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Discussion of Company to Be Raised

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Date May 15, 1791
Author Name Jeremiah Olney (primary) Location: Providence
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary Letter, discusses company to be raised.
Document Format Contemporary Copy of Letter
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Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; Jeremiah Olney; Greenman; Colonel Dexter; Lieutenant Sherman; ;
Related Places Providence; Boston; New York; Philadelphia; ;
Keywords recruiting service; demand for labor; enlisted; soldierly appearance; clothing; ;
Key Phrases forwarded to Boston agreeable to your directions; public service; gentleman whose heart like his again thirsts for military glory should remain idle; cloathing; [clothing]; flatter myself that he will bring on the commission for Mr. Greenman to take charge of the company; apprehensive he does not exert himself in forwarding the service as he was supplyed with two hundred dollars a month past for the recruiting service; sory to inform you that the company raising here does not fill so fast as I could wish; men seem rather unwilling to engage for the encouragement offered; recruiting service is much retarded by the demand for labour this spring; farmers; ensign of the company continues very industrious he has enlisted twelve recruits and they are all likely men and make a soldierly appearance as they march through the streets;
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Providence 15th May 1791
Sir
I am sorry to inform you the company raising here dose not fill so fast as I could wish. The men seem Rather unwilling to engage for the Encouragement offered, and the Recruiting Service is much Retarded by the demand for Labour this Spring, the Farmers gi giving from six to seven Dollars cash per month,--however the Ensign of the Company continues very Industrious he has Inlisted Twelve Recruits and they are all likely men and make a Soldierly appearance as they march through the streets,--the information I gave you the 5 Int respecting Lieut Shearmans inlisting six men, I am sorry to say, proves premature, having seen a Gentleman from that Quarter last Week, who informed that the Lieut had not got a single per man-- I am apprehensive he dose not Exert himself in forwarding the Service as he was supplyed with Two hundred Dollars a month past for the Recruiting Service -- Colo Dexter being soon expected to Return from Philadelphia I Flatter myself he will bring on the Commission for Mr. Greenman to take charge of the Company which will [undecipherable] much to the Public Service, and it is a pitty a Gentleman whose heart like his again Thirsts for millitary Glory, Should remain Idle
The
The Cloathing for the Two Companies mentioned in your Letter of 25th Ulto has not yet arrived come to hand from New York, but the moment it dose it shall be forwarded be Forwarded to Boston agreeable to your Directions--
I have the Honor to be withgreat EsteemSir Your Most Obed. Hum. Ser.Jereh. Olney