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Volunteers of Ireland
Complaint of Captain Barry

May it please your Excellency,

It is with infinite Regret that I find myself under a Necessity of retiring from the service, at a period like the present, when the army has the Happiness of being commanded by your Excellency.

Nothing but the injuries and ill usage I have received from Messrs DOYLES could have induced me to wish it. They have treated me with personal Insult, They have frequently kept me out of my subsistence and kept back my Company's abstracts for eight months together.

The Honourable Lord RAWDON from some knowledge of these particulars was pleased to propose my receiving five Hundred Guineas for my Commission. This Proposal had your Excellency's approbation.

But the Purchaser, although on the spot has not paid the money, but to my great Injury and detriment neglects to compleat the Business.

Thus situated permit me to request that your Excellency would be pleased to order Him to pay me the five hundred Guineas. And that you would be pleased to take into consideration, and grant my request of Bat and Forage money for the year 1778: and likewise of the same for the current year.

I entreat your Excellency will suffer me to add, that the wrongs referred to, which I have suffered, are too numerous and almost too painful to be expressed in this Address. They wound and distress me; were they known to your Excellency I am sure they would be felt by your sympathizing Heart, accustomed to feel for a Soldiers wrongs.

I therefore intreat to have the Honor of speaking to your Excellency a few moments on the subject.

With Sentiments of the warmest Gratitude, and of the highest Esteem and Regard, I have the Honor to Subscribe myself

Your Excellency's
Most obedient
Most obliged
and Humble Servant
William BARRY
Capt. V. I.

August 26th, 1780.

University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library, Sir Henry Clinton Papers, Volume 118, item 42.

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