JOHN McDONALD TO WORTHINGTON
Poplar Ridge February 12th 1813
Genl Worthington Sir
Genl McArthur handed me a note which was directed to you, from Mr. Brent P.M.U.S. Army In which Mr Brent says "I trust Col McArthurs Regt pay ere this time received their pay haveing been actived of the pay master (meaning me) that he had sold a bill on me for the cash"
It is true Mr Brent furnished me with a code of instructions and directed me to pay the Regt. at the same time the most unusual instructions were wait- ing. I mean tie funds. When Mr Brent authorised me to draw bills on him, he prohibited me from drawing more then ten thousand dollars untill further orders, which further orders have not yet come to hand, of course our Regt. is still unpaid, while the other 2 V Regts from this state are paid up to the 1st of Jany 1813
I was realy astonished when I read Mr. Brent note to you; the P M of armies ought to be a better Arithmatician than to suppose ten thousand dollars sufficient to pay a regt.
Shortly after I drew the bill, on Mr. Brent I inclosed to him an estimate of the sum necessary to pay our Regt. up to the 1st of January last. And also to instruct me about paying two companies of six months men that were attached to our Regt. I wish further instructions as to paying artificers waggoners and spies.
As Mr. Brent has not noticed my petition If the Government intends pay- ing us, and you should continue to interest yourself in behalf of the Regt. I send you the following estimate (which you may rely upon as being nearly correct) in order that you might be the means of having forwarded to this place a sum equal to the Just Claims of the Regt.
480 privates six month $14400 11 companies 88 non Cd officers 3900 33 Comd Company officers 8052 Staff officers 2004 Field officers 1722 Balince due for clothing 12000 $42798,00 Crd for bills sold 10000.00 Balince due 1st of Jan last $32,798.00 For 4 month ending the 1st of May 1813 the time the Regt was organized 20432.00 Total due the Regt at end of year $53330
There was 3 companies of riflemen attached to our Regt. who all lost their Arms at the inglorious surrender their Rifles and accoutriments were appraised. I wish to know whether remuneration is to be made to these unfortunate men or not I remain your obdt servt
|Ohio_Historical_Society - 1982 Velma Ave. - Columbus, OH 43211 - © 1998 All Rights Reserved.|