Due Bill for Major Henry Gaither

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PublicationLowrie, Walter and St. Clair Clarke, Matthew, eds. American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, Military Affairs. 38 Vols. Washington, DC: Gales and Seaton, 1832. (no image)
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Date November 27, 1791
Author Name Matthew Earnest (primary) Location: Fort Washington
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Summary This is an account by Matt. Earnest, for Wm. Duer, of the inadequate performance by contractors and their agents and the subsequent controversy between the US and the contractors regarding the payment for their services and the inability of officers to draw a cash payment to cover the cost of their rations so they were issued a "due bill" in lieu thereof.
Document Format Modern Printed Transcription of Letter/Document
Document Notes Enclosed in Fitzsimons, 05/08/1792.
Content Notes American State Papers, Military Affairs, 1792, 38. DEI date is incorrect; it should be 11/27/1791 instead of 11/21/1791. There follows a detailed account of the problems in provisioning and pay that occured in late 1791.
Related Persons/Groups Matt Earnest; contractors for supplies; Commander in Chief; Israel Ludlow, one of the contractor's agents; persons employed by the agents of the contractor; the army; officers; Major H. Gaither; Mr. Wilson;
Related Places Fort Washington; Fort Washington; Miami village; ;
Keywords terms of contract; horses; transportation of supplies; seventeen thousand dollars; the treasury; bells, hopples, and other necessaries; gross mismanagement; others rendered unfit for service; packhorses; necessary quantity of flour; whole of the rations to which their rank entitled them; contract price; cash; money for this purpose; general order; certificate from the contractor's agent, called a due bill; one hundred and seventy three complete rations; Mr. Wilson's certificate; St. Clair defeat; ;
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