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Letter from Lord Stirling


"New-York, February 20, 1776.

"SIR: When I arrived in this town with my regiment, I expected to have found a Continental Commissary of Provisions here, who would have furnished them provisions and fire-wood, and other necessaries. But as no such officer is here, I ordered my Quartermaster to provide provisions agreeably to the rations allowed by Congress. This he has hitherto done with his own money; but as that is already exhausted, I am under the necessity of asking the favour of the Congress of this Province to advance him, as a loan, as much money as will be necessary for this purpose, till another provision be made by the Continental Congress, to whom I have written to regulate this matter as soon as possible.

I am, sir, your most humble servant,


"To the President of the Congress of the Province of New-York.