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called in, and being at the bar of this House, Mr. President communicated to him the resolve of Convention, and did censure and reprimand him accordingly.
On motion, Resolved, That a Committee be appointed to view and value the Linen manufactured and transmitted to the Council of Safety by Edward Parker, of Cecil County, in pursuance of his engagement with the Convention, at their session in December last.
And Mr. Hooe, Mr. Gilpin, Mr. Ewing, Mr. Chamberlaine, and Mr. Contee, were elected by ballot a Committee for that purpose.
Adjourned till three oclock.
Post Meridiem. Met according to adjournment.
Mr. Rumsey has leave of absence.
The Committee for that purpose appointed, bring in and deliver to Mr. President, a Report on the Memorial of Edward Lloyd, Esquire; which was read, and ordered to lie on the table.
On reading a second time the Proceedings of the Committee of Observation for Prince Georges County, relative to the Rev. Mr. John Eversfield,
Resolved, That in consideration of the age and infirmities of the said. John Eversfield, and his want of abilities to exert any dangerous influence, that he be discharged on paying the expenses of his confinement.
Mr. T. Johnson brings in and delivers to Mr. President, a Report from the Committee appointed to consider of and report proper alterations or additions to the Resolutions of Convention, for encouraging the making of Marine Salt; which was read a first and second time, and thereupon the Convention, taking the same into consideration,
Resolved, That a publick Salt Work be erected on or near the Bay, near the mouth of Potomack, and another on the Sea-board of this Province; and that the said works be carried on on the publick account, under the management and direction of such persons as shall be appointed by the Council of Safety for the time being; and that any sum of publick money, not exceeding the sum of five hundred Pounds, may, by order of the said Council of Safety, be expended in erecting and carrying on each of the said works. And that for encouraging private people to set up and carry on Salt Works, the Council of Safety, for the time being, may, on proper security, and such terms as they approve of, advance of the publick money any sum or sums not exceeding five hundred Pounds, for erecting and carrying on each of two or more Salt Works in this Province; so that such advances for the encouragement of private Salt Works exceed not in the whole fifteen hundred Pounds, common money; and that no publick money be advanced for erecting and carrying on Salt Works under the resolution of Convention held at Annapolis, the 26th day of July last.
On reading a second time the Report from the Committee appointed to consider the proposals of Henry Hollingsworth, the Convention took the same into consideration; and thereupon.
Resolved, That the sum of five hundred Pounds be advanced to the said Henry Hollingsworth, out of the publick Treasury, he giving bond in double that sum, conditioned for the payment of the sum so advanced in good substantial Gun-barrels, that will stand the usual proof, well bored and ground, three-fourths of an inch in the bore, and three and a half feet in the barrel, at twenty Shillings per barrel; and good, substantial, well manufactured, and finished steel bayonets, at eight Shillings per bayonet, in four months after the date thereof; and upon completing the said or any subsequent contract for the like purpose, a sum not exceeding five hundred Pounds, on the like condition, be advanced by the Convention or Council of Safety, so long and as often as they shall think the publick exigency will require it.
Resolved, That as a laudable desire to attain a competent acknowledge in the art of making Saltpetre, and to diffuse this acknowledge as extensively as possible, appears to this Convention to have been the motive that induced the said Henry Hollingsworth to incur the expense of thirty Pounds, in employing a certain John Mingle, a man of reputed skill in the said business, and he being further encouraged thereto by the advice and concurrence of some of the Members of this House, that the said expense be allowed in his general account as Supervisor of the Saltpetre Work in Cecil County.
The Convention took into their consideration a Report from the said Committee, on the terms offered by Elisha Winters, of Chestertown, in Kent County, and came to the following Resolutions thereon, to wit:
Resolved, That the sum of eight hundred and fifty-five Pounds, common money, be advanced to the said Elisha Winters, out of the publick Treasury, he giving bond in double that sum, with sufficient security, conditioned for the delivery of six hundred stand of Muskets, three-fourths of an inch in the bore and three and a half feet in the barrel; to be well stocked with walnut, and well finished with strong, substantial double-bridled locks, strong brass mounting, substantial steel bayonets and ramrods, and swivels for slings, agreeable to a sample this day produced to the Convention, at the rate of four Pounds five Shillings, common money, for each Musket so finished; the said Muskets and accoutrements to be delivered to the order of the Convention, or the Council of Safety of this Province, for the time being, in the following proportions, to wit: Forty per month for the first three months from the date of the contract, and the residue in nine months thereafter, in proportions of not less than fifty per month; the said Elisha Winters to be furnished in due time, by order of the Convention or Council of Safety for the time being, with barrels and bayonets, of the dimensions and quality as aforesaid, at the head of Elk River, in Cecil County, at the rate of twenty Shillings, common money, each, for the barrels, and eight Shillings, like money, each, for the bayonets. That a further sum of four hundred and twenty-seven Pounds ten Shillings, like money, be advanced him, upon the delivery of three hundred of the said Muskets and accoutrements as aforesaid; and upon the delivery of the residue, as aforesaid, that the further sum of four hundred and twenty-seven Pounds ten Shillings be paid him as the balance of the amount of the said six hundred Muskets and accoutrements, at four Pounds five Shillings, common money, deducting the cost of the barrels and bayonets as aforesaid.
On motion, Resolved, That all persons employed in the manufacturing or repairing of Arms for the publick, or in repairing Arms for the use of the Militia, by order or appointment of any Field-Officer of the Militia, and all persons who are personally employed in erecting or working of Powder-Mills, or in working in any publick Saltpetre or Marine Salt Works, carried on for the use and on account of the publiek, shall, during the time they are actually so employed, within one year next following, be exempt from attending on musters.
Resolved, That no Muskets or Rifles, except by the owner thereof on his removal to reside out of this Province, or any Gun-barrels, Gun-locks, or Bayonets, be carried out of this Province, without the leave of the Council of Safety for the time being.
On reading a second time the Petition of Charles Landsdale, of Prince Georges County,
Ordered, That the same be referred to the Committee appointed to examine the several claims on the Treasury.
A Memorial from Henry Ridgely, of Elkridge, in Anne Arundel County; a Memorial from Stephen Gartrill, of said County; and a Petition from Isaac McHard, of the City of Annapolis, were severally read, and ordered to lie on the table.
The Committee for that purpose appointed bring in and deliver to Mr. President the following Report, to wit:
The Committee appointed to view and value the Linen manufactured and sent to the Council of Safety by Edward Parker, of Cecil County, do report, that seven pieces of Linen, delivered in to the Commissary of Stores, containing two hundred and eighty-one and a half yards, are of the value of three Shillings and six Pence currency per yard; and that one piece, containing twenty-one yards, is of the value of two Shillings and three Pence currency per yard.
All which is submitted to the honourable Convention.
Signed per order of the Committee.
N. HARWOOD, Clerk.
Which was read and agreed to.
Sundry Remonstrances and Petitions from the Fifth and Twentieth Battalions of Militia, in Queen Annes County, were read, and ordered to lie on the table.