Fine Books & Manuscripts
Gage, Thomas (1720-1787) General Return of the Number of Rations and Provisions Issued to His Majesty'sTroops in North America under the Command of His Excellency, the Honorable Major General Thomas Gage, Commander in Chief &c. between the 25th of June and 24th of December 1768.
Manuscript document on a double folio sheet of laid paper, oriented in landscape format; the content of the document expressed by means of a graph that lists the names of the posts and places in the leftmost column, with each ensuing column listing the numbers of troops in each regiment, with a column for each regiment (seventeen regiments listed),filling the page all the way across, with the total number of rations for every regiment in each region totaled in the rightmost column, so that totals can be viewed both by post and regiment, signed by Gage in the lower right corner; the sheet lightly toned, slight breaks along the central fold, generally good, tissue repairs along the breaks applied to the verso, 15 3/4 x 12 3/4 in.
The posts and places listed on the document are as follows: New York, Albany, Fort George, Quebec, Montreal, Three Rivers, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Oswegatchie, Fort Ontario, Niagara, Fort Erie, Detroit, Michilimackinac, Fort Prince George, Elizabeth Town, Brunswick, Fort Charlotte, Fort Augusta, Fort Frederica, Charles Town, St. Augustine, Halifax, Bermuda, Fort Pitt, Fort Sigonier, Fort Bedford, Fort Littleton, Carlisle, Lancaster, Philadelphia, and Boston. A note at the bottom states that "the returns of the 18th Regiment at the Illinois, 21st at Charlestown, & 31st at Pensacola are not yet come to hand."
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