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Letter from H. Glen, Assistant Deputy Commissary, to Captain Eisenford



Schenectady, September 8, 1776.

SIR : Yours of the 30th ultimo and 2d instant I have both now before me, and would have answered your first sooner, had I not been overcrowded with business, and the last just came to hand. As to salt provisions, it is entirely out of my power to help you to until the pork comes in, and that will be some weeks. I am well pleased with making two chimneys more in the barn, and in making a bake-oven; the latter and a well are very necessary in a garrison. As to sending you some cash in discharging some of the debts, in particular Captain BIoomfield' s company, I would do with the greatest pleasure, but my orders from General Schuyler are to pay no money unless properly certified by the officers who have had things done for the publick. As to the wagoners not coming down next Winter, makes no odds, as the certificates they have will be paid by me to any person in this town, by producing the certificates will receive the money, or one person may receive the whole if he brings the whole of the certificates. As to the guns, I had expected they would have been brought to my store fifteen days ago, and instead of that Mr˙ Van Tice came to me this morning, and told me they were now done, but seems, determined not to part with them till he has his money. Colonel Van Dyck told me you were to pay for them. I have told Van Tice to send you an account and write you a few lines on the subject, as I have no opportunity to send the guns, as my batteaus are all gone for Fort Schuyler. By the time the boats are back Van Tice may know where he is to get his money. As to the billeting money for your company and the rations for the officers, I believe the billeting money must be paid by the Deputy Paymaster-General, and the ration money by Walter Livingston, Esq˙, Deputy Commissary-General. If you will send down an account of the number of officers and rations due them, commencing and ending the time, and another account of the billeting money, I shall do my endeavours to get you the money, which I believe will be


no great difficulty in getting the money, so the accounts are properly drawn out and directed to the right person. If the Deputy Paymaster told you that Mr˙ Livingston was to pay it, then you had better draw the whole against Mr˙ Livingston, and an order on the account in favour of me or my order, so that I can get some of my friends at Albany to draw it, should you think proper, as I have hardly time to go to Albany myself. Should there be any thing wanting at your place, the commanding officer always better write to the General˙ If I had it in my power, no man would be more happy than I to serve my friends with any thing I had. I must conclude, with compliments to all friends, and believe me to be your most humble servant,


To Captain John Eisenford.

P˙ S˙ No receipt for kettles come to hand; nor your commission come to hand.