From William Duer1
Albany August 16th. 1782
You wish to be informed what, I conceive, will be the Amount of the Monies necessary for defraying the Charges of the Northern Contract, from the first of April to the last day of December; and what Proportion of that Sum will be Expended within the State.
Unless a Considerable Reinforcement of Troops should be ordered into this Quarter (of which at present there does not appear a great Probability) I do not imagine the Monthly Issue of Rations during the Term of the Contract will average more than Sixty Six thousand:
|This at the Contract Price amounts for the Space of nine Months to||Dollrs.||52,717½|
|Of this Sum according to the best Estimate I can form,||23,760|
|will be remitted to the Eastern States for the Proportion of Beef, Salt, and Liquor Imported thence; which leaves,||28,957½|
|Ballance of Expenditures within this State.|
I am, Sir Your Obed: Hble Servt
Colo. Alexr. Hamilton
Receiver of the Continental Taxes
State of New York
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.