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Form of Commission for the Officers of the Armed Boats


The Articles for the good government of the Officers and Men to be employed on board the Boats belonging to this Province this day came under consideration, and, after some amendments, were read and approved of.

The Draught for the Officers' Commissions, to be employed on board the Armed Boats, was this day read and approved of, and is as follows:

"To˙˙˙ "In Committee of Safety.

"We, reposing especial trust and confidence in your patriotism, valour, conduct, and fidelity, do by these presents constitute and appoint you to be˙˙˙of the Provincial Armed Boat called the˙˙˙, fitted out for the protection of the Province of Pennsylvania and the commerce of the River Delaware against all hostile enterprises, and for the defence of American liberty. You are therefore to take the said boat into your charge, and carefully and diligently to discharge the duty of ˙ ˙ ˙ , by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto belonging. And we do strictly charge and require all Officers, Soldiers, and Mariners, under your command, to be obedient to your orders as˙˙˙; and you are to observe and follow such orders and directions, from time to time, as you shall receive from the Assembly or Provincial Convention, during their sessions, or from this or a future Committee of Safety for this Province, or from your superiour officer, according to the rules and discipline of war, pursuant to the trust reposed in you; this commission to continue in force until revoked by the Assembly or Provincial Convention, or by this or any succeeding Committee of Safety.

"By order of the Committee."

Ordered, That Mr˙ Bradford print, on good paper, one hundred of the Commissions for the Officers to be employed on board the Armed Boats.