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sideration of the foregoing Resolves connected with others or Papers. Sent down
S Adams Presid In the House of Representatives March 26, 1783 Read again & the House adhere to their own Vote Sent up for concurrence
Tristram Dalton Spkr. In Senate March 26 1783
Read and reconsidered & the Senate Concurr with the Hon House in their new Draft
S Adams Presidt Approv'd John Hancock
Petition of General Heath.
To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in General
Court Assembled, March 1783 The Petition of William Heath, Major General in the Army of the United States of America Humbly sheweth,
That in the Year 1778, your petitioner then having the honor to Command the Eastern department, from the exhausted state of the Continental pay office and Quarter Master department, and the pressing exigencies of the Public service at that time particularly requiring the forwarding of clothing &c to the Main Army supplying the Convention Troops with fuel and the building of Temporary barracks at Rutland, was constrained to apply to the Honorable Council for an aid of money, which they had the goodness to grant in three several instances, viz? January 23rd, February 16th and April 10th That as your petitioner then Commanded the department, and applied to Council in his Official capacity, he conceives that the monies so applied for, and lent, should have been charged to the account of the United States, and that his application with the receipt of the Public Officer (who received the money) on the warrants, would be ample vouchers for the Commonwealth to support the Charges. But your petitioner to his surprise finds that the monies so lent, are charged to him on the Books lodged in the hands of the Committee of accounts, which he presumes will not be thought reasonable as the monies never came into his hands, but were received by the Public Officer, and immediately applied to the public service, and he has reason to apprehend that one of the accounts at least has been for several Years Settled by a Committee, or some Gentleman appointed by the Honorable Council for the purpose.
Wherefore your petitioner humbly Prays, that your Honors would be pleased to take the case into consideration, and cause the charges to be made against the United States, and not allow them to stand as at present against him, which he cannot but consider as unreasonable and injurious or otherwise order as to your Honors in your great wisdom may appear fit. And your petitioner as in Duty bound will pray &
W Heath M General
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
March 19th 1783 On the Petition of Maj' Gen' Heath setting forth that when he had Command in the Eastern Department in the year 1778 he made application to this State for Money for the use of the United States and Expected the Sums of Money so advanced would have been Charged to the same — but finds that he personaly is charged with the sum of Five Thousand seven hundred pounds, Received on three warrants dated Jan' 23è Feby 16th and April 10th all in the year 1778 and Praying that he may be discharged from the aforesaid Sum and the United States Charged with the Same
Resolved that the Committee for Methodizing and Stateing the Public Accounts be & they hereby are directed to discharge Maj' Gen' Heath from the sum of Five Thousand seven hundred pounds Charged to him on three Warrants dated Jan' 23d Feb16th and April 10th in the year 1778, and the Same be Charged to the United States provided he Shall Produce Sufficient vouchers, to the Committee aforesaid, to Support the Charge
Resolves on Petition of Richard Devens Esq".
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In Senate March 19th 1783. On the Petition of the Joint Committees & Select Men of the County of Cumberland
Resolved that Richard Derens Esq' the Commissary General be & he hereby is Impower'd & directed to procure by Hire or Purchase a small Vessel not exceeding thirty Tuns & one Whale boat & Equip them for the purpose of Cruizing against the Enemies of the United States in Casco Bay & the Eastern Shore and that the sa Commissary General be & he hereby is Impowr'd & Directed to Collect the Fire Arms & any other property that belongs to this Common Wealth in the Hands of any Person or Persons in the County of Cumberland and dispose of the same with the barrack that is at Falmouth for the most it will fetch either at Publick or private sale and appropriate the same for fixing the said Vessel & boat
And be it further Resolved that his Excellency the Governor be requested to Commision some suitable Person to Command the sd Vessel & boat & give Order for maning the same
with such a number of men and for so long a time as the Governor -- with advice of Council shall Judge for the Advantage of the Common Wealth
And it is further Resolved that his Excellency the Governor be requested to give orders for continuing the Guards at Falmouth & Cape Elizabeth on the same establishment as last year for so long a time as the Governor with the advice of Council shall Judge for the Advantage and safety of this Common Wealth.
And it is further Resolved that the Commissary General be & he is hereby directed to supply the officers and men belonging to the gd Vessel & Boats with the same rations as the officers & men on board the Sloop Winthrop are Intitled to receive and the Guards with the same rations as last year
And it is further resolved that there be allowed and paid to each officer and mariner on board ye sa Vessel & boat such Sums as the Governor with Advice of Council shall think proper, & not exceeding the same wages as the officers & men receive on bord sloop Winthrop and it is further Resolved that there be paid to each non-commissioned officer & Private, detached pursuant to the foregoing Resolve, & who shall well & truly serve, the full Term for which He shall have been so detach’d, or untill He shall be otherwise regularly discharged by the Commanding officer, the Sum of three pounds which Sum together with the Pay of the said Non-commissioned officers & Privates shall be paid out of the monies arising from the Tax granted this present March —
And it is further Resolved that there be paid, out of the Monies arising on the Continental Taxes granted March 5th and Nov' gth 1782, by the Treasurer of this Commonwealth to Richard Devens Esq* Commissary General a Sum not exceeding three Thousand pounds, for the purpose of purchasing Provisions & other necessary Stores for the Supply of the Men to be raised agreably to the foregoing Resolves
And it is further Resolved that the said Commissary General be & He is hereby impowered & directed, to procure by Hire or Purchase a small Vessel not exceeding thirty Tons & a Whale Boat, & to equip them for the purpose of cruising along the Eastern Coasts of the State in defence of the same, and to collect the Fire Arms & any other Property of the Commonwealth, from such Person or Persons in the County of Cumberland as may be in possession of the same, & dispose thereof with the Barrack at Falmouth for the most that can be obtain'd, & appropriate the proceeds to the equipment of the said Vessel & Boat -
And it is further Resolved that his Excellency the Governor be requested to commission some suitable Person to command the said Vessel & Boat, & to order that the same be properly mann'd for so long a time as in his judgment the public good may require.
And it is further Resolved that the Commissary General be & he hereby is directed to supply the officers & Men belonging to the said Vessel & Boat, with the same Rations as the Officers & Men of the Sloop Winthrop are entitled to receive.—
And it is further Resolved that there be allowed & paid to the said officers & men such Wages for their Services as the Governor with advice of Council shall order & direct, not exceeding the Rate, at which officers & Men are paid on board the Sloop Winthrop
And Whereas by a Resolve passed the 12th of November 1782 it is, among other things, directed “that there be paid out of the Public Treasury” to the Committee authorized & directed to make Sale of the Ship Tartar, the sum of fifteen Hundred pounds, out of the money arising from the Sale of the said “Ship Tartar” to enable them to procure a suitable Vessel to guard the Coast, & Whereas the said Committee have requested a Discharge from their said appointment,