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Journal and Correspondence of the Maryland Council of Safety, July 7:December 31, 1776
Volume 12, Page 111   View pdf image (33K)
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of the Council of Safety, 1776. 111

enemy up Potomack. I took the liberty last week to mention
the want of more powder to Piscattaway &c As you said
nothing on the subject in your letter, permit me to mention
the matter again, as there's uneasiness from the apprehensions
of the people, on acct of the small quantity we have. I hope
your hble board will consider the matter, and order for the
best. I have the satisfaction to say our people have shewn a
manly disposition, (on Monday last, when from the alarm guns
from the Virga Vessels, fired in their way up to Alexa, the
enemy were expected every hour up) they marched to the
shore with great firmness. I was with them all the day, and
from their behaviour make no doubt they would have behaved
well had the enemy appeared and tryed them. I much wish
they were provided better if it can be done. I am this morn-
ing so unwell with the cholic, that sitting to write is uneasy
and prevents adding further than that I am with real esteem
for your hble board
Dr Sir, Your most obedt Servt
Josia Beall.

[Dent to Council.]

Charles County 24th July 1776.
Gentn On the evening of my return home from the Camp
at St. George's yours of the 22nd inst. came to hand; wherein
you say, you dont doubt of my doing every thing necessary to
repel the Invaders; and likewise that you've ordered Major
Price with three Field Pieces, and one nine pounder &c
These you say will enable the Major and myself to speak
more properly with the Row Gaily than I hitherto could do.
You likewise request I will (as I hitherto have done) continue
to watch their Motions, and from time to time inform you
thereof, with several other requests equally irreconcilable to
me, after having by a short order given me nothing to do.
I have the highest opinions of the Major's abilities and attach-
ment to the Cause, and doubt not but he is equal to the Task ;
all that I request is, to be informed whether you've any reason
(from the disposition of the Troops while under my command)
to believe, that I was wanting, either in military Knowledge,
Assiduity or personal Courage; for the first of which I would
beg leave to refer you to Major Price, and for the two latter,
to the officers of the several Corps while under the command
of Your most obedt Servt
Jno Dent


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