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    Saratoga Convention Army - Manuscript Document Signed. Two pages, legal folio, [near Charlottesville, Va.], November 14, 1780. "A List of balances due the Convention Troops from Winslow & Hawkins" listing twenty-seven men and women (camp-followers) housed at Ablemarle Barracks. It appears as if this set of prisoners was employed in the manufacture of soap and were paid for their efforts. The first column heading reads "of whom purchased", the second "Soap", the third "Paid of Each" and finally "Amount in Virginia Currency." Each piece of soap was sold at 48 shillings a piece which clearly illustrates the impact of the inflation that ran rampant in the later years of the war. The total due was 8,257 pounds in Virginia currency. On the verso, the account is balanced against payments to suppliers, drivers, and other contractors. Usual folds, margins rough, otherwise very good.

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