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Wardens of the Port, for which he has given a Receipt to the Board.
Mr. George Taylor attended this Board, and offers to make and deliver Cannon Ball at the rate of twenty pounds per ton.
Mr. Biddle is desired to acquaint Mr. Taylor that this Board will inform themselves of the price that Ball may be had at, but think the Price he mentions is too high.
Colo Roberdeau will speak to Mr. David Potts, respecting the Price that Cannon Ball may be made and delivered at.
August 3rd–At a Meetiọg of the Committee of Safety.
Thomas Wharton, jun'r.,
Samuel Morris, jun'r. Resolted, That Colo. Roberdeau & Mr. Owen Biddle purchase twenty-eight Tops of Cannon Ball of the following sizes :
32 Pounders, 70.
18 Pdrs. On Motion of Colo. Wayne, That any Member who may have any thing to Offer to this Board, should address the Chair; which motion was agreed to, and ordered to be minuted.
Major Bayard & Major Johnston delivered, in a Memorial from a Number of the Committee of the City, Liberties & County of Philadelpa, and the Body of Officers of the several Battalions in the said City Liberties and County. And on Debate, it is agreed that the objects recommended in said Memorial do come properly under the Notice of this Board, and will be taken into consideration.
Upon Motion, Resolved, Tbat Doct'r Franklin, Andrew Allen, Colo. Cadwala. der, Colo. Wayne, Colo. Ross, Colo. Roberdeau, & Major Johnston, be a Committee to prepare a Draught of Rules & Regulations for the good Government of the Associators of this Province; and the said Committee are desired to form a draught of a Recommendation from this Board, to such Persons as have not associated, and who come within the description of the Resolves of the Congress of the 18th July, to join the Associators without further loss of time.
Upon application of Mr. Robert Erwin for 6 lbs. Gun Powder
for the use of the Hospital & Goal, It is agreed that he should have an order on Robert Towers for the same, which order was accordingly drawn and delivered.
Mr. Owen Biddle produced two Letters from Bucks County, one from three of the Assesors & one Commiss’r of said County, informing this Board, That at a meeting of Com’rs & Ass'rs, there appeared a Majority for not carrying the Resolution of Assembly for providing 300 Stand of arms, into execution; a debate arising in Consequence of these Letters, it was, after deliberation,
Resolved, That the Board of Commissioners & Assessors for the County of Bucks be summoned to appear before this Board, on Wednesday the 9th instant, at 10 o'clock, A. M., at the Lodge, in the City of Philadelphia, and that each Commiss'r & Ass’r be served as soon as possible with a copy of this Minute.
Resolved, That the Committee for providing Powder, arms, &ca., be desired to procure from the French or Spanish West Indies, two thousand stand of good Fire Arms.
August 4th.- At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
Colo. Roberdeau Reports, That Mr. Taylor has agreed to cast and deliver to this Committee the twenty-eight Ton of Ball that is ordered to be made at sixteen pounds Pton.
Resolved, That Morgan Busteed, Cast and deliver to this Committee, Two Howitzers, agreeable to the draft offered by bim to this board.
Resolved, That Colo. Dickinson, Colo. Roberdeau & Colo. Cadwalader, enquire of the Associators who have the Provincial Muskets in their hands, if they are willing to enter into the service of this Province, on Board the Boats to be employed for the defence thereof. If they refuse, then, that they be desired to deliver the said Arms to their respective Colonels, for the use of those Men that may erter into the said Service.
Resolved, That Mr. Samuel Wheeler make 100 Pikes, to be made use of on Board the different Boats, agreeable to the pattern produced to this Board.
August 5th.-At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
Thomas Wharton, jun.,
August 7th.–At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
Samuel Morris, jun.,
August 8th.--At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
Colo. Cadwalader delivered to this Board, John Nixon Chairman, pt. to the City Committee, his order to the Powder Committee to deliver to this Board what Powder they may have in their care.
Doct'r Franklin delivered a Letter to this Board from three of the Assessors and one Commissioner, which was Read and answered this day.
Resolved, That Mr. Owen Biddle & Colo. Cadwalader apply to the City Committee for what Lead and Flints they may have in their possession, and request their account of the Cost of the same.
Resolved, That the Powder Committee endeavour to inform themselves what quantity of Lead may be procured in this City, and that they purchase fifty tons of that article.
August 9th.–At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety
Thomas Wharton, jun'r.,
Samuel Morris, jun'r,
George Gray. John Cadwalader. Upon the application of Doct'r Franklin to this Board for a quantity of Gunpowder, for the use of the troops under the command of Colo. Schuyler.
Resolved, That the 22441 lbs. of Gunpowder now in Magazine, under the care of Mr. Robert Towers, be immediately sent, and that a proper Team be provided to take said Powder, and to be attended on the Road by Thomas Aply, untill he receives orders from Colo. Schyler.
Sundry Letters were read from York County, concerning the Military Association, requesting Commissions to be sent for the Of. ficers of that County.
A Letter read from Carlisle, of 27th July, directed to Michael Hillegas, Esq., and signed by John Montgomery, requesting the Pattern Gun & resolves of the Assembly, to be sent to the Commis’rs & Assess'r of Cumberland County.
One other Letter was produced, directed to Mr. Hillegas, from Wm. Edmonds of Northampton Co'y, requesting the pattern Muskets, Knapsacks, & Cartridge Boxes might be sent for that County.
On Motion, It is agreed that this Committee meet in future at 9 o'clock in the Morning.
August 10th-At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
George Gray. Samuel Morris, jun., The Committee appointed to enquire what quantity of Lead could be procured in this City, Report that they cannot find more than 5 Cwt. of that article.
Upon application of the Powder Committee for a Sum of Money to reimburse them the large sums they are in advance, and for payment of other their Engagements,
Resolved, That an Order be drawn on Michael Hillegas, Esquire, Treasurer to this Board, in favour of Messrs. Robert Morris &
Thomas Wharton, jun., for the Sum of Twenty-five thousand Pounds; which was accordingly done, & signed by the President.
Resolved, that the Committee appointed to procure Gun Powder, &c., do, as soon as possible, import Fifty tons of Lead.
Doct. Franklin undertook to write to Colo. Schyler, to know if any of the Lead that was at Ticonderoga, could be had for the use of this Province, and to request a supply if it can be spared.
August 11th-At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
Samuel Morris, jun.,
382 lbs. Cannon Powder,
2136 lbs. Powder. Doct. Franklin & Mr. Owen Biddle, Report, That they yesterday sent the above Powder to Colo. Schyler, attended by the above mentioned 'Thomas Aply.
Resolved, That Mr. Robert Towers be appointed Commissary of the Magazine and Military Stores of this Province, and that he have a Sallery of Fifty pounds of year; And that Mr. Andrew. Allen & Mr. Robert Morris be appointed to draw up Instructions, and a Commission for him.
That the order from the Committee of the City and Liberties to the Powder Committee of that Board, be delivered to the Commissary, and that he cake the Powder that they deliver into his care, and Report the quantity to this Board.
That Owen Biddle, Samuel Morris, and George Gray, be a Com. mittee to prove the Powder made by Mr. Lush & Mr. Oswell Eve, and that Robert Towers, Commissary, attend them.