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Letter from John Fergus to Cornelius Harnett
Fergus, John, 1741-1802
July 12, 1776
Volume 10, Page 663

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Letter from Doctor John Fergus to the Council of Safety.

Wilmington, July 12th, 1776.


By the hands of Captn Forster I beg leave to present my Accot Against the Public from last Settlemt up to the 12th Inst for many Services & a great deal of Labour as Captn Forster can testify, the Soldiers and Militia being very sickly in general; And have to observe to the Council, that every thing in this Accot is Charged at a much lower rate than is Customary here or than in my former; In Consequence of which I hope 'twill meet the approbation of that Honble board & be allow'd Nem. Con. as only a reasonable Compensation for my vast fatigue & Extraordinary Exertion to give satisfaction to officers & Soldiers, which I flatter myself I have done so far. The Council will please observe I have all the sick of the 1st 2d 3d & 4th Regimts that are here to Attend, and the Militia too, as far as I am able, by particular desire of Generl Ashe & his officers; my mate Mr Ward is a very assiduous young man and of great assistance to me, for whom I have Charg'd one Month's pay being due the 11th Instt which I hope will also be approv'd of, and added in the Certificate when pass'd on an order on the paymaster for it, as the young Gentleman has no other dependence now, cant afford to lye out of his pay, and being well assured 'tis not the desire of ye Council that he shou'd. Am with all due respect

Your most Obedt Hble Servt