Journals of the Continental Congress

Second Continental Congress: July 17, 1775

July 17, 1775

Congress continues to run the war effort and appoint military personnel.  One of the personnel selected was Gunning Bedford who twelve years later attends the Constitutional Convention.

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Journals of the Continental Congress [Edited]

A letter from General Schuyler, with sundry papers, were laid before Congress, read, and considered.

Resolved, That General Worster send in the most expeditions manner one thousand of the Connecticut forces under his command to Albany, there to remain encamped, until they shall receive orders from General Schuyler as to their future proceedings.

Resolved, That a commissary of stores and provisions be appointed for the New York department, during the present campaign. Walter Livingston was chosen unanimously. Donald Campbell was unanimously elected to be a deputy quarter master.

Ordered, That Mr. Campbell, have the rank of Colonel in the army. That a deputy muster master be appointed for the department. Gunning Bedford was elected.

Resolved, That the Convention of New York recommend to General Schuyler, a deputy adjutant general or a Brigade Major for the army in the New York department.

 Resolved, That Thomas Cushing, Patrick Henry and Silas Deane be a committee to confer with Samuel Kirkland, and decide on an adequate compensation for his services among the Indians.

The address from the deputies of Bermuda being read again,

Ordered, That the president respond acknowledging receipt of the Address informing them that it will be considered, and to send an account of the provisions imported for some years past for the use of the inhabitants of that island, and also enclose a copy of the resolves on Saturday respecting the importation of gunpowder, &c.

Adjourned until tomorrow.

Edited with commentary by Gordon Lloyd.