COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS.
In SENATE, October 5, 1781.
WHEREAS a resolve passed the 3d day of July last, making provision for
the pay of the soldiers, who were employed in the three, six and eight months
of service, in 1780, has been found ineffectual for that purpose.
Therefore, Resolved that the above mentioned resolve be, and it hereby
is repealed, and that more effectual provision may be made for the payment of
the soldiers, who were employed in the three, six and eight months of service
It is hereby resolved, That the Selectmen of the several towns, and
Committees of plantations in this Commonwealth be, and they are hereby directed
to make out pay rolls for the service of six months men, belonging to, or raised
for their several towns and plantations, who were employed in the Continental
service, in the year of our Lord 1780, at the rate of forty shillings per Callendar
month, setting forth in distinct columns, the names of the soldiers, distinguishing
such as are deserters, the time of their marching to camp, the time of their
discharge the number of miles from the place of their discharge, to their respective
homes, the number of months and days each soldier was in service, including
one day's service for every twenty miles distance from the place of their discharge,
to their respective homes, and the amount of each soldier's wages. And the said
Selectmen and Committees are directed to make up the said pay rolls upon the
best evidence they can obtain, availing themselves as far as possible of the
discharge the soldiers borne on their rolls, received of the several continental
officers on their discharge from the six months service.
And it is further resolved, That the Selectmen and Committees aforesaid,
shall make oath to the pay rolls by them made out as aforesaid, and the said
Selectmen and Committees are directed as soon as may be, to forward them to
the Committee of muster rolls for examination, which oath shall be administered
by some Justice of the Peace in the town where such Selectmen or Committees
belong, the Clerk of such town is hereby for that purpose, impowered to administer
the said oath, in the forms following, viz.
You __ do severally swear, that in making up the pay roll by you now exhibited,
you have acted honestly and impartially, and that it is just and true, according
to the best of your knowledge.
So help you GOD.
And it is further resolved,That the Treasurer of this Commonwealth
be, and he hereby is directed, to give receipts on the Constables and Collectors
of the next State tax, for the payment of the warrants that may be drawn in
favour of the soldiers, who were employed in the three, six and eight months
service in the year 1780, in discharge of the said service.
And it further resolved, That the Secretary be and hereby is directed,
to publish the aforegoing resolves in Willis's next Thursday News-Paper.
Sent down for concurrence,
SAMUEL ADAMS, President.
In the House of Representatives, Octo. 23, 1781.
Read and concurred,
NATH. GORHAM, Speaker.
True copy, Attest.
JOHN AVERY, Secretary.