Commissions issued to Wm Hemsley appd Colo
Arthur Emory Lt Colo
Jas O'Bryan 1 Major
James Barnes 2d Do
Jas Chatham Qr Mr
of the twentieth Battalion in Queen Anne's County.
Henry Stevenson appointed Sheriff upon the Resignation
of Wm Aisquith of Balto County, and Commission issued.
James Belt appointed Captain of the Galley Johnson, and
John Gordon appointed first Lieutenant of the Row Galley
Johnson and Commission issued.
Ordered That the Western Shore Treasurer pay to Captn
Jas Bell three hundred Pounds, on Acct
That the said Treasurer pay to Hezekiah Ford, Serjeant in
Captn Veazey's Company four Pounds, twelve shillings and
eight Pence, for his Cloathing last Campaign.
[Council to J. Nicholson.]
In Council Annapolis 8th May 1777.
We received your Letter of the fifth Instant by the Post,
directed to the Governor. We feel no Inclination to impose
Terms of Concession inconsistent with the Honor of a Gentle-
man or Officer. Your Letter of the 25th of April conveyed an
Affront to the Governor and Council; Your explicit Disappro-
bation of your Conduct in Writing that Letter, is but a neces-
sary Attonement and will, as to us, be satisfactory, the Terms
are left to yourself. The more Attention the Affair of
impressing Men without the previous Allowance of the Legis-
lature of this State, is viewed with, the stronger will it be seen
to be our Duty to prevent it, and if any on Board the Frigate
have, through Force or Fear, been induced to sign the Articles
or receive the Bounty, we insist such be discharged for Free-
dom of Will is essential to the Validity of every Inlistment.
The Apprehension that the other Officers would decline the
Service, if you should not go in the Ship, has no Influence on
us. We should be sorry to see such a Spirit take Place in
any Body of Officers, and should assuredly rather meet than
give Way to such a Humour. We are Sir &ca
Capt James Nicholson.