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At a convention of Delegates for the province of Maryland, at the city of Annapolis, on Friday the 21st June, 1776,
PRESENT, The honorable MATTHEW TILGHMAN, Esq., President. For St. Mary's county.
Baltimore. Richard Barnes,
Jeremiah T. Chase. George Plater,
Turbutt Wright, Patrick Sim Smith,
Richard T. Earle,
Henry Hooper, Samuel Chase.
Peter Chaille, Richard Dallam.
Joseph Dasheill. A letter from the president of the congress, together with resolutions of the 1st, 3d, and 4th of June, were laid before the convention and read.
Ordered, That the same be referred to a committee, to report
their opinion thereon, and Mr. T. Johnson, Mr. Hollyday, Mr. S. Chase, Mr. Goldsborough, and Mr. Plater, were elected by ballot a committee for that purpose.
A memorial from John Weston of Baltimore county was read and ordered to lie on the table.
On motion, Resolved, That the president of the convention inform the deputies of this province in congress, that their attendance in convention is desired; and that they move congress for permission to attend here, but that they do not leave the congress without such permission, and without first having obtained an order that the consideration of the questions of independence, foreign alliance, and a further confederation of the colonies shall be postponed until deputies from this province can attend congress, which shall be as soon as possible. Adjourned till 4 o'clock.
• POST MERIDIEM.
Convention met. Mr. Veazey, Mr. Gilpin, Mr. Ewing, Mr. Thompson, Mr. Beall, Mr. Lloyd, and Mr. Jordan, appeared in the house.
A petition from William Hindman, treasurer of the eastern shore, was read and ordered to lie on the table.
A petition from Barton Tabbs, of Calvert county, praying an exemption from mustering, which was read a first and second time: Resolved, That the same be rejected.
On reading a second time the petition from William Hindman, treasurer of the eastern shore, Resolved, That Alexander Irvine, and Charles Irvine of Talbot county, be added to the signers of bills of credit. Convention adjourns till to-morrow morning, 9 o'clock.
SATURDAY, June 22, 1776. Convention met. All members present as on yesterday, except Mr. Sluby. The proceedings of yesterday were read. Mr. Ringgold appeared in the house.
A petition from Michael Cocendofer of Frederick county, for three hundred pounds, to enable him to carry on a stocking manufactory, was read and ordered to lie on the table. Convention adjourns till Monday morning, 9 o'clock.
MONDAY, June 24, 1776. Convention met. All members present as on Saturday. The proceedings of Saturday were read. Mr. Tolley, Mr. Love, Mr.
Thomas Wright, Mr. Carroll of Carollton, Mr. Reeder, and Mr. Hawkins, appeared in the house.
On motion, Resolved, That the council of safety be requested to lay before the convention the names of the several persons to whom passports have been granted to depart this province.
A petition from John M‘Fadon of Baltimore town, for a sum of money for the purpose of carrying on a linen manufactory; and a petition from William Wright, sheriff of Queen Ann's county, were read and ordered to lie on the table.
On motion, Resolved, That no passport to leave America be granted by the council of safety to any person not an inhabitant of this province, unless such person produce a passport from the assembly, convention, committee, or council of safety, of the colony where such person did last reside.
On motion, Resolved, That the council of safety be directed to grant a passport to Matthew Brown, Esq. to depart this province.
Ordered, That the clerk write to the several absent members, requiring their immediate attendance in convention. Adjourned till 3 o'clock.
Convention met. Mr. Mackall appeared in the house.
The committee for that purpose appointed, bring in and deliver to Mr. President a report on the resolutions of congress of the third day of this instant, which was read and ordered to lie on the table.
On motion, Resolved, That all questions be determined by a majority of members.
The yeas and nays being required on the above question, they were as follow:
FOR THE AFFIRMATIVE.
aff. Mr. Barnes aff. Mr. Somerville
aff. Mr. Plater aff. Mr. Gantt
aff. Mr. Reeder aff. Mr. Smith
aff. Mr. Ford aff. Mr. Allein
aff Charles county.
Prince George's county. Mr. Hawkins
aff. Mr. Sim Mr. Hooe aff. Mr. Beall
aff. M. J. H. Harrison aff. Mr. Contee
Anne Arundel county.
aff. Mr. Carroll, barrister aff. Mr. B. Johnson
aff. Mr. T. Johnson aff. Mr. Baird
aff. Mr. S. Chase
aff. Harford County. Mr. Carroll of Carrollton, aff. Mr. Bond
aff. Frederick County. Mr. Love
aff. Mr. Griffith aff. Mr. Dallam
aff, FOR THE NEGATIVE. Queen Anne's County.
neg. Mr. Hollyday
Somerset County. Mr. Tur. Wright neg. Mr. G. Dashiell
neg. Mr. Tho. Wright neg. Mr. Scott
neg. Mr. Earle aff. Mr. Waters
neg. Mr. J. Tilghman
neg. Mr. Goldsborough neg:
neg. Mr. Murray
neg. Mr. Veazey
aff. Mr. Gilpin
Talbot county. Mr. Thompson
neg. Hon. Mr. Tilghman, Esq. aff. Mr. Ewing aff. Mr. Thomas
neg. Kent county. Mr. Edmondson
neg. Mr. Buchanan neg. Mr. Lloyd
aff. Mr. Letherbury
aff. On motion, Resolved, That the yeas and nays be taken and entered on the journal, if required by any one of the delegates.
M. Chamberlaine, Mr. Potter, Mr. Dickinson, and Mr. Moale, appeared in the house.
The letters of captain Montagu, and of Robert Eden, Esq. of this day, to the council of safety, were laid before the convention, and on consideration thereof Resloved unanimously, That the said captain Montagu, by detaining several servants belonging to the inhabitants of this province, and by refusing to deliver up a soldier who deserted from the service of this colony, hath violated the truce and acted in manifest violation of his promise to preserve the same sacred.
Ordered, That the commanding officer do not permit any baggage or effects belonging to Robert Eden, Esq. or any other person on board the Fowey, to be carried on board the said ship; and to take care that all communication with the said ship immediately cease.