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22 May 2007
TAYLOR, Zachary. Letter signed ("Z. Taylor"), as Lt. Col., to Peter Hagner, Fort Smith, Arkansas, 10 August 1822. 3 pages, 4to, creases expertly reinforced.
"IT IS WITH ASTONISHMENT I HAVE FOUND MYSELF CHARGED WITH TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS...I AM NOT INDEBTED TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR ONE CENT"
Taylor is furious as a Treasury Department functionary tries to stick him with a bill for money he doesn't owe: "I have this moment got a sight of the statement of money standing at the debt of several officers of the United States Army on the Books of the 3rd Auditor of the Treasury dept. and it is with astonishment I have found myself charged with two thousand Dollars, on account of the Subsistence Dept. which statement I have no hesitation in saying is incorrect, not having my papers with me, having just reached this [post] as a member of a Genl. Court Martial from Natchitoches..." Taylor is certain that "only one thousand Dollars was ever placed in my hands for the purposes stated, which was in the summer of 1821, which money was turned over to Lt. J. Philbrick...I at the same time forwarded to your office his receipt for the same." If they bother "to take the trouble" to look for it in Washington, Taylor says testily, they will find the appropriate documentation. "If, Sir, I am to be charged with double the amount of all public monies placed in my hand, I must decline receiving any for the future. I am not indebted to the Government one cent, having forwarded vouchers for all monies placed in my hands..." He wants all monies in future to go straight to the junior officers charged with disbursing it. "If you had in your statement said that the Government was in my debt, some twelve or fourteen hundred dollars, you would have been somewhat nearer facts, which sum I intend to claim should I ever have it in my power to visit Washington."
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