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Letter from Samuel McKenzie to Thomas Burke
McKenzie, Samuel
April 05, 1777
Volume 11, Pages 713-714


Baltimore April 5th, 1777.

Doctor Thos. Burke in Congress Philadelphia
Dr. Sir:—

I wrote to you a few days ago by your boy but had it not in my power to send him by the conveyance I expected as some of the passengers had not the small Pox. I hope to be able to send him this morning.

We have nothing but confusion in this place they having settled the rank of officers in such a manner that most of them have resigned, I mean such of them as are worth Retaining in the service, I sincerely wish some method was fallen on to redress this grievance.

I have had a great deal of trouble in procuring Medicines for the Hospitals but have succeeded beyond my expectations. In my absence Mr. Griffith did not supply the people with proper necessarys. He drew upon me for what cash I could spare and afterwards quit acting without giving me any Reason or settling his accounts, I have appointed Mr. Mr. Vashon of this Town to act as Quarter Master for the Hospitals. I'm convinced he'll do his duty.

A Major Daves who arrived here a few days ago has ordered his men to March from the Hospitals without my orders or a Proper Discharge, if any thing should happen to the men he's to

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be accountable. I shall send you an account of all that has been transacted in my Department in a few days

I am Sir
Your Humble Servt.