Mr. Pierce's absence and groundless and scandalous charges against General Nicola

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Date December 12, 1785
Author Name Joseph Howell (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name Colonel Lewis Nicola (primary)
Summary Mr. Pierce has been some time from the office on a visit to his friends and is not expected until Christmas. Says that he is sorry, and is sensible that prosecution commenced against Nicola is groundless and scandalous to the last degree.
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Related Persons/Groups General Lewis Nicola; Joseph Howell; Mr. Pierce; ;
Related Places New York; ;
Keywords charges against General Nicola; ;
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New York December 12, 1785
Dear Sir:
Your letter of the to Mr. Pierce of the 6th Instant did not reach me until last Saturday.
I am sorry to inform you that Mr. Pierce has been some time from the office on a visit to his friends, and is not expected until Christmas - this will prevent your business from being compleated as soon as could be wished for - and perhaps involve you in difficulties which I am really sorry for as I am sensible the prosecution commenced against you is groundless and scandalous to the last degree. If I can be of any service you may command me - pray let me hear from you and direct under cover to Mr. Pierce - as in his absence the business of the Office devolves on.
Your very Humble Servt
J Howell Jr.
Genl L. Nicola