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NOVEMBER 29, 1775.
RESOLVED, That a committee of five be appointed for the sole purpose of corresponding with our friends in Great Britain, Ireland, and other parts of the world; and that they lay their correspondence before Congress when directed.
Resolved, That this Congress will make provision to defray all such expenses as may arise by carrying on such correspondence, and for the payment of such agents as they may send on this service.
The members chosen-Mr. Harrison, Dr. Franklin, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Dickinson, and Mr. Jay.
DECEMBER 2, 1775.
Resolved, That the committee of correspondence be directed to use their endeavours to find out and engage, in the service of the United Colonies, skilful engineers, not exceeding four, on the best terms they and that the said committee be authorized to as
sure such able and skilful engineers as will engage in the service, that they shall receive such pay and appointments as shall be equal to what they have received in any former service.
MAY 18, 1776.
The secret committee laid before Congress a letter from Mr. Langdon ; and the same being read,
Resolved, that it be referred to the committee of secret correspondence; and that the said committee be directed to apply to the marine committee for the use of one or more of the continental fleet; and that they send the same to the French West India Islands, in order to procure, if possible, a number of muskets, not exceeding ten thousand; and further, that the said committee be directed to endeavour to discover the designs of the French in assembling so large a fleet, with so great a number of troops, in the West Indies, and whether they mean to act for or against America.
SEPTEMBER 17, 1776.
Congress took into consideration the plan of treaties to be proposed to foreign nations, with the amendments agreed to by the committee of the whole; and thereupon,
Resolved, That the following plan of a treaty be proposed to his most christian majesty :