176 ' PROCEEDINGS OF THE CONVENTION [1776.
Mr. Gantt has leave of absence till Monday next.
Resolved unanimously, That the instructions given by the conven-
tion of December last (and renewed by the convention in May) to
the deputies of this colony in congress, be recalled, and the restric-
tions therein contained removed; that the deputies of this colony at-
tending in congress, or a majority of them, or any three or more of
them, be authorised and empowered to concur with the other united
colonies, or a majority of them in declaring the united colonies free
and independent states, in forming such further compact and con-
federation between them, in making foreign alliances, and in adopt-
ing such other measures as shall be adjudged necessary for secur-
ing the liberties of America, and this colony will hold itstelf bound
by the resolutions of a majority of the united colonies in the pre-
mises: provided, the sole and exclusive right of regulating the in-
ternal government and police of this colony be reserved to the peo-
ple thereof. Mr. Sluby appeared in the house.
Convention adjourns till to-morrow morning, 9 o'clock.
SATURDAY, June 29, 1776.
Convention met. All members present as on yesterday, except
Mr. Gantt. The proceedings of yesterday were read.
On motion, Resolved, That the bills of credit issued by the con-
gress and the conventions of this province, be received by the
commissioners of the loan office in payment of any interest due to
the said office.
Ordered, That the above resolution be published in the Mary-
The convention resumed the election of officers. Mr. William
Hyde was elected lieutenant-colonel of the upper battalion on the
western shore, and Dr. John Cradock major.
For the company to be raised in St. Mary's county, Uriah For-
rest was appointed captain, Wm. Bond. 1st lieutenant; Moses Tabbs
2d lieutenant, and Edward Mattinly ensign.
For the companies in Charles county, Thomas Hanson, captain;
George Dent 3d, 1st lieutenant; Samuel Jones, 2d lieutenant; and
William Adams, ensign. Belain Posey, captain; Henry Boarman,
1st lieutenant; John Forbes, 2d lieutenant; and Gerard Fowke,
Calvert. John Brooke, captain; Frederick Skinner, 1st lieu-
tenant; Nathaniel Wilson, 2d lieutenant, and James Somerville,
Prince George's. John Hawkins Lowe, captain; John Magru-
der Burgess, 1st lieutenant; William Duvall, 2d lieutenant; and