But how droll about the Cossack officer. I had proposed giving the same sum I gave, or was to have given, which they thought so enormous, that is, thirty-five silver rouble, therefore officer would just have seven for his pains. No, said she, when I asked if that was enough, add three more – agreed. The officer will have ten, the carrossier twenty-eight! She told me last night that the Cossacks were less pain than any of the rest of the army – could not live. The colonel has two thousand assignats a year with bread and kasha and wheat (from ent) – enough to make quass and a little wood and ditto light (candles or oil). The lieutenant very poor – his pay three hundred assig, must keep three horses – will hardly support them a private, must have and find one horse, but has forage given and twenty silver roubles a year. A sous officer has three hundred assignats.

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