1758, July 31, Fort Loudoun
The following data is extracted from Letterbooks of William Henry Lyttleton 1756-1760.
J am Sorry to acquaint your Excellency, with Things that j heard this Morning, which trouble me much, and may ruin me intirely. Elliot brought back again a Certificate which he recived for payments last Winter when they were going to kill the Stears, the Butchers told me they had nothing to put the meat in after is was Salted and would be Spoiled they desired to have large Casks made for the porpas, which j did, Seeing that they could not do without it. The assembly would not accept it, as he Says. When j ordered last fall the Men to the Barracks, there was wanting three Chimnies and as j was building a Guard House, j agreed with a Man to build three Strong Chimneys, & and double one for the Officer’s, and Men Guard Houses, and to plaster the Guard House for $75 and j thought a cheap bargain, j sent that Certificate to Town, and the Committee Would pay but $25 for it, the Builder himself after he had worked a Month or Six Weeks Sent for a Man to assist him, and gave $25 or 30 out of the Pokett. Mr. Coytmore Can inform your Excellency that what j say is Truth, and that j have done nothing, but what was necessary for the Fort, j heard great many more Certiicates are not accepted, if a Commissary had been here, the Publick would have been at a greater Expense. J hope you Excellency will not take amis concerning what j am writing.
I am with Respect
and most humble Servant
P.S. je vous pree de parter a case ilessicrs, qu ils he boient point se Avares.
Source: Letterbooks of William Henry Lyttleton 1756-1760