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Bayley, William (fl. 1767) to James Porteous

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.296 Author/Creator: Bayley, William (fl. 1767) Place Written: Oswegatchie, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 29 October 1767 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 32 x 20.5 cm.

Asks Porteous for supplies and money for his military unit. Describes repairs to a blockhouse and payments to various workers in the area. Says he needs money for his troops because "the soldiers are ready to tare me to pieces for it."

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