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cessary business, and every officer of the Militia is requested to pay proper attention to this Resolve.
By order of the Board, an order was drawn on Jno. Nixon, Esq'r, and others, the Committee of Accounts, in favour of Messrs. Wilcocks, De Haven & Peters, for Five hundred pounds, to be Charged to their account.
By order of the Board, an order was drawn on Jno. Nixon, Esq'r, and others, the Committee of Accounts, in favor of Samuel Morris, Esq'r, for six hundred & fifty pounds, towards the payment of timber for the Chevaux de Frize at Billingsport.
By order of the Board, an order was drawn on Jno. Nixon, Esq'r, & others, the Committee of Accounts, in favour of Robert Smith, for Five hundred pounds, to be charged to his account, for building Chevaux de Frize, &c., at Billingsport.
Abraham Marshall having applied to this Board for leave to Resign his Commission as Captain of a Company in the Musket Battalion in the service of this Province,
Resolved, That the said Abraham Marshall have leave to Resign.
Resolved, That Mr. Joseph McClellan, at present a Lieuten't in the Battalion of Musquettry, be and he is hereby appointed a Captain in said Battalion, in the Room of Capt. Marshall, Resign'd.
Resolved, That Mr. James Lang, at present an Ensign in the Musquet Battalion, be and he is hereby appointed a Lieutenant in said Battalion, in the Room of Joseph McClellan, promoted.
This Board being informed that Mr. Jno. Baker, of Norrington, has a number of Provincial Fire arms in his possession, By order of the Board, he was directed to deliver them to Colo. Hill, taking a Receipt for the same.
Ordered, That the Commissary inquire into the value of the Musket lost by Jasper Carpenter in the service, and supply him with one of cqual Value out of the publick store.
By order of the Board, an order was drawn on Jno. Nixon, Esq'r, and others, the Committee of Accounts, in favour of Benjamin Weatherby for Fifty pounds, being for the payment of a House purchased of him, on the Land purchased for ace't of Congress, for erecting Fortifications at Billingsport, which sum is directed to be Charged to account of Congress.
By order of the Board, an order was drawn on Jno. Nixon, Esq'r, & others, the Committee of Accounts, in favour of Capt. James Sterling, for one hundred dollars, being towards the payment of the Expences of 13 Men, applied for as an Escort to the Prisoners from Burlington, going by order of Congress to York Town, in this Province.
Resolved, That agreeable to the request of General Roberdeau, the 13 Men that go as a Guard with the party under the Command of Capt. Sterling, with the Prisoners from Burlington, be allowed Horses, at the Expence of the Continent.
By order of the Board, Reuben Haines was directed to Furnish Jacob Miers with ten shilling Beer as he may want it.
In pursuance of a Requisition from Congress to this Committee, to order all the British Officers Prisoners in this City, immediately to the respective places of their Destination.
Resolved, That the said Officers be required to leave this City within twenty-four Hours, and repair straightways to the places where they are ordered to reside, and that a Copy of this Resolve be served on each of them, to the end it may be strictly complied with.
WHEREAS, the Assembly of this Province did in a former Session Resolve, That if any Associator called into Actual service shall leave a family not of Ability to maintain themselves in his Absence, the Overseers of the poors with the concurrence of one Justice of the Peace of the City or County where such Associator did reside, shall immediately make Provision by way of Pension, for the maintenance of such Family; and a true and proper account being kept thereof, shall be returned to the Assembly, in order tbat the same may be made a Provincial Expence, and paid accordingly. And as it is the opinion of this Committee, That the Funds of the said Orerseers will prove greatly insufficient, whenever any considerable number of Associators shall be drawn into Actual service, & that the Administering to the wants of such Families, by the Hands of the Overseers, will not be satisfactory to the Associators, or be likely to Answer the good ends proposed,
Therefore, Resolved, that this Committee will, out of the Funds of which they have the Disposition, make such provision as shall be thought necessary to answer the said Purposes, & that it be recommended to the Committees of Inspection and Observation of the City of Philadelphia, and the several Counties in the Province to nominate and appoint a proper Number of Judicious Persons residing in the said City and Counties respectively, to distribute to such distressed Families the allowance they shall judge reasonable.
And that the said Committees be empowered to draw, as they shall see occasion, on this Board, for the Necessary sums of Money, to be by them lodged in the Hands of the Persons so nominated and appointed, to be applied as is above directed, the said Committees to Return Accounts to this Board of the expenditure of the same.
Resolveil, That the above be published in the different Newspapers of this City.
In Committee of Safety.
PailAd’A, 16th July, 1776.
OWEN BIDDLE, Chairman.
James Mease. Thomas Wharton, Jun'r, By order of the Board, an order was drawn on Jno. Nixon, Esq'r, & others, the Committee of Accounts, in favour of Adam Zantzinger, for £163 15, which, with one other order on Rob’t Towers, to deliver 200 lbs. Gunpowder, is in full for 855 lbs. of Salt petre, manufactured at Lancaster, and receiv'd' by the Commissary for account of this Board.
By order of the Board, an order was drawn on John Nixon, Esq'r, and others, the Committee of Accounts in favour of John Morton for £310, being the balance of the Brig't Dolphin's Freight, a Bill having been drawn for said sum by Stephen Ceronia, on this Committee in favour of said Morton, which Bill has not yet appeared, & this is in full discharge of it.
By order of the Board, an order was drawn on Jno. Nixon, Esq'r, & others, the Committee of Acco't, in fivour of Rob’t Ritchie, for £18 5 0, for an Old Scow for a Ilulk, an Anchor, Cabouse,' &c.
By order of the Board, an order was drawn on Michael Hillegas, Esq'r, in favour of Colo. Samuel Miles, for five hundred pounds, for the use of the Troops under his Command.
In Consequence of the following Resolve of Congress, Mr. M'Donald was discharged from his Confinement, and his parole taken :
“In Congress, 15th July, 1776.
" Resolved, That Alexander M'Donald, son of Capt. Allen M’Donald, be liberated on his Parole & allowed to reside with his father.
" Extract from the Minutes.
“ Sign'd, CHAS. THOMSON, Sect'y."
By order of the Board, and in Consequence of a Request from the Marine Committee of Congress, an order was drawn on Jno. Nixon, Esq'r, and others, the Committee of Accounts, in favour of Capt, James Stirling, for two Hundred & fifty-two pounds ten shillings, which with the order drawn yesterday in his favour, iş three hundred pounds, the amount of the Requisition of the said Committee. By order of the Board, an order was drawn on Jno. Nixon, Esq'r, and others, the Committee of Accounts, in favour of Joshua Tomlin son, for two hundred pounds, being so much advanced him towards Gun Barrel Making.
“Resolved, That Mr. Thomas Penrose & Mr. Arthur Donaldson be requested, and they are hereby Authorized to fix the two Piers at their proper stations in the line of the upper Chevaux de Frize, near Fort Island, and also to fasten the Boom thereto.”
The Committee taking into consideration the extraordinary trouble of Capt. Whyte in attending and directing the Building & sinking Chevaux de Frize, and other publick services out of doors, are of Opinion he is entitled to Receive One hundred & fifty pounds for such services, And an order is drawn in his favour on Jno. Nixon, Esq'r, & others, the Committee of Accounts for said sum.
The Hon'ble Continental Congress having desired this Board to settle an Allowance for the Maintenance of Mrs. Connolly, and the Board taking the same into consideration, do
Resolve, That Mrs. Connolly be allowed 30s per Week for the time she has been detained by Congress, and that in future she be allowed 259 per Week, until otherwise directed by Congress.
In Committee of Safety.
PHILAD’A, 17th July, 1776.
JAMES BIDDLE, Chair'n.
Samuel Morris, jun'r.
By order of the Board, An order was drawn on Jno. Nixon, Esq'r, and others, the Committee of Accounts, in favour of William McHenry, for twenty-four pounds, being the amount of Eight Muskets purchased by Colo. Tho. M'Kean, for the use of the Associa. tors of his Battalion.
By order of the Board, an order was drawn on John Nixon, Esq'r, and others, the Committee of Accounts, in favour of Mr. Allen McDonald, for £7 10, being so much allowed for taking him & his son to Reading, which is directed to be charged to account of Congress, they being two of the North Carolina Prisoners released from Confinement by order of Congress.
By order of the Board, an order was drawn on Michael Hillegas, Esq'r, in favour of Colo. Samuel Atlee, for the use of the Battalion under his Command, for six hundred pounds.
The Families who have leaden Window or Clock Weights, are earnestly requested to give them up immediately to the Persons appointed to Collect them. Such Families may be assured that they will be supplied as soon as possible with Weights of Iron, and it is hoped the trifling Inconvenience of being for a few days with-, out them, will not be put in Competition with the Danger that may Arise to this Country from the want of a sufficient Quantity of Lead for our Defence.
It being Recommended to this Committee by the Convention, to take the necessary Steps respecting the Guard directed by Congress to be kept in this City,
Resolved, that the four Companies of Militia of this City and Liberties, detain'd by General Roberdeau as Guard, for this City, Namely Capt. Smythers' of the first Batt'n, Capt. Peters' of the 2nd, Capt. Wharton's of the 3rd, And the Company late Commanded by Capt. Burkhard of the 4th, be required to attend their duty regularly and punctually, under the orders and Command of Capt.
And the Commanding Officers of the said Companies are required to enroll into the same, All such Associators
particular Circumstances, cannot march with the Militia now called into service for the flying Camp; And all such Associators are earnestly exhorted to enroll themselves in some one of the said Companies, for this necessary and important service, in which they are to continue during the absence of the Companies to which they Respectively belong. Resolved, That the Baggage taken on Board the Transport
And now in the care of Mr. Robert Towers, Com'ry, be valued by some indifferent Person, And such part of it as is needfull for the public service, be deliver'd to Clem't Biddle, D Q'r M'r G'l, on his order or application for that purpose.
In Committee of Safety.
“ PHILADELPHIA, 18th July, 1776.
Samuel Morris, jun'r,
James Parker. By order of the Board, Robert Towers, Commissary, was directed to deliver to Clement Biddle, Dep'y Q'r M’r G’l, half a ton of