George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Brigadier General John Stark, 31 July 1778

From Brigadier General John Stark

Head Quarters Albany 31st July 1778

Dear General

I Received orders last Jany to Raise a Number of Voluntiers to Burn the Shipping at St Johns a Copy of which I Inclose1—I proceeded to Raise a Number of men for that purpose and had them Ready to march when the Expedition fell Through which put me and the officers to A good deale of Expence and the men I Raised are daily Haunting me for their pay—would be glad if your Excellency would put me in a way to get some Recompence for my Extra Expences and the pay of the Officers & Soldiers Engaged for that Service.

there is a number of State Prisoners in this Goal which draw provision out of the Continental Store which I look upon to be very wrong your orders on this Head I should be Very glad off—besides them, there is a Number of Soldiers Wifes, in this City, in almost a Starving Condition, and no person to give them any Relief, I have applyed to the Corporation but they Refuse to take any care of them I would be glad of your Instructions on that Matter. I am Sir with Great Respect your Very Humbl. Servt

John Stark

N.B. I have been oblidged to purchase fifty Pairs of Shoes for the Rifle Detatchment before they could be fit for a march. as before



1The enclosed copy of Congress’s resolutions of 3 Dec. 1777 is in DLC:GW (see also JCC description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford et al., eds. Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. 34 vols. Washington, D.C., 1904–37. description ends , 9:999–1001).

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