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Journal and Correspondence of the Council of Maryland, 1780-1781
Volume 45, Page 540   View pdf image (33K)
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540 Proceedings and Correspondence

August 3
Liber No. 78
p. 232

[Council Circular to the Lieutenants.]

We wrote you on the 23d of July requesting you to forward the
Recruits and Draughts immediately to this Place, we now repeat our
requests. As there have been many Applications to this Board from
the Draughts, we think it proper to save them Expence and Trouble
to empower you to give Discharges to such who may come within the
following Description, being indigent and having a wife and Child or
having two or more small Children who depend on his Labour only
for Support or who may be debilitated by Sickness, or rendered in-
capable of performing military Duty by other Infirmity.


[Council to Thomas Sprigg, Esqr.]

Francis Matthews a Substitute for the 34 Class under the Act to
procure recruits passed October Session 1780, has presented a Petition
to this Board setting forth that James Prather of the above Class
sometime in March last engaged to give him five half Joes in Gold
and what the Class in which he might be entered should amount to,
provided he the said Matthews would go as a Substitute for the
Class, that the Amount of the Money in the Class in which Prather is
entered is £31 ... 15...6 that he in Consequence of the Engagement
aforesaid enlisted to serve for three years that he has only received
one silver Dollar and paper Money to the Amount of four half
Johannes, that he has applied repeatedly to you for the Balance with-
out Effect. You will observe in the eleventh Section of the law, you
are empowered to issue your warrant against the Person or Persons
who shall contract with any recruit to give or pay him any Sum of
Money for enlisting as a Recruit, on hearing or Default of Notice,
and cause the same due to be levied for the use of the recruit. We
think it highly necessary that every Species of Fraud should be dis-
couraged and that Justice should be done in every Instance more par-
ticularly in the present, for if the recruits and substitutes are treated
in the Manner represented it will certainly discourage others from

P. 23;

entering into the Service, we therefore request you to enquire into
the Matter and if it should appear to you as represented to us that you
will take the Measure pointed out by the Act to compel the Payment
of the Money due

August 4
Liber C. B.

No. 24

p. 122

Saturday 4th August 1781

Ordered That the western shore Treasurer pay to His Excellency
Thomas Sim Lee Esqr one hundred and twenty five pounds of the
Bills emitted under the Act for the Emission of Bills of Credit not
exceeding two hundred thousand pounds &ca of the money appro-
priated for the Defence of the State on Account.

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