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In Committee of Safety.
PHILAD'A, 9th Feb'y, 1776.
Thomas Wharton, j'r,
Sam'l Morris, jun'r,
James Biddle. Resolved, That John Harper by appointed Quarter Master to the 4th Battalion of Troops to be raised in this Province for the ser vice of the United Colonies.
Resolved, That Richard Collier be appointed Quarter Master to the 5th Battalion of Troops to be raised in this Province for the service of the United Colonies.
Resolved, That Garait Stedafort be appointed Qua'r Master to the 3rd Battalion of Troops to be raised in this Province to the service of the United Colonies.
Mr. Blith, a Gent'n recommended by the Committee of Cum. berland Co’y, to be instructed in the Manufacture of Salt Petre, having produced the ac't of his expence, amt'g to £3 12 6; By order of the Board, the Committee of acc'ts was desired to pay the
Upon application of Joseph Colier, for the payment of 50 Cartridge Boxes, Bayonets, Belts & Scabbards, delivered to the Commissioners & Assessors of Berks County, agreeable to their Certificate,
By Order of the Board, an Order was drawn on Mich'l Hillegas, Esq'r, for thirty pounds, being the amount of said Bill.
Upon application of Jacob Baldwin, for the payment of his acc't for repairing Firelocks belonging to Capt. Le Mar & Capt. Willet's Com'y, in the Bat'n late Colo. Bull's; By Order of the Board, an Order was drawn on Messrs. Mease & Caldwell for Eight pounds nine shillings, being the amount of his account.
Resolved, That Mr. Nixon, Mr. Wharton & Mr. Whyte, be a Committee to superintend the armed Boats, & to furnish them with what necessarys they want, and to give orders for any necessary repairs.
Agreeable to a Resolve of Congress, this Board went into the choice of a proper person to be appointed as Capt. Lieutenant to the Company of Matrosses to be raised for the service of the United Colonies, when Gibbs Jones was made choice of; therefore,
Resolved, That the said Gibbs Jones be appointed Capt. Lieutenant of the said Company, for the service of Canada.
Upon application of Andrew Caldwell, Esq'r., Commodore to the Fleet, for a sum of Money for the Recruiting service; By Order of
the Board an Order was drawn on Mr. John M. Nesbitt, Paymaster to the fleet, for £120 for that purpose.
Resolved, That the Officers that shall be employed to recruit in the Country for the service of the Fleet, shall be allowed twenty shillings per week each for their travelling Charges, and ten shil. lings per man for each Man they shall inlist, in lieu of all recruiting Expences, and also ten shillings per week for the subsistance of each of their Recruits, while they continue in the Country recruiting, and until they join the Corps at the Barracks.
Resolved, That Captain Campbell shall have access to Serjeant Morrison, now confined in the Gaol of this City, at reasonable hours, to settle his private affairs; But that no other of the Prisoners confined for inimical practices shall be present.
Upon application of Capt. Richard Willing for the payment of Seventeen Firelocks purchased by him for the use of Capt. Jones' Comp'y in the Bat'n, late Colo. Bull's, By Order of the Board, an Order was drawn on Messrs. Mease & Caldwell, for seventy-one pounds fifteen shillings, being the amount of said account.
Resolved, That Mr. James Biddle furnish John Miers, of Berks County, on account of this Committee, with one hundred pounds, taking good security for the same, which sum is lent him for the purpose of carrying on the Manufacture of Salt Petre, and to be paid in that Commodity in twelve Months.
A Le'r was wrote, & signed by the Chairman, to Benj'n Rittenhouse of Nottingham, requesting his attendance at this Board, in Order to confer with him respecting the mode & terms on which he would undertake to carry on a Manufactory of Gun Lock making in an extensive manner.
In Committee of Safety.
PHILAD'A, 10th Feb'y, 1776.
Joseph Reed, Upon application of Mr. Adam Zantzinger for the payment of fifteen Firelocks, purchased for the use of Capt. Jones' Company, in the Battalion late Colo. Bull's, an order was drawn on Messrs. Mease & Caldwell, in favour of Mr. Zantzinger, for £52 10, being the am't of said account.
Upon application of Mr. John Maxwell Nesbitt, paymaster to the Fleet, &ca., for a sum of Money, By order of the Board, an
order was drawn in his favour on Michael Hillegas, Esq'r, for Fifteen hundred pounds.
Upon application of Mr. Patrick Rice, permission was granted him to have access to Doct'r Connolly, now confined in Gaol, in order to his settling an account with him, in the presence of Mr. Ch'r. Ludwick.
By order of the Board, an order was drawn on Mr. Jno. Nixon and others, the Committee of accounts, in favour of Mr. Owen Biddle, for one hundred pounds, being towards the payment of Pikes, &ca., ordered to be made by this Board.
The following Proposals were this day deliver'd to the Committee appointed to enquire for proper places to Erect suitable Works for manufacturing of Gun powder, vizt. :
That this Committee will encourage six Powder Mills, on the following terms:
1. “To lend to each person any sum not exceeding one bundred and Fifty pounds, on giving good security to employ it in erecting a powder Mill, and either repay it in Money or work.
2. “That this Committee will supply said Mills immediately with Fifty Tons of Salt Petre, in Proportion to the Quantities of Powder they deliver P week.
3. “That they will pay 8 dollars hundred for Powder Manu. factured and deliver'd in this City, this Committee only finding Salt Petre & half the expence of tight Casks, the powder Makers all the other Materials, and to be at all expence of carriage.
4. “When uprefined Salt Peter is deliver'd, 10 Pct, be allowed for refining, and the Return of powder be proportion'd thereto; Salt Petre to be manufactured to the best advantage, and not less than 146 pounds of good Powder being to be deliver'd for 100lbs of Salt Petre.
5. “ That 100 Dollars be allowed as a premium for the first; 50 for the second; 30 for the third Powder Mills which shall deliver one Ton each of Powder.
6. “That the above Mills have the preference by this Committee, of all Powder Mills hereafter Erected, in the supply of Salt Petre and the Materials for 12 Months, they making the same into pow. der on equal Terms with other persons.
7. “No Powder maker engaging in this Contract to sell any powder, directly or indirectly, and to be under Oath, if required, to this purpose."
In Committee of Safety.
Philad’A, 12th Feb’y, 1776.
JAMES MEASE, Chairman.
Sam'l Morris, jun'r,
Jno Nixon. Resolvrıl, That Matthew Whitlow be appointed First Lieutenant to the Company of Matrosses, directed by the Congress to be raised in this Province for the service of Canada.
A letter from the president of the Congress, requesting that the Battalions of this City would furnish a Number of Men equal to one Battalion, in order to be detached to New York, was read and taken into Consideration; Therefore,
Resolvad, That this Committee request the Field Officers of the several Battalions in this City, to meet as soon as they conveniently can, to fix on Officers to go upon that service, and to take the proper steps to carry the above request into execution.
That the Riffle Battalion be requested to furnish one Company, to be added to the Battalion to be detached.
Resolveil, that Mr. Dickinson be directed to apply to the Hon'ble Congress to replace the whole number of Arms that this Board has supplied them with.
“Iu Committee of Safety,
Philad'a, 13th Feb’y, 1776.
Thomas Wharton, jun'r,
John Montgomery. Samuel Morris, jun'r. Upon application of John Willis for the payment of his account for repairing firelocks for Capt. Harmar's Comp'y of the Batt'n late Colo. Bull's, an order was drawn on Messrs Mease & Caldwell, for £21 17 9, being the amount of his account.
Upon application of Lewis Grant for a quantity of Brass for making furniture for Firelocks engaged by Capt. Wilcocks & others, By order of the Board an order was drawn on Robert Towers, Com'ry, for two hundred pounds of Brass.
Resolved, That Joseph Fox, Esq'r, advance to Messrs. Gouger, Dunwick & Kinder, three Men employed by him in making Fire arms for the use of this province, Fifty pounds each, for which they are to deliver thirty five stand of arms without receiving any pay. ment, and Mr. Fox is desired to take their seperate obligations.
Colo. Dickinson deliver'd at this Board the following Resolve of Congress:
“In Congress, Feb'ry 12, 1776.
“ Resolved, 'That fifty tons of Salt petre be delivered by the Se. cret Committee to the Committee of Safety for Pennsylvania, who are requested to bave the same manufactured into Gun powder in the cheapest and most expeditious manner, and that this Congress will Confirm any Contracts made for the above purpose.
“Extract from the Minutes,
"Signed, CHA'S. THOMSON, Sec'y."
In Committee of Safety.
“PHILAD'A, 14th Feb'y, 1776.
George Gray. George Taylor. Upon application of Capt. Cowperthwaite, for this Board to supply his Company with a sufficient number of Cartridges & Canteens, By order of the Board, Mr. Towers was directed to supply the above Articles, taking a Receipt for the same on the Continental service, he being to go to New York with the battalion under the Command of Colo. Dickinson, agreeable to a Requisition of Congress.
Resolved, That Doct'r Samuel Kennedy be appointed Surgeon to the 4th Battalion of Penn'a Troops in the service of the united Colonies.
Resolved, That William Moulder be appointed Second Lieu't in the 4th Battalion of Pennsylvania Troops in the Service of the United Colonies, in the room of Thomas Holland, who has resign'd, having been appointed in another County.