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In Committee of Safety, March 13, 1776.

Present: John Nixon, Chairman, James Biddle, Owen Biddle, Robert White, George Clymer, Thomas Wharton, Jun˙, Samuel Howell, Daniel Roberdeau.

Andrew Stohl, a person who has purchased a number of


Arms in the Townships of Coshioppen and Limerick, informs this Board that they are detained by the Committees of Inspection in said Townships; said Stohl having offered to sell the said Arms to this Committee, it was recommended to said Committees of Inspection to send the said Arms to Robert Towers, Commissary.

Upon application of John M˙ Nesbitt, Esq˙, for a sum of Money for paying the men employed on board the Armed Boats, &c˙, by order of the Board an Order was drawn on Michael Hillegas, Esq˙, in favour of Mr˙ Nesbitt, for fifteen hundred Pounds.

Resolved, That the Officers in this City, who are prisoners of war, are desired forthwith to repair to the several places allotted for their residence by Congress; and that such Officers be furnished with a copy of this Resolve.

Resolved, That Arthur Donaldson be employed to launch the Chevaux-de-Frise built at Gloucester, and that he be fully authorized to procure anything for the purpose, hire persons under him on the best and cheapest terms, and that he draw on this Board for the expense.

Resolved, That John Cobourn be employed to take the Chevaux-de-Frise, when launched at Gloucester, and sink them in their proper places near Fort-Island; and that he be authorized to procure anything for the purpose, hire persons under him on the best and cheapest terms, and that he draw on this Board for the expense.

Adjourned to five o' clock.

Agreeable to adjournment, the following Members met: John Nixon, Chairman, Owen Biddle, Daniel Roberdeau, George Clymer, Robert White, Samuel Howell, Thomas Wharton, Jun.

Resolved, That all good and able Seamen who shall inlist in the service of this Province, to be employed in the Naval Armaments thereof, shall receive seven Dollars per month and two Dollars bounty, which bounty is to be paid one month after their inlistment; and the said Seamen to be continued in the said service until discharged by this Board.

That, those able-bodied Seamen that are at present in the service, shall receive seven Dollars per month, to commence the 15th instant.

Mr˙ Nixon having occasion to leave the Board, Mr˙ Samuel Howell was unanimously chosen Chairman.

Resolved, That Mr˙ Thomas Forrest be appointed Captain of a Company of Marines to be raised for the service of this Province to be employed on board the Floating Battery.

Resolved, That all able Landsmen who shall enter into the service of this Province on board the Naval Armaments thereof, be paid two Dollars as a bounty.

Resolved, That Captain Rice be applied to, to assist in taking down and sinking the Chevaux-de-Frise; and that he attend this Board to-morrow morning.

Resolved, That five small Guard Boats be built on the same construction with the one already built.