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Request for compensation

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CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: Ltrs Sent, J Howell, Comm. Accounts, RG93 view image
Document Information
Date December 29, 1788
Author Name Abraham Dehuff (primary) Location: Lancaster
Recipient Name Joseph Howell (primary)
Summary Dehuff discusses settlement of his accounts. He informs Howell that he was a prisoner and requests the same compensation that others were entitled to. He also makes claims for his recruiting, and losses while a prisoner.
Document Format Letterbook Copy
Document Notes Cited in Howell to de Huff, 01/13/1789.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Joseph Howell; Abraham Dehuff; prisoner; Messrs. Ashton and Wistor, merchants; ;
Related Places Lancaster; Philadelphia; ;
Keywords clothing; camp equipage; ;
Key Phrases [not available]

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Lancaster Decem. 29th 1788

J. Howell, esq.
Dear Friend
If you remember when I had the pleasure of being with you last in the settling of my accounts you advised me not to settle for one year's services as a compensation to the officers of the American army. I have been since informed that a number of the Officers who were in my then situation as a prisoner, were allowed the same pay as the then supernumerary officers of the army. I therfore flatter myself and rest assured that you will do every thing in your power, in order that some compensation may be made to me, which I think in justice I am entitled to.
After my captivity I recruited a number of soldiers for the United States, at my own expense, for which I not as yet been allowed a farthing--also my losses in being a prisoner were very great viz. about sixty pounds in cash all my clothing cont.
Camp equippage etc. which is also very well known to you.
I wrote you some time ago, but have not as yet had the pleasure of receiving an answer. I therefore should esteem it a particular favor if you would be pleased to write to me by the first opportunity and direct to [undecipherable] Ashton & Wistar merchants in Philadelphia - should have done myself the pleasure of paying you a visit long before this time but being very much troubled with reumatic pain prevented me, and in complyingwith the within request you will much oblige.

Your friend
Abraham Dehuff