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Committee to import fifty tons of Lead


Thursday, August 10, 1775.

At a meeting of the Committee of Safety: Present —

Benjamin Franklin, Thos˙ Wharton, Jun˙, Robert White, Andrew Allen, John Cadwallader} Robert Morris, Daniel Roberdeau, George Gray:

The Committee appointed to inquire what quantity of Lead could be procured in this City, report that they cannot find more than five hundred weight of that article.

Upon application of the Powder Committee for a sum of Money to reimburse them the large sums they are in advance, and for payment of other their engagements,

Resolved, That an Order be drawn on Michael Hillegas, Esq˙, Treasurer to this Board, in favour of Messrs˙ Robert Morris and Thos˙ Wharton, Jun˙, for the sum of Twenty-Five Thousand Pounds; which was accordingly done, and signed by the President.

Resolved, That the Committee appointed to procure Gunpowder, &c˙, do, as soon as possible, import fifty tons of Lead.

Doctor Franklin undertook to write to Col˙ Schuyler, to know if any of the Lead that was at Ticonderoga could be had for the use of this Province, and to request a supply if it can be spared.