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Model of a Pike Staff


Saturday, July 8, 1775.

At a meeting of the Committee of Safety. Present: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Wharton, Jr˙, Andrew Allen, Daniel Roberdeau, George Gray, Robert White, Samuel Morris, Jr˙, Owen Biddle:

A model of a Pike-staff was produced, and one ordered to be made.

Resolved, That Mr˙ John Wharton immediately build a Boat or Calevat of forty-seven; or fifty feet keel, thirteen feet broad, and four and a half feet deep.

Resolved, That Mr˙ Owen Biddle apply to Stephen Paschall, and give him directions to make a Pike agreeable to the pattern produced by Doctor Franklin.