Captain Pitt and Mr. Middleton requested to keep a good look-out in the Bay, near the mouth of the Severn

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Friday, March 8, 1776.

Council met. Present as yesterday, except Mr˙ Carroll.

Ordered, That the Treasurer of the Western-Shore pay to the Committee of Observation for Baltimore County, one thousand Pounds, currency, on account of Provisions for the Militia now in Baltimore Town.

A Letter was received from the Committee of Observation for Baltimore County, and answered. (Vide No˙ 38.)

Copy of Letter No˙ 39 was sent to Brigadier-General Chamberlaine; and a copy of No˙ 40 to Captain James Hindman.

Ordered, That Major Thomas Price deliver out of the publick Magazine to Colonel Resin Hammond, forty pounds of Powder, one hundred and sixty pounds of Buckshot, and one hundred and twenty Gun-Flints, for the use of the Severn Battalion, to be safely kept by him, until necessity of going into actual service may require its being delivered out to the Militia.

Copy of Letter No˙ 41 was sent to Colonel Joshua Beall.

Ordered, That Captain Pitt and Mr˙ Middleton keep a good look-out in the Bay, near the mouth of this River; and see that no Vessel pass out of the harbour, or from below, to the mouth of Patapsco, unless they have licenses so to do from the Council of Safety.

Ordered, That Major Tillard deliver to Colonel John Weems, or his order, for the use of the Province, a barrel of Gunpowder now at Pig-Point, in the possession and under the care of the said Tillard, but that Colonel Weems do not distribute the same among the Companies of his Battalion until the service of the publick makes it absolutely requisite.

Ordered, That the Treasurer of the Western-Shore pay to Richard Hall fifty-two Pounds, currency, to pay the expense of carting the Records.

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Adjourned till three o' clock, and met accordingly. The Order of the Day, for taking into consideration the Petition of Henry Ridgely and others, was referred to a future day, to be appointed by the Council; the Elkridge Battalion being ordered on duty to Baltimore Town.

Ordered, That the Treasurer of the Western-Shore pay to Mr˙ Thomas Hyde fifty-five Pounds one Shilling and four Pence half-penny, for three thousand four hundred and eighty-one pounds of Lead.

Ordered, That the Treasurer of the Western-Shore pay to John Youst two Pounds eleven Shillings and seven Pence, currency, for repairing Guns.

Ordered, That Captain Barton Lucas immediately march his Company to their station at the City of Annapolis.

Copy of Letter No˙ 42 was sent to the Committee of Alexandria, and copy of Letter No˙ 43 was sent to the Committee of Safety of Virginia; copy of Letter No˙ 44 was sent to Mr˙ Carroll.

Adjourned till next day, nine o' clock.