Committee Report regarding Mohegan Claim

Your Honors’ Committee appointed to consider and report to this Assembly what shall be most expedient and beneficial to be done relating to the affair of the claim of the Indians, etc., do report to your Honors their opinion as follows,  First, that agents be appointed from both houses and fully empowered to appear for and represent the Governor and Company before the Commissioners’ Court to be held at Norwich and to make such pleas and allegations in behalf of said Governor and Company as may be needful for our defense, etc., and to employ such council learned in the law as they shall judge needful and that a suitable sum of bills of credit be drawn out of the Treasury and delivered to said agents to reward such attorneys as they shall in behalf of the government improve and for other emergencies and that the Honorable Governor and Council be empowered to draw out such sums from time to time for the agents aforesaid as shall be thought necessary.  Secondly, that the Assembly continue sitting at this place on the business of the government  until they hear from their agents after the meeting of the commissioners and then to adjourn if need be.

Committee:

Jonathan Law

Roger Wolcott

Ebenezer West

Samuel Hill

Samuel Willard

John Bulkley

Benjamin Hall

Joseph Blackleach

John Lee

May 1738

            Legislative Action:        In the Lower House, the question was put whether the House would accept

                                                and approve the said report of the within committee.  Resolved in the

                                                negative.  Test, Jonathan Trumbull, Clerk.

                                                Then the question was put whether the House would accept and approve

                                                the report so far as that agents be appointed from both Houses and fully

                                                empowered to appear for and represent the Governor and Company before

                                                the Commissioners’ Court to be held at Norwich, and to make such pleas

                        and allegations in behalf of said Governor and Company as may be needful

                        for our defense, etc., and to employ such council learned in the law as they

shall judge needful, and that a suitable sum of bills of credit be drawn out of the Treasury and deliver to said agents to reward such attorneys, as they shall in behalf of the government improve.  Resolved in the affirmative. Test, Jonathan Trumbull, Clerk.

                                                This Assembly do appoint the Honorable Jonathan Law, Esq., and Roger

                        Wolcott, Esq., Captain Jon Bulkley, Captain Benjamin Hall, Captain John

                        Lee, Mr. Joseph Blackleach, and Mr. Ebenezer West, agents in behalf of

                        the Governor and Company as above written, and that a bill be drawn in

                        form.  Passed in the Lower House.  Test, Jonathan Trumbull, Clerk. 

                        In the Upper House, the second question above was put, and (with this

                        alteration in the last clause, viz., instead of the words “to reward, etc.” it be

                                                inserted “for the service of this government.”  Resolved in the affirmative.

                                                Test, George Wyllys, Secretary.

                                                In the Upper House, the above bill appointing agents, etc., passed in the

                                                Lower House, Concurred with, exclusive of Captain Benjamin Hall,

                                                Captain John Lee, Mr. Joseph Blackleach, and Mr. Ebenezer West.  Test,

                                                George Wyllys, Secretary.  In the Lower House, reconsidered on the above

                                                appointment of agents and concurred with. Test, Jonathan Trumbull, Clerk.

                                                           In the Lower House, the alteration made in the Upper House on the last

                                                           clause of the second question, concurred with.  Test, Jonathan Trumbull,                                                                     Clerk.

            Cataloguing:                180a, 180b, 180c, 239, 240    

 
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