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Letter from Samuel Cooley to Cornelius Harnett
Cooley, Samuel
July 13, 1776
Volume 10, Pages 667-668

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]
Letter from Doctor S. Cooley to the Council of Safety.

Camp at Wilmington, July 13th, 1776.

Sir:

I beg the favor of you to let me know whether there is any provision made by Continental Congress for supplying the regiments in this Province with Medicines; I have hithertoo used my Own, but unless I have a new supply shall soon be out of some of the most principle Articles. I could have supplied myself had I been supplied with money, but the Pay master refuses to advance any money for that purpose. The consumption of medicines is very great; for 3 weeks Past I've had from 20 to 30 in the Hospital belonging to

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the 5th regiment. The sickly season is now coming on fast, and unless I'm speedily supplied I shall be distitute of such medicines as I find of most service here. I furthermore beg the favor of you, Sir, to let me know what a Surgeon's Pay is, how many rations he is allowed, whether there's any mate allowd, if so, what his Pay is to be, and who appoints Him. Your compliance will much oblige,

Sir Your most Obedient Huml Servant,
S. COOLEY.