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Letter from Lord Stirling to Colonel Lowrey


New-York, February 19, 1776.

DEAR SIR: I informed you some days ago of my being here with my regiment, by orders I received from General Lee; and that I found neither Commissary nor Paymaster at this place, and that I had, therefore, ordered my Quartermaster to provide provisions for my regiment, as nearly as possible agreeable to the ration allowed by Congress. The Quartermaster has accordingly hitherto provided the regiment, by purchasing provisions with his own money; but as that is all expended, I am afraid we shall be soon thrown into very great confusion on that account, and must, therefore, desire you will immediately furnish Mr˙ Halsted


with a sum of money sufficient to pay off what he has already expended; and, also, sufficient to lay in a stock of provision for the future use of the regiment while it can be had in plenty, for the supply of this place is not as it used to be, and, therefore, if you can send a supply of both beef and pork, barrelled, it would be very proper. Mr˙ Halsted should, also, be supplied with money to pay for the haversacks, knapsacks, canteens, camp-kettles, cross-belts, tomahawks, and axes, ordered by Congress. As all these matters are now at a stand for want of the money, as osnaburghs is to be got, I have ordered the Quartermaster to provide beds for the whole regiment, in order to return those we have borrowed and brought away from the barracks in New-Jersey. I wish the Congress may continue the providing of my regiment, in your hands, both with provisions and pay, and all the small articles allowed, or I much fear there will be confusion. I hope you will take care to have the money ready here for the next month' s pay by the first of March, as the men are still in great want of necessaries, and are in a place that is very expensive, and, consequently, they will be clamorous for it.

I am, your most humble servant,


To Colonel Lowrey.