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Letter from John Hoskins Stone to Horatio Gates
Stone, John Hoskins, 1750-1804
October 05, 1780
Volume 14, Page 673

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PREST. OF COUNCIL OF MARYLAND TO GENL. GATES.

In Council,
Annapolis, October 5th, 1780.

Sir:

Yours of the 5th ulto. we received, which was the first Intimation given us relative to our supplying the Army in the Southern Department, and therefore had not made a Provision for the Payment of such large Sums of Money as your two Draughts to Colo. Polk and Joseph Clay, Esqr., which have been presented to us for Payment, and we are really distressed that we were under the disagreeable Necessity of declining the Payment for Want of Money.

We expect a considerable Sum of Money will be paid into the Treasury in this Month, and shall do every Thing in our Power to have so much paid over to the Continental Treasurer of this State as will answer these Draughts, which ought to have been drawn on him.

As we are at all Times anxious to be informed of the Fate of our virtuous Countrymen, we shall thank you to transmit us a Return of the Maryland Troops by the earliest Opportunity, and every other Matter relating to them.

We have the Honor to be, with due Respect,
Your Excellency's most Obedt. Servts.,
J. H. STONE,
Presd.