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spectively, fully authorized and empowered, whenever the enemy shall commit any act of cruelty or violence contrary to the laws or usage of war, to demand adequate satisfaction for the same, and in case such satisfaction shall not be given in a reasonable or limited time, or shall be refused or evaded under any pretence whatever, to cause suitable retaliation to be forth with made, and the United States in Congress assembled, will support them in such measures."

A motion was made by Mr. Howell, seconded by Mr. White, to postpone the consideration of the motion.

And on the question for postponing, the yeas and nays being required by Mr. Blount, N.-Hampshire, Mr. Gilman, ay Jay Delaware, Mr. M‘Kean, White,

Wharton,
Massachusetts, Mr. Osgood, no * Maryland, Mr. Carroll,
Rhode Islands Mr. Arnold,

Hemsley,
Howell,

ay & div. Virginia, Mr. Madison, Connecticut, Mr. Dyer,

Bland,
New-York, Mr. Duane,

IN-Carolina, Mr. Williamson,
L'Hommedieu, no 5

Blount,
New Jersey, Mr. Boudinot, nos. S.-Carolina, Mr. Rutledge,
Pennsylvania, Mr. Smith,

Izard,

no sno Clymer, ay Sno

Gervais, no) . Wynkoop, no) So it passed in the negative.

A motion was then made by Mr. Howell, seconded by Mr. Madison, to strike out the preamble.

And on the question, shall it stand ? the yeas and nays being required by Mr. Williamson, N.-Hampshire, Mr. Gilman,

ay ay | Delawure, Mr. M'Kean, White,

Wharton, Massachusetts, Mr. Osgood,

Maryland, Mr. Carroll,
Rhode Island, Mr. Arnold,

Hemsley,
Howell,

Virginia,

Mr. Madison, Connecticut, Mr. Dyer,

Bland,
New-York, Mr. Duane,

N.-Carolina, Mr. Williamson,
L'Hommedieu, ay say

Blount,
New Jersey, Mr. Boudinot, ay { * 18.-Carolina, Mr. Rutledge,
Pennsylvania, Mr. Smith,

ay)

Izard,
Clymer,
ay Say

Gervais,
Wynkoop, ay)
So the question being lost, the preamble was struck out.

A motion was made by Mr. M*Kean, seconded by Mr. Duane, to introduce the declaration with the following preamble:

“ To prevent any misconstruction which may arise from the resolution directing captain Asgill to be set at liberty.”

And on the question to agree thereto, the yeas and nays being required by
Mr. Smith,
N.-Hampshire, Mr. Gilman,. .

Delaware, Mr. MʻKean,
White,

Wharton,
Massachusetts, Mr. Osgood,

Maryland, Mr. Carroll,
Rhode Island, Mr. Arnold,

Hemsley,
Howell,

Virginia, Mr. Madison,
Connecticut, Mr. Dyer,
New-York, Mr. Duane,

¡N.-Carolina, Mr. Williamson, ,
L'Hommedieu,

Blount,
New Jersey, Mr. Boudinot, ay 5* S.-Carolina, Mr. Rutledge,
Pennsylvania, Mr. Smith,
. ay)

Izard,
Clymer, ay Say

Gervais,
Wynkoop, ay
So it was resolved in the affirmative.
On the question to agree to the motion as amended, the yeas and nays being
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N.-Hampshire, Mr. Gilman,

Delaware, Mr. M‘Kean,
White,

Wharton,
Massachusetts, Mr. Osgood, ay > Maryland, Mr. Carroll,
Rhode Island, Mr. Arnold,

Hemsley,
Howell,

Virginia, Mr. Madison,
Connecticut, Mr. Dyer,

Bland, New-York, Mr. Duane,

¡N.-Carolina, Mr. Williamson, L'Hommedieu, ay)

Blount, New Jersey, Mr. Boudinot, ay * S.-Carolina, Mr. Rutledge, Pennsylrania, Mr. Smith,

ay)

Izard,
Clymer, ay Say

Gervais,
Wynkoop, ay)
So it was resolved in the affirmative, as follows:

To prevent any misconstruction which may arise from the resolution directing captain Asgill to be set at liberty, be it declared, and it is hereby declared, that the commander in chief, or commander of a separate army, is, in virtue of the powers vested in them respectively, fully authorized and empowered, whenever the enemy shall commit any act of cruelty or violence contrary to the laws or usage of war, to demand adequate satisfaction for the same; and in case such satisfaction shall not be given in a reasonable or limited time, or shall be refused or evaded under any pretence whatever, to cause suitable retaliation to be forth with made; and the United States in Congress assembled, will support them in such measures.

TUESDAY, November 12, 1782. On the report of the committee, consisting of Mr. Osgood, Mr. Izard, Mr. Bland and Mr. Duane, appointed to consider and report the most just and practicable means of reducing the expenditures of the United States, and to whom was referred a report of the secretary at war, respecting colonel Humphreys :

Resolved, That a commission of lieutenant-colonel issue to David Humphreys, one of the aids-de-camp to the commander in chief, to bear date from the 23d of June, 1780.

Whereas no provision has been made by Congress for the geographers to the armies of the United States; therefore,

Resolved, That the geographer to the main army, and the geographer to the southern department, be each of them allowed 60 dollars per month, three rations per day, forage for two saddle horses, one two-horse covered wagon, 6 2-Sd dollars per month for a servant, for whoin they shall be entitled to draw one ration per day, and the clothing allowed to a private soldier.

That the assistant geographers, if such officers shall be judged necessary by the commander in chief, be allowed 30 dollars per month, one ration per day, and forage for one saddle horse.

That when chain-bearers shall be employed, not being soldiers, they shall each be allowed half a dollar per day.

THURSDAY, November 14, 1782. The committee, consisting of Mr. Rutledge, Mr. Osgood and Mr. Howell, to whom was referred part of the report of a committee on governor Clinton's letter of the 16th of September, and petitions of Charles Phelps, William Shattuck and Henry Evans; report,

That the measures complained of in the papers above mentioned, were probably occasioned by the state of New-York having lately issued commissions, both civil and military, to persons resident in the district called Vermont; and therefore the committee submit the following resolves :

1st. That it be recommended to the state of New York to revoke all commissions, either civil or military, which have been issued by the said state since the month of May last, to persons residing in the district called Vermont, as de scribed in the resolves of the 7th and 20th of August, 1781. VOL. IV.

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2d. That it be recommended to the persons exercising the powers of government within the said district, to make full and ample satisfaction to Charles Phelps, William Shattuck, and Henry Evans, and to all others in a similar predicament, for the damages which they have sustained in person and property, in consequence of the measures taken against them in the said district, and to suffer them to return to their habitations, and to remain unmolested in the district aforesaid.

3d. That it be recommended to the state of New York, and to the persons exercising the powers of government within the district aforesaid, to adhere to the recommendations of Congress contained in their resolve of September 24, 1779, until a decision shall be had by Congress on the subject referred to them by the said state of New-York and the said district of Vermont.

On the question to agree to the first resolution, the yeas and nays being required by Mr. Duane, N.-Hampshire, Mr. Gilman, no ? div. Maryland, Mr. Carroll,

Hemsley,

nos no Massachusetts, Mr. Osgood, ay Y* Virginia, Mr. Madison,

no Rhode-Island, Mr. Arnold,

N.-Carolina, Mr. Williamson,
Howell,

Blount,
New-York, Mr. Duane,

i S.-Carolina, Mr. Rutledge, L'Hommedieu, nu s ho

Izard,

no no New Jersey, Mr. Boudinot, no

Gervais, no Deluware, Mr. M‘Kean, no?

Wharton, nos" So the question was lost.

A motion was then made by Mr. Duane, seconded by Mr. L'Hommedieu, that the second resolve be committed ; and on the question for commitment, the yeas and nays being required by Mr. Howell, N.-Hampshire, Mr. Gilman, as div. Maryland, Mr. Carroll, ay , White,

Helmsley, Massachusetts, Mr. Osgood, no > * Virginia, Mr. Madison, ay >* Rhode Island, Mr. Arnold, no V.-Carolina, Mr. Williamson, av Howell, no )

Blount, New-York, Mr. Duane

S.-Carolina, Mr. Rutledge,

no L'Hommedieu, ay)

Izard,

Say Neu-Jersey Mr. Boudinot, ay

Gervais, Delaware, Mr. M*Kean, ayo

Wharton, ay) So the question was lost.

A notion was then made by Mr. M•Kean, seconded by Mr. Duane, that the remainder of the report be postponed, on which the yeas and nays being required by Mr. Howell, N.-Hampshire, Mr. Gilman, ay Say Maryland, Mr. Carroll, - White,

Hemsley, Massachusetts, Mr. Osgood, ay ( * Virginia, Mr. Madison, Rhode Island, Mr. Arnold, no V-Carolina, Mr. Williamson, Howell,

Blount,
New-York, Mr. Duane,

S.-Carolina, Mr. Rutledge,
L'Hommedier, av say

Izard,

ay ay New Jersey, Mr. Boudinot, ay >

Gervais, ay) Deluwure, Mr. M‘Kean,

ay Wharton, ay ay So the question was lost; Whereupon, an adjournment was called for and agreed to.

MONDAY, November 18, 1782. Mr. Fitzsimmons and Mr. Peters, two delegates for Pennsylvania, aftended and produced their credentials, by which it appears that the hon. Thomas Milflin, Thomas Fitzsimmons, James Wilson, John Montgomery and Richard Pe. ters, esqrs. were on the 12th inst. duly elected delegates to represent that state in Congress.

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Mr. Clark, a delegate for New Jersey, attended and took his seat.
Mr. Jones, a delegate for Virginia, attended, and took his seat.

On a report from the superintendent of finance, to whom was referred a report of a committee on a inemorial of Mr. A. Lee:

Resolved, That Arthur Lee, esq. be permitted to deliver up to the comptroller of the treasury, sundry loan-office certificates in his possession, amounting to 9950 55-90 dollars, and that the same be, on such delivery, cancelled ; and that the superintendent of finance do thereupon pay the said Arthur Lee, the sum of £ 2238 17 9, sterling, with interest from the 10th day of August, 1781, at 6 per cent. by bills of exchange in his favor, in livres, ai the rate of ten pence half penny sterling each.

On the report of a committee, consisting of Mr. Lee, Mr. Rutledge, and Mr. Madison, to whom, upon a re-consideration, the resolution of the 28th of May last, was referred :

Resolved, That a commissioner be appointed by Congress, with full power and authority, to liquidate and finally to settle the accounts of all the servants of the United States, who have been entrusted with the expenditure of public money in Europe, and all other accounts of the United States in Europe, and to commence and prosecute such suits, causes, and actions, as may be necessary for that purpose, or for the recovery of any property of the said United States, in the hands of any person or persons whatsoever.

That the said commissioner be authorized to appoint one or more clerks, with such allowance as he may think reasonable.

That the said commissioner and clerks respectively take an oath before some person duly authorized to administer an oath, faithfully to execute the trust reposed in them respectively.

Congress proceeded to the election of a cominissioner, and, the ballots being taken, Mr. Thomas Barclay was elected, having been previously nominated by Mr. Williamson.

Resolved, That Congress will hereafter make adequate provision for the said commissioner, according to the nature and extent of the services which he shall perform.

Ordered, That the superintendent of finance report the necessary instructions for the said commissioner, pursuant to the order of the 29th of May last.

TUESDAY, November 19, 1782. On the report of a committee, consisting of Mr. Carroll, Mr. Osgood, and Mr. Peters, to whom was referred a report of a committee on a letter of the 30th of October, from the secretary at war :

Resolved, 'That the senior officers of each grade, sufficient to form corps agreeable to the act of the 7th of August last, (the regiments to have their complement of officers, as established by the acts of the 3d and 21st of October, 1780, except as to the therein proposed supernumerary subaltern for receiving the recruits, who shall be omitted,) shall be retained in service for the command of the said corps ; and the redundant junior officers of the several grades, shall retire from immediate service, agreeably to the said first recited act, but the said junior officers, so retiring, shall retain their rank in the army, and be liable and entitled to be called into actual service, only when regiments or corps shall be raised for them by their respective states. But any senior offcer, entitled to remain in service, shall have the liberty of retiring, with the emoluments of officers retiring under the aets last recited, for reasons satisfactory to the commander in chief, or the commanding officer of the southern army, on such retiring officer relinquishing his command and future right of promotion in the army, and signifying the same, on or before the 1st day of January next, to the commander in chies or the commanding officer of the southern army, who shall duly transmit lists of such retiring officers, to the secretary at war; any act or resolutiou of Congerss to the contrary hereof notwithstanding.

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When the foregoing resolution was under debate,

A motion was made by Mr. Howell, seconded by Mr. Arnold, to strike ou the words" command and;"

And on the question, shall these words stand ? the yeas and nays being re quired by Mr. Howell, *N.-Hompshire, Mr. Gilman,

| Delaware,

Mr. Wharton, White, nos no Maryland, Mr. Carroll, Massachusetts, Mr. Osgood, ay >

Hemsley, Rhode-Island, Mr. Arnold,

Virginia

Mr. Jones,
Howell, no no

Madison,
New-York, Mr. Duane,

N.-Carolina, Mr. Nash,
L'Hommedieu, ay

Williamson,
New Jersey, Mr. Boudinot,

S.-Carolina, Mr. Rutledge,
Clark,

Ramsay,
Pennsylvania, Mr. Fitzsimmons, ay

Peters,

ay ay
So it was resolved in the affirmative.

Congress proceeded to the consideration of the report, and the committee having reported, “ that commissions issue to the officers in the several state lines, who are or shall be entitled to promotion, prior to the 1st day of January next; that the retiring officers may leave the service with the ranks to which they are or shall be respectively entitled, previous to that period.”

On the question to agree to this proposition, the yeas and nays being requir. ed by Mr. Howell, N.-Hampshire, Mr. Gilman, no 2 Delaware, Mr. Wharton, ay * White,

Muryland, Mr. Carroll, Massachusetts, Mr. Osgood, ay >*

Hemsley,
Rhode-Island, Mr. Arnold, non Virginia, Mr. Jones,
Howell,

Madison,
New-York, Mr. Duane, ay ay iN.-Carolina, Mr. Nash,
L'Hommedieu, ay

Williamson,
New Jersey, Mr. Boudinot,

ay diy ps. Carolina, Mr. Rutledge, Clark,

Ramsay,
Pennsylvania, Mr. Fitzsimmons, ay

Izard,
Peters,

Gervais,
So the question was lost.

WEDNESDAY, November 20, 1782.
Mr. Mifflin, a delegate for Pennsylvania, attended, and took his seat.
On motion of Mr. Peters, seconded by Mr. Clark,

Resolved, That commissions issue, on promotions properly certified, for all regimental officers entitled to fill vacancies happening before the first day of January next, excepting vacancies occasioned by senior officers retiring, agree. ably to the resolve of the 19th inst. any resolution of Congress to the contrary hereof notwithstanding.

On the question to agree to this resolution, the yeas and nays being requir: ed by Mr. Howell, N.-Hampshire, Mr. Gilman,

Delaware, Mr. Wharton,
White,

Maryland, Mr. Carroll,
Massachusetts, Mr. Osgood,

Hemsley, Rhode-Island, Mr. Arnold,

ay say

Virginia, Mr. Madison,
Howell,

N.-Carolina, Mr. Nash,
New-York, Mr. Duane, ay ay

Williamson,
L'Hommedieu,

is.-Carolina, Mr. Rutledge, New Jersey, Mr. Boudinot,

Ramsay,
Clark,

Izard,
Pennsylvania, Mr. Mifflin,

ay )

Gervais,
Fitzsimmons, ay ay

Peters,
So it was resolved in the affirmative.
Ordered, That the pay-master general furnish the secretary at war, From

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