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shall be wanting, and contract with Mr. McClus for furnishing the Sick with Fire-wood and Provisions, and attending them upon the terms he formerly undertook the same.
Upon application of Colonel Samuel Miles, for some light Sail-Cloth for making Tents, for the use of the Troops in the service of this Province, by order of the Board Robert Towers was directed to deliver what Sail-Cloth he has, belonging to the Province, (of No. 8,) for the use aforesaid.
In Committee of Safety, April 25, 1776.
Present: James Biddle, Owen Biddle, Daniel Roberdeau, Samuel Howell, Joseph Parker.
In Committee of Safety, April 26, 1776.
Present: George Clymer, Owen Biddle, James Biddle, Samuel Howell, George Ross, John Cadwallader, Samuel Morris, Jun.
By order of the Board an Order was drawn on Robert Towers, to deliver Captain Hazlewood six hundred weight of Brimstone, and one other Order to deliver Peter De Haven, for the use of Lewis Prahl, one hundred pounds of Brass, for mounting the Fire-locks making by him for the use of this Province.
Upon application of Robert Towers, for the payment of two Accounts for Fire-locks, Saltpetre, &c, purchased and paid for by him, by order of the Board two Orders were drawn on the Committee of Accounts, in his favour, amounting to one hundred and sixty Pounds thirteen Shillings four and a half Pence.
A Memorial was this day signed and sent to Congress, soliciting that honourable body for a few pieces of the heaviest Cannon taken by Commodore Hopkins at Providence.
Letters were this day written to the Committees of Cumberland, York, and Northampton Counties, requesting they would each send to the Commissary in this City fifty-six Fire-locks, Bayonets, and Accoutrements, out of the number made in said Counties, for the use of this Province; the said Arms are requested for the arming the Battalion of Musketry raising for the immediate defence of this Province.
Resolved, That a Powder Magazine be built on the ground belonging to the Powder-Mill of Congress at French-Creek, and that Clement Biddle and Joseph Cowperthwait procure materials, and employ proper persons to carry this resolve into execution.
Upon application of Ludivig Fohur, for the payment of his Account for Fire-locks purchased of him by Captain Jones, and for the repairs of sundry others for his and Captain Dorseys Companies, in Colonel De Haass Battalion, in the service of the United Colonies, by order of the Board an Order was drawn on Messrs. Mease and Caldwell, in favour of said Fohur, for ninety-three Pounds eleven Shillings and one Penny, being the amount of said Accounts.
By order of the Board an Order was drawn on John Nixon and others, the Committee of Accounts, in favour of Colonel. Hart, for twenty-five Pounds two Shillings and six Pence, being the amount of ten Fire-locks purchased by Henry Wynkoop, in Bucks County, which sum is to be charged to the amount of Arms purchased for account of Congress.
Upon application of Lieutenant-Colonel Caleb Parry, for a sum of Money for the use of the Musket Battalion in the service of this Province, by order of the Board an Order was drawn on Michael Hillegas, Esq., in favour of said Parry, for two hundred and fifty Pounds.
In Committee of Safety, April 27, 1776.
Present: Samuel Howell, George Gray, John Cadwallader, Daniel Roberdeau, Joseph Parker, James Biddle, James Mease, Samuel Miles.
Resolved, That it is necessary Lieutenant Boger and Mr. John Draper attend in this City on Monday next, in order to be examined in the Court of Admiralty, and that they return to their station at Germantown as soon as they are dismissed by the said Court.
Resolved, That the Rev. David Jones be, and he is hereby, appointed Chaplain to Colonel Shea and Colonel Waynes Battalion of Pennsylvania Troops, in the service of the United Colonies.
By order of the Board an Order was drawn on John Nixon, Esq. and others, the Committee of Accounts, in favour of Colonel Hart, for the use of Henry Wynkoop, for seven Pounds fifteen Shillings, being the amount of three Fire-locks purchased by him, which is to be charged to the Arms bought on account of Congress.
By order of the Board Robert Towers, Commissary, was directed to deliver to Colonel Samuel Miles, or his order, what Intrenching Tools he may have occasion for, taking receipts for the same; and to Captain Samuel Morris one quarter-cask of Gunpowder, for the use of the Light-Horse.
In Committee of Safety, April 29, 1776.
Present: Alexander Wilcocks, Chairman, George Clymer, Samuel Howell, Owen Biddle, John Cadwallader, Joseph Parker, Thomas Wharton, John Nixon.
Upon application of Captain . Falconer, for two Swivels on board one of the Guard-Boats, by order of the Board Captain Hazlewood was directed to deliver them for the use of the Congress.
In consequence of the intelligence received that the Roebuck Man-of-War is aground upon Brandywine, Captain Reed was ordered with the Provincial Ship Montgomery to proceed down the river and bay, and join the Commodore, who is already on his way with the Armed Boats, in order to take or destroy her. Captain Reed was also ordered to make up his complement of Seamen out of the Floating Battery, and to take a detachment of Captain Proctors Artillery.
In Committee of Safety, April 30, 1776.
Present: John Nixon, Chairman, John Cadwallader, Daniel Roberdeau, Owen Biddle, George Gray, James Mease, George Clymer, Samuel Howell, Joseph Parker, Thomas Wharton, Jun., Samuel Morris, Jun.
A Letter was this day written to the Commodore, acquainting him that this Board had directed Mr. James Mease and Mr. Samuel Morris to inquire into the cause of the Armed Boats returning; and if those gentlemen should think proper to order them down again, the Commodore, is to proceed back until he is fully satisfied that the Roebuck has got off.
In Committee of Safety, May 1, 1776.
Present: John Cadwallader, Chairman, James Mease, Samuel Miles, Owen Biddle, George Clymer, Joseph Parker, Samuel Howell, Alexander Wilcocks, Samuel Morris, Junior,
Resolved, That Mr. John Reed be appointed Clerk to the Commissary of Stores and Barrackmaster at Fort-Island, and that he be allowed five Pounds per month for his services, to commence at the time of his being first employed at the Fort.
Upon application of Colonel Samuel Miles, for Medicines for the use of three Battalions of Pennsylvania Land Forces, by order of the Board Dr. Rush and Dr. Duffield were required to furnish the Surgeons of the said Battalions with the necessary Drugs and Medicines.
The Sisterhood of Bethlehem haying presented this Board with a quantity of Linen rags for the benefit of such as may be wounded in the service of their country,
Resolved, That this instance of their humanity be thankfully acknowledged.
Resolved, That Mr. Howell and Mr. Mease be a Committee to inquire if two of the Armed Boats can be fitted out in order to go down to the Bay of Delaware, to be there stationed for the protection of the Commerce of this Province; and if they find that it is practicable to fit or alter two for that purpose, that they employ proper persons to carry the same into execution.
By Order of the Board the following Notice was ordered to be published in the Papers:
All persons who are now Prisoners on parole in the different parts of this Province are strictly enjoined not to leave the District that has been appointed for their residenc