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Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) [Resolutions for Revolutionary War generals' pay]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00216 Author/Creator: Shaw, Samuel (1754-1794) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph document Date: 16 June 1775, 9 December 1775, and 12 December 1775 Pagination: 1p. 16.1 cm. x 18.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Three resolutions regarding pay. The earliest sets major generals' pay at $166 per month, and double that when they serve in two departments. The next two issue General Richard Montgomery, commander of American forces in Canada, additional money. Montgomery was killed in an unsuccessful attack on Quebec in late December 1775. Possibly created circa 1783, in the context of Henry Knox's application for additional pay due as commander of a separate department.

Full Transcript: [draft]
"Dec. 9 1775
Resolved, that the sum of 166 dollars per month be allowed to the commander for the time being in the province of Canada and residing there for the expence ...of his table, over and above the pay to which he may be entitled by his commission -"
"Dec. 12th 1775
That the allowance for a table made to the Commander for the time being in Canada, be granted to Gel. Montgomery from the time he entered Canada -"
"16 June 1775
That the pay of each MGeneral be on hundred and sixty dollars per month.
That when any of these act in a separate department, he be allowed for his pay and expences three hundred and thirty two dollars per month.
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People: Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794
Montgomery, Richard, 1738-1775

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Military HistoryMuster Rolls and ReturnsRevolutionary WarContinental ArmySoldier's PayFinanceCanada

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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