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fourteen Pounds due him per Account passed by the Dep^ Aud.

That the said Treasurer pay to Samuel Chase Esquire Ten thou-
sand Pounds for the use of John Dorsey & Comp^ on Account.

That the said Treasurer pay to William Hyde four hundred and
sixteen Pounds, thirteen shillings and four Pence for one Months
Salary as Ass* Q. to the Governor and Council ending the i^* Instant.

That the Commissary of Stores deliver to Lieut. Jn° Jeremiah
Jacob of the 6* Regim* 2 pair of Stockings and 3 yds Linen for Lin-
ing in part of the Articles allowed &c^



of the Council of Maryland. 93

That Capt. George Keeports deliver to the said Lieut. John Jere Lil>cr C E
Jacob of the 6"^ Regim* 3^ yds Cloth 3 yds Shalloon & i piece of ^°- ^^
Brittanies of the second Quality in part of the Articles allowed by the
General Assembly.

rCouncil to Mr. Holker] Liber C C

No. 22

Sir Having received and answered some Letters from His Excel- ^-^
lency the Chev*" De la Luzerne on the same Subject with yours of the
28"^ ult° & q"' Ins* we have less Occasion to be particular in our
Answer to yours of those Dates, they shall be laid before the General
Assembly, which is to meet the 2^ of next Month. In the mean Time
we request you to inform us on what Foundation you ground your
Expectation of having, from this State, 12000 Barrels of Flour.
We have looked over the Papers on this Subject and find, in a Letter
from a Committee of Congress, July 13*'' 1779, that we are desired
to let M*" Smith have 5000 Barrels of Flour on your Account, and p. 70
Orders were given accordingly. The following is an Extract from
M*" Gerrard's Letter 21^* Aug' 1779 " Permit me in availing myself
of this Regulation to entreat your Excellency's Permission for ex-
porting, in the Month of November next, about 5 or 6000 Barrels
of Flour and about 5 or 600 Barrels of Salt Provisions." We refer
you to your Letter of the 26'^ August 1779 wherein you inform us
that you had authorized M' Smith in Baltimore to purchase with all
Speed 4000 Barrels of Flour to be shipped for Martinico, in Addi-
tion to 2000 Barrels Part of those he had in Store, which were fur-
nished by Orders of the Committee of Congress. Since the Receipt
of that Letter, we cannot find among our Papers, any from you,
until yours of the 28"^ ult° came to Hand. Every Motive combines
to induce us most earnestly to wish for certain Information of the
Army's being supplied that we may not only have it in our Power
to grant permits to the Vessels which are to sail under Convoy of
the Fendant, but that all the Flour legally purchased under your
Directions may be applied to the Purpose for which it was first
intended.



No. 23
P-II5



Tuesday 22*^ February 1780 — L?^" C^I

Present as on Yesterday.

Ordered That the Commissary of Stores deliver to Charles Scott
of the 1^' Regim* i p*" shoes to be charged to the said Regim*

That the said Commissary of Stores deliver to Lieut Elijah Evans
of the Regim* lately Rawlings's 2 p*" Stockings and 3 yds Linen for
Lining in part of the Ar*^ &c^

That Capt. George Keeports deliver to the said Lieut Elijah Evans
I piece of Brittanies of the third Quality in part of the Art'" &c^



94 Journal and Correspondence

Liber C B That the western shore Treasurer pay to Charles Wallace four
"^^ ^^ hundred and twenty seven Pounds, seventeen shillings and five Pence
and also the further Sum of one hundred and seventy nine Pounds,
five shillings and six Pence due him p Ace*® passed by the Dep^ Aud.
That the said Treasurer pay to Samuel Hepburn Esq"" Three thou-
sand Pounds to be delivered over to Jonathan Hudson Esq*" in part
of the Sum of £30241 due him for Linens Purchased of him by the
Governor & Council for the Use of the Officers in the Maryland Line.

Liber C C [Gov. Lee to ]

p. 70 Sir Mess" Rogers Hepburn and Leeke have represented to the
Council and myself and we believe very truly, that the Flour which
you lately seized in Patuxent River, in Virtue of the Law for the
immediate Supply of the Army, was purchased in Baltimore for the
Consumption of their several Families. That, at present they are
entirely without, and that ten or eleven Barrels, which is the Quan-
tity you have taken, is not more than three Families can consume in
four Months. Under such Circumstances, the Council join me in
requesting you to restore to those Gentlemen, the whole of their
Flour, apprehending this Case is not within either the Spirit or
Letter of the Law. You have a Power to impress Vessels to trans-
port the Articles you Seize, to the Head of Elk and the other Places
mentioned in the Law, and we think it will conduce more to the
Interest of the State to keep the Corn on Board the Vessel and send
it away in her, than to land it



Liber C B Wednesday 23*^ February 1 780

February 23 Present as on Yesterday —

p. 115 Pardon granted to Thomas Taylor Condemned in Washington
County Court for Horse Stealing on Condition that he forthwith
enlist himself into some one of the Regiments of the Quota of this
State in the Continental Army and that he do not desert therefrom.

Liber C C [Council to William Merrit, late of Kent]

No, 22 . .

p. 70 Sir Mary Gittmgs hath by her Petition set forth to us that she

was, in Sepf 1777 plundered by the Enemy, of Household Furniture,
Wearing Apparel &'^^ to a very considerable Amount, and it appear-
ing to us by her Deposition with a List of her Losses and the Deposi-
tions of others, that the said Facts are true, and we esteeming it
proper that the Collection of the Assessment of the said Mary Git-
tings for the Year 1779 amounting to the Sum of £269.. 15. .0 should
be suspended do desire you not to collect the same or any Part thereof
and if collected, to refund the same



of the Council of Maryland. 95

[Council to Colo. Solomon Stympson] Liber C C

Sir We think it will be proper to remove the Grain you have pro- p. 7,
cured, to George Town and store it there, because it may with greater
Ease and at less Expence be transported by Water from thence to
the Head of Elk.

[Council to His Excellency Governor Jeflferson of Virginia]

Sir We had the Honor to receive your Excellency's Letter of the
30''' lan^ The Necessity which constrained our Assembly to enact
a Law, the extensive Operation of which has interfererl with the
Purchases made by your Agent, for the Subsistence of the Military
of your State, we must deplore, and can assure you that an anxious
Solicitude for the Welfare of the United States and an Opinion that
nothing short of the most vigorous and sudden Exertions, could pro-
cure an immediate and full Supply for our distressed Army were
the only Motives which prompted them to make it so general. We
are Satisfied it is not the Intention of the Act, to provide Supplies
for State Troops, because, when it was made, it was not known that
the Military of any particular State was in Distress. The Object of
the Assembly being an immediate and full Supply for the Army, we
cannot admit your Exposition of the Law, because it would in some
Degree counteract the Purpose of it and because we think the word
" others " was inserted with a View of including every Person in
whose Possession any Flour or Wheat was found and may well com-
prehend the Agent of Virginia ; and that, unless such Construction
is made, as there is no other Person except the Agent of the Marine
of France (whose Flour is also deemed Seizable) to whom it can
relate, that word would be deprived of its Efifect, and a well known
Principle in expounding Acts of the Legislature would be infringed,
that a Law ought to be so construed that no word should be rendered
void or insignificant if it can be prevented. We must further observe
that the Intention of the Assembly ought to prevail, which is to be
collected from the Cause or Necessity which induced them to make
the Law. We cannot esteem it necessary to enter into a minute Dis-
cussion of the present Question or to resort to nice and subtil Reason-
ing to justify an Exertion which was requisite to prevent the
numerous Calamities which must result from the Dissolution of the
Continental Army. We are sensible it is the mutual Interest of both
States to preserve the Harmony that subsists between them which,
added to our Desire to contribute all we possibly can to the Relief
of your Distresses, make us wish to receive Information from Con-
gress or His Excellency General Washington, that the Army is sup-
plied, that we may have it in our Power to restore your Flour, before
you feel any Inconveniencies from the Seizure of it. Our Assembly
will meet the second Day of March when vour Excellency's Letter
will be laid before them for their Consideration.



96 Journal and Correspondence

Liber C B Thursday 24* February 1780

No. 23
p. 116 Present as on Yesterday —

February 24 Qrdered That M"- James Williams be informed that the State has
no further use for his House lately occupied as an Hospital and that
the Rent of the same henceforth cease.

That the western shore Treasurer pay to John Meara Two thou-
sand Dollars to be delivered over to John Flattery and by him deliv-
ered over to Lieut Clement Skerrit of Capt. Browns Company of
Artillery due him in leiu of Articles allowed by the General Assembly
for the year 1779.

Liber C C [Gov. Lee to Alexander Clagett Esqr. Shf¥. of Washington County.]
No 22 . . .

p. 72 Sir The enclosed is a Pardon for Thomas Taylor a Prisoner m

your Custody. When you discharge him deliver him over to a Re-
cruiting Officer and desire the Officer to pay the pecuniary Bounty
that Taylor may be entitled to, to his wife who lives in Harford
County and who, with several Children are in extreme indigent Cir-
cumstances : In this Instance I think it not amiss to direct the Appli-
cation of the Continental and State Bounty of 450 Dollars, however
improper it might be in any other. Communicate this Letter to the
Recruiting Officer and inform me of his Name



Liber C B Friday 25 February 1780

p. 116 Present as on Yesterday —
February 25 Ordered That the Commissary of Stores deliver to John Ford a
Recruit one Suit of Cloaths the Bounty allowed by the late Act of
Assembly.

That the western shore Treasurer pay to Peter McNorton four
hundred and fifty Dollars the Bounty allowed to the above John
Ford.

That the said Treasurer pay to John Brice Esq'' five hundred
pounds for his Attendance in Council to this Instant.

That Capt George Keeports deliver to Lieut Samuel Farmer of
the 3"^ Regim' 20 pair Overalls for the use of the said Regiment.



February 26 Saturday 26"^ February 1780

Present as on Yesterday —

Ordered That the western shore Treasurer pay to John Crisall
four hundred Pounds on Account

That the said Treasurer pay to Jacob Crauford lately recom-
mended to an Ensigncy in the 2"^ Regim* three thousand Dollars to
be expended in the Recruit^ Serv. & Acc"^ for —



of the Council of Maryland. 97

That the said Treasurer pay to Capt. Richard Dorsey of Artillery, Liber C B
two hundred and thirty nine Pounds due him per Account passed by ^°' ^^
the Aud. Gen'

That the said Treasurer pay to Lieut. Nicholas Ricketts of Artil-
lery Two hundred and Eighty nine Pounds Eighteen shillings and
nine Pence due him p' Ace' pass'' by A. G'

That Serj' Richard Welsh deliver to Capt. Frazier of the Brig
Talbot 60* of Cannon Powder, from the Cartridges received of Com"
Grason. The Owners of the said Brig to pay the Price that the other
Powder to be disposed of by the Gov"" & Council shall sell for

That Capt. Geo. Keeports deliver to David Poe Esq' 12 Camp
Kittles

That the said Geo. Keeports deliver to Capt. Richard Dorsey of
Artillery i p^ Brittanies of the second Quality in part of the Articles
allowed by the G. Ass''

That the said George Keeports deliver to Lieut Nicholas Ricketts
of Artillery i p^ Brittanies of the second Quality in part of the
Art' &c^

That the said Geo. Keeports deliver to Capt. Tho^ Lansdale of the
4* Regim' i p* Brittanies of the second Quality in part of the Arti-
cles &c^

That the Commissary of Stores deliver to John Purdy, John
Martin, Joseph Sabolle, John Decoin John Dupre, William Cole, p. 117
John Armstrong Sen"" Abraham Baker, William Harriss, Benjamin
Burk, Edward Purdy, Henry Purdy and John Mantle Recruits for
the 6'*^ Regiment each a Suit of Cloaths the Bounty allowed by the
Act of Ass^

[Council to Capt Thomas Lansdale] Liber C C

No. 22
Sir We have some Expectations of purchasing the Deficiency of p. 71

Cloathing for the Officers, on better Terms than you mention, and

enclose you an Order on M*" Keeports for Linen for two Shirts.



Monday 28"^ February 1780. Februarj- 28

T^ o 1 Liber C B

Present as on Saturday — No. 23

Commission of a Letter of IMarque and Reprisal issued to Henry ^' "'
Putnam Commander of the Schooner Pegg}^ mounting 12 Carriage
Guns & 12 Small Arms belonging to Richard Curson &C° of
Baltimore.

Ordered That the western shore Treasurer pay to Robert Reynolds
seventy Pounds five shillings due him per Account passed by
Depy Aud.

That the said Treasurer pay to Joseph Middleton one hundred and
seventy five Pounds due him per account passed by the Dep'' Aud.



98 Journal and Correspondence

Liber C B That the said Treasurer pay to James Brice Esq"' five hundred
■No. 23 pQyj-,(jg fQj. }^is Attendance in Council to this Day inclusive.

That the said Treasurer pay to John Muir one thousand five hun-
dred and Eighty one Pounds, seventeen Shillings and three Pence
due himself and the further Sum of four thousand two hundred and
ninty three Pounds to be delivered over to William Paca Esq*" due
him per Account passed by the Aud. General.

That the Commissary of Stores deliver to Andrew Poymarat, Jean
Laravure, Humphry Carpenter Thomas Fowler, and Thomas Jordan
Recruits for the i*' Regim' one Suit of Cloaths each the Bounty
allowed by the late Act of Assembly —

That the said Commissary deliver to William Hillier, & William
Newton of the 2^ Regim' and Benjamin Wisely of the 3*^ Reg* i p*"
shoes and i p"" Stockings each to be charged to the said Regiments.

That Serj. Welsh Deliver to Joseph Dowson i Ton of Pig Iron
to be paid for at the same Price which the rest sells at.



Liber C C [Council to Richard Dallam Esqr.]

No. 22
p. 72 Sir On receiving yours of the 18* Ins' we applied to the Treas-
urer, to know what Money was on Hand, and find it is not in our
Power to draw, at this Time, there not being more than 6ooof in the
Treasury. By a Return from you of the 31^* Dec*" 1779, we observe
there were then in Harford County 500 Barrels of Flour, unpacked,
1820 packed and 13.700 Bushels of Wheat ; and in your Letter of the
18"^ Ins* you write that you had forwarded about 1400 Barrels of
Flour and had about 300 Barrels on Hand : This requires an Expla-
nation, which we request you to give and to transmit us an exact
Account of what you have been able to obtain, for the Information
of the Gen' Assembly



February 29 Tuesday 2^^^ February 1780

Liber C B

No. 23 Present as on Yesterday —

Ordered That the Eastern shore Treasurer pay to Richard Keene
one of the Commissioners for Caroline County Eight hundred
Pounds to enable him to Carry into Execution the Act for the imme-
diate Supply of Flour and other Provisions for the Army on Account

That the western shore Treasurer pay to Capt. Henry Gaither five
thousand Dollars to be expended in the recruiting Service and Ac-
counted for.

That the Commissary of Stores deliver to John Cope and Andrew
White Rec'^ each a Suit of Cloaths the Bounty allowed by the late
Act of Assembly.



p. 117



of the Council of Maryland. 99

Commission of a Letter of Marque and Rcjirisal issued to Thomas LiJ>cr C B
Walker Commander of the Schooner Dispatch Ikirthen Thirty Tons ^°- ^^
navigated by six Men Mounting four Swivil Guns belonging to
Joseph Dowson and Company of the City of Annapolis.



Wednesday i^' March 1780 March i

•^ ^ p. 118

Present as on Yesterday.

Ordered That the western shore Treasurer pay to Allen Quynn
Esq*" four hundred and forty two Pounds, ten shillings for the Use
of Simon Ratalack per Account passed by the Aud. Gen'

That the said Treasurer pay to William Hyde four hundred and
sixteen Pounds, thirteen shillings and four Pence for i Month Salary
due this Day.

That the Eastern shore Treasurer pay to Nich* Thomas Esq*"
Judge of the General Court, sixty two Pounds, one shilling and nine
Pence for his Salary from 23 Oct. to i Novem'' 1779 and three thou-
sand Pounds from i Novem'' to i March 1780

That the Commissary of Stores deliver to Mark Butt of the 2'^
Maryl'' Regiment i pair of Shoes to be charged to the said Regim*



Thursday 2^ March 1780 — March 2

Present as on Yesterday.

Ordered That the Collector of the Tax for Montgomery County
pay to Capt. Lloyd Beall of the 7**^ Regim* Twelve thousand Dollars
to be expended in the Recruit^ Serv. & Ace'' for.

That Capt. George Keeports deliver to Ens. Thomas Jenkins of
the i=* Maryl<' Brigade i p^ Brittanies of the third Quality & Cloth
suff* for I p*" Breeches in part of the Articles &c^

That the said George Keeports deliver to Capt Philemon Grififith
of the late Rawlings's Regim* 3^ yds Cloth. 3 yds Shalloon and i p*
Brittanies of the second Quality in part of the Articles allowed by
the General Assembly.

That the Commissary of Stores deliver to Ens. Thomas Jenkins
of the first Maryland Brigade 3 yds. Linen for Lining in part of the
Articles allowed &c*

That the said Commissary deliver to Capt Phil° Griffith of the
late Rawlings's Regim. 2 p'' Stockings and 3 yds Linen for Lining in
part of the Articles &c^

That the western shore Treasurer pay to Thomas Johnson jun*"
Ci to the Gov' &C° four hundred and sixteen Pounds, thirteen shil-
lings and four Pence for one Month Salary to the first Instant.



lOO Journal and Correspondence

Liber C B That the said Treasurer pay to Col° Uriah Forrest Aud. General
No. 23 Qj^g thousand and forty one Pounds, thirteen shillings and four Pence
for one Month Salary ending the 29 February —

That the said Treasurer pay to Conrod T. Wederstrandt Esq"" one
hundred and fifty Pounds for the like sum advanced Capt. Green for
the Use of the State Boat Dolphin

Liber C C [Council to Colo. Peregrine Tilghman]

No. 22
P-72 Sir M*^ Wederstrandt has represented to this Board (and we be-
lieve very truly) that the Quantity of twenty eight Barrels of Flour,
which you lately seized in Emmerson's Warehouse, in Virtue of the
Law for the immediate supply of the Army, was purchased by him
for some Gentlemen in this City for the Consumption of their several
Families. We believe the Quantity is not more than those Gentlemen
can consume in their Families in four Months. Under such Circum-
stances, we request you to restore to M*" Wederstrandt, the whole of
the Flour, that it may be applied to this Purpose for which it was
purchased, apprehending this Case is not within either the Spirit or
Letter of the Law.

p. 73 [Council to Mr. Charles Blake]

Sir We received yours of the 3*^ and 21^' Ult° As you have already
engaged Vessels to transport the Wheat you have seized, as soon as
the Navigation is open, we think it will contribute most to the Public
Service to have it delivered to M'' Henry Hollingsworth at the Head
of Elk. We are of Opinion the Flour purchased by the French
Agents is subject to Seizure under the Law, but would not have it
removed, until you receive further Directions from us. We have
sent you a few Certificates by M"" Wederstrandt



Liber C B Friday 3 March 1780

No. 23
p. 118 Present as on Yesterday.

Ordered That the western shore Treasurer pay to Capt. Edward
Spurrior of the 4 Reg"" three thousand Dollars to be expended in the
Recruiting Service and Accounted for.

That the said Treasurer pay to the said Capt. Edward Spurrior
two thousand Dollars to be delivered over to L* Col° Nath' Ramsay
of the 3^ Maryland Regim* due him by an Act of Assembly relating
to the Officers & Soldiers &c^

Ordered That the Collector of the Tax for Harford County pay to
Capt. John Smith of the 3*^ Regim' six thousand Dollars to be ex-
pended in the Recruiting Service and Accounted for.



of the Council of Maryland. lOi

That Capt. George Keeports deliver to Capt. Edward Spurrier Liber C B
of the 4 Reg^im* 3I yds Cloth, 3 yds shalloon and i p* Brittanies in ^^
part of the Articles &c^

That the Commissary of Stores deliver to the said Capt. Edward
Spurrior 3 yds Linen for Lining and 2 p' Stockings in part of the
Articles &c^

That the western shore Treasurer pay to Conrad T. Wederstrandt
Esq"" Two thousand one hundred and twenty three Pounds, nine shil-
lings and ten Pence half Penny due him per Account passed by the
Aud. General.

That the said Treasurer pay to Capt. George Keeports three thou-
sand Pounds on Account

That the said Treasurer pay to John Bullen Esq"' Two thousand
two hundred and fifty seven Pounds ten shillings due him per Ace*
passed by the Aud. Gen'

That the said Treasurer pay to Lieut Isaac Duvall seventy six
Pounds ten shillings due him per Account passed by the Dep^ Aud.

That the said Treasurer pay to Lieut Jacob one hundred and fifty
four Pounds ten shillings due him per Account passed by the
Depy Aud.

That Serj. Richard Welsh deliver to M"" Shaw all the Military
Stores, in his Possession belonging to the State, M"" Shaw being
hereby appointed to take charge of the same.

That William Morgan, Henry Wood and William Jones Matrosses
of this State be attached to, and incorporated into the Comp^ of
Matrosses lately commanded by Capt. Gale and be deemed part of
the Quota of this State of the American Army.

Samuel Smith, Charles Hogg, Joshua Cord, John Shroud, John
Crabb and John Singleton Matrosses in the late Capt. Gales
Compy appearing to this Board to be unfit for Service, is hereby
Discharged. —

In Virtue of the Act of the General Assembly to empower the
Governor & Council to sell the Public Property &c^ Charles Wallace
Esq"" Paymaster of the State Troops is hereby Disch''

[Council to Mr. Daniel Bow^ley] Liber C C

No. 22
Sir Please to deliver to Cap* George Keeports, the Cloth pur- P-73
chased by the Governor and Council of M"" Young

[Council to The Commrs for Baltimore Town]

Gentlemen We shall be obliged to you to send a Load of Flour for
the Continental Troops in this City. We have wrote to M"" David
Poe, Depy Qu*" M"" Gen' to supply you with a Team



I02 Journal and Correspondence

Liber C C [Council David Poe Esqr. Dy. Q. M. G.]

No. 22 ...

Sir. We shall be obliged to you to furnish the Commissioners of
Baltimore Town and Cap' Keeports with two Teams for the Trans-
porting Flour and Cloathing to this City for the Use of the Conti-
nental Troops

[Council to Honble Board of War]

Gentlemen Several Applications have been made to us by the Sol-
diers belonging to this State, for Cloathing which they allege is due
to them, and, to support their Claim, have produced Certificates from
the Paymasters. We wish to be informed whether they are entitled
to Cloathing or Money in Lieu thereof and whether, if they are en-
titled to Cloathing we shall be justified in issuing it to them, agree-
able to the Certificates produced.



March 4



Liber C B Saturday 4 March 1780.

No. 23
p. 119 Present as on Yesterday. —

Ordered That the Commissary of Stores deliver to Thomas Harry,
John Tucker, Alexander West, and John West, recruits for the
I Reg"" & Peter Meguire a recruit for the 7 Reg' i Suit of Cloaths
each the Bounty all"^ by the Gen' Assembly and also to Nathan Peak
John Taylor & Robert Baily of the i Regim' each i p"" shoes.

That the said Commissary of Stores deliver to Walter Warfield
Surgeon to the 2,^ Regim 2 p"" Stockings & 3 yds. Linen for Lining in
part of the Article &c^

That the said Commissary deliver to Gabriel Gatworth formerly a
SoW in the 2 Maryl'' Reg*" 2 Coats in lieu of the like number which
were left by him in Annapolis and taken by order of the Govern'' &
Council.

That Capt. Geo. Keeports deliver to Walter Warfield Surgeon to
the 2^ Reg"" 3^ yds. Cloth, 3 yds Shalloon & i p^ Brittanies of the
2^ Quality in part of the Article &c^

That the western shore Treasurer pay to Rob' Reith Mess*" to the
Gov"' & Co' one hundred and twenty five Pounds due him for i m°
Salary to l^' Inst,
p. 120 Ordered That the Collector of the Tax for Prince Georges County
pay to Capt. William Dent Beall of the 6"" Regiment five thousand
Dollars to be expended in the Recruiting Service & Acc"^ for



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