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Proceedings of the Committee for the County of Balitmore


At a meeting of the Committee of Observation, on Friday, the 3d of February, 1775:

Present: Samuel Purviance, Chairman, Andrew Buchanan, Isaac Grist, Richard Moale, Thomas Ewing, Hercules Courtenay, Archibald Buchanan, John Merryman, George Mathews, William Spear, John Smith, William Buchanan, Thomas Harrison, John Boyd, Jeremiah Townley Chase, Robert Alexander, William Smith.

Captain Richard Jackson, of the Brig Sally-Van, from Jamaica, appeared, and reported, on oath, that his cargo consisted of one hundred and forty-four casks of Rum, seven hogsheads of Sugar, six bags of Cotton, and three hundred and one Hides.

Captain William Knapp, of the Brig Woodbridge, from Guadaloupe, appeared, and reported his cargo, on oath, as follows, viz: Two hundred and seventy-nine casks of Molasses, two hogsheads and two barrels of Sugars.

The Committee being satisfied that the Molasses and Coffee imported in Captain Moore, from Jamaica, were shipped in consequence of orders given before the Resolves


of the Continental Congress were known, the same were set up to sale, and struck off at three Pounds seven Shillings and six Pence more than the first cost, which was paid by Mr˙ Ridley and Mr˙ Crockett.

The Goods marked J˙ T˙, Nos˙ 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, imported from Glasgow, in the Britannia, Captain Watson, belonging to John Tennant, were delivered to Alexander Cowan, with a Letter for the Committee of Dorchester County concerning the said Goods.

The Goods marked J˙ J˙, imported in the said ship, being shipped in consequence of orders sent by James Jeffries, before the 1st of June last, the same were set up at first cost and charges, and ten Shillings being bid thereon, the same was struck off to Mr˙ Jeffries, who paid the same to the Treasurer.

John Hudson, master of the Ship Totness, from Liverpool, appeared, and reported his cargo, on oath, as follows, viz: Four thousand four hundred and seventy-six bushels of Salt, and fifty crates of Earthern-Ware.

The said Goods were struck off to Mr˙ Place at first cost and charges.

The Goods marked G˙ P˙, Nos˙ 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, and M˙ T˙, Nos˙ 1, 2, 3, and 4, imported in the Ship Brittania, Captain Watson, from Glasgow, were struck off to Mr˙ Thomas Ewing at first cost and charges.

William Burke, owner of the Schooner Unity, from Santa Cruz, appeared, and reported the cargo of said Schooner, on oath, as follows, viz: Forty hogsheads of Sugar, a parcel of Coffee, and six cases of Gin.