PROCEEDINGS of CONVENTION
On motion, RESOLVED, That a committee
of elections be appointed, and that they be directed to inspect
the returns thereof, and report whether the elections
have been made agreeable to the directions of
the last convention; and Mr. Gilpin, Mr. S. Chase, Mr.
Worthington, Mr. Wootton, and Mr. Carroll,
were elected by ballot a committee for that purpose.
Adjourned till 3 o'clock.
P O S T M E R I D
I E M.
Convention met. Mr. William Paca,
a delegate returned for the city of Annapolis, and Mr. Nathaniel
Potter, Mr. William Richardson, and Mr. Richard Mason,
delegates returned for Caroline county,
appeared and took their seats in the house.
Certificates of the qualification
of the clerk, messenger and doorkeeper, were produced and filed.
Mr. Nicholas Harwood and Mr. John
Johnson were appointed assistant clerks to the convention.
ORDERED, That they qualify as such, by taking the usual
Convention adjourns till to-morrow morning 9 o'clock.
T H U R S D A Y, August 15, 1776.
CONVENTION met. All members present
as on yesterday. The proceedings of yesterday were
read. Mr. Robert Goldsborough, Mr. James Murray,
Mr. John Ennalls, and Mr. Joseph Ennalls,
jun. delegates returned for Dorchester county; Mr. Gustavus
Scott, Mr. George Scott, Mr. William
Horsey, and Mr. Henry Lowes, delegates returned for Somerset
county; Mr. Peter Chaille, Mr.
Smith Bishop, Mr. Samuel Handy, and Mr. John Purnell
Robins, delegates returned for Worcester
county; and Mr. Pollard Edmondson, and Mr. John Gibson,
delegates returned for Talbot county, appeared
and took their seats in the house.
Mr. Samuel Chase brings in and delivers
to Mr. President a report from the committee of the elections,
which was read in the following words:
THE committee of elections beg leave
to report, That by the return of the election for Saint-Mary's
county, Richard Barnes, Ignatius Fenwick, Grorge Plater,
and Jeremiah Jordan, Esquires, were
elected agreeable to the resolve and direction of the
last convention. That by the return for Charles
county, the same was partly held at the place directed
by the last convention, and partly at another place,
by the unanimous consent of the voters, and that Robert
T. Hooe, John Dent, Thomas Semmes, and
John Parnham, Esquires, were elected for the said county.
That by the return for Calvert county, Benjamin
Mackall, Charles Grahame, William Fitzhugh, and John
Mackall, Esquires, were duly elected
agreeable to the resolve and direction of the last convention.
That Walter Bowie, Luke Marbury,
Osborn Sprigg, and Thomas Sim Lee, Esquires, are required
by Jeremiah Magruder, Humphrey
Belt, and Thomas Boyd, as duly elected for Prince-George's
county. That the inhabitants of the county
agreed, that every taxable bearing arms, being an inhabitant
of the county, had an undoubted right to
vote for representatives at this time of public calamity;
that the judges appointed declined to act, and
that they appointed the judges who made the return aforesaid.
That by the return of the election for
Anne-Arundel county, Rezin Hammond, Brice Thomas Beale
Worthington, Charles Carroll, barrister,
and Samuel Chase, Esquires, were elected agreeable to
the resolve and direction of the last convention.
That for the lower district of Frederick county, Thomas
Sprigg Wootton, Jonathan Wilson, William
Bayly, jun. and Elisha Williams, Esquires, are returned,
by judges appointed by the committee of that
district, duly elected by a majority of voters, resident
of the district, and who had armed in defence of the
country. That by the return for the middle district
of Frederick county, Adam Fischer, Upton Sheredine,
Christopher Edelen, and David Shriver, Esquires, were
elected agreeable to the resolve and direction
of the last convention. That by the return for
the upper district of Frederick county, Samuel Beall, Samuel
Hughes, John Stull, and Henry Schnebely, Esquires, were
duly elected. That by the return from
Baltimore county, Charles Ridgely, Thomas Cockey Deye,
John Stevenson, and Peter Shepherd, Esqrs.
were duly elected. That by the return from Baltimore-town,
John Smith, and Jeremiah Townley Chase,
Esquires, were duly elected. That by the return
from Harford county, Jacob Bond, Henry Wilson, jun.
John Lowe, and John Archer, Esquires, were duly elected.
That by the return from Cæcil county,
Joseph Gilpin, Patrick Ewing, David Smith, and Benjamin
Brevard, Esquires, were duly elected. That
by the return from Talbot county, Pollard Edmondson,
John Gibson, Matthew Tilghman, and James
Lloyd Chamberlaine, Esquires, were duly elected.
That by the return from Caroline county, Nathaniel
Potter, William Richardson, Richard Mason, and Henry
Dickinson, Esquires, were duly elected. That
by the return for the city of Annapolis, William Paca,
and Charles Carroll, of Carrollton, Esquires, were
duly elected. That by the return for Dorchester
county, Robert Goldsborough, James Murray, John
Ennalls, and Joseph Ennalls, jun. Esquires, were duly
elected. That by the return for Somerset county,
Gustavus Scott, George Scott, William Horsey, and Henry
Lowes, Esquires, were duly elected.
Signed per order of the committee,
NICHOLAS HARWOOD, clk.
On motion, the question was put, That
for the future, the name of every gentleman who may make a
motion in the house be inserted in the entry that may
be made in consequence thereof? Resolved in the
A F F I R M A T I
N E G A T I V E
J. T. Chase,
Certificates of the qualification of
Mr. Harwood and Mr. Johnson were produced and filed.
On reading a letter from William Rogers,
William Bordley, and John Page, Esquires, appointed
judges by the last convention for holding the election
for Kent county, setting forth that they were prevented
from carrying on the election for the said county by
a number of people not qualified to vote by