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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Resolutions by the Continental Congress concerning the petition of Alexander Morison et al.
United States. Continental Congress
October 17, 1776
Volume 10, Page 890

In Congress Octr 17th, 1776.

Resolved, That the letter from Governour Livingston be referred to a Committee of three and that said committee be directed to take into consideration the case of the prisoners in the Gaol of Philadelphia.

The committee to whom was recommitted the report on the state of prisoners in the jail of Philadelphia brought in a further report which was taken into consideration, whereupon

Resolved, That the prisoners from North Carolina be permitted to return to their families, if the Convention of that State shall be of opinion they may so do without danger to that or any of the United States & in the meantime that bedding blankets and other necessaries be furnished the Gaoler by Mr Mease for the use of such prisoners as are unprovided with them.

That Capt McKenzie be permitted to apply to the State of North Carolina for liberty to return there, & in the mean time that he be allowed ten dollars to bear his expenses to Lancaster County.

Extract from the Minutes.