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In Council of Safety, October 3rd, 1776.
Sam'l C. Morris,
An order was drawn on Mr, Nesbitt in favour of Major Lewis Nicola, £100, to be charged to his acco't.
Anorder was drawn on Mr. Nesbitt in fay'r of Mr. James Dundass. One Hundred pounds, on acco't of the Fortification at Billingsport.
An order was drawn on Mr. Nesbitt in favour of Mr. John Sparhawk, for £2 3 6.
An order was drawn on Mr. Nesbitt in fay'r of Col. Nicholas Housaher, 1000 Dollars, to be charged to the Col. for the use of the German Battalion.
The following Commissions were granted this day, agreeable to the Resolves of Congress, Viz't:
"For the Privateer Sloop Congress, Wm. Greenway, Commander, of the Burthen of 40 Tons, mounting Six Carriage Guns Navigated by Forty Men, owned by John Bayard, Jos. Deau & co. ; Priva. teer Brig, General Lee, John Chatham, Commander, Burthen abo't 100 Tons, Mounting 12 Carriage Guns, Navigated by Ninety Men, owned by John Bayard, Alex'r Henderson, & co.”
The Council adjourned to 3 o'Clock afternoon;
Sam'l C. Morris.
Mr. Nesbitt to pay Sacheveral Wood £46 12 5, for dieting Prisoners in the State Prison in this City, to be charged to Congress.
Mr. Nesbitt to pay Mr. Rob't Towers' acco't, for making Cart ridges, & Men's wages, &ca , £42 1 6.
In Council of Safety, October 4th, 1776.
Sam'l Cad. Morris,
James Cannon. Mr. Nesbitt was directed to pay Thomas Hemphill for Tow Linen delivered Lewis Nicola for Bed Cases for Barracks, £28 19 41.
Col. William Cook & Major James Crawford, & Capt. Peter Withington, Officers appointed for the Twelfth Battalion of Regulars to be raised in this State for the Continental service, took the Qualification directed by Convention, & delivered their Commissions, signed by the President of Congress.
Mr. Nesbitt was directed to pay Wm. James of £2 0 8, for 6 Kettles, to be charged to Col. Thos. Hockley.
Mr. Nesbitt was directed to pay Thos. & Isaac Heston, for Painting, &ca., on board the armed Boats, £6 11 0.
Lawrence Fagan for Boarding Major Rogers £5 6 1, to be Charged to Congress.
Resolved, That Mr. William Evans be desir'd to purchase all the Coarse Cloths, Blankets & Stockings in Chester County, for the use of ye State, and draw on this Board for the Cost.
Resolved, That the Ship Montgomery, belonging to this State, be brought up & exchange her present cannon (18 pounders) and take Sixteen Twelve pounders, and that Capt. Blewer & Capt. Gurney be directed to procure proper Carriages for said 12 Pounders, and attend Particularly to their being fitted and put on board said Ship.
Mr. Nesbitt to pay Lewis Grant £4 0 0, for a set of Copper Powder Measures, &ca., sent to Camp in New Jersey.
An order was drawn on Mr. Nesbitt in favour of Col. Wm. Cook, for 1000 Dollars, on acco't of Recruiting the 12 Battalions of Regulars in the Continental service, to be charged to the Col.
An order was drawn on Mr. Nesbitt in favour of Sam'l Wheeler for £100, on acco't of Work done for this State, to be charged to his acco't.
Resolved, That Nicholas Miller & Hawkins Boon be appointed Captains, & Thomas Branden first Lieutenant, Robert King, Second Lieutenant, & Hannaniah Lincoln, first Lieutenant, and James Williamson Second Lieutenant, (Withington's Co.) in the Twelfth Battalion of Foot to be raised in this State for the Continental service, & their Commissions delivered.
Mr. Robert Towers was directed to deliver Rich'd Peters, Esq'r, Secretary at Warr, 100 Cannon Shot for 22 pounders, & Sheet Lead sufficient for aprons for 20 Cannon, to be charged to Copgress.
The Council being informed that an Election had been held in Chester County on the first Instant, in direct Violation of the Declaration of Convention, bearing that Nath'l Vernon, sberiff of said County, was in Town, ordered him to appear before this Board, deliver up the returns he brought with him.
The Minutes of Yesterday afternoon being read, (at which time a Quorum did not meet,) this Board do hereby Confirm the Prom ceedings of the Members then present.
In Council of Safety, October 5th, 1776.
David Rittenhouse, Fred. Kuhl,
Owen Biddle. Francis Gurney, Josiah Wood's acco't for 150 Pikes delivered to Mr. Towers, amo't £45 10 0, passed the Board, & Mr. Nesbitt directed to pay.
Mr. Nesbitt was directed to pay Mrs. Connelly £7 10 O, for 6 Weeks' board to 1st October Instant, @ 25s # Week, agreeable to direction of Congress,
Mr. Towers was directed to deliver Major Proctor 26 Blankets, for the use of the Artillery.
Resolved, That the two Companies of Artillery under the Com. mand of Major Thomas Proctor, be Officered with One Captain & three Lieutenants for the present; & that the following Gentlemen be and are hereby appointed officers in said Companies, vizt:
Patrick Duffy, 3rd Lieut. Mr. Nesbitt was directed to pay Christian Schaider £39 0 0, for 13 Guns Delivered Mr. Towers.
A Commission granted for Wm. Connell, Comman'r of Schooner Gen'l Thomson, 6 Carriage Guns, 12 Men, 40 Tons, Own'd by Edmund Beach & Co.
Resolved, That the three Pennsylvania Battalions now in the Continental Service at New York, be arranged as follows: two of them to be on the new Continental Establishment, and to serve during the War, the other to be retained in the Service of this State until the first of January, 1778, unless sooner discharged, and to consist of ten Companies of one hundred men each, Officers included; The privates of the three Battalions to continue in Ser. vice of this State; The Officers, according to seniority, to have the Choice of entering into either; The two Battalions to be recruited to their full Compliment of men as speedily as possible. Nothing in this resolve to affect the rank of the Officers who are prisoners with Gen'l Howe. « Sir:
6 The Council of Safety having entr'd into the enclosed Arrangement of the three Battalions belonging to this State, are desirous of having a return of the officers who choose to enter into the Continental Service on the new Establishment, that the Council may give them such rank as they conceive them entitled to.
They mean to order & retain at home the Troops which are to .continue in the Service of the State, as soon as the Condition of the Continental Army will admit of it; as they are hereafter, by the said arrangement, to keep twelve compleat Battalions in the continental Service. Colonel Broadhead is therefore requested to consult the officers as speedily as possible on the Subject, & make return to the Council of such as are desirous to enter into the Continental Service, and who are willing to continue in the Service of the State, that they may proceed in the affair, as it is of immediate Decessity & very great Importance.
" To Col. BROADHEAD."
A letter was wrote to General McKinley, at Wilmington, New Castle County, requesting him to purchase all the Coarse Cloths, Blankets, & Stockings he can procure, for the use of the Troops of the State, & his draught shall be answered.
Resolved, That a Detachment be made from the Artillery Com. panies of the State, of 50 men, to be sent to Fort Montgomery, under the command of Capt. Stroh bogh, Subject to the direction of the Commander-in-Chief, and that two of the Commissioned Offi. cers in his Company, and Lieutenant Proctor, of Capt. Forrest's comp'y, proceed with the said Detachment, (that they may have an opportunity of seeing Service,) to be relieved at such time as the board may think proper, and that they shall march as soon as they are furnished with necessary Camp Equipage. Major Proctor is to see this resolve carried into Execution.
In Council of Safety, October 7th, 1776.
An order was drawn on Mr. Nesbitt, in fav'r of Cap't John Ha. zlewood, for £50, on acc't of Fire Rafts, to be charged to his acco't.
Mr. Nesbitt was directed to pay Mr. Arch'd Dick £11 9 0, for Repairing Arms belonging to Col. Miles' Battalion.
Mr. Nesbitt was directed to pay John Pringle, £52 8 3, being the Balance due him on the Cargo of Brig Greyhound.
Mr. Robert Towers was directed to deliver to Captain James Craig, 200 lbs. Grape & 100 Swivel Shott, he engaging to return the like Quantity.
Resolved, That all the Powder now on board the Ship, Floating Batterys and armed Boats belonging to this State, be delivered to Mr. Robert Towers, Commissary, who is hereby directed to replace it with a like Quantity.
In Council of Safety, October 8th, 1776.
Henry Keppele, jun's,
Sam'ı C. Morris,
Mr. Nesbitt to pay Philip Becker, for Boarding, men of Col. Miles' Battalion, £12 10 6.
An order was drawn on Mr. Nesbitt, in favour of Moses Mar. shall, for 133 Cord Wood delivered at Fort Island, at the Market Price.
An order was drawn on Mr. Nesbitt, in favour of Col. Philip Cole, of Northumberland County, £100, for the purpose of Providing