George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Colonel Jacob Bayley, 21 October 1776

From Colonel Jacob Bayley

Fish Kills [N.Y.] Octr 21th 1776


I recved your Excelencys Favour by the hand of Mr Wallace,1 by which I am Informed and think it Just that Vou[c]hers Should be had and Should have Sent them but was Informed that only an abstra[c]t was needfull and also I determined to have waited on your Excelency my Self as I was desired by the committee and by the State of Newhampr. to Continue the Men I had Imployed on the road to fortify and gaurd our frontiers which I Did untill the tenth of Sepr2 and was desired by them to lay the whole account before your Excelency but being soon ordered to attend on the Convention of this State as a member and Considering the remaining Pay was more Proper by way of this or Newhampr. State I neither Sent the remaining account nor waited upon your Excelency I Should now have waited on you but the Troubles to the northward requires me to return to countys of Cumberland & Gloucester where I have the Command3 I have Sent a role of the men with thier Entrys and Dism⟨issi⟩on and also the account of Supplys but as much of the Stores Provided were used In the after Servise have only Charged one pound of meal pr day pr man and two berrills that were lost and the Purportion of wheat &c.

I also offer an account of Supplying twelve Indians Eight weeks which I did without any authority but tho’t it good for the States two of which are Inlisted Into our Servise the others hunting Eastward—they belong to the St Francois Tribe.4 I am your Excelencys most obedient Humble Servant

Jacob Bayley


2The New Hampshire committee of safety directed Bayley on 18 July to employ sixty of his workmen “as Scouting parties to Guard the Country,” or if he was obliged to dismiss them, he was to enlist fifty men for that purpose (Bouton, N.H. State Papers description begins Nathaniel Bouton, ed. State Papers. Documents and Records Relating to the State of New-Hampshire during the Period of the American Revolution, from 1776 to 1783 . . .. In New Hampshire Provincial and State Papers, vol. 8. 1874. Reprint. New York, 1973. description ends , 8:308–9; see also Col. John Hurd to Meshech Weare, 27 July, 3 Aug., and Bayley to the New Hampshire Committee of Safety, 27 Aug., ibid., 314–15, 317, 360).

3The New York counties of Cumberland and Gloucester covered the eastern part of present-day Vermont.

4The roll of workmen and the two accounts that Bayley mentions have not been identified.

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