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Company of Artillery at Annapolis. That Charles Wallace, Esq., be paymaster of all the land forces and marines when in land service, raised or to be raised in this province in the pay thereof, and shall be entitled to the pay of forty dollars
calendar month. 'That Gabriel Duvall, Esqr., be muster-master of the said land forces, and commissary of all warlike stores appropriated for the use of the regular service of this province, and shall be entitled to the pay of fifty dollars per calendar month.
That commissions issue to all the said officers in the forms prescribed by this convention, and that any of the said officers may be suspended from the exercise of their offices respectively, or displaced, and new commissions may issue to any other person, at the will and pleasure of this or any future convention, or in the recess of convention by the council of safety, in the name and by the authority of the convention; and in case of the death of any officer, or on his refusal to act, some other person may be appointed and as aforesaid commissioned in his stead by the convention or council of safety.
That recruiting orders be delivered to each captain in the battalion, of the independent companies, and companies of artillery and marines, together with his commission, as follows:
Instructions for enlisting men in the service of Maryland. 1. You are to enlist no man who is not able bodied, healthy, and a good marcher, nor such whose attachment to the liberties of America you have cause to suspect. Young, hearty robust men, who are tied by birth, or family connections, or property, to this country, and are well practised in the use of fire-arms, are by much to be preferred.
2. You will have great regard to moral character, sobriety in particular.
3. You are not to enlist any servant imported, nor, without the leave of the master, any apprentice.
4. Those whose engage in the service shall be enlisted according to the form prescribed by this convention,
5. You shall appoint such men sergeants and corporals, as recommend themselves by their ability, activity, and diligence; and you are also to appoint the drummer and fifer to your company.
6. You will use all diligence in completing your company, and report (if a captain in the battalion) to your colonel, (if a captain in an independent company, or in the artillery, or marines) to the council of safety.
7. You are to be allowed seven shillings and six pence per week for the subsist of recruits, till they arrive at their station.
8. You will take notice, that the colonel of the battalion, or a field officer to be appointed by him, is to inspect your men, and reject such as do not answer to your instructions.
9. You shall be allowed seven shillings and six pence for every man you enlist, who shall be past on inspection as effective, besides the subsist money mentioned before, and your pay.
10. You will furnish the subalterns of your company with a copy of these instructions, who are to exert themselves in recruiting. By order,
G. DUVALL, clerk. То
-, Captain of the That all non-commissioned officers and privates of the said battalion, independent companies, and companies of artillery and marines, be inlisted by their voluntarily subscribing an engagement in the following words, to wit : “We whose names are hereto subscribed, do voluntarily enlist ourselves soldiers or matrosses, or in the marines, as the case may happen to be, to serve as such, during the present dispute between Great Britain and America, unless sooner discharged by order of the convention or council of safety in Maryland for the time being, bereby subjecting ourselves to such rules and regulations as are, or shall be made by the con. vention of Maryland, for regulating and governing the forces in the pay of this province. Witness our hands."
That all non-commissioned seamen and landmen, retained in the pay of this province, for the naval service, shall be entered by their voluntarily subscribing the following engagement, to wit:“We whose names are subscribed, do voluntarily enter ourselves as seamen, or landsmen, as the case may be, in the naval service of the province of Maryland, for the full term of six months next following, unless sooner discharged by order of the convention or council of safety of Maryland, or by the captain or other chief officer of the ship or vessel in which we may be employed; hereby subjecting ourselves to such rules and regulations as are or shall be made by the convention of this province, for regulating and governing the forces in the pay thereof. Witness our hands, the dates affixed to our names respectively.”
That one month's pay be advanced to each person who shall be so enlisted or entered as aforesaid, and that over and above the pay of the non-commissioned officers and privates of the battalion, independent companies, and companies of artillery and marines, each of them be yearly found and allowed, at the expense of this
province, a new hat, short coat, waistcoat, pair of breeches, and hunting shirt; out of their pay there may be reasonable stoppages for necessary shirts, shoes and stockings.
That the uniform of the land forces and marines be huntingshirts; the hunting shirts of the marines to be blue, and those of the land forces to be other colors.
That the ordinary stations of the said land forces be as follow:
That five companies of the said battalion, together with the company of light infantry, be stationed at the city of Annapolis, and the other three companies thereof at Baltimore town.
That five companies of the troops, to consist of one hundred men each, be allotted for the eastern shore.
That one company thereof be stationed in Worcester county; öne company thereof in Somerset county; one company thereof in Dorchester county; one company thereof in Talbot county: and that one half of the remaining company thereof be stationed in Queen Anne's county, and the other half in Kent county.
That one company of the remainder of the said troops, to consist of one hundred men each, be stationed in St. Mary's county: and that one half of the other company be stationed in Calvert county, and the other half in Charles county.
One company of artillery at the city of Annapolis, and the other at Baltimore town.
But the council of safety may, in their discretion, more particularly point out the stations of any of the said independent companies, or companies of artillery, or may from time to time order any of the said companies to change their stations with each other, or in case of urgent necessity may change the stations of, or order any part of the said forces in the pay of this province to join and act together, or order any part of the said forces to the relief or assistance of the colony of Virginia, the three lower counties on Delaware, or province of Pennsylvania; the said council of safety in the recess of convention, having the supreme direction of the troops.
That the council of safety contract for supplying the rations for the said land forces on the best terms, the contractors giving good and sufficient security to comply with their contracts.
That every field and commissioned officer in the land forces, shall, within one month after the acceptance of his commission, and before he shall receive any pay as an officer, before some one of the council of safety, or some justice of the peace, take and subscribe an oath, which shall be endorsed and certrfied on the back of his commission, in the following words, to wit: “I, A. B.
do swear, that I will well and truly execute my office according to the within commission, and the trust reposed in me according to the best of my power and ability; and that I will disband and lay down my arms whenever I shall be ordered so to do by the convention of Maryland for the time being, or any authority derived under it. So help me GOD."
That the council of safety, or any one member thereof, on the application of any person who is detained as having entered or been enlisted as aforesaid in the service of this province, or on the application of any person in his behalf, within twenty days after his having been detained as aforesaid, may and shall, with all convenient speed, inquire and examine into the manner of such entering or enlistment, and if it shall appear that such person did not enter or enlist voluntarily, or was fraudulently induced to enter or enlist, then the council of safety, or such member thereof as aforesaid, shall discharge such person.
That such of the said forces as the said council of safety shall approve, be armed with rifles, and the residue of them be armed and accoutred, as soldiers are usually armed and accoutred with the public arms already belonging to this province, and arms to be provided at the public expense, as soon as they can be procured, and in the mean time such who cannot be provided with public arms, may use their own firelocks, and every man who shall find his own rifle, shall be allowed at the rate of twenty shil. lings by the year for the use thereof, and those who shall find other fire-locks for their own use, shall be allowed each at the rate of fifteen shillings per year, for the use of such fire-locks.
That if any officer or soldier of the regular forces, minute men, or militia, in the service of this province, shall loose a limb, or be otherwise maimed or hurt, so as to be rendered incapable of earning a livelihood, this province will make provision for the comfortable support of such officer or soldier.
That such sums of money as may be necessary to provide houses for the said troops during the winter season, be by the permission and allowance of the council of safety advanced, out of the treasuries of the respective shores on which such troops are stationed, by the commanding officer of the said battalion, and captains of the said independent companies, to be by them respectively laid out in providing the said houses.
That the said treasurers respectively keep account of such moneys, charging the said city of Annapolis, town of Baltimore, and counties aforesaid, with the sums of money respectively advanced for the purposes aforesaid, which sums of money shall hereafter be asses
sed upon the said city, town, and counties, to which the same are respectively advanced, above the proportion of the said city, town and counties, in the general tax.
That such bedding, and covering and fuel, as the council of safety shall judge fit and proper, be provided for the said troops at the provincial expense.
That proper tents and camp utensils be provided by the council of safety for the said troops at the expense of this province, the said tents to be used as soon as the season will permit.
Mr. Johnson brings in and delivers to Mr. President a report from the committee appointed to report rules and regulations for the government of the forces to be raised in this province, which was read and considered, and agreed to as follows: Rules for regulating and governing the forces to be raised and employed in the service of the province of Maryland.
For the LAND FORCES. ARTICLE 1. It is earnestly recommended to all officers and soldiers to attend divine service when their situation will permit, and all officers and soldiers who shall behave irreverently at any place of divine worship, shall, if commissioned officers, be brought before a court martial, there to be publicly and severely reprimanded by the president; if a non-commissioned officer or soldier shall so offend, he shall, for the first offence, forfeit one day's pay, and for the second and every after offence, he shall not only forseit the like sum, but be confined for any time not exceeding twenty-four hours.
2. Whatever commissioned or non-commissioned officer or soldier shall use any profane oath or exe
xecration, shall incur the penalties expressed in the preceding article. And whatsoever commissioned or non-commissioned officer or soldier shall practice any species of gaming, shall pay such fine, or suffer such punishment, as may be adjudged.
3. Any officer or soldier who shall behave himself with contempt or disrespect towards the colonel or other chief officer of the land forces in the pay of this province, or shall speak false words, tending to his hurt or dishonor, shall be punished according to the nature and degree of his offence.
4. Any officer or soldier who shall utter any words tending to raise a mutiny, or shall endeavour to cause any mutiny or make any mutinous assemblages, shall be punished according to the nature and degree of his offence.
5. Any officer or soldier who shall excite, cause, or join in any actual mutiny in the battalion, or in any company in the pay of this province, or in any party, post, detachment, or guard, shall suffer eath, or such other punishment as may be adjudged.