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Journal and Correspondence of the Council of Maryland, 1780-1781
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24 Journal and Correspondence

July 23

that if the publick does not Shortly supply Mr Wedderstrandt I am
for Ever Ruin'd pray lett me Know, if he has Recd any more from
your Treasury lately as I may Call on him for my share of itt. I
have nothing more to add but hope you will advise me on Everthing
Relating to my department and if anything new worth Relating itt
will be thankfully Received

July 23

[Rich'd Barnes, Leod Town to Gov. Lee]
Dr Sir Our recruiting business in this County goes on much
worse than I expected and from what I can collect of the sentiments
of the young Fellows that are proper to turn out, I have little expec-
tation of our being able to make up our complement of men. The
greatest part of those that have inlisted are free Negroes & Mulat-
toes, all of which from what I have been informed will not amount
to more than fifteen. However as the People have had but a very
short time since they recd their Classes I am in some expectation
they will procure many more in a day or two, I really could wish the
Classes had about ten days longer to procure the men. But as the
matter now stands I am at a loss to know what will be the conse-
quence of issuing warrants for the Collections of the fifteen p C'
as there is not money in this part to pay it, and if money could be
had for produce I am well satisfied that it would not then be in the
power of many to pay, they not having any thing to dispose of owing
to their being obliged to purchase Corn, which as I am informed
has taken from many every thing they could spare and subsist their
Familys. My Compts to Mrs. Lee,

July 23

[Wamt Hemsley, Lieut of Q. A. County, Queen Anns Counly to
His Excellency Thomas Sim Lee]

Sir I must begg your Excellency to send an Officer to take
Charge of the Recruits & Deserters who are procured in this County.
The Jail at Queens Town is so much out of repair, that it will not
keep a man, a circumstance that I was ignorant of untill the other
day, and I fear the necessary repairs cannot be done, and locks had
here to secure it in Time. I have three Deserters (very fine looking
fellows) now on Parole.
As Provision is wanting for the Men I have been obliged to board
some at a publick House, at 24 Dollars p man p day; this will soon
amt to a Considerable sum of money, but I coul'd not get them
boarded for less, and what is worse I have not Cash to pay for their
Our people are extreemly Anxious to procure the recruits, but
they really want money to do it with; cou'd you spare but a few
thousand pounds it wou'd be of considerable Assistance. I ought to
have as much money as will pay the Continental bounty. I flatter

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