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on John Nixon and others, the Committee of Accounts, in favour of said Davis, for one hundred Pounds; and an Order on Robert Towers, Commissary, for two quartercasks of Gunpowder for the purposes aforesaid.
Resolved, That the Officers, prisoners of war at Reading, be removed from that Town to the Town of Lebanon, in Lancaster County; and that the Committee of the Town of Reading be desired to cause the said removal to be effected, and to draw on this Board for the charges that shall be incurred in executing the same; and that the Committee of the Town of Lebanon be desired to provide quarters for the said Prisoners, and to take their parole, and see that the same be faithfully observed.
Resolved, That the Mariners taken prisoners by Captain Barry, and brought to this City, be suffered to go at large upon their promising not to bear Arms against the American Colonies, and not to leave this City without the consent of this Committee, or of Mr. Allen Moore, (who is appointed to take care of them,) and that they will appear before the said Allen Moore once every day.
Upon application of Captain Thomas Forrest, for a sum of Money to purchase clothing for his Marine Company, by order of the Board an Order was drawn on John M. Nesbitt, Esq., for thirty Pounds, in favour of said Forrest, for which he is to be accountable to said Nesbitt.
In Committee of Safety, April 18, 1776.
Present: Thomas Wharton, Chairman, Robert White, Daniel Roberdeau, Joseph Parker, David Rittnhouse, Samuel Howell, Samuel Miles, James Mease, George Clymer.
By order of the Board an Order was drawn on John Nixon and others, the Committee of Accounts, for one hundred and seventy Pounds eighteen Shillings and one Penny, being the amount of his Account for Medicines ordered by this Committee some time past, which were received by Dr. Rush.
The following Resolve of Congress was this day delivered to this Committee, and ordered to be entered on the Minutes:
In Congress, April 17, 1776.
Resolved, That the Committee of Safety of the Province of Pennsylvania be requested to permit John Young, Jun., and Johnston Smith to carry to Virginia all such Arms as they have purchased, or shall purchase, in Pennsylvania, for the use of the Continental Army in the said Colony of Virginia, before the 1st day of May next, at such price as the said Committee shall regulate, not to exceed one thousand stand in the whole.
Extract from the Minutes:
CHARLES THOMSON, Secretary.
In consequence of the above Resolve of Congress, John Young has liberty to purchase as many Fire-locks as will complete the said one thousand stand, provided he complete the number before the 1st day of May.
Resolved, That Mr. David Rittenhouse be added to the Fort-Island Committee.
In Committee of Safety, April 19, 1776.
Present: James Biddle, Chairman, George Clymer, Owen Biddle, Daniel Roberdeau, Thomas Wharton, Jun., Joseph Parker, Samuel Howell, John Nixon.
By order of the Board Robert Towers, Commissary, was directed to deliver to Captain Thomas Forster, for the use of his Marine Company on board the Floating Battery, thirty Fire-locks, with twenty-three rounds of Cartridges.
The Sub-Committee appointed to consider what further defences are necessary for the River, agree in opinion that a Floating Battery, of a similar, or nearly similar construction with the one now in service, be immediately built, not doubting but the Committee, from their different contracts, will be speedily supplied with a sufficient number of suitable Cannon to mount thereon.
The Board, taking the above Report of the Sub-Committee into consideration, do resolve that a Floating Battery be immediately built, under the direction of Samuel Howell, Robert White, and George Clymer, a Committee hereby appointed for the purpose.
A Letter was this day written, by order of the Board, to Dr. Charles Burrell, of Germantown, acquainting him that Lieutenant Bogar and Mr. John Draper, two prisoners on their parole, were going to reside at Germantown, and that their allowance was fifteen Shillings each, per week, which would be paid by this Board.
In Committee of Safety, April 20, 1776.
Present: John Nixon, Chairman, Alexander Wilcocks, George Clymer, George Gray, Samuel Howell, Joseph Parker, Daniel Roberdeau, James Biddle, John Cadwallader.
In Committee of Safety, April 22, 1776.
Present: John Nixon, Chairman, George Clymer, Robert White, Samuel Morris, Jun., John Cadwallader, David Rittenhouse, Joseph Parker, Daniel Roberdeau, James Mease.
By order of the Board Robert Towers, Commissary, was directed to deliver Captain Nathaniel Falconer half a barrel of Gunpowder, for the use of the signal guns at Lewestown.
By order of the Board Robert Towers, Commissary, was directed to deliver Captain Brown twenty-six Fire-locks, Cartridge-boxes, and Bayonet-belts, for the use of his Company of Marines.
By order of the Board an Order was drawn on the Committee of Accounts for forty-five Shillings, payable to Adener Baldwin and Benjamin Low, two men who deserted from Lord Dunmore, being so much given them to assist them to go to New-Brunswick, to their families.
Resolved, That William and Thomas Bradford print two thousand English, and that Henry Miller print three hundred German, Rules and Regulations for the better government of the Military Association in Pennsylvania, the Articles of Association, and the Resolutions directing the mode of levying Taxes on Non-Associators in Pennsylvania, agreeably to the resolution of the Assembly at their last session.
Resolved, That Robert Towers, Commissary, reserve twenty-one Fire-locks for Captain Brown, exclusive of the order for twenty-six delivered this day; and that he deliver, in equal proportions, to Colonel Dickinson, Colonel Roberdeau, Colonel Cadwallader, and Colonel McKean, the remainder of the Fire-locks which he has in his possession belonging to this Province, taking receipts for the same.
In Committee of Safety, April 23, 1776.
Present: John Nixon, Chairman, John Cadwallader, Owen Biddle, George Clymer, Joseph Parker, Daniel Roberdeau, Samuel Howell.
By order of the Board Robert Towers was directed to deliver to Mr. Bidwell one ton of Crude Sulphur for refining.
By order of the Board an Order was drawn on the Committee of Accounts for three hundred Pounds, in favour of Captain Richards r Captain Falconer, for the use of the Alarm Committee, the expenditure of which they are to be accountable for.
By order of the Board an Order was drawn on the Committee of Accounts, in favour of Mr. Owen Biddle, (for account of the Powder-Mill building by order of Congress,) for five hundred and fifty Pounds, the expenditure of which Captain Cowperthwaite and Mr. Clement Biddle is to be accountable for.
Upon application of Colonel Miles, for a sum of Money for the use of the Pennsylvania Battalions under his command, by order of the Board an Order was drawn on Michael Hillegas, Esq., Treasurer, in favour of Colonel Samuel Miles, for one thousand Pounds.
In Committee of Safety, April 24, 1776.
Present: John Nixon, Chairman, Samuel Howell, George Clymer, James Biddle, Daniel Roberdeau, Samuel Miles, David Rittenhouse.
Resolved, That Dr. Duffield and Dr. Rush have the superintendence and direction of the Hospital and Pest-House, and have full power to fit the same for the reception of the Sick, to provide Nurses and all necessaries and utensils that