Proceedings of Anne Arundel Committee, on charges against Stephen Gartrill and James Morris, read and considered

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Wednesday, March 20, 1776.

Council met. Present as yesterday.

Copy of Letter No˙ 71 was sent to Mr˙ William Ennalls, of Dorchester County.

Ordered, That the Treasurer of the Western-Shore pay to Messrs˙ William Lux and David Bowly one hundred and ninety-one Pounds six Shillings and six Pence, for clothing for the Troops.

Copy of Letter No˙ 72 was sent to Colonel John Veazey, of Cecil County.

Ordered, That all Vessels loaded with country produce on account and risk of this Province, proceed as soon as may be on their voyage, agreeable to contract.

Ordered, That the Committee of Observation for Baltimore County be requested to furnish the Council of Safety with an account of the Gunpowder and chests of Arms received by them from the northward, and also of the Car-touch-boxes delivered the Militia upon the late alarm, and to collect and lodge them in the Magazine at Baltimore Town; also to prove the Cannon offered the Committee by Mr˙ Hercules Courtenay, at his expense, and report the value and condition thereof to the Council.

Ordered, That Colonel Smallwood be requested to send Stephen Gartrill and James Morris, under a guard, immediately to the Council of Safety.

Commissions issued to Timothy McNemarra, appointed Captain, John Stewart McNemarra, First Lieutenant, Charles Johnson, Second Lieutenant, and John Carwan, Ensign, of a Company of Militia in Dorchester County.

Also, to Benjamin Keene, appointed Captain, John Keine, Jun˙, First Lieutenant, Richard Tubman, Second Lieutenant, and John Griffith, Ensign, of a Company of Militia in said County.

The Proceedings of the Committee of Anne Arundel County having been read, charging Stephen Gartrill during

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the time Mr˙ Richard Hall was on duty at Baltimore Town, with endeavouring to seduce said Richard Hall from his post; and the said Stephen Gartrill having been called upon and heard in his defence, and alleging, in excuse, that he was requested by the wife of the said Richard Hall, who had lately lost her child, to come home, and that he had no designs inimical to the people of this Province,

Ordered, That the said Stephen Gartrill ask pardon for his offence, at the head of the Elkridge Battalion, at the time of their next meeting, and that he be discharged on payment of one moiety of all expenses attending the bringing him down to Annapolis, and of the guard staying here.

The Proceedings of the Committee of Observation of Anne Arundel County being read, charging James Morris with speaking words inimical to the liberties of America, and that he was suspected of other high and dangerous offences, and the said Morris being called upon and heard in his defence,

Ordered, That the said James Morris give security for his appearance before the Committee of Observation; on the 1st Thursday in April next, and for his good behaviour in the mean time; and that he be dismissed for the present, on complying with the above order, and paying one moiety of all expenses attending the bringing him down to Annapolis, and of the guard staying here.

Copy of Letter No˙ 73 was sent to the Committee of Observation for Anne Arundel County.

James Morris, recognized to the Council, in the sum of twenty Pounds, and three securities (Richard Hall, Alexander Molville, and Stephen Gartrill) in the sum of ten Pounds, currency, each, for the appearance of James Morris before the Committee of Observation for Anne Arundel County, on the 1st Thursday in April next, and for his good behaviour in the mean time.

Ordered, That the Petition of Henry Ridgely and others, against issuing Commissions to the Officers of Captain John Burgess' s Company, be taken into consideration on Wednesday, the 3d day of April next, and that notice be given to the parties to attend the Council on that day.

Notice was given accordingly.

Ordered, That Captain Joseph Robson, of Dorchester County, deliver to Captain Thomas Woolford ten Muskets, with the accoutrements thereto belonging, the property of this Province, which were received from the Committee of Kent County.

Ordered, That the Treasurer of the Eastern-Shore pay to Captain Thomas Woolford fifty-five Pounds thirteen Shillings and nine Pence for Blankets, for his Company.

Ordered, That the Treasurer of the Western-Shore pay to John Fluke eight Pounds five Shillings, for wagonage.

Ordered, That the Treasurer of the Western-Shore pay to Mr˙ John Brice fifty-five Shillings, for Walnut Plank.

Ordered, That the said Treasurer pay to Mr˙ Thomas Gassaway eleven Pounds six Shillings and six Pence, for four hundred and fifty-three pounds of Lead.

Adjourned till next day, nine o' clock.