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Memorial to General Heath from the Surgeons' Mates of the several Regiments under his command


To the Honourable Brigadier-General HEATH:

The Memorial of the Surgeons' Mates of the several Regiments under your Honour' s command, humbly sheweth:

That your memorialists meant to be included in a late petition presented to your Honour by the gentlemen Surgeons in the Brigade under your Honour' s command, for an augmentation of their wages; but through a mistake of the mate' s signature of a particular brigade, or by some other means, no notice has been taken of the said petition in their behalf, and your memorialists find (while employed in the common service of their country, which service they have, and always meant to discharge, with the greatest care and fidelity) that their present pay will not support them in the character of gentlemen, even if used with the utmost frugality and economy. Your memorialists, therefore, earnestly request your Honour to represent their aggrieved state to his Excellency the Commander-in-Chief, and pray him, in their behalf, to lay the same before the honourable the Continental Congress, or take such other measures as shall, in your Honour' s wisdom, be most expedient. And your memorialists, as in duty bound, shall ever pray.


New-York, June 26, 1776.