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July 15th.–At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
Samuel Morris, juo'r. 1st. Resolved, That the Committee appointed for Building Boats & Machines for the Defence of the River, do immediately employ all the Carpenters & other Workmen that they think necessary, for collecting materials for building 12 Boats, (including the two already ordered,) and as many Machines as may be thought sufficient for the interruption of the Navigation.
2nd. Resolved, That Colo. Roberdeau, Colo. Cadwalader, & Mr. Samuel Morris, jun., be requested to go to New Jersey and Converse with such principal Inhabitants as they think proper, and to know if the Inhabitants would assist this Province in Defence of the River, and in what manner.
3rd. Resolved, That a Guard be appointed to take proper care of the Artillery and other Military Stores deposited in the State House & Yard.
July 17th.-At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
Samuel Morris, jun'r,
Colo. Dan'l Roberdeau reports to the Board, that there is proper Guards appointed, agreeable to the 3rd Resolve of the 15th inst.
The Committee appointed by the 2nd Resolve of the 15th inst., Report, that they went to the Jerseys and Conversed, with many of the Inhabitants, who seem willing to give every Assistance in their power, that they will immediately furnish some Loggs for building the Machines for the Obstruction of the Navigation, And that they propose to man one or two of the Boats for the Defence of the River, And that some of the Gent'n will in a few days a ttend this Board.
Cap't. Tench, Francis & Capt. Lieut. Bache, made application to this Board for 30 or 40 Rifle Barrel Guns, for a Number of Men in their Company who have not Rifles, neither can than they afford to purchase them.
2nd. Resolved That Mr. Robert Morris be requested to apply to Capt. Tench Francis, and Capt. Lt. Bache, to assist him in providing Eighty good Rifles for the use of the Boats now Building, a part of which are to be put into the hands of such Men as Capt. Francis for this County, & Colo. Wayne of Chester County, may engage to go as Minute Men on Board the Boats when Required.
July 18th.-At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
George Gray, Anthony Wayne, 1st. Resolved, That Colo. Roberdeau be requested to wait on the Physicians of the Hospital, and desire they would inform this Board what Medicines & Necessarys there may be occasion for, for the 600 Men that are to be employed on board the Boats; and that they be desired further to inform this Board if it would be necessary to procure from a Broad a supply of any Medicines that may possibly be wanted in the Service on land for the Associators.
2nd. Resolved, That Colo. Cadwalader & Owen Biddle be desired to apply to the City Committee, and acquaint them that this Board is willing to take into their care such" Gun Powder as said Committee may now have in their Possession, and that this Committee will repay them for the purchace of the same.
3rd. Resolved, That Thomas Savage be employed to take care of the cannon and Military Stores in the day time, or untill he is relieved by the Guard to be placed for that purpose.
July 19th.—At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
Francis Johnstons, Capt. Robert White Reported that he sent a person to the Jerseys to know what number of Logs the Inhabitants would supply
this Board with, who brought with him a List of the following Gentlemen, who Generously gave the number of Logs mention'd opposite their names, vizt. :
Benjamin Whitall, John Wood, Nathan Kimsey, Richard Johns, David Paul, Joseph Low, James Brown,
Logs. 55 Joseph Ward, 10 20
Joshua Hopper, 15 10
Isaac Hopper, 10 50 or more. Levi Hopper,
James Wood, 10 30
Joseph Tatom, 1 10
Charles West, 40
195 lst. Resolved, That the Boat to be launched by Mr. John Wharton, be called the Experiment.
July 21st.–At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
Thomas Wharton, jun'r.
Owen Biddle. 1st. Resolved, That Messrs. Thomas Wharton, jr. & Samuel Morris, jun'r., be appointed a Committee to enquire after a quantity of Salt Petre & damaged Gun Powder, said to be in the hands of the Family of the late Simon Boerum, of Long Island, and should they have any quantity of either Article the said Committee are desired to procure it.
As it is necessary immediately to procure such workman as may forward the Compleating the Fire Arms that may be wanted.
2d. Resolved, That Thomas Wharton, jr., Samuel Morris, jun'r, & George Gray, be a Committee for that purpose, and that they apply to James Pearson, Tomlinson & Wiley, and know if they can be engaged to advantage, & that they acquaint them that this Board will give them proper encouragement.
3rd. Resolved, 'That this Committee furnish the Inhabitants of Gloucester County with Two Team to assist them in bringing logs down to the different Landing places for the use of this Committee, and that Mr. Samuel Morris be desired to procure and send them over immediately.
July 22nd. - At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
Owen Biddle. John Cadwalader, Resolved, That a messenger be sent to Joel Ferree, of Lancaster County, with a letter from this Committee, requesting him immediately to complete the Guns wrote for as patterns and to know how many he can furnish of the same kind and at what price.
July 24th.-At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
Mr. Robert Smith, (Carpenter) appear'd at this Board with a model of a machine for obstructing the Navigation of the River Delaware and explained the Construction of it, which was approved of; at the same time he made an offer of his service in attending and overlooking the Workman in building the same Gratis, for which this Board thanked him and accepted the offer of his services.
Resolved, That Capt. Charles Alexander be appointed to the Command of the Boat called the Bull Dog.
Resolved, 'That this Board meet at Kensington to-morrow Morning, at 11 O'Clock, to attend the launch of the Boat Built by Emanuel Eyres, and that they go from thence in said Boat to Glouces. ter, and there hold a Board.
July 26th.-At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety, at Kensington.
Robert Morris. George Ross, Emanuel Eyres, the Builder of the Boat called the Bull Dog, not being able to launch her yesterday, she was this day launched and the Members of the Committee of Safety there present embarked on board said Boat and went to Gloucester, but found it inconvenient to hold a Board there.
July 27th.--At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
Benjamin Franklin, John Cadwalader,
Thomas Wharton, junr.
Samuel Morris, junr.
George Gray. Daniel Roberdeau, Upon application of James Pearson and Whiley, the Committee consent to advance them the sum of two hundred pounds, they giving good Security for the repayment of said sum in good Gun Barrels of their own Manufactory.
The Committee appointed by the 1st Resolve of the 21st of July, Report, That there is no Gunpowder in the hands of the Family of the laté Simon Boerum, and but little Salt petre, which they purpose Manufacturing themselves.
Mr. Nathaniel Irish presented a Boat or Gondola for the inspection of this Committee.
Resolved, That Mr. Thomas Wharton return him the thanks of this Board, much commending his ingenuity & attention to the Pub