Papers of John Adams, volume 4

To James Warren

From Samuel Cooper

From Nathaniel Barber Jr., 15 July 1776 Barber, Nathaniel Jr. JA From Nathaniel Barber Jr., 15 July 1776 Barber, Nathaniel Jr. Adams, John
From Nathaniel Barber Jr.
sir 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

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

N. B Jr.

RC (Adams Papers).


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As commissary of military stores, Barber began receiving continental pay on 1 Jan. 1777 ( Mass. Soldiers and Sailors ).