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Twelve Boats, and Such Machines


Saturday, July 15, 1775.

At a meeting of the Committee of Safety. Present:

Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Roberdeau, Thomas Wharton, Jun˙, Robert White, Robert Morris, John Cadwalader, George Gray, Samuel Morris, Junior:

Resolved, That the Committee appointed for building Boats and Machines for the defence of the River, do immediately employ all the Carpenters and other workmen that they think necessary, for collecting materials for building twelve Boats (including the two already ordered) and as many Machines as may he thought sufficient for the interruption of the navigation.

Resolved, That Colonel Roberdeau, Colonel Cadwalader, and Mr˙ Samuel Morris, Jun˙, be requested to go to New-Jersey and converse with such principal inhabitants as they think proper; and to know if the inhabitants would assist this Province in the defence of the River, and in what manner.

Resolved, That a Guard be appointed to lake proper care of the Artillery and other Military Stores deposited in the State-House and yard.