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and the consequences that may have upon the British force on this continent, shall render an attempt upon Nova Scotia more likely to succeed. If, however, any concurrence of circumstances should render success in this undertaking probable, it is the opinion of the committee that the honourable council of Massachusetts Bay should be empowered, at continental expense, to furnish the inhabitants of Nova Scotia with a force not exceeding two regiments to assist in accomplishing the purpose proposed in the said memorial.
Resolved, That Congress agree to the said report.
MAY 23, 1778. A motion being made, “ That the resolution of the 66 19th August, 1777, relative to lieutenant colonel 6 Carrington be expunged from the journal”—a motion was made in lieu thereof as follows:
Whereas Congress are fully satisfied that lieutenant colonel Carrington, from a sense of the impropriety of bis conduct to his excellency Patrick Henry, esquire, governour of Virginia, had, before he knew of any resolution having been passed by Congress relative to him, made a suitable and satisfactory apology to governour Henry :
Resolved, That lieutenant colonel Carrington stands, in the opinion of Congress, in as favourable a point of view as if the resolution of Congress of the 19th of August, 1777, had not been entered into ; which, on the question put, was agreed to.
It was then moved to add.“ And that the same be “ not published in the printed journal;" to which an amendment was moved, so that it read~" And that the " present and former resolution of the 19th August, 6 1777, be not published in the printed journal.”
On the question to agree to the amendment, the yeas and nays being required
Mr. Sherman, No.)
Mr. Langwortby, Ay. SAY.
So it was resolved in the affirmative. .
The amendment being adopted, and a question about to be put, that it pass into a resolution, a motion was made to divide ; and the question being put on the first part, and the yeas and nays required
Resolved in the affirmative, every member answer. ing Ay.
The question was then put on the second part, namely,
“ And that the present and former resolution of the 66 19th August, 1777, be not published in the printed 6 journal;" on which the yeas and nays being required New Hampshire, Mr. Bartlett, Ay. >Ar. Massachusetts Bay, Mr. S. Adams, No.)
Mr. Dana, No.)
Mr. Huntington, Ay. Ay.
Mr. Wolcott, 1. Ay.) New York, Mr. Duer, Ay. >> New Jersey,
Mr. Witherspoon, Ay. } DIVIDED. · Mr. Scudder,
Mr. Langworthy, Ay. >Ar.
JULY 22, 1778.
The committee on the treasury brought in a report.
Before it was read, a member called for the determination of a question which was postponed on the 13th at the request of a state: Whereupon a debate arose which should have preference, the report from the board of treasury, or the determination of the question postponed. During the debate, a member desired that the Secretary might give information respecting the practice of the house. This being objected to, a motion was made
“ That the sense of the house be taken whether, ļ when a difference of opinion arises in Congress A with respect to the true meaning of a rule of the “ house, a member may of right ask information of the • Secretary of Congress with respect to the practice 66 of the house on the rule on which a difference of s opinion subsists." .
An amendment was moved to insert, after “ infor6 mation," these words, “ through the chair."
On which the yeas and nays being required by Mr. G. Morris