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Report on a Memorial to Congress

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CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: Ltrs Sent, J Pierce, Comm. Accounts, RG93 view image
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Date May 12, 1786
Author Name John Pierce (primary) Location: Army Commissioner's Office
Recipient Name Congress of the United States (primary)
Summary Report on the memorial to Congress of Mr. John Wheelock reviewing his appointments, duties, and rank in the Continental Army with Pierce's recommendation on the disposition of his claims.
Document Format Author's Letterbook Copy
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Related Persons/Groups Secretary of Congress; John Pierce; United States Congress; commissioner for settling the accounts of the late Army of the United States; lieutenant colonel; Secretary at War; officer; General Gates; Gates' military family; aids;
Related Places Army Commissioner's Office;
Keywords memorial; regiment; 15 November 1777; certificate; pay; 27 November 1778; 27 April 1779; public business; services; allowances; 20 June 1779; depositions; approbation; sanction of Congress; expenses; rations of provisions and forage;
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New York May 12 1786
John Pierce Esquire

The Commission for settling the Accounts of the late Army of the United States, begs leave to report on the memorial to Mr. John Wheelock,

That he was appointed a Lieut. Colonel in Colo Timothy [*dells] Regiment on the 15th Day of November 1777, as appears by a certificate [*m] the Secretary at War and he is therefore entitled to pay from that [*ne]. That he was disbanded with the Regiment at the direction of [*ss] o the 27th Day of November 1778 and therefore his pay [*an] [page] 19
[Offour] in the opinion of your Commissioner ceased at that time. That he was directed by General Gates on the 27th April 1779 to proceed to Congress on public business, and he asserts pervious to which that he was employed in that Generals Family for some weeks in writing and in occasional commands for which services he claims the pay and allowances of a Lieut Colonel from the time the Regiment was disbanded to June 20th 1779, he having produced certain depositions that he continued in consequence of the desires of General Gates, but as the General had at that time the usual allowance of Aids and as there is no particular precedent in a case of this nature said Commissioner conceives it necessary that his allowance for these services should receive the sanction of Congress.
That he claims an allowance of certain expences incurred by him in public business which your Commissioner cannot admit without the approbation of Congress, because Mr. Wheelock was at the time entitled to recieve the usual rations of provisions and forage, which are generally supposed to be granted in lieu of such expences. All which is humbly submitted.
J.P., Army Commr Office May 12th 1786
The Secretary of Congress.