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Pennsylvania Committee of Safety


Tuesday, February 6, 1776.

In Committee of Safety: Present —

John Nixon, Chairman, Samuel Howell, James Biddle, George Clymer, Joseph Reed, Owen Biddle, Alexander Wilcocks, John Cadwallader, George Gray, Daniel Roberdeau, James Mease.

Resolved, That Mr˙ Mease, Mr˙ Clymer, and Mr˙ Howell be a Committee to treat with Messrs˙ Bayard and Hodge concerning the importation of a number of Firelocks from foreign parts.

Upon application of Mr˙ John Wilcocks, an Order was drawn on Michael Hillegas, Esq˙, in favour of himself, Samuel Meredith, and Richard Peters, Jun˙, for one hundred and fifty Pounds, being towards the payment of Gun-Locks and Files engaged for this Province.

Mr˙ Thomas Austin, agreeable to a Resolve of the 31st ultimo, appeared before this Board and examined, in answer to the Depositions of Josiah Hart, Marshall Edwards, Jacob Laughlin, and Casper Fetters, against him, as a person inimical to the liberties of America, and, agreeable to his desire, the Board did not determine as to the matters alleged against him, he having promised to attend on Wednesday next, which time was given him in order to his bringing evidence, should he find any to appear in his favour; and Mr˙ Austin promises to give notice to the gentlemen who have already given evidence against him, should he bring any to confront them.