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Proceedings of the Conventions of the Province of Maryland, 1774-1776
Volume 78, Page 24   View pdf image (33K)
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That if any company or corps of minute or militia men shall be
called forth into actual service, the officers and men respectively
who shall be so called forth, whilst they are in actual service, shall
be subject and liable to the rules and regulations established by the
continental congress for the government of the continental army,
and shall for a month of thirty days, and so pro rata, be entitled to
and receive the following pay, to wit:

A Colonel, - - £20 0 0 Each Sergeant, - - £2 10 0
A Lieutenant Colonel, 16 0 0 Each Corporal, - - 2 5 0
A Major, - - - 12 0 0 Each Drummer, - 250
A Quarter-master, - 7 10 0 Each Fifer, - - - 2 5 0
An Adjutant, - - 7 10 0 Each Private, - - 1 17 6
Each Captain, - - 9 0 0 A Surgeon, - - - 15 0 0
Each Lieutenant, - 7 10 0 Every Surgeon Assist. 7 10 0
Each Ensign, - - 6 0 0

That if a sufficient number of men shall enroll to make up a
company of artillery men, they may choose their proper officers,
who shall be commissioned as aforesaid, and subject to the same
rules as the militia.

And whereas, it is absolutely necessary in this time of imminent
danger, that there should be some power existing, which may su-
perintend the execution of the orders and resolutions of the con-
vention, and occasionally, from time to time, promote the prudent
and necessary preparations for defence, and in case of necessity,
call forth a due proportion, or even the whole of the force of the
province, in an orderly and regular manner, whereby the strength
of the whole will be greatly increased in the common defence, and
the rights and liberties of all better secured.

Resolved, That sixteen persons, eight of whom residing on the
western shore, and eight on the eastern shore, shall be chosen by
ballot, by this convention, and be styled and denominated the coun-
cil of safety of Maryland.

That any nine or more of the said council of safety convened,
or the major part of them, direct and regulate the operations of the
minute men and militia, and may as aforesaid, grant all military
commissions, appoint and commission field officers, and appoint
and regulate the rank of all military officers. And in the recess of
the convention call forth the minute men into action in any place
or places in this province or the neighboring colonies, and the mi-
litia into action in any place or places in this province, at such time
and times, in such proportions, and on such occasions as they may
judge necessary; and do all such other matters and things for se-
curing and strengthening this province and providing for the de-


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