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Quartermaster’s Accounts, 1781
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A fascinating set of ledger sheets retained by Nicholas Quackenbush. They note the date, the voucher number, “To Whom Delivered” and “By whose order” and then provide a long set of columns to account for almost every conceivable article, ranging from horses to pikes, a wide variety of tools, all types of lumber, as well as foodstuffs.

[NICHOLAS QUACKENBUSH]. Manuscript Document consisting of four string-bound double folio (36 x 26 in.) sheets folded to folio size, 6 pp. filled in, Albany, March to May 1781 document in great detail “Articles delivered.”

Inventory #21007.09       Price: $3,500

The document is also a testament to the continuing presence of slavery in New York, as several of the deliveries were performed by slaves.  For example on April 26, “francis Glen Negro” delivered 150 tents.  On May 7, “Tom Negro” delivered 20 quires of writing paper. An important record, worthy of further research. 

Nicholas Quackenbush (1734-1813) was a member of a powerful Dutch family in the Hudson River Valley. He sided with the Revolutionary cause, serving as Assistant Deputy Quartermaster to the Continental forces in Albany with rank as Major.  In this capacity, Quackenbush, situated roughly half way between Albany and Montreal, was one of the most important people in the region, coordinating critical supplies that would ultimately result in the defeat of Burgoyne at Saratoga in 1777 and help secure the Mohawk valley frontier against Loyalist and Indian raids. The letters are primarily from others in the quartermaster corps concerning critical supplies for the campaign of 1777.

Condition

Minor dampstains, very light soiling, otherwise fine condition.


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