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Chester County (Pennsylvania) Committee



In Committee, Chester County, February 13, 1776.

Resolved, That Benjamin Brannan, Walter Finney, and John Beaton, be, and they are hereby, appointed to attend the Saltpetre Works in Philadelphia, in order to obtain a competent knowledge of the method of making that article, as practised there, that they may be qualified to exhibit the process to such of the inhabitants of this County, whose publick virtue and patriotism may lead them to enter into the manufacture of that useful and necessary commodity; and Caleb Davis, Doctor Kennedy, and William Montgomery, are appointed to receive all the Saltpetre that shall be made in this County, and also pay for the same agreeable to the Resolve of the Committee of Safety.

Resolved, That each Member of this Committee will go through their respective Townships, to collect good Blankets for the use of Colonel Wayne' s Battalion, to be delivered in Chester, to Colonel F˙ Johnson, who will pay such price for the same, on account of the Congress, as the said Committee have agreed for with the Inhabitants.

Resolved, That the Inhabitants of Chester, Marcus Hook, and the adjacent neighbourhood, be requested immediately to form one Artillery Company, to consist of forty-five Privates, one Captain, a Captain-Lieutenant, and a First and Second Lieutenant, and four Sergeants, who will be supplied with the necessary field-pieces, &c˙, for accommodating the same.

By order of the Committee:

F˙ JOHNSON, Secretary.