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To George Washington from William Stephens Smith, 27 February 1783

Dobb’s ferry February 27. 1783

Sir

Inclosed is a copy of a Letter from the Commissary of prisoners in Canada, with a certified copy of the account of Cash paid our officers and others prisoners with the Enemy, address’d to Josa Loring Esqr. and delivered to me by Mr Dunant Deputy Commissary of prisoners, requesting a settlement of the same—As the accounts we have against the Enemy for supplies furnish’d their prisoners are unsettled, and the amount of Cash due very considerable, it appears to me the readiest and most equitable mode for the accounts to be lodged in the hands of the Paymaster in Camp, that he should call upon the Prisoners from Canada, by advertisement in the public papers to pay all debts (except those formed upon private contract) into his hands, and the Enemy credited by him for the amount received.

My reason for suggesting this Plan is, that he will have it more particularly in his power, to make such stoppages from time to time in the payment of money to the Officers charged in Account as circumstances in his opinion may justify—If this should not be agreeable to your Excellency and you think it comes more immediately in the line of my duty, I will adopt any plan for the settlement of the accounts which your Excellency may think proper to suggest, observing that the less I have to do with monies belonging to the public the more agreeable. I am Your Excellency’s Most Obedt Servt

W. S. Smith Lt Colo. Pr.

DLC: Papers of George Washington.

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Quebec 10 Novr 1782

sir

Inclosed you have a General Return of prisoners sent from hence on board the Cartel Ships John & Baker for Exchange, and a copy of the parole signed by the officers; those belonging to New York and New England are to be landed at Boston and the rest are to go to Philadelphia—I also inclose you another List of prisoners sent from Montreal some time ago by the way of Lake Champlain, and who have engaged not to serve again till Exchanged.

As We have now sent away almost the whole of the prisoners taken by detachments from this army and by Indian Scouts, I transmit you an abstract of monies paid by me for their use and which Congress ought in Justice to reimburse. The sums advanced the officers was upon their most solemn promises of returning it, but I have never receiv’d as yet any part of it. I am sir Your Most Obedient & Most Humble servt

Richard Murray

General Accot of Cash paid by Richard Murray Commissary of Prisoners for sundry articles Cloathing soap Tobacco &ca distributed to prisoners according to the following dates as also of money advanced to different officers by Order of His Excellency the Commander in Chief, no part of which has ever been returned—vizt

When Paid To Whom paid and for What £ S. D. £ S. D.
Between 25 June Pierre Fortier for Cloathing 15. 13. 0
1778 & 24 Decr Andrew Cameron for do Soap
followg & Tobacco 60. 14. 6
Hugh Richie for Cloathing 51. 12. 2
Between 25 ditto for ditto 40. 6. 9
Decr 78 & 24 John McCord for ditto 8. 19. 6
June following Jerh Tetherby for ditto and
Tobacco 7. 10. 9
Louis Geroux for mockasins 7. 10. 0
Jos. Winter for Soap 3. 17. 6
Timothy Divine for Tobacco 3. 0. 0
Charles Taunton for do . 16. 3
Eliz. Caret for cloathing 2. 5. 0
Isaac Roberts for do 2. 3. 0
Between 25 June Capt. Lawe for do Soap &
79 & 24 Decr Tobacco paid for by him 163. 4. 1
followg Hugh Ritchie for Cloathing 138. 12. 3
Shaw and Fraser for do 26. 6. 6
Andrew Cameron for do 16. 7. 8
Louis Geroux for mockasins 8. 6. 8
Frans Rabitalle for cloathing 7. 9. 3
John Heyser for Soap 3. 18. 9
Capt. Maurer for cloathing 5. 10. 8
Edward Leeds for ditto . 14. 0
Fras Vinizat for ditto . 16. 1
John Winter for Soap 3. 7. 6
Between 25 decr Hugh Ritchie for cloathing 160. 5. 7
79 & 24 June Captain Lawe for ditto Soap &
following Tobacco paid for by him 197. 8.
John Lynd for Cloathing 5. 16. 1
Aaron Hart for ditto 5. 11. 8
Louis Geroux for Mockasins 12. 10. 0
Fras Rabitalle for Cloathing 1. 19. 0 1/2
Carrd Forwards 902 11 7—
Between 25 decr Ann Winter for Soap 6. 13. 9
1779 & 24 June Thos Elwing for cloathing 4. 0. 111/2
following Sarah Van Arneur for ditto 1. 4. 6
William Forbes for ditto 4. 17. 6
Capt. Lawe for ditto Soap &
Tobacco paid for by him 845. 4. 2
Hugh Ritchie for Cloathing 246. 11. 10
Shaw & Fraser for ditto 17. 11. 8
Saml Sills for ditto 6. 5. 1
Between 25 June Davison & Lees for tobacco 4. 0. 9
80 & 24th decr John McCullock for Cloathing 4. 10. 1 1/2
following Louis Geroux for mockasins 8. 6. 8
Fras Rabitalla for cloathing 3. 12. 11 1/2
Ann Winter for Soap 7. 15. 7 1/2
William Bostick for mending shoes 5. 3.
Between 25 decr Hugh Ritchie for clothing 162. 17. 11 1/2
80 & 24 June Saml Sills for ditto Soap &
followg Tobacco 10. 10. 9
John McCullock for do & do 4. 6. 7
William Jones for soap 6. 3.
Ann Winter for do 3. 15.
Capt. Lawe for Clothing Soap &
Tobacco p. for by him 517. 14. 7 1/2
Between 25 June Hugh Ritchie for clothing 74. 8. 6
81 & 24 Decr Capt. Lawe for ditto Soap &
following Tobacco paid for by him 487. 16. 10
John McCullock for do & do 1. 5. 7 1/2
Saml Sills for do & do . 14. 6
Ann Winter for soap . 15.
Fras Rabitalle for clothing . 9. 2 1/2
William Bostick for mending shoes . 14.
Capt. Lawe for Clothing Soap &
Tobacco pd for by him 138. 1. 10
Hugh Ritchie for Clothing 14. 15.
Saml Sills for ditto Soap & Tobacco 6. 8. 8
John McDonald for clothing 2. 13. 10
Ann Winter for soap 2. . 6
£ 3564. 1. 1 1/2
Cash paid for board & lodging
of different officers 225. 13. 7 1/2
" advanced Col. Bellinger & Major Fry 15. 6. 8
ditto to Lieutenant Maynard 21. 13. 4
do to Captain Brownson & Smith Ltt Dunning & Scudder 195. 2. 9 1/2
do to Lts Leech Stevenson & Hammond of Militia 16. 6. 1 1/2
do to Doctor De Beure; remains in the province by perm: 6. 13. 4
do to Captain Wood 4.
do to Lt Colo. Stacey Lt Holden & Ensn Garret 29. 7. 2
Carrd forward 4078 [   ] [   ]
Cash advanced to Capts. Brown & Groves 8. 0. 0
Do to Capt. Rey broke his parole & Escaped 10. 0. 0
Province Curry the Dollar @ 5/ £ 4096. 4. 2

Commissary’s Office Quebec 1 Novr 1782

I do Certify that the foregoing is a true & just Account of Cash paid and advanced by me for the use of Prisoners according to the above Dates & exclusive of a considerable quantity of Clothing delivered out of the Quarter Master General’s Store for their use. Signed,

Richard Murray

Commy of Prisoners

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