Order for the removal of the Records

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Thursday, February 8, 1776.

Council met. Present as yesterday.

Ordered, That the Treasurer of the Western-Shore pay

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to Lieutenant John Kidd six Pounds fifteen Shillings, for one month' s pay.

Ordered, That the said Treasurer pay to Colonel Smallwood a sum not exceeding fifteen hundred Pounds.

Commission issued to Thomas Mayo, appointed Second Lieutenant of Captain John Boone' s Company of Militia in Anne Arundel County.

Adjourned till three o' clock, and met according to adjournment.

Copy of Letter No˙ 9 was sent to the Deputies of this Province in Congress; and a copy of No˙ 10 to the Committee of Safety of Virginia.

Ordered, That the Register in Chancery immediately furnish the Council of Safety with a list of the Record Books in the Chancery Office, and prepare for the removal of the Records and Papers in said Office to such place as shall be directed by the said Council.

In consequence of the Resolve of the honourable Convention, made at Annapolis, on the 18th of January last past,

Ordered, That the Records of the Land Office, also, of the Secretary' s Office, including the Provincial and Chancery Court, and also the Records of the Commissary' s Office, be removed on Monday next from the City of Annapolis to William Brown' s house, in London Town, and from thence on Wednesday next, if a fair day, to Upper Marlborough, and there be placed in the Store Houses of Messrs˙ Samuel Hepburn and David Crawford, under the care and management of one of the Clerks of the said Office respectively.

That the Records of the Secretary' s Office, including the Provincial and Chancery Court, be committed to the care and management of Mr˙ George Ranken, one of the Clerks of the said Office.

That the Records of the Land Office be committed to the care and management of Mr˙ David Stewart, one of the Clerks of the said Office.

That the Records of the Commissary' s Office be committed to the care and management of Mr˙ Elie Vallette, one of the Clerks of the said Office.

That two gentlemen of the Committee of Observation for Anne, Arundel County be requested to attend the Records from the City of Annapolis to Mr˙ William Brown' s, in London Town, and thence on Wednesday next, if a fair day, to Queen Anne' s, when they are to deliver them to two gentlemen of the Committee of Observation for Prince George' s County.

That two gentlemen of the Committee of Observation for Prince George' s County be requested to receive the Records at Queen Anne' s, on Wednesday next, and conduct them from thence; if a fair day, to Upper Marlborough; where they are to be lodged in the Store Houses of Messrs˙ Samuel Hepburn and David Crawford, agreeable to an order of his Council.

Adjourned till next day, ten o' clock.