[Council to J. Hollingsworth.]
In Council Annapolis 3d June 1777.
We have sent you the £1000 by Colo Owings. The exor-
bitant Prices of every Thing makes the utmost Frugality
necessary; Capt David had a Hogshead of Whiskey lately,
we imagine it cannot be expended, a small Allowance of Spirit
must do and that of the cheapest Kind, the Public cannot
afford Rum at 40/ or 45 / a Gallon for the Row Gallies, nor
will it do to frequent the Markets for Beef at 15d or 1 8d per lb
the Prices we hear it is at in Baltimore. We have some
salted Provisions and while they last we had better partly at
least supply them. We do not wish the Public to be in your
Debt but we want your Accounts to see how things go on
and know the State of our Affairs, and hope to be furnished
with them next Week, agreeable to your Letter.
Mr Jesse Hollingsworth. We are &ca
Wednesday, June 4th 1777
Present as on yesterday.
Ordered that Major Nathaniel Smith of Baltimore Town
cause Thomas Dewitt, late Jail Keeper under Robert Christie
Esquire to be arrested & have him sent by an Officer to the
Governor & Council for Examination.
That the Western Shore Treasurer pay to John Mitchell five
pounds, six shillings and eight Pence for Amt of Acct
It being represented that many of the Soldiers, who were
inlisted in the Maryland Battalion have not joined the first
Regiment and others, who were inlisted in the Independent
Companies have not joined the second Regiment, but that
many of them are secreted & entertained by their Acquaint-
ances, It is therefore ordered that they immediately join some
party of the said first and second Regiments respectively, and
the Justices of the Peace and other civil Officers, and all other
persons are requested to be vigilant in inforcing the Act of
Assembly Lately passed to prevent Desertion.