Clothing and Articles from Smith & Shepherd

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Date May 20, 1791
Author Name Samuel Hodgdon (primary)
Recipient Name John Stagg (primary)
Summary As inspector, Hodgdon has examined the clothing and other articles received from Smith and Shepherd under their contract with the public. He finds many of the coats deficient in size and others inferior to the pattern and others coarse in the extreme. The shirts are equal to the pattern but many of the shoes are too small for soldiers.
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Related Persons/Groups John Stagg; Samuel Hodgdon; Shepherd & Smith; Inspector; Smith; Shepherd; sergeants; musicians; corporals; privates; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; ;
Keywords clothing; appointment; articles; contract; hats; pattern; coats; stroud; cloth; waistcoats; stuffs; leather stocks; stock buckles; shirts; linen; German linen; Irish Linen; shoes; overalls; drilling; sheeting overalls; blankets; woolen overalls; shoe buckles; ;
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Saml Hodgdons report on the Quality of Clothing furnished by Shepherd & Smith
Philadelphia May 20th 1791
Under my appointment of Inspector I have examined the clothing and other articles received from Messrs Smith and Shepherd, under their contract with the public and beg leave to report the result of my inspection. The two thousand hats furnished are in point of quality generally equal to the pattern hat, but many of them very deficient in size--Two thousand Coats are supplied for Serjeants, Corporals, Musicians and Privates, of these about an eighth part are of cloth, or rather stroud, coarse sleazy and open and inferior to the pattern--The forty eight Musicians Coats are of an excellent cloth, and well made, the appendages to all the coats are generally equal to the pattern, the making to appearance strong but, rough.
Five eighths of the coats are from one to two inches shorter than the pattern--Two thousand waistcoats are received, nearly all of which are inferior to the pattern many of them very ordinary indeed being made of various kinds of stuffs. Some of them coarse, in the extreme and loose--Two thousand and nine leather stocks and two thousand
and two stock buckles, fully equal to the patterns.--Four thousand two hundred and sixty three shirts made of various kinds of linens, Platilas, German, Irish &c, but equal on an average to the pattern shirt--Four thousand and forty four pairs of shoes, generally of as good a quality as the pattern, but many, very many of them too small for soldiers--Two thousand pairs of overalls made of Drilling of an Excellent kind all large and well made--Two thousand pairs of sheeting overalls equal in every respect to the contract--Two thousand six hundred and fifty blankets of various kinds and qualities--some very large thick and good, others small, but on an average better than the pattern blanket--Forth two pairs woolen Overalls, good--Twenty two pairs shoe-buckles equal to the pattern ones--
This Sir is an impartial state of the business committed to me. I have presented the facts, which I conceive was all that was expected from me.
I am Sir&c(signed) Samuel HodgdonInspector
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