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Resolved, that the superintendent of finance take order for paying Joseph Traversie 100 dollars, in full for his services and support since the 15th day of November, 1780; and that he be allowed 10 dollars per month in full for his support until the further order of Congress:
That the accounts of Dominique L'Eclise be settled up to this day, pursuant to the act of Congress of the 230 day of October, 1778, and agreeably to the scale of depreciation fixed for settling the value of continental currency; and that the superintendent of finance take order for paying such a part of the said account as the said Dominique L'Eclise may appear to stand in imme. diate need of; and that in future the said L'Eclise be allowed 10 dollars per month in full for his support until the further order of Congress.
On the report of a committee, consisting of Mr. Montgomery, Mr. Cornell and Mr. Bland, to whom was referred a letter of the 6th from the secretary at war:
Resolved, That it be recommended to the states of Pennsylvania and Virginia, immediately to draw out and order to Fort-Pitt, each state 150 men, properly officered and accoutred, to be under the orders of the companding officer of that post, to enable the said officer more effectually to cover and protect the country :
That the secretary at war and superintendent of finance take order that proper magazines be laid up in the said fort, which may enable the commanding officer, in case the said post should be invested by the enemy, to render it tenable until relieved.
MONDAY, August 12, 1782. In pursuance of the resolution of the 16th day of July last, the agents of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and for Connecticut made report as follows:
To the honorable the Congress of the United States of America : We the underwritten agents on the part of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and of the state of Connecticut, do humbly certify, that in pursuance of the resolution of Congress bearing date the 16th day of July last, we have met and conferred together, and by joint consent have appointed the following gentlemen as commissioners to constitute a court for hearing and determining the matter in question between the said states, that is to say, the hon. Wilhrain Whipple, esq. of New Hampshire ; the hon major-general Nathaniel Greene, of RhodeIsland; the bon. David Brearley and William Churchill Houston, esqrs. of New Jersey; the hon. Cyrus Griffin and Joseph Jones, esqrs. of Virginia ; and the hon. Jobn Rutledge, esq. of South-Carolina, anv five or more of whom we have agreed shall constitute a court and have authority to proceed and determine the matter and difference between the said states. At the same time we beg leave most humbly to request that Congress will be pleased to determine how much shall be allowed to the said commissioners as a compensation for their services, and also in what inanner and by whom they shall be paid.
Dated the 8th day of August, in the year of our Lord 1782, and in the 7th year of our independence. Signed,
WILLIAM BRADFORD, Jun.
Agents for Penn-
2 Agents for ConJESSE ROOT,
S necticut. On the report of a committee, consisting of Mr. Lowell, Mr. Cornell, and Mr. Madison, to whom was referred a letter of the 9th of July from the comlander in chief, with sundry papers en closed :
Resolred, That Congress approve the conduct of gen. Washington in refus-· ing to enter into any discussion with gen. Carleton on the subject of the treason laws passed by the geveral states.
Resolved, That the states of America which compose the union, being sovereigo and independent, the laws respectively passed by them for their internal government and the punishment of their offending citizens, cannot be submitted to the discussion of a foreigo power, much less of an enemy.
On the report of a committee, consisting of Mr. Lee, Mr. Witherspoon, and Mr. Rutledge, to whom was referred a letter of the 5th, from gen. Washington, Congress came to the following resolutions :
Whereas from the late publications the people throughout the United States · may be induced to believe that Congress have received authentic communications upon the subject of an approaching peace :
Resolved, That the letter of August the 2d, 1782, from sir Guy Carleton and admiral Digby, to the commander in chief, be made public.
Resolved, That Congress consider the above letter as mere matter of information, inexplicit as to the nature and extent of the independency directed to be proposed by the British plenipotentiary; and as Congress have received no information on this subject from their ministers for negotiating a peace, therefore no public measure can or ought to be taken upon it in its present form.
Resolved, That it be, and it is hereby, recommended to the several states in the union, not to remit of their exertions for carrying on the war with vigor, as the only effectual means of securing the settlement of a safe and honorable peace.
Resolved, That the commander in chief be directed to propose to his Britannic majesty's commanders at New York, the appointment of commissioners to settle forth with a general cartel for the exchange of prisoners, taking care that the liquidation of accounts and settlement of the balance due for the maintenance of prisoners, be provided for therein.
WEDNESDAY, August 14, 1782. The committee, consisting of Mr. Lee, Mr. Rutledge, and Mr. Cornell, to whom was referred a letter of the 5th, from major-gen. Gates, brought in a report; Whereupon,
On motion of Mr. Rutledge, seconded by Mr. Cornell,
Resolved, That the resolution of the 5th day of October, 1780, directing a court of enquiry on the conduct of major-general Gates, be repealed; and that he take command in the main army, as the commander in chief shall direct.
On the question to agree to this, the yeas and nays being required by Mr.
ay Say Maryland, Mr. Hanson, Connecticut, Mr. Root,
18.-Carolina, Mr. Rutledge,
ay Say So it was resolved in the affirmative.'
THURSDAY, August 15, 1782. The proceedings and sentence of a general court-martial on the trial of major-general M.Dougall, having been read:
Resolved, That Oongress approve the sentence of the said court.
Ordered, That a letter of the 14th from John Mitchell, late deputy quartermaster general, complaining that a suit has been brought against him for articles purchased for the use of the army, be sent to the legislature of the state of Pennsylvania, to make provision as required by the requisition of the 19th of March last.
MONDAY, August 19, 1782.
TUESDAY, August 20, 1782. The committee, consisting of Mr. Carroll, Mr. Randolph and Mr. Montgomery, to whom was referred the report of a committee on instructions to the delegates of Massachusetts, having reported, that the facts and observations collected by the committee, be referred to the secretary for foreign affairs to be by him digested, completed, and transmitted to the ministers plenipotentiary of the United States for negotiating a treaty of peace.” .
A motion was made by Mr. Rutledge, seconded by Mr. Williamson, to postpone the consideration of the report to make way for a motion, which he read in his place by way of argument.
On the question for postponing, the yeas and nays being required by Mr. Telfair, N.-Hampshire, Mr. Gilman,
> Delaware, Mr. Wharton, no} Massachusetts, Mr. Osgood,
| Maryland, Mr. Hanson, Jackson,
Wright, ay Jay Rhode Island, Mr. Cornell, .
| Virginia, Mr. Madison, Howell,
ay 5. S.-Carolina, Mr. Rutledge, New Jersey, Mr. Clark,
no Georgia, Mr. Telfair,
ay ay Atlee, no
ays' So the question was lost.
A motion was made by Mr. Witherspoon, seconded by Mr. Montgomery, that the report be committed :
And on the question for commitment, the yeas and nays being required by Mr. Bland, N.-Hampshire, Mr. Gilman, no > * Maryland, Mr. Hanson,
ay 2 Massachusetts, Mr. Jackson,
Virginia, Mr. Madison,
S.-Carolina, Mr. Rutledge,
ay ay Witherspoon,
Gervais, Pennsylrania, Mr. Montgomery,
ay ay Atlee,
ay) Delaware, Mr. Wharton, ay > * |
So it was resolved in the affirmative.
On the report of a committee, consisting of Mr. Montgomery, Mr. Cornell and Mr. Bland, to whom was referred a letter of the 12th from the secretary at war, covering the extract of a letter from the commander in chief: .
Resolved, That the secretary at war be, and he is hereby, directed to issue clothing, from time to time, in like proportion as to the continental troops, to the two regiments of infantry raised by the state of New York, under the resolution of Congress of the 2d day of April, 1781, though the continental regiments of that state are not quite coinpleted to the establishment.
Resolved, That the commissioners of Indian affairs in the northern department report to Congress as soon as may be, the articles necessary to clothe the Indians in our interests, so as to make them useful, and to appear with respect among the other tribes.
WEDNESDAY, August 21, 1782. On a report from the secretary at war, to whom were referred the proceed. ings of a court of enquiry on a complaint against captain Gun:
Resolved, That the secretary at war be directed to inform major-gen. Greene that Congress are well satisfied with the general orders issued by him on the report of the court of enquiry, on a complaint exhibited against capt. Gun for disposing of a public horse as his own property: that the principles advanced in his orders are well founded, and that an apprubation of the sentiments of the court would have been to establish a precedent repugnant to reason and justice, and subversive of that order and system which gives security to public property: that gen. Greene be directed to order capt. Gun to replace the horse he sold with another equally good.
Resolved, That should any commissioned officer be convicted, at, a general court-martial, of having sold or disposed of a public horse. it shall be considered as a breach of the first article of the 12th section of the articles of war.
On the report of a committee consisting of Mr. Howell, Mr. Clark, and Mr. Osgood, to whom was referred a report of the secretary at war, concerning Fortune Stoddard, a soldier of the Rhode Island regiment:
Resolved, That the executive authority of the state of Maryland be request. ed to discharge from confinement Fortune Stoddard, a soldier belonging to the Rhode Island regiment, confined for costs accrued in a late prosecution, and charge such cosos to the United States, transmitting to the secretary at war the account thereof, in order that the same may be charged to the said soldier, and deducted out of his pay.
FRIDAY, August 25, 1782. The agents for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the state of Connec. ticut, represent to the United States in Congress assembled, as follows:
That having met and conferred together, and being informed that there is not any reason to hope for the attendance of major-general Greene as one of the commissioners for determining the dispute subsisting between us, and that the hon. John Rutledge, esq. has declined serving, we have mutually appointed the hon. Thomas Nelson, esq. of Virginia, and Welcome Arnold, esq. of Rhode-Island, as commissioners in their stead; and we do pray that they, to gether with the other five, may be commissioned for that purpose. Dated 21st August, 1782. Signed,
WILLIAM BRADFORD, Jun. 2
Agents for Penti-
sylvania. JONATHAN D. SARGEANT, ELIPHALET DYER,
Agents for ConJESSE ROOT,
necticut. The said agents also laid before Congress the following instrument of agreement:
It is agreed between the agents for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the state of Connecticut, that Congress be requested to approve the appointment by the said agents of the hon. William Whipple, Welcome Amold, David Brearley, William Churchill Houston, Cyrus Griffin, Joseph Jones and Thomas Nelson, esqrs, and to constitute them, or any five or more of them, a court of commissioners to hear and finally determine the dispute between the said states, relative to their respective claims and possessions, ágreeably to the 9th article of the confideration ; and that a commission be made out for them under the seal of the United States and signed by the president of Congress; that each commissioner he allowed ten dollars a day for the time he shall be employed in the said business, for his services and expenses, to be paid in the first instance, one half by the state of Pennsylvania, and one half by the state of Connecticut: that the conimissioners, or any five or more of them, do meet at Trenton, in
New Jersey, on Tuesday, the 12th day of November next, and have power to adjourn, from time to time, and place to place, as they shall judge it necessary, until they shall make a final decision in the said cause; and that a copy of their resolutions be transmitted to each of the said commissioners, and their attendance on the said business requested.
Dated 21st August, 1782.
JONATHAN D. SARGEANT, ELIPHALET DYER, JESSE ROOT. Whereupon, Ordered, That the secretary prepare and report the draught of a commission for the said William Whipple, Welcome Arnold, David Brearley, William Churchill Houston, Cyrus Griffin, Joseph Jones and Thomas Nelson, or any five or more of them, as commissioners or judges nominated by the states of Pennsylvania and Connecticut, to determine the dispute between the said states, agreeably to the 9th article of the confederation.
On the report of a counmittee, consisting of Mr. Montgomery, Mr. Bland, and Mr. Cornell, to whom was referred a letter of the 11th July, from major-general Greene :
Whereas it may occasionally become necessary for the good of the service, that the cavalry and infantry of the legionary and partizan corps should do duty separate, or by b.ing detached with other troops :
Resolved, That the commanding officer of the army in which any of the legionary or partizan corps shall serve, may, when the good of the service, in his opinion, shall require it, detach either the cavalry or infantry thereof separately, on occasional service, as he he may think proper, to do duty by themselves, or with any other troops in the army; that he may also brigade them with other troops, if in his opinion the public good require it.
Resolved, that the legionary and partizan corps shall generall be entitled to take post according to seniority, but shall be liable to such disposition as the said commanding officer shall find expedient for the good of the service; and the officers of both horse and foot shall take rank in the army according to priority of cominissions.
MONDAY, August 26, 1782. The superintendent of finance and secretary at war, to whom was referred an application of Mr. Rubsamen, having reported, that in their opinion his services as an instructor in making salt-petre are no longer needed :
Resolved, 'That Congress agree to the report.
Ordered, That Mr. Rubsamen present his accounts against the United States for settlement
TUESDAY, August 27, 1782. On the report of a committee, consisting of Mr. Cornell, Mr. Montgomery and Mr. M.Kean, to whom was referred a letter of the 11th July froin the governor of Virginia to the delegates of that state:
Resolved, that the executive of the state of Virginia be informed, that it is inexpedient to continue a garrison at either of the towns of York or Gloucester at the expense of the United States.
Resolved, That the said executive be requested to transmit to the superintendent of finance, a full state of facts relating to the expense that has already arisen respecting the aforesaid garrisons, with the accounts and vouchers, that such order may be taken thereon as shall appear just.
WEDNESDAY, August 28, 1782. Mr. Carroll, a delegate for Maryland, and Mr. L'Hommedieu, a delegate for New-York, attended, and took their seats.
The secretary, pursuant to order, prepared the draught of a commission, which was agreed to as follows: