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Proceedings of the Committee for the County of Balitmore


At a meeting of the Committee, July 17, 1775:

Present: Samuel Purviance, in the Chair, William Spear, John Merryman; Edward Talbot, William Smith, Richard Lemmon, Isaac Vanbibber, Thomas Johnaton, Abram Vanbibber, William Goodwin, Edward Norwood, Job Garretson, Thomas Harrison, John McClennan, Daniel Bowley, William Buchanan, John Boyd, Moses Galloway, John Kennedy, John Moale, Thomas Elliot, Benjamin Griffith, Daniel Hughes, Mordecai Gist, Benjamin Levy, James Cox, John Mercer, William Neill, David Stewart, Captain Henderson, Charles Wiesenthall, George Woolsey, George Lindenberger, Mayberry Helms, Barnet Eicholberger, John Cockey, John Cradock, Thomas Jones, Gerrard Hopkins, William Lyon, B˙ Dickinson, John Smith, James Calhoun, Thomas Sellers, Jos˙ Hall, Thomas Rutter, Richard Cromwell, Ab˙ Britton, Andrew Buchanan, George Matthews, John Deaver, William Lux, Secretary.

Mr˙ John Welsh appeared before the Committee, and answered the charge exhibited against him by the following Declaration:

"Whereas, an information has been lodged against me in the Committee of Baltimore County, that I declared those who mustered were guilty of rebellion; in order to remove any ill impressions against me, I now declare that I approve of the measures recommended by the Continental Congress and Provincial Convention, and am willing to join my countrymen in the common cause, and to risk ray life and fortune in defence of the liberties of America; and that I will recommend it to my neighbours to muster and learn the use of arms, as necessary to defend ourselves from all invaders of our liberties and properties.

"In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 17th July, 1775.