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Journal and Correspondence of the Council of Maryland, 1780-1781
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of the Council of Maryland. 99

Articles, therefore I have not the Pleasure to promise your Excel-
lency any immediate supply of consequence from hence, but I shall
do all in my Power, I have now a Vessel collecting wheat & hope
to get her away Aerly next week to Elk with about 1000 Bushels
& if I am powerfully supplyd I may Venture to promise as much
by Christmas as will make 1000 Barrels of flour 25£ is said to be
given for wheat, I have not promised more then 22:10.0 I shall be
exceeding glad to hear what is given at other Places as I do not care
to depend on common reports it might be of Public advantage if
the Commissioner wld write each other the prices they give to pre-
vent imposition as each of us will think our County is entitled to
as much as other. I have purchased 15 head of Cattle & as soon as
I get as many more will send them to Elk. Our People do not shew
a fondness for paying their Taxes either in Tobacco Wheat or Beef
a disposition seems to prevail to put off payment as long as Possible
since I advertised to receive wheat for the 15 p Ct Tax neither
wheat nor money is paid and as numbers will not till obliged I shall
be glad to know if executions can Issue agt their Classes which have
not procured men before recruits are obtained for the Classes
Salt is an Article much wanted if your Excellency could send
me some or Give me a Credit with any of the Merchants so that I
Wuld get What I wantd I should be certain of Obtaining Provisions
to the Amt thereof & should chearfully take any trouble necessary
for the obtaining it.
The Tobacco your Excellency sent me I have not been able to sell
with out delivering it at Baltimore Town clear of the Assessments
due on it
I am much concernd at the situation of Our Army I assure your
Excellency I have not been wanting in my endeavour to procure
provisions in the months past, it has cost me much trouble & expence
to Little purpose. I wish Our Purchases could be so orderd that
no Commissary nor French Agent wld be permit'd to enter into
contracts before the delivery of the provisions, I believe this wld
prevent Private Persons interfering in the purchase of Grain & be
the best way to procure immediate supplys I have sent by Mr Smith
an order from Mr Wheeler in my favor for 391...13. 4 hard money,
I should be glad to receive a part if Possible, or to be assured when
payment may be depend'd on. I am unwilling to mention my wants
for old Creditors, knowing Your Excellency must be much con-
cerned for the want of money but should their be any money in the
Treasury so that I could get a little by Mr Smith it wld greatly
assist me.

Your Excellency will Please to favor me with an answer to this
& also respecting some deserters I mentioned in my last.



Red Book

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