|Scope: Series consists of the manuscript journals of the Council of Safety (July 1777-March 1778) and the manuscript journals of the Governor and Council (Executive Council) (March 1778-1835). The Council of Safety was appointed by state convention on July 8, 1777 until elections under the new constitution could be held. The Executive Council of the State of Vermont (beginning in 1778) consisted of the governor, lieutenant governor, and twelve persons elected by the freemen of each town. (For a description of the functions of the Executive Council, see the 1777 Constitution, sections 17 and 18. The Executive Council was dissolved when the state senate was created in 1836. These journals are published in "Records of the Council of Safety and Governor and Council of the State of Vermont" (volume I) and "Records of the Governor and Council of the State of Vermont" (volumes II-VIII). The eight "Governor and Council" volumes can also be accessed online at http://books.google.com.