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Dates of the Commissions of the Commanders of seven of the Armed Boats


Friday, September 15, 1775.

At a meeting of the Committee of Safety: Present —

Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, William Edmonds, Daniel Roberdeau, Samuel Morris, Jun˙, Thomas Wharton, Jun˙, George Ross, John Cadwallader, George Gray.

Commissions were this day signed by the President for the following gentlemen as Captains, and dated as follows, viz:

No˙ 1, July 17, 1775, for Henry Dougherty, of the Washington.
No˙ 2, July 18, for John Rice, of the Dickinson.
No˙ 3, July 24, for Charles Alexander, of the Chatham.
No˙ 4, August 1, for Nicholas Biddle, of the Franklin.
No˙ 5, August 2, for John Hamilton, of the Congress.
No˙ 6, August 3, for Allen Moore, of the Effingham.
No˙ 7, August 31, for Jas˙ Montgomery, of the Ranger.

Resolved, That an Order be drawn on Mr˙ Robert Morris, in favour of John Nicholson, for one hundred and fifty Pounds fifteen Shillings, being for the payment of twenty-eight Firelocks, for the use of the Armed Boats, and eleven Pattern Guns sent to the Commissioners and Assessors of each County in this Province; which Order was accordingly drawn, and delivered Mr˙ Nicholson.

A Letter was this day wrote to the Committee of York County, respecting the Associators, signed by the President, and sent per Joseph Elliott.

Sent this day by Joseph Elliott and John Williams

Fifty Articles of Association and Recommendation, for the Committee of Lancaster County; fifty ditto, for the Committee of York County.

Resolved, That Mr˙ Gibbs Jones be appointed a Lieutenant of the Armed Boat Ranger, commanded by James Montgomery.