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The medical committee, to whom was referred the letter from Dr. W. Rickman, report, "that as the establishment of the military hospital in Virginia, by a resolution of Congress of the 18th of May, 1776, is entirely distinct from, and independent of, the general establishment of hospitals in the other states, they are of opinion, the same was not affected by the new regulations of the 7th April last, and that Dr. Rickman still continues director of that hospital;" Whereupon,

Resolved, That Congress agree to the said report.

Ordered, That a copy of the foregoing report and concurrence of Congress be sent to Dr. Shippen, and that he be directed to withdraw from Virginia such physicians, surgeons, or assistants, as he may have sent thither.

Resolved, That the board of treasury be directed to order Mr. Hillegas, the treasurer, together with the treasury and printing-press under his care, to remove to Philadelphia as soon as they judge the state and situation of public affairs will admit:

That the board of treasury be directed to take into consideration, and report, a proper compensation to Mr. Hillegas, for his past and future services. Congress proceeded to the election of a deputy commissary-general of purchases, in the room of Jeremiah Wadsworth, esq. resigned; and, the ballots being taken,

Peter Colt, esq. was elected.

A letter, of this day, from general Washington, with sundry papers enclosed, was read.

Resolved, That the board of war be directed to confer with Mr. Boudinot, the commissary of prisoners, and report, as soon as possible, on the manner in which the prisoners under his charge ought to be treated.

The board of war brought in a report, which was taken into consideration; Whereupon,

Resolved, That such troopers of the North-Carolina light-horse, under the command of capt. Martin Phifer, capt. Cosmo Medici, and capt. Samuel Ash, as shall inlist for three years, or during the war, be furnished with horses, and properly accoutred, and that those men who will not so inlist, return home to North-Carolina under proper officers.

The several matters to this day referred, being postponed,
Adjourned to ten o'clock on Monday.

MONDAY, August 11, 1777.

Mr. Harrison, Mr. Joseph Jones, and Mr. F. L. Lee, three of the delegates from Virginia attending, produced the credentials of their appointment, which were read, as follows:

"VIRGINIA. In General Assembly, 22d May, 1777.

Resolved, That Benjamin Harrison, George Mason, Joseph Jones, Francis Lightfoot Lee, and John Harvie, esqrs. be appointed delegates to represent this state in Congress for one year, from the 11th August next, they having been chosen for that purpose by joint ballot of both houses. June 26, 1777. Resolved, That Richard Henry Lee, esq. be appointed a delegate to represent this state in general Congress, from the 11th of August next, until the 10th day of May following, he having been chosen for that purpose, by joint ballot of both houses, in the room of George Mason, esq. who hath declined the said appointment.

A copy,

JOHN TAZEWELL, C. H. D.” A letter, of the 4th, from gen. Schuyler, at Stillwater; two, of the 9th, gen. Washington; one from the viscount de Mouroy; one from Mons. de Vrigny, and one from Mons. Valfort, were read.

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The marine committee laid before Congress a letter of the 28th July, from saac Smith, Ebenezer Storer and William Phillips, commis si oners appoint

ed to settle the accounts of the continental agents, which were read, and wherein they set forth, that they have settled William Bartlett's account, and find a balance due to him from the states, of 15,013 60-90 dollars, and to Jonathan Glover, esq. 55,091 47-90 dollars, being the balance of his account; that they would have complied with the orders of the marine committee to pay these balances, but cannot find any person who wants the money in Philadelphia, and as Messrs. Bartlett and Glover are in great want of the money, in order to settle with the captors, they have advised them to send a person express for this purpose; Whereupon,

Resolved, That an order be drawn on the commissioner of the loan-office, in the state of Massachusetts-Bay, in favor of Isaac Smith, Ebenezer Storer, and William Phillips, for 70,105 1-6 dollars, for the payment of the balances due to Messrs. Bartlett and Glover.

Ordered, That the letter from general Washington, with the memorial from the board of general officers respecting rations, be referred to a committee of three:

The members chosen, Mr. Wilson, Mr. J. B. Smith, and Mr. W. Smith. A letter from general Washington was read, relative to the defence of the river Delaware.

A letter, of the 9th, from Arch. Stewart to Charles Stewart, was laid before Congress and read, wherein he mentions the declining state of his health, and expresses his concern that it is not in his power, on account thereof, to accept of the office of deputy commissary-general of issues, and hopes he will not incur blame for not accepting an office, the duties of which he has not the least prospect of being able to perform; Whereupon,

Resolved, That his resignation be accepted, and that to-morrow be assigned for appointing a deputy commissary-general of issues.

A memorial from Mons. du Portail was read.

Ordered, That it be referred to the board of war.

Resolved, That Mons. du Coudray be appointed inspector-general of ordnance and military manufactories, with the rank of major-general.

Resolved, That a committee of four be appointed to define the powers to be granted to, and exercised by Mons. du Coudray:

The members chosen, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Duane, Mr. Heyward, and Mr. S. Adams.

A memorial from Thomas M'Coy, and one from James Wilson, were read : Ordered, That the former be referred to the board of treasury, and the latter to the board of war.

Ordered, That the memorial and petition of P. Minis be referred to the board of treasury.

Ordered, That the letter from general Washington, respecting the defence of the river Delaware, be referred to the board of war, and that they be directed to carry into execution the general's plan with all possible despatch. The several matters to this day referred, being postponed, Adjourned to ten o'clock to-morrow.

TUESDAY, August 12, 1777.

Mr. R. H. Lee attended and took his seat.

A letter, of the 9th, from general Mifflin, and one, of the 8th, from Mr. J. Hudson, were read:

Ordered, That they be referred to the board of treasury.

A letter and memorial from count Pulaski was read.

A letter from gen. Washington to brigadier-gen. Thompson, with sundry papers enclosed, was laid before Congress and read:

Ordered, That the same be referred to the board of treasury.

Resolved, That four members be added to the board of treasury:

The members chosen, Mr. Laurens, Mr. Folsom, Mr. Harnett, and Mr. Dyer.

Resolved, That William Molliston be appointed a third lieutenant in the navy of the United States, and commissioned accordingly.

The committee on the treasury brought in a report, which was taken into consideration; Whereupon,

Ordered, That there be paid to Isaac Guion, acting as pay-master to the 4th and 7th battalions of continental troops, raised in the state of NorthCarolina, 6000 dollars, one-half thereof for the use of each of the said battalions respectively, the said pay-master to be accountable:

That a warrant be drawn by the president on John Lawrence, esq. commissioner of the loan-office, in the state of Connecticut, in favor of Samuel Downe, esq. one of the commissioners of accounts, for 600 dollars, for which he is to be accountable:

Resolved, That the remainder of the report, together with the resolutions passed the 1st instant, respecting the emission and appropriation of one million of dollars, be re-committed to the board of treasury.

At the request of Mr. Heyward to be excused from serving on the committee of commerce,

Resolved, That he be excused, and that Mr. Laurens be appointed a member of the said committee in his stead.

In consequence of an adjustment by the commissioners of claims, the auditor-general reports,

That there is due to Ezra Patterson, a serjeant in colonel Hart's battalion of flying-camp, for his pay from 17th October, 1776, to 1st January, 1777, being 2 months and 14 days, at 8 dollars a month, 19 60-90 dollars:

To the Rev. Mr. M'Murdic, for his extra services in officiating as chaplain to colonel Jacob Clootz's battalion, from 18th October, 1776, to 1st January 1777, 2 month and 13 days, at 20 dollars a month, 48 60-90 dollars:

To the Rev. Mons. Lotbinier, for one month's pay and rations as chaplain, from 10th July to 10th instant, 48 dollars, also, for the difference of pay which took place 11th April last, in the pay of chaplains, he having received only at the rate of 33 1-3d dollars per month, whereas the pay was 40 dollars per month, the difference 6 2-3 dollars per month, for three months, is 20 dollars:

To brigadier-general Weedon, a balance of his contingent account, amounting to £287 17 6, of which he received by brigadier-general Lewis's warrant at Williamsburg, £ 250; the balance, in Virginia currency, is £ 37 17 6, equal to 126 22-90 dollars:

Ordered, That the said accounts be paid.

An extract from the minutes of the supreme executive council of Pennsylvania was laid before Congress, and read as follows:

"IN COUNCIL, PHILADELPHIA, August 12, 1777.

Ordered, That information be given to Congress, that the hon. John Penn, esq. late governor of Pennsylvania, and Benjamin Chew, esq. late chief justice, register of wills, and of the governor's council of the same, have been made prisoners, agreeable to the recommendation of Congress; that both refuse to sign a parole of any kind; and that Congress be requested immediately to order them to be removed out of this state.

Extract from the minutes,

TIMOTHY MATLACK, Secretary.” Whereupon, Ordered, That the board of war give directions for the conveyance of those gentlemen under guard to Fredericksburgh, in Virginia, and that the governor of Virginia be requested to appoint some proper place for the reception of those gentlemen, and to order that they be safely secured and entertained, agreeable to their rank and station in life.

Congress took into consideration the report of the committee on the state the army, and, after some time spent thereon,

Resolved, That the farther consideration thereof be postponed till to-morrow.
The several matters to this day referred, being postponed,
Adjourned to ten o'clock to-morrow.

WEDNESDAY, August 13, 1777.

A letter, of the 12th, from general Washington, at the Cross Roads; one of this day, from the Marquis de la Fayette; and one, of the 12th, from W. Buchanan, with a list of provisions stored by Joseph Trumbull, esq. were read; Ordered, That they be referred to the board of war.

A motion was made, "that the execution of the order of Congress relative to the removal of John Penn and Benjamin Chew, esqrs. be suspended, till such time as the board of war shall deem essential to the public safety to carry it into execution; and that in the mean while they be authorized, on an application in writing from those gentlemen, to admit them to such paroles as they shall deem necessary to secure the public safety ;" and the previous question being moved and put, whether that question be now put? Passed in the negative.

A motion was made as follows: Whereas it is represented to Congress, that the honourable John Penn, esq. and Benjamin Chew, esq. who were ordered yesterday to be conveyed by the board of war to Fredericksburgh, in Virginia, are now willing to give their parole:

Ordered, That the board of war take such parole from the said gentlemen as they may think proper, and thereupon, that the order of yesterday for the removal to Virginia be suspended:

The previous question was moved, Whether that question be now put? on which the states were equally divided, 12 being present.

The question was then put on the motion, and the states were divided. At the request of Maryland and New-Jersey, the yeas and nays were called for and are as follows:

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The committee on the treasury brought in a report, which was taken into consideration; Whereupon,

Ordered, That 200 dollars be advanced to the chevalier du Portail, 150 dollars to lieutenant-colonel de la Radiere, and 150 dollars to major Gouvoin; for which they are respectively to be accountable:

That 2000 dollars be advanced to viscount de Mouroy, for himself and his suite, for which he is to be accountable:

That 2000 dollars be advanced to baron de Kalb, for himself and his suite, for which he is to be accountable:

That 30,000 dollars be advanced to William Buchanan, esq. commissarygeneral of purchases, for the use of his department, he to be accountable:

That a warrant issue for 150,000 dollars, in favor of Anthony Butler, agent to major-general Mifflin, quarter-master general, for the use of his department, and for which he is to be accountable, agreeable to his application to Congress by letter, dated the 9th instant:

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That there be paid to Elbridge Gerry, esq. 114 45-90 dollars, for the expense of a committee of Congress to the army in this month:

That there be advanced to Jacob Blount, appointed by the state of NorthCarolina, pay-master to the continental troops raised in that state, and to be delivered to William Blount, his agent, 2000 dollars, for arrears of pay due to the said battalions, incurred while he officiated, and before the appointment of regular regimental pay-masters; he to be accountable:

That there be paid to Dr. Elmer, 35 dollars, for his expenses in visiting the hospitals, agreeably to the directions of the medical committee:

Resolved, That the remainder of the report be postponed till to-morrow.
The committee on foreign applications brought in a report:

Ordered, That the consideration thereof be postponed till to-morrow.
The board of war brought in a report:

Ordered, That the consideration thereof be postponed till to-morrow.
The several matters to this day referred, being postponed,
Adjourned to ten o'clock to-morrow.

THURSDAY, August 14, 1777.

In consequence of an adjustment by the commissioners of claims, the auditor-general reports,

That there is due to colonel Lewis Nicola, for the pay of four companies of city guards, to the 2d inst. being one month, 2070 50-90 dollars.

To lieutenant-colonel Jonathan Jones, his pay as major, in the 2d Pennsylvania regiment, from the 25th of December, 1776, to the 25th of February, 1777, being two months, at 50 dollars a month, 100 dollars; and for his pay as lieutenant-colonel in the said regiment, from the 25th of February, to the 5th of April, one month and nine days, at 60 dollars, 78 dollars; the whole amounting to 178 dollars:

To Charles Thomson, for sundries paid for by him to Andrew M.Nair, late door-keeper to Congress; to Benjamin Randolph, for boxes to hold the papers of Congress; to David Evans, for two tables; and for freight and porterage of a box of papers from Baltimore, 56 30-90 dollars:

Ordered, That the said accounts be paid.

Congress proceeded to the election of a deputy commissary-general of issues, and the ballots being taken,

Robert White, esq. was elected.

A letter from the hon. John Penn, esq. requesting Congress to admit him to his parole, and a memorial from B. Chew, esq. containing the same request, were laid before Congress and read: Whereupon, a motion was made, "that it be ordered that the board of war take such parole from the said gentlemen as they may think proper, and that the order of Tuesday last, for their removal to Virginia, be superseded:"

An amendment was then moved, after "the board of war," to insert" with the concurrence of the executive council of Pennsylvania :"

Passed in the negative.

At the request of Rhode-Island, the yeas and nays were called for, and are as follows:

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