[dateline] Boston July 15. 1776
You being President of the board of War, I make bold to ask a favour of you.
I have the care of all Military Stores under The Honble. General Ward, as you will
se by my return of the 2d. Instant.1
My pay is not fixt,2
and I know of no better method to get it done than by making application to The Honble.
board. I have not the Pleasure to be personaly acquainted with you, yet hope you'l
excuse the freedom I have taken. While I continue in the service of my Country, I
desire no more than will enable me to support a decent appearance and keep good Company.
It will be needless to acquaint you that I am in a Place of trust, please to examine
my return and judge for yourself. My duty is such, that I must give constant attendance
every day, and think I am justly intitled to Captains pay. If you will be kind enough
to afford me your Interest in this matter, I will thankfully acknowlege the favour,
and Shall always endeavour to merit your esteem. I have the honour to be with deference
sir, your most obedient and very huml. Servant
[signed] Nathl: Barber Junr.
P.S. I have two Conductors in the Store with me, and their pay is not fixt, Genl.
Gates promised his influence to get them 15 Dollars per Month
[signed] N. B Jr.