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300 Journal and Correspondence

Liber C C Measures are taken in Time, for their Relief. We request you to
No. 22 peruse and seal the enclosed Letter to the Board of War. Altho' we
p. i86 have not any regular Information of the Action of the lo*** Ult°
interesting as it was to this State in Particular, we have no Reason
to doubt that our gallant Countrymen, are under very distressing
Circumstances from many Causes, particularly the Loss of their
Baggage, and we rest assured that the Hoiible Board of War will see
the Propriety of forwarding an immediate Supply. Unless we have
some Assistance towards Cloathing the Recruits that are here, we
shall soon have very few to cloath, as they lessen every Day by
Desertion. We have Reason to believe that our Troops have, hitherto,
received but a small Proportion of Continental Cloathing ; To avoid
a partial Distribution in future or to quiet Discontents and Clamours,
if this Opinion is not well founded, it appears to us that it would be
proper and just each State should know what Cloathing and Militai-y
Stores are annually imported, on Account of the United States. If
it can, with Propriety be done at this Time we should be glad to know
what has been imported of those Articles for 12 Months past, at least
of Cloathing.

[Council to Board of War]

Gentlemen The distressing Circumstances the Maryland Troops
are under, by the Loss of their Baggage on the 16*^ Ult° oblige us
to call on you for supplies from the Continental Stock of Cloathing ;
their Sufferings require immediate Relief. We have likewise an
urgent Demand for Cloathing for about 200 Recruits, who we
detained for want of Blankets, Cloth & Linen, and we shall have
Occasion for a further Supply of those Articles for other Recruits
expected. The Time is now arrived when it is necessary we should
know what supplies of Cloathing may be expected from the general
Stock, and to inform you that we fear it will not be in the Power of
this State to furnish in Time, more than a partial Supply of Hats,
Shoes, Hose and Shirts. M"" W" Smith lately lent us 200 Shirts,
which we had bought by your Order. We hope it will Suit you to
give us an Order on him for them and, if you have any Cloathing
in Baltimore, we request your Order for what you can Spare.



p. 187



[Council to Colo. Henry Hollingsworth]

Sir We received yours of the 17* & 20*'' and send by M'' Giles
£250 of the new State Money, amounting at 40 for i, to £10,000. It
is the general Opinion, this Money will circulate freely and will be
taken by the Merchants in Baltimore and hope it will answer to
extricate you from your present Difficulties. Lest there should be
any Disappointment, by your not being able to pass this Money
readily, we enclose an Order on the Collector of your County for
eight thousand Pounds, which you are to account for or return, if you



of the Council of Maryland. 301

can make Use of the new Money, this is all we have in our Power Liber C C
to do. It is our Opinion, if the Horses are good and substantial and '^' "
fit for the Draft, the Service they were purchased and intended for,
they ought to be received, anrl the only jjropcr Mode that occurs to
us to determine it, in Cases where an Objection is made by the Quar-
termaster to receiving them, is to call on one or two Persons well
Skilled in Horses to examine them and if he or they should be of
Opinion they come up to the above Description, you ought to offer
them to the Quartermaster and insist on his taking them, and, in Case
of his obstinately refusing, you must put them out to Pasture and
take Care of them, and send us a Report of what you do in Conse-
quence of the above Directions. Those adjudged to be unfit for
Service, by the Persons called in, are also to be pastured and taken
Care of.

Saturday 23'' September 1780 September

Present as on yesterday. Liber C B

Ordered That the western shore Treasurer pay to Ann Littell three p. 198
Pounds two shillings and six Pence of the new Emission of this
State in lieu of one hundred and twenty five Pounds due her p
Account passed by the Aud. Gen'

That the said Treasurer pay to Lieut James Bruff of the 6"'
Regim' seventeen Pounds, sixteen shillings & three Pence of the
new Emission of this State in lieu of an Order of the 24"^ Aug' last
for one thousand nine hundred Dollars.

That the said Treasurer pay to Conrad T. Wederstrandt one thou-
sand Pounds of the new Emission of this State to be delivered over
to Charles Blake Commissary of Purchases for Queen Anns County
to be by him Accounted for.

That the said Treasurer pay to Lieut Edmond Moran of the 6*
Regim' seventeen Pounds, sixteen shillings and three pence of the
new Emission of this State in lieu of one thousand nine hundred
Dollars allowed by a Resolve of the General Assembly to enable him
to bear his Expenses to the Southward.

That the said Treasurer pay to the said Edmond Moran three
Pounds in Specie for the Purpose aforesaid

That the said Treasurer pay to Thomas Harwood Esq*" Continental
Treasurer or order Eighteen thousand eight hundred and seventy one
Dollars and seven ninetieths of a Dollar of the new Bills emitted by
this State in lieu of seven hundred and fifty four thousand eight
hundred and forty three Dollars and ten ninetieths of a Dollar of
the Continental Bill of Credit part of the Quota of this State raised
for the use of the United States

That the Eastern shore Treasurer pay to Thomas Harwood Esq'
Cont' Treasurer or order Twenty five thousand nine hundred and



302 Journal and Correspondence

Liber C B thirty three Pounds, sixteen shill^^ and eight Pence part of the Quota
^^ of this State raised for the use of the U. States.

That Docf Murray dcHver to Ch' Lansdale out of the State Shop
2 1 of Cream of Tarter for Ignatius Digges Esq''

That M'' Shaw deliver to Com° Barron 12 is Match rope.

John Eversfield jun"" appointed Inspector of Nottingham Ware
Ho. in Prince Georges County in the room of Allen Bowie resigned
and James Stimson app'^ Insp"" of Porters Warehouse in Queen Anns
County in the room of James Hackett

Whereas it appears to this Board that Legh Master Esq'" Com-
mander of the Sloop Experiment on the 22,^^ day of August last
obtained a safe Conduct or Flag of Truce from His Excellency John
Maxwell Esq"" Governor and Commander in Chief of the Bahama
Islands, to carry in the said Sloop Experiment thirty three American
Prisoners of War, whose names are mentioned in a List annexed
to the said safe Conduct from the Island of New Providence to
Baltimore Town in this State and whereas it also appears that the
said Sloop during her said Voyage suffered such Damage that she
cannot return, unless Permission is given to the said Legh Master to
refit. We do therefore hereby Permit the said Legh Master to refit
the said Vessel and to Purchase three Barrels of Meat & three Bar-
p. 199 rels of Flour and allow him 14 days for that Purpose and do further
grant Liberty to the said Legh Master to remain in the Town of
Baltimore until the Expiration of the Time aforesaid allowed for
refitting his said Vessel but do enjoin and prohibit the said Master
from departing the Limits of the said Town until our Leave

Liber c C [Council to Charles Blake Esqr.]

No. 22
p. 187 Sir We send you by M"" Wederstrandt, 1000 £ in new State

Money, amounting at 40 for I, to 40,000 £ and request to know in

Time, when you will have Occasion for a further Supply



September Monday 25*'' September 1780

Liber c'b Present as on Saturday

^°'ioo Ordered that the western shore Treasurer pay to Richard Ridgely
Esq'' Thirty seven Pounds ten shillings of the new Emission of this
State in lieu of Four thousand Dollars by him lent to the State.

That the said Treasurer pay to Samuel Chase Esq'' Three hundred
Pounds of the new Emission of this State to be delivered over to
John Dorsey & Co. on Ace*

That the said Treasurer pay to David Poe one thousand Pounds
of the new Emission aforesaid to be delivered over to Thomas
Donellan of Balt° on Account.



of the Council of Maryland. 303

That the said Treasurer pay to William Minor Twenty nine l.Wjtx C B
Pounds nineteen shilling's and seven Pence half penny of the said ' ^-^
Emission in lieu of eleven hundred anrl ninety eight Pounds two
shillings and six Pence due him p ace* passed by the Aud. Gen'

That the said Treasurer pay to William Logan seventeen Pounds,
ten shill*^* and seven Pence half penny of the said ICmission to l>e
delivered over to George Williams in lieu of seven hundred and one
Pounds, five shillings due him -p Ace' passed by the Aud. Gen'

That the said Treasurer pay to David Poe one hundred and Twenty
five Pounds of the new Emission aforesaid on Account.

That the said Treasurer pay to David Poe Esq"^ Eleven thousand
and forty five Pounds, nineteen shillings and Eleven Pence and one
thousand four hundred and forty one Pounds to be paid in the new
Emission of this State at one for forty due him p Ace'* passed by
the Aud. Gen'

That M"" John Shaw deliver to Col° Forrest's order what hand-
cuffs S:*^^ he may want to confine Deserters.

Commissions issued to Sam' Smith appointed Col". Thomas
Yeates Capt. David Stewart i Lieut. Dan' Bowley 2^ Lieut. James
Calhoun Ens. Philip Grable Capt. John Lorah r L' John M'^Inheimer
2 Lieut. Henry Speck Ens. Benjamin Griffith Capt. David Harris
i^' L' Stephen Steward 2^ Lieut. Hercules Courtnay Ens. James
Young Capt. William Jacob i Lieut. Johnsey Selman 2^ Lieut. &
Charles Orrick Ens. belonging to the Baltimore Town Battalion of
Militia in Baltimore County.

[Council to Messrs. McLellan, Leman & Griest] L'b r C C

Gent" We have just received Information from M' W" Smith, -^^g^
that you have not restored to him any Part of the French Flour
seized by you in Baltimore last Winter, under the Act for the imme-
diate Supply &" We expected that Flour had been returned long
ago, pursuant to our Order ; if it is not, you must deliver it imme-
diately to M"" Smith and inform us of the Reasons which have
induced you to delay it so long.

[Council to William Smith Esq""] p. 188

Sir Your Letter of the 23^ Ins' we received & are much sur-
prised the Comm" of Baltimore Town have not returned the French
Flour that was seized in your Possession last Winter, as they have
long since had our Order for that Purpose. We have wrote to the
Comm" directing them to deliver the Flour immediately and to
inform us of the Cause of so long Delay. There is no great Proba-
bility we shall have it in our Power to supply you with the Flour
required by M" Holker within the Time mentioned in your Letter,



304 Journal and Correspondence

Liber C C besides what the Army will want and therefore do permit you to
^°- ^^ purchase such a Quantity of Flour, for the Use of the French as,
with what you now have on Hand and have Shipped off, will amount
to fifteen thousand Barrels.

[Council to Wm. Winder, Jno. Adams & Others Commrs of the
Tax for Somerset County]

Gent" We have not received your Nomination of the Inspectors in
Somerset County, agreeable to Act of Assembly for the Regulation
of the Staple of Tobacco, which we request you to forward to us by
the first good Opportunity. We again enclosed you an Extract of the
Law

[Council to Mr. Thomas Donellan]

Sir We send by M" Poe 1000 f of the new State Emission amount-
ing, at 40 for I, to 40,000 £ charged to you on Account, until you can
settle your Accounts

[Council to Colo. Benjamin Nicholson]

Sir We received of the s'*" of Aug* & 23*^ Ins* and should have
made out and sent Commissions for the Officers of your Battalion,
agreeable to your Recommendation. The Multiplicity of Business
before us and the Want of Information how the Vacancies mentioned
in the List herewith transmitted arose, are the only Causes of our
Delaying it so long. We have enclosed you all the Commissions that
can be made out, at this Time, and shall send the rest as soon as the
above Information is communicated

September Tuesday 26* September 1780

26
Liber C B Present as on yesterday.

^°- 23 Capt. Abraham Simmons appointed Inspector of Pig Point Ware-
^" ^^ house in Ann Arundel County in the room of John Gardiner resigned
Ordered That the western shore Treasurer pay to William Gold-
smith Eight hundred pounds part of an Order of the 6* Instant in
the new Emission of this State at one for forty & the remaining
Bal''^ of same order Two thousand, three hundred & eighty seven
Pounds, ten shillings in Cont' Currency,
p. 200 Permission is hereby given to Mrs. Damaris Kennedy of this State
to solicit Leave from His Excellency Gen' Washington or the Com-
manding Officer at the out Posts of the Am. Army at Elizabeth
Town to go into the City of New York for the Purpose of obtaining
a Passage from thence to Great Britain not to return again into
this State during the present war between America and Great Britain
without the Leave of the Gov*" & Co. for the Time being first had &
obt*^



of the Council of Maryland. 305

Ordered That M' John Shaw dehver to Capt. Kol/ iJerry 10*' LiFxrr C B
Oakum for the Plater ^'^- 23

That the western shore Treasurer pay to Rob' Davis Eleven pounds
five shiHinfjs of the new Emission of this State in lieu of an Order
of the 9"* Inst, for four hundred & fifty Pounds

That the said Treasurer pay to Abraham Gorman thirty six
Pounds, seven shillini^s and six Pence of the said new Emission in
lieu of one thousand four hundred & fifty five Pounds.

That the said Treasurer pay to John Muir Esq'' one thousand
Pounds of the said new Emission to be expended in Clothing S:*^*
for the Maryland Officers in the Cont' Service and also the further
sum of one thousand five hundred Pounds of the said new Emission
on Account.

The Appointment of Donaldson Yeates Esq'' Dep^ Quarter Mast'
G' for this State by Tim. Pickering Esq*" Q'' Masf Gen' approved
and ratified.

[Council to James Calhoun Esqr] Liber C C

No. 22
Sir We only received yours of the 15'" Ins' this Mornmg. You p. 189

will supply M'' Donellan with Meat sufficient to issue at his Post. We

yesterday sent him a Sum of Money, if he should have Occasion for a

further Supply, it will be sent him. This will save you some Trouble

and be more regular. We depend on your Judgment in conducting

the Business you have on Hand, in the Manner you think most likely

to conduce to the public Good

[Council to Donaldson Yeates, Esqr.]

Sir Your Appointment as Deputy Quarter master for this State
has been notified to us by Timothy Pickering Esq*" Quartermaster
General and we do approve of and ratify the same

[Council to Timothy Pickering Esqr]

Sir We received your Letter of the 22*^ Aug' notifying the Ap-
pointment of Donaldson Yeates Esq"" Deputy Quartermaster for
this State. M'' Yeates we understand, is a Gentleman of Probity
and Industry & virorthy of the Confidence you have reposed in him ;
We do therefore approve of and ratify the said Appointment.



Wednesday 2y^ September 1780 September

Present as on yesterday. Uber C B

Ordered That the western shore Treasurer pay to Thomas Johnson ^°o^^
Jun' Twenty five Pounds ten shillings of the new Emission of this
State in lieu of one thousand and Twenty Pounds due him -p Ac-
count passed by the Aud. Gen'



3o6 Jo2irnal and Correspondence

Liber C B That the said Treasurer pay to Frederick Green Two hundred

^^ and eleven Pounds, six shillings and five Pence of the said New

Emission in lieu of eight thousand four hundred and fifty two

Pounds, seventeen shillings and six Pence part of an Order drawn in

his favor 12*'' July last.



September Thursday 28* September 1780

Present as on yesterday.

Ordered That the western shore Treasurer pay to Joseph Middle-
ton Thirty three Pounds fifteen shillings of the new Emission of this
State in lieu of one thousand three hundred and Fifty Pounds due
him p Ace' passed by the Dep^ Aud.

That the said Treasurer pay to John H. Maccubbin Fifty Pounds
twelve shillings and six Pence of the said new Emission in lieu of
Two thousand and Twenty five Pounds due him -p Ace' passed by the
Aud. Gen'

That the said Treasurer pay to Capt. Robert Berry Twenty one
pounds nine shillings and ten Pence of the said new Emission in lieu
of eight hundred and fifty nine Pounds fifteen shillings due him p
ace* passed by the Dep'^ Aud.

That the said Treasurer pay to Pat Burke one hundred and Eighty
three Pounds, five shillings & nine pence of the new Emission in
lieu of seven thousand three hundred & thirty one Pounds, twelve
shillings & six Pence due him for riding Express from the 27* of
June last to the 19* Inst. Sept. according to an Agreement with this
Board and agreeable to a Requisition of Congress

That the said Treasurer pay to Alice Redman one hundred Pounds
p Ace' passed by the Dep^ Aud.
p. 201 Ordered That the western shore Treasurer pay to Mary Fennell
one hundred Pounds due her p Ace' passed by the Dep^ Aud.

That the said Treasurer pay to Maj'' Edward Giles five pounds two
shillings and four pence of the new Emission of this State in lieu of
Two hundred & four Pounds fifteen shillings due him p Ace' passed
by the Aud. Gen' and also seventy five Pounds of the said new
Emision in lieu of three thousand Pounds to be delivered over to
Jonathan Hudson on Account.

That the said Treasurer pay to John Brice Esq'' Twelve Pounds,
ten shillings of the new Emission on Account.

That the said Treasurer pay to John Swan sixteen Pounds thir-
teen shillings and four Pence of the new Emission in lieu of six hun-
dred and sixty six Pounds, thirteen shillings and four pence due
him p ace' passed by the Aud. Gen'



of the Council of Maryland. 307

That the Collector of the Tax for Washin^on County pay to Libcr C B
Samuel Hughes one thousand Eight hundred Pounds. ' "■ ^^

That the issuing Commissary deliver to Mary McCormick a sol-
diers wife of the late Capt. Gales Comp^ of Artillery one ration per
Day until further orders or on the meeting of Ann Arundel County.

[Council to Colo. Sam'l Smith] LiUr C C

L No 22

Sir It will be proper to State an Account of the Wheat and Flour p. i^>
belonging to the Commonwealth of Virginia, which was seized by
the Commissioners under the Act for A Supply &" The exact Quan-
tity may be ascertained on returning the Certificates given by the
Comm" and proving the Wheat mentioned in your Return of the
29*^ May, to have been seized by them and paid for by you. This
being done, we shall readily agree that what appears to belong to
Virginia, shall be carried to her Credit, as Part of the Specific Sup-
plies for the current Year

[Council to the Commissaries of Purchases in the several Counties]
Sir We have just received a Letter from the President of Con-
gress dated the 23*^ Ins* enclosing their Recommendation to this State,
to send immediately to the main Army, five hundred Head of neat
Cattle, over and above the Quantity required of us by the Resolution
of the 25'^ of February last. We are informed that the Distress of
Army for want of Meat is so pressing that it is absolutely necessary p. 190
to procure and send forward to the Head of Elk immediately, the
above Number of Cattle, and to enable you to do it with Expedition,
have sent of the new Bills. In making your Purchases, you are to
consider one new Dollar equal to 40 Continental, and do earnestly
entreat you to exert yourself on this trying Emergency and to for-
ward what Cattle you can obtain with the greatest Dispatch.

P. S. We request you to inform us of the Number of Cattle you
have already forwarded, have on Hand, and can procure within 14
Days after the Receipt of this.



Friday 29*'' September 1780 September

29

Present as on yesterday. Liber C B

Ordered That the western shore Treasurer pay to Adam Miller p,^"i^
four Pounds nineteen shillings of the new Emission of this State in
lieu of one hundred & ninety eight Pounds due "p ace* passed by the
Depy Aud.

That the said Treasurer pay to William Rawlings Eleven pounds
one shilling and three pence of the new Emission in lieu of an Order
of the 24"" of August for four hundred and forty two Pounds ten
Shillings.



3o8 Journal and Correspondence

Liber C B That the said Treasurer pay to the said William Rawlings, three
^°" ^■^ pounds fifteen shillings of the new Emission in lieu of an order of the
1 1 Sept. for one hundred & fifty Pounds

That the said Treasurer pay to John Brice Esq"" Twelve Pounds,
ten shillings of the new Emission on Ace'

That the said Treasurer pay to Lieut James Bruff seventeen
Pounds, four shillings and four Pence of the new Emission in lieu
of five hundred & eighty eight Pounds fifteen shillings due him p
Ace* passed by the Aud. Gen'

That the said Treasurer pay to Charles Lansdale one thousand
Pounds of the new Emission to be delivered over to Dan' Jenifer
Com''^ for Ch^ County on Ace*

Liber C C [Council to Board of War]

p°i90 Gent" By a late Letter from his Ex^ General Washington, it
appears that Col° Price has resigned his Commission ; We therefore
ratify and confirm the Promotion of Lieu* Col° Benj^ Ford as Lieu*
Col° Commandant of the 2^ Regiment and request his Commission
may be dated the 31^' of April 1780, the Day on which his Ex^ in-
forms us Col° Price's Resignation was made. Some of the Gentle-
men appointed Officers by our Letter of the 29**^ of May, being made
Prisoners in the Action of the 16*^^ of last Month, we are anxious to
know whether the Commissions issued from your Board agreeably to
our Request.

[Council to Colo Richd Barnes]

Sir We received yours of the 20*'^ Ins* and request you to have all
the public Arms in S' Mary's which are unfit for Service, sold to
the best Advantage, to the People in your County. We shall have
Occasion to send the State Boats down and shall, by that Oppor-
tunity, send you some Arms from the State Armory



September Saturday 30*'' September 1780

30
Liber C B Present as on yesterday

^°2oi Ordered That the western shore Treasurer pay to Margaret
Chatting four Pounds eleven shillings & three Pence of the new
Emission in lieu of one hundred and Eighty two Pounds, ten shil-
lings due her p Ace* passed by the D. Aud.

That the said Treasurer pay to Allen Quynn thirty three Pounds
& nine Pence of the new Emission in lieu of one thousand three hun-
dred & twenty one Pounds twelve shillings due p Ace* passed by
the D. Aud.
p. 202 Ordered That Docf Murray deliver to Governor Lee out of the
State Shop y^ Is Rhubard



of the Council of Maryland. 309

'Jhat the western shore Treasurer pay to Capt. William Middle- Li»jer C B
ton Twelve Pounds, ten Shillinf^s of the new iCmission of this State ' ^- ^^
on Account.

That the western shore Treasurer pay to Capt. William Middletoii
Twelve Pounds, ten Shillings of the new Emission of this State on
Account.

That the said Treasurer pay to Col" U. l-'orrest Aud. Gen' two
thousand six hundred and four Pounds, three shillings and four
Pence due him for 25^ Months Salary to i°* Inst.

That the said Treasurer pay to the said U. Forrest five hundred
Pounds of the new Emission to be delivered over to Capt. Joseph
Ford Commissary for S' Marys County on Account

By his Excellency Thomas Sim Lee Esq*" Gov" of Maryland.
A Proclamation

Whereas full Power and Authority is given to me by and with the
Advice of the Council to continue the Act entitled An Act to prohibit
for a limited Time the exportation " of Wheat, Flour, Rye, Indian
Corn, Rice, Bread, Beef, Pork, Bacon Live stock. Peas, Beans Oats
and other victual, and for other Purposes " from and after the tenth
day of this Instant until the end of the next Session of the General
Assembly and to issue my Proclamation accordingly ; Provided the
Embargo be continued in the States of Pennsylvania and Delaware
so that the Trade of Delaware Bay be not open for the Emolument
of the People residing on the waters or in the Vicinity thereof and
it appearing that the Embargo hath been Continued in the State of
Pennsylvania until the thirtieth Day of this Month and in the State
of Delaware until the Twentieth Day of October next, and Whereas
by my Proclamation issued on the 9* Inst by and with the advice of
the Council the said Act to prohibit &'^^ &'^ was continued until this
Day and having good Grounds to believe that the Embargo in the
States of Pennsylvania hath been continued in force. I do there-
fore by and with the advice of the Council hereby continue the said
Act until the end of the next Session of the General Assembly.

Given at Annapolis this 30* Day of September Anno Domini 1780



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