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A Meflage from his Excellency, by the Deputy Secretary, informing the Houfe,
that his Excellency is in the Council Chamber, ready to receive the Adurcfs of the
Houfe.

Whereupon, Mr. Speaker left the Chair, and with the Houfe, went to wait upon
his Excellency: And being returned, Mr. Speaker informed the Houfe, that he
had Jr/*riJ th^ir Addrefs to his Excellency, in the following Words.

To Hi's Excellency WILLIAM FRANKLIN, Efq; Captain General and
Commander in Chief in and over the Province cf New-Jersey, and
Territories thereon depending in America, Chancellor and VicC' Admiral
in the fame, &c.

The Humble ADDRESS of the Representatives of faid Province,

in General AlTembly convened.

May it pleafc your Ex'cellency,

WE His Majejiys diitifid and loyal SithjeSis, the Reprefentatives of the
Colony of Ncw-JerCey, in General AJfembly conve?ied, highly J enfble
of the Benefits that niufi attend a Repeal of the Act granting certain Stamp
Duties in America, arc glad of the Opportunity to return your Excellency
our fncere Congratidations, on the happy Termination of this mofi impor-
tant Affair.

With the grate fullefi Senfe of His Majefiys indulgent Difpoftion tonvards
us, and the Jufiice of the Britifh Parliament, we have taken the earliefi
Opportunity, of prefenting our mofifmcere and hearty Thanks to His Majefiy,
for the Kindnefs fhewn thefe Colonies. At



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yif the fame Titney -we reflect with Pleafure, that the ConduB of ihi
People of this Province, has not difturbed your Excellency, Adminiftration,
nor been produSlive of any Aci of Outrage or Violence ; and as they have
deferved, Jo we thank your Excellency for the fufiice you have done them, in
making this their Conduct known to His Majejiys Miniflers.

The Gentlemen, ivho have di/iinguijhed themfelves by Steadinefs and Spirit'
in promoting Peace and good Order in this Colony, undoubtedly deferve your
Excellency s Commendations, and the Acknowledgements of this Hotfe.

As the Storm that threatened the future Welfare of Britain and her Colo-
nies, is now happily fubfded, and as it is our earnefi Wifh, fo we hope, and
will contribute every Thing in our Stations, that an ifidiJJ'oluble Union Jhall
henceforth cement his Majefys Subjects in the Mother Country, and the
Colonies
„ ^ ^ ,_ ,, Signed by Order of the Houfe,

June 20. 1766. CORTLAND SKINNER, Speaker.

And that his Excellency gave his AfTent to the Bill, entided. An Adt to repeal
an A£i, entitled. An ASi for the Relief of Iniblvent Debtors.

The Houfe adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine o'CIock.
Saturday, June 21, 1766.

The Houfc met.

The engroffed Bill, entitled. An Aft to enable the Owners and Pojfejors of tbt
Meadows and Marfhes, bcunding en Delaware River, between Long Point and Kilko'j
Hook, &c. to Jiop cut the ^ide, &c. being read and compared 5 and on the
Queftion,

Relbhed,
That the fame do pals.

Ordered,
That Mr. Keajbey and Mr. Stilwell, do carry the fame to the Council, and defire
their Concurrence thereto.

The Bill, entitled. An Aft to naturalize Jacob Hertcl, and John Jacob Faifli,
being read the fecond Time ;
Ordered,
That the fame be cngrofled.

The Bill, entitled. An A&ifor laying out and efichlijhing a Road from Bergen Point
along up Newark Bay, &e. was read the fecond Timej
Ordered,
That the fame be cngrofied.



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Mr. Fan Giefen, from. the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a
Bill, entitled. An Adt to continue an Act, entitled. An A^ to prevent Waftc from
being committed upon the Common Lands of Bergen, &c. which was read, and
ordered a fecond Reading.



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Mr. Reading reported, that Mr. Runyon and himfelf, delivered the Bills to them
intrufted, to the Speaker of the Council. •

G Mr.



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Mr. FiJIjer, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill,
entitled, An A£t to fix and a/certain the Divi/ion Line, between the Counties of Middlefex
and Somerlet, f>om Inianb'j, cr French's Ferry, at the City of New-Brunlwick, to
Mile Run J which was read thefirll Time, and ordered a fecond Reading.

Mr. Keafbeyt from the Committee, to whom the Bill, entitled. An Adl to ereSi the
^ownfhip of Hartfurd, in the County of Gloucefter, was committed, reported the
fame with feveral Amendments ; which were read, and feveral Amendments being
made in the Houfe ; en the Queflion,
Ordered,

That the fame be engrofled.

Mr. Keafhey, from the Committee, to whom the Bill, entitled, Jn Aft to enable the
Owners and Pojfeffors of the Marfh and Swamp on the South Branch of Stow Creek, 13 c-
was committed, reported the fame with feveral Amendments ; which were read, and
feveral Amendments being made in the Houle j on the Queflion,
Ordered,

That the fame be engroffed.

The Bill, entitled. An Aft to lay out a Road on the foutherly Side of Cohan fey Creek,
&c. and to efiablifh a Ferry acr$fs the faid Creek, from the Townfhip of Greenwich to the
faidRoad; was read the fecond Time, and committed to Niv . R. Lawrence and
Mr. RunyoK.

The Petitions of the Inhabitants of the Counties of E£ex and Bergen, for a Bridge
over Paffaick River, at Aquackanonck, were read the fecond 1 ime ; and on the Queflion,
Ordered,

That Mr. Ogden and Mr. Bey, be a Committee, to prepare and bring in a Bill
accordingly.

The Petition from the Truftees of the Roads and Ferries from Newark, to the
Road leading from Bergen Point to Paulus Hook, &c. was read the fecond Time ;
and on the Queflion,
Ordered,

That the Petitioners have Leave to bring in a Bill.

Mr. Cooper, by Leave of the Houfe, brought in a Bill, entitled. An Aft explaifting
•who fhall have the Right of Voting at the Elections of Townpip Officers ; which was
read, and ordered a fecond Reading.

The Petition from a Number of the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the County
of Somerfet, praying Leave, to bring in a Bill for building a new Court- Houfe, &c.
was read the fecond Timej
Ordered,

That the Petitioners have Leave to bring in a Bill accordingly, at the next SefTion*
of Affembly, provided no reafonable Objeftion thereto then appears ; and that it
alfo then appears, that a Copy of this Minute has been publickly read, and fixed up,
at the next Court of QLiarter SefTions for faid County.

Mr. Keafhey reported, that Mr. Stilwell and himfelf, delivered the Bill to them
intruftcd, to the Speaker in Council.

Mr. Ogden, in Behalf of the Petitioners, brought in a Bill, entitled, A Supple-
mentary Aft to an A£l, entitle. An ASifor laying out a Road from Newark, in the
County of Eflex, to the publick Road, leading from Bergen Point to Paulus Hook,
on Hudfon's River, in the County of Bergen, and for the ere^ing and eftablifhing Ferries
acrofs the Rivers Paffaick and Hackinlack ; which was read^ and ordered a fccciid
Reading.

On'



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On a Motion made^
Orderedy

That Mr. J. Lawrence, Mr. Johnjion^ Mr. Borden, and Mr. Runyon, be a Com-
mittee, to bring in a Bill for the more'efFeclual preventing the counterfeiting the Bills
of Credit of the neighbouring Governments, and uttering the fame, knowing them to
be counterfeit, in this Colony.

The Bill, entitled. An Aft for invejiing a Fee Simple EJiate in the Toll Bridge lately
ereSfed over Newton-Creek, tfc. in William Gerrard, i^c. was read the fecond
Time.

Ordered,

That the fame be committed to Mr. Cooper and Mr. Borden.

The Petition of John Dorfey, letting forth, that he hath invented and found
the Means of running down Iron Ore into Pig, and leperating the Drofs in a Furnace
ercdled at a fmall Expencc, without Water, W.heel, or Bellows, &c. And praying a
Profit for the Time, and in the Manner ufual in Great-Britain, 8c;c. was read the
fecond Time. The Houfe taking the fame into Confideration j
Ordered,

That Mr. J. La-wrence, Mr. Doughty, Mr. Borden, Mr. Cooper and Mr. Clement,
or any Three of them, be a Committee to confer with the faid John Dorfey, upon
the fubjeft "Matter of his Petition, and report the Utihty of his Improvement, to the
next Seffiona of Affembly,

The Bill, entitled, An Ad to impower the jujiices and Freeholders of the County of
Burlington, to pur chafe a Lot of Ground, to build a Nevj Gaol, and other neceffary Build-
ings thereon, was read the lecond Time ; and on the Queftion ; whether it be fixed at
Burlington, or left to the Juftices and Freeholders to fix the Place ? It pafTed in the
Affirmative.

Ordered,

That the fame be committed to Mr. Borden and Mr. Miller.

The Bill, entitled. An A£t for building a Court Houfe and Gaol for the County of
Middlefex, Gfr. was read the fecond Time;
Ordered,
That the fame be committed to Mr. Ogden and Mr. Stilwell.

The Petitions of the Inhabitants of Hanover, in the County of Morris, praying
a Law to amend their Roads by Tax, was read the fecond Time
Ordered,

That the Petitioners have Leave to bring in a Bill.

Whereupon, Mr. Reading, in Behalf of the Petitioners, brought in a Bill, entitled.
An Aft to repair the publick Roads of Hanover, in the County of Morris, by a Tax on
the Inhabitants of the fame ; which was read, and ordered a lecond Reading.

The Hcufe adjourned till Three, P. M.

The Houfe met, and adjourned till Monday Morning, Nine o'CIock.

Monday t June 23, 1766.

The Houfe met.

The engroflcd Bill, entitled. An Acl: to naturalize Jacob Hcrtcl, and Join Jacob
JFailh, being read and compared j and on the Queftion,
Refohed,
That the fame do pafs.

The



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The engrofied Bill, entitled, An Acl for laying out and ef:ahliJJ::ng a Read fran
Bergen i-'oinr, along up i\ ewark iia\ , i^c. being lead and compared ; and on the
QLieftion,

Rr^folved.,

That the fame do pafs.

The engrofled Bill, cnntled. An hStto enelle the Owners and Tcffejjcrs of the Marfh
end Swamp on the South Branch of Scow Crtik, isc. Lting read anu compared, and
Jeveral Amendments bang made in the Houfe, on the Queftion j
Refohed,
That tlie lame do pafs.

0/ deyed.
That Mr. Ogden and Mr. Joknflcn, do carry the above Bills to the Council, and
defire their Concurrence thereto.

Mr. J. Lawrence, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a
Bill, cntitlea, An A61 for mcire effeiiually preventing the counterfeiting the httls of
X^redit of the neighbouring Governments, or uttering the fatne in this LoMi^, iiji. whi^h
was read, and ordered a fecond Reading.

The Bill, entitled, An h&. to prevent Wafie from -being committed upon the Common
Lands of BcTgen, C^'c. was rcau the lecona Time, and committed to M.x.Fifhcr,
and Mr. J. Lawrence.

The Bill entitled, An Acl explaining the Right of Voting at Town Meetings and
the Elections of Towfifhip Officers, was read the fecond Time, and leveral Amend-
ments bs.ng made in the Houfc; on the Queltion,
Ordered,

That the lame be engrofled.



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Mr. Johnfion reported, that Mr. Ogden and himlelf, delivered the Bills to them in-
trufted, to the Speaker of the Council.

Mr. Ogden, from the Committee appointed for that Purpofe, brought in a Bill, en-
titled. An Adt to impower the Jufiices and Freeholders of the Coanty of tllcx and Bergen,
to build a Bridge over Paflaick River, near the Dutch Church at Acquackanonck, which
was read, and ordered a fecond Reading.

The Bill, entitled, A Supplementary Act, to an Acl, entitled. An A&. for laying out a
Roaa from Newark, in the County of Eflcx, to the publick Road, leading from Bergen-
Point to Paulus-ilook, on Hudfon's River, in the County c/" Bergen, and jor ereLiinga>;d
eflablifimng Ferries acrofs the River Palfaick and Hackinfack, was read the lecond
Time, and committed to Mr. Aliller and Mr. Cooper.

The Houfe adjourned till Two P. M.

The Houie met, according to Adjournment.

Mr. Cooper, from the Committee, to whom was committed the Bill, entitled,
A Supplementary Ad to an A£i for laying cut a Rond from Newark, to the publitJi
Road leading from Bergen-Point to Paulus-Hook, on HudfonV River, i^c. and for
erecting and efiablifotng Ferries acrofs the Rivers Paflaick and Hackinfack, reported
the fame with fcveral Amendments, which, with the Amendments were read, and fc-
veral Amendments being thereto made in the Houfe ; on the Queftion, whether the
fame be engrolfed or not ? It pafled as follows :

YEAS.



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YEAS. YEAS. YEAS. NAYS.

Mr. JtbnfiiH, Mr. J. La-iurtme, Mr. Miller, Mr. Runyon,

Mr. IVetberill, Mr. Borden, Mr. Keajbey, Mr. ^. Laiurence,

Mr. Anderfon, Mr. Doughty, Mr. Ltaming, Mr. /"//fr,

Mr. O'dcn, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Stil'well, Mr. fan Giefcn,

Mr. CV<j«f, Mr. Ckment, Mr. fl«r/. Mr. Z)gr,

That the fame be engrofled.

Mr. Borden, from the Committee, to whom the Bill, entitled, .<^» Ad /o impower
t^e Jujiices and Freeholders of the County of Burlington, to purchafe a Lot of Lround
to build a 'NrjJ Gaol, and other neceffary Buildings thereon, was committed, reported
the fame with feveral Amendments, which were read ; and on the Quellion,
Ordered,

That the fame be engrofled.

Mr. Ogden, from the Committee, to v/hom the Bill, entitled, An Aft for huilding
t, Court- Houfe and Gaol, for the County e/ Middlefex, was committed, reported tnc
fame with ieveral Amendments, wliich were read ; and icveral Amendments being
made thereto, on the Qucfiion,
Ordered,

That the fame be engroffed.

Mr. J. La'-jurence, from the Committee appointed for that Purpole, brought in a
Bill, entitled, .,'/;; Adt appoitJing Commiffioners, for fupplying the feveral Barracks ereiied
in this Colony, with Furniture and other Neceffaries for accommodating the King's Troopi
in, or marching through this Colony, and for defraying other incidental Charge s ; which
was read, and ordered a fecond iveading.

A Mcflage from the Council, by Mr. Parker, acquainring the Houle, that the
Council have made one Amendment to the Bill, entitled, y^« Acb for the Improvement
of the Navigation of the South fVe/l Branch of Ancocas Creek \ to which they defired
the Concurrence of this Houfe, and delivered the Bill and Amendment in at the
Table. Alfo acquainting the Houfe, that the two Bills, one entitled. An Adl ia
enable the Oivners end Pcffeffcrs of a certain Btdy of Meadow and Marfh, lying on the
IVefterly Side of Racoon Creek, &c. the other, entitled, An Aft for builditig and
maintaining a Bridge over the North Branch of Great Timber C'cek, in the County of
Gloucefter ; have paflcd the Council without any Amendment.

The Amendment to the Bill, entitled, An Aft for the Improvement of the Navi-
gation of the South-Weft Branch of Ancocas Creek, was read in its Place; to which
the Houfe agreed. And ordered the faid Bill, with the Council's Amecdment, to
be re- engrofled.

The Houfe adjourned 'till To-msrrow Morning Nine o'Clock,

Tuejday, 'June 24, 1766.

The Houfe met.

The engrofled Bill, entitled. An Aft for the Improvement of the Navigation of the
South-Weft Branch of Ancocas Creek, with the Council's Amend.ment, being read
and compared ; on the Queilion,
Refolved,
That the fame do pafs.

H Ordered,



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YEAS.


NAYS.


Mr. Clement,


Mr. Wetherill,


Mr, MiUer,


Mr. Runyon,


Mr. Kerfiey.


Mr. ^. Laiurence,


Mr. Learning,


Mr. /"//Jfr,


Mr. Sliliuell,


Mr. Aan G/'«/o»,


Mr. Hart.


Mr. Dey,




Mr. Doughty.



Ordered,

That Mr. Borden and Mr. Keajley, do carry the faid Bill to the CoHncil, and
inform them, that this Houie have agreed to their Amendm uc tliercto, and pafftd
the iame accordingly.

Mr. Borden reported, that Mr. Keafley and himfelf, delivered the Bill to them
cntrufted, to the Speaker of the Council.

The engrolTed Bill, entitled, yin Aft explaining the Right of Voting at town
Meetings and the Elections of townjhfp Officers, being read and compared ; on the
Queftion,

Refohed, Nemine Contradicent:,

That the lame do pafs.

>/ The engrofTed Bill, entitled, Jn A&. to ereEl the Townjhip of Hartford, in tbt

County of Gloucefter, being read and compared ; on the Queltion,
Refohed,
That the fame do gals.

. The engroffcd Bill, entitled. Ah AG. to impo-xer the Jtiflices, and Freeholders of the
County of Burlington, lo-purihafe a Lot of Ground to build a New Gaol, idc. being
read and compared ; on the Queftion : It pafled in the Affirmative.

YEAS. - - - -

Mr. Johnjion,
Mr. Anderjon,
Mr. Ogden,
, Mr. Crane,

Mr. J. Lanvrince,
Mr. Borden,
Mr. Cecper,
Refohed,
That the fame do pafs.

Ordered,
That Mr. J. Lawrence, and Mr. R. Lawrence, do carry the faid Bills to the Council,
and defire their Concurrence thereto.

Mr. Fifher, from the Committee, to whom the Bill, entitled, An A6b to contimtg
an A£l, entitled. An Ad; to prevent Wafte from being ccmmitted upon the Common Lands
tf Bergen, 13 c. was committed, reported the lame, with I'everal AmendmcntSj
which were read ; on the Queftion,
Ordered,

That the fame be engrolTed.

Mr. Cooper, from the Committee, to whom was committed the Bill, entitled. An
Aft for invejling a Fee Simple Efiate, in the Toll Bridge lately ereited over Newton
Creek, in William Gerrard, his Heirs and Affigns, &c. reported the fame, with feveral
Amendments; which were reajj, and feveral Amendments being made thereto in the
Houle ; on the Queftion,
Ordered,

That tiie iame be engrofled.

The Bill, entitled, An Aft to impower the Jujiices and Freeholders of the Counties of
Eflex and Bergen, to build a Bridge over t'affaick River, i^c. was read the kcond
Time ; and on the Queftion,
Ordered,

That the fame be engrolTed.

Mr. 7. Lawrence reported, that Mr. R. Lawrence and himfelf, delivered the Bill*
• to them entrulled, to the Speaker in Council.



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A Petition was prcfentcd from feveral of the Inhabitants of the County of Meif-
mouth, praying an Alteration in the A£t for regulating Roads and Bridges ; which
was read ;

Ordered, '

That the Confideration of the fame be referired to the next Seffions of AfTembly.

A MeflTagc from the Council by Mr. Ogden, acquainting the Houfe, that the Bill,
entitled, yin Ad: for the Support of Government, &c. has paffed the Council without
Amendment.

The Houfe adjourn'd till Two, P. M.

The Houfe met according to Adjournment.

A MeiTage from the Council, by Mr. Woodruff, acquainting the Houfe, that the
Bill, entitled. An Aft to prohibit the fetting of Nets, Seins, and other Devices, in
the River Raritan and South-River, i^c. and alio the Bill, entitled, Jn Ad /»
amend and further continue an A£i, entitled. An A£i for better fettling and regulating
the Militia of this Colony, {iff . and alfo the Bill, entitled, An h.&. to enable the Owners
and Poffeffcrs of the Meadows and Mayflies bounding on Delaware, between Long-PoinC
and Kilko-Hook, i^c. toftop out the Tide, i6c. and alfo the Bill, endtlcd. An Adt
to enable the Owners and Poffeffors of the Meadows and Swamps, lying on a fmall Branch
of A\\owz.y's Creek, 4n the County of Salem, to keep up and maintain the Dams, ^c.
are all palfed the Council without any Amendment.

The Petition of Azariah Dunham was read, fetting forth, that the fixing of the
I-ine of the Counties of Somerfet and Middlefex, in Albany-Street, in New-Brunfwick^
is highly difadvantagcous to the County of Middlefex, and praying that the Middlefex
Commiffioners may be heard ;
Ordered,

That the Confideration thereof be referred to the next Seffions of AfTembly, when
the Houfe will hear both Parties.

The Bill, entitled. An A6t appointing Commiffioners for fupplying the feveral Bar-
racks eieSied in this Colony with Furniture, and other Neceffaries, iic. and for
defraying other incidental Charges ; was read the fecond Time ; and on the Queftion,
Ordered,

That the fame be engrofled.



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The ertgrolTed Bill, entitled. An AB: for building a Court Houfe and Gaol for the

County of Middlefex, being read and compared ; and on the Queflion, whether
the lame do pafs .-' It was carried in the Affirmative as follows :

YEAS. YEAS. NAYS. NAYS.

Mr. Jthnftsn, Mr. Clement, Mr. WethiriH, Mr. Van Giefin,

Mr. Anderfon, Mr. Miller, Mr. Rttnyin, Mr. Dey,

Mr. OgJen, Mr. Learning. Mr. R. La-wrer.ce, Mx. Dtughty,

Mr. Crane, Mr. Stil-well, Mr. Fiper, Mr. Keajbej,

Mr. J. Lan-vrence, Mr. Reading,

Mr. Borden, Mr. Hart.

Refolved,
That the fame do pafs.

Ordered,
That Mr. Johnpn and Mr. Hart, do carry the faid Bill to the Council, for their
Concurrence.

Mr. R. Lawrence, from the Committee, to whom was committedthe Bill, entitled, • d

An Adt to lay out a Road on the South Side of Cohanfey Creek, &c. reported the fame,
with feveral Amendments ; which were read, and feveral Amendments being made
in the Houfe -, oji the Queflion,

Ordered^



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Ordered,
That the fame be engroffed



* Mr. Johnjton reported, that ^r. Hart and himfclf, delivered the Bill to them
■ inftrufted, to the Speaker in Council.

The Houfe adjourn'd till To-morrow Morning, Nine o'Clock.

Wednrfday, June 25, 1766.
The Houfe met.
A Meflage from the Governor, by the Deputy Secretar}', in the following Words.

* Gentlevien,

A Few Weeks ago, I received an Account from Col. Van Campen^
of a Murder and Robbery committed in SiiJJ'ex, on the Body

* and Effedts of an Oneida InAizn. The Murderer, it feems, was taken
' up, and committed to the County Gaol, but was refcued the fame

* Evening by a Number of Perfons in Difguife. I immediately iffued a

* Proclamation, offering a Reward for the Perpetrator of the horrid Aft,

* and his Abettors, and direfted the Magiftrates and Officers of Govcrn-

* ment to exert themfelves on the Occafion. I alfo wrote to Sir William
' John/on, His Majefty's Superintendant for Indian Affairs, to defire he

* would ufe his good Offices, in accomodating this Matter with the

* Indians, and prevent their fliewing any Refentment to the Frontier

* Inhabitants. He acquaints me in his Anfwer, that " the Indians had
" fcnt him fome Belts on that Head fome Days before, and are very uneafy
" the rather as they have Reafon to apprehend, from the Condudl of
" feveral of the Frontier Inhabitants of the neighbouring Colonies, that

* * many more will fhare the fame Fate ; for the ill-timed Refentment of
" thefe People, feems fo prevalent, that it will be extremely difficult for
" Government to prevent them from infulting the Indians, and more fo to
" curb the Refentment of the latter, who will certainly go about to rcdrefs
" themfelves, unlefs fomething effeBiial be done, at leaft to prevent the
" like for the future j for this is only one amongfl; feveral Inftances of the
" like Nature, lately committed on the neighbouring Frontiers, and the
" Indians make little or no Diflinftion of Perfons or Provinces, when full
" of Refentment."

* Having lately heard that the Murderer flill continued in the County,

* and that no efFedlual Means had been taken by the Officers there to

* apprehend and bring him to Juftice, I acquainted the Council therewith ;

* who have, as you will fee by the Papers now laid before you, advifed

* the employing ibme adlive Perfons of Morris County, in that necelTary

* Service. This has been done, and the Perfon fufpedled of the Murder, is
' fecured in the County Gaol of SuJ/ex ; but it appears from the bcfl Intcl-

* ligence which can be obtained, that there is great Reafon to believe he
' cannot be brought to a fair Trial in that County, nor executed, even if

* he fliould be convided, without exciting dangerous Commotions.

' It



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' It is really an alarming Confideration, that after fo much Blood and

* Treafure has been expended in obtaining a Peace with the Indians,

* that there fhould be found among ourfelves Men fo very abandon'd as

* to endeavour to involve the Provinces again in all the Calamities of an

* Indian War ; and that this will be the Gate, feems very probable from
' Sir JVilliam "johnjon^ Letter, unlefs a timely Stop is put to the Felly and
' V/ickednefs of the Frontier People in this Refpedl, There are, no
' doubt, among them a Number of well-difpofed Perfons, who have

* a juft Abhorrence of the Conducl of their Neighbours ; but it really

* appears that they are too {t,\j to do what is requilite to be done for their

* own Safety. I muft therefore requeft, that you would pay a ferious

* Attention to this Matter; and, in Order to bring to condign Puniiliment,

* thofe who have already trangrefs'd, and to prevent the like Offences in
' future, that you would prepare an A(fl, to make them liable to be tried

* and punifhedin any of the Counties of the Province which the Jullices

* of the Supreme Court fliall judge moft fuitable.

W. FRANKLIN.

Which being read,

Ordered,
That Mr. Fijher, Mr. Johnjlon, and Mr. Crans^ be a Committee to prepare and
bring in a Bill accordingly.

AMeflage from the Council, by Mr. Parker, acquainting, the Houfe, that the



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