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only divided into two Beats or Districts, and now forms two Companies, of upwards of one hundred men each. And whereas certain dissatisfactions have arisen, about the choice of a Captain in the Southwest District of said Township, which we humbly conceive may have an evil tendency to disunite the good people of this town, if some suitable remedy be not applied in time.
And whereas it is judged that the most effectual method for removing dissatisfaction from amongst us would be to raise a Company of Grenadiers, under the command of Charles W. Broadhead, Captain, Jacob Delamater, First Lieutenant, Moses M. Cantine, Second Lieutenant, and Jacob Chambers, Ensign.
We therefore (having obtained the previous approbation of the Commanding Officer of this Regiment, together with the Committee, and the Officers of the Militia of said Township) humbly pray, that we may be embodied into a Company of Grenadiers, in said Regiment, and that the said Charles W. Broadhead, Jacob Delamater, Moses M. Cantine, and Jacob Chambers, may be commissioned as abovementioned. And your Petitioners shall ever pray.
Marbletown, March, 1776.
WILLIAM BARKER TO NEW-YORK CONGRESS.
Amenia, Dutchess County, March 1, 1776.
SIR: I have received orders under your hand, to inlist men in the Continental service, as a Captain, and am very sorry the privates are not allowed as much pay as our near neighbours in Connecticut, who are allowed fifty-three shillings and four pence for a bounty, and fifty-three shillings and four pence per month, which discourages our men from inlisting in our Province; but a bigger discouragement, I take it to be, that there is no time prescribed for their inlistment. Also, one place, the orders say, they (the soldiers) to find their own arms, and in another place, arms and accoutrements for the men, &c., to be provided at the publick expense; and no mention is made of any advance pay, which appears to me that it will be absolutely necessary that they should have one months pay before they march, in order to furnish themselves. Under those discouragements, I find it very dull raising men. If, therefore, sir, you can, by a line by the bearer, give me any further directions in these matters, you will greatly oblige, sir, your most obedient humble servant,
To the Hon. Nathaniel Woodhull, President of the Congress at New-York.
GOVERNOUR TRUMBULL TO GENERAL SCHUYLER.
Lebanon, March 1, 1776.
SIR: I received the 24th your favour of the 19th of last month per Bennett. Captain Troops company, raised hereabouts for the Colony battalion, half of it marched two days ago. They escorted eight hundred weight of powder in casks, to prevent embezzlement. The residue will follow the 11th. I hear some other of the companies moved forward this week, and will be followed soon. I expect they will need the arms and accoutrements you gave encouragement to supply them. Your direction to the Paymaster-General, to make an estimate of what is still due, and to pay it to the gentlemen of our Pay-Table to pay off the men, is a salutary measure, which will answer very good purposes to prevent complaints. Our Treasurers chest is dry. To have it replenished from yours as speedily as possible, will be very agreeable. I have noticed Lieutenant-Colonel Mott of the mistake relative to billeting allowance made him, and our Pay-Table are informed of it, and will govern themselves accordingly. Mr. Lee, of Charlestown, moved to me for an allowance for his service at Skenesborough, after the taking of Ticonderoga. I informed him that a complete account must be made out, before anything could be done here, and, that I would write to you upon it; since which, Captain Lusk, who was at the first taking of Ticonderoga, and places adjacent, and in service afterwards at St. Johns, came to me to ask a settlement and payment to those who were employed in that first service. I told him, that in my opinion, the Congress intended that whole affair should be at Continental expense. And as several Colonies were concerned in it, and had advanced money to several persons thereon, so it could not be done without a perfect account made up of the whole services, provisions, &c., and the advancement each Colony had made; that for that end I would write to the honourable Continental Congress to appoint a Committee, to meet at some convenient time and place, with power to call on all concerned therein for their accounts, to liquidate the same, and to make their report thereon, and thereby justice obtained for those brave men who undertook and so happily effected that work.
This gave present satisfaction to him, and may do the same for Mr. Lee. If you judge this method expedient, your application to Congress will greatly facilitate their compliance with my request thereon.
I am, with great regard and esteem, sir, your most obedient humble servant,
To the Hon. Major-General Schuyler.
JOHN STEVENSON TO MARYLAND COUNCIL OF SAFETY.
March 2, 1776.
Dr. Stevenson begs leave to present a memorial to the honourable the Council of Safety, now sitting, to acquaint them, that some time ago, he had engaged a quantity of gunpowder from Mr. John Craig, merchant, which the Committee of Baltimore Town took for the publick service, and being at present greatly distressed for a small supply of powder to carry on his copper-works, requests that he may be supplied with such a quantity as they shall think proper, and he will with pleasure repay any charge in replacing the same.
To the Honourable the Council of Safety, now sitting at Baltimore.
C. BEATTY TO MARYLAND COUNCIL OF SAFETY.
Fredericktown, March 2, 1776.
GENTLEMEN: Enclosed you have the petition of one of the companies in the Thirty-Third Battalion, praying that you will commission the gentlemen therein mentioned. The company seems to be well satisfied to be commanded by them, and I am of opinion they will make good officers, therefore, hope you will approve of them. Captain Mantz, who was appointed Quartermaster of our troops by the last Convention, has declined serving in that capacity; therefore, I hope you will have the commissions for him and the other officers of his company, made out and sent up with the others, by the first safe hand, and you will oblige, gentlemen, your very humble servant,
To the Council of Safety of Maryland.
N. B. Mr. Lewis Rush, who was appointed Quartermaster to the Thirty-Third Battalion, has accepted of a commission in the Pennsylvania Troops, therefore has declined serving as a Quartermaster in said battalion. In order to have the vacancy filled up, I consulted with the rest of the Field-Officers of said battalion, and we unanimously agreed to recommend Mr. William Ritchie as a man well calculated to fill up the place. If he should meet with your approbation, we pray that a commission may issue, and be transmitted with the above.
To the Council of Safety of MARYLAND:
The Petition of sundry of the Freeholders and Inhabitants of Frederick County, who compose the company to which Colonel Charles Beatty was formerly elected Captain, and Colonel Baker Johnson First Lieutenant, the