C. S. C.
named Ross, & who has been described to him, as being lately
sub-sherif of this County & Keeper of the Poor House) did
come in & seemed to enter into a very friendly conversation
with the Prisoners amongst whom this Deponent was sitting:
That the said person took up the Bowl of Toddy which he
had called for, and drank damnation to General Washington
& his army & success to Lord Howe & his army. That this
Deponent suspecting the said Person on his coming into the
room to be a tory from his deportment towards the Prisoners,
he strictly attended to him, & upon his drinking the afore-
mentioned toast he perceived one of the Prisoners whisper
him the said Ross, which he conceived to be to inform him
who this Deponent was. That immediately after, the said
Ross began to alter his tone, and took up the Bowl & drank
Damnation to General or Lord Howe. That this Deponent
then challenged the said Ross for his conduct & told him he
would mark him & accordingly took pains to enquire at
several persons who the said person was, & from whom he
received the aforementioned account of him:
Sworn before In Balto. Decr the 23d 1776. Jas Calhoun.
[Thos. Smyth to Jenifer.]
Sir. Chester Town January the 13th 1777.
The Bearer hereof John Sturges waites on the Council to
acquaint them that he has finished the wooden Bottles which
they directed me to contract with him for.
I have purchased about 20.000 lbs. of Pork and believe
5000 & 6000 lbs. of beef which I believe is nearly all that is to
be purchased in this Quarter, and am with much respect.
Gent, your most obedt. Servt
The Honble Danl of St. Thos Jenifer Esqr
President of the Council of Safety in Annapolis
[John Crockett to Council.]
Gentlemen. Baltimore January 13th 1777.
Mr Nathaniel Smith has examined the Ticklenburg, and
thinks it will answer for tents, and I now want your order to
deliver it, and should be glad how soon you could have it
taken away. Before your favour of 7th Inst. came to hand,
with the concurrence of the others concerned in the Peggy
here, I had dispatched a person to Capt Hond with orders for
him to have the powder and every thing else saved, brought