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That there should be paid to William Attle, esq. the sum of 4000 dollars, being so much borrowed of him, by lieutenant-colonel Antil, for the use of colonel Hazen's regiment, and for which colonel Hazen is to be accountable.
That there should be advanced to Ephraim Blaine, esq. in part payment of the balance due to him for provisions furnished the troops, and in advance towards his furnishing provisions, in consequence of his late appointment, 15,000 dollars.
That there should be advanced to colonel Benjamin Flower, commissarygeneral of military stores, for the use of his department, the sum of 100,000 dollars, he to be accountable.
That there should be paid to Samuel Wheeler, for one wrought-iron 3 pounder field piece, the sum of 161 30 dollars.
Ordered, That the same sums be paid.
Ordered, That 6000 dollars be paid to William Wilson, for account of colonel G. Morgan, who is to be accountable.
Ordered, That the arrears of pay due to brigadier Armstrong, to the time of his resignation, be paid bim, and that there be also paid to him the arrears of pay, due to his brigade-major.
The several matters to this day referred, being postponed,
MONDAY, April 7, 1777. Ordered, That 500 dollars be paid to captain Bartholomew Burke, for the purpose of recruiting a company, the same being in full of an order in his favor on William Palfrey, esq. by general Washington, dated at headquarters, Morristown, the 4th of March, 1777.
Ordered, That the resolution passed on Saturday, respecting John Connolly, be, for the present, suspended.
A letter, of this day, from James Mease, and an extract from the minutes of the council of the state of Pennsylvania, were read:
Ordered, That the same be referred to the board of treasury, and that the council of the state of Pentsylvania be desired to lay before the board of treasury, an account of the expenditure of the money advanced to their state by Congress.
A letter, of the 24th of March, from the council of Massachusetts-Bay; one, of the 29th of the same month, from William Finnie, deputy quartermaster general in Virginia; one, of the 5th instant, from general Putnam, at Princeton, with sundry papers enclosed; one, of the 24th of March, from colonel G. Morgan, at Fort-Pitt, with sundry papers enclosed ; and one, of the same date, from H. Crawford, with the proceedings of a council of war, and sundry other papers enclosed, were read.
A memorial from sundry inhabitants of Westmoreland, in Pennsylvania, and a representation from lieutenant-colonel Antil, in favor of adjutant Minyer, were read.
Ordered, That the letters from colonel George Morgan and H. Crawford, with the papers enclosed, be referred to the board of war; and that the said board send, with all possible despatch, such a supply of rifles, ammunition and military stores, as they shall judge necessary, for the protection and defence of the inhabitants on the western frontiers, against any hostile attempts of the Indians, or others.
Major-general Schuyler attended, and took his seat in Congress, as a delegate from the state of New-York.
William Duer, esq. a delegate from New York, also attended, and produced the credentials of his appointment, which were read as follows:
“IN CONVENTION OF THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF New-YORK,
March 29, 1777. Resolved, That William Duer, esq. be, and is hereby, appointed a delegate or representative of this state in Congress. By order,
ABRAHAM TEN BROEK, President. Attested,
JOHN M KESSON, Secretary." A letter, of the 20th January, and one, of the 1st of March, from the convention of New-York, with an extract from the minutes of the committee of safety of the said state, dated the 20th of January, 1777; also, a petition from colonel Seth Warner, were laid before Congress, and read.
Ordered, That the letter from the council of Massachusetts-Bay be referred to the marine committee; that the letter from William Finnie, and the petition from colonel Warner, be referred to the board of war; that the letters from the convention of New-York lie on the table.
Ordered, That the deputy pay-master general, in Virginia, pay to the governor and council of Virginia 4000 dollars, for the purpose of paying the bounties of the 200 men ordered to be raised for garrisoning the forts on the Ohio.
Ordered, That 1000 dollars be advanced to Robert Jewell, keeper of the state prison, he to be accountable.
A letter from John House, master of the sloop Fortune, was read :
Ordered, That the state of the military-chest, in the northern department, be referred to the board of treasury.
Ordered, That the store-keeper of the niagazine of provisions at Lebanon, in Pennsylvania, deliver to Ephraim Blaine, esq. 40 barrels of beef and 40 barrels of pork, the said E. Blaine to be accountable.
Congress resurned the consideration of the report on the hospital ; Whereupon,
Resolved, That there be one director-general of all the military hospitals which shall be elected for the continental army in the United States, who shall particularly superintend all the hospitals between Hudson's and Potoinac rivers :
That there be one deputy director-general, who, in the absence of the director-general, shall superintend the hospitals to the eastward of Hudson's river :
That there be one deputy director-general, who, in the absence of the director-general, shall superintend the hospitals in the northern department:
That when the circumstances of the war shall require it, there be one deputy director-general, who in the absence of the director-general, shall superintend the hospitals in the southern department:
That the director-general, or, in his absence, the deputy director-general in each respective department, be empowered and required, with the advice and consent of the commander in chief therein, to establish and regulate a sufficient number of hospitals, at proper places, for the reception of the sick and wounded of the army, to provide medicines, instruments, dressings, bedding, and other necessary furniture, proper diet, and every thing requisite for the sick and wounded soldiers, and the officers of the hospitals; to pay the salaries and all other expenses of the same:
'That there be assistant-deputy directors, to superintend the hospitals committed to their care, and assist in providing the articles before specified, under the orders and controul of the director or deputy director-general of the respective districts :
That there be one apothecary-general for each district, whose duty, it shall be, to receive, prepare, and deliver medicines, and other articles of his
department to the hospitals and arny, as shall be ordered by the directorgeneral, or deputy directors-general, respectively.
That the apothecaries be allowed as many mates as the director-general, or respective deputy director-generals, shall think necessary :
That there be a comunissary of the hospitals in each of the aforesaid districts, whose duty it shall be, to procure, store, and deliver provisions, forage, and such other articles as the director or deputy director-general shall judge necessary for the use of the hospitals ; in the purchase of which, he shall frequently consult with the commissary and quarter-master general, and be regulated by the prices which they give :
That the commissary be allowed such assistants and store-keepers, as the director-general or deputy director-general of the district, shall judge nenessary :
That a steward be allowed for every hundred sick or wounded, who shall receive provisions from the commissary, and distribute them agreeable to the orders of the director-general, or, in his absence, of the deputy director-geDeral, or physician, or surgeon-general, and be accountable to the commissary for the same :
That a matron be allowed to every hundred sick or wounded, who shall take care that the provisions are properly prepared ; that the wards, beds, and utensils be kept in neat order, and that the most exact economy be observed in her department :
That a nurse be allowed for every ten sick or wounded, who shall be under the direction of the matron :
That an hostler or stabler be allowed to each hospital, to receive the horses from the commissary, and to take care of the wagon, and other horses belonging to the hospital, pursuant to orders from the director-general, or, in his absence, the deputy director-general, or such other officers as he shall appoint:
That there be a clerk in each district, whose business it shall be, to keep the accounts of the hospitals, and to receive and deliver the monies agreeable to the orders of the director or deputy director-general:
That a sufficient number of assistant-clerks be allowed :
That such officers and soldiers as the general shall order to guard the hospitals and to conduct such as shall be weekly discharged the hospitals, to their respective regiments, shall, while on this duty, obey the director or deputy director-general, or the physicians and surgeons-general:
That the director and deputy directors-general be respectively empower: ed to appoint and discharge their assistant deputy directors, and other said officers and attendants of the hospitals, in such numbers as the necessities of the army may require, and the commanders in chief of the department shall, in writing, approve ; report of which to be immediately made to Congress, as hereafter directed :
That there be also one physician and one surgeon-general in each district, to be appointed by Congress, whose duty it shall be, respectively, to superintend the practice of physic and surgery in all the hospitals of the : district to which they shall be appointed, and, in the absence of the director or deputy director-general, they shall have power to order the physicians, surgeons, and other officers of the several hospitals, to such duty as they shall think proper, and shall report weekly to the director-general, or, in his absence, to the deputy director general, or, in his absence, to the assistant deputy director, the state and number of the sick and wounded in the hospitals, and the delinquent officers of the same, and see that such, as may be fit, shall be delivered every week to the officer of the guard, to be conducted to the army:
That there be allowed, also, senior physicians and surgeons, who shall attend, prescribe for, and operate upon, and see properly treated, such sick and wounded, as shall be allowed them by the director-general, deputy director general, or assistant-director, or physician, or surgeon-general ; the number for the district to be determined by the director or deputy directorgeneral, and appointed by the surgeon and physician-general :
That there be also such a number of second-surgeons as the director or deputy director-general for the district shall judge necessary, to assist the senior surgeons, and be under the same direction, and to be appointed by the physician and surgeon-general as aforesaid :
That there be also such a number of mates as the director-general or deputy director-general of the district shall direct, who shall assist the surgeons in the care of the wounded, and see that the medicines are properly and regularly administered, and appointed in the manner before directed for the senior and second-surgeons :
That a suitable number of covered and other wagons, litters and other necessaries for removing the sick and wounded, shall be supplied by the quarter-inaster or deputy quarter-master general, and in cases of their deficiency, by the director or deputy director-general.
That there be one physician and surgeon-general for each separate army, who shall be subject to the orders and control of the director-general and deputy director-general of the district wherein he acts: That his duty shall be, to superintend the regimental-surgeons and their mates, and to see that they do their duty, to hear all complaints against the said regimental-surgeons and mates, and make report of them to the director-general, or, in his absence, to the deputy director, or, in their absence, from the said army, to the commanding officer thereof, that they may be brought to trial by courtmartial for misbehaviour; to receive from the director-general or deputy director-general, a suitable number of large strong tents, beds, bedding, medicines, and hospital-stores, for such sick and wounded as cannot be removed to the general hospital with safety, or may be rendered fit for duty in few days; and shall also see that the sick and wounded, while under his care, are properly attended, and dressed and conveyed, when able, to the general hospital, for which last purpose he shall be supplied by the directorgeneral, or deputy director, with a proper number of convenient wagons and drivers.
That each physician and surgeon-general of the armies, shall appoint such a number of surgeons, nurses, and orderly met, as the director or deputy director-general shall judge necessary for the more effectual care and relief of the sick and wounded, under the care of such physician and surgeon-general as provided in the last foregoing section ; and the said physicians and surgeons-general shall have under them, in each army, a steward to receive, and properly dispense such articles of dict as the director-general, or deputy director-general shall give, or order to be given him by the commissary of the army or hospital:
That whenever any regimental-surgeon or mate shall be absent from his regiment without leave from the said surgeon-general, or the commander in chief of the army where his duty lies, the said surgeon-general shall have power to remove such surgeon or mate, and forthwith to appoint another in his stead : That the
director, deputy directors, physicians, and surgeons-general, and all other officers before enumerated, shall be tried by a court martial for any misbehaviour, or neglect of duty, as the commander in chief of the several armies shall direct :
That the physician and surgeon-general of each army, shall cause daily returns to be made to him, of all the sick and wounded which have been removed to the hospitals, all that remain in the hospital dents, all that are become fit for duty, all that are convalescent, and all who may have died, specifying the particular maladies under which the sick and wounded labor :
That the said physicians and surgeons-general shall cause weekly returns of the same to be made to the director or deputy director-general respectively:
That the physicians and surgeons-general of the hospitals, cause like daily returns to be made in every hospital, and the like weekly returns to their respective directors, mutatis mutandis :
That the deputy directors-general cause the like returns to be made, once every month, to the director-general, together with the names and denominations of all the officers in the respective hospitals :
And that the director-general shall make a like return for all the hospitals and arınies of these United States, once every month, to the medical committee :
That the medical committee have power to appoint any of their members to visit and inspect all or any of the medical departments, as often as they shall think proper, to enquire into the conduct of such general officers of the hospital as shall be delinquent in this or any parts of their duty, and to report their names to Congress, with the evidence of the charges, which shall be brought against them.
Ordered, That the farther consideration of the report be postponed till tomorrow.
The board of war brought in a report, which was taken into consideration : Whereupon,
Ordered, That 6600 dollars be paid to colonel Abraham Bowman, of the eighth Virginia regiment, late Muhlenberg's, on account of pay due to the said regiment, the colonel to be accountable.
The several matters to this day referred, being postponed,
TUESDAY, April 8, 1777. Ordered, That 274 dollars be paid to John Cadwallader, esq. the same being in full of an order in his favor, drawn by general Washington, January 23, 1777, for so much advanced to capt. James Lee's company of artillery.
Ordered, That a warrant for 12,000 dollars be drawn or. John Gibson, esq. and another warrant on Michael Hillegas, esq. for 12,000 dollars, both in favour of colonel Samuel Moylan, these being in part of a warrant of general Washington, in favor of the said colonel Moylan.
That an order for 20,000 dollars be drawn on the treasurer in favor of Jonathan Hudson, for the public service, the said Jonathan Hudson to be accountable.
The committee on the treasury reported,
“ That Mr. James Cuthbert, of Canada, supplied a detachment of the army, while there, under the command of brigadier-general Thompson, with whreat, flour, boards, and plank, to the amount of £ 1063 17 2, New York currency: of which sum £ 600 were drawn for, on the pay-master general for the northern department, by John Winslow, the assistant pay-master, in favor of colonel Donald Campbell, deputy quarter-master general, and by hi'n endorsed to the said James Cuthbert, and by the last to Elias Boudinot esq. which said bill was, by direction of the then commander in chief in Canada, protested, under a mistaken information, that the said Cuthbert was an enemy to his country: That, on the 3d of August last, general Thompson settled the account with the said Cuthbert, and then drew a bill in his favor for the residue, being £ 463 17 2, on William Palfrey, esq. pay-master general, which was also endorsed to Mr. Boudinot, and remains unpaid. That Mr. Boudinot hath been too long kept out of his money, and has been at a considerable expense in soliciting payment, and that a warrant should now be granted for £ 1106 9 7, New-York money, equal to 2766.18 dollars, and Vol. II.