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the proceedings of the conventions of this province, and for his disrespectful conduct to the committee of Kent county, and caution him against such behavior in future.

That in consideration of Mr. Patterson's declaration and resolution, that he will not do any act to oppose or impede measures which have been and are thought necessary for the preservation of American liberty, and upon his acknowledging before this convention, the impropriety of his rash and imprudent behavior before the said committee, and paying the expenses incurred in bringing him to the convention, he be discharged.

Resolved, That this convention do highly approve the conduct of the committee of Kent county, in calling to account the Rer. Mr. Patterson, for having spoken disrespectfully of the proceed. ings of the conventions of this province, in terms which cannot be justified by an individual in opposition to the representative body thereof.

Ordered, That the committee of observation for Frederick county, immediately send in two wagons, under the guard of four of their militia and an officer, to Baltimore town, three thousand pounds of gunpowder, to the care of Mr. William Lux of that town.

A letter from the committee of Baltimore county was read. Ora dered, That the same be referred to a committee of the whole house.

The order of the day for taking into consideration the state of the province was read. Ordered, That the same be referred for consideration till to-morrow.

The convention adjourns till to-morrow morning half after nine o'clock.

TUESDAY, December 19, 1775. Convention met. All members present as on yesterday. The proceedings of yesterday were read.

The petition of Abraham Jarret and Robert Harris, captains of companies of minute men in Harford county, was read the first time and ordered to lie on the table.

On motion, that the proceedings of the eastern shore branch of the council of safety, together with the depositions therewith sent, relative to Benjamin Shockley, be read; the same were read accordingly.

Thereupon it is Ordered, That the committee of Worcester county order Benjamin Shockley before them, and reprimand him, and upon his making proper concessions that he be discharged.

The order of the day for taking into consideration the state of the province was read.

The convention resolved itself into a committee of the whole house to consider of the same; Mr. Carroll in the chair.

After some time spent therein, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Carroll reported, that the committee according to order had under their consideration the state of the province, but not being able to go through the same, had directed him to move for leave to sit again.

Resolved, That the same be referred for further consideration till to-morrow.

Mr. Wright has leave of absence.
Mr. John Duckett was appointed clerk assistant to the convention.

On motion, Ordered, That the committee of claims estimate and report a proper allowance to a guard for the security of prisoners or offenders.

A petition from sundry inhabitants of Harford county, was read the first time and ordered to lie on the table. Convention adjourns till to-morrow inorning half after 9 o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, December 20, 1775. Convention met. All members present as on yesterday. Mr. Sim and Mr. Gantt appeared in the house. The proceedings of yesterday were read.

The order of the day for taking into consideration the petition from Baltimore county, which was referred from Thursday last to this day, being read, the same was considered, and thereupon it is Resolved unanimously, that Robert Alexander, Benjamin Nicholson, John Mole, Walter Tolley, jun., and Jeremiah T. Chase, returned delegates for Baltimore county, are duly elected.

The petition of Samuel Dorsey, of Anne Arundel county, wag read the first time and ordered to lie on the table.

The order of the day for taking into consideration the state of the province, being read, Ordered, That the same be referred for consideration till to-morrow. Convention adjourns till to-morrow morning half after 9 o'clock.

THURSDAY, December 21, 1775. Convention met. All members present as on yesterday, except Mr. Wright. The proceedings of yesterday were read.

A letter and deposition of Thomas Hammond, and the memorial of William Whetcroft, were read the first time and ordered to lie on the table.

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Mr. Mason appeared in the house.

Edward Davis was brought before the convention on suspicion of attempting to convey intelligence to lord Dunmore, and examined: Ordered, That the said Edward Davis be committed to the custody of Mr. William Cayton, until the further order of this convention; and that the treasurer of the western shore pay the said William Cayton for his trouble and expense, during the confinement of the said Davis, three shillings and six pence common money per day. Adjourned till 3 o'clock.

POST MERIDIEM.
Convention met. Mr. Sudler appeared in the house.

A letter from the committee of Kent county, dated December 20, 1775, was read the first time and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. Done has leave of absence.

On motion, Resolved, That the sum of fourteen shillings currencỹ per day, and reasonable itinerant charges, be allowed to each member attending this convention.

The order of the day for taking into consideration the state of the province being read, the convention resolved itself into a commitee of the whole house to consider of the same; Mr. Carroll in the chair.

After some time spent therein, Mr. President resumed the chair, Mr. Carroll reported, that the committee according to order had under their consideration the state of the province, but not being able to go through the same, had directed him to move for leave to sit again.

Resolved, That this convention will to-morrow resolve itself into a committee of the whole house to consider of the same.

On motion, Resolved, That if any member of this convention depart the house without leave thereof, such member shall forfeit his allowance for attendance.

Mr. Somerville has leave of absence.

The convention adjourns till to-morrow morning half after nine o'clock.

FRIDAY, December 22, 1775. Convention met. All members present as on yesterday, except Mr. Somerville and Mr. Done. The proceedings of yesterday were read.

Mr. Buchanan and Mr. Griffith have leave of absence. A memorial from Baltimore county court, together with several depositions therewith sent, were read the first time and ordered to lie on the table.

Mr. John Duckett being unable through sickness to attend as clerk assistant to the convention, Mr. John Callahan was appointed in his stead.

Ordered, Mr. John Callahan qualify himself as such, by taking the oath of office and secrecy, as before directed to be taken by the clerk.

Certificate of the qualification of the said Callahan was produced and filed.

On motion, Resolved, That a committee be appointed to consider and report the most effectual method of establishing a gun lock manufactory, and the expense thereof; and Mr. T. Johnson, Mr. Sudler, and Mr. Beatty, were elected by ballot a committee for that purpose.

The order of the day for taking into consideration the state of the province being read, Ordered, That the same be referred for further consideration till to-morrow.

Mr. Hawkins has leave of absence.
Convention adjourns till to-morrow morning half after 9 o'clock.

SATURDAY, December 23, 1775.
Convention met. All members present as on yesterday, except
Mr. Griffith and Mr. Hawkins. The proceedings of yesterday were
read. Mr. Moale has leave of absence till Monday next. Mr.
Edmonson has leave of absence for a few days.

The petition of Edward Parker, of Cecil county, relative to the establishing a linen and woollen manufactory, was read the first time and ordered to lie on the table.

On motion, Resolved, That a committee be appointed to receive all proposals relating to the establishment of manufactories of any kind within this province, and report their opinion thereon; and Mr. Gilpin, Mr. Ewing, Mr. Rumsey, Mr. Ramsey, and Mr. Earle, were elected by ballot a committee for that purpose.

On motion, Resolved, that the deputies for this province attending in congress, are instructed, that it is the sense of this convention, that all India teas imported into this continent before the first day of March last, may be sold and used without any prejudice to the cause of America, and that they endeavor to procure the same to be permitted by the congress, not taking into such permission any teas imported for or on account of the English East India company, or imported from Great Britain contrary to the continental association, if any such there be. Adjourned till 3 o'clock.

POST MERIDIEM. Convention met.

The petition of sundry inhabitants of the three lower counties, Newcastle, Kent' and Sussex on Delaware, praying that Richard Ellis of Cecil county, may be continued their captain, was read a first and second time and granted.

On motion, Resolved, That a committee be appointed to consider what alterations and amendments are necessary in the regulation of the militia of this province, and report their opinion thereon; and Mr. Smallwood, Mr. Ware, Mr. T. Johnson, Mr. J. Tilghman, and Mr. Hooper, were elected by ballot a committee for that purpose.

The order of the day for taking into consideration the state of the province being read, Ordered, That the same be referred for further consideration till Tuesday next.

Mr. Hooe has leave of absence.
Convention adjourns till Tuesday morning half after 9 o'clock.

TUESDAY, December 26, 1775.
Convention met. All members present as on Saturday, except
Mr. Moale, Mr. Edmondson, Mr. Hooe, Mr. Sim, Mr. Smith, Mr.
Contee, and Mr. Tolley. The proceedings of Saturday were read.

Mr. Johnson brings in and delivers to Mr. President, a report from the committee appointed to devise the best ways and means to promote the manufacture of salt-petre, which was read the first time and ordered to lie on the table.

The order of the day for taking into consideration the state of the the province, being read, Ordered, That the same be referred for further consideration till to-morrow.

Convention adjourns till to-morrow morning half after 9 o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, December 27, 1775. Convention met. All members present as on yesterday. The proceedings of yesterday were read. Mr. Contee and Mr. Moale appeared in the house.

The petition of Patrick Graham, of Charles county, praying a remission of the judgment pronounced against him by the last convention, was read the first time and ordered to lie on the table.

The convention proceeded to take into consideration the report from the committee appointed to devise the best ways and means to promote the manufacture of salt petre, and thereupon Resolved, That a small salt-petre work be erected at a principal inspecting

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