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Mr. Biddle requested to employ persons to make up the Linen

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In Council of Safety, November 16, 1776.

Present: Thos˙ Wharton, Jun˙, President, David Rittenhouse, Samuel Morris, Sen˙, Fred˙ Kuhl, Owen Biddle, Joseph Blewer, Timothy Matlack, John Bull, Francis Gurney, Samuel C˙ Morris.

Captain William Richards was directed to deliver Mr˙ Abraham Mason as much Sail Cloth as he may have occasion to make Sails for the Ship Montgomery.

An Order was drawn on Mr˙ Nesbitt, in favour of Messrs˙ Peter Dehaven & Co˙, for £500, to be charged to their Account.

Colonel Matlack was directed to deliver Captain Richard Eyres thirty-five Blankets, for the Seamen on board the Delaware armed Boat.

An Order was drawn on Mr˙ Nesbitt, in favour of Mr˙ Robert Smith, for £550, towards Chevaux-de-frise built at Billingsport.

Mr˙ Nesbitt was directed to pay Mr˙ Owen Biddle, for Linen, &c˙, purchased by him for the service of this State, £339 12s˙ 10 1/2d

Ordered, That Mr˙ Biddle be requested to employ persons to make up the Linen in his hands belonging to this State into Shirts.

An Order was drawn on John M˙ Nesbitt, Esq˙, in favour of Lieutenant-Colonel George Nagle, for 1,000 Dollars, to be charged to Colonel James Irvine, of the Ninth Pennsylvania Regiment.

Mr˙ Nesbitt was directed to pay Mary Miller 4s˙ 8d˙, for seven Dinners for Captain Shade' s Company, Colonel Miles' s Battalion.

An Order was drawn on Mr˙ Nesbitt, in favour of Colonel Richard Humpton, for 2,000 Dollars, to be charged to his Account.

Colonel John Bull was directed to deliver to George Losk one ton of Saltpetre and ten hundred weight of Powder, out of his Store at Norrington, taking his receipt.

Mr˙ Nesbitt was directed to pay William Levering £27

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14s˙, for forty Pick-Axes and twenty-six Spades, delivered to Colonel Bull for the Fortification at Billingsport.

Mr˙ Nesbitt to pay William Levering £18 6s˙, for thirty Spades and twelve Pitching-Axes delivered Mr˙ Towers.

Information being laid before this Board that a gentleman is now in the City who is well acquainted with casting Brass Cannon,

Resolved, That Mr˙ Rittenhouse, Mr˙ Biddle, and Colonel Matlack, be a Committee to confer with the Cannon Committee appointed by Congress, and, in conjunction with them, to concert and execute a plan for exerting the utmost skill of all our artists in this important branch of business.

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