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Silas Sprague Transcript

To Gov Israel Washburn Jr

Troy June 6th 1861
To his Excellency Gov Washburn
Dr Sir
I am a volunteer In the Unity Company and enlisted for three years unless sooner discharged by the state. A week ago we were paid off but our Officers still maintain that we are subject to orders and have us meet and drill regularly we cannot go about any business and have to pay our own Board. and our Officers say that we are Entitled to only one quarter pay. Now what I wish to find out is whether our officers draw our full pay or not if they do we want to know it. We enlisted to fight for Our Country but we need all our pay Individually and do not want our officers to pocket our earnings. Please inform me the true state of the case at your earliest convenience and oblige

Yours with great Respect
Silas Sprague