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Letter from Samuel McKenzie to Thomas Burke
McKenzie, Samuel
April 05, 1777
Volume 11, Page 445

TO THOMAS BURKE ESQR. FROM SAM McKENZIE.
[From Executive Letter Book.]

Baltimore, April 5th 1777.
Dear Sir:

I wrote a few days ago by your boy, but had it not in my power to send him by the conveyance. I expected as some of the pas sengers objected he had not had the small Pox. I hope to send him this morning. We have nothing but confusion in this place. They have settled the rank of Officers in such a manner that most of them have resigned. I mean such of them as are worth retaining in the service. I sincerely wish some method were fallen on to redress this grievance.

I have had a great deal of difficulty in procuring Medicines for the Hospital, but have succeeded beyond my expectations. In my absence Mr. Griffith did not supply, the people with the proper medicines. He drew upon me for what part I could spare, and afterwards quit acting, without giving me any reason or settling his accounts. I have appointed Mr. Nashons of this town, to act as Quartermaster for the Hospitals. I am convinced he will do his duty. As Maj. Daves who arrived here a few days ago, has ordered his men to march from the Hospital without my orders or a proper discharge, if anything should happen to the men, he is to be accountable.

I shall send you an account of all that has been transacted in my Department in a few days.

I am Sir,
Your Humble Servant,
SAM. McKENZIE.