February 16

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Friday, February 16, 1776.

Council met. Present as yesterday. Mr˙ Hall attended.

Ordered, That the Treasurer of the Western-Shore pay to Mr˙ William Brown eight Pounds two Shillings and two Pence, being the expense of guarding the Records at his house.

Instructions and Sailing Orders were given to Captain Francis Speake, of the Ship John.

Ordered, That the Treasurer of the Western-Shore pay to Messieurs Jenifer & Hooe one hundred and nine Pounds twelve Shillings and three Pence, being the balance of their account with the Province, as per account filed.

Ordered, That the Treasurer of the Western-Shore, pay to Messieurs John Archer & James Harris, or their order, three hundred Pounds, to enable them to carry on their Linen Manufactory, in Harford County.

Ordered, That the said Treasurer pay to Robert Reynolds two Pounds fifteen Shillings and six Pence, for three cords of Wood, for the use of the Council.

Adjourned till three o' clock, and met according to adjournment. Commissions issued to Thomas Woolford, Captain of the Sixth Independent Company, of regular forces, in the room of Samuel Barrett, who resigned; and to John Eccleston, First Lieutenant, and Hooper Hudson, Second Lieutenant, of said Company.

Ordered, That the Treasurer of the Western-Shore pay to Mr˙ Patrick Ewing eighty Pounds, on account of Captain Nathaniel Ramsay' s Company.

The Council agreed this day with Mr˙ Samuel Cummins, as Contractor for the Rations to be supplied the Battalion,

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and Matross, and Independent Companies, raised by this Province, at, and for the sum of eight Pence three Farthings, common currency, in bills of credit issued by the Convention of this Province, each Ration; and further, that in case of the removal of any magazine of provisions from any particular place where the said Troops, or any part of them, may happen to be stationed, the Council of Safety agree to have the same removed at the risk and expense of the publick, as well as all carriage by land from the shore. And also agree to advance the sum of four thousand Pounds, within a month from the date hereof, and one thousand five hundred Pounds within two weeks from the expiration of the said month, to said Contractor, against any extraordinary expense or loss of Provisions that may happen from seizure, or destruction by the enemy; unless it should be occasioned by the negligence or carelessness of the said Contractor; and to settle accounts monthly.

Adjourned till next day, ten o' clock.