Soldiers' Relief Society of Haverhill and Bradford (Mass.) papers  1860-1866
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Military documents [series]
Payment orders [subseries]

Scope note: 244 Payment orders for Works Services in the Engineers Department of the British military. The documents regarding services consist of payments to workers such as carpenters, coxswains and boat crews, storekeepers, chain drivers, foremen, payments to overseers of slave labor, engineers (including payments to Moncrieff himself), miners and sappers (non-commissioned officers and privates), draughtsmen, a surgeon (Robert Wilson), tailors/shoemakers, and other workers. The documents regarding supplies include payments for blacksmiths’ supplies (nails, carts, hooks, various supplies for the repair of barracks), lumber, masonry (bricks, etc.), general supplies (paper, ink, quills, pencils, wax, orderly books, etc.), the hiring of schooners, and other tools and sundries. Alexander McDonald signed as Paymaster, 1778 July 3-1780 December 31, and William van Assendelft signed as acting Paymaster, 1781 May 31-1782 December 3. The locales at which these documents were written are broken down as follows: St. Augustine, 1778 July 3-1778 December 31. Savannah, Georgia, 1778 December 31-1779 December 31. Charlestown, South Carolina, 1780 March 31-1782 December 3.

Box   1 Folders   8-36
Documents, Engineering Dept. Works and Service Payments,  1778 October 4-1781 December 31.
Box   2 Folders   1-20
Documents, Engineering Dept. Works and Service Payments,  1781 December 31-1782 December 3
Military reports [subseries]

Scope note: 6 Military reports by James Moncrieff regarding engineering and investigations of fraudulent bookkeeping on islands in the West Indies.

Box   2 Folder   21
“Military Report Dominica”  1791. (14pp.)
Box   2 Folder   22
“Report on the Conduct of the Stationary Engineer Barbados.”  1791. (11pp.)
Box   2 Folder   23
“Report on the Accounts St. Christophers”  1791. (13pp.)
Box   2 Folder   24
“Military Report of St Christophers” [ 1791?], (12pp.)
Box   2 Folder   25
“Report on the Accounts Antigua” [ 1791?]. (11pp.)
Box   2 Folder   26
“Military Report St. Vincents” [ 1791?]. (13pp.)
Miscellaneous military documents [subseries]

Scope note: 43 miscellaneous military documents including eight documents (1781 April 1-1781 July 11) which pertain to account expenditures at Portsmouth, Virginia by Lieutenant James Straton, Engineer. Two documents (1783 October 30 and 1783 October) regard expenditures at Gosport for the construction of works and are signed by James Moncrieff. Five printed orders regard the distribution of engineers (1784 November 29), the change of the name of ‘Corps of Engineers’ to ‘Corps of Royal Engineers’ (1787 April 25 and 1787 October 10), financial aid for British foot soldiers for the purchase of bread (1792 January 4) and the revision of the sentence in the court-martial of John Cambel (1792 May 22). One document titled “Articles of Agreement” between an unknown party and John and Coutts Trotter pertains to the supply of wagons and horses for the Field Train of Artillery (1792 June ). A report titled “Examination of the coast of Kent” is in the hand of Moncrieff and regards the placements of guns and batteries (1793 January ). The remaining documents are a mixture of lists of Quarters of troops in Great Britain, and miscellaneous accounting papers directly related to military sundries and other payments.

Box   2 Folders   27-35
Documents,  1781 April 1-1793 September 3. (43 items)    [Note: 9 documents,1784-1793, located in Oversize Manuscripts.]
Box   4  
Military account books [subseries]

Scope note: 2 Military account books, one of which includes issues of rations to men, women and children, Chief Engineers Department, and the other which includes the accounts of Christopher Teesdale with James Moncrieff.

Account book,  1780 June-1782 November. Charlestown, South Carolina. (29pp.)
Account book,  1789 July 6-1790 July 1. Gosport. (9pp.)