Furloughs for Chaplains and Doctors

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Date October 13, 1783
Author Name Benjamin Lincoln (primary) Location: Princeton
Recipient Name Timothy Pickering (primary)
Summary Concerning the authorization of furloughs for chaplains and medical officers, refers Pickering to a resolution of Congress on the subject. Discusses the demands of an officer for pay and commutations.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Timothy Pickering; Benjamin Lincoln; chaplains; medical department; Commander-in-Chief; Congress; general officer; medical officers; staff officers; officers of engineers; troops; Captain Pasche; ;
Related Places Princeton; Newburgh; New York; New Jersey; ;
Keywords medical department; furloughs; demands; depreciation; pay; charge; public; credit; money; real value; right; resolves of Congress; commutation; application; temper;
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General Lincoln Sec. at War
Oct. 12 1783
In answer to mine of the 7th
Commander in chief authorized to furlough chaplains [undecipherable]
relative to Capt [undecipherable]'s affairs -

Public Service
Colonel Pickering
BLincoln Furlough
Princeton 12 Octo. 1783 -
Dear Sir,
I had the honor of receiving your favor of the 7th by the last post.
[undecipherable] it which relates to the chaplains and the medical department, should have been directed to the Commander in Chief, as you will see by the following resolve of Congress
Feb. 20 1783
Resolved that the Commander in Chief be authorized and directed to grant furloughs to such of the general medical and [undecipherable] officers, and the officers of engineers whose services are not in his opinion necessary for the troops remaining in service.
With regard to Capt [undecipherable]'s demands, give me leave to observe that I do not see any thing which can [undecipherable] hm from the depreciation of his pay. I think he should charge the public with his full pay in specie and credit for the money received at the real value of it when received.
I am not as clear that he has a right by the resolves of congress to the commutation. He cannot I think obtain it without an application to that body, in which I think from their present [undecipherable] there would be little hopes of success.
I have the honor to be [undecipherable]your ob servant
Colonel Pickering BLincoln