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THE

PUBLIC RECORDS

OF THE

STATE OF CONNECTICUT,

From October, 1776, to February, 1778, inclusive,

WITH THE JOURNAL OF THE COUNCIL OF SAFETY FROM OCTOBER 11, 1776,

TO MAY 6, 1778, INCLUSIVE,

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PUBLISHED IN ACCORDANCE WITH A RESOLUTION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

BY CHARLES J. HOADLY, LL.D.,

STATE LIBRARIAN.

HARTFORD:
PRESS OF THE CASE, LOCKWOOD & BRAINARD COMPANY.

1894.

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PREFACE.

Upon the motion of the Connecticut Society Sons of the American Revolution, the General Assembly passed the following resolution authorizing the publication of State Records :

Resolved by this Assembly: That Charles J. Hoadly of Hartford be authorized to continue the publication of state records, together with the journal of the Council of Safety, and any other state documents or other official papers connected with the history of Connecticut from 1776 to 1789, inclusive ; and the secretary of state is hereby requested to furnish all needed assistance and co-operation for the speedy completion of the work.

Approved, February 23, 1893.

It was time that something should be done, for the first volume of the State Records and the first volume of the Journal of the Council of Safety are in bad condition, some of the leaves being loose, frayed, and broken. Fortunately it has been possible to restore the text in every instance where the record is defective through age and wear.

This publication contains about one half of the first manuscript volume of the Records of the State of Connecticut, and all of the first volume of the Journal of the Council of Safety which was not printed in the fifteenth volume of Colonial Records of Connecticut.

The journal of the Governor and Council, as distinguished from that of the Council of Safety, is supposed to be lost. Entries of the appointment of two sheriffs by them are printed on pages 81 and 153.

It is not known that the journals either of the Upper or of the Lower House of the General Assembly for the period covered by this volume are in existence.

As the public records of the State continued to be kept by the same Secretary, so they were kept in the same manner as those of the Colony had been. Each of the manuscript volumes of the Colonial records is paged con

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