Necessity of tents in Portland

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Date March 10, 1799
Author Name Amos Stoddard (primary) Location: Portland
Recipient Name Samuel Hodgdon (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Summary Reiterates the "absolute necessity" of tents for his soldiers in Portland, Maine. Upset to find out that the vessel of supplies leaving from Philadelphia went to another port instead.
Document Format Letterbook
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Related Persons/Groups Samuel Hodgdon; Amos Stoddard;
Related Places Philadelphia; Portland; Boston; ;
Keywords tents; captain; distempers; summer; ;
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Captain Stoddard
Portland 10 March 1799
Wants Tents &c

Portland March 11th 25
Samuel Hodgdon, Esqr.
Intendant of Military Stores
Philadelphia
Portland 10th March 1799
Sir,
In my last I gave you a hint respecting our want of Tents very early the ensuing Summer, and also informed you, that very probably a Vessel from this place would sail very soon for Philadelphia and that I would request the Captain or Master to call on you. Since that period the Vessel alluded to has sailed to another port. Convinced of the absolute necessity of Tents, I hope you will not fail to forward them the very first opportunity. If no opportunity occurs of sending the directly here, please to forward them to Boston from whence I can obtain them almost any day in the week - and at the same time advise me of the measure. My men are so crowded in a small building, that warm weather will inevitably breed distempers among them. Thinking it unnecessary to trouble the war office, I have not written to the Secy of War on the subject.
I am, Sir, your very huml. Servt.
Amos Stodard, Capt.
2 Reg: Art: & Enge
S. Hodgdon, Esqr.