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Letter from the Armourers at New London with pay grievances

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Date August 8, 1794
Author Name John James Lewis Location: New London
Recipient Name Samuel Hodgdon (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Summary The Commissary of Military Stores states that several of the workmen have been afflicted with sickness which has hindered their work. As a consequence, the superintendent is stopping their pay for lost time. Letter states that this is very hard and that they are sick because of the insects in the area. Signers request pay for boarding during sickness. Signed by John Lewis; Theo Lewis; William Clark; Mr. Worthington; John Fullendon; Mr Bayles; Mr Bedford; Mr Fenwick; William Stone.
Document Format Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Samuel Hodgdon; John Lewis; Theodore Lewis; William Clark; Mr. Worthington; John Fullendon; Mr Bayles; Mr Bedford; Mr Fenwick; William Stone;
Related Places Philadelphia; New London;
Keywords labor; workers; workmen; sickness; illness; pay;
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Letter from the
Armoury at
New London
July 1794
Recd13 Aug.t
Answer'd 21 -
[stamp:]
Received
from State Dep't.
Nov. 24. 1894.
R.P.O. 401310.

Samuel Hodgdon Esq.r
Philadelphia
Hon.ble Sir
Several of us the Workmen at the Armoury in New London having been afflicted with Sickness since we have been at this place, so as to have hindered us from our work. Our Superintendant informs us that our pay will be stopped for that lost time which we think very hard, as we did not think that were to have been the case when we agreed to come to this place.
Especially when we considered that some of our Sickness has been occasioned by the bites of venomous Insects which are in this Country but are not in Pensilvania or to the northward. Others also have been afflicted with sickness which is incident to their Southern Parts, and are not to the Northward. - We also think our Case still harder if (as we are informed) we are event to pay for our Board during our Sickness. These are Instances not known under any Government [undecipherable] are sent to a Garrison, as we consider ourselves as such. - We trust Sir to your goodness in this case and are
Sir Your most obed. Serv.ts
[Editor's note: 14 signatures:]
Wm Pinswick
Theo Lewis
John Lewis
John Tallendon
Wm Clark
James [undecipherable]
P. Worthington
Thos. Mallory
John Bayles
[undecipherable] Wells
Wm Stone
Jo Miles
[undecipherable]
[undecipherable] Bedford