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Letter from Peter Mallett and Daniel Mallett to Richard Caswell
Mallett, Peter, 1744-1805; Mallett, Daniel
November 10, 1777
Volume 11, Pages 674-675

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Cross Creek, Nov: 10th 1777.


We mean to wait on the Committee of accounts, during the

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present sitting of the Assembly, in order to settle our accounts with the State, but we are under the necessity of waiting for some vouchers from Head Quarters before our accounts can be balanced, which may detain us until the latter end of the Session. In the mean time, we thought it our duty to acquaint your Excellency that no Commissary of this State appeared at Camp to pay up rations due to the officers, of every Regiment from the first to the ninth, and great complaints were daily made till at last Genl Nash, together with advice of the Commissary Genl, and concurrence ordered us to pay up the officers of those Regiments from the 25th of April until the first day of August. The first of these dates was the time our Troops left this State—we were at the same time furnished with money for that purpose, now there remains in our hands upwards of four hundred pounds, which has either been paid by the different Commissaries, or still remains due to officers who have not called for payment, tho' we judge the former is the case, as the Commissaries, may not be acquainted with our orders, their accounts might be handed in the usual method charging officers rations Regimentally. But as we have already paid the greatest part, and hold ourselves in readiness to complete our orders, we shall expect to pay either the Commissaries for such receipts as they produce or the State. Should these receipts be allowed in their accounts, we don't mean to interfere with them or their accounts, during the time the Troops were in this State. Neither have we any claim for officers rations in those Regiments, until the 25th April before mentioned. It may be also necessary to acquaint your Excellency, that we had made a settlement with the Continental Congress, and that we there accounted for all the money; and other transactions after we left this State which related to the public.

We are your Excellency's most obdt. Humble Servants,

N. B. Dr. Burke can inform your Excellency every particular relative to our accounts at Congress.