The Papers of Henry Laurens

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Council of Safety to William Moultrie


In answer to your Letter of this date[1] we acquaint you that the business relative to the No Carolina Prisoners[2] has been conducted altogether by the General Committee & does not lie before this Board.
With respect to the removal of Artillery Stores from the Magazine we have appointed a Comme¯e. to enquire for a proper place to recive them_ when that is effected we hope the apprehensions[Page 380] of danger from too free & too frequent access of People to the Gun Powder & at the same time the Evil of quarrels & misunderstandings between the Inhabitants & Soldiery will also be removed_[3] having these in view we do not think it needful to make an investigation into the particular case which you have mentioned especially as we find the Sentinels at the Magazine have sometimes been faulty_ we have been informed by a Member of this Council of very improper behaviour on their part_ Nothing shall be wanting in us for the public service & safety & for attaining these great ends we shall particularly endeavo¯r to prevent bickerings between people who ought to be held in the strictest Union_

By order of the Council of Safety

H L_ Presdt.

ACopySigned, HL Papers, ScHi; addressed below close "W M_ Esquire / Collo. of the 2d Regt:"; dated below close "Charles Town 12 Septr. 1775"; docketed "Copy to Colo. Moultrie / 12 Septem 1775_".
[1.] William Moultrie to the Council of Safety, Sept. 12, 1775, Kendall Collection.
[2.] John Dunn and Benjamin Booth Boote.
[3.] Moultrie had proposed "the removal of the Artillery Stores from the Magazine" to prevent "some dreadfull accident . . . from the too frequent going into that place." This he believed would also quell the conflict that threatened to erupt between the provincial officers, who often visited the magazine and the local citizens whose duty it was to guard and protect the powder. William Moultrie to the Council of Safety, Sept. 12, 1775, Kendall Collection.