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Journal and Correspondence of the Maryland Council of Safety, July 7:December 31, 1776
Volume 12, Page 518   View pdf image (33K)
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518 Journal and Correspondence

no reasons were given. The only thing we can be laid to my
charge, is not having taken up arms; & I defy any man to say
(at least to prove) that I have directly or indirectly done any
thing in opposition to, or to the prejudice of the present
measures. Besides if I had been ever so criminal, I surely
was entitled to a hearing before condemnation. It may be
necessary to inform your board of some of the persons who
were present at this extraordinary transaction. Commodore
Nicholson, Lieut Aquila Johns, Capt John Martin of the armed
brig (a very busy man), David Stewart, Daniel Bowly, Charles
Ridgely son John, Wm Hammond, John McLure, Barnet
Eichelberger, Doctor Baird, Doctor Swoope, Nichs Norwood,
Thomas Elliot tavern keeper Fells point who I tho' seemed to
assume some command, James Cox & John McLellan mem-
bers of the Committee, & one Poe a wheelwright (who seemed
at the head of the lower class) composed this body, or at least
such part of it as I can at present remember—In justice to
Commodore Nicholson I must observe that he declared in my
presence, his sole reason for coming there was to prevent
injury to our persons, & he actually forbid the people from
insulting us when we went out to mount our horses—My chief
reason for troubling you is that Baltimore County is deprived
of a Sheriff by my expulsion, & there is a considerable number
of prisoners confined in Jail who must be supply'd wt provi-
sions, therefore you will take such steps as you may Judge
proper on this occasion. After such unmerited treatment as
I have experienced, I cannot again trust myself in Baltimore,
nor will I come there untill times alter.

Since I left Town it has been reported that I went off in
Debt to the County, wc is a scandalous falsehood. On the
contrary I am considerably in advance for the year 1775, &
altho' I cannot exactly say hbw the accot stands for 1776 yet I
am pretty certain after deducting my own claim against the
County wc was allowed last levy Court, I have paid away
more than I have received. I shall appoint a person of charac-
ter & property to transact the collection business during my
absence, wt directions to pay off the public Creditors as fast as
he receives the money. I sincerely wish peace & prosperity
to the Province of Maryland & am w' great respect, Sir

your most obedient Servant

I am told Capt Nath' Smith, Robt Christie, Junr
Rob' Buchanan & Jno McHenry
were all of the party.


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Journal and Correspondence of the Maryland Council of Safety, July 7:December 31, 1776
Volume 12, Page 518   View pdf image (33K)
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