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Respecting pay for discharged soldiers in absence of returns

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Document Information
Date February 1, 1791
Author Name Office of Army Accounts, Paymaster General, Pay Office (1783-1792) (primary) Location: Pay Office
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Howell expresses concern that paying men lately discharged would result in embarrassment and is strongly improper. Notes that many have already received pay. Amounts cannot be ascertained until returns received from Matthew Ernest. Discusses advance of monies by Captain Ferguson. Requests guidance on this subject.
Document Format Document Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; Joseph Howell; Matthew Ernest; Ferguson; discharged soldiers; ;
Related Places Pay Office;
Keywords money; returns; pay; ;
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1 February 1791To the Honble the Secy of Warrespecting paying 6 Mo pay on a/c to the Soldrs dischgd in 1791
February 1791Entd
P OfficeFeby 1 1791
The embarassment that will arise in consequence of the immediate payment of the Soldiers lately discharged, before are so strongly imprised [impressed] on my mind that I cannot forbear repeating that First it is probable that many if not all of them have received [undecipherable] & will [undecipherable] receive the two months pay put into the hands of sent on by last September by Lieut Mathew Ernest [undecipherable] last Septembr but + which cannot be ascertained until returns are received from the paymaster him [undecipherable] That the officers have charges against their men which ought to be stopped out of their pay, but the present mode of payment precludes them from such stopages and all payments made to charges against them
+ and as Capt. Ferguson has informed me that he has advanced monies to several of the men of his Company it may be presumed that the other officers have made like advances therefore to cover to such payments and to secure to the United States the monies sent on I would suggest the Idea of granting those men now discharged only six months pay & let the residue remain untill a settlement of their accounts can take place--you will oblige me with your commands on this subject