Agreement with the Baltimore Committee for fortifying the Town and obstructing the Channel of the River

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Saturday, February 3, 1776.

Council met. Present the same Members as yesterday.

Resolved, That the gentlemen of the Committee of Observation for Baltimore County, who reside in Baltimore Town, or any three of them, be, and they are hereby requested to examine the Cannon lying at Fell' s Point, and elsewhere in and near Baltimore Town, and cause such of them as may be found fit for service, not intended for the Ship Defence, to be lodged in some place of security, mounted on proper carriages as soon as they conveniently can, and make report of the stale of the Cannon, and the expense of the Carriages, to the Council of Safety.

Ordered, That a copy of the Resolution of Congress relative to Monsieur Jugé; be immediately transmitted to the Committee of Observation for Baltimore County.

Ordered, That the Treasurer of the Western-Shore pay to Captain Nathaniel Smith one hundred Pounds, for subsist money for his Recruits.

Whereas Samuel Purviance, Jun˙, John Moale, Jeremiah Townley Chase, James Calhoun, Andrew Buchanan, Thomas Harrison, Benjamin Griffith; Isaac Guest, John Smith, John Boyd, William Aisquith, and William Buchanan, acting Members of the Committee of Observation of Baltimore County, residing in and near Baltimore Town, have delivered into the Council of Safety proposals for fortifying the Town of Baltimore, and placing obstructions in the

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Channel of the River, so as to prevent the approach of Men-of-War to the said Town, agreeable to the Resolve of the late Convention; and have offered to undertake the business and complete the same with all convenient speed, for the sum of six thousand two hundred Pounds, or so much thereof as may be necessary for the purposes aforesaid; and are willing to give bond with condition for the due performance of their agreement:

Therefore Resolved, That the proposition made by the said gentlemen of the Committee of Observation be accepted; and that bond be taken, with conditions that if the said Samuel Purviance, Jun˙, William Lux, John Moale, Jeremiah Townley Chase, James Calhoun, Andrew Buchanan, Thomas Harrison, Benjamin Griffith, Isaac Guest, John Smith, John Boyd, William Aisquith, and William Buchanan, or the survivors of them, their heirs, executors, or administrators, do and shall, in all things, fulfil the resolve of said Convention, and their said obligators' agreement with the Council of Safety, and do and shall well and truly lay out and expend the aforesaid sum of six thousand two hundred Pounds currency, or so much thereof as may be necessary, in fortifying said Town, and placing obstructions in the Channel of the River, so as in all human probability will prevent Men-of-War approaching said Town, and do, from time to time, render a full and fair account of their expenses, and other transactions in the management of the business aforesaid, and also do and shall well and truly, and in a proper manner, complete the same fortifications and obstructions with all convenient speed, so as in all human probability to prevent the Men-of-War approaching said Town, then the bond to be void, otherwise to be and remain in full force and virtue in law. Which bond was taken accordingly, and filed.

Instructions and Sailing Orders were given to Joseph Oakman, Captain of the Sloop Two Sisters.

Ordered, That the Treasurer of the Western-Shore pay to Doctor Daniel Grant four Pounds ten Shillings, for the use of his Room.

Council adjourns to the City of Annapolis, till Tuesday next.