Application for Pay

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Date May 7, 1790
Author Name Joseph Howell (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Informs the Secretary at War that an application has been made to the office for the pay of John Kennedy, late a soldier in the Massachusetts Regiment, and said to have been taken prisoner in 1780.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; Joseph Howell; John Kennedy; Joseph Tucker; Massachusetts Regiment; soldier; prisoner; Secretary of War; paymaster; Regiment; ;
Related Places New York; Office of Army Accounts;
Keywords pay; applications; Revolutionary War; muster rolls; killed; certificates; did not voluntarily join enemy; ;
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May 7th 1790 To Secy at War
Entd
Office of Army AccountsNew York 7 May 1790
Sir
Application has been made to me for the pay of John Kennedy late a Soldier in the 7th Regt of Massachusetts, said to have been taken prisoner in Decemr 1780
from a want of the Muster Rolls for that period I cannot ascertain the fact, but it appears from the evidence of Mr Joseph Tucker late paymaster to the Regt that he was missing about that time and is was believed that the sd Kennedy was either killed or a prisoner- there appears no other evidence that his own that he was forcibly detained by the Enemy, and from the length of time he has been absent a doubt arises with one whether he of the propriety of granting him issuing Certificates for his pay & Gratuity without some evidence that the sd Kennedy did not voluntarily join the Enemy-- You will please to give me your opinion on the subject & directions in what manner I am to act- several other applications of a similar nature are now before me.
I am Siryour obedt Ser J Howell
The Honble The Secy at War