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Proceedings of the Committee for the County of Balitmore


At a special meeting of the Committee, on Tuesday, July 18,1775:

Present: Samuel Purviance, Chairman, William Buchanan, Isaac Grist, Mark Alexander, Jeremiah T˙ Chase, Hercules Courtenay, James Calhoun,John Sterrett, John Smith, William Spear, William Lux, Secretary.

An application was made by Mr˙ John Fox, from Virginia, to supply a parcel of Gunpowder for the use of the Inhabitants at York, whom he represented to be in great distress, as expecting an attack from five Men-of-War, then drawn up in line of battle before the Town; and he produced a Letter from Robert Carter Nicholas, Esq˙, to him, desiring him to engage as far as one thousand Pounds sterling, and one thousand Pounds Virginia currency, for Gunpowder and Arms; but the small quantity in our Magazine being very insufficient to supply our own immediate wants, the Committee were of opinion they had it not in their power to comply.