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situate between the meridian line run by Messieur3 Sinclair and McClean, and that lately run by Messieurs Nevil and McClean, bounded southward by an extension of Mason and Dixon's line, and northward by the Ohio river; and also all others residing to the eastward of the said line run by Messieurs Sinclair & McClean, wbo heretofore may have supposed themselves to be there settled within the State of Virginia, to take notice of the proceedings aforesaid, and to pay due obedience to the laws of this common. wealth. Given in Council, under the hand of bis Escellency JOHN DICK

INSON, Esquire, President, and the seal of the State, at Philadelphia, this twenty-sixth day of March, one thousand seren hundred and eighty.three.

JOHN DICKINSON. Attest-JOHN ARMSTRONG, Jun'r Secretary.

GOD SAVE THE COMMONWEALTH. A return of Justices for the district composed of the townships of Salisbury and Sadsbury, in the county of Lancaster, was received and read. Whereupon,

Ordered, That William Boyd, Esquire, be apppointed a Justice of the Peace for the county of Lancaster, and that he be com missioned accordingly.

A petition from Christian Van Phul, praying a pass to New York, was read, and granted.

The petition of Cato Walts, convicted of larceny in the county of Philadelphia, was read; and order taken that the fine of twenty pounds adjudged to the State be remitted.

An order was drawn on the Treasurer, agreeably to resolution of the General Assembly, in favour of John Shaw, John Larkins, John Fell, and John Johnston, for the sum of fifty pounds specie, being the reward offered by proclamation of Council for apprehend. ing and securing Levi Doan; said resolution dated 17th of March, 1783.

An order was drawn on said Treasurer in favor of John NicholSon, Esquire, Comptroller General, for the sum of fifteen pounds specie, for wbich he is to be accountable,

The petition of Stephen Porter was read, praying that John Hubly may be superceded in bis office of Prothonotary of Lancaster county, and the petitioner appointed to that office.

Ordered, To lie on the table.

Two orders were drawn on the Treasurer in favour of David Duncan, Esquire, late Commissioner of Purchases in the county of Westmoreland; the one for one thousand and forty-two pounds eleven shillings and four pence, State money ; the other for five hundred and fifteen pounds fifteen shillings and four pence specie.

A certificate from Colonels Moylan and Humpton was presented by Captain Oberton, and read; upon which it was ordered that

Thomas Oberton's commission as a Captain in the fourth regiment of Light Dragoons, shall bave date upon the twenty-fourth of April, 1781.

The following deeds were examined and signed by his Excellency the President, vizt:

To Mr. William Turnbull, for lot No. 31, containing ten acres and thirty-five perches, situate on Province Island ; sold agreeable to law, for eight hundred and twenty-seven pounds fourteen shillings and four pence of the bills of credit of this State of the twen. ty.ninth day of April, 1780.

To Doctor John Morgan, for lots in the city of Philadelphia, No. 1741, 1745, and 1746 : Sold as aforesaid, for the sum of six hundred pounds of the bills aforesaid.

To Henry Pratt, for lots No. 1582, 1585, 1586, 1587, in the said city : Sold as aforesaid, for two hundred and twenty-two pounds of the said bills.

The foregoing sums paid to Mr. Rittenhouse, as appears by his · receipts. Deed dated the twenty-sixth day of March, 1783.

The Council met.

PAILADELPHIA, March 27th, 1783.

PRESENT : His Excellency JOHN DICKINSON, Esquire, President. The Honorable JAMES Ewing, Esquire, Vice President. The Honorable James Irvine, John McDowell,

George Wall, Jun'r, John Piper.

Christopher Hayes, Upon the petition of John Bayard, Esquire, permission wag granted to Andrew Hodge, Jun'r, to pass from hence to New York, by the way of Dobbs' Ferry, and to return.

Permission was given to Abraham and William Chapman, Magnus Miller, and James Roney, to pass from hence to New York, by the way of Dobbs' ferry, and to return.

Similar perinission was given to Samuel Wallis, William Powell, Peter Bedford, Bernard Ward, and Sarah Vanzolingen, upon their respective petitions.

A letter from the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, inclosing an abstract of preliminary articles for a general peace, was read.

The answers from the Honorable Thomas McKean and George Bryan, Esquires, Judges of the Supreme Court, to the late ques. tions which arose with Council upon the trial, and conviction of William Hanks, and the mode of electing Justices of Peace in this State, were read; and

Ordered, To lie on the table.

The Council met.

PHILADELPHIA, Friday, March 28th, 1783.

PRESENT :
His Excellency JOHN DICKINSON, Esquire.
Hon'ble James Ewing, Esquire, Vice President.
Honourable James Irvine, George Wall, Jun'r, )

Jobn McDowell,
Dowell, John Piper,

Esquires.
Joho Van Campen, Sebastian Levan, )
A petition from Matthew Irvin, Joseph Carson, and Thomas
Irvine, for liberty to go to New York, and to return, was read and
granted.

A similar petition from Gifford Dalley, was read, and a passport granted.

Petitions from Ezekiel Hall, Thomas Nixon, Thomas Flavahan, . Lewis Grant, and Stephen Tipker, praying permission to pass into the city of New York, and to return, were read; and on considera. tion,

Ordered, That passes be granted to them respectively.

A commission was this day issued to Henry Wynkoop, Esquire, of the county of Bucks, as Judge of the High Court of Errors and Appeals.

A passport was granted to Captain Daniel Broadhead, for bimself and sundry articles of merchandize, to pass from hence to Fort Pitt, and from thence down the river Ohio. · The petition of David Norman, convicted of misdemeanors upon tbree indictments, in the county of Philadelphia, in aiding British prisoners to escape, and adjudged to the payment of one hundred and fifty pounds, was read; and on consideration,

Ordered, That two-thirds of the fine due to the State be remitted.

The Council met.

PHILADELPHIA, Saturday, March 29th, 1783.

PRESENT :
His Excellency the President.
Honourable the Vice President.
Honourable James Irvine, Sebastian Levan,

James Potter, John Piper, Esquires

John McDowell, Christopher Hayes, J The petitions of Rebecca Shoemaker, Daniel Darby, Thomas Forrest, James King, James Fisher, Lackey Murray, Samuel Potts,

Margaret Potts, Anthony Shoemaker, Gerald Forrester, Joseph Og

den, and Williain Warner, were read, and a passport to go to New · York, by the way of Dobbs' Ferry, and to return, granted to each.

Upon the petition of Joseph Mather,

Orderedl, That he be permitted to go to New York, by the way of Dobbs' Ferry, and to return from thence with his daughter, now a resident in that city. .

An order was drawn an the Treasurer in favour of John Nichoi. son, Comptroller General, for five hundred pounds, State money of the seventh day of April, 1781, for discharging one-third of depreciation certificates due to officers and soldiers of the Pennsylvania line, agreeable to act of Assembly passed the thirteenth day of April, 1782, for which the said Comptroller is to account.

The Council met.

PUILADELPHIA, Monday, March 31st, 1783.

PRESENT : His Excellency JOHN DICKINSON, Esquire, President. The Honourable James Ewing, Esquire, Vice President. Honourable James Irvine, . James Potter,

James Cunningham, John Piper,

Jobn McDowell, Sebastian Levan. The petition of John Riddle, of the township of Rye, in the county of Cumberland, convicted at the October Sessions, 1782, of keeping a tipling bouse, was read, and the fine adjudged to the State ordered to be remitted.

An order was drawn in favonr of Frederick Sneider, for sixteen pounds four shillings, in full for his wages to this day as Doorkeeper.

Permission was granted to Williain Constable, Daniel Pastorias, and Benjamin Shoemaker, to go into New York, by the way of Dobb's Ferry, and to return.

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The Council met.

PHILADELPHIA, Tuesday, April 1st, 1783.

PRESENT :
His Excellency JOHN DICKINSON, Esquire, President.
The Honourable JAMES Ewing, Esquire, Vice President.
The Honourable James Irvine, John Piper,

Jobp McDowell, Christopher Hayes,
James Potter, Sebastian Levan.

James Cunningham,
Copies of letters dated the twenty-fifth and twenty-seventh of
March, 1783, to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, were transmitted
to Council and read.

Agreeably to an order of Council of the eighth of March, 1783, Mr. Edward Brice Smith reported his arrival in this city from Ner York.

An order was drawn on the Treasurer in favour of the Hon'ble Sebastian Levad, Esquire, for forty-five pounds seventeen sbilliogs and six penoe specie, in full of his account for attendance in Council, and his mileage.

A similar order was drawn in favour of the Hon'ble Jobo McDowell, Esquire, for the sum of thirty-two pounds two shillings and six pesce specie, being the ballance of bis account for attend. ance in Council 'till the second instant, and his mileage.

Two orders were drawn in favour of the Honorable James Potter, Esq'r, the one for the sum of thirty-tbree pounds specie, being a part of his account for attendance in Council till the second in. stant, and his mileage ; and the other for thirty-two pounds five shillings specie, in full of his account for attendance in Council till the second instant, and his mileage.

The petition of Martin Urner, convicted of misdemeanors upon three indictments, in the county of Chester, in aiding British pris. oners to escape, was read ; and on consideration,

Ordered, That one balf of the fine adjudged to the State be remitted.

Upon the petition of Thomas Cheney,

Ordered, That the opinion of the Honorable Judges of the Su. preme Court be taken upon the subject of it.

An order was drawn upon the Treasurer in favour of Joseph kaker, for the sum of thirty-nine pounds one shilling, being the ballance due upon his account of medicine furnished and attendance given to Captain Robioson's Rangiog corps, to be paid out of the monies appropriated to the frontier defence.

The Comptroller General's reports upon the accounts of James Marshall, Esquire, Lieutenant of the county of Washington, and

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