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Journal and Correspondence of the Council of Maryland, 1780-1781
Volume 45, Page 108   View pdf image (33K)
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108 Journal and Correspondence


making the least Discrimination as to their age, Size, state of flesh
or eye sight, Of a hundred sent to Philadelphia I saw Eighty odd
sent out, to Pasture (on friday last to the Meadows near the City)
and of above a hundred I have here, I fear there wont be twenty
received, tho I have rejected above forty, and sent them back, what
I am to do, with the remainder, am really at a loss for, which your
Excellency & Honors will please to direct me in.
Inclosed is a copy of a letter, I have sent to some of the County
Commissioners, by which you will see my opinion as fully as I can
give it. Please to advise me as soon as Possible, whilher I am to
Vendue the Horses or what, as they have eaten all the Forage at
the Post.
I have been at Philada and am inform'd that the charges against
me are gone forward, to Your Excellency & Honors and I shou'd
have attended immediately had not I been acquainted by the Treas-
ury Board, that they expected my attendance on them, The first day
of October, which I agreed to comply with, therefore entreat that
your Excellency and Honors, may not call on me in that week, any
time after shall attend with the greatest chearfulness.


[H. Hollingsworth, Head of Elk, to the Commissioners of
the Several Counties]

Dear Sir Your favor I recd by Mr — — — ——— and am sorry to
inform you that I cannot receive the Horses, they being unfit for
use. the Horses wanted for the Army are those of the first quality
they must be young and stout, or they will not be received. If they
should they will only deceive us, as our men have done, fifty of
the New Regimt are now in the Hospital and a number have
Deserted. I am very unhappy in being obliged to return the Horses
and more so to reflect on the Partiality of the Leuts and Commis-
sioners to their respective Counties, to the Prejudice of this State
and the United States, is it Possible to suppose, that such men and
such Horses will be either able or willing to fight our battles (I
answer it is not) and they are deceiving themselves and the United
States that offer such Imposture. I am unhappy thus to Expostu-
late, but if these horses were bought, the man who bought them
ought to have them thrown on his hands, if they are taken of the
Nonjurers, they ought to be return'd and better horses taken or
the Tax Continued, for 'tho I have the fullest sence of the hard-
ships, those Gentleman lay under, and sincerely wish to see them
relieved, yet am Confident it was not the intent of the Legislature,
to relieve them, by taking off their hands a part of their worn out,
and useless Stock, at a time they can only be consumers of Oats and
Hay, to the States for the remaining part of the Campaign, and
of little or no use afterwards.

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