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take into their farther|| consideration the state of America.

Adjourned till to Morrow at 12 o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 1775

The Congress met according to adjournment, and the order of the day being postponed till to Morrow:

Upon motion,

Resolved, that the Congress will tomorrow resolve itself into a committee of the whole to take into consideration Whe state of Ameriet.

The Congress then taking into consideration the pro priety of passing a resolve to enforce the 14th Article of the Association and to stop supplies to Newfoundland and British fisheries on the banks of Newfoundland and the American coast and to army and navy in N. A.

Upon entering into this debate M: Willing laid before the the memorial from S. Shoemaker and James and Drinker were read. The Congress then rosuming the consideration of the matter in debate came into the fot lowing Resolution

Resolved unanimously, That all exportations to Quebec, Nova Scotia, the Island of St. John's, Newfoundland, Georgia, except the Parish of St. John's, and to East and West Florida immediately cease, and that no provisions of any kind, or other necessaries be furnished to the British Fisheries on the American coasts until it be otherwise determined by the Congress.

Ordered, That this be published immediately.
Adjourned till to Morrow at 9 o'clock.?
Printed in Pennsylvania Packet, 29 May, 1775.

2“COLLEGE OF PHILADELPHIA, May 17, 1775. “This day the public Commencement for Graduates in the Arts was held here, in the presence of the most illustrious assembly this Seminary ever beheld.

“About half an hour after nine o'clock, agreeable to an invitation previously given to them, the Honorable Members of the CONTINENTAL CONGRESS were pleased to proTHURSDAY, MAY 18, 1775

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The Congress met according to adjournment.

The Hon ble S[tephen] Hopkins, from Rhode island, and P[atrick] Henry, Esq., from Virginia, attended and took their seats in Congress.

Upon Motion, Resolved, That the Rules of conduct to be observed in debating and determining questions laid down by the last Congress be adopted and observed by the present Congress.

The president laid before the Congress, some important intelligence he receiv! last night, by express from New York, relative to the surprising and taking of Ticonderogo, by a detachment from Massachusetts bay and Connecticut, which was read as follows. [Here insert the letters.?]

Upon motion, Agreed, That Mr. Brown,' who brought the express, be called in to give an acco: of the disposition of the Canadians, the taking of Ticonderogo and the importance of that post. Whereupon he was called in-and having given the necessary information he withdrew. The Congress, taking the matter into consideration came to the following Resolution,

Resolved, Whereas there is indubitable evidence that a ceed in a body from the State-House to the College, where they were received at the gate by the Provost and conducted to the places prepared for their reception in the Hall. As soon as they were seated, the Trustees, with the Governor as President at their head, followed by the Provost, Vice-provost, Professors, Graduates and other Students, in their proper habits, entered the Hall, and took their places; the Galleries and other parts of the house being filled with as many of the respectable inhabitants of the city as could find room." From the Pennsylvania Packet, 22 May, 1775.

In the Library Company of Philadelphia is a pamphlet of eight pages entitled: An Exercise; containing, a Dialogue and Two Odes Set to Music, for the Public commencement, in the College of Philadelphia, May 17th, 1775. Philadelphia: Printed by Joseph Crukshank, MDCCLXXV. See Journals, I, 24, 25, ante.

The letters were not entered upon the Journals. * John Brown. The information he gave is summarized in the Pennsylvania Packet, 22 May, 1775.

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design is formed by the British Ministry of making a cruel invasion from the province of Quebec, upon these colonies, for the purpose of destroying our lives and liberties, and some steps have actually been taken to carry the said design into execution. And whereas several inhabitants of the northern colonies, residing in the vicinity of Ticonderogo, and immediately exposed to incursions, impelled by a just regard for the defence and preservation of themselves and their countrymen from such imminent dangers and calamities have taken possession of that post, in which was lodged a quantity of cannon and military stores, that would certainly have been used in the intended invasion of these colonies, this Congress earnestly recommend it to the committees of the cities and counties of New York and Albany, immediately to cause the said cannon and military stores to be removed from Ticonderogo to the south end of Lake George; and if necessary to apply to the colonies of New Hampshire, Massachusetts bay, and Connecticut, for such an additional body of forces as will be sufficient to establish a strong post at that place and effectually to secure the s! cannon and stores or so many of them as it may be judged proper to keep there.- And that an exact inventory be taken of all such cannon and stores in order that they may be safely returned when the restoration of the former harmony between great Britain and these colonies so ardently wished for by the latter shall render it prudent and consistent with the overruling law of self preservation.

Upon motion Resolved, That the Congress will to Morrow again resolve itself into a committee of the whole to take into [their farther] consideration the state of America.

Adjourned till to Morrow at 9 o'clock.

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 1775

The Congress met according to adjournment.
The Congress agreeable to the order of

The committee appointed to consider what posts are necessary to be occupied in the colony of New York, and by what number of troops it will be necessary proper they should be guarded, bro! in their report, which being read was referred to the committee of the whole.

The Congress then Agreeable to the order of yesterday l|the day,|| the Congress resolved themselves into a committee of the whole, to take into consideration the state of America. And after some time spent therein the President resumed the chair and MP [Samuel] Ward from the committee reported, that they had taken the matter into consideration, but not having come to any resolutions they had desired him to move for leave to sit again to Morrow.

Resolved that this Congress will to Morrow again resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole to take into consideration the State of America.

Adjourned till to morrow at 9 o'clock.

SATURDAY, MAY 20, 1775

The Congress met according to adjournment and agreeable to the order of the day again resolved itself into a committee of the whole to take into consideration the state of America and after some time spent therein the president resumed the chair and MP [Samuel] Ward from the committee reported that they had taken the matter into consideration, but not having come to any resolution, desired him to move for leave to sit again on Monday next.

Resolved, that this Congress will on Monday next again resolve itself into a committee of the whole to take into consideration the state of America.

Adjourned till Monday at 9 oClock.

MONDAY, MAY 22, 1775

The Congress met according to adjournment and agreeable to the order of the day again resolved itself into a committee of the whole to take into consideration the state of America, and after some time spent therein the president resumed the chair, and M? [Samuel] Ward from the committee reported that they had proceeded in the business, but not having compleated it, desired him to move for leave to sit again.

Resolved, that this Congress will to Morrow again resolve itself into a committee of the whole to take into their farther consideration the state of America.

Adjourned till to Morrow at 9 o'Clock.

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 1775

The Congress met according to adjournment and agreeable to the order of the day resolved itself into a committee of the whole to take into their farther consid eration (the state] of America, and after some time

spent therein the president resumed the chair and M? [Samuel] Ward reported from the Committee that they had proceeded in the business, but not having compleated it, desired him to move for leave to sit again.

Resolved, that this Congress will again resolve itself into a committee of the whole to take into farther consideration the state of America.

Adjourned till to Morrow at 9 o'clock.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 1775

The Congress met according to adjournment, but the honble Peyton Randolph, Pres!, being under a necessity of returning home and having set out this Morning early,

Lord Dunmore had called a session of the Assembly, in which Randolph was the Speaker.

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