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Regarding James Bray's whereabouts during the late war

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CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: Ltrs Sent, J Howell, Comm. Accounts, RG93 view image
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Document Information
Date December 7, 1785
Author Name James Bray (primary) Location: Phila,two doors from Indian Queen
Recipient Name Joseph Howell (primary)
Summary Bray outlines his various assignments and whereabouts in the Army during the late war in order to procure over due payment.
Document Format Letterbook Copy
Document Notes Cited in Howell to Bray, 12/29/1785.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Joseph Howell; James Bray; Captain Porter; paymaster; paymaster general; regiment; Mr. Brown; Mitchell; ;
Related Places Phila,two doors from Indian Queen; Capes; Valley Forge; Downingtown Pennsylvania; ;
Keywords recruiting; pay; ;
Key Phrases [not available]

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Philadelphia two doors from Indian Queen
Dec 7 1785
The reason for my not writing to you before, in answer to yours of 24 Oct last, was that I expected have been at New York this week following, but went down the river to the capes, but have this much to inform you that I inlisted with Cap. Porter 14 July 1777, ad received one moths pay and continued in town recruiting (there was no paymaster as each Captain drew the pay for his company but my being absent, I never was mentioned in the Pay rolls as I can find)
and when I joined the company at Valley Forge, in a few day I was appointed W. M. to the regiment, and was sent to downingtown with a parcil of Horses to recruit -- My pay due from the regiment is fourteen months, twenty six days at 10 Dollars per Month -- then joined Colo Mitchel QMaster, and continued with him till Colo Miler took his place - he then asked for my papers with a promise to pay me the next day; and that night left the town, and I never saw him since - all this time I never received one farthing from him, but lived on my own money for I had three thousand Dollars in store & upwards --- I spoke to Mr Brown (one of his clerks) on the subject, he says Mitchell never settled with him & took his account with him too -- This is the way I have been served -- if your Honor will be so kind to assist me in the recovery of my just due, or put me in a way to obtain it - I shall ever remain:
Your Sincere friend
James Bray
Jos. Howell Esqr