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    Regulations of the Quarter Master General's Department 1782 Contemporary Manuscript Document, 3p, 9.25" x 13.75". Headed: "Regulations for the QrMaster General's Department/By the United States in Congress assembled Octr 23rd 1782". On July 15, 1780, the Continental Congress "Resolved, That there be one quarter master general and one assistant quarter master general, appointed by Congress, and one deputy quarter master general for the main army, and one for each separate army, to be appointed by the quarter master general." On October 23, 1782, on the report of a committee consisting of members Samuel Osgood, Ralph Izard, Theodorick Bland, and James Duane, appointed by the Continental Congress to "consider and report the most just and practicable means of reducing the expenditures of the United States", the Congress repealed the 1780 resolution, replacing it with new, more detailed regulations, a contemporary copy of which is offered here. In part: "Resolved, That there be one QrMrGenl. The present QrMrGenl to be continued in office; and hereafter, as vacancies arise, to be appointed by Congress: That the QrMrGenl with the approbation of the Commander in Chief, appoint the following Officers for the Armies of the United States, Viz. For the Main Army. One Depy QrMaster; One Waggon Master One Com[mi]s[sar]y of Forage, One Director & one Subdirector of a Compy of Artificers. For the Southern Army. One Depy QrMaster One Depy Com[missa]ry of forage One Depy Waggon Master One Director & one Subdirector of a Company of Artificers: and as many assistants as the Service may require in the Main & Southern Army, to perform the duties of QrMasters of Brigades, Store Keepers, Clerks, and Such other Duties in the QrMaster's Dept as the Service may require & also as many Waggon Conductors....Accommodations...for...Major Genl & family, one Covered four Horse Waggon & one two horse Waggon--Brigadier Genl & family one Covered four Horse Waggon...." Individual monthly salaries and rations are also listed. At the conclusion, the resolution bears the name of Charles Thomson, Secretary of the Continental Congress. Most probably transcribed at the time for the Quarter Master General's Office. A half-inch brown ink spot on the verso of the third page (when folded) has resulted in two stains per page, one dark one on page three. Folds, else in very fine condition. Accompanied by a typed transcript. Two items. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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