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September 2nd-At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
ROBERT MORRIS, President pro tem..
Robert White. Mr. Robert Morris is desired to pay to Capt. Ord & Mr. George Thompson at the rate of fifteen pounds H hundred for Powder they imported, and at the rate of four pounds P hundred more, as an encouragement for the importation of Gunpowder, which encouragement is agreeable to a Resolve of the Committee for the City and Liberties.
Upon application of General Washington, as per Letter from Mr. Joseph Reed, dated Camp at Cambridge, 24th August, 1775, for a supply of Gun Powder:
Resolved, That two tons of Gun Powder be immediately sent to his Excellency General Washington, and that William Jordan gi with and take proper care of the Powder, until he has directions from the General.
That Robert Towers deliver the said Powder to Mr. Robert Erwin, who is to provide Waggons for the Carriage of the same.
Agreeable to a resolve of the 10th inst., Doct'r Franklin wrote to General Schyler, to know if any Lead could be bad for the use of this Provice out of a quantity that was at Ticonderoga, the General in his Letter of the 230 August, acquaints this Board that he will convey a considerable quantity of Lead immediately to this City.
Resolved, That Mr. Thomas Houston be appointed a Lieutenant on Board one of the Armed Boats.
September 4th-At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
Thomas Wharton, jun'r., Fifty of the Rules & regulations for the Associators, and the same number of the articles of Association, to be sent to the Colonels of the different Battalions in this Province.
Deliver'd to Colo. Dickinson, 50 of the articles of Association & Presidency. i
Deliver'd to Colo. Hamilton, 50 of each of do, H G. Gray. $& Deliver'd to Colo. Miles, 50 of each of do. pou.
September 5th.–At a meeting of the Committee of Safety.
Present only 3 Members.
Robert White. Robert Towers, Comm’ry Reports his having received & stored at the State House the following articles, Viz: 938 Round Shot, 18 Pounders, 24 ditto 24 p'drs
Receiv'd from George Taylor. 20 ditto 32 p’drs 66 pounds of Salt Petre, Received from Mr. Groves.
And Reports his having deliver'd 4012 pounds Gunpowder to Robert Erwin, which went yesterday in two waggons, under the care of William Jordon, for General Washington, at the Camp in Cambridge.
September 6th.–At a meeting of the Committee of Safety.
William Edmonds, Mr. Clemont Biddle made proposals to this Board to furnish the Officers and Men, to be employed on board the Armed Boats, with Provisions, and Rum, or Beer in lieu of Rum, agrecable to the quality and quantity allowed them by a resolve of this Board the 1st instant, at the rate of teppence half penny P Ration, or one day's allowance for a Man.
Resolved, That this Board accept the proposal of Mr. Biddle, and agree that he be appointed to furnish the Provisions & Rum, agreeable to the said resolve, at the said rate of tenpence half penny
Rowley Godfrey, Lieut. of the 48th Regiment of Foot, having come hither with an intention of joining his Regiment quartered in the Island of Granada,
This Comraittee thought proper that he should sign the following parole, which he accordingly did.
J. Rowley Godfrey, Lieutenant of the 48th Regiment, now quartered in the Island of Granada, a Prisoner in the Power of the Committee of Safety, for the Province of Pennsylvania, and being kindly treated and protected by them and enlarged on Parole, Do Hereby Solemnly promise and engage, on the Honor of a Soldier and a Gentleman, That I will not bear Arms against the Ameri. can United Colonies in any manner whatever, for the space of twelve months, or until I may be exchanged, nor will I during that time take any measures to give intelligence to General Gage or the British Ministry, or to any person or persons whatever, relative to American affairs; also in case this my Parole is not accepted in Exchange for any Officer of equal Rank in the American Service who may be taken Prisoner by the Brittish Troops, I do hereby, in any such case on notice, Promise to Repair to, and give myself up to the said Committee of Safety as a Prisoner. Dated Philad'a 7th Sept'r, 1775. Signed
ROWLEY GODFREY, Lt.
48th Reg't. Lt. Godfrey was furnish'd with a copy of the above.
September 7th.-In Committee of Safety.
Anthony Wayne. Mr. Owen Biddle is desired to procure a Rifle that will carry a half pound Ball, with a Telescope sight, and to get repaired a Riffle produced by Colo. Wayne.
The Board being informed, by enquiry of the Honorable Peyton Randolph, Esqr., that the application of Colo. George Slaughter, for leave to purchase Gunpowder for the use of a New Settlement in Virginia or Kentucky, is founded in necessity for the protection of a number of Families, they not being able to furnish themselves elsewhere, have agreed to permit their purchasing one hundred pounds weight at York Town, in this Province, if the Committee of that Place think fit to spare the same.
The above minute was signed by the president & Colo. Slaughter, furnished therewith.
September 8th.-At a meeting of the Committee of Safety.
Andrew Allen, Major George Etherington, having come hither with an inten- . tion, as he says, of going for England, this Board thought proper to take the following Parole of him :
“I, George Etherington, Major in the secend Battalion of his Majesty's Loyal American Regiment, a prisoner in the power of the Committee of Safety, for the Province of Pennsylvania, and being kindly treated and protected by them, and enlarged on Parole, do Hereby Solemnly promise and engage, on the Honor of a Soldier and a Gentleman, that I will not bear Arms against the American united Colonies, in any manner whatever, for the space of twelve months, or until I may be exchanged; nor will I, during that time, take any measures to give intelligence to General Gage, or the British Ministry, or to any Person or Persons whatever, relative to American affairs; also, in case this my Parole is not accepted in exchange for any officer of equal Rank in the American Service, who may be taken Prisoner by the Brittish Troops, I do hereby, in any such case, on Notice, Promise to repair to and give myself up to the said Committee of Safety, as a Prisoner,
(Signed) “GEO. ETHERINGTON. “Dated Philad'a, 8th Sept'r, 1775.” Agreeable to the request of Major Etherington, he was furnish'd with a Copy of his Parole, and the following certificate :
“ These are to Certify, to all Persons to whom these presents may appear, that the above writing is a true Copy of the Parole of Honor given by the bearer, Major Etherington, of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal American Regiment, to the Committee of Safety for the Province of Pennsylvania. It is, therefore, recommended to such Persons, that the said Major Etherington be permitted to pass where his business may lead him, without any hindrance or Molestation."
Ordered, That Mr. Towers, Commiss'y, attend Mr. Nicholson in proving the Firelocks, and that he furnish such quantity of Powder as is necessary for that purpose.
Resolved, That Capt. White purchase of Mr. Binks, thirty Cartridge Boxes, for the use of the armed Boats.
September 11th. -At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
Present, only four Members :
John Cadwalader. Robert Towers, Commiss'y, Reports his having received the following articles, and Stored them at the State House, viz't:
28 Muskets & Bayonets, from John Nicholson.
September 12th.-At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
September 13th.-At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
Present: Only 5 Members.
Samuel Morris, jun'r.
September 14th.-At a Meeting of the Committee of Safety.
Thomas Wharton, jun'r, William Edmonds, George Gray. Capt. James Irvine presented a Memorial & representation to this Board, concerning himself and the Regulation of the first Battalion, which, after being read and considered, it was agreed that the following recommendation be given to Capt. Irvine, and the other Captains of said Battalion.
The Committee of Safety, taking into consideration the disputes at present subsisting in the first Battalion, recommend it to the Captains of that Battalion to settle among themselves the Rank of the several Companies, in such manner as may be generally satisfactory; or if they cannot agree among themselves, to draw Lotts acording to the 16th Article of the Rules for Establishing Rank or precedence amongst the Pennsylvania Associators.
Resolved, 'That the Chevaux de Frize be sunk in the river opposite the Fort, as has been agreed to; And that Capt. White & Sam'l Morris, jun'r, be appointed a Committee to see the same done as soon as possible.