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Complaint by Mr. Jay of the handbill published by General Scott. [1776-06-17] [S4-V6-p1409] [Document Details][Complete Volume]

Complaint by Mr. Jay of the handbill published by General Scott

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New-York, Monday morning, June 17, 1776.

The Congress met pursuant to adjournment.

Present: Brigadier-General Woodhull, President.

FOR NEW-YORK. — Mr. Jay, Mr. Livingston, Mr. Sands, Mr. Randall, Mr. Stoutenburgh, Mr. Van Zandt.

FOR ALBANY. — Mr. Gansevoort, Mr. Rensselaer.

FOR SUFFOLK. — General Woodhull, Mr. Strong, Mr. Hobart, Mr. Tredwell.

FOR DUTCHESS. — Mr. Schenck, Mr. Livingston, Mr. De Lavergne.

FOR WESTCHESTER. — Mr. Morris, Mr. Haviland, Colonel G. Drake, Mr. Hopkins.

FOR ULSTER. — Mr. Hasbrouck, Mr. Parks.

FOR ORANGE. — Mr. Van Houten.

FOR TRYON. — Mr. Moore, Mr. Harper.

FOR CUMBERLAND. — Colonel Joseph Marsh.

FOR CHARLOTTE. — Mr. Webster.

Colonel Joseph Marsh, one of the Deputies from Cumberland County, attending, delivered in his Credentials, subscribed by Benjamin Carpenter, Chairman of the County Committee, and attested by Joel Matthews, Clerk, which was read and filed; whereby it appears that Colonel Williams and Colonel Joseph Marsh were duly elected, and that they, or either of them, are constituted and appointed to represent the said County in this Congress.

Ordered, That Colonel Joseph Marsh take his seat. Colonel Marsh was then sworn, and took his seat accordingly.

Mr. Jay offered to the House a Handbill, subscribed with

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the name of "John Morin Scott" which, in his opinion, reflected on the honour and impartiality of this House; and moved that the same be read.

The said Handbill was then read.

Whereupon, Mr. Jay moved, and was seconded by Mr. Sands, that the Secretary wait on Mr. Scott with the said publication, and ask him if he is the author of that publication; which motion was agreed to unanimously.

Whereas Michael Lynch and Thomas Hickey, two Soldiers in the Continental Army, are now confined in the City Hall under guard by order of this Congress, on a charge of having knowingly attempted to pass a counterfeit Bill of Credit and the back part of a real Bill of Credit, the full or material part thereof being taken off:

Resolved, That the Courts of Judicature of this Colony, being as yet held by authority derived from the Crown of Great Britain, are for that reason incompetent to the full and impartial trial of the said two Continental Soldiers for the offences wherewith they stand charged, and therefore they must of necessity be tried by a Court-Martial only.

And Ordered, That the original Affidavits and Examinations as to the said two Soldiers, together with the said Bills and a copy of this Order, be transmitted to his Excellency General Washington.

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