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CAPTAIN WILLIAM HENRY TO MARYLAND COUNCIL OF SAFETY.
GENTLEMEN: Enclosed you have a Monthly Return of the Minute-Company under my command.
Gentlemen, I am, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,
To the Honourable the Council of Safety of Maryland.
A Monthly Return of Captain WILLIAM HENRYS Minute-Company, from KENT County.
Given under my hand, at Head-Quarters, Northampton County, Virginia.
February 29, 1776.
A List of the Minute-Company from KENT County, under the command of WILLIAM HENRY, who marched from said County on the 29th of JANUARY, 1776, and now stationed in NORTHAMPTON County, VIRGINIA.
Given under my hand, at Head-Quarters, February 29, 1776
MARYLAND COUNCIL OF SAFETY TO JOHN HANSON AND OTHERS.
GENTLEMEN: Our regular troops are not yet provided with arms, but might be in a very short time, if we could have a supply of gun-locks from you. We desire, therefore, to be informed in what forwardness you have got your manufactory, and when you expect to furnish us with some.
We are, &c.
To John Hanson, Charles Beatty, and James Johnson.
MARYLAND COUNCIL OF SAFETY TO COLONEL JOSHUA BEALL.
SIR: The Council of Safety desire you will immediately examine into the quality of the powder now under your charge, and give them a particular account of the quantities of cannon and fine. We are, &c.
To Colonel Joshua Beall.
CAPTAIN MACPHERSON TO CONTINENTAL CONGRESS.
[Read March 29, 1776.]
Philadelphia, March 29, 1776.
HONOURABLE GENTLEMEN: I have already taken the liberty of pointing out my opinion of the many advantages which would arise to North-America by employing row-galleys, viz: The many superior advantages they have in calms and little winds, the great advantage they have in being able to take shelter from a superior force (in case of necessity) at all times upon the coast of North-America, as they draw less water than vessels of the usual construction, and as I am persuaded I can construct them to sail much faster than any vessels in Great Britain, at least before the wind. These, with other considerations, led me to undertake to capture or destroy every British ship-of-war on the coast of North-America, with twelve row-galleys only; which command was promised to me by the Honourable Messrs. Hopkins, Randolph, and John Rutledge. I sincerely believe, had I been expeditiously furnished with those vessels, there would have been few British ships-of-war now on the coast of America to molest our trade. I am still ready to undertake the same charge, and will risk my life and every farthing I possess on earth on my success.
Or, if more agreeable to the honourable Congress, I will fit out two galleys at my own expense, the honourable Congress furnishing me with timber, guns, powder, &c, for which I will pay before my departure, and will risk my reputation that I will take or destroy an English man-of-war in a very little time. If I do not succeed, I do not wish to be reimbursed one penny. If I do, I should be glad the honourable Congress would grant me a commission for such a command, bearing date from the time that command was promised me, and that they would pay to my officers and men the full value of the first man-of-war I should take, or the estimated value of the first man-of-war I should destroy. I am little concerned about any mercenary reward to myself. I should ill merit the confidence of the honourable Continental Congress did I doubt their honour. Twelve row-galleys will not cost near as much money as the four frigates now building here.
I hope the honourable Congress will not be offended by my begging they will be expeditious in fixing the matter with me.
I am, honourable gentlemen, with sincere esteem for your august body, your most obedient, most devoted, very humble servant,
To the Honourable Continental Congress.
Resolved, That William Sitgreaves and Peter Ozeas have, knowingly, counteracted the Resolution of this Committee, of the 6th instant, regulating the prices of several articles of Merchandise; and that they be published in the papers, agreeable to said Resolve, and that they be made acquainted with the determination of this Committee herein.
April 2, 1776.
William Sitgreaves and Peter Ozeas, having presented to this Committee the following papers, as acknowledgments of their having infringed the rules laid down by this body for regulating the prices of several articles of goods, and desired them, if they thought it necessary to lay their cases before the publick, to suffer their declarations to accompany them; the Committee, therefore, in discharge of the duty they owe to the publick, and in order to show to the world their resolutions to support their limitations, which they are of opinion are founded on just, generous principles, do think it highly proper to publish the several papers