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In CONGRESS, MAY 14, 1777.

RESOLVED, I. THAT the Quarter-Master General of the Army be authorised and empowered to appoint one Commissary of Forage for the Army, and one for each of the military departments thereof, with such and so many Forage-Masters as he shall judge necessary.

II. That the duty of the Commissary of Forage shall be to purchase such quantities of forage, and store the same in such magazines as the Quarter-Master General or the Deputy Quarter-Master General of any department shall from time to time order and direct: That the Commissaries shall conform themselves in making purchases to such rules and regulations, as shall be prescribed to them by the Quarter-Master General or Deputy Quarter-Master General of the department to which they shall severally belong.

III. That all forage, purchased by any Commissary of Forage, and delivered into any magazine, shall be received by the Forage-Master thereunto appointed, who shall give his receipt therefor, specifying the fort, quantity and quality, as a voucher for the Commissary of Forage, to be by him produced to the Quarter-Master General or Deputy Quarter-Master General of the department, in support of his account.

IV. That the Commissaries of Forage shall make a monthly return to the Quarter-Master General or Deputy Quarter-Master General of the department, of all forage by them purchased, specifying to what Forage-Master and in which magazine the same was delivered, that the Forage-Master may stand charged therewith.

V. That no Forage Master, to whose care any magazine of forage shall be committed, shall issue any part thereof, unless by a written order from the Commander in Chief, the commander in Chief of the department, the Commanding Officer of the post where such magazine may be established, the Quarter-Master General or Deputy Quarter-Master General of the department or one of his Assistants, the Waggon-Master General or an other Waggon-Master; such orders to specify for whose use the forage is intended, and every such order to be filed by the Forage-Master, and a regular entry thereof made in a book to be by him kept for that purpose, as a voucher for the expenditure of the forage by him received.

VI. That the Forage-Masters shall make monthly returns to the Quarter-Master General and Deputy Quarter Master General of the departments they belong to, of the state of their magazines, specifying the quantity left in store at the first and every succeeding return, the quantity received since the last return, the expenditure since such return, and what remains on hand.

VII. AND WHEREAS it frequently happens that there is a necessity to detain hired carriages (the owners whereof were to find their own forage) far beyond the time for which the owners thereof agreed to serve, and who if their own forage is expended must have recourse to the public magazines--- 'TIS RESOLVED, That such person so detained and become destitute of forage shall, upon the written order of any of the officers mentioned in the fifth Resolution, be supplied out of the public magazine; and that the Waggon-Master, before he signs the discharge for any such hired carriage, shall direct the Forage-Master to endorse thereon the quantity, fort and quality of the forage furnished such person, that the same may be deducted out of the wages due to the owner of such hired carriage, all which deduction shall by the Quarter-Master General or Deputy Quarter-Master General of the department be carried to the credit of the Forage-Master's account, who shall have furnished the forage.

VIII. That if the Commissary of Forage in any department should be ordered to procure such large quantities of forage as to render it impossible for him to do it without assistance, the Quarter-Master General or Deputy Quarter-Master General of the department shall direct one or more of his Assistants to aid the Commissary of Forage, pointing out the districts in which they are severally to purchase, that one may not enhance the price by bidding above another.

IX. WHEREAS, notwithstanding the orders that have been from time to time issued by General Officers of our army to prevent the loss and embezzlement of intrenching tools and other military stores, great waste hath been made; to prevent which for the future IT IS RESOLVED, That every Commissary of Stores, Store-keeper, or person to whose charge and care any Military Stores, of what kind soever, shall be committed, shall pass his receipt for and stand charged to be accountable for the same, and shall not issue any of them without taking a receipt therefor, the receiver promising to be accountable: And if any person having received any such stores shall lose or embezzle the same, the Commissary, Store-keeper, or person by whom they were delivered, shall charge him with the value thereof, and transmit a copy of such charges to the Pay-Master General or Deputy Pay-Master General of the department, who is to charge the same to the Pay-Master of the corps such person may belong to, unless it shall appear that such loss happened without any blameable negligence or omission. And if any person in the Continental service shall sell or otherwise dispose of any stores committed to his care, without a written order for so doing, issued by the Commander in Chief, or Commander in Chief of the department, or General Officer commanding at a separate post, he shall be punished for theft.

X. That the Waggon-Master General of the Army, or Waggon-Master in any of the departments thereof, shall receive from the Quarter-Master General or Deputy-Master of any department, all such horses, cattle and carriages, as the service may require, and that neither the Waggon-Master General or any other Waggon-Master shall on any account presume to purchase any horses, cattle or carriages, for the public service, without the express orders of the Commander in Chief, the Commander in Chief of the department, the Quarter-Master General or Deputy Quarter-Master General of a department; nor shall the Waggon-Master General or any other Waggon-Master hire any horses, cattle or carriages, unless by the authority aforesaid, or by that of an Assistant Deputy Quarter-Master General.

XI. That the Quarter-Master General appoint such Assistants, and make such arrangements for conducting the business of his department, as to him and to the Commander in Chief and Commander of a department shall seem most conducive to the public weal; that a copy of such arrangement, specifying the names of the Assistants, Commissaries or Forage, Waggon-Masters, Forage-Masters, and Clerks of the several departments, be transmitted to the Board of War. That every Assistant of the Quarter-Master General of the army, and every Assistant of the Deputy Quarter-Master General of the several departments thereof, shall make monthly returns of every article of what kind soever that may be in or at any of the forts, encampments, magazines or places in the district committed to his care, to the Deputy Quarter-Master General of the department, noting what is good, what is reparable, and what is unfit for further service in separate columns, from which returns the Deputy Quarter-Master General shall make one general return, in which shall be specified the total of all the articles in every district within his departments; one copy whereof shall be monthly transmitted to the Board of War, one to the Commander in Chief of the department, and one to the Quarter-Master General, from which return the Quarter- Master General shall make a general return, specifying what is in each department and every district thereof; one copy whereof shall be monthly transmitted to the Board of War, one to the Commander in Chief, and one to the Commander of each department.

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Title
In Congress, May 14, 1777 : Resolved, I. That the quarter-master general of the army be authorised and empowered to appoint one commissary general of forage for the army, and one for each of the military departments thereof ...
Contributor Names
United States. Continental Congress.
Thomson, Charles, 1729-1824.
Loudon, Samuel, 1727?-1813, printer.
Gibs, George, former owner.
Continental Congress Broadside Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
Fish-Kill [N.Y.] : Printed by Samuel Loudon, [1778]
Subject Headings
-  United States.--Continental Army.--Commissary General's Dept
-  United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Equipment and supplies
-  United States--New York (State)--Fishkill
Genre
Broadsides--New York (State)--Fishkill--1778
Broadsheet format (Printing)--New York (State)--Fishkill--1778
Notes
-  Twenty numbered resolutions of the Continental Congress on the Commissary Department, passed May 14, 1777; together with five resolves passed May 15, 1777-March 2, 1778. Signed: Extract from the minutes, Charles Thomson, secretary.
-  Evans 16123
-  LC copy has the name "George Gibs" written twice in margin of p. [1]; annotation on p. [2]: Resolve of Congress for QMS Dept. May 14, 1777.
-  Source: Transfer from Manuscript Department, Library of Congress.
-  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
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Cont Cong no. 43
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90898044
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Twenty numbered resolutions of the Continental Congress on the Commissary Department, passed May 14, 1777; together with five resolves passed May 15, 1777-March 2, 1778. Signed: Extract from the minutes, Charles Thomson, secretary. Evans 16123 ESTC W23814 Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site. Transfer; Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC copy has the name "George Gibs" written twice in margin of p. [1]; annotation on p. [2]: Resolve of Congress for QMS Dept. May 14, 1777.
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United States Continental Congress, Charles Thomson, Samuel Loudon, George Gibs, and Continental Congress Broadside Collection. In Congress,: Resolved, I. That the quarter-master general of the army be authorised and empowered to appoint one commissary general of forage for the army, and one for each of the military departments thereof. [Fish-Kill N.Y.: Printed by Samuel Loudon, 1778] Online Text. https://www.loc.gov/item/90898044/.

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United States Continental Congress, Thomson, C., Loudon, S., Gibs, G. & Continental Congress Broadside Collection. (1778) In Congress,: Resolved, I. That the quarter-master general of the army be authorised and empowered to appoint one commissary general of forage for the army, and one for each of the military departments thereof. [Fish-Kill N.Y.: Printed by Samuel Loudon] [Online Text] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/90898044/.

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United States Continental Congress, et al. In Congress,: Resolved, I. That the quarter-master general of the army be authorised and empowered to appoint one commissary general of forage for the army, and one for each of the military departments thereof. [Fish-Kill N.Y.: Printed by Samuel Loudon, 1778] Online Text. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/90898044/>.

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