nineteenth 
of August, One thousand seven hundred and eighty one, and the 
twelfth day of January One thousand seven hundred and eighty 
two. 

This Certificate is to Certify that Acres of land is due 

from this State to His Heirs or Assigns. 

That on opening the land Office in this State, those having the 
Certificates as aforesaid, shall have a Prior right to any others on 
equal terms. 

The following Acts, being Prepared, were Signed by the Speak- 
er. Vz* 

An Act entitled an Act to amend an Act declaring certain Per- 
sons therein described Citizens of this State, and for burying in 
oblivion certain high crimes and misdemeanor's. — and. 

An Act for Confiscating the estates of certain Persons therein 
described, and for raising a fund for defraying the Contingent 
expences of the State. 

Whereas, the Commissioners of Sequestered Estates have in- 
formed this House, that numbers of Persons who Purchased at 
the Confiscated Sales, refuse to comply with the Condition of the 
same. 

R^soi^vED, that the Attornev General be ordered to commence 
Suits against the said several Persons, who purchased at the said 
Sales, and have not complied with the same, in order that the 
Commissioners may be enabled to settle their Accounts with this 
State. 

M' Jackson from the Committee of Indian Affairs reported. 
That the Ballance due Richard Henderson, be allowed, to- 



JANUARY, 1782. 76 

gether with a farther sum of twenty Pounds in consideration of 
his services and losses. 

The Committee farther Recommend that two Persons be ap- 
pointed to transact the Indian affairs as Superintendents, and 
that his Honor the Governor and Executive Council be empow- 
ered to give them such instructions as they may deem expedient, 
which was agreed to. — 

Resolved, that James Rae and Daniel M^Murphy Esquires, be 
appointed Superintendents of Indian affairs, and that they be rec- 
ommended to Congress. as Commissioners of Indian affairs for 
the Southern department 

Ordered, that the Quarter Master be Ordered to furnish the 
Governor with such Articles as may be necessary for the use of 
his House. 

The House then Proceeded to the choice of Justices for the Dif- 
ferent Counties, when the following Persons were appointed. 



Joseph Clay 
John Wereat 
William O Bryan 
Noble Wymberly Jones 



For Chatham County. 

Esquires, Assistant Justices 



James Habersham, Joseph Habersham, Samuel Stirk, Charles 
Odingsells, Jonathan Bryan, James Jackson and Peter Deveaux 
Esquires. 



William Gibbons 
Nathan Brownson 
Charles Kent 
James Cochran 



For Liberty, Glynn and Cambden. 

' Esquires, Assistant Justices 



Joseph Woodruff, William M^'Intosh, James Maxwell, Josiab 
Bacon, George Threadcroft, James Dunwoody, and John Bacon 
Esquires. 



76 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

For Effingham County. 

John Adam Truitlen, Jenkin Davis, Abraham Ravott, Daniel 
Howell, Benjamin Lanier, Daniel Bonnell^ Thomas Chisholm 
and Caleb Howell Esquires. 

For Burkes Coimty. 

Edward Telfair '^ 

ThSmis^L^tu^S^^^ f ^^^^^^^ Assistant Justices. 
John Twiggs j 

David Emanuel, Thomas Lewis Jun', Hugh Lawson — John 
Lawson, Francis Pugh, Raymond Demeree — ^Jqhn Jones, Jar- 
r^t Irvine, Thomas Little, James Pugh John Conyers, Robert 
Bowling, & John Green Esquires 

For Richmond County. 

wiuS; F^' } E^"-' A--o»« j-«-- 

Charles Crawford, James Martin, Littleberry Bostick Andrew 
Bums, James M'^Neil, Edmund Bugg, Zacharias Fahn, John Ger- 
many, Abraham Ayers, Isaac Low Isaac Jackson, Greenberry 
Lee, Thomas Greer Sen', James M^'Farland, John Smith, James 
Bowie, George Wyche Nathan Harriss, Rhesa Howard Esquires 

For Wilkes County. 

Stephen Heard, William Downes, Benjamin Catchings Abra- 
ham Biddle, Richard Aycock, Daniel Coleman, Benjamin Thomp- 
son, Mica j ah Williamson, Barnard Heard, Robert Harper, Henry 
Ware, Daniel Burnet John Lindsay, Zachariah Lamar, Holman 
Freeman, Henry Manadue, John Cunningham, and Henry Jones 
Esquires. 

Resoi^ved that all former appointments of Justices be void. 



JANUARY, 1782. 77 

The House Proceeded to fix the Salaries of the Civil Officers 
for the Present year. 

The Governor, three hundred Pounds Per Annum. 

Counsellors for the time they attend, at the rate of fifty Pounds 
Per Annum for each County. 

Attorney General, One hundred Pounds Per Annum. 

Treasurer, Fifty Pounds, Provided there is an occasion and the 
Governor and Council think it expedient — 

Secretary of the State, 'fifty Pounds 

Superintendents of Indian affairs, fifty Pounds, each. 

Commisary in the Nation, Sixty Pounds. 

Ling^ister, Twenty five Pounds. 

Commissary of Military Stores, the same Pay, and Rations as in 
the Continental Army. 

Clerk to the Superintendents. Twenty Pounds. 

Clerk of the Assembly One hundred Pounds, and that in the re- 
cess of the House of Assembly, he discharges the duty of 
Auditor. 

Clerk of the Council, fifty Pounds. 

Messenger to the Council, fifteen Pounds. 

Messenger to the Assembly, ten Pounds. 

Continental Delegates, four dollars Per diem while they serve. — 

The House Proceeded to the Choice of a Commisary of Milli- 
tary Stores, when James Bryan, was chosen 

Whereas. Public Perries, are necessary for the expediting 



78 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Public business, and that the same should be duly attended, for 
the Purposes intended. 

Resolved, that the Perry known by the name of Sand Bar, , 
vested in Daniel Wallecon, and the one at Augusta vested in Col* 
Martin, shall be and they are hereby made Public Ferries, and 
that the Persons taking charge and Superintending the same, shall 
be allowed by this State, the sum of fifteen Pounds Specie, each, 
Yearly, and that the following sums be demanded as Ferriage 
rates. 

For a Man, three Pence 

For a Man and Horse Six Pence 

For every Carriage, Six Pence a wheel, and four Pence a Horse, 

Ordered, that the Clerk of the Assembly be directed to arrange 
all the Accounts that is in his Possession, that ought to be charged 
to the United States, and deliver them to his Honor' the Gov- 
ernor in oirder that they may be forwarded to Congress. 

Ordered that the Notes and Bonds, taken by the Commission- 
ers of Confiscated estates, be delivered to his Honor,' the Govern- 
or, that he be requested to furnish M' Few with the sum of twenty 
Pounds Specie for the Purpose of defraying his expences to Con- 
gress 

On Motion 

Resoi^ved, that a Committee of three Persons be appointed to 
examine and revise the Minutes of this House, and that M' Jack- 
son, M*^ Few and M' Deveaux be that Committee. 

Ordered, that M' Jackson, M' Scott, M' Dunwoody and M' 
Martin be added to the Committee, appointed to write to the Pres- 
ident of Congress, and that they lay the same before the Governor 
and Council for their approbation, and that the Speaker be Au- 
thorized to sign the same, as an Act of this House. 



JANUARY, 1782. 79 

The House having received information that James Maxwell 
Esquire has declined his Seat in the Executive Council. 

The House then Proceeded to the Election of a Councillor for 
Liberty County, in the room of James Maxwell Esq. who had 
resigned his Seat at that Board, and on Counting the Ballots, 
Samuel Saltus Esquire was elected. The said Samuel Saltus not 
being Present, the House agreed M' Woodruff should take a seat 
at that Board for Liberty County till his Arrival 

Resoi^ved, that the mode of appointing the Officers of the Le- 
gion, Dragoons, if not agreed among themselves be by ballot or 
Draft, and that his Honor' the Governor be desired to return 
Col° Jackson his Appointment 

The following letter was wrote to the President of Congress 

Sir 

Agreeable to the Order of the Honorable House of Assembly, 
I have the honor' to inform you of the Present situation of this 
State. 

The necessity there is for our immediate Attention to the de- 
fence of the State, and the low circumstances of our Finance, 
owing to the depopulation of our Country; from the repeated 
overrunning of the enemy, which has almost destroyed our re- 
sources, render it impossible for us to Pay that respect to the dif- 
ferent Papers laid before us by Congress we could wish, the Leg- 
islature meets again on the first tuesday in July, when no doubt 
they will be Particularly considered 

We have requested General Greene to convene the Officers of 
our Continental line, in order to select those to compose the one 
Battalion of Infantry, we are sorry it will not be in our Power 
to fall on measures effectually to recruit that Battalion at Present, 
a want of Clothing, as our Ports are blocked up, and Specie to 
serve as bounty, renders it impracticable, c^ we get a Supply of 



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the former, and some small Assistance of the latter; no means 
in our Power shall be wanting to compleat it. 

We neither wish to direct, or advise, as we in no Respect doubt 
the generous attention of Congress to the Southern States, but 
could either the Port of Savannah, or Charles Town be opened,, 
this Country would instantly feel the good effects and benefit. 
Particularly in the Article of Salt, of which necessary articles, the 
People of this Country are totally destitute, untill this can be ef- 
fected, we shall be obliged to apply to Congress for such requi- 
sites as we cannot do without. 

Our Delegation for the ensuing year, are the Honr'able Noble 
Wymberly Jones, Edward Telfair and William Pew Esquires, 
as Col** Few sets out immediately for Philadelphia, such farther 
Particulars as Congress might wish to be acquainted of; that 
Gentleman will have the honor to inform them 

We shall send on as soon as Possible, the Accounts of our 
State, against the Continent, which we hope will be Placed to our 
Credit. 

I am &c. 

Instructions for the Continental Delegates. 

First. The House of Assembly have ordered, their Accounts 
against the Continent, to be forwarded on as soon as Possible 
to the Delegates, in order that they may, without delay be set- 
tled, and the State have credit for such Sums as may be Liqui- 
dated and Adjusted, to inform Congress at the Commence- 
ment of the Present war, no regulations were ever adopted, or 
sent forward for the guidance of the Officers in the several de- 
partments, but the State knowing the absolute necessity there 
was, of supporting the Troops and the general cause, issued 
out large sums for that Purpose, not doubting but Congress 
would Pay Attention to the same at a future day, if. Congress 
should not allow the whole, the Delegates are desired to ac- 
quaint the Legislature (in case further Proof should be nec- 
essary) that they may endeavour to obtain it 



JANUARY, 1782. 81 

Second. The Melitia who fled from the State soon after the Re- 
duction of Charles Town, and served in the other States, untill 
the Fall qi the Fortresses in the back Country, have not re- 
ceived a Shilling of Pay since the twenty sixth day of February 
One thousand seven hundred and eighty, since their return to 
the State they have been obliged to keep the Field under every 
disadvantage. 

The Delegates are desired to make application to Congress, 
in the most Pressing terms, for a supply of Specie for that 
Purpose; should they not Pay attention to the Request, we 
fear the Melitia will be Obliged to quit the Service, as they can- 
not remain much longer in it, for the want of necessaries for 
themselves and families 

Signed by &c. 

The following Persons were fined for non Attendance Vz* 
Samuel Stirk Ten Shillings Specie. William M'^Intosh half a 
Dollar, John Baker half a dollar, John Cooper half a dollar, James 
Dunwoody five Shillings, Joseph Woodruff Seven Shillings and 
six Pence, Daniel Coleman ten Shillings, Micajah Williamson 
ten Shillings, Samuel Scott fifteen Shillings, Robert Harper two 
Shillings and six Pence, George Dooly seven Shillings and six 
Pence Benjamin Thompson ten Shillings, John Twiggs seven- 
teen Shillings and six Pence, Daniel M^'Murphy Seven Shillings 
and six Pence, John Clements two Shillings & six Pence, Alex- 
ander Irvine two Shillings and Six Pence, William Few ten Shil- 
lings, James M'^Neal two Shillings and six Pence, Joshua Saun- 
ders five Shillings, Thomas Ansley seyen Shillings and six Pence 
James Martin twelve Shillings and six Pence, Charles Crawford 
two Shillings and six Pence, Samuel Alexander five Shillings,. 
Caleb Howell twelve Shillings and. six Pence Daniel Howell ten 
Shillings. — 

The House then Adjourned to the first tuesday in July next.. 

(a Copy) Wii*i,iAM Gibbons, Speaker 

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«a JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

(Prom State Archives.) 

Augusta, April 17*** 1782. 

Agreeable to Proclamation of his Honor' the Governor the 
following Members attended, Vz* 

For Liberty, Glynn & Cambden. 

M' John Baker M' John Roberts 

M' Samuel Saltus M' Rich* Howly 

M' Joseph Woodruff M' Josiah Powell 

M' Joseph Oswald M' Dan" SuUivant 

! For Burke County. 

M' Thomas Lewis Jun' M' David Emanuel 

M*" John Clements M' Benjamin Lewis 

For Wilkes County 

■ M' Robert Harper Sen' 

For Richmond County 

M' Thomas Ansley. 

But not being a number sufficient to compose a House they 
Proceeded to the choice of a Chairman when Richard Howly 
Esquire was chosen, who' Adjourned the Members to meet to- 
morrow morning 9 OClock. 

(Prom State Archives.) 

Thursday April 18*** 1782 

A number of Members met agreeable to Adjournment, when 
finding they were insufficient to compose a House, they were 
Adjourned to tomorrow morning 9 OClock. 



APRIL, 1782. 83 

(From State Archives.) 

Fryday, April 19*** 1782. 

The following Members met agreeable to Adjournment 

M' Howley M' Irvine 

M' Woodruff M' Emanuel 

M' Baker M' Clements 

M' Salters M' Deveaux 

M*^ Oswald M' Coleman 

M' Roberts M' Wereat 

M' Powell M' Clay 

M' SuUivant M' McNeil 

M' Harper M' Martin 

M' Lindsay M' Ansley 

M' Thomas Lewis Jf M' Crawford 

M' Ben Lewis M' Fahn 

M' Pugh M' Bugg 

M' Lamuel Lanier M' Alexander 

but being a number insufficient to compose a House Qualified the 
Members who now attended, that was absent, in January last. 

Mr. Edmund Bugg being returned a Member for the County 
of Richmond, in the room of the Honrable William Few Es- 
quire, elected a Continental Delegate, Attended, and Qualified 
agreeable to the Constitution 

M' Josiah Powell being returned a Member for the County 
of Liberty in the room of M' James Maxwell Attended and 
Qualified agreeable to the Constitution 

M' Benjamin Lewis, and M' Francis Pugh being returned 
Members for the County of Burke in the room of Daniel M**- 
Murphy and William Lord, Attended and Qualified, agreeable 
to the Constitution 

They were then Adjourned to tomorrow morning 9 OClock 



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(From State Archives.) 
Saturday April 20^** 1782 
The House met according to Adjournment 
The following Members being Present 

For Liberty, Glynn & Cambden. 



M*" Richard Howly 
M' Joseph Woodruff 
M' John Baker 
M' Samuel Saltus 



M*" Joseph Oswald 
M' John Roberts 
M' losiah Powell 
M' Daniel Sullivant. 



For Richmond County 



M*" James M*^Neil 
M' James Martin 
M' Thomas Ansley 
M' Zacharias Fahn 



M' Peter Deveaux 
M' John Wereat 



M' Samuel Alexander 
M' Edmund Bugg 
M' Charles Crawford 



For Chatham County 



M' Joseph Clay 

M' Thomas Washington 



For Burke County. 



M' Thomas Lewis Jun*" 
M' Benjamin Lewis 
M*" Francis Pugfa 
M' Lamuel Lanier 



M' Alexander Irvine 
M' David Emanuel 
M' John Clements 



For Wilkes County. 



M' Daniel Coleman 
M' Micajah Williamson 
M' Robert Harper 
M' John Lindsay 



M' Elijah Clark 
M' George Dooly 
M' Henry Jones. 



APRIL, 1782. 86 

M' Thomas Washington, M' John Houstoun and M' Frederick 
'Rehm, being returned Members for the County of Chatham, in 
the room of Lieutenant Colonel Jackson, Samuel Stirk and Nehe- 
miah Wade Esquires, when M' Washington attended and quali- 
fied agreeable to the Constitution 

M' Henry Jones being returned a Member for the County of 
Wilkes, attended and qualified agreeable to the Constitution. 

On Motion 

Resolved, that M' Baker, M' Powell and M' Deveaux, be 
kidded to the Committee of Pr^viledges and Elections. 

The Committee of Previledges and Elections Reported. That 
they cannot determine respecting M' Clays taking his seat, and 
are also of Opinion that M' Jones cannot take a seat untill le- 
gally elected, which 

The House taking the same into consideration 

Resolved that M' Clay holding a Post of Profit under the 
Authority of Congress, could not take a Seat in this House. 

The House then Proceeded to the Choice of a Speaker when 
Samuel Saltus Esquire was chosen 

On Motion. 

That the Speaker now Elected be Pro. tempore 

Resolved, that he do not Act Pro. tempore 

An Address from his Honor' the Governor, was read. 

Ordered that M' Howly, M' Deveaux M' Powell, and M' 
Baker, be a Committee to draw up an Answer to the Address 
from his Honor' the Governor, 



86 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

On Motion. 

That a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill for inflicting: 
Penalties on, and, Confiscating the Estates, of such Persons as 
have been guilty of Treason against this State. 

Ordered that a Committee of one Member from each County 
be appointed to bring in the said Bill, And that M' Howly, M"" 
Washington, M' M^'Neil M' Lanier, and M' Clark be that Com- 
mittee 

On Motion. 

That a Committee of three Members be appointed to Con- 
sider what business is Proper to be done in the course of this 
Session 

Ordered, that M' Bugg, M' Roberts and M' Coleman be that 
Committee 

The House then Adjourned to tomorrow Morning 9 OClock. 



(From State Archives.) 
Sunday April 2i** 1782. 
The House met according to Adjournment 

M*" John M^'Lean, and M' James Carter being returned Mem- 
bers elected for the County of Liberty, in the room of M' John 
Bacon and M*" John Cooper, Attended and qualified agreeable to- 
the Constitution, as also did M*" Henry Jones for the County of 
Wilkes ; in the room of M' Samuel Scott. 

M' William OBryan and M' William Le Conte being returned 
Members, elected for the County of Chatham, in the room of M'" 



APRIL, 1782. 87 

Adam Fowler Brisbane and M' John M^Cleur, Attended and 
qualified agreeable to the Constitution 

The Committee of Previledges and Elections Reported ♦ 

"That M' William Le Conte is not eligible to a seat in this 
House, he, not being a residenter in the County of Chatham three 
Months, agreeable to the Constitution, which was agreed to. 

On Motion 

That his Honor the Governor and Council have Purchased a 
quantity of necessary's for the reception of the Members of this 
House of Assembly, therefore 

RES01.VED That his Honor* the Governor be requested to 
furnish this House with a Copy of the Minutes of Council re- 
specting the said Purchase. 

Resoi^ved^ That his Honor* the Governor be requested to 
lay before this House, all letters, and Copies of all letters and 
correspondences of a Public nature, which may have taken Place 
since the last Session, and also all Such Proclamations, as his 
Honor' has issued since the above Period. 

Ordered. That a Committee of three Members be appointed 
to deliver a Copy of the above Resolve to his Honor' the Gov- 
ernor, or in his absence to the Honrable Executive Council, and 
that, M' Baker, M' Powell, and M' M^Lane be that Committee 

Ordered, that M' M^'Lane, be added to the Committee of 
Petitions, in the room of M*" Cowper 

The House then Adjourned to tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



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(From State Archives,) 

Monday, April 22* 1782 

^ The House met according to adjournment 

On Motion. 

That from the alarming situation, of Indians and families 
being in want of bread, and other Reasons, there appears an im- 
practibility of the Melitia's marching to the aid of General 
Wayne 

Ordered^ that the foregoing motion be refered to a Com- 
mittee of three Members, to report immediately thereon, and that 
M' McNeil, M' Benjamin Lewis, and M' O Bryan be that Com- 
mittee 

The Committee appointed to draw up an answer to the Ad- 
dress from his Honor the Governor Reported. 

Ordered that the same be engrossed, which is as follows 

To his Honor' John Martin Esquire Governor and com- 
mander in chief, in, and over the State of Georgia. 

We the Representatives of the freemen of the State of Geor- 
gia in General Assembly met, return your Honor, our thanks for 
your Speech, and agree with you in sentiment, that many im- 
portant matters, Rendered it necessary, that your Honor' should, 
with the Advice of the Honrable Executive Council call the 
House at an earlier Period than that to which it stood adjourned. 

We will Proceed to the consideration of the several matters 
mentioned in your Honor's address, with all convenient expedi- 
tion. and beg leave to assure you that no means will be 

wanting on our Part to establish the dignity, and Promote the 
welfare and Prosperity of our Country. 



APRIL, 1782. 89 

Ordered. That M' Washington and M' M* Niel be a Com- 
mittee to wait on his Honor' with the Same. 

M*" Daniel Bonnell, and M' Daniel Howell members for Effing- 
ham County, Attended. M' Bonnell not attending before, since 
his election. Qualified agreeable to the Constitution 

The Committee of Previledges and Elections Reported as fol- 
lows. 

That they are of opinion that John Wereat Esq' is not eligible 
to a seat in this House, as he considers himself a Continental 
Agent, and expects emolument from said Appointment, which 
was agreed to. 

The Committee are also of opinion that John Lindsay Esquire 
is eligible to a Seat in this House, having declared to this Com- 
mittee, that he holds no Place of Profit in this or any other State, 
which was agreed to. 

The Committee are further of opinion, that the case of Joseph 
Woodruff Esquire, be refered to the House. 

When the House taking the same into Consideration 

Resoi^ved^ that M' Joseph Woodruff is not eligible to a seat 
in this House, for the County of Liberty as it appears to this 
House, that he was not a residenter of the said County agreeable 
to the Constitution. 

The Committee, on the alarming situation of Indians and 
families being in want of bread, and other Reasons; there ap- 
pears an impractibility of the Melitia's Marching to the aid of 
General Wayne Reported as follows. 

Whereas, there is an absolute necessity for embodying a 
number of men, to be subject to the Orders of General Wayne, 
and whereas it is necessary that the Procuring of the said men 



90 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

should be effected in such a manner as might Prove Prejudicial 
in the least manner Possible to the Planting interest, so necessary 
to be promoted in this season of distress, and Whereas it aM>cars, 
that this Service will be best Promoted by Procuring Volun- 
teers 

Resoi^vEd^ that a bounty of twenty Guineas be given to each 
man who shall enroll himself and serve under Colonel Clarke for 
the space of three Months, from the time they Join General 
Wayne, the number so enrolled not to exceed one hundred and 
fifty 

Provided always that no Person be received in the above num- 
ber of, men so enrolled, who is or may be drafted in the State of 
South Carolina, to do duty in this State. 

And to remove all doubts of the just and Punctual Payment 
of the said sum of twenty guineas to each of the said men so 
enrolled, and having served their time as aforesaid, be it further 

Resolved that a Negro valued by two Sworn Magistrates to 
the amount of Sixty Guineas be given to three of the said men 
and so in Proportion, or at the option of the said men, they shall 
be at liberty, to Purchase Confiscated Property, to the amount of 
their Respective bounties. 

Oi«)ERED, that a Writ of Election do issue for one Member 
for the County of Liberty, in the room of Joseph Woodruff 
Esquire 

Ordered that Writs of Election Issue for three Members for 
the County of Chatham, in the room of Joseph Clay, John Were- 
at, and William Le Conte Esquires, 

The Committee appointed to Consider, what was necessary to 
be done this Sessions, Reported. 



APRIL, 1782. 91 

Ordered, that the same do lie on the table. 

The house then adjourned to tomorrow morning 9. OClock. 



(From State Archk/es.) 

Tuesday April 23* 1782. 

The House met according to Adjournment 

The following Petitions were read, and refered to the Com- 
mittee on Petitions, Vz* 

From Samuel Stirk, Executor of the late Col^ John Stirk De- 
ceased. 

From Willeby Barton, in behalf of himself, and Moses Dyas, 
an infant. 

The following Memorials were likewise read and refered to the 
Committee of Petitions, Vz* 

From Stephen Johnson. 

From William Maddox 

From Richard Wylly Esquire a Prisoner. 

A letter from Ignatius Few, was read, and Refered to the 
Committee of Petitions. 

On Motion. 

Ordered that the Speaker write to the Honrable the Presi- 
dent to give his attendance, without delay, as the Indisposition 
of his Honor the Governor, renders it impracticable for him to 
attend Public business. 



92 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered, That M' Daniel Bonnell be added to the Committee 
of Petitions, in the room of M' John A. Truitlen Deceased. 

The House having received information, that the Honorable 
the President is on his way to this place 

Ordered, that the letter to the Honrable the President be 
Postponed. 

On Motion, that M' Few, who is now Present be called upon, 
to inform this House, respecting the articles deposited in Au- 
gusta by him, — and that the House take the same into Con- 
sideration whether a mode shall be fallen upon to Pay M' Few 
for the said Articles, or the same be rejected. 

. Ordered, that a Committee of three Members be appointed to 
consider of the said articles so deposited, and that M' Washing- 
ton, M' Bugg, and M' Carter be that Committee. 

The Committee appointed to consider of the sundry Articles 
<leposited in Augusta by Ignatius Few, Reported 

Ordered that the House take the same into consideration. 

Resolved that the bargain made, with Ignatius Few for sun- 
dry articles deposited by him for the use of the State be con- 
firmed. 

The Yeas, and Nays, being called for are as follows. 



Yea 


Yea 


M' Howly 


M' Tho» Lewis Jun' 


M' Baker 


M' Benjamin Lewis 


M' Oswald 


M' Puffh 


M' Roberts 


M' Lanier 


M' Powell 


M' Emanuel 


M' McLean 


M' Clements 


M' Carter 


M' Lindsay 


M' Alexander 


M' Bonnell 


M' Washington 


17. 





APRIL, 1782. 


Nay 


Nay 


M' Sullivant 


M' Coleman 


M' M'Neil 


M' Williamson 


M' Martin 


M' Harper 


M' Ansley 


M' Clark 


M' Fahn 


M' Dooly 


M' BufiTff 


M' Jones 


M' Crawford 


M' Howell 


M' Bryan 


16. 


M' Irvine 




On Motion 





93 



That a Committee be appointed to Prepare a letter to General 
Wayne, to be signed by the Speaker, to request Waggons to 
transport the Rice obtained of South Carolina to Savannah 
river. 

Ordered that M' Howly, M' Baker and M' Powell be that 
Committee. . 

On Motion. 

That the rules entered into, for the Government of the Mem- 
bers of this House in January last; be adopted by the Present 
House, which was agreed to. 

The House then adjourned to tomorrow morning 9 OCIock. 



(From State Archwes,) 

Wednesday April 24th, 1782. 

The House met according to Adjournment. 

John Wereat, Joseph Clay, and Joseph WoodruflF Esquires, 
were returned Members elected for the County of Chatham, in 



94 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

the room of Joseph Clay John Wereat, and William Le Conte 
Esquires. 

The Committee on Previledges and elections Reported. 

"That Joseph Clay Esquire is eligible to a Seat in this House, 
he the said Joseph Clay Esquire having resigned his appoint- 
ment, as Pay master general. 

Joseph Clay, and Joseph Woodruff Esquires attended and 
qualified agreeable to the Constitution 

The Committee further Report. 

That John Wereat Esquire is not eligible to a Seat in this 
House, not being a Resident in the County he was elected for, 
which was agreed to. 

The following Petitions were read, and refered to the Com- 
mittee of Petitions, Vz* 

From Lucretia Lloyd, with two affidavits : 

From Nehud Wade Esquire. 

A Memorials, from Charles Burke, and Henry Jones, were 
read and refered to the Committee of Petitions. 

A Memorial from Samuel Alexander was read. 

Ordered, that the same be refered to a Special Committee, 
and that M ; Howly, M' Clark, and M' M* Neil, b© that Com- 
mittee 

The Committee appointed to wait on his Honor* the Gov- 
ernor, to lay before this House, all letters, and copies of all let- 
ters and correspondences of a Public nature which may have 
taken Place since the last Session, Reported. 

Ordered, that a Committee be appointed to take into con- 



APRIL, 1782. 96 

sideration the most important Papers laid before this House by 
his Honor* the Governor, and Council and that M' Clay, M' 
Lindsay, and M' Woodruff be that Committee. 

The Committee appointed to wait on his Honor the Gov- 
ernor, with an Answer to his address, Reported that they had 
delivered the same. 

On Motion. 

That the House having received information, that a quantity 
of Com may be had convenient to this Place. 

Ordered^ that the same be Purchased for the benefit of the 
distressed inhabitants of this State, and for Jhe use of this House 
while sitting, and that the Commisary give a receipt for the 
same. 

A Letter from three Members of the Honrable Executive 
Council, to this House was read. 

On Motion, that a Committee be appointed to inquire into the 
Propriety of the measures pursued by his Honor* the Governor 
and Executive Council, respecting the mode of Paying for a 
number of Publick horses for the use of this State, and the dis- 
posal of the same, and that M' Bugg, M' Martin, and M' 
M'^Neil be that Committee. 

On Motion 

Ordered that a Committee be appointed to Point out a mode 
of transporting the Public rice, from South Carolina to Au- 
gusta, and that M' Lindsay, M' Washington, and M' Crawford 
be that Committee and to report tomorrow. 

On Motion. That the Sugar, Rum, and Coffee &c Purchased 
by his Honor the Governor, for the use of the Governor and 
Council, and House of Assembly. 



96 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

That a Committee be appointed to report the same 

Ordered. That M' Bonnell, M' Powell, M' Washington; 
M' Bugg, M' Williamson, and M' Benjamin Lewis, be that Com- 
mittee. 

The House then Adjourned to tomorrow morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives,) 
Thursday April 25''* 1782 
The House met according to adjournment 

The following Petitions, were read and refered to the Com- 
mittee of Petitions, Vz* 

From Hillary Phillips 

From John Bacon. 

The Committee appointed to examine the rum, Sug^r, Coffee 
&c. Purchased by his Honor' the Governor and Council, for the 
use of the Governor, and Council, and House of Assembly, Re- 
ported. 

That they had examined the same, and find the quantity to be 
as follows, Vz* 

Forty two Gallons rum, 

Three Hundred and seventy Pounds of Sugar 

Sixteen Bushels gait. 

Twenty three Pounds of Coffee. 



APRIL, 1782. 97 

Ordered that a Committee be appointed to Point out a mode 
for the distribution of the articles Purchased by his Honor' the 
Governor and Council, for the use of the Governor and Council 
and House of Assembly and that the same be done this after- 
noon, And that M' Washington, M' Bugg, . M' Bonnell, AT 
Powell, M' Williamson, and M'. Benjamin Lewis be that Com- 
mittee. 

Ordered that M' O Bryan be on the Committee appointed, to 
Point out a mode for Transporting the Public rice from South 
Carolina to Augusta in the room of M' Washington 

On Motion, that a Committee be appointed to ascertain the 
number of Officers to act under Col* Clark, their Ranks and 
bounty, respecting the Volunteers which are to be raised. 

Ordered that M' M* Neil, M' O Bryan, and M' Coleman be 
that Committee 

Resolved, that in case any Person having Com, and refusing 
to sell the same for the use of this State, the Commisary is here- 
by ordered to impress the same, leaving a sufficient quantity for 
the Support of those families for four Months to such as have 
no wheat, and for two Months, to such as have Wheat, and that 
M' Wallecon be requested to go with the Commissary on this 
Service 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for inflicting 
Penalties on, and confiscating the Estates of such Persons as 
have been guilty of Treason against this State, Brought in the 
same, which was read the first time. 

On Motion 

That leave be given to bring in a Bill for Preventing improper 
or disaffected Persons, emigrating from other Places, becoming 
Citizens of this State, and for other Purposes therein men- 
tioned 

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98 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that M' Clay, M' Howly, and M' Woodruff be that 
Committee. 

On Motion 

That a Committee be appointed to consider of Ways and 
means to raise our Quota of Continental Troops and to report 
their opinion thereon — 

And that M"" Howly, M' Clay, and M' O. Bryan be that Com- 
mittee 

The Committee on the alarming situation of Indians, and 
familie's being in want of bread, and other reasons, there ap- 
pears an impracticability of the Melitia's Marching to the as- 
sistance of General Wayne, further Reported. 

That the Committee are of opinion that there is an absolute 
necessity for five Companies, and each Company to consist of 
one Captain, one Lieutenant and thirty Privates. The Officers 
of each Company on Procuring their respective number of Sol-- 
diers, and serving with CoP Clark the space of three Months as 
volunteers. 

ResoLtVEd therefore that each Officer be intitled to the follow- 
ing bounty. Vz* 

Lieutenant Forty Guineas 

Captain Fifty Guineas. And that no Officer or Soldier, who 
shall enroll himself under Col"* Clark for the space of three 
months, be intitled to the bounty granted by this House, unless 
he first obtain a certificate from the Commanding Officer of his 
having faithfully served under his command for the said term. 

The Special Committee to whom was refered the Memorial 
of Samuel Alexander. Reported. 



APRIL, 1782. »9 

That the Circumstances of. the Memorial being Considered, 
the Committee are of opinion that the House approve the con- 
duct of Cap* Samuel Alexander which was agreed to. 

The House then Adjourned to tomorrow morning 9 OClock. 



(From State Archwes.) 

Fryday April 2&^ 1782 

The House met according to adjournment 

On Motion 

That his Honor' the Governor be requested to inform this 
House, what measures have been taken to bring the several Per- 
sons, who have received Public monies from this State, to ac- 
count for them, and also that he will order to be laid before this 
House, an Account of the Sales* (expenditures if any) as well as 
moneys received, or due from the Sales of the Sequestered Es- 
tates, and of every other matter relating to them, or the monies 
arising from them ; 

And also an Account of what Sequestered Property is belong- 
ing to this State, in whose Possession it is, and on what condi- 
tions they hold the same. 

And also of every other matter wherein the Funds or Prop- 
erty of this State is concerned. 

And likewise that he will direct to be laid before us, the 
monthly returns of the Quarter Master, and Commisaries, for 
Provisions and Stores, Purchased and issued by them, 

A Letter from George Walton Commissary General was read, 
.and refered to the Committee of Petitions 



100 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The following Petitions, were read, and refered to the Com- 
mittee of Petitions. Vz' 

From Adar Standley 

From Daniel Daniely 

From Elisabeth Mills 

From Elisabeth Hammock. 

The Bill for inflicting Penalties on, and confiscating the es- 
tates of such Persons as have been guilty of Treason against this 
State, was read a second time 

Ordered that the same be read Paragraph by Paragraph. 

The House then Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to take into consideration the Said Bill 

The House then Adjourned to tomorrow morning 8 OClock. 



(From State Archives.) 

Saturday, April 27*** 1782. 

The House met according to Adjournment 

A Petition from David Emanuel, was read 

Ordered that the same be refered to the Committee of Peti- 
tions. 

On Motion. 

That the House take up the Proceedings of Yesterday. 

The House then Resolved itself, into a Committee of the 
whole House, to take into consideration the Bill for inflicting: 



APRIL, 1782. 101 

Penalties on, and confiscating the estates of such Persons as have 
been guilty of Treason against this State. 

M' O Bryan in the Chair. 

The Speaker having Resumed the Chair 

M' O Bryan from the Committee of the whole House to take 
into Consideration the said Bill. Reported that they had taken 
the same into consideration, made some Progress therein and 
beg'd leave to sit again 

Ordered that they have leave to Sit again. 

Resolved, that his Honor' the Governor be requested to issue 
the necessary orders, for Preventing the Impressing of the 
Horses of any Member of the Honr'able the Executive Council, 
or of the General Assembly while sitting, and such as have been 
impressed under the above circumstances, that they may be re- 
turned 

The House then Resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole 
House to take into consideration the Bill for inflicting Penalties 
on, and confiscating the Estates of such Persons as have been 
Guilty of Treason against this State. 

M' O Bryan in the Chair. 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair 

M' O Bryan from the Committee of the whole House to take 
into consideration the said Bill Reported. 

That they had taken the same into Consideration, made some 
Progress therein and beg'd leave to sit again 

Ordered that they have leave to sit again. 

The House then Adjourned to tomorrow morning 9 OClock. 



102 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

(From State Archives.) 

Sunday April 28"^ 1782 

The House met according to adjournment 

On Motion 

That the House take into consideration the business of the 
Preceeding day 

The House then Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House, to take into consideration the Bill for inflicting Penalties 
on, confiscating estates of such Persons as have been guilty of 
Treason against this State. 

M' O Bryan in the Chair 

The Speaker resumed the Chair 

M' O Bryan from the Committee of the whole House, to take 
into consideration the said Bill Reported. 

That they had taken the same into Consideration, made some 
Progress therein, and beg'd leave to sit again 

Ordered that they have leave to sit again 

On Motion 

That his Honor the Governor be requested to give immediate 
Orders to the Commissary General, to Provide a sufficient quan- 
tity of Provisions for the use of the Officers of Government & 
House of Assembly. 

On Motion. 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to take into Consideration, the Bill for inflicting Penalties 



APRIL, 1782. 103 

on, and confiscating the estates of such Persons as have been 
guilty of Treason against this State. 

M' O Bryan in the Chair 

The Speaker resumed the Chair 

M' O Bryan from the Committee of the whole House to take 
into consideration the said Bill; Reported 

"That they had taken the same into consideration ; made some 
Progress therein, and beg'd leave to sit again 

Ordered that they have leave to sit again 

The House then Adjourned to tomorrow morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Monday April 29"* 1782. 

The House met according to Adjournment 

A Petition from Thomas Cooper was read, and Refered to the 
Committee of Petitions 

A Memorial from John Stewart with an Account, was read 
and refered to the Committee of Petitions 

On Motion. 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to take into consideration the Bill for inflicting Penalties 
on, and Confiscating the Estates of such Persons as have been 
guilty of treason against this State 

M' O Bryan in the Chair 

The Speaker resumed the Chair 



1 04 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

M' O Bryan from the Committee of the whole House to take 
into consideration the said Bill Reported. 

That they had taken the same into Consideration, made some 
Progress therein and beg'd leave to sit again. 

. Ordered that they have leave to sit again. 

A Letter from Cap* Lucas, a Continental Officer, in behalf of 
himself and other Continental Officers for this State, was read. 

Ordered that the said letter be refered to the Committee, ap- 
pointed to consider on ways and means, to raise our quota of 
Continental Troops. 

The House then Adjourned to tomorrow morning 8 OClock. 



(From State Archives,) 
Tuesday, April 30*** 1782. 
The House met According to Adjournment 
On Motion 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to Resume the Consideration of the Bill for inflicting 
Penalties on, and confiscating the estates of such Persons as 
have been guilty of Treason against this State. 

M' O Bryan in the Chair. 

The Speaker Resumed the Chair. 

M' O Bryan from the Committee of the whole House to take 
into Consideration the said Bill. Reported. 



APRIL, 1782. 10« 

That they had gone through the same 

Ordered that the said Bill be engrossed and s^nt to the Ex- 
ecutive Council for their Perusal and Advice, and that M' Howly 
and M' Washington be a Committee to wait on them with the 
same. 

The Committee appointed to enquire into the Propriety of 
the measures Pursued by his Honor the Governor, and Executive 
Council ; Respecting the mode of Paying for a number of Publick 
Horses for the use of this State, and the disposal of the same. 
Reported. 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table 

Whereas it appears that there has been Irregularities in the 
appointment of the Justices for the County of Wilkes in January 
last. 

ResoLtVEd that the Members from the County of Wilkes make 
a return of names; and that a Dedimus be made out; and that 
two or more be appointed to Administer the Oath Prescribed, 
and none to exercise the appointment untill first qualified. 

A Letter from his Honor' the Governor was read 

Ordered that the same be refered to a Committee of three 
Members, And that M' Howly, M' Washington, and M' Clay be 
that Committee 

A Memorial from George Walton and Elijah Clark was read. 

Ordered that the same be refered to the Committee of Peti- 
tions 

Resolved, that the following Persons be appointed Justices 
for the County of Wilkes in lieu of those appointed in January 
last. Vz* Stephen Heard, William Downes, Benjamin Catch- 
ings, Zachariah Lamar, John Lindsay, Micajah Williamson, 



106 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Robert Harper, Daniel Coleman, Richard Aycock, Holman Free- 
man, Bernard Heard, Henry Manadue, Henry Jones, John Cun- 
ningham, George Walton, Zachariah Phillips, Benjamin Thomp- 
son, Daniel Burnet, Robert Day, Henry Ware, Samuel Alexan- 
der, and Thomas Ansley. 

The following Petitions were read, and Refered to the Com- 
mittee of Petitions Vz* 

From George Tarvin, with two certificates. 

r^Yom Henry Candler and Thomas Greer. 

The Committee on Petitions Reported on 

No. I. From Williby Barton in behalf of himself and Jere-^ 
miah Dyas an infant 

ResoIvVEd that Captain Barton in behalf of himself and Jere- 
miah Dyas an infant be intitled to Receive the Plantation and 
N^^oes as soon as the time they were rented for be expired, 
and that the Rent be Paid him at that time, either by General 
Twiggs, or the State, together with any damages. 

N** 15. on the Petition of Lucretia Lloyd; when the House 
taking the same into consideration 

Ordered that the Petitioner be refered to a Court of Law. 

The House then Adjourned to tomorrow morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Wednesday May i'* 1782. 

The House met according to Adjournment. 

The following Petitions were read, and refered to the Com- 
mittee of Petitions. Viz. — 



MAY, 1782. 107 

From Thomas Ansley praying payment for certain debts due 
him from persons whose Estates have been confiscated. 

From John Clements. 

The following Memorials and Petitions were Read. Vz* 

From Nehemiah Wade 

From Nathaniel Hicks, with an Account 

FrcMn John Lamar with a Pay Roll. 

From Mary Randolph, with an i^count and Vouchers, 
amounting to eleven hundred forty Six Pounds, sixteen Shillings 

Ordered that a Committee of three Members be appointed to 
consider of some mode by which the Public Accounts may be 
settled. 

And that M' Clay, M' Howly and M' O Bryan be that Com- 
mittee. 

Resolved, that the following Gentlemen be appointed Jus- 
tices for the County's of Liberty, Glynn and Cambden, in lieu of 
those appointed in January last. Vz. Benjamin Andrew, Samuel 
Saltus, and Gideon Dowse Esquires Assistant Justices, and 

Richard Howly, Josiah Powell, & John Roberts Esquires As- 
sistant Justices. 

^ James Maxwell, John Elliott, John Baker Joseph Woodruff^ 
and Hepworth Carter Esquires 

The Committee appointed to consider of Ways and means, to 
raise our quota of Continental Troops, Reported, as follows. 

Whereas, from the invasions of the enemy and a variety of 
other local Circumstances, this State hath been deprived of an 
opportunity of expressing in as full a manner as it could wish 



108 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

its Satisfaction in the conduct of the Officers which compose the 
lint of the State, on the establishment of the United States; and 
also the cheerful disposition which it entertains of contributing 
as far as may be, to the ease and comfort of the said Officers. 

Be it therefore Resolved, that the thanks of this House be Pre- 
sented to the said Officers, in a Letter from the Speaker. 

Be it further Resolved that a Present of One hundred Guineas ; 
be made to each of the said Gentlemen, — And that his Honor* 
the Governor be empowered and Authorized to sign a Certificate 
conformable to these Resolutions, for each of the aforesaid 
Officers, which Certificate shall be received as Cash in any Pur- 
chase, or Purchases which such Officers may make, at the sales 
of the Forfeited Estates. 

Be it further Resolved, that when the Pay or arrears of Pay, 
which are, or may be due, to the said Officers, shall be Properly 
Audited, and certified — that his honor' the Governor, or Com- 
mander in Chief of the State for the time being, shall be, and 
he hereby is Authorized and required to issue and sign certifi- 
•cates for the same to each of the said Officers, which Certificates 
shall be Received as Cash in any Purchase, or Purchases which 
such Officers shall make at any Sale, or Sales of the Forfeited 
Estates. 

Whereas the Honorable Major General Greene hath since his 
taking the command of the Southern Army, rendered high, and 
important services to these Southern States by wresting them 
from the hand of British oppression, and establishing the foun- 
<iation of their Independence and Prosperity. 

And Whereas services so Glorious and Honorable to the 
United States in general, and this State in Particular Services — 
which at once characterize the able and judicious General as well 
as the intreped assertor of American freedom, call for the distin- 
jguished approbation of the Legislature of this State 



MAY, 1782. 10» 

Be it therefore Resolved that the sum of five thousand guineas 
be granted to three Commissioners to be appointed by this 
House for the Purpose of Purchasing an Estate for Major Gen- 
eral Nathaniel Greene, in such Part or Parts of the State as he 
shall appoint. 

Resolved, that the said Commissioners be empowered and 
Authorized to draw on and receive the said sum of five thousand 
guineas from the Public treasury of this State 

Whereas, Brigadier General Wayne hath since his command- 
ing the force of the United States within this State, ren- 
dered great and meritorious Services to this Country by 
driving in the Posts of the enemy, and with a very in- 
ferior force keeping them confined to Savannah ; and Where- 
as the Gallant and Judicious conduct of the said General, 
highly merits the generous attention, and approbation of the 
Legislature of this State. 

Resolved that a high Sense of the great merits and Services, 
rendered by the HonVable Brigadier General Anthony Wayne is 
entertained by this House, and that the same be acknowledged 
in a letter from the Speaker to the said General. 

Resolved that the sum of four thousand Guineas be Granted 
to three Commissioners to be appointed by this House, for the 
Purpose of Purchasing an Estate for Brigadier General Anthony 
Wayne, in such Part, or Parts of the State as he shall appoint 

And be it further Resolved, that the said Commissioners be em- 
powered and Authorized to draw on, and receive the said sum 
of four thousand guineas from the Public Treasury of this State. 

On Motion 

That a Committee be appointed to examine a Return made 
by CoP Williamson for Sundry Negroes delivered to the Moun- 
tain men who assisted at the Reduction of Augusta. 






110 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered, that M' Clark, M' Clay and M' McNeil be that Com- 
mittee. 

Resolved that the next Adjournment of this House be to meet 
at Ebenezer in July next there to sit for the dispatch of Public 
business 

The House having Received information, that a Committee 
of the Council, was in waiting, who Reported, that they had gone 
through the Bill, for inflicting Penalties on and Confiscating the 
Estates of such Persons as have been guilty of Treason against 
this State, with some Proposed amendments. 

Ordered that a Committee be appointed to write to Major 
General Greene, and Brigadier General Wayne, on the Sub- 
stance of the Resolve of their favor. And that M*" Howly, M' 
Clay and M*" Baker be that Committee. 

Resolved that John Shackelford be Added to the list of Jus- 
tices for the County of Richmond 

The House then Adjourned to tomorrow morning 9 OClock. 



(From State Archk^es,) 

Thursday May 2^ 1782. 
The House met according to Adjournment. 
A Letter from M' John Wereat was read. 

Ordered that the same be refered to a Special Committee, and 
that M' Washington, M*" Lindsay and M' Baker be that Com- 
mittee. ' 

The following Petitions were Read and Refered to the Com- 
mittee of Petitions. Vz* 



MAY, 1782. Ill 

From Ignatius Few, with an Account. 

From Daniel Smith, with certificates 

A Memorial from Doctor Humphry Wells, with an Account, 
was read, and refered to the Committee of Accounts. 

On Motion. 

That a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill, for the 
Purpose of Amercing and restoring to Citizenship, certain Per- 
sons guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors, against this State, 
And that M*" Howly, M*" Baker, and M' Lindsay be that Com- 
mittee 

The House then Adjourned to tomorrow morning 8 OClock 



(From State Archk/es.) 
Fryday May 3^ 1782. 
The House met according to Adjournment 

The Committee appointed, to consider of Ways and means 
cf bringing Rice from South Carolina for the distressed inhabi- 
tants of this State Reported 

That they have employed four Waggons, for the Purpose of 
Transporting the said rice to a convenient landing on Savannah 
river. Provided the Honrable House will allow them Forrage 
for their Horses, and Provision for the drivers, and Pay for the 
Waggoning in Rice, at the Market Price, and their Waggons 
and teams at Risque of the Public. Also the Committee Report 
they have engaged two Boats to freight the said Rice to Au- 
gusta, as soon as it is brought to the Landing. — which was 
agreed to. 



112 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The Special Committee to whom was Refered, the Considera-^ 
tion of a letter from M' John Wereat Reported. 

That they are of opinion the same be Refered to a Standing 
Committee' of Public Accounts 

On Motion 

That the Commissary be ordered to deliver unto Col** Clarke's 
Regiment, one hundred bushels of Com, for the use of the 
Frontier forts, and inhabitants of Wilkes County, and that the 
Commissary be Ordered to leave a Sufficient quantity for all 
such Persons, as he may take any corn from. 

Resolved that before any Sale of the Confiscated Personal 
Property commences, the Commisioners be Authorized and di- 
rected to set aside, a number of Negroes not exceeding One hun- 
dred and twenty, to comply w^ith the Public engagements made 
with Colonel's Clark and Jacksons, Corps. 

A Bill for inflicting penalties on, and Confiscating the estates 
of such Persons as have been guilty of treason against this 
State; was Read the third time. 

Ordered that the said Bill be engrossed. 

Resolved that it be recommended to his honor' the Governor, 
and the Honrable Executive Council to remove to Ebenezer, or 
any Part of the State, which they shall judge most convenient, 
there to keep the Seat of Government, and transact Public busi- 
ness. 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for Amercing cer- 
tain Persons, guilty of high Crimes and misdemeanors against 
this State brought in the same, which was read the first time. 

The House then Adjourned to tomorrow morning 9 OClock 



MAY, 1782. 113 

(From State Archk/es.) 

Saturday May 4*^ 1782. 

The House met according to Adjournment. 

The resignation of Charles Odingsells Esquire, a Member of 
the Executive Council, was read. 

Also the Resignation of Hugh Lawson and Thomas Lewis 
Sen' Esquires, Members for the County of Burke was read 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table 

The following Petitions were read, and Rcfered to the Com- 
mittee of Petitions Vz* 

From Zacharias Fahn 

From Titus HoUinger 

The Resignation of the Hon'rable Stephen Heard Esquire, 
President of the Executive Council, and 

Also the Petition of James Alexander Jun' were read, and 
refered to a Special Committee on Petitions. And that M' 
McNeil, M' O Bryan And M' Lindsay be that Committee : 

Resolved, that his Honor' the Governor be empowered to 
take ten Negroes, belonging to any Person or Persons, who 
have forfeited the same, for the Purpose of supporting his fam- 
ily and Person, in the exercise of Government. 

Ordered^ that the Speaker be requested to deliver up to his 
Honor' the Governor, all the Bonds and notes, delivered to his 
care a few days ago. 

Resolved, that the Bill for inflicting Penalties or and Confis- 

8r:-Tol8 



114 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

eating the Estates of such Persons as have been guilty of treason 
against this State, and for other Purposes therein mentioned, 
be Passed into an Act under the following title. 

An Act for inflicting Penalties on, and Confiscating the es- 
tates of such Persons, as are therein declared guilty of treason, 
and for other Purposes therein mentioned, and that the Speaker 
Sign the same. 

Whereas the business of the Attorney Generals Office, will be 
very extensive, in consequence of an Act of attainder and confis- 
cation, Passed by this House, whereby many claims may be en- 
tered against the Persons estates, therein mentioned which be, 
in right of the State ; will be obliged to defend ex Officio. And 
Whereas the Salary heretofore allowed him, is inadequate to 
the trouble he will have. 

Resolved^ that he be allowed a Salary of three hundred 
Pounds Per Annum for his Services as Attorney General to 
this State 

Whereas, the Melitia of this State, have not received their 
Pay for a long space of time past, whereby it will be impossible 
to order them into the field, unless Provision is made for that 
Purpose 

Resoi^ved^ that the several Officers commanding Regiments 
or Companies, be immediately Ordered to make out their Pay 
Rolls, agreeable to the mode and method adopted by Congress, 
and upon their being Audited, and Passed by the Auditor of the 
State, that his Honor' the Governor, be empowered to give a 
Certificate to the amount of the same, which said Certificates shall 
be received by the Commissioners of Confiscated Estates as Pay-- 
ment for any Purchases that may be made at the Sales; and 
shall be received in all other Payments whatsoever, till the first 
day of December next. And that M*" O. Bryan and Samuel Stirk 
Esquire be appointed to assist the Auditor. 



MAY, 1782. 116 

The House then Proceeded to ballott for the Commissioners 
of the Confiscated Estates, and on casting up the Poll, the fol- 
lowing Persons were elected. Vz* 

For Chatham, Charles Odingsells, and Thomas Washington 

For Liberty Glynn and Cambden, John Baker, Josiah Powell 
and John M'^Lane. 

For Effingham, Caleb Howell, and Abraham Ravott. 

For Burke, Thomas Lewis Sen', and Hugh Lawson. 

For Richmond, Peter Paris, and James Martin. 

For Wilkes, Elijah Clarke, and Daniel Coleman. 

Ordered that the Speaker sign writs of election, to fill up all 
intermediate vacancies for Members of this House. — 

M' Ansley having Resigned his Seat for the County of Rich- 
mond 

Ordered that a Writ Issue to fill up said Vacancy. 

The House then Proceeded to fill up the vacancies of the 
Executive Council, when the following Gentlemen were chosen 
by Ballot. Vz. 

For Burke, Benjamin Lewis, and Lamuel Lanier Esq" 

For Liberty, Daniel Sullivant, and Samuel Saltus Esq" 

For Chatham, Peter Deveaux Esq' 

For Effingham, Edward Jones Esq' 

Ordered that M' Howly, M' Clay and M' O. Bryan be a 
Committee to Purchase Estates for Generals, Greene and Wayne. 

Resoi^ved^ that this House approves the conduct of M' Wal- 



116 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

ton Commissary, on the establishment of the United States, and 
will engage to see him Paid in the same manner, and to the same 
amount, as Commissioners are under the immediate appointment 
of Congress. 

Whereas, the House came to the following Resolution in 
August last, Vz* 

That the Thanks of this House be given to Colonel Elijah 
Clarke, for his distinguished services to this Country, during 
the last and Present Campaign. — 

And that the Speaker be desired to Transmit the same, and 
that exclusive of his right as an Officer, this House, as a reward 
to extraordinary merit make Colonel Elijah Clark, a Compli- 
ment of the Plantation of Thomas Waters, where the said 
Clark now resides Rent free, untill the determination of a future 
House, with respect to confiscating his Property, and the Pay- 
iTjent of his debts, and they Recommend should Confiscation take 
Place, and the said Waters debts Paid, exclusive of said Planta- 
tion, the same be granted and given to Colonel Clark. 

Resolved that the Commissioners for the forfeited Estates, 
be authorized and empowered to vest the said forfeited lands, 
by full and Sufficient titles in Law, in the said Elijah Clark, and 
his Heirs for ever, in as full and ample a manner, as the said 
Thomas Waters Possessed the same, — Subject notwithstanding 
to the Payment of the Said Water's debts. 

RESOI.VED, that Doctor Timothy Russell be Paid thirty four 
Pounds ten Shillings, for his attendance on John Lindsay Es- 
quire, and a farther Sum of thirty five Pounds for his Attendance 
on Henry Candler, and Thomas Greer, Citizens of this State, 
and who were wounded in the Service of their Country. 

Whereas there has been a considerable number of Horses,. 
Cattle and Provisions, late the Property of Persons supposed ta 
be enemies to this State, and of Persons unknown, which have- 



MAY, 1782. 117 

been applied to the use of the Continental Troops, and other 
Public Services, and for which no Accounts has yet been ren- 
dered. 

Be it therefore Resolved that the Governor or Commander in 
chief for the time being, be and he is hereby empowered and re- 
quired to direct that all Commissaries, Quarter Masters, or 
others who now are, or heretofore may have been employed in 
the Procuring of Waggons, Horses, Cattle, or Provisions, or any 
other Articles for Public uses to make returns on Oath, of all and 
every kind of Property, so taken by them for Public uses, the 
Property of Persons supposed to be enemies to this State, or of 
Persons unknown; together with such descriptions and marks, 
and brands of the Property so taken, as may, as far .as may be, 
tend to a discovery to whom they belonged, and also to what uses 
they were applied, and by whose orders, and the receipts of the 
several Persons to whom they were delivered, and where no re- 
ceipts have been taken, or can be Procured that then and in such 
cases, they shall render their Accounts of delivery's on Oath, 
specifying to whom delivered, for what Purpose and by whose 
orders, in order that Justice to the State and individuals as far as 
Possible may be done. 

And be it further Resolved that any Person or Persons, who 
shall neglect or refuse to render an Account and returns as afore- 
said when thereunto required, by the Governor or Commander in 
Chief for the time being, shall for every such neglect or refusal 
forfeit the sum of two hundred Pounds. 

The Special Committee appointed to take into Consideration 
.the Petition of Samuel Alexander, and the letter of Resignation 
from the Honorable Stephen Heard Esq' Reported. 

That it be recommended to the President and Council, to keep 
their Seats, during the sitting of the house of Assembly, and 
that a Committee be appointed to Receive, and Settle with the 
President. 



118 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

And that the Petition of M' Alexander be refered untill the 
land Office is opened. 

The Committee on Petitions Reported, on the Memorial of 
George Walton, and Elijah Clark 

Resolved, as our opinion that certificates be given for such 
Articles, as are Purchased for the Public. 

The House then Adjourned, to meet at Ebenezer on the first 
tuesday in July next. 

Signed 

Samuel Saltus, Speaker. 



(From State Archives.) 

Agreeable to the Adjournment of the House of Assembly on 
the fourth day of May last Past. The following Members met 
at Ebenezer on Tuesday the third July 1782. Viz* 

For Liberty County. M*" John Druhart 

M' Benjamin Andrew ^*' ^^^^ Beckham 

M' Richard Howley ^' ^^^"^^^ ^"^^^ 
W Andrew May bank r^ ^ ^ 

M' John Elliott ^^'^ ^'^^^^^"' ^°""*y 

M' Thomas Maxwell M*" John Wereat 

M' Samuel West M' James Habersham 

M' William Le Conte M' Joseph Woodruff 

. M' John Houstoun 

For Glynn & Cambden ^r ^^^^ gryan 

M' James Cochrane M*" John Gibbons 

- ^ , ^ M' Frederick Rehm 

For Burke County ^, ^j,jj^^ q g^^ 

M' Alexander Irvine M' Joseph Clay 

M' John Clements 



JULY, 1782. 119 

For Efiin^am County M' Edward Jones 

M' John Martin Dasher 
M' Daniel Bonnell 

M' David Harriss p^^ Richmond County 

M' John Adam Nesler 

M' Samuel Alexander 

But not being a number sufficient to Compose a House. Pro- 
ceeded to the choice of a Chairman, when Joseph Clay Esq' was 
Chosen. 

On Motion. 

That the following Resolutions be agreed to. Viz* 

It having been represented that there are a considerable number 
of Negroes within the British Lines, which are about to be car- 
ried out of the State by the present Possessors, and which there 
is reason to believe they would be willing to dispose of if any 
mode could be established, by which they cou'd be secured in any 
bargains they might make to that purpose, which cannot be 
effectually done unless Authorized by the Legislature of this 
State, as many of the Persons who now hold the said Negroes 
are attainted of High Treason and their Property Confiscated 
to the use of the State, and as it is evident that it is in the Power 
of the aforementioned Persons to take the said Negroes out of the 
State, and that the so doing wou'd be a manifest injury to this 
Country, and greatly impede the improvement thereof — it there- 
fore follows, that the retaining of them in this State wou'd have 
the most Salutary consequences and Produce very great Advan- 
tages to the future welfare thereof — 

Resolved unanimously that the Commissioners for the Sales 
of the forfeited estates, or a Majority of them, be, and they are 
hereby appointed to Purchase for and on Account of this State, 
the several Negroes, now within the Enemies lines and in Pos- 
session of Persons Attainted of high Treason, and others, which 
Negroes so Purchased shall afterwards be disposed of in the 



120 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

most General and public Manner for the benefit of this State, 
and the Individuals thereof, and in case the said Commissioners 
or a Majority of them as aforesaid shall not be liable to Pur- 
chase bn Account of the State as aforesaid, that then it is the 
further opinion of the Members composing this meeting; that 
it will be for the benefit of the State, that the Governor do grant 
Permission to individuals, allowing them to Purchase as many 
of the said Negroes as they can on their own Private account. 

Provided nevertheless, in case any individuals shall Purchase 
any Slaves the Property of the Citizens of the United States that 
the Negroes so Purchased, shall be returned to their respective 
owners gratis — unless where the Proprietors shall have em- 
powered any individual to Purchase them for them. 

RESOI.VED, that in case the Commissioners shall^deem it neces- 
sary, they apply to his honor the Governor, who is hereby re- 
quested and empowered to assign over to the owner and Seller 
or Sellers of any such Negroes as the Commissioners shall Pur- 
chase, any bond or bonds he may be Possessed of belonging to the 
Public to the amount of the Purchase money of the said Negroes, 
and to serve as a Security to the Seller or Sellers 

That the Governor be requested not to grant any individual 
Permission to Purchase any of the above mentioned Negroes, 
who shall not first give sufficient security, that he will not carry 
any Slave or Slaves he may Purchase under said Permission out 
of this State, within eighteen Months, from the granting of said 
Permission, unless in case of Invasion by the enemy. 

The Meeting was then Adjourned till tomorrow morning 
Eight OCIock. 



JULY, 1782. 121 

(From State Archives.) 

Thursday July 4'** 1782. 

The Members met According to Adjournment 

Resolved that it is the opinion of the Members of the Legis- 
lature Present in this meeting that the Space of twelve Months 
be allowed to the Merchants not owing Allegiance to the State 
to dispose of their Goods and settle their concerns, and that they 
shall be Protected in their Persons and Property by the State, 
and at the expiration of the said time, they shall be allowed 
Flags to convey themselves and their effects, to any British 
Port they shall choose. But it will be expected by the Inhabi- 
tants of this State, that such Merchants will not take advantage 
of the Necessities of the People but continue to sell their Goods 
at such Prices as they have done to the British; making a rea- 
sonable allowance for difference of Payments. 

Resolved unanimously that it be Recommended to his honor' 
the Governor on the evacuation of the British troops from Savan- 
nah to appoint a Committee of three Persons to Purchase up a 
Quantity of Salt not exceeding three thousand Bushels for the 
use of the Inhabitants of this State, and also to Purchase a rea- 
sonable quantity of that and all such other Articles as may be 
wanted for the benefit of the State Troops under CoP Jackson, 
and also the Continental Regiment belonging to this State; and 
the Legislature will confirm any Contract he may make and 
Provide any sum he may engage for. 

Resolved Unanimously that it be recommended to his Honor 
the Governor to inform the British Commandant of Savannah, 
and the Inhabitants thereof by Flag or otherwise, as early as 
Possible, that it is expected by the American Citizens of this 
State (after the several indulgences granted to the British Sub- 
jects within the lines of Savannah in respect to the disposition of 
their effects) that no Negroes or other Property belonging to such 



122 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

American Subject of this or any of the United States will be 
Permitted to be Transported or carried off, with the British 
Troops from Savannah or other Ports of this State; or in any 
Vessels or Boats accompanying the said troops — that shou'd such 
Proceedure or the destruction of any Property be allowed to 
take Place, it will most assuredly tend much to inflame, and irri- 
tate the good People of this State; against the Persons and 
Families of such as have taken Part with the British and be very 
contrary to the avowed Sense of the British. (See the remainder 
lor 12. of the next Session). 

The Meeting then Adjourned to meet in Savannah. — 



(From State Archives.) 
Saturday July 13"* 1782. 

The following Members of Assembly met in Savannah at the 
Church, agreeable to Adjournment at Ebenezer, Vz* 

Chatham Joshua Saunders 

James Habersham Zachariah Fahm 

Frederick Rohm J^hn Wereat 
John Gibbons 

Joseph Clay Burke 

John Houstoun 

Joseph Woodruff J^'^" Clements 

William O Bryan ^^""^^ Btckh^m 

John Duhart 

Richmond Francis Pugfh 

Edmund Bugg David Emanuel 

James McNeil John Twiggs 
Sam* Alexander 



JULY, 1782. 123 

Effingham William Brown 

Adam Nesler Thomas Maxwell 

David Thorn Andrew May bank 

Edward Jones William he Conte 

Daniel Howell R^'c*^^^^ ^owly 

Martin Dasher J^^^^^ Carter 

Isaac Ford. 

Wilkes 

Liberty Micajah Williamson 

John Roberts John Lindsay 

Benjamin Andrew Benjamin Thompson 

Daniel Sullivant Absalam Biddle 

Joseph Oswald John Hill. — 
Edward Way. 

The House then Proceeded to the choice of a Speaker when 
James Habersham Esquire was unanimously elected. 

Ordered That a Writ of election do issue for a Member to 
represent Glynn County in the room of Nathan Brownson Es- 
quire, whose seat is vacant. 

Resolved that the Governor be requested to order the Public 
Filature to be immediately fitted up and Put in order for the 
use of the General Assembly, and that M' Maxwell and M** 
Andrew be a Committee to wait on his Honor' the Governor 
for that Purpose. 

A Letter from the Honrable Brigadier General Wayne was 
read. 

Ordered that a Committee be appointed to take the same 
into consideration, and that M' Clay, M' Wereat, and M' M'^Neil 
bt that Committee. — to report on Monday next. 

Resolved that it be an Instruction to the Committee appointed 
to wait on his Honor* the Governor; respecting the Filiature, 
to further request his Honor' to issue the necessary orders for 



124 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

having the Members of the Honrable Council and the Legisla- 
ture Supplied with necessary Rations and Accomodations, for 
themselves and Servants, during the sitting of the Assembly. 

The House then adjourned to Monday next 9 OClock. 



(From State Archives.) 

Monday July 15^** 1782 

The House met According to Adjournment 

James Cochran Esq' being returned elected for the County 
of Glynn, Attended and Qualified 

John Adam Nesler, David Thorn, Isaac Ford and David Har- 
riss Esquires being returned elected for the County of Effing- 
ham, in the room of Caleb Howell, Theophilus Lunday, John 
Adam Truitlen, and Abraham Ravot Esquires, (whose seats is 
vacant.) when M*" Nesler and M*" Thorn, attended and qualified. 

On Motion 

That a Committee be appointed to take into Consideration the 
Resolves entered into at Ebenezer the third and fourth of this 
Instant by a Number of Members of the House of Assembly. — 

Ordered that M' Howly and M' Andrew be a Committee for 
that Purpose. 

William Le Conte, Esquire being returned a Member for 
Liberty County, Attended and Qualified. 

Ordered that M' Le Conte, M' Cochran, M' Biddell and M' 
Howell be added to the Committee on Petitions 

The following Petitions were road, and.refered to the Com- 
mittee on Petitions Vz* 



JULY, 1782. 125 

From William Reighley. 
John Green. 
Elizabeth Felps. 

On Motion. 

Resolved that M' Howly, M' Cochran M' Lindsay, M' 
Howell, M' Clay, and M' Twiggs be a Committee of Previledges 
and elections, and that they report as soon as Possible. 

On Motion 

Ordered that a Writ do issue for the election of a Member 
for the County of Chatham in the room of John Wereat Esquire, 
who was returned and took his Seat for the County of Rich- 
mond. 

On Motion 

Resolved that the Speaker Request his Honor the Governor 
to inform the House what Propositions he may have received 
irom any Individuals Respecting the Loan of a Sum of Money 
for the Purchasing of Negroes on Public Account. 

M' Wereat from the Committee appointed to take into con- 
sideration a letter from the Hon'rable Brigadier Gen* Wayne 
Reported. 

That they had taken the same into consideration made some 
Progress therein, and beg'd leave to sit again. 

M' James Johnston having informed the House that had left 
the Printing Materials belonging to this State in the hands of 
M" Johnston his wife 

OitDEltED. that the Speaker be directed to request his Honor' 
the Governor to fippoint a Proper Person to receive and take 
charge of the same 



126 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

This House having received information that the Small Pocks 
is in Town 

RESOiyVKD that M' Andrew do make enquiry into the same and 
report accordingly. 

A Letter from Josiah Powell Esq' was read 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee on Pe- 
titions 

A Petition of Samuel Bucroft was Read 

Ordered that the same be refered to the Committee on Pe- 
titions. 

On Motion 

That a Standing Committee of Accounts be appointed 

Ordered that M"" Twiggs, M"" M^'Neil and M*" Gibbons be 
that Committee. 

A Petition with an Account from M'^Keen Greer was read. 

Ordered that the same be refered to the Standing Committee 
of Accounts. 

M' James Carter a Member returned for Liberty County at- 
tended and Qualified. 

The Committee on Petitions, on the letter received from 
Josiah Powell Esquire reported. 

Whereas it appears to this House that John Maxwell a Per- 
son whose estate is Confiscated by a late Act of the Representa- 
tives of this State, has lately disposed of some of the Property 
of the said estate contrary to the true intent and meaning of the 
said Act. 



JULY, 1782. 127 

Ordered that the said Commissioners of Forfeited Estates 
do immediately take into their Possession the Estate of the said 
Maxwell, and Prevent for the future any waste or embezzlement 
of the Property aforesaid. 

. The Committee on Previledges and Elections Report 

That they refer the right of John Houstoun and Thomas 
Maxwell Esquires, taking their Seats in this Assembly to the 
determination of the House 

Ordered that the said report be taken into Consideration to- 
morrow morning 

Whereas at the last Sessions of Assembly held at Augusta, 
a Committee was appointed to bring in a Bill for the Purpose 
of Preventing improper or disaffected Persons emigrating from 
other Places and becoming Citizens of this State, and for other 
Purposes therein mentioned 

Resolved that two Members be added to the said Committee, 
and that they be desired to bring in the said Bill as soon as Pos- 
sible. 

Ordered that M' Le Conte, and M' Wereat be the two Mem- 
bers so to be added. 

Brigadier General Wayne having given information that 
Brigadier Gen' Clark is desirous to Prevent any negroes or other 
Property belonging to the Citizens of this State being carried 
off by any Person or Persons under his Command; and that 
the Citizens should without delay claim the same 

Resolved that his Honor the Governor be requested to grant 
Permission to every Citizen, having Property with the British 
to go down and make claim thereof 



128 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Resolved that the Committee on Petitions do take under 
their Consideration all such Petitions as were Presented to the 
last House of Assembly, and were not reported on 

The House then Adjourned till tomorrow Morning 9 OClock. 



(From State Archives,) 

Tuesday July 16^**' 1782. 

The House met Pursuant to Adjournment 

M' Isaac Ford a Member returned for the County of Effing- 
ham Attended and Qualified. 

A Letter from his Honor' the Governor (inclosing one from 
M' Struthers) was read 

The House Proceeded to take into consideration the Report 
of the Committee on Previledges and elections; when they were 
unanimously of opinion that John Houstoun and Thomas Max- 
well Esquires had a right to take their Seats, in this House. 

Resolved that the Letter from his Honor the Governor with 
Proposals from M*" William Struthers, for Purchasing INegroes 
for the Benefit of this State be refered to a Committee. 

Ordered that M"" Howly, M' Cochran, M' Andrew, and M'' 
O Bryan be that Committee 

A Petition from John Thomas was read 

Ordered that the same be refered to the Committee on Pe- 
titions 

The Committee appointed to take into consideration the letter 
from his Honor the Governor, with one from M' Struthers 
Reported, as follow, which was agreed to. 



JULY, 1782. 129 

That the Committee to whom were refered a letter from his 
Honor the Governor, and another from William Struthers, are 
of opinion that from the manner of M' Struthers Stating his 
intended Loan for the purchasing of Negroes, it would carry the 
Air of a Speculating business, and the uneasiness, which might 
arise from agreeing thereto would outweigh every supposed 
advantage whidi might arise from the measure. 

Resoi^ved that a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill 
for Amercing certain Persons therein mentioned, and for other 
Purposes. 

Ordered. That M' O Bryan, M' Clements, M' Thompson, 
ir Andrews & M' Bugg be that Committee 

The Committee, on Petitions Reported as follow, which was 
agreed to, Vz* 

On N*» 2. From William Righly, that the Prayer of the Petition 
cannot be granted, it being contrary to a resolve of this 
House in January last. 

N** 3. From Samuel Bucrof t. 

Resolved that the Prayer of the Petition cannot be 
granted. 

N**4. From John Green. The Committee having taken into 
their consideration the said Petition. — Are of Opinion 
that he is a Real Object of Charity, entitled to the bounty 
of this State, and do further recommend that he be allowed 
a reasonable Price for his Horses when Certified by the 
Officer Commanding when and where Killed, or lost in 
the Service of the State, and that a Sum be Provided for 
Discharging the Doctors Bill for the Cure of his Wounds' 

On Motion 

That a Committee be appointed to enquire into the State of 
our Magazine and Report the same as soon as Possible. 

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130 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that M' Bugg, M' Lindsay and M' M*' Neil be that 
Committee 

M' James Carter a Member for the County of Liberty having 
lesigned his Seat in this House 

Ordered that a Writ do issue to fill up said Vacancy. 

The House Proceeded to take into Consideration the Resolu- 
tions entered into at Ebenezer (by a Number of Members of 
the Legislature) agreed to the same, with the following Resolu- 
tions. 

Resoi^ved that his Honor the Governor be Requested to 
grant Permission to no Person or Persons except known and 
acknowledged friends to American Independence; and Free 
holders of this State, for the Purpose of Purchasing Negroes 
from any Person or Persons at Tybee or else where, who are 
on their departure from this State under the British command 
or Protection — 

The following being Added to the Resolutions afore men- 
tioned Vz. 

"Parliament and General in some of their late declarations, 
besides equity and Justice will well warrant any Step that may 
be taken for Reimbursing the Loosers out of debts owing to 
British Merchants, (Which as yet remain unconfiscated) or 
other funds in which the British are interested. 

The Committee to whom were refered the above Resolutions 
Passed at Ebenezer by sevehtl of the Members of the Legislature 
are of opinion, that the said Resolutions be Sanctioned, and con- 
firmed by the Legislature. 

They are further of opinion that a new Appointment of the 
Gentlemen constituted as a Committee by his Honor the Gov- 
ernor be made by the House. 



JULY, 1782. 131 

Ordered that M' Wercat, M' Clay, and M' Gibbons be that 
Committee. 

They are further of Opinion that the Committee so appointed 
be instructed for the Present to obtain the most Particular re- 
turns they can of the quantity of g^oods in the hands of the Mer- 
<:hants 

That the said Committee be further directed to report to the 
House the Quantity of Gk>ods necessary to be Purchased for the 
Public use, except Salt, which if the Resolutions be confirmed is 
determined already. 

The House then Adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 OClock. 



(From State Archives.) 

Wednesday July 17^** 1782 

The House met Pursuant to Adjournment 

A Memorial from John Strong was read. 

Ordered that the same be refered to the Committee on Pe- 
titions. 

A Letter with a Declaration &^ from Charles Francis Chev- 
alieur was read. 

Ordered that the same be be refered to the Committee on 
Petitions 

A Petition of Jenkin Davis was read. 

Ordered that the same be refered to the Committee on Pe- 
titions — 



132 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

On Motion 

That a Committee be appointed to wait on his Honor' the 
Governor, to request he will be Pleased to furnish this House 
with all letters, and Papers, or copies of letters and Papers he 
may have sent or received of a Public nature, (and which he 
may judge Proper for the deliberation of this House) since the 
Sitting of the House m January last. 

Ordered that M"" Lindsay and M"* Woodruff be that Com- 
mittee. 

M' Edward Jones being; returned a Member for the County 
of Effingham attended and Qualified. — 

ResoI/VEd that a Committee be appointed to Provide Accomo- 
dations Diet and other necessarys for the Members of this 
House during this Session and any engagements they may make 
cr moneys they may advance; this House will comply with or 
reimburse tliem before the rising thereof. 

Ordered that M"" Houstoun and M*" O Bryan be a Committee 
tor that Purpose 

The House then Adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 O Clock 



(From State Archives.) 
Thursday July 18*^ 1782. 

A number of Members met Pursuant to Adjournment but not 
being a number sufficient to compose a House they were ad- 
journed till Tomorrow morning 9 OClock. 



JULY, 1782. 138 

(From Staie Archives.) 

Fryday July 19^ 1782 

The House met Pursuant to Adjournment. 

The Speaker being abswit, Benjamin Andrew Esq' was 
chosen (in his room) Pro tempore 

John Hardey Esquire being returned a Member for the County 
of Liberty in the room of James Carter Esq' who had resigned 
his Seat, Attended and Qualified 

The following Petitions were read. Vz^ 

From Josiah Dunn 

Zacharias Fahn 
Mary Sapena 
James Thompson 

Ordered that the above Petitions be refered to the Commit- 
tee on Petitions. 

Resolved that it be an instruction to the Committee ap- 
pointed to treat with the Merchants for Goods, to inform the 
said Merchants; that it is required by this House that they do 
immediately furnish the said Committee with an Account of 
the supposed quantity of Goods of all sorts and Particularly of 
Salt; they now have on hand, And that they do not sell or 
dispose of any more salt to any Person or Persons whatsoever 
untill the further leave of this rfouse; it being Suggested that 
a quantity of Salt belonging to the British Kings Stares, was 
left here, of which Private Persons have taken possession and 
are now selling out, — And it is further directed that the said 
Committee do make enquiry into this matter and report as early 
as Possible, what information they shall receive on the sub- 
ject 



134 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that the said Committee do immediately Proceed 
to contract for and eng^ag^e from the said Merchants such Ar- 
ticles as shall be necessary for the use of the Georgia Battalion^ 
— and that they do Pledgfe the faith of the State for Payment 
of the same at the expiration of one year. And if it shall be 
found by the said Committee that the whole of any one Article 
of Goods Necessary for the Army, has been bought up for any 
other line of Troops in this State, that the said Committee do 
apply to the Honrable Brigadier General Wayne, and Prevail 
on him to give up a Part of the said Goods so as to let the 
Georgia Battalion come in equally with the other Troops now 
in this State. 

RESOI.VED. That his Honor the Governor be Requested to 
adopt Proper measures by embargo or otherwise for Prevmting 
any goods Salt or other Merchandize being carried out of this 
Town untill leave be obtained for the Purpose from this House, 
after their having enquired into certain matters now before 
them, and also for Preventing Monopolies and other unfair 
Practices in respect to the said goods, Salt or other Merchandize. 
And that in the mean time His Honor do Proceed to lay in the 
quantity of Salt directed to be reserved for Public use, by a 
Resolution Passed on the Sixteenth day of this instant (July). 

Ordered that a Copy of the Resolves Passed on the sixteenth 
instant July, so far as respects the Merchants who resided here, 
be furnished the said Merchants, and that they be informed it 
is expected by this House they will conform themselves to the 
same Particularly respecting the Prices of their Goods. 

Ordered, that M' Twiggs and M' Hardey be a Committee 
to wait on his Honor* the Governor with the foregoing Resolves. 

It being represented to this House that John Barklay a Person 
now in Town hath a Quantity of Powder to dispose of 

RESOI.VED that a Committee be appointed to confer with the 



JULY, 1782. 136 

said John Barkley and to report to this House the quantity to 
be disposed of. The quality thereof, and on what terms the 
same may be had. 

Ordered, that M' Lindsay, and M' M*^ Neil be that Commit- 
tee. 

The House then Adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 OClock 



'(From State Archives.) 

Saturday July 20** 1782. 

The House met Pursuant to Adjournment 

The following" Petitions were read Vz* 

From Lewis Coope 

John Hardey Esq' 
Henrietta Goldsmith 

Ordered that the said Petitions be refered to the Conmiittee 
on Petitions. 

On Motion 

That another Person be added to the Committee appointed to 
confer with M' Barkley respecting* some Powder he has to dis- 
pose of. 

Ordered that M' Andrew be Added to that Committee 

The House then Proceeded to ballot for a Councellor for Lib- 
erty County ; in the room of M' Samuel Saltus who declines tak- 
ing his Seat, when Thomas Maxwell Esquire was elected 

The House also Proceeded to Ballot for a Councellor for the 
County of Wilkes in the room of Stephen Heard Esquire who 



138 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

resigned taking his Seat at that Board when it appeared that 
Micajah Williamson Esquire was elected 

An Application of Richard Leake, was made Offering to serye 
in the Capacity of a Clerk of the Court 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee on Pe- 
titions. 

The House then Adjourned till four OClock. P. M. to meet at 
the House of M" Tondee. 



Saturday 20"* July 1782. P. M. 4 OClock. 

Several of the Members met according to Adjournment, but 
there not being a Sufficient number to compose a House, they 
Adjourned to meet on Monday Morning 9 OClock. 



(From State Archives.) 

Monday July 22* 1782. 
The House met Pursuant to Adjournment 
The following Petitions were read. Vz* 

From Benjamin Dolly 

Horatio Marbury, in behalf of himself and the Officers 
of Dragoons in the State of Georgia 

Francis Peariss 



JULY, 1782. i8r 

Ordered that the said Petitions be refered to the Committee 
of Petitions. 

A Memorial from John Twiggs and Daniel M"" Murphy was 
read 

Ordered that the same be refered to the Committee on Pe- 
titions. 

M' Williamson being: elected a Councellor for the County of 
Wilkes attended, and declined taking his seat at that Board. 

Resolved that a Compleat Suit of Clothes, a good Horse Sad- 
dle and Bridle, a likely Negro and three hundred Acres of Land 
be given to David Davis of Col® Jacksons Corps as a testimony 
of the approbation of this House for his faithful Services and 
for his discovering a Conspiracy formed against the Government. 

The Committee appointed to take into Consideration General 
Waynes Letter of the thirteenth July. Reported 

That it is their opinion that the terms Offered by Gen' Wayne 
to such Persons as were within the British Lines at the time they 
were made, were Proper, and for the Interest of this State and 
ought to be confirmed to all such whose names are not mentioned 
in the Act for inflicting Penalties on and Confiscating the Estates 
of such Persons as are therein declared guilty of Treason, and for 
other Purposes therein mentioned, and shall faithfully and Strict- 
ly comply with the conditions required. — That is to say who 
shall bona fide Inlist in the Georgia Raiment of Infantry, and 
there for the term of two Years or during the War, faithfully 
Serve and discharge their duty and no other. 

And that all offences committed by any of the Persons under 
the above description before the time of their inlistment as afore- 
said (Murder excepted) ought to be buried in oblivion 

! 

Nothing in this Resolve is intended to interfere with the Right 



188 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

of Individuals to Civil Actions who may suppose themselves 
aggrieved by Persons under the above description. 

The House having" already determined on the business of the 
Merchants and Traders, not Citizens of America, nor owing 
allegiance to this or the United States. The Committee have only 
to submit it to the House whether Persons under the above de- 
scription ought not to give an Assurance of some other secu- 
rity for their Peaceable demeanor, during the time they Remain 
in this State. 

The Supplies of Clothing and Spirits requested by the General 
for the use of the Troops, the Committee are of opinion ought 
to be complied with, and at the same time by such a mode as 
the State may without difficulty or delay obtain an immediate 
Credit with the United States ; for the amount of the Purchase. 

The Committee appointed to confer with M*^ John Barkly 
concerning a quantity of Powder Reported 

That M*" John Barkly has sixteen hundred Pounds of good 
Rifle Powder to dispose at two dollars Per Pound, and will take 
Certificates on the faith of the Confiscated estates for Payment 
except Twenty five Pounds worth of Goods out of the Stores 
which he expects immediately 

ResoIvVEd that his Honor the Governor be requested to ap- 
point a Proper Person to receive and examine the said Powder 
at Augusta, and to ^ve an Order to some Merchant for the de- 
livery of the said goods to M' Barkly, and to take sufficient Se- 
curity for the deliverv of the said Powder on or before the 
twentieth day of August next. 

The House then Adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 OClock 



JULY, 1782. 13& 

(From State Archives.) 

Tuesday July 23* 1782 

The House met Pursuant to Adjournment 

On Motion 

Ordered. That the Committee appointed to contract with 
the Merchants for Goods, be directed to call on General Wayne, 
and enquire what Contract he has made with the Merchants 
for the Goods he Purchased of them for the use of the Troops 

The following Petitions were read, and Refered to the Com- 
mittee on Petitions. Vz* 

From John Wilkinson 
Edmund Bugg 
James Meyers 

A Bill for Amercing certain Persons therein mentioned, was 
brought in and read the first time, and ordered to be read a second 
time tomorrow. 

On Motion 

Resolved that the quantity of Salt reserved for the Public 
use; be augmented to three thousand bushels. 

The House then Adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 OClock. 



140 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

(From State Archives.) 

Wednesday July 24***, 1782. 

The House met Pursuant fo Adjournment 

The following" Petitions were read Viz* 

From Milley Sharp 

Milley M^'Daniel 

Ordered that the same be refered to the Committee on Pe- 
titions. 

Two Petitions from the Inhabitants of Liberty County were 
read. 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table 

An Account from Hesekiah Wade was Presented and read. 

Ordered that the same be refered to the Committee on Ac- 
counts. 

A Petition and Remonstrance from John Mitchell was read 

Ordered that the same be refered to the Committee on Pe- 
titions 

A Letter from Col"* Jackson was read. 

Ordered that the same be refered to the Committee on Pe- 
titions. 

On Motion 

That a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill for opening 
the Courts of Justice under certain restrictions 



JULY, 1782. 141 

Ordered that M' Houstoun, M' Wereat and M' M'^Neil be 
that Committee 

On Motion 

That leave be given to brin^ in a Bill for establishing Churches 
and Schools in this State 

Ordered that M' Houstoun and M' Andrew be a Committee 
to "bring in the said Bill 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill, for establishing 
Churches and Schools in this State brought in the same which 
was read the first time 

Whereas the Sales of Confiscated estates will interfere with 
the business of the Legislature now sittting in General As- 
sentbly 

Resolved that it be recommended to the Commissioners of the 
forfeited estates, that the Sales of the said estates now Adver- 
tised in the several Counties to be disposed of. — be Postponed 
for one Month, and that it be further recommended to the Com- 
missioners to give Public notice thereof in the respective Coun- 
ties 

Ordered. That his Honor' the Governor be furnished with 
a copy of the above Resolve, and that he be requested to give 
the necessary directions for the immediate execution thereof 

A Petition of M*" Georgre Houstoun was read. 

Ordered that the Prayer of said Petition be granted. 

On Motion 

That leave be given to bring in a Bill, for restoring If 
George Houstoun to the Rights of Citizenship in this State, And 



142 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

that M' Houstoun and M' Wereat be a Committee to Prepare 
and bring in the said bill. 

The Committee appointed to Purchase Supplies for the use of 
the State Troops under CoP Jackson, and the Continental Regi- 
ment belonging to this State Report. 

That the Merchants who now hold those Supplies offer to dis- 
ix)se of them on the following: terms. Vz* At the advance of 
one hundred and fifty Per Cent on the Prime Cost of all dry 
goods Payable in twelve Months, and if Paid within six Months 
at the rate of one hundred and thirty Per Cent. — 

Ordered that the said Committee to agree with the Merchants 
on the said terms, and receive and Store the said Goods in some 
Proper and secure Place, there to remain untill further directed 
by this house. — 

A Petition of Sir Patrick Houstoun Baronet was read 

Ordered that the said Petition be Postponed till tomorrow. 

A Petition of William Stephens Esquire was read 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table. 

The House then Adjourned till tomorrow Morning 8 OClock. 



(Prom State Archives.) 
Thursday July 25'*, 1782. 
The House met Pursuant to Adjournment 
The following Petitions were read. Vz* 
From Frederick Rehm 
John Lindsay 



JULY, 1782. 143 

From Ann Johnson 

a Number of the Inhabitants of the County of Rich- 
mond. 

Ordered that the same be refered to the Committee on Pe- 
titions 

A Letter from Major John Habersham to John Wereat Es- 
quire Chairman of a Committee inclosing a list of men Inlisted 
for the defence of this State was read. 

The Bill for Amercmgf certain Persons therein mentioned was 
lead the second time. 

On Motion 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to 
take into Consideration the said Bill. 

M' Wereat in the Chair. 

The Speaker having: resumed the Chair 

M' Wereat from the Committee of the whole house Reported. 
That they had taken the same into Consideration, and gone 
through the same. 

Ordered that the said Bill be engrossed and sent to the Ex- 
ecutive Council for their Perusal and Advice 

A Bill for Preventing improper or Disafected Persons emi- 
grating from other Haces, and becoming Citizens of this State; 
and for other Purposes therein mentioned, was read the first 
time 

A Letter from his Honor* the Governor, with one from Gen- 
eral Wayne ; were read. 



144 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

On Motion 

Resolved that the Governor be requested to order any of th(^ 
Public Stores or Arms belonging: to this State to be removed 
to any Place that may be necessary, and make such use of as he 
with the Advice of his Council may be of opinion that the exi- 
gencies and Defence of the State may require 

A Letter from M*" Burns one of the Executive Council was 
read, informing this House that he had resigned his Seat. 

The House then Adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 OClock. 



(From State Archives.) 

Fryday July 26'^ 1782. 
The House met Pursuant to Adjournment 
The following. Petitions were read Vz* 

From William Stephens 

Sir Patrick Houstoun 
John Kean 
Elizabeth Morgan 

Several Inhabitants of this State in favor' of Simon 
Munro. 

James Mossman 

David Duncan, with Affidavit Annexed 

Ordered that the above Petitions be refered to the Committee 
on Petitions. 



JULY, 1782. 146 

The Committee appointed to bring* in a Bill for q>ening the 
Courts of Justice under certain restrictions therein mentioned, 
brought in the same which was read the first time 

On Motion 

That Brigadier General Wayne some time before the evacua- 
tion of this Town, by the British forces, thought Proper to offer 
terms to the inhabitants of this State which happened to be with- 
in the British lines to wit that upon their Joining their Country- 
men and fellow Citizens, enlisting and serving two years or dur- 
ing the continuance of the Present War, in the Georgia Battalion, 
it would be deemed a full expiation of their Past offences Murder 
only excepted, and would be thereby restored to the Previledges 
of free Citizens of this State, (reserving nevertheless the dis- 
cretionary Power Vested in the Legislative Authority of the 
same) And whereas the good with the wicked upon the general 
offer would class together indiscriminately subverting all Prin- 
ciples of Justice, therefore 

RcsoLvieD that Committees be appointed for each County in 
this State to consider and Point out to this House such objects 
in the several Counties as do not come within the description of 
that expiation. 

Ordered. That M' Jones, M' Ford, and M' Nesler, be a 
Committee for the County of Effingham. 

That M' Wereat and M' Gibbons be a Committee for the 
County of Chatham. 

That M' Emanuel and M*" Duhart be a Committee for the 
County of Burke. 

That M' Maybank and M' Andrew be a committee for the 
County of Liberty. 

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That M' Bug:^: and M^ McNeil be a Committee for thf 
County of Richmond. 

That M' Lindsay and M' Hill be a Committee for the 
County of Wilkes. 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to consider of Proper 
means, and report to the House for the defence of the Southern 
Country. 

A Bill for establishing" Churches, and Schools within this State; 
was read the second time. 

A Bill for the Purpose of Preventing; improper or disafected 
Persons emigrating; from other Places and becoming Citizens of 
this State, and for other Purposes therein mentioned, was read 
a second time. 

On Motion 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole, to 
take into consideration the said Bill. 

M' Andrew in the Chair. 

The Speaker having: resumed the Chair 

M*" Andrew from the Committee of the whole House reported, 
that they had taken the said Bill into Consideration, gone thro' 
the same jind made some Amendments; which he read in his 
Place and delivered in at the Table. 

Resolved that the said amendments be agreed to 

Ordered that the said Bill be engrossed & Sent to the Execu- 
tive Council for their Perusal and Advice 

The House then Adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 OClock 



JULY, 1782. 147 

(From State Archives.) 

Saturday July 27'** 1782. - 

The House met Pursuant to Adjournment 

The following: Petitions were read Vz* 

From Benjamin Wilson 
William Stnithers 
Ignatius Few. 

Ordered that the above Petitions be referred to the Commit- 
tee on Petitions. 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to report what busi- 
jiess is necessary to be done before this House Adjourns. 

Ordered that M' Clay, M' Howly, M*" Lindsay, M' Houstoun 
and M' Wereat be that Committee 

The Committee appointed for each County in this State to 
consider and Point out to this House such objects in the several 
Counties as do not come within the description of that expia- 
tion. Reported. 

"That Andrew Bedingback, John Gnamon, Jacob Yoakley, 
Emanuel Keifer, Israel Reizer, John Glamer, John Metzgar, An- 
drew Granon, Christopher Coogle and Oliver Mathews, should 
not be compelled to serve as Continental Soldiers in the Georgia 
Battalion, for the space of two years or during the continuance 
of the Present War, the Committee having fully investigated 
their several Characters and have found them to be friends to 
the American Cause 

Ordered that M' M^'Neil and M' Lindsay be a Committee to 
xarry the Bill for Preventing improper or disafected Persons 



148 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

emigrating from other Places and becoming" Citizens of this 
State, and for other Purposes therein mentioned. To the Exec- 
utive Council for their Perusal and Advice. — 

The Committee on Petitions reported as follows Vz^ 

On N"* I. From John Thomas, Requesting a bounty for to build 
a Saw and Grist Mill 

"That as Mill Seats up the Country were so very valu- 
able there is no Occasion for any bounty. Which 
was agfreed to. 

N** 2. From Jenkin Davis. 

The Committee brought in the following report which 
was agreed to. 

"That M"" Davis ought to make separate Charges. The 
time Served in the Continental Troops ought to be 
charged to the United States; and what time he 
served in the Militia ought to be a State Charge, 
and that upon his making out Proper charges it 
ought to be allowed him 

N"" 3. From Charles Francis Chevalieur, the Committee brought 
in the following report, which was agreed to. 

"That the Petition of Charles Francis Chevaliuer ought 
to be granted; and that the Speaker do write a 
Letter to the Chevalieur De Luserne recommending 
M' Chevaliuer to be appointed Consul 

N"* 4. From John Strong, the Committee brought in the fol- 
lowing report; which was agreed to. 

"That no Payment ought to be allowed without 
Proper Accounts are first Produced for Services 
, rendered this or the United States. 



JULY, 1782. 149 

N^s. From Josiah Dunn, Praying a Grant of five hundred 
Acres of Land agreeable to a former Order of this 
State. The Committee are of opinion that the Pe- 
titioner ought to be granted five -hundred Acres of 
Vacant land, which was agreed to. 

N** 6. From James Thompson Setting forth his having lost 
a Treasury note of this State for eighteen hundredl 
Pounds Sterling in the year one thousand seven hun- 
dred seventy eight. Praying another C^tificate may 
be granted him, brought in tlie following report, 
which was agreed to. 

"That as it appears by the Petitioners Oath that the 
said note was lost, another may be granted him 

N* 7. From Mary Supena, Praying the lands near Sunbury 
where Antrobus lately resided and now under Con- 
fiscation may be granted to her, the Committee 
brought in the following report, which was agreed 
to. 

"That the Prayer of the said Petition ought to be 
granted. 

N** 14. From Zacharias Fahn, setting forth his having Sold 
a certain Tract of Land to John Lucena for Seven 
hundred Pounds, and that he had Received two 
hundred Pounds in Part in the Year one thousand 
seven hundred and seventy eight, and that as the said 
Land is Confiscated he Prays he may have the land 
again fpr the remainder of the money still due; 
brought in the following report ; which was agreed 
ta 

"That as Part of the money has been Paid and other 
demands may be brought against the said Lucena the 



150 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

lands ought to be sold and the just Claims against 
the said Lucena may be Put in and allowed. — 

N* I. From Henrietta Goldsmith (Widow) Praying this 
House to allow her a Support, as the whole of her 
late husbands estate was confiscated. 

"That they are of opinion the Commissioners ought as 
the Bill of Attainder and Confiscation directs allow 
her a Subsistance out of the said estate untill a Bill 
is brought in by this House for that Purpose ; which 
was agreed to. 

N" 2. From Horatio Marbury in behalf of himself and others 
requesting to know whether he and others are to be 
looked upon as half Pay Officers, or that they may 
be entitled to rise in the line of the Army or not; — 
The Committee are of opinion that the said Petition 
be refered to the Officer commanding the Georgia 
Battalion, which was agreed to — 

N** 3. From John Hardey. Postponed 

N^4. From John Twiggs and Daniel M'^Murphy Setting 
forth that they have advanced a sum of money in 
bringing Arms &c &c. from the Northward request- 
ing Payment. — and are willing to receive Negroes in 
Payment. — 

"The Committee are of opinion that after the Ac- 
counts are examined and Passes that then in case 
the House cannot order the Payment in money that 
they be allowed Negroes to the amount of it which 
was agreed to. 

N'^S. From Milley Sharp Praying a reasonable Allowance 

to be made her for the Maintenance of her self and 

j Family. — The Committee are of opinion from the 



JULY, 1782. 151 

best information they have been able to get that the 
Petitioner is a Person of good Character industry 
and friendly to Liberty, and they are further of 
Opinion her Petition ought to be granted which was 
agreed to. 

N"*/. From Mary M*^Donald. The Committee brought in 
the following Report which was agreed to. 

"That the Laws of the State Point out a Sufficient 
redress. 

N® 8. From Benjamin Dolly. The Committee are of opinion 
That as his Petition is of a Similar nature with 
M" M^'Donalds; that the Law Points out a redress, 
which was agreed to. 

N** ID. From John Mitchell, setting forth his Attachment 
Confinement &c. Praying to be Admitted as a Prac- 
titioner at Law, The Committee are of Opinion that 
the Prayer of the Petition be granted which was 
agreed to. 

N** II. From Edmund Bugg, Praying that a certain quantity 
of Lands be granted him on the waters of the Alta- 
maha ; in Payment of Debts due him by this, and the 
United States for Sundry Articles furnished to its 
Officers at different times. 

"The Committee are of unanimous opinion that the 
Prayer of said Petition cannot be granted and that 
M' Bugg be requested to wait and receive Payment 
with his fellow Citizens. — 

which was agreed to. — 

N* 12. From John Lindsay. Praying that a certain tract of 
Land joining the Town of Augusta be granted and 
confirmed to the Petitioner, 



152 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

"The Committee are of opinion thait the Prayer of the 
Petition be granted. Provided the lands Prayed 
for do not interfere with Private Property, or any 
lands expressly reserved for Public use, and if they 
do, that his Honor the Governor be required to grant 
M' Lindsay other Lands in lieu of them whenever 
the land Office shall be opened. — 

which was agreed to. — 

N*" 13. A Petition and Remonstrance of the inhabitants of the 
County of Richmond. The Committee brought in 
the following Report. 

**That they beg leave to observe they admire the Spirit 
of the Petition replete with true Patriotism and 
Justice, but they refer the Prayer of the same to the 
House. When the House taking the same into Con- 
sideration 

Ordered that the said Petition be Postponed. 

N° 14. A Memorial from John Wilkinson, with an Account 
Praying for immediate relief in Part of what is due 
him 

Ordered that the Petitioner have a Credit of Twenty 
Pounds with the Commissioners of Confiscated Es- 
tates, and that the Committee appointed to Purchase 
Goods for Public use be directed to Procure M' Wil- 
kinson a Credit at some Store in Town for fifteen 
Pounds more, the said sums of Twenty Pounds and 
fifteen Pounds to go in part Payment of his Salary 
on Account 

N"* 15. Memorial From James Myers, setting forth his at- 
tachment to the cause of America and a variety of 
Sufferings he has experienced in consequence there- 



JULY, 1782. 168 

of. And from every information the Committee 
are capable of Collecting appear to be founded on 
truth. The Committee having taken some Pains to 
inform themselves of the Character, the said Me- 
morialist bore before the Reduction of this State are 
happy to find is that of an Honest and industrious 
man, and esteemed friend to his Country's Cause. 
"Therefore they are of opinion the Prayer of the 
said Memorial be granted, which was agreed to. 

N** 16. From Ann Johnston. Praying the Sale of a Certain 
Island said to be the Property of John Douglass be 
Postponed ; she the said Ann claiming a legal right 
to the said Island. The Committee are of opinion 
that the Petitioner ought to have an oppwrtunity of 
making her Claim good, and that she be allowed 
three Months from the time the Records shall arrive 
in this State for that Purpose, which was agreed to. 

N" 17. From Frederick Rehm, Praying that Seven hundred 
and fifty Acres of Land be granted him in Compen- 
sation for Attendance on our sick Prisoners and 
Medicines furnished at his expence, agreeable to a 
Resolve of the House Passed at Augusta. The 
Committee are of opinion that Doctor Rehm ought 
to receive full Satisfaction for his care and At- 
tendance on our Prisoners, and therefore that the 
Prayer of his Petition be granted as soon as the 
Land Office shall be Opened, which was agreed to. 

N* 18. From John Kean. Praying that John Charles Lucena 
might be considered as a Subject to the King of 
Portugal, he having had the appointment of Consul 
from that Court to the Court of Great Britain for 
One Year. The Committee are of opinion that as 
M' Lucena chose to take Part with our enemies, 



16 4 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

the Prayer of his Petition cannot be granted. Which 
was agreed to. 

N^ 19. From David Duncan setting forth his having lost 
some Negroes. Praying leave to take the'm wher- 
ever he can find 'them; Also Praying to become a 
Citizen. The Committee from enquiry finds the Pe- 
titioner was within the lines of the Enemy, and at 
that time a British Subject, when the House taking 
the Same into Consideration. 

Ordered that the said Petition be Postponed 

N** 20. From M" Morgan Praying relief from this House 
respecting a Debt due her from the Estate of John 
Joachifn Zubly. 

The Committee are of opinion that the late Act for 
Confiscating the Estates of certain Persons therein 
mentioned &c &c. Points out a redress, which was 
agreed to. 

N** 21. From Sir Patrick Houstoun, The Committee are 
Unanimous in their Opinion, that as some favoura- 
ble circumstances appear in behalf of the Petitioner, 
he ought to be taken off the Confiscation and expul- 
sion Act, and Put on the Amercement Act, and 
Amerced agreeable to the rates which others in 
Similar cases are, which was agreed to. 

N* 22. From William Stephens, Praying to be taken off the 
Bill of Confiscation and expulsion 

The Committee are of opinion that the Prayer of said 
Petition be granted, which was agreed to. 

N"* 23. From James Mossman. Praying to be taken off the 
Act of Confiscation and expulsion 



JULY, 1782. 155 

Ordered that the said James Mossman be taken out of 
the Confiscation Bill, and Put on the Amercement 
Bill 

N** 24. From Sundry Persons of the County of Liberty Pray- 
ing that Simon Munro, a Person whose Estate is 
Confiscated and himself ordered off this State, be 
received and admitted to the rights of Citizen- 
ship &c. 

The Committee are of opinion that the Prayer of said 
Petition cannot be granted, which was agreed to. 

Whereas it appears to this House, that the Infantry who till 
very lately have been doing duty under Col* Jackson. Performed 
that Service with unremitting Perseverance, notwithstanding the 
many difficulties and dangers they were exposed to and though 
the men who composed that Corps, were not entitled to any 
Pay or Clothing, they having enlisted by Permission to expiate 
by their Services for their Past Offences in Joining the enemy 
and Acting in their Service, against this, and the United States. 
Yet as an Acknowledgement for the faithful discharge of their 
duty under the Command of Col* Jackson, and to encourage 
others, who may unfortunately be under the like Circumstances. 

Resoi^ved that the Dragoons who now are, or have been here- 
tofore doing duty under Col* Jackson be Paid the bounty out of 
the Negroes Provided for that Purpose, and that in case the 
Number of Negroes provided as aforesaid should be insufficient 
for that Purpose that they be Paid by State Certificates to the 
full value of a Negro. 

On Motion. 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to 
take into Consideration the Bill for establishing Churches and 
Schools in this State 



156 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

M' Clay in the Chair 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair 

M"" Clay from the Committee of the whole House Reported. 

That it is the Opinion of the Committee that the said Bill be 
Postponed 

On Motion. 

That the Bill for opening the Courts of Justice under certain 
restrictions therein mentioned be read the second time 

On Motion. 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the Whole, 
take into Consideration the said Bill. 

M' Hovvly in the Chair 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair. 

M"" Howly from the Committee of the whole House Reported 

That they had gone through the said Bill, made some Amend- 
ments, filled up the blanks and Added a Clause for opening the 
Courts of Conscience, which he read in his Place and delivered 
in at the Table. 

Ordered^ that the said Bill be engrossed, and sent to the Ex- 
ecutive Council for their Perusal and Advice. 

Ordered that M' Lindsay and M' McNeil be a Committee to 
Carry the same. 

The House then Adjourned till tomorrow morning 6 OCIock. 



JULY, 1782. 167 

(From State Archives.) 

Sunday July 28'** 1782. 

The House met according to Adjournment 

The following Petitions were read Vz* 

From Smith Clarendon 
Andrew Johnston 
David Murdock 

Ordered that the above Petitions lie on the Table 

A Petition from James Thompson was read. 

Ordered that the said Petition be refered to the Committee on 
Petitions. 

A Letter from his Honor the Governor was read. Recom- 
mending the electing Officers to fill the several Vacancies in the 
Civil Department in this State as also to fill up the vacancies in 
the Executive Council 

A Letter from Daniel M^'Murphy was read setting forth the 
desire of a number of Indians shortly to pay us a Friendly Visit. 

Ordered that a Committee be appointed to take the said Let- 
ter into consideration, and that M' Howly, M' Wereat and M"" 
Houstoun be that Committee 

The Committee to whom was refered the Consideration of 
the business necessary to be transacted by the Legislature before 
its Adjournment Report. 

I"* The mode of raising the Continental Troops for the de- 
fence of this State, ought to be settled by this State. 



158 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

2^ That the mode of raising a Naval force ought also to be 
settled 

3^ The mode of Procuring Clothing, Arms and supplies gen- 
erally. 

4^^ The Auditing the Public Accounts in future 

5*^ The Auditing of the Old Accounts and Collecting them. 

6. The Arranging the Public Accounts since we obtained 
Possession of the Country, and drawing all our Resources into 
order and one view 

7. The appointment of a Chief Justice. 

8^^ The applying to General Greene for Support and if in 
his Power offensive operations Southerly 

9"' To appoint one or more Auditors with full Powers to Settle 
and Adjust the Accounts of this State, and that they should have 
Authority to call for and obtain every information, and all neces- 
sary Papers for the better Settling said business, that they should 
be instructed to Audit and examine all Accounts, and Pass such 
as are agreeable to the Resolves of the Legislature, and Orders 
of the Executive, and no other. — to call upon, and if necessary 
order Prosecutions against such Persons as shall refuse or neg- 
lect to settle their Accounts, and that his Honor the Governor, 
and all other Officers of the State to give every Assistance and 
Countenance to the said Auditors, when tl.ereunto required. 

10 That the letters and Papers laid before this House by His 
Honor' the Governor, be taken under the Consideration of this 
House, Particularly those received from Congress, the Superin- 
tendant of Finance and our Delegates. 

On Motion. 

That a Committee be appointed to Consider of and Point out 



JULY, 1782. 169 

a Mode for carrying into execution the several Objects contained 
in the foregoing report 

Ordered that M' Hovvly, M' Clay, and M' Houstoun be that 
Committee. 

Resolved that Nine hundred bushels of Salt l^e sent up to the 
Town of Augusta for the use of the Inhabitants of the three 
upper Counties Vz. three hundred bushels for each County. And 
that Edmund Bugg Esq' for the County of Richmond, Stephen 
Heard Esrf for the County of Wilkes, and John Twiggs Esq' 
for the County of Burke; do receive the salt into their Posses- 
sion and dispose of the same to the Inhabitants at the Prime 
Cost and Charges, in Proportion to the number of white Per- 
sons in each family, and that the said Edmund Bugg, Stephen 
Heard and John Twiggs shall give Bond to Settle for the same 
with his Honor the Governor by the first of January next. 

Whereas there is reason to believe that there are many Arms 
now in the Possession of Inhabitants of this State, which were 
Put into their by the British Government, for the Purpose of 
doing duty in their Service, which ought to be delivered up, and 
Lodoed in the Public Stores of this State 



'fe^- 



Resolved that his Honor* tlie Governor he requested to ap- 
point Proper Persons in the different Parts of this State to Col- 
lect all the Arms now in die Possession of any of the Inhabi- 
tants thereof, which did l>elong to the British Government 

Resolved, that this Honor' the Governor be requested to ap- 
point Proper Persons to Purchase any Arm's fit for the use of 
the Regular Troops belonging to this State, and to assure his 
Honor' that this House will Provide for the Payment of the 
same, and that his Honor' the Governor be furnished with Copies 
of the above Resolve 

Whereas since the reduction of this Town by the British 



160 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

forces, a Part of the Bay has been laid out in lots, and some 
buildings erected on some of the said Lots. 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to take immediate 
Possession of the said Buildings and let out or retain the same 
for the Public use as Occasion may require 

Ordered that M' Clay, M' O Bryan, M' Gibbons and M' 
Wereat be that Committee. 

The House then Adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 OClock 



(From State Archives, ) 

Monday July 29**" 1782. 

The House met According to Adjournment 

On Motion 

That a Committee be appointed to consider and Point out to 
this House, such objects in an Act Passed the last Sessions en- 
titled an Act for inflicting Punishments on, and Confiscating the 
Estates of. Persons therein described, with other Penalties, whose 
different cases and Circumstances might merit a mitigation of 
the Punishments inflicted by the said Act 

Ordered that M' Wereat, M' O Bryan, M' Jones, M' Twiggs, 
M' M'^Neil, M' Lindsay and M' Andrew be that Committee. 

The Committee on Petitions Report. 

N** 6. On Col** Jacksons Letter, respecting Pay for his Dra- 
goons and Infantry, with respect to the Dragoons, there is a 
Resolve Passed in their favor. That Col** Jacksons Infantry b# 
allowed a Compleat Suit of Clothes, and one Bushel of Salt to 



JULY, 1782. 161 

each man in consideration of the Gallant and faithful Services 
they rendered their Country under their Colonels command, 
which was agreed to. 

The Committee appointed to take into consideration the report 
of the committee to whom was refered the Consideration of 
business necessary to be done during this Session ; Reported. 

Resolved that a Part of the Battalion of Infantry now raising, 
a? the Quota of Troops for this State ought to be mounted on 
Horse back to serve as Cavalry, say two troops, to consist each 
of one Captain one Lieutenant, one Comet, one Quarter Master 
Serjant, three Serjants two Trumpeters, four Corporals and 
sixty four Privates. 

Resolved that the said two Troops shou'd be kept full by 
Drafts from the Battalion in the same manner the light' Infantry 
companies are, that they be officered by the Officers of the Bat- 
talion, and that the said Officer and men while Acting as Cavalry 
ought to receive the same Pay as the other Cavalry serving in 
the Army of the United States 

Resolved, that Congress be informed of the necessity and 
usefulness of this measure, and applied to, to allow the Addi- 
tional Pay and expence attending the same 

Resolved that Congress be also applied to requesting a further 
Aid of Troops for the defence of this State, they being abso- 
lutely necessary for its Support as a Barrier State exposed to 
the inroads and depredations of the enemy in almost every 
Quarter 

Resolved, that in order to compleat the Cavalry and put them 
into a Situation to render immediate Service, every necessary 
such as Sadies, bridles, Caps, Pistols, Swords, Boots and Proper 
Clothing ought to be Procured by some means or other as soon 
as Possible, as well as Horses ; in regard to the latter, the Com- 

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162 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

mittee understand a Part of them may be Procured ought of 
CoP Jackson's Corps, as the mens time of Service are expired or 
near expiring 

Resolved that not less than two Galleys will be sufficient for 
the Defence of the Harbours and Rivers of this State, that 
theyought to be Mounted with eight Gunns each, if so many can 
be Procured, the Guns to be as large as can be obtained, and in 
order to Procure these Galleys with as much dispatch as Pos- 
sible 

Resolved that Commissioners be appointed, fully Authorized 
to build or Purchase said Vessels, and to compleat them in every 
Respect fit for Service. And that they endeavour to find Proper 
Persons to Officer and command them; and recommend them 
to the Governor and Council for their Approbation and Com- 
missions. 

Resolved that a Bounty of Forty Dollars be allowed to every 
Seaman who Shall enlist into said Service, to serve for the 
Space of two years or during the War, and for every Landsman 
1 Bounty of thirty Dollars, who shall enlist to serve for the same 
time 

Resolved that the said Galleys be Officered, Man'd and Paid 
in the following manner; and at the rates herein after men- 
tioned 

For each Galley. 

One Captain at forty dollars Per Month 

One Lieutenant at twenty Six & 2/3 dollars P Month 

One Gunner at twenty Dollars Per Month 

One Carpenter at twenty dollars Per Month 

One Boatswain at twenty dolars Per Month. 

One Steward at twenty dollars Per Month 

Thirty five Privates at twelve dollars Per Month each 



JULY, i78;2. 163 

One Surgeon at forty Dollars Per Month for the two Galleys, 
with one Mate under him. The Surgeon to be on Board one of 
the Galleys and the Mate on Board the other 

Resolved that Congress be wrote to also on this business, to 
inform them of the Necessity of it and also our Delegates, and 
that they be instructed to use every means in their Power, to in- 
force the Propriety and Justice of Congress allowing of these 
measures to be Supported on the Continental Establishment, and 
that the Speaker do Prepare letters to that Purpose. 

Resolved that untill Proper Galleys can be Procured and 
fitted for Service, that his Honor' the Governor be requested to 
Procure Armed Boats for the Watching and Guarding the Rivers 
where the same may be necessary 

Resolved that each Galley have at least one large Boat to 
row, with not less than eight Oars, and, fitted as a Gun Boat. 

It being represented to this House that some abuses had been 
committed in respect to Public Boats, and a quantity of Salt or- 
dered to be sent up to Augusta for the use of the Inhabitants of 
the back Country. 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to enquire into this 
matter and report their Opinion thereon as soon as Possible, and 
that Such Committee have Power to call before them any Person 
or Persons they shall think Proper in order to obtain informa- 
tion on this business 

Ordered that M' Twiggs, M' Cochran, M' Wereat, and M' 
Houstoun be that Committee 

The Committee of Accounts Reported 

That they had examined an Account of Daniel M^'Murphy, for 
hire and detention of Waggons, for transporting Arms, Ammu- 
nition Clothing &c. from Philadelphia to this State. 



164 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that the said report be Postponed till tomorrow. 

A Petition from Samuel Stirk was read. 

Ordered that the same be refered to the Committee on Peti- 
tions. 

The House then Adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 OClock. 



(From State Archives.) 

Tuesday July 30*'' 1782. 

The House met according to Adjournment 

A Petition from Edmund Hill, Sterling Jordan, George Pal- 
mer, William Sykes, and Bazil Gray were read setting forth that 
they had brought down a Quantity of Beef Cattle and that the 
Commissary had impressed fifteen of the said Cattle for Public 
use 

Ordered that a Special Committee be appointed to take the 
said Petition into immediate Consideration, and that M' Le 
Conte, M' Dunwoody, and M' Twiggs be that Committee 

Resolved that Commissioners be appointed to superintend the 
building Galleys, and Providing Boats for the Defence of the 
Harbours and Rivers of this State. 

Ordered that M*" O Bryan and Benjamin Stiles be appointed 
Commissioners for that Purpose 

On Motion 

That two Boats in the Public Service which were sent off 
contrary to a Resolve of this House, be brought back to this. 
Town. 



JULY, 1782. 165 

Ordered That his Honor' the Governor be requested to dis- 
patch an Officer with a Sufficient Guard to bring back said Boats 
and their Cargoes 

The Special Committee to whom was refered the Petition of 
Edmund Hill and others Reported. 

"That the said Petitioners Praying that this House will order 
them a certain quantity of Salt in Pay for a number of Cattle 
taken from him the said Edmund Hill and others, for the use of 
the Continental Troops now in this State — 

The Committee are of Opinion that the Prayer of the Peti- 
tioners be granted. And that his Honor the Governor be di- 
rected to take the necessary care that the sum so ordered to be 
Paid be made a Continental Charge, the Committee having ex- 
amined the different receipts given by the Commissary, and the 
different ages of the Cattle, are of opinion the different Pro- 
prietors should receive the following sums Vz. Sterling Jordan 
for three head of Cattle Six Pounds, Edmund Hill for two Head 
of Cattle four Pounds, George Palmer for one Two Pounds ten 
Shillings, Bazil Gray for five head of Cattle ten Pounds, William 
Sykes for one two Pounds ten Shillings, Thomas Walker for 
two head of Cattle five Pounds ; Which was agreed to. 

A Letter from his Honor' the Governor inclosing Sundry lists 
of men who have surrendered to Col® Johnson was read. 

Ordered that the said letter and Papers be refered to a Com- 
mittee, and that M' M^'Neil M' Houstoun and M' Twiggs be the 
Committee 

Whereas Lieutenant Col** Jackson hath rendered many 
great and usefull Services to his Country, for which he is enti- 
tled to the notice and Attachment of the Legislature. 

Be it therefore Resolved that the House which heretofore 
belonged to M' Tatnall in Savannah be granted to CoP Jackson 



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JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



as a mark of the sense entertained by the Legislature of his 
merits 

The Yeas and Nays being called for are as follows. 



Yea 



M 
M^ 
M 
M^ 
M 
M 



Rehm 

Gibbons 

Clay 

Houstoun 

Woodruff 

O Bryan 

M' Cochran 

M' Jones 
Ford 
Fenn 
Wereat 



M' 

M' 
M^ 



M' Andrew 



Nay 



M' 

w 



Thorn 
Dasher 
Bu^g 
M^^Neil 



Yea 



M' 
M' 
M' 
M' 
M' 
M' 
M' 
M' 
M' 
M' 



Sullivant 
May bank 
Howly 
Hardey 
Dunwoody 
Beckham 
Emanuel 
Twiggs 
Lindsay 
Biddle 
Hill. 
23. 



Nay 



M' Saunders 
M' Le Conte. 
6. 



The House then Adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Wednesday July 31"* 1782 

The House met according to Adjournment 

James Jackson Esquire being returned (elected) a Member 
for the County of Chatham in the room of John Wereat Esq', 
attended and qualified 



JULY, 1782. 167 

On Motion 

Ordered that Writs of election do immediately issue to fill 
up all intermediate vacancies of this House for the Counties of 
Liberty and Chatham 

Whereas the Situation of this Barrier State absolutely re- 
quires a Military force, for its defence, and whereas Lieu* CoP 
Brown with above five hundred men composed of British, Refu- 
gees Indians &c. remains within a days March of the Town of 
Savannah, where it is manifest they wait for the departure of 
General Wayne and the Cavalry in order to Plunder burn and 
destroy, or reinforcements from East Florida to commence their 
Nefarious operations. And whereas the movements of bodies 
of Indians towards the Frontiers of the upper Counties, render 
it impracticable to draw the Melitia from thence, and conse- 
quently both the Capital and Country at large will be exposed 
to every evil and Calamity that may justly be expected from a 
Vindictive and Brutal leader, and the Savage Army under his 
Command. 

Be it therefore Resolved that Brigadier General Wayne be 
requested to countermand the further March of the Infantry, and 
Artillery and Stop the departure of the Cavalry from this State. 

Be it further Resolved that a Letter be written by the Speaker 
to the Hon'rable Major General Greene, describing the unfor- 
tunate situation of the State and requesting his orders to Gen* 
Wayne for ordering back the Infantry and Artillery into this 
State, and that the Cavalry may remain as absolutely necessary 
for our Preservation 

A Bill for restoring certain Persons herein after mentioned to 
the Rights of Citizenship within this State, was read the first 
time 

The Committee to whom were refered the Cases of Several 



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JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



Persons who had surrendered themselves to Col* Johnson in 
Effingham County. Report. 

That they find the said Persons ought to to be divided into 
two Classes Number one and two (Which being taken into Con- 
sideration was agreed to. 

Number One consisting of thirty three Persons, to find three 
recruits amongst them, the same to be determined by Lot or 
otherwise, as they may agree, and the rest to be restored imme- 
diately to the Rights of Citizenship. Their names as follow. 

Vz* 



Drury Shorter 
John Nevil 
William Meazd 
David Meazel 
James Meazel 
Luke Meazel 
John Meazel 
Benjamin Richardson 
Archib"* Patterson 
John Heart 
James Jones 
John Lanier 
William Basset 
Christopher Nelson 
Wiir Richardson 
Hardy Richardson 
Charlton Meazlo 



Stephen Mills 
Archib^ Mills 
William Todd 
Phillip Thomas 
John Thomas 
John Martin 
John Potts 
Hugh Jeffers 
Dan* Johnson 
Henry Obrey 
Thom" Johnston 
Dennis Woods 
Thomas Woods 
Benj* Cook 
Henry Cook 
John Sims 



Number Two, to be put on the Amercement Bill, and to be 
Amerced agreeable to the rates which other Persons named in 
the said Bill are Amerced at. Their names as follow, making in 
all fifty four Persons. 



JULY, 1782. 



169 



Mark Phillips Sen' 
William Main. 
Sam* Cradock, 
Noah Harrel. 
Paris Simms, 
Anth^ Bonnell, 
William Wall, 
Clark Johnston, 
William Reeves, 
William White, 
Wiir Jenkins, 
Sam' Cooper, 
Joseph Dauffhtry 
Phillip Mincey, 
Thomas Thompson, 
William Bennet, 
Richard Bennet, 
John Gigp&r, 
Abraham Giger, 
Auffustine Hobbs, 
John Shirley, 
William Shirley, 
Dan' Bonnell, 
Arthur Ryals, 
John Kennedy, 
John Hicks 
John Bonnell 



Benj' Lanier 
William Langham 
Leonard Harper 
John Lyons 
John Webster 
Josiah Adams 
Wiir Larissa 
Georgfe Tilman 
WilP Lee 
Isaac Stubbs 
Sam* Denny 
Felix Gi^er 
Sam* Marre 
James Roberts 
Arthur Roberts 
Wiir Overstreet 
John Crawford 
Mark Phillips J' 
Brantley Harrigfan 
John Cook 
Is'ham Roberts 
Mathew Colson 
James Cook 
Michal Daufifhtry 
John Harper 
Wiir Williss 
James Barfield 



The Committee appointed to take immediate Possession of the 
buildings erected on the Bay, and let out or retain the same for 
Public use as occasion may require Report. 

As their opinion that the Stores erected by James Harriot, 
ought untill Proper Public Stores can be Provided be retained 
for the use of the Commissary and Quarter Master, who should 
be directed to remove any Stores they may now have in any 
buildings belonging to the Citizens of this State, and restore 



170 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

them to the owners or their Attorneys immediately. And that 
the other buildings and Materials on the Bay be Sold, and that 
the Purchasers be Obliged to remove the same within three 
Months from the time of such Sale. 

The Committee beg leave further to report that the Land 
whereon the above mentioned buildings of James Harriott are 
erected, are a Part of the Common of the Town of Savannah, 
and as such ought not to have been built upon, and that as soon 
as may be convenient the said buildings ought to be Pulled down 
or, removed 

Ordered that the said Committee do dispose of the above 
mentioned buildings and Materials at Put up at Public Sale, first 
giving ten days notice of such Sale allowing Six Weeks Credit 
to the Purchasers, and that they do Pay the Nett proceeds of 
said sales into the Public Treasury 

. On Motion 

That his honor' the Governor be requested to Issue a Procla- 
mation appointing a Particular day for a General meeting of the 
Inhabitants of the Town of Savannah, and the districts around ; 
except such as are under Articles granted by the Honrable Gen' 
Wayne, and confirmed by the House of Assembly, for the Pur- 
pose of an enquiry into the Conduct of such individuals as may 
have appeared Suspicious to the good Citizens of the State, and 
for the Purpose of tendring the Oaths of Allegiance to such as 
may be thought worthy, and others who may be Proper objects 
for Citizenship and, farther that his Honor' be requested as 
Soon as Possible to fill up the diflferent vacancies in the Melitia 
of Chatham County, and Put on the most eligible footing agree- 
able to the Melitia Law. 

Ordered. That Major John Habersham, and Sam* Stirk 
Esquire be appointed for carrying into execution the above en- 
quiry and that they report the same to this House on or before 
the fifth day of August next 



AUGUST, 1782. 171 

The Committee appointed to Purchase Lands for the Generals 
Greene and Wayne, agreeable to a Resolve of this House of the 
first day of May last, report. 

That they have Purchased another Tract of Land for the 
Hon'rable Brigadier Gen' Wayne formerly the Property of Alex- 
ander Wright Esq' supposed to Contain eight hundred forty 
seven Acres. Amount of Purchase three thousand nine hundred 
Pounds 

That they have Purchased another Tract of Land for the 
Hon'rable Maj' Gen' Greene, formerly the Property of Graham 
Esq' Supposed to contain two thousand one hundred seventy one 
Acres. Amount of Purchase, Seven thousand ninety seven 
Pounds Nineteen Shillings 

The Committee request if the House approve of the same, that 
this House will give directions to the Commissioners for the 
Forfeited estates to execute Titles for the above Tracts of Land 
to General's Wayne and Greene 

The House, then Adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Thursday August i*^ 1782 

The House met according to Adjournment 

Thomas Stone and John Morell Esquires being returned 
elected for the County of Chatham, in the room of Joseph Haber- 
sham and William Gibbons Esquires M' Stone attended and 
qualified 

The following Petitions were read Vz* 



172 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

From Sarah Frazer. 

George Bazil Spencer. 
Stephen Millen. 

Ordered that the above Petitions He on the Table 

The following Petitions were read Vz' 

From Luke Mann with an Account &c. 
Samuel Hammond. 
Elisabeth Gresham. 
Jose|rfi Woodruff 
Richard Donnavan Murray 

Ordered that the same be refered to the Committee on Peti- 
tions 

A Petition from Hugh Ross was read setting forth his inca- 
pability of serving as a Soldier in the Georgia Battalion 

Ordered that the said Petition be refered to Major Haber- 
sham and if it should appear that the facts set forth are true that 
he be discharged 

A Petition from Alexander Creighton was read 

Ordered that the said Petition be refered to the Committee 
for the revisal of the Bill, for Confiscating the Estates of Sun- 
dry Persons &c. 

The House then Proceeded to take into Consideration the Bill 
for Preventing improper or disaffected Persons Migrating from 
other Places and becoming Citizens of this State, and for other 
Purposes therein mentioned. 



AUGUST, 1782. 17a 

Ordered that the said Bill be Postponed till this afternoon 

The Bill for opening the Courts of Law and Justice within 
this State under certain restrictions therein mentioned, was read 
the third time 

Ordered that the said Bill do Pass into a Law and that the 
Speaker Sig^ the same. 

The Committee on Petitions Reported. 

That the Petition of Elizabeth Gresham requesting the Pay- 
ment of a Loan of fifteen Bushels Salt lent the Public in the year 
one thousand seven hundred eighty one be granted 

Resolved that the report of the Committee on M" Gresham's 
Petition be agreed to, and that his Honor' the Governor be re- 
quested to issue an Order to the keeper of the Public Store for 
the quantity of Salt mentioned to be lent the Public at Augusta. 

M' John Morell attended and qualified 

The Committee to whom were refered the revision of an Act 
for Inflicting Penalties on, and confiscating the estates of such 
Persons as are therein declared guilty of Treason, and for other 
Purposes therein mentioned. Reported as follow, which was 
agreed to. 



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JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



David Johnston .... Amerced 
Thomas Johnston ... D** 
James Johnston ( Prin- 
ter) ly . . 

John Sutcliffee .... D** 

Thomas Wylly D* 

Tames Thompson ... D° 

Samuel Lang^ley Soldier 

Samuel Ealy .... D^ 

Tohn Shave D® 

Richard Shave D** 

Samuel Shepherd D^ 

Effingliam. 

Joshua Piercre Sen' 

Phillip Dil! Jun' Soldier 

John Goldwire Postponed 

Safnuel Cooper Soldier 

George Weekly D** 

William Powell D° 

Thomas Polhifl D° 



John Irvine (Doctor) Amerced 

Georg^e Cuthbert ... D** 

Benj* Farjey D^ 

Benj* Wilson D** 

Robert Baillie D** 

James Roberson .... D** 

David Deleg^all D^ 

James Douglas Soldier 

William Durjo^an Dead 

Tohn Youilgf Soldier 

Robert Tillman D^ 

William Youngs D^ 

Jacob Sharp D^ 

Thomas Lamb D** 

Edward Pilcher D^ 

Henry Overstreet .... D** 

William B'row« 

Augrustus Und-erwood .Soldier 



Burke. 

Andrew M'^Nely 

Heirs of John M'^Cormick . . . 

Cader Price Soldier 

John Hammet D* 

Edward Corker D^ 

Stephen Corker D° 



Wilkes & Richmond. 

John O Neal Soldier 

AVington Perkins .... D** 

Luke Bynam D^ 

Andrew Robertson. . . D*" 

James Weatherford 

Heirs of Paul M^Cormick 



^he Committee also Report as their Unanimous Opin- 
ion that none of the Persons before mentioned, shall be eligible 
to' hold any Place of Trust Profit or Honor in this State or be 
entitled to vote at any election till three Years after the end of 
the Present war. 



AUGUST, 1782. 175 

The House having taken the above report into consideration 
& examined the case of each individual named in the said report 
do agree to the same. That is to say to take the said Person? 
out of the Confiscation Act and put them in the Amercement 
Bill. 

The House being informed that Walter Brown has a Quantity 
of rum Sugar and Coffee, which he is desirous of bringing into 
this State on Condition that he be allowed to sell and dispose of 
the same on the like Conditions as were granted the British Mer- 
chants who remained here. 

Resolved that the said Walter Brown be Permitted to bring 
the said Articles into this State, and that the conditions desired 
by him be granted him. 

The House then Adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 OClock 



(From State Archives,) 

Fryday August 2^ 1782 

A number of Members met, but not being a Sufficiency to 
Compose a House, they were Adjourned till Tomorrow Morning 
6 OClock. 



(From State Archives.) 

Saturday August 2^ 1782 

The House met According to Adjournment 

A Petition from William Houstoun Esquire Praying to be- 
come a Practitioner of Law in this State, was read 

« 
Resolved that the Prayer of said Petition be granted 



176 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Whereas many Persons have since the taking of the Town 
of Savannah, and who owed Allegiance to this and the United 
States, taken Protection from some one or other of his Britan- 
liick Majesties Officers, whereby they have rendered themselves 
incapable of voting at elections, and Serving as Jurors 

Resolved that any Persons under the above description be not 
Admitted to vote at any Election for Members, or Serving on 
Juries in any County in this State, untill they take the Oath of 
Abjuration. And Allegiance to this and the United States, and 
that they shall not be eligible to Serve in any Place of Honor' 
trust or Profit untill they have Complied with the Purport of this 
Resolution. 

A Letter from the Honrable Brigadier General Wayne, in- 
closing a Talk to the Creeks &c. and a Proclamation to the In- 
habitants of East Florida was read 

Ordered that the said letter, talk, and Proclamation; be Re- 
fered to a Special Committee, And that M' Houstoun, M' Le 
Conte and M"" O Bryan be that Committee 

A Bill for restoring certain Persons herein after mentioned to 
the rights of Citizenship within this State was read the second 
t:me. 

Ordered that the said Bill be Committed to a Committee of 
the whole House this afternoon 

On Motion that a Committee be appointed to class the several 
Persons to be named in the Amercement Bill, and to fix the rates 
of Amercement they are Severally to Pay 

Ordered that M' Clay, M' Jones, M' Twiggs, M' Bugg, M' 
Lindsay, M' Maybank and M' Cochrane be that Committee 

Sundry Recommendations from his Honor* the Governor were 
read. 



AUGUST, 1782. 177 

Ordered that M' Clay, M^ Houstoun and M' Le Conte be a 
Committee to take the same into Consideration 



The Committee appointed to class the several Persons to be 
named in the Amercement Bill and to fix the rates of Amerce- 
ment they are severally to Pay. Reported 

That they have divided the list of Persons agreed by the House 
to be Amerced, into three Classes, they Report the Class number 
one ought to be amerced if Paid in Cash twelve Per Cent on all 
their Property real and Personal, to be Paid within three Months, 
to be obliged to give an Account of all their Property on Oath 
within forty Days, and in case of Neglect to forfeit double the 
amount to be recovered by Sale of any Part of their Estates. The 
estates first to be appraised in order to ascertain the value 

They report Number two to be Amerced eight Per Cent, in 
case of neglect to forfeit double that amount in the same manner 
as Number one 

The third Class to serve as Soldiers or find Substitutes. Which 
was agreed to. 

N* One. Number one Continued 

Thomas Polhill James Lambert 

Sir Patrick HcJustoun Andrew McLean 

John Sutclijffe Doctor Irvine 

George Bazir Spencer George Cuthbert 

Thomas \Vylty Benjamiii Farley 

William Strutfiers John Goldwire 

Amos Whitehead Thonias Johnson 

M'Cartan Ca^ipbell m. .* 

Urr-TOlt 



178 



JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



Number Two. 

William King 
John Lowerman 
Stephen Millen 
Joseph Cuthbert 
Joseph Fox 
Luke Mann 
Thomas Walker 
N^icholas Cavena 
David Cavena 
Peter Wynne 
Heirs of George Walker 
David Johnston 
James Johnston 
David Delegfall 
Benjamin Wilson 
Robert Baillie 
Georgfe Houstoun 
James Mossman 
David Doufiflass 
William Stephens 
Smith Clarendon. 

Number 3. for Soldiers 

Avington Perkins 
Luke Bynam 
Andrew Robfertson 
James Weatherford. 
Thomas Yarbrou^h 
Simon Sherwood 
Henry Brown 
Atkin William Young 
Jeremiah Atkinson 
John Spence 
Samuel Lyons 



Number 3 Continued. 

Victor Thompson 
James Martin 
Joseph Atkinson 
Valentine Clem 
John Stubbs 
Abram Johnston 
John Hudgens 
Robert Burton 
Jonathan Sill 
David Baldwin 
Joseph Hudgens 
Arthur Ryals 
John Ryals 
John Hall 
John Axley 
Christopher Creamer 
Heirs of John Wertsh 
Gotlieb Smith 
John Wilson 
James Wilson 
William Wilson 
Jacob Meyers, 
James Cook 
Samuel Langley, 
John Rentz, 
James Thompson 
Samuel Ealy 
JoJin Shave 
Samuel Shepherd 
Joshua Pierce Sen' 
Phillip Dill, Jun' 
Samuel Cooper 
George Weakley 
William Powell 
Andrew M^'Nely 



^. 



) 



AUGUST, 1782. 179 

Number three Continued Number three Continued 

Cader Price Jacob Sharp 

James Robertson Thomas Lamb 

ToJin Hammitt Edward Pilcher 

Edward Corker Henry Overstreet 

Stephen Corker William Brown 

Tames Doug^lass Aueustus Underwood 

John Young John O Neal, 

Robert Tillman, Richard Shave. 
William Youne 

The House then Adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 OClock. 



(From State Archives.) 

Sunday August 4*** 1782. 

The House met according to Adjournment 

A Letter from Gen' Green was read. 

The Committee to whom were refered the letter and several 
inclosures from General Wayne 

Report 

That they recommend a Committee be appointed to wait 
on General Wayne, and express the high Sense this House en- 
tertain of his important services already rendered the State ; and 
the full assurance they have that all his Plans and operations will 
have for their object the welfare of this, and the other Con- 
federated States. And that the said Committee do further in- 
form the General that no exertions on their Part have been 
Spared, or shall in future be spared to compleat their Quota of 
Troops That the House have already ordered two Galleys and 
*wo Gun Boats to be built for the Protection of the rivers in this 



180 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

State, and that their best endeavour shall be exerted to compleat 
this very necessary Piece of business 

Ordered That M' Le Conte and M' Houstoun be that Com- 
mittee 

The Committee appointed to take into consideration the 
recommendations from his Honor' the Governor Reported as 
follow. Which was agreed to. 

That the Committee are of opinion that as soon the business of 
the House will Permit, Councellors ought to be elected to fill up 
the Vacancies at that Board 

That the Councellors while they attend on that duty, and na 
Longer ; ought to be allowed three Dollars Per day in Lieu of a 
Sallary. 

That twenty five Pounds be allowed to M' Henderson for his , 
extra Services as Deputy Superintendent of Indian affairs 

That one hundred and fifty Pounds Per Annum be allowed ta 
the Clerk of the Council, Provided he Acts as the Governor's 
Private Secretary. 

The Committee appointed to take into consideration the re- 
port of the Committee to whom was refered the consideration of 
Business necessary to be done during this Session, further Re- 
port, wliich was agreed to. 

As their Opinion, that an Auditor, or Auditors, should be im- 
mediately appointed to Audit the Public Accounts of this State 
fully empowered and Authorized to do and carry into execution 
every rtiatter and thing necessary to said business and for bring- 
ing Public defaulters to Strict Account and to Preserve and keep 
distiiltt Accounts of expenditures for Continental services Sepe- 
rate from State ones. 



AUGUST, 1782. 181 

That in the Settlements of all Publick Accounts the Auditors 
Conform themselves to the Resolves, Laws and Orders of the 
Legislative and Executive Authority of this State and no other. 

That the said Auditors be empowered to employ such Persons 
as may be necessary in the executing of said business and be 
furnished with an Office at the Public expence, and that they be 
allowed a Liberal Sallary for their services in order to engage 
their Closest attention and industry to this very necessary busi- 
ness 

That a Committee of Judicious Persons be appointed to form 
a Depreciation Table from the first of January One thousand 
seven hundred Seventy seven to the fall of Charles Town, or 
such Prior Period as the Committee may find upon examination 
that the value of our Currency ceased, and that the said Depre- 
ciation Table when compleated by the said Committee, be by 
them laid before his Honor' the Governor, who shall Publish a 
Proclamation establishing said depreciation Table, as a rule in 
the Settlement of all Accounts between the State and individuals, 
and between individual and individual untill otherwise directed 
by this House, or any future Legislature 

Ordered that M' Speaker, M' Clay, M' Wereat M' Gibbons, 
M' Stone, M' Morell, and M' Kell be the Committee for Pre- 
paring and forming the said depreciation Table. 

Resolved that the Attorney General be directed to call on all 
Persons, indebted to this State for Public Sales, and on default 
of immediate Payment to Prosecute and bring Actions against 
such defaulters, and that his Honor the Governor be requested 
to furnish the Attorney General with suph Papers as may be 
necessary for such Prosecutions. 

Resolved that M' O Bryan, M' Wylly, M' James Habersham, 
M' Clay, and M' Wereat be Commissioners for regulating and 
directing the Pilotage of the Bar and river Savannah, and for 



182 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

establishing the fees of Pilotage untill other ways regulated by 
Law, and that a Majority of the said Commissioners be a Quorum 
to do any matter respecting said business. 

Resoi^ved that one or more Persons be appointed as a Com- 
mittee for the Purpose of obtaining Supplies of every kind for 
this State, and that they be empowered to Pledge the faith of 
this State for all Purchases or Contracts they may enter into for 
the Purpose of Procuring said supplies, that the Executive Au- 
thority be directed and required to give every countenance and 
Support to such Person or Persons who may be employed in said 
business as may be necessary to enable them to execute the same 
in the best and most speedy manner for the Interest of this 
State. 

ResoIvVEd that any Payments that may be made to this State 
in such Articles as are fit, or be wanted for exportation, ought 
to be delivered into the hands of such Persons as may be ap- 
pointed for the Purpose of Procuring supplies as aforesaid, the 
better to enable them to carry on said business, and that the said 
Persons so appointed be allowed the usual Commissions for 
executing the same 

Ordered. That M' Clay and M' O Bryan be that Committee 

On Motion 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole to 
Reconsider the Bill for Amercing Persons 

M' Clay in the Chair 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair 

M' Clay from the Committee of the whole House 

Reported. 

That they had considered the same, made some Progress there- 
in and desired leave to sit again 



AUGUST, 1782. 183 

OrderKd that they have leave 

Rksoi^vEd that a Committee be appointed to see the Bill for 
opening the Courts of Law and Justice within this State, under 
certain Restrictions therein mentioned engrossed. And to see 
the Speaker Sign the same 

Ordered. That M' Stone, M' Jackson, M' Andrew, or any 
two of them be a Committee for that Purpose. 

. Resolved that M' Frederick Rolfes be recommended to the 
Honorable Maj' General Greene as a Proper Person to Act as 
Deputy Commissary General of Purchases for this State. 

Resolved that M"" John Strong be recommended to the Hon- 
rable Maj' Gen' Greene as a Proper Person to act Deputy Com- 
missary General of Issues for this State. 

Whereas it appears to this House that John Lindsay Esquire 
hath suffered much in the cause of his Country 

Resolved that the said John Lindsay be Presented with two 
good Negro fellows as a Mark of the Attention of his Country, 
that the said John Lindsay be empowered to Purchase the said 
two Negroes at any Public Sales, and his receipt for the same 
shall be a good voucher to the Commissioners the said two Ne- 
groes to be over and above any other allowance made by law, for 
Persons in the Situation of the said John Lindsay. Also 

Resolved that the said John Lindsay be empowered to Pur- 
chase one other good Negro fellow for Doctor Timothy Russell, 
the same to be given him in full of his Account for curing the 
said John Lindsay, and also Thomas Greer and Henry Candler, 
Persons who were maimed and much Wounded in the Service 
of their Country, which said Account was allowed and Ordered 
to be Paid by a former House of Assembly on the fourth day of 



184 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

May last, and that the receipt of the said John Lindsay be a good 
voucher as aforesaid for the cost of the said Negro to any Public 
Commissioners 

The House then Adjourned till tomorrow morning 8 OClock. 



(From State Archives.) 
Monday August 5^** 1782. 
The House met According to Adjournment 

ResoIvVEd that his Honor the Governor be requested to write 
to Gen* Greene Recommending M' Frederick Rolfes to Act as 
Deputy Commissary of Issues and to request he will appoint said 
Persons^ to those Offices. 

On Motion 

The House resolved itself into a Commitee of the whole to 
Reconsider the Bill for Amercing certain Persons. 

M' Clay in the Chair. 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair. 

M' Clay from the Committee of the whole House 

Report. 

That they have reconsidered the Bill for Amercing certain 
Persons, and agreed to the same. 

Ordered that the said Bill be engrossed, and sent to the 
Executive Council for their Perusal and Advice. And that M' 
Gibbons and M' Bryan be a Committee to carry the same. 



AUGUST, X782. 186 

On Motion 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole, to 
take into Consideration the Bill for Preventing improper Per- 
sons emigrating from other Places and becoming Citizens of 
this State, and for other Purposes therein mentioned. 

M' Clay in the Chair 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair 

M' Clay from the Committee of the whole House Reported, 
that they had gone through the said Bill and agreed to the same. 

Ordered that the said Bill be engrossed and sent to the 
Executive Council for their Perusal and advice. And that M' 
Cochrane be appointed to Carry the same. 

The Bill for Preventing improper or disafected Persons emi- 
grating from other Places, and becoming Citizens of this State, 
and for other Purposes therein mentioned, was read the third 
time , 

Ordered that the said Bill do Pass into a Law and that the 
Speaker sign the same 

On Motion 

Resolved that Major Habersham and M"" Attorney General 
be only empowered to Class the respective Inhabitants of Sa- 
vannah, and the Neighbouring districts agreeable to the tenor of 
the former Resolve of this House on that Head, who have Staid 
within the British lines and under British rule agreeable as they 
may merit, and that on their so classing them as aforesaid to 
report them to his honor' the Governor, who by the Advice of 
the Hon'rable the Council is hereby Authorized and empowered 
to confirm alter or reject the same. 



186 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The Bill for Amercing certain Persons therein named, and 
for other Purposes therein mentioned ; was read the third time 

Ordered that the said Bill do Pass into a Law and that the- 
Speaker Sign the same. 

Resolved that the Bill for opening the Courts of Law and 
justice within this State under certain Restrictions be Passed 
into a Law, under the following Title 

"An Act for opening the Courts of Law and Justice within 
this State, under certain Restrictions therein mentioned, and that 
the Speaker Sign the same. 

Resolved. That the Bill for preventing improper and dis- 
afected Persons emigrating from other Places and becoming 
Citizens of this State be Passed into a law, under the Title of 

An Act for preventing improper or disafected Persons emi- 
grating from other Places and becoming Citizens of this State, 
and for other Purposes therein mentioned and that the Speaker 
Sign the same. 

Resolved that the Bill for Amercing certain Persons therein- 
named and for other Purposes therein mentioned be Passed into 
a Law under the Title of 

An Act for Amercing certain Persons therein named, and for 
other Purposes therein mentioned and that the Speaker Sign the 
same. 

The Account of David Duncan, Amounting to two hundred 
and thirty Pounds eighteen Shillings and four Pence three far- 
things ; for Providing for the Members of Assembly during their 
Sitting here being laid before the House 

Ordered that as there are many Articles mentioned in the 
said Account which appear to have been Purchased for the use 



AUGUST, 1782. 18T 

of the said Members and still remain on hand. That the said 
several articles be sold at Auction or otherwise, and the Public 
Credited for the amount thereof, and that the Ballance of the 
said Account be ordered to be Paid by his Honor' the Governor, 
out of the first Monies which shall come into the Public Treasury 

The House then Proceeded to fill up the vacancies of the execu* 
tive Council, when the following Persons were elected Vz. 

For Wilkes County. John Lindsay Esquire 

For Richmond County. Arthur Fort Esquire 

For Effingham County. Edward Jones Esquire 

Resolved that the Speaker do issue Writs of Election to fill 
the several Vacancies in the Representation of the General As- 
sembly of this State. 

Resolved that M" Tondee be allowed fifteen Pounds for the 
use of her room which the Assembly Occupied during their 
Present Session, and that his Honor the Governor do give an 
Order for the amount of the same, out of the first moneys which 
shall come into the Public Treasury. 

The House then Proceeded to the choice of Civil Officers for 

the State. 

Chief Justice, Aedanus Burke Esq' 

Secretary of the State, John Melton Esq' 

Treasurer, Joseph Clay Esquire 

Auditors of Accounts, John Wereat & John Gibbons Esq'' 

Collector of Customs for the Town of Savannah Joseph Wood^ 
ruff Esquire. 



188- JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Collector of Customs for the Town of Sunbury John Law- 
son J' 

The House Proceeded to fix the Salaries of the Civil Officers 
of this State. 

Chief Justice, five hundred Pounds P Annum 

Secretary of the State, One hundred Pounds P Annum 

Treasurer three hundred Pounds Per Annum 

Auditors of Accounts, three hundred Pounds Per Annum 
each. 

Collector of Customs for the Town of Savannah one hundred 
and fifty Pounds Per Annum. 

Collector of Customs for the Town of Sunbury fifty Pounds 
Per Annum. 

RESOI.VED that M"" Jackson, M"* Houstoun and M' Le Conte 
be a Committee to revise the Minutes of this House and see the 
Speaker sign the same. 

Application of M' John Gibbons to be appointed Vendue 
Master. 

Resolved that M' Gibbons be, and he is hereby appointed 
Vendue Master for the Town of Savannah 

Resolved. That his Honor the Governor be requested to 
write to the Honr'able Aedamus Burke Esquire, informing him 
that this House have elected him to the Office of Chief Justice 
of this State, with a Salary of five Hundred Pounds Sterling 
Annexed to the same. 

The House then Adjourned to meet at Savannah on the third 
Tuesday in October next. 

(a Copy). JA HABERSHAM, Speaker 



OCTOBER, 1782. 18» 

(From State Archives,) 

Savannah, Tuesday October 15"* 1782. 

A number of Members of the House of Assembly met but not 
being a Sufficiency to compose a House they were Adjourned till 
tomorrow morning 10 OClock. 



(From State Archives,) 

Wednesday October le^** 1782. 

A number of Members met According to Adjournment but 
not being a number Sufficient to compose a House they were 
Adjourned till tomorrow Morning 10. OClock 



(From State Archives,) 

Thursday October 17^'' 1782. 

The following Members Attended Vz* 

James Habersham Esquire Speaker 

M' James Jackson 

M' Benj* Andrew 

M' Oswald 

M"^ M*' Mcintosh. 

When not being a Number Sufficient to Compose a House 
they were Adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 OClock. 



190 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

(From State Archives,) 

Fryday October 18*** 1782. 

A number of the Members of the House met According to 
Adjournment. 

when not being a number Sufficient to Proceed on Business 
they adjoum'd to Tomorrow Morning 10 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Saturday October 19**" 1782 

When a Number of the House met According to Adjournment 
but not being a number Sufficient to Proceed on Business they 
were Adjoum'd to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock. 



(From State Archives.) 

; Sunday October 20"* 1782 

Number of the Members of the House met According Ad- 
journment, but not being a number Sufficient to Proceed on Busi- 
ness. They were Adjourned to Tomorrow morning 9 OClock. 



(From State Archives,) 

Monday October the 21** 1782 

The following Members met agreeable to Adjournment Vz 
M' John Houstoun, M' Fann, M' Andrew M' Jackson, M"" 
Twiggs, M' Way, M' O Bryan, M' Saltus, M' Pugh, M"^ Thomas 



JANUARY, 1783. 191 

Lewis, M' M' Stone, M' Crawford, M' M^'Intosh & 

M' James Habersham, 

When not being a number Sufficient to Proceed on Business, 
and there being no likelihood of making a House the adjourned 



(From State Archives.) 

Savannah January 7*** 1783 

The following Members being Returned for the present Year 
attended & qualified Vz 

For the County of Richmond 

Arthur Fort Robert Middleton 

John Germany David Robertson 

Charles Crawford Greenberry Lee 

William Few Edmund Cartlidge 

Charles Burke Zacharias Fann. 

For the County of Chatham 

Noble Wimberly Jones Thomas Netherclift 

James Jackson Peter Devaux 

John Houstoun James Bryan 

William Houstoun John Gibbons 
Nathan' Adams 

For the County of Wilks 

Stephen Heard Henry Ware 

Benjamin Catchings Zac?h'* Lamar 

Dan' Burnett Samuel Alexander 

John Cunningham Walton Harris 
Robert Harper 



192 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

For the County of Liberty 

Lyman Hall James Cochran 

Beniamin Andrew James Stewart 

John Andrew Samuel West 

For the County of Effingham 

William Holzendorf John Martin Dasher 

Benjamin Lanier Theophilus Lunday 

Daniel Howell 

For the County of Burke 

John Clements Francis Pu^h 

John Fulton Jared Irwin 

Edward Telfair 

The House then Proceeded to the choice of a Chairman when 
Benjamin Andrew Esqr was Chosen 

On Motion 

That a Committee of Priviledges and Elections be appointed 

OrdewSd. That M' Jackson M' Hall, M' Holzendorf, M"^ 
Pugh, M' Few, M' Lamar, and M' Davies be tJiat Committee 

The Committee of Priviledges and Elections Reported 

Ordered That the House do Take the Same into Consideration 
on thursday next 

The House then Proceeded to Ballott for a Governor for the 
present year, when after Casting up theBallotts Lyman Hall 
Esq' was E)leet<ki 

The House then Adjourned to To morrow Morning 9 OClock 



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JANUARY, 1783. 19* 



(Prom State Archives.) 

Wednesday January 8** 1783 

The House met Pursuant to Adjournment 

M* Charles Crawford for the County of Richmond And M*' 
Jinkin Davies for the County of Effingham Appeared and Took 
the oath Prescribed in the Constitution 

The House then Proceeded to the Choice of the Executive 
Council, and on Closing the Poll it Appeared that Charles Craw- 
ford & Arthur Fort Esquires Were Elected Councellors for the 
County of Richmond 

For the County of Wilkes James Little & Walter Harriss Es- 
quires were Elected. 

For the County of Chatham, James Bryan and John Mor 
Esquires were Elected. 

For the County of Effingham, Jinkin Davies and William Hol- 
zendorf Esquires were Elected. 

For the Cotmty of Burke, Benjamin Lewis and M' John Fulton 
Esquires were Elected. 

For the County of Liberty, James Stewart & John Elliott Es^ 
quires were Elected. 

The House then Proceeded to the Choice of a speaker When 
John Houstoun Esq' was Elected. 

Motion 

Being made and seconded, that a Committee Of three be ap- 
pointed to draw up an address to The Governor Elect, inform- 
ing him of his Appointment and Requesting to know if he will be 

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194 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Pleased To Accept of the same, and at what time it will be Con- 
venient and agreeable to him to take the Oaths of Office before 
this House 

Ordered That M' Davies, M' Andrew & W Few be that Com- 
mittee 

M' Samuel West a Member Returned for the County of Lib- 
erty appeared and took the Oath Prescribed in the Constitu- 
'on 

The Committee appointed to draw up an Address To the Gov- 
•nor Elect. Reported as follows — which was agreed to 

To His Honor Lyman Hall Esquire 

In ntjtifying to your honor your appointment To the Office of 
Chief Majistrate of this state. We Can not l.)ut Congratulate our 
Country en so Happy an Occasion 

Tlie ]{arly and decided Part which your honor took in the 
cause of c-imarica and exertions in the Course of the Arduous 
and ir.-p-.;rtcint Struq^o-le Whicli Precee^led the Auspicious dawn 
of Inc'cjKnflence Confirm us in the fullest assurances that under 
your U'-iri'-'i^tration a ctMitinued practice of Wliiq- Principles will 
Pre'.-.:;], ':•■' 1 a strict ]',\ertion of tlio-e wi^e an 1 Salutarv laws 
wliicli ha- e 1 C'?n ])as^Cil in fonrer as-e^ri'lit'S f(T Compleating 
tt:c '^'['\<y r.Mfl v.xlfare of tb.e state 

Y' vv {!-ii:r may rely (m tlie assistance anl Sui>i)ort of the 
a>.sC'T^!.ly on every occasion, a^d we shall think we only fulfill 
our duty in discharge of tlie liigh trust reposed in us. by affording 
every Aid in our Power, that can Promote the general tranquility 
and cstal-lish Whiggism on a Permanent fcnmdation 

Signed by Order of the House- 
Jon N Houston Speaker 



JANUARY, 1783. 196 

Ordered That M' Few, M' Da vies and M' Andrew be a Com- 
mittee to wait on the ^Governor Elect with The said Address 

The Committee Appointed to wait on his honor the Governor 
Elect. Report 

That they waited on his Honor' who gave them for Answer 
that by six OClock this evening it will be Convenient for him 
To return his answer and that he Accepted of the Office 

On Motion 

Ordered that the Commissioners appointed to make sale of 
Confiscated Estates Be directed to Postpone the same untill 
the farther Orders of this House 

Ordered That Copies of the above order be served the Respec- 
tive Commissioners 

On Motion 

That a Committee be appointed to Receive The names of Can- 
didates for the several state Offices for the present year 

Ordered That M*" Jackson, M*" Few, M' Lamar, M** Fulton, 
M' Lancer, and M' Andrew be that Committee 

yr James Jones a Member for the County of Burke and M*" 
John Elliott for the County of Liberty appeared and took the 
oath Prescribed in the Constitution 

The Governor Elect waited on the House and having Taken 
the Oath Prescribed in the Constitution Delivered the following 
Speech in answer to the Address of this Morning and is as fol- 
lows. 

M^ Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Assembly. 

I esteem your unsolicited appointment of me, to the office of 



196 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Chief Magistrate of this State As the greatest Honour, and am 
affected with Sentiments of the warmest gratitude on the Oc- 
casion 

The Early and decided Part which I Took in the Cause of 
amarica, Originated from A full Conviction of the Justice and 
Rectitude Of the cause, we Engaged in, has Uniformly Contin- 
ued, as the principle of my Heart and I trust will, to the last 
Moments of my life. 

If I can by a strict attention to the Various Objects of Govern- 
ment, and a steady and Impartial exertion of those Powers with 
which you have Invested me. Carry into Execution The wise and 
Salutary Laws of the State, it will afford a Pleasing Prospect 
of our future Welfare, brighten the dawn of Independence, and 
Establish the Genuine Principles of Whiggism on a firm and 
Permanent Foundation 

The Confident reliance Gentlemen, I have, on the wisdom 
of the council, you have Assigned me, and the firm support of 
your Honourable House, Afford a flattering Expectation of Suc- 
ceeding, in this difficult and important Trust 

On Motion 

That a Committee be appointed to revise the Rules of the 
last house of Assembly and Report to morrow morning, whether 
the same With any Additions or Amendments may be Proper 
to be adopted for the Government of the present House 

Ordered That M' Jackson, M' Telfair and M' Lamar be that 
Committee 

On Motion 

Ordered that the Auditor General be Requested to prepare 
and lay before this House a Table of Depreciation 

The House then adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



JANUARY, 1783. 197 

(From State Archives.) 

Thursday January 9*^ 1783 

The House met According to adjournment 

The Committee Appointed to Revise the rules of The last 
House of Assembly for the Government of the present. Report- 
ed which was agreed to 

First. The Members shall attend at the Precise hour Of Ad- 
journment, and on default, without Sufficient excuse to the 
satisfaction of the House such Member or Members shall be 
Subject to the fine of one quarter of a Dollar for the First 
ten minutes, and a Penny for their non Attendance every 
minute after and that such Member or Members shall not 
take his or their Place till such fine is Paid 

Second. On the Speakers taking his seat every Member shall 
do the same 

Third. That no Person shall leave his seat On adjournment 
till the speaker has left the Chair and is gone from the bar of 
the House. 

Fourth. That no more than one Member shall Speak at one and 
the same time, nor More than twice on one debate, unless he 
Has Particular leave from the House 

Fifth. Any Member Called to order and refusing To Comply 
shall forfeit for the first Oflfence One Dollar, for the second 
double The sum and for the third proving Refractory shall 
be expelled the house 

Sixth. That all motions and amendments shall be committed to 
paper by the Members Offering the Motion or Amendment 

Seventh. That any member Attending the House in Liquor so 



198 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

as to disturb the business Of the state shall be fined, for the 
first offence five Dollars, and on Repetition or Proving Re- 
fractory at the Order of the House when sober, such Member 
shall be expelled 

Eighth. That any member guilty of Cursing Swearing or using 
indecent Language In debate, shall for the first offence Forfeit 
One Dollar, and for every Offence after double the sum 

Ninth. That any Member leaving the House when met, with- 
out leave from the Chair shall forfeit a quarter Of a dollar for 
every Offence 

The Order of the day being Called for 

On Motion 

That that Part of the Report which Respects M' Houstoun be 
Refered to a Special Committee to fully investigate the Matter 
and Report to morrow morning 

Ordered That M' Andrew, M' West, and M' Deveaux be that 
Committee 

The Gentlemen elected Councellors for the County of Rich- 
mond, Offering some Objection Or Reasons why they Could 
not serve in that Capacity, It is Unanimously Agreed that The 
said Matter be Reconsidered, and that A New Election of Coun- 
cellors for the said County do come on immediately 

And on Counting the Ballotts it appeared That Charles Craw- 
ford and Zacharias Fann were Elected Councellors for the 
County of Richmond for the Present year 

The following letter being received from M' Nathaniel Adams 
a Member of This House Vz* 



JANUARY, 1783. 199 

Savannah 9^^ January 1783 

Sir 

Being Elected at the last general Election to Represent the 
County of Chatham in the Present assembly, I Excepted of the 
Honourable Appointment from a motion Of serving my Country 
as far as my weak Abilities would have admitted and though 
I would not conscientiously decline a duty (however incapable 
I am to discharge it) that my Country Called me To, as I find 
that a question is likely to Rise in The House Respecting Eligi- 
bility to serve as a Member which may direct the Attention of 
the House From more important Objects. I Hope I may be In- 
dulged with the Permission of declining to serve In the House, 
and that some Other person may be Elected to serve in my room 

I Have the honour to be with respect 

Sir &. C. 

A Question Arose whether the reasons assigned By M' Adams 
should be deemed sufficient to Induce this House to admit him 
to vacate his Seat it passed in the affirmative. The yeas and Nay 
being called for by M*" Telfair is as follows 



Yeas 


Yeas 


M' Deveaux 


M' Burke 


M' Heard 


M' Roberson 


M' Lamar 


M' Few 


M' Germany 


M' Burnet 


M' Middleton 


M' Alexander 


M' Cartledge 


M' Fort 


M' Lee 


M' Lanier 


M' Cunning^ham 


M' Andrew 


M' Kitchings 


M' West 


M' Ware 





200 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

iNay (Nlay 

M' Jackson M' Clements 

M' Gibbons M' Telfair 

M' Houstoun M' Puj^fh 

M' Harper M' Irwin 

M' Howell M' Jones 
M' Lunday 

On Motion 

It is Ordered That a writ of Election Be Issued for the 
County of Chatham for a Member in the room of M* Nathaniel 
Adams, Resigned, and that the Majistrates be directed to give 
five days notice thereof 

On Motion 

That the Commissioners of confiscated Estates be directed to 
immediately sell as Much of that Property for Cash as will be 
Sufficient to defray the Necessary expences of the Members at- 
tending this House a debate arising thereon it is Ordered that 
he said motion be committed To M' Andrew, M*" Few and M' 
[ones to Consider of the same and report their opinion tomorrow 
Morning 

The House then adjourned to Tomorrow Morning nine 
OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Friday January lo*^ 1783 

The House met agreeable to adjournment 

The Special Committee Appointed to Consult On the Elligi- 
bility of William Houstoun Esq' beg leave to refer it back to a 



JANUARY, 1783- 201 

Committee of the whole House, not being Competent to deter- 
mine How far the British lines extended at the time He Retired 
from them 

On Motion 

It is unanimously agreed, that the Reconsideration of the Eli- 
gibility of William Houstoun Esquire and the Report of the 
Special Committee, be adjourned Sine Die 

On Motion 

It is ordered that a writ of Election do Issue for one Member 
for the County of Liberty In The Room of Lyman Hall Esquire 
who is Elected Governor, 

On Motion 

Ordered That the letter and Council Books yesterday Re- 
ceived from his Honor the late Governor be refered to a Com- 
mittee to Examine the same and Report thereon 

Ordered That the Committee be M' William Houstoun M' 
Telfair and M' Gibbons 

On Motion 

It is order^ that a Committee Be A ppointed to Examine such 
salutary And Necessary Laws expirrj or nigh Expiring and to 
prepare a bill for their Continuation or Amendment 

Committee M' Jackson, M' Houstoun, and M' Heard. 

M' John Martin Dasher a Member Returned for the county 
of Effingham; Appeared and Took the Oath Prescribed in the 
Constitution 

M' Noble Wymberly Jones a Member returned for the County 
of Chatham appeared And took the Oath Prescribed in the Con- 
stitution 



202 



JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



Motion being made and seconded That leave be given to bring 
in a bill for Taking the name of William Stephens, Esq' From 
and out of the amercement law, the Votes being Equal the 
Speaker determined in the Affirmative. The Yeas and naes being 
Called for is as follows 



yea 




M' Jackson 


M' Middleton 


M' Deveaux 


M' Few 


M' Gibbons 


M' Lunday 


M' W°» Houstoun 


M' West 


M' Heard 


M' Telfair 


M' Lamar 


M' Pugh 


M' Harper 


M' Jones 


M' Burnet 




nay's 


n 


M' Cunningham 


M' Burke 


M' Ketching:s 


M' Roberson 


M' Ware 


M' Howell 


M' Alexander 


M*" Dasher 


M' Fort 


M' Andrew 


M' Germany 


M' Clements 


M' Cartledge 


M*" Irwin 


M' Lee 





yea 



nays 



Ordered That M' Andrew, M' Jackson, and M' Few, be a 
Committee to prepare and bring In the said bill 



Motion 



Being made and seconded that a Committee be appointed to 
examine into the Sales of the confiscated and Amers'd Property, 
And the monies arising therefrom, and the said Committee be' 
empowered to call for Persons, for Books and papers to Enable 
them to lay before This House a state of the same 



JANUARY, 1783. 203 

Ordered That M' Noble Wymberly Jones, M' James Jones, 
M' Jackson, M' Telfair and M' Few be that Committee 

The following Petitions were Read. Vz* 

From George Gnam Praying his son solomon Gnam may be 
discharged from the georgia Regiment 

From Jonathan Rhan, Praying to be discharged From the 
Georgia Regiment 

From George Buckly, Praying to be discharged from the geor- 
gia Regiment 

From Nathaniel Ott, Praying to be discharged from the Geor- 
gia Regiment 

From Jacob Metzgar, Prayihg to be discharged from the 
Georgia 

From James M'^Kay praying that a tract of Land Purchased 
from the Commissioners of Confiscated Property, be granted 
him for Services rendered this state 

From John Lowerman, Praying to be taken Out of the 
Amercement law 

From Matthew Meek, John Penrose and Matthew Wyncauf, 
Praying to be discharged from the Continental Service 

Margaret Metzgar Praying for her son to be Taken out of the 
Continental Service 

From Titus Hollinger Praying to be Relieved from a Condi- 
tional agreement made with John Fox 

From a Number of the Inhabitants of the County of Rich- 
mond in behalf of James Mercer and his distressed family 



204 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

From Michael Mock Pra)ring to be discharged from the Geor- 
gia Regiment 

From Eve Haberer, Praying for her son Mathias Weitman be 
discharged from the Georgia Regiment 

Ordered That M' Deveanx M' Clements and M' Harper be 
a standing Committee of Petitions 

Ordered That a Committee be appointed to Arrange and Re- 
port the necessary business of This Session of Assembly, and 
that M' Jackson, M' Andrew, M' Lundy, M' Telfair M' Few, 
and M' Heard, be that Committee 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning nine OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Saturday January ii"* 1783 

The House met according to adjournment 

Motion 

Being made and seconded that Two members be added to 
the standing Committee on Petitions 

Ordered That M*" Howell and M*" West be added to the said 
Committee 

The Committee to whom were Refered the Necessary business 
to be entered upon during the setting of the Present House, 
submit the Following Resolutions to the House 

Report 

First. The Consideration of ways and means for defraying the 
Civil list, and making Provision for the Continental Quota 
of the state 



JANUARY, 1783. 205 

Second. The Consideration of all letters and papers from the 
Continent finances or Otherwise 

Third. The Consideration of our private acco* due from the 
state to different persons 

Fourth. The Consideration of our Respective Laws Expired or 
nigh expirii^ 

Fifth. The Consideration of our ports, the Want of proper In- 
spectors and Regulations for the Custom House 

Sixth. The Consideration of Ferries and Roads throughout the 
state 

Seventh. The Consideration of Establishing Seminaries of 
learning and the Promotion of Religion 

Eighth. The Consideration of Husbanding The Remaining Re- 
sources of the Confiscated Estates 

Ninth. The Consideration of the disposal of Vacant lands or 
thpse we may Hereafter Procure by Cession from The Indians 

Tenth. The Consideration of Indian Affairs 

Eleventh. The Consideration of our boundry, The assertion of 
our Claim, and the Appropriation of such part as Will fulfill 
our engagement with The Soldery, and for the Encourage- 
ment of settlers 

Twelfth. The Consideration of Court Houses and Jails in the 
Respective Counties 

Thirteenth. The Consideration of an act for The Sale of the 
Lots in Augusta Laid out by virtue of a law of The Legisla- 
ture 



206 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Fourteenth. The Consideration of assistant Judges Justices and 
County Officers 

Fifteenth. The Consideration of Calling on Every Person or 
Persons who have had The Public Monies in his or their 
hands On any account whatsoever 

Sixteenth. The Consideration of Continental Delegates and in- 
structions for those and other public Officers 

Memorial from James M^'Kay was read 

Ordered That the said Memorial be refered To a special Com- 
mittee and that M' Telfair M*" James Jones and M' Lanier be 
That Committee 

The House Proceeded to the Consideration of the Report of 
the Committee of Priviliges and elections that William Maxwell 
\\'illiam Bryan, Thomas Netherclift, and WiHiam Horsby Es- 
quires are not Eligible to a Seat in this house, for not having re- 
sided Twelve Months in this state since their being British sub- 
jects, and the same being Debated in the House was agreed to. — 

On ^Motion 

It is Ordered that writs of Election do Issue for three mem- 
bers tor the county of Chatham in the room of William Maxwell 
William Bryan and Thomas Netherclift Escfuires and also for 
one member for the County of Camden in the room of William 
Ilornsby whose seats are declared Vacant. 

Several Petitions hereafter mentioned Praying a Reserve of 
Lands on the Oconee River on Condition of bringing in a num- 
ber of Inhabitants to settle the same, l^eing Presented and Read, 
that is to say 

First. From William Porter L. Col*' B. C. 



JANUARY, 1783. 207 

Second. From CoP Robert Irwin Cap* John Brawnfield and 
Others mentioned in the said Petition 

Third. The Petition of a number of subscribers Inhabitants of 
south Carolina 

Fourth. From a number of Inhabitants from South Carolina. 
V. Z. Thomas Potts &c. 

Fifth. From Sampson Ball &c. in behalf of himself and sundry ' 
Other Inhabitants of South Carolina. 

Sixth. From James Knight &c. and sundry Inhabitants of south 
Carolina. 

On Motion 

It is Ordered. That the said several Petitions be Refered to a 
special Committee to of, and report their opinion of the same and 
That M"" Heard, W Cunningham, M' Andrew, W Few and M' 
Telfair be that Committee 

On Motion 

It is Ordered That his Honor tlie Governor be Requested to 
immediately Prepare and send a talk to the Kings and Beloved 
men of the Creek and Cherokee nations And inform them that 
it is the desire of this State to meet them in a Congress at the 
Big shoals on tlie Oconee's on the first may next, in order to 
demand a Cession of Land As a Consideration or Attonement 
for the Many Injuries done by them or their People the Indians 
have clone us, to Renew our Treaty of Peace and friendship 
with them And to negociate Such other matters as May l)e Con- 
sistant with the interest and Safety of all parties., and Whereas 
it will be expedient and necessary that Commissioners be ap- 
I'ointed by this House to Join his Honor the Governor, or any 
Person or Persons by him appointed to attend the said Congress 
of Indians, therefore Resolved that this House will Proceed to 
the appointment of such Commissioners on monday next 



208 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The Petition of Anne Baily being Presented By George Baily 
Jun' praying leave to Carry five Hundred bushels of Grain to 
East Florida and Protection on S^ Johns River 

It is Ordered that the said Petition be Refered to the Com- 
mittee on Petitions and that they be directed to Report thereon 
on monday next, and That his Honour the Governor be requested 
to Permit the said George Baily to stay untill The petition can 
be decided on, and that M' Andrew and M' Gibbons do imme- 
diately wait on his Honour the Governor with the said request 

A Message from his Honor the Governor Accompanied with 
simdry Papers, being laid before the House. It is Ordered that 
the same be refered to a Committee to examine and report there- 
on Committed to the Gentlemen who were yesterday Appointed 
to examine the letter and Council Books from the late Governor 

The House Proceeded to take into Consideration the Report 
of the Committee to arrange the Necessary business of the Pres- 
ent session of Assembly and make the following Orders thereon 

On the first Article, that M' Jones, M' Telfair, and M' Few 
be a Committee for consideration of ways and Means to defray 
the Civil list and Necessary Provision for the Continental Quota 

On the second, that M' Jackson, M' Gibbons and M' Andrew 
be a Committee for the Consideration of all Letters and Papers 
Congress Concerning Finances or otherwise — the Remainder of 
the Report Adjourned till Wednesday next 

Petition from a Number of Inhabitants from the state of Vir- 
gina praying for Certain quantity of land to be granted them 

Ordered. That the said Petition be refered to The Special 
Committee appointed to receive Petitions of a Similar nature this 
day and Ordered to be delivered the Committee on petitions 

Sundry Petitions were Presented and read Vz* 



JANUARY, 1783. 209 

From John Jones with an accotint, and Certificate from the 
Commissioners of Confiscated Property Praying that the 
House will Account with him for the damage he Sus- 
tained by Daniel Howell and for other Services rendered 
by him to the State. 

From Milly Hannah with a Certificate from The two Commis- 
sioners of Richmond Coimty, setting forth her distressed 
situation and prayii^ that the Remainder of slaves and 
a tract of Land to remain on untill The youngest of her 
Children comes of age with the remaining stock of 
Henry Sharp 

From • Thomas Polhill, Praying to be taken out of the 
Amarican Law. 

From William Jones, with an affidavit of Sundry Receipts for 
Provisions furnished This state which he was rob'd oflf 
Praying for Relief. 

From Rebeckah NichoUs, Praying for Relief in Her present 
situation and that the Effects Of her former husband 
who dy'd in the Service of this State, should be taken 
by Persons who had no legal Claim or demand Against 
her second Husband who was Kill'd by the Liberty Peo- 
ple April 178 — 

From Christopher Buntz, Praying to be discharged from the 
Continental service — 

From Thomas Ogden, in behalf of himself and the rest of the 
owners of the armed Brigg Edward, with an Estimate of 

The Belvideras Cargo Amountii^ to Thousand five 

hundred ninety four Pounds fourteen shillings and Eight 
pence Exclusive of sundry Charges, as Exhibited By the 
Sheriff Pra)ring that the decree Or definitive sentence 
of the Judges may be Confirmed 

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810 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

JFrom WiUiam Baldwin with a Permit from the president of 
Congress in the year 1778, praying to be received as a 
Citizen of this state since his being — 

From Hugh Alexander, Samuel Gordon, and Samuel Gibson, 
Praying to be discharged from The Georgia Regiment 

From Amos Whitehead Praying his name To be taken out of 
the amercement Law 

PVom Sarah Davis, Praying for Relief as her Husband who has 
Devoted the Chief of his Time to the Public Services 
of this state and was inhumanly Murdered by the Tories 
Enemies of this state, and Relief from an Obligation 
given by her deceased Husband for the rent of a planta- 
tion he lived on since he came to This state and a note 
her dec* Husband gave for some things Purchased at 
the Sales of Sequestered Estates 

From Sundry Principal Inhabitants Known and tried friends to 
the Liberties of Amarica Praying that Thomas Yar- 
brough be discharged from The Georgia Regiment 

From Joseph Law, Executor of Arthur Carney sen' dec* Pray- 
ing that The Orphans may not be Charged with the fault 
of the parent and grant them Relief in their present 
Case.— 

From a Number of inhabitants of Burke County in behalf of 
Peter Wynne Praying him to be taken from the amerce- 
ment Law. 

From Numbers of the Known and tried Friends of Burke 
County, Praymg that the Heirs of George Walker Dec* 
may Inherit the fathers Patrimony and bring up the 
Children of the Dec*— 



JANUARY, 1783. ill 

From John Gilstrap, Praying to be diseharged from the Geor- 
^a Battalion 

From A Number of Inhabitants from the County of Burke, in 
behalf of Walker Praying that the said M' Walker be 
taken out of the amercement Law.— 

From John Butler Maxwell and Mary his Wife Praying that 
the said John Butler Maxwell be taken out of the Con- 
jBscation Law and Restorjed to free Citizenship 

The House then Adjourned to Monday Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archwes.) 

Monday January 13"" 1783 

The Hptise met according to adjournment 

M' John Andrew, a member Returned for Liberty County ap- 
peared and took the Oatii Prescribed in the Constitution. 

M' Houstoun expressing a desire to decline The Chair in 
favovu- of M' Noble Wymberly Jones who aurivd since the choos- 
ing of a speaker the same was agreed to by the House, and M' 
Jones Accordingly took the Chair as Speaker. 

Motion 

Being made and seconded, that a Committee be ap- 
pointed to Reconsider the Resolve Of Saturday last Respect- 
ing a Cession of Lands From the Indians that such Committee 
do Report the number of Commissioners necessary, and the 
mode of Appointment. 

Ordered That M' Andrew, M' John Houstoun and M' Few 
be &at Committee. 



JJ2 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Motion being made and seconded 

That a Committee be appointed to Prepare and Report an ad- 
dress To be presented to the Honorable Maj' General Green, 
Commander in Chief in the southern departments 

Ordered That M' William Houstoun, M' Telfair and M'' 
Jackson be that Committee 

M' William Gibbons a Member Returned for the County of 
Chatham appeared and Took the Oath Prescribed in the Consti- 
tution 

The Special Committee appointed to Receive The Memorial 
of James M°Kay. Reported. 

Ordered that the said Report be reconsidered. 

The Committee on Petitions Reported as follows. 

N. I. Petition of John Jones be refered to the Decision of the 
House. 

N. 2. Petition of Anne Bailey, not granted as to The Provisions, 
but Protection granted Her on saint Jons. 

N** 3. Petition of Milley Hannah be granted for four years, the 
Land excepted, giving good security for the negroes and 
stock Of Cattle. 

N. 4. Petition of William Baldwin be granted 
N. 5. Petition of Thomas Ogden be granted. 
N. 6. Petition of Thomas Polhill not granted. 

N. 7. Petition of James M^'Kay be refered to The Decision of 
the House. 

N. 8 to 19. Petition from Hugh Alexander Samuel Gordon, Sam- 



JANUARY, 1783. 21* 

uel Gibbons, Matthew Meick, John Penrose, Matthew 
Wyncauf Christopher Buntz, John Lowerman George 
Gnam, Nathaniel Ott, Michael Mock, Eve Harbour, Jon- 
athan Rahm, George Beechtley, Jacob Metzgar and Mar- 
garet Metzgar of The Georgia Battallion not granted. 

N. 20. Petition of Sarah Davis be granted. 

N. 21. Petition of William Jones be granted. 

N. 22. Petition of Amos Whitehead be granted 

The House taking into Consideration the Report of the Com- 
mittee on Petitions N. 2. Respecting M" Ann Bailey. Agreed, 
from particular Local Circumstances the Request with respect 
to Provision Cannot be complied with, but no Appears why Pro- 
tection should not be granted agreeable to the prayer of the 
Petition and that his Honor the Governor be Requested To grant 
the same 

The Committee appointed to Reconsider the Resolves of Sat- 
urday last Respecting Indian Affairs, made a Report which after 
some Amendments were agreed to and is as follows. 

; That it is their Opinion that the number of Commissioners 
to be appointed are seven, and That they be appointed by this 
House, and that any five or more together with his Honor The 
governor, in case the emergencies of the State will admit of his 
being present shall Constitute a board vested with full Power and 
Authority on the part of this state to treat Confer and agree with 
the aforesaid Indian Nations on all matters relative to a Cession 
Of a Claim to Land, and to negotiate and agree on such other mat- 
ters and things as may be Conducive to the mutual Interest and 
safety of all Parties, and your Committee are of Opinion that the 
time for holding the said Congress is too distant and they ap- 
prehend that the fifteenth of march next should be the time of 
holding the said Congress 



M4 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The House being informed that a number Of Creek and 
Cherokee Indians has been Some time on the Oconee with a 
number of Negroes and Other Property that Has been Plundered 
and Carried oflf by the Enemies of this state. 

Ordered that his Honor the Governor be Requested to appoint 
some Person or Persons To Receive the aforesaid property, de- 
liver it to The Proper owners, and to send a Talk to Said In- 
dians with some Presents proper for the Occasion 

That his Honor the Governor be and is hereby Authorized 
to Call on the Commissioners of Confiscated and amerced Es- 
tates, for so much of that Property as may be necessary to Pur- 
chase goods to the amount Of a sum exceeding One hundred 
and fifty Pounds for that purpose. 

On Motion 

That M' John Houstoun be Added to the Committee Appoint- 
ed to examine into the Sales of the Confiscated and Amerced 
Property and The monies arising therefrom, in place of Noble 
Wimberly Jones Esquire who had taken his seat as Speaker 

Petition of Patrick Carr on behalf of himself, Officers and 
men now under his Command, Praying for a Certain Quantity 
of Land to be Reserved for them on the Oconees between the 
Two trading paths the Horse and Uchy Path 

Ordered that the said petition be Refered to the Special Com- 
mittee of Lands &c. 

Ordered That the Clerk do make out Copies of the order 
Respecting M" Anne Bailey and The other Respecting Indian 
Affairs, and Deliver them to M' Few and M' William Gibbons 
who is appointed a Committee to wait on his Honor the Gov- 
ernor with the same which being read was agreed to and is as 
Follows 



JANUARY, 1783. 816 

"To the Honrable Nathaniel Greene Esquire Maj' General and 
Commander in Chief of the Southern Department &c &c. 

The Address of the Representatives of the Freemen of the 
state of Georgia 

The Legislature of the state of Georgia wish to assure you of 
the real happiness Your Presence in their Capital has given 
Them, words are too inexpressible to Convey Their sentiments 
of the difficulties you have Surmounted during your Command 
in the Southern Department not only your well directed exer- 
tions, and the Virtuous struggles Of your Victorious Army, but 
your Views of Ease to the Citizens, in drawing your Resources 
through a Scattered Country, will be ever g^tefuUy remem- 
bered by a state which has felt so Particularly the happy Conse- 
quences of them 

They Congratulate you sir on the signal success wherewith 
the arms of the United States under your Command with the 
blessings of Divine Providence has been Crowned by the total 
expulsion of the Enemy from the Southern States — an annal in 
The History of our Country which must endear the name of 
Green as long as the Remembrance of british tyranny shall be 
handed to Posterity 

They beg you to Accept their unfeigned Thanks for your de- 
cided and intripid conduct and to believe their Ardent desire your 
future days may meet that care and happiness, a glorious and 
Serviceable life through this grand Revolution most deservedly 
entitle you to. 

By Order &c. 

The following Memorials and Petitions were read and Or- 
dered to be delivered the Committee on Petitions 

From William Homsby, Praying for sixteen Acres of Land, 



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JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



at the spring at the entrance of the western road to Erect 
a brewery thereon also to hire eight Or ten Public Ne- 
groes. 

Prom Martha Marshal, with a Certificate Pra3ring to be Re- 
stored to four hundred Acres of Land sold by the Com- 
missioners of Confiscated Property 

From Burton Williams, Praying to be Restored To the Liber- 
ties of a Citizen, and be Restored to two hundred Acres 
of Land and Several negroes. 

From Jean M^'Bride, with a Certificate Praying that her son 
may be discharged from the Georgia Regiment. • 

From Anthony W. White Co L** L. D. Praying That the 
friends of the Dragoons who fell in defence of this 
state may be Considered, also that the Honorable House 
will make some Provision for the Orphan Child of Chris- 
tian Dasher who died in the execution of his duty as 
guide. 

From John Rutledge, Joseph Harkell, David Wall, James At- 
taway and George Miller Praying to be discharged from 
the Georgia Regiment. 

From Abraham Jones, Praying to be paid for a quantity of 
Liquors furnished Gen* Wayne at Ebenezer amounting 
agreeable to an Order of the late Hon. Governor Martin 
to three hundred twenty one Pounds fifteen shillings and 
six pence 

From Elizabeth Ronaldson, Praying to be Admitted to the 
Priviledges of a Citizen 

From Mary Outlaw, Praying to be discharged from an Obli- 
gation given by her late Deceased Husband for the sum 
of sixty Pounds being for the Rent of a Plantation of 
sequestered Property, in lew of His services Rendered 
the state. 



JANUARY, 1783, 217 

From Thomas Gibbons, Attorney at Law, with a number of 

Affidavits setting Forth his Humanity to the distressed 

Inhabitants of this State while in the Power Of the 

British, and Praying to be Admited to the Liberties of a 

Citizen of this state 

The House then adjourned to Tomorrow morning 9 OClock. 



(From State Archives.) 

Tuesday January 14"" 1783. 

The House met According to adjournment 

M' James Cochran a member for the County of Liberty Ap- 
peared and took the Oath Prescribed in the Constitution 

A letter from M' Walton Presenting a Copy of the Journals 
of the assembly of Pennsylvania and the Laws of that state was 
Bead 

Ordered that the thanks of this House be given Colonel Wal- 
ton for his usefuU Present to the Legislature of this state 

A Letter from the Honrabjle Maj' General Green was Read. 

Ordered that the said letter be inserted in The minutes, and 
is as follows. 

Sir 

Your Polite and Obliging address To welcome me to this State 
afford me The most singular Satisfaction ; nor are Your liberal 
Acknowledgements for my Small services and generous wishes 
for My future care less Pleasing 

It affords me the most agreeable Sensations to Contemplate 



318 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

the happy Change in the affairs of this Country; and it is^ 
among the first of my wishes That you may long, long enjoy the^ 
blessings of freedom and Independance free from further alarms r 
but should it be your misfortune to Have the flame of war Re- 
kindled in This quarter, my early endeavours shall not be want- 
ing to Check its progress and I cannot but hope by the smiles of 
Providence the virtue and spirit of the army Joined by the genius 
of the Country we Shall triumph over our Enemies. — 

I beg the Legislature to believe I am highly sensible of the 
Honor they have done me; and take the Liberty to assure you 
of my ready Disposition to serve them 

I Have the Honor to be &c. 

Memorial from James Johnston were Read 

ORbER^ that the said Memorial be refered To a special Com- 
mittee and that M' Telfair M' William Gibbons and M' Fort be 
that Committee. 

Letter from M' George Baillie Junior was Read 

Ordered that the said letter be refered to The Governor and' 
Council 

Motion being made and Seconded, that The Auditor be di- 
rected to demand of all Persons who may have Received Public 
monies an Account of expendition thereof and all such as may 
neglect, or refuse rendering Proper Accounts and Vouchers by 
the fifteenth Of march next, the said auditor is hereby directed 
to furnish the attorney General with the names and sums to 
each Respectively advanced in order that suits may immediately 
be brought thereon. 

Motion being made and seconded, that a Committee be ap- 
pointed to Confer with Maj' Gen* Greene and Report the best 
means of Putting the state in a Proper Posture of defence and 



JANUARY, 1783. 219 

the best mode of girding against future invasions, and That 
M' Telfair, M' Jackson, M' Few, M' Heard and M' West be that 
Committee 

The Committee Appointed to bring in a bill for the taking the 
name of William Stephens from and out of the Amercement 
Law of this state and for the Restoring him to all rights Privi- 
ledges and immunities of a free Citizen, brought in the Same 
which was read the first time and Ordered to be read the second 
time on Fryday next. 

Petition of George Matthews. Praying to have One thousand 
Acres of Land for thirty Or more families granted them in the 
back Parts of this state, they paying for each Thousand acres 
twenty five pounds sterling 

Ordered That the Said Petition be Refered To the special 
Committee of Lands. 

On Motion it is agreed. 

That all matters touching the Finances and Encourageing the 
settling of the state and Placing the same in a prc^r Posture 
of Defence, shall at all be when Called For, be Considered as the 
order of the day. 

Motion being made and seconded, that a Committee be ap- 
pointed to bring in a Bill to enable the United States in Congress 
Assembled to levy a duty on certain goods and merchandize and 
on all Prizes Condemned in this state : 

And that M' Telfair, M' Few and M' Davies be that Com- 
mittee. 

On Motion 

It is agreed that M' Cochran be added to the standing Com- 
mittee on Petitions. 



220 JOURNAL HOUSE OP ASSEMBLY 

Motion being made and seconded. That M' Few and M' Tel- 
fair be added To the Committee for the Consideration of all 
letters and Papers from Congress Concerning finances or Other- 
wise. 

Motion being made and seconded, that a Conunittee be ap- 
pointed to prepare and bring in a Bill for opening the Land Office 
and that M' Few, M' Heard and M' William Houstoun be a 
Committee for the above Purpose 

The following Memorials and Petitions were Read and Or- 
dered to be delivered the Committee on Petitions. 

From Phillip Dill From Raymond Demeree Jun' 

From John Green From Isaack Clyat 

From Sarah Culdwell From John Waudin 

From John Goldwire From Frederick Rolfes 

From Mary Walker From David Delegall 

From Sarah Frazer From Charles Watts 

From Mary Jackson From Matthew Rahn 

From Elizabeth Munro From William 

From the Ladies of Augusta 

and neififhborhood of that 

place 

The House then adjourned to Tomorrow morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Wednesday January 15**" 1783. 

The House Met According to Adjournment 

Resolved That M' Burnet be Added to the Standing Com- 
mittee on Petitions 

Letter from M' H. Laws Requesting M** Tatnal Miss Tatnel 



JANUARY, 1783. 321 

& himself to Remain Ten Days Longar that the Time already 
granted them. 

Ordered That the Letter of M' Laws on behalf of himself & 
M" Tanall be refered to the Governor & Council with A Recom- 
mendation should No inconveniences appear to them Arisii^ 
from the Measure they be Permitted to stay the time Requested 

Message from His Honor the Governor Requesting the Pa- 
pers Respecting Indian Affairs 

Ordered that the said Papers be sent to his Honor 

The following Petitions were read and ordered to be delivered 
the Committee on Petitions Viz 

from Donald M'^Intosh, with a letter & Resolve of Council, 
from William Gibbons, from Humphry Wells, from Sundry 
Citizens of the County of Burke. 

The Special Committee to whom were Refered the Memorial 
of James Johnston printer Reported 

Ordered that the first part of the Report be Postponed & the 
latter Part be Agreed to and is as follows 

Your Committee Recommend that the Journal, of this House 
be Printed Weekly for the Satisfaction of our Constituents and 
the Information of the publick 

The House taking into Consideration, the Petition of John 
Jones 

Ordered that the said Petition be Refered to the Committee 
appointed to examine the Sales of Confiscated and Amerced 
Property and the Monies Arising therefrom 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to Contract with a 
Printer for Printing the Journal of the House and Laws of the 



222 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

State, that the said Committee be empowered to inspect and Cor- 
rect the Journals for the Press & that M' Telfair M' Few & 
M' William Gibson, be that Committee 

M^ James Stewart a Member returned for thje County of 
I/iberty Appeared & took the Oath Prescribed in the Constitu- 
tion 

Ordered that M' William Gibbsons & M' Edward Davis be 
Added to the Committee Appointed to enquire into tfa^ Sales pf 
Confiscated and Amerced Property 

Petition of Emanuel Peter Dala Plane was Read & Ordered 
to be ref ered to the Committee on Petitions 

M' Stewart being informed that he was Elected a Member in 
the Executive Council of the State Retired to take his Seat Ac- 
cordingly. 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 
Thursday January 16"" 1783. 

Ordered that a Committee be Ajxpointed to examine into the 
Purchase of goods wares and Merchandize Made for the use of 
this State, since the Evacuation of Savannah, and report what 
may be on hand and in what Manner any Part thereof may have 
been appropriated & that M' Telfair M' James Jones And M' 
Cunningham be that Committee 

Letter from M' John Wereat Auditor General was read 

Ordered that the said Letter be Refered to a Committee to 
lake into .Consideratic»i .the said letter with such Instructions 



JANUARY, 1783. 2S8 

as may to them appear necessary thereon and that M' Telfair, 
M' Houstoun and M' Few be that Committee 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock. 



(From State Archives.) 
Fryday January 17'' 1783 

The following Petitions were Read, and Ordered to be de- 
livered to the Committee on Petitions Viz 

From Florence O Sullivan Gaitleman 

From Georgine M'^Intosh 

From John Holly with a certificate 

From William Jones. 

From David Murdock 

Message from his Honor the Governor & Executive Council 
was Read 

Ordered that the Petition of Marjery Haven be Refered back 
to his Honor the Governor & Coimcil to Proceed on as they may 
Judge Proper. 

Ordered that the Message from the Council Respecting their 
Cleric Doorkeeper and Messengers Salaries be refered to a Com- 
mittee for the estimate of the Respective Salaries for the Cur- 
rent year & that M' Gibbsons, M' William Houstoun & M^ 
James Jackson be that Committee 

Letter from M' John Baker, Abraham Ravott Caleb Howell 
Elijah Clark Thomas Lewis Charies Odingsells & Hugh Lawson 
Commissioners of Ccmfiscated & Amerced Property. 



224 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that the said Letter be Refered to the Committee ap- 
pointed to examine into the Sales of Confiscated and Amerced 
Property and the Moneys arising therefrom 

Petition from Patrick Walsh was read & Ordered to be Re- 
fered to the Committee on Petitions 

On Motion 

Whereas the Rigorous war carried on by the Arms of his 
Britannick Majesty in this State Since the Twenty Ninth of 
December One thousand Seven hundred & Seventy eight has 
Rendered it impracticable to elect And Convene the Legislature 
thereof agreeable to the Constitution untill the Seventh January 
one thousand Seven hundred and Eighty three, and whereas 
during that Period Sundry Citizens of this State have been 
elected and convened under the Denomination of Assemblies and 
Councils — ^and have exercised Such Legislative and Executive 
powers as Circumstances would at that time Admit of, and have 
done such other Matters & things as appeared to them Consistant 
with the Interest and Safety of this State, and whereas it now 
expedient and indispensibly Necessary that all Acts or things 
that was passed and done during such vacuation of the Consti- 
tutional Powers of Government which was founded in good 
Policey and the real interest of this State should be legally and 
Constitutionally ratified Confirmed and made Valid by this As- 
sembly 

Therefore Resolved that a Committee be appointed to 
examine and Report to this House such Proceedings of the 
aforesaid Councils and Assemblies as ought to be ratified and 
confirmed by this Legislature 

Provided nevertheless and it is hereby declared that this Re- 
solve shall not extend to effect the operation of an Act entitled 
an Act for Amercing &c And also An Act for inflicting Penal- 
ties on and Confiscating the Estates of such Persons as are 



JANUARY, i;r83. 



225 



therein declared guilty of Treason &c. except such Part or parts 
thereof as respects the power given to or the Proceedings of the 
Commissioners therein mentioned which are hereby Suspended 
and shall cease and be null and Void when after being debated it 
was moved that the Motion be Committed 

The Yeas and Nays being Calld for are as follows 



Yeas 



Yeas 



M' John Gibbscms 


M' Cartlegc 


M' John Houstoun 


M'Lee 


M' W- Gibbsons 


M' Burice 


M' Heard 


M' Roberson 


M' Catchings 


M' Few 




M' Telfair 




M'Purii 
M' James JcMies 
i8 






M' Middleton 


X\J 


Nays 


Nays 


M' Jackson 


M' Dasher 


M' William Houstoun, 


M' Benjamin Andrew 


M' Lamar 


M' West 


M' Cunningham 


M' John Andrew 


M' Alexander 


M' Cochrane 


M'Fort 


M' Clements 


M' Lanier 


M' Ircvin 


M' Howell 


i6 


M' Lundy 





So it Passed in the Affirmative 



Ordered that M' John Houstoun M' William Gibbsons, M' 
Telfair M' Pew & M' Heard be that Committee 



Ifi r r— Tol 8 



226 



JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



On Motion 

That all the Powers vested in the Board of Commissioners for 
making Sale of Confiscated and Amerced Property be Post- 
poned, untill the farther Orders of this House which matter be- 
ing debated the Previous Question being calld for that the said 
Question be Not, now put it ; was Carried in the aff ermitive the 
Yeas and Nays being called for is as follows Viz 



Yeas 


Yeas 


M' Jackson 


M' Middleton 


M' Devaux 


M' Cartledffe, 


M' John Gibbson 


M' Roberson 


M' Houstouh 


M' Lanier 


M' William Houstoun 


M' Howell 


M' Lamar 


M' Lundy 


M' Cunninpfham 


M' Dasher 


M' Catdiiners 


M' Benj' Andrew 


M' Harper 


M'West 


M' Ware 


M' John Andrew 


M' Burnett 


M' Cochrane 


M' Alexander 


M' Clements 


W Fort 


M' Puffh 


M' Germany 


M' Irevine 


Nays 


Nays 


M' William Gibbons 


M'Lee 


M' Heard 


M' Burke 


M* Lee 


M'Few 


M*Murphy 


M' Telfair 


M' William Gibbstms 


M' Tames Tones 


M' Heard 





The house then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 Oclock 



JANUARY, 1783. 227 \ 

i 

(From State Archives.) 

Saturday January 18*** 1783 

Message from his Honor the Governor was read 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table for the Perusal of 
the Members. 

Memorial from William Locke with an Order from Governor 
Martin. 

Ordered that the said Memorial be refered to a Special Com- 
mittee & that M' Heard M' Andrew and M' William Houstoun 
be that Committee 

Petition from Sundry Inhabitants of the United States of 
America 

Ordered that the said Petition be Refered to the Committee 
of Lands &c. 

Letter from Gen' M^ntosh with Sundry Extracts of the Leg- 
islative and Executive Powers of the State was read & Ordered 
to be Refered to a Special Committee and that M' Jackson, M' 
Few & M' William Gibbsons be that Committee 

The following Memorial and Petitions were read & Ordered 
to be delivered the Committee on Petitions Viz 

From Jacob Read 

From Daniel Johnston 

From Sundry Citizens of the State in favour of Thomas 
Young 

From Christiana Layer 

From Thomas Gough 



228 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

R^soi^vBD that the Persons appointed to Purchase Lands for 
the Honrable Major General Greene be desired to Report a full 
State of their Proceedings thereon and in what Stage the Busi- 
ness Stands. 

Petition from Hannah Goldsmith was read & Ordered to be 
delivered the Committee on Petitions 

The having received Satisfactory information that Maj' Gen- 
eral Greene had declined the purchase made by the Commis- 
sioners appointed by the State to Purchase certain Lands on the 
Conditions therein contained therefore 

Resolved that the Commissioners appointed to sell and dis- 
pose of the Confiscated Property do make Titles to Maj' General 
Greene, for a Tract or Tracts of Land formerly the Property of 
John Graham Esquire Containing as it is said Two thousand one 
hundred and Seventy one Acres known by the Name of Mulbery 
grove and the new in lieu of a grant of five thousand 

of this State of the first day of 

May one Thousand Seven hundred & eighty two if the same be 
agreeable to him 

Resolved that the Clerk of this House be directed to deliver 
to the Secretary of the State all the original Acts that are in ^is 
Possession in order that the same May be Recorded in that Of- 
fice, & that the Seal of the State be afiixed thereto 

Resolved that the Commissioners of Confiscated Estates do 
' immediately Sell of that Property for Cash to the amount of two 
Hundred Pounds to Answer the Present exigence of Govern- 
ment and deliver the same to the Clerk of this House, to be Sub- 
ject to the farther order of the Legislature 

The House then Adjourned to Monday Next 9 OClock 



JANUARY, 1783. »• 

(From State Archives.) 

Monday January 20** 1783 

The Gommittce on Petitions Reported from N. 23 

Ordered that the said report do lie over Sine Die 

The following Gentlemen were returned Elected for the Cotiii* 

t> of Chatham of William Maxwell Nath Adams 

& William Bryan Esquires Viz* William M'^Intosh Sen' William 
Gibbsons Jun' Thomas Washington and Joseph Clay Esquires, 
when William M'^Intosh Sen*" & William Gibbsons Jun*" appeard 
and being duly qualified took their Seats Accordingly 

M' Stephen Johnston a Member Returned for the County of 
Effingham Attended & being duly Qualified took his Seat Ac- 
cordingly 

Resoi^ved that a Committee be Appointed to Report wh^t 
Laws will be immediately Necessary to have printed and fur- 
nished to the different Counties & M' John Houstoun M' Few & 
M' Johnston be that Committee 

The House taking into Consideration the Resolves of the 
Eleventh and thirteenth of this Instant January Respecting the 
Power of Commissioners to be appointed by this House Came 
to the following Resolutions. 

Resolved that his Honor the Governor and the Executive 
Council be empowered and Requested to draw on the Treasury 
for a sum not exceeding one thousand five hundred Pounds on 
the Application of the Board of Commissioners appointed to 
treat with the Indians for the purpose of Procuring 
for that Occasion 

That the aforesaid Board of Commissioners be power 

to appoint Agent to Purdiase said goods, and 



230 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Also a Commissary to provide and Carry out Provision and 
Necessary Articles of Subsistance as well for the Indians who 
May come down on this busirtess, as for the Commissioners and 
others employed in behalf of the State: and there shall be no 
allowance whatever Made by the Publick to the Said Commis- 
sioners except for Necessary Subsistance during their Journey 
and Negociation. And the Board of Commissioners aforesaid 
are hereby empowered to appoint Interpreters, and such other 
Person or Persons May be Necessary to Carry the Intention of 
this House into Execution, and to allow such Person or Persons 
as they may have Occation to employ a reasonable Sum for their 
Services 

That his Honor the Governor and Executive Council be Re- 
quested to furnish Such Carriage and Guards as may be Neces- 
sary for the aforesaid Purposes. 

And as it may so happen that the time and place now fixed on 
for holding the aforesaid Congress May be found inconvenient 
therefore 

ResoIvVEd that the Board of Commissioners aforesaid if they 
think expedient may Adjourn the Congress or Treaty to such 
other time and Place as in their Judgment will be 

RESOI.VED that his honor the Governor be Requested to call on 
and require all and every Person or Persons who may have in 
tlieir hands bonds or other Specialties belonging to this State on 
which Monies may be due or owing together with all papers 
Respecting Finances to deliver them to him, and that he be re^- 
quested to lay a State thereof before this House on or before 
Monday next 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



JANUARY, 1783. ^ 231 

(From State Archives.) 

Tuesday January 21'* 1783 

The following Petitions were read and Ordered to be delivered 
the Committee on Petitions Viz. 

From Margaret M^'Donald 
From Joseph Woodruff 
From Anne Stewart 
From John Grant 

The House Proceeded to Ballot Commissioners to 
hold a Congress with the Creek & Cherokee Indians when Colo- 
nel General M'Intosh General Cor William 

Few Edward Telfair John Martin & General Elbert 

be duly elected — 

The Special Committee appointed and 

Report on the Memorial with the 

Horses at a Time when they were indespensably Necessary the 
Prayer of his Memorial ought to be Complied with, but think 
the Opinion of the House Requisite with Respect to the Con- 
tract set forth in the Memorial when the House taking the Same 
into Consideration 

Resolved that the Commissioners of Forfeited Estates be em- 
powered and required to Collect as Many Negroes, Confiscated 
Property, as will pay off the Accounts of Mess" Lacke and Com- 
pany such Negroes to be Valued agreeable to such rate and esti- 
mation as may be deemed a full Compensation for the said 
Horses, by Persons Acquainted with the Value thereof at the 
time of Delivery the following Petitions were read and Or- 
dered to be Delivered the Committee on Petitions 



282 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

From Mary Silcock 
From Henrietta Goldsmith 
From Luke Mann 
F'rom George Bazil Spencer 

from his Honor the Governor with some 

was read 



that the said Message and inclpsures 
a Committee, and that M' Telfair 



Gibbsons Sen' M' John Houstoun, M' 

M' Few be that Committee Wash- 
ington being returned a Member County ap- 
pointed & being Qualified 

RESOI.VED that M' Washington and M' Cochran the Spe- 
cial Committee to take &c take into Consideration a letter from 
General Mcintosh with Sundry extracts of the Legislature & 
Executive Persons of the State 

Message from His Honor the Governor respecting Accounts 

Resolved that the same be refered to the Committee to ex- 
amine into the Purchase of Goods wares and Merchandizes for 
the use of the State since the evacuation of Savannah 

The Committee appointed to Contract with the Printer for 
Printing the Laws of the State and Journal of the Assembly 
Submitt the following Resolve which was agreed to Viz That 
your Committee be empowered to contract with the printer for 
Printing the Laws and to allow at and the rate of fifty Shillings 
Per Sheet each Sheet Containing four folio Pages and to have 
hundred Copies of said Sheet for the said and 

half that Sum for every hundred the first hundred 

Copies and for Printing Journals and Proceedings of the Assem- 
bly Two Shillings Per Week, during the weekly Publications 
ordered by the Assembly and Longar 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 



JANUARY, 1783. 238 

(From State Archives.) 

Wednesday January 22** 1783 

Memorial for Naheed Wade Esq' Late Treasurrer was read & 
Refird to a Special Committee & that M' Telfair M' Few & M' 
Howell be that Committee 

M' Richard Howly being retumd a Member for the County 
of Liberty in the roOm of Lyman Hall Esq' Appeared when be- 
ing duly qualified took his Seat Accordingly. 

M' John Hardy being returned a Member the County of Cam- 
den in the room of William Homeby Esq' whose seat was de- 
clared Vacant, And being duly Qualified took his Seat Accord- 
ingly 

The Committee to whom was refered Sundry Petitions of the 
Inhabitants of the States of South Carolina, North Carolina and 
Virginia. Reported 

Ordered that the House Resolve itself into a Committee of 
the whole House immediately to take into Consideration the re- 
port of the said Committee and on the Mode of Granting out or 
Disposing of the same 

Resolved that M' William Gibbsons Sen' 

On Motion that the Speaker resume the Chair 

M' Gibbsons from the Committee of the whole House Re- 
ported that they had made some progress therein and desired 
leave to sit again 

The following Petitions were read and Ordered to be De- 
livered the Special Committee of Lands Viz 

From James Cochrane. 



234 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

From William Shervin - 

The following Petitions were read & Ordered to be Delivered 
the Committee on Petitions 

From John Wauden 
From James White 
From Gerald Bums 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 
Thursday January 23^ 1783 

Ordered that leave be given to bring in a Bill for Establishing 
a Town and Building a Court house and Jail in the County of 

Richmond, and that M' Few M' Middleton and be 

a Committee to prepare and bring in the said Bill 

The following Petitions were read and Ordered to be Deliv- 
ered the Committee on Petitions Viz 

From Elizabeth Stewart late Widow Johnston 

From Lamar with a pay roll 

From Dawson with Sundry Affidavits 

From Alexander Rose of South Carolina 

Clay a Member returned for the County of ap- 
peared and being duly Qualified took his seat Accordingly 

Message from his Honor the Governor was read 

Ordered that a Committee be appointed to Confer with 



JANUARY, 1783. 235 

Respecting his Message of the twenty first Instant M' Telfair 
M' John Houstoun & M' Clay be that Committee 

A Bill to enable the united States in Congress Assembled to 
levy a duty on certain goods and Merchandizes, and on all Prizes^ 
Condemned in this State, was read the first time 

On Motion 

That the house do resume the business of Yesterday There- 
fore Resolved that the House do resolve itself into a Committee 
of the whole House to take into Consideration the Report of the 
Committee on Certain Petitions for Lands M"" Gibbsons in the 
Chair 

The Speaker Resolved the Chair 

M' Gibbsons from the Committee of the whole House Reported" 

Ordered that the said report be taken into Consideration To- 
morrow Morning 

Letter from M' Henry Wood a Member for Liberty County 
informing this house that he declined Taking Seat 

Ordered That a Writ of Election do issue for a Mem- 
ber from Liberty County in the room of M' Henry Wood 

had declined 

Message from his Honor the Governor was read 

Whereas there is an absolute Necessity for the Con- 
tinental Troops now on duty in this state that his Honor 

the Governor be empowered to make Contracts for that Purpose 

as may be thought and that he be farther empowered tO' 

call on of Forfeited Estates for Two Negroes to fulfill 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 



286 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

(Prom State Archives.) 

Friday January 24"* J783 

Memorial from Thomas Ofifden in behalf of Others was 

read & Ordered to be Delivered the Committee on Petitions 

Petition of Thomas Dugfan was read and Ordered to lie on 
the Table 

Resolved that each of the Members of the House of As- 
sembly and Executive Council that have Attended Ten Days 
during the Present Session be entitled to draw from the Clerk 
a Sum not exceeding: Twenty Dollars each. 

Petition from General Twiggs and Col* Elijah Clarke was 
read and Ordered to be delivered the Special Committee on 
Lands 

Petition from Doctor Tohn Weeden was read and Ordered to 
be delivered the Committee on Petitions. 

The Order of the day being Called for, when the house taking 
into Consideration the Report of the Committee of the whole 
House on the Report of the Special Committee of Lands &^ 
which being agreed to is as follows Viz 

That it is the Oppinion of your Committee that the Land 
Office be opened under Certain Restrictions, and that A pro- 
vision be made for making good the contracts to the officers 
and Soldiers of the Continental line of this State and other 
forces appertaining to the same that have complied with the 
Contract on their Part, and your Committee are farther of Opin- 
ion that part of the Forfeited Lands be sold. And that two 
hundred Acres be allowed gratis Office fees excepted to the head 
of every family who will apply for the same, and each Person 
shall also be allowed to Purchase acres for every head 



JANUARY, 1783. 237 

right on the following terms, that is to say One Shilling Per 
Acre for the first hundred Acres, and On© Shilling and Six 
pence per Acre for the Second hundred Acres, and two Shillings 
and Six pence Per Acre for the fourth hundred Acres and so 
on in the same Progression According to Number of head 
rights. Provided the Quantity of land granted and sold to any 
one person shall not exceed one hundred Acres, and that such 
Person do live on & Cultivate apart of the same Twelve Months 
before he shall be entitled to a grant for such Lands 

Resolved that the remaining part of the report of the Com- 
mittee be Postponed till the Bill should be brought in for open- 
ing the land Office. 

The Committee appointed to examine and Report the Pro- 
ceedings of the Legislative & Executive Powers from the Twen- 
ty INinth December One thousand Seven hundred & Seventy 
eight to the Seventh January one thousand Seven hundred and 
eighty three Reported 

Resolved that the House do take the said Report into Con- 
sideration on Monday Next 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Saturday January 25*' 1783 

Letter from M' Gideon Dowse a Member returned for Lib- 
erty County was read informing this House that he had Re- 
signed taking his seat in the same 

The following Petitions were read and Ordered to be deliv- 
ered the Committee on Petitions 

From George Frashur 



388 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

From William Pickeron 
From Jane Boyd 
From James Hunt 
From Thomas Fenly 
From Daniel M^'Murphy 

Petitions of Sundry Inhabitants of the County of Mecklen- 
burg North Carolina was read and Ordered to be Delivered the 
Special Committee 

Petition from General Twiggs and Daniel M^Murphy was 
read & Ordered to be refered to the Auditor General for Liqui- 
dation and that he report the same to this house 

M' Edward Way being returned a Member for Liberty 
County Appeared and being Qualified took his seat Accordingly 

Resolved that the Commissioners of forfeited Estates be 
empowered and required to deliver M" Mary Maxwell wife of 
M' John Maxwell forty Negroes out of the Confiscated Prop- 
erty of the said John Maxwell to be taken by families so as the 
working hands do not exceed the Number of twenty as her im- 
mediate Property and the gift of the Legislative and that the 
said Commissioners be directed to Make Sufficient Titles to her 
the said Mary Maxwell for the same 

Ordered that the forty Negroes given M'* Maxwell by reso- 
lution of this day, shall be delivered that Lady out of the re- 
maining part of the Negroes late the property Maxwell, 

that are Not disposed of by any resolution of this House or 
taken for such disposition in the hands of the Commis- 
sioners 

A Bill to enable the United States in Congress Assembled to 
levy a duty on all Prizes Condemned in this State was read 
the Second time 



JANUARY, 1783. 23? 

Ordered that the House do resolve itself into a Committee 
of the whole House to take into Consideration the said Bill on 
Thursday Nex 

A Bill for the taking the name of William Stephens from and 
out of the Amercement Law of this State and for the restoring 
him to all rights Priviledges and immunities, of a free Citizen 
was read the second time 

Ordered that the said Bill be sent to the executive Council for 
their Perusal and advise and that M' Fort M' John Andrew 
be a Committee to wait on them with the same 

On Motion 

That this House fullv Satisfied of the Real and Ordered that 
the same do lie on the Table Letter from 

Letter from Elijah Clarke, Charles Odingseles & Hugh Law- 
son Esquires Commissioners of Confiscated Property were read 

ResoIvVEd that the Commissioners of Confiscated Estates that 
are Present be and they are hereby Authorized to Carry into 
effect the Resolve of the Twenty tfiird Instant Respecting the 
Supplies Provisions Necessary to be Procured for the Conti- 
nental Troops doing duty within this State and also the Resolve 
of the thirteenth Instant which authorised the Governor to call 
on them for one hundred Pounds for the Purpose of Suppl)ring 
the said Troops 

The following Memorials and Petitions were read and Or- 
dered to be delivered the Committee on Petitions Viz 

From James Greenhow 

From Edward Jones 

From Anthony W. White 

Resolved that M' Clay and M' John H be Added to the 

Committee on Ways & Means 



240 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

ResoIvVEd that M' Clay & M' Howley be Committee, to 

take into Consideration the of M' John Wereat Auditor 

General 

The Committee Appointed to bring in a Bill fpr Establishing 
a Town and building a Courthouse and Jail in the County of 
Richmond brought in the Same which was read the first time 

The House then Adjourned to Monday Morning 9 OClock 



(Prom State Archives.) 

Monday January 27^ 1783 

Letter from M' John Wereat Auditor General with Sundry 
Accounts and Vouchers for the Expenditure of Certain Monies 
Advanced by Daniel M^^Murphy & General Twiggs, with his 
opinion of the Same, was road 

The Order of the day being calld for 

Resolved that the House do resolve itself into a Committee 
of the whole House to take into Consideration the Report of 
the Committee Appointed to examine and report the Proceed- 
ings of the Legislative and Executive Powers from the twenty 
Ninth of December One thousand Seven hundred & Seventy 
eight to the Seventh January one thousand Seven hundred & 
Eighty three 

M' Clay in the Chair and after some time the Speaker re- 
sumed the Chair 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



JANUARY, 1783. 241 

(From State Archives.) 

Tuesday January 28"* 1783 

The Speaker and Twenty five Members met iNot being a 
Number Sufficient to Compose a house they Adjourned to To- 
morrow Morning: q OCIock 



(From State Archives.) 

Wednesday January 2g^ 1783 

Ordered that the report of the Committee appointed tp ex- 
amine & Report the Proceedingfs of the Legislative and Execu- 
tive Powers from the Twenty Ninth December one thousand 
Seven hundred and Seventy eight to the Seventh January one 
thousand Seven hundred and Eighty three be refered to M*" 
Jackson M' Clay, M' Howly, M' Andrew & M' Lawson & that 
they be desired to report the same on Saturday Next 

Letter from the Honrable Brigadier General M^'Intosh with 
one Inclosed from the Officers which Compose the Georgia line, 
to him was read 

Ordered That the said Letter be refered to a Committee & 
that M' Howly, M' John Houstoun, M' Jackson & M' Washing- 
ton be that Committee 

Petition from Mathew Wynecof was read & Ordered to be 
delivered the Committee on Petitions 

Ordered That the Clerk of this House do pay the Messenger 
of this House Twenty Dollars in part of his Salary 

Message from the Executive Council, with a Petition from 
George Barnes to his Honor the Governor & Executive 

16 r r— -vol 8 



242 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Council was read & Ordered to be refered to the Committee on 
Petitions 

Message from the Council 

*rhat they had Perused the Bill for taking the name of Wil- 
liam Stephens from and out of the Amercement Law of this 
State, and for the restoring him to all rights Priviledges and em- 
munities of a free Citizen alterations. 

Ordered That the Memorial of Col'' A be Referred to 

the Special Committee appointed to take into Consideration the 
letter from the Off Compose the Georgia Line 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 
Thursday January 30^^ 1783 

A Bill for the taking the name of William Stephens Esquire 
from and out of the Amercement Law of this State and for the 
restoring him to all rights Priviledges and immunities of a free 
Citizen, was read the third time 

Ordered that the same be engrossed and that the Speaker 
Sign it 

Resolved that his Honor the Governor be Requested to take 
such immediate measures as will best enable Cap' Howell to 
Carry into Execution an Expedition against some of the enimies 
Galleys Said to be at this time within the inlets of this State. 

Message from his Honor the Governor was Read 

Ordered that the list of Bonds be Refered to the Committee 
of ways & Means 



JANUARY, 1783. 243 

Ordered that the second Part of the Governors Message with 
a letter from Tames Rae be refered to a Committee & that M' 

Few, M' Telfair & M' Fort be that Committee 

^ . *-'-..^..-?; ,;• :, - , •• > ?^T:r:'^^?''-T'-t 

Ordered that his Honor the Governor be Requested to in- 
form the Commanding: Officer of the Continental Troops That 
it is the pleasure of this House that the Twenty Dragoons on 
their way to this State take the best rout to the Town of Au- 
gusta in this State to wait Such orders as they may from time 
to time receive 

Resolved that this House do approve of the Governors ar- 
rangements with Cap* Howell That his Galley be risk of 

the State, and that he be allowed Expences and Necessary 

Supplies on this 

Petition from Charles Francis Cheveleur was read and or- 
dered to be delivered to the Committee on Petitions 

The following Petitions was read & Ordered to be delivered 
to the Committee on Petitions 

From Mary Durgan & Sister 

From Sundry Inhabitants of Burke County in favour of James 
Lambeth 

From James Ingram 

Petition from a Number of the Inhabitants of South Carolina 
was read and Ordered to be Refered to the Committee on Lands 

Memorial from Raymond Demere was read 

Ordered That the said Memorial be Refered to a Committee 
& that M"" Howly M"" Washington & M' John Houstoun be that 
Committee 

The Committee to whom was refered the Letter from General 
M'^Intosh with its inclosures Reported 



244 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered That the said Report do lie on the Table till To- 
morrow for the Perusal of the Members 

The Committee for Estimating: Public Salaries for the en- 
suing Year reported the following rates which was agreed to 
Viz 

His Honor the Governor Five Hundred Pounds Per Annum 

Continental Delegates four Dollars each Per Day, to be esti- 
mated during there Attendance there and the time in going 
to and returning from Congress 

The Cheif Justice Three hundred Pounds Per Annum 

Attorney General Two hundred Pounds Per Annum 

Secretary, One hundred & fifty Pounds Per Annum 

Clerk of Council One hundred Pounds Per Annum 

Messenger of Assembly Thirty Pounds per Annum 

Messenger of Council Thirty Pounds Per Annum 

Collectors of Savannah & Sunbury fifty Pounds Per Annum 

Auditor General Three hundred Pounds Per Annum 

Treasurer one hundred & fifty Pounds Per Annum 

Ordered That, that part of the Report County Court 

Clerks & Sheriffs fees be reco 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



JANUAJIY, 1783. 246 

(From State Archives,) 

Friday January 3i** 1783 

Letter from M' William Hornby was read and ordered to lie 
on the Table for the Perusal of the Members 

The following: Petitions were read and Ordered to be deliv- 
ered the Committee on Petitions 

From John Sterr 
From David Sherrell 
From George Barnes 
From William Graves 

A Letter from M" Mary Bullock with a Memorial Inclosed 
from John Glen was read & Ordered to be delivered the Com- 
mittee on Petitions 

The Committee appointed to report what Laws will be im- 
mediately Necessary to have Printed and furnished to diferent 
Counties Reported 

Ordered That the said report do lie on the table for the Pe- 
rusal of the Members 

The House Proceeded to the election of the Several Civil 
Officers for the Present Year when the following Persons were 
duly Elected 

George Walton Esq' Cheif Justice 

Samuel Stirk Esq' Attorney General 

John Martin Esq' Treasurer 

Richard Call Esq' Surveyor General 



246 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

John Milton Esq' Secretary 

Joseph Woodruff Collector of the Town & port of Savannah- 
Hugh Lawson Jun' Collector of the Town & port of Sunbury 

Jones Register of Probate for Chatham County 

Barnard Heard Register of Probats for Wilks County 
John Apling Regrister of Probats for Richmond County 
Daniel M^'Murphy Regrister of Probats for Burke County 
Theophilus Lundy Register of Probats for Effingham County 
Baker Register of Probats for Liberty County 

Ordered that the election of Continental Delegates be Post- 
poned for the present 

RESOI.VED that William Holzendorf Theophilus Lundy 



M^'Kenzie Samuel Grouse & Stephen Johnston Esquires be ap- 
pointed Justices for the County of Effingham in Addition to 
those already appointed 

RESOI.VKD That the order of the day respecting the report of 
the Committee on General M'^Intoshs Letter be Adjourned over 
to tomorrow 

RESOI.VKD that Such of the Commissioners of Confiscated 
Estates as May be Present make Sale of Confiscated Property 
in their Lands for Cash to the Amount of a sum Not exceed- 
ing five hundred Pounds for Contingent expences and that the 
Proceeds of Such Sales be Lodged in the hands of the Clerk of 
this House 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 247 

(From State Archives,) 

Saturday February i"* 1783 

Letter from M' Tohn Wereat Auditor General was read 

Ordered that the said Letter be Refered to a Committee & 
that M' Telfair M' Few & M' Clay be that Committee 

Letter Samuel Stirk Esquire Attorney General was read and 
Ordered to lie on the Table for further Consideration 

The Committee on Petitions Reported from N° 35 



Ordered that the said Report do lie on the Table 

Petition from Christopher Bayley in behalf of the Children 
of Arthur Bowyers 

Ordered that the said Petition be refered to a Committee & 

that M' John Houstoun M' Fort, and M' be a Committee 

to take the Same into Consideration 

Ordered That a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill 
for taking the Names of 

Act of Attainder and Confiscation and them on the Act 

of Amercement, and that M' M' Houstoun & M' Howell 

be that Committee 

Petition from William Cooke was read and Ordered to be 
delivered the Committee of Petitions 

The Committee to whom were refered the Petition of Chris- 
topher Bayley in behalf of the Children of Arthur Boyers 

Report that their Opinion a Law should be Passed by this 
House for making Provision for the Releif of helpless Orphans, 
wedow and Oldmen and they Submit to the House the form of 
a Bill for that Purpose 



248 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Resouhbd That the said Committee have leave to bring in 
a Bill for the Releif of helpless Orphans Widow and Oldmen 
and they having brought in the Same was read the first time 

The order of the day being caird for, when the House taking 
the report of the Committee to whom was referred a Letter 
from Brigadier General M'^Intosh with its inclosures and after 
some Amendments agreed to the following Viz. That they have 
examined such Papers and Persons as have been offered by 

different Parties which it appears that the Resolves of 

Council Augusta twelfth of December One thousand seven 

hundred & Seventy Nine and the letter from the Governor to 
the President of Congress dated fifteenth ^mber One thous- 
and Seven hundred and Seventy INine the General, were 

unjust Illeberal presentation of Facts That the Letter said 

to be from William Glascock a Speaker of the Assembly 

thirteenth November One thousand Seven hundred & Seventy 
Nine, Addressed to the President of Congress Appears to the 
Committee to be a forgery in Violation of law and truth and 
highly injurious to the interest of the State, and dangerous to 
the rights of its Citizens, and that the Attorney General be or- 
dered to make the Necessary enquiries, and enter such Perseai- 
tions as may be consistent with this Office and duty. 

RESOI.VED That General M'^Intosh be informed that this 
House do entertain an abhorrence of all Such ungenereous At- 
tempts Made use of as appears by the Papers laid before them 
to injure the Character of an Officer and Citizen of this State 
who Merits the attention of the Legislature for his early decided 
and Persevering efforts in the defence of America which Virtues 
this House hath the Higrhest sense of — 

The House then Adjourned to Monday Next 9 OClock. 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 249 

(From State Archives.) 

Monday February 3"** 1783 

The following: Petitions were read and Ordered to be de- 
livered the Committee on Petitions Viz 

From Alexander Creig^hton 

From Edward Davies late Auditor General with 

- The Committee appointed to examine into the Goods 

wares and Merchandize, Purchase and the United States 

Since the evacuation having: taken the same into Consid- 
eration Submit the following Resolution which 

Resolved That such Accounts as are now of Your 

Committee and all other Accounts Circumstances be Re- 

fered to the Auditor General ine and report thereon and 

in Particular the said Goods may have been appfopriated 

State of what may have been appropriated tal use 

and obtain a Prot>er Certificate And to make such debits 

on what May applied to State Use as the Nature of the 

and application thereof May Require 

The following Petitions & Memorial were read 

From Peter Henry Moul 

From Sundry British Merchants 

Ordered that the said Memorial & Petition be Refered to a 
Special Committee & that M' Davies M' Few M' Clay, M' Wil- 
liam Gibbsons .Tun' M' Telfair M' Andrew be that Committee 

Petition from Joseph Woodruff was read and Ordered to be 
delivered to M*" Clay M*" Davies & M"" John Houstoun who is 
appointed Committee to Receive the Same 



250 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Resoi^ved That a Committee be appointed to Call on Samuel 
Stirk Esq' and George Seagar and such other Persons as they 
may think Necessary to give information Respecting the Jour- 
nals of the Assembly and the Minuts of the Council for the 
Year One thousand Seven hundred and Seventy Nine, & that 
M' James Jones M' Benjamin Andrew & M' Howell be that 
Committee 

RESOI.VED that a Committee be appointed to Call Persons 

that can give Information Respecting the tion of all 

such Horses as have at different times been Purchased for Pub- 
lic use & that M' Cunningrham, M' & M' Davies be that 

Committee 

Message from his Honor the Governor & Executive Council 
was read 

Ordered that the said Message with the Inclosures be 



the Committee appointed to receive the Governors Message of 
the Twenty first instant 

Petition from Richard Henderson was read and Ordered to 
be delivered to a Committee and that M' Few, M' Telfair and 
be that Committee 

A Bill for the Releif of helpless Orphans, Widows and Old 
Men was read the Second time 

ResoIvVEd That the house do resolve itself into a Committee 
of the whole house to take into Consideration the said Bill 

M' Andrew in the Chair 

The Speaker resumed the Chair 

M' Andrew from the Committee of the whole house Reported 
that they had taken into Consideration the Bill for the Relief of 
helpless Orphans, Widows and Old Men had gone through the 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 261 

Same made Several Amendments thereto, which here read in 
his Place and delivered in at the Table 

Ordered that the said 'report be taken into Consideration To- 
morrow Morning 

The Committee to whom were refered the Letter from Gen' 
M*^Intosh with one Inclosed to him from the Officers of the 
Georgia line Reported 

Ordered That the said report do lie on the Table for the 
Perusal of the Members 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Tuesday February 4*** 1783 

M' James Maxwell a Member returned Elected for 

County appeared and beingf Qualified took his Seat Accord- 
ingly. 



Resoi^ved that whereas it appears that the of Liberty 

County who were latelv Returned since the restoration of 

American Government, labor under the greatest distress through 

a want of of every Sort, for the Support of themselves 

and their families, and as it is a duty incumbent upon Govern- 
ments to contribute to the relief of their Citizens, by all just 
means in their power 

Resolved that his Honor the Governor be Authorised and 
empowered to Contract for and Purchase two hundred Barrels 
of Rice for the use of the inhabitants of Liberty County, they 
to be Accountable and for this Purpose to apply a Sufficient Part 
of any Property Real or Personal vested in the State in Payment 
of the Said Rice 



252 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The Order of the day being: call'd for take into Con- 
sideration 

The House Proceeded to the report of the Committee of the 
whole house on the Bill for the Relief of helpless Orphans 
Widows and other indig^ent Persons 

Ordered that the said bill be sent to the Executive Council 
for their Perusal and advise, and that M' Sharen & M' Alex- 
ander be a Committee to wait on them with the Same 

Petition from John Vouchier was read, and ordered to be de- 
livered the Committee on Petitions 

Petition from Robert Reid was read, and ordered to be de- 
livered the Committee on Petitions 

Letter from William Hornsby was read 

Ordered that the said Letter be refered to a Special Com- 
mittee & that M' Clay, M' Davies & M' John Houstoun be that 
Committee 

The Committee appointed to brin^ in a Bill for taking the 
Names of Certain Persons out of the Confiscation Act passed 

at Augusta the day and for Amercing them and foi: 

other Purposes therein Mentioned brought in the Same 

Ordered that the same lie on the Table 

The Committee to whom was refered that Petition of John 
Jones Respecting Part of the Petition, Praying the House to 
determine what may be thought reasonable to be allowed him for 
officiating vandue Master to the Commissioners of Confiscated 
Property Reported which was agreed to 

Ordered That the Commissioners be empowered to Settle 
with the Petitioner for Acting as Vandue Master at the Sale3 



FEBRUARY, 1.783. 253 

of Confiscated Estates, and take a Proper discharge from for the 
Sum they may allow him 

The Committee appointed to take into Consideration the Me- 
morial of Peter Henry Moull, report as their Opinion 

which was agreed to 

That this House can not take Cognizance of the said Memorial 
or give countenance to any Acts done in this State within the 
lines or Garrisons held within the Same by the Troops of his 
Britanneck Majesty, and Your Committee are further of Opin- 
ion that though all such Acts are of themselves null and Void 

yet in order to remove all doubts it would expedient for to 

pass an Act declaring all Matters of bargain or Sale or 

otherwise done Said Garrisons and lines or order the Pre- 
tended Authority of a British Government from the twenty 

Day of December one thousand Seven hundred Seventy 

the Twelfth July last null and Void 

The Committee appointed to call on Samuel & George Sagar 
and such other Persons as they Necessary to give informa- 
tion respecting the Journals of the Assembly and Munits of the 
Council for the year one thousand Seven hundred Seventy 
Nine. Reported 

Ordered that the said report do lie on the Table for the Pe- 
rusal of the Members 

Ordered that the Clerk do transmit to his Honor the Gov- 
ernor a list of the Civil Officers appointed for the Present year 
and that his Honor' the Governor be requested to Make official 
Communication to them in order that they may Qualify agree- 
able to the Constitution 

RES01.VED that William Glascock William Few Charles Craw- 
ford, Andrew Bums, be and are hereby appointed Assistant Jus- 
tice & M*" James McNeil Zacharias Fann James Martin, John Ger- 



264 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

many Abraham Ayres, Isaack Jackson, Greenbery Lee Edmond 
Cartledge Sen' Thomas Greer, James M'^Farland, James Bowey, 
George Wicke, Nathan Harriss, Rhesa Howard, Benjamin Few, 
John Shackleford Esquires, be appointed Justices for the County 
of Richmond — and that Stephen Heard, Zachariah Lamar,Benja- 
min Ketchings, William Downes be appointed Assistant Justices, 
& Abraham Biddle, Daniel Burnet, Robert Harper, Henry Ware, 
John Lindsay, Holman Freeman, John Cunningham, Robert 

Day, Daniel Coleman, Beamard Heard, Walter , Micajah 

Williamson, John Hill Dionisies George Walton, John 

Rutherford, Thomas , Benjamin Thompson, Bazill Lamar 

& Ansley, Esquires be appointed Justices for the County 

of Wilks and that all Prior appointments of Justices for said 
Counties, Shall be repealed and the Same are hereby declared 
Null, and Void. 

Ordered that leave be given to bring in a Bill to out 

the Mode for the recovery of Property Acquired under the 

British usurpation and withheld from the rightful owners, and 
for other Purposes therein Mentioned, and that M' Clay M' 
Telfair & John Houstoun be a Committee to Prepare and bring 
in the Same 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Wednesday February <^^^ 1783. 

Resoi^ved that this House will appoint Agents with Powers 
and instructions to Settle and Agents the Northern boundary of 
this State and that his honor* the Governor be requested to Com- 
municate this Resolution to his Excellency the Governor of 
South Carolina in order that the Legislative thereof may Co- 
operate in this Measure 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 255 

Petition from James Spalding was read and Ordered to be 
refered to the Committee on Petitions 

Resolved That this house Proceed to the choice of four 
Delegates to Represent this State in the Congress of the United 
States, for and during: the Space of one Year and untill others 
shall be appoint when on Casting up the Ballots the following 
Gentlemen were declared to be duly elected Viz Joseph Haber- 
sham William Houstoun William Few & Joseph Clay Esquires 

Message from his Honor the Governor with a letter from the 
Governor of East Florida was read 

Ordered that the said Message and letter be refered to a 
Committee & that M' Davies M' Clay & M' be that Com- 
mittee 

The Committee to whom was refered the Petition of Richard 

Henderson Report, that having examined the of Same are 

of Opinion that the same of one Pounds ought to be al- 
lowed him for Past Services and that he shall be Continued 

Indian Linguist during good behaviour Salary of fifty 

Pounds Per Annum 

Petition from a Number of Inhabitants from the State of 
Virginia was read & ordered to be refered to the Committee on 
Lands 

The following Petitions were read, and ordered to be Refered 
to the Committee on Petitions Viz 

From Elizabeth Whitefield 
From J. M° Buckhalter 

RES01.VED that a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill 
to appoint Commissioners for building & Repairing Court 
Houses & Jails in the Several Counties in this State and for 



256 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

other Purposes therein mentioned ordered that M' Howly, M' 
Jackson & M' William Gibbsons Sen' be that Committee 

A Bill to enable Commissioners to build a Court House and 
Jail and establish a Town in the County of Richmond was read 
the Second time, and some Amendments made thereto 

Therefore 

ResoIvVEd that the further Consideration of the said Bill be 
Postponed till Tomorrow 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for Building and 
Repairing Court Houses & Jails .in the Several Counties And 
for other Purposes therein Mentioned brought in the same, 
which was read the first time 

The Committee appointed to Confer with his honor the Gov- 
ernor Respecting the Purchasing of Cap* Howels Galley Re- 
ported and the same was agreed to, as follows — 

That they have confered with his Honor the Governor Re- 
specting the same and they recommend to the House that 

be empowered to purchase the said Galley Yams Tackle^ 

furniture Boats &°. for the use and of this State for a Sum 

not exceeding five hundred Pounds Sterling, and thereafter to 
Officer man and Contract with Some Person for the finding of 
the Galley on Publick Account And to Cause her to be employed 
in such manner and for such Purposes as his Honor the Gover- 
nor may Judge most Conducive to the Security of the Commerce 
of this State and the Protection of the Islands and inlets with- 
in the Same. Your Committee further Report that it appears 
to them there are Bills of Exchange belonging to this State in 
the hands of the late Governor drawn by order of Congress on 
the Minister Plenipotentiary at Versailles to the Amount of 
Eighteen hundred dollars and they Recommend that his Honor 
the Governor be Authorised to obtain the said Bills and ap- 
propriate them towards the Purchase of this Galley as fair as 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 267 

the same will go — And for the ballance as well as for the Neces- 
sary Expenditure for bounties Provision and other Matters 
respecting the said Galley from time to time, his honor the Gov- 
ernor be empowered to draw on the Treasury of this State or 
to apply any Publick Monies to that Purpose 

RES01.VKD That his Honor the Governor be requested to 
recommend to the Commanding officer of the Contenental Troops 
doing duty in this State, to establish a Small Command on the 
Island of Cockspur or such other Race as will best Protect the 
port and Harbour of Savannah and that if it shall be found 
Necessary to erect any Small Works for the better effecting the 
Security of the said Fort and harbour. That his Honor the 
Governor with the advice of the Executive Council be and they 
are hereby empowered to Cause the said Works to be erected 
and to take Such other measures as they may find Necessary to 
Compleat the Same, And as it will be Necessary to have some 
Iron Cannon to moimt at the said Battery as well as at other 
Places That his Honor the Governor be empowered and re- 
quired to Contract and agree with any Person or Persons what- 
soever for the importing and bringing the use of this 

State, four Eighteen or twenty four and two tones of Mus- 
ket Gun Powder and Quantity of Shott Suitable for the 

Said Sufficient quantity of Lead & this House will 

Sum Sufficient for the said Purposes 

Resolved That his Honor the Governor be empowered and 
instructed to inform the Commanding Officer of the Continental 
Troops, that Twenty Dragoons late from the State of South 

Carolina are intended to Occupy a Post at ferry on Ogee- 

chee, and that it is the wish of this hold themselves in 

readiness for that Purpose and that his Honor the Governor be 

empowered and requested to draw Supplies of f orrage and 

Provision in such manner Prove best burthensome to the 

Inhabitants for of Continental Supplies untill Contracts 

and better be regularly made and Provided — 

17 r r— vol 8 



258 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordi^rEd that a Committee be appointed to Superintend the 
Sales of Confiscated Property this Day 

Resolved That M^ Davies & M' Washington be that Com- 
mittee 

The Special Committee to whom was refered the Memorial 
of Raymond Demeree reported. 

Ordered that the said report do lie on the Table 

Petition of Zacharias Kann was read & ordered to be refered 
to the Committee on Petitions 

The Committee appointed to Superintend the Sales of Con- 
fiscated estates this day Reported 

Ordered that the said report do lie on the Table for the Pe- 
rusal of the Members — 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives,) 

Thursday February 6^** 1783 

The House having received information by one of the Mem- 
bers that the Speaker being indisposed could not Attend — 

The House Proceeded to the Choice of a Speaker Pro tempore 
when William Gibbsons Sen"" was elected 

A Letter from General Elbert was read, and Ordered to bo 
Refered to a Committee on Petitions and that M' John Hous- 
toun M' Washington & M' Alexander be that Committee 

The following Petitions were read, and ordered to be Re- 
fered to the Committee on Petitions. 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 259 j 

From William Struthers ! 

From Benjamin Green 
From Joseph Jackson 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill 
for the laying out the reserve land in the Town of Augusta into 
Acre lots, the erecting a University or Seminary of Learn- 
ing & for other Purposes therein Mentioned — 

Ordered That M' Tackson & M' Davies be a Committee ap- 
pointed to prepare and bring: the same 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill to explain so 
much of that Part of the Constitution as relats to the Admission 
of Practitioners in the Superior Courts, brought in the same 
which was read the first time 

The Committee appointed to Prepare and bring in a Bill for 
the laying out the reserve land in the Town of Augusta into Acre 
lotts, the erecting a University or Seminary of Learning and 
for other Purposes therein Mentioned brought in the same which 
was read the first time 

A Bill for Opening the land Office, and for the better 
Strengthening and Settling this State and for other Purposes 
therein Mentioned was read the second time 

]\r Fann & ^Xr Harriss a Committee from Attended on 

the house with the Bill for empowering a less Number of Com- 
missioners to be a Board than is mentioned in the Act Passed 
at Augusta on the fourth day of May in the year one thousand 
Seven hundred and eighty two for inflicting Penalties on and 
Confiscating the Estates of Such Persons as have been guilty of 
Treason against this State, and for other Purposes therein men- 
tioned Returned the same with out Proper alterations 

A Bill for empowering a less number of Commissioners to 



260 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

be a Board than is mentioned in the Act Passed at Augusta on 
the fourth of May one thousand Seven hundred eighty two for 
inflicting Penalties on and Confiscating the Estates of such Per- 
sons as have been guilty of Treason against this State and for 
other Purposes therein Mentioned was read the third time 

OrdiSREd that the said Bill do Pass. 

Ordered that the house do resolve itself into a Committee 
of the whole house to take into Consideration A Bill for open- 
ing the Land Office and for the better Strengthening and Set- 
tling this State & for other Purposes therein Mentioned 

M' Clay in the Chair 

The Speaker Resumed the Chair 

M*" Clay from the Committee of the whole house Reported 
that they had taken under consideration a Bill for Opening the 
Land Office recommend to the House that the said Bill be Com- 
mitted 

Motion 

That this House do resolve itself into a Committee of the 
whole House Tomorrow Morning to take into Consideration the 
Bill for opening the Land Office, and that all other business be 
postponed till that Bill has gone through, when after being 
debated was carried in the Negative the Yeas and Nays being 
called for are as follows 

Yeas Yeas 



M' William Gibbsons Sen' 


M' Howell 


M' John Houstoun 


M' Lundy 


M' Port 


M' Dasher 


M' Germany 


M*" Benj* Andrew 


M' Middleton 


M' Maxwell 


M' Lee 


M' Clements 


M' Burke 


M' Irevin 


M' Roberson 


M*" James Jones* 


M' Few 


20. 


M' Lanier 





FEBRUARY, 1783. 281 



Nays 


Nays 


M' Tackson 


M' Alexander 


M' Davaux 


M' Cartledsre 


M' M-Intosh 


M' Johnston 


M' Washinf^ton 


M' West 


M' Clav 


M' Tohn Andrew 


M' Heard 


M' Howly 


M' Lamar 


M'Wev 


M' Cunninsfham 


M' Davies 


M' Ketchmffs, 


M' Hardey 


M' Harper 


M' Telfair 


M' Ware 


M'Pugh 


M' Bamet 


2% 



Resolved that the Bill for opening the land Office be Com- 
mitted to a Committee of three, to be refered on tomorrow 
Morning, and that M' Howly M' Telfair & M' Jackson be that 
Committee 

Letter from Mordecai Sheftill with a Petition from Levi Shef- 
till with Sundry affidavits were read, and Ordered to be Re- 
fered to the Committee on Petitions 

Petition from James M^'Kay was read and Ordered to be 
refered to the Committee on Petitions 

Letter from John Tones with a Certificate from the Con- 
fiscated Property was read — 

Resolved that the Commissioners appointed to Con- 
fiscated Property be empowered and required to pay M"" 

John Jones the Sum of one hundred guineas or allow a discount 
as a full Consideration for his Services as vandue Master in 
any Post or future Sale 

Letter from John Wereat Esq' Auditor General with account 
of goods Purchased from Sundry Merchants was read 



262 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that the said letter be refered to the Committee to 
was refered the Memorial of Sundry Merchants 



A Bill to point out a mode for the recovery of Property un- 
lawfully acquired imder the British Uscerpation & withheld from 
the rightful Owners and for other Purposes therein ^Mentioned 
was read the 

Letter from James Field was read, and Ordered to be Refered 
to a Committee & that M"" John Houstoun ]VF \\'ashington & 
M' Alexander be that Committee 

OiU)ERED That the report of the Committee on a letter from 
General M'^Intosh with a letter inclosed to him from the officer 
which Compose the Georg:ia line, be the order of tlie day To- 
morrow 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning- 9 OClock 



(From State Archives,) 
Saturday February 8"* 1783 

M' Fann & M' Harriss a Committee from the Council Re- 
fered the following bills any Viz. The Bill to enable Commis- 
sioners to build a Court House and Jail and Establish a Town 
in the County of Richmond & a Bill for Building and Repairing 
Court Houses and Tails in the Several Counties and for other 
Purposes — ^therein Mentioned without any remarks. And the 
Bill for the relief of helpless Orphans, Widows and other In- 
digent Persons with some Proposed Amendments which were 
agreed to 

The following Acts were brought in after being engrossed 

Viz 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 263 

' '■'' ''-n-^H 

The Act for the taking: the name of William Stephens from 

and out of the Amercement law of this State and the 

restoring him to all rights Priviledges and immunities of a free 
Citizen and the Act for empowering a less Number of Commis- 
sioners to be a Board than is mentioned in the Act Passed at 
Augusta on the fourth May One thousand Seven hundred eighty 
two for inflicting Penalties on and Confiscating the Estates of 
such Persons as have been Guilty of Treason against this State 
and for other Purposes therein Mentioned 

Resolved the said Acts be enacted into Laws and that the 
Speaker Sign the same 

The following Petitions were read & Ordered to be refered 
to the Committee on Petitions 

From William Baxton 
From William Harriss 
From Joshua Inman 

The following letters & Petitions were read and Refered to a 
Committee & that M' Andrew M' M'Intosh M' William Gibb- 
sons Sen' bo that Committee 

From John Wereat Esquire 

From Samuel Stirk Esq' 

From John Baker Esquire a Memoril 

From Christiana APIntosh the Younger a Petition 

ResoIvVEd that Jenkin Davies, Benjamin Lewis, Thomas 
Lewis Sen' and Emanuel be Assistant Judges for Burke County, 
and that Benjamin Lewis Jun' Thomas Lewis Jun' Hugh Law- 
son, John Lawson, Francis Pugh, John Jones, James Jones, Jar- 
rard Irevin, Thomas Little, James Pugh, Nathaniel Miller John 
Green & John Clements be and they are hereby appointed Jus- 
tices for Burke County & that all former appointments of Jus- 
tices for Said County are hereby declared null and Void 



262 JOURNAL HOUSE OP ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that the said letter be refered to the Committee to 
was rofered the Memorial of Sundry Merchants 



A Bill to point out a mode for the recovery of Property un- 
lawfully acquired under the British Uscerpation & witliheld from 
the rightful Owners and for other Purposes therein Mentioned 
was read the 

Letter from James Field was read, and Ordered to be Refered 
to a Committee & that M"" Jol^n Houstoun M"" \\'a-hing:ton & 
M' Alexander be that Committee 

Ordered That the report of the Committee on a letter from 
General M'^Intosh with a letter inclosed to him from the officer 
which Compose the Georg:ia line, be the order of tl-e day To- 
morrow 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning- 9 OClock 



(Prom State Archives,) 
Saturday February 8"* 1783 

M' Fann & M*" Harriss a Committee from the Council Re- 
fered the following bills any Viz. The Bill to enable Commis- 
sioners to build a Court House and Jail and Establish a Town 
in the County of Richmond & a Bill for Building and Repairing 
Court Houses and Tails in the Several Counties and for other 
Purposes — ^therein Mentioned without any remarks. And the 
Bill for the relief of helpless Orphans, Widows and other In- 
digent Persons with some Proposed Amendments which were 
agreed to 

The following Acts were brought in after being engrossed 

Viz 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 263 



The Act for the taking the name of William Stephens from 

and out of the Amercement law of this State and the 

restoring him to all rights Priviledges and immunities of a free 
Citizen and the Act for empowering a less Number of Commis- 
sioners to be a Board than is mentioned in the Act Passed at 
Augusta on the fourth May One thousand Seven hundred eighty 
two for inflicting Penalties on and Confiscating the Estates of 
such Persons as have been Guilty of Treason against this State 
and for other Purposes therein Mentioned 

Resolved the said Acts be enacted into Laws and that the 
Speaker Sign the same 

The following Petitions were read & Ordered to be refered 
to the Committee on Petitions 

From William Baxton 
From William Harriss 
From Joshua Inman 

The following letters & Petitions were read and Refered to a 
Committee & that M' Andrew M' M'Intosh M' William Gibb- 
sons Sen' bo that Committee 

From John Wereat Esquire 

From Samuel Stirk Esq' 

From John Baker Esquire a Memoril 

From Christiana RPIntosh the Younger a Petition 

Resolved that Jenkin Davies, Benjamin Lewis, Thomas 
Lewis Sen' and Emanuel be Assistant Judges for Burke County, 
and that Benjamin Lewis Jun' Thomas Lewis Jun' Hugh Law- 
son, John Lawson, Francis Pugh, John Jones, James Jones, Jar- 
rard Irevin, Thoinas Little, James Pugh, Nathaniel Miller John 
Green & John Clements be and they are hereby appointed Jus- 
tices for Burke County & that all former appointments of Jus- 
tices for Said County are hereby declared null and Void 



264 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for Opening the 
Land Office, brought in the same which was read the first time 

The Order of the day being calld for 

f 

The House Proceeded to take into Consideration the report 

of the Committee on General M^Intoshes Letter inclosed to 

him from the Officers of the Georgia 

ResoIvVKd that the Auditor General shall without delay Settle 
the Accounts of the Regular line of the Army of this State by 
a Scale of Depreciation that shall be fixd for Georgia Currency 
allowing their Retained Rations at one Quarter dollar each and 
a Reasonable Sum for the Articles that could not be Procured, 
in those that have been Issued with the INecessaries al- 
lowed them as well as the Clothing which had been Promised 
them, and the said accounts when Audited and Certified shall 
Pass as Cash on any Prior 6v future Sale of Publick Property, 

either Certified Accounts of other Creditors Provided Sales 

shall not be had till six months notice is first given of the same 
and except the Sales of such Personal Property as may be sold 
to Answer the immediate exigencies of the State agreeable to 
the Act Passed the eight day of Febniary one thousand seven 
hundred eighty three for lessning the Number of Commissioners 
and others Purposes therein mentioned 

Ordered that the remaining Part of the report be Postponed 
A Letter from Lucy Tandee was read 

Ordered that the said letter be Refered to a Committee & 
that M' Andrew M' Howlv & M' Alexander be that Committee 

M' Bryan & M' Harriss a Committee from the Council Re- 
turned the following Bills to Assertain the Various Periods of 
Depreciation for the Government and Regulation of all and 
every Person or Persons whom the same may concern 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 265 

A Bill for building and rq)airing: Court houses and Jails in 
the Several Counties and for other Purposes therein Mentioned 
&\ 

A Bill to point out a Mode for the recovery of Property un- 
lawfully acquired under the British Ucerpation and withe held 
from the rightfull Owners And for other Purposes therein Men- 
tioned without any Remarks. 

The Bill to explain so much of that Part of the Confiscation as 
Relates to the admission of Practitioners in the Superior Courts 
was read the Second time. 

Ordered that the said Bill do lie on the Table 

The .Committee to whom was refered a Message from his 
Honor the Governor and a letter from the Governor of East 
Florida Reported 

Ordered that the said report do lie on the Table 

RES01.VED That the Commissioners of Forfeited & Amerced 
Estates be Impowered to use the most effectual means in their 
Power to Procure a Sum not exceeding five hundred Pounds for 
immediate exigencies and Pay the same to the Clerk of this 
House 

The following: Petitions were read and Ordered to be refered 
to the Committee on Petitions Viz 

From a Number of Soldiers of the Georgia Battalion 

From Phillip Delegal 

From Miss Winewood M°Intosh 

From John Mulryne 

The Committee on Petitions Reported from One hundred & 
:five to one hundred and Eight, &*. 



266 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered to He on the Table 

The Committee to whom was refered the Petition of Chris- 
tiana M°Intosh John Baker and letters from M*" Wereat & Sam- 
uel Stirk Reported. 

Ordered that the said report do lie on the Table 

A letter from three officers Stiling^ themselves a was 

read. 

Ordered that the said letter be refered to a Committee and 
that M*" Howly M"" William Gibbsons Sen' & M*" Johnston be 
that Committe 



A Bill from opening the land Office was read the Second time, 
and taken into Consideration by Paragraphs and after some time 
Spent therein the further Consideration of the same was Ad- 
journed till tomorrow 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Sunday February 9^^ 1783 

RES01.VED That his Honor the Governor be empowered and 
Requested to issue his Proclamation requiring all the Citizens 
of this State to make out and render to him within four Months 
from this date to be lodged in the Secretarys Office a true and 
Just Account of all losses and damages Sustained by them by 
means of the ravages of the enemy Since the Commencement of 
the Present War Particularly Specifying the same and that the 
said losses and damages be Sworn to before the Cheif Justice 
or any one or more of of the Assistant Judges — 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 



267 



The House then Proceeded to take into Consideration the Bill 
for opening the land Office by Paragraphs 

Motion was made that the following Claws be added to the 
Bill for opening the land Office 

And be it Enacted by the Authority aforesaid that a Square 
of Twenty miles on Oconies when the same shall be obtained 
of Indians, be reserved where they may point out for the Pur- 
pose of granting to the Officers and Soldiers their bounties of 

Lands — Promised by Congress the State, and when the 

said Officers and Men Shall have full proportion of Lands 

out of the said reserve, the State shall dispose of the Remainder 
when after being debated the Yeas & Nays Required was car- 
ried in the Negative 



Yeas 


Yeas 


M' Devaux 


^r West 


M' Mcintosh 


AF J. Andrew 


M' W" Gibbsons Sen' 


M' Cochrane 


M' Washingfton 


M' 


M' Clay 


M' Hardy 


M' Andrew 


i.^ 


Nays 


Nays 


M' W" Gibbsons Jun' 


M' Roberson 


M' Heard 


M' Few 


M' Lamar 


M' Lamier 


M' Cunninerham 


M' Howell 


M' Cetchinsrs 


M' Ludy 


M' Harper 


M' Dasher 


M' Ware 


M' Johnston 


M' Bamett, 


M' Maxwell 


M' Alexander 


M' Clements 


M' Fort 


M' Telfair 


M' Germany 


M' Pusrh 


M'Lee 


M' Irevin 


M' Burke 


M' J. Jones — 26. 



268 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that the further Consideration of the said Bill be 
Adjourned 

RESOI.VED That the Commissioners of Confiscated property be 
authorised to deliver to Cap* Alexander and others of Col* 
Clarks regiment who served as Volunteers agreeable to a resolve 
of the twenty Second April and the last 

RESOI.VED that the Consideration of Petitions as far as reputs 
the Persons on the Act of Attainder and Amercement be the 
order of the dav to Morrow 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(Prom State Archives,) 
Monday February 10*^ 1783 

ResoIvVEd that leave be given to bring in a Bill to the 

Boundaries of this State ; agreeable to the establish Char- 
ter rights of the same 

Ordered That M' Telfair M' John Houstoun & M" Clay be 
that Committee 

Resolved That this House will tomorrow Morning Proceed 
to the choice of three Agents agreeable to the resolution of the 
fifth Instant 

The House having taken into Consideration the report of the 
Committee on Petitions N° Seventy two Respecting George 
Barnes, he praying leave to Carry his Property with him to East 
Florida 

RES01.VED that the Prayer of the Petition of George Barnes 
be Granted he giving two Sufficient Securities to Answer any 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 269 

Suits or demads that may be brought against him by any Citizen 
or Citizens of this or the United States 

The Committee appointed to take into Consideration the 
Memorial of the British Merchants Report which being taken 
into Consideration, was Amended, and agreed to and is as fol- 
lows. 

That they have made inquiry into and find that agreeable 

to the Report delivered — — by the Auditor, that the said Mer- 
chants have furnished this State with Sundry Goods to the 
Amount of Six thousand two hundred and thirty two Pounds 
fourteen Shillings and one Penny Sterling in the following man- 
ner Viz 

To General Wayne. for the use of the Conti- 
nental Troops under his Command £ 136 : i : 2^/4 

To Maj' Habersham for the use of the Con- 
tinental Troops belonging: to the line in this 
State £2703: 6: 



2 



To for the Purpose of Supplying Indians.£ 93 : 3 : 115^ 

To the Order of Joseph Clay 39 : 5 : 8 

To the Order of the Late Governor 107 : 14 : 3^ 

To the Commissioners of the Gallies £ 16 : 10 : o 

To Nathaniel Wade Esq' late Quarter Master, i486 13:4 
To M' Frederick Rolfes the Present Com- 

misary of Purchases 379 13:4 

To' the Commissioners 2 : 14 : 10 

To M' Green 37 •' 17 : 4 

To Lieutenant Wagnor 3 : 6 

To Lieutenant Maxwell 1:10: — 



f 



and they are of opinion that his Honor the Governor be em- 
powered to Appropriate so much of the Confiscated Property, 
or Monies arising from the Amerced Estates as will fully dis- 



270 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

charge the Sum above mentioned — when the same shall become 
due, and in case it Should so happen that his honor the Governor 
should not be able to Accomplish the discharging the Several 
debts due to the said British Merchants within the time allowed 
them to be. And remain in this State and the Stipulations en- 
tered into with them by General Wayne and confirmed by the 

Legislature that And in such case his honor the Governor 

with the advice of the Executive Council be empowered to 
Allow any of the said British Merchants to be and Remain in 
this State untill their respective demands duo them by the Pub- 
lick are discharged : And the Committee are further of Opinion 
that the Auditor be empowered and directed to Carry such of 
the above Sums as he has obtained or Received Proper Vouchers 
for to their respective debts his books and that he be em- 
powered and directed to Compel Such Persons who are named 
in the Above Account as having received Part of the said Goods 
to Settle with him and Produce Proper Vouchers for their ex- 
penditure — 

The House then Proceeded to read the Bill for opening the 
land Office by Paragraphs, went through the Same 

Ordered that M** Few & M' John Houstoun be a Committee 
to Superintend the engrossing the said Bill and Carry it to 
the Executive Council for their Perusal and Advice 

Message from his Honor the Governor was read 

Ordered that the said Message be Rofered to a Committee 
and that M' Washington M' Telfair "and M' Benjamin Andrew 
be that Committee 

A letter from General Elbert with Sundry inclosures was read 

Ordered that the said letter be refered to a Committee and 
that M' Telfair, M' Clay, M' William Gibbsons Sen' be that 
Committee 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 271 

M' Joseph Oswald a Member returned from the County of 
Liberty Attended, and bein^ qualified took his Seat Accord- 
ingly 

Petition of Tohn Wood was read and Refered to the Com- 
mittee on Petitions 

The Committee to whom was refered a letter of M" Tandee 
Reported, & ordered that the Said Report do lie on the Table 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 O.C.K 



(From State Archives.) 

Tuesday February 11*^ 1783 

Petition from Tohn Lowerman was read And ordered to be 
refered to the Committee on Petitions 

Petition from William Struthers was read and Ordered to be 
Refered to a Committee & that M' Davies & M' Washington be 
that Committee 

Bill for the relief of helpless, Orphans, Widows and other 
indigent Persons was read the third time 

Ordered that the said Bill Pass 

The Following Petitions were read and Ordered to be Refered 
to the Committee on Petitions Viz 

From Francis Graham 

From John Zubly 

A Bill to Ascertain the' various Periods of Depreciation for the 
Government and regulation of all and every Person or Per- 
sons whom the same may Concern, was read the third time 



272 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that the said Bill pass and that the Speaker Sign 
the Same 

The Committee on Petitions Reported from One hundred and 
Nine to one hundred and Twenty two Ordered that the Said 
Report do lie on the Table 

Message from his Honor the Governor was read and ordered 
that the same do lie on the Table for further Consideration 

The Committee to whom was refered a letter from Gen* 
Elbert with Sundry inclosures Reported .... which being taken 
into Consideration and after some amendments was agreed to 
as follows 

It appears to your Committee that the Continental Troops in 
this State have at Various Periods been reduced to grant incon- 
veniences and difficulty by means of the want of a Military Chest 
in the Southern departments whereby the Regular and Necessary 
Supplies Could be had and Obtained, and Among other matters 

and that Respecting the same, General Samuel Elbert at 

the Commanding Officer of the Continental Troops in this 

State, Applied to John Wereat Esquire for Certain Sums in Aid 
and Support of the Continental Troops doing duty within the 
same and in particular on the Nineteenth January one thousand 
Seven hundred Seventy Eight Gen* Elbert obtained a loan, gave 
his note to M' Wereat for the sum of five hundred and thirty 
Pounds and did also on the Sixth day of February one thousand 
seven hundred Seventy eight give his note as aforesaid 
for the sum of fifteen hundred Pounds, both notes expressing 
the same to be for Publick Service, making himself Accountable 
which in good faith can or ought not to be dissolved as all Con- 
tracts between man and man must Stand on their own footing, 
it further appears to your Committee that on the Nineteenth of 
January one thousand Seven hundred and Seventy eight Gen- 
eral Elbert Paid into the hands of Peter Tarling then Dep^ 
Quarter Master General the said Sum of five hundred and thirty 
Pounds for the use of this department and on the Sixth day of 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 278 

February one thousand Seven hundred Seventy eigfht the said 
Gen' Elbert did pay into the hands of Col"* Leonard Marbury for 
the use of the ligfht Hose under his Command the aforesaid sum 
of fifteen hundred Pounds which said sum as aforesaid your 
Committee by Virtue of the Concurrence of the said M' Wereat 
Recommend the following Resolutions 

Resoi^vEd that the Treasurer be directed to discount the afore- 
said sum of Nineteen hundred and thirty pounds agreeable to the 
foregoing dates upon the Seale of depreciation to be fixed by 
the Assembly on any Bond or Bonds given by John Wereat Esq"" 
to and for the use of this State, and as the said Monies was lent 
for Publick Uses, Your Committee are of opinion they are to be 
put on the same footing as other Monys lent to this State were 
at the Periods those sums were Paid by M"" Wereat to Gen' 
Elbert and that the Treasurer should be empowered to allow the 
same Interest as lenders of Money to this State were by Acts of 
the Legislature at that time entitled to 

Resolved that upon such Negociation as recited in the above 
resolution the Note of Peter Tarling D. Q. M. General for the 
sum of five hundred thirty Pounds be lodged in the Auditors 
Office; And also the Note of CoP Leonard Marbury for one 
thousand five hundred Pounds for which each of them are to be 
Accountable in manner as directed by the Resolutions of the 
Legislative of this State and that the United States in Congress 
Assembled — 

The Committee on the Petition of William Struthers Report 
that it is their Opinion that he may have leave to go to Saint 
Augustine and irom thence to England, and to Return in two 
Years agreeable to the Prayer of his Petition Provided he Com- 
plies with the laws and Regulations in such Cases made and 
Provided which being taken into Consideration, was agreed to 



The Committee to whom was refered a letter from W- 
Homby Reported. 



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274 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that the said Report do lie on the Table 

Letter from the Commissioners of Confiscated Property was 
read & Ordered to be refered to a Committee and that M"" Few 
M' Pugh & M' James Jones be that Committee 

The House Proceeded to read the Bill to enable the United 
States in Congress Assembled to levy a duty on certain Goods 
and Merchandize and on all Prizes Condemned in this State by 
Paragraphs 

Resolved that the further Consideration of the Bill to enable 
the United States in Congress Assembled to levy a duty on cer- 
tain goods and Merchandize, and on all Prizes Condemned in 
this State be Postponed till the Next Session of Assembly, which 
being debated was Carried in the Affirmative, the Yeas and 
Nays being Called for is as follows 



Yeas 



Yeas 



M' Jackson 


M' Lundy 


M' Devaux 


M' Dasher 


M' William Houstoun 


M' Johnston 


M' Clay 


M' Benj' Andrew 


M' Lamar 


M' West 


M' Cunningham 


M' John Andrew 


M' Cetchings 


M' Howly 


M' Harper 


M' Maxwell 


M' Ware 


M' Oswald 


M' Alexander 


M' Davies 


M' Germany 


M' Hardey 


M' Middleton 


M' Clement 


M'Lee 


M' Puffh 


M' Burke 


M' Irevin 


M' Lanier 


.^o 


M' Howell 





FEBRUARY, 1783. 276 



Nays 


Nays 


M' William Gibbsons Jun' 
M' William Gibbsons Sen' 
M' Few 


M' Telfair 
M' CcKhrane 
M' James Jones 
6 



I 
RESOI.VED That leave be gfiven to bring- in a Bill for raising 
the Continental Quota of this State in such mode at sucH times 
as the Situation thereof will admit of and that M' John Hous- 
toun, M' Clay, & M' Davies be that Committee to Prepare and 
bring in the Same 

The Committee to whom was Refered a letter from the Com- 
missioners of Confiscated Estates Reported, when the House 
taking the same into Consideration made some amendments and 
agreed to the following 

That the Commissioners of Confiscated and Amerced Estates 
"be directed to carry the Powers given them by the Amercement 
Act into effect. And further recommend to this House the fol- 
lowing Resolution 

That any claim or demands against this State due to any Per- 
-son or Persons whose names are inserted in the Act of Amerce- 
ment for Supplies furnished by them to this State Since the 
Eleventh July last and No other shall after being Properly Au- 
dited and certified allowed in Payment in Part or in full as the 
case may be of their respective Amercements Provided the Said 
Audits and Certificates are immediately Produced to the Com- 
missioners for Carrying the Amercement Act into Execution 

Petition from Nathaniel Wade was read and Refered to the 
Committee on Petitions 

The Committee to whom was refered Sundry Petitions for 
Reported 



276 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that the said Report be taken into CcHisideration to- 
morrow Morning 

Agreeable to the order of the day the House Proceeded to the 
Choice of Agfents with Powers and Instructions to Settle And 
Adjust the Northern Boundary of this State when the follow- 
ing Gentlemen were Chosen Viz General Lachlan M'^Intosh, 
John Houstoun & Edward Telfair Esquires 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(Prom State Archives.) 

Wednesday February 12^ 1783 

Petition from Robert Porteous & William Struthers was read 
& Refered to the Committee on Petitions 

Resolved that the Representatives from each County except 
Gl3mn & Cambden chuse two Members out of their respective 
delegations to be Approved by the house and they or a Majority 
of them shall Assemble and Sit at such place as the house shall 
be adjourned to at least ten days Previous to the next meeting 
of the General Assembly and be a Committee of this House 
imtill the meeting thereof, to Arrange the Unfinished business 
and to Prepare and refer the Necessary Bills and Ordinances 
thereon to be laid before the Legislature when met 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to Prepare and 
report Instructions to the Agents Appointed to Settle and Ad- 
just the Northern Boundary of this State. 

Ordered that M' Clay M' Howly & M' Few be that Com- 
mittee 

The Committee to whom was refered a letter of the Eighth 
Instant from the Committee of Officers Reported 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 277 

Ord^r]^ that the said report do lie on the Table 

Agreeable to the Order of the day the House Proceeded to 
take into Consideration the report of the Committee to whom 
were refered Sundry Petitions from land. 

Ordered that the said report be Postponed till the Bill for 
opening the land office is Passed. 

Resolved That his Honor the Governor be empowered out 
of the first Monies in the Treasury to pay Captain Peter Eman- 
uel De la Playne considering his Particular Situation the sum of 
fifty Pounds he to be Accountable for the same following 

The Petitions were read And ordered to be refered to the 
Committee on Petitions Viz 

From Mary Maxwell 

From Joseph Clay Attorney for Peter Bard 

Resolved that each Member of the Legislature as may apply 
for the same be Allowed two and a half dollars Per Day to 
defray their expences while Attending thereon, and that they 
be Authorized to Receive from, or draw on the Clerk to the 
Amount of their respective demands at the rate aforesaid when 
the same shall be Signed by the Speaker 

The Committee to whom were refered the letters of General 
Elbert & James Field, Reported 

Ordered that the said report do lie on the Table 

M' Elbert & M* Fann a Committee from the Executive Coun- 
cil Returned the Bill for opening the land Office with some Re- 
marks thereon 

Ordered that the same be taken into Consideration tomorrow 
Morning 



278 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Message from his Honor the Governor was read 

Resoi^ved that his Honor the Governor be Requested to take 
Such Order on the letter from Governor Tonyn of East Florida 
as in his Opinion will best tend to the Honor, interest and Safety 
of this State 

Ordered that M' William Houstoun be Added to the Com- 
mittee appointed to examine the minutes for the 

The House Proceeded to take into consideration the report 
of the Committee on Petitions Respecting M' William Struthers 

and after several Amendments made on the same was 

agreed to and is as follows. That the Prayer of the Petition 
ought not to be granted, but for the reasons set fourth in the 
said Petition and the Papers thereunto Annexed therefore Re- 
solved that the said William Struthers as soon as he has Paid 
the Sum due to this State by virtue of the Amercement Act 
Shall be Restored to all the rights Previledges and immunities 
of a Citizen 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 O C. K. 



(Prom State Archiues.) 

Thursday February 13*^ 1783 

The Petition of Lewis Coope was read, and Ordered to be 
refered to the Committee on Petitions 

The following letters were read 

From Robert Midleton. 
From Joseph Oswald 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table 

ii Agreeable to the Order of the day, the House Proceeded to 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 



279 



take into Consideration the Remarks of the Executive Council on 
the Bill for opening the Land Office Viz. on the first Paragraph 
respecting the Granting: of Lands 

Motion was made 

That the lands be g^ranted Gratis Office fees excepted the ques- 
tion being Put it Passed in the Negative the yeas and Nays being 
Called for are as follows 



Yeas 



Yeas 



M' Heard 


M' Germany 


M' Lamar 


M' Lee 


M' Cunningham 


M' Burke 


M' Cetchings 


M'Few 


M' Harper 


M' Roberson 


M' Burnet 


M' Lamier 


M' Alexander 


M' Clements 


M' Fort 


M' James 


Nays 


Nays 


M' Jackson 


M' Dasher 


M' Devaux 


M' Johnston 


M' M^ntosh 


M' Benj* Andrew 


M' William Gibbsons Jun' 


M' Howly 


M' John Houstoun 


M' Maxwell 


M' William Gibbsons Senr. 


M' Cockrane 


M' W. Houstoun 


M' Hardy 


M' Washington 


M' Pugh 


W Clay 


M' Irevin 


M' Howell 


M' West 


M* Lundy 


M' John Andrew 


Motion was made 





That the original Warrant for the Survey of Land shall be 
given by the Governor in Council the Question being put was 



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JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



carried in the negative the Yeas and Nays being called for are 
as follows 



Yeas 



Yeas 



M' Jackson 


M' Dasher 


M' Devaux 


M' Johnston 


M' Mcintosh 


M' John Andrew 


M' William Gibbsons Jutf 


M' Cochrane — 


M' John Houstoun 


M' Howly 


M' William Gibbons Sen' 


M' Maxwell 


M' William Houstoun 


M' Hardy 


M' Washington 


M' Pugh 


M' Clay 


i8 


M' Howell 




Nays 


Nays 


M' Heard 


M' Burke 


M' Lamar 


M' Roberson 


M' Cunningham 


M'Few 


M' Cetchings 


M' Lanier 


M' Harper 


M' Benj' Andrew 


M' Burnet 


M' Clements 


M' Alexander 


M' Telfair 


M' Fort 


M' Irvin 


M' Germany 


M' James Jones 


M'Lee 


19 



A Bill for opening the Land Office was read the third time 



Resoi^ved that the Bill do Pass 



Resoi^ved there be Added to the Depreciation Table already 
agreed to, a Scale of depreciation as now laid before this House 
Commencing the first January one thousand Seven hundred 
Seventy nine and ending the first June one thousand Seven hun- 
dred eighty which Scale shall be a rule for the Purpose of Set- 
tling and Adjusting on the Principles of equity and justice, all 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 281 

Contracts of whatever nature made during that Period between 
Individuals in Continental Currency — 

Ordered that the Consideration of the Report of the Commit- 
tee on Petitions be the order of the day Tomorrow 

The House took into Consideration the Report of the Com- 
mittee on Sundry Petitions for goods and after Several Amend- 
ments made thereto, agreed to the same & is as follows That 
when it shall be found expedient to add Another County or 
Counties to those already laid out in this State that a Tract of 
Land should be first reserved therein for the Refugees and Con- 
tinental Officers, and Soldiers of this State, and the Officers 

of the Hospital and Medical department belonging to the same, 
and that a Square district or Tract of Land containing two hun- 
dred thousand Acres should be laid out and reserved the term 
of fifteen Months for a Number of the Inhabitants of the State 
of Virginia whose Petitions have been Presented by Mess" 
George Rootes, John Lewis John Cobbs and George Mathews 
in such Part of such County or Counties so as aforesaid to be 
laid out as they or any other Person or Persons duly Appointed 
and Authorized by the Petitioners may Choose Provided such 
Choice doth Not interfere with in the foregoing Resolu- 
tion, and that one Side thereof be bounded by land that is now 
or shall then be laid out and the aforesaid reserved land shall 
be granted to such of the Petitioners as may Personally apply 
for the same Proportioned According to their Number of head 
rights in the State at the time of Application Agreeable to an 
Act of Assembly in that Case made and Provided 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



282 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

(From State Archiues.) 

Friday February 14*** 1783 

Memorial from John M'^Intosh was read and ordered to be 
refered to a Committee and that M' Howly, M' Heard, & M*" 
Benjamin Andrew be that Committee 

Letter from M' John Wereat Auditor General was read 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table 

Letter from Doctor John Wauden was read & ordered to lie 
on the Table 

Message from his Honor the Governor was received ordered 
that M' Telfair, M*" Clay and M' John Houstoun be a Commit- 
tee to Confer with his Honor the Governor, on the same 

Letter from M' Samuel West a Member of this House was 
read Praying for leave of Absence during the present Session, 
which was Agfreed to 

The Committee to whom was refered the Memorial of John 
Mcintosh Reported 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table 

Message from his Honor the Governor was received 

RES01.VED That the Governor be Acquainted that this House 
having already taken up the Subject contained in his Message 
Respecting the boundry between this State and South Carolina 
and appointed Agents for that Purpose have Not any thing at 
present further to Observe in that 

Resolved that the following instructions be given to the 
agents Appointed to Settle and adjust the Northern boundary 
of this State for their guide in that business, and that such in- 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 283 

stnictions remain Private and Not Published with the other 
Proceedings of the House, in the gazettee or otherwise Instruc- 
tions from Lachlin M^ntosh, John Houstoun and Edward Tel- 
fair Esq" appointed Agents for Settling and Adjusting the 
Northern boundary of this State, Agreed to in the House of 
Assembly the Eleventh Instant 

Gentlemen 

The General Assembly of this State reposing a Special Con- 
fidence in you and relying on your abillities and integrety have 
by a Resolve Passed the Eleventh Instant and which you will 
receive herewith appointed you agents on behalf of this State 
to Settle and Adjust the Northern Boundary thereof and we 
have reason to believe the State of South Carolina have already 
appointed Persons vested with equal Powers, for the Purpose 
of Settling their Southern boundary The intention of your ap- 
pointment is that you should treat and negociate with any Per- 
son duly Authorized from that State, on the business of estab- 
lishing by a Mutual agreement, the boundary between that State 
and ours, the doing of which you are to insist on the limits of 
this State as Established by the Charter granted to the Trustees 
by the King of Great Britton in the year one thousand Seven 
hundred thirty two, and by the said Kings Proclamation of one 
thousand Seven hundred Sixty three. Issued for the Purpose 
of establishing the limits of the then British America, as Guar- 
ranteed by the different Powers at the treaty of Paris one thou- 
sand Seven hundred Sixty three 

must be construed as follows 

From the Mouth of the River Savannah along the North side 
of it, and up the most Northern Streem or fork of said river Mis- 
sipe and down the said Streem of the Mississipe to the Latitude 
thirty one INorth, from thence a due east Course to the river 
Apalachicola or Chatahootchi'e, and from the fork of the said 
River Apalachicola where the Chatahootchie and flint river 
meet, in a direct line to the head or Source of the Southernmost 



284 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Stream of the River Saint Marys, and along the Course of the 
said river Saint Marys' to the Atlantic Ocian, & from thence 
to the mouth or inlet of the river Savannah including all the 
Islands within twenty Leagues of the Sea Coast 

In the transaction of this business you are to insist on the 
fourgoing limits so far as relats to that Part of it, you are in- 
trusted with and in no Case to depart therefrom, and we rely 
on your exertions and abilities in Supporting this Claim with 
such Arguments as may bring the same to a Proper issue 

You will readily notice how Necessary it is that you Should 
Pay the closest attention, that our west line running to the Mis- 
sissipe should be run from the most Northern Stream of the 
Savannah river which Northern Stream and intended 

by the said Charter this House Considers to now called 

Kewee river and on this Point will depend our extent 

of Territory and Course every exertion Part will be 

called forth to have this line Properly fixed 

In the Prosecution of this business at the same time that we 
recommend to you to Pursue and Preserve in it with firmness 
tis the wish of this house that you Proceed with Justice Mod- 
eration and Caution and as far as in your Power Promote 
and keep up harmony with our Sister State, and as it is more 
than Probable the final Settlement of this boundry may be re- 
fered to Congress, we must request that you be carefull to col- 
lect every information relating to the same or that may in your 
opinion tend and Convince those to whom it may be 

refered (Sha happen) of the Justice of our Claim 

You will use every means in your Power to bring this busi- 
ness to a Speedy Issue, and you will as Occasion Offers or may 
require, from time to time in the Recess of this House communi- 
cate your Proceedings herein to his honor the Governor and 
Executive Council, and at the Next meeting of the Legislature 
you will also report to them your whole Proceedings on this 
Business 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 285 

RES01.VED Unanimously. That his honor the Governor in 
Council be Authorized empowered and required to grant and 
Sign a Commission under The Great Seal of this State, to Lach- 
lin M'^Intosh, John Houstoun and Edward Telfair Esquires 
Agents appointed to Settle and Adjust the Northern boundary 

of this State, and in and by the said Commission to grant 

to them the said Agents or any two of them full and Sufficient 
Power and Authority to enter and Proceed upon, and with all 
Convenient dispatch, to finish and conclude, or endeavour to fin- 
ish and Conclude to said business with the State or Legislature 
of South Carolina, or any Person or Persons by them or under 
their Authority duly Authorized for that Purpose as agents or 
Commissioners of that State in such way and manner as shall 
be Conformable to the rights of the Inhabitants and free Citi- 
zens of this State, or declared and ^secured to them as well by 
Charter bearing date the day of in the year of 

our Lord one thousand Seven hundred thirty two as by Procla- 
mation after The Treaty of Paris in the year one thousand seven 
hundred sixty three 

Ordered That a Copy of the above be immediately presented 
to his Honor the Governor and that M' Clay and M' Few be a 
Committee for that Purpose 

Letter from John Elliott Esq' a Member of the Executive 
Council was read 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table 

A Bill to Point out a mode for recovery of Property unlawful- 
ly Acquired under the British usurpation and witheld from the 
rightfuU Owners, and for other Purposes therein mentioned 
was read the third time 

Ordered that the said Bill do pass 

The Committee appointed to draw up Instructions for the 



286 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

derection of the Auditor General Reported when the House taking 
the Same into Consideration Adjourned over to Tomorrow 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(Prom State Archh/es.) 

Saturday February 15*^ 1783 

A Letter from Charles Odingsells and Hugh Lawson Com- 
missioners of Confiscated Estates was read & ordered to be re- 
refered to a Committee & that M' Few M' Telfair & M' Jackson 
be that Committee 

Memorial from James Mossman was read & ordered to be re- 
fered to the Committete to whom was refered the Letter of the 
Commissioners of Confiscated Estates 

The Committee to whom was refered a letter irom the Com- 
missioners of Confiscated Estates beg leave to Submit the follow- 
ing Resolve to the House, which being debated and Amended 
was agreed to and is as follows — That when the Commissioners 
of Confiscated Estates have Collected the sum of six Hundred 
Pounds for the Present exigencies of Government the aforesaid 
Commissioners with the Consent of his Honor the Governor & 
Council are hereby authorized to grant a term of farther Indul- 
gance to the Persc«is whose Properties are Amerced for the 
payment of Such Sums as may be due to this State by Virtue of 
the said and that his Honor the Governor & Council 

said Commissioners, Proportion such sums to be raised 
such indulgance as may appear to them most agreeable 
to Justice — 

Agreeable to the order of the day the House Proceeded to 
take into Consideration the report of the Committee appointed 
to draw up Instructions for the direction of the Auditor General 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 287 

and after some Amendments made thereto agreed to the same 
which is as follows — 

The House Proceeded to take into Consideration the report of 
the Committee appointed to draw up Instructions for the Auditor 
and after some amendments made thereto agreed to the same 
which is as follows 

That all Supplies furnished for Public uses rendered this State 
by Individuals who can Produce Proper Vouchers for the same 
the State to be accountable and that the Auditor be and is hereby 
empowered to examine and Audit the same, Settle the real Specie 
amount or ballance of any Account Pay Roll &c. agreeable to 
the Table of depreciation established by this House and the 
Rules and Regulations herein after mentioned, That the said 
Auditor do Purchase and Prepare Proper books, in which all 
Accounts Settled by him shall be entered, carefully distinguish- 
ing and seperating all such accounts and Charges of this State 
from such as belong to the Account of the United States, & 
the better to enable him to executeNthe Duty required of him the 
following Instructions are submitted to the Consideration of the 
House 

That no Account or pay Roll for pay due Militia bee Audited 
where pay for a greater number of Officers is Charged then were 
necessary to Command their men or duty for whose services 
such Account or pay roll is produced that is to say, for not less 
than twelve men one sergant for not less than twenty men one 
Lieutenant, for not less than forty men Captain; for not 

less than three hundred men on Colonell for not less than nine 
hundred men one Brigadeer and that no pay be allowed to any 
melitia but when in actual service, and when it shall appear that 
any Officer shall have gone on duty with a less number than by 
his rank he was entitled to command he shall not be allowed to 
draw more pay than the Officer who by his rank agreeable to the 
aforementioned rules would have been entitled to draw — 



288 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

That no pay Roll be passed by the Auditor but such as shall be 
swom to by the Officer Commanding the men, included in the 
said Pay Roll, and that the Accounts be made up Reg-imentally, 
and General Abstracts of the whol Pay due the Regement for the 
times specified thereon included, and that the said Abstract be 
certified by the Officer Commanding in Chief of the Melitia 
during the time the survises contained in said Account were 
Performed every pay Roll should contain the names of every 
Person their rank Pay due Per month, when commencing & 
when ending and the total sums extended and cast up, and ©very 
Abstract should contain the Names of the Field & Staff Officers 
of the Regiment the pay due them respectively and the Amount 
of the Pay Rolls of the Company ; belonging to the Regiment, 
so that you may have at one Viece the whole pay due the Regi- 
ment for the time Specified in the abstract 

That all Accounts for pay due Melitia since the July 

one thousand seven hundred eighty two be Certified as afore 
directed, and also by the Governor or Commander in Chief for 
the time being, or his Orders directing the Service for which 
such pay is charged Produced and lodged with the Auditor as a 
Voucher — 

And Whereas supplies of Waggons Teams and Horses for 
various public Uses have from time to time been Purchased 
Hired and impressed into the Public Service of the Auditor on 
a proper Certificate or apprasement being Produced shall Audit 
the same, Provided more than the following rates, that 

is to say horse a sum not exceeding twenty five Pounds 

for Horse not exceeding fifteen Pounds and for a Wag- 

gon not exceeding twenty Pounds if due proof shall be Pro- 
duced of its being lost or distroyed in the Service, And that 
such Horse or Waggon was necessary for the same 

All supplies to be settled at specie rates and no Accounts to 
be Admitted or Audited for the same except such as are swom 
to and proper vouchers produced for the delivery of the Articles 
charged in them 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 289 

All commissioners of purchases to produce proper accounts 
of the public also the Commissary; of Issues or some other 
Proper Officers Receipts for the delivery to him or them of all 
such Supplies so Purchased, and they shall also render an Ac- 
count on Oath of all Impressonments made by them, or any 
Acting under them, and of all Cattle Hoges or Horses that they 
may at any time by them or any acting under their Authority, 
or in their department have been taken up in the Woods or 
otherways And in any manner Appropriated to public Uses to- 
gether with all the marks and Brands or such descriptions as 
will best lend to discover who were the lawful Owners of them, 
that Justice may be done, and they shall also produce proper 
Accounts of the Expenditures in order that the Proper Debets 
may be made All Issueing Commissaries or other officers who 
have at any time become Possessed of public Property to be 
liable to Prosecution tmless they do within three Months after 
they shall have Called on by the Auditor, render a Proper Ac- 
count of the expenditures and Issues together with Satisfactory 
and Sufficient Vouchers Such as will enable the Auditor to make 
Proper entrees of the same 

In the Settlements of Accounts with Continental Officers the 
Resolves of Congress or of this State whether of the line or 
Staff or of the Hospital or Medical department must be the 
guide of the Auditor both their Pay and Rations, Sub- 

sistance Money or expenditures of any Kind the Arrears of Pay 
must be Liquidated agreeable to the Depreciation Table estab- 
lished by Act of the Assembly 

Provid allways that nothing contained in the foregoing In- 
structions to the Auditor General shall extend or be Construed 
to extend to the Case of any Person or Persons who may have 
Claims or demands on the Confiscated Estates which Claims or 
demands are to be Settled and Adjusted in the mode and manner 
Pointed out and directed by the Act for Inflicting Penalties on 
and Confiscating the Estates of such Persons as have been guilty 

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290 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

of Treason against this State and for other Purposes therein 
Mentioned 

And if any Person shall Produce Accounts against the Pub- 
lick when it shall appear to the Auditor that from the Situa- 
tion of the times when the Service was Performed or Supplies 
furnished, that no better Vouchers than those Produced by such 
Person could .be by him or her Obtained and he Shall have reson 
to believe the said Accounts are notwithstanding Just, ho shall 
lay them before the Governor and Council in the recess of this 
House, who if they shall be of Opinion the said Accounts ought 
to be paid shall and they are hereby empowered in such Cases to 
give the Auditor such directions as they shall deem best calculat- 
ed to do Justice to the Publick and Individuals. 

When the Auditor shall have examined any Account and 
Liquidated the same, and thereby Ascertained the ballance 
due to any person or persons Producing such Accounts he shall 
make a Proper entry thereof in his Books and give to such Per- 
son or Persons a Certificate in form as follows 

These are to Certify that I have Audited the Claims and de- 
mands of against the of Georgia Amounting to 
Pounds which said sum will be received in Payment of 
any Purchases made by him of Confiscated Property, that may 
have been sold Persuant to the Act of Attainder or to be other- 
wise Provided for by the Legislative 

That all Supplies made within this State by Citizens thereof, to 
the State Troops, or forces of any other State, the Auditor shall 
Proceed in the Liquidation thereof in like manner as heretofore 
recited making the respective States Accountable untill the said 
sums are Ascertained and Liquidated on the post of the United 
States by the State Commissioners to be Appointed for that 
Purpose 

That the Auditor be empowered to call on and examine on Oath 
to call any witnesses, touching any matter relative to the exam- 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 291 

ining & Liquidating: any Account that Shall be laid before him 
for that Purpose, wherein the Interest of this or the United 
States are concerned — 

That as no general Rule can Possibly be laid down which will 
apply to all cases all such Matters of Account or others that shall 
be laid before the Auditor for his examination and for which no 
Particular Resolve of this or any former House, or of the — 
Continental Congress are existing: or can be and not 

herein before Provided for he shall during the recess of the 
Legislature lay such matter before his Honor the Governor, who 
is hereby Empowered with the Advice of the Executive Council 
to give such Instructions to the Auditor relative to such matters 
as they in their Opinion shall Judge best Calculated to Promote 
Justice between the publick and individuals 

A Letter from M' John Wereat Auditor General was read 
and ordered to lie on the Table 

The Committee of Conference on a Message from his Honor 
the Governor, Reported 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Sunday 16^^ February 1783 

Letter from a Member of the Merchants of Savannah was 
read 

Motion was made by M*" Telfair & Seconded by M' Few for 
certain resolutions for the assignment of public Bonds for pay- 
ment of public creditors Ordered that the same do lie on the 
Table 



292 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Resolved that his honor the Governor be Empowered and 
Requested to make such communication to the commander in 
chief of the Southern Army or any of our allies or friendly 
powers, as he in his Opinion may deem necessary to promote the 
Common Cause, and if the Safety and defence of this State 
should require to Pursue such measures as may bee expedient,, 
this House will make good all expenditures not exceeding five 
thousand Pounds Provided he lays an Account of the expendi- 
ture thereof before the House of Assembly at the next meeting 

A Bill to enable Commissioners to Build a Court House 
and Jail and establish a Town in the County of Richmond was 
read the third time 

'Ordered that the same do lie on the Table 

Resolved That the amount of the Account of each Member 
of this House in Consequence of his Attendance signed 

by the Speaker, the name of such Member the County he repre- 
sents be inserted on the 

Motion was made by M*" Few & seconded by M' Heard which 
is as follows 

Whereas by a resolve passed the day of Wil- 

liam Few Sen*" William Jackson and John Pratt were appointed 
Commissioners, and the sum of was deposited in their 

hands for the purpose of building: a Court House and Jail in 
the County of Richmond, and it appears that they did stipulate 
and agree with William Candler and Benjamin Few to Build 
and compleately finish the aforesaid Court House & Jail and for 
that purpose delivered and paid them sundry sums and took 
Bond with approved security to compleatly finish the same. 
Therefore Resolved that be and they are hereby ap- 

pointed and authorized and empowered to demand and require 
the aforesaid Contractors for building a Court House and Jait 
in the County aforesaid, to begin emmediately agreeable to their 
Contracts, to erect the said Buildings, and to proceed as far to- 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 29» 

wards compleating the same as they in reason and justice ought 
to do, of which the said Commissioners aforesaid shall have full 
and competent power to judge and determine, and to give full 
discharge and in case either of the Persons who have contracted 
and did agree to erect the said Buildings shall neglect or refuse 
to comply with such request the aforesaid " Commissioners are 
hereby authorized and required to transmit such bond and give 
information thereof to the Attorney General who is hereby di- 
rected to immediately commence suit on the same: Resolved: 
that the aforesaid be and they are hereby vested with full power 
to contract and agree with any other person or Persons to 
build or finish the Court House and Jail in the County of Rich- 
mond agreeable to the vote and determination of a Majority of 
the freemen of that County already had and draw on 

the Treasurer of this State for a sum not exceeding two hun- 
dred & fifty pounds if they should find it Necessary for that 
Purpose 

Motion that the Consideration of the foregoing motion be 
postponed till the next session the question being called for and 
the yeas and nays required by M*" Few are as follows 



Yeas 


Yeas 


M' Jackson 


M' Lanier 


M' Deveaux 


M' Howell 


M' Mcintosh 


M' Dasher i 


M' Houstoun 


M"" Johnston 


M' Willi. Gibbons Sen' 


M*" B. Andrew 


M' Willi. Houstoun 


M' Jn^ Andrew 


M' Clay . 


M' Howley 


M' Lamar 


M' Alexander 


M' Cunningham 


M' Davies 


M' Cetchings 


M' Hardy 


M' Ware 


M' Clements 


M' Burnet 


M' Telfair 


M' Roberson 


M' Pugh 




26 



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Nays Nays 

M' William Gibbons Jun'' M' Germany 

M' Heard M' Irvin 

M' Fort M' Jones 

M Lee M' Burke 
IV Few 9 

The Motion was carried in the affirmative 

Resolved that the Officers of the Hospetal and Medical de- 
partment being Citizens of this State be put on the same footing 
respecting their pay depreciation and other emoluments, as the 
Officers belonging to the Line of this State The house proceeded 
to take up the reports on Petitions & the same being read — and 
amended were agreed to and are as follows 

N"* 3 From Milley Hannah 

Resolved that the use of the Tract of Land which remains 
unsold belonging to the Estate of Henry Sharp deceased to- 
gether with the use of the Negroes and Stock mentioned in the 
Petition of M" Milley Hannah be granted for the use of M" 
Hannah and her Children of the name of sharp during the life 
of M" Hannah and after her decease that the said Tract of 
Land Negroes and Stock with their Increase then remaining go 
to the said Children of the name of Sharp and their Heirs abso- 
lutely for ever Share and Share alike 

N. 4 From William Baldwin 

Resolved that the Prayer of the said Petition be granted 

N. 5 From Thomas Ogden 

Resolved that the prayer of the Petition be granted and the 
decree of the Court respecting the Commissioners to be allowed 
for Selling the Cargo be confirmed 

N. 6 From Thomas Polhill Postponed 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 296 

N. 7 From James M'^Kay Postponed 

N. 8 to 19 Petitions from the Soldiers of the Georgia Bat- 
talion 

Resolved that the Commanding Officer of the Continental 
Troops on the Memorial of the Soldiery Act therein as may in 
his Opinion best Tend to releive their distress consistent with 
the good of Service 

N"* 20 Resolved that the Prayer of the Petition of such Davis 
be granted 

N** 21 Petition from William Jones 

Resolved that the Petition of William Jones and papers Ac- 
companying the Same be refered to the Auditor General 

N® 22 That the Prayer of the Petition of a Number of the In- 
habitants of Burke County in favour of Amos Whitehead 
be Postponed 

Resolved that the Commissioners of Confiscated and Amerced 
Property do take up and pay all Accounts Signed by the Speaker 
agreeable to the Resolve of the Twelfth Instant within the space 
of three days from the date hereof. 

The House Proceeded to take into Consideration the report 
of the Committee on Petitions, on the Petition of William Har- 
rJss Praying Permission to Practise as an Attorney parts 

of this State 

Resolved that the Prayer of the said Petition be granted 

Motion was made by M' Heard, Seconded by M' Telfair that 
that the Commodore & other Officers and men of the Continen- 
tal Gallies raised for the defence of this State & the Officers and 
men of 



296 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Resolved that the late Governor Col** Marten be requested to 
deliver the Bonds received by him for ther Amount Sales of a 
Certain number of Negroes Condemned for the use of this State 
to his Honor the Governor — 

Resolved that his Honor the Governor be requested to pay 
the Attorney General his last years Salary out of the Moneys 
arising from the Sales of a Certain number of Negroes con- 
demned for the use of this State — 

The Committee to whom was refered a letter from M' Wereat 
Reported, which was agreed to therefore 

Resolved that his Honor the Governor be requested to Order 
John Wereat Esq"" Auditor General Payment for one Quarters 
Salary out of any monies that may be received on Account of 
the Publick— 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives,) 

Monday February 17*^ 1783 

Letter from James Whitefield was read • 

Resolved that the request of M' Whitefield Praying leave to 
be Admitted a Practitioner in the Superior Courts of this State, 
be granted 

Whereas Doubts have Arisen whether his Honor the Gov- 
ernor is empowered by the Resolve of this House of the 
Instant to make any discounts or Partial Payments to the British 
Merchants who have furnished to this State 

Resolved that his Honor the Governor be & he is hereby em- 
powered to make Partial payments or allow of any discounts 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 297 

from Bonds Specialties or otherwise due this State for Confis- 
cated or Amerced Property as he may find Convenient in dis- 
charge of the debts due from this State to the British Merchants 
Provided that the said Merchants on their part allow a reason- 
able discount for any Sum or Sums that may be Advanced them 
before the same shall become due. 

Resolved that Florance Sullivan be and he is hereby Admit- 
ted as a Citizen of this State 

The House Proceeded to take into Consideration the report 
cf the Committee on Petitions Respecting Florance SuUevan 
Praying to be Admitted a Practitioner at Law. 

Resolved that the Prayer of the said Petition be granted* 
Letter from Mordecai Sheftill was read 

The House Proceeded to take into Consideration the report 
of the Committee on Petitions, when after Several Amendments 
made thereto agreed the Companies of Artillery raised for the 
defence of this State be entitled to all and every emoluments 
Respecting bounties of Land pay and Depreciation as the Offi- 
cers of the line of this State 

The following amendments was Proposed which being de- 
bated was carried in the Affirmative the yeas & Nays being re- 
quired are as follows 



Yeas 


Yeas 


M' Jackson 


M' Howly 


M' M'Intosh 


M' Clements 


M' Cunningham 


M' 


M' Ware 


M' W" Gibbons 


M' Germany 


M' Jn* Houstoun 


M'Few 


M' W» Houstoun 


M' B, Andrew 


M' Retchings 



298 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



M' Burnett 


M' Lamar 


M' Burke 


M' Harper 


M' Howell 


M'Fort 


M' J. Andrew 


M' Roberson 


M' Maxwell 


M' Johnston 


M' Pugh 


M' Cochrane 


M' Washington 


M' Davies 


M' Clay 


M' Irevin 


Nays 


Nays 


M' Heard 


M' Ja* Jones 


M' Telfair 





So It was Carried in the Affirmative and is as follows — 

, Resolved that the Officers and Men of the Continental Gal- 
lies formerly in Service in this State and the Officers and Men 
of Companies of Artillery Raised for the defence of this State 
be entitled to all bounties of Land Pay and depreciation, as the 
Officers of the line of this State agreeable to the Resolve of 
Congress and this State — 

Memorial from John Wilkinson was read 

REsoiyVED that the Clerk and Messenger of this House be en- 
titled draw Part of their Salaries in Proportion to the Time the 
Legislature is Setting to be Provided for in the Same Manner 
as the Members of the House 

• 
The House Proceeded to take into Consideration the Report 

of the Committee on the Memorial of General Twiggs & Col"^ 

Elijah Clarke and after some Amendments made thereto agreed 

to the same and is as follows 

That they find by a Resolve Passed in Augusta the 
Nineteenth day of August One thousand Seven hundred 
eighty one Sundry Citizens of this State are entitled to 
a quantity of Land According to their Rank, and in or- 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 299 

der to Assertain the same it will be Necessary for the Offi- 
cers at that Time Commanding the different Battalions 
of Melitia of this State to Make out an exact Return to 
his Honor the Governor of the Names and Ranks of 
every Officer & Private who have uniformly Supported 
the Independence of this State and May Justly Merit the 
aforesaid Bounty, and that his Honor the Governor be 
Requested to Examine the Same and when it shall ap- 
pear right to give a Certificate which shall entitle such 
Person or Persons to any unlocated Land in this State 
within the Present temporary boundary line when he or 
they may choose to Apply for the same 

RES01.VED that his Honor the Governor be and he is hereby 
empowered and Requested to Negociate any Bonds due or that 
may become due to this State or to use any other means the 
Resources of this State will Admit of to Raise the sum of fifteen 
hundred Pounds for the Purpose of immediately Procuring the 
Articles Necessary for holding a Treaty with the Indians 

Message from his Honor the Governor was received and or- 
dered to lie on the Table for the further Consideration 

Letter from John Martin Esq' was read and Ordered to lie 
on the Table 

Resolved that his Honor the Governor do give a Certificate 
to the Continental Delegates of their being appointed by this 
House, that any two of them Proceed with all Convenient Speed 
to the Congress of the United States, and that his Honor the 
Governor take such order as may be Necessary and pay out of 
any Monies in his hands, or by any other means enable such 
Delegates to go and Continue in Congress during the Period for 
which they were Elected, agreeable to the Resolutions of this 
House The House Proceeded to the Choice of a Deligate to 
Represent this State in the Continental Congress in the room of 
Joseph Clay Esquire who had declined, and on Casting up the 



300 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ballots it appeared that Nathan Brownson Esquire was duly 
Elected 

The following Acts were compared at the Table Viz 

An Act to ascertain the Various Periods of depreciation for the 
Government and Regulations of all and every Person or Per- 
sons whom the same may Concern &c 

An Act to point out the mode for the recovery of Property un- 
lawfully Acquired under the British Usurpation and withheld 
from the rightfull owners and for other Purposes therein 
mentioned &c 

An Act for the releif of helpless orphans, Widows and other In- 
digent Persons &c 

An Act for opening the Land office and for other Purposes there- 
in Mentioned 

Ordered that the Speaker Sign the said Acts 

Ordered that M' Davies, M*" William Houstoun and M' Jack- 
son be a Committee to Attend at the Affixing the Sales to the 
Acts Passed this Session 

Petition from Brigadier Gen* M^'Intosh was read Praying 
leave for Charles Cottesworth Pinkney, Thomas Pinkney, & Ed- 
ward Rutledge Esquires, to be Admitted to plead at any Court 
of Justice within this State 

Resolved that the Prayer of the Petition be granted so far as 
relates to any cause General M'^Intosh may be engaged in or have 
Occasion to Commence 

Resolved that the following be the Regular and established 
fees for the following Purpose 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 301 

Governors fees 

For Signing a Grant for five hundred Acres four Pounds and 
eight Pence 

For Signing each grant above five hundred Acres Seven Shil- 
lings 

Surveyor General 

For Recording the Piatt and Transmitting the same to the 
Secretary for or under five hundred Acres three Shillings and 
eight Pence, all above four Shillings and eight Pence 

Secretary Fees 

For Preparing the Grant and affixing the seal for or under 
five hundred Acres Six Shillings and Six Pence 

For Registring the Grant Two Shillings and four Pence 

County Surveyor 

For Surveying a Tract of or under one hundred Acres Twelve 
Shillings and Six Pence 

For each hundred after the first two Shillings & Six Pence 

For making and recording the Piatt and transmitting the 
same to the Surveyor General Two Shillings and eight Pence 

For Registering the grant one Shilling and six pence 

For Running a Town Lott four Shillings & Eight Pence 

Clerk of the Superior Court 

For Preparing the Warrant and Attesting the same Two 
Shillings and four Pence 

For entering the Application one Shilling 



802 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

For administring the Oath Seven Pence 

The House then Proceeded to Ballott for County Surveyors 
and on Casting up the Ballotts the following Persons were 
Elected. 

lor the County of Chatham General Samuel Elbert 

for the County of Liberty William Barnard 

for the County of Effingham William Clifton 

for the County of Burke Thomas Lewis Sen" 

for the County of Richmond John Walton 

for the County of Glynne & Camden W° M^'Intosh Ju** 

The House taking into Consideration his Honor the Gover- 
nors Message respecting the Vacancies in the Executive Council 
Proceeded to fill up the same Viz 

For the County of Liberty Benjamin Andrew Esquire in the 
room of John Ellott who has Resigned 

Ordered that writs of Election do Issue to fill up the Vacan- 
cies in the different Counties Viz 

To the County of Chatham for one member in the room of the 
Honrable William Houstoun Esq' who is Elected a Continental 
Deligate 

For the County of Liberty for two members in the room of 
Joseph Oswald Esquire who has resigned his Seat and Benjamin 
Andrew Esq"" who is Elected a Member Executive County 

in the room of John Elliott Esq' who resigned 

For the County of Richmond for two Members in the room of 
the Honrable William Few Esquire who is Elected a Continental 
Deligate and Charles Crawford who has declined 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 303 

Resolved that David Rea's and David Montagut be Appointed 
Justice for the County of Chatham in addition to those Already 
appointed 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.} 

Tuesday February 18^^ 1783 

ResoIvVEd that the Commissioners of Confiscated & Amerced 
Property Pay or Cause to be Paid to M' Thomas Ogden the 
sum of two hundred and thirty one Pounds one Shilling and 
Eight Pence being so much Advanced by Samuel Goodhue & 
Jonathan Clark in behalf of the said Thomas Ogden to M' 
Duncan for expences incurred during the Setting of the last 
Assembly 

Motion was made by M' William Houstoun Seconded by M"^ 
Cochrane 

That the House do Proceed to Reconsider the fees allowed 
in the Different Offices for granting of Lands the same as they 
now Stand being enormous Considering the distressed Situation 
of the Citizens of the State which Question could not be put 
being of order 

Resolved that his Honor the Governor be and he is hereby 
required not to Issue any more Certificates any resolve hereto- 
fore Passed Notwithstanding, untill the farther Order of the 
Legislature; Provided always that this Restriction do not ex- 
tend to the Case of Certificates to be Issued Persuant to any 
Act of. Assembly of this State 

Whereas the great Trouble and Constant Attendance which 
the duty of the Speaker requires render it Necessary that a 



304 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Proper Attention should be given by this House in order to 
make the Office of the Chair as reasonable as Possible 

RKSOLvro that the sum of four Dollars Per Day be allowed the 
Person filling that Office for each Session of the Assembly to 
Commence from the beginning of the Present Session 

The House then Proceeded to the Choice of a Committee to 
meet ten days before the meeting of the next Assembly to arrange 
and prepare the Necessary and Unfinished Business and Prepare 
Bills and Ordinances thereon to be laid before the Legislature 
when met agreeable to the Resolve of the twelfth Instant Re- 
solved that M' Jackson, M' William Gibbons Sen*" M*" Johnston, 
M' Lanier, M' Telfair, M' Clements, M' Fort, M' Germany, 
M' Maxwell be that Committee 

The House Proceeded to fill up the Vacancy of Surveyor 
for the County of Wilks which was not determined Yesterday, 
when Samuel Creswell was Elected 

The House then Proceeded to the Election of a Councellor 
for the County of Richmond in the Room of Charles Crawford 
Esq' who has declined taken Seat at that Board when M*" Cart- 
ledge was Elected 

The Committee to whom were Refered Memoriel of Col** An- 
thony W. White Reported 

Ordered that the said Report do lie on the Table 

RESOI.VED that a Committee be appointed to Obtain from M' 
Kelland Gibbons an Account Sales of Certain Articles ordered 
sold by the last House of Assembly and also to receive the 
same and Pay the same into the Hands of the Commissioners 
of Confiscated and Amerced Property to be by them applied to- 
wards discharging the drafts of Members on them for their 
Attendance at the Present House ordered that M' Davies & W 
Few be that Committee 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 806 

Resolve That the Commissioners of Confiscated and Amerced 
Property be empowered to retain in their hands a Sufficient sum 
to enable them to keep an Office and to defray the Necessary 
expences as the said Sum shall not exceed three Dollars Per Day 
to each Commissioner during their Attendance for which each 
of them are to be Accountable out of the Respective Sums that 
may be due or owing them for transacting the business under the 
said Acts 

Resolved That the first business that Shall be taken up at the 
meeting of the House of Assembly shall be the Petitions that 
are at this time before the House not decided on 

• Resolved that the Auditor be directed to discount with the 
Commissioners of Confiscated Property the Sum of one hundred 
Ninety five Pounds twelve Shillings and six Pence paid to the 
Clerk of the Assembly by order of this House 

In Pursuance of the Resolution of this House dated the Sev- 
enteenth Instant, the following Accounts at the desire of the 
Members Applying for the same were by order of the House 
Signed by the Speaker 

Liberty County Dollars 

James Maxwell 36^^ 

James Cochrane 90 

John Andrew 90 

Samuel West 75 

Edward Way 48 

Benjamin Andrew 108 

447J4 £104- 8-4 

Glynne & Camden 

John Hardy 70 

Edward Davis 97>4 

i67>4 

20 T r— Tol 8 



806 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Effingham 

John Martin Dasher 98 

Stephen Johnston 96 

Theophilus Lundy 106 

Benjamin Lanier iii 

Daniel Howell iii 

522 £127: 16 - 

Brought over 

Burke County 

John Clements 1 12>4 

James Jones 109J4 

Francis Pugh 1 12>^ 

Jared Irevin 1 12>^ 

447 £104: 6 — 

Richmond County 

John Germany 117 

Arthur Fort 117 

Charles Burke 117 

David Robertson 117 

Grunbery Lee 117 

Edward Cartledge 89^4 

Robert Middleton 19 

693 >4 161: 16: 

Wilks County 

Benjamin Catchings 120 

Daniel Burnet 120 

Henry Ware 120 

'Samuel Alexander 120 

John Cunningham 120 

Robert Harper 120 



FEBRUARY, 1783. 307 

Stephen Heard ,. . . 120 

Zachariah Lamar 120 

To Members of the Executive Council 

Effingham County dollars 

Jenkin Davis 16 £3. . 14 : 8 

Brought Over 

Burke County 

Benjamin Lewis 19 

John Fulton 16 



Richmond County 
Zacharias Fann 16 3 :i4 4 

Wilks Coimty 
Walter Harriss 16 3 :i4 :4 

Liberty County 

John Elliott 10 

James Stewart 10 



20 4: 13: 4. 

John Wilkinson Clerk 4 : 13 : 4 

Received of the Commissioners of Confiscated 1 
And Amerced Property and Paid by the Clerk > 

Agreeable to resolution ^J 

£195: 12: 6 

Accounts Signed by the Speaker by order of the 
House to be taken up by the Commissioners in 
three days from the date 
633: 3 — 



.24 — 8 



£828: 15: 6 



308 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

RjesoLVED that the sum of Twenty five Pounds be allowed 
the Clerk of this House in part of his Salary in Lieu of a sum 
ordered by a Resolution of this House of the Seventeenth In- 
stant — 

Resolved that the sum of Twelve Pounds Thirteen Shillings 
and two Pence be allowed the Messenger in part of his Salary in 
Lieu of a Sum ordered by a Resolutin of the Seventeenth Instant 
he to be Accountable and to be Paid by the Clerk out of the 
Money in his hands 

The Committee appointed to Attend the Affixing of the Seal 
of the State to the Acts Passed this Session Report 

That they Attended and after having the Seals Affixed depos- 
eted the Said Acts in the Secretarys Office 

Resolved that the Commissioners be directed to Pay M' Peak 
five Pounds immediately as the Rent of Room in which the As- 
sembly has been Setting 

Resolved That this House Adjourn to the fifteenth day of 
May Next then to meet at Augusta 



(Prom State Archives.) 

Savannah May i'* 1783 

Agreeable to Proclamation of his Honor the Governor & Ex- 
ecutive Council the following Members Attended Viz 

M' William Houstoun, M' Samuel Saltus, M' Richard Howly, 
M' Peter Deveaux, M' Benjamin Andrew, M' William Gibbons, 
Sen', M' William Mcintosh M' James Jackson, 

Whom there not being a Number Sufficient to make a House 
they Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning Eleven OClock 



MAY, 1783. 309 

(From State Archives,) 

Friday May 2"* 1783 

A Number of Members met but not being a Sufficient number 
to Compose a House they Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 11 
OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Saturday May 3**^* 1783 

A Number of Members met agreeable to adjournment but not 
being a Sufficient number to compose a House they Adjourned 
to Monday next 11 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Monday May 5"* 1783 

A number of Members met agreeable to Adjournment but not 
being a Sufficient number to Compose a House they Adjourned 
to Tomorrow Morning 10 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Tuesday May 6*^ 1783 

The following Members met Viz. M' William Gibbons, M' 
Howly, M' Few, M' Clay, M' Cuthbert, M' Davies, M' Hardy, 
M' Edward Wey, M' West M' Saltus M' Baker M' Cartledge 
M' William Way, M' Andrew M' M' Jackson 



310 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Resolved that William Gibbons Sen'' Esquire be Chairman of 
this Meeting when they come to the following Resolution 

Whereas the General Assembly was directed by a Proclama- 
tion of his Honor the Governor and the Executive Council to 
Convene on the first day of May Instant. And Whereas a num- 
ber of the Representatives did Assemble Accordingly, but it ap- 
pearing a Sufficient Number to make a House could not be Col- 
lected 

Resolved that it is the Opinion of the Members of the Legis- 
lature now Assembled that an Adjournment take Place untill 
the second Tuesday in August then to Meet at such Place as his 
Honor the Governor with Advise of the Executive Council shall 
direct. — 



(From State Archives.) 

Augusta Thursday 15"* May 1783 

In Pursuance of a Resolution of the General Assembly at 
Savannah of the eighteenth February last, which is as follows 
"That this House adjourn to the fifteenth May Next then to 
meet at Augusta the following Members Attended Viz 

M' Telfair M' Stephen Johnston 

M' Germany M' William Few 

M' Middleton M' Ware 
M' James Jones 

When it appearing that there Not being a Sufficient Niunber 
to make a House Adjourned till Tomorrow Evening four OClock 



MAY, 1783. 311 

(From State Archives.) 

Friday 16** May 1783 

The following Members met According to Adjournment 

M* Germany M' Lamar 

M* Ware M' Telfair 

M' Johnson M' William Pew 

M' Middleton M' James Jones 

Benjamin Few & Charles Crawford Esquires being returned 
Elected in the room of William Few Esq' whose seat was Va- 
canted by being Elected a Continental Delegate and Charles 
Crawford Esq' who had been Elected a Councillor, and Re- 
signed Attended and took the Oath Prescribed in the Constitu- 
tion 

They then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 10 OClocke 



(From State Archives.) 

Saturday May 17"* 1783 

The following Members met Viz. 

M' Germany M' Telfair 

M' Lamar M' Ware 

M! Middleton M' B. Few 
M' Crawford 

They then Adjourned till Monday Morning 10 OClock 



312 



JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



(From State Archives.) 
Monday May 19** 1783 
The following Members met Viz 



M'^ Telfair, 
M' Pugh, 
M' Ware, 
M' Alexander, 
M' W" Few, 
M' Benj* Few, 



M' Burke, 
M' Lanier, 
M' Germany, 
M' Lamar, 
M' Cetchings, 



When not being a Number Sufficient to Compose a house they 
Adjourned to Tomcwrow Morning 10 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 



Tuesday May 20**" 1783 
The following Members met Viz 



M' William Gibbons Se' 


M' Port 


M' Lamar 


M' Cartledge 


M' Clements 


M' Harper 


M' Irevin - 


M' Crawford 


M' Middleton 


M' William Gibbons Ju' 


M' Burke 


M' Pugh 


M' Burnet 


M' Emanuel 


M' Catchings 


M' Benj* Few 


M' Telfair 


M' Germany 


M' Lanier 


M' Ware 


W Ja* Jones 


M' Alexander 


M' William Few 





MAY, 1783. 313 

Being informed that his Honor the Governor arrived in Town 
* last evening it is the Opinion of the Members present that the 
following letter be sent to his Honor Viz 

Augusta 20'** May 1783 
Si^ 

In Persuance of a Resolution of the General Assembly, a 
number of Members met here the 15th Instant, and have Ad- 
journed from day to day, there not being a Sufficient number 
to make a House, the underwritten Members assure your honor, 
that we are deeply empressed with the very great importance of 
the Legislature being speedily convened, and of our determination 
to wait the attendance of absent Members It will afford us Sin- 
gular Satisfaction to be informed by your Honor when the Ex- 
ecutive Council may be expected here, and the Steps you have 
taken towards forwarding this important and enteresting busi- 
ness 

Signed by all the Members 

His Honor the Governor 

They then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 10 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Wednesday May 21"* 1783 

The following Members met Viz 

M' W"* Gibbons Sen' M"^ Middleton 

M' Lamar M' Burke 

M' Clements M' Burnet 

M' Irevin M' Cetchings 



314 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

M' Telfair M' W"* Gibbons Jun' 

M' Lanier M' Pugh 

M' Ja' Jones M' Emanuel 

M' W" Few M' Benj* Few 

M' Fort M' Germany 

M' Cartledge M' Ware 

M' Harper M' Alexander 

M' Crawford M' Cunningfham 

A Letter from his Honor the Governor was read agreed that 
it lie on the Table for the Perusal of the Members, and is as 
follows 

Augusta May 21'* 1783 
Gentlemen 

I received your letter of yesterday informing me of there not 
being a Sufficient number of Members to make a House — of 
your determination to wait the Arrival of absent Members — 
and a request that I would inform you when the Executive Coun-* 
cil might be expected here — In answer to your request I beg leave 
to observe, that it is to be Presumed, that the Executive Coun- 
cil would officially take* notice of the Adjournment of the House 
of Assembly, & give their Attendance accordingly — But that 
they might not fail I recommended to them to meet at this Place 
and have reason to believe that from Effingham, Burke & Rich- 
mond Counties there will Counsellors attend on Friday next 
from Chatham & Liberty Counties I have no expectations unless 
a House should be made, in which case one of the Council for 
Chatham assured me that he would attend — from Wilks County 
I have not heard, but think it Probable there will be Council — 
of this Probability I immagine some of the Gentlemen of 
that County can more Particularly satisfy You 

I am fully sensible with yoil Gentlemen, of the Necessity of 
having a House of Assembly as Speedily as possible, to take into 



MAY, 1783. 816 

Consideration, Matters that immediately concern the Instant and 
safety of the State 1 am Gentlemen 

Your most Obed' & Most Hum* Serv* 

William Gibbons Esq*" & others Lyman Haix 

They then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 10 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 
Thursday May 22"* 1783 
The following Members met Viz 



M' William Gibbons Sen' 


M' Cartledge 


M' Lanier 


M' Harper 


M' Clements 


M' Johnston 


M' Irevih 


M' Alexander 


M' Middleton 


M' W"» Gibbons Jun' 


M' Burke 


M' Pugh 


M' Burnet 


M' Emanuel 


M' Cunning^ham 


M' Few 


M' Crawford 


M' Robertson 


M' Telfair 


M' Germany 


M' Lamar 


M'Lee 


M* Ja* Jones 


M' Ware 


M' W»Few 


M' Ketdiinfifs 


M'Fort 





But not being a number Sufficient to Compose a House they 
adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 10 OClock 



816 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

..'■;-!■•; 

(From State Archives.) 

Friday May 23* 1783 

The following Members met Viz 

M' W" Gibbons Sen' M^ Lamar 

M' W" Gibbons Jun' M' Cunningham 

M' Johnston M' W" Few 

M' Telfair M' James Jones 

But not being a ntunber Sufficient to Compose a House they 
Adjourned till to Tomorrow Morning 10 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 
Saturday May 24^ 1783 
The following Members met Viz 



M' W" Gibbons Sen' M' W°^ Gibbons ' 

M' Lamar M' Johnston j 

M' Telfair I 

But not being a Number Sufficient to compose a House they 
Adjourned till Monday Morning 10 OClock 



(From State Archii/es.) 

Monday May 2&-^ 1783 

The following Members met Viz 

M' Lamar M' Middloton 

M' Johnston M' W" Few 



JULY, 1783. 317 

But not being a Number Sufficient to Compose a House they 
then Adjourned till tomorrow Morning 10 (X)lock 



(From State Archives.) 

Augusta i"^ July 1783 

Pursuant to a Proclamation issued by his Honor the Governor 
the following Members met Viz 

M' W"* Gibbons Sen' M' Middleton 

M' Telfair 

But not being a Number Sufficient to compose a House they 
Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning. 10 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Wednesday July 2"^ 1783 

The following Members met Viz 

M' Telfair M' W"* Gibbons Sen' 

M' Middleton 

But not being a Number Sufficient to Proceed on business they 
Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 10 OClock 

(From State Archives.) 

Thursday July 3* 1783 

The following Members met Viz 

M' Telfair M' William Few M' William Gibbons Sen' but not 
being a Number Sufficient to Proceed on business they adjourned 
to Tomorrow Morning 10 OClock 



818 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

(From State Archives,) 

Friday July 4"* 1783 

The following Members met Viz 

M' Telfair M' William Few M' William Gibbons Sen' M' 
Jackson, but not being a Number Sufficient to Proceed on busi- 
ness, they Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 10 OClock 

(From State Archives.) 

Saturday July 5**^ 1783 

The following Members met Viz 

M' W"* Few M' Lamar 

M' Germany M"" Burnet 

M*^ Gibbons M' Harper 

M' Telfair M' Burke 

M' Ware M' Retchings 

M' Alexander M' 

But not being a Number Sufficient to Compose a House they 
Adjourned untill Monday Morning 10 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Monday July 7*^ 1783 

The following Members met Viz 

M' Jackson M' W"* Houstoun 

M' W°* Gibbons Sen' M' Devaux 

M' John Houstoun M' W"" Gibbons Jun' 





JULY, 1783. 


M' Habersham 


M' Clements 


M' Clay 


M' Tames Jones 


M' Telfair 


M. 


M' Emanuel 


M' Germany 


M' Heard 


M' Few 


M' Ketchin^s 


M' Burke 


M' Burnet 


M' Robertson 


M^ Cunningham 


M"^ Middleton 


M' Harper 


M'Lee 


M' Ware 


UT Cartled«:e 


M' Lamar 


M' Benj* Few 


M' Alexander 


M' Crawford 



319 



But not being a Number Sufficient to compose a House they 
v/ere Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From 


State Archives.) 


Tuesday July 8** 1783 


The following Members met Viz 


M' Jackson 


M' Lamar 


M' W- Gibbons Sen' 


M' Alexander 


M' John Houstoun 


M' Clements 


M' Devaux 


M' James Jones 


M' W" Gibbons Jun' 


M'Fort 


M' Houstoun 


M' Germany 


M' Clay 


M' Burke 


M' Telfair 


M'Few 


M' Emanuel 


M' Middleton 


M' Retchings 


M'Lee 


M' Burnet 


M' Cartledge 


M' Harper 


M' Benj« Few 


M' Ware 


M' Crawford 


M' Ware 





820 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

But not being a Niunber Sufficient to compose a House they 
were Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 
Tuesday July 8'*^ 1783 
The following Members met Viz 



M' Jackson 


M' Ware 


M' W" Gibbons Sen' 


M' Lamar 


M' John Houstoun 


M' Heard 


M' Devaux 


M' Davies 


M' W" Gibbons Jun' 


M' Fort 


M' Mcintosh 


M' Germany 


M' Clay 


M' Few 


M' Telfair 


M' Burke 


M' Emanuel 


M' Roberson 


M' Clements 


M'Lee 


M' Ja" Jones 


M' Benj* Few 


M' Irevin 


M' Crawford 


M' Ketching^s 


M' Middleton 


M' Burnet 


M' Cartledge 


M' Harper 


2Q. 



The House then Proceeded to Ballott for a Speaker pro tem- 
pore when William Gibbons Sen"" Esq' was elected 

M' Seth John Cuthbert a Member returned Elected for the 
County of Chatham in the room of William Houstoun Enquire 
who is elected a Continental Delegate, appeared and took the 
Oath Prescribed in the Constitution — 

M' James Habersham A Member Elected for the County of 
Chatham appeared and took the oath Prescribed in the Constitu- 
tion 



JULY, 1783. 321 

M' David Emanuel a Member Returned for the County of 
Burke appeared and took the Oath Prescribed in the Constitu- 
tion 

M' Hepworth Carter a Member returned for the County of 
Liberty appeared and took the Oath Prescribed in the Constitu- 
tion 

Letter from M' Henry Jones & M*^ James Little Members 
Elected for the County of Burke & Wilks Informing this House 
that they had resigned their seats in the same 

Resoi,ved that the Speaker Issue a Writ of Election for two 
Members for the Coimty of Burke in the room of Henry Jones 
Esq' who has resigned his Seat and Evan Lewis Esq' Deceased 
Also a Writ of one Member for the County of Wilks in the 
room of James Little who has resigned 

Resoi,ved that M' Cuthbert, M' Emanuel, M' Germany, M' 
Lamar & M' Carter be a Standing Committee on Petitions 

Letter from M' George Jones was read Informing the House 
that his father (the Speaker) has had a dangerous fit of Sickness 
which rendered it Impracticable for him to Attend the House at 
this time 

The following Petitions were read & refered to the Committee 
on Petitions 

From Charles Watts 

From John Mulryne Tatnal 

From Ann Green a Memorial 

From Elizabeth Zubly (White of David Zubly of East Flor- 
ida) a Description of Sundry Lotts in and near Savannah. 

From William Gibbons in behalf of Anne Hall. 

From Catharine Moore in behalf of Josiah Tatnal 

91 r r— Tol 8 



322 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

From Elizabeth Young 

From Samuel Moore 

From James Seymore 

From Owen Owens 

From a Committee of a Number of Inhabitants of the County 
of Chatham 

From James Mossman in behalf of James Graham 

From James Belcher 

From Francis Graham Wife of John Graham Esq' late of Sa- 
vannah (a Memorial) 

From James Mossman 

From James Mossman in behalf of John Graham Esq' 

From Patrick Crookshanks & C* Greenhow & Telfair, John 
Wallace Leonard Cecil, Owens & Thompson, Merrilies & Owens , 

W™ Coales, John Mitchell John M^'Iver British Merchants in i 

Savannah I 

I 

The Presentments of the Grand Jury of the County of Chat- 
ham were read and Ordered to lie on the Table 

Message from his Honor the Governor was read 

Resolved that the said Message & Papers be refered to Special 
Committee & that M' Clay M' Telfair & M' John Houstoun 
be that Committee 

Petition from Philip Hornsby was read & Refered to the 
Committee on Petitions 

Resolved that Nicholas Bilbo be appointed Messenger & 
Door Keeper for this Present Session 

The House then Proceeded to take into Consideration the 
Report of the Committee on Petitions Reported on the last Ses- 
sion of Assembly Viz^ 



JULY, 1783. 323 

N° 23. From John Butler Maxwell & Mary Maxwell his Wife 
Praying that the said John Butler Maxwell may be 
taken off the Act of Confiscation and be readmitted a free 
Citizen of this State 

Resolved that the Consideration of said Petition be Post- 
poned 

N^ 24. The Petition of William Graves Setting forth that he 
has lost a Number of Georgia State Certificates agree- 
able to an Annexed Certificate Signed by William OBry- 
an & Nehud Wade Respecting that he might be ordered 
Payment by the State the Same as if he had Actually 
the said Certificates in Possession — 

Resolved that the Report of the Committee on the Petition 
of William Graves be refered to a Special Committee & that 
M' Few M' Telfair & M' Jones be that Committee 

N** 25. Petition of Elizabeth Munro Praying that her husband 
Simon Munro might be Permitted to return and live 
with her, 

Motion being made. Whether any Person or Persons whose 
names are in the Act of Confiscation be taken out and put on the 
Act of Amercement or no, when the Question being Put for 
Postponing the Motion and Carried in the Affirmative — 

Resolved that a Committee be Appointed to Provide Neces- 
saries for the Members & that M' James Jones M"* Middleton & 
M' Crawford be that Committee — 

Petition from Abram Jones was read and refered to the Com- 
mittee on Petitions — 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



S24 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

(From State Archives.) 

Wednesday July 9** 1783 

The House met According to Adjournment 

Petition from William Brown was read 

Ordered that the said Petition be refered to a Special Com- 
mittee & that M' William Few, M' Fort, & M' Middleton be 
that Committee 

Resolved that M' William Few & M' Fort be added to the 
Committee for Providing Necessarys for the Members 

Resolved that leave be given to bring in a Bill for Laying out 
Reserve Lands near Augusta into Acre Lotts, & for Erecting 
a Seminary of Learning in or near the said Town of Augusta 
brought in the same which was read the first time — 

The following Petitions were read and refered to the Commit- 
tee on Petitions Viz 

From John MXean 

From Daniel Grant and others. Inhabitants of North Carolina 

From John Cowen's 

From a Number of Subscribers in favour of John Barks 

From William Tidwell 

From Leannah Carr 

From Samuel Scott 

From John Carson 

From a Number of Inhabitants of Wilks County 

From Leonard Cicil 

The House then Proceeded to take into Consideration the re^ 



JULY, 1783. 326 

port of the Committee on Petitions reported on the last Session 
of Assembly Viz 

N** 26. The Petition of William Gibbons Praying a Certain 
Lott and Warf sold by the Commissioners of Confiscated 
Property 

On Motion 

That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted Provided the 
Purchaser will agree to relinquish his Purchase otherways his 
Bond shall be transfired to the Petitioner, 

ResoIvVEd that the Consideration of the above be Postponed 
till Tomorrow Morning — 

Motion being made That the Consideration of all Petitions 
from Persons named in the Confiscation Act be postponed till 
Wednesday next That a Committee consisting of a Member 
from each County be appointed in the mean time to aVrange 
and Class such Persons as have Petitioned to be taken off the 
Confiscation Act. 

Resoi,ved that the above be Committed to a Committee of one 
Member from each County & that M' Habersham, M' Clements 
M' William Few, M' Heard & M' Carter & M' Johnson be that 
Committee 

ResoIvVEd that a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill 
to empower certain Commissioners to regulate the Hire of Por- 
ters and labour of Slaves in the Town of Savannah & that M' 
Clay M' Habersham and M' Heard be that Committee — 

The following Petitions were read & Refered to the Commit- 
tee on Petitions 

From James Harriott 

From William Candler 



326 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

i.- 

From Edward Lloyd 
From John Rose 

The House then Proceeded to take into Consideration the re- 
port of the Committee on Petitions reported on the last Sessions 
of Assembly Viz 

N** 28. From Rebekah Nicholls Setting forth her having been 
Plundered The Committee are of Opinion that she ought 
to have recourse to the Courts of Law, which was 
agreed to 

Resolved That a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill 
for Incorporating the Town of Savannah and for other Pur- 
poses therein mentioned & that M' Jackson, M' Clay, M' Cuth- 
bert, M' Davies & M"" Habersham be that Committee — 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill 
intitled an Act to amend and repeal an Act to prevent unlicensed 
Persons from Retailing Speritous Liquors to Suppress unlawful 
gaming, and to empower the Superior Court in the different 
counties, to grant license to proper persons to keep Taverns and 
eating Houses for the entertainment of Travellers & the Con- 
veniency of the Inhabitants of the State agreeable to such Rules 
and Regulations as the said Courts shall think fit and for other 
purposes therein mentioned & that M' James Jones M' Benjamin 
Few & M*" William Few be that Committee 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to Bring in a Bill 
entitled an Act for the Regulation of Grist Mills and Ferries 
within this State & that M' James Jones, M'' Telfair & M' Heard 
be that Committee — 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill to empower Cer- 
tain Commissioners to Regulate the Hire of Porters and Labour 
of Slaves in the Town of Savannah brought in the same which 
was read the first time 



JULY, 1783. 327 

R^oiyV^ That a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill 

for laying a duty on transient trade, and also a duty on Vandues, 

and for the more effectual recovery of Arrears due and owing to 

en Acts Passed to that effect & that M' Clay, M' 

Telfair & M' Davies be that Committee 

Resoi^ved that a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill 
for the more Speedy Tryal of Criminals, and that M' Jackson, 
M' William Houstoun M' William Gibbons Jun' M' William 
Few & M"" Davies be that Committee. 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Thursday July 10"* 1783 

The House met According to adjournment 

The following Memorials and Petitions were read and refered 
to the Committee on Petitions 

From Relph Jrard Jun' a Citizen of South Carolina in behalf 
of himself and others, Memorial 

From Alexander Ingles 

From Hannah Buffington 

From John Smith with a Certificate 

From Benjamin Few & Andrew Bums. 

The Committee to whom was refered the Petition of Sundry 
Inhabitants of this State, Requesting that Warehouses should be 
erected on the Lands of William Brown Reported — 

That the Prayer of the Petition ought to be granted, and 
recommended that an Act should be passed to regulate the emolu- 



328 



JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



ments and for Inspecting Tobacco, Flour, Hemp &c. which was 
agreed to and that M' Telfair, M' Crawford & M' Ware be a 
Committee to Prepare and Bring in a Bill to regulate the same, 
Agreeable to the Resolve of Yesterday the House Proceeded to 
take into Consideration the Motion on the Prayer of the Petition 
William Gibbons Respecting a Lott and Warf sold by the Com- 
missioners of Confiscated Property. 

The House having taken under Consideration the report ap- 
pertaining to a Water Lott and Stores in Savannah, the Prop- 
erty of Ingles Jenkins & Gibbons 

Resoi^ved that all Property appertaining to Copartners ought 
to remain in the hands of the Surviving copartner or Copart- 
ners untill debts shall be finally paid and such Surviver or 
Survivours, accountable agreeable to the laws of this State 
The Yeas and Nays being called for by M' Jackson is as follows 



Yeas 


Yeas 


\r W" Gibbons Ju° 


M' Lamar 


M' Curthbert 


M' Lee 


M' M*Intosh 


M' Cartledge 


M' Harper 


M' Crawford 


M' Ware 


M' Telfair 


M' Germany 


M' Ja' Jones 


M'Few 


M' Habersham 


M' Burke 


i6 


M' Roberson 




Nays 


Nays 


M' Jackson 


M' Emanuel 


M' W" Houstoun 


M' Clements 


M' Devaux 


M' Irevin 


M' Heard 


M' Cunningham 


M' Burnet 


M' Carter 


M' Alexander 


M' Johnson 


M'Fort 


Rr Washington 


M' Middleton 


IS 



JULY, 1783. 329 

So it was Carried in the Affirmative 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill 
to Continue Several Laws of this State now near expiring and 
that M"^ Clay M' Jackson & M' W°* Houstoun be that Committee 

Petition from Timothy Barnard with sundry papers were 
read 

Ordered that the Petition & Papers be refered to a Special 
Committee & that M' Davies M' Lamar & M' Cunningham be 
that Committee 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill to Continue Sev- 
eral Laws of this State now near expiring brought in the same 
which was read the first time 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Friday July ii"" 1783 

The House met According to Adjournment 

Resolved that this House will tomorrow Proceed to the 
Choice of Field Officers for the Augusta Battalion of Richmond 
County 

The Committee on Petitions Reported from N** i to 19 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table for the Perusal of 
the Members 

The House then Proceeded to take into Consideration the 
report of the Committee on Petitions Reported on the last Ses- 
sions of Assembly Viz 



330 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

N** 29. The Petition of Humphry Wills Praying relief from an 
Obligation Given for the rent of a Plantation & Build 
late Greirsons 

Resoi^ved that the Prayer of said Petition be granted so far as 
respects the rent of the same. 

N** 30. The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of Burke County in 
favour of David Cavenah, the Committee are of Opinion 
that the Prayer of the Petition ought not to be granted 
which was agreed to 

N"* 31. The Petition of Captain Peter Dela Plane, the Commit- 
tee are of Opinion that it ought to be refered to a Spe- 
cial Committee acquainted with foreign trade which was 
agreed to 

Resoi,ved that M' Habersham, M' Clay & M' Telfair be that 
Committee 

N® 32. The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of Burke County in 
favour of Thomas Yarbrough, Praying he might be en- 
titled to the Priviledges of a Citizen 

Resoi^ved that the prayer of the Petition be granted 

N** 33. The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of Richmond County 
in favour of James Mercer. 

Resoi^vEd that the said Mercer should be Provided for agreea- 
ble to a Law for Providing for Indigent Persons 

N** 34. The Petition of the Heirs of George Walker Praying 
the said Estate be taken from off the Amercement Act 

Resolved that the prayer of the Petition be granted in Consid- 
eration of a large helpless family 

Message from his Honor the Governor was received with let- 



JULY, 1783. 331 

ters from General Greene & Wayne & the Attorney General with 
Sundry other Papers. 

Resolved that the Letter from the Attorney Genr^ to his 
Honor the Governor be refered to a Special Committee & that 
M' W"* Few M' Telfair & M' William Houstoun be that Com- 
mittee 

Resolved that a Committee appointed to take into Considera- 
tion the Petitions of Persons who are not in the Act of Confisca- 
tion of this State who are Banished some one or other of the 
United States, & that M' Davies, M' Cunningham, M' Lamar, 
M' M'^Intosh & M' William Houstoun be that Committee • 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill 
to Repeal some part of an Act for Amercing Certain Persons 
therein mentioned & that M' Jackson, M' Washington & M' Lee 
be that Committee 

The Bill for empowering Certain Commissioners to Regulate 
the heire of Porters and labour of Slaves in the Town of Sa- 
vannah was read the second time 

Resolved that the said Bill be Committed to a Committee of 
the whole House to take into consideration the said Bill 

M' Heard in the Chair 

On Motion That the Speaker Resimie the Chair 

M' Heard from the Committee of the whole House to take into 
Consideration fhe Bill for empowering certain Commissioners to 
regulate the hire of Porters and labour of Slaves in the Town of 
Savannah Reported that they had gone through the same & made 
some alterations therein which he read & delivered in at the 
Table which the House having taken into Consideration agreed 
to the same 



332 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



Ordered that the said Bill be engrossed and sent to the Coun- 
cil for their Perusal and advice 

Ordered that M' Roberson & M' Irevin be a Committee to 
Wait on them with the same 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Saturday July 12*^ 1783 

The House met According to Adjournment 

ResoIvVEd that a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill 
to receive and Amend the Militia Laws & that M' Jackson M' 
William Few & M' Cunningham be that Committee 

Petitions from a Number of Inhabitants of Virgina & South 
Carolina was read & Ordered to be refered to a Committee that 
was appointed the last Session to take into Consideration Peti- 
tions for Lands such of them as are Present 

The following Petitions were read and refered to the Commit- 
tee on Petitions Viz 

From Charles Odingsells 
From Samuel Sterk Esq' 

Letter from Charles Odingsells with Sundry papers were re- 
fered to a Special Committee & that M' Telafir and M' 
be that Committee 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for Laying a duty 
on Transient Trade and also a duty on Vandues and for the 
more effectual recovery of Arrears due and owing the State on 



JULY, 1783. 



333 



Acts Passed to that Effect brought in the same which was read 
the first time. 

The Committee to whom was refered the Petition of Thomas 
Elfe James M^'Kay, William M^'Kinney & John Rose Praying to 
be Admitted to Settle in this State although Included in the Con- 
fiscation Act of South Carolina Reported which after some 
amendments was agreed to & is as follows. That they are of 
Opinion that as the General Assembly of that State is now Set- 
ting some Reciprocal mode ought ,to be Concerted and Adopted 
between the two States for Persons in such Situations, but in 
the mean time the Persons & Property of those who have 
thrown themselves on our mercy ought to be Protected, with 
Respect to that part of the Petition of John Rose Praying pro- 
tection and Security for his Property in this State Your Com- 
mittee see no objection to granting the same. 

The Yeas and Nays being Called for by M' Fort is as follows 



Yea 



Yea 



M' Jackson 


M' Benj' Few 


M' Devaux 


M' Telfair 


M' W- Gibbons Ju' 


M' James Jones 


M' Clay 


M' W» Houstoun 


M' Burke 


M' Cunningham 


M' Cartledge 


M' Germany 


M' Clements 


M' Few 


M' John Houstoun 


M'Lee 


M' Cuthbert 


M' Crawford 


M' M'lntosh 


M' Emanuel 


M' Heard 


M' Washington 


M' Middleton 


M' Habersham 


Nay 


Nay 


M' Burnet 


M' Robertson 


M* Lamar 


M' Carter 



J 



334 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

M' Harper M' Ware 

M' Alexander IVr Fort 

M' Irevin M' Davies 
M' Tolinston 

The Bill for Continueing the Several Laws of this State near 
expiring was read the second time. 

RESOLVED that the said Bill be Committed to a Committee of 
the whole House to take into Consideration the said Bill 

jVr IVrintosh the Chair 

On Motion that the Speaker Resume the Chair 

M' M^'Intosh from the Committee of the whole House to take 
into Consideration the Bill for Continuing the Several Laws of 
this State near expiring. Reported that they had gone through 
the same & made some alterations & amendments which he read 
in his place and Delivered in at the Table, when the House tak- 
ing the same into Consideration agreed to the same. 

Ordered that the said Bill be engrossed, and sent to the 
Executive Council for their Perusal and advic & that M'' Bur- 
net and M' Ware be a Committee to wait on them with the same 

Resolved that M' William Few & M*" Lamar be added to the 
Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for Building Warehouses 
on the Lands of William Browns & to regulate the emoluments 
& for Inspecting Tobacco Flour Hemp &c 

Petition from Mathew Stewart was read and refered to the 
Committee to arrange and Class Such persons as have Petitioned 
to be taken off the Confiscation Act. 

Petition from Peter Donworth was read and refered to the 
Committee on Petitions 

Resolved That his Honor the Governor and the Executive 



JULY, 1783. 386 

Council be requested to fall upon some safe and afifectual 
to have the Public records and papers brought back the 

Northward to this State, and that they be Authorized and em- 
powered to employ any fit Person or Persons to Undertake this 
business and thereafter to pay for the same out of any Monies 
which may Come into the Treasury by Taxes, transient duties 
or otherwise — 

The House then Adjourned to Monday next 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Monday July 14^*" 1783 

The House met According to Adjournment 

Memorial from Oliver Bowen was read and refered to a Spe- 
cial Committee & that M' Jackson M' William Few & M' Wil- 
liam Houstoun be that Committee — 

The Petition of John Rely was read and Refered to the Com- 
mittee of Petitions — 

Letter from William Hornby was read and refered to the 
Committee of Petitions — 

Letters from John Gibbons Esq' was read Importing that he 
had Resigned his seat in this House — 

Resolved that the Resignation of John Gibbons Esq' be Ac- 
cepted & that a Writ of Election do Immediately Issue to fill up 
Said Vacancy — 

The Committee to whom was Refered the Message from his 
Honor the Governor Accompanied by a Number of letters and 
other Papers from Congress and the Several Officers of Publick 
Departments Reported — 



336 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Resolved that the said Report be taken into Consideratioa 
Tomorrow Morning — 

Memorial & Account from General M^'Intosh & Letter from 
John Wereat Esq' were read & Refered to a Special Committee 
& that M' William Few M' Heard M' Davies, M' Jackson And 
M' Habersham be that Committee — 

M' William Few having laid before the House the Proceed- 
ings of the Commissioners for Treating with the Indians 

Resolved that the Proceedings aforesaid be Refered to a 
Committee and that M' Clay, M' Cuthbert, and M' Lamar be 
that Committee 

Resolved that all Certificates that may have been Audited by 
M' Wilkinson or Certificates granted by the Governor for the 
time being shall Stand on the same footing as the Audited Cer- 
tificates that have or may be Issued by the Present Auditor 
where the same shall be in Specie, and where such Certificates 
may have been given in Depreciated Money the Auditor is here- 
by empowered and requested to reduce such Certificates into 
Specie Value and Cancelled by giving Specie Certificates and 
that all such Accounts upon which the Certificates have arrisen 
be delivered by M' Wilkinson to the Auditor in order that the 
same be filed in his Office and the Proper entrys made — 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Tuesday July 15*^ 1783 

The House met According to Adjournment — 

Petition from Francis Willes late of the State of Virginia 
was read and refered to a Special Committee and that M' Tel- 
fair M' William Few & M' Devaux be that Committee 



JULY, 1783. 337 

Memorial from Samuel Hicks was read and Refered to the 
Committee of Petitions 

Ordered That the Governor and Council be recommended 
and requested to transmit to the Executive and Legislative 
Powers or Departments in every State in the United States, A 
list of Persons at this time within our Act of A Banish- 

ment and Confiscation And Request a list from of Per- 

sons Named in their Law that by this Correspondence each State 
may know or be informed from time to time what is done by 
each State Relative to those Persons so Proscribed 

M' Morell and M' Harriss a Committee from the re- 

turned the Bill to Empower Certain Commissioners Appointed 
to Regulate the Hire of Porters and Labour of Slaves in the 
Town of Savannah, with some Proposed Alterations 

The order of the day being Called for 

The House Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to take into Consideration the report of the Committee 
to whom was Refered a Message from his Honor the Governor, 
Accompanied by a Number of Letters and other papers from 
Congress and the Several Officers of Public Departments — 

M' Habersham in the Chair 

That the Speaker having Resumed the Chair 

M' Habersham from the Committee of the whole House to 
take into Consideration a Message from his Honor the Governor 
Accompanied with a Niunber of Letters and other Papers from 
Congress and the Several Officers of Public Departments Re- 
ported — 

That they had taken the same into Consideration made some 
Progress therein and beged leave to sit again — 



338 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

RESOI.VED that they have leave to sit again 

ResoIvVEd that the House will Tomorrow Morning Resolve 
itself into a Committee of the whole House to take into Con- 
sideration a Message from his Honor the Governor Accom- 
panied with a Number of Letters and other Papers, from Con- 
gress and the Several Officers of Public Departments — 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill to 
Amend an Act for opening the Land Office and that M*" Benja- 
min Few, M' Germany and M' Fort be that Committee 

On Motion 

Ordered that Samuel Scott be emmediately taken into the 
Custody of the Messenger for an Insult offered to this House 

Samuel Scott who was taken into Custody for an Insult 

offered Member of this House Attended by Permission and 

having declared he was extreamly sorry for the Affront which 
he had given the House, and that nothing but a Sudden heat of 
Passion Could have rendered him Capable of such Behavour for 
which he Asked Pardon of the House 

Resolved that the Apology of the said Samuel Scott be Ac- 
cepted of and that he be discharged from Custody — 

' The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Wednesday July 16**" 1783 

The House met According to adjournment. 

The following Petitions were read and Refered to the Com- 
mittee on Petitions Viz 



JULY, 1783. 389 

From Joseph Maddox 

From Ezekiel Harriss 

From Littleberry Bostick 

From John Bacon 

From Betty Martin 

From John Milton , 

Message from his Honor the Governor was read and Refered 
to a Committee and that M' Washington, M"* Irevin and M' De- 
vaux be that Committee. 

The Committee on Petitions Reported, on the Petition of a 
Member of Inhabitants of the County of Chatham Respecting 
Doctor M'Leod 

Ordered That the same do lie on the Table 

Petition of George Trocep was read : Praying to be Admitted 
a Citizen of this State 

Resolved that the Prayer of said Petition be granted 

Whereas by Virtue of an Act of Confiscation and Attainder 
Passed on the first day of March One thousand seven hundred 
Seventy Six Sundry Negroes and other Personal Property was 
Confiscated and Sold for the use of the State and for which 
Payment, hath, not been yet made for the Same 

Whereas by Virtue of an Act of Confiscation and Attainder 
Marshall, be and he is hereby directed to deliver to the Attorney 
General an Account of all such sales and the Purchasers to whom 
the aforesaid Property was Actually delivered and the Attorney 
General is hereby required to demand immediate Payment and 
to take the most Speedy and effectual measure for the recovery 
of such debts and when recovered deliver the same to his Honor 
the Governor — 



840 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

M' Fann and M' Harriss a Committee from the Council Re^ 
turned the Bill for Continuing the Laws of this State near ex- 
piring without any Proposed Alterations. 

The Committee to whom was refered the Petition of Oliver 
Brown Esquire Setting forth the disadvantages he had laboured 
under in Consequence of a Resolve Passed in the House of As- 
sembly in the Year One thousand Seven Hundred Seventy 
Eight Suspending him from the Command of the Gallies of this 
'State. 

Reported which after some alterations made thereto was 
agreed to by the House and is as follows. — 

R^SOi^VED that as it appears the said Commodore Brown con- 
ceived himself Subject to the orders of the Continental Officer, 
and not of the .Governor, and that any Misconduct imputed to 
him. Proceeded from his having Obeyed the orders of the former 
in Preference to those of the latter and from no other Sourse, 
and further in Consideration of the faithfull Servises of the said 
Oliver Brown upon every other Occasion And the Zeal he has 
always Manifested in favour of the Liberties of his Country, 
any Disability he may have been Subjected to by the said Sus- 
pension be done away, and that he be fully Restored to every 
Benefit and advantage which he could have claimed had the 
said Suspension never taken Place — 

The House agreeable to the order of the day Resolved itself 
into a Committee of the whole House to take into Consideration 
the Report of a Committee to whom was refered a Message from 
his Honor the Governor Accompanied with a Number of Let- 
ters and other Papers from Congress and the Several Officers of 
Public Departments — 

M' Habersham in the Chair 

The Speaker Resumed the Chair 

M' Habersham from the Committee of the whole "House ta- 



JULY, 1783. 341 

take into Consideration the Report of a Committee to whom was 
Refered, a Message from his Honor the Governor — Accom- 
panied with a Number of Letters and other papers from Con- 
gress and the Several Officers of PubHc Departments Reported 
that they had taken the same into Consideration made some 
Progress therein and beg'd leave to sit again — 

Resoi^ved that they have leave to Sit again 

The Committee Appointed to furnish Supplies for the Mem- 
bers of Assembly for the Present Session Reported. 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table for the Perusal of 
the Members — 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 
Thursday July 17**^ 1783 
The House met According to Adjournment 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill to amend an Act 
for opening the Land office brought in the same which was read 
the first time 

The Committee appointed to Arrange and Class the Persons 
named in the Act of Confiscation Reported 

Ordered that the said Report do lie on the Table 

The House taking the Report of the Committee Appointed to 
furnish Supplies for the Members of Assembly for the Present 
Session which after some Amendments was agreed to and is as 
follows 



342 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Resolved That the Commissioners of Confiscated Property 
be empowered and Required to Collect from the Amerced Pe 
to make Sale of Confiscated Property on thursday next to a sum 
not Exceeding one Hundred Pounds — 

Resolved that a Committee be Appointed to bring in a Bill 
to Amend An Act entitled An Act to empower the Commission- 
ers Surveyors of the Road leading from the North West 
Road through Newington Village to Bryans Cowpen for making 
and Keeping the same in Repare: & that M' William Gibbons 
Jun' M' Clay and M' M*^Intosh be that Committee 

Letter from George Walton Esquire was read. 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table till that part of the 
Report of the Committee be taken up respecting the Suspension 
of the Cheif Justice — 

Message from his Honor the President was received 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table — 

The House then Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to take into Consideration the Report of a Committee to 
whom was Refered a Message from his Honor the Governor 
Accompanied with a Number of Letters and other Papers from 
Congress and the Several Officers of Public Departments — 

M' Habersham in the Chair 

The Speaker Resiuned the Chair 

M' Habersham from the Committee of the whole House to 
take into Consideration the Report of the Committee on a Mes- 
sage from his Honor the Governor with Sundry Papers Re- 
ported that they had gone through the same made Several Amend- 
ments thereto which he Read in his Place and delivered in at the 
Table— 



JULY, 1783. 343 

Ordered that the same be taken up Tomorrow 
The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Friday July i8"» 1783 

The House met According to Adjournment 

Letter from Seaborn Jones was read and Refered to a Special 
Committee and that M*^ Jackson, M' William Pew and M' Heard 
be that Committee 

The Committee appointed to Bring in a Bill to Amend an Act 
for laying out a Road through Newington Village brought in 
the same which was read the first time. 

The following Petitions and Memorial was read and refered 
to the Committee on Petitions Viz 

From Timothy Richardson 

From Lucretia Farguson 

From Chesley Bostick 

From Chesley Bostick a Memorial 

From Samuel Bufroft 

From Joseph Atkinson with Sundry Resolves of the Executive 
Council. 

Petition from Robert Walton was read and Refered to the 
Committee appointed to take into Consideration the Petition of 
Francis Williss and that all Petitions respecting Land be refered 
to the same Committee. 



344 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

M' John Palmer a Member returned for the County of Burke 
appeared and took the Oath Prescribed in the Constitution — 

R^OLVED that all Past and future Sales of Confiscated Prop- 
erty be on the same footing, that is to say, Payable in a sum not 
Exceeding one Moiety in Gratuity Certificates to Officers, or any 
other Audited Claim regularly Certified by the Governor for the 
time being, or the State Auditor and the remaining Part in 
Mexican Dollars or other Monies in Goald or Silver. 

The House then Proceeded to take into Consideration the re- 
port of the Committee of the whole House, with the Amend- 
ments made thereto — 

Resolved that the same be read Paragraph by Paragraph 
when after some time Spent therein 

The House Adjourned to Tomorrow at half past 8 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Saturday July 19**" 1783 

The House met According to Adjournment 

Letter from James Stewart was read and refered to a Special 
Committee and that M*" Lamar, M*" Heard and M' Davies be that 
Committee — 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for Establishing 
a Public Warehouse or Warehouses on the Land of William 
Brown on the South Side of Savannah River near the Town of 
Augusta and else where for the purpose of Inspecting Tobacco 
Flour Hemp &c. brought in the same which was read the first 
time 



JULY, 1783. 346 

The Committee to whom was refered the Memorial of Gen- 
eral M^'Intosh Reported. 

Ordered that the said Report be Recommitted. 

A Bill for inforcihg the Payment of Arrears of Taxes and 
Duties and for emposing a Tax on all Goods Wares and Mer- 
chandize and Negro Slaves sold at Vandue was read the Second 
time 

Ordered that the said Bill be read Paragraph by Paragraph 

Resolved that the said Bill be engrossed and sent to the Ex- 
ecutive Council for their Perusal and advice and that M' Harper 
and M' William Gibbons Jun' be a Committee to wait on them 
with the same. — 

The House Proceeded to take into Consideration the Report 
of the Committee on Petitions Respecting Leonard Cicil 

N® 1 1 Praying to be admitted a Citizen of this State 

Resolved that the Prayer of the said Petition be granted 

The Committee to whom were refered the Petition of Francis 
Willis Reported. 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table 

The Committee appointed to examine into and Report on a 
Letter from Charles Odingsells, Reported. 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table. — 

The Committee to whom was recommitted the Memorial of 
General M'^Intosh Reported and after some Amendments made 
thereto was Agreed to by the House and is as follows 

That as it appears to them the General has lost most of his 
Vouchers by the incidents of the late War in Confidence of his 



346 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Veracity such Charges in the Account Annexed to his Memorial 
as relate to monies Advanced and debts Contracted for and on 
Account of the State or Continent together with his Amount of 
pay and Rations and forrage be allowed the same being first duly 
Attested, and that the Auditor be directed to Audit and pass the 
same Seperating and Distinguishing such State and Continental 
Charges agreeable to his Instructions and that on Certificate 
thereof by the Auditor, should the General require it the Amount 
be deducted from any purchase he or his son Captain William 
M'^Intosh has made in Consideration of Considerable Sums in 
Money many years since by him Advanced for the Service of 
the State, The Other Charges being losses of the General Al- 
though the Committee are well Convinced they are very great 
and have Proceeded Cheifley from the early Active and De- 
cided part he took in favour of his Country yet as they make 
part of a General question, Your Committee think Cannot at 
this time be taken into Consideration. 

The following Amendments was Proposed Viz. Provided the 
same shall not exceed one half the Amount of such Purchase 
which being debated was carried in the Nagative the yeas and 
Nays being Called for by M' Jones is as follows. — 



Yea 


Yea 


M' Burnet 


M' Crawford 


M' Cunningham 


M' Robertson 


M' Harper 


M' Clements 


M' Ware 


M' Ja* Jones 


M' Lamar 


M' Carter 


M' Alexander 


M' Lanier 


M' Fort 


M' Puffh 


M' Germany 


i6 


M' Burke 




Nay 


Nay 


M' Jackson 


M' Jn° Houstoun 





JULY, 1783. 


M' W Houstoun 


M'Lee 


M' Devaux 


M' Benjamin Few 


M' W» Gibbons Jun' 


M' Telfair 


M' Habersham 


M"" Emanuel 


M' Clay 


M"" Irevin 


M' Cuthbert 


M' Johnston 


M' M'Intosh 


M' Washington 


M' Heard 


M' Palmer 


M' W- Few 


20 


M' Middleton 





347 



So it was Carried in the Nagative 

Petition from Hugh M'^Gee and William Barton were read 
and refered to the Committee appointed to take into Considera- 
tion the Petition of Francis Willies — 

The following Memorial and Petitions were read and Re- 
fered to the Committee on Petitions Viz 

From Henry Cooper 

From Charles Burke a Memorial 

From Francis Hancock 

The Committee to whom was refered a Message from his 
Honor the Governor Reported and Ordered to lie on the Table 

The Committee to whom was refered the report of the Com- 
mittee on Petitions on the Petition of William Graves Reported 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table 

The Committee to whom was refered the Attorney Generals 
Letter Respecting the Proceedings of Captain John Hardy for 
the Recovery of his Demand against the Public Reported 

Ordered that the said Report do lie on the Table 



348 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

A Bill to Amend An Act for La)ring out a Road through 
Newington Village was read the Second time and Ordered to 
be engrossed and sent to the Executive Council for their Perusal 
and advice Ordered that M' Harper and M' William Gibbons 
Jun' be a Committee to wait on them with the same 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill to regulate Grist 
Mills and Ferries within this State brought in the same which 
was read the first time 

Resolved that the Bill to Amend An Act for opening the 
Land Office be read the second time on Monday next 

The House then Adjourned to Monday next 9 OClocke. 



(From State Archives.) 

Monday July 2i"* 1783 

The House met According to Adjournment — 

Letter from Joseph Woodroflf was read and Ordered to lie on 
the Table 

Resolved That his Honor the Governor be empowered and 
required to Issue a Proclamation, Requiring all Persons who 
may have Certificates in their hands for Monies Loaned to this 
State, that they do within Six Months from the date hereof 
make a Return of the same to the Governor Particularly discrib- 
ing the Persons name or Names to whom the same was granted, 
the date the sum, and the Payments if any thereon. And Also 
Requiring all Persons who have in their Possession any Paper 
Currency of this State issued under the Authority of the same, 
that they do also within Six Months give in a Particular State 
or Account thereof to the Governor So that the same may be 
laid before the House of Assembly for their determination there- 



JULY, 1783. 349 

en, And any Person or Persons, who shall not within the said 
Six Months give in such return of Certificates or Accounts or 
State of Paper Money shall be Considered as Precluded from 
any demand or Claim upon the Public on Account of the 
Premises — 

Petition from James Rae was read and Refered to the Com- 
mittee appointed to take into Consideration the Petition bf 
Francis Williss 

The following Petitions were read And Refered to the Com- 
mittee on Petitions Viz 

From Peter Donworth 
From William Hornby 

The Committee appointed to revise and Amend the 
in force. Reported 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table 

The House having taken up so much of the Report of the 
Committee of the whole House, on the Business of a Message 
from his Honor the Governor, Accompanied by a Number of 
Letters and Other Papers from Congress and the Several officers 
of Publick Departments as appertained to the Regulation of the 
Finances of this State, made some Amendments thereto and 
then agreed to the same which is as follows That the first and 
great Objects requiring the Attention of this House are the Pay- 
ment of Debts, and the Arrangements of the Finances of the 
State, So that it may be known on the one hand what are the 
Resources we have to reckon upon, and on the other what will 
be the amount of Necessary Expenditures as will for the Sup- 
port of our Internal Government as fair Contributing our Quota 
towards Payment of the Continental Debts or the Interest there- 
of. To this end Your Committee Concieve it will be of great 
Importance to Place the Fund Produced, and to be Produced 



350 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

from the States of Confiscated Property, on a Proper footing, 
and they Suggest the following mode to the Consideration of 
the House, that is to Say as it appears to have been a Point not 
well understood between the Purchasers and the State whether 
Certificates and other. Demands against the Public were to go in 
Payment of such Purchased Property. Your Committee in order 
to Remove all doubts on this head Recommend that in Case any 
Purchaser shall incline to give up his Purchase he be Permitted 
to do so at any time before the first of October next — That 
whatever Purchasers shall not so give up their said Purchases 
by the said first of October shall be considered as absolutely 
bound thereby, And Obliged to pay one equal Moiety of the. said 
Purchase Money with the Interest thereof in Gold or Silver 
Coin and nothing else, and the other Moiety of Principal and 
Interest or so much thereof as the party may chuse in Certifi- 
cates of this State founded on a law or Resolve of Assembly of 
any Denomination whatsoever under the hand of the Present or 
the last or any future Governor And bearing date Subsequent 
to the first January one thousand Seven hundred Eighty two, or 
in Accounts (by way of Discount) against the Publick, duly 
Audited and Certified agreeable to a Resolve of Assembly 
Passed on the day of last Past, and due either 

to the Purchasers themselves or Transfered to them by any 
other Person or Persons whatsoever, Provided Such Certificates 
or Audited Accounts shall be brought in and endorsed off the 
Bonds of the said Purchasers within twelve Months from the 
date hereof, or otherwise, this last mentioned Moiety or so much 
thereof as at the experation of the said Twelve Months, shall 
remain unpaid in Certificates or Audited Accounts to be also 
Payable in Gold or Silver Coin and Nothing else. That in the 
Months of November and December Next beginning on the 
Second Tuesday in November and Continuing from time to 
time at the discretion of the Commissioners shall be Sold at 
Publick Auction by the Commissioners of Confiscated Estates 
all the Confiscated Property then Remaining on hand in the 
Several and Respective Counties either that givin up as above 



JULY, 1783. 351 

mentioned, or that which has been Sold and the terms of Sale 
not Complied with Provided Nevertheless that where the party- 
has given Bonds with Security and shall give Mortgage by the 
first of October next it shall be deemed a Compliance or that 
which has never Yet been sold or exposed to Sale. And the 
same shall be sold payable in four Years if Personal and Seven 
Years if Real Estate as mentioned and contained in the Con- 
fiscation law. And the Purchaser shall Accordingly give Bond 
Mortgage and other Security as therein mentioned for the Con- 
sideration money and good and Sufficient Security for the In- 
terest thereof, which said consideration Money and the Interest 
thereof shall be payable in the same manner as the former sales 
were above declared to be, that is to say, the one equal Moiety 
of the said Purchase Money with the interest thereof in Gold or 
Silver Coin and nothing else, and the other Moiety of principal 
and Interest or so much thereof as the party may choose in the 
Certificates of this State, founded on any Law or resolve of 
Assembly of any Denomination Whatsoever Under the hand 
of the present or last or any future Governor and bearing date 
subsequent to the first of January One thousand seven hundred 
and Eighty two or in Accounts (by way of discount) against 
the Publick duly Audited and Certified agreeable to a Resolve 
of Assembly passed on the day of last past and 

due either to the purchaser themselves or transfered to them by 
any other Person or Persons Whatsoever provided such Certifi- 
cates or Audited Accounts shall be brought in and endorsed off 
the Bonds of the said Purchasers within Twelve Months from 
the date hereof or otherwise this last mentioned Moiety or so 
much thereof as at the expiration of the said Twelve Months 
shall remain unpaid in Certificates or Audited Accounts to be 
also Payable in Gold or Silver Coin and nothing else Except the 
Purchaser shall make it appear that he delivered his claim and 
could not obtain a Certificate in time and the Auditor be re- 
quired to give receipts for Vouchers when lodged in his office 

That in Case any Person or Persons holding Certificates as 



362 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

afore said or Audited Accounts against the Publick shall not In- 
cline to Purchase at the sales, or to Negociate their Said Demands 
to those who do Purchase within the said Twelve Months Such 
Person or Persons shall be at Liberty within one Month after the 
expiration of the said Twelve Months to exchange their said De- 
mands for a Certificate of a New Denomination, the form 
whereof is hereafter Specified to be Issued and Signed by the 
Governor in Council and regularly entered on the Council 
Books, and an Indent thereof kept as a Check, and shall also be 
Countersigned by the Treasurer of this who is hereby 

Empowered and required to Countersign Certificates 

also to keep a regular Account thereof, which said Certificates 
shall be Considered as forming An Aggregate and funded Debts 
against the State redeemable in Seven Years and Carrying an 
Interest of Per Cent Payable Annually in Gold or Silver 

out of the Publick Treasury, And further that a fund be Pro- 
vided for Paying the Annual Interest, and eventually Sinking 
the Principal of these Certificates as soon as sale shall be made 
of all the Confiscated Property, and a State or Account thereof 
laid before the House and in case any Person or Persons holding 
Certificates or Audited Accounts as aforesaid shall neglect to 
bring in the same to the Treasury in manner before mentioned 
within the twelve Months above limitted for that Purpose, or to 
take out a new Certificate within one Month thereafter as afore- 
said all and every such Person or Persons shall be, Considered 
as for ever Precluded from the said Demands, -and the Publick 
will not be Liable to make Provision for Payment of the same 
at any time hereafter, 

That in all future Sales of Confiscated Property the Com- 
missioners shall wait days for the purchasers to Comply 
with the terms of sale, and if not done within that time the said 
Commissioners shall proceed to sell again, and so on till the 
terms are Complied with 

And in Case any Person or Persons who shall Purchase as 



JULY, 1783. 353 

aforesaid and shall refuse or Neglect to Comply with the Con- 
siderations of sale within the time herein before limitted and the 
said Property shall be disposed of at the next Sale for a less 
sum than the Person or Persons so refusing or neglecting were 
to have given for the same, he, she or they, so refusing or Neg- 
lecting to Comply as aforesaid shall be Obliged to Make good 
the said Deficiency and they are hereby declared liable for the 
same to be recovered in any Court of Record within the State 

And your Committee further recommend that as soon as the 
twelve Months above mentioned shall be expired there be formed 
a Regular and fair State of the Debts remaining due to the pub- 
lick for Confiscated Property, and that good Bonds with the 
Mortgage and other Securities to the Amount of four Hundred 
sixty six thousand six hundred seventy and Two thirds Dollars 
to one Hundred and Eight Thousand Eight hundred 
Pounds Sixteen Shillings and six Pence, Provided 
remain if not the residue that do remain be taken out therefrom 
and Placed and Considered as a fixt fund to answer the like sum 
being our supposed Quota or part of the National Debts this sum 
at Seven Per Cent will Yield us an Interest Annually of seven 
thousand Six hundred twenty one Pounds fifteen Shillings and 
two Pence. The Interest we have to pay on the like Sum at 
four and five Per Cent on the foreign and Six Per Cent on 
the Domistick Debts will Annually Amount to six thousand 
Two hundred Sixty three Pounds twelve Shillings; So that 
there will be an excess of Interest money Annually in our favour 
of one thousand three hundred fifty eight Pounds three Shillings • 
and two Pence — ^let this sum of Thirteen Hundred, & fifty eight 
Pounds three Shillings and Two Pence be Annually Carried to 
the Credit of the State and after deducting thereout the Neces- 
sary Charges of Remitting the Annual Interest of our Conti- 
nental Quota, let the Residue be placed out at Interest by the 
Year, and formed into a Sinking fund ready to Assist in dis- 
charging our Quota of the principal Sums of one Million and an 
half of Livres (being the one twefth part of Dutch Debts) which 

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354 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

become due on the fifth November One thousand Seven Hun- 
dred eighty Seven, and our Quota of the Domistick Debts what- 
ever the same may be 

As by the Mode above Suggested Provisions will be made 
first for paying off all the internal Debts of the State (except 
Treasury Certificates and the old Cerculation Bills of Credit 
which must be a Matture of future Consideration) Secondly for 
Annually Paying off Quota of the National Interest, 

and eventually Sinking the Principal, Your Committee are of 
Opinion his Honor the Governor and the Executive Council 
ought to be directed to take Proper Measures to call in and Col- 
lect by Suit or other wise all Debts due to the Publick on any 
other Account except for Confiscated Property, And that such 
payments be received in nothing but Specie, and when re- 
ceived to be Placed in the Treasury as a Fund for Contingent 
Purposes 

On Motion 

It is ordered that leave be given to bring in a Bill for Carrying 
into effect the Several Parts of the said Report respecting the 
Finance as agreed to by the House And that M' Clay M' Telfair 
and M^ John Habersham be that Committee 

The House Proceeded to take into Consideration the Re- 
mainder of the Report of the Committee of the whole House on 
the Business of a Message from his Honor the Governor Ac- 
companied by a Number of Letters and other Papers from Con- 
gress and other officers of the Public Departments And after 
some Amendments made thereto agreed to the same which is as 
follows. 

Your Committee further Recommend that for the Support 
of the internal Government of this State a Tax Bill be immedi- 
ately Passed which considering the distressed Situation of the 
Inhabitants just emerging from their Difficulties, Your Com- 



JULY, 1783. 356 

mittee think ought to be Confined to Lands and Negroes and be 
Made to Continue till the first of January next, at which time a 
regular Estimate to be formed and a More General Tax im- 
posed for the Present, Your Committee Recommend that a Tax 
of Payable in Specie and nothing else per head on Ne- 

groes And the like sum on every hundred Acres of land 
imposed the one half to be paid within and the other 

half at any time before the December next and in Case 

of Default in these Payments the Tax to be doubled on Motion 
That a Committee be appointed to bring in a Tax Bill and that 
M' Few, M' Clay and Devaux be that Committee. 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for Carrying into 
Effect the Several parts of a Report respecting the finance as 
agreed to by the House Reported a Bill for that Purpose which 
was read the first time And Ordered to be read a Second time 
ToMorrow. 

Message from his Honor the President was received with 
Sundry Dispatches from his Excellency the President of Con- 
gress and from his Excellency the Commander in Cheif 

Resolved that the Message from his Honor* the President 
with the Papers Accompanying the same be refered to a Special 
Committee and that M' Telfair M' Clay and John Houstoun be 
that Committee 

The House then Adjourned to ToMorrow Morning 8 OClock 



(From State Archives,) 

Tuesday July 22* 1783 

The House met According to Adjournment — 

M' Fann & M' Telfair a Committee from the Council Re- 
turned the following Bills without any Proposed Amendments 



356 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Viz The Bill for Laying a duty on Transient Trade and also a 
Duty on Vandues and for the more effectual recovery of Arrears 
due and owing the State on Acts Passed to that effect 

The Bill to Amend An Act for laying out a Road through 
Nuvington Village &c 

RESOI.VED that the Auditor be Directed to Audit the Accounts 
of the Commissioners of Confiscated Estates and Allow full Com- 
missioners where the terms have been fully Complied with, and 
half where Bonds only have been given the said Commissioners 
Producing Proper Vouchers of the same under the hand of his 
Honor' the Governor, and that in Such Accounts the said Com- 
missioners of each County be allowed the Commissioners arising 
from the Sales in their respective Counties Previous to the Act 
to reduce the Number of Commissioners Passed the last Session 
of Assembly, and that all Accounts, or Business Since trans- 
acted by the Commissioners appointed by that Act; be allowed 
in the same Proportion on receipt by the Auditor of Like Vouch- 
ers, or the sum of three Dollars Per day agreeable to the said 
Act at their option. 

Micajah Williamson Esquire a Member returned from the 
County of Wilks appeared and took Oath Prescribed in the Con- 
stitution 

A Bill to Release certain Persons from their Bargains for 
Establishing fimds, and for other Purposes therein Mentioned 
was read a Second time 

Ordered that the said Bill be engrossed and Sent to the 
Executive Council for their Perusal and Advice, and that M*" 
Ware and M' Benjamin Few be a Committee to wait on them 
with the same. 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



JULY, 1783. 867 

(From State Archives.) 

Wednesday July 23""* 1783 

The House met ^^ccording to Adjournment 

The Committee to whom was Refered a letter from James 
Stewart Attorney for M'^Carten Campbell Reported and after 
some Amendments made thereto the House agreed to the same 
and is as follows Viz 

That having made enquiry of the Commissioners, and find 
that not a Slave from M' Campbells Carolina Estate was 
Amerced and further at the time of being made there 

was not any demand or that they employed People to 

Appraise the Estate that was well Acquainted with the Setua- 
tion of it, Your Committee are of Opinion the said Amercement 
ought to be Paid Agreeable to An Act made for that Pur- 
pose. 

Resolved That the Bill for Establishing Warehouses on the 
Land of William Brown for the Inspecting Tobacco & Flour, 
be recommitted to a Committee of three and that M' Cuthbert, 
M' Houstoun and M' Telfair be that Committee 

The Committee appointed to examine the Accounts of the 
Commissioners for Indian affairs reported 

Ordered that the said report do lie on the Table 

Petition from a number of Inhabitants of the County of Wilks 
was read and refered to a Committee and that M' Davies, M' 
John' Houstoun, M' Williamson M' Jackson and M' Heard be 
that Committee 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for the purpose of 
raising the sum of by Imposing a Tax on the Inhabitants 



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of the State of Georgia for the use and Support of the Govern- 
ment, brought in the same which was read the first time. 

A Bill to repeal and amend some port of an Act entitled An Act 
for opening the Land Office, was read the Second time on Debate 
thereon the following Motion was Made. 

That the Justices of the Several Counties or any five of them 
as hereafter Mentioned shall meet in their respective Counties 
on the first Monday in each Month, and for as Many days follow- 
ing as they shall find it Necessary to hold Court at the place 
where the Superior Court of such Counties Respectively are 
held and that the said Justices meet or Any Niunber of them not 
under five and of which five or quarter number one or more of 
the Assistant Justices of the County shall be a part, shall Consti- 
tute a Board and be Competent to all and Singular the business 
pointed out and required by the said Act, to be done by a Board 
of Justices. 

The Yeas and Nays being Called for by M*" Jackson 



Yea 



Yea 



M' Jn" Houstoun 


M' Middleton 


M' W" Houstoun 


M'Lee 


M' Clay 


M' Benj' Few 


M' Heard 


M' Crawford 


M' Burnett 


M' Telfair 


M' Cunningham 


M' Emanuel 


M' Harper 


M"" Clements 


M' Ware 


M' Ja* Jones 


M' Lamar 


M' Irwin 


M' Alexander 


M' Lanier 


M'Fort 


M' Puffh 


M' Germany 


M' Palmer 


M' W» Few 


M' Williamson 


M' Burke 


2». 


M' Robertson 





JULY, 1783. 869 

Nlay (Nay 

M' Jackson M' Davies 

M' Davaux M' Carter 

M' W» Gibbons Ju' M' Washington 

M' Habersham 8 — 
M' Mcintosh 

so it was carried in the Affirmative. 

The following Amendments was proposed 

And Be it further enacted by the Authority aforesaid that in 
all and every case of entering and trying a Caveat Allowed under 
the said Act for Granting Lands, where one of the parties in 
such caveat shall not reside in the where the same shall be tried, 
such party in case of being dissatisfied with the decision thereon 
shall beat liberty within three days to appeal therefrom to the Hon- 
orable the Governor and Council who are hereby Authorised 
and empowered on due Notice being given to all Parties to have 
the Merit of the said caveat reheard before them and finally to 
pronounce Judgment and Sentence on the same, and in all and 
every case where the first Judgment given by the Board of 
Justices in the County shall be Approved and Confirmed by the 
Governor and Council the other party shall pay all costs of 
appeal and also Subject to the following Proviso reasonable 

Charges of the Prevailing party Attending the same which said 
Costs and Charges shall be allowed and Certified by the Gov- 
ernor in Council and in Case of non payment on Demands, the 
said prevailing party shall be entitled to his Action at Law and 
on Producing the Governors Certificate (which shall be deemed 
a Sufficient Voucher) shall recover a Judgment for the Amount 
ot the same. Provided nevertheless that in Case the Governor 
in Council shall Certify that it appears to him the party failing 
had a plausible Pretence for appealing and that the same did not 
arise in his Judgment from a Letigous Disposition that then 
Nothing more shall be allowed against such party but the Costs 
of appeal. 



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The Yeas and Nays being Called for by M' W° Houstoun are 
as follows 



Yea 


Yea 


M' Tackson 


M' Mcintosh 


M' ]tf Houstoun 


M' Harper 


M' W°* Houstoun 


M' Davies 


M' Devaux 


M' Carter 


M' W» Gibbons J' 


M*" Johnson 


M' Habersham 


12 


M' Clay 




Nay 


Nay 


M' Heard . 


M' Irwin 


M' Ware 


M' Lanier 


M' Burnett 


M' Pug-h 


M' Lamar 


M' Alexander 


M' Germany 


M' Fort 


M' W" Few 


M' Cunningham 


M' Burke 


M' Middleton 


M' Robertson 


M' Emanuel 


M'Lee • 


M' Clements 


M' Benj* Few 


M' Palmer 


M' Crawford 


M' Williamson 


M' Telfair 


24. 


M' Jones 





so it was carried in the Negative 

Resolved that the said Bill be sent to the Executive Council 
for their Perusal and advice & that M' Devaux & M' Carter be 
a Committee to wait on them with the Same. 



The Bill to Amend An Act for laying out a Road through 
Newington Village &c. was read the third time. 

Ordered that the said Bill do pass. 



JULY, 1783. 361 

A Bill to continue the Laws of this State near Expiring was 
read the third time. 

Ordered that the said Bill do pass. 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for the more 
Speedy Tryal of Criminals in each County within this State 
brought in the same which was read the first time. 

Petition from Peter Henry Morell was read praying to be Ad- 
mitted a Citizen of this State 

Resolved that the prayer of the Petition be Granted. 

Letter from John Twiggs & Daniel M^'Murphy with an Ac- 
count against this State was read. 

Resolved that his Honor the Governor be empowered to dis- 
count or make immediate Payment to General John Twiggs on 
Daniel M'^Murphy in a Sum not exceeding One hundred Pounds 
'Sterling on Account of the Transportation of arms Clothing &c. 
from the States of Pensylvania and Virginia to Georgia, and that 
the Auditor be directed to Lequidate the Account and give An 
Audited Certificate for the balance that may appear due to be 
Considered as a Gold and Silver Claim against the State. 

Petition from Benjamin Ketchings was read and refered to a 
Committee & and that M' Harper & M' Davies be that Com- 
mittee. 

The following Petitions were read & refered to the Committee 
on Petitions Viz — 

From Alexander Carter 

From George Cook & Thomas Balew 

Petition from John Lamar & James Stallings were read & 
refered to the Committee to whom was refered the Petition of 
Francis Williss. 



362 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

A Bill for laying out the reserve land in the Town of Savannah 
into Acre Lotts, the Erecting an Academy or Seminary of Learn- 
ing & for other Purposes therein Mentioned was read the Second 
time 

Resolvi^d that the Order of the day Tomorrow be the Report 
of the Committee on Petitions. 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 8 OClock. 



(From State Archives.) 
Thursday July 24"* 1783 
The House met According to Adjournment 

Petition from Hepworth Carter was read & Refered to a 
Special Committee, & that M' William Few, M' Clay & M' Hab- 
ersham be that Committee. 

Whereas it has been represented that by Virtue of an Act by 
the Insurance Office established by the Legislature for the en- 
couragement of Trade ; that Sundry Persons did Actually Cover 
Property, and pay the premicem into the proper Office, and are 
at this time in possession of the Policies of Insurances made on 
the part of the State therefore 

ResoIvVEd that the Auditor be empowered and required to 
make Strict enquiry into the manner and time of Capture, and 
where it shall appear just and equitable that the State shall stand 
Accountable, in like manner as if the same had been done be- 
tween individual & Individual and that the Auditor is hereby 
directed to Liquidate suoh Claim agreeable to the rules & Regu- 
lations pointed out in like manner as any other Claim against 
the State 



JULY, 1783. 363 

The Committee to whom was refered the Petition of Benjamin 
Retchings Praying that he may be allowed to Survey five Hun- 
dred Acres of Land in the Creek or Cherokee Lands as soon 
as they are added to the State Reported 

OrderKd that the said Report do lie on the Table 

Petition from Henry Allison Cap* James Stallings Cap* Thomas 
Hamilton L* & Ezekiel Stallings were read and refered to the 
Committee on Petitions. 

The following Motion being made which being debated was 
Carried in Nagative and is as follows 

Whereas it appears that very great disadvantages may arise 
to Individuals from a lemitation on the rates and prices Stipu- 
lated on any Specie of grain or Provision since the first day of 
January one thousand and Seven hundred Eighty two, be it 
therefore Resolved that the Auditor be empowered and required 
to Settle and Liquidate all Public claims of any Species of grain 
or Provision at the rates and prices that may have been Cur- 
rent at the time of delivery, in Gold & Silver to Continue and 
be in force untill the first day of December next. 

The Yeas and Nays being Called for by M' Jones are as 
follows 

Yea Yea 



M' 


Deveaux 


M' 


Mcintosh 




M' 


W* Gibbons Ju' 


M' 


Telfair 




W Habersham 


M' 


Tones 




M' 


Clay 


M' 


Irwin 




M' 


Cuthbert 


9- 






Nay 






Nay 


M' 


Jackson 


M' 


Burnett 




M' 


W" Houstoun 


M' 


Harper 




M' 


Heard 


M' 


Ware 





864 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

M' Lamar M' Davies 

M' Fort M' Carter 

M' Germany M*" Johnson 

M' Robertson M' Washington 

M' Middleton M' Lanier 

M' Lee M' Pugh 

M' Benj' Few M' Palmer 

M' Emanuel M' Williamson 

M' Clements M' W" Few 

24. 

so it was Carried in Nagative 

M' Morell & M' Harriss a Committee from the Executive 
Council returned the Bill to relieve Certain Persons therein De- 
scribed, without any proposed Alterations. 

The Order of the day being Called for 

The House Proceeded to take into Consideration the Report 
of the Committee on Petitions reported on the last Session of 
Assembly Viz 

N** 23 From John Butler Maxwell & Mary his wife praying 
^ that the said John Butler Maxwell may be admitted a 
Free Citizen. 

Resolved that the Prayer of said Petition be not 
granted 

N° 23 From Elizabeth Munroe Praying her Husband Simon 
Munro may be Admitted a Citizen of this State 

RES01.VED that the Prayer of said Petition be not granted 

N"" 27 Petition from Donald M^'Intosh. Praying to be Ad- 
mitted a Citizen of this State. 

REsoi^ved that the Prayer of said Petition be granted 



JULY, 1783. 366 

N** 35- From Thomas Gibbons Attorney at Law Praying to be 
taken off the Act of Confiscation. 

Resolved that the said Thomas Gibbons be taken off 
the Act of Confiscation & put on the Act of Amerce- 
ment 

N° 36. From Thomas Gouph Praying to be Admitted a Citizen 
of this State 

Resolved that the prayer of said Petition be granted 

N** 37. From Burton Williams Praying Certain Negroes agree- 
able to his fathers Will may be granted him your Com- 
mittee finding from Information that the petitioners 
Father is still living & at S* Augustene therefore are of 
opinion the prayer of the Petition ought not to be 
granted which was agreed to. 

N** 38. From John Gillstrap 

Resolved that the Consideration of the prayer of said 
Petition be Postponed. 

N** 39. From Patrick Welsh Praying two Thousand Acres of 
Land in the forks of the River Okoney & Oak-Mulgy 
Rivers might be granted him for past Servises 

The Committee vReports that when ever those Lands are 
Ceded to the State the Petitioner will come in for such part as 
our former Laws or Resolves directs to those in his Situation, 
which was agreed to. 

N"* 40. From John Holly, Praying two Negroes taken from him 
by Major Carr & Captain Michael Jones may be restored 
to him Your Committee are of Opinion it ought to be 
refered to a Court of Law, which was agreed to 

N® 41. From William Horneby praying to Purchase a Certain 



366 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Tract of Land Adjoining the Sparing Hill on the west- 
ern Road, also to hire a Number of Public Negroes 
Your Committee are of Opinion it ought not to be 
granted, which was agreed to 

N"* 42. From William Jones (Lawyer) Praying to be taken of 
the Act of Confiscation & be Permitted to return to his 
family 

RHSOIvVKd that the prayer of the said Petition be not 
granted 

N** 43. From Anne Stewart praying a Certain House and Lot 
formerly the property of Mathew Stewart and sold by 
the Commissioners of Confiscated Estates to Josiah " 
Powell, might be ordered to be returned to her as she 
had 

N** 44. From George Bazil Spencer, Pra)ring to be taken out 
of the Bill of Amercement, & in case he should not that 
he might be allowed a Deduction in his Amercement for 
. a Negroe lost in the Service of the public. Your Com- 
mittee are of opinion the Prayer of the Petition respect- 
ing said Negroe ought to be allowed in Case he makes 
it properly appear he lost the said Negroe in the Service 
of the public which was agreed to. 

N** 46. From Phillip Dill praying to be taken off the Act of 
Confiscation. 

Resolved that the prayer of the said Petition be not 
granted 

From James Spalding praying to be taken off the Act of 
, Confiscation &c — 

Resolved that the said James Spalding be taken off the 
Act of Confiscation & put on the Act of Amerce- 
ment 



JULY, 1783. 367 



N® 47. From Sarah Frazer Praying that her husband might be 
taken off the Act of Confiscation and be permitted to re- 
turn to this State, Your Committee are of Opinion that 
the prayer of the Petition ought not to be granted which 
was agreed to. 

N** 48. From Sundry Ladies of Augusta in favour of Doctor 
Andrew Johnston. Your Committee are of Opinion 
the prayer of the Petition be not granted which was 
agreed to. 

N° 49. From Jean M^Bride. Postponed. 

N® 50. From David Murdock, Praying a Certain lot late the 
property of Wylly & purchased by him in the Year one 
thousand seven hundred & Eighty one & since Sold by 
Virtue of the Confiscation Act might be ordered to the 
Petitioner. Your Committee are of opinion the prayer 
of the petition ought not to be granted, which was 
agreed to. 

N** 51. Petition of Several of the Inhabitants of Burke County 
in favour of Peter Wynne requesting the said Wynne 
might be taken of the Act of Amercement. Your Com- 
mittee are of Opinion that the prayer of the Petition 
ought not to be granted, which was agreed to. 

N** 52. From Daniel Johnston. Postponed. 

N° 53. From Several Persons in favour of Luke Man praying 
the said Luke Man be taken of the Amercement Act. 
Your Committee are of Opinion ought not to be granted 
which was agreed to 

N** 54. From David Del^all praying his Fathers Lands might 
be returned to him. Your Committee are of opinion 



368 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

the prayer of the Petition ought not to be granted which 
was agreed to. 

N'' 55- From John Goldwire praying to be taken out of the 
Act of Amercement. Your Committee are of Opinion 
the prayer of the Petition ought not to be granted, 
which was agreed to. 

N** 56. From John Rutledge. Postponed. 

N*" 57. From Charles Watts Praying to be taken of the Act of 
Confiscation. Your Committee are of Opinion that the 
prayer of the Petition ought not to be granted. 

N"* 58. From Sarah Culdwell, praying for two Negroes Seques- 
tered and Sold to Captain Few. Your Committee are of 
Opinion that the said Negroes be delivered her, & that 
this House will make good any Losses Captain Few may 
Sustain on the purchase of said Negroes which was 
agreed to. 

N® 61. From Elizabeth Donaldson Granted last Session. 

N° 62. From Mary Durgan Granted last Session. 

N** 64. From James Ingram praying to be taken off the Act of 
Confiscation & that he have leave to become a Citizen. 
Your Committee Unanimously are of Opinion that the 
prayer of the Petition ought not to be granted, which 
was agreed to. 

N® 65. From John Glen praying to be taken off the Act of 
Confiscation, Your Committee are of Opinion that he 
ought to be taken off the Act of Confiscation and put on 
the Act of Amercement, which was agreed to. 



JULY, 1783. 



369 



The Yeas and Nays being 
follows — 



called for by M' Carter are as 





Yea 




Yea 


M' 


W" Houstoun 


M' 


Harper 


M' 


Jn° Houstoun 


M' 


Lee 


M' 


Burnet 


M' 


Crawford 


M' 


Deveaux 


M' 


W" Few 


M' 


W" Gibbons Ju' 


M' 


Burke 


M' 


Habersham 


M' 


Roberson 


M' 


Clay 


M' 


Telfair 


M' 


Cuthbert 


M' 


Emanuel 


M' 


M'Intosh 


M' 


Jones 


M' 


Heard 


M' 


Palmer 


M' 


Ware 


M' 


Williamson 


M' 


Lamar 


M' 


Irwin 


M' 


Fort 




26. 


M' 


Germany 

Nay 




Nay 


M' 


Jackson 


M' 


Carter 


M' 


Cunningham 


M' 


Johnson 


M' 


Ben. Few 


M' 


Lanier 


M' 


Middleton 


M' 


Pugh 


M' 


Clements 


9 



so it \yas Carried in the Aflfermative. 

Whereas it has appeared to the Satisfaction of this House 
that the Case of Ann Stewart of Savannah Spenster in respect 
to a House and lott in Savannah which she purchased whilst the 
British were in Possession of that place, of and from Mathew 
Stewart and which Sale under the terms of the Confiscation Act 
v/as in Strictness void, was peculiarly hard, and altho 

the said Law being made for General purposes was Just and 
Necessary, Yet that in the particular Case of the said Ann Stew- 
art the Same was Contrary to those rules of Equity & Humanity 

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870 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

which this House are desirous may Characterize all their pro- 
ceedings It is therefore Unanimously Resolved that this House 
of Assembly will and by this Resolution doth make a Present 
or Compliment of the said House and lot with all buildings and 
improvements thereunto belonging Unto the said Ann Stewart 
her heirs and Assigns for ever And his Honor the Governor 
is hereby empowered and required to deliver up to the said Ann 
Stewart all Bonds Mortgages or other writings respecting the 
said Primises which she may have given at the time of her Pur- 
chasing the same at the public Sales or at any time Since free 
and Clear of any Public Demand except paying the Commis- 
sioners their Legal Commissions for or upon Account of the 
said Confiscation Act or the Sale there under Made. 

On reading the petition of Margaret M^'Donald Widow and 
the report thereon it is resolved that the property real and Per- 
sonal prayed for in the said petition be granted to the said Marga- 
ret in trust for her present Children untill the Youngest of them 
shall arrive at the age of Sixteen Years and then to be equally 
devided between such of them as shall be then living. Provided 
the present Purchaser or Purchasers of such Estate will give up 
the same on having his or her Bond and Mortgage returned, 
but if not then the said Bond and Mortgage given to Secure the 
purchase Money be Assigned over to the said Margaret under 
the trust aforesaid 

On Motion 

That leave be given to bring in a Bill to take off the Interest 
off all the debts Contracted before the War between the periods 
therein Mentioned, and that M' Houstoun and M' William Few 
be a Committee to prepare and bring in the same. 

A Bill for Amercing certain Persons therein named was read 
the first time. 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 8 OClock 



JULY, 1783. 371 

(From State Archives.) 

Friday July 25^*" 1783 

The House met According to Adjournment 

The House Proceeded to take into Consideration the report of 
the Committee on Petitions Reported on the last Session 

N*' 6. From Thomas Polhill, Praying to be taken off the Act of 
Amercement. The Committee are of opinion that the 
Prayer of the said petition ought not to be granted 
which was agreed to — 

N® 22, From a Number of Inhabitants of Burke County in fa- 
vour of Amos Whitehead Praying to be taken off the 
Act of Amercement — 

Resolved that the prayer of said petition, be not granted 

N® 66. From Hannah Goldsmith Praying that a part of the 
Estate of Thomas Goldsmith the Younger might be 
given to her Grand Child equivalent to a third of the 
Estate of Thomas Goldsmith the Elder. 

RES01.VED That any sales made by the Commissioners 
that May interfere with any Just Claim on her Part 
under the Will of her late Husband Thomas Gold- 
smith ought to be made Void 

N** 68. From Christiana Sayer Praying for a House and Lott 
Sold as the property of William Knox, which the Peti- 
tioner declares to have been the Property of her late 
Husband Sayer. The Committee are of Opinion that 
upon the petitioner Making it Properly appear that the 
said House & Lott was the case it ought to go as the 
late Sayer's Will directs which was agreed to 



372 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

N° 69. From John Storr Praying to be taken off the Act of 
Confiscation & restored to Citizenship. The Committee 
are of opinion the Prayer of the Petition ought not to be 
granted, which was agreed to 

N** 70. From Alexander Rose Praying to be taken off the Act 
of Confiscation & restored to Citizenship 

ResoIvVEd that it is the Opinion of this House that Rose 
Esq' one of the Persons named in our Act of Confis- 
cation & Banishment, ought to be taken off the said 
Act and Placed on the Amercement Act but as the said 
M*" Rose is a Resident of the State of South Carolina 
and at this time upon the Act of Confiscation & Banish- 
ment of that State, his Case ought to be defered until 
it is Known what the Legislature of that State will 
determine upon respecting him 

N® 71; From Robert Reid Praying to be taken off the Confisca- 
tion Act The Committee are of Opinion the prayer of 
the petition ought not to be granted which was agreed to 

N"* 74. From Martha Marshall Praying a Certain tract of Land 
sold by the Commissioners of Confiscated Estates & the 
Property of her late husbands Father. The Committee 
are of Opinion in Case the Said Martha Marshall can 
make it appear that her late husband was the heir to the 
Lands Mentioned in the Petition the Prayer of the Pe- 
tition ought to be granted which was agreed to 

N° 75. From a Number of Persons in behalf of Thomas Walker 
Praying the said Walker might be remitted his xA^merce- 
ment. The Committee are of Opinion that whatever 
remains of his Amercement be remitted him which was 
agreed to 

N° 76. From James White a Maimed & discharged Soldier pray- 
ing for assistance. 



JULY, 1783. 



373 



Resolved that his Honor the Governor be requested to 
deliver into Maj' Habershams hands for James White 
the Sum allowed by the Act Passed for the relief of 
Maimed Persons for the loss of his right arm 

N® 78. From Sundry Inhabitants in favour of Thomas Young 
Expressing a desire that the said Young be taken off 
the Act of Confiscation. 

Resolved that in Consideration of the Petition of a 
Member of Whig Citizens of Liberty County the 
Name of Thomas Young be taken out of Confis- 
cation Act and Placed on the Act of Amercement. 

The Yeas and Nays being Called for by M' Cunningham are 
as follows. 



Yea 



Yea 



M' Jackson 


M' Ware 


M' W" Gibbons Ju' 


M'Fort 


M' Houstoun 


M' Germany 


M' W" Houstoun 


M' Palmer 


M' Deveaux 


M' W- Few 


M' Habersham 


M' Roberson 


M' Clay 


M' Middleton 


M' Irwin 


M' Crawford 


M' Burke 


M' Telfair 


M' Cuthbert 


M' Emanuel 


M' Mcintosh 


M' Clements 


M' Heard 


M' Williamson 


M' Harper 


25 


Nay 


N 


M' Burnet 


M' Pugh 


M' Cunningham 


M' Ja* Jones 


M' Lamar 


M' Lanier 


M'Lee 


M' Johnson 


M' Carter 


M' Davies 



374 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

so it was Carried in the Affirmative 

N* 79. From Jean Boyd. Postponed 

N** 80. From James Hunt praying to be taken off the Act of 
Confiscation. The Committee are of Opinion the prayer 
of said Petition ought not to be granted which was 
agreed to. 

N"* 81. From James Greenhow, praying to become a Citizen of 
this State. The Committee are of opinion the prayer of 
the petition ought to be granted, which was agreed to 

N** 82. From Mary Outlaw praying her late Husbands Bond 
given for the rent of a Plantation now in the hands of 
the Attorney General might be given up to her The Com- 

! mittee are of Opinion the prayer of the Petition ought 

to be granted, which was agreed to 

N** 83. From Raymond Demeree Jun' praying to be taken off the 
Act of Confiscation. 

Resolved That the name of Raymond Demeree Jun*" be taken 
off the Act of Confiscation & put on the Act of Amercement. 

The Yeas & Nays being Called for by M*" James Jones are as 
follows. 



Yea 


Yea 


M' Jackson 


M' M'Intosh 


M' W" Gibbons Ju' 


M' Heard 


M' Jn" Houstoun 


M' Burnet 


M' W" Houstoun 


M' Harper 


M' Deveaux 


M' Ware 


M' Habersham 


M' Lamar 


M' Clay 


M' Fort 


M' Cuthbert 


M' Germany 





JULY, 1783. 


M' Burke 


M' Irwin 


M'Lee 


M' Johnson 


M' Benjamin Few 


M' Lanier 


M' Crawford 


M' Pugh 


M' Telfair 


M' Palmer 


M' Emanuel 


M' Williams 


M' Clements 


29 


Nay 




M' Cunningham 


M' Jones 


M' Davies 


4- 


M' Carter 





375 



Nay 



so it was Carried in the Affirmative 

N*^ 84. From Joseph Woodruff ) p^. .^^ 
From Thomas Finley \ l^ejected. 

N** 86. From John Wauden praying to be appointed Physician 
to the prisoners & poor of the County of Chatham the 
Committee are of opinion that there is no Occasion at 
this time for any such Person which was agreed to. 

N** 87. From Isaac Clyat Postponed 

N** 88. From John Weeden Praying a Compensation Might be 
Allowed him for Services done &c. The Committee 
are of Opinion that when the said Wauden Makes out 
Proper Accounts against the State, that then he will 
come in with the rest of the Citizens of the State which 
was agreed to. 

N** 89. From John, Wauden. Setting forth his having bought 
a House & Lott, the property of James Johnson Printer 
& now kept from him by the said Johnson praying that 
the said House may be ordered him. 

Memorial from James Johnson which was committed to a 



376 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Special Committee Reported that the House and Lott prayed for 
was given by the Legislature of this State to the Wife and Family 
of the Memorialist therefore any sale of said House and Lott 
as the property of said James Johnson made by the Commission- 
ers is and should be null and Void which was agreed to. 

N^'QO. From Ferrebee Dawson Praying for a Small Tract of 
Land of One hundred Acres & Purchased by M' Dollar 
The Committee are of opinion that in Case the said 
Dollar will Relenquish his Purchase that then the Land 
be given to the Children of the said Dawson which was 
agreed to. 

N°9i. From William Pickeron. Postponed. 

N®92. From Alexander Creighton Praying to be Taken off 
the Act of Confiscation. 

Resolved that the Petitioner be taken off the Act of 
Confiscation & put on the Amercement Act. 

N'^ps- From Charles Francis Chevalier Praying he might have 
the Liberty of taking eight or ten Negroes of the For- 
feited Property for Certain Certificates now in his Pos- 
session The Committee are of Opinion the Prayer of 
the Petition ought not to be granted which was agreed 
to. 

N® 94. From Mary Jackson respecting a Certain Tract of Land 
The Committee are of Opinion that it ought to go to a 
Court of Law which was agreed to. 

N'*9S. From Elizabeth Stewart Praying for a Dower in a 
Certain Tract of Land. The Committee are of Opinion 
it ought to be refered to a Court of Law which was 
agreed to. 

N* 96. From John Howell in behalf of his Father, praying his 



JULY, 1783. 377 

Father might be taken off the Act of Confiscation, and 
be restored to Citizenship the Committee are of Opinion 
that the prayer of the Petition ought not to be granted 
which was agreed to. 

N"* 98. From James Lambeth Postponed 

N*" 99. From John Lamar with a Pay Roll Praying to be or- 
dered Payment. The Committee are of Opinion it ought 
to be refered to the Auditor of Accounts which was 
agreed to. 

N** loi. From Barbara Clark (Setting forth that her Uncle Wil- 
liam Clark had made away with her Property with a 
Resolve of Assembly in the Year One thousand seven 
hundred seventy Eight Appeared ordering her the Lands 
of the said W°* Clerk for Damages, which Lands have 
been since Sold by the Commissioners of Forfeited Es- 
tates Praying for the Estate of her Uncle or the Bonds 
for which the same was sold might be granted up to 
her 

RES01.VED that the prayer of the Petition be granted 

N"* 103. From David Sherrell Setting forth that he was entitled 
to a Certain Property after the Death of his Grand 
Mother, which Property the Commissioners of For- 
feited Estates were about taking into their Possession 
Praying the Commissioners might be Ordered not to 
disturb the said Property. The Committee are of Opin- 
ion ought not to be granted which was agreed to. 

N® 104. From Mathew Winecoff Postponed 
N* 105. From William Struthers Postponed 
The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 8 OClock 



378 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

' (From State Archives.) 

Saturday July 26^** 1783 

The House met According to Adjournment 

The Committee appointed to draw up a Bill to take off the 
Interest of all the Debts Contracted before the War between the 
Perids therein Mentioned, brought in the same which was read 
the first time. 

The Bill for Releasing Certain Persons therein described was 
read the third time. 

Ordered that the said Bill do Pass under the Title of An Act 
for Releasing Certain Persons from their Bargains, and again, 
Setting and disposing of the Same Premices, for Establishing 
funds and for other Purposes therein Mentioned* 

The Committee to whom was Recommitted the Bill for Erect- 
ing Warehouses in the Town o.f Augusta and for establishing 
Inspections in the State Brought in the Same which was read the 
first time 

A Bill for laying a duty on Transient Trade and also a duty 
on Vandues and for the More Effectual Recovery of arrears 
due, and Owing the State on Acts Passed to that Effect was 
red the Third time 

Ordered that the Bill do Pass, into An Act under the Title 
of An Act for Laying a duty on Transient Trade and also a 
duty on Vandues, and for the More Effectual Recovery of Ar- 
rears due, and Owing the State on Acts Passed to that Effect. 

The Committee on Petitions Reported from 21 to 32 

Ordered that the Report do lie on the Table 



JULY, 1783. 379 

Memorial from David Rees was read and Refered to a Spe- 
cial Committee and that M' Jackson M' John Houstoun M*" Gib- 
bons Ju' be that Committee 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 8 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Sunday July 27^^ 1783. 

The House met According to Adjournment 

The following Memorial & Petitions were read Viz. 

From Thomas Carter 

From Archibald Woods 

From Jeremiah Oats 

From a Number of the Inhabitants of Richmond County 

From' George Tarvin 

From Thomas Lewis, Peter Paris, James Martin & H. Law- 
son 

Ordered that the said Petitions and Memorials be refered to 
the Committee on Petitions 

Letter from Abraham Ravot & Hough Lawson Commission- 
ers of Confiscated property was read 

Ordered that the same be refered to a Committee & that M' 
Fort M*" Alexander 

Petition from Thomas Carter was read & refered to the Ex- 
ecutive departments. 

Petitioners from Nathaniel Hicks James Martin were Read & 



380 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Refered to the Committee appointed to Reconsider of 

the Committee on Petitions Respecting the Granting at 

Augusta 

The Committee to whom was refered the letter from his Ex- 
cellency General Washington with Several Papers attending the 
same Reported as follows which w^as agreed to. 

That they recommend that his Honor the Governor be re- 
quested to write a letter in answer to General Washing^ons to 
him expressing in the Strongest Terms, the sincear Affection 
and Gratitude which this house full towards that Great and illus- 
trious Man to him who has for Eight long Years generously 
sacrificed every private Motion or Domestic Enjoyment to the 
inestimable object of Liberty, to his Country, and who has Im- 
pressed on the mind of every Virtuous American in Characters 
which neither time or Accident can efface the gjeatfuU Remem- 
brance that such a Statesman, such a patriot and Such a Soldier 
lived at a time when the invaded Rights of the Nue World 
wanted an Assertor and Defender, to him who (when the His- 
toric Page shall be the only Remaining Evidence of those mighty 
Deeds, which now astonished the world) will be quoted and 
recommended by Philosophers of a Distant age as a Patern for 
the lovers of Mankind and the Rights of Human Nature to 
emitate — And finally to Assure his Excellency that the Inhabi- 
tants of this State in Common with all others in the federal 
League will and do Make it their Humble and earnest Prayer to 
Almighty God that the Toils and dangers of War May now be 
amply compensated to him in the Solid Enjoyments of a peace 
as durable as it is glorious. And that no Means shall be left 
Unessayed by us to enable Congress to fulfill their engagements 
to and Generously to recompence those Brave and Virtuous 
Veterans who have been the Sharers in Suffering and the Com- 
panions in Victory of their General, and who ought most As- 
suredly now to be Partakers with their Countrymen in the in- 
comparable Prize of Liberty and Indipendence for the Attain- 



JULY, 1783. 381 

ment of which they have so manfully fought and so freely 
bled 

Petition from a Number of Inhabitants of the Town of Au- 
gusta was read Setting forth that they were destitute of a place 
for Publick Worship, and at the same time a Considerable 
Quantity of Land lying Wast. Praying that a Law may Pass 
whereby the Glebe Lands may be sold in lots and the Monies 
arising therefrom be appropriated to Religious uses. 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table 

Ordered that the Bill for laying out th? Reserve Land in the 
Town of Augusta into Acre Lotts the Erecting an Academy or 
Semenary of Learning and for other Purposes • therein Men- 
tioned, be sent to the Executive Council for their Perusal and 
Advice & that M*" Emanuel & M' Pugh be a Committee to wai*" 
on them with the same. 

A. Bill to Empower Certain Commissioners therein Appointed 
to Regulate the Hire of Porters and labour of Slaves in the 
Town of Savannah, was read the Third time 

Ordered that the said Bill do pass, into An Act under the 
Title of an Act to empower Certain Commissioners therein Ap- 
pointed to Regulate the Hire of Porters and labour of Slaves in 
the Town of Savannah, and for other purposes therein Men- 
tioned & that the Speaker Sign the same 

A Bill for raising the Sum of by imposing a tax on 

the Inhabitants of the State was read the Second time 

On Motion 

That the further Consideration of said Bill be Postponed for 
cne Week. The Yeas and Nays being Called for by M' Cun- 
ningham are as follows 



382 



JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 





Yea 




Yea 


M' 


Cunningham 


M' 


Crawford 


M' 


Harper 


M' 


Williamson 


M' 


Fort 




5. 




Nay 




Nay 


M' 


Jackson 


M' 


Roberson 


M' 


Jn° Houstoun 


M^ 


Lee 


M' 


W" Houstoun 


]vr 


Telfair 


M' 


W" Gibbons 


M' 


Emanuel 


M' 


Clay 


M' 


Irwin 


M' 


Cuthbert 


M' 


Davies 


M' 


Mcintosh 


M' 


Carter 


M' 


Heard 


M' 


Johnson 


M' 


Burnet 


M' 


Lanier 


M' 


Ware 


M' 


Pugh 


M' 


Lamar 


M' 


Palmer 


M' 


Alexander 


M' 


Habersham 


M' 


Germany 


M' 


Clements 


M' 


W» Few 


28 


M' 


Burke 







so it was Carried in the Negative 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 8 OC'K 



(Prom State Archives,) 

Monday July 28^** 1783 

The House met According to Adjournment 

• Memorial from John Strong was read 

Ordered that the said Memorial be ref ered to a Special Com- 
mittee & that M' Davies M' Clay & M' Johnson be that Com- 
mittee. 



JULY, 1783. S83 

Ordered that the Bill for Raising the Sum of by Im- 

posing a Tax on the Inhabitants of the State be sent to the Ex- 
ecutive Council for their Perusal and advise & that M' Alex- 
ander & M*" Middleton be a Committee to wait on them with 
the Same 

Letter from Moredcai Sheftall & Benjamin Lloyd inclosing 
Instructions from a Number of the Inhabitants of the County 
of Chatham, to their Members in the Assembly and Requesting 
that the Same might be be laid before the House was Accord- 
ingly laid before the House by said Members and read 

The Committee to whom was Refered a letter from the Com- 
missioners of Confiscated Property with an Affidavit inclosed 
in the same 

Resolved That his Honor the Governor & Executive Coun- 
cil be empowered and required tb pay to the Honorable George 
Walton Esquire Cheif Justice the sum of one Hundred Pounds 
on Account of his Salary. 

The Yeas & Nays being Called for by M' Carter is as follows 

Yea Yea 



M' Jackson 


M' Heard 


M' Jn" Houstoun 


M' Cunningham 


M' Habersham 


M' Harper 


M' Clay 


M' Germany 


M' Ware 


M' W" Few 


M' Lamar 


M' Burke 


M' Alexander 


M' Roberson 


M' Fort 


M' Middleton 


M' Telfair 


M'Lee 


M' Emanuel 


M' Lanier 


M' Clements 


M' Pugh 


M' Johnson 


M' Palmer 


M' Cuthbert 


M' Williamson 


M' Mcintosh 


M' W" Gibbons Ju' 



,384 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Nay Nay 

M' W™ Houstoun M' Carter 

M' Benj* Few 

so it was Carried in the Affermative. 

Resolved That his Honor the Governor be empowered to 
pay the Secretary of the State Fifty Pounds in part of his 
Salary. 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 8 OC'K 



(From State Archives.) 

Tuesday July 29^*" 1783 

The House met According to Adjournment 

Letter with a Petition & other Papers Inclosed from James 
Ingram was read & Refered to the Committee on Petitions 

Petition from a Number of Inhabitants of the Vecinity of 
Augusta in favour of Doctor Johnson was read & Refered to 
the Committee on Petitions 

Motion by W William Houstoun & Seconded by M*" Carter. 

That a ]\Iotion which was Yesterday Entered on the Journals 
to the fullowing effect That his Honor the Governor be em- 
powered and requested to pay every publick Officer in Propor- 
tion to tlie Chcif Justice be Re-entered as the same have been 
Erased from tlie Journals. 

The previous Question being Called for. "Whether the Mo- 
tion be now put it Passed in the Negative, so the main Question 
was lost. The Yeas & Nays, being Called for are as follows 







JULY. 1783. 




Y«a 




Yea 


M' 


W" Houstoun 


M' 


Carter 


M' 


Burnet 


M' 


Johnson 


M' 


Middleton 


M' 


Pugh 


M' 


Crawford 


8. 


M' 


Davies 








Nay- 




Nay 


M' 


Jackson 


M' 


Burke 


M' 


Deveaux 


M' 


Robertson 


M' 


W- Gibbons Ju' 


M' 


Lee 


M' 


Habersham 


M' 


Benj* Few 


M' 


M'Intosh 


M' 


Telfair 


M' 


Heard 


M' 


Emanuel 


M' 


Cunningham 


M' 


Clements 


M' 


Harper 


M' 


Lanier 


M' 


Ware 


M' 


Palmer 


M' 


Alexander 


M' 


Williamson 


M' 


Fort 


M' 


Lamar 


M' 


Germany 


23 



386 



Resolved that his Honor the Governor and Executive Coun- 
cil do give a Certificate to such Persons as have a Right to Land 
by Virtue of an Act of Assembly of this State Passed in the 
Year One thousand seven hundred & Eighty One, and further 
to grant Certificates to the Soldeery of the Georgia Line who 
may Apply and are entitled to land Proper Vouchers of the 
same being Produced to their Satisfaction 

Resolved that his Honor' the Governor and Executive Coun- 
cil do give a Certificate to such persons as shall have a Right to 
Land by Virtue of An Act of Assembly of this State Passed in 
the Year One thousand seven hundred 



Resolved that a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill to 

26 r r— vol 8 



886 



JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



enable the United States in Congress Assembled to impose and 
levy a Duty of Five Per Cent on on the Value of all goods 
Wares and Merchandize Imported into this State, in Manner 
and for the Purposes therein Mentioned. And that M' Telfair, 
M' John Houstoun, and M' Clay be that Committee 

The Committee to whom was refered the Petition of David 
Rees Esquire. Reported as their Opinion that as by the Present 
mode of Granting Land the Petitioner is deprived of the Per- 
quisites heretofore Annexed to the Office he now holds of Clerk 
of the Council, that his Salary ought to be Augmented, and 
therefore Recommend to the House to allow the Sum of One 
hundred Pounds, in Addition to the Salary granted said Rees in 
February last which was agreed to 

The Yeas and Nays being Called for are as follows 

Yea Yea 



M' 


Jackson 


M' 


Heard 


M' 


Jn". Houstoun 


M' 


Lamar 


M' 


Deveaux 


M' 


Burke 


M' 


Cunningham 


M' 


Germany 


M' 


Harper 


M' 


W»Few 


M' 


Ware 


M' 


Robertson 


M' 


Lee 


M' 


Middleton 


M' 


Benj» Few 


M' 


Davies 


M' 


Clements 


M' 


Carter 


M' 


W" Gibbons Jun' 


M' 


Johnson 


M' 


Habersham 


M' 


Lanier 


M' 


Clay 


M' 


Palmer 


M' 


Cuthbert 


M' 


Williamson 


M' 


MTntosfli 


27 




Nay 




N 


M' 


Burnet 


M' 


Crawford 


M' 


Alexander 


M' 


Pugh 


M' 


Fort 


C 


' 


so it was Carried in the Affirmative. 





JULY, 1783. 387 

The Committee to whom was refered the Petitions of John 
Bacon, James Martin & Nathaniel Hicks. Reported. 

Ordered that the said Report do lie on the Table 

M*" Morell & M' Harriss a Committee from the Council Re- 
turned the following Bills Viz — 

A. Bill for the laying out the Reserve land in the Town of 
Augusta into Acre Lotts, the erecting an Academy or Seminary 
of Learning and for other Purposes therein Mentioned without 
any Proposed Amendments. 

• A. Bill to Repeal and Amend some part of An Act entitled An 
Act for opening the Land Office with Some Proposed Amend- 
ments & 

A. Bill for Raising the Sum of by Imposing a Tax on 

the Inhabitants of this State, with Sundry Proposed Amend- 
ments. 

The following Acts after being engrossed were brought in 
and Examined at the Table Viz 

An Act for Releasing Certain Persons from their Bargains & 
again Setting and disposing of the Same for Establishing 

Funds and for other purposes therein Mentioned. 

An Act to amend an Act for lajring out a Road from the 
Northwest Road through Newington Village 

An Act for enforcing the payment of Arrears of taxes and 
Duties And for imposing a Tax on all Goods, Wares and Mer- 
chandize and Negro Slaves sold at Vandue 

Resolved that the Speaker Sign the Same 

Whereas it appears to this House by the Information of 



888 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

James Stewart, Attorney to M^'Cartan Campbell Esq. that the 
Commissioners of the Confiscated Estates are about Seezing the 
Effects of said Campbell for the Payment of his Amercement, 
and as it farther Appears that a part of the said Money Arising 
from the Sales of the aforesaid Effects is intended to be applied 
to the payment and discharge of debts contracted by the Mem- 
bers of the House for their Support during the Present Session 
Therefore 

Resolved that in Case the said Stewart Settle with and Satisfy 
such Persons having demands, against any of the Members 
aforesaid for Board and Lodging since the Meeting of the As- 
sembly that the Sum or Simis so Settled as aforesaid, shall be 
Admitted by the said Commissioners and be allowed in part 
payment of said Campbells Amercement 

The House having taken up the Remainder of the the report 
of the Committee of the whole House in a Message from hjs 
Honor the Governor Accompanied by a Number of Letters and 
other Papers from Congress, and the Several officers of Public 
departments as appertained to the Regulaton of the Finances of 
this State agreed to the same and is as follows 

The Committee are further of Opinion that the Conduct of 
those Persons who go upon Lands either within or without our 
or Present temporary boundary's and Marke the Trees of the 
same without a Sufficient Authority for so doing, is highly Un- 
warrantable, and May Speedily involve this Country in the most 
Serious difficulties — That his Honor the Governor and the Ex- 
ecutive Council ought without loss of time to Cause Such Per- 
sons to be Prosecuted agreeable to the Acts of Assembly in Such 
Cases made and Provided in Regard to those who by Acts 

of Robbery and Outrage endeavours to Provoke the Indians into 
a War with us The Committee think such Persons ought at all 
times to be Prosecuted to the utmost Rigour of the law, but 
Particularly at this time when Common Prudence will dictate 



JULY, 1783. 889 

to us to recover ourselves from the Ravages of one War before 
we are Precipated into another 

The Committee think with his Honor the Governor that the 
most efficacious measures ought to be adopted and Pursued for 
the encouragements of Virtue and Suppression of Vice And 
are hopefull that Strict Execution of the Laws already in be- 
ing will Accomplish those very desirable ends — 

Religion and learning being the two great Pillars on which 
will depend the Happiness of Individuals and the greatness of 
our Nation. The Committee recommend that a Law be Passed 
for the Promotion of these purposes Semiliar to a Bill brought . 
into the House the Session before the last but wich owing to 
some Cause or other was never passed into a Law 

The Committee think it highly proper that the Governor and 
Council be empowered and directed to Make a Reserve of 

Acres of Land in each County which shall in future be 
laid out in this State for the endowment of a College 

The Committee recommend that his Honor the Governor and 
the Council be directed to give orders for the sale of the State 
Galley at publick Auction, that the Nett Proceeds thereof be 
paid into the Treasury Subject to the Order of the Governor 
and that he give a draught for the same in favour of the Dele- 
gates if such Money shall come into the Treasury before the 
other Monies before Mentioned 

That any Stores or Arms or Implements of War whether be- 
longing to the State or delivered over by the Officer Command- 
ing the Continental Troops on his Furloughing his Men agree- 
able to the late Resolve of Congress of the Twenty Sixth of 
May last past be lodged in a Magazine Subject to further order 

The Committee Recommend that there be a Clause inserted 
in the Tax Bill, to be Passed for the Present Year, Requiring 



390 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

the Tax Gatherers of each County, to Obtain the best informa- 
tion on Oath of all the Granted or Surveyed Lands within their 
Respective Counties, the Numbers of Buildings thereon, dis- 
tinguishing Dwelling houses from other Buildings — And the 
Number of its Inhabitants, distinguishing white from Black and 
that such Tax Gatherers do return the same as Speedily as May 
be to his Honor the Governor to be laid before the House at the 
next Meeting thereof. 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 8 OClock 



(Prom State Archives.) 

Wednesday 30"* July 1783 

The House met According to Adjournment — 

Petition from a Number of Inhabitants of the County of 
Richmond was read. 

Ordered that the Same be refered to a Committee & that M' 
Crawford, M' Benjamin Few, & M' Heard be that Committee. 

Memorial from John Wilkinson Praying to be allowed to 
deduct so much of his Salary as is now due out of the Purchase 
he made of the Commissioners of Confiscated Property after 
bis Expences, in Attending the House at this time be deducted. 

Resolved that the prayer of said Petition be granted 

The Committee to whom was Refered the Memorial of John 
Strong Reported as follows. 

That the Accounts of M' Strong for Services preformed in 
the Southern Army under the Command of General Lincoln 
cannot be Passed by our Auditor, as he is not empowered to 
Audit any Accounts except for Supplies furnished by the Citi- 



JULY, 1783. 391 

zens of this State, or the Service done in or under the Authority 
of the same which was agreed to. 

The Bill for Imposing a Tax on the Inhabitants of the State 
of Georgia; for the use and Support of the Government thereof 
from the first day of January to the thirty first day of December 
one thousand Seven hundred eighty three was read a third 
time 

Ordered that the Said Bill do pass after being engrossed into 
a Law under the title of An Act for Imposing a tax on the In- 
habitants of the State of Georgia, for the use and Support of 
the Government thereof, from the first day of January to the 
thirty first day of December one thousand seven hundred eighty 
three & that the Speaker Sign the same. 

A Bill for the Laying out the Reserve Land in the Town of 
Augusta into Acre Lotts, the Erecting an Academy or Seminary 
of Learning and for, other Purposes therein Mentioned was 
Read the third time. 

Ordered that the said Bill do pass, and that the Speaker sign 
the Same; under the Title of An Act for Laying out the Re- 
serve Land in the Town of Augusta into Acre Lots the Erecting 
An Academy or Seminary of Learning and for other Purposes 
therein Mentioned 

Resolved that the Letter and Papers Inclosed from James 
Ingram, which was refered to the Committee on Petitions, be 
Refered to a Special Committee & that M^ Davies, M"" Jackson 
& M' Johnson be that Committee 

Resolved that his Honor' the Governor be empowered and 
required to apply the first Five Hundred Pounds that may come 
into his hands out of any Monies whatever, Towards sending on 
two Delegates to Congress and that as soon as his Honor' can 
provide the sum aforesaid the Delegates or two of them have 
Instructions to Proceed. 



392 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

An Act to Continue the Several Laws of this State near ex- 
piring and for other Purposes therein Mentioned, was brought 
in after being Engrossed and Examined at the Table 

Resoi,ved that the Speaker Sign the Same 

Resolved that the Petition of Hannah Buffington which was 
Refered to the Committee of Petitions, be refered to a Special 
Committee & that M' Jones, M' Benjamin Few & M' Germany 
be that Committee. 

A. Bill to repeal and Amend some part of An Act entitled An 
Act for opening the Land Office was read the third time 

Ordered that the said Bill be engrossed & Pass into a Law 
under the Title of An Act to Repeal and Amend some part of 
an Act for opening the Land Office, and that the Speaker Sign 
the Same. 

Motion being made by M*" Williamson, Seconded by M' Burke 
That the following Amendment be added to the Bill to Repeal 
and amend some part of An Act for opening the Land office 

That all and every Person and Persons, who has or have Com- 
plied with the terms on which their Land was ordered them 
prior to the twenty Ninth December One thousand Seven hun- 
dred Seventy eight, and Paid the Fees on the same to Persons 
who formerly filled the Respective Land Office before the busi- 
ness was done be allowed now to have thieir Grants made out 
by the Present Officers without Paying any other fees, and in 
the same manner as is allowed to Widows and Orphans in this 
Predicament which being Debated was Carried in the Negative. 

The Yeas and Nays being Called for by M' Williamson are 
as follows 





JULY, 1783. 


Yea 


Yea 


M' Heard 


M' Alexander 


M' Burnet 


M' Burke 


M' Cunningham 


M'Lee 


M' Harper 


M' Williamson 


M' Ware 


10 


M' Lamar 




Nay 


Nay 


M' Jackson 


M' Middleton 


M' Jn** Houstoun 


M'Few 


M' W° Houstoun 


M' Crawford 


M*" Deveaux 


M' Emanuel 


M' W°* Gibbons Ju' 


M' Clements 


M' Habersham 


M' Jones 


M' Clay 


M' Davies 


M' Cuthbert 


M' Carter 


M' M'^Intosh 


M' Lanier 


M' Fort 


M' Pugh 


M' Germany 


M' Palmer 


M' W" Few 


24 


M' Roberson 





393 



so it was Carried in the Negative 

The Committee to whom was Recommitted the Bill for Erect- 
ing Ware Houses in the Town of Augusta & for Establishing 
Inspectors in the State Reported as follows, which was agreed 
to. 



That there are already laws in force in this State for the 
Government of the Several Articles Mentioned in said Bill but 
as those Laws are not at Present to be had, on Account of their 
having been sent oflf with the other Records and not Yet Re- 
turned it will be expedient and proper to defer making any new 
Law on this head, untill it shall be seen wherein the old Laws 



394 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

are defective; in the meantime Your Committee recommend 
that the following Resolves be Passed by the House. 

Whereas it shall tend greatly to the Advantage of the Com- 
mercial and Planting Interests of this State that the Article of 
Tobacco, be Properly Inspected and Examined before it shall be 
Shipped or Exported from this State to any Foreign Market ; it 
is therefore Resolved, that William Glascock, Joseph Anthony 
& William Brown be appointed Inspectors of Tobacco for the 
Town of Augusta & Inspectors for 

the Town of Savannah that they" do Procure Proper Ware 
Houses in the said Towns Respectively for the Purpose of Re- 
ceiving, Inspecting and Reprizing Tobacco. That all Tobacco 
brought : into the said Town of Augusta for sale be Carried to 
the Ware Houses Provided by said William Brown 

That they do Respectively cause the same forthwith to be 
Properly examined, inspected, weighed, & Repacked if good and 
Merchantable According to Custom in such cases, and give a 
Certificate thereof to the Proprietor or Proprietors, & shall mark 
with a Marking Iron on the Head of each Cask of Tobacco by 
them Respectively Inspected the Number of the same, with the 
Gross, Tare & Nett weight thereof ; the said Stamp Correspond- 
ing with the the Certificate given as aforesaid 

That the Inspectors Fee for Weighing and Inspecting be aS 
follows. 

For every Hogshead Inspected, Repacked Weighed and Mark- 
ed One Dollar 

And that the Storage be as follows. 

For Storage of every Hogshead of Tobacco after it is In- 
spected and Weighed half a Dollar, which said Charges shall be 
paid them Respectively by the Proprietors of such Tobacco, and 
they shall have Power to detain the same in their Hands untill 



JULY, 1783. 396 

the said Charges are Paid or otherwise, Satisfactorily Settled 
for 

And it is further Resolved that all Tobacco brought to the 
said Towns of Augusta or Savannah for sale the growth or 
Product of any other State shall be Subject to the same Regula- 
tions of that which may be the growth or Product of this State, 
and any Person, who shall lade or Ship, Board for exportation 
any Tobacco whatsoever not Inspected & Certified as aforesaid 
shall forfeit the same; which shall be sold by the Naval Officer 
in Savannah, and one half the Nett Proceeds thereof given to the 
Informer, and the other half paid into the Treasury of the 
State. 

And it is further Resolved that the Collector or Naval Officer 
for the port of Savannah or any other port within this State; 
shall not Clear out for Exportation any Tobacco, whatsoever 
for which a Certificate as aforesaid is not Produced to him and 
Lodged in his office by the Exporter or Shipper of the Same 
under the Penalty of Twenty Pounds for every such Offence 

And it is further Resolved that in Case any Tobacco which 
shall be Inspected at Augusta and Certified by the Inspectors 
there as aforesaid and Transported from thence either by Land 
or Water to Savannah ; for sale or Exportation and the same 
shall, during such Transportation, receive damage or Injury 
then and in that case, upon application made or information 
given to the Inspector in Savannah he shall forthwith inspect 
the same, and either Cut off or take away the Injured or damaged 
part of such Tobacco & give a Certificate for the Remaining 
part, Condemn the whole as the Case may be and the said In- 
spector shall be entitled in this Case to the Usual fees for In- 
specting and Certifying Tobacco. Provided nevertheless that 
nothing Contained in any of these Resolves shall subject any 
Tobacco inspected and Certified in Augusta to Re Inspected in 
Savannah, except in the Case of its being injured or Damaged 
in the Transportation, as aforesaid 



396 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

And it is further Resolved that each Inspector shall before 
he enters upon his Office take and Subscribe the following 
Oath. 

I, A. B. do solemnly swear on the holy Evangelists of Al- 
mighty God, that I will Carefully View and thoroughly Ex- 
amine all Tobacco brought to me to be Inspected, and not Pass 
or Certify any to be Merchantable, but what is to the best of my 
Skill & Judgement, Sound, well Conditioned and clear of Trash, 
Sand, and dirt 

And as there are at this time no proper Ware Houses in the 
Town of Augusta for the Reception and Inspection of To- 
bacco 

It is further Resolved that in Case William Brown at Present 
of the said Town of Augusta, will in convenient time for the 
Present Crop build Erect Proper and Sufficient Ware 

Houses on his lying on the Rivers immediately above 

the Town of Augusta, and keep the same in Proper Repair for 
the Reception and Inspection of Tobacco as aforesaid & make 
and keep in Repair a Proper Landing or Shipping Place on the 
said River Convenient to the said Ware Houses, then & in that 
Case he shall have an Exclusive right to the Reception and 
Storage of all Tobacco that may be brought to the said Town 
of Augusta for Sale after the same is inspected for a term not 
exceeding twenty Years 

That his Honor the Governor with the advice of the Execu- 
tive Council Be and he is hereby empowered to Appoint an In- 
spector or inspectors of Tobacco for the Town and Port of 
Savannah when the same shall be necessary 

Provided always that nothing contained in the foregoing Re- 
solve, shall extend to a Relnspection of any Tobacco that may 
have been Inspected under any Law or Regulation of any other 



JULY, 1783. 397 

State, Unless the same shall have been Damaged or injured in 
the Transportation to this State, & the Naval Officer shall in 
his Clearance of the same in Case it shall be exported from this 
State Particularly mention the State of which it is the growth or 
Product. 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow 8 OClock 



(From State Archives,) 

Thursday July si"* 1783 

The House met According to Adjournment 

The Committee to whom was refered that Petition of Hannah 
Buffington. Reported 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table 

The Committee to whom was refered the petition of Timothy 
Bernard Reported 

Ordered that the Same do lie on the Table 

House tooke up the Report of the Committee to whom was 
refered The Memorial of Francis Williss which was agreed to 
and is as follows beg leave to Observe that that upon Simeliar 
Applications, great care ought to be taken to guard against Per- 
sons Aiq)lying under the Idea of erecting Mills, or such a Presi- 
dent may appear a Doer to engross Valuable Land & may in 
part defeat the restrictions and limitations Contained in the 
Land Act in the present instance the Committee can see no Ob- 
jections to empower and require the Justices in the County of 
Richmond to grant a Warrant to M' Williss for One thousand 
Acres of Pine Land on Raes Creek, Provided the said Lands 
shall not interfere with any Prior Claim, and his Honor the 



398 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Governor do Sign a Grant for the Premises upon the payment 
of seven Pounds ten Shilling's in Specie Per hundred Acres into 
the Treasury and the Justices in the respective Counties are Re- 
quested in all Semiliar Cases to make strict enquiry upon every 
Application and Receive full & Satisfactory information that the 
Lands applied for is Pine Land, and that the like Rates and 
prices as regulated in the Case of M' Williss shall be paid and 
the Conditions at all times shall be inserted by way of a Clause , 

in the said Warrant I 

The House proceeded to take into Consideration the report of 
Committee appointed to examine the Accounts of the Commis- 
sioners for Indian Affairs and after some time spent therein | 
agreed to the same and is as follows 

That they have examined the said Accounts and find that 
there was Purchased by the said Commissioners for the purpose 
of holding a Treaty with the Creek and Cherokee Indians, agree- 
able to the directions of this House, Sundry Goods Amoimting 
to Two thousand eight hundred forty five Pounds, two Shillings 
and Nine Pence & that the bringing of said Goods to Augusta, 
Expences of Guards to protect them Interpreters Provisions for 
the Indians &c. Per Accounts delivered to the Committee amount 
to Three hundred eighty nine Pounds thirteen Shillings and 
Nine Pence making the whole expence accrued by the Commis- 
sioners in this Business Amount to Three thousand two hundred 
thirty five Pounds Sixteen Shillings and six pence. — That of 
the aforementioned Goods there has been issued as Per said 
Accounts in the following Manner. To the Cherokee Indians 
Sundries Amounting to six hundred eighty three Pounds two 
Shillings and four Pence. To the Creek Indians Sundries 
Amounting to Twenty seven Pounds and six pence. To M' 
Cousins to defray his Expences to the Creek Nation Amounting 
to Thirty Six Pounds Nine Shillings and four pence. Amount- 
ing in the whole to the Sum of Seven hundred forty Six Pounds 
twelve Shillings and two pence. That the remainder of the 



JULY, 1783. 399 

said Goods were disposed of to M' M^'Lean at fifty Per Cent 
discount, the said goods being Bought during the war, and 
while they were exceeding high ; that as the Accounts are now 
Stated which were presented to the House, there is only Thirty 
three and one third Pounds Per Hundred Pounds deducted from 
the Cost of these Goods and Supposition. The Committee Pre- 
sume, of the person who draw out the Accounts that an Advance 
of Fifty Per Cent only was to be discounted instead of fifty 
Pounds Per hundred Pounds 

The Committee Notice that M' M^'Lean has made himself 
Accountable for every expence Attending the Business relative 
to the late Treaty with the Cherokee Indians; and the Intended 
one with the Creeks which if the Commissioners are not enabled 
by this House to discharge must Tend Greatly to the injury of 
said McLean. 

The Committee also find by Accounts produced to them by the 
said Commissioners, that there is due from them to James Ree 
Esquire one hundred Seventy six Pounds three Shillings and 
Nine Pence for Provisions Supplied the Indians and for Freight 
of Part of the Goods (designed for the Treaty) from Savannah 
to Augusta which stun together with the Ballance due M' 
McLean, The Committee are of opinion ought to be provided 
for, as this House pledged themselves to that Purpose, when 
they Resolved on this business at their last Setting in Savannah. 

That in regard to the proceedings of the Commissioners so 
far as relates to the purchases and Sales of Publick property and 
every matter of Account we think they have been very proper 
& Conducted in a Manner best Calculated to Promote the Inter- 
est of the State. 

As to their Proceedings relative to their treating with the 
Indians and their Communications with them The Committee 
do not think they are Competent to Judge of them, nor is it neces- 
sary as the House are fully Possessed through his Honor* the 



400 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Governor, & the Commissioners Journal of their Proceedings 
Letters with Sufficient information to enable them to Judge of 
the same. 

Resolved that M' M^'Lean be charged only one half the Cost 
of the Indian Goods, that was left in his hands 

Ordered that the Treaty entered into, between the Cherokees 
be transmitted to the Secretary to be Recorded and Deposited 
in the Archeves of this State 

The House Proceeded to take into Consideration the Report 
of the Committee on Petitions Reported on the last Sessions of 
Assembly Viz 

N* 1 06. Memorial of Col*" John Mcintosh in behalf of Doct' 
M'Leod. The Petition of Doctor Donald M^Leod 
Praying to be Admitted a Citizen, & the Petition of a 
Committee of Sundry Inhabitants of Chatham County, 
Praying the said Donald M^'Leod may be admitted a 
Citizen. The Committee to whom the same was refered. 
Reported as follows. 

The Committee have taken into their most Serious and Im- 
jjartial Consideration, the Memorial of a Committee of Sundry 
Inhabitants of the County of Chatham, Charging a Certain Doc- 
tor M'^Leod with Sundry Crimes towards the American Prison- 
ers whilst on Board the Prison Ship in the River Savannah, and 
Particularly of having mixed fine, broken, or Pulverized Glass 
in a parcel of Medicines, sent by him on board said Prison Ships 
for the use of said Prisoners, which Memorial is Accompanied 
by Sundry Affidavits to Wit that the Doct' Rehm, That of Mor- 
decai Sheftall, that of Hepworth Carter, and that of John Rogers, 
tending to the proof of the said Charges on the said Doctor 
M*^Leod, the said Memorialists Praying that in Consequence 
of said Charges the said Doctor M^Leod may not be admitted 
to become a Citizen of this State. And the Committee have also. 



JULY, 1783. 401 

taken into like Serious and empartial Consideration a Number 
of Affidavits and other Testimonials Produced to them in favour 
of the said Doctor M'^Leod, to wit The written Testimony of Col® 
Walton Setting forth the great care and Attention paid him by 
the said Doctor M^'Leod, when he lay dangerously wounded in 
Savannah, & to whose skill and humanity the Col® in a great 
Measure Attributes his Cure and Recovery Also the written 
Testimony of General Elbert, Setting forth the Doctors Care of 
& Attention to him, and his Servant when Prisoners and sick 
in Savannah & Attributing the Salvation of his Servants Life 
to the same. The affidavits of Judith Mines, Jane Watts, 
Mathew Roche, Peter H Morrell and William Harriss — Cap- 
tains William M^'Intosh Edward Corvan, Peter H Morell ; and 
the Petition of Col® John M'^Intosh all Setting forth Docf 
M^Leods humanity and Attention to Sick Wounded and Dis- 
tressed American Prisoners and families, whilst Under the 
British Domination at and near Savannah, and his General 
good Character in said town of Savannah also a Letter from 
Edward Davis Esq' a Member of this House and his Annexed 
Affidavit Setting forth that during his Confinement on Board 
one of the Prison Ships aforesaid he never heard anything of 
the Charges against the said Doct' M^'Leod as exhibited in the 
Memorial and Affidavits aforesaid ; & that the Doctor had noth- 
ing to do on Board said Prison Ships, at least on Board the 
Ship where he (M' Davies was) except to enquire the State of 
the Prisoners & Report thereon to his Superior Also the Affidavit 
of W™ Roche Setting forth the Doctors Care and humane 
Treatment of him whilst a Prisoner and Sick in Savannah also 
the Affidavit of Col® William M'Intosh, Setting forth the Doc- 
tors attention and humanity to him and his family, when he was 
a Prisoner, and his family labouring under Accumulated dis- 
tresses — Also the Affidavit of James White, a Soldier in the 
Continental Army, Setting forth the Doctors care Attention and 
humanity to himself and another Soldier when Prisoners ; having 
not only recovered them from dangerous & grievous Wounds 
but had also Clothed them from their Nakedness at his own ex- 

26rr~Yol8 



402 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

pence Also the Verbal Testimony of Col** Roberson, a Member 
of his House Setting forth the Doctors great care and very hu- 
mane treatment of the wounded and Sick American Prisoners in 
the Hospital where he lay when a Prisoner in Savannah and that 
the said Prisoners were always rejoiced to see Doctor M^'Leod 
come into the Hospital, being Comforted and revived by his 
kindness to them; but that they dreaded the sight of the other 
Doctor who Superintended the Hospital for that he was Con- 
tinually endeavouring to get them sent on Board the Prison 
Ships, from which Doct' M^'Leod frequently Screened them — 
also the Affidavit of Doctor Bucroft, a Surgeon in the British 
Service during the time aforesaid. Setting forth that Doctor 
M^'Leod never hd the Compounding or Mixing up of Medicines 
for the Prisoners on board the Prison Ships aforesaid, but that 
this business was ordered by Doctor Hill and Performed by M' 
Atkinson the Acting Apothecary, and further that at the Par- 
ticular instance & Representation of Doctor M^'Leod of the 
Distresses that the American Prisoners laboured under in being 
crowded Sick and well together, in the same Ship, a Vessel 
was furnished and sent down for the Accomodation of the Sick — 
From all which circumstances the Committee are of Opinion that 
the Charges set forth in the Memorial and Affidavits aforesaid 
are not Sufficiently founded to enforce the Prayer of the said 
Memorial but some to have originated in a keen & jealous Sensi- 
bility of the Sufferings of said Deponents, and an over hot & 
Misguided Zeal for the Honor' of the Country; and the Commit- 
tee beg leave to Observe that with respect to the Glass being 
mixed with the Medicine; Such a thing is far from being im- 
probable, as it may frequently happen but from Accident only, 
but as Doctor M^'Leod appears to be a man of Considerable 
Professional abilities, they cannot believe, that even admitting 
his heart was wicked enough to Prompt him to the distruction 
of the unhappy Prisoners, he would have made use of Glass as 
the Instrument of his Wickedness, when he might have made use 
of Many other Means more effectual and much less Subject to 
Detection 



JULY, 1783. 



403 



And the Committee are further of Opinion that the said 
Doctor M^'Leod is worthy to be Admittted a Citizen of this 
State, and Particularly Recommend to the House to enter into 
a Speedy and dispassionate investigation of the Several Matters 
set forth as above, upon which the Committee have Solemnly 
founded their Opinion, which Passed in the Negative — 

The Yeas and Nays being Called for by M' Carter are as 
follows 

Yea Yea 



M' Jackson 


M' Lamar 


M' Jn° Houstoun 


M' W- Few 


M' W" Houstoun 


M' Robertson 


M' Devaux 


M' Middleton 


M' W"» Gibbons Ju' 


M' Lee 


M' Habersham 


M' Telfair 


M' Cuthbert 


M' Williamson 


M' M'Intosh 


16 


M' Heard 




Nay 


Ni 


M' Burnet 


M' Clements 


M' Cunningham 


M' Ja' Jones 


M' Harper 


M' Davies 


M' Alexander 


M' Carter 


M' Fort 


M' Johnson 


M' Ware 


M' Lanier 


M' Burke 


M' Pugh 


M' Ben Few 


M' Palmer 


M' Emanuel 


M' Crawford 



18 



so it was Carried in the Negative 

The following Acts being engrossed, were brought in and 
Confirmed at the Table Viz 



An Act for Imposing a Tax on the Inhabitants of the State 



404 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

of Georgia, for the use and Support of the Government thereof 
from the first day of January to the thirty first day of December 
One thousand seven hundred eighty three 

An Act to empower certain Commissioners herein Appointed 
to Regulate the hire of Porters and labour of Slaves in the Town 
of Savannah and for other purposes therein Mentioned 

An Act for laying out the Reserve Land in the Town of 
Augusta into Acre Lots, the erecting an Academy or Seminary 
of Learning and for other Purposes therein Mentioned 

Resolved that the Speaker Sign the Same 

The Committee to whom was refered ^ Letter with Sundry 
Papers from James Ingram. Reported. 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table 

The Committee to whom was refered the Petition of Hep- 
worth Carter Reported 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table. 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 7 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Friday August i"* 1783 

The House met According to Adjournment 

Resolved that His Honor the Governor & Executive Council 
be empowered and requested to appoint Commissioners for the 
purpose of ascertaining and making the line South west between 
the Inhabitants of this State and the Cherokee Indians pursuant 
to a Cession Obtained at Augusta dated the thirteenth day of 
May last past 



AUGUST, 1783. 406 

The House Proceeded to take into Consideration the Report 
of the Committee on Petitions Reported on the last Session of 
Assembly. 

N"* 107. On Petition of -Joseph Law in favour of Arthur Cameys 
Children Requesting a part of their Fathers Property 
which was sold by the Commissioners of Confiscated 
Estates might be Restored for the Support of the Or- 
phans. 

Resoi^ved that two thirds of the Estate of Arthur Carney be 
given up to his Two Orphan Children Jeremiah and Margaret. 
Subject to the Payment of a proportionable Part of his debts. 

N"" 109. of Edward Davies Setting forth his Appointment of 
Auditor General with a Salary of one thousand Pounds 
Per Annum, his having Saved all the Publick Papers 
belonging to that Office. Praying to be allowed some- 
thing equivalent to his Trouble. 

Resolved that the above and all claims and demands prefered 
by any Person or Persons directly or indirectly being appointed 
a Commissioner or Commissioners of Claims by an Act of the 
General Assembly passed at Augusta the day of 

shall be examined, settled and finally determined on by the Gov- 
ernor and Executive Council and they are hereby empowered and 
Requested so to do.. 

N"* no. of Miss Winewood M^'Intosh Setting forth that Certain 
Tract of Land which was sold by the Commissioners as 
the Property of her Brother, is really her Property 

The Committee are of Opinion that in Case the Petitioner 
can make it appear she really bought the Land as she sets forth 
in her Petition she ought to have the Land, which was agreed to 

N"* 1 1 1 . of John Muleyne Praying to be taken off the Act of Con- 



406 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

fiscation. The Committee are of Opinion the prayer of 
the Petition ought not to be granted which was agreed to. 

N"* 1 12. of Levi Sheftall praying to be taken off the Act of Con- 
fiscation. The Committee are of Opinion he ought to 
be taken off the Act of Confiscation and put on the Act 
of Amercement, which was agreed to 

The Yeas and Nays being Called for by M' Davies are as 
follows 



Yea 


Yea 


M' W" Gibbons Jr 


M' W- Few 


M' Jn' Houstoun 


M' Burke 


M' W" Houstoun 


M' Roberson 


M' Devaux 


M' Middleton 


M' Habersham 


M' Telfair 


M' Clay 


M' Emanuel 


M' Cuthbert 


M' Clements 


M' Heard 


M' Carter 


M' Harper 


M' Lanier 


M'Ware 


M' Pugh 


M' Lamar 


M' Williamson 


M' Fort 


M' M'Intosh 


M' Germany- 


25 


Nay 


Nay 


M' Jackson 


M' Davies 


M' Cunningham 


M' Alexander 


M' Lee 


M' Palmer 


M' Ben Few 


8— 


M' Ja' Jones 





N** 115. of Daniel M^Murphy Setting forth his being in order 
to Settle for the public Monies that have been put in 
his hands. The Committee are of Opinion he be refered 
to the Auditor General, which was agreed to 



AUGUST, 1783. 407 

N** 116. of John Grant, Setting forth his having been plundered 
at Several times and Praying to be Protected by the 
laws of the State — the Committee are of Opinion the 
said Grant ought to be Protected as well as any other 
Citizen, which was agreed to. 

N** 117. of Isaac Heaton Praying to be taken off the Act of Con- 
fiscation. The Committee are of Opinion he be taken off 
the Act of Confiscation and put on the Amercement Act, 
which was agreed to. 

N"* 118. of Isaac Downey Praying to be taken off the Act of 
Confiscation. The Committee are of Opinion that he 
ought to be taken off the Act of Confiscation and Put 
on the Amercement Act, which was agreed to. 

N** 1 19. of Thomas Beatty Praying to be taken off the Act of 
Confiscation. The Committee are of Opinion that he 
ought to be taken off the Act of Confiscation and put on 
the Amercement Act, which was agreed to. 

N"* 120. of Joshua Inman, Setting forth that James Butler has 
Carried away two of the Petitioners Negroes. Praying 
leave to take two of the said Butlers Negroes if he can 
find them. The Committee are of Opinion that the 
Matter of the Petition comes more Properly before a 
Court of Law. 

Resolved that the said Inman be refered to the Court of 
Claims 

N° 121. of Phillip Delegall Praying to be taken off the Act of 
Confiscation 

Resolved that the Prayer of the Petition be not granted 

N"* 122. of Hezekiah Wade, Praying he may be paid his Account 
for Boarding a Number of Members the Last Session. 



408 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Resolved that the Prayer of. the Petition be not Granted 

N® 123. of Titus Hollinger Setting forth his having Bargained 
with M*" John Fox Conditionly about Certain Houses 
in Augusta which Houses have been taken into Posses- 
sion by the Commissioners of Confiscated Estate 

Resolved that the said Petition be refered to a Court of 
Law 

N** 124. of Francis Graham, Setting forth that a Certain Tract 
of Land called the Mulbery Grove by Deed of ex- 

ecuted in May one thousand seven hundred & Seventy 
six was in her own Right & Possession sold by 

the Commissioners of Confiscated Estates for 

Relief. The Committee are of Opinion as it the 

Petitioners Claims under Deeds executed in the Year 
one thousand seven Hundred & Seventy six and the 
Confiscation Act makes null and Void all such Deeds, 
no Relief can be granted, which was agreed to. 

N** 125. of Mary Maxwell Praying a Certain Tract of Land 
Called Dublin, (late the Property of her Husband) 
might be granted to her. The Committee are of Opin- 
ion, the Prayer of the Petition ought not to be granted, 
which was agreed to. 

N^ 126. of Joseph Jackson Setting forth his having been plun- 
dered by a party in a Boat, commanded by Whitney and 
Quality, belonging to M' Richard Leake of Savannah, 
Praying for Relief. Postponed. 

N** 127. of Mary Walker, Setting forth that she is the Right 
Heir to Richard Burton Deceased, whose property was 
Stopped from him up the Country praying that she 
Might have leave to take such property where she can 
find it. The Committee are of Opinion that in Case 



AUGUST, 1783. 409 

the Petitioner can make it appear that what she sets 
forth in her Petition is true that then and in that Case 
the prayer of the Petition ought to be granted, which 
was agreed to. 

N"* 129. of John Wood Praying to be taken ofif the Act of Con- 
fiscation. The Committee are of Opinion the prayer of 
the Petition ought not to be granted, which was 
agreed to. 

N"* 130. of William Paxton. Postponed 

N° 131. of Elizabeth Whitfield Setting forth that a Certain Lott 
of Land in the Town of Savannah Sold by the Commis- 
sioners of Confiscated Estates, Praying for the said Lott 
of Land. The Committee are of opinion it ought to be 
refered to a Court of Law ; which was agreed to 

N** 132. of Robert Porteous with a Number of Certificates in 
his favour. Praying to be taken off the Act of Confisca- 
tion. The Committee are of Opinion the said Porteous 
ought to be taken off the Act of Confiscation and put on 
the Amercement Act, which was agreed to. 

The House having taken into Consideration the Report of the 
Special Committee to whom was Refered the Petition of James 
Ingram with Sundry papers Accompanying the Same. 

Resolved that James Ingram, Simon Munro, John Mulryne, 
andrew Johnson and John Butler Maxwell, be allowed the term 
of six Months to Settle their own Affairs. 

Resolved that Doctor Donald M^'Leod be Permitted to reside 
within the Limits of this State for the term of six Months 

The House Proceeded to take into Consideration the Petitions 
Reported on this Session. 

N"* I — of Abraham Jones Respecting a House and Lott in Sa- 



410 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

vannah purchased by him at the Sales of Confiscated 
Estates 

RESOI.VED that the said Jones be Refered to the Board of 
Claims 

N"* 3 — of James Mossman, Praying to be restored to Citizen Ship. 
Rejected. 

N** 4 — of James Belcher, Praying to be Admitted a Citizen of 
this State. The Committee are of Opinion the Prayer of 
the same ought to be granted, which was agreed to. Pro- 
vided he is on no Act of Attainder of Any of the United 
States. 

N** 5 — of Owen Owens Praying to be Admitted a Citizen of this 
State. The Committee are of Opinion that the same ought 
to be granted, which was agreed to Provided he is on 
no Act of Attainder 

N® 6 — of Elizabeth Young. Postponed. 

N® 7 — of William Gibbons in behalf of Ann Hall, the Wife of 
Nathaniel Hall, Praying that Provision be made out of the 
Estate of the said Nathaniel Hall Sold under the Confisca- 
tion Act for the Support of the said Ann Hall. The Com- 
mittee are of Opinion that the Commissioners of Confis- 
cated Estates ought to be directed to make such Provision 
for her as the Law in that Case directs, which was 
agreed to. 

N*" 8 — of Ann Green, Praying that Compensation be made her 
for Certain damages Sustained by her in a Lott and Build- 
ings in Savannah. The Committee are of Opinion that 
as she does not State by what means or from whom these 
damages were Sustained the House Can take no farther 
Notice of her Memorial which was agreed to. 



AUGUST, 1783. 411 

N* 10 — of William Candler, Praying that a Certain part of a 
Tract of Land late the Property of William Manson & 
Purchased by said Candler at the Sales of the Confiscated 
Estates at a high Price Be allowed the said Candler at. a 
reasonable Valuation & His demands against the Public 
taken in Payment thereof. The Committee are of Opinion 
that the Prayer of the same ought not to be granted which 
was agreed to. 

NO 12 — of John Cowens Respecting the Establishment of a 
Ferry over Savannah River in Wilks County — The Com- 
mittee are of Opinion that as it is of a Local nature it 
ought to be Refered to the Superior Court of said County 
of Wilkes which was agreed to. 

N^ 13 — of John Barksdale — being of the same Nature of the 
last Petition. The Committee Recommend that the same 
Reference be made of it, which was agreed to. 

N** 14 — of William Tidwell, Setting forth the extreme hardships 
endured by himself (and his family) having his Land and 
other Property sold under the Act of Sequestration with 
his old age and infirmities, and a large Family of Small 
Children and Praying that the said Property be ordered 
to be restored him & he be allowed to reside thereon. The 
Committee are of Opinion that the Prayer thereof ought 
to be granted, which was agreed to. 

N** 15 — of Sundry Inhabitants of the Western Frontier of the 
County of Wilks, praying that Henry Graybill and 
Stephen Bishop be Appointed Justices on said Frontiers. 
The Committee are of Opinion that the Prayer thereof 
ought to be granted, and also that Reuben Rogers be or- 
dered to the list of Justices for the said County, which was 
agreed to. 



412 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

N** 1 6— of John Carson Praying Restitution of Certain property 
of his Sold under the Sequestration Act. . The Committee 
are of Opinion that the Prayer of his Petition if it is Prac- 
ticable ought to be granted & if the Property is not re- 
turned the Bonds be indorced to the petitioner which was 
agreed to. 

N^ 17 — of Samuel Scott Respecting the establishment of a 
Ferry over Savannah River. 

Resolved that the same be refered to the Superior Court of 
Wilks County. 

N° 18 — of Leannah Carr Praying that Provision be made for 
her self and large Family whose Property has been sold 
under the Act of Sequestration & otherwise made use of 
for Public Purposes — The Committee are of Opinion 
that such Provision ought to be made for them as will be 
equal to the Property taken from them as aforesaid and 
that the Superior Court of the County of Wilks ought to 
be directed to make proper enquiry into the Matter, and 
order such relief which was agreed to. 

N** 21 — of Jacob Read Praying that a Stop may be put to Im- 
pressing Ferrage on his Plantation — The Committee are 
of Opinion that, as the greevance has long since ceased the 
Memorial does not now claim the Attention of the House 
which was agreed to. 

N® 22 — of Peter Bard and Anne his Wife and also of John Zubly 
— The Committee are of Opinion that the Prayers of the 
said Petitions ought to be granted Provided they have not 
already Received their Quota of the Estate of John Joachin 
Zubly, which was agreed to. 

N° 23 — of Abraham Jones, Praying Payment for a quantity of 
Whiskey Supplied General Waynes Troops at the Request 
of Governor Martin. 



AUGUST, 1783. 413 

Resolved that the same be Refered to the Auditor, and when 
Audited it be Received from him as Cash. 

N*^ 24 — of James M'^Kay Praying that the sales of the Estate of 
John Butler Maxwell be Suspended untill a determination 
of a Court of Law takes Place on the Premises. The 
Committee are of Opinion, that as the Sales thereof have 
already taken Place; the said Petition does not at this 
Time claim the Attention of the House, which was 
agreed to. 

N** 25 — On the Petition of Lewis Cope, Praying to be enabled 
to make good Sundry Contracts entered into by him for 
the use of the Continental Army. The Committee are of 
Opinion that he ought to lay his Accounts before the 
Auditor in Order to get them Liquidated and Certified^ 
which was agreed to. 

N° 26 — of Benjamin Greene. The Committee are of Opinion 
that the Value of his Horse and Saddle ought to be allowed 
him by the State, upon Producing a Certificate from his 
Commanding Officer, of the loss and Value of the Same^ 
which was agreed to. 

N*» 27— of the Petition of CoP Anthony W White. The Com- 
mittee are of Opinion that as Disabled Continental Soldiers 
are Provided for by Congress — This State is not bound 
to make Specific Provision for them but recommend that 
the Orphan Child of Christian Dasher be Put upon the 
the same footing as the Citizens of this State who have 
been Maimed in its defence, which was agreed to. 

N** 28 — of John Vauchier, Accompanying an Account against 
the Public for the Sum of Sixteen Pounds five Shillings 
and Six Pence for Ferrage of Col* Jacksons Corps, over 
Skidaway Ferry. The Committee are of Opinion from 
the Information of Col"" Jackson that one half the Amount. 



414 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

of said Account ought to be allowed him & no more, which 
was agreed to. 

N** 29 — of Georgina M^'Intosh, Praying Compensation for the 
loss of four hundred Pounds Georg^ Currency Received 
from the Public a little before the Fall of Savannah and 
now laying tfseless in her Possession — The Committee 
are of Opinion that as this Matter is involved in a Very 
General Question they are not Competent to a Decision 
on it, which was agreed to. 

N** 30 — ^On the Petition of John Greene a Person Maimed in 
the Service of the State, Praying Payment of his Accounts 
as Exhibited in a former House of Assembly but which 
does not Accompany his Present Petition. The Commit- 
tee are of Opinion that the Commissioners of Confiscated 
Estates, ought to be directed to pay him the Amount of 
the same as soon as Possible, which was agreed to. 

N® 31 — Of Nathaniel Wade Praying Compensation for his 
Services as D' Q' M* General. The Committee are of 
Opinion that as such Services have been long established 
in a regular System of lequidation, his Application to the 
House is improper, which was agreed to. 

The Committee appointed on the Petition of James Mossman 
Praying that he might be allowed to remove a Number of 
Negroes (the Property of John Graham) from East Florida into 
this State, and that the said John Graham is in the Confiscation 
Act. Report as their Opinion, That the Prayer of the Petition 
ought to be granted, and that his Honor the Governor be em- 
powered & Required to grant Permission to the said James 
Mossman to import said Negroes into this State and to Protect 
and Secure them against any Claim or Claims that may be 
made for and in behalf of the State under and by Virtue of the 
Confiscation Act which was agreed to. 

The Yeas and Nays being Called for is as follows 





AUGUST, 1783. 


Yea 


Yea 


M' Jackson 


M' W» Few 


M' Jn" Houstoun 


M' Burke 


M' W° Houstoun 


M' Middleton 


M' Devaux 


M' Ben Few 


M' W- Gibbons Ju' 


M' Crawford 


M' Habersham 


M' Telfair 


M' Clay 


M' Emaniiel 


M' Cuthbert 


M' Pugh 


M' M'Intosh 


M"" Palmer 


M' Harper 


18 


Nay 


Nay 


M' Heard 


M' Clements 


M' Burnet 


M' Jones 


M' Ware 


M' Davis 


M' T,amar 


M' Carter 


M' Alexander 


M' Johnston 


M' Fort 


M' Lenier 


M' Germany 


M' Williamson 


M' Robertson 


M' Cunningham 


M'Lee 


17— 



415 



An Act to Rq)eal and Amend some Part of An Act entitled 
An Act for opening the Land Office being engrossed was brought 
in and Compared at the Table 

Resolved that the Speaker Sign the Same 

Whereas this House is deeply impressed with a Sense of the 
Misfortune of Edward Llyd Esquire in losing his right arm 
whilst bravely fighting for the Liberties of his Country. Do 
therefore as a Token of the high Respect Gratitude and Esteem 
which they feel towards him Unanimously and without Solici- 
tation by the said EdWard Llyd 

R'ESOLVE that he be Presented, and he is Accordingly hereby 



416 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Presented with the Lott, and Dwelling House and other Im- 
provements thereon which he lately Purchased at the Sales of 
Confiscated Property, Situate in Broughton Street in Savannah, 
and known by the N** to hold to him his Heirs and Assigns 

for ever as the free Gift of this State, and his Honor the Gov- 
ernor is hereby Directed & Required to deliver up to the said 
Edward Llyd any Bonds or other Securities which he May 
have given for the Purchase Money of the said Lot and Buildings 
v^ithout any Charge or Demand thereon. 

The House Proceeded to take into Consideration the Report of 
The Committee, to whom was Refered the Petition of John 
Bacon,- James Martin & Nathaniel Hicks, Praying the Ferry at 
Augusta May be Granted to them Respectively & agreed to the 
same as follows. 

That the Committee find that former Legislatures having 
granted the Ferry in Augusta to said Bacon & Martin at different 
times the said Bacons grant we find to be Prior to the other, 
but both being Granted in time of War it is the Opinion of the 
Committee that the Intent of the grant was in Consequen<5e of 
the said Petitioner Carrying troops and Military Stores Cross 
the River in behalf of the Publick but as such Services are not 
wanting at this time, that the said Ferry Should Revert to the 
use of the Publick after the said Bacon having the use of it one 
Year from this date as it Appears, that he has been at a great 
Expence in Providing Water Carriages at the Expiration of one 
Year the Commissioners for the Town of Augusta take the said 
Ferry and either Rent or sell the same and the Money Arising 
to be Appropriated the same way as that Arising from the Sale 
of Publick lots. 

The House having taken into Consideration the Report of the 
Special Committee to whom was Refered the Petition of Hannah 
Buffington, which is as follows. The Committee have taken 
the same into Consideration, are fully Satisfied that no legislature 
would have undertaken to deprive the Petitioner of her Property 



AUGUST, 1783. 417. 

unless imposed on by Misrepresentation; The Committee are 
Unanimously of Opinion that the Prayer of the Petition ought 
to be Granted on her Making it appear what she sets forth 
herein be true, which was agreed to. 

Petition from William Few Esq' was read. Praying to be 
Admitted to Plead as an Attorney in any Courts of Record in 
this State. 

Resolved that the Prayer of the said Petition be granted 

ResoIvVEd that William Jones Sen*" & Littleberry Bostick be 
Appointed Justices in Addition to those already Appointed for 
Richmond County 

Whereas it is highly expedient and Necessary, that this State 
Shou'd be Represented in Congress as soon as Possible There- 
fore Resolved that his Honor' the Governor be, and he is hereby 
empowered to allow such discount as he May think Proper to 
any Person or Persons, who shall within one Month from the 
date hereof furnish Bills on the Financeer or Advance Money or 
Produce to the Amount of Five Hundred Pounds for the Im- 
mediate Purpose of defraying the expences of two of the Dele- 
gates appointed to represent this State in Congress the discount so 
allowed, any Person or Persons advancing the aforesaid sum to 
be allowed out of any past or future Purchases at the sales of 
the Confiscated Estates or to make sale of any Confiscated Prop- 
erty so as to raise the above sum of five Hundred Pounds in 
order that the Delegates may be Enabled to Proceed by the first 
day of September next. 

The House having taken into Consideration the Report of 
the Committee to whom was Refered the Petition of Hepworth 
Carter, Praying that One thousand Acres of Land might be 
granted him for Marking the line south of Ogeeche agreeable 
to Contract with Si' James White in behalf of this State, then 
Province. 

27 r r-^ol 8 



418 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Resolved that the Prayer of the Petition be Granted in full 
^^f all demands for that Business 

The House having taken into Consideration the Report of 
Ithe Committee to whom was Refered the Petition Benjamin 
Catchings Praying that he May have leave to survey five Hun- 
dred Acres of Land, on the Creek or Cherokee Lands as soon as 
they are Ceded to this State, without any expence, in Considera- 
tion of his being a Cripple Office Fees 

RESOiyVED that the Prayer of the said Petition be granted 

On the Report of the Committee to whom was Refered the 
Petition of Cap* De La Plagne 

Resoi^ved that Cap* De La Plagne be allowed the Sum of 
Fifty Pounds, he to be Accountable for the same. 

The Committee to whom was Refered the Petition of Sundry 
Inhabitants of the County of Richmond Praying the Court 
House and Jail for said County may be Established in the 
Town of Augusta 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table 

ResoIvVEd that the sum of six Pounds, ten Shillings and six 
pence be allowed Davd Rus Esq. for Engrossing Several Acts 
Passed this Session. 



(From State Archives.) 

Savannah 

Tuesday January 6*** 1784 

Being the time appointed by the Constitution of this State for 
the Meeting of the General Assembly 

The following Members attended Viz M' Jackson, M*" Joseph 



JANUARY, 1784. 419 

Habersham M' James Habersham M' John Habersham & M' 
Andrew, but being a Number insufficient to Proceed on Busi- 
ness They were Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 10 Clock 



(From State Archives.) 

Wednesday January 7^ 1784 

The following Gentlemen being Returned Elected to Serve in 
the General Assembly for the Present Year Attended & being 
Qualified took their Seats Viz 

For the County of Chatham 

M' W.M Gibbons Jun' 

M' Netherclift 

M' Stephens 

M' James Habersham 

M' William Bryen 

M' John Houstoun 

M' Devaux 

For the County of Wilks 

M** Coleman 
M' Catchings 
M' Rutherford 

For the County of Liberty 

M' Benj* Andrew 

M*" Hardey 

M' Saltees 

M' Panall 

M' John Elliott 

M' John Mitchell 

M'Hay 

M' Baker 

M' Whitehead 



420 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

But not being a Number Sufficient to Compose a House & 
Proceed on Publick Business they were Adjourned to Tomorrow 
Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Thursday January &^ 1784 

Agreeable to Adjournment of Yesterday the Members who 
were Qualified Attended 

M' Elijah Clark 
M' Holman Freeman 
M' Stephen Heard 
M' George Walton 
M' William Dawson 

M' John Cunningham being returned for the County of Wilks 
Attended and took the Oath Prescribed in the Constitution & 
took their Seats Accordingly 

M' Luke Meazels 

M' Lanier 

M' Davies 

M' Lundy 

M*" Joseph W™ Spencer 

M' John Spencer being returned Elected for the County of 
Effingham Attended took the Oath Prescribed in the Constitu- 
tion & took their Seats Accordingly 

M' John Morell a Member Returned Elected for the County 
of Chatham Attended and took the Oath Prescribed in the Con- 
stitution 

M' Samuel Fulton being Returned Elected for the County of 



JANUARY, 1784. 421 

Liberty, Attended and took the Oath Prescribed in the Consti- 
tution. 

The House then Proceeded to the Choice of the Speaker when 
James Habersham Esq. was Unanimously Elected 

On Motion 

That a Committee of Previledges & Elections be Appointed 

Ordered that M' Gibbons M' Andrew, M' Heard, M' Lundy 
& M' Irvin be that Committee — 

A Double Return being made for the Members of the County 
of Richmond 

Ordered that the said Returns be Refered to the Committee 
of Priviledges & Elections 

Return being made from the County of Burke for their 
Representatives for the present Year the following Gentlemen 
Attended : were Qualified & took their Seats Viz 

M' Clements 
M' Conyers 
M' Palmer 
M' Kemp 
M' Irwin 
M' Pugh 
M' Harrison 

On Motion 

That a Committee be Appointed to Procure some fit Place for 
the Setting of this House. 

Ordered that M' Saltus, M' Netherclift & M' Deveaux be 
that Committee. 



422 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The Committee on Priviledges & Elections on the double re- 
turns from the County of Richmond Reported as follows, which 
being debated was Carried in Negative 

That on the Richmond Returns M' William Few & M' Wil- 
liam Glascock was examined by whose Information they find that 
the Elections for that County since the Constitution was made 
has ever been held at Brownsborough except the first, which was 
held at the little Kiokee and that no Election for Representatives 
has been held in Augusta, since that time for said County we 
find no Place Pointed out by law for holding of Elections but 
as it has been customary for several Years to hold the Elections 
at Brownsborough the Return from that Place should be Re- 
ceived as the l^al return of the County, and earnestly Recom- 
mend to the House that an Election Act be Passed to Regulate 
this Matter and Many others where the Constitution is Silent 
or doubtfuU. 

The Committee Appointed to Procure a Proper Place for the 
Accomodation of the House of Assembly Reported. 

That the House at Present in the Temporary Possession of 
Hezekiah Wade is a fit Place for the Purpose, which was agreed 
to 

The House then Adjourned to meet at M"" Wades. 



The House met at M' Wades agreeable to Adjournment 

On Motion 

That the ten Gentlemen who have a Majority of Votes ap- 
pearing from the Papers Returned to this House by the Justices 
of Richmond County; take their Seats as having the Suffrages 
of the People, which being debated was Carried in the Affirma- 
tive 



JANUARY, 1784. 
The Yeas and Nays being called for are as follows 



423 



Yea 



Yea 



M' Netherclift 


M"^ Saltus 


M' Stephens 


M' Powell 


M' Devaux 


M' Mitchell 


M' Jn*" tiabersham 


M' Fulton 


M' Colernan 


M' Measels 


M' Catching 


M' Lanier 


M' Rutherford 


M' Davies 


M' Clark 


M' Lundy 


M' Freeman 


M'Xonyers 


M' Heard 


M' Irwin 


M' Walton 


M' Pugh 


M*" Downes 


M' Morrison 


M' Andrew 


25— 


Nay 


Nay 


M' Gibbons 


M' Way 


M' Jackson 


M' Baker 


M' Jos: Habersham 


M' Whitehead 


M' Bryan 


M' Jos: W" Spencer 


M' Morell 


M' John Spencer 


M' Cunningham 


M' Clements 


M' Hardy 


M' Palmer 


M' Elliott 


15 



So it was Carried in the Affirmative 



The following Gentlemen from the County of Richmond Ap- 
pointed to have the Majority of Votes Attended, & being Quali- 
fied took their Seats Accordingly 

M' William Candler 
M' Glascock 
M' M^'Farland 
M"^ Middleton 



424 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASvSEMBLY 

M' William Few 

M'Lee 

M' Benjamin Few 

M^ Fahn 

The House then Proceeded to the Choice of a Governor and 
on Casting up the Ballots John Houstoun Esq' was Elected 

The House then Proceeded to the Choice of the Executive 
Council when the following Gentlemen were Elected 

For the County of Liberty M' Low & M' Powell 

For the County of Burke M' Jn° Greene & M' Fulton 

For the County of Wilks M' Ge° Walton & M' Coleman 

For the County of Richmond M' Ja» M^Niel & M' Fahn 

For the County of Chatham M' Stephens & M' Jn^' Haber- 
sham 

For the County of Effingham M' Davies & Jn® Spencer 

On Motion 

That a Committee be appointed to draw up an Address to the 
Governor Elect 

Ordered that M' Jackson M' William Few & M' Gibbons be 
that Committee. 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



JANUARY, 1784. 426 

(From State Archives,) 

Friday January 9^** 1784 

The House Met According to Adjournment 

M' John Green a Member Returned Elected for the County of 
Burke Attended, and took the Oath Prescribed in the Constitu- 
tion 

On Motion 

That a Committee be appointed to enquire why this State was 
Unrepresented in Congress in the Year one thousand Seven 
hundred eighty three 

Ordered that M*" Gibbons, M*" Heard & M*" Jackson be that 
Committee 

The Committee appointed to draw up an Address to the Gov- 
ernor Elect Reported, and after some Amendments made thereto 
was agreed to by the House and is as follows. 

Si' 

I am directed by the Legislature to communicate to you that, 
by the free Suffrages of Your Country; You have been elected 
Governor of this State for the present Year 

The War being ended by which we have finally and firmly 
Established our Independence, I congratulate you on an Ap- 
pointment which Carries with it such a Marke of Publick Con- 
fidence and as the tumults and derangements unavoidable in such 
important Contests, ought as soon as Possible to Subside, I can- 
not but express my happiness, that a Gentleman has been Ap- 
pointed of Abilities to discern and of decision to execute, the 
Measures Necessary to Restore tranquility and Order 



426 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The Legislature will be happey at all times for Your Advise 
not only with Respect to the important business of Finance, but 
on any other Subject of Publick Concern 

By order of the House 

Signed James Habersham 

Speaker 

RESOI.VED that the House do immediately Proceed to the 
dioice of four Delegates to Represent this State in Congress 
The House having taken the same into Consideration Proceeded 
to the Election of Delegates and on Casting up the Ballots Sam- 
uel Elbert William Houstoun, Edward Telfair & Joseph Hab- 
ersham Esquires were Elected 

On Motion 

That a Committee be appointed to wait on his Honor the Gov- 
ernor elect with the Address 

Ordered that M' Jackson, M' William Few & M"" Gibbons 
be that Committee 

The Committee appointed to wait on his Honor the Governor 
Elect with an address, informing him of his Appointment Re- 
ported 

That he Signified his Acceptance of the Appointment, and wilt 
Attend the House at four OClock, to Qualify & give an Answer 
to the Address — 

A Letter from his Honor the late Governor was read 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table for the Perusal of 
the Members. 

His Honor the Governor Elect Returned an Answer to the 
Address; as follows, & Qualified agreeable to the Constitution 



JANUARY, 1784. 427 

M' Speaker and Gentlemen of the Honorable the House of As- 
sembly. 

This Repeated and Unsolicited Mark of Approbation from 
My Country, cannot but excite in My breast sentiments of the 
warmest Gratitude and Affection, And whilst on the one hand 
I feel some Reluctance at departing from a Resolution I had 
formed of confining my self in future to Private life on the 
other I am free^to Confess that the Present deranged State of 
our publick concerns both as they Respect our Federal Connex- 
ion & our internal Police — seems to Require that every Man 
should contribute his Part in the Sphere Assigned him by the 
Suffrage of his Fellow Citizens, towards the Accomplishment 
of a Respectable and Permanent System under the Influence of 
this Impression, I shall not hesitate to Sacrifice all Considerations 
of a domestic nature to the superior duties of My Relative Sta- 
tion and therefore agree to Accept of the Honor of Your 

Appointment 

The Toils and Dangers of War being now done away, by a 
Peace as Glorious as beneficial to our Country, Permit me to 
Assure you it shall be the Cheif end and Pride of My Adminis- 
tration to improve the event into the most lasting Security for 
all the Rights and Priviledges of Freemen — ^And Convinced as 
I am of the Necessity of Law and Government in order to Ren- 
der Society a blession no Exertions on My part shall be want- 
ing to reduce Refractory Individuals to a sence of what they owe 
the Community and on yours I sJiall trust for that Support which 
so desirable subject demands 

Signed J Houstoun, 

January 9*** 1784 

M' Stephens & M' Coleman — a Committee from the Executive 
Council, Attended & informed the House that they had elected 
John Habersham Esquire President of the Executive Council, 



428 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

who Attended and took the Oath Prescribed in the Constitu- 
tion 

ResoLtVEd that the following Rules be adopted for the Gov- 
ernment of the House Viz 

First The Members shall Attend at the Precise Hour of Ad- 
journment; and on default with out Sufficient excuse to 
the Satisfaction of the House Such Member or Members 
shall be Subject to the fine of one Quarter of a Dollar 
for the first ten Minutes, and a Penny for their non At- 
tendance every Minute after; and that Such Member or 
Members shall not take his or their Place till such fine is 
Paid 

Second On the Speakers taking his Seat every Member shall do 
the same 

Third That no Person shall leave his Seat on Adjournment till 
the Speaker has left the Chair, & is gone from the Bar of 
the House. 

Fourth That no More than one Member shall Speak at one and 
the same time, nor more than twi'se, on one Debate, un- 
less he has particular leave from the House 

Fifth Any Member Called to Order and Refusing to Comply 
shall forfeit for the first Offence one Dollar for the Sec- 
ond Double the Sum and for the third Proving Refrac- 
tory May be expelled the House 

Sixth That all Motions and Amendments, shall be Committed 
to Paper, by the Members offering the Motion or Amend- 
ment. 

Seventh That any Member Using indecent Language in debate, 
shall for the first Offence forfeit one Dollar, and for every 
Offence after double the sum. 



JANUARY, 1784. 429 

Eighth That any Member leaving the House when met; with- 
out leave from the Ohair Shall forfeit a Quarter of a 
Dollar for every Oflfence 

Ninth That it shall be a general Rule that the House meet at 
Nine OClock in the Morning and sit till three OClock of 
the afternoon 

Ordered that writs of Election Issue for three Members for 
the County of Chatham in the Room of John Houstoun Esquire 
Elected Governor. Joseph Habersham Esquire, Appointed a 
Continental Delegate & William Maxwell Esquire who has de- 
clined taking his Seat. 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 O C 



(From State Archives,) 

Saturday January 10"* 1784 

The House Met According to Adjournment 

RES01.VED that a Committee be appointed to Report the House 
Salaries for the Publick Officers for the Year One thousand 
Seven hundred eighty four 

Ordered that M' Gibbons, M' William Few & M' Andrew 
be that Committee. 

Resolved, that a Committee be Appointed to inspect the Ac- 
count of Sales of Confiscated Property, and Report, whether it 
appears that good and Sufficient Security agreeable to Law has 
been taken & that the Commissioners of the Sales be Required 
to furnish the Committee with the Accounts. 

Ordered that M' Joseph Habersham M' Jackson & M' Heard 
be that Committee 



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430 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Resolved that a Committee be Appointed to bring in a Bill 
for Laying out a County or Counties to the Westward, and 
Pointing out the Mode of Laying out the lands and Settling the 
same 

Ordered that M' William Few, M' Morrell M"" Freeman M' 
Andrew, M' Lanier & M' Clements be that Committee 

The following Petitions were Refered Viz 

From Benjamin Green 
From Lewis Coope 
From Cornelius Dysart 

Ordered that the same be Refered to the Committee on Pe- 
titions 

Resolved that a Standing Committee on Petitions be Ap- 
pointed 

Ordered that M' Netherclift M' Irwin M' Elliott, M' Glas- 
cock, M' Downes & M' Lundy be that Committee 

The House then Adjourned to Monday Next 9 OCK 



(From State Archives.) 
Monday January 12*** 1784 
The House Met Accordii^ to Adjournment 

Charles Odengsells Esq' a Member Returned for the County 
of Chatham, Attended and took the Oath Prescribed in the Con- 
stitution 

Ordered that a Standing Committee of Accounts be appointed 



JANUARY, 1784. 431 

RESOI.VED that M"" Odingsells, M' Saltus & M' Joseph Haber- 
sham be that Committee. 

Two Letters from M' John Wereat Auditor of Accounts, with 
Sundry Indosures were Read 

Ordered that the same be Refered to the Standing Committee 
of Accounts. 

The House having taken into Consideration the Report of 
the Special Committee Reported on last Sessions ; On the Petition 
of William Graves — 

Resolved that his Honor the Governor be Authorized to 
Receive the Nominal Sums of Twenty Treasury Certificates from 
M' William Graves as the Account of so Many Certificates to be 
given in agreeable to a Resolve of the late House of Assembly 
held at Augusta in July & August last and that the Account of 
the said Nominal Sums be Considered on the same footing those 
are which may be Produced by Virtue of the said Resolve, This 
House Considerii^ the Justice of M' Graveses Case and that the 
same were lost by him in his Retreat from the British Forces, 
and that his Honor the Governor be empowered to give the said 
William Graves a Certificate for the Nominal Amount, he Pro- 
ducing Satisfactory Security in Treble the Nominal Sum, should 
his Case appear unjust in future, or that the same have been 
Actually Received. 

The Committee on Priviledges & Elections Reported which 
being Read 

Resolved that Joseph William Spencer is not Eligible to a 
Seat in this House and that the Speaker be directed to Issue a 
Writ of Election for the County of Effingham in the Room of 
the said Spencer 

Daniel M^'Murphy Esquire a Member Returned Elected for the 
County of Burke Attended & took the Oath Prescribed in the 
Constitution — 



432 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Petition of Daniel Gaines, John Cobbs and Snelling Johnson 
in behalf of themselves and others Inhabitants of the State of 
Virginia was read. 

Ordered That the said Petitions be Refered to a Special 
Committee & that they make their Report as soon as Possible 

RESOI.VED that M' Joseph Habersham, M' Heard and M' Jack- 
son be that Committee. 

The Following Petitions were read and Refered to the Com- 
mittee on Petitions Viz 

From Lucretia Firguson 
From John Skey Eustace 
From John Hill 
From John Hill 
From James M^'Kay 

Ordered that the Petitions Presented to the Assembly at 
their last Sitting and not Reported on be also Refered to the 
Committee on Petitions 

Letter from the Attorney General with Sundry Inclosures 
were read 

Ordered that the same be Refered to a Special Committee & 
that M' Few, M' Houstoun & M' Freeman be that Committee 

Ordered that a Committee be appointed to procure a proper 
place for the Horses of the Members of the House & that M' 
Morell M' Odingsells & M' Devaux be that Committee 

Ordered that the Board of Commissioners of Claims and the 
Auditor of Publick Accounts ^be Required to lay their Proceed- 
ings before this House. 

RESOI.VED that a Committee be appointed to Receive the 



JANUARY, 1784. 438 

Names of Candidates for the Civil Officers of this State, and 
that M' Catchings, M' Middleton and M' Odingsells be that 
Committee 

Resoi^ved that a Committee be appointed to Consider on the 
most Proper Means, for Providing for the Families in this State 
of such Persons as are Included in the Confiscation Act, and are 
Entitled to such Provision on Principles of Justice & Humanity. 

Ordered that M' Houstoun M' Lundy, M' Elliott M' W" Few 
& M' Clark be that Committee 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archk/es,) 

Tuesday January 13** 1784 

The House met According to Adjournment 

M' Daniel Howell & M' Caleb Howell, being Returned Elected 
for the County of Effingham Attended & took the Oath Pre- 
scribed in the Constitution. 

An Account from M' Baker was Read 

Ordered that the same be Ref ered to the Standing Committee 
of Accounts 

The following Petition were Read and Refered to the Com- 
mittee on Petitions Viz. 

From Benjamin Towers, with an Account Annexed 
From John Strong 

From a Number of Gentlemen from Burke County in 

favor of James Lamberth 

28r ^-TolS 



434 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill 
for Ascertaining the Qualifications Necessary for the Admission 
of Attornies, Solicitors & Proctors in this State 

Ordered that M' Jackson & M"" William Houstoun be that 
Committee 

Resolved That this House will Proceed on Thursday next 
to fix the Salaries of the Civil Officers for the Present Year. 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for Ascertaining 
the Qualifications Necessary for the Admission, of Attornies, 
Solicitors and Proctors in this State, brought in the same which 
was Read the first time. 

A Letter from the Auditor of Accounts (with his Books) 
were Read 

Ordered that the same be Refered to the Committee of Ac- 
counts. 

Petition from Hampton LiUibridge was Read 

Ordered that the same b© Refered to the Committee on Pe- 
titions. 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill 
for the fixing and Establishing Court Houses & Jails and Regu- 
lating Elections in the different Counties 

Ordered that M' Jackson, M' Baker, M' Palmer, M' Candler, 
M' Cunningham, and M"" Howell be that Committee 

The Committee on Priviledges and Elections on the Burke 
Return Report 

That Daniel M^'Murphy Esquire who is Returned a Member 
of said County was at the time of his Election Register of Pro- 



JANUARY, 1784. 435 

bats, and is therefore not eligeble to sit as a Member of this 
House, which was agreed to. 

Ordered That a Writ of Election do Issue for a Member for 
the County of Burke in the Room of Daniel M^'Murphy Esq' 
who is not Eligible to sit in this House 

RES01.VED that a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill 
to explain more fully so much of the fifty first Article of the Con- 
stitution as Respects the destribution of Intestates Estates. 

Ordered that M' Heard, M*" William Few & M' Houstoun be 
that Committee. 

RES01.VED that a Committee be Appointed to Collect all the 
Acts of Assembly of Force in this State as well such as Passed 
Prior to the Revolution, and since that time adopted, or such as 
have Passed subsequent thereto, and that the Committee be Au- 
thorized and empowered to have the same Reprinted & Bound, at 
the expence & for the use of the House 

Ordered that M' Houstoun, M' Netherclift, M"" Jackson, M' 
"William Pew, and M' Joseph Habersham be that Committee 

Resolved that the Speaker write M' Hall (late Governor) to 
know whether any or what Steps have been taken agreeable to 
a Resolve of the last House, to have the Public Papers and 
Records brought back from the Northward to this State 

RES01.VED that a Committee be Appointed to bring in a Bill 
to Revise and Amend, the Melitia & Pay Law 

Ordered that M' James Jackson, M' William Few' M' Cun- 
ningham, M' Caleb Howell & M' Morell be that Committee 

RES01.VED That the Attorney General be Called upon to lay 
before the House any Accounts of Property sold under the Con- 
fiscation Act Passed in the Year One thousand Seven hundred 



436 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Seventy Eight which May have been lodged in his Office by 
Col* Martin who Conducted the Sales & to know what Steps have 
been taken towards Recovering the Proceeds of said property 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OC'K 



(Prom State Archives.) 

Wednesday January 14*** 1784 

The House Met According to Adjournment 

The Committee on Elections Report 

That on Examining the Election from Campden three of the 
Voters Rights was Proved before the Committee 

The Justices who held the Poll informed the Committee the 
Election was fairly Conducted, & that M' M^'Intosh had Eight 
votes & M' Davies one & that is said to be by himself, M' Davies 
Asserted that M' M'^Intosh was no Citizen and could not take 
his Seat, The Committee find M' M^ntosh always was a Citi- 
zen of this State and his last absence was to Remove his Prop- 
erty into the State & that he has been most of his time in the 
State for Eighteen Months last Past 

Therefore the Committee are of Opinion M' Mcintosh take 
his seat as a Member for Cambden, which was agreed to 

The following Petitions were Read and Refered to the Com- 
mittee on Petitions Viz 

Prom Oliver Lewis, with Sundry Certificates 

From Solomon Kemp with a Certificate 

LadiHn M'Intosh Jun' Esquire a Member Returned for the 



JANUARY, 1784. 437 

County of Cambden, Attended, Qualified & took his seat Accord- 
ingly. 

The Committee Appointed to bring in a Bill to explain more 
fully so much of the fifty first Article of the Constitution as 
Respects the destribution of Intestate Estates brought in the 
same which was read the first time 

M*" Whitdiead a Member Returned Elected for the County of 
Liberty Attended and took the Oath Prescribed in the Consti- 
tution. 

The Bill for Ascertaining Qualifications Necessary for the Ad- 
mission of Attorneys, Solicitors and Proctors in this State, was 
Read the Second time 

The House then Resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to take into Consideration the said Bill 

M' Gibbons in the Chair 

The Speaker having Resumed the Chair 

M' Gibbons from the Committee of the whole House to take 
into Consideration the Bill ascertaining Qualifications necessary 
for the Admission of Attorneys Solicitors, and Proctors, Re- 
ported 

That they had gone through the same, and made some Amend- 
ments thereto, which he Read in his Place & delivered in at the 
Table 

Ordered that the said Bill be engrossed and sent to the Exec- 
utive Council for their Perusal and Advice and that M*" Gibbons 
and M' Benjamin Few be a Committee to wait on them with the 
Same 

The Committee on Petitions Reported from Number One to 
Seven 



438 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that the said Report do lie on the Table for the Pe- 
rusal of the Members till Monday Next 

The following Petitions were read, and referred to the Ccmi- 
mittee on Petitions Viz 

From Raymond Demeree 

From Abraham Baldwin with two Certificates 

From James Rae. 

From James Rae. 

Ordered that M' Habersham, M' Heard & M' Jackson be 
added to the Committee to bring in a Bill for Laying out a 
County or Counties to the Westward and Pointing out the Mode 
of laying out the lands and Settling the Same 

The Attorney General Attended agreeable to a Resolve of 
"yesterday, with the Books and Accounts of Property sold under 
the Confiscation Act in the Year one thousand Seven hundred 
Seventy eight which was lodged in his Office by Col° Martin who 
Conducted the Soles. 

Resoi^ved that the above Mentioned Papers delivered in by 
the Attorney General be Referred to a Committee 

Ordered that M** William Few, M' Saltus, M'. Daniel Howell, 
M' Odingsells, M' Catchings and M' Pugh be that Committee 

Whereas it was Resolved by a former House which met at 
Augusta in April One thousand Seven hundred and eighty two 
That the Plantation of Thomas Waters be granted and given to 
Col** Clark for his distinguished Services to this Country during 
the War, and as a Reward to extraordinary merit, Subject to the 
Payments of the said Waters's debts, which tho no debts have 
hitherto Appeared and Probably few or none May Appear, leaves 
the Property not so fully vested in Col** Claric as that whidi 

has been granted to other Persons for their Services, and as this 



JANUARY, 1784. 439 

House wou'd wish to give Col* Clark the most Honorable Testi- 
mony of their Applause and Gratitude, therefore 

RESOiyVKD that the Commissioners for Forfeited Estates be 
Authorized and empowered to give full and Sufficient Titles for 
the said Plantation free, of the Debts of the said Waters 

ResoIvV^d that a Committee be Appointed to bring in a Bill 
for laying a Tax, for the Present Year 

Ordered that M' Houstoun, M*" Benjamin Few & M' Cun- 
ningham be that Committee. 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Thursday January 15*^ 1784 

The House met According to Adjournment 

A Letter James Cochran Esq' was Read, desiring leave to 
Resign his Seat in this House as a Member from the County of 
Glynn 

ResoIvVEd that the Resignation of James Cochran Esquire be 
Accepted 

Ordered that a Writ of Election do Issue for a Member for 
the County of Glynn in the Room of M' James Cochran Esq' 
who has Resigned his Seat 

A Letter from Samuel Fulton Esq' a Member of this House 
Requesting leave to Resign his Seat was Read 

ResoIvVEd that the Resignation of Samuel Fulton Esq' be 
Accepted ^ 



440 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that a Writ of Election do Issue for a Member for 
the County of Liberty in the Room of Samuel Fulton Esquire 
who has Resigned his Seat 

The Order of the day being Called for 

The House then Proceeded to fix the Salaries of the Civil Of- 
ficers for the Present Year 

Governor, Four Hundred Pounds Per Annum 

Chief Justice Three hundred Pounds P" Annum 

Auditor of Accounts Three Hundred Pounds P' Annum 

Clerk of the Assembly One Hundred Pounds P Annum 

Messenger of the Assembly Twenty Poimds Per Annum 

Clerke of the Council, Fifty Pounds Per Annum 

Messenger of the Council Thirty Pounds Per Annum 

Councellors while Sitting two Dollars Per Day 

Members of the Assembly (while on Service Two Dollars P 
Day 

Continental Delegates while on Service four Do P Day 

Treasurers Salary Postponed. 

Attorney General Fifty Pounds Per Annum 

On Motion 

Resolved that Salaries of the Collectors Sheriffs, Clarks of 
Courts, Searcher & Comptroller Commissioners of Indian Af- 
fairs, be Postponed for the Present 

A Letter from Lyman Hall Esq' late Governor was read, Re- 



JANUARY, 1784. 441 

questing, that the Bonds and other Public Papers in his hands 
may be Received by the House 

Ordered that a Committee be appointed to Receive the above 
Papers from M' Hall late Governor and lay them before the 
House 

Ordered that M' M^ntosh, M' Deveaux, M' Odingsells & 
M' Baker be that Committee 

RES01.VED that a Committee be Appointed to bring in a Bill 
for establishing Salaries and fees to Civil Officers 

Ordered that M' William Few, M' Netherclift and M' Gib- 
bons be that Committee 

A Letter from Savy with an Account was Read 

Ordered that the same be Refered to the Auditor of Accounts 

The House then Proceeded to take into Consideration the Re- 
port of the Committee on Petitions. Viz 

On N** From Lucretia Ferguson Praying for Relief out of the 
Property of Henry Ferguson as a Compensation to her Children 
by Francis Stringer her former husband for losses they Sustained 
by said Ferguson And after some Amendments made thereto 
was agreed to by the House as follows 

That M' Ferguson should have Authority to Recover the 
Property of the Estate of Stringer for the use of his Children & 
that the Negroes Mentioned in her Petition belonging to Fergu- 
son delivered to her as Executrix of the Estate of Stringer and 
to be Considered the Property of the Said Stringers Orphans in 
Consideration for the Waste made by said Ferguson of the Estate 
of Francis Stringer 

The following Petitions were Read and Refere<J to the Com- 
mittee on Petitions Viz 



442 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

From Richard Leake with a Certificate 

From Peter Tarlingh with a Certificate 

From William Finden 

From William Blogg. 

Ordered that a Letter be wrote by the Speaker to Docttf" 
Jones Requiring his Attendance on the House as soon as his 
Health will Permit 

ResoIvVEd that leave be given to bring in a Bill to Point out 
the Regulations Necessary for the Admission of Persons to the 
Rights of Citizenship in this State 

Ordered that M' William Houstoun, M' William Few and M' 
Joseph Habersham be that Committee 

The Committee Appointed to bring in a Bill for the fixing 
and establishing Court House and Jails and the fixing and Reg- 
ulating Elections in the different Counties in this State, brought 
in the same, which was Read the first time 

Resolved that Philip Low, William Williams & Joseph Law 
Esquires be Added to the list of Justices for the County of Lib- 
erty, in Addition to those already Appointed 

RESOI.VED that a Committee be Appointed to Revise and Amend 
the Laws, Respecting the Prevention of Feris and also to bring 
in such farther Regulations as may be Necessary 

Ordered that M' Habersham, M' Deveaux & M' Odingsells 
be'that Committee 

M' Stephens and M' Walton a Committee from the Executive 
Council, Returned the Bill for Ascertaining Qualifications for 
the Admission of Attorneys Solicitors & Proctors in this State 
with their Remarks thereon 



JANUARY, 1784. *♦« 

Ordered that the same do lie on the Table 

The Bill for Ascertaining the Qualifications for the Admission 
of Attorneys Solicitors & Proctors in this State was Read a third 
time 

Ordered that the said Bill be engrossed. 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OC'K 



(From State Archives.) 

Friday January 16** 1784 

The House Met Pursuant to Adjournment 

Resolved that John Spencer, Daniel Bonnell David Meazel & 
Drury Jones, be added to the list of Justices for the County of 
Effingham, in Addition to those already appointed 

Ordered that M' Palmer be Added to the Committee Appoint- 
ed to Consider on the most Proper Means for Providing for 
Families in this State of Such Persons as are included in the 
Confiscation Act, And are entitled to Such Provisions, in the 
room of Daniel M^'Murphy Esquire whose seat is become Vacant 

A Letter from the Honorable Edward Telfair Esquire in- 
forming the House that he had Transmitted the Proceedings of 
the Commissioners Appointed to treat with the Indians was Read 

Ordered that the same be Rcfered to a Committee and that 
M' Houstoun, M' Saltus and M' Habersham be that Committee 

Memorial from Joseph Woodruff was read 

Ordered that the same be Refered to the Committee on Peti- 
tions 



444 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The Standing Committee of Accounts Report — That they find 
the following Clause in the Act for Releasing Certain Persons 
from their Bargains, Passed at Augusta the Twenty Ninth of 
July last 

"And when it shall happen that any doubts shall arise with the 
Auditor on any claim against this State of any nature whatsoever 
the said Auditor shall and he is hereby Required to lay the same 
. before the aforesaid Board of Commissioners, who shall lay 
down some fixed Principle of equal Justice, between the State 
And each Claiming Individual, and Judge and finally decide on 
the same from whom those shall be no Appeal 

The Committee are therefore of Opinion that the Board of 
Commissioners is the Proper Channell thro' which the Accounts 
in their Possession ought to Pass, and therefore Return them. 
And Recommend that the Board be Servid with a Copy of this 
Report which was agreed to 

A Bill for the fixing and Establishing Court Houses and Jails 
and Regulating Elections in the different Counties was Read a 
Second time 

On Motion 

RESOI.VED that the House Resolve itself into a Committee of 
the whole House to take into Consideration the said Bill 

M' Gibbons in the Chair 

The Speaker having Resumed the Chair 

M' Gibbons from the Committee of the whole House to take 
into Consideration the Bill for the fixing and establishing Court 
Houses and Jails, and Regulating Elections in the Different 
Counties Reported 



JANUARY, 1784. 446 

That they had gone through the same and made some Amend- 
mints, which he Read in his Place and delivered in at the Table. 

Ordered that the said Bill be engrossed and sent to the Exec- 
utive Council for their Perusal and Advice 

The House then Adjourned to Monday Next 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Monday January 19*'' 1784 

The House met Pursuant to Adjournment 

A Letter from George Walton, William Glascock, Joseph Pan- 
nill and Samuel Jack Esquires Commissioners for la)dng out the 
Reserve Land in the Town of Augusta into Acre Lotts the 
Erecting an Academy or Seminary of Learning was Read — Also 

A Petition from the Lot Holders of the old Town of Augusta 

Ordered that the same be Refered to a Committee and that M' 
William Few, M' Gibbons and M' Habersham be that Committee. 

Petition from James Greenhow was Read 

Ordered that the same be Refered to the Committee on Pe- 
titions 

The Committee Appointed to enquire into the Reasons why 
this State was not Represented in Congress in the Year One 
thousand Seven hundred Eighty three Reported 

Ordered that the same be taken into Considerati'on Tomorrow 
Morning. 

James Houstoun Peter Bard & James Green Esquires being 



446 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Returned Elected for the County of Chatham, M' James Hous- 
toun & M"" Peter Bard Attended, took the Oath Prescribed in the 
Constitution & took their Seats Accordingly 

Ordered that M' William Houstoun, M' William Few, and M' 
Jackson be that Committee 

The Order of the Day being Called for 

The House Proceeded to take into Consideration the Report 
of the Committee on Petitions Viz — 

on N** I From Hampton Lillibridge Praying that the Pur- 
chase of Laurel Hill Plantation may be Confirmed to him his 
Heirs &c. 

Resolved that the Commissioners of Confiscated Estates be 
empowered to Make Hampton Lillibridge Titles to Lands Pur- 
chased by him on his Complying witfi the terms of the Law, it 
Appearing to the House his Absence to the Northward Rendered 
it impossible for to Comply before the first day of October last, 
as Purchased by the Act for Releasing Certain persons from their 
Bargains &c. and that his Attorneys offered to give Bonds and 
Mortgages for the Same 

N** 3 From John Skey Esquire, Praying to be Admitted to Plead 
at the Barr 

Resolved that the Prayer of the Petition be granted 

N** 4 From John Hill Praying for lands to be granted him, in 
Compensation of his Services to this State 

Resolved that the Petition of John Hill Re^)ecting Lands 
be Refered to the Executive Council to determine on the Pro- 
priety of his Claim agreeable to the Acts of this House 

N** 5 From John Hill Praying to be made a Compensation for 
his Services during the War 



JANUARY, 1784. 447 

Resolved that the said Hill make out his Account against the 
State and give it in to the Auditor 

N° 6 Memorial from James M^'Kay in behalf of the Children of 
Roger Kilsall Praying that a Moity of Said Kelsalls Es- 
tate may be made over to the Support of his Children 

Ordered that the Memorial of James M^'Kay be Refered to 
the Committee for Considering on the Most Proper Means of 
Providing for the Families of Such Persons as are included in 
the Act of Confiscation 

N** 7 From Benjamin Towers with an Account Praying that 
Lands may be granted to him in Consideration of Serv- 
ices as a State Officer 

Ordered that the Same be Recommitted 

The Speaker having informed the House he had Received a 
Letter from his Honor the Chief Justice Requesting Payment of 
Part of his Salary & on Motion that the Auditor be also Paid Part 
of his Salary 

Resolved that the Speaker draw an Order on the Treasurer 
Payable to his Honor the Chief Justice, and the Auditor for 
thirty Guineas each in Part of their Salaries for the last Year 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OC'K 



(From State Archives.) 

Tuesday January 20"* 1784 

The House met Pursuant to Adjournment 

James Gunn Esquire Elected a Member for the County of 
Chatham and Charles Crawford Esq' a Member Elected for the 



448 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

County of Richmond Attended Qualified, agreeable to the Con- 
stitution, and took their Seats Accordingly. 

The Committee Appointed to bring in a Bill for establishing 
Salaries and fees to Civil Officers brought in the samev which 
was Read the first time 

The Following Petitions were Read Viz 

From Thomas Basket & Francis Lewis 

From Margaret Shields 

From Samuel Stirk 

From a Number of Invalids in the County of Richmond 

Ordered that the Same be Referred to the Committee on Peti- 
tions 

A Letter from John Wereat Esq' was read 

Ordered that the same be refered to a Special Committee and 
that M' Habersham, M' Bard & M' Baker be that Committee 

A Letter from Mordecai Sheftill with an Affidavit was Read 
Praying that the Affidavit may be filed with the Otfier Papers 
Respecting Levi Sheftill, which was agreed to— 

On Motion 

Resolved that Leave be given to bring in a Bill to Regulate 
the Indian Trade 

Ordered that M' Natherclift M' Habersham, M' Bard, M^ 
Hoard and M' Clark be that Committee 

The Order of the day being Called for 

That the Report of the Committee to enquire why tfiis State 



JANUARY, 1784. 



449 



was Unrepresented in Congress in the Year one Thousand Seven 
Hundred eighty three 

Motion being made that the Report of the Committee be Post- 
poned which being debated was Carried in the (Negative 

The Yeas and Nays being Called for are as follows 



Nay 


Nay 


M' Gibbons 


M' Daniel Howell 


M' Netherclift 


M' Clements 


M' Devaux 


M' Glascock 


M' Jackson 


M' Bryan 


M' Habersham 


■Vr Palmer 


M' W° Houstoun 


M' Kemp 


M' Morell 


M' Irwin 


M' Bard 


M' Pugh 


M' Ja' Habersham 


M' Candler 


M' Rutherford 


M' M'Intosh 


M' Downes 


22 


M' Cunningham 




Yea 


Yea 


M' Odingsells 


M' Lundy 


M' Catchings 


M' Caleb Howell 


M' Gunn 


M' Conyers 


M' Clark 


M' Morison 


M' Freeman 


M' M«Farland 


M' Hardy 


M' Middleton 


M' Saltus 


M' William Pew 


M' Baker 


M' Lee 


M' Whitehead 


M' Benjamin Few 


M' Meazle 


M' Crav^ford 


M' Lanier 


21 



The House then Proceeded to take into Consideration the Re- 

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450 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

port of the Committee to enquire why this State was Unrepre- 
sented in Congress in the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred 
eighty three which is as follows that it Appears to the Committee 
as well from the letter of the late Governor M' Hall as from the 
Information that the Proper Credentials were never sent on to 
cne of the Delegates, at the time of his Appointment then in Vir- 
ginia or Official Information of Such Appointment given him till 
the Month of August, when his Affairs did not Permit him to 
Proceed to Congress; it further Appears to this Committee that 
another Gentleman held himself in Readiness to go to Congress 
till the Month of September and declared the same by a letter to 
the late Governor M' Hall through William Houstouii Esquire 
another of the Delegates but Never Received either Credentials 
or Supplies and that the said M' Houstoun was Prepared from 
the time of the Election offering to bear his own expences, but 
was Refused his Credentials whereby this State has been Un- 
represented in Congress for the last Year to the Manifest injury 
of the Same which was agreed to — 

Resolved that all Publick Officers be Required to Render to 
this House a State of Publick Property sold or Monies Received 
by them or which may have gone through their hands to the end 
of the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred eighty three on or 
before Tuesday Next except those who have already Settled their 
Accounts 

Ordered that the Clerk do Serve Copies of the foregoing Re- 
solve on each and every such Publick Officer 

A Bill for Ascertaining Qualifications Necessary for the Ad- 
mission of Attorneys, Solicitors and Proctors in this State, being 
Engrossed, was brought in and Compared at the Table 

Ordered that the said Bill do Pass and that the Speaker Sign 
the Same 



JANUARY, 1784. 461 

Petition from John Martin, John Milton and John Wereat, 
with an Affidavit were Read 

Ordered that the same be Refered to the Committee on Peti- 
tions 

The Committee on Petitions Reported from N** 8 to 10 

The House taking the same into Consideration as follows Viz 

on N** 8. From Cornelius Dysart, Pra)nng for Permission to Re- 
linquish Several Articles of Household furniture Pur- 
chased at a Sale of Confiscated Property 

The Committee are of Opinion that the Prayer of his Pe- 
tion be granted on Condition that the Furniture so 
Purchased be Returned in as good Order as it was at 
the time the same was Delivered to him The Committee being 
informed that M' Dysart did offer to Relinquish the Purchase 
above Mentioned ; to the Commissioners Prior to the expiration 
of the time fixed by Law which was agreed to 

N"* 9 From Abraham Baldwin, Praying for Permission to Prac- 
tise as an Attorney at Law in the Courts of this State 
The Committee are of Opinion that the Prayer of hti 
Petition be granted which was agreed to 

N"* 10 From Oliver Lewis Praying that License be granted 
him to Plead and Practice Law in the Several Counties 
of this State 

The Committee are of Opinion that the Prayer of the Petition 
be granted which was agreed to 

The Committee Appointed to bring in a Bill for laying out a 
County or Counties to the westward and Pointing out the Mode 



452 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

cf Laying out the Land and Settling the Same, brought in the 
Same which was Read the first time 

The House then Adjourned to Tomorrow Morning 9 OC'K 



(Prom State Archives.) 
Wednesday January 2i** 1784 
The House met Pursuant to Adjournment 

Layman Hall Esq. being Returned a Member for Liberty 
County in the Room of Samuel Fulton Esq. who has Resigned, 
Attended Qualified agreeable to the Constitution and took his 
Seat Accordingly 

A Letter from Giddon Dowse Esq' a Member Elected for the 
County of Liberty informing this House, that he Resigned his 
Seat in the Same 

RESOiyVED that the Resignation of M' Dowse be accepted 

It appearing from the Return for the Election of Glynne Coun- 
ty that James Gunn Esq' who has been likewise Returned and 
Qualified for the County of Chatham was, duly Elected 

R^oi^vED that a Writ of Election issue for a Member for 
Glynn County in his Room 

On Motion, 

Ordered^ that Writs of Election do Issue for Two Members 
to Represent Liberty County in the Room of Giddon Dowse and 
William Way who have declined taking their Seats 

A Letter from William Gibbons Esquire was Read 



JANUARY, 1784. 463 

Ordered that the same be refered to a Committee and that M"" 
Gunn, M' Bard and M' Odingsells be that Committee 

Petition from Alexander Morrison with a Memorial from Sun- 
dry Inhabitants of the County of Liberty annexed, was Read 

Ordered that the Same be refered to the Committee on Peti- 
tions 

Petition from David E>elegall was Read 

Resolved that the Petition of David I>elegall Praying his 
fathers Estate to be Restored him be Refered to a Special Com- 
mittee, as well as all other Petitions which may be offered the 
House, any were concerning the Confiscation or Amercement 
Laws, and that the Committee Report on the same after the Ma- 
terial business of the Sessions is finished 

Ordered that M' Gunn, M' Odingsells and M' Jackson be that 
Committee 

The following Petitions were read Viz. 

From John Cosgrief 

From John & George Galphin 

Ordered that the same be Referred to the Committee on Pe- 
tions 

The Committee to whom were Refered the Letter of the Com- 
missioners for the Town of Augusta and the Petition from the 
Inhabitants thereof Report 

That they have Confered with said Commissioners on the Sub- 
ject and find that they are by law vested with full Power to lay 
out the Additions to the Town of Augusta in the Manner and 
form that in their Judgment is most Convenient and beneficial 
to the Present Inhabitants, and future Purchasers 



454 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The Committee are therefore of Opinion that the Petition of 
Lot Holders of the Town of Augusta ought to be Refered to the 
said Commissioners in order that they may decide thereon as 
Justice and Publick utiHty may Require, which was agreed to 

Resoi^ved that the Report of the Committee and the whole 
Proceedings of the enquiry Respecting a failure of a Representa- 
tion in Congress of this State for the Year one thousand Seven 
Hundred eighty three as entered on the Journals of this House 
of Yesterday be Reconsidered, and that next Thursday Week be 
the day Assigned for that Purpose, and that the late Governor 
and the Executive Council last Year be heard on the Sub- 

ject 

Ordered that the Bill for laying out County or Counties to 
the westward, and Pointing out the Mode of Laying out tiie 
Land and Settling the same be read a Second time on Friday 
next 

Resolved that this House will Tomorrow Morning Proceed 
to the filling up of the Blanks in the Bill for the fixing and estab- 
lishing, Court Houses and Jails and the fixing and Regulating 
Elections in the Different Counties of the State 



(From State Archives,) 

Wednesday January 2i"* 1784. 

continued from Lib. B. 

The Bill for settling and ascertaining the fees to be taken by 
the several public Officers and persons herein after named was 
read a second time. 



JANUARY, 1784. 455 

On Motion 

That the House do resolve itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to take into consideration the said Bill on Saturday next 
which was agreed to. 

Samuel Elbert Esq' one of the Continental Delegates chosen 
to represent this State in Congress for the present year declined 
serving. 

The House then Adjourned to tomorrow morning 9 O Clock. 



(From State Archives,) 

Thursday January 22''* 1784. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment. 

The Committee appointed to receive the names of the Candi- 
dates for the Civil List for the present year, made their report 
which being read — ordered to ly on the Table for the considera- 
tion of the Members. 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill to explain more 
fully so much of the fifty first Article of the Constitution as re- 
spects the distribution of Intestates Estates, brought in the same 
which was read the first time. 

The following Petitions were read Viz. 

From James Harriott 

From George Troup in behalf of William Mcintosh 

Ordered that the same be refered to the Committee appointed 
to take into consideration the Petitions any-wise appertaining to 
the Confiscation and Amercement Laws. 



C»ii:ciE:- t2:^ Ben irr - .Aiir»^ ani J:<=: yLjrrr£ esq" be 
ai^i t: ±!e 52.1 C:crrrni«L 

Jirnes Mt:-^-! E>:r. i 1! ember r^drracf f:r the Cocnrjr of 
R::>-=j:ci- ^rrer. ->L z-iil^r.-fi ini ::•:« his 5«ai_ 

?.i^ LV£z. T:--!: jiTL^tz^ CT'.c: t : "rrmc mar''- f :*r the Rcgn- 

Oic-Earr. th^: VJ Js-res H .rftiTn. M* V. riebcsi ir Lanier 
ir Kerr?. iP Gl^-rik. a:::! i:^ Heard be a Cccnifitec -^ prepare 
ind bciiig in the same. 

2.r i!'r.e:! electe: a C: -rrcell.r ::r the C:-:r:tT ci Richnxwid, 
decliaed takfr^ his Seal. 

The K::i5e then przocefei tr the Elect: :r: of a Cbaaceilor for 
the C:-.:::r>- of Richrr^ini h: the rrTo: ?f M" M'lseil who declined, 
ani en c^ting^ up the Esi.'.its R:ber: Miiiletca Esq' was dected. 

The Order of the -lay being called ijc 

T:ic H'use p^:«eiei t^ £11 up the B!atis in the Bi2 iyr fixing 
an-d estabhih:ng Counhrnscs and Jsils. an-d rcgtilating Electioos 
in the different Counties^ 

OrdEKED that yV Kardey and iT Conyers be a Committee to 
waft c-n the Execut:\-e Conijcil with the same. 

David Rees Esq^ Clerk of the board of Claims laid before the 
bouse the bocte and proceed:ngs of the Commissioners of 
Cairns. 

Qbdercd that the same be refered to a Special Committee and 
that yV William Few, XF Hal! and NP MorreD be that Cooomit- 



tee- 



The House then adjourned to tomorrow morning 9 O Clodc 



JANUARY, 1784. 



45T 



(From State Archives.) 
Friday January 23* 1784. 
The House met according to adjournment. 

The Committee on Priveledges and Elections reported. 

That they have enquired into the Election of Lyman Hall 
Esq"" — ^find that two days previous to his Election for Liberty 
County he voted for the Representatives of the County of 
Chatham, which in the opinion of the Committee fixed his resi- 
dence in said County of Chatham. Therefore the Committee are 
of opinion the said Lsmian Hall is not eligible to a Seat as a 
Member for said County of Liberty agreeable to the Constitution, 
which was agreed to. The Yeas and Nays being called for arc 
as follows 



Yeas 



Yeas 



M' Gibbons 


M' Cunningham 


M' Netherclift 


M' Lundy 


M' Deveaux 


M' Clements 


M' Jackson 


M' Palmer 


M' Habersham 


M' Kemp 


M' W Houstoun 


M' Irwin 


M' Bard 


M' Morriscwi 


M' Ja' Houstoun 


M' Candler 


M' Catchings 


M' Glascock 


M' Rutherford 


M' M'intosh 


M' Heard 


M' M-Tiiel 


M' Downes 


23 


Nays 


Naj 


M' Morell 


M' Freeman 


M' Odingsells 


M' Andrew 


M' Gunn 


M' Hardey 


M' Clark 


M' Elliott 



448 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

County of Richmond Attended Qualified, agreeable to the Con- 
stitution, and took their Seats Accordingly. 

The Committee Appointed to bring in a Bill for establishing 
Salaries and fees to Civil Officers brought in the same^ which 
was Read the first time 

The Following Petitions were Read Viz 

From Thomas Basket & Francis Lewis 

From Margaret Shields 

From Samuel Stirk 

From a Number of Invalids in the County of Richmond 

Ordered that the Same be Referred to the Committee on Peti- 
tions 

A Letter from John Wereat Esq' was read 

Ordered that the same be refered to a Special Committee and 
that M' Habersham, M' Bard & M*" Baker be that Committee 

A Letter from Mordecai Sheftill with an Affidavit was Read 
Praying that the Affidavit may be filed with the Other Papers 
Respecting Levi Sheftill, which was agreed to^ 

On Motion 

Resolved that Leave be given to bring in a Bill to Regulate 
the Indian Trade 

Ordered that M' Natherclift M' Habersham, M' Bard, M' 
Heard and M' Clark be that Committee 

The Order of the day being Called for 

That the Report of the Committee to enquire why this State 



JANUARY, 1784. 



449 



was Unrepresented in Congress in the Year one Thousand Seven 
Hundred eighty three 

Motion being made that the Report of the Committee be Post- 
poned which being debated was Carried in the Negative 

The Yeas and Nays being Called for are as follows 



Nay 


Nay 


M*" Gibbons 


M' Daniel Howell 


M' Netherclift 


M' Clements 


M' Devaux 


M' Glascock 


M' Jackson 


M' Bryan 


M' Habersham 


M' Palmer 


M' W°* Houstoun 


\r Kemp 


M' Morell 


M' Irwin 


M' Bard 


]Vr Pugh 


M' Ja" Habersham 


M' Candler 


M' Rutherford 


M' Mcintosh 


M' Downes 


22 


M' Cunningham 




Yea 


Yea 


M' Odingsells 


M' Lundy 


M' Catchings 


M' Caleb Howell 


M' Gunn 


M' Conyers 


M' Clark 


M' Morison 


M' Freeman 


M' M^Farland 


M' Hardy 


M' Middleton 


M' Saltus 


M' William Pew 


M' Baker 


M' Lee 


M' Whitehead 


M' Benjamin Few 


M' Meazle 


M' Cra\^ford 


M' Lanier 


21 



The House then Proceeded to take into Consideration the Re- 

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460 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

That they had taken the same into consideration made some- 
progress therein, and beg'd leave to sit again. 

Ordered that they have leave to sit again. 

On Motion 

RESOI.VED that leave be given to bring in a Bill for establish- 
ing a Seamans Hospital near the Town of Savannah 

Ordered that M' Jackson, M' Bard and M*" James Houstoun 
be that Committee. 

The House then adjourned to to-morrow morning half after 
lo O Clock. 



(From State Archives.) 

Sunday January 25*** 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment. 

Attended divine Service 

Ordered that the thanks of this House be given to the Rev-- 
erend M' Holmes for his excellent sermon delivered this day, 
and that M' Jackson, M' M^'Intosh and M' Morell be a Com- 
mittee to communicate the same. 

The House then adjourned to to-morrow morning 9 O Clock. 

(From State Archives.) 

Monday January 26*^ 1784 

Petition from Joseph Dunlap was read and referred to the 
Committee on petitions. 



JANUARY, 1784. 461 

A Memorial from the Officers of the Georgia Continental Line 
was read. 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee appointed 
to lay out a County or Counties to the Westward, and pointing 
out the mode of settling the Lands and laying out the same. 

The Committee appointed to receive the Bonds and public 
papers frc«n Lyman Hall Esquire late Governor, reported as fol- 
lows 

That they have received a number of Bonds, Certificates and 
other papers bundles Numbers One and Two are Bonds with 
Mortgages for real Estate the amount of the whole is One hun- 
dred twenty six thousand six hundred fifteen pounds, sixteen shill- 
ings. Certificates paid on said Bonds, Nineteen thousand four 
hundred twenty five pounds four shillings and nine pence half 
penny, also a credit given on M*" Andrew M^'leans Bond for prop- 
erty of his sold under the sequestration equal to Twelve hundred 
ninety three pounds, five shillings and eight pence, relinquish- 
ments o nthe Bonds received since the releasing Act are Twenty 
thousand and fourteen pounds, three shillings and six pence three 
farthings, which leave a balance in favor of the State of Seventy 
five thousand eight hundred, eighty three pounds, one shilling 
and eleven pence three farthings. 

On the real Bonds, Number Three, for personal property 
amounting to Three thousand four hundred ninety four pounds, 
eleven shillings, together with a Bond of Mordecai Sheftalls for 
Twenty pounds three shillings, and a Note of Chesly Bostwicks 
for Sixty pounds, and two receipts from Samuel Stirk Esquire 
Attorney General for Bonds and Notes in his hands. One 
amounting to Two thousand, four hundred, sixty six pounds, five 
shillings and seven pence, the other Six hundred Seventy five 
pounds twelve shillings and six pence Bonds having fallen 
through by non-compliance with the terms of the Act under 
which they were sold. 



462 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The Committee have thought it expedient to leave them in the 
hands of the Secretary; as daily applications are made to take 
them up. 

Ordered that the said Report and papers be referred to a 
special Committee, and that M' William Few, M' Odingsdls and 
M' William Houstoun be that Committee. 

On Motion 

RESOI.VED that the Auditor, Attorney General and Treasurer 
be requested immediately to lay before this House a State of 
such public monies as appear in their different Offices to have 
been furnished public Officers ; and others during and since the 
Year One thousand seven hundred and Seventy six. 

Ordered tiiat the Clerk do furnish Copies of the above resolve. 

On Motion 

Whereas the keeping of a small force so long as it may be 
found necessary under a vigilant Officer may be the means of 
preventing the depredations which may be expected from the 
present defenceless State of the southern frontier — 

RESOI.VED that a Committee be appointed to consider and 
report on such measures as will be necessary towards raising 
and supporting such a force as may be found to answer the pur- 
pose and to recommend a proper Officer to command the same. 

Ordered that M^ M'^Intosh, M' Lanier, M' Whitehead, M' 
Elliot and M"" Benjamin Few be that Committee. 

On Motion 

RESOI.VED that the House do resolve itself into Committee of 
the whole house to resume the consideration of the Bill for set- 
tling and ascertaining the fees of the public Officers. 



JANUARY, 1784. 463 

M' Netherclift in the Chair. 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair M' Netherclift from 
the Committee of the whole House to take into consideration 
the said Bill, reported 

That they had taken the same into consideration made some 
progress therein, and beg*d leave to sit again. 

M' Powell and M' Coleman a Committee from the Council 
returned the Bill for the fixing and establishing Courthouses and 
Jails, and for regulating Elections in the different Counties, with 
some proposed amendments. 

Ordered that the House take the said Bill into consideration 
and that it be read a third time on Friday next. 

The Committee to whom was referred a Letter from John 
Wereat Esquire with sundry enclosures relating to a demand 
of M"" William Bingham for sundries furnished the Sloop Re- 
venge commanded by Cap* Sampson. 

Ordered that the same do ly on the table. 

A Letter from the Attorney General, acquainting the House 
that he had transmitted an Account of such public moneys, ad- 
vanced or furnished public Officers and others since the year 
One thousand seven hundred and seventy six which have been 
lodged in his office. 

Ordered that the same do ly on the table. 

On Motion 

Resolved that leave be given to bring in a Bill for promoting 
religion and piety and securing to religious Societies certain 
rights and immunities, and for granting an Aid to build and 
repair places of public worship, and erecting School-houses in 
the several Counties of this State. 



464 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that M' William Houstoun, M' Andrew and M* 
Glascock be that Committee. 

A Letter from the Commissioners for laying out the reserve 
Land in the Town of Augusta into Acre Lots, the erecting an 
Academy or Seminary of learning, with a Piatt of Land sur- 
veyed for Andrew M'^lean Esquire. 

Ordered that the same be referred to a Committee and that 
M' Crawford, M' M^'neil and M' Candler be that Committee. 

A Letter from John Wereat Esquire Auditor of Accounts, 
with an account of moneys due the public by individuals, as en- 
tered on the Auditors books were read. 

Ordered that the same do ly upon the table. 

The House then adjourned to to-morrow morning 9 O Clock. 



(Frofii State Archives.) 

Tuesday, January 27"" 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment. 

Agreable to the Order of the day the following Accounts of 
public moneys were received Viz. 

Prom Stephen Heard Esquire 

From George Walton Esquire formerly Commissary General 
of Purchases. 

From John Martin Esquire Viz a Letter containing the ac- 
counts of the Treasurer Sheriff and Governor. 

From Nth. Wade late Quarter Master General. 

- From Lyman Hall Esquire late Governor 



JANUARY, 1784. 466 

On Motion 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to receive and ex- 
amine the Accounts of the public Officers which were ordered 
to be laid before the House, and report thereon. 

Ordered that M*" Gibbons M' M^'intosh and M' Bard be that 
Conunittee. 

The Committee appointed to take into consideration and report 
on such measures as may be necessary towards raising and sup- 
porting such a force as shall be found sufficient to secure the 
more exposed Frontiers of this State and to recommend a proper 
Officer to command the same reported. 

Ordered that the same do ly on the table. 
The following Petitions were read Viz. 

From George Melvin 
From Henrietta B. Jones 
From Elizabeth Ronaldson 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee appointed 
to take into consideration the Petitions anywise appertaining to 
the confiscation and Amercement Laws. 

The two following petitions from Hezekiah Wade with Ac- 
counts annexed to each were read and referred to the Committee 
on Petitions. 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for promoting 
religion and piety, and securing to religious societies certain 
rights and immunities and for granting an aid to build and 
repair places of publick worship and erecting of School houses 
in the different Counties of this State, brought in the same whidi 
was read the first time. 

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460 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

On Motion 

Ordered that M*" James Houstoun and M*" M^'niel be added to 
the Committee to receive and examine the Accounts of the public 
Officers. 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition from the 
Officers of the Continental Line in behalf of themselves and the 
Soldiery, reported. 

Ordered that the same be postponed till Saturday next. 

On Motion 

Resolved that leave be given to bnng in a bill to revise and 
amend the Act passed last Session at Augusta, entitled an Act 
for enforcing the payment of Arrears of Taxes and Duties, and 
for imposing a Tax on all Goods, Wares, Merchandize and 
Negro Slaves sold to vendue. 

Ordered that M' William Houstoun, M' Jackson and M' 
Habersham be that Committee. 

The Committee to whom was recommitted the Bill for laying 
out a County or Counties to the Westward and pointmg out the 
mode of laying out the lands and settling the same, brought in 
the said Bill, which was read the first time, and ordered to be 
read a second time tomorrow. 

On Motion 

Resolved that the House do resolve itself into a Committee 
of the whole House to resume the consideration of the Bill for 
settling and ascertaining the fees of the public Officers. 

M' Gibbons in the Chair. 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair M' Gibbons from the 
Committee of the whole house to take into consideration the Bill 



JANUARY, 1784. 46T 

for settling and ascertaining the fees of the public Officers, re- 
ported That they had gone through the same and made some 
amendments thereto which he read in his place and delivered in 
at the Table. 

Ordered that the said Bill be engrossed and sent to the Ex- 
ecutive Council for their perusal and advise and that M*" M°niel 
and M*" Clark be a Committee to wait on them with the same. 

The Committee on Petitions reported from number Eleven to 
Twenty. 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table 

The Committee appointed to report on a Letter from William 
Gibbons Esquire dated the twenty first Instant, reported. 

That they are of opinion from the Testimony of William Glas- 
cock Esquire and others that M' Gibbons did in the year One 
thousand seven hundred and seventy six exhibit the accounts of 
Box and Gibbons Treasurers for the preceeding year and that 
they are entitled to a discharge, which was agreed to. 

The House then Adjourned till tomorrow morning. 



(From State Archives.) 

Wednesday January 28'** 1784. 

The House met pursuant to Adjournment. 

Lyman Hall Esquire being returned a member elected in the 
County of Glynn, attended qualified and took his seat. 

Petitions from a number of the Inhabitants of Wilkes County 
were received & read. 



468 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee on Pe- 
titions. 

The Committee appointed to bring in a bill for amending and 
continuing several Acts of Assembly of this State, brought in 
the same, which was read the first time. 

The Special Committee appointed to take into consideration 
the report of the Committee appointed to receive the Bonds and 
other public papers from Lyman Hall Esquire late Governor, 
reported. 

Ordered that the same do ly upon the Table for the consider- 
ation of the House. 

The Bill for laying out a County or Counties to the Westward 
and pointing out the mode of laying off the land, and settling 
the same, was read a second time. 

On Motion 

Resoi^vEd that the House do resolve itself into a Committee 
of the whole House to take into consideration the said Bill. 

M' tJetherclift in the Chair. 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair M' Netherclift from 
a Committee of the whole House to take into consideration the 
Bill for laying out a County or Counties to the Westward and 
pointing out the mode of laying off the Land and settling the 
same, reported. 

That they have made some progress therein and beg'd leave to 
sit again. 

RESOI^vEd that they have leave to sit again. 

The Committee to whom was referred the consideration of 
a Letter from the Attorney General, reported. 



JANUARY, 1784. 469 

Ordered that tho same do ly on the Table. 

A Message from the Council was received informing the 
House that a Proclamation was issued offering rewards to the 
amount of One hundred pounds for apprdiending Thomas Jones, 
John Black, alias Blaclcman and Benjamin Davis who made 
their escapes from the Jail in Savannah and requesting this 
House would provide a sum sufficient to answer the purpose of 
the said proclamation. 

Ordered that the Board be informed, this House will take the 
necessary steps for making provision for the above purpose. 

The House then adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 O Clock. 



(From State Archives.) 
Thursday January 29*^ 1784 
The House met pursuant to adjournment. 
A Letter from James Rae Esquire was read. 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee on Pe- 
titions. 

The following Petitions were read Viz 

From Francis Traywick 

From John Green 

From Mackeen Green with an Account 

Agreable to the Order of the day the House proceeded to the 
bearing of the late Governor in behalf of himself, and the Ex- 
ecutive Council respecting the failure of the representation of 
Congress for the last year. 



470 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

On Motion 

That the State reasons offered to this House by the late Gov- 
ernor and the Executive Council, respecting a failure of a repre- 
sentation of this State in Congress for the year One thousand 
seven hundred and eighty three be considered as satisfactory, 
which being debated was carried in the negative. 

The Yeas and Nays being called for are, as follows 

Yeas Yeas 



M' Odingsells 


M' Lanier 


M' Freeman 


M' Lundy 


M*^ Andrew 


M' Dan» Howell 


M' Elliot 


M' Conyers 


M' Mitchell 


M' W«» Few 


M' Meazles 


II 


Nays 


Nays 


M' Gibbon 


M' Cunningham 


M' Netherclift 


M' Saltus 


M*^ Deveaux 


M' Clements 


M' Jackson 


M' Kemp 


M' Habersham 


M' Irwin 


M' Bryan 


M' Pugh 


M' W"* Houstoun 


M' Morrison 


M' Bard 


M' Candler 


M' James Houstoun 


M' Glascock 


M' Catchings 


M' Lee 


M' Rutherford 


M' Crawford 


M' Clark 


M' M°niel 


M' Heard 


26 


M' Downes 





The Committee to whom was referred the books of the Com- 
missioners of Claims, reported. 



JANUARY, 1784. 471 

That as the war has now ceased and it is necessary to curtail 
as much as possible public Officers, and lessen the expences of 
Government, and as the Executive hath now leisure to attend 
to the regulation of Finance. 

Therefore the Committee are of opinion that leave be given 
to bring in a Bill for vesting in the Governor and Executive Coun- 
cil the power now exercised by the Board of claims, appointed 
under and by virtue of an Act passed at Augusta the twenty 
ninth of July last past, For releasing certain persons from their 
bargains and again selling and disposing of the same premises, 
for establishing funds, and for other purposes therein men- 
tioned. 

RESOiyVED that leave be given to bring in a Bill for vesting 
in the Governor and Executive Council the powers now exercised 
by the board of Claims appointed under and by virtue of an Act 
passed at Augusta the twenty ninth of July last past. 

Ordered that M' William Few, M' Gibbons and M' Morrell 
be that Committee. 

The House then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
house to resume the consideration of the Bill for laying out a 
County or Counties to the Westward and pointing out the mode 
of laying off the lands and settling the same. 

M' Netherclift in the Chair. 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair M' Netherclift from 
a Committee of the whole House, reported. 

That they had taken into consideration the Bill for laying out 
two or more Counties to the Westward, and pointing out the 
mode of laying out the land and settling the same, made some 
progress therein and beg'd leave to sit again. 

Resolved that they have leave to sit again. 



472 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for vesting in the 
Governor and Executive Council the powers now exercised by 
the board of Claims appointed under and by virtue of an Act 
passed at Augusta the twenty ninth of July last past for releasing 
certain persons from their Bargains and again selling and dis- 
posing of the same premises for establishing funds and for other 
purposes therein mentioned, brought in the same which was read 
the first time. 

The House then adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 O Clock. 



(From State Archives.) 

Friday January 30"" 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment. 

The following Petitions were read Viz. 

From Jonathan Clark 
From John Lawson 
From Richard Ayecock 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee on peti- 
tions. 

Agreable to the Order of the twentieth instant John Hardey 
Esquire delivered in his Account as surviving Treasurer of this 
State for the year One thousand seven hundred and eighty. 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee ap- 
pointed to receive and examine the Accounts of the public Officers 
which were ordered to be laid before the house and report 
thereon. 

A Letter from Solomon Pendleton was read. 



JANUARY, 1784. 473 

Orders that the same do ly on the Table. 

A bill for promoting religion and piety and securing to 
religious societies certain rights and immunities and for granting 
an Aid to build and repair places of public worship, and erecting 
School-houses in the several Counties of this State was read a 
second time. 

Resolved that the House resolve itself into a Committee of 
the whole House on Monday next to take into consideration the 
said Bill. 

The Committee to whom was referred the Letter from M' 
Wereat enclosing his Account against the State for his Salary, 
reported. 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table. 

Petition from David Sherrell was read. 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee to take 
into consideration the petitions appertaining to the Confiscation 
and Amercement Laws. 

The House then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to resume the consideration of the Bill for laying out a 
County or Counties to the Westward, and pointing out the mode 
of laying out the lands, and settling the same. 

M' Netherclift in the Chair. 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair M*" Netherclift from a 
Committee of the whole House to take into consideration the 
said Bill, reported. 

That they had taken the same into consideration made some 
progress therein and beg'd leave to sit again. 

Resolved that they have leave to sit again. 



474 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that the Clerk do write to the Members of the House, 
who are absent, requesting their attendance, except those who 
have leave. 

The House then adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 O Clock. 



(From State Archives,) 

Saturday January 3i** 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment. 

A Memorial from the Merchants and Traders to the Indian 
Nation was read. 

Ordered that the same be referred to a Special Committee, I 

and that M' Morrell M' Habersham and M*" Clark be that Com- 
mittee. 

A Letter from Hepworth Carter Esquire one of the Commis- 1 

sioners for Confiscated Estates was read. I 

I 

Ordered that the same be refered to the Committee appointed 
to consider on the most proper means for providing for the 
families in this State of such persons as are included in the Con- 
fiscation Act, and are entitled to such provision. 

The following petitions were read Viz. 

j 

From Daniel Daniely with an Account 
From William Green 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee on pe- 
titions. 

Remonstrance from Edward Jones was read. 



JANUARY, 1784. 476 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee on 
petitions. 

The House then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to resume the consideration of the Bill for laying* out a 
County or Counties to the Westward and pointing out the mode 
of laying out the lands and settling the same. 

M^ (Netherclif t in the Chair. 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair M'' Netherclift from 
the committee of the whole House to resume the consideration of 
the said Bill, reported 

That they had taken the same into consideration, made some 
progress therein, and beg'd leave to sit again. 

Resolved that they have leave to sit again. 

The Committee to whom was referred a Letter from the board 
of the Commissioners for the Town of Augusta, reported. 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table. 

On Motion 

Resolved that leave be given to bring in a Bill to empower 
Ihe Auditor of Accounts to take such measures as may appear 
expedient to compel certain persons entrusted with the public 
money for the use of this Stiate, to account for the expenditure of 
the same, and to pay so much as they shall be chargeable with in 
the said Treasury. 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee appointed 
to receive and examine the accounts of the public Officers. 

The House then adjourned untill Monday next at 9 O Clock. 



476 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

(From State Archives,) 

Monday February 2"* 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment. 

A Petition from Ezekiel Stallings was read. 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee on Pe- 
titions. 

The Committee to wiiom were referred the papers delivered 
in by the Attorney General with the books and Accounts of prop- 
erty sold under the Confiscation Act in the Year One thousand 
seven hundred and seventy eight, which was lodged in his Office 
by Colonel Martin, who conducted the sales, reported. 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table. 

The House then resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to resume the consideration of the Bill for laying out a 
County or Counties to the Westward and pointing out the mode 
of laying out the Lands and settling the same. 

M' Saltus in the Chair. 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair M' Saltus from the 
Committee of the whole House to take into consideration the said 
Bill, reported. 

That they had gone through the same, made some amendments 
thereto, which he read in his place, and delivered in at the Table. 

Ordered that the said Bill be engrossed. 

A Letter from George Walton Esquire one of the Commis- 
sioners for laying out reserved Land in the Town of Augusta, 
for the purpose of erecting an Academy or Seminary of learn- 
ing, was read. 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 477 

The House proceeded to take into consideration the report 
of the Committee to whom was referred the letter from the Com- 
missioners for laying out the Town of Augusta into Acre Lots, 
and for erecting an Academy or Seminary of learning with a 
Piatt of land surveyed for Andrew M^'clean Esquire. 

Resolved that agreable to the report of the Committee, and 
the opinion of the Commissioners appointed in and by the Act 
ordering the sales of the said lands, that the same be sold on the 
first Thursday in April, payable on the following terms, that 
is to say, one third in six months from the day of the date of 
such sale, one third more in twelve months from such sale, and 
the remainder in eighteen months, and that Bond with good and 
sufficient Security be given at the time of such purchases. 

The House then adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 O Clock. 



(From State Archives,) 

Tuesday February 3* 1784. 

The House met pursuant to adjournment. 

A Letter from Andrew A'Plean Esquire was read. 

Ordered that the same be referred to a Special Committee, 
and that M' William Few M' Habersham and M' Glascock be 
that Committee. 

The following Petitions were read and referred to the Com- 
mittee on Petitions Viz. 

From William Greaves, with an Affidavit 
Prom John Doram 
From Malcolm Ross 



478 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

A Petition and Memorial from the Justices of the peace of 
the County of Chatham weie read. 

Ordered that the same be referred to a Special Committee, 
and that M' Habersham, M' Saltus and M' M^neil be that Com- 
mittee. 

Petitions from Benjamin Few and James M'^farland Esquires 
were read. 

Resolved that the same be referred to a Special Committee. 

Ordered that M'' William Few, M' Habersham and M' Glas- 
cock be that Committee. 

A Petition from Priscilla Obrey in behalf of her son, Henry 
Obrey, under the age of twenty one years, was read. 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee appointed 
to consider on the most proper means for providing for the fami- 
lies of this State of such persons as are included in the Confisca- 
tion Act and are entitled to such provision. 

A Letter from John Wereat Esquire Auditor with an Account 
(enclosed from General M'^intosh) against the State was read. 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table. 

The Committee appointed to take into consideration the Ac- 
counts exhibited by the public Officers, reported. 

Ordered that the taking up the report of the Committee be 
the order of Thursday next and that the Executive Council of 
the last year, the Commissioners of confiscated Estates, and all 
public Officers that have acted to the end of the last year be re- 
quired to attend the House. The Commissioners of confiscated 
Estates be further required to furnish the House with their 
Books. 

M' Fann and M' Walton a Committee from the Council re- 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 479 

turned the Bill for settling and ascertaining the fees to be taken 
by the several public Officers and persons hereinafter named, 
with their remarks -thereon. 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table. 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill to empower the 
Auditor of Accounts to take such measures as may appear ex- 
pedient to compel certain persons entrusted with the public money 
by or for the use of this State to account for the expenditure of 
the same, and to pay so much as they shall be chargeable with 
into the State Treasury brought in the same which was read the 
first time and ordered to be read a second time on Friday next. 

The Bill to regulate the Indian Trade was read a second time. 

Motion being made 

That the House do resolve itself into a Committee of the whole 
house to take into consideration the said Bill. 

M"" Netherclift in the Chair. 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair M' Netherclift from 
the Committee of the whole house to take into consideration the 
said Bill reported 

That they had gone through the same and made some amend- 
ments thereto which he read in his place and delivered in the 
Table. 

Ordered that the same be engrossed. 

A Message from His Honor the Governor was received. 

Ordered that the same be referred to a Special Committee to 
take the same into their immediate consideration; 

Ordered that M' Hall, M' Bard, M' Habersham, M' William 
Few, M' Jackson and M' Houstoun be that Committee. 



480 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

A Petition from Jdin Skey Eustace Esquire with an Account, 
and a Certificate from the Honorable John Martin Esquire tho 
then Governor of the State, was read. 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee on Peti- 
tions. 

A Memorial from Joseph Clay Esquire in behalf of Mess" 
Roux and Co. Merchants at Cape S* Francois was read. 

Resolved that the same be referred to a Special Committee. 

Ordered that M' Bard, M' Habersham, and M' Odingsells be 
that Committee. 

A Memorial from William Leigh Pierce and Nathaniel Pen- 
dleton with sundry enclosures were read. 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee on Peti- 
tions. 

The following Petitions were read viz. 

From Martin Weadierford 
From John Cornish 
From Rachel Johnson 

Ordered that the same be referred to tho Committee appoint- 
ed to consider on the most proper measures for providing for the 
families in this State of such persons as are included in the con- 
fiscation Act, and are entitled to such provisions. 

On Motion 

Ordered that Two Additional Committees on petitions be 
appointed viz. 

M' Daniel Howell 
M' Hardey 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 481 

M' Rutherford 

M' Pugh 

M*" Saltus — be the one, and 

M' Freeman 

M"" Clements 

M' Cunningham 

M' Candler 

M' M^^farland, be the other. 

John M^'Kenzie being returned a member for the County of 
Effingham in the room of Joseph William Spencer, attended and 
qualified and took his Seat. 

The House then adjourned till tomorrow mornmg 9 O Clock. 



(From State Archives.) 

Wednesday February 4**^ 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment. 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for establishing 
several Ferries in this State, for vesting the same in the persons 
therein named brought in the same, which was read the first time. 

Petition from John Patterson was read. 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee on Peti- 
tions N** 3. 

Micajah Williamson Esquire a member returned for the County 
of Wilkes, attended qualified and took his Seat. 

A Bill vesting in the Governor and Executive Council now 
exercised by the Board of Claims appointed under and by virtue 
of an Act passed at Augusta the twenty ninth July last past for 

81 r r— Tol 9 



482 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

releasing certain persons from their bargains, et caetera, was 
read a second time. 

Orderep that the further consideration of the said Bill be post- 
poned till Saturday next. 

M*" John Fulton who was returned a member for the Count)' 
of Burke and Elected into the Executive Council, attended, qual- 
ified and took his Seat. 

A Letter frcnn Hepworth Carter Esquire one of the Commis- 
sioners of confiscated Estates with sundry enclosures were read, 
also. 

A Petition from Elizabeth Howell. 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee appointed 
to consider on the most proper means for providing for the 
families in this State of such persons as are included in the Con- 
fiscation Act and are entitled to such provision. 

The House then adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 O Clock. 



(From State Archives.) 

Thursday February 5^** 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment. 

A Letter from William Holzendorf Esquire setting forth that 
he had resigned his Seat in this House was read. 

Resolved that the resignation of William Holzendorf Esquire 
be accepted. 

Ordered that a Writ do issue for a member for the County 
of Effingham in the room of William Holzendorf Esquire who 
has resigned. 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 483 

The House proceeded to take into consideration the report of 
the Committee to whom were referred the books and Accounts 
of Sale of Confiscated Estates sold in the year One thousand 
seven hundred and seventy eight. 

That such Sales or a very considerable part thereof were made 
about the time the State was invaded and it appears that some 
part of said property was not delivered to the purchasers thereof, 
and to avoid as far as may be any peculiar hardship that may 
attend said purchases, and at the same time that justice may be 
done to the State The Committee are of opinion that the afore- 
said books and papers ought to be delivered to the Auditor who 
should be directed to raise an Account against said purchasers 
and Sherrifs, agpreable thereto, and to advertise and require all 
such purchasers and Sherrifs within four months to deliver into 
his office an exact account of the property they have received by 
virtue of the aforesaid Sales with a State of the Case, and the 
Auditors shall within one month after deliver the same to the 
Attorney General who is hereby required to take such effectual 
measures for the recovery of those debts as the nature of the 
case may require; That all persons who have been purchasers and 
do not render an account thereof when required as aforesaid shall 
stand charged with the whole amount of his or their purchase, 
and the Attorney General is hereby required to bring Suit against 
such person or persons for the full sum that may from them ap- 
pear to be due to the State. 

That M' John Martin and M' Thomas Lane who then acted 
as Sherrifs for the Counties of Chatham and Effingham be re- 
quired to deliver to the Auditor all the papers, documents and 
information respecting the aforesaid Sales which may be in their 
hands or they can collect which was agreed to. 

Agreable to the order of the day the House proceeded to take 
into consideration the report of the Committee to whom were 
referred the Accounts of the public Officers which after some 
alterations was agreed to in part and is as follows 



484 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

That they find by the accounts of John Martin Esquire while 
Governor certain Bonds have been lodged in the hands of the 
Attorney General to the amount of eighteen hundred five pounds 
fifteen Shillings, it is the opinion of the Committee that these 
Bonds ought to be put in Suit immediately for the benefit of the 
State. 

Also it appears to the Committee by the Accounts of M' Martin 
that James Field late Sherrif of Chatham County has unwarrant- 
ably detained in his hands the sum of One hundred seventy three 
pounds which he received in specie in December One thousand 
seven hundred eighty two in part of sundry Negroes sold by 
virtue of a decree of the Court of AJdmiralty, The Committee are 
of opinion that this sum together with the Accounts of James 
Field be referred to the Auditor. 

The Committee on examining the Accounts of M' Martin as 
Treasurer find that he has given himself Credit for One hundred 
and fifty pounds as his Salary for the last year which they con- 
ceive highly improper as no public Officer has any right to pay 
himself without an Order first obtained for that purpose. The 
Committee further observe that no money appears to have been 
brought into the Treasury the last year for granting Licences to 
persons retailing spiritous liquors. 

The Committee having examined the Accounts of Stephen 
Heard Esquire President of the Executive Council, are of opinion 
that they be referred to the Auditor, and that he be directed to 
Allow M' Heard his Salary to the Sixth of August One thousand 
seven hundred and eighty one, as a compensation for his services 
after he left the State as he continued m the Army, and gave 
Congress constant information of the situation of the Citizens 
of this State. The Committee found some little inaccuracies in 
his Accounts, which they apprehend the Auditor can easily 
rectify as they appear to have proceeded wholly from inadver- 
tency. I 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 486 

On examining the Accounts of James Field The Committee 
conceive the Charges for fees of Officers are in general above the 
rate established by Law. That many appear improperly brought 
against the State. The Committee are of opinion that the same 
be referred to the Auditor together with these remarks to settle 
the same. That M*" Fields ought to account for the balance, and 
not assume the liberty of paying himself, neither can the Com- 
mittee find any Law that entitles the Sherrif to both Salary and 
Fees. 

The Committee having examined the Accounts of M*" John 
Hardey conceive it can answer to no purpose for them to go 
through the examination of Accounts where large sums are ac- 
counted for by Charges against other persons, and therefore are 
of opinion that the same be laid before the Auditor with the 
proper vouchers. 

On examining a Letter from M' Peter Tarlingh acknowledging 
the reciept of Eighty thousand Dollars. The Committee con- 
cieve he should settle for the same, with the Continental pay mas- 
ter or his order. 

The Committee are also of opinion that the Account of John 
Howell for supplies for the Galleys and the Account of George 
Walton Commissary of purchases should be settled by the Au- 
ditor. 

The Committee on taking into consideration the Accounts of 
Lyman Hall Esquire late Governor observe his having received 
different sums of public money, and also making himself pur- 
chaser of several very valuable Tracts of Land much below their 
real value. That they can find no Act or clause of an Act giving 
power to the late Governor for the disposal of confiscated prop- 
erty except a clause in the Act passed at Augusta last Session 
entitled an Act for releasing certain persons from their bargains, 
et caetera, which clause specifies that His Honor tiie Governor 
by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council 



486 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

"shall have power and authority to direct the Commissioners of 
"confiscated Estates to dispose of any property, real or personal 
"belonging to the said Estates to the amount of any sum not ex- 
"ceeding Two thousand pounds Sterling at such time or period 
"of payments as the Executive department may deem most con- 
"ducivo to the Interest of the State" for the express purpose of 
making good the engagements entered into by virtue of certain 
resolutions to that effect and for the more immediate emergencies 
of the State, And also a resolve passed the seventeenth of Febru- 
ary last authorizing the Executive to appropriate One thousand 
five hundred pounds for the purpose of treating with the Indians 
amounting in the whole to three thousand five hundred pounds, 
They are therefore of opinion that there was no exigency of Gov- 
ernment that made the Sales of the said property absolutely nec- 
essary, or warranted the Governor and Council to proceed to the 
. Sales under and by virtue of the above recited clause or resolve 
(except the Indian supplies) but admitting it became requisite 
to dispose of public property for particular purposes, as for the 
payment of particular debts, such debts ought to have been 
taken in discount, and by those means the Sales would have been 
enhanced, and of course the State would have paid a larger pro- 
portion of her debt. 

Motion being made 

That leave be given to bring in a Bill for the immediate dis- 
posal of a certain part of the confiscated property. 

Ordered that M' William Houstoun, M' William Few and M"" 
Hardey be a Committee to prepare and bring in the same. 

The House then adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 O Clock. 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 487 

(From State Archives.) 

Friday February 6^** 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment. 

A Letter from Hepworth Carter Esquire one of the Commis- 
sioners of confiscated Estates was read. 

ResolviSd that the Commissioners of confiscated Estates be 
required and empowered to offer and allow any sum not exceed- 
ing five pounds for each confiscated Negro that may hitherto 
have been secreted from them to any person or persons who will 
deliver such negroes. 

The following petitions were read viz. 

From a number of Inhabitants of Liberty County in favor of 
Simon Munro. 

From Ann Edwards in behalf of her husband Peter Edwards. 

Order0) that the same be referred to the Committee appointed 
to take into consideration petitions appertaining to the confisca- 
tion Law. 

The following Petitions were read and referred to the Com- 
mittee on petitions N** 2, viz 

From Daniel Conner 

From Mordecai Baldwin 

From Edward Langworthy 

From James Smith 

From Henry Sowerby 

From Robert Day Sen'^ 

From John and George Galphin 



488 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

A Bill for reviving and enforcing certain Laws therein men- 
tioned was read a second time. 

On Motion 

That the House do resolve itself into a Committee of the 
whole house to take into consideration the said Bill. 

M' Glascock in the Chair. 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair M*" Glascock from a 
Committee of the whole House to take into consideration the 
said Bill, reported That they had gone through the same and 
made some alterations which were agreed to. 

Ordered^ that the said Bill be sent to the Executive Council 
for their perusal and advice and that M' Bryan and M' Whitehead 
be a Committee to wait on them with the same 

The Bill to explain more fully so much of the fifty first Article 
of the constitution, as respects the distribution of Intestates Es- 
tates was read a second time 

On Motion 

That the House do resolve itself into a Committee of the 
whole house to take into consideration the said Bill. 

M' Saltus in the Chair 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair 

M' Saltus from a Committee of the whole House to take into 
consideration the said Bill reported That they had made no prog- 
ress in the same 

Motion being made, that the said Bill be recommitted, which 
after some time spent in debate thereon, was carried in the affir- 
mative 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 



489 



The Yeas and INays being called for by M' William Few are 
as follows 



Yeas 



Yeas 



M' Deveanx 


M' Whitehead 


M' Jackson 


M' Meazle 


M' Habersham 


M"" Micenzie 


M' Bryan 


M' Clements 


M' W Houstoun 


M' Kemp 


M' Odingsells 


M' Irwin 


M' James Houstoun 


M' Pugh 


M' Gunn 


M' Morrison 


M' Catchin^s 


M' Candler 


M' Rutherford 


M' Glascock 


M' Clarke 


M' M«niel 


M' Heard 


M' Williams 


M' Hardey 


M' Palmer 


M' Elliott 


27 


Nays 


Nays 


M' Freeman 


M' Ben. Few 


M' Caleb Howell 


M' Crawford 


M' William Few 


M' Dan' Howel 


M' Saltus 


7. 



The Bill to empower the Auditor of Accounts to take such 
measures as may appear expedient to compel certain persons en- 
trusted with the public money, for the use of this State to ac- 
count for the expenditure of the same and to pay so much as 
they shall be chargeable with into the State Treasury, was read a 
second time 

On Motion 



That the House do resolve itself into a Committee of the 
whole House to take into consideration the said Bill 



490 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

M' Saltus in the Chair 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair M' Saltus from a 
Committee of the whole House to take into consideration the said 
Bill reported 

That they had gone through the same, and made some amend- 
ments which were agreed to. 

Ordered That the said Bill be sent to the Executive Council 
for their perusal and advice, and that M' Saltus and M' A'Pfar- 
land be a Committee to wait on them with the same. 

The House th«i adjourned till tomorrow morning 9 O Clock. 



(From State Archives.) 

Saturday February 7^^ 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment. 

A Petition from Edward Loyd Esquire Sherrif of Chatham 
County was read and referred to the Committee on Petitions 
N«3 

RES01.VED that the Collector for the Port of Savannah be and 
he is hereby directed to lay before this House an exact Account 
of all the exports and imports of the year One thousand Seven 
hundred and eighty three particularly Specifying each Article, 
and also an Account of all Merchandize brought into this State 
by transient persons. 

A Letter from Daniel M^'Murphy was read and referred to the 
Committee on Petitions 

The Bill for settling and ascertaining the fees to be taken by 
the several public Officers and persons herein after named, was. 
read the third time. 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 491 

Ordered that the said Bill be engrossed. 

M*" Lowe and M' Coleman a Committee from the Council re- 
turned the Bill for revising, amending and continuing several 
Acts of Assembly of this State without any proposed alteration 

A Letter from Casper Voght and Company Merchants in Ham- 
burgh was read 

Ordered that the same be published in the Gazette with the 
List of Articles inclosed 

Agreeable to the order of the House the Collector for the Port 
of Savannah delivered in an account of the exports, Imports and 
transient Duties received for the last year 

Ordered that the same be referred to a Special Committee, 
and that M' Habersham, M' Few, and M*" Bard be that Com- 
mittee to take the same into Consideration, and^eport thereon. 

The following Petitions were read and referred to the Com- 
mittee on Petitions N° 3. Viz 

From Alexander Bissett 

From John Green 

From Christopher Hillary with a Certificate 

A Letter from Richard Howly Esquire desiring to be informed 
with whom he is to settle his Account of public moneys received 
was read 

Ordered that he be directed to settle the same with the Au- 
ditor 

Motion was made and leave given to bring in a Bill empower- 
ing the Governor to call special Courts for the speedy tryal of 
Criminals and M' Jackson, M' Bryan and M' Morrell were ap- 
pointed a Committee to bring in a draft of the same 



492 JOURNAL HOUSE OF 'ASSEMBLY 

The Bill for regulating the Indian trade being engrossed 

Ordered that the same be sent to the Executive Council for 
their perusal and advice, and that M*" M^'niel and M' Daniel How- 
ell be a Committee to wait on them with the same. 

The House then adjourned till Monday next 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Monday February g^ 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment. 

A Petition from Alexander Irvin was read and referred to 
the Committee on Petitions 

A Letter from Theophilus Lundy Esquire was read requesting 
leave of absence, during the present Session, which was agreed 
to. 

Petitions from William Blount, Richard Caswell Griffith Ruth- 
erford, with sundry others from North Carolina were read 

Ordered that the same be referred to a Special Committee, 
and that M' William Few M' Hall, M' Habersham M' Caleb 
Howell M' Pugh and M*" Williamson be that Committee 

The Bill for laying out a Coimty or Counties to the Westward 
and pointing out the mode of laying out the lands and settling 
the same being engrossed 

Ordered that the same be sent to the Executive Council for 
their perusal and advice and that M*" William Few and M' Wil- 
liam Houstoun be Committee to wait on them with the same. 

Benjamin Lewis Esquire a member returned for the County 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 493 

of Burke in the room of Daniel M'^Murphy, attended, qualified 
and took his Seat. 

Motion was made and leave given to bring in a Bill for tak- 
ing off the Interest of Debts contracted before the War, between 
the periods of One thousand seven hundred and seventy five, and 
One thousand seven hundred and eighty three and for regulat- 
ing the interest of money; and M' Hall, M*" Andrew and M"* 
Gibbons were appointed a Committee to prepare and bring in a 
draft of the same 

A Letter from Samuel Stirk Esquire Attorney General was 
read 

Resolved that the Attorney General be requested to inform 
this House how far the Laws or resolves of the Legislature will 
warrant the receipt of such Certificates for the discharge of such 
purchases as are therein mentioned 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for taking off the 
Interest of Debts contracted before the War, between the periods 
of One thousand seven hundred and seventy five and One thou- 
sand seven hundred and eighty three and for r^^lating the Inter- 
est of money, brought in the same which was read the first 
time. 

A Letter from John Martin Esquire was read 

Ordered that the same be referred to a Special Committee, 
and that M' James Houstoun, M' Habersham and M' Andrew 
be that Committee 

M' Stephens and M' Walton a Committee from the Executive 
Council returned the Bill to compel persons who have or may 
hereafter receive public moneys &c to account and settle for the 
same; with some proposed amendments 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table. 



492 JOURNAL HOUSE OF 'ASSEMBLY 

The Bill for regulating the Indian trade being engrossed 

Ordered that the same be sent to the Executive Council for 
their perusal and advice, and that M"" M^^niel and M' Daniel How- 
ell be a Committee to wait on them with the same. 

The House then adjourned till Monday next 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Monday February 9"" 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment. 

A Petition from Alexander Irvin was read and referred to 
the Committee on Petitions 

A Letter from Theophilus Lundy Esquire was read requesting 
leave of absence, during the present Session^ which was agreed 
to. 

Petitions from William Blount, Richard Caswell Griffith Ruth- 
erford, with sundry others from North Carolina were read 

Ordered that the same be referred to a Special Committee, 
and that M' William Few M' Hall, M' Habersham M** Caleb 
Howell M*" Pugh and M*" Williamson be that Committee 

The Bill for laying out a County or Counties to the Westward 
and pointing out the mode of laying out the lands and settling 
the same being engrossed 

Ordered that the same be sent to the Executive Council for 
their perusal and advice and that M' William Few and M' Wil- 
liam Houstoun be Committee to wait on them with the same. 

Benjamin Lewis Esquire a member returned for the County 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 493 

of Burke in the room of Daniel M'^Murphy, attended, qualified 
and took his Seat 

Motion was made and leave given to bring in a Bill for tak- 
ing off the Interest of Debts contracted before the War, between 
the periods of One thousand seven hundred and seventy five, and 
One thousand seven hundred and eighty three and for regulat- 
ing the interest of money; and M' Hall, M' Andrew and M"* 
Gibbons were appointed a Committee to prepare and bring in a 
draft of the same 

A Letter from Samuel Stirk Esquire Attorney General was 
read 

Resolved that the Attorney General be requested to inform 
this House how far the Laws or resolves of the Legislature will 
warrant the receipt of such Certificates for the discharge of such 
purchases as are therein mentioned 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for taking off the 
Interest of Debts contracted before the War, between the periods 
of One thousand seven hundred and seventy five and One thou- 
sand seven hundred and eighty three and for r^^lating the Inter- 
est of money, brought in the same which was read the first 
time. 

A Letter from John Martin Esquire was read 

Ordered that the same be referred to a Special Committee, 
and that M*" James Houstoun, M' Habersham and M' Andrew 
be that Committee 

M' Stephens and M*" Walton a Committee from the Executive 
Council returned the Bill to compel persons who have or may 
hereafter receive public moneys &c to account and settle for the 
same; with some proposed amendments 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table. 



494 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Motion was made and leave given to bring in a Bill to secure 
persons purchasing Negroes and other personal eflfects, included 
in the Act of confiscation and Banishment, and that have been 
removed from and without the Jurisdiction of this State and 
M' William Houstoun M' Andrew & M' Gunn were appointed a 
Committee to prepare and bring in a draft of the same 

Resolved that the Collector of the port of Savannah be re- 
quired to render unto this House to morrow morning a State of 
all moneys that have been received in his Office for the use of 
this State since his appointment and that the Treasurer be also 
required to lay before this house, at the same time a State of all 
moneys received by him of the Sherrifs or Tax Collectors and 
how the same has been appropriated 

The House then resumed the consideration of the report of 
the Committee to whom were referred the Accounts of the pub- 
lic Officers which after some alteration was agreed to, and is as 
follows 

The Committee was further of opinion the first consideration 
of the representatives of a Free people is the appropriation of 
the money of their Constituents: They therefore recommend 
that an Act be immediately passed requiring and empowering the 
Commissioners of confiscated Estates to proceed to the Sales of 
such property as has been disposed of contrary to the spirit and 
intention of the Act and resolve above referred to and the terms 
not complied with as well as of all such other part of the confis- 
cated property as remains unsold and may be thought necessary 
for the particular purpose of payirtg such debts as the faith of the 
State is pledged for the immediate discharge of, and that proper 
notice be given before the day of Sale, and that all such debts be 
allowed to be received in discount, and upon the whole think a 
Special Committee ought to be appointed for the particular pur- 
pose of examining the Accounts of the late Governor, respecting 
the expenditures of Government, and all other public Officers 
shall pass their Accounts with the Auditor. As a most danger- 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 496 

ous precedent would be established if the Officers of the State 
should be permitted to pay themselves their own salaries, and to 
use the public money without a Check 

The Committee having perused the Accounts of Nehemiah 
Wade find property to a very considerable amount, not by any 
means satisfactorily accounted for, and recommend a more par- 
ticular examination of them may be made by the Auditor 

The Committee are of opinion that the Auditor should not 
allow the Salaries of public Officers imless specially directed by 
the House. 

The Committee having now examined all the accounts laid 
before them by order of the House, and from information re- 
ceived as well as from several papers and memorandums, they 
have had access to : find, that very large sums have been received 
by individuals on Account of this State ; no account of which as 
yet appear to the Committee to have been rendered. And as the 
Committee are of opinion it is not the intention of some persons 
who have received public money to account for the same, And as 
it appears to the Committee that no Act of the Legislature has 
passed to compel a settlement of the same 

They do therefore recommend most seriously to the house, to 
pass an Act empowering and authorizing some person or persons 
to compel such Defaulters to settle their Accounts, and to pay 
whatever balance may be in their possession to the Treasurer for 
the use and benefit of this State 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill to secure persons 
purchasing (Negroes and other personal effects, included in the 
Act of Confiscation and Banishment, and that have been removed 
from and without the Jurisdiction of this State brought in the 
same, which was read the first time 

Ordered that a Committee be appointed to recommend the 



496 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

most proper mode of raising a Sum of money for public pur- 
poses, and that M' Benjamin Few, M' Candler and M' Saltus be 
that Committee 

The House then adjourned till to morrow morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives,) 
Tuesday February lo*** 1784 
The House met pursuant to adjournment 
On Motion 

Ordered that M^ William Few, M' Habersham, M' Elliot M' 
Netherclift and M' Bryan be a Committee to receive the Accounts 
of M' Hall the late Governor, and to report thereon as soon as 
possible 

The House then proceeded to the Election of the Civil Officers 
for the present year and on counting the Ballots the following 
Gentlemen were declared elected. 

George Walton Esquire Chief Justice 

Samuel Stirk Esquire Attorney General 

John Milton Esquire Secretary 

John Martin Esquire Treasurer 

Richard Call Esquire Surveyor General 

John Wereat Esquire Auditor of Accounts 

John Wilkinson Esquire Clerk of the General Assembly 

George Jones Register of Probats for Effingham County 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 497 

Jacob Cronberger Register of Probats for EflEingham County- 
Roger Lawson Register of Probats for Burke County 
John Applin Register of Probats for Richmond County 
Barnard Heard Register of Probats for Wilkes County 
• Thomas Baker Register of Probats for Liberty County 
Daniel Nunes Harbour Master for the Port of Savannah 
William Barnard Surveyor for Chatham County 
William Cliffton Surveyor for Eflfingham County 
Thomas Lewis Sen' Surveyor for the County of Burke 
John Walton Surveyor for the County of Richmond 
Samuel Creswell Surveyor for the County of Wilkes 
Elijah Lewis Surveyor for the County of Liberty 

Christopher Hillary Surveyor for the Counties of Glynn and 
Camden 

Agreeable to the order of yesterday the Collector of Customs 
for the port of Savannah delivered in a State of his Accounts of 
all moneys that have been received in his Office since his ap- 
pointment. 

Ordered that the same be referred to a Special Committee, 
and that M' Habersham, M' William Few and M' Bard be that 
Committeo. 

A Message from His Honor the Governor with Sundry Let- 
ters, to wit, From the President of Congress inclosing An Act 
of Congress, from His Excellency Benjamin Harrison Esquire 

82 r r-vol 8 



498 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Governor of Virginia, and also a Letter from Mess" Roux and 
Company Merchants at Cape Francois were read 

Ordered that the Letter from Mess" Roux and Company 
be referred to a Committee and that M' Bard, M' Habersham, 
and M' Odingsells be that Committee, 

And that the Message from His Honor the Gbvemor with 
the other Letters be referred to the Committee appointed to take 
into consideration the former Message from His Honor the Gov- 
ernor. 

A Letter from Richard Howley Esquire was read. 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table. 

A Petition from Milly Hannah was read 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee appoint- 
ed to take into Consideration any petitions appertaining to the 
Confiscation Law. 

A Petition from Mary Lupina was read 

Ordered that the same be referred to a Special Committee, 
and that M' Houston M' Andrew and M' Hardey be that Com- 
mittee 

A Petition from William John Davis was read and referred to 
the Committee on petitions N° i. 

The Bill to secure persons purchasing Negroes and other per- 
sonal effects in the Act of Confiscation and Banishment, and that 
have been removed from and without the Jurisdiction of this 
State was road a second time, upon which 

Motion was made that the said Bill be now sent to the Execu- 
tive Council for their perusal and advice and on the question be- 
ing put was carried in the negative 



FEBRUARY, 1784- 499 

Ordered that M' Jackson and M' M'niel be added to the Com- 
mittee to bring in a Bill for the immediate disposal of certain 
part of the confiscated property 

The Committee to whom was referred the Letter of Andrew 
M'^Lean Esquire, reported 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table 

The House then adjourned till to morrow morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 
Wednesday February 11"* 1784 

Thp House met pursuant to adjournment 

The Committee to whom was referred the Letter from the 
President of Congress with its inclosures, and also a Letter from 
the Governor of Virginia 

Reported, which was agreed to, and is as follows 

That it is the opinion of the Committee, that whilst such im- 
portant objects as the ratification of the Definitive Treaty, and 
other national concerns highly interesting to this as well as every 
State in the Union are pending before Congress Delegates ought 
immediately to proceed to join that respectable body on the part 
of this Stat^— and that the subject matter contained in the Let- 
ter from the Governor of Virginia calls for the immediate at- 
tention of this House, that the Delegates may receive instructions 
thereon before they proceed to Congress 

Resolved that the Speaker write to the Delegates to represent 
this State in Congress to hold themselves in readiness to proceed 
to Congress. 



500 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Motion was made, and leave given to bring in a Bill to author- 
ize Congress to adopt certain measures and regulations respecting 
trade, and M' William Few, M' Houstoun and M' Andrew were 
appointed a Committee to prepare and bring in a draft of the 
same 

A Petition from Ebenezer Baillie was read 

Ordered that the same be referred to a Special Committee, 
and that M' Hardy M' Deveaux and M' Odingsells.be that Com- 
mittee. 

A Petition from Sarah Frazer was read 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee appointed 
to consider on the most proper means for providing for the fami- 
lies in this State of such persons as are included in the Confisca- 
tion Act, and are entitled to such provision. 

A Petition from Andrew Johnston was read 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee to take 
into consideration any Petitions appertaining to the Confiscation 
Law. 

The following petitions were read and referred to the Ccwn- 
mittee on Petitions N° 2 Viz. 

From Phillip Low Esquire with a Certificate. 

From Alexander Roberson 

From Francis Pugh Esq' 

From George Walton Esquire of Wilfees with a Certificate 

A Petition from John Dollar with a Certificate was read. 

Ordered that the same be referred to a Special Committee, 
and M' Houston, M' Andrew and M' Hardey be that Committee. 

The Committee appointed to recommend the most proper mode 
of raising a sum of money for public purposes, reported. 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 501 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table. 

RES01.VED that from and immediately after the passing this 
Resolution the Collector be empowered and he is hereby now re- 
quired to demand and receive the rates of two and a half per 
Cent on the Prime Cost of all Goods, Wares and Merchandize 
imported into this State from any port whatever as well as all 
such duties as are included in the Spirit of an Act passed at Au- 
gusta the twenty ninth day of July last past, and which has been 
ill^fally evaded. 

Ordered that the Treasuier be desired to attend this House 
at Nine OClock to morrow morning to account for such public 
moneys as appears to have paid without legal orders 

On Motion 

The House resolved itself into a Committee of the whole house 
to take into consideration the Bill to revise and amend the Militia 
Law 

M' Netherclift in the Chair 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair 

M' Netherclift from the Committee of the whole House to take 
into consideration the said Bill, reported 

That they had gone through the same, & made some amend- 
ments, which were agreed to. 

i 

Ordered that the same be sent to the Executive Council for 
their perusal and advice, and that M' Benjamin Few, and M' 
Hardy, be a Committee to wait on them with the same. 

The Committee to whom was referred a Message from His 
Honor the Governor, reported. 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table. 



502 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The following Letters were read Viz. 

From Edward Telfair Esquire one of the Continental Dele- 
gates 

From Samuel Stirk Esquire Attorney General 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table. 

The House then adjourned till to tomorrow morning 9 OClock 

(From State Archives.) 

Thursday February the 12^ 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment 

The Committee to whom was referred the Petition of Eben- 
ezer Baillie, praying that such of the Goods Wares and Merchan- 
dise as were saved from the wreck of his Vessel, should be ex- 
empted from the transient and Vendue Duties 

Reported 

That they are of opinion the prayer of the Petition be granted, 
which was agreed to. 

On Motion 

The House resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
! House to take into consideration the Bill for promoting Religion 

I and Piety, and securing to religious Societies, certain rights and 

I immunities, and for granting an Aid to build and repair places 

[ of public worship, and erecting School Houses in the several 

Counties of the State 

M' Heard in the Chair 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 503 

The Speaker having resumed the chair 

M' Heard from the Committee of the whole House to take 
into consideration the said Bill 

Reported 

That they had taken the same into consideration, made some 
progress therein and beg'd leave to sit again 

RES01.VED that they have leave 

Motion was made and leave given to bring in a Bill for regu- 
lating the trade and commerce of this State, and laying an im- 
post on Tonnage of Shipping, and M' Habersham, M' William 
Few and M*" Hall were appointed a Committee to prepare and 
bring in a draft of the same 

A Letter from Abraham Ravott and Hugh Lawson Commis- 
sioner of confiscated Estates was read 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table 

Agreeable to the order of yesterday, the Treasurer attended 
with an account of M*" James Field Collector of Taxes for the 
County of Chatham 

Resolved that the Treasurer be directed to call on the Col- 
lector of Taxes for the County of Chatham, immediately to pro- 
duce the monies he has received, and if the said Tax Collector 
doth fail so to do, the Treasurer is immediately required to pro- 
ceed on the occasion as the Law directs 

A Letter from Charles Odingsells Esquire was read, inform- 
ing the house that he resigned his Seat at the Board of Claims. 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table 

The following memorials were read Viz. 

From sundry merchants and other Citizens, creditors of per- 
sons named in the Act of confiscation and banishment. 



504 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

From William Le Conte Esquire 

Resolved that the said memorials be taken under considera- 
tion, when the Bill for vesting in the Governor and Council the 
powers now excersised by the Board of Claims, appointed under 
and by virtue of an Act passed at Augusta the twenty ninth July 
last past for releasing certain persons from their bargains &c. 

M*" Greene and M' Coleman a Committee from the Council 
returned the Bill for regulating the Indian trade, with some pro- 
posed alterations. 

Resolved that a Special Committee be appointed to take un- 
der farther consideration the proceedings of the Commissioners 
of the Board of Claims and make proper enquires with respect 
to the same And that M' Houstoun M' Jackson and M' Saltus 
be that Committee 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill to establish a 
Hospital for the reception of sick and distressed Seamen brought 
in the same which was read the first time 

The House then adjourned till to morrow morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Friday February the 13*^ 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment 

The Bill for regulating the Indian trade was read a third 
time 

Ordered that the said Bill be engrossed 

On Motion 

Resolved that the Committee appointed to receive from the 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 605 

late Governor, Bonds and other public papers, be farther di- 
rected to recieve such additional papers and Accounts as are 
still remaining m his possession, and that M' Bryan be added to 
the said Committee 

The Committee appointed to bring in a bill for taking of the 
interest of Debts contracted before the war between the periods 
of One thousand seven hundred and seventy five and one thou- 
sand seven hundred eighty three and for r^^lating the interest 
of money was read a second time 

On Motion 

The House resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
house to take into consideration the said Bill 

M' Saltus in the Chair 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair M' Saltus from the 
Committee of the whole House to take into consideration the 
said Bill, 

Reported 

That they had gone through the same and made some amend- 
ments which were agreed to 

Ordered that the said Bill be sent to the Executive Council 
for their perusal and advice and that M' Saltus and M' Andrew 
be a Committee to wait on them with the same. 

The House then adjourned till to morrow morning 9 OClock 



506 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

(Front State Archives.) 

Saturday February 14*^ 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to report to this^ 
House what is the most necessary business to be done this Ses- 
sion, and M' William Few, M' Andrew, M' Heard and M^ Craw- 
ford be that Committee. 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill to empower the 
Governor and Executive Council to call special Courts for the 
speedy tryal of Criminals, brought in the same which was read 
the first time 

The Committee on Petitions, Reported from N** 21 to 33 
Ordered that the same do ly on the Table 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for selling and 
disposing of certain confiscated Lands for the purposes therein 
mentioned, brought in the same which was read the first time. 

Ordered, that the same be read a second time on Monday 
next. 

The Committee to whom was reflferred the Petition of M' 
Blount in behalf of himself and others 

Reported 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table. 

The Committee to whom were referred the Petitions of Mary 
Lupina and John Dollar, Reported 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table. 



FEBRUARY, 1784. - 607 

The Committee to whom was referred the Governors Message, 
Reported, which being taken into consideration was agreed to, 
and is as follows. 

That they have taken the same under their consideration, and 
have endeavoured as far as the materials they could collect, en- 
abled them to form an estimate of the expence of the present 
year, and also the ways necessary to draw forth means of defray- 
ing the same, which they beg leave to lay before the house for 
their consideration 

On taking a view of the present resources of the State and the 
exigencies of Government, the Committee concieve it indispensa- 
bly necessary that a Duty and Impost should be laid, on all Im- 
ports and Tonnage of Shipping. And do recommend that leave 
should be given to bring in a bill for that purpose on such princi- 
ples as the House may choose to adopt — 

The Committee agree in opinion with His Honor the Gov- 
ernor, That in order to form a check on the Treasury and to 
make our money matters less complex it will be necessary in 
future that all Drafts for money should pass through the Execu- 
tive. 

That as the means within the compass of the power of this 
State at present will not well admit of establishing a standing 
Corps of Light Horse, The Committee therefore recommend, 
that a Clause be inserted in the Militia Bill, impowering His 
Honor the Governor with the advice of the executive Council to 
draw forth the Militia in such manner as he may think most 
conducive to the interest and safety of the State. 

With respect to the fifth Article of the Definitive Treaty al- 
luded to by His Honor the Governor The Committee are of opin- 
ion that it would be premature for this House to take said Arti- 
cles into consideration before it comes through a recommenda- 
tion of Congress and that it cannot be a rule of conduct for His 



508 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Honor the Governor and Executive Council until adopted by the 
Legislature. 

Tho' some good purposes might be answered by having a few 
men stationed on Saltus' Island in order to carry commercial 
regulations into effect, such at this time is the situation of our 
Finance the resources of the State will not admit of it; tho' it 
may be necessary to have some trusty person employed to take 
charge of the Artillery and Military Stores at the Fort and bat- 
tery below the Trustees Garden to be under such regulations as 
the Executive may think proper. 

The Committee join in opinion with His Honor the Gov- 
ernor that it is necessary to pass a Law for regulating Marriages 
and recommend that a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill 
for that purpose. 

M' Stephens and M"* Coleman a Committee from the Council, 
returned the Bill for laying out two or more Counties to the 
Westward, and pointing out the mode of granting and settling 
the same with some proposed amendments 

Motion was made and leave given to bring in a Bill to make 
valid marriages by Justices of the Peace and that M' William 
Few, M' Bryan and M' Downes were appointed a Committee to 
bring in and prepare a Draft of the same 

Whereas it appears that Samuel Stirk Esquire hath im- 
properly obtained an Order for Two Hundred pounds on the 
Treasurer and hath also improperly recieved the same, from the 
Collector of Taxes for the County of Chatham 

RESOI.VED therefore that the said Samuel Stirk be and he is 
hereby required immediately to refund the aforesaid sum of 
Two hundred pounds to the aforesaid Tax Collector in order 
that the same may be paid into the Treasury of this State, and 
appropriated as this house may direct 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 609 

Ordered that the Clerk do serve the Attorney General with a 
Copy of the same. 

The Committee appointed to take under farther consideration 
the proceedings of the Commissioners of the Board of Claims 
and to make proper enquiries of them respecting the same, Re- 
ported 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table. 

The Committee to whom were referred the consideration of a 
Letter from Colonel Martin, reported as follows, 

The Committee having taken under consideration the Letter 
from Colonel Martin, and his vouchers for Contracts made by 
him during his administration being laid before them, they find 
that he purchased two Waggons and Teams and a Quantity of 
Whisky for the use of the State and for General Wayne's army. 

One of the Waggons was delivered to Nehemiah Wade as 
Quarter Master General of the State who ought to be account- 
able for the same. 

The other Waggon and Team amounting to One hundred and 
forty Six pounds fourteen shillings and nine pence and Colonel 
Martin's account for Whisky amounting to Eighty two pounds 
thirteen and Six pence which Waggon and Team and Whiskey 
appearing by Nehemiah Wade's Certificate to have been bought 
for the use of General Wa)me's Army ought to be passed by the 
Auditor as a Continental Charge, and the Committee recom- 
mend to the House to adopt some mode immediately to exoner- 
ate Colonel Martin from any demand that may be brought 
against him for such purchases as they are informed he is now 
sued for the amount of the Debt due for the Whisky. They 
further find some small accounts amounting to thirty four pounds 
fifteen shillings and one penny which they concieve ought to. be 
referred to the Auditor 



610 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

I' ^Resolved that the Executive be requested to enable Colonel 
Martin immediately to discharge a contract made by him with 
M^ Garret for a Quantity of Whiskey, or such other contracts as 
were laid by Col. Martin before a Committee appointed by this 
House to take his Letter into consideration, by an order on the 
Treasurer 

And that the Treasurer be empowered to call upon the Attor- 
ney General for Bonds that may be in his hands to the amount 
of said Demands, and to give them in payment. 

On Motion 

Ordered That as exceptions have been taken to some of the 
decisions of the -Commissioners of the Board of Claims, that 
they be requested to attend on Tuesday next, when this House 
will take their proceedings under consideration. 

A Petition from George Melvin was read 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee on peti- 
tions N* 2. 

A Letter from James Whitefield Esquire Clerk of the Board 
of Claims with the proceedings of the said Board since the sit- 
ting of this house was read 

Ordered to ly on the Table. 

A Letter from John Wereat Esquire Auditor of Accounts 
was read and ordered to ly on the Table. 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill to make valid 
marriages by Justices of the Peace brought in the same which 
was read the first time 

The House then adjourned till Monday next 9 OClock. 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 511 



(Prom State Archives.) 

Monday February 16"* 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment. 

A Petition from Mary Flyming was read and referred to the 
Committee appointed to take into consideration any petitions 
appertaining to the confiscation Law. 

A Petition from Jenkins Davis and Benjamin Lewis was read 
and referred to the Committee on petitions N® 3. 

The Committee appointed to consider the most necessary busi- 
ness to be done this Session, reported 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table. 

On Motion 

That a Committee be appointed to deliver the Bonds that are 
in possession of this House to the Treasurer, and that said 
Committee do call on the Auditor and State Secretary with the 
Certificates that have been paid on said Bonds to be informed 
if they are good; and report to this House that they may be 
destroyed, in presence of the Members thereof. 

OrderEd^ that M^ William Few, M' Odingsells and M' Wil- 
liam Houston be that Committee 

Ordered that the consideration of the report of the Committee 
respecting Colonel Blount and others be the order of the day 
to morrow. 

The House proceeded to take into consideration the report of 
the Committee on a Letter from Andrew M^'lean Esquire 



512 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Whereas it appears to this House that Jackson, M'^Lcan and 
Company did before the revolution in Government purchase of 
the pubHc forty six Acres of Land, adjoining or including part 
of the Town Common of Augusta, for which the said Company 
was to pay the full value - 

Resolved that M' Pannell M' Heard M' Bums M' Glascock 

and M' John Walton Surveyor for Richmond County and they 

or a majority of them are hereby authorized and required to 

re-survey and ascertain the value of the aforesaid forty six Acres 

. of Land, and report the same to the next Assembly. 

The Committee to whom were referred the Accounts and 
papers of the Collector of Customs for the port of Savannah 
Reported 

Which being taken into consideration by the House was agreed 
to, and is as follows 

On Examining the same find several sums, amounting in the 
whole to Eighty pounds twelve Shillings and nine pence, which 
appears by his papers to have been paid, are omitted in his Ac- 
count. 

The Committee also find that the Collector has charged two 
and a half per Cent on monies received which they conceive he has 
no right to, they are also informed that he has collected a half 
per Cent on goods imported by Aliens, which he has rendered 
no account of. That said Collector has detained as his Salary 
One hundred twenty five pounds as his Salary, which no public 
Officer ought to be allowed to do until a legal order is first ob- 
tained. 

The Committee are therefore of opinion that the Collector for 
the Port of Savannah, should be directed to pay immediately 
into the Treasury all the public money that is in his hands, and 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 618 

that he be directed to lay his account before the Auditor, who is 
required to examine the same, and report specially thereon. 

On Motion 

That the order of the day be postponed to Wednesday next 
which was agreed to. 

The Bill to compell persons who have received or hereafter 
may receive public monies &c. to account and settle for the same^ 
was read the third time 

Ordered that the same be engrossed 

On Motion 

That a Committee be appointed to examine the books of the 
Commissioners of confiscated property, and to enquire into the 
sales of the same, and to make an Account of the amount received 
in consequence of the Amercement Act, and the expenditure of 
the same, and to report thereon as soon as possible 

Ordered that M' James Houston M' Gibbons M^ Habersham 
M' Netherclift and M' Bard be that Committee 

A Letter from Mordecai Sheftall Esquire was read 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill for regulating 
the Trade and Commerce of this State and laying an Impost 
on the Tonnage of Shipping brought in the same, which was 
read the first time 

Ordered that M"" William Few and M' Habersham be added 
to the Committee appointed to bring in a Tax Bill for the 
present Year. 

The House then adjourned till to morrow morning 9 OClock. 

33rr— vol 3 



6^ 1 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

(From State Archives.) 

Tuesday February 17**" 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment. 

The following Petitions were read and referred to the Commit- 
tee on Petitions N*" 3 Viz 

From Thomas P Waggnon 
From William Clark 

On Motion 

The House resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to take into consideration the Bill for vesting in the 
Governor and Executive Council the powers now exercised by 
the Board of Claims appointed under and by virtue of an Act 
passed at Augusta the twenty ninth of July One thousand seven 
hundred and eighty three for releasing certain persons from 
their Bargains, et caetera. 

M' Saltus in the Chair 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair 

M' Saltus from a Committee of the whole house to take into 
consideration the said Bill, Reported 

That they have taken the same into consideration and beg leave 
to recommend that the same be recommitted. 

Ordered that the same be recommitted to the Committee who 
brought in the same 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to revise the rules 
of the Commissioners of the Board of Claims. 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 515 

Ordered That M' Houston, W William Few, M^ Morell M' 
Jackson and M"" Gibbons be that Committee. 

The Committee appointed to take the Certificates paid on the 
bonds of confiscated property into possession and call on the 
Auditor and State Secretary to examine the validity of them. 
Reported 

That they have examined and found them to be properly 
issued 

Ordered that a List of the same be entered on the Journals, 
and that the Committee see the said Certificates destroyed 

The Committee reported that they had destroyed the same, 
\vhich is as follows. 

Certificates received by Lyman Hall Esquire Late Governor 
for which Credit is given on bonds of Confiscated property 



616 



JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



To whom Payable 


Dates 




By whom Signed 


Amount 
£ s d 


Sum Total 


James Bryan 


2i« Jany 


1782 


John Wilkinson 


41!" 


6 








\ [ames Jackson 


14 Feby 


1782 


DO 


178 15 


— 








Andrew M<=lean 


2"<* Jany 


1783 


John Wereat 


202 10 


— 








Mary M^'kay 


2°** Jany 


1784 


DO 


142' 10 


— 








James B. Sharp 


3** Jany 


1783 


DO 


26" 15 


— 








Sam» Stirk 


27 Feby 


1783 


DO 


19 I 


— 








Ditto 


27 Feby 


1783 


DO 


143' 15 


9U 








M'Carten Campbell 


27 Feby 


1783 


DO 


100 — 










Littby Bostick 


27 Feby 


1783 


DO 


2l'll 











Christian Ernest 


13 March 


1783 


DO 


318 


2 








David Rees 


10* Marcb 


1783 


DO 


7417 


4H 








Estate of Ben" Fox 


17 Marcb 


1783 


Do^ 


35 8 

1 


5 


£ 990 


13 


3( 


Col. Leon** Mar bury 


27 May 


1783 


DO 


37010 


— 








Adam fioyles 


2"* June 


1783 


Do 


79;- 


— 








Nicholas Miller 


27 June 


1783 


Do 


50;- 


— 








Joseph Clay 


28 June 


1783 


Do 


41.15 


— 








Andrew Shields 


2** June 


1783 


Do 


15 — 


— 








Stephen Miller 


I July 


1783 


Do 


39 9 


2 








Fran* Courvousa ) 








1 










S. Miller 


I July 


1783 


Do 


1038 6 


8 








Will"' Fox J 








1 










Nehud Wade 


2"*» July 


1783 


DO 


206 9 


— 








Estate of R.Rae 


25th July 


1783 


DO 


115 — 


— 








Estate of Col. Rob' Rae 


26 July 


1783 


DO 


67519 


7 








Lewis Coope 


26 July 


1783 


DO 


49 7 


5 








Cha"" Odingsells ] 








88016 


9 








• 


i»t Aug* 


1783 


DO 







£3561 


13 


7 


John Brandon J 






John Martin 


16 — 


— 








Mess" John Banks & Co 


5th Aug* 


1783 


John Wereat 


312 


8 








James M^'kay 


7 Aug* 


1783 


Do 


6917 


7 








Henrietta Jones 


12 Aug* 


178; 


DO 


25 7 


8 








David Rees ) 


















. 


13 Aug* 


17-^3 


DO 


38,i4ii>^ 








John Webb ) 








25 


16: I 








Mary M^kay 


15*^ Aug* 


1783 


DO — 


93 


6 


— 








W°' O. Bryan 


i&^ Aug* 


1783 


l)o 


397 


10 


— 








Sam' A Ben" Stiles 


14 Aug* 


1783 


D^ • 


63 


II 


2 








And* Mclean 


13 Aug» 


1783 


D^ 


19 


2 


3 








George Armstrong 


30*** Aug* 


1783 


Do 


18 


17 


6 








y Col. John M4ntosh ^ 


n Sept' 


1783 


DO 


2349 




8 








V John Mearly j 






Carried over . . 


822 


17 


4,V 


£3943 
8496 


13 


Hi 
9i 



FEBRUARY, 1:784. 



617 



To whom payable 


Dates By whom Signed ^^^^'^^ ^ 


Sum Total 
£ s d 


A -----*- ^1, 11 « ■ ■ rn ■■ A ^^^^M 












8496 


— 


9^ 












Estate of Jbhn Waid 


22 Sept' lySsJohn Wereat 


82 


5 


6 








Joseph Clay ) 
William Bryan \ 


2^ Sept' 1783 


DO 

DO 


150 
29 


2 


9 








George Hancock 


6"» Oct' 1783 


DO 


349 


14 


7H 








William Mitchell 


II Oct' 1783 


DO 


63 


— 


— 








Charles Odingsells 


II Oct' 1783 


DO 


100 


— 


— 








Doct' Ja» Houstoim 


13 Oct' 1783 


DO 


300 


— 


— 








Sarah Thornton 


14*^ Oct 1783 


DO 


2 


II 


6 








Cap' Alex' DCuthbert 


22"** Oct 1783 


DO 


100 


— 


— 








Ditto 


Ditto 


DO 


150 


— 


— 








Ditto 


Ditto 


DO 


100 


— 


— 








Ditto 


Ditto 


DO 


566 


10 


8 




5 


-H 














^993 


Ditto 


Ditto 


DO 


100 


— 


— 








Charles Odingsells 


24 Oct' 1783 


DO 


500 


— 


— 








Ditto 


Ditto 


DO 


100 


— 


— 








Ditto 


Ditto 


DO 


200 


-^ 


— 








Ditto 


Ditto 


DO 


200 


— 


— 








Ditto 


Ditto 


DO 


100 


— 


— 








Ditto 


Ditto 


DO 


100 


— 


— 








Ditto 


Ditto 


DO 


50 


— 


— 








Ditto 


Ditto 


DO 


50 


•~- 


— 








Cap' John Ducoyner 


25* Oct' 1783 


DO 


941 


I 


3X 








Cap' W" M<=Intosh 


30* Oct' 1783 


DO 


240 


— 











Ditto 


Ditto 


DO 


217 


9 


4K 








John Strong 


3i« Oct' 1783 


DO 


182 






2980 


xn 


7^ 














iw 


Gasper Herseman 


2nd i>ec' 1783 


DO 


5 


8 


8 








Lieut. Tho* Payne 


5"» Nov 1783 


DO 


732 


2 


2^ 








Isaac Dennis 


5th j)^c' 1783 


DO 


49 


9 


8 








Lake Mann 


8* Nov' 1783 


DO 


121 


6 


8 








George Rolf es 
JoseiSi Clay 


8* Nov' 1783 


DO 


50 


— 


— 








iQ^ Nov 1783 


DO 


107 


16 


4 








Eve Ely 


15*^ Nov' 1783 


DO 


21 


17 


I 








Jacob Read 


I7«h Nov' 1783 


DO 


"3 


15 


5^ 








Alex' D. Cuthbert 


23** Dec' 1783 


DO 


39 


15 


7 








James Jackson 


26"» Nov 1783 


DO 


516 


15 










And" M'^lean 


31** Dec 1783 


DO 


728 


7 


i7}^ 








Sani> Stirk 


and Oct' 1782 


DO 


31 


2 


6 


2577 


17 

14 


6% 










16047 


-X 


Amount of Certificates Signed by John Martin . . 




. . . 


2843 


5 






Do 


by Lyman 1 


lall.. 






525 


19 


^^ 














19415 


n 



518 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

CERTIFICATES SIGNED BY JOHN MARTIN 



Nam- 
ber 



I 
3 
4 
6 

7 
8 

9 
II 

15 
17 
19 

20 

27 
28 
29 

30 

34 
39 
40 

41 
45 
46 

47 
48 

51 
52 
53 
54 
55 



Carried up 



Amotitit 
£ 8 d 



50 
25 
15 
25 
25 
15 
50 
"5 
50 
15 
28 
12 
50 
25 
25 
15 
15 
60 
40 

15 
60 
40 

15 
60 
60 
40 
15 
115 
115 



1190 



Bro* up 



Num- 
ber 



56 
59 
64 
73 
77 
78 
81 
82 
92 
93 
95 
97 
98 



Amount 
£ 8 d 



II90 


_ 


84 


3 


95 


10 


24 


10 


75 




631 


- 


80 


10 


"5 




115 


- 


45 


10 


42 




"5 


- 


115 


- 


"5 




2843 


5 



The House then adjourned till to morrow morning 9 OCIock 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 519 

(From State Archives.) 
Wednesday February 18** 1784 
The House met pursuant to adjournment 

The Committee to whom was recommitted the Bill for releas- 
ing the Board of Commissioners of claims and for other pur- 
poses therein mentioned brought in the same which was read the 
first time 

On Motion 

That the House proceed to take up the consideration of the 
Bill for the immediate disposal of certain part of the confiscated 
property, and on the question being put, was carried in the 
Negative. 

The Yeas and Nays being called for are as follows 



Yeas 


Yeas 


M' Habersham 


M^ Elliot 


M' Deveaux 


M' Clements 


M' Bryan 


M' Irwin 


M' Houston 


M' Pugh 


W Odingsells 


M' Glascock 


M' Bard 


M' IVPniel 


M' Ja" Houston 


M' Jackson 


M' Andrew 


16 


M' Saltus 




Nays 


Nays 


M' Catchings 


M' Heard 


jVr Rutherford 


M' Downes 


M' Freeman 


W Whitehead 



620 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

M*" Meazle M' Candler 

M' Lanier M' M^'farland 

M' M^'kenzie M' W" Few 

M' Conyers M' Ben" Few 
M' Kemp ' M' Lee 

M' Morrison M' WUiamson 
M' Lewis 1 6 

The House proceeded to take into consideration the Bill for 
laying out a County or Counties to the westward and pointing 
out the mode of laying out the Lands and settling the same — 
on reading the second clause Debate arose whether two or more 
Counties should be laid out 

On Motion 

The Question was put for two Counties which was carried in 
the affirmative 

The Yeas and Nays being called for are as follows. 
Yeas Yeas 



M' Habersham 


M' \\'hitehead 


M' Deveaux 


M' Hall 


M' Jackson 


M-" Clements 


M' Bryan 


M' Kemp 


M' Houston 


M"' Morrison 


M' Odingsells 


M' Lewis 


M' Bard 


M' Candler 


M' Ja' Houstoun 


M' Glascock 


M' Catchings 


M' W" M'farland 


M' Rutherford 


M' W- Few 


M' Andrew 


M' Mcintosh 


M' Saltus 


24 


M' Elliot 





FEBRUARY, 1784. 



021 



Nays 



Freeman 
Heard 
Downes 
Meazle 
M' Lanier 
M' M'^kenzie 
M' Conyers 



M' 
M' 
M' 



Nays 

M' Pugh 
M' Lee 
M' M'^niel 
M' Williamson 
M' Irwin 
12 



On Motion 



That part of the lands in the new Counties be granted gratis, 
which was carried in the Negative 

The Yeas and Nays being called for, are as follows 



Yeas 



Yeas 



M' Heard 


M' Pugh 


M' Downes 


M' Candler 


M' Andrew 


M' Glascock 


M' Meazle 


M' M^farland 


M' Lanier 


M' Lee 


M' Mckenzie 


M' M^niel 


M' Clements 


M' Williamson 


M' Kemp 


18 


M' Irwin 




Nays 


Nays 


M' Deveaux 


M' Catchings 


M' Jackson 


M' Rutherford 


M' Habersham 


M' Freeman 


M' Bryan 


M' Saltus 


M' Houstoun 


M' Elliot 


M' Odingsells 


M' Whitehead 


M' Bard 


M' Hall 


M' Ja' Houston 


M' Conyers 



522 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

M' Morrison M' M'^ntosh 

M' W°^ Few 20 

M' Ben" Few 

M' Green and M' Powell a Committee from the Executive 
Council returned the following Bills with their remarks thereon 
Viz. 

The Bill for taking off the Interest of money of debts con- 
tracted before the war 

The Bill for revising and amending the Militia Law of this 
.State 

Ordered that the same do ly on the table. 

The House then adjourned until to morrow morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives.) 

Thursday February 19*^ 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment. 

Petition from Ann Edwards was read 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee appoint- 
ed to take under consideration the petitions any ways apper- 
taining to the confiscation Law. 

Petition from Peter Bard Esquire was read. 

Ordered that the same be referred to a special Committee 
and that M' William Few, M' Deveaux and M' Odingsells be 
that Committee 

A Petition from John Ferru Merchant in Charlestown was 
read and referred to the Committee on Petitions N** i 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 623 

Resolved that the Treasurer be directed immediately to call 
on the Vendue Masters, the Collector of the port of Savannah, 
and on the Commissioners appointed to repair the Filature, the 
Attorney General, and other persons that may have public mon- 
ies in their hands, to pay the same into the Treasury, in order 
that it may be applied to the Contingent expences of Govern- 
ment and report the same. 

The Bill for laying out two counties to the Westward, and 
pointing out the mode of laying out the lands and settling the 
same was read a third time. 

Ordered that the same be engrossed 

A Petition from Sarah Wright was read 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee appoint- 
ed to consider on the most proper means for providing for the 
families in this State of such persons as are included in the con- 
fiscation Act, and are entitled to such provision. 

An Account from Sutcliff and Company for Hospital Stores 
furnished the Continental Troops of this State amounting to 
Sixty two pound eleven shillings and five pence three farthings, 
was laid before the house which appearing to be sufficiently 
vouched 

Ordered that the Auditor do give a Certificate for that sum 
and that he be directed to observe that M"" Graves doth not in- 
clude the same Articles in his Account 

A Letter from Peter Tarlingh Esquire with a Letter inclosed 
from John Wereat Esquire to him was read. 

Ordered that the same be referred to the Committee on pe- 
titions N*" 2. 

A Memorial from John Martin Esquire with a Letter from 
Richard Howly Esquire, Attorney at Law to him, was read 



524 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that the same be referred to a Special Committee 
and that M' James Houston M' Clements and M' Glascock be 
that Committee. 

A Bill for selling and disposing of certain confiscated Lands 
and for other purposes therein mentioned, was read a second 
time 

On Motion 

The House resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to take into Consideration the said Bill 

M' Saltus in the Chair 

M' Saltus from a Committee of the whole house to take into 
consideration the said Bill, reported 

That they had taken the same into consideration made some 
progress therein and beg'd leave to sit again 

Resolved that they have leave 

The House then adjourned till to morrow morning 9 OClock 



(From State Archives,) 

Friday February 20'^ 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment 

Whereas the late General James' Scriven served as a Colonel 
in the Georgia Line of the Continental army for a considerable 
time, and afterwards distinguished himself by repeated exertions 
as a Militia Officer against the Common Enemy, and at last 
fell bravely fighting for his Country. Therefore Resolved That 
his two only surviving daughters Viz. Hester and Mary be en- 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 625 

titled to a grant of One thousand Acres of Land each, to be 
run and surveyed in some part of the Land reserved for the 
Officers of the Army. 

The Committee to whom was referred the Petition of Peter 
Bard Esquire. Reported. 

Ordered that the same do ly on the Table. 

The House proceeded to take up the report of the Committee 
to whom was rendered the petition of AP Blount and other Citi- 
zens of North Carolina which after some amendments, was 
agfreed to and is as follows. 



^fe* 



The Committee to whom was referred the Petition of M^ 
Blount in behalf of himself and other Citizens of North Caro- 
lina, respecting the expediency of laying out a new County to 
include all that tract of Land lying on the Tennessee River 
which shall be included by a Line drawn from the South bank 
of the said river where the North West Boundary of this State 
crosses and running West till it crosses the said River Tennes- 
see again to the South bank thereof, then up the said South bank 
of said River to the place of beginning 

After having received all the information they could obtain 
en that subject are of opinion it will be necessary in order to 
prevent future contests to take measures as soon as it may be 
done with propriety to settle the said Tract of Country and do 
recommend for that purpose that seven Commissioners be ap- 
pointed and vested with the powers necessary, to ascertain the 
Quantity, Quality and Circumstances of the aforesaid Lands 
and report the same with their proceedings to the legislature for 
their consideration and to make them such compensation as may 
be deemed adequate and satisfactory. Provided notwithstanding 
that the said Board shall have power and they are hereby author- 
ized if they or a majority of them may think it necessary in 
such manner as to them seems most expedient to proceed to 



626 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

grant Warrants of Survey which shall when executed be trans- 
mitted with the plats to the Surveyor General's Office, in order 
that the same may pass to a grant, as the Law directs, provided 
that no one person sliall be eligible to hol'l or obtam a grant for 
more than One thousand Acres of Land, and that he or they so 
obtaining a warrant shall at the same time give Bond and Se- 
curity to pay into the Treasury of this State at and after the 
rate of one Eighth of a Dollar per acre, which sum shall be paid 
before he. she or tliey shall obtain a grant, That be and they 
are hereby appointed Justices for said District that the said 
Board shall be authorized to nominate Militia Officers who shall 
be commissioned by His Honor the Governor 

• Resolved That a Committee be appointed to bring in a Bill 
to that effect, and that M"" Jackson, M"" Houstoun, M' Hall and 
M*" Habersham be a Committee to prepare and bring in the same 

Motion was made and leave given to bring in a Bill to pro- 
hibit the trade to the British West Indies and M"" Habersham 
M^ Jackson and M"" William Few were appointed a Committee 
to prepare and bring in a draft of the same. 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill to point out the 
Regulation necessary for the admission of persons to the rights 
of Citizenship in this State, brought in the same, which was 
read the first time. 

The Bill for regulating the Trade and Commerce of this 
State, and laying an Impost on Tonnage of Shipping was read 
the first time. 

On Motion 

The House resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
house to take into consideration the said Bill. 

M' Netherclift in the Chair 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 527 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair 

M' Netherclift from the Committee of the whole House to 
take into consideration the said Bill, Reported, 

That they had gone through the same, and made some amend- 
ments which were agreed to 

Ordered that the same be sent to the Executive Council for 
tlieir perusal and advice and that M"" Bryan and M"" Lanier be a 
Committee to wait on them with the same 

The Committee appointed to bring in a Bill to prohibit the 
trade to the British West Indies, brought in the same, which 
vvas read the first time. 

A Message from His Honor the Governor, and A Reference 
of Council respecting the Officers and privates of the Minute 
Battalions with a Petition, and 

A Petition from Captain Peter Emanuel de la Plagne were 
read. 

Ordered that the same be referred to a Special Committee 
and that M' Andrew M"" William Few and M' Bard be that Com- 
mittee. 

Whereas a Negro Fellow named belonging to the 

Estate of Captain Deane was on the day of by a 

regular Court condemned for certain crimes to suffer Death, 
and whereas by virtue of the Constitution of this State, the 
said Negro was reprieved till the sitting of the present As- 
sembly. 

Therefore, Resolved that the Attorney General be and he is 
hereby directed to State the particular case of the said Negro, 
and report the same to this House to morrow morning. That 
the Order may be given thereon as the case and circumstances 
therefore may require 



528 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that the Clerk do serve the Attorney General with 
a copy of the same. 

A Bill to empower the Governor to call Special Courts for 
the tryal of Criminals was read a second time. 

Ordered that the same be sent to the Executive Council for 
their perusal and advice, and that M' Bryan and M*" Lanier be a 
committee to wait on them with the same. 

A Bill to prohibit the trade to the British West Indies, was 
read a second time. 

Ordered that the same be sent to the Executive Council for 
their perusal and advice, and that M' Bryan and M*" Lanier be 
a Committee to wait on them with the same. 

• A Bill for releasing the Board of Commissioners of claims 
and for other purposes therein mentioned was read a second 
time 

On Motion 

That the same be postponed for the consideration of a future 
House of Assembly, and on the Question being put was carried 
in the affirmative. The Yeas and Nays being called for are as 
follows : 

Yeas 'Yeas 

W Bryan M' Mckenzie 

M' Houstoun M' Pugh 

M' Gunn M' Morrison 

M' Freeman M' Candler 

M' Andrew M*" Glascock 

M' Elliot- M' Mcintosh 

M' Irwin M' Crawford 

M' Clements M' M'^Neal 
M' Kemp 17 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 628 



Nays 


Nayu 


M' Netherclft 


M' Saltus 


M' Deveaux 


M' Hall 


M' Habersham 


M' Meazle 


M' Morrel 


M' Lanier 


M' Catchings 


M' W- Few 


M' Rutherford 


M' Ben" Few 


M' Heard 


M' Lewis 


M' Downes 


15 



The House then adjourned till to morrow morning 9 OClock 

(From State Archives.) 
Saturday February 21"* 1784 
The House met pursuant to adjournment. 
On Motion 
That the following resolve be agreed to. Viz 

Resolved that the Seventh Article of the Constitution empow- 
ers the House of Assembly to make Laws conducive to the good 
order and well being of the State provided such Laws are not 
repugnant to the Constitution. 

The previous Question was .called for, That this question be 
not now put, which was carried in the Affirmative. 

The Yeas and Nays being called for, are as follows. 

Yeas Yeas 

M' Bryan M' Morrell 

M' Houston M' Odingsells ; 



630 



JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



M' Gunn 


M' Crawford 


M' Whitefield 


M' Andrew 


M' M'kenzie 


M' Saltus 


M' Clements 


M' Elliot 


M' Con3rers 


M' Kemp 


M' Palmer 


M' Irwin 


M' Lewis 


M' Pugh 


M' Candler 


M' M'niel 


M' Glascock 


22 


M' Mcintosh 




Nays 


Nays 


M' Gibbons 


M' Hardy 


M' Netherclift 


M' Hall 


M' Deveaux 


M' Mcazle 


M' Habersham 


M' Lanier 


M' Bard 


M' W" Few 


M' Catdiings 


M' Be" Few 


M"^ Rutherford 


M' Williamson 


M' Heard 


16 


M' Downes 




On Motion 





The House resolved itself into Committee of the whole House 
to take into consideration the Bill for the immediate disposal 
of certain part of the confiscated property 

M' Saltus in the Chair 

The Speaker resumed the Chair 



M' Saltus from the Committee of the whole Hduse to take into 
consideration the said Bill, Reported, That they had taken the 
same into consideration and beg leave to recommend that it b© 
postponed. 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 



531 



On Motion, that the report of the Committee be agreed to it 
was carried in the affirmative 

The Yeas and Nays being called for, are as follows. 
Yeas Yeas 



M' Habersham 


M*- Palmer 


M' Deveaux 


M' Irwin 


M' Odingsells 


M*" Lewis 


M' Bryan 


M' W° Few 


M' Bard 


M' Ben. Few 


M' Gunn 


M' Morell 


M' Freeman 


M' Catchings 


M' Andrew 


M' Elliot 


M' Hardey 


M' M'^kenzie 


M' Saltus 


M' Crawford 


M' Whitehead 


M' Williamson 


M' Meazle 


24. 


M' Conyers 




Nays 


Nj 


M' Gibbons 


M' Kemp 


M^ Houstoun 


M' Pugh 


M' James Houston 


M' Glascock 


M' Heard 


M' Mcintosh 


M' Downes 


M' M^niel 


M' Cunningham 


12 


M' Clements 





The Committee to whom were referred the Accounts of the 
late Governor. Reported 

Ordeired that the same do ly upon the Table. 

Resolved that the resolve passed at the session in January 
One thousand seven hundred and eighty three, empowering the 
then Executive Council to appropriate any of the funds of this 
State to the payments of the Debts of the British Merchants 



632 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

be exended to empower the present Governor and Executive 
Council to pay the same out of such funds. 

The Committee to whom was referred the Memorial of John 
Martin Esquire Treasurer 

Reported when the House takings the same into considera- 
tion 



Resoi^ved that it appears to the Committee that the Treas- 
urer in obedience to the orders of this House, hath acted in strict 
conformity to Law and Justice, and the duties of his Office -ii> 
committing to Jail the Collector of Taxes for Chatham County 
who hath not rendered unto him a satisfactory Account of his 
proceedings as the Law directs and the Commitee are of opinion 
that the action intended to be brought against the said Treasurer 
by the said Tax Collector is vexatious and groundless and that 
the Attorney General should be directed to enter his aj)pearance 
for the Defendant and support the Law of the State. 

Motion was made 

That the Books containing the proceedings of the Commission- 
ers of the Board of claims be returned to them, and the board 
informed, that the House highly applauds their patriotic, judi- 
cious, and impartial conduct; but recommend a reconsideration: 
of the second general rule, and that their fifth general rule be 
cancelled in order that Claimants may be heard and their claims 
determined agreeable to the Justice and equity of their cases^ 
without respect to local situations 

Motion was made that the same do ly on the table which was 
carried in the negative. The Yeas and Nays being called for 
are as follows. 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 



533 



Yeas 


Yeas 


M' Gibbons 


M' Freeman 


M' Nethcrclift 


M' Lanier 


M' Deveaux 


M' Conyers 


M' Morell 


M' Lewis 


M^ Heard 


M' W- Few 


M' Bard 


M' Ben" Few 


M' Catchings 


14 


M' Rutherford 




Nays 


Nays 


M' Bryan 


M' Clements 


M' Houstoun 


M' Kemp 


M' Cunningham 


M' Irwin 


M' Andrew 


M' Pugh 


M' Saltus 


M' Glascock 


M' Elliot 


M' M'intosh . 


M' Whitefield 


M' Crawford 


M' Meazle 


M' M'niel 


M' Mckenzie 


17 



The House proceeded to the consideration of the same — ^when 
a motion was made that the same be postponed, which was car- 
ried in the affirmative 

The Yeas and Nays being called for, are as follows 



Yeas 


Yeas 


M' Gibbons 


H' Hardy 


M' Deveaux 


M' Meazle 


M' Habersham 


M' Lanyer 


M' Netherclift 


M' Conyers 


M' Retchings 


M' Lewis 


M' Rutherford 


M' W» Few 


M' Freeman 


M' Ben. Few 


M' Heard 


M' Williamson 


M* Downes 


18 


M'Bard 





«34 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



Nays 


Nays 


M' Pugh 


M' Houstoun 


M' M'kenzie 


M' Andrew 


M' Glascock 


M' Saltus 


M' M'intosh 


M' Clements 


M' Crawford 


M'Kemp 


M' M*niel 


M' Irwin 


M' Bryan 


13 



Whereas from the multiplicity of business it will not be prac- 
ticable to pass a Bill, now before this House for establishing 
a Seaman's Hospital, therefore be it 

Resolved that it shall be lawful for General Samuel Elbert, 
Edward Telfair, James Habersham, Joseph Clay Peter Bard 
Seth John Cutfibert and William Obryan Esquires and M^ 
Leonard Cecil, or any three of them to remove the barracks 
from Fort Wayne to any part of the Common of Savannah, 
which they may judge most proper, and convenient for receiv- 
ing Sick Seamen. 

And they are hereby authorized and empowered to raise by 
Lottery the sum not exceeding Three hundred and fifty pounds, 
and to open a subscription for the support of the same, and to 
appoint such Officers and to make such rules and bye laws as 
they may judge most expedient for the internal government and 
regulation of the Hospital. 

The Committee on Petitions N® i on the petition of Edward 
Langworthy Esquire N^ 34 Reported 

Ordered that the same do ly upon the Table. 

The Committee on petitions N** 2 Reported from N* i to 
NM8 

Ordered that the same do ly upon the Table. 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 836 

The House proceeded to take into consideration the report 
of the Committee to whom were referred the Petitions of Mary 
Lupina and John Dollar, which was agreed to and is as fol- 
lows 

The Committee to whom were referred the petitions of Mary 
Lupina and John Dollar respecting their claims against the 
State for Negroes and other property impressed and forced into 
and for the use of the public Service by the Commandant and 
for the Garrison of Fort Morris in Sunbury Are of opinion that 
as the PetiticMiers have exhibited satisfactory vouchers, that 
there was no fraud in their proceedings, but that the necessary 
forms of the Law were complied with respect to the necessary 
appraisement and valuation, and that their Negroes and other 
property, were employed and consumed in the public Service 
that the Auditor in these particular instances be required and 
empowered to allow and pass their claims agreeable to the said 
vouchers, excepting two Negroes S* John and Prince included 
in M" Lupina's Certificate, they only to be allowed upon her 
making affidavit of their belonging to the Estate, and that she 
never received any compensation for them from the State, and 
therefore recommend the following resolve, that in consideration 
of the satisfactory vouchers of Mary Lupina and John Dollar 
prefered to this House to entitle them to their claims their 
losses and sufferings in consequence of the war, that the Auditor 
be required and empowered to allow and pass their Accounts in 
these particular instances agreeable to their Certificates and ap- 
praisements, except with respect to the two negroes above re- 
ferred to included in M" Lupina Certificate, which was agreed to 

The House proceeded to the Election of the remainder of the 
Civil Officers for the present year, when the following persons 
were chosen Viz 

Joseph Woodruff Esquire Collector of Customs for the port 
of Savannah 



«8« JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

John Lawson Jun' Esquire Collector of the port of Sunbury 
Captain John Brown Searcher for the port of Savannah 

On Motion 

Ordered that the third reading of the Militia Bill be the order 
of the day for to morrow. 

The House proceeded to take into consideration a Letter 
from the Auditor 

Whereupon it was resolved that the Auditor in settling with 
the Commissaries allow nine pence per ration. 

On Motion 

That a Resolve of the convention of the twelfth of December 
One thousand seven hundred and seventy six appointing John 
Wereat Esquire Commissioner of confiscated Estates, together 
with his Account amounting to thirty one pounds, three shillings 
and one penny were laid before the House 

Ordered that the same be refered to the Committee on peti- 
tions N° 2. 

A Petition from John Milton Esquire was read, and referred 
tci the Committee on Petitions N"* 2 

The House proceeded .to the appointment of Commissioners 
for examining the quality and quantity of the lands on the Ten- 
nessee River agreeable to a resolve of the twentieth instant, 
when the following persons were appointed Viz. 

Lachlan M^'intosh Jun*" William Downes, Stephen Heard John 
Morell, John Donaldson, Joseph Martin and John Sevior Es- 
quires. 

The House then adjourned till to morrow morning 9 OClock 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 637 

(From State Archives.) 

Sunday February 22°* 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment. 

The House proceeded to take into consideration the Report 
of the Committee on the petition of William Graves N"* 21 

Resolved that His Honor the Governor be requested to de- 
liver to the Auditor, the Account of all the Treasurer's Certifi- 
cates that have been rendered into the present or late Governor, 
and that the Auditor be directed to calculate the total amount, 
and to call on the Treasurers who issued them to give informa- 
tion on the subject, and as it may have so happened that by fate 
of War or other accidents, certificates have been lost or destroyed, 
such person or persons claiming or owning such certificates as 
aforesaid shall file an Affidavit in the Auditors Office setting 
forth the date and Sum or Sums of such certificates and the cir- 
cumstances under which they were lost, and that the Auditor 
also niake the necessary enquiry with respect to the sums of 
money emitted prior to the Fall of Savannah, and as have been 
returned agreeable to a resolve passed the last House of As- 
sembly, and report specially thereon to this or a future House of 
Assembly 

The Committee appointed to receive the public papers from the 
Late Governor, Reported, as follows, which was agreed to. 

That they find the amount of Twelve hundred and thirty 
pounds eighteen shillings and two pence in Certificates in the 
Hands of M' Rees the Secretary, which answer to the several 
Credits given on the several bonds in consequence of which 
they have given M' Rees a receipt exonerating him from any 
further claim, and would with deference recommend as the 
most eligible plan that those certificates be destroyed as follows. 



638 



JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



An Account of the Remainder of Certificates received by the 
late Governor Doctor Hall and returned to the Committee by 
the Secretary David Rees Esquire Twenty first of February 
One thousand seven hundred eighty four 



To whom payable 


Dates 


By whom signed 


Amount 
£ 


Sam Total 


Robert Bonner 
Sherwood Hugg 
Luke Meazle 
Abner Islands 
Elizabeth Bugg 
Abraham Jones 
Charles Odingsells 
Elizabeth Keebler 


1^ Aug* 1783 
2"<* June 1783 
9*** Feby 1784 
23** Dec* 1783 
9*^ June 1783 

12* Aug* 1783 

7*^ March 1783 
28* Nov' 1783 


John Wereat 

- DO 

DO 

D«> 

— DO 

DO 

DO 

DO 


8 
20 

2 

ZI 

118 

447 

35 

4 


9 
10 

14 
7 

13 
5 


6 

2 
10 


£ s d 
664: 19: 6 




Number 
60 
42 
76 
99 


John Martin 

DO 

DO 

Do 


60 
78 
22 


12 
6 


8 






44 


DO 


15 




'— 






10 

84 

109 


Do 

DO 

Lyman Hall 


65 
"5 
»I5 


— 








- 




£ 585. 18: 8 












£1230: 18: 2. 



A Bill for the revising and amending the several Militia Laws 
of this State was read the third time. 

Ordered That the said Bill do pass into an Act under the 
Title of An Act for revising and amending the several Militia 
Laws of this State 

Ordered that the same be engrossed 

A bill for revising amending and continuing several Acts of 
Assembly of this State was read the third time 

Ordered that the said Bill do pass into an Act under the 
Title of an Act for revising amending and continuing several 
Acts of Assembly of this State 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 639 

Ordered that the same be engrossed. 

M' Stephens and M' Walton a Committee from the Executive 
Council returned the Bill for regulating the trade and Commerce 
of this State and laying an Impost of Tonnage on shipping with- 
out any remarks 

Resolved that the Treasurer be directed to advertize for two 
months requiring all persons who owe Interest on bonds for 
property purchased at the sales of confiscated Estates to pay up 
such Interest immediately, and in case of non compliance at 
the expiration of the term aforesaid to deliver in an Account 
of all such defaulters to the Attorney General who is hereby 
directed to commence actions against all such persons and to 
recover the amount of the same, and pay it into the Treasury 

A Bill to point out the regulations necessary for the admit- 
tance of persons to the rights of Citizenship in this State was 
read a second time 

On Motion 

The House resolved itself into a Committee of the whole 
House to take into consideration the said Bill. 

M' Saltus in the Chair 

The Speaker having resumed the Chair, 

M' Saltus from the Committee of the whole House to take 
into consideration the said Bill, reported 

That they had taken the same into consideration, made some 
amendments, and recommend that the same be postponed which 
was agreed to. 

The Bill for regulating the Trade and Commerce of this 
State and laying an Impost on Tonnage of Shipping was read 
the third Time. 



640 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that the said Bill do pass into an Act under the 
Title of an Act for r^^lating the Trade, and laying duties upon 
all Goods Wares Liquors and Merchandize and Negroes import- 
ed into this State, and also an Impost on the Tonnage of Ship- 
ping, and for other purposes therein mentioned 

The House then adjourned till to morrow morning 9 OClock. 



(From State Archives.) 

Monday February 23* 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment 

A Letter from the Honorable Edward Telfair Esquire was 
read 

Whereas it appears by a Letter from the Honorable Edward 
Telfair Esquire that the Commissioners appointed to hold a 
Treaty with the Creek Indians did promise to the Tallisse and 
Fat Kings, some presents in consequence of their fidelity and at- 
tachment to their white brethren during the late War, and for 
their acquiescence and support in the late acquired Cession, 
therefore 

Resolved that the Governor and Council be empowered to 
draw on the Treasurer for a sum not exceeding fifty pounds to 
be paid to the Commissioners, to be applied to the purpose afore- 
said. 

The House proceeded to the Election of Continental Delegates 
in addition to those already appointed, and on counting the Bal- 
lots, the following Gentlemen were declared elected viz. 

William Few, William Gibbons Esquires and General Lach- 
lan M^'intosh 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 641 

Agreeable to order on Friday last the Attorney General re- 
ported to the House, the sundry charges exhibited against a 
Negro named London the property of Cap* Deane, who was 
under sentence of Death for robbing the Shop of Wiggins, 

but reprieved by the Late Governor till the sitting of the As- 
sembly. 

Resolved that the said Negro London belonging to the Estate 
of Cap' Deane be pardoned on condition that M' Clay Executor 
to the said Estate do transport the said Negro London to some 
of the West India Islands and that he remain in Goal untill an 
opportunity offers to send him off 

The Committee on Petitions N"" 3 reported from N*" i to 11. 

Ordered that the same do ly upon the Table. 

The House proceeded to take- into consideration the report 
of the Committee on petitions N*" 2. on the petition of George 
Walton Esquire N® 12 as follows 

That the Petition of George Walton Esquire praying relief 
of the loss of a Treasurer's Certificate dated about the tenth 
of August One thousand Seven hundred seventy eight for the 
sum of Seventeen hundred pounds which was obtained for sup- 
plies furnished by the petitioner for the use of the Troops of this 
State. 

Resolved that the Auditor be directed to Audit and reduce the 
aforesaid Sum of Seventeen himdred pounds by the Table of 
depreciation, and allow the Specie value thereof, and give a Cer- 
tificate for the same provided that M' Walton doth give Bond 
to the Auditor for a sum not less than twice the amount to in- 
demnify the State against the Certificate he has lost. 

A Bill to point out the regulations necessary for the admission 
of persons to the rights of Citizenship in this State was read a 
second time. 



642 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that the same be sent to the Executive Council for 
their perusal and advice, and that M*^ Netherclift and M' Bard 
be a Committee to wait on them with the same 

The House proceeded to ballot for Surveyors for the Counties 
of Franklin and Washington; and on counting the ballots John 
Gorham Esquire was declared elected for the County of Frank- 
lin, and Joseph Pannell Esquire for the County of Washington 

On Motion that a writ of Election do issue for a member of 
Assembly for the County of Chatham in the room of the Honor- 
able Wilh'am Gibbons Esquire elected a Continental Delegate. 

Resolved that the Speaker be empowered to receive resigna- 
tions, and issue Writs of Election, to fill up all intermediate 
vacancies, during the recess of this House. 

The House proceeded to take up the report of the Com- 
mittee to whom was referred the Petition of Peter Bard Esquire 
with an affidavit. Praying that Commissioners be appointed to 
value the Estate of the late Reverend John Joachim Zubly which 
remains unsold, at a rate as near as may be equivalent to that 
part already sold, and be confirmed to the Petitioner and his 
Brother in Law, which was agreed to ; and is as follows : 

That they are of opinion that that part of the Estate of John 
Joachim Zubly deceased which remains unsold be valued at the 
rate which the part already sold amounted to, and the same con- 
firmed to him and his brother in Law John Zubly, they giving 
bond for the amount of the said valuation, agreeable to the Law 
for regulating the Sales of confiscated Estates, which bond to 
remain against them until the debts and the due proportions of 
the Debts of the said Estate agreeable to the resolve passed in 
. Augusta the first of August last past are adjusted, and that James 
Houstoun Lachlan M*^intosh and William Bryan Esquires be ap- 
pointed Commissioners to value the same 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 543 

And it is further the opinion of the Committee that three 
fifty acre Lots near Oat's, a house and Lot at Yamacraw, and a 
Lot in the Town of Savannah given to the said Peter Bard Es- 
quire and Anne his Wife by the said John Joachim Zubly de- 
ceased previous to his Estate being confiscated, and which it 
appears were occupied by the said Peter Bard Esquire be, and are 
hereby confirmed to him the said Peter Bard Esquire for ever. 

M' Stq)hens and M' Walton a Committee from the Council 
returned the following Bills Viz. 

A Bill to point out the regulations necessary for the admission 
of persons to the rights of Citizenship in this State with their 
remarks thereon. 

A Bill to empower the Governor and the Executive [Council] 
to Issue special Commissions of Oyer and Terminer to the Chief 
Justice and to the assistant Justices in the several Counties with- 
in this State for the tryal of Criminals, with their remarks 
thereon 

The House proceeded to take into consideration the report of 
the Committee N*" 3 on the petition of John and George Galphin 
N^ 3 which was agreed to by the House ; and is as follows Viz. 

On the petition of John and George Galphin praying that a 
tract of land granted to them by the Chiefs and head men of the 
Creek nation, may be confirmed. 

It is the opinion of the House that the said Grant is null, 
and can be of no validity or effect, as the same is inconsistent 
with Law and good policy, notwithstanding in consideration of 
the meritorious services done by M' Galphin the deceased, father 
of the petitioners, it is agreed that a square tract, of Fifteen 
thousand Acres of Land in any part within the limits of the said 
Tract, be granted to them and their heirs — And that the Gov- 
ernor and Council be requested to grant a warrant for the same. 



644 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

The House proceeded to take into consideration the report of 
the Committee to whom was referred the Accounts of the Late 
Governor, as follows. 

That it is their opinion that the said Accounts should be re- 
ferred to the Auditor, in order that he may examine and liqui- 
date the same and report specially thereon to this House, and 
as some dissatisfaction is given respecting the purchase of a 
Tract of Land containing One hundred and Twenty Acres on 
Hutchinson's Island: Therefore recommend that after the Au- 
ditor has Audited the aforesaid Accounts allowing the Salary and 
advances of Indian Supplies, &c which Doctor Hall has made 
and charged him, Ten pounds per Acre for the said Tract of 
Land on Hutchinson's Island agreable to appraisement. That 
Doctor Hall do give Bond and approved Security to His Honor 
the Governor and his Successors in office for the balance that 
may appear due and owing by him to the State payable in twelve 
months, then and in that Case this House will concur in the 
Sales of the said Tracts of Land, which was agreed to. 

The House proceeded to take up the report of the Committee 
to whom was referred a Letter from Lucy Tondee of the Eighth 
february One thousand seven hundred and eighty three, which 
is as follows 

That it is their opinion that she should be allowed Ten 
Pounds Sterling for the use of her room in the beginning of the 
Session One thousand seven hundred eighty three, and that His 
Honor the Governor give her an order to receive the same out 
of the first money's which shall come into the Public Treasury, 
which was agreed to. 

On Motion 

Resolved that a Committee be aiq)ointed to point out the 
means of raising supplies to furnish Continental Delegates, and 
for the support of the Coandl, and members of the House 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 546 

Ordered that M' Bard M' Houston, M' Andrew and M' Few, 
be that Committee 

On Motion 

Resolved that Thomas and John Mitchell Dooly the sur- 
viving sons of Colonel John Dooly who was cruelly murdered in 
his own house while on parole, be allowed five hundred Acres of 
Land each in Lieu of the Land due their deceased father to be 
laid out in the County of Washington 

The Committee to whom was delivered the public Bonds, re- 
ported 

That they have delivered the same to the Treasurer as they 
were directed, and have taken his receipt for said Bonds, which 
they beg leave to lay before the house with an exact List thereof, 
which the Committee recommend to be entered on the Journals 
of the House which was agreed to, and are as follows 

Account of Bonds delivered the Committee appointed by the 
Honorable House of Assembly that have been fully complied 
for by giving Mortgages &c 

:^5 r r— vol 3 



54« 



JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



Persons Names 



Amount of 
Bonds 



Richard Wylly 

DO 

po 

CO 

kiciiard Call 
Peter Deveaux 
John Houston 
John P. Wagnon 
William Le Conte 
Edward Jones 
Seth Jn° Cuthbert 
Samuel Elbert 
John Morell 
James Jackson Col. 
Joseph Clay 

DO 

DO 

Tho* Stone for 

J. Ward dec** 
Ditto for Ditto 
Ben" Lloyd 
John Lncas 
John Habersham 
William O Bryan 

DO 
Joseph Humphreys 

Hannah Gibbons 
Peter H. Morell 
William Read 

Edward Davis 
Ben" Andrew 
Lucia Murray 
W" M^ntosh J' 

Ben" Stiles 
Rich** How ley 

John Lucas 
W"' Sdrving 

John Wauden 

Thomas Storie 

John Baker 
Jacob Read 
John Moore 
George Threadcraft 
Neh*^ Wade 
Abram Joues 
Tho*. Washington 
Peter Tarlin^h 
Charles Odingsells 
Thomas Mills 
John Hardv . 
Sam' Beecroft 



10 

6 



lo - 
lo 



12 - 

5 



£ s d 
2310 

346 
30- 

441. 
4125 

820 

127. 
2050 

4B75 

510 

940 
2947 
3748. 
2197. 

150 
5263. 
1357 

34". 

5400 
410 

705 
3460 
2290 
2655 

157 

4050. 

480 

3380 

177 
350 
700 
600 

175 

i486 

575 
2850 

640 



10 



What sum 

!><* in 
Certificates 



£ s d 
596 38 



What relin- 
quished or 
otherwise 
paid 



£ 8 d 

420 - - 



115 --I - 
440 II -J — 



1050 - 
404 10 



1066 10 8 
2197 10 - 



2381 7 8 
82 56 



426 12 - 



Audited 
-- 13 I - 

- -I 25 7 8 
— -2800 — 

I Audited 

- -; 79 - - 

- -,Ball*^« Acc»> 

- - Ball" Belch 



-| 



Audited 
63 II 2 



- -2166 



2925 — 1 1 160 19 - 



540 
7689 
3570 
1000 
T245 

715 

"75 
522 
720 
236 

1 30s 
230 



- - 113 13 5J 

- - 1081 .17 33 

- 7S as int 

- - 345 I -.4 

- - 715 - - 

--11175 -- 

10 -; — 

720 



131 3 "I 



Def^ in land 
655 4 - 



2410 - - 
900 - - 



Total 
paid 



Balance due 
the SUte 



£ 8 
1016 3 



115 - 
440 II 



I 
d j £• s 
8 1293 16 

- 346 10 

- I 3o| 6 

- 326 
-i.36841 8 

- I 820. 



1271 10 



1050 - 
404 10 



- ,20501 

- ,3825 - 

- 105 10 



I 197 14 
2197 - 



2381 7 
737 9 



- : 940, 

-12947! 
7l|255o' 15 

- loooo o 

8 '2882! 

- 1 1357, 



54001 



2410 - 
1326 12 



2675 






Hi 



4i 

o 

o 

4 



4101 

705 - 

1050, -I - 

2228' 8 - 

157I 10' - 



13 I 

25 7 

2800 - 

atten*««Coun» 18 8 
ersCer*byT.,W. 36 15 



- 14036; 19' - 
8 ; 454, ^2 4 
580! - - 



io lands i 
years Int. I 
648 Defy re- 
linquishedj 
275 

f 630 Defy in I 

! land 

I 125 relin- i 

tqnished 



63 II 2 



2850 
275 



1915 19 



113 15 
1081 17 
78 

345 

715 
"75 



5i 
3i 

I 4 



720 - 



98 - - 

33ii r 4 

663 5 - 

600 - - 



III 

i486 

575 
0000 

365 



1009 



540 

7575 

2488 

922 

899 
000 
000 
522 
000 



236 

1305 
2^0 



8 10 



18 8 

o O 



Oi 

10 
o 



FEBRUARY, 1784- 



547 



Savannah 23* February 1784 Received of Wiliam Few and 
Charles Odingsells Esquire a Committee appointed by the Hon- 
orable the House of Assembly, Bonds agreeable. to the List in 
the preceding page, amounting to Sixty two thousand four 
hundred and eighty One pounds Seven shillings and ten pence 
half penny being the Balance due the State of Georgia 

John Martin Treas' 



Persons Names 



Amount 

of 
Bonds 



5s 



at 






.-I 

SO 



Total 
Paid 



Balance 

Due the 

SUte 



Samuel Stirk 

Andrew McLean . . . 

John Lucas 

Luke Mann 

Lachlin Mcintosh x 

Abram Ravot 

James Jackson 

Benn Andrew 

Benn Andrew 

James Jackson 

John Greene 

Frauds Tennell 

James Habersham. . 

Ditto 
William O. Bryan . , 

John Harde J 

James McKay 

Wm. Mcintosh, Junr. 

Ditto 

Ditto 

Ditto 

James Thompson. . . . 

Joseph Woodruff 

Phillip Low 

Christopher Hillary . 

John Baker 

Francis Tennell 

Anthy. W. White . . 

Jared Irvine 

John Morrison 

James Martin 

James B. Sharpe 

Clementius Davies. , . 

Abraham Ravot 

Leonard Marbury. . . 

Josiah Powell 

James Jeffries 



10 
10 



5 
10 



10 
10 
10 



£ s d 

2160 

3150 

63 

235 

1260 

42 

162 

2787 

1460 

230 

65a 

78 

1387 

1190 

3152 
807 
152 

175 
2160 

505 

2455 

8x2 

137 
1692 

45 
1 165 

90 
4500 

33 

45 

170 

50 

225 

618 
2550 
2350 

187 



10 
10 
10 



18 



15 



15 



£ s d 

837 7 33< 
1281 7 2 



£ s d 



1298 5 8 



£ s d 

837 7 33K 
2579 12 10 



121 6 S}i 



121 6 S)i 



16 ., 



2I)UhiBtel 

2325 



18 



125 2 6 

87 10 .. 



125 
87 



2 6 

10 .. 



69 17 7 



lOO . . 

1335 .. 

1594 10 
412 10 



1435 

^594 

412 

69 



lo , . 

10 . . 
17 7 



432 64^ 



830 .. 
2200 . . 



830 



2200 
432 



812 10 
715 18 



812 
715 



64X 
10 . . 

18 '.'. 



25 



25 



£ 


s 


1323 


12 


570 


7 


62 


10 


103 


13 


1260 




42 




144 




462 


10 


1460 




104 


17 


562 


10 


78 


5 


1 142 


10 


1558 




r. 


12 


175 




1330 




505 




255 




380 


3 


^ 


10 


45 




450 




90 




4SOO 




33 


15 


45 




170 




25 




225 




618 


15 


2550 




2350 




187 


10 



2 

3^ 



7U 



54S 



JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



Savannah 23* February 1784 Received of William Few and 
Charles Odingsells Esquires (a Committee appointed by the 
Honorable the House of Assembly) Bonds agreable to the List 
in the preceeding page amounting to Twenty four thousand three 
hundred and four pounds one shilling and Ten pence half penny 
being the balance due the State of Georgia 

John Martin Treasurer 

A List of Bonds given for personal property Purchased at 
the Sales of the Confiscated Estates in the Year One thousand 
seven hundred eighty two 



Persons names who 


Amount and Date 




Annual 




\Vhen the Bonds 


gave Bonds. 




of the B<*nds 




Interest 


become due 


Abner Bickham 


250 




— 2 Sepf 


1782 


£ 

17 


s 
10 


d 


1^ Sept' 1786 


Andrew Burns 


225 


— 


— 10 DO 


Do 


15 


15 


- 


10 DO DO 


Thomas Chisholm 


66 


— 


— 2 Do 


DO 


4 


12 


4H 


10 DO DO 


WUliam Candler 


72 


— 


— 2 DO 


DO 


5 


9 


<i% 


10 DO Do 


Cornelius Dysart 


520 


— 


— 26 Dec' 


DO 


36 


8 




76 Dec' DO 


James Dunwoodie 


10 


— 


— 21 Oct' 


DO 




14 


— 


21** Oct' DO 


Luther Haluel 


260 


— 


— 2 Sep' 


Do 


18 


4 


— 


2 Sept' DO 


Caleb Howell 


25 


lo 


— 2 Dec' 


DO 


I 


15 


8^ 


2 Dec' DO 


Alexander Irvine 


80 


— 


— 2 Sep' 


DO 


5 


12 




2"'^ Sep' D'' 


Stephen Johnston 


60 


II 


— 2 Dec' 


DO 


4 


4 


9 


2°*^ Dec' Do 


Lemuel Lanier 


200 


10 


— 13 June 


DO 


14 


14 




13 June DO 


John Morrison 


331 


10 


DO Do 


DO 


23 


4 


I 


Do Do 


Daniel M^murphy 
Joseph Pannell 


325 


— 


— 29 Dec' 


Do 


22 


5 





29*^ Dec' Do 


26 


— 


— 21 Sep' 


Do 


I 


16 


4«' 


2 Sept' Do 


John Patterson 


205 


— 


— DO 


Do 


14 


7 




Ditto 


Abram Ravot 


65 


— 


— DO 


DO 


4 


II 





Ditto 


Ditto 


15 


— 


— 2°<i Dec' 


DO 


I 


I 





2 Dec' 1782 


James Stallings 


103 


— 


— 13 June 


DO 


7 


4 


2>^ 


13 June DO 
2^ SepU DO 


Ditto . 


270 


— 


— 2 Sep' 


DO 


18 


18 




William Mcintosh 


21 


10 


— Do 


DO 


I 


10 


I 


DO Do 


Daniel M^murphy 


363 


— 


— . DO 


DO 


25 


8 


2>i 


DO Do 




£3494 


II 






£ 245 


5 


1% 





Savannah 23* February 1784 Received of William Few and 
Charles Odingsells Esquires (a Committee appointed by the 
Honorable the House of Assembly) Bonds agreable to the List 
in the preceeding page amounting to Three thousand four hun- 



FEBRUARY, 1784. o;9 

dred and ninety four pounds eleven shillings being tiie sum 
due the State of Georgia 

John Martin Treasurer 

Savannah 23'' February 1784 Received of Messieurs Few and 
Odingsells Two Bonds Viz One Bond of Mordecai Sheftall 
dated the thirtieth of September One thousand seven hundred 
and eighty three for twenty two pounds three shillings payable 
the first of January One thousand seven hundred eighty four. 
One Ditto of Chesly Bostick dated the Twenty sixth June One 
thousand seven hundred eighty three for Sixty pounds payable 
the first of January one thousand seven hundred eighty four, 
the same being due the State of Georgia 

John Martin Treasurer 

Petition from Sarah Glen was read and referred to the Com- 
mittee on Petitions N° 3. 

The House then adjourned till to morrow morning 9 OClock. 



(From State Archives.) 

Tuesday February 24*** 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment 

A Petition from James Spalding was read and referred to the 
Committee of Petitions N** i. 

On Motion 

That the Auditor be directed to audit and reduce all M' 
Greave's Certificates by the Table of Depreciation and allow the 
Specie value thereof, and give him a Certificate for the same, 
which was agreed to 



550 



JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



The Yeas and Nays being called for are as follows 



Yeas 



Yeas 



M' Netherclift 


M' Lanier 


M' Bryan 


W Mckenzie 


M' Habersham 


M' Clements 


M' Odingsells 


M' Conyers 


M' Bard 


M' Pugh 


W Rutherford 


M' Morrison 


M' Andrew 


M' Lewis 


M' Hardey 


M' Mcintosh 


M' Saltus 


M' Williamson 


M' Whitehead 


20 


M' Meazle 




Nays 


Nj 


M' Gibbons 


M' Palmer 


M' Houstoun 


M' Irvine 


M' Catchings 


M' Candler 


M' Heard 


M' Glascock 


M' Kemp 


M' Crawford 


M' Downes 


M' M^neil 


M' Cunningham 


14 


M' Elliot 





ResoIvVEd That George Handley and John Hardey Esquires 
be added to the Justices of the Counties of Liberty Glynn and 
Camden And That Thomas Carter, Devereux Jarret, Thomas 
Gragg, John George, Arthur Fort and George Lumpkin Esquires 
be added to the List of Justices for the County of Wilkes 

Whereas the Reverend Moses Allen was imprisoned on board 
the Prison Ship at Cock Spur by the British, and endeavouring 
to make his escape he unfortunately was drowned 



Resolved that his only surviving Son Moses Allen be allowed 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 551 

five hundred Acres of Land in the late Cession granted by the 
Indians, as a compensation for his fathers services. 

Resolved that the Auditor be directed to audit a Treasury 
Certificate for One thousand five hundred pounds in the posses- 
sion of Colonel Downis, and the same to be taken in payment for 
his Bond to the State, and if any balance in his favor that he re- 
ceive a Certificate for the same. 

Whereas it appears that Edward Langvvorthy Esquire was 
possessed in his own right for a Treasury Certificate of this 
State, for monies he received for his many Services thereto, 
and which he actually paid into the Treasury in the month of 
July One thousand seven hundred and seventy six and at the 
same time was accidently destroyed by fire, at the same time his 
books and papers were absolutely consumed, which prevents his 
rendering particular accounts against many Estates confiscated 
and sold under an Act for that purpose but that he has preserved 
a list of the different amount of the same, therefore, 

Resolved that the Auditor be directed to Audit and reduce 
M"" Langworthy's Treasury Certificates together with the In- 
terest thereon by the Table of Depreciation, and allow the Specie 
value thereof, and give him a Certificate of the same, which shall 
be received in payment of the confiscated Estates, and that his 
proving on Oath his several demands against confiscated Estates, 
shall be put on the like footing with other legal claims 

Resolved that His Honor the Governor be requested to draw 
an Order on the Treasurer in favor of John Wereat Esquire for 
four pounds fifteen shillings and nine pence which shall be taken 
and received in payment of his Taxes for the last year. 

A Message from His Honor the Governor was received 

Resolved that this House are of opinion that Nathan Brown- 
son Esquire do qualify as a Justice for the Counties of Liberty 



652 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Glytin and Camden by virtue of his appointment in January One 
thousand seven hundred eighty two 

The Committee to whom was referred the Letter of the Com- 
missioners of confiscated Estates, mentioning the different Tracts 
of Land that were postponed at the late Sales by Order of Coun- 
cil, and on account of different claimants, Reported, which was 
agreed to, and is as follows. 

That they find one hundred acres late the property of John 
Furlow on little bryar Creek in Wilkes County on the eleventh 
November One thousand seven hundred and eighty three. Also 
two hundred and fifty Acres late the property of the said John 
Furlow in Richmond County — On the eighteenth of November 
Two hundred Acres late the property of William Dargan in 
Burke County — Also Five hundred Acres late Thomas Gold- 
smiths in Chatham County, on the seventeenth December Also 
another tract of five hundred Acres of the said Thomas Gold- 
smith, all postponed on account and in behalf of the distressed 
Widows and Orphan Children of the late proprietors of the 
said Lands who are included in the Act of Confiscation and 
banishment, And although they conceive the Commissioners ex- 
ercised an extra judicial power not authorized by the said Act, 
yet, in favor of the Widows and Orphans, were committing so 
amiable an error that they rather merit the applause than the 
censure of the House, and therefore recommend that the House 
vest the property in such respective Widows and Orphan Chil- 
dren 

The Committee farther report 

That they find One hundred Acres late the property of James 
Grierson claimed by John Kendrick in the County of Richmond, 
the eighteenth November One thousand seven hundred eighty 
three. 

Also Two hundred Acres late the property of Thomas Skin- 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 563 

ner on account of an Affadavit of M" Spencer in the County of 
Effingham the eighth December 

Also Seven hundred Acres late the property of John Martin 
of Jakel, claimed by Richard Leake the twenty ninth December 

Also Two hundred Acres late the property of Daniel Bean 
M^'intosh, claimed by M' M'^intosh, the same day 

Also Four hundred Acres late the property of John Forbes 
claimed by a nameless person, at least not mentioned by the 
Commissioners. 

Also nine hundred Acres, same as last mentioned. 

Also One hundred and fifty Acres in the same way 

Also three hundred acres late Kelsall and Spalding claimed by 
M' M'^intosh the same day 

Also seven hundred and fifty Acres late the proi>erty of John 
Graham claimed by Major Raymond Demerie on the same day 

Also Five hundred Acres late John Martins of Jekell claimed 
at the same time by Richard Leake. 

The whole of the above also postponed, and are of opinion 
that the Commissioners are highly reprehensible in thus violating 
the Spirit and direction of the La^v, which pointedly orders them 
to proceed to the Sale at the time therein specified of all con- 
fiscated property and therefore becomes their duty in the first 
instance to ascertain and discriminate such property as appears 
to belong to the persons named in the Act of confiscation and 
banishment, and when that is once done and the same advertised 
for Sale to proceed to such sales referring all Claimants to a 
Court of Law, to establish such their claims agreable to the Let- 
ter of the Act above recited 

The Committee further Report, 



664 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

That they find four hundred Acres late the property of Robert 
Baillie postponed. 

That they conceive the Commissioners were guilty of a palp- 
able mistake in advertising for sale the land of a person taken 
off the confiscation Act by the legislature in July One thousand 
Seven hundred eighty three 

Also Five hundred Acres late the property of Charles M"*- 
donald 

That the same language is applicable to this case, as that 
Identical tract was settled by the legislature on the widow and 
Children of the said Charles MMonald. 

Also eight hundred Acres late Thomas Gibbons claimed by 
William Gibbons in the County of Chatham,* postponed till the 
next meeting of the General Assembly 

Also One thousand Acres late the property of John Poison 

Also fifty Acres late the property of Hugh Poison postponed 
till the next meeting of the General Assembly 

The Committee further report, 

On the petition of David Shirrell to them referred, that they 
find by the Will of William Shirrell dated the second September 
One thousand seven hundred and seventy two all his property 
real and personal was vested in his Wife Jean, and at her death 
to descend to his grandson Reuben Shirrell, That the said 
Reuben Shirrell died about five years ago, and that his Devisees 
and Assigns were notwithstanding included in the Act of Con- 
fiscation and Banishment. That the Commissioners have taken 
some part of the aforesaid property, although the said Jean Shir- 
rell is still living — ^They are therefore of opinion that the Com- 
missioners be directed to return such property to the aforesaid 
Jean Shirrell, and that the same together with all such as is in- 
cluded in the said Will be vested absolutely in her 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 566 

Resolved that the remaining part of the report be postponed 
Motion was made and seconded 

That .the Resolves of the House of Assembly are binding- on 
all the Officers of the State, except such as operate against the 
established Laws 

The previous question being called for, that this question be 
not now put, was carried in the affirmative 

The Committee to whom was referred the consideration of a 
Letter from the Attorney General, reported as follows, which 
was agreed to. 

That they find the judgment of the Chief Justice in the Case 
referred to have been founded in general upon the principles of 
Government, and in particular upon an Act passed at Augusta 
in July last entitled an Act for releasing certain persons from 
their bargains, and wherein it is enacted. That it shall be law- 
full for any person or persons whatsoever to sue or implead the 
State. 

And it is the opinion of the Committee, that if a Judge should 
suffer a claim against the State to go to the consideration of a 
Jury it would be impleading it in a Court of Law and of con- 
sequence be a derangement of any plans of Finance 

That if there are any of the public Creditors who deserve a 
preference of payment, and the funds admit of it, or any dis- 
counts are thought proper, if in either case, the directions come 
particularly from the legislature. 

A Letter from Mordecai Sheftall with a Letter inclosed from 
Stephen Drayton was read 

Ordered that the same ly upon the Table. 

A Letter from Samuel Stirk Esquire was read 



656 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Ordered that the same ly upon the Table. 

A petition from James Lewis praying five hundred acres of 
Land may be granted him, in consideration of his being wounded, 
and disabled in future to support himself 

Resolved that the prayer of the petition be granted 

A Memorial from James Houstoun Esquire was read 

Ordered that the same be referred to a Special Committee 
c:nd that M' Gunn M' Gibbons and M"" Habersham be that Com- 
mittee 

Whereas from the distressed situation of the Country in the 
year One thousand seven hundred eighty one, and in order to 
induce the inhabitants of the State to remain within and take 
an active part in defence of the same it became highly expedient 
to pass a Law holding out encouragement to such as did their 
duty either as Officers or Soldiers by allowing the Officers the 
same pay and subsistence of the Continental Army, and the pay 
of the non Commissioned Officers and Soldiers as follows, Viz 
Sergeants Two shillings and six per day, Drummers and Fifers 
Two Shillings, and privates One Shilling and Six pence and 
w^hereas in consequence of a resolve of the House of Assembly 
in January One thousand seven hundred and eighty three, doubts 
have arisen with the Auditor in passing the Accounts of the 
Militia. 

Resolved that the Auditor be and ke is hereby directed to 
audit the said accounts subsequent to that period in the manner 
pointed out by said Law 

The Committee to whom were referred the books and pro- 
ceedings of the Commissioners appointed to treat with the In- 
dians, Reported 

That they find the business has been conducted with great 
address and propriety and are of opinion that the said Commis- 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 657 

sioners are entitled to the warmest thanks of the house, for their 
conduct on the occasion, and all their proceedings be and are 
hereby ratified and confirmed which was unanimously agreed 
to 

The House proceeded to the choice of Trustees for a College, 
when the following Gentlemen were elected Viz. John Hous- 
toun James Habersham William Few, Joseph Clay, Abraham 
Baldwin, William Houstoun and Nathan Brownson Esquires. 

On Motion 

Resolved that the Goods landed from on board the Schooner 
Adventure, Henry Nicholl master bound from Philadelphia to 
New York and blown off and obliged to put into this Port in 
distress, be exempted from duties, for having sold only a part 
of his Cargo, which was damageable, and so much as was neces- 
sary to defray his Port Charges. 

A Petition from Doctor Jacob Dejong with an Account was 
read 

Resolved that the Account inclosed be referred to the Auditor, 
and that he be requested to Audit and give a Certificate for the 
amount thereof. 

]Vr Candler applying for leave of absence during this Session, 
received an Order from the Speaker on the Treasurer for five 
pounds in part of his Account amounting to twenty six pounds 
two shillings and eight pence, due him for his Attendance this 
Session 

M' Whitehead applying for leave of absence during this Ses- 
sion received an order from the Speaker on the Treasurer for 
five pounds in part of his account of Eighteen pounds thirteen 
shillings and four pence due him for his attendance this Session. 

The House then adjourned till to morrow morning 9 OCIock 



658 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

(From State Archives.) 
Wednesday February 25*** 1784 
The House met pursuant to adjournment 

The Committee to whom was referred the petition of James 
Houstoun Esquire, respecting a tract of land containing nine 
hundred Acres, now part of Monteeth plantations Reported 

That having taken the same under consideration recommend 
that the sale of said plantation be postponed 'till the next meet- 
ing of the House in which time the said James Houstoun can 
make his right appear, and the Committee will have it [in] their 
power to report fully thereon which was agreed to 

On Motion 

RES01.VKD that David Rees Esquire Secretary to the Late Gov- 
ernor be directed to deliver the Bonds and Mortgage of Richard 
Howly (for the white Oak plantation late James Butlers) to the 
Treasurer he taking a receipt for the same 

Whereas there are a number of Petitions from persons pray- 
ing to become Citizens of this State now before the House, and 
as several of said petitioners have removed their property into 
this State under a promise of temporary protection from the late 
administration until the sense of this House be known, and from 
the advanced period of the Session a naturalization Law cannot 
pass this House, nor can the petitions be taken up and decided 
on, and it is just and necessary that all such persons should 
receive the fullest protection from this State. Therefore 

RES01.VED, That His Honor the Governor and the Executive 
Council during the recess of this House are hereby authorized 
to grant all such persons, or any others applying where there 
shall appear no legal impediment, such protection untill a law 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 6t9 

passes pointing out the mode of admitting persons to the rights 
of Citizenship 

Resolved that the Books of the Commissioners of claims be 
delivered to a Committee, consisting of M' William Few, M' 
Hall and M' Bryan in order that they may revise their Rules 
and make such amendments as may appear to them necessary and 
report thereon this afternoon, That the said Books be then 
delivered to the Auditor, and that he be directed to liquidate and 
audit all claims against the confiscated Estates, agreable to the 
Rules and instructions given him for that purpose, and when it 
shall so happen that an Account or claim is laid before the 
Auditor, on which he can not with propriety decide agjeable to 
the said Rules and instructions, he shall in that case report 
specially on such accounts to the legislature at their next sitting 

On Motion: Resolved that the following persons be ap- 
pointed Commissioners of Roads for Liberty County Viz. 

John Elliott and William Way, for the first Division 

William Quarterman and Thomas Stephens for the second 
Division 

Phillip Low and Gideon Douse for the third Division 

Joseph Law, for the fourth Division. 

Josiah Bacon and James Dunwoodie for the fifth Division. 

Samuel Saltus and William Baker for the sixth Division 

Col** John Baker and John Hardey for the Town of Sunbury 

For Sappelo District, 

Colonel William M^'intosh and Samuel Fulton 

For Colonels Islands 

Benjamin Andrew and Andrew Maybank 



560 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Commissioners for the North West road in Chatham County 

James Gunn, William Bryan, Peter Deveaux, James 
Houstoun, William Gibbons, Thomas Washington and 
John Morell Esquires. 

Commissioners for Great Ogechee District 

William Leconte, Thomas Stone, and Raymond Demerie 
Esquires 

Commissioners for Little Ogechee District. 

Stephen Millen and Joseph Habersham Esquires 

Resolved that Israel Bird be added to the List of Commis- 
sioners of roads already appointed for the County of Effingham. 

Resolved that William Le Conte, James Houstoun William 
Stephens, John Barnard, Joseph Gibbons Edward Telfair Thomas 
Stone and James Gunn Esquires be added to the List of Justices 
for the County of Chatham. 

Resolved that David Emanuel, Thomas Lewis Jun"" John 
Jones and Hugh Lawson Esquires be appointed assistant Jus- 
tices, and that Thomas Lewis Sen' Benjamin Lewis, Francis 
Pugh, James Pugh, Jared Irvine, John Clemments Thomas Lit- 
tle, John Green, John Lawson Jonathan Kemp, Jacob Lewis, 
Edward Weathers William Green Thomas Burton, John Con- 
yers and William Edwards be and they are hereby appointed 
Justices for the County of Burke, and that all former appoint- 
ments are hereby declared Null and void 

Resolved that the Treasurer before he enters on the duties 
of his Office be required to appear before his Honor the Gov- 
ernor and Council and give Bond with four Securities to the 
amount of Twenty thousand pounds for the faithful! discharge 
of the Trust reposed in him 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 661 

On Motion ! 

Resolved that Israel Bird be added to the List of Justices for 
the County of Eflfingham. 

The Committee appointed to take into consideration a recomr • 
mendation from His Honor the Governor and Council relating 
to a petition from sundry oflScers and privates who formerly be- 
longed to the minute Battalions, are of opinion that His Honor 
the Governor and Council be empowered to grant bounties in 
Lands to those Persons whom His Honor the Governor thinks 
himself bound by a promise of the said gratuity and the Gov- 
ernor and Council be empowered to grant the said Certificates 
to those persons who shall make appear that they faithfully per- 
formed the conditions on which such promise was made, which 
was agreed to. 

A Letter from John Wereat Esquire was read together with 
a State of Continental loan Office Certificates 

Ordered that the same be referred to Edward Telfair, Joseph 
Habersham, Peter Bard and Charles Odingsells Esquirris who 
are appointed a Committee to take the same into consideration 
and to report to the next House of Assembly. 

Resolved that it is the decided opinion of this House that the 
resolves of the Legislature ought to operate as an order and be 
carried into full effect by the Executive and all other civil Officers 
whom it may concern. 

Motion was made, That it is the opinion of this House that 
the resolve parsed at Augusta in the Months of July and Au^ 
gust last respecting the taking a ntmiber of persons off the con- 
fiscation Act and put on the Amercement Act; be not valid, as 
no Amercement Act was passed that Session of Assembly for 
that purpose, it was carried in the Negative. 

On a Motion that the persons agreed by the resolves at Au- 

Wrr^TolS 



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JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY ^ 



gusta to be taken off the Act of Banishment and placed on the 
Act of Amercement, be amerced at twelve per Cent, on their 
property. 

The previous Question being called for that this question be 
not now put, which was carried in the negative 

The Yeas and Nays being called for are as follows 



Yeas 



Yeas 



M' Bryan 


M' Mckenzie 


M' Odingsells 


M' Clements 


M' Rutherford 


M' Kemp 


M' Cunningham 


M' Morrison 


M' Andrew '' 


M' Candler 


M' Hardey 


W Ben" Few 


M' Saltus 


^ M' M«niel 


M* Elliot 


i6 


W Hall 


'^^ 


Nays 


Nays 


M* Gibbons 


M' Conyers 


M' Habersham 1 


M^ Pabner 


M' Houstoun 


M' Irvine 


M' MoreU 


M' Pugh 


W Bard 


M' Lewis 


"M' Ja* Houstoun 


M' Glascock 


M' Catchings 


M^W-Few 


M' Freeman 


M* Lee 


Ikf Heard 


M' M"intosh 


M' Downes 


M' Williamson 


M'Meazlo 


22 


M* Lanier 





The main Question was then put and carried in the affirmative 

Whereas Lyman Hall Esquire hath in open ccmtempt of the 
House withdrawn himself, therefore 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 6«t 

Ordered that the Messenger be directed immediately to take 
the said Lyman Hall Esquire into Custody and him safely keep 
until the farther order of this House 

Resoi^ved that His Honor the Governor and Executive Council 
be requested to contract and agree with some i>erson to bring 
the records and public papers of this State from the Northward, 
and to allow such person a reasonable sum of money out of the 
Treasury or to give and grant to such person his Heirs or assigns 
m lieu thereof a Tract of imlocated Land not exceeding One 
thousand Acres for his Trouble 

Resolved that His Honor the Governor and Executive Coun- 
cil bo required to direct the Treasurer to pay to John Wereat 
Esq' such part of his Salary as remains due — ^and also to direct 
the Treasurer to pay the amount of the printers Account for 
printing the Journals of this House and other public printing in 
such sums and at such periods as the funds of this State will 
admit. 

RES01.VED that Doctor Andrew Johnston be permitted to re- 
main in this State, and be protected till the next meeting of the 
legislature 

Resolved that His Honor the Governor be requested to grant 
eight Land warrants for five thousand Acres each, in the names 
of John Houstoun, James Habersham, William Few, Joseph 
Clay, Abraham Baldwin, William Houstoun and Nathan Brown- 
son Esquires, or their Successors in Office, in trust for the Col- 
ledge, that is to be established in this State 

That one or more of said Trustees be requested to proceed 
immediately with a Surveyor or Sunreyors to superintend the 
Surveying of the said Land in each County agreable to the Act 
for that purpose made 

That His Honor the Governor be requested to draw an order 
on the Treasurer in favor of said Trustees for the sum of twenty 



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JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



gusts, to be taken off the Act of Banishment and placed on the 
Act of Amercement, be amerced at twdve per Cent, on their 
property. 

The previous Question being called for that this question be 
not now put, which was carried in the negative 

The Yeas and Nays being called for are as follows 



Yeas 



Yeas 



M* Bryan 


M' M"1cenzie 


M' Odingsdls 


M' Clements 


M' Rutherford 


M' Kemp 


M' Cunningham 


M* Morrison 


M' Andrew - 


M* Candler 


M' Hardey 


M' Ben» Few 


M' Saltus 


'^ M' M«niel 


M' EUiot 


i6 


M^ Hall 


«-x- 


Nays 


Nays 


W Gibbons 


M'Con)rers 


M' Habersham "^ 


M' Palmer 


M' Houstoun 


M' Irvine 


M'Motdl 


M' Pugh 


M* Bard ' ' 


M' Lewis 


M' Ja* Houstoun 


M' Glascock 


M' Catchings 


M'W»Few 


M' Freeman 


M'Lee 


Ikf Heard 


M' M'intosh 


M'Downes 


M' Williamson 


M' Meazlo 


22 


M* Lanier 





The main Question was then put and carried in the affirmative 

Whereas Lyman Hall Esquire hath in open contempt of the 
House withdrawn himself, therefore 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 66S 

Ordered that the Messenger be directed immediately to take 
the said Lyman Hall Esquire into Custody and him safely keep 
until the farther order of this House 

Resoi^ved that His Honor the Governor and Executive Council 
be requested to contract and agree with some person to bring 
the records and public papers of this State from the Northward, 
and to allow such person a reasonable sum of money out of the 
Treasury or to give and grant to such person his Heirs or assigns 
m lieu thereof a Tract of unlocated Land not exceeding One 
thousand Acres for his Trouble 

Resolved that His Honor the Governor and Executive Coun- 
cil bo required to direct the Treasurer to pay to John Wereat 
Esq' such part of his Salary as remains due — ^and also to direct 
the Treasurer to pay the amount of the printers Account for 
printing the Journals of this House and other public printing in 
such sums and at such periods as the funds of this State will 
admit. 

RES01.VED that Doctor Andrew Johnston be permitted to re- 
main in this State, and be protected till the next meeting of the 
legislature 

Resoi^ved that His Honor the Governor be requested to grant 
eight Land warrants for five thousand Acres each, in the names 
of John Houstoun, James Habersham, William Few, Joseph 
Clay, Abraham Baldwin, William Houstoun and Nathan Brown- 
son Esquires, or their Successors in Office, in trust for the Col- 
ledge, that is to be established in this State 

That one or more of said Trustees be requested to proceed 
immediately with a Surveyor or Surveyors to superintend the 
Surveying of the said Land in each County agreable to the Act 
for that purpose made 

That His Honor the Governor be requested to draw an order 
on the Treasurer in favor of said Trustees for the sum of twenty 



564 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

pounds for the purpose of paying Chain bearers and defraying 
the necessary expence of surveying. 

The House proceeded to take into consideration the report of 

the Committee on petitions N* i 

From Alexander Irvine IN** 31 praying leave to pay in audited 
Certificates for his past services to the amount of eighty pounds 
of confiscated property, which he had purchased. 

The Committee are of opinion that the prayer of the petition 
be granted, which was agreed to. 

The following Acts being engrossed wore brought in and 
compared at the Table. Viz, 

An Act for laying out two or more Counties to the Westward 
and pointing out the mode of granting the same 

An Act to regulate the Indian Trade and for other purposes 
therein mentioned 

An Act to compel persons who have, or may hereafter receive 
public money or effects to account for the same 

An Act for settling and ascertaining the fees to be taken by 
the several public Officers and persons herein after named 

An Act reviving and enforcing certain Laws therein men- 
tioned. 

Ordered that the Speaker do sign the same. 

Resolved that a Committee be appointed to correct the min- 
utes and have the same published 

Ordered that M' Bard M' Habersham M' Netherclift and M' 
Odingsells be that Committee 

The House then adjourned until to morrow morning 9 OClock 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 6«6 

(From State Archives.) 

Thursday Febniary 26** 1784 

The House met pursuant to adjournment 

Resolved that the Surveyor General be authorized to have 
the Line Surveyed and marked that is to circumscribe the Indian 
hunting grounds and specified in an Act passed for laying out 
two Counties to the Westward &" and make a report of the same 
to the next House of Assembly. They to make him such satis- 
factkm as may appear adequate to the performance. 

The House proceeded to the reading of the Bill for establish- 
ing Court houses and Jails and the fixing and regulating elec- 
tions in the different Counties of this State, the third time. 

When a Clause was proposed by M' William Few to the fol- 
lowing effect 

Whereas some controversies have arisen in the County of 
Richmond respecting the place of holding the annual Elections 
for civil Officers and Representatives in Assembly and for build- 
ing the Court house and Jail, and as by an Act of the Legislature 
the right and priviledge of choosing the place for that purpose 
was vested in the free Citizens of said County : In order there- 
fore that the said controversies may be forever done away and 
the tranquility of that County restored on principles of public 
Utility; and the convenience of the people Be it Enacted by the 
authority aforesaid, that an election shall be held by the Voters 
of the County of Richmond at the Kiokees Meeting House on 

the day of for the purpose of choosing and fully deciding 

by vote of the people whether the Court House and Jail and 
the place for holding Elections in the said County shall be at 
Augusta, or where the Battalion line crosses the little Kiokees, 
or at Brownsborough, and the place which shall then and there 
have the highest number of Votes shall be and the same is hereby 



666 



JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



declared to be the place at which the Court House and Jail shall 
be built, and the annual elections held in the County of Rich- 
mond — 

That shall be and they or any two of them are 

hereby appointed and authorized to superintend the said Elec- 
tion, and make a just return thereof to the L^slature, which, 
was carried in the negative. 

The Yeas and Nays being called for, are as follows 



Yeas 



Yeas 



M' James Houstoun 


M' M'farland 


M' Catchings 


M' W Few 


M' Heard 


M' Lee 


M' Downes 


M' Ben" Few 


M' Mearie 


M' M'intosh 


M' M'kenzie 


M' Williamson 


M' Conyers 


M' Rutherford 


M' Irvine 


IS 


Nays 


Ni 


M' Gibbons 


M' Clements 


M' Habersham 


M' Palmer 


M' Bryan 


M' Kemp 


'M' Houstoun 


M' Pugh 


M' Odingsells 


M' Morrison 


M' Bard 


M' Lewis 


M' Gunn 


M' Candler 


M' Cunningham 


M' Glascock 


M' Andrew 


M' Crawford 


M' Hardey 


M' M'niel 


M' Saltus 


22 


M' Lanier 





The following amendment was proposed, and is as follows 
At the Little Kiokee on the new road which leads from Au- 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 



667 



gusta to the Kidcee meeting house where the said road Crosses 
the Little Kiokee Credc — which was carried in the Negative 

The Yeas and Nays being called for are as follows t 



Yeas 



Yeas 



M^ Bard 


M' Conyers 


M' Catchings 


M' W» Few 


M' Rutherford 


M'Lee 


W Heard 


M' Ben" Few 


M' M'Farland 


M' M«intosh 


M' Meazle 


M' Wilifatnson 


M' Lanier 


14 


M' M'kenzie 




Nays 


Ni 


M' Gibbons 


M' Palmer 


M' Habersham 


M'Kemp 


M* Bryan 


M' Pugh 


M' Houstoun 


M' Morrison 


M' Odingsells 


M' Candler 


M' Ja* Houstoun 


M' Glascodc 


M' Gunn 


M' Crawford 


M' Cunningham 


M' M«niel 


M' Andrew 


18 


M' Hardey 





The main Question was then put which is as follows 

At the place where the road crosses the little Kiokee Creek 
leading to the meeting house, and that the superior Courts be 
held at Augusta till a Jail and Court house are built, and that 
elections be held at the place fixed on, which was carried in the 
affirmative 

The Yeas and Nays being called for are as follows. 



568 



JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

Yeas 



Yeas 

M' Gibbons 
M' Habersham 
A^' Bryan 
M' Houstoun 
M' Odingsells 
M' Ja' Houstoun 

M' Freeman '^'T?!l^!«r^,^ 
M' Cunningham J 
M' Andrew 
M' Hardey 



M' Catchings 
M' Heard 
M' Micenzie 
M' William Few 
M' M"farland 



M' Meazle 
M' Lanier 
M' Palmer 
M'Kemp 
M' Pugh 
M' Morrison 
M' Glascock 
M' M'iritosh 
M' Crawford 
M' M"Tii€l 

J. 22 

Nays 

M' Lee """1 V 
M' Ben" Few 
M' Williamson 
8 






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The Bill for establishing Court houses and Jails and the fixing 
and regulating Elections in the different Counties of the State 
was read a third time and ordered to be engrossed, and that die 
same do pass into an Act under the above title 

RESOI.VED that the Clerk be empowered to purchase one or 
more books of a proper size for the purpose of making a fair 
Entry of the Minutes of the several Houses of AssemWy, and 
that he be allowed four pence per Copy Sheet as a compensation 
for his trouble in entering the same and the expence of Books, 
Quills, et caetera : which was agreed to. 

Resolved that any Member producing to the Treasurer his 
Account signed by the Speaker he shall be empowered and he is 
hereby required to pay such Member the sum of Five pounds in 
part, and that he give a Treasury Certificate for the balance 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 56» 

which shall be paid out of the first Money that may be received 
in the Treasury or received as Specie in payment of principal or 
Interest for any money due the State at the option of the Holder 

Be it also Resolved that on any Member of the Council pro- 
ducing to the Treasurer a Certificate signed by the Oovemor for 
money that may be. due for bis attendance in Council, then and 
in that case the Treasurer is hereby required to pay the same 
sum out of any money that may be in the Treasury, or to give 
a Certificate which shall be received in all payments as aforesaid. 
The Ccmmitte? find that there is in the han(fe of the States At- 
torney Bonds to the amount of Specie for Negroes that 

were sold by an Order from the Court of Admiralty that ha$ 
been sometime due 

R^soi^vED that His Honor the Governor and Council be re- 
-quested to Order the States Attorney immediately to take 
measures to recover the same, and all other debts that are due 
or may be owing to the State and that His Honor the Governor 
and Council be empowered and required if they should find it 
necessary to employ some other sworn Attorney or Attorneys 
to assist and aid the States Attorney in such Actions or to employ 
such other Attorney or Attorneys to recover debts due to this 
State, and 

That the Commissioners of confiscated Estates be directed im- 
mediately to advertise for Sale, for Cash or Bills at the usual 
Discount, so much of the confiscated property either real or 
personal as have not been sold, or was sold and relinquished as 
will amount to the sum of One thousand pounds, and pay the 
same into the Treasury for the purpose of defraying the ex- 
pences of the Continental Delegates and that the aforesaid prop- 
•erty be disposed of by the Commissioners either at public auction 
c»r private sale as may be most conducive to the Interest of the 
State. Provided they do first give information thereof to His 
Honor the Governor and Council ; and obtain their approbation 
thereon; 



470 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

That His Honor the Governor with the advice of the Execu- 
tive Council shall be and they are hereby authorized to draw on 
the Treasury for a sum not exceeding three thousand pounds 
for the contingent expences of Government. 

Resoi^ved that His Honor the Governor be authorized and 
requested to draw on the Treasurer, monthly and every month, 
for the pay of each Councillor, during his or their attendance in: 
Goimcil; and 

That His Honor the Governor be requested to draw on the 
Treasurer for a sum not exceeding One thousand pounds for the 
use of the Continental Delegates, and also to use and apply any 
other means the resources of this State will admit of, to draw 
forth that sum. 

The House taking into consideration the Accounts of Heze- 
kiah Wade are of opinion, that he apply to the persons whom he 
' supplied for pa3mient, as no other Accounts of that nature has 
been passed by this House, which was agreed to. 

RESOI.VED that the Auditor settle the Accounts of M' Joseph 
Dunlap against the Estate of Doctor John Joachim Zubly, and 
on his attesting the same, give him a Certificate for one third 
thereof 

The House proceeded to take into Consideration the petition 
of Benjamin Few and Andrew Bums Esquires praying that the 
heirs, devisees and Assigns of John Howard be taken off the Act 
of confiscation, as they have administered on the Estate, which 
is so circumstanced that the State can derive no benefit from it 
which was agreed to. 

A Bill to empower the Governor and Executive Council to 
Issue special Commissions of Oyer and Terminer to the Chief 
Justice, and the Assistant Justices in the several Counties within 
this State for the Tryal of Criminals, was read a third time. 



FEBRUARY, 1784. 671 

Ordered that the said Bill be engrossed, and that the same 
do pass into an Act under the above title. 

A Bill for fixing and establishing Court Houses and Jails, and 
for r^;iilating elections in the different Counties was read the 
third time 

Ordered that the said Bill be engrossed and that the same do 
pass into an Act under the above title. 

Resoi^ved that William Glascock Charles Crawford James 
M^'farland, and Benjamin Few Esquires be appointed assistant 
Justices, and that Andrew Bums, William Candler, James M* 
neil,Zacharias Fahn, John Germany, James Stallings James Bowie 
Nathan Ham's, Lewis Gardner, Rhesa Howard, John Shackel- 
ford, Charles Lynn and Ignatius Few Esquires be appointed 
Justices for the County of Richmond, and that all former ap- 
pointments are made void. 

The House proceeded to the Election of a Councellor for th^ 
County of Richmond, in the room of Robert Midcjleton Esquire, 
who resigned, and on counting the Ballotts James M^'farland 
Esquire was elected. 

The House then proceeded to the Choice of a Counsellor for 
the County of Liberty in the room of Phillip Low Esquire, who 
resigned, and on counting the Ballots Benjamin Andrew was 
elected. 

Resolved that M' INetherclift, M' Joseph Habersham M'^ 
Odingsells, M' Gibbons, and M' Houstoun, or any three of them 
be a Committee to examine the Bills which have passed into 
Laws, and to see the Speaker sign the same 

Resolved that James Houstoun Joseph Habersham Peter 
Bard, William Obryan and William Stephens Esquires, be Com- 
missioners to contract for building a Market in the Town of 
Savannah, and the said Commissioners are hereby empowered 



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JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 



to give the rent of the same as a compensation for the expence of 
erecting the said Building, for such time as they may agree 
upon 

Resolved that M' James Houstoun and M' Morrell be a Com- 
mittee to lodge the Acts passed this Session in the Secretary's 
Office, and have the Seal of the State affixed thereto. 

Resolved that the Speaker draw an order on the Treasurer 
in favor of the Clerk of this House for five pounds in part of 
his Salary, he to be accountable. 

Resolved that the Messenger be allowed the sum of Twenty 
pounds for this Session, and that he receive an Order for the 
sum of Ten pounds immediately, and a Treasurers Certificate for 
the balance. 

Resolved that Hezekiah Wade be allowed the sum of Twenty 
Pounds for the use of his House this Session, and that he re- 
ceive five pounds out of the Treasury immediately, and that he 
receive a Certificate for the balance 

The Speaker then signed the Accounts of the Members for 
their attendance this Session 



Benjamin Andrew, Esquire 

Samuel Saltns. Baqnire 

John Cimningham, Bsquire 

John McEenne, Bsquire ^ 

Benjamin Pew, Bsquire 

Micajab Williamson, Bsquire 

Joaathan Kemp, Bsquire 

Lyman Hall, Bsquire 

Joseph Habersham, Bsquire 

Benjamin Catching, Bsquire 

William Gibt^ms, Esquire 

John Rutherford, Bsquire 

Francis Pugh, BMulre 

Greenberry Lice, Bsquire 

William Glascock, Bsquire 

William Few, Esquire 

William Brian, Esquire 

Theophilus Lnndj, Bsquire 

Peter Deveauz, Bsquire 

Carried orer, £ 



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20 


18 


4 


21 


18 


4 


28 


18 


8 


14 






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FEBRUARY, 1784. 



67S 



Amoimt brought forward. 



Wfllum Downea* Baquire 

Stephen Heard, Baqnire 

John Elliott, Bsqure 

John Mitchell, Biqnire 

Peter Bard, BMmre 

John Hardey, Biqnire 

John Palmer, Baqnire 

John Conyers, Baqnire 

Jamea McParland. Baqnire . . 
Thomaa Netherdift. Baqnire 
Caleb Howell, Baqnire .. 

Daniel Howell^ B»qnire 

Benjamin Lanier, Baqnire.. . . 
Jamea Honatonn, Bsqnire. . . . 
Charlea Crawford, Baiqnire. . . 

Lnke Meazle, Baqnire 

Jamea McNeil, Baqnire 

Charlea Odingaella, Baqnire.. 

John Clementa, Baqnire 

Benjamin Lewia, Baqnire . . 
Holman Freeman, Baqnire. . . 
Robert Middleton, Baqnire.. . 

John Morriaon, Baqnire 

Blijah Clarke, Baqnire 

James Habersham, Baqnire.. . 
John Wilkinaon (for Snppliei 

Jarrat Irvine 

Lachlan Mclntoah 



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Agreable to the resolve of this day, the Committee attended, 
and examined the following Acts when the Speaker signed the 
same Viz. 

An Act for the fixing and establishing Court Houses and 
Jails, and the fixing and r^;iilating Elections in the different 
Counties of this State 

An Act to empower the Governor and Executive Council to 
issue special Commissions of Oyer and Terminer, to the Chief 
Justice and the Assistant Justices in the several Counties within 
this State for the tryal of Criminals. 



An Act for regulating the trade; laying duties upon all goods, 
wares Liquors and merchandize and Negroes imported into this 



674 JOURNAL HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 

State, also an Impost on the Tonnage of Shipping, and for other 
purposes therein mentioned, and 

An Act for the revising and amending the several Militia Laws 
of this State 

The House then adjourned to meet at Augusta the first Mon- 
day in July next 



INDEX. 



Acts of Assembly of force in this State, committee appointed to collect and 
have same reprinted and bound, 435. 

Adams, Josiah, amerced, 169. 

Adams, Nathaniel, qualifies as member of the House, 191 ; granted permissioa 
to resign seat in the House, 199. 

Agents chosen to adjust northern boundary of this State, 276; committee ap- 
pointed to prepare instructions to, 276; instructions to, 283; commis- 
sioned by the Governor, 285. 

Alexander, Hugh, petition praying to be discharged from the Georgia regi- 
ment read, 210; committee reports on petition of, 212. 

Alexander, James, Jr., petition of read and referred to committee, 113; com- 
mittee reports on petition of, 118. 

Alexander, Samuel, fined for non-attendance, 81; memorial of read and re- 
ferred to committee, 94; conduct approved of, 99; appointed Justice, 106; 
qualifies as member of the House, 191. 

Allen, Rev. Moses, son of, allowed five hundred acres of land as compensation 
for father's services, 550. 

Allison, Henry, and others, petition from read and referred to committee, 363. 

Andrew, Benjamin, elected member Executive Council, 35, 302, 571 ; appointed 
Justice, 107 ; chosen Speaker pro tem., 133 ; qualifies as member of the 
House, 192, 419; chosen Chairman, 192; appointed Commissioner of 
Roads, 559. 

Andrew, John, qualifies as member of the House, 192, 211. 

Andrew, Mr., to investigate report of small-pox in Savannah, 126. 

Ansley, Thomas, petition from read and postponed, 72; fined for non-attend- 
ance, 81 ; appointed Justice, 106 ; petition read and referred to committee, 
107; resigns seat in the House, 115. 

Ansley, , appointed Justice, 254. 

Apling, John, appointed Register of Probates for Richmond county, 53, 497. 

Applin, John, see Apling. 

Appling, Martha, petition from, considered by the House, 29. 

Artillery companies for the defense of the State entitled to all the emoluments 
respecting land bounties, pay, etc., as ofHcrs of the State Line, 298. 

Atkinson, Jeremiah, must serve in the army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Atkinson, Joseph, must serve in the army or furnish substitute, 178; petition 
of with sundry resolutions of the Executive Council, 343. 

Attaway, James, petition from, praying to be discharged from the Georgia 
regiment, read and referred to committee, 216. 



676 INDEX. 

Attorney-General, to commence suit against persons who purchased at con- 
fiscated sales and refuse to comply with conditions of same, 74; allowed 
£300 per annum for services, 114; to call on all persons indebted to the 
State for public sales to make immediate payment, 181; empowered to 
class certain persons who stayed within the British lines, etc, 185 ; salary 
to be i200 per annum, 244 ; letter from read, 247 ; to be paid last year's 
salary, 296; letter from, to the Governor, referred to committee, 331; to 
collect purchase-money for confiscated property sold, 339; letter from, 
read and referred to committee, 432; to lay before the House accounts 
of property sold under the confiscation law, 435; lays before the House 
books and accounts of property sold under the confiscation law, 438; 
salary to be £$0 per annum, 440 ; to lay before the House state of all pub- 
lic moneys furnished public officers, 462; transmits accounts of public 
moneys furnished public officers, 463; committee reports on letter from, 
468; committee reports on books and accounts of, 476; letter from read, 
493, 502; ordered to state case of negro, belonging to Capt Deane's 
estate, under sentence of death, 527; reports charges against said negro, 
541 ; committee reports on letter from, 555. 

Auditor, committee recommends appointment of, 180; requested to prepare 
and lay before the House table of depreciation, 196 ; directed to demand 
of all persons who have received public moneys an account of the ex- 
penditure thereof, 218; petition of Gen. Twiggs and Daniel McMurphy 
referred to, 238; reports on said petition, 240; salary to be £300 per an- 
num, 244, 440 ; letter from read, 247, 282 ; to settle accounts of the regular 
line of the army by scale of depreciation, etc., 264 ; instructions to, 287 ; 
to discount with the Commissioners of Confiscated Estates sum paid Clerk 
of Assembly, 305; to audit accounts of Commissioners of Confiscated 
Estates, 356 ; to make enquiry into policies of insurance made on the part 
of the State, 362; letters from, with accounts, referred to committee, 431 ; 
to lay proceedings before the House, 432; letter from, with his books, 
read and referred to committee, 434; to be paid thirty guineas, 447; to 
lay before the House state of public moneys furnished public officers, 462; 
letter from, with account of moneys due the public, 464; letters from, 
with accounts read, 478; letter from read, 510; to audit and reduce cer- 
tificates of Mr. Greaves, 549; to audit Treasury certificates in possession 
of Col. Downis, 551 ; to audit and reduce Treasury certificate of Edward 
Langworthy, 551 ; directed to audit accounts of militia in manner pointed 
out by law, 556 ; to settle accounts of Joseph Dunlap against the estate of 
John Joachim Zubly, 570. 

Augusta, legislature meets at, 7; nine hundred bushels of salt to be sent to, 
159; petition from ladies of, read and referred to committee, 220; dra- 
goons on the way to this State to take best route to Augusta and await 
orders, 243; petition from ladies of, in behalf of Andrew Johnston, re- 
jected, 367; petition from inhabitants of, read, 381; petition from in- 
habitants of, in behalf of Dr. Johnson, read and referred to committee, 
384; letter from Commissioners for laying out reserve land in, read and 



INDEX. 577 

» 

referred to committee, 445; petition from lot holders of, read and re- 
ferred to committee, 445,^ committee reports on letter from Commis- 
sioners for laying out reserve hmf fn, 455; fetter f^m Commissioners, 
witTi plat of lands surveyed for AndreW McLeaA, rfead and rlef^f f ed to 
committee, 464; committee repohs oil letter from Commissioners for 
laying out reserve land in, 475; letfijr from George Wftlton, Commis- 
sioner for the town of, read, 476 ; Conimissionei's for the town of, Hoase 
tonsiders report of committee on letter ftotci, 477. ' ' ' 

Axley, John, must serve in the army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Aycock, Richard, appointed Justice, 76, 106 ; petition from read and referred 
to committee, 473. 

Ayecocic, Richard, see Aycock. 

Aiders, Abraham, appointed Justice; 76^ 254. 

f 

Bacon, John, petition from, with account, read and referred to committee, 
61; appointed Justice, 751 petition from» read and referred to committee, 
96, 3^; committee reports on petition of, 387. • - 

Baccm, }<Am, and Others, committee reports op petition of, 416. 

Bacon, Josiah, appointed Magistrate, 15; chosen Register of Probates, 54; 
appointed Justice, 75 ; appointed Commisiioher of Roads, 559. 

Bailey, Aiine, petition of to carry grain to East Florida and for protection on 
St John's River, referred t6 committee, io8 ; committee reports on -peti- 
tion of, 212'. 

Baillie, Ebenezer, petition from read and referred to committee, 500; petition 
granted, 502. 

Baillie, George, Jr., letter from, read and referred to Governor and Council, 
218. 

Baillie, Robert, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for three 
years, 174; amerced eight per cent., 178. 

Baily, Anne, see Anne Bailey. 

Baker, John, elected Colonel, 24; fined for non-attendance, 81 ; appointed Jus- 
tice, 107; elected Commissioner of Confiscated Estates, 115; memorial 
from, read and referred to committee, 263; appointed Commissioner of 
Roads, 559. 

Baker, Mr., qualifies as member of the House, 419; account from, read and 
referred to committee, 433. 

Baker, Thomas, elected Register of Probates for Liberty County, 497. 

Baker, William, appointed Commissioner of Roads, 559. 

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678 INDEX. 

Baker, , elected Register of Probates for Liberty County, 1461 

Baldwin, Abraham, petition from, with certificates, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 4j8; petition praying to be admitted to practice law in this Stat* 
granted, 451 ; elected trustee for a college, 557. 

Baldwin, David, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Baldwin, Mordecai, petition from, read and referred to committee, 41^. 

Baldwin, William, petition from read, 210; committee rqwrts on petition 0^ 
flI3, 2SM. 

Balew, Thomas, and George Cook, petition from read and referred to com- 
mittee, 561. 

Ball, Sampson, and other inhabitants of South Carolina, petition from, for re- 
serve land, read and referred to committee, 207. 

Bard, Peter, qualifies as member of the House, 446; petition from read and re- 
ferred to committee, 522; committees report on petition of considered^ 

54a. 

Bard, Peter, and Anne, his wife, committee reports on petition of, 412. 

Barfield, James, amerced, 169, 

Barklay, John, committee appointed to confer with, concerning powder, 154; 
conditions on which he will sell powder, 138. 

Barks, John, petition in behalf of, read and referred to committee, 324. 

Barksdale, John, petition of, referred to Superior Court of Wilkes County, 
411. 

Barnard, John, appointed Justice, 560. 

Barnard, Timothy, petition from, with papers, read and referred to commit- 
tee, 329; committee reports on petition of, 397. 

Barnard, William, elected Surveyor for Liberty County, 302; elected Sur- 
veyor for Chatham County, 497. 

Barnes, George, petition from read and referred to committee, 241; petition 
from, read and referred to committee, 245 ; petition granted, 268. 

Bamet, Nathan, petition from, read and referred to committee, 18; petition 
postponed, 20. 

Barter, John, chosen door-keeper of the House, 35. 

Barton, Willeby, petition from, read and referred to committee, 91; com- 
mittee reports on petition of, 106. 

Barton, William, petition from, read and referred to committee, 347. 

Basket, Thomas, and Francis Lewis, petition from read and referred to com- 
mittee, 448. 

Basset, William, restored to citizenship, 168. 

Baxton, William, petition from, read and referred to committee, 263. 

Bayley, Christopher, petition from, in behalf of children of Arthur Bowyers^ 
referred to committee, 247. 

Beal, Archibald, appointed Commissioner to collect property of disloyal per^ 
sons, 12; elected Major, 23. 

Beatty, Thomas, taken off confiscation act and put on amercement act, 407. 

Bedingback, Andrew, exempted from requirements of Gen. Wayne's order» 
147. 



INDEX. 67« 

Beechtley, George, report of committee on petition of, 313. 

Belcher, James, petition from read and referred to committee, 3»; petition 

granted conditionally, 41a 
Bennet, Richard, amerced, 1691 
Bennet, William, amerced, 169. 
Bemaid, Timothy, see Barnard. 

Bevel, Robert, appointed Magistrate, 15. ^ 

Biddle, Absalam, appointed Magistrate, 16. 
Biddle, Abraham, appointed Justice, 76, 254. 
Bidwell, Absalam, elected member Executive Council, 6 
Bilbo, Nicholas, appointed Messenger and Door-keeper, 322. 
Bill lor the better regulation of the militia, read first time, 14; passed, 27. 
Bill for admitting certain persons as citizens, read first time, 14; passed, 27. ' 
Bill for the prevention of internal conspiracies, read first time, 19; passed, 27. 
Bill for continuing several laws expired or near expiring, read first time, 25 ; 

passed, 27. 
BiU for the relief of distressed persons, read first time, 44; passed, 57. 
Bill entitled an act for erecting goals, etc, read first time, 46. 
Bill entitled an act to repeal an Act for drawing an imaginary line in this 
State, read first time, 50; passed, 61. * . , 

Bill to amend an act declaring certain persons therein described citizens 01 

this State, etc., read first time, 57 ; passed, 74. 
Bill to repeal part of an act for the better regulation of the militia, read first 

time, 62. 
Bill on report of committee on ways and means, read first time, 66. 
Bill for confiscating the estates of certain persons therein described, etc., read 

second time, 69; passed, 74. 
Bill for inflicting penalties on and confiscating the estates of such persons as 
have been guilty of treason against this State, read first time, 97 ; amend- 
ed, no; passed, 114. 
Bill for amercing certain persons guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors- 
against this State, read first time, 112. 

Bill for amercing certain persons therein mentioned, read first time, 139; read 
third time and passed, 186. 

Bill for establishing churches and schools, read first time, 141. 

Bill for preventing improper or disaffected persons emigrating from other 
places and becoming citizens of this State, etc., read first time, 143;: 
amended, 146; read third time and passed, 185. 

Bill for opening Courts of Justice under certain restrictions therein men- 
tioned, read first time, 145; amended, 156; read third time and passed^ 
173. 

Bill for restoring certain persons hereinafter mentioned to the rights of citi- 
zenship within this State, read first time, 167. 

iBill for taking the name of William Stephens from and out of the amerce- 
ment law of this State, etc., read first time, 219; read third time and 
passed, 243. 



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Bill to enable the United States in Congress assembled to levy a duty on cer- 
tain gopds and merchandises/ and on all prizes condemned in this State, 
read first time, 235. 

Bill for establishing a town and building a courthouse and jail in the county 
of Richmond, read first time, 240; amended, 256; read third time, 292I 

Bill for the relief of helpless orphans, widows and old men^ read first time, 
248; amended, 250; read third time and passed, 271. 

Bill for building and repairing courthouses and jails in the several counties 
and for other purposes, etc, read first time, 256. 

Bill to explain so much of that pairt of the Constitution as relates to the ad- 
mission of practitioners in the Superior Court, iread first time, 2<(^ ' 

Bill for laying out the reserveMand in the town of August^ into acre lots, the 
erecting a university 6i* seminary of learning, and for other purposes, 
read first time, 239. ' 

Bill for empowering a less number of commissioneri to be a board, etc, read 
t^ird time' and passed, 260. ' 

Bill for opening the land office and for the better strengtiiening and settling 
this Stat^ and for other purposes, read' first tim^ 264; read third tiine 



and passed, ^o. 



y- 



Bill to point out rnbde for the recovery of property unlawfully acquired under 
British usurpation, etc, read first time, 262; read third time and passed* 

Bill for ascertaining various periods of depreciation, etc., read third time, and 

passed, 271. 
Bill for laying out reserve lands near Augusta into acre lots and for erecting 

a seminary of learning in or near said town of Augusta, read first tlme» 

324 ; read third time and passed, 3<)l.' 
Bill to empower commissioners to regulate hire of porters and labour of slaves 

in the town of Augusta, read first time, 326; read third time and passed, 

381. 
Bill to continue several laws of this State, read first time, 329; amended, 334; 

read third time and passed, 361. 
Bill for laying a duty on transient trade, etc, read first time, 332; read third 

time and passed, 378. 
Bill to amend an act for opening the land office, read first time, 341 ; read 

third time and passed, 392. 
Bill to amend an act for laying out a road through Newington Village, read 

first time, 343 ; read third time and passed, 360. 
Bill for establishing a public warehouse or warehouses on the land of Wil- 
liam Brown for inspection of tobacco, flour, hemp, etc, read first time, 344. 
Bill to regulate grist mills and ferries within this State, read first time, 348. 
Bill for carrying into effect the several parts of the report respecting the 

finance as agreed to by the House, read first time, 355. 
Bill for raising the sum of by imposing a tax on the inhabitants of the 

State of Georgia for the use and support of the government, read first 

time, 357; read third time and passed, 391. 



INDEX. 6fii 

Bill for the more speedy trial of criminals in each county within this Stated 

read. first tiaM^.a6Ki . .. ,-,../.. <.-ii. .. 

BHl lor amercing certain persons therein mentioned,, read first time, 370. 
Bill to take off the interest of aH debts contracted before the war between the 

:: periods^ mentioned, read first time, 378. 
Bill fov releasing certain persons from their bargains, etc, read third time, 

and passed, 378. 
Bill for erectmg warehouses in the town of Augusta and for establishing 

inspections in the State, read first time, 378. . , , 

Bill for ascertaining qualifications necessary for the admission of attorneys, 

solicitors and proctors in this State, read first time, 434; amended, 437;' 

passed, 4So. 
Bill to explain more fuHy so much of the fifty-first article of the Constitution. 

as respects the distribution of intestate estates, read first time, 437. 
Bill for fixing and establishing court houses and jails and fixing and regu«' 

lating elections, read first time, 442; amended, 445; read third time and 

passed, 56& 
Bill for establishing salaries and fees of public officers, read first time, 448; 

amended, 467 ; read third time, 49a 
Bill for laying out a county or counties to the westward, etc., read first time, 

451. 
Bill to explain so much of the fifty-first article of the Constitution as respects 

the distribution of intestate estates, read first time, 455* 
Bill to regulate Indian trade, read first time, 459; amended, 479; read third 

time, 504. 
Bill for revising and amending several militia and patrole laws of this State, 

read first time, 459; amended, 501 ; read third time. and passed, 538. 
Bill for promoting religion and piety and securing to religious societies certain 

immunities, etc., read first time, 465. 
Bill for laying out a county or counties to the wesitwjar^ etc., read first time, 

466; amended, 476; read third time and passed, saj. < 
Bill for amending and continuing several acts of assembly of this State, read 

first time, 468; read third time, 538. . ^ , 

Bill for vesting in the. Governor and Executive Council tjne powers now ex* 

ercised by the Board of Claims, etc., read first time, 472. 
Bill to empower the Auditor of Acounts to take measures expedient to compd 

certain persons entrusted with public money to account for same, etc., 
< read first time, 479; amended, 490; read third t^me, ^13. 
Bill for establishing several ferries in this State, nead first time, 481. 
Bill for taking off interest, of debts contracted before the war between the 

periods of J77S anfl ^783, and for regulating the interest of money, read 

first. time, 493; apa^ded, 505. . . , 

Bill to secure persons purchasing negroes and other- personal effects included 

in the act of confiscation and banishment, and that have been removed 
. f^oip and ^itho^ut ^he jurisdiction of this St^te^ rea^ first time, 495. 
Bill to establish a hospital for the reception of sicic and distressed seamen, 

read first time, 504^ i.. .. . 1.. <, 

Bill to empower the Governor and Executive Council to call special courts 

for the ^peedy trial of criminals, read first time, 506 ; read third time and 

passed, 57b. 



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Bill for selling and disposing of certain confiscated land for the purposes 
tncrein mentioned, read first time, 506. 

Bill to make valid marriages by Justices of the Peace, read first time, Sia 

Bill tor regulating trade and commerce of this Stote and laying an impost 
on the tonnage of shipping, read first time, 513; amended, 527; read 
thnrd time and passed, 539. 

Bill to point out the regulation necessary for the admission of persons to the 
rights of citizenship in this State, read first time, 526; amended, 539. 

Bill to prohibit trade to the British West Indies, read first time, 527. 

Bird, Israel, appointed Commissioner of Roads, 560; appointed Justice, 561. 

Bishop, Stephen, appointed Justice, 411. 

Bissett, Alexander, petition from, read and referred to committee, 491. 

Black, John, reward offered for apprehension of, 469. 

Blogg, William, petition from, read and referred to committee, 442. 

Blount, William, and others of North Carolina, petition from, read and re- 
feiTcd to committee, 492; report of committee on petition of, 525. 

Boats in the public service sent off contrary to resolve of the House to be 
brought back, 164. 

Bonds, public, account of delivered committee that have been fully complied 
for by mortgages, etc, 545, 546. 

Bonds, list of, given for personal property purchased at the sales of confiscated 
estates in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty-two, 548. 

Bonnell, Anthony, amerced, 169. 

Bonnell, Daniel, appointed Justice, 76, 443 ; qualifies as member of the House, 
89; amerced, 169. 

Bonnell, John, amerced, 169. 

Bonner, Robert, petition from, with account, read and referred to committee^ 
69. 

Bostick, Chesley, petition and memorial from, read and referred to committee^ 
343. 

Bostick, Chesley, and Mr. Woodruff, appointed to collect vouchers in the Com- 
missary's and Quartermaster's Departments, 7^. 

Bostick, Littleberry, appointed Magistrate, 16, 76, 417; petition fron^ read 
and referred to committee, 339. 

Bounty provided for volunteers enlisting for three months, 90; bounty al- 
lowed to seamen enlisting for two years, 162. 

Bowen, Oliver, memorial from read and referred to committee, 335. 

Bowey, James, appointed Ma^strate, 16; appointed Justice, 254. | 

Bowie, James, appointed Justice, 76, 571. 

Bowling, Robert, appointed Justice, y6, 

Bowyers, Arthur, petition, in behalf of children of, referred to committee, 247 ; 
committee reports on petition, 247. 

Boyd, Jane, petition from, read and referred to committee, 238 ; petition post- 
poned, 374. 

Boykin, Francis, elected Major, 2Z. 

Brawnfield, Capt. John, petition for reserve of land read and referred to com- 
mittee, 207. 

British merchants allowed twelve months in which to dispose of their goods 
and leave the province, 121 ; to furnish committee with quantity of goods, 
especially salt, in their hands, 133; committee to contract with for sup- 
plies for Georgia Battalion, i^; to be furnished with certain resolutions 
and to conform to same, particularly respecting price of goods, 13^; peti- 
tion from, read and referred to committee, 249; report of committee on 
petition of, 269; Governor to make partial payments to, 296; Governor 
and Executive Council empowered to appropriate any funds of the State 
to payment of debts of, 531. 

British merchants in Savannah, petition from, read and referred to committee, 
322. 

Brown, Henry, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Brown, Capt. John, elected Searcher for the port of Savannah, 536. 

Brown, Oliver, committee reports on petition of, 340. 

Brown, Walter, desires to bring into this State and sell rum, sugar and coffee 
on certain conditions, 175 ; request agreed to, 175. 



INDEX. 683 

Brown, William, amerced and declared ineligible to hold office for three years, 
174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 179; petition from, read 
and referred to committee, 324; committee reports on petition of inhabi- 
tants requesting that warehouses should be erected on lands of, 327. 

Brownson, Nathan, elected Speaker, 8; elected Governor, 8; qualifies as 
Governor, 13; reported ineligible to seat in the House by committee, 34; 
qualifies as member of the House, 41 ; committee to receive accounts oU 
54; resigns seat in the House, 66; appointed Justice, 75; elected del^ 
gate to ContincnUl Congress, 300; to qualify as Justice of Peace, 551; 
elected trustee for a college, 557. (See, also Governor Brownson.) 

Brownston, John, appointed Magistrate, 15. 

Bryan, James, appomted Magistrate, 15 ; elected Treasurer, 17 ; elected Regis- 
ter of Probates for Chatham county, 54; chosen Commissary of Military 
Stores, 77; qualifies as member of the House, 191; elected member of 
Executive Council, 193. 

Bryan, Jonathan, elected member Executive Council, 8, 34; appointed Magis- 
trate 15 ; appointed Justice, 75. 

Bryan, William, ineligible to seat in the House, 206; qualifies as member of 
House, 419; appointed Commissioner of Roads, 560. 

Bryen, William, see Bryan. 

Buddy, George, petition from, praying to be discharged from the Georgia 
Regiment, read, 203. 

Buckhalter, J. Mc, petition from, read and referred to committee, 255. 

Bucroft, Samuel, letter from read and referred to committee, 126; committee 
reports on petition of, 129. 

Buffin^on, Hannah, petition from, read and referred to committee, 327 ; com- 
mittee reports on petition from, 416. 

Bufroft, Samuel, petition from, read and referred to committee, 343. 

Bugg, Edmund, appointed Magistrate, 16; petition from read and referred to 
committee, 18; petition rejected, 20; appointed Justice, 76; qualifies as 
member of the House, 83 ; petition from, read and referred to committee, 
139; committee reports on petition from, 151; to receive and dispose of 
salt in Richmond county, 159. 

Bullock, Mary, letter from, with memorial from John Glenn, read and referred 
to committee, 245. 

Buntz, Christopher, petition from, praying to be discharged from the Conti- 
nental service read, 209; committee reports on petition, 213. 

Burke, Aedanus, chosen Chief Justice, 187; salary fixed, 188; Governor re- 
quested to write to informing him of his election, 188. 

Burke, Charles, memorial of, read and referred to committee, 94, Ai7: quali- 
fies as member of the House, 191. ^^ 

Burke County, members of Legislature from for the year 1781, 7; for the 
year 1782, 32 ; Committee of Clemency in, 145 ; petition of inhabitants of, 
in behalf of Peter Wynne, 210; petition of inhabitants of, in behalf of 
heirs of George Walker, 210; petition of inhabitants in behalf of Mr. 
Walker, read, 211 ; petition of inhabitants of, in favor of James Lambeth, 
243; committee reports on petition of inhabitants of, in behalf of Amos 
Whitehead, 295; petition of inhabitants of, in behalf of Peter Wynne, 
rejected, 367; petition of inhabitants of, in behalf of Amos Whitdiead, 
rejected, 371 ; petition of inhabitants of, in favor of James Lambeth, read 
and referred to committee, 433. 

Burnet, Andrew, appointed Magistrate, 16. 

Burnet, Daniel, appointed Justice, 76, 106, 254. 

Burnett, Daniel, qualifies as member of the House, 191. 

Bums, Andrew, elected member Executive Council, 35; letter from, resign- 
ing seat as member Executive Council, read, 144; appointed Justice, 76, 
253> 572 ; petition of, read and referred to committee, 3^. 

Bums, Andrew, and Benjamin Few, petition of, in behalf of the heirs of John 
Howard, granted, 570. 

Bums, Gerald, petition of, read and referred to committee, ^4. 

Burton, Robert, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Burton, Thomas, appointed Justice, 560. 



6M INDEX. 

Bynam, Luke» unerced and deokred ineligible to vote cr hold office for three 
years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 17S. 



Call, Richard, elected SufveT^or G«nefal, 245, 406/ 

Camden County, members of Legislature from for 1763, 3a. 

Campbdl, McCartan, amerced twelve per cent, 177; petition, conceming 
amercement of, 388. 

Candler, Henry, petition from, read and referred to committee, 106; doctor 
paid f6r attendance an, 116, ' 

Candler, William, petition from, read and referred to committee, 325 ; petition 
rejected, 411; qualifies as member of the House, 423; leave of absence 
granted to, and part of account paid, 557 ; appointed Jostice, 571. 

Carney, Arthur, petition in behalf of chfldren of, 210; petition granted, 405. 

Carr, Patrick, petition from, in behalf of himself, officers and men under hia 
command, referred to special committee, 214. 

Carr, Leannah, petition from, read and referred to committee, 324; committee 
reports on petition of, 412. 

Carson, John, pel^ion from, read and referred to committee, 324; committee 
reports on petition of, 412. 

Carter, Alexander, petition from, read and referred to committee, 361. 

Carter, Hepworth, appointed Magistrate, 15; appointed Justice, 107;- goalificji 
as member of House, 321 ; petition from, read and referred to committee, 
362 ; committee reports on petition from, 417 ; letter from, read and re- 
ferred to committee, 474, 482 ; letter from read, 487. 

Carter, James, qualifies as member of the House, 86, 126; resigns seat in the 
House, 130. . . 

Carter, Thomas, petition from, read and referred to committee, 379; petition 
from read and referred to Executive Department, 379; appointed Justice* 
550. 

Cartledge^ Edmond, Sr., appointed Justice, 254. 

Caftledge, Mr., elected Councilor, 304 

CartUdge, Edmund, qualifies as member of the House, 191. 

Caswell, Richard, and others of North Carolina, petition from, read and re- 
ferred to committee, 492; committee reports on petition from, 525. 

Catching, see Catchings. ' 

Catchings, Benjamin, petition from read and referred to committee, 39; ap- 
pointed Jtlstice; 76, tos ; i^ualifies as member of the House, 191, 419; com- 
mittee reports on petition from, 418. 

Cavalry, part 6f Infantry Battalion to be mounted as, 161 ; allowed same pay 
as other United States cavah^r, 161 -, to be equipped, 161. 

Cavaia, David, amerced eight per cent., 178; committee reports on petition 

from, 330. 

Cavena, Nicholas, amerced eight per cent, 178. 

Cavenah, see Cavena. 

Certificates, certain, to be delivered the Auditor, 336; list of Certificates paid 
on bonds of confiscated property to be entered in the Journals of the 
House and certificates destroyed, 515.- 

Chatham County, members of Legislature from for 1781, 7; for 1782, 31; 
committee of clemency in, 145; vacancies in militia of, to b^ filled, 170; 
petition from number of inhabitants of, read and referred to committee^ 
322; petition and memorial from Justices of the Peace of, read mid re- 
ferred to committee, 478 ; Collector of Taxes for, to produce moneys re- 
ceived, S03. 

Chevalier and Cheveleur, see Chevelieur. 

Chevalicur, Charles Francis,- letter from, read and referred to committee> 131; 
committee reports on petition from, 14B; petition from, read and referred 
to committor 243; petition rejected, 376. 

Chief Justice, salary to be £360 per annum, 244, 440; to be paid thirty 
guineas in part of salary, 447. 

Chisnohn, Thomas, appointed Justice, 76. 



INDEX. 68& 

Cicil, or Cecil, Leonard, petition from, read and referred to QDnunittcer 324- 
Citizens of this State having property with the British to make claim thereof^ 

Civil vftcers, salaries of fixed, 25, TJ^ i88i 440; civil officers chosen, 187, 245.^ 
490* 

Cbrendon, Smith, petition from, read» 157; amerced eight per cent, 178. 

Clark, Jonathan, petition from, read and referred to committee, 472. 

Clark, William, petition from, read and referred to committee, 514* 

Clarke, Barbara, petition from granted, 377* 

Clarke^ Colonel Elijah, appointed Commissioner to collect property of dis- 
loyal persons, 17; letter from read and referred to committee, 18; com- 
mittee reports on letter from, 21; rewarded for services, 21; elected 
Colonel, 23; one hundred bushels of com to be delivered to regiment of^ 
112; elected Commissioner of Confiscated Estates, 115; presented with 
plantation of Thomas Waters as reward for services, 116; to be given 
certificates for articles purchased for the public, 118; qualifies as member 
of the House, 420; to have full and sufficient titles for plantation of 
Thomas Waters as reward for services, 4391 

Clarke, Elijah, and George Walton, memorial from read and referred to com- 
mittee, IQ5. 

Clarke, Elijah, and Col Twiggs, petition from, read and referred to committee,. 
236 ; committee reports on petition from, 2g8. 

Clay, Joseph, appointed Magistrate, 15; appointed Justice, 75; qualifies as 
member of the House, 94; chosen Chairman, 119; chosen Treasurer, 187; 
salary fixed, 188; declines to serve in Continental Congress, 299; memo- 
rial from, in behalf of Roux & Co., read and referred to committee, 480; 
elected trustee for a college, 557. 

Clay, Joseph, attorney for Peter Bard, petition from, read and referred Xxy 
committee, 277. 

Clay, Mr., ineli^ble to seat in the House, 85; appointed Commissioner for 
regulating pilotage of the bar and river Savannah, 181 ; qualifies as mem- 
ber of the House, 234. 

Clem, Valentine, must serve in the army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Clements^ John, appointed Magistrate, 15 ; fined for non-attendance, 81 ; peti- 
tion from, read and referred to committee, 107; qualifies as member of 
the House, X92; appointed Justice, 263, 56a 

Clements, Mr., qualifies as member of the House, 421. 

Clerk of Assembly, , to arrange accounts in his possession chargeable to the 
United States and deliver them to the Governor, 78; ordered to deliver 
to the Secretary of State all original acts in his possession, 228 ; to pay 
Messenger twenty dollars in part of salary, 241 ; to furnish the Governor 
with list of civil officers for present year, 253; entitled to draw part of his 
salary, 298; allowed £25 in part of salary, 308; salary of to be £100 per 
annum, 440; to write to absent members requiring their attendance, 474;. 
authorized to purchase books for entering minutes of the several Houses- 
of Assembly, 568; paid £5 on salary, 572. 

Clerk of Council, allowed £150 per annnm on condition that he act as private 
secretary to the Governor,' 180; salary to be £100 per annum, 244; salary 
of to be £50 per annum, 44a 

Cleric of Superior Court, fees of, 301. 

Clifton, William, elected Surveyor for Effingham County, 302, 497. 

Clyat^ Isaac, petition from, read and referred to committee, 220; petition post- 
poned, 375. 

Cobbs, John and others, petition from, read and referred to committee, 452. 

Cochran, James, appointed Magistrate 15; qualifies as member of the House,. 
70, 124, 192, 217 J appointed Justice, 75; resigns seat in the House, 439. 

Cochrane, James, petition from, read and referred to committee, 233. 

Cockspur Island, small garrison on, 257 ; ordnance and ammunition for garri- 
son on, 257. 

Coleman, Daniel, elected member Executive Council; 8; appointed Justice, 76^ 
!06, 254; fined for non-attendance, 8i; elected Commissioner for Con- 
fiscated Estates, 115. 



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Coleman, Mr., qualifies as member of the House, 419; elected member Execu- 
tive Council, 424. 

Collection of debts stayed indefinitely, 26. 

Collector for the port of Savannah, directed to lay before the House exact ac- 
counts of all exports and imports, 490; delivers in said account, 491; to 
render to the House state of moneys received in his office for the use of 
the State, 494; renders said account, 497; committee reports on papers 
and accounts of, 512* 

Collectors of Savannah and Sunbury, salary to be £50 per annum, 244. 

Collector empowered and required to demand and receive the rates of two and 
one-half per cent on prime cost of goods, wares and merchandise im- 
ported into this State, 501. 

College, trustees elected for a, 557; Governor requested to sign eight land 
warrants in names of the trustees for a, 563 ; trustees for, to proceed with 
Surveyors to superintend survey of land for, 563 ; Governor requested to 
draw order in favor of trustees for college to defray expenses of survey- 
ing, 563. 

Colson, Mathew, amerced, 169. 

Commanding officers of regiments or battalions of militia to deliver to the 
Governor certified pay rolls, 48. 

Commissaries to collect salt, 63 ; ordered to impress com, 97 ; to deliver unto 
Col. Clarke's regiment one hundred bushels of corn, 112; to make return 
to the Governor, 117; allowed nine pence per ration, 536. 

Commissary of Military Stores chosen, Tj. 

Commissioners of Sequestered and Confiscated Estates appointed, 12 ; instruc- 
tions to, 13; authorized to sell all personal property, except negroes, for 
the benefit of the State, 17; committee appointed to prepare instructions 
for, 18; oath of, 28; to report to House, 40; to account for property dis- 
posed of, 70; ordered to deliver to the Governor all books, bonds, etc, in 
their possession, 71; notes and bonds taken by, to be delivered to the 
Governor, 78; to set aside a number of negroes in order to comply with 
the public en^gements made with Col. Clark and Col. Jackson^s corps, 
112; commissioners elected, 115; authorized to vest plantation of Thomas 
Waters in Elijah Clarke, 116; authorized to purchase negroes within 
enemy's lines, 119; to take charge of the estate of John Maxwell, 127; 
to postpone sales of confiscated estates for one month, by order of the 
House, 141; to postpone sales of confiscated estates until further orders 
from the House, 195 ; to furnish Governor with property sufficient to pur- 
chase presents for the Indians, 214; letter from, 223; letter referred to 
committee, 224; all powers vested in for making sale of confiscated prop- 
erty postponed until further orders from the House, 226 ; ordered to make 
titles to Major General Greene for a tract of land, 228; ordered to sell 
•enough of the property in their possession to meet expenses of govern- 
ment, 228; to sell negroes sufficient to pay Lacke & Co. for horses, 231; 
ordered to deliver to Mary Maxwell forty negroes as the gift of the 
Legislature, 238; letter from, read, 239; authorized to carry into effect 
resolve respecting supplving provisions for Continental Troops, and also 
resolution authorizing Governor to call on them for one hundred pounds 
for said troops, 239; to sell lands to an amount not exceeding £500 for 
contingent expenses, 246; to settle with John Jones for acting as Vendue 
Master, 252, 261 ; to procure sum for immediate exigencies and pay same 
to Clerk of the House, 265 ; letter from, read and referred to committee, 
274; committee reports on letter from, 275; letter from read and referred 
to committee, 286; committee reports on letter from, 286; to pay all ac- 
<:ounts signed by the Speaker, 295 ; to pay account of Thomas Ogden, 303; 
to retain a sum sufficient to keep an office and defray necessary expenses, 
305; to pay Mr. Peak £5 for rent of room used by the Assembly, 308; 
accounts of, to be audited, 356; letter from, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 379; committee appointed to inspect accounts of sales of property 
hy, 429; authorized to give full and sufficient titles to Waters plantation 
to Col. Clarke as reward for services, 438; to allow sum not exceeding 
£5 for each confiscated negro secreted from them to persons delivering 



INDEX. 587 

sach negro, 487; letter from, read, 503; committee appointed to examine 
books of, 513; committee reports on letter from, 552; to advertise for 
sale such part of confiscated property as has not been sold, 569. 

Commissioners of Claims, Board of, to lay proceedings before the House, 432 ; 
books and proceedings of laid before the House, 456; conmiittee reports 
on books of, 470; committee appointed to take under consideration pro- 
ceedings of, 504; committee reports, 509; required to attend the House, 
510; letter from Clerk of, with proceedings read, 510; committee ap- 
pointed to revise rules of, 514; books containing proceedings to be re- 
turned to, 532 ; books of to be delivered to committee to revise rules, then 
delivered to Auditor, 559. 

Commissioners of Sequestered Estates in Wilkes county to make return of 
matters transacted, 25. 

"Commissioners appointed to purchase galleys, 162; appointed to superintend 
building of galleys, 164. 

Commissioners appointed for regulating and directing pilotage of bar and 
river Savannah, etc., 181. 

"Commissioners to treat with Indians given power to appoint agents to pur- 
chase goods for Indians, 229; to be furnished with a guard, etc., 230; may. 
adjourn Congress with Indians to time and place most convenient, 230;' 
Commissioners elected to hold Congress with Creek and Cherokee In- 
dians, 231; proceedings of, referred to committee, 33^; committee reports 
on proceedings of, 357; report of committee appointed to examine ac- 
counts of considered by the House, 398; committee reports on books and 
proceedings of, 556. 

'Commissioners for building court house and jail in the county of Richmond to 
require contractors to begin immediately to erect said building^, 292. 

•Commissioners for examining quantity and quality of lands on Tennessee 
River appointed, 536. 

Commissioners appointed to contract for building a market in the town of 
Savannah, 571. 

Commissioners for Augusta, see Augusta. 

Committee appointed to prepare address to the Governor, 8; reports, 10. 

Committee appointed to draw up rules for the government of the House, 8; 
report of, 9. 

Committee appointed to procure a clerk, doorkeeper and messenger for the 
House, 9. 

Committee appointed to receive names of persons to fill public offices, 11, 38, 
195,433; report of, 455. 

Committee on petitions appointed, 18 ; report, 20. 

Committee on ways and means appointed, 18, 47, ; report of, 48, 50^ 56, 59. 

Committee appointed to revise laws of this State near expiring, etc., 20. 

Committee appointed to draw up instructions to Continental Delegates and 
letter to President of Congress, 24. 

Committee for the civil list recommend certain salaries for State officers, 25. 

Committee appointed to prepare letter to President of Congress and to the 
delegates respecting situation of the State, 27. 

Committee appointed on privileges and elections, 34 ; report of, 34. 

Committee appointed to prepare address to the Governor acquainting him of 
his election, 35 ; report of, 36. 

Committee appointed to enquire into Quartermaster's Department, 35. 

Committee appointed to report business necessary to be considered by the 
House, 35, 86, 204, 506; report of, 38, 90, 204, 5". 

Committee, standing, on accounts appointed, 36, 126, 430; report of, 72, 163, 
444. 

Committee on rules appointed, 36; report, 37. 

Committee appointed to procure provisions, 37. 

Committee appointed to consider letter of delegates with account of money 
drawn from Continental treasury, 38 ; report of, 42, 44. 

'Committee appointed to enquire into situation of the State and prepare in- 
structions to the delegates, 38 ; report of, 46, 47. 

Committee on petitions appointed, 38 ; report of, 54. 



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Cooimittee on pfivikges and elections appointed, 40, 195, 199, 421. 

Committee on pHvil^es and elections r^rts^ S^, 87, %^ 137, 192. 

Committee, a standing, appointed to receive voudiers for public moneys, 42. 

Committee appointed to draw up estimate for current year, 43; ri^ports, 47. 

Conamittee appointed to consider Gen. Greene's letter, 43; reports, 46. 

Committee appointed to consider situation of State Legion, 49; reports, 54, 64^ 

Committee, a special, on Indian affairs appointed, 50; reports, 74. 

Committee appointed to receive accounts of Nathan Brownson, late Governor*. 
54.; report of, 58. 

Committee on ways and means of building jail in Augusta reports, 55. 

Committee from Council returns certain bills, 57, 964. 

Committee appointed to form depreciation table, 58. 

Committee appointed to examine books of Commissioners of Confiscated Es- 
tates, 61. 

Committee from Council waits on House with certain recommendations, 62. 

Committee appointed to prepare instructions for the Auditor of Accounts, 65; 
report of» 66. 

Committee appointed to examine and revise minutes of the House, 78. 

Committee appointed to prepare answer to address from the Governor, 85; 
reports, 8B. 

Committee appointed to deliver copy of certain resolution to the Governor, 87 ; 
reports, 94. 

Committee appointed to consider resolution concerning impracticability of the 
militia marching to aid of Gen. Wayne, 88 ; report of, 89, 98. 

Committee appointed to consider articles deposited in Augusta by Mr. Few,. 
92 ; report, 92. 

Committee appointed to prepare letter to Gen. Wayne requesting wagons to 
transport rice, 93. 

Committee appointed to consider important papers laid before the House by 
the Governor and Council, 95. 

Committee appointed to enquire into propriety of measures pursued by Gov- 
ernor and Council respecting paying for horses for the use of the State,. 

^ 95 ; reports, 155. 

Committee appointed to point out mode of transporting rice from South Caro- 
lina, 95; report of, iii. 

Committee appointed to report sugar, rum, etc., purchased by the Governor 
for the use of the Governor and Council and House of Assembly, 95 ; re- 
port of, 96. 

Committee appointed to point out mode of distribution of articles purchased 
for the use of the Governor and Council and House of Assembly, 97. 

Committee appointed to ascertain number of officers to act under Col. Clarke^ 

97- 

Committee appointed to consider ways and means to raise quota of Continental 

Troops, 98 ; report of, 107. 
Committee, letter from Governor referred to, 105. 
Committee of three appointed to consider mode by which public accounts may^ 

be settled, 107. 
Committee appointed to examine return made by Col. Williamson for sundry 

negroes delivered to the mountain men, 109. 
Committee appointed to inform Gen. Greene and Brigadier General Wayne of 

resolution of the House in their favor, iia 
Committee appointed to purchase estate for Gen. Greene and Gen. Wayne, 115; 

report of, 171. v 

Committee appointed to request the Governor to order public filature jetted 

up for use of the General Assembly^ 123 ; instructions to said committee^ 

123. 
Committee appointed to consider letter of Gen. Wayne, 123; report of, I25» 

137. 
Committee appointed to consider resolves of members of the House, 124-; 

opinion of committee, 130. 
Committee appointed to consider all petitions presented, but not reported on„ 

to last House of Assembly, 128 ; report of, 129. 



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Committee, letter from the Governor, with proposal of Mr. Struthers for pur- 
chasing -negproes for this StsO^ referred to» ia8; report of, i^^- 

Committee appointed to enquire into state of the' magazine, lag. 

Committte appointed to request Governor to furnish the House with papers, 
letters, etc., of a public nature, received or signed since meeting of the 
House in January, 152. 

Committee appointed to provide accommodations, diet, etc., for members of 
^ the House, 13a, 3^3; report of, 341. 

Committee appointed to treat with merchants for goods, 133. 

Committee to be fomished^ with quantity of goods, especially salt, in mer- 
ehants' hands, 133: ; . 

Committee to contract for articles necessary for the use of the Georgia Bat- 
' talion, 134; report of» 143. 

Committee appointed to attend the Governor with certain resolutions, 134. 

Committee appointed to confer with John Barklay concerning powd€r> 134; 
report o^ 138. • ... 

Comimttee on petitions, application of Richard Leake to serve as Clerk re- 
ferred to, 136. ' 

Committee appointed in each county to consider and point out objects of 
clemency, 145; report of; 147. 

Committee appointed' to consider proper means for the defense of the South- 
em Cowitry, 146. . • 

Committee appointed to report business necessary to be done before liouse 
ad;oiintt,i47; report Of, V57> 18O1 . 

Committee appointed to consider letter of Daniel McMurphy concerning In- 
dians, 157. ^ ', r 

Committee appointed to consider and point out mode for carrying into execu- 
tion report of committee concefnmg bosiness necessary to be transacted 
before adjournment of the House, 158; report of, 161. 

Committee appointed to take possession of buttdings on the Bay, 160; report 
of, i6g. 

Committee appointed to select names of persons entitled to clemency, 160. 

Committee appointed to enquire into abuses committed respecting public boats 
and salt ordered sent to Augusta, 163. 

Committee appointed to consider petition of Hill, Jordan and others, concern- 
ing cattle impressed by the Commissary, 164 ; report of, 165. 

Comihittee appointed to consider letter from the Governor enclosing list of 
men who surrendered to Col. Johnson, 165 ; report of, 168. 

Committee appointed to revise confiscation act reports; 173. 

Committee, a special, letter from Brigadier General Wayne, enclosing talk to 
Credc Indians and proclamation to inhabitants of EastrFlorida, referred 
to, 176 ; report of committee, 179. 

Committee appointed to class persons to be named in the amercement bill and 
fix rates of amercement, 176 ; report of, 177. 

Committee appointed to consider recommendations from the Governor, 176; 
report of, 180. 

Committee appointed to express to Gen. Wayne appreciation of the House for 

important services rendered the State, etc, I79- 
Committee appointed to obtain supplies, 182. 
Committee appointed to see the bill for opening Courts of Law and Justice 

within this State, etc., engrossed and see Speaker sign same, 183. 
Committee appointed to revise minutes of the House, 188. 
Committee appointed to prepare address to the Governor informing him of his 

appointment, 193 ; report of, 194- 
Committee appointed to revise rules of last House, 196; report of, I97- 
Committee appointed to consider eligibility of William Houstoun, 198; report 

of, 200. . . ,H . . ^ ^ 

Committee appointed to consider motion authonzmg Commissioners of Con- 
fiscated Estates to sell property to pay expenses of members of the House, 
200. 
Committee appointed to examine letter and Council books received from the 
Governor, 201. 



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Committee to examine salutary and necessary laws near expiring and prepare 
bill for continuing same, 201. 

Committee appointed to prepare bill for taking the name of William Stephens 
from and out of the amercement law, 202. 

Committee appointed to examine into sales of confiscated and amerced prop- 
erty, 202 ; petition of John Jones referred to said committee, 221 ; letter 
from Commissioners of Confiscated Estates referred to said committee^ 
224. 

Committee, a standing, on petitions appointed, 204, 321, 430. 

Committee appointed to consider memorial of James McKay, 206; report of, 
212. 

Committee, a special, petitions for resenre of lands on Oconee River referred 
to, 207. 

Committee appointed to consider petition of Anne Bailey, 206. 

Committee, Governor's letter with sundry papers referred to, 208. 

Committee appointed on ways and means to defray civil list and necessary 
provision for the Continental quota, 208. 

Committee appointed to consider all letters and papers of Congress, etc, 2q6L 

Committee, petition of inhabitants of Virginia for land referred to, 208. 

Committee appointed to reconsider resolution of the House respecting cession 
of lands from the Indians, and to report number of Commissioners nec- 
essary, 211; report of, 213. 

Committee appointed to prepare address to Major General Greene, 212. 

Committee on* petitions reports, 212. 

Committee, petition of Patrick Carr in behalf of himself, oflScers and men un- 
der his command, referred to a special, 214. 

Committee, a special, memorial of James Johnston referred to, 218; report of, 
221. 

Committee appointed to confer with Major General Greene and report the 
best means of putting State in proper posture of defense, 218. 

Committee, appointed to contract for printing House Journals and laws, ^i. 

Committee appointed to examine purchase of all goods, wares and merchan- 
dise made for the State since the evacuation of Savannah, 222; letter 
from the Governor referred to said committee, 232; committee reports, 
249. 

Committee, letter from John Wereat, Auditor General, referred to, 222, 247. 

Committee, message from the Counal respecting salaries of clerk, door-keeper 
and messenger referred to, 223. 

Committee appointed to examine accounts of irregular Councils and Assem- 
bhes and report what should be ratified and confirmed by the Legislature, 
224. 

Committee, petition of sundry inhabitants of the United States of America 
referred to, 227. 

Committee, a special, letter from Gen. Mcintosh with extracts of legislative 
and executive powers of this State referred to, 227. 

Committee appointed to purchase land for Major General Greene desired to 
make return, 228. 

Committee appointed to report what laws are necessary to be printed and fur- 
nished to different counties, 229; report of, 232. 

Committee, message from the Governor referred to, 232. 

Committee, a special, appointed to consider letter from Gen. Mcintosh with 
extracts of legislative and executive powers, 232 ; report of, 237. 

Committee, memorial of Nehemiah Wade referred to, 233. 

Committee, reports on petition of inhabitants of North Carolina, South Caro- 
lina and Virginia, 233. 

Committee, petition of C5ol. Clarke and Gen. Twiggs referred to, 236. 

Committee, special, on lands reports, 236, 281. 

Committee appointed to examine and report proceedings of the legislative and 
executive powers, report of referred to committee, 241. 

Committee, letter from Brigadier General Mcintosh enclosing letter from 
officers of the Georgia Line referred to, 241 ; report of, 243. 

Committee, part of message from the Governor referred to, 243. 



INDEX. 691 

Committee, petition of inhabitants of South Carolina referred to, 243. 

Committee for estimating public salaries, report of, 244. 

Committee to call on persons to ^ve information respecting Journals of As- 
sembly and Minutes of Council for the year 1779, 250; report oi, 253. 

Committee, message from the Governor and Executive Council referred tm, 
25a 

Committee, message from the Governor with letter from Governor of East- 
Florida referred to, -255 ; report of, 265. 

Committee, petition from inhabitants of Virginia read and referred to, 255. 

Committee, appointed to confer with the Governor respecting purchase of 
Capt Howell's galley, report of, 256. 

Committee appoint^ to superintend sale of confiscated property, 258; report 
of, 25a 

Committee, letter from Gen. Elbert referred to, 258 ; report of, 272. 

Committee, letter from Commissioners of Confiscatd Estates referred to, 274, 
286; report of , 275, 286. 

Committee appointed to prepare and report instructions to Agents appointed 
to settle and adjust nortnem boundary of the State, 276. 

Committee appointed to confer with the Governor on his message, 282; re- 
ports, 291. 

Committee appointed to attend at affixing Seals to acts passed, 300;- report of, 
308. 

Committee appointed to obtain from Kelland Gibbons account of sales of cer- 
tain articles, 304. 

Committee appointed to meet and prepare business before meeting of House 
of Assembly, 304. 

Committee, message and papers from the Governor referred to, 322; report 
of, 335, 340. 

Committee appointed to consider petition of sundry inhabitants requesting 
that warehouses be erected on lands of William Brown, report of, 327. 

Committee from each county appointed to arrange and class persons who have 
petitioned to be taken off the confiscation act, 325 ; report of, 341. 

Committee, letter from Attorney General referred to, 331. 

Committee appointed to consider petitions of banished persons, 331. 

Committee, petitions from inhabitants of Virginia and South Carolina read 
and referred to, 332. 

Committee, proceedings of Commissioners for treating with the Indians re- 
ferred to, 336; report, 357. 

Committee, message from the President with dispatches from the President 
of Congress referred to, 355 ; report of, 380. 

Committee on privileges and elections appointed, 421; double returns from 
Richmond County referred to said committee, 421 ; reports on same, 422. 

Committee appointed to procure proper place for meeting of the House, 422; 
report of, 422, 

Committee appointed to draw up address to the Governor elect, 424; report 
of, 42s. 

Committee appointed to enquire why this State was not represented in Con- 
gress in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty-three, 425 ; re- 
port of committee considered by the House, 449. 

Committee appointed to report to the House salary for public oiikers for the 
year one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four, 429. 

Committee appointed to inspect account of sale of confiscated property, 429. 

Committee on privileges and elections report Joseph William Spencer ineligi- 
ble to seat in the House, 431. 

Committee appointed to procure proper place for the horses of members of 
the House, 432. 

Committee appointed to consider means for providing for families of persons 
included in the confiscation act, 433. 

Committee appointed to collect all acts of Assembly of force in this State and 
have same reprinted and bound, 435. 

Committee, books and accounts of property sold under confiscation act re- 
ferred to, 438; report of, 483. 



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' i 

Committee appointed to receive books and papers from late Governor Hall, 
441 ; report of, dfii, 537 ; report of Committee on said papers and books 
referred to special committee^ 1468. 

Committee, books and proceedings of Commissioners of Claims referred to, 
456. 

Committee appointed to acquaint Rev. Mr. Holmes that the House will attend 
divine service to-morrow, 459. 

Committee appointed to consider measures necessary for raising and support- 
ing force for preventing depredations* 4^ ; report of, 465. 

Committee appointed to receive and examine the accounts of the public oflkers, 
465 ; report of, 478. 

Committee on petitions, two additional, appointed, 480. 

Committee appointed to recommend most proper, mode of raising sum of 
money for public purposes, 496; report of, 500. 

Committee appointed to receve aceotmtB of lute Governor HalL 49^. 

Committee, letter from the Preaident of Congress, with enclosures, also letter 
from Governor of Virginia, referred to, 497; report of, 499. . 

Comnittee appointed to deliver bonds in possession- of the House to the Treas- 
urer, 511; report of, 515, §45. ,..',., ^ . 

Committee appointed to consider means of raising suppues for Contmental 
Delegates, for the support of the Council and members of the House, 544. 

Committee ^>pointed to correct miBtttes of Hotise and have same publish^ 

564- 

Commhtee appointed to examine bills which have passed into laws and see 
the Speaker sign same, 571. 

Committee appointed to lodge acts passed this session in Secretary's office and 
have seal of State affixed to same, 573. 

Compiler's preface, 3- 

Confiscated property not paid for, immediate payment to be demanded, 339; 
how paid, 3^(4. 

Congress to be mformed of House resolution providing for cavalry, 161; to 
be ap^ied to for further aid of troops for defense of the State, 161 ; to 
be written to concerning certain measures, 163* 

Congress, letter to President of, 79. 

Conner, Daniel, petition from referred to committee, 487. 

Continental Congress, Representatives in, 26. 

Continental delegates to be appointed, 11; allowed expenses, 26; letter from, 
enclosing accounts, 38: elected, 58; instructions for, 80; salary to be 
four dollars per day, 244; Governor to give certificate to of their ap- 
pointment by the House, 299; to proceed at once to Congress, 299; to 
proceed to Congress as soon as provided with necessary money, 391 ; 
money to pay exi)enses of, to be raised, 4.17; allowed four dollars per 
day while on service, 440; to hold themselves in readiness to proceed to 
Congress, 499; additional delegates elected, 540. 

Continental Galleys, officers and men of, entitled to all land bounties, pay, etc., 
as officers of State line, 298. 

Conyers, John, appointed Magistrate, 15 ; appointed Justice, 76, 560. 

Conyers, Mr., qualifies as member of the House, 421. 

Coogle, Christopher, exempted from requirements of Gen. Wayne's order, 147. 

Cook, Benjamin, restored to citizenship, 168. 

Cook, George, and Thomas Balew, petition from, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 361. 

Cook, Henry, restored to citizenship, 168. *" 

Cook, James, amerced, 169 ; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Cook, John, amerced, 169. 

Cooke, William, petition from read and referred to committee, 247. 

Coope, Lewis, petition from read and referred to committee, 135, 278; report 
of committee on petition from, 413 ; petition from referred to committee, 
430. 

Cooper, Henry, petition from, read and referred to committee, 347. 

Cooper, John, fined for non-attendance, 81. 

Cooper, Samuel, amerced, 169; amerced and declared ineligible to vote or 



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h^d office for three years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 

178. 
Cooper, Thomas, petition from, read and referred to committee, 103. 

Cooper, , elected Lieutenant Colonel, 24. 

Cope, Lewis, see Coope. 

Corker, Edward, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for 

three years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 179. 
Corker, Stephen, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for 

three years, 174; must serve in army or tumish substitute, 179. 
Com to be purchased for the benefit of inhabitants of this State, 95. 
Cornish, John, petition from, read and referred to committee, 480. 
Cosgrief, John, petition from read and referred to committee, 453. 
Council, see Executive Council. 
Councilors to be elected to fill vacancies, 180; allowed three dollars per day 

in lieu of salary, 180; salary of, two dollars per day, 44a 
County Surveyors, fees of, 301. 
Cowens, John, petition from, read and referred to committee, 324; petition 

from referred to Superior Court of Wilkes County, 411. 
Craddock, Samuel, amerced, 1691 
Crawford, Charles, appointed Magistrate, 16; appointed Justice, 76, 253, 571; 

fined for non-attendance, 81 ; qualifies as member of the House, 193, 311, 

447; elected Councilor, 193; declines serving as Councilor, 198; again 

elected Councilor, 196. 
Crawford, John, amerced, 1691 

Creamer, Christopher, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 
Creek and Cherokee Indians, see Indians. 
Creighton, Alexander, petition from read and referred to committee, 172, 249; 

taken off act of confiscation, 376. 
Creswell, Samuel, elected Surveyor for Wilkes County, 304, 497. 
Crittendon, Elizabeth, petition from read and referred to committee, 57. 
Cronberger, Jacob, chosen Register of Probates for Effingham County, 497. 
Crouse, Samuel, appointed Justice, 246. 
Culdwell, Sarah, petition from, read and referred to committee, 220; petition 

granted, 368. 
Cunningham, John, elected Lieutenant Colonel, 23; appointed Justice, 76, 106, 

254; qualifies as member of the House, 191. 
Cuthbert, George, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for 

three years, 174; amerced twelve per cent, 177. 
Cuthbert, Joseph, amerced eight per cent, 178. 
Cuthbert, Seth John, qualifies as member of the House, 320. 



Dala Plane, Peter, petition from read and referred to committee, 222. 

Daniely, Daniel, appointed Messenger of the House^ 9; petition from, read 
and referred to committee, 100; petition from, with account, read and re- 
ferred to committee, 474. 

Dasher, John Martin, qualifies as member of the House, 192, 201. 

Dasher, Martin, appointed Magistrate, 15. 

Daughtry, Joseph, amerced, 169. 

Daughtry, Michael, amerced, 169. 

Davies, Edward, late Auditor General, all papers in possession of to be de- 
livered to Daniel McMurphy, 71; petition from, read and referred to 
committee, 249; petition referred to Governor and Council, 405. 

Davies, Jenkin, elected member Executive Council, 8, 193 ; chosen State Sur- 
geon, 54 ; qualifies as member of the House, 193 ; appointed Justice, 263. 

Davies, Mr., qualifies as member of the House, 420 ; elected member of Execu- 
tive Council, 424. 

Davies, Myrick, qualifies as President of Executive Council, 13; appointed 
Magistrate, 15, 

Davis, David, to be rewarded for faithful services and for discovering con- 
spiracy against the government, 137. 
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Davi8» Jenkin, appointed Magistrate, 15; elected member Executive CounciU 

35; appointed Justice, 76; petition from, read and referred to committee^ 

131 ; committee reports on petition, 14& 
Davis, Jenkins and Benjamin Lewis, peUtbn from, read and referred to com- 

mittee, 511. 
Davis, Myrick, elected member Bxecutive Coancil, 8. 
Davis, Sarah, petition from, read and referred to committee, 210; report of 

committee, az3- 
Davis, WiUtam John, petition from, read and referred to committee, 498. 
Dawson, Ferrebee, report of committee on petition from, 376. 
Dawson, William, qnaltfies as member of House, 4ao. 

Dawson, • — , petition from, with affidavit, referred to committee, 1*34. 

Day, Robert, Sr., petition from, read and referred to committee, 487. 

Pay; Robert, appointed Justice, 106, 354. 

Deane, Capt., negro belonging to estate of under sentence of death, 527; 

char^ against said negro reported by Attorney General, 541 ; pardoned 

conditionally, 541. 
Dejong, Dr. Jacob, petition, with account, read and referred to Auditor, 557. 
De la Playne, Capt. Peter Emanuel, to be paid £$0, Tfjy. 
De la Plane, Capt. Peter, petition from read and referred to committee, 33a 
Ete La Plagne, Captain, allowed sum of iso^ 41S; petitbn from, read and re- 
ferred to committee, 537. 
Delegall, David, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for 

three years, 174; amerced eight i>er cent., 178; petition from, read and 

referred to committee, 3Jo; petition rejected, 3^; petition from, resid 

and referred to committee, 453. 
Delegall^ PhiUip, petition from, read and referred to committee, 365 ; petition 

rejected, 407. 
De Lion, Isaac, petition from, read and referred to committee, 459. 
Deloch, Hardy, petition from, read and referred to committee, 41 ; report of 

committee on, 55. 
Demere, Raymond, appointed Justice, 76; memorial from, read and referred 

to committee, 243; report of committee on memorial from, 358; petition 

from, read and referred to committee, 438; appointed Commissioner of 

Roads, 560. 
Demefee and Demerie, sec Demere. 
Demeree, Raymond, Jr., petition from, read and referred to committee, 320; 

taken off act of confiscation, 374. 
Denny, Samuel, amerced, 169. 
Depreciation Table, committee to form, 181; a scale of depreciation to be 

added to, 28a 
Deputy Quartermaster General, Joseph Woodruff appointed, 21. 
Deputy Quarter Master and Commissaries General to make report, 48. 
Devaux, Mr., qualifies as member of the House, 419. 
Dcveaux, Peter, appointed Magistrate, 15; appointed Justice, 75; chosen 

member Executive Council, ii5 ; qualifies as member of the House, 191 ; 

appointed Commissioner of Roads, 560. 
Dill, Philip, Jr., amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for 

three years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178; petition 

from, read and referred to committee, 220; petition rejected, 366. 
Director General of Hospital to be appointed, 17 ; James Dunwoody elected. 

Dollar, John, petition, with certificate, read and referred to committee, 500; 
report of committee on, 535. 

Dolly, Benjamin, petition from, read and referred to committee, 136; com- 
mittee reports on petition of, 151. 

Donaldson, Elizabeth, committee reports on petition from, 308. 

Donaldson, John, appointed Commissioner to examine lands on Tennessee 
River, 536. 

Donworth, Peter, petition from, read and referred to committee, 334, 349. 

Dooly, George, fined for non-attendance, 81. 

Dooly, Col. John, sons of allowed land, 545- 



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Doran, John, petition from, read and refeired to committee, 477. 

Dottglas, Tames, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for 

fliree years, 174. 
Doaglass, David, a^ierced eight per cent, ij^ 
Doiighss, James, must serve in army or furnish substituike, 179. 
Downes, William, appointed ^agistrat*, 16: appobted Justice, 76, 105, 254; 

appointed Commissioner to examine lands On Tennessee River, 530. 
Downey, Isaac, taken off confiscation act artd pul 6n amercement act 407. 
Dowiiis, Colonel, certificate of to be audited and tsd^en in payment for hi^ 

bond to the State, S5i. 
Dowse, Gideon, appointed Justice, 107; declines seat in the House, 337; re- 
signs seat in the House, 452; appointed Commissioner of Roads, 559. 
Dragoons under Col. Jackson to be paid bounty for services, 155. 
Dugan, Thomas, petition from read, ^136. 
Duhart, John, appointed Magistrate, 15. 
Duncan, David, petition fron^ read and referred to committee, 144; rq)ort Of 

committee, 154; account of laid before the House, 186; 
Dunlap^ Joseph, petition from, read and referred to oommittee, 460; Auditor 

to settle accounts of, against estate of John Joachim Zubly, 570. 
Dunn, Joshua, elected Colonel, 23, 
Dunn, Josiah, petition from, read and referred to committee, 133 ; report of 

committee, 1491 
Dunwoodie, see Dunwoody. 
Dunwoody, James, appointed Commissioner to collect property Of disloyal 

persons, 13; appointed Magi^rate, 15; elected Director General of Hk^s- 

pitals, 18; appointed Justice, 75; fined for non-attendance, 81; appointed 

Commissioner of Roads, 555. 
Durgan, Mary and sister, petition from, read and referred to committee, 243; 

committee reports, 368. 
Durgan, William, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold oiBce lor 

three years, 174. 
Dysart, Cornelius, petition referred to committee, 430; committee reports, 451^ 



Ealy, Samuel, amerced and declared ineligible to vote Or hold office for three 
years, 174 ; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Ebenezer, the House meets at, 118. 

Edwards, Ann, petition of, in behalf of her husband, Peter Edwards, read and' 
referred to committee, 522. 

Edwards, William, appointed Justice, 560. 

Effingham County, members of legislature from for 1781, 7; members for 
1782, 33 ; committee on clemency in, 145. 

Elbert, Gen. Samuel, elected Commissioner to hold Congress with Indians, 
231 ; letter from, read and referred to committee, 258, 270; committee re- 
ports on letter from, 272; elected Surveyor for Chatham County, 302;. 
elected delegate to Congress, 426; declintfs serving as Continental Dele- 
gate, 455- 

Elliott, John, appointed Justice, 107; elected member Executive Council, 193:. 
qualifies as member of the House, I95> 419; appointed Commissioner of* 
Roads, 559- 

Emanuel, Asa, elected Colonel, 23. 

Emanuel, David, appointed Magistrate, 15; appointed Justice, 76, 560; peti- 
tion from, read and referred to committee, 100; qualifies as member of 
the House, 321. 



Eustace, John Skey, petition from, read and referred to committee, 432 ; peti- 
tion granted, 446 ; petition, with accounts and certificate read and referred' 
to committee, 480. 

Evans, James,* petition from, read and referred to committee, 62. 

Evans, James, James Miller, and other Commissioners, authorized to collect 
in North Carolina and South Carolina one negro each for services, 70. 

Executive Council, elected, 8, 34, 4^84; committee from, attends the 'HCftX8& 



•96 . IXDE^:. 

with certain recommendations, 62; letter from three members of, read to 
the House, 95; vacancies in filled, 115, 180; allowed three dollars per 
day in lieu of salary, 180; £150 allowed to Clerk of, conditionally, iSo; 
members who have attended ten days allowed to draw twenty dollars 
each, 236; message from, with petition of George Barnes, sent to the 
House, 241; John Habersham elected President of, 427; message from 
offering reward for apprehension of Thonaas Jones and John Black, 469; - 
accounts of members of, to be paid when signed by the Governor, 5691 
Executive Council, a temporary, selected for certain purposes, 276. 



Fahn^ Mr., qualifies as member of the House, 424; elected member of Execu* 
tive Council, 424. 

Pahn, Zachariah, petition from referred to committee, 58; committee reports 
on petition from, 62 ; appointed Justice, 76, 253, 571 ; petition from, read 
and referred to committee, 113, 133;- committee reports on petition from, 
149. 

Fann, Zacharias, (;[ualifies as member of the House, 191 ; elected member Ex- 
ecutive Council, 198; petition from, read and referred to committee, 258. 

Farley, Benjamin, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for 
three years, 174 ; amerced twelve per cent, 177. 

Fees of officers to be jpaid in specie, 22. 

Felps, Elizabeth, petition from, read and referred to committee, 125. 

Fcnly, Thomas, petition from, read and referred to committee, 238. 

Ferguson, Lucretia, petition from, read and referred to committee, 343, 432; 
report of committee on petition from, 441. 

Ferries, certain made public, 78. 

Ferru, John, petition from, read and referred to committee, 522. 

Few, Benjamm, appointed Justice, 254, 571 ; qualifies as member of the House, 
311, 424; petition from, read and referred to conmiittee, 327, 478. 

Few, Benjamin, and Andrew Burns, petition from, in behalf of heirs of John 
Howard, agreed to, 570. 

Few, Ignatius, letter from, read and referred to committee, 91; to inform 
House respecting articles deposited in Augusta, 92 ; bargain made with for 
sundry articles confirmed, 92; petition from, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 147; appointed Justice, 571. 

Few, William, elected Continental Delegate, 23, 58, 540; declared Representa- 
tive of this State in Congress, 26 ; to be furnished i20 to defray expenses 
to Congress, 78 ; fined for non-attendance, 81 ; qualifies as member of the 
House, 191, 424; elected Commissioner for holding Congress with In- 
dians, 231 : appointed Justice, 253 ; lays before the House proceedings of 
the Commissioners for treating with the Indians, 336; petition from, pray- 
ing to be admitted to plead as Attorney in any Court of Record m this 
^tate granted, 417; elected trustee for a college, 557. 

Few, William, Jr.,. appointed Justice, 76. 

Field, James, letter from read and referred to committee, 262. 

Filature, the public, Governor requested to order same fitted up for use of the 
General Assembly, 123. 

Finden, William, petition from read and referred to committee, 442. 

Finley, Thomas, petition rejected, 375. 

Firguson, see Ferguson. 

Flyming, Mary, petition from read and referred to committee, 511. 

Ford, Isaac, qualifies as member of the House, 128. 

Ford, James, petition from read and referred to committee, 62. 

Fort, Arthur, elected member Executive Council, 187, 193 ; qualifies as mem- 
ber of the House, 191; dechnes serving as member Executive Counal 
198; appointed Justice, SSO. 

Fort Wayne, barracks at, to be moved to Savannah to be used for seamens 
hospital, 534; lotteiy authorized to support same, 534. 

Fox, Josmh, amerced eight per cent, 178. 

Frashur, George, petition from, read and referred to committee, 237. 



INDEX. 697. 

Frazer, Sarah, petition from read, 172 ; petition from, read and referred ta 

committee, 220; petition rejected, 367; petition from, read and referred 

to committee, 50a 
Freeman, Holman, elected member Executive Council, 55; appointed Justice^ 

76, 106, 254; qualifies as member of the House, 420. 
Fulton, Mr., elected member Executive Council, 424. 
Fulton, John, qualifies as member of the House, IS)2, 482; elected meinber 

Executive Council, 193. 
Fulton, Samuel, qualifies as member of the House, 420; resigns seat in the 

House, 439; appointed Commissioner of Roads, 559. 
FurgusoQ, see Ferguson. 



Gaines, Daniel, and others, petition from read and referred to committee, 432. 
Galleys to be manned for defense of the State, t62; to be officered, manned 

and paid, 162; to have one large boat fitted as a gun boat, 163; Com- 
missioners appointed to superintend building of, 164. 
Galphin, George and John, petition from, read and referred to committee, 

453* 4S7 » report of committee on petition from, 543. 
Gardner, Lewis, appointed Magistrate, 16; appointed Justice, 571. 
General Assembly, Governor requested to have public filature prepared for 

use of, 123; Governor requested to issue order for supplymg members 

with necessary rations and accommodations, 124. 
George, John, appointed j[ustice, 550. 
Georgia Battalion, committee appointed to contract for supplies for, 134; 

petition from number of soldiers of, read and referred to committee, 265 ; 

report of committee on petition, 295. 
Georgia Continental Line, officers of to select officers to be appointed to comr 

mand one Battalion of Infantry, 57; memorial from officers of, read and 

referred to committee, 461 ; committee reports on petition from, 466. 
Georgia State Legion, 25. 
Germany, John, appointed Magistrate, 16; appointed Justice, 76, 253, 571; 

qualifies as member of the House, 191. 
Gibbons, John, application to be appointed Vendue Master for Savannah 

E anted, 188 ; qualifies as member of the House, 191 ; resigns seat in the 
ouse, 335. 

Gibbons, John, and John Wereat, chosen Auditors of Accounts, 187; salary 
of, 188. 

Gibbons, Joseph, appointed Justice, 560. 

Gibbons, Kelland, committee appointed to obtain from, account of certain 
sales, 304. 

Gibbons, Samuel, committee reports on petition from, 213. 

Gibbons, Thomas, petition from, praying to be admitted a citizen of this State, 
217; taken off act of confiscation and put on act of amercement, 365. 

Gibbons, William, elected Speaker of the House, 35; appointed Justice, 75; 
qualifies as member of the House, 212; petition from, read and referred 
to committee, 221 ; committee reports on petition, 325 ; petition from, m 
behalf of Anne Hall, read and referred to committee, 321 ; petition con- 
sidered, 410; letter from read and referred to committee, 452; com- 
mittee reports on letter from, 467; elected Continental Delegate, 540; 
appointed Commissioner of Roads, ^60. 

Gibbons, William, Sr., elected member Executive Council, 8; appointed Mag- 
istrate, is; elected Speaker pro. tem., 258, 320; elected Chairman, 31a 

Gibbons, William, Jr., appointed Magistrate, 15 ; qualifies as member of the 
House, 229, 419. 

Gibson, Samuel, petition from read, 210. 

Giger, Abraham, amerced, 169. 

Giger, Felix, amerced, i6g. 

Giger, John, amerced, i6g. 

Gilstrap, John, petition from, praying to be discharged from the Georgia Bat- 
talion, read, 211; consideration of petition postponed, 3lSS- 

Glamer, John, exempted from requirements of Gen. Wayne s order, 147. 



«»«i INDEX. 

iStscpcki William, a^ppmttd Migfatrate, i6; elecIcA mexnb^ Executive 
GoundK 3i{ appointed Justice, 76; 253, 571; qualifies a^ member oFthe 
Ho^^e, 4aa. 

deii Jbhtt taken off act of confiscation and lytf o;t act qi amercemtent, 368^ 

Glen, Sarah, petition from, read and referred tQ CQmtnUte^ 549. 

Glynn County, members of Icrislalure from, for 17S1, 7; members ^r iTfo, 

Gnam,. George, petition of, in behalf of Salomon Gnam, read, 203; comquttee 
re^d)rt» on petitioif from," 2t$. 

Gnamon, John, exemt^led from requirements of Gen. Wayne'^ order, 14^. 

Goldsmith, Hannah, petition .from, read and referred to committee, 228; com- 
mittee reports on petition, 371. 

Goldsmith, Henrietta, petition from, read and referred to committee, 135; 
report of committee on petition from, 150; petition from read and re- 
furred to committee, 232. " 

Gol^vkt, John, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hoW office for 

^ ttirce years* X74; amerced twelve per cent., try; petition f^om, read and 

F referred to committee,' 220; petition rejected, 3<fe 

Gordon, Samuel, petition 'from, praying to be <fischarged from the Georgia 
Battalion read, 210;. committee reports on petition, 212. 

Gorham, John, elected Surveyor for Franklin County, 542. 

Gough, or Gouph, Thomas, petition from read and referred to committee, 227; 
^ition granted^ J65. 

Governor, Nathan Brownson, elected, 8; address to, 10; requested to issue 
proclamation requiring citizens who have Red from this State to return 
to defend ft, 11; qualifies as Governor, 13; answer of, to address of the 
House, 13; ii50 allowed to for secret services, 28; to be required to 
deliver to the House all papers of a public nature in his possession, 52. 

Governor, John Martin, elected, 34; address to from the House, 36; attends 
the House and answer their address, 39; takes oath, 40; to dispose of 
Carolina State Troops to best advantage, 49; to be required and empow- 
ered to issue certificates to persons producing certificates from command- 
ing officer^ of regiment in which they served during their refugeeship, for 
their quota of land, 73; certain papers delivered to; 78; address from, to 
the House, 85 ; requested to lay before the House all letters, etc., of public 
nature, 87; address to from the House, 88; indisposition of, renders it 
impossible for him to attend to business, 91 ; requested to inform House 
what measures have been taken to bring persons who have received public 
money to account for it, 99; to lay before the House account of sales 
from confiscated property, and other accounts, 99; requested to issue 
orders for preventmg impressing horses of any member of the Executive 
Council of House of Assembly while sitting, loi ; to give immediate order 
to the Commissary General to furnish provisions for the use of officers 
of government and re9uirements of the House, 102; letter from, read 
and referred to committee, 105; empowered to take two negroes, who 
have been forfeited, for the support of his family, 113; Speaker of House 
to deliver bonds, notes> etc., to, 113; authorized to purchase salt for in- 
habitants of this State, necessary articles for Jackson's troops and the 
Continemal regiment, 121 ,* requested to have public filature fitted up 
for use of General Assembly, 123; requested to mform the House what 
propositions he has received respecting loan of money for purchasing 
negroes, 125; requested to appoint proper persons to take charge oi 
printing materials belonging to this State, 125; requested to grant per- 
mission to every citizen havfaig property with the British to go and make 
claim thereof, 127 ; tetter from read to the House, 128 ; letter from, with 
proposal from Mr. Struthers for purchasing ne^oes for the State, referred 
to committee, 128; reauested to grant permission to no person unfriendly 
to American independence to purchase negroes from persons departiiMf 
Sute under British protection, 130; requested to furnish the House wim 
papers, letters, etc, of public nature, 132; requested to adopt mea3ures 
tor preventing^ salt, etc, being carried out of Savannah, 134; requested 
to oppoint proper persons to receive and examine powder of Mr. Baikl/s, 
138; to be furnished with' copy of resolution of House postponioff sale 



INDEX. in 

of confiioatad eititei, 141 ; ktter itom, cnclostiiff letter from Gen. Wayne, 
nad, 143; tp order pubUc stores w-9cvm la be rtmoved.to any flace that 
nay be necessary, 144; tetter )iron» reconifneadiiiff election of officers in 
tke Ck«1 Departnent, aiao to 6^ vacanaiee in the BxecutiTe Cetmdl, 157; 
to appoint proper penons to oaUect ams; in potsessicm of any inhabitants, 
belonging' to the. British ^CMremment, 159; requested to purchase* arms 
for the Regular Ttoops, i§^; MtMsled to pDocnne armed boads for guard- 
iac rtvcrs> 163; to dispaidi oficers with ^oavd to- bring back ^oats in 
MHilic service sent off comtrary to resolution ol the H<mse, 165; tetter 
nom, with list of men ^idio sorrendered to Col. Johnson, read, 165; 
requested to issae proehunatna appointing day for- genemP moetiag at 
Savannah to consider conduct of auspected persons, lya; raqamted to 
fill vacancies in Chatham County militia, ito; sundry recommendations 
from, read and referced to oonnnlttee,. 176; requested to write t» Gen. 
Greene recommending Frederick Rolfes to act as Deputy CommissafV of 
issues, 1S4; requested to write to Aedanus Burke informing him of his 
election as Chici Justice, 188. 

Governor, Lyman HaU; elected, 192; address to, notifying him of election, 
Z94; aoeepts office, 195; takes, oath and delivers address to the House, 
105 ; requested to prepare talk to Cre^ and Cherokee Indians concerning 
Congress to be held at. Big Shoals, 207; message from, with sundry 
papers, laid before the House, aoB ; requested by the House to grant pro- 
tection to Anne Bailey, 213 ; requested to appoint persons to receive plun- 
dered property and to send a tauk to the Indians, 214; authorized to call 
on Commissioners of Confiscated Estates for prc^rty necessary to pur- 
chase presents for Indians, 214; message from, requesting papers respect- 
ing Indian affairs, 22t; message from, read, 227, 234, 235, 242, 270^ 272, 
299; to require all persons having bonds, etc., belonging to the State tp 
deliver same to him, 230; messages from referred to committee, 2^; 
requested to take measures to enable Capt. Howell to carry into execution 
expedition against enemies galleys, 242; requested to inform command- 
ing officers of the Continental troops with the Draj^oons on their way to 
this State to take best route to Augusta and await orders, 243^ salary 
to be five hundred pounds per annum, 244; authorized to contract for 
two hundred barrels of rice for the use of the inhabitants of Liberty 
County, 251; to be furnished with list of civil officers for the present 
year, and to make official communication to them in order that they may 
qualify, 253; requested to communicate to Governor of South Carolina 
resolution of the House appointing Agent to adjust northern boundary 
of this State, 254; message from, with letter from Governor of East- 
Florida, 255; to issue proclamation requiring all citizens to render ac- 
count of damages sustained by ravages of the enemy, 266 ; requested to 
take such order on Governor Tonyn's letter as seems best, 278; message 
from received and committee appointed to confer with him on same, ^32; 
message from, and House resolution thereon, 282; to communicate with 
commanding officers of the Southern army, 292; requested to pay At- 
torney General last year's salary, 296; to order nayment of one-fourth 
year's salary to John Wereat, Auditor General, 296; empowered to nego- 
tiate bonds, 299 ; to give* certificate to Continental Delegates of their ap- 
pointment by the House, 299; fees of, 301; required not to issue any 
more certificates until further orders, 303; answer to letter of House 
complaining of want of a quorum, 314; message from, read and referred 
to committee, 322, 339, 479; to issue proclamation requiring all persons 
having certificates for moneys loaned to the State, and persons having in 
their possession paper currency of the State to render account thereof, 
348; to pay Secretary of State £50 on salary, 384; enmowered to apply 
first £500 available towards sending two delegates to Congress, 391; to 
appoint inspectors of tobacco for Savannah, 396. 

Governor, John Houstoun, elected, 424 ; address to, notifying him of his elec- 
tion, 425 ; qualifies, 426 ; answer of to address of the House, 4^ ; salary 
of, 440; message from, with several letters, read, 497; same referred to 
committee, 498; committee reports on same, ^; message from, with 
reference of Council respecting officers and privates of the Minute Bat- 



600 INDEX. 

taliofii 527 ; requested to deliver to the Auditor account of all treasurer's 
certificates, 537; committee reports on accounts of, 544; requested to 
draw order on the treasurer in favor of John Wereat, 551 ; message from 
received, 551 ; requested to grant eight land warrants to trustees for 
college, 503; requested to draw order on the treasurer in favor of trus- 
tees for college, 563; authorized to draw on the treasurer for pay of 
Councilors, and for a sum for the use of Continental Delegates, 570. 

Governor and Executive Council, to be empowered to issue special commis- 
sions of Oyer aiid Terminer to the Chief Justice for trial of offenders^ 
27; to procure necessaries for troops, 28; distribution of com left to« 
63; to curtail such part of rations of forage as may appear necessary, 64; 
to appoint agents in each county to make account of confiscated property, 
71; to dispose of remainder of confiscated estates, 71; requested to 
furnish House with copy of minutes of Council respecting certain pur- 
chases, 87; House recommends removal of, to Ebenezer or elsewhere, 
112; letters from George Baillie, Jr., referred to, 218; letter from H. 
Laws referred to, 221; message from, read, 223; petition of Margery 
Haven again referred to, 223; empowered to draw on the treasurer for 
sum in favor of Commissioners for treating with the Indians, 229; to 
furnish carriages and guard to Commissioners to treat with Indians, 230; 
message from, read and referred to committee, 250; conmiissions agents 
to adjust the northery boundary of the State, 285; to have public pafjers 
and records, brought back from the northward, 335 ; requested to transmit 
to the executive and legislative departments in other States a list of 
persons named in act of amercement, banishment and confiscation, and 
request similar list from each State, 337; to pay George Walton, Chief 
Justice, £100 on salary, ^83; to give certificate to persons having rights 
to land and to grant certificates to soldiers of the Georgia Line, 305 ; em- 
powered to appoint Commissioners for ascertaining and making the line 
southwest between this State and Cherokee Indians, 404; empowered to 
appropriate any funds of this State to payment of debts of British mer- 
chants, 531 ; to draw on treasurer for sum to be paid Conunissioners to 
purchase presents for the Indians, 540; authorized to grant protection to 
persons applying for citizenship, 558; empowered to grant land bounties 
to officers and privates formerly belongmg to Minute Battalions, 561; 
requested to contract with some person to bring records and public papers 
from the northward, 563; to direct treasurer to pay John Wereat such 
part of his salary as remains due, 563 ; to pay printer s accounts for print- 
ing Journals of the House and other pubhc printing, 563 ; to order State 
Attorney to take measures to recover bonds overdue and all debts due 
and owing to the State, 569; authorized to draw on the treasurer for ' 
contingent expenses of government, 570. 

Gragg, Thomas, appointed Justice, 550. 

Graham, Francis, petition from, read and referred to committee, 271; me- 
morial from, read and referred to committee, 322; memorial considered,. 
408. 

Graham, John, petition from James Mossman in behalf of, read and referred 
to committee, 322. 

Grand Jury, presentments from read before the House, 322. 

Granon, Andrew, exempted from requirements of Gen. Wasme's order, 147. 

Grant, Daniel, and others of North Carolina, petition from, read and re- 
ferred to committee, 324. 

Grant, John, appointed Mas[istrate, 15; petition from, read and referred to 
committee, 231 ; protection granted to, 407. 

Graves, or Greaves, William, petition from, read and referred to committee,. 
245; committee reports on petition from, 323; report of committee on 
petition from, considered by the House, 431, 537; petition, with affidavit^ 
read and referred to committee, 477; certificates of, to be audited and 
reduced by the table of depreciation, 549. 

Graybill, Henry, appointed Justice, 411. 

Green, Anne, memorial from, read and referred to committee, 321; me- 
morial considered, 41a 

Green, or Greene, Benjamin, petition from, read and referred to committee^ 



INDEX. 601 

259; committee reports on petition from, 413; petition from, read and 
referred to committee, 43a 

Green, or Greene, General, letter to, from Speaker of House, informing him 
of election of John Martin as Governor, 43; letter from, to the Gov- 
ernor, read, 43 ; appropriation made to purchase an estate for, 109 ; com- 
mittee appointed to purchase estate for, 115; letter to, describing de- 
fenseless situation of the State, 167; committee appointed to purchase 
land for, reports, 171 > letter from read, 179; address of thanks to, from 
the House, 215; letter from, ordered to be entered in minutes of the 
House, 217; declines land purchased by committee, 228. 

Green, or Greene, John, appointed Justice, 76, 263, 560; petition from, read 
and referred to committee, 125; committee reports on petition, 129; 
petition from read and referred to committee, 220; committee reports 
on petition from, 414; elected member Executive Council, 424; qualifies 
as member of the House, 425; petition from read and referred to com- 
mittee, 469, 491. 

Green, Mackeen, petition, with account, read and referred to committee, 469. 

Green, Moses, petition from read and referred to committee, 458. 

Green, William, petition from, read and referred to committee, 474; ap- 
pointed Justice, 560. 

Greenhow, James, petition from, read and referred to committee, 239, 445; 
petition to become a citizen of this State granted, 374. 

Greer, McKeen, oetition from, read and referred to committee, 126. 

Greer, Thomas, Sr., appointed Justice, 76. 

Greer, Thomas, petition from, read and referred to committee, 106; ap- 
pointed Justice, 254. 

Gresham, Elizabeth, petition from, read and referred to committee, 172; com- 
mittee reports on petition from, 173. 

Gunn, James, qualifies as member of the House, 447, 452; appointed Com- 
missioner of Roads, 560; appointed Justice, 560. 

H 

Haberer, Eve, petition from, in behalf of her son, read, 204. 

Habersham, James, appointed Magistrate, 15; appointed Justice, 75 ^ 
chosen Speaker, 123; appointed Commissioner for regulating pilot- 
age of bar and Savannah River, 181; qualifies as member of the 
House, 320, 419; chosen Speaker of the House, 421; elected trustee 
for a college, 557. 

Habersham, Major John, letter from, enclosing list of men who enlisted 
for defense of the State, 143; elected member of Executive Council 
424; elected President of Executive Council, 427. 

Habersham, Major John, and Samuel Stirk, appointed to enquire into- 
conduct of suspicious persons, etc., 170. 

Habersham, Joseph, appointed Magistrate, 15; appointed Justice, 75; 
elected Delegate to Congress, 426; appointed Commissioner of 
Roads, 560. 

Habersham, Major, petition of Hugh Ross referred to, 172; empowered 
to class certain persons who have stayed within British lines, 185. 

Hall, Anne, petition of William Gibbons in behalf of, read and referred 
to committee, 321; petition considered, 410. 

Hall, John, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Hall, Lyman, qualifies as member of the House, 192; elected Governor, 
192; address to, notifying him of his election, 194; accepts office of 
Governor, 195; takes oath and delivers speech to the House, 195; 
letter from, requesting bonds and other public papers in his hands 
may be received by the House, 441; qualifies as member of the 
House, 452, 467; ineligible to seat in the House, 457; account of 
public moneys received from, 464; special committee appointed to 
consider report of committee appointed to receive bonds and public 
papers, reports, 468; certificates received by for which credit is given 



<02 INDEX. 

OH boRdd of confiscate^ property, 515; account of* remainder dl cer* 
tiiicatea received by, 538; withdraws frota tlie House, S^; to be 
taken into custody for contempt, 503. [See also GoTcmor HAI 

Hamilton, James, petition from, read and referred to committee, 439. 

Hamiiton^ Captain Thomas, and others, petition from read and referred 
to committee, 363. 

^aromet, John, amerced and decUred ineltgibte to vote or hold office for 

. , three years, 174. 

Hammitt, John, must s^rve in tl^e arn^ ox luciiish substitute, i70. 

famn;i0ck, Elisabeth; petition from, read ^ipd relerred to committee. lOO. 
4ihmood> Samuel, petitioi^ frpn^, read .an4 referred to committee, 172. 
aopock, Fran(:is, petition from, read and referred to committee, 347- 

Ht^niUiY, George, appointed Justice, 569. 

Hannaa, Milley« petition, from read, 209; committee reports on petjition 
from, 212, 294; petition from read and referred to committee, 498. 

Harbour, Eve, committee reports on petition from, 213. 

Hardey, or Hardy, qualifies as member of the House, I33» 233, 419; 
petition from, read and referred to committee, 135; report of com- 
mittee on petition from, 150; delivered in accounts as treasurer, 472; 
appointed Justice, 550; appointed Commissioner of Roads, 559^ 

Harkell, Joseph, petition from, praying to be discharged from the Geor- 
gia regiment, read and referred to committee, 216. 

Harper, Leonard, amerced, 169. 

Harper, John, amerced, 169. 

Harper, Robert, appointed Justice, 76, 106, 254; fined for non-attendance, 
81; qualifies as member of the House, 191. 

Harrel, Noah, amerced, 169. 

Harrigan, Brantley, amerced, 169. 

Harriott, James, petition from, read and referred to committee, 325, 455. 

Harris, Nathan, appointed Justice, $71. 

Harris, or Harriss, Walton, appointed to collect property of disloyal per- 
sons, 12; qualifies as member of the House, 191. 

Harrison, Mr., qualifies as member of the House, 421. 

Harriss, Ezekiel, petition from rea^ and referred to committee, 339, 

Harriss, Nathaniel, appointed Magistrate, 16; appointed Justice, 76, 254. 

Harriss, Walter, elected member Executive Council, 193. 

Harriss, William, petition from read and referred to committee, 263; 
granted permission to practice as Attorney, 295. 

Hay, Mr., qualifies as member of the House, 419. 

Heard, Barnard, chosen Register of Probates for Wilkes county, 53, 246, 
497; appointed Justice, 7j6, 106, 254. 

Heard, Stephen, appointed Magistrate, 16; elected member Executive 
Council, 35; takes oath as President of Council, 40; apppinted Jus- 
tice, 76, 105, 254; resigns Presidency of Executive Council, 113; re- 
quested to withdraw resignation, 117; to receive and dispose of salt 
for Wilkes county, 159; qualifies as member of the House, 191, j2o; 
account of public money received from, 464; appointed Commission- 
er to examine lands on Tennessee River, 536. 

Heart, John, restored to citizenship, 168. 

Heaton, Isaac, taken off confiscation act and put on amercement act, 407. 

Henderson, Richard, petition from, read and referred to committee; 50; 
allowed £20 for services and losses, 74; petition from read and re- 
ferred to committee, 250; .committee reports on petition from, 255. 

Henderson, Mr., allowed £25 for extra services as Deputy Superintend- 
ent of Indian Affairs, i&), 

Herndon, John, petition from, read and referred to committee, 69. 

Hiicks, John, amerced, 169. 

Hicks, Nathaniel, petition, with account, read and referred to committee, 
to7; petition read and referred to committee, 379; committee reports 
on petition, 387. 



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liicks> Nathaniel and others, committee reports on petition from, 416. 

tticts, Samuel, peHtion from, read and referfed to committer, 337. 

Hill, Edmund, Sterling Jordan ahd others, petition from, concerning cat- 
tle impressed by t^e Commissary, 164; committee reports on said 
petition, 165. 

Hill, John, appointed Magistrate, 16; appointed Justice, 254; petitions 
from, read and referred to committee, 432; petition fot land re- 
ferred to fixeciitii^e Council, 446; petition for compensation for serv- 
ices during the war, 446. 

Hillary, Christopher, petition, with certificate, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 491 i elected Surveyor for counties of Glynn and Camden, 497. 

Hobbs, Augustine, amerced, 169. 

Hollinger, Titus, petition from, read and referred to Committee, 113; pe- 
tition from read, 203; referred to court pf law, 408^. 

Holly, John, petition from, read and referred to committee, 223; referred 
to court of law, 365. 

Holmes, Rev. Mr., thanks of the House to, for excellent sermon, 4l5o. 

Holzendorf, William, qualifies as member of the House, 191; elected 
member of Executive Council, 193; appointed Justice, 246; resigns 
seat in the House, 482. 

Homeby, or Hornby, William, letter from read, 245; letter from read and 
referred to committee, 335; petition from read and referred to com- 
mittee, 349; petition rejected, 365. 

Hornsby, William, petition for land read and referred to committee, 
215; letter from read and referred to committee, 252; committee re- 
ports on letter from, 273; petition from read and referred to com- 
mittee, 322. 

Horsby, William, ineligible to seat in the House, 206. 

House, meets at Augusta, 7; elects a Speaker, 8; elects Executive Coun- 
cil, S, 193, 424; rules for government of, 9, 33, 93, 428; to choose 
Brigadier General of Militia, 11; chooses Magistrates, 15; elects 
Chief Justice, Attorney General, Treasurer and Secretary, 17; letter 
to the Speaker laid before the House, 18; chooses Continental Dele- 
gates, 22, 426; elects John Martin Governor, 34; elects William 
Gibbons Speaker, 35; chooses James Jones Clerk and John Barter 
Doorkeeper, 35; address to from Governor Martin, 39; Speaker of 
the House to write to Gen. Greene informing him of election of 
John Martin as Governor, 43; considers account of moneys drawn 
-out of Continental treasury, 44; Governor to deliver to the House 
all papers of a public nature in his hands, 52; elects officers, 53; 
elects Continental Delegates, 58; elects Councilor for Burke County, 
64; considers report of committee on the Georgia State Legfion, 64; 
resolutions of on said report, 64; chooses Justices for the different 
counties, 75; fixes salaries of civil officers, 77; appoint^ committee 
to examine minutes, 78; adjourns until July next, 81; meets agree- 
able to proclamation, 82; adjourns for want of quorum, 82, 132, 136, 
175, 189, 190, 191, 214, 308, 309, 310, 312, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 419, 420; 
chooses Samuel Saltus Speaker, 85; address from Governor read to, 
^85; requests Governor and Council to furnish them copies of min- 
utes of Council respecting certain purchases, 87; requests Gov- 
ernor and Council to lay before them all letters, etc., of a public 
nature, 87; address of thanks from to the Governor, 88; provides 
bounty for men enlisting for three months, 90; orders writs of elec- 
tion, 90; appoints committee to consider articles deposited in Au- 
gus>ta by Mr. Few, 92; orders corn to be purchased, 95; to. be in- 
formed concerning measures taken for bringing persons receiving 
public moneys to account for same, etc,, 99; resolves that next ad- 
journment be to meet at Ebenezer, no; recommends removal of 
Governor and Executive Council to Ebenezer or elsewhere, 112; 
resolution of empowering the Governor to take ten forfeited nc- 
j^roes for support of himself and family, 113; fills vacancies in Ex- 



e04 INDEX. 

ecutive Council, 115; approves conduct of Mr. Walton, 115; meets^ 
at Ebenezer, agreeable to adjournment, 1x8; adjourns to meet at 
Savannah, 122, 188; chooses James Habersham Speaker, 123; re- 
ceives information that small-pox is in town, 126; letter from the 
Governor read to, 128; decides that John Houstoun and Thomas- 
Maxwell have right to seats in the House, 128; considers resolutions 
entered into at Ebenezer by number of members of the legislature, 
130; accommodations, etc., to be provided for members of, 132; rec- 
ommends that sales of confiscated property be postponed, 141; boats 
sent off contrary to resolutions of to be brought back, 164; orders, 
committee to dispose of certain buildings erected on the Bay, 170; 
agrees to report of committee on Mrs. Gresham's petition for pay- 
ment for salt, 173; agrees to report of committee on revising con- 
fiscation act, 173; agrees for Walter Brown to bring rum, sugar and 
coffee into the State and dispose of same on certain conditions, 175; 
agrees to bill for amercing certain persons, etc., 184; agrees- 
to bill for preventing improper persons emigrating from other 
places and becoming citizens of this State, 185; accounts of David 
Duncan for providing for members of Assembly laid before, 186; 
vacancies in to be filled, 187; chooses civil officers, 187, 245, 535; 
elects Lyman Hall Governor, 192; chooses John Houstoun Speaker^ 
193; address to from the Governor, 195; rules of to be revised, 196; 
orders writs of election to fill vacancy in Chatham County, 200; post- 
pones consideration of eligibility of William Houstoun, 201; orders 
writs of election to fill vacancy in Liberty County, 201; agrees to- 
report of committee on privileges and elections concerning eligibili- 
ty of certain members, 206; orders writs of election to fill vacancics^ 
in Chatham and Camden counties, 206; resolves to appoint Com- 
missioners to attend Congress with the Indians, 207; message from: 
the Governor, with sundry papers, laid before, 208; considers re- 
port of committee appointed to arrange necessary business of the 
present session, and makes orders thereon, 208; petition of James 
McKay referred to decision of, 212; petition of John Jones referred 
to decision of, 212; agrees to committee's report appointing Com- 
missioners to attend Congress with Indians, 213; grants protectiooc 
to Anne Bailey, 213; receives information that number of Creek 
and Cherokee Indians have been some time on the Oconee with ne- 
groes and other plundered property, 214; orders thereon, 214; ad- 
dress of, to General Greene, 215; thanks of, to Col. Walton for pre- 
senting copies of the Journals of Assembly of Pennsylvania and* 
laws of that State, 217; orders letter from General Greene to be in- 
serted in the minutes, 217; agrees that all matters touching finance 
and encouraging settling of the State, and proper defense of same, 
when called for be considered order of the day, 219; Journals of,, 
ordered to be printed weekly, 221; considers petition of John Jones^ 
221; resolves to appoint committee to examine acts of irregular 
Councils and Assemblies, 224; resolves that persons appointed to 
purchase land for Gen. Greene make report, 228; resolves that Gov- 
ernor and Council be empowered to draw on treasurer in favor of 
Commissioners appointed to treat with the Indians, 229; elects Com- 
missioners to hold Congress with Creek and Cherokee Indians, 231; 
considers report of committee on petition of inhabitants of North 
and South Carolina and Virginia, 233; members of who have attend- 
ed ten days entitled to draw $20 each, 236; considers report of com- 
mittee appointed to examine and report proceedings of the legislative 
and executive powers, 240; message from Council with petition of 
George Barnes read and referi'ed to committee, 241; approves Gov- 
ernor's arrangements with Capt. Howell, 243; considers report on- 
Gen. Mcintosh's letter, 248; resolutions on said letter, 248; message 
to from Governor and Council, read and referred to committee, 250; 
action of on memorial of Peter Henry Morell, 253; resolves to ap- 



INDEX. 606 

point agents with powers and instructions to settle and adjust north- 
ern boundary of the State, and requests the Governor to communi- 
cate resolution to Governor of South Carolina, 254; chooses dele- 
gates to United States Congress, 255; on account of indisposition of 
Speaker chooses William Gibbons Speaker pro tem., 258; resolves 
to acquaint the Governor of appointment of Agents to adjust north- 
ern boundary of the State, 282; agrees to instructions to said Agents, 
283; considers report of committee appointed to prepare instructions 
to Auditor General, 287; fills vacancies in Executive Council, 302; 
resolves first business to be considered shall be petitions not decided, 
305; adjourns to meet at Augusta, 308; meets agreeable to procla- 
mation, 308; adjourns, for want of quorum, until August, 310; letter 
from to the Governor, concerning want of quorum, 313; meets pur- 
suant to proclamation, but adjourns for want of quorum, 317; letter 
to from George Jones, informing them of illness of his father. 
Speaker of the House, 321; presentments of Grand Jury laid before, 
322; proceedings of Commissioners for treating with Indians laid 
before, 336; Samuel Scott apologizes to the House for insulting 
member of, 33iB; considers report of committee on message from the 
Governor accompanied with letters, papers, etc., from Congress, 349; 
considers report of committee on Governor's message with letters, 
papers, etc., from Congress, 388; considers report of committee oil 
memorial of Francis Williss, 397; considers report of committee to 
examine accounts of Commissioners for treating with Indians, 398; 
considers memorial of Col. John Mcintosh in behalf of Donald Mc- 
Leod, 400; presents Edward Lloyd with lot and dwelling as reward 
for services, 415; elects James Habersham Speaker, 421; committee 
appointed to procure proper place for meeting of, 421; house of 
Hezikiah Wade selected for meetings of, 422; meets at house of 
Mr. Wade, 422; elects John Houstoun Governor, 424; considers 
petition of William Graves, 431 ; Attorney General lays before House 
books and accounts of property sold under confiscation act, 438; 
members of while on service, allowed $2.00 per day, 440; considers 
report of committee appointed to enquire why this State was not 
represented in Congress in 1783, 449; attends divine service, 460; 
message to from Council offering reward for apprehension of, 469; 
hears the Governor in behalf of himself and Council, respecting 
failure of representation in Congress, 469; considers reasons for fail- 
ure of representation of this State in Congress unsatisfactory, 470; 
absent members of required to attend, 474; considers report of 
committee concerning laying out town of Augusta into acre lots, 
477; considers report of committee on books and accounts of sales 
of confiscated estates, 483; considers report of committee on ac- 
counts of public officers, 483, 494; considers report of committee on 
letter from Andrew McLean, 511; considers report of committee on 
accounts and papers of Collector of Customs for Savannah, 512; 
certificates paid on bonds of confiscated property, list of to be en- 
tered in Journals of House and certificates destroyed, 515; re- 
solves that the seventh Article of Constitution empowers House of 
Assembly to make laws conducive to good order, 529; approves 
conduct of John Martin, 532; considers report of committee on pe- 
tition of Mary Lupina and John Dollar, 535; considers letter from 
Auditor, 536; resolve of convention appointing John Wereat Com- 
missioner of Confiscated Estates, laid before, 536; elects Surveyors 
for Franklin and Washington counties, 542; considers report of 
committee on petition of Peter Bard, 542; considers report of 
committee on petition of John and George Galphin, 543; considers 
report of committee on accounts of the late Governor, 544; consid- 
ers report on letter of Lucy Tondee, 544; resolves of binding on 
all officers of this State, 555; elects trustees for a college, 557; de- 
cided that resolves of the legislature ought to operate as an order 



606 INDEX. 

and be carried into full effect, 561 ; decides that resolutions for taking- 
persons off confiscation act and putting them on amercement act are 
invalid, 561; members of producing accounts to be paid in part, 568; 
considers Accounts of Hezekiah Wade, 572; accounts of members- 
of signed by the Speaker, 572; adjourns to meet at Aug^u^a, 574. 

Houstoun, GeOrge, petition from read and granted, 141; bill to be pre- 
pared for restoring him to citizenship, 141; amerced eight per cent^ 
17B. 

Houstoun, James, qualifies as member of the House, 446; memorial 
from read and referred to committee, 556; committee reports on pe* 
tition from, 558; appointed Commissioner of Roads, 560; appointed 
Justice, 560. 

Houstoun, John, qualifies as member of the House, 85, 191, 419; House 
decides on eligibility of, 128; chosen Speaker of the House, 193; 
resigns as Speaker of House, 211; chosen agent to adjust northern 
boundary of State, 276; elected Governor, 424; address to, Notifying 
him of his election, 425; qualifies as Governor, 426; address from, ta 
the House, 427; elected trustee for a college, 557. TSce, also, Gov- 
ernor Wall.] 

Houstoun, Patrick, petition from, postponed, 142; petition from, read and 
referred to committee, 144; committee reports on petition from, 154; 
amerced twelve per cent., 177. 

Houstoun, William, petition from, praying to become practitioner of 
law, read and granted, i7S; qualifies as member of the House, 191; 
committee appointed to consider eligibility of, reports, 200; elected 
Continental Delegate, 426; elected trustee for a college, 557. 

Howard, John, heirs of taken off confiscation act, 570. 

Howard, Rhesa, appointed Justice, 76, 254, 571. 

Howell, Caleb, appointed Commissioner to collect property of disloyal 
persons, 13; appointed Magistrate, 15; elected Colonel, 23; appointed 
Justice, 76; fined for non-attendance, 81; elected Commissioner of 
Confiscated Estates, 115; qualifies as member of the House, 433. 

Howell, Captain, to carry expedition against galleys of enemy, 242; al- 
lowed expenses and necessary supplies, 243. 

Howell, Daniel, appointed Magistrate, 15; elected Major, 23; appointed 
Justice, 76; fined for non-attendance, 81; qualifies as member of the 
House, 192, 433. 

Howell, Elizabeth,' petition from read and referred to committee, 482. 

Howell, John, petition of, in behalf of his father rejected, 376. 

Howley, or Howly, Richard, chosen Chairman, 82; appointed Justice, 
107; qualifies as member of the House, 233; letter from, desiring to 
know with whom he is to settle accounts of public money, read, 491; 
letter from, read, 498. 

Hudgens, John, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Hudgens, Joseph, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Hudson, Nathaniel, appointed Magistrate, 15. 

Hunt, James, petition from, read and referred to committee, 238; petition 
rejected, 374- 

I 

Indians, Creek and Cherokee, Governor requested to prepare talk to de- 
siring them to meet in Congress at Big Shoals, 207; have been some 
time on the Oconee, orders thereon, 214; Commissioners elected to 
hold Congress with, 231; presents to be purchased for, 540. 

Indians, Cherokee, treaty with to be recorded and deposited in archives 
of State, 400. 

Indian Hunting Grounds, Surveyor General to have land surveyed that is 
to circumscribe the, 565. 

Indian Nation, memorial from merchants and traders to, read and re- 
ferred to committee, 474. 



INDEX. 60T 

Infantry Battalion, part of to serve as cavalry, i6i. 

Ingles, Alexander, petition from read and referred to committee, 327. 

Iiigles^ Jenkins & Gibbotts, report coaceraing wharf lot and stores ia 
- Savannah, property of, considered, 328. 

Ingram, James, petition from, read and referred to committee, 243; peti- 
tion rejected, 368; letter from, with petition and other papers, re- 
ferred to committee, 384; reporlT on letter from, 404; allowed six 
months to settle affairs, 409. 

lumafi, Joshua* petition from, read and referred to committee, 263; re- 
ferred to Court of Law, 407. 

Irevin, Jarred, appointed Justice, 263. 

Irvine, or Irvin, Alexander, fined for non-attendance, 81; petition from 
read aiid referred to committee, 492; committee reports on petition 
from, 564. 

Irvine, Jared, appointed Justice, 76, 560. 

Irvine, Dr. John, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office 
for three years, 174; amerced twelve per cent., 177. 

Irwin, Jared, qualifies as member of the House, 192. 

Irwin, Col. Robert, petition for land read and referred to committee, 207; 

Irwin, Mr., qualifies as member of the House, 421. 



Jackson, Colonel, letter from, read and referred to committee, 140; dra- 
goons serving under allowed bounty, 155; committee reports on 
petition from, 160; rewarded for services, 165. 

Jackson, Isaac, appointed Magistrate, 16; elected Lieutenant Colonel, 23; 
appointed Justice, 76, 254. 

Jackson, James, appointed Magistrate, 15; reported ineligible to seat in 
House by committee, 34; qualifies as member of the House, 41, 166, 
191; appointed Justice, 76. 

Jackson, Joseph, petition from read and referred to committee, 259; pe- 
tition postponed, 408. 

Jackson, Mary, petition from, read and referred to committee, 220; re- 
ferred to Court of Law, 376. 

Jarret, Devereux, appointed Justice, 550. 

Jeffers, Hugh, restored to citizenship, 168. 

Jenkins, William, amerced, 169. 

Johnson, or Johnston, Andrew, petition from, read, 157; petition in be- 
half of, rejected, 367; petition in favor of, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 384; allowed six months to settle affairs, 409; petition from, 
read and referred to committee, 500; to remain in State and be pro- 
tected until meeting of Legislature, 563. 

Johnson, or Johnston, Ann, petition from, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 143; committee reports on petition from, 153. 

Johnson, Daniel, restored to citizenship, 168. 

Johnson, James, informs House that he has left printing materials of the 
State in possession of his wife, 125. 

Johnson, Rachael, petition from, read and referred to committee, 480. 

Johnson, Snelling and others, petition from, read and referred to the 
State, 432. 

Johnson, Stephen, appointed Magistrate, 15; elected Lieutenant Colonel, 
23; petition from, read and referred to committee, 47; report of 
committee on petition from, 55; memorial from, read and referred 
to committee, 91. 

Johnson, Thomas, amerced twelve per cent, 177. 

Johnston, Abram, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Johnston, Clark, amerced, 169. 

Johnston, Daniel, petition from, read and referred to committee, 227; 
petition postponed, 367. 



608 INDEX. 

Johnston, David, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office 
for three years, 174; amerced eight per cent., 178. 

Johnston, James, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office 
for three years, 174; amerced eight per cent., 178; memorial from, 
read and referred to committee, 218; report of committee on memo- 
rial from, 221. 

Johnston, Stephen, qualifies as member of the House, 229; appointed 
Justipe, 246. 

Johnston, Thomas, restored to citizenship, 168; amerced and declared 
ineligible to vote or hold office for three years, 174. 

Jones, Abraham, appointed Clerk, 16; letter from, with account, referred 
to committee, 52; petition read and referred to committee, 216; re- 
ferred to Board of Claims, 409; petition for payment for whiskey 
referred to Auditor, 412. 

Jones, Abram, petition from, read and referred to committee, 323. 

Jones, Drury, appointed Justice, 443. 

Jones, Doctor, required to attend House as soon as health will permit, 
442. 

Jones, Edward, chosen member Executive Council, 115, 187; qualifies 
as member of the House, 132; petition from, read and referred to 
committee, 239; remonstrance from, read and referred to committee^ 

474. 

Jones, George, letter from, to the House, 321; chosen Register of Pro- 
bates for Effingham County, 496. 

Jones, Henrietta B., petition from, read and referred to committee, 465. 

Jones, Henry, appointed Magistrate, 15; memorial from, read and re- 
ferred to committee, 94. 

Jones, Henry, of Wilkes, petition from, read and referred to committee, 
18; report of committee on said petition, 20; petition from, read 
and referred to committee, 58; appointed Justice, 76, 106; qualifies 
as member of the House, 85, 86; resigns seat in the House, 321. 

Jones, James, elected member Executive Council, 8; appointed Magis- 
trate, 15; elected Clerk of House, 35; declines serving as Clerk, 46; 
restored to citizenship, 168; qualifies as member of the House, 195; 
appointed Justice, 263; committee reports on memorial from, 375. 

Jones, John, elected Speaker of House, 8; appointed Magistrate, 15; 
appointed Justice, 76, 263, 560; petition from, read, 209; report of 
committee on petition from, 212; House considers petition from, 221; 
committee reports on petition from, 252; to be paid for services as 
Vendue Master, 261. 

Jones, Noble Wimberly, appointed Magistrate, 15; elected Continental 
Delegate, 23, 58; declared Representative of this State in Congress, 
26; appointed Justice, 75; qualifies as member of the House, 191, 
201; John Houstoun resigns as Speaker of House in favor of, 211. 

Jones, Seaborn, letter from, read and referred to committee, 343. 

Jones, Thomas, reward offered for apprehension of, 469. 

Jones, William, petition from, read, 209; report of committee on petition 
from, 213; petition from, read and referred to committee, 223; re- 
port of committee on petition, 295; petition rejected, 366. 

Jones, William, Sr., appointed Justice, 417. 

Jones, , elected Register of Probates for Chatham County, 246. 

Jrard, Relph, Jr., of South Carolina, memorial in behalf of himself and 
others, read and referred to committee, 327. 

K 

Kean, John, petition from, read and referred to committee, 144; report 

of committee on petition, 153. 
Keifer, Emanuel, exempted from requirements of Gen. Wayne's order, 

147. 



Index. 609 

Kelsall, Roger, memorial in behalf of children of, r^fdrred to committee^ 

447. .-..':•• 

Ken^ Jenfkth^t>ippt>inted-Jnatice; 560/ ' ' ; 

Kemp, Solomon, petition, with^certifickte; retd and^re/^rred' tb -cttm^ 

i{;^mp,.Mr.r^^altAes as m^jnber of ihe Houses 421. • 
li^jKiebreWt^Jacol), petition- from^ ncad and reier#ed to <Jommiff6€, 50; 

committee reports on petition of, 54. - - 

Kennedy, Joh»,.wn«rccd, 169. : . : - : I 

K(2fti, Ghartes, appointed Magistrate/ I5( appointed JuBHice", >$. • ^ ' 
i^tc)iiri€8i Benjamin, . appointed Justice, 254^;' petitidn ' If otti, fead and 
referred to committee, s6^;\ report :of cOftftntttee ' bn* petition- from, 
^3. ••:•.• '' '■- •--: • . • - ' - r r • • . • • ' '.'■': 

Kind* Wiiltam,: am er<:ed eight: par e^nt^.i^I i : ^ 
Kitchen, Mr., report of committee on petition from, 54. . • ' • " 
Knight, James and others^ inhabitant« of South" Carolil»; ptftitioli. frdftt] 
}-, ffead ^md refenred ito cdronittee,! 207. . : . : r . - . j 

L '■ ■;,; ..•-,:;■.■;:; ;: •■■.).! 

l^ck§ and i Goxmp^ny^ t©- bit paid- for horses wkhn negit)es^ 23 r. i ^ • . I 

l^^mafff 5wy, jBM>Otl*tcd-Jii*iiBtvi^.^ • ' i s • • ' 

Lamar, John, petition from, with pay roll, read and referred- to kiom- 
n .£.n?Hteft.407/*34K P*lti©Ajf5oni) jrHeirec^ to ^Auditor oi AotfDitot^ 377J 
La9>^^ John aiM Jamcsi i^talHns^^^.pctxiiiimj from, raadad^ to 

committee, 36k. ;"L .::••-• 5. ^v;::.- .; ,1 ..-. .-i: -/, : 'i .-., . • I 

X^amar,- ?aiclia^ial|»r.appomi)e4l Miagi^tjrate^' 16;.: appointed 'Jastloe>' 76;rT05^ 

254; qualifies as member of the House, 191. "; /•- ' '-y •' 

Lamb, Thomas, a^erpiedMnQl 4aehicid: ineligiibhs ia 'vaote o^^bolH <qfte<^ 
c} i9f^Ahr^^y^^t^'V4UrAvi9kaktr^ in^arm^ CT'fttrtilsh"4ubktttitti, 179.' f-^ 
Lambert, or Lamberth, James, amerced twelve per cc^nt.,. >r777'^P^*tion 

of inhabitants of Burke County ixLfavoriti^' 4is^"''i » '. :k c:-. ' ?: o.T 
Lambeth, James, petition of >p;ih^hitant|i Af Barker County in^'fivOr-of,^ 

243i;:p,9!Wk»«Op0Sl^l»<8i«^'i^FliJci .1^1 ':,. -^ t<.-^M>i r-,.. ,:: ...... 1 >: v j.T 

Ii4M»fU -Office,- ^pftwaftittyer |-^«>nHtttntofloi)cning.^of» under certaik^ c^diidi-t 

tions, 236. .l:i^ .:i nyr'.r. hj.> :. • ';' ^*» '7";'^ *" 

Langley, Samuel, amerced and declapsd.todfeiiilc lb Jvate'Ol- bolli'biffice^ 
. .; 'f«w:ihf ea-.yc«i»ii£.47^'; .iTwat/sirvo inrarvb^ :an ftamish. sdbstittfter'T^' 
Langwortfiy, Edward, petition from read and referred t^ commitccer H87;, 
"•.y oeasinfiitltt«frepft»td. on petition jfrpid/ 5134;: rtrw»ur.y'.certificaitEs cjf' to^ 
ri tetaudiiited'and Tf;du«ed, 55?.. .! r • ; in ••^ . -,?. • - : • :• h. : 
Laniert .Re»4ami«f -appobit^d J^u«ticej.'76; Oq4ahifee9 as memtw <>f Uhc 

House, 192. -.:. .7 ."::•'.> ^t. •' i- i ^' :" - " ' t . j 

I>piefi'ft«<liami«»i«aJ»«fc^f!; i69./>::ti.. ' . ■ » -^ .- ^ ■ f ' ^i v ^ >' 

Lanier, John, restored to citizenship, 168. ? . •- 

Lanier,. ^^i?itteJ,':choaenj D^^mJier (BicedutiTe iCouncil; xis. : . : ' . i - « J 
Lanier, Mr., qualifies ad member- of ^rth^ Hbiise, -420! - . . ♦ . .1 

]4,ari««^, William, .am^erced, 1691 •■,^' • . - ; : ; . • .': ■ * 
Lal^r' .toSfsph>'app0JiHed J:udtic]Q^744d;< appointed Commissioner io£ Roads, 

559. ' - - ■ • '?"••• 

I^aw, J'OSfSpiit rcxecu tor oi AttJiutt iCarney, petition in bfthalf of Camay's- 

. children of, ^lOj- petition rejected^. 405. : - ,: i- 

Laws, H., letter from, 220; letter referred to Governor and 07uncfl» 221. 

Lftw&ofl, Hugh:, appointed Magistrate, 15; a|>pointed-Jt«tice;::i6, 2^, 5605 

'.resigns seat in Council, 113; elected CommissionBr: of Confiscated 

Estates, 115^- 
Lawspn, Hugh, Jr.,. elected Collector .for town and t»oTt of Scribtfry, 246. 
Lawson; H., petition from, read and referred to committee, 379. 
Lawson, John, appointed Justice, 76, 263, 566; petition from, read and 

referred to icommittee, 47a. 1 

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•10 INDEX. 

Lawson, John, Jr., chosen Collector of Customs for Sunbury, i88, 539; 
salary of, fixed, 188. 

Lawson, Mr., elected Councilor for Burke County, 64. 

Lawson, Roger, elected Register of Probates for Burke County, 497. 

Lawson, Roger, Jr., appointed Magistrate, 15. 

Layer, Christiana, petition from, read and referred to committee, 227. 

Leake, Richard, application of to serve as Collector referred to com- 
mittee, 136; petition, with certificate, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 442. 

Leadbetter, Nemia, report of committee on petition from, 54. 

Le Conte, William, qualifies as member of the House, 86, 124; ineligible 
to seat in the House, 87; memorial from, read, 504; appointed Com- 
missioner of Roads, 560; appointed Justice, 560. 

Ledbetter, Neomia, petition from, read and referred to committee, 43. 

Lee, Greenberry, appointed Justice, 76, 254; qualifies as member of the 
House, 191. 

Lee, Mr., qualifies as member of the House, 424. 

Lee, Thomas, petition from, read and referred to committee, 47; report 
pi committee on petition, 55. 

Lee, William, ameived, 169. 

Legislature, committee appointed to examine acts of, irregular councils 
and assemblies, and report what should be ratified and confirmed by 
the, 224. 

Lewis, Benjamin, qualifies as member of the House, 83, 492; chosen 
member of Executive Council, 115, 193; appointed Justice, 263, 560. 

Lewis, Benjamin, Jr., appointed Justice, 263. 

Lewis, Benjamin and Jenkins Davis, petition from read and referred to 
committee, 511. 

Lewis, Elijah, elected Surveyor for Liberty County, 497. 

Lewis, Francis and Thomas Basket, petition from, read and referred to 
committee, 448. 

Lewis, Jacob, appointed Justice, 56a 

Lewis, James, petition for land, granted, 556. 

Lewis, Josiah, chosen Register of Probates for Burke County, 54. 

Lewis, Mary, petition from, read and referred to committee, 52; report 
of committee on said petition, 62. 

Lewis, Oliver, petition from, with icertificates, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 436; petition granted, 451. 

Lewis, Rev. Mr., house and plantation of Martin Weatherford granted to 
temporarily, 41. 

Lewis, Thomas, Sr., appointed Magistrate, 15; elected member Execu- 
tive Council, 35; appointed Justice, 76» 263, 560; resigns seat as 
Councilor, 113; elected Commissioner of Confiscated Estates, 115; 
elected Surveyor for Burke County, 302, 497. 

Lewis, Thomas, Jr., appointed Magistrate, 15; appointed Justice, 7^ 
263, s6o. 

Lewis, Thomas, petition from, read and referred to committee, 379. 

Liberty County, members of Legislature from for 1781, 71 members 
for 1782, 31; petitions from inhabitants of read, 140; committee of 
clemency in, 145; Governor to contract for rice for use of inhabi- 
tants of, 251. 

Lillibridge, Hampton, petition from, read and referred to committee, 434; 
petition that Laurel Hill plantation may be confirmed to him, his 
heirs, etc., granted, 446. 

Lindsay, John, chosen Treasure^ 53; petition from, read and referred to 
committee, 59; committee reports on petition from, 62; appointed 
Justice, 76, 105, 254; eligible to seat in the House, 89; Dr. Timothy 
Russell paid for attendance on, 116; petition from, read and referred 
to committee, 142; committee reports on petition from, 151; re- 
warded for services to his country, 183; authorized to purchase ne- 



INDEX. 611 

groes for Dr. Timothy Russell for professional services, 183; elected 
member Executive Council, 187. 

Little, James, petition from, read and referred to committee, 18; petition 
postponed, 20; resigns seat in the House, 321. 

Little, Thomas, appointed Justice, 76, 263, 560. 

Livingston, William, to superintend building jail at Augusta, 55. 

Lloyd, Benjamin, and Mordecai Sheftall, letter from read, 383. 

Lloyd, Edward, petition from, read and referred to committee, 326; presented 
with lot and dwelling by House of Assembly as reward for services, 
415; petition from, read and referred to committee, 490. 

Lloyd, LtKretia, petition from, read and referred to committee, 94; com- 
mittee reports on petition, 106. 

Locke, William, memorial from, read and referred to committee, 227. 

Lord, William, elected member Executive Council, 35 r declines taking 
seat as member of the House, 43. 

Lottery authorized to support hospital for seamen, 534. 

Low, Isaac, appointed Justice, 76. 

Low, Mr., elected member Executive Council, 424. 

Low, Phillip, appointed Justice, 442; petition from, read' and referred to 
committee, 500; appointed Commissioner of Roads, 559. 

Lowerman, John, amerced eight per cent., 178; petition from read, 203; 
report of committee on petition from, 213; petition from read and 
referred to committee, 271. 

Lucas, Captain, letter from, in behalf of himself and other Continental 
officers, read and referred to committee, 104. 

Lumpkin, George, appointed Justice, 550. 

Lunday, or Lundy, Theophilus, appointed Magistrate, 15; qualifies as 
member of the House, 192; elected Register of Probates for Effing- 
ham County, 246; appointed Justice, 246; leave of absence granted 
to, 492. 

Lundy, Mr., qualifies as member of the House, 420. 

Lupina, Mary, petition from, read and referred to committee, 498; com- 
mittee reports on petition, 535. 

Lynn, Charles, appointed Justice, 571. 

Lyons, John, amerced, 169. 

Lyons, Samuel, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

M ' ; 

Maddox, Joseph, petition from, read and referred to committee, 339. 

Maddox, William, memorial from, read and referred to committee, 91. 

Main, William, amerced, 169. 

Manadue, Henry, appointed Justice, 76, 106. 

Mann, Luke, petition from, read and referred to committee, 172; amerced 
eight per cent., 178; petition from, read and referred to committee^ 
232; petition rejected, 367. 

Marbury, Horatio, petition of, in behalf of himself and officers of Dra- 
goons, read and referred to committee, 136; report of committee, 150.. 

Marre, Samuel, amerced, 169. 

Marshall, Martha, petition from, read and referred to committee, 216; 
committee reports on petition, 372. 

Martin, Betty, petition from, read and referred to committee, 339. 

Martin, James, appointed Magistrate, 16; elected Colonel, 23; appointed 
Justice, 76. 

Martin, James, fined for non-attendance, 81; must serve in army or 
furnish substitute, 178; petition from, read and referred to commit- 
tee, 379; committee reports on petition from, 387. 

Martin, James and others, committee reports on petition from, 416. 

Martin, John, elected Lieutenant Colonel, 23; elected Governor, 34; 
address to, 36; address of, to the House, 39; takes oath as Gov- 
ernor, 40; elected Commissioner of Confiscated Estates, 115; ap- 



^1^ iM^^} 

pointed Commissioner^ to ifiolh Coii^i'ess Willi trtjianfrij^i efelcd 

^^,,^jTr,easiirje.\ ;34;S, 4p6; tO| ^tdivcr bonds received by, ftlftl fof sale o£ 

neg^i-ocs fo llie Goveruor^ ^296; letter from^ readt 295); letter ivQih, 

containing several ac<?oUuts, 464; letter froni,T<?ad arid referred, tOk 

comiiiiucct, 49j; commiUee repots, an 1,'ettef. ifr9m, 509; cbntfkct, 

made D)^ to be 4isc]iarged| 510; ccrtifical^es signed by^ 51$; mctti'ii-: 

|, jxii^I frofp, witTi jtnd 0^11 res* ye^t) arid, referred to committee, sSr^-i 

. . cofornitii^e rei>o,rts on . ^lemppia), Jj;3, tSc^ al^o ddvertior, M^ff Ji;i.i 

Martin, Jolin, itstgred to Citizenship, ,t6S». 

Ma^rtin. Johfi and Ql;l;ers, petitio^i frqin^ ^«^ad and referred io j:^jtiTnitj^%ri 

451. ' ' ,,..;.,.,. .'.-.',.'. . \, . ■' " 

Martin,. j9?j^Rh,ap^o^pfl, Cpr^paissipj^er to'^'arybQ laji^s pn 'feiiii^sseei 
Rive/,' S3p.. ^ ^~- '-^ .'.■• ■,^. '■ ' ' " "."''•''■ "' , -V'*/' '■*/,*'] 

Mathews, Oliver, eximpt from reqitirenients of Qen. Waytte's ord^r, i^f* 
Matthews, George, p< titip^ fo,^ Undp,te(erre4 to, pomiuitteciL H9j.| ' ^^^^^ j 
Maxwell, James, a'pjioihtcd \fagistrate, ,15; ejtotcd Major^ 24- ^ect.ed] 
member Executis'. Co^indJ, ^;. i.pptnntci| Juslice^ 75,; W^ 'iipcVi^^i^ 
seat in Council. 7'^; tiiudilic^ a& nvejii^r of the Housed 2i^4'|P[ ^^^^ 
Maxwell, John Butftr, dkiwciX iiix mi>nthfi t9,,s,^ttl^ affjjir^, ^Ij^, ,' ''"* 
Maxwell, John ButK r iind uifc. pji^titign koiji, pfiiyirtg t)(^i s^id'!lfl^^-| 
well may be taktii off ^oiift^^atibtpt. JsLw.,3rt; dctitipti pDsijpofl^tji,' .ji^sf 
petition rejected, 364. '^ j *« v,;j .j- . , ,1 '>;-i/!'»7 

Maxwell, John, whose estate i^xcmii^t^e^, jjj^pqs^e;? qCpart P*, ?3taje,^t.^^^| 
property taken in charge ^jjPqmpus^pf^i^f, oil Cppt^^c^i'ecir;|^^^^es; 

Maxwell, Mary, forty negroes to be 'defeyerea,!^^-^^^ 'p^Vrpp '^^m^,i^f(^j 
and referred to committee, 277; peti^ibnj-)eje,cte,9^i49§-y ^^, T,(f':vvn 

Maxwell, Thomas, committee reports as ^OLj^(?U^biJiJty oL'^j,^7j |)^<j)|use 
decides as to eligibility of, 128; elected 'C6ur?cil6r,"i3S. ,.,, ,\, 

Maxwell, William, eligible to seat in the House, 206,. ,'.|f^j,^ ^"j/ '/j^„,j { 

Maybank, Andrew, appointed Commissioner of Roads,.:S5Q. L^.t/ Liudu I 

McBride, Jean, petition from, in behalf of her son, read aPi^''jr[e!(^^^^ W 
committee, 216; petition postponed, 367. ', j.,hjr('^ ^ny I 

McCarty, John, petition from, read and referred to commlttp^\39jJ^^y-j 
lowed corn, 54. ;^..j^^ '^riovj 

McCormick, John, heirs of amerced and declared ineligible to Vote or 
hold office for three years, 174. 

McCormick, Paul, heirs of amerced and declared ineligible to vote or 
hold office for three years, 174. ,- I>h.,I>: 

McDaniel, Milley, petition from, read and referred to committee, i^cbf r.iA 

McDonald, Margaret, petition from, read and referred to committee^, 38t;l- 
property granted to, 370. -nrJA 

McDonald, Mary, committee reports on petition from, 151. i.i/. 

McFarland, James, appointed Justice, 76, 254, 571; petition from, read 
and referred to committee, 478; elected Councilor, 571. 

McFarland, Mr., qualifies as member of the House, 423. 

McGee, Hugh, petition from, read and referred to committee, 347. 

Mcintosh, Brigadier General, letter from, with enclosure, read and re- 
ferred to committee, 241; committee reports on letter, 248; House 
resolutions thereon, 248; letter from, praying that certain persons 
be admitted to plead at any Court of Justice in this State, 300. 

Mcintosh, Christiana, the younger, petition from, read and referred to 
committee, 263. 

Mcintosh, Donald, petition from, read and referred to committee, 221; 
petition granted, 364. 

Mcintosh, Georgina, petition from, read and referred to committee, 223; 
iconlmittee reports on petition, 414. 

Mcintosh, General, letter from, with instructions to legislative and 
executive powers of this State, referred to committee, 227; elected 
Commissioner for holding Congress with Indians, 231; memorial 



INDEX. 613 

and account from, referred to committee, 336; committee reports on 

memorial, 345. 
Mcintosh, John, Memorial from, read and referred to committee, 282; 

committee reports on committee, 282; memorial of, in behalf of 

Donald McLeod considered, 400. 
Mcintosh, Lachlan, appointed Agent to adjust northern boundary of the 

State, 276; reappointed Continental Delegate, 540. 
Mcintosh, Lachlan, Jr., qualifies as member of the House, 436; appointed 

Commissioner to examine lands on Tennessee River, 536. 
Mcintosh, Mr., committee reports as to eligibility of, 436. 
Mcintosh, William, appointed Justice, 75; ftned for non-attendance, 81; 

qualifies as member of the House, 229; petition in behalf of, read 

and referred to committee, 455; appointed Commissioner of Roads, 

559. 

Mcintosh, William, Jr., elected Surveyor for Glynn and Camden Coun- 
ties, 302. 

Mcintosh, Winewood, petition from, read and referred to committee, 
265; petition considered, 405. 

McKay, James, elected Lieutenant Colonel, 23; petition for land read, 
203; memorial from, read and referred to committee, 206; committee 
reports on memorial from, 212; petition from, read and referred to 
committee, 261; petition postponed, 295; committee reports on peti- 
tion, 413; petition from, read and referred to committee, 432; memo- 
rial from, in behalf of children of Roger Kelsall referred to com* 
mittee, 447. 

McKenzie, John, qualifies as member of the House, 481. 

McKenzie, , appointed Justice, 246. ' 

McLane, John, elected Commissioner of Confiscated Estates, 115. 

McLean, Andrew, amerced twelve per cent., 177; letter from, read and 
referred to committee, 477; committee's report considered, 511. 

McLean, John, qualifies as member of the House, 86; petition from, read 
and referred to committee, 324. 

McLeod, Dr. Donald, petition in behalf of, considered, 400; allowed to 
reside in this State six months, 409. 

McMurphy, Daniel, appointed Commissioner to collect property of dis- 
loyal persons, 12; appointed Magistrate, 15; appointed Justice, 76; 
fined for non-attendance, 61; letter from, concerning -Indians, 157; 
petition from, read and referred to committee, 238; petition from, 
referred to Auditor General, 238; Auditor General reports on peti- 
tion from, 240; elected Register of Probates for Burke County, 246; 
petition from, referred to Auditor of Accounts, 406; qualifies as 
member of the House, 431; ineligible to seat in the House, 434; 
petition from, read and referred to committee, 458; letter from, 
read and referred to committee, 490. 

McMurphy, Daniel, and John Twiggs, memorial from, read, and referred 
to committee, 137; report of committee on petition from, 150; letter 
from, with account against State, read, 361. 

McMurphy, Daniel, and James Rae, appointed Superintendents of Indian 
affairs, 75. 

McNeal, James, fined for non-attendance, 81. 

McNeil, James, elected Lieutenant Colonel, 23; appointed Justice, 76, 
253, 571; qualifies as member of the House, 456. 

McNeil, Mr., declines serving as Councilor, 456. 

McNely, Andrew, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office 
for three years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

McNiel, James, appointed Commissioner to collect property of disloyal 
persons, 12; elected member Executive Council, 424. 

Meazel, David, restored to citizenship, 168; appointed Justice, 443. 

Meazel, James, restored to citizenship, 168. 

Meazel, John, restored to citizenship, 168. 
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Meazely Luke, restored to citizenship, i68; qualifies as member oi the 

House, 420. 
Meazel, William, restored to citizenship, 168. 
Meazle, Charlton, restored to citizenship, 168. 
Meek, or Meick, Matthew, petition from, praying to be discharged from 

the Continental service, read, ao3; committee reports on petition 

from, 313. 
Melvin, George, petition from, read and referred to committee, 465, Sia 
Memorial from merchants aand other citizens, creditors named in act 

of confiscation and banishment, read, 503. 
Mercer, James, petition in behalf of read, ao3; committee reports od 

petition, 33a 
Messenger of Assembly, salary of, 244, 440; entitled to draw part of 

salary, 298; to be paid part of salary, 308; to be paid £10 on salary^ 

572. 
Messenger of Council, salary of, 244, 440. 
Metzgar, Jacob, petition praying to be discharged from the Georgia 

Battalion, 203; committee reports on petition, 213. 
Metzgar, John, exempt from requirements of Gen. Wayne's order, 147. 
Metzgar, Margaret, petition in behalf of her son read, 203; committee 

reports on petition, 213. 
Meyers, Jacob, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 
Meyers, or Myers, James, petition from, read and referred to committee^ 

139; committee reports on petition, 152. 
Middleton, Mr., qualifies as member of the House, 423. 
Middleton, Robert, qualifies as member of the House, 191; letter horn, 

read, 278; elected Councilor, 456. 
Millen, Stephen, petition from, read, 172; amerced eight per cent, 178; 

appointed Commissioner of Roads, 560. 
Miller, George, petition from, read and referred to committee, 62;. peti- 
tion from, praying to be discharged from the Georgia Regiment, read 

and referred to committee, 216. 
Miller, James, petition from, read and referred to committee, 62. 
Miller, Nathaniel, appointed Justice, 263. 
Miller, Samuel, appointed Magistrate, 15. 
Mills, Archibald, restored to citizenship, 168. 

Mills, Elizabeth, petition from, read and referred to committee, 100. 
Mills, Stephen, restored to citizenship, 168. 
Milton, John, elected Secretary of State, I7» 53> i87> 246, 496; salary 

fixed, 188; petition from, read and referred to committee, 339, 5361 
Milton, John and others, petition from, read and referred to committee, 

4SI. 

Mincey, Phillip, amerced, 169. 

Mitchell, John, petition and remonstrance, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 140; committee reports on petition, 151; qualifies as member 
of the House, 419. 

Mock, Michael, petition, praying to be discharged from Georgia Regi- 
ment, read, 204; committee reports on petition, 213. 

Montaigut, David, appointed Justice, 303. 

Moore, Catharine, petition of, in behalf of Josiah Tatnel, read and re- 
ferred to committee, 321. 

Moore, Samuel, petition from, read and referred to committee, 322. 

Mor, John, elected member Executive Council, 193. 

Morgan,. Elizabeth, petition from, read and referred to committee, 144; 
report of committee on petition, 154. 

Morell, John, qualifies as member of the House, I7i> I73« 420; appointed 
Commissioner to examine lands on Tennessee River, 536; appointed 
Commissioner of Roads, 560. 

Morell, Peter Henry, petition from, praying to be admitted a citizen of 
this State, granted, 361. 



INDEX. 615 

llorrison, Alexander, petition, with memorial, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 453. 

Motsman, James, petition from, read and referred to committee, 144; 
committee reports on petition, 154; amerced eight per cent., 178; 
memorial from, read and referred to committee, 266; petition from, 
in behalf James Graham, read and referred to committee, 322; peti- 
tion in behalf of John Graham, read and referred to committee, 32a; 
petition to be restored to citizenship rejected, 410; petition to bring 
certain negroes into this State granted, 414. 

Moul, Peter Henry, petition from, read and referred to committee, 249; 
committee reports on petition, 253. 

Mulryne, John, petition from, read and referred to committee, 265; peti- 
tion rejected, 405; allowed six months to settle affairs, 4091 

Munro, Elizabeth, petition from, read and referred to committee, 220; 
committee reports on petition, 323; petition rejected, 364. 

Manro, Simon, petition in behalf of, read and referred to committee, 144; 
report of committee on petition, 155; allowed six months to settle 
affairs, 409; petition in behalf of, read and referred to committee, 
487. 

Murdock, David, petition from, read, 157; petition from, read and re- 
ferred to committee, 223; petition rejected, 367. 

Marphy, Mills, appointed Magistrate, 15. 

Murray, Richard Donnovan, petition from, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 172. 

Masick, Lewis, petition from, read and referred to committee, 62. 

N ; 

Negroes not to be transported out of this State by the British, 121. > 

Nelson, Christopher, restored to citizenship, 168. 

Nesler, John Adam, qualifies as member of the House, 124. 

Netherclift, Thomas, qualifies as member of the House, I9i> 4x9; ineligi- 
ble to seat in the House, 206. 

Nevil, John, restored to citizenship, 168. 

Nicholl, Henry, goods landed by exempted from duty, 557. 

Nicholls, Rebeckah, petition from, read, 209; committee reports on peti- 
tion, 326. 

North Carolina, petition from inhabitants of, read, 19; petition post- 
poned, 29; petition from inhabitants of, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 238, 324. 492. 

Nunes, Daniel, elected Harbour Master for port of Savannah, 497. 



Oats, Jeremiah, petition from, read and referred to committee, 18; com- 
mittee reports on petition from, 20; petition from, read and referred 
to committee, 379. 

Obrey, Henry, restored to citizenship, 168. 

Obrey, Priscilla, petition from, in behalf of her son, read and referred to* 
committee, 4^. 

O'Brian, William, appointed Magistrate, 15. 

O'Bryan, William, appointed Justice, 75; qualifies as member of the 
House, 86. 

O'Bryan, Mr., appointed Commissioner to superintend building galleys^ 
164; appointed Commissioner for regulating pilotage at Savannah, 
181. 

Odingsells, Charles, elected member Executive Council, 8, 34; appointed 
Commissioner to collect property of disloyal persons, 13; appointed 
Magistrate, 15; elected Major, 23; appointed Justice, 75; resigns 
seat in Council, 113; elected Commissioner of Confiscated Estates, 
115; petition from, read and referred to committee, 332; letter from, 
referred to committee, 332; committee reports on letter from, 345; 



616 INDEX. 

qualifies as member of the House, 430; resigns seat as member of 
Board of Claims, 503; officers and soldiers enrolling for three^ months 
entitled to bounty, upon producing certificates as to faithful serv- 
ices, 98. 

Officers composing line of this State, thanks of House to for services, 
108; presented with one hundred guineas, 108; to be paid arrearages; 
* 108. 

Officers commanding regiments or companies to make out pay rolls, 114. 

Officers of Hospital and Medical Department to be put on same footing 
as officers of State Line, 294. 

Officers, public, to render to the' House accounts, 450; committee ap- 
pointed to examine accounts of, 465; committee reports on $ame, 
478. 

Officers of the State allowed same pay as Continental army, 556. 

Ogden, Thomas, petition from, read, 209; memorial from, read and re- 
ferred to committee, 236; committee reports on petition from, 294; 
Commissioners of Confiscated to pay £231 to, 303. 

O'Neal, John, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for 
three years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 179. 

Ordinance empowering the Governor to issue proclamation commanding 
all officers belonging to this State to repair to the same, and to point 
out a mode for regulating their rank, read first time, 44. , . 

O'Sullivan, Florence, petition from, read and referred to committee, 223, 

Oswald, Joseph, qualifies as member of the House, 271; letter from 
read, 278. ^ 

Ott, Nathaniel, petition, praying to be discharged from Georgia Regi- 
ment, read, 203; report of committee on petition, 213. 

Outlaw, Mary, petition from, praying to be discharged from obligations 
of her late husband, read and referred to committee, 216; petifion 
granted, 374. 

Overstreet, Henry, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office 
for three years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 179. 

Overstreet, William, amerced, 169. • . 

Owens, Owen, petition from, read and referred to committee, 322; peti- 
tion granted conditionally, 410. 



Palmer, John, qualifies as member of the House, 344. 
Palmer, Mr., qualifies as member of the House, 421. 
Panall, Mr,, qualifies as member of the Hou«e, 419. 
Pannell, Joseph, elected Surveyor for Washington CoiiPty, 542. 
Paris, Peter, appointed Magistrate, 16; elected Commissioner Confis- 
cated Estates, 115; petition from, read and referred to pommit(ee. 

•379. . ,„ ■ 

Patterson, Archibald, restored to citizenship, 168. 

Patterson, John, petition from, read and referred to committee, 481. 

Paxton, William, petition from, postponed, 409. ^ . 

Peak, Mr., to be paid for use of room by Assembly, 308. * - 

Peariss, Francis, petition from, read and referred to committee, 136. 

Pendleton, Nathaniel and William Leigh Pierce, memorial from, with 
enclosures, read and referred to committee, 480. 

Pendleton, Solomon, letter from, read, 472. 

Penrose, John, petition praying to be discharged from Continental serv- 
ice, read, 203; report of committee on petition, 213. 

Perkins, Avington, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold 
• office for three years, 174; must serve in the army or furnish sub- 
stitute, 178. 

Persons indebted to British merchants to be reimbursed for losses, 130; 
persons having received British protection disqualified, 176. 

Petition from sundry inhabitants of United States referred to committee^ 



INDEX. 617 

227; petition of sundry inhabitants in favor of Thomas Young, read 

and referred to committee, 22^. 
Phillips, Hillary, petition from read and referred to committee, 96. 
Phillips, Mark, Sr., amerced, 169. 
Phillips, Mark, Jr., amerced, 169. 
Phillips, Zachariah, appointed Justice, 106. 
Pickeron, William, petition from, read and referred to committee, 238; 

petition postponed, 376. 
Pierce, Joshua, Sr., amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold 

office for three years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 

178. 
Pierce, William Leigh and Nathaniel Pendleton, memorial from, with 

enclosures, read and referred to committee, 480. 
Pilcher, Edward, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office 

for three years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 179. 
Polhill, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for three 

years, 174; amerced twelve per cent., 177; petition from read, 209; 

committee reports on petition from, 294; petition rejected, 371. 
Porteous, Robert, taken off confiscation act and put on amercement act, 

409. 
Porteous, Robert and William Struthers, petition from read and referred 

to committee, 276. 
Porter, William, petition read, 206. 
Potts, John, restored to citizenship, 168. 
Potts, Thomas, and others from South Carolina,*'pfttition of for reserve 

lands, read and referred to committee, »ff. 
Powell, Josiah, qualifies as member of the House, 83; appointed Justice, 

107; elected Commissioner of Confiscated Estates, 115; letter from 

read and referred to committee, 126. 
Powell, William, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office 

for three years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, i^. 
President of Council, Speaker of House to write to requesting his at- 
tendance on account of indisposition of Governor, 91; letter to Pres- 
ident postponed, 92; message from received, 342; message from with 

dispatches from President of Congress, referred to committee, 355. 
President of Congress, letter to, 79. 
Price, Cader, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for 

three years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 179. 
Property taken in action to be sold for benefit of captors with certain 

exceptions, 29. 
Public records and papers to be brought from the northward, 335, 563. 
Public officers to give bond, 61. 
Pugh, Francis, appointed Justice, 76, 263, 560; qualifies as member of the 

House, 83, 192; petition from read and referred to committee, 500. 
Pugh, James, appointed Magistrate, 15; appointed Justice, 76, 263, 560. 
Pugh, Mr., qualifies as member of the House, 421. 

Q 

Quartermaster, orders to, 63; ordered to furnish Governor with articles 
necessary for use of the House, 75; to make returns to the Governor, 
117. 

Quarterman, William, appointed Commissioner of Roads, 559. 



Rae, James, petition from read and referred to committee, 349; petitions 
from read and referred to committee, 438; letter from read and re- 
ferred to committee, 469. 

Rae, James, and Daniel McMurphy, appointed Superintendents of Indian 
Affairs, 75. 

Rae, Rebeckah, petition from, read and referred to committee, 52; com- 
mittee reports on petition, 62. 



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Rahm, Jonathan, committee reports on petition from, 213, ' 

Rahn, Matthew, petition from read and referred to conunittee, mo. 

Randolph, Mary, petition from read and referred to committee, 41; com- 
mittee reports on petition, 55; petition from, with account and 
vouchers, read and referred to committee, 107. 

Ravot, or Ravott, Abraham, elected member Executive Council, 8, 35; 
appointed Commissroner to collect property of disloyal persons, 13; 
appointed Magistrate, 15; appointed Justice, 76; elected Commis- 
sioner of Confiscated Estates, 115. 

Rca, David, appointed Justice, 303. 

Rod, Jacob, petition from, read and referred to committee, 227; com- 

* mittee reports on petition, 412. 

lEtees, David, memorial from, read and referred to committee, 379; £100 
added to salary of, 386; allowed £6 for engrossing several acts, 418; 
lays before the House books and proceedings of Commissioners of 
Claims, 456; directed to deliver bonds and mortgages of Richard 
Howley's to the treasurer, 558. 

Reeves, William, amerced, 169. 

Rehm, Frederick, qualifies as member of the House, 85; petition from, 
read and referred to committee, 142; committee reports on petition 
from, 153. 

Reid, Robert, petition from, read and referred to committee, 252; peti- 
tion rejected, 372. 

Reighley, William, petition from read and referred to committee, 125; 
committee reports on petition, 129. 

Reizer, Israel, exempted from requirements of Gen. Wayne's order, 147. 

Rely, John, petition from, read and referred to committee, 335. 

Rentz, John, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Rham, Jonathan, petition from read, 203. 

Richardson, Benjamin, restored to citizenship, 168. 

Richardson, Hardy, restored to citizenship, 168. 

Richardson, Timothy, petition from, read and referred to committee, 343. 

Richardson, William, restored to citizenship, 169. 

Richmond County, members of legislature from, for 1781, 7; members 
for 1782, 32; petition from inhabitants of read and referred to com- 
mittee, 143; committee reports on petition from inhabitants of, 152; 
Councilors from, refuse to serve, 198; petition of inhabitants of, in 
behalf of James Mercer, 203; petition from inhabitants of read and re- 
ferred to committee, 379, 390; double returns made for members of, 
421; ten gentlemen having majority vote to take seats in the House* 
422; petition from number of invalids in read and referred to com- 
mittee, 448. 

Riden, Benjamin, elected member Executive Council, 8; appointed Mag- 
istrate, 16. 

Roberson, Alexander, petition from read and referred to committee, 
500. 

Roberson, James, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office 
for three years, 174. 

Roberts, Arthur, amerced, 169. 

Roberts, I sham, amerced, 169. 

Roberts, James, amerced, 169. 

Roberts, John, appointed Justice, 107. 

Robertson, Andrew, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office 
for three years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Robertson, David, qualifies as member of the House, 191. 

Robertson, James, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 179. 

Rogers, Reuben, appointed Justice, 411. 

Rolfes, Frederick, recommended as proper person to act as Deputy Commis- 
sary General of Issues, 183; petition from, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 220. 

Ronaldson, Elizabeth, petition to be admitted to privileges of citizen of this 



INDEX. 619 

State, read and referred to committee, 3i6; petition read and referred 

to committee, 46$. 
Rose, Alexander, petition from, read and referred to committee, 234; com- 
mittee reports on petition, 372. 
Rose, John, petition from, read and referred to committee, 336; committee 

reports on p|etition, 333, 
Rose, Huffh, petition from, setting forth incapability to serve as soldier, 173. 
Ross, Malcolm, petition from, read and referred to committee, 477. 
Roux & ConH>any, memorial in behalf of, read and referred to committee, 

480; letter from, referred to committee, 498. 
Rules for government of the House, 9» 33i 93> 4^ 
Rus, David, allowed £6 for engrossing several acts, 4181 
Russell, Dr. Timothy, paid for professional services, 116; given negroes for 

curing John Lindsay, Thomas Greer and Henry Candler, 183. 
Rutherford, Griffith, and others of North Carolina, petition from, read and 

referred to committee, 492; committee reports on petition, 525. 
Rutherford, John, appointed Justice, 254. 
Rutherford, Mr., qualifies as member of the House, J19. 
Rutledge, John, petition prayinp: to be discharged trom Georgia Regiment, 

read and referred to committee, 216; petition postooned, 368. 
Ryals, Arthur, amerced, 169; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 
I^ls, John, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

S 

Salt, Governor requested to prevent exportation of, 134; salt reserved for 
public use to be augmented to three thousand bushels, 139; nine hundred 
bushels of salt to be sent to Augusta, 159. 

Saltus, Samuel, elected Councilor, 79, 115; chosen Speaker, 85; appointed 
Justice, 107; qualifies as member of the House, 419; appoii^ted Commis- 
sioner of Roads, 559. 

Sapena, or Supena, Mary, petition from, read and referred to committee, 133; 
committee reports on petition from, 149. 

Saunders, Joshua, fined for non-attendance, 81. 

Savannah, House meets at, 122; letter from number of merchants of read, 
291. 

Savy, , letter from, with account, read and referred to committee, 441. 

Sayer, Christiana, committee reports on petition of, 371. 

Scott, Samuel, fined for non-attendance, 81 ; petition from, read and referred 
to committee, 324; ordered into custody for insulting member of the 
House, 338; apologizes and is discharged, 338; petition from, referred 
to Superior Court of Wilkes County, 412. 

Scriven, Col. James, land granted to daughters in recognition of his services, 
524. 

Seagar, George, and Samuel Stirk, requested to give information respecting 
Journals of the House and Minutes of Council for the year 1779, 250. 

Secretary of State, original acts in possession of the Clerk to be delivered to, 
228; salary of, 244; fees of, 301; to be paid £50 on salary, 384. 

Settles, Francis, petition of considered, 29. 

Sevier, John, appointed Commissioner to examine lands on Tennessee River, 

« 536. . . 

Seymore, James, petition from, read and referred to committee, 322. 

Shackelford, John, to be added to Justices of Richmond County, no; ap- 
pointed Justice, 254, 571. 

Sharp, Jacob, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for three 
years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Sharp, Milley, petition from, read and referred to committee, 140; commit- 
tee reports on petition from, 150. 

Shave, John, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for three 
years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Shave, Richard, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for 
three years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 1791 

Sheftall, Levi, taken off act of confiscation and put on amercement act, 406. 

Sheftall, Mordecai, letter from, with petition from Levi Sheftall, read and 
referred to committee, 261; letter from, read, 297» 5i3; letter from, with 
affidavit read and agreed to, 448; letter from, enclosing letter of St^hen 
Drayton, read, 555. 



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Sheftall, Mordecai, and Benjamin Lloyd, letter from, read, 383. 

Shepherd, Samuel, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for 
three years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Sherrell, David, petition from, read and referred to committee, 245; com- 
mittee reports on petition from, 377; petition from, read and referred 
to committee, 473. 

Shervin, William, petition from, read and referred to committee, 234. 

Sherwood, Simon, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Shields, Margaret, petition from, read and referred to committee, 448. 

Shirley, John, amerced, 169. 

Shirley, William, amerced, 169. 

Shorter, Drury, restored to citizenship, 168. 

Silcock, Mary, petition from, read and referred to committee, 232. 

Sill, Jonathan, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Simms, Paris, amerced, 169. 

Sims, John, restored to citizenship, 168. 

Skey, John, petition from, praying to be admitted to plead at the bar, granted^ 
446. 

Smith, Daniel, petition from, read and referred to committee, iii. 

Smith, Gotleib, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Smith, James, petition from, read and referred to committee, 487. 

Smith, John, appointed Justice, 76; petition from, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 327. 

South Carolina, petition from inhabitants for reserve of land, 207; petition 
from inhabitants of, read and referred to committee, 243 ; dragoons from, 
to be furnished supplies, 257; petition from inhabitants of, read and 
referred to committee, 332. 

Sowerby, Henry, petition from, read and referred to committee, 487. 

Spalding, James, petition from, read and referred to committee, 255 ; petition 
praying to be taken off confiscation act, granted, 366; petition from, read 
and referred to committee, 549. 

Speaker of House, to deliver to the Governor bonds and notes, 113; to sign 
writs of election to fill vacancies for members of the House, 115, 187; 
Nathan Brownson chosen, 123 ; to request Governor to inform the House 
what propositions he has received respecting loan of money for pur- 
chasing negroes, 125 ; to request Governor to appoint proper person to 
take charge of printing materials, 125 ; indisposition of, 258 ; allowed 
four dollars per day, 304 ; letter concerning illness of, 321 ; James Hab- 
ersham elected Speaker, 421 ; to enquire of Mr. Hall, late Governor, 
concerning bringing from the northward, papers and records, 435 ; to 
write to Dr. Jones requiring his attendance as soon as possible, 442; 
received letter from Chief Justice requesting part of salary, 447; to 
pay Chief Justice and Auditor thirty guineas, 447 ; to write to delegates 
to hold themselves in readiness to proceed to Congress, 499; empowered 
to receive resignations and issue writs of election to fill vacancies during 
recess of the House, 542; to draw on the treasurer for £5 in favor of 
Clerk of House, 572 ; signs accounts of members of the House, 572. 

Spence, John, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Spencer, George Basil, petition from read, 172; amerced twelve per cent., 
177; petition from, read and referred to committee, 232; committee 
reports on petition of, 366. 

Spencer, John, qualifies as member of the House, 420; elected member 
Executive Council, 424; appointed Justice, 443. 

Spencer, Joseph William, qualifies as member of the House, 420; ineligible 
to seat in the House, 431. 

Stallings, Ezekiel, petition from, read and referred to committee, 476. 

Stallings, James, appointed Justice, 571. 

Stallings, James, and John Lamar, petition from, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 361. 

Stallings, James, and others, petition from, read and referred to committee, 
363. 

Stanley, Adar, petition from, read and referred to committee, 100. 

State Commissary and Quarter Master to be under same regulations as those 
of the Continental Line, 69. 



INDEX. 621 

Stephens, Mary, committee reports on petition from, 62, 

Stephens, Mr., qualifies as member of the House, 419; elected Councilor,. 
424. 

Stephens, Nancy, petition from, read and referred to committee, 52. 

Stephens, Thomas, appointed Commissioner of Roads, 559. 

Stephens, William, petition from read, 142; petition from, read and referred 
to committee, 154; amerced eight per cent, 178; bill for taking name 
of from and out of amercement law passed, 242 ; appointed Justice, 560. 

Stewart, Ann, petition from read and referred to committee, 231; presented 
with house and lot, 569. 

Stewart, Elizabeth, petition from, read and referred to committee, 234; re- 
ferred to Court of Law, 376. 

Stewart, James, qualifies as member of the House, 192, 222; elected mem- 
ber Executive Council, 193, 222; letter from, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 344; committee reports on letter from, 357. 

Stewart, John, memorial from, with account, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 103. 

Stewart, Mathew, petition from, read and referred to committee, 334. 

Stiles, Benjamin, appointed Commissioner to superintend building of gal- 
leys, 164. 

Stirk, Samuel, appointed Commissioner to collect property of disloyal per- 
sons, 13; elected Attorney General, 17, 53, 245, 496; elected Continental 
Delegate, 23; declared representative of this State in Continental Con- 
gress, 26; elected Continental Delegate, granted leave of absence on ac- 
count of duties as Attorney General, 27 ; appointed Justice, 75 ; fined 
for non-attendance, 81 ; petition from, referred to committee, 91 ; 
petition from, read and referred to committee, 164; letter from read, 
247; requested to give information respecting Journals of House and 
Minutes of Council for year 1779, 250; petition from, read and referred 
to committee, 263 ; petition from, read and referred to committee, 332, 
448 ; letter from, read, 493, 50a, 555 ; to return £200 improperly obtained, 
508. 

Stone, Thomas, qualifies as member of the House, 171 ; appointed Commis- 
sioner of Roads, 560; appointed Justice, 560. 

Storr, John, oetition from, read and referred to committee, 245; petition 
rejected, 372. 

Strong, John, memorial from, read and referred to committee, 131 ; com- 
mittee reports on petition, 148; recommended as proper person to act 
as Deputy Commissary General of Issues, 183; memorial from, read 
and referred to committee. 382; committee reports on memorial, 390; 
petition from, read and referred to committee, 433. 

Struthers, William, proposal to purchase negroes for this State referred to 
committee, 128; committee reports on proposal, 129; petition from, read 
and referred to committee, 147; amerced twelve per cent, 177; petition 
from, read and referred to committee, 259, 271 ; committee reports on 
petition, 278; petition postponed, 377. 

Struthers, William, and Robert Porteous, petition from, read and referred to 
committee, 276. 

Stubbs, Isaac, amerced, 169. 

Stubbs, John, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Sullivan, Florence, admitted citizen of this State, 297; petition praying to 
be admitted to practice law, granted, 297. 

Sullivan, Florence O., petition of, 223. 

Sullivant, Daniel, chosen member Executive Council, 115. 

Supena, see Sapena. 

Surveyor General, fees of, 301; to have land surveyed and marked that is 
to circumscribe Indian hunting grounds, 565. 

SutcliflFe, John, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for 
three years, 174; amerced twelve per cent., 177. 

SutcliflF & Company, account from for hospital stores furnished Continental" 
troops ordered paid, 523. 



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Tandee, or Tondee, Lucy> letter from read and referred to committee, 264; 
committee reports on letter from, 371. 

Tarlingh, Peter, petition, with certificate, read and referred to committee, 
442; letter from, with enclosures, read and referred to committee, 523* 

Tarvin, George, petition from, read and referred to committee, 106, 3791 

Tatnal, John Mulryne, petition from, read and referred to committee, 331. 

Tatnal, Josiah, petition from Catharine Moore in behalf of, ^i. 

"Telfair, Edward, appointed Magistrate, 15; elected Continental Pelmte, 
22, 426, 58; declared Representative of this State in Continental Con- 
gress, 26; letter from, read, 36, 502; appointed Justice, 76; qualifies as 
member of the House, 192; elected Commissioner for holding Congress 
with Indians, 231; appointed Agent to adjust northern boundary of this 
State, 276; letter from, read and referred to committee, 443; letter from, 
concemmg presents for Indians, 540; appointed Justice, 560. 

Thomas, John, petition from, read and referred to committee, 126; com- 
mittee reports on petition, 148; restored to citizenship, 168. 

Thomas, Phillip, restored to citizenship, 168. 

Thompson, Benjamin, appointed Justice, 76, 106, 254; fined for non-attend- 
ance, 81. 

Thompson, James, petition from, read and referred to committee, 133 ; report 
of committee on petition, 149; petition from, read, 157; amerced and 
declared ineligible to vote or hold office for three years, 174 

Thompson, Thomas, amerced, 169. 

Thompson, Victor, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Thorn, David, qualifies as member of the House, 124. 

Threadcroft, George, appointed Justice, 75. 

Tidwell, William, petition from, read and referred to committee, 324; lands 
restored to, 411. 

Tillman, Robert, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for 
three years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 179. 

Tilman, George, amerced, 169. 

Todd, William, restored to citizenship, 168. 

Tondee, Mrs. Lucy, allowed £1$ for use of room for General Assembly, 187; 
House considers report of committee on letter from, 544 

Towers, Benjamin, petition of, for land in consideration of services, 447. 

Trasrwick, Francis, petition from, read and referred to committee, 469. 

Treasurer, salary of, 244; salary postponed, 440; to lay before the House 
state of public moneys, 462; lays before the House state of monevs 
received from Sheriffs and Tax Collectors, ^94; required to attend the 
House, 501; attend the House, 503; to call on Attorney General for 
bonds, 510; to call on persons havmg public moneys in their hands to 
pay same into treasury, 523; to require all persons owing interest on 
bonds to pay same immediately, 539; list of bonds delivered to, 546, 547, 
548; required to give bond, 560; to pay accounts of members when signed 
by the Speaker, 568; to pay accounts of Councilors when signed by the 
Governor, 569. 

Trocep, George, petition praying to be admitted a citizen of this State, 
granted, 339- 

T^roup, George, petition from, in behalf of Wm. Mcintosh, read and referred 
to committee, 455. 

Truitlen, John Adam, appointed Ma^trate, i^ ; chosen Register of Probates 
for Effingham County, 54 ; appointed Justice, 76. 

Twiggs, John, appointed Commissioner to collect property of disloyal per- 
sons, 12 ; appointed Justice, 76 ; fined for non-attendance, 81 ; to receive 
salt for Burke County, 159; petition from, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 236; petition from, read and referred to Auditor General, 238; 
Auditor General reports on petition from, 240. 

Twiggs, John, and Daniel McMurphy, memorial from, read and referred to 
committee, 137; committee reports on petition from, 150; letter from, 
with account against the State, read, 361. 

'Twiggs, Colonel, and Elijah Clarke, petition from, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 236; committee reports on petition, 2^. 



INDEX. 62S 



U 



Underwood, Augustas, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office 
for three years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 179. 



Yauchier, or Vouchier, John, petition from, read and referred to committee, 
252 ; committee reports on petition from, 413. 

Virginia, petition from inhabitants of for land, read and referred to com- 
mittee, 208; petition of inhabitants of, read and referred to committee, 
255, 332. 

Yoght, Casper & Co., merchants in Hamburgh, letter from to be published 
in the Gazette, with list of articles enclosed, 491. 

W 

Wade, Hezekiah, account from, read and referred to committee, 140; ac- 
count rejected, 407; house of, chosen as place for meeting of the House, 
422; account considered by the House, 570; allowed i20 for use of his 
house, 572. 

Wade,^ Nathaniel, petition from, read and referred to committee, 275 ; com- 
mittee reports on petition from, 414. 

Wade, Nehemiah, qualifies as membier of the House, 41 ; elected State Quar- 
ter Master, 58; accepts appointment as Quarter Master, 71; petition 
from, read and postponed, 72; petition from read and referred to com- 
mittee, 107 ; account of public moneys from, 464. 

Wade, Nehud, petition from, read and referred to committee, 94; memorial 
from, read and referred to committee, 233. 

Waggnon, Thomas P., petition from, read and referred to committee, 514. 

WaOcer, David, appointed Magistrate, 16. 

Walker, George, heirs of amerced eight per cent, 178; petition in behalf of 
heirs of, 210; committee reports on petition, 330. 

Walker, Mary, petition from, read and referred to committee, 220; petition 
considered, 408. 

Walker, Mr., petition of inhabitants of Burke County in behalf of, 211. 

Walker, Thomas, amerced eight per cent., 178; committee reports on petitions 
from, 372. 

Walker, William, appointed Commissioner to collect property of disloyal 

rrsons, 12; elected Major, 23. 
David, petition from, praying to be discharged from the Georgia Regi- 
ment, read and referred to committee, 216. 

Wall, William, amerced, 169. 

WaUecon, Daniel, petition from, read and referred to committee, 52; com- 
mittee reports on petition from, 62. 

Walton, Colonel, presents copy of Journals of Assembly of Pennsylvania 
and laws of that State to House of Assembly, 217. 

Walton, George, elected Deputy Commissary of Purchases, 16; elected Col- 
onel, 23; letter from, read and referred to committee, 99; appointed 
Justice, 106, 254; conduct of, approved by the House, 115; to be given 
certificates for articles purchased for the public, 118; elected Chief Jus- 
tice, 245, 496; letter from, read, 342, 476; to be paid part of salary, 383; 
qualifies as member of the House, 420; elected member of the Executive 
Council, 424 ; renders account of public moneys, 464 ; petition from, read 
and referred to committee, 500; committee reports on petition from, 
541- 

Walton, George, and Elijah Clarke, memorial from, read and referred to 
committee, 105. 

Walton, John, elected Surveyor for the county of Richmond, 302, 497. 

Walton, Robert, petition from, read and referred to committee, 343. 

Walsh or Welsh, Patrick, letter from, read and referred to committee, 224; 
committee reports on letter from, 365. 

Warden, Elijah, petition from read and referred to committee, 50; com- 
mittee reports on petition from, 54. 



«24 INDEX. 

Ware, Henry, appointed Justice, 76, 106, 254; qualifies as member of the 
House, 191. 

Washington, George, committee reports on letter from, 380. 

Washington, Thomas, qualifies as member of the House, 85; elected Com- 
missioner of Confiscated Estates, 115; appointed Commissioner of 
Roads, 560. 

Waters, Charles, letter from, read and referred to committee, 57; committee 
reports on petition from, 63. 

Watts, Charles, petition from, read and referred to committee, 220, 321; 
petition rejected, 368. 

IWauden, or Waudin, John, petition from, read and referred to committee^ 
220; letter from, read, 282, 234; committee reports on petitions from, 
375. 

Way, Edward, qualifies as member of the House, 238. 

Way, William, appointed Commissioner of Roads, 559. 

Wayne, General Anthony, estate to be purchased for, 109; committee ap- 
pointed to purchase an estate for, 115; letter from, referred to committee, 
123; committee reports on letter from, 137; offers clemency on certain 
conditions, 145; requested to countermand farther march of troops from 
the State, 167 ; land purchased for, 171 ; latter from, enclosing talk to 
the Creek Indians and proclamation to inhabitants of East-Florida, 176; 
thanks of the House to for services rendered the State, 179. 

Weakley, or Weekly, George, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold 
office for three years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute. 1;^. 

Weatherford, James, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office 
for three years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Weatherford, Martin, petition from read and referred to committee, 480. 

Weathers, Edward, appointed Justice, 560. 

Webster, John, amerced, 169. 

Weeden, Dr. John, petition from, read and referred to committee, 236; 
report of committee on petition from, 375. 

Wells, Humphry, memorial from, read and referred to committee, iii; 
petition from, read and referred to committee, 221; committee reports 
on petition from, 330. 

Wells, Humphry, Jr., elected member Executive Council, 8. 

Wereat, John, appointed Magistrate, 15; elected Chief Justice, 17; ap- 
pointed Justice, 75; ineligible to seat in the House, 89, 94; letter from» 
read and referred to committee, no, 222; chosen Auditor of Accounts, 
187 ; salary of, 188 ; letter from, read, 247, 282, 2pi ; letter, with ac- 
count, read and referred to committee, 261 ; petition from, read and 
referred to committee, 263; Governor requested to order payment of 
one quarter's salary for, 296; letter from, referred to committee, 336; 
letters from, with accounts, read and referred to committee, 431 ; letter 
from, read and referred to committee, 448; committee reports on letter 
from, 463; letter from, with account of moneys due the public, 464; 
committee reports on letter from, 473; letter from, with account, read, 
478; chosen Auditor of Accounts. 496; letter from, read, 510; resolve 
appointing John Wereat Commissioner of Confiscated Estates, together 
with his account, laid before the House, 536; Governor requested to 
draw order on treasurer in favor of, 551 ; letter from, together with State 
of Continental Loan Office certificates, read and referred to committee, 
561 ; treasurer to pay part of salary due to, 563. 

Wereat, John and others, petition from, read and referred to committee, 451. 

Wereat, Mr., appointed Commissioner for regulating pilotage of bar and 
river Savannah, etc., 181. 

Wertsh, John, heirs of, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

West, Samuel, qualifies as member of the House, 194; granted leave of 
absence, 282. 

White, Anthony W., petition from, in behalf of orphan child of Christian 
Dasher and others, read and referred to committee, 216; petition from, 
read and referred to committee, 239; committee reports on memorial 
from, 304, 413. 

White, James, petition from, read and referred to comittee, 234; petition 
granted, 372. 



INDEX. 625 

White, William, amerced, 169. 

Whitcfield, Elizabeth, petition from, read and referred to committee, 255; 
petition referred to court of law, 409. , 

Whitefield, James, allowed to practice in Superior Court, 296; letters from, 
with proceedings of Board of Claims, 510. 

Whitehead, Amos, amerced twelve per cent., 177 ; petition praying to be taken 
oat of amercement law read, 210; committee reports on petition, 213; 
committee reports on petition in behalf of, 295; petition m behalf of, 
rejected, 37 1- 

Whitehead, Mr, qualifies as member of the House, 419, 437; granted leave of 
absence and account paid in part, 557. 

Wicks, George, appointed Justice, 254. 

Wilkes County, members of legislature from, for 1781, 7; members fgr 1782, 
32; irregularities in appointment of Justices m, 105; petition from in- 
habitants of, read and referred to committee, 324, 357; petition granted, 
411; petition from inhabitants of, read and referred to committee, 467. 

Wilkinson, John, appointed Magistrate, 16; ordered to attend the House, 24; 
letter from, read and referred to committee, 42; chosen Clerk of the 
House, 47; chosen Auditor of Accounts, 54; petition from, read and 
referred to committee, 139, 39 ; committee reports on petition from, 152 ; 
memorial from, read, 2$; memorial read and granted, 390; chosen 
Clerk of General Assembly, 496. 

Williams, Burton, petition from to be restored to citizenship and for negroes 
and land, read and referred to committee, 216; petition rejected, 365. 

Williams, Stephens, appointed Magistrate, 15. 

Williams, William, appointed Justice, 442. 

Williamson, Colonel, and others, contract said to have been made by, for 
delivery of negroes repudiated, 70. 

Williamson, Mica j ah, appointed Justice, 76, 105; fined for non-attendance, 
81 ; elected Councilor, 136 ; declines serving as Councilor, 137 ; qualifies 
as member of the House, 356, 481. 

Willis, or Willes, Francis, petition from, read and referred to committee, 336; 
committee reports on petition from, 345; House considers report on 
memorial from, 397. 

Williss, William, amerced, 169. 

Wilson, Benjamin, petition from, read and referred to committee, 147; 
amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for three years, 
174; amerced eight per cent., 178. 

Wilson, James, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Wilson, John, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Wilson, William, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178. 

Winecoff, see Wyncauf. 

Winn, Joshua, elected Major, 23 ; petition from, considered by the House, 28. 

Wood, Henry, declines serving as member of the House, 235. 

Wood, John, petition from, read and referred to committee, 271; petition 
rejected, 409. 

Woods, Archibald, petition from, read and referred to committee, 379. 

Woods, Dennis, restored to citizenship, 168. 

Woods, Thomas, restored to citizenship, 168. 

Woodruff, Joseph, elected member Executive Council, 8; appointed Commis- 
sioner to collect property of disloyal persons, 13; appointed Magistrate, 
15 ; appointed Deputy Quarter Master General, 21 ; to deliver all prop- 
er^ of public nature in his possession to Nehemiah Wade, 71; ap- 
pointed Justice, 75, 107; admitted temporarily to seat in Council, 79; 
case of, referred to the House, 89; ineligible to seat in the House, 89; 
qualifies as member of the House, 94; petition from, read and referred 
to committee, 172; chosen Collector of Customs, 187; salary fixed, 188; 
petition from, read and referred to committee, 231; elected Collector 
for town and port of Savannah, 246, 535 ; petition from read and referred 
to committee, 249; letter from, read, 348; petition rejected, 375; me- 
morial from, read and referred to committee, 443. 



626 INDEX. 

Woodruff, Mr. and Chesley Bostick, appointed to collect vouchers in the 
Commissary and Quarter Master departments, 73. 

Wriest, Abednego, appointed Magistrate, 16. 

Wright, Sarah, petition from, read and referred to commmittee, 523. 

Writs of election to be issued by Speaker of the House, 35 ; wnts to issue to 
fill vacancy in Burke County, 43, ^i, 435; to fill vacancy m Glynn 
County, 66, 430; to fill vacancy in Liberty County, 90, 130, 167, ^35, 440^ 
452, 4^; to fill vacancy in Richmond County, 115 ; to fill vacan^ in Chat- 
ham County, i2Sf 167, 200, 302, 429, 542; to fill vacancies in the House, 
187; to fill vacancy in Camden County, 206; to fill vacancies in the differ- 
ent counties, ^; to fill vacancy in Wilkes County, 321; to fill vacancy 
caused by resignation of John Gibbons, 335; to fill vacancy in Efingfaam 
County, 431, 4» 

Wyche, George, appointed Magistrate, 16; appointed Justice, 76. 

Wylly, Richard, memorial from, read and referred to committee, 01. 

Wylly, Thomas, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for 
uree years, 174; amerced twelve per cent, 17^. 

Wyll]r> Mr., appointed Commissioner for regulating pilotage for bar and 
river Savannah, 181. 

Wynecof, or Wyncauf, Matthew, petition from, praying to be discharged 
from the Continental service, read, 203 ; report of committee on petition, 
213; petition from, read and referred to committee, 241; petition post- 
poned, 377. 

Wynne, Peter, amerced eight per cent., 178; petition in behalf of, read, 210; 
petition rejected, 367. 



Yarbrough, Thomas, must serve in army or furnish substitute, 178; petition 

in behalf of, read, 210; committee reports on petition from, ^. 
Yoakley, Jacob, exempted from requirements of Gen. WayneV order, 147. 
Young, Atkin William, must serve m army or furnish substitute, 178. 
Young, Elizabeth, petition from, read and referred to committee, 322 ; petition 

postponed, 41a 
Young, John, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold office for three 

years. 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 179. 
Young, Thomas, petition in behalf of, read and referred to committee, 227; 

petition f^ranted, 373. 
Young, William, amerced and declared ineligible to vote or hold oflke for 

three years, 174; must serve in army or furnish substitute, 179. 



Zubly, Elizabeth^ petition from, read and referred to committee, 321. 
Zubly, John, petition from, read and referred to committee, 271; committee 
reports on petition from, 412. 



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