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destroyed by the enemy. A large proportion of this expenditure was oca casioned by a request on the part of the Continental Congress, or by request of commanding officers in the northern department, with an assurance of payment. These requests were made by the Cabinet of New Hampshire Grants, as a sovereign and independent community. Numerous are the instances in which the Continental Congress, or officers by them appointed, requested troops to be raised to protect the frontier inhabitants in the northern department, meaning Albany, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, and its dependencies in New York. Request was made by the commissary of the northern department, to the General Assembly of this State, to buy provisions in this State for the Continental Troops in the northern department. Application was made by the commanding General of the northern department, to the Cabinet of this State, to arrest deserters from the Continental army. Application was also made by the commissary of provisions in the eastern department, for liberty to pa ss through this State to Canada, for the purpose of negotiating an exchange of prisoners, as well as many other requests of a similar nature, all of which were promptly granted on the part of this State. The Cabinet of this State, at several times, during the war, made application to the commanding officers in the northern department, for troops to aid in garrisoning our frontier posts, and were denied. We applied on a certain occasion, to buy, or borrow a few barrels of beef, pork and flour, of the commissary of the northern department. We were denied on the ground that he had no authority to furnish troops except those of the thirteen American colonies. We applied to the commissary of prisoners in the northern department to borrow one of the British prisoners (as we had previous to this furnished one thousand one hundred and fifteen British prisoners for the colonies,) in order to complete an exchange of prisoners with the British commander in Canada, but were refused upon the ground that we did not belong to the Union. We were therefore left to negotiate with Gen. Haldimand for the release on parole of such prisoners as belonged to Warner's regiment, and to this State, including the east and west union.
In July, A. D. 1780, we communicated to the President of the Continental Congress a proposition to form a solid union for the defence of the American Colonies against their enemies. We also, on the 12th of December, A. D. 1780, wrote to the Governors of the several New England States, as well as to the Governor of N. York, making the same proposition; but never received an answer from either. I know of no law on the part of Congress, granting any pensions or remunerations, for Revolutionary services done or performed by a citizen of this State, in the inilitia of the State, during the Revolutionary War, previous to the law, A. D. 1842. By the exertions of a distinguished delegate then in Congress, from this State, an amendment was proposed, whereby the Revolutionary services of the Green Mountain Boys, was for the first time acknowledged by Congress. The numerous officers and soldiers of the Vermont troops, who so faithfully served during the war, never received one acre of land, one dollar of bounty money, nor wages from the thirteen American Colonies. Yet, sir, the documents herewith submitted, will convince you that our troops took from the enemy property to the amount of three hundred thousand dollars, which was generously turned into the common stock for the defence of the colonies. Even the brass cannon taken from the Germans at Bennington are now deposited in the Government Arsenal, in the district of Columbia, as trophies, unpaid for by the General Government, and quietly acquiesced in by the Green Mountain Boys.
I earnestly recommend the arranging of all documents now recovered, with proper indices, in relation to the part the New Hampshire Grants took in the Revolutionary War; also, to complete the copying of all vouchers for revolutionary expenditures and forthwith present our claims to Congress for allowance; also, the official correspondence, in order to show forth the part the New Hampshire Grants took in the revolutionary war. I have no doubt on my mind but what Congress will make us a reasonable remuneration. If not, there will forever remain in the files of the American Congress a true copy of the Revolutionary pay rolls of the Green Mouna tain Boys, with a true copy of their expenditures, in defending their own firesides, and those of the thirteen American Coloonies: There will remain a full history of the part the Green Mountain Boys took in the American Revolution. These documents will forever wipe away the black stain put upon the Mountain Boys, during the Revolutionary War, by demagogues and sham patriots, on the floor of Congress, and will show forth the sacrifices made for the love of our Green Mountains :—the love and forbearance we manifested towards the Continental Congress, after being threatened with immediate annihilation, and above all, will show the confidence the Commanding General of the American armies placed in the Cabinet of the New Hampshire Grants. Finally, the future historian will speak of our fathers as patriots, as statesmen, as pure and spotless as the snow of our mountains. All of which is submitted to your Excellency.
REPORT OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE, TO WHOM WAS
REFERRED THE REPORT OF HENRY STEVENS.
To the Senate and House of Representatives : .
The Select Committee, to whom was referred the report of Henry Ste. vens, have had the same under consideration and respectfully report, that they are of opinion that it is inexpedient to pursue the enquiries which have been prosecuted by Mr. Stevens, for the purpose of establishing a revolutionary claim on the part of the State of Vermont against the Uni. ted States, without hope of success. The Committee have been put in possession of an opinion given by the Hon. Hiland Hall, late Member of Congress, which they think is conclusive upon the subject. That opinion is herewith submitted to the Senate and House of Representatives. · Mr. Stevens has been active, industrious and energetic in prosecuting his enquiries and collecting facts relating to the early and revolutionary history of this State, and the transactions of those times. The Committee believe that the materials collected by Mr. Stevens, consisting of the history and correspondence of the principal men connected with the revolution, and more particularly with this State, and other matters, are of very considerable importance, but they do not think it comes within the appropriate duty assigned to them, to make an examination of the materials collected by him, or to recommend any action to be pursued by the Legislature in relation thereto, yet the Committee believe that some measures ought to be taken to secure to the State the benefit of the examination which has been made, and to do justice to Mr. Stevens. The Committee recommend the adoption of the accompanying resolution.
E. N, BRIGGS, for Committee.
Reso lved, by the Senate and House of Representatives, that the Governor of this State be requested to make, or cause to be made, an exam. ination of the papers and correspondence collected by Henry Stevens, Esq., relating to the early and revolutionary history of this State, and to take such measures as he shall judge will be most beneficial to the interest of the State, in procuring and preserving the same,
REPORT FROM SECRETARY OF STATE IN CONFORMITY WITH A RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE, RELATIVE TO THE STATE PRINTING.
SECRETAY OF State's OFFICE,
Montpelier, Oct. 26, 1843. Hon. HORACE EATON,
President of the Senate : Sir,- I have the honor to inform the Senate, in answer to their resolution of yesterday, calling for such information, that the contract made for printing the Laws of the General Assembly of 1843, has been made with E. P. Walton & Sons, of Montpelier, and is in the words and figures fol. lowing, viz. :
PROPOSALS FOR PRINTING THE LAWS, 1843.
We will print the Laws of Vermont for the session of 1843, as follows: 3600 copies on paper, and in size of page, type, and style, both of printing and binding, to correspond with last year's, at $3 per page-the work to be ready for distribution in fifteen days after the last copy is furnished
Provided, That for any additional copies we are to be allowed the cost of paper at $3,60 a ream, press work at $1 per token, and binding at 8 cents per copy; and it is also understood that the usual allowance will be made us for distribution to the several sheriffs. We offer Joseph Howes for surety. Take any copy of the Laws of 1842, as a sample of paper, type, &c.
. E. P. WALTON & SONS. Montpelier, July 29, 1843. Proposals accepted, July 29, 1843.
J. McM. SHAFTER,
. Secretary of State.
The performance of the contract as above set forth, is secured by bond, with $1000 penalty, for failure to perform the contract as aforesaid.
As to the differences" between the contract for the present year, and those for the three preceding years, I have to say, that for the year 1840, that the contract was for the printing of 3300 copies at $3,25 per page, and for the year 1842, for any additional copies, the paper was to be rated at $4 per ream.
For the year 1841, I have to say, that I have searched among the pa. pers of this office, but have not found any contract for that year.
The proposals made by E. P. Walton & Sons, as aforesaid, for the year 1843, were the only ones made to this office for the printing of the said Laws.
With great respect,
Secrelary of State.