Letter from the Maryland Council of Safety to Thomas Smyth, Thomas B. Hand, and Joseph Nicholson, Jun., who have been appointed Members of the Council of Safety, requesting their immediate attendance

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MARYLAND COUNCIL OF SAFETY TO THOMAS SMYTH, THOMAS
B˙ HANDS, AND JOSEPH NICHOLSON, JUN.

[No˙ 60.] Annapolis, July 6, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: The Convention have appointed you Members of the Council of Safety, and we beg your attendance immediately.

Messrs˙ Vanbibber and Harrison have bought us a brig, and shipped us a valuable cargo, as you will perceive by the enclosed copy of the invoice. You will be pleased to despatch wagons immediately from Kent or elsewhere, as to be had, sufficient to convey this cargo to Chestertown, and also to provide provision for the guard to Chingoteague and back, which is to consist of a commissioned officer and twenty-four privates out of Captain Veazey' s company.

We are, &c.

To Messrs˙ Smyth, Hands, and Nicholson.

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P˙ S. The Convention have this moment determined that the battalion and three Independent Companies immediately march to the Jerseys, armed; you will, therefore, not lose one moment' s time, but send the wagons instantly down to Virginia. We shall be totally without arms till these arrive. If Veazey' s Independent Company is to march immediately, you are desired to send a Captain and thirty picked men of the Militia to guard the wagons.