George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Lieutenant Colonel William Palfrey, 16 October 1778

From Lieutenant Colonel William Palfrey

Friday Morning [16 October 1778]


I have examin’d the Abstract of pay due the Corps of Horse Commanded by Colo. Seymour.1 So far as it relates to the pay of the Officers & men while in actual Service, the Charges are just and proper, but it is accompanied with such a Load of abominable and Unprecedented Expences that in Justice to the public I could by no means think myself authorized to allow—The whole time of Service was only Eighteen days. Eight of which were employed in their Journey to & from Camp and yet their Claim amounts to between Seven & Eight thousand Dollars—I therefore thought it best to refer him to your Excellency, if you think proper to allow the Account, or any part of it, the liquidation will come properly in the Auditors department.2 I am most respectfully Your Excellcy’s obedt Servant

Wm Palfrey P.M.G.

ALS, NN: U.S. Army, 1775–1789; Sprague transcript, DLC:GW.

1For Thomas Seymour’s submission of this pay abstract to GW and request for payment of his corps, see Seymour to GW, 6 October.

2For GW’s decision to postpone any decision on this matter, see his letter to Seymour of 20 October.

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