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Letter from William Richman to Horatio Gates
Richman, William
August 02, 1780
Volume 14, Pages 523-525


Charles City County, Virginia, ye 2d August, 1780.


I was yesterday favoured with Your Letter of the 19th ultimo, wherein you inform Me that on Your Arrival at Hill You found an Hospital under the Direction of a Regimental Surgeon without Medicines or Stores and that no

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Hospital Establishment is with the Army, and that the Sick are badly accommodated. In Answer thereto, permit Me to assure You, Sir, that I heve never been applyed to on the Subject before till about ten Days since I received a letter from Major General The Baron de Kalb, directing Me to send a Surgeon to take charge of the Hospital with, proper Stores, &c. I have wrote Him that I shall comply with His Orders as far as lay in my p     by directing a Surgeon to that Post with Medicines that it was impossible for Me to send Stores not having any or money to purchase them.

Had I known when You passed through this State I should have waited on you either at Richmond, or Petersburg to have acquainted You with the State of the Hospital Department, but I did not hear of Your being in Virginia till after You left the last mentioned Town

In obedience to Your orders I should immediately repair to Your head Quarters but by the terms of the Appointment which I received from Congress a copy of which I herewith enclose My Department goes no farther than Virginia; added to this I asked the President of Congress in April last to resign the Office but hitherto I am without His answer and know not if I am Still to consider Myself in the Service or out of it.

I shall immediately communicate Your Orders to the Apothe cary and the Gentlemen belonging to the Hospital and direct Medicines to be forwarded to Your headquarters from Petersburg or Chesterfield, to which places they are all sent by order of Brigadier General Muhlenburg, and where I shall go to-morrow for that purpose.

I have wrote repeatedly to the Director General the necessity there was of sending money for the use of the Hospital and that without it I could not procure the necessary articles for the use of the Sick, but never received any answer, and since I heard from Doctor Brown that He officiated in the Director General's place, I have likewise wrote him on the same subject, but am as yet without his answer. I have been several months without Money either to pay the Officers or purchase the necessary stores for the use of the Sick and what medicines they had to use for

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some time before they were removed from Petersburg to Chesterfield I bought on My own Credit.

I have the honour to be, with great respect, Sir,
Your Most Obedient & very humble Servant,
Major Gen. Gates.