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Letter from Dr. Weisenthall to the Maryland Council of Safety



Annapolis, August 14, 1776.

GENTLEMEN: When I was before tbe Council the time before I set out for New York, I was desired to furnish the Council a memorandum concerning the direction of physical matters of the military in the Province, and that it was unavoidable, the nature of the circumstances requiring it; which memorandum you intended to lay before the Convention; but as, immediately after, Doctor Tootell was appointed for the present battalion, and acting at the same time as director, it gives me room to suppose myself superseded, and consequently discharged from any Provincial employment. My commission being Surgeon to the battalion of Colonel Smallwood, I never looked upon to be what I intended, but accepted it merely since the other was not as yet established. Should my suggestions of my discharge be your intention, be then pleased to give Dr˙ Tootell, or anybody else, an order for the delivery of the remaining medicines of the Province now under my care; and as there will be a balance coming to me, both for the battalion, as well as the attendance at Baltimore Town and Fort, you will please to issue your order for that purpose.

I have the honour to be, with due respect, gentlemen, you most obedient and humble servant,

To the Honourable the Council of Safety of Maryland.