Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Peter Anspach, 5 December 1789

To Peter Anspach1

Treasury Department.
Decr 5. 1789


Enclosed you will receive a Letter from Colo. Pickering2 late Quarter Master General of the Army: in which he desires you to make out a Statement of the Debts intended to have been provided for by the Anticipation made for the use of his Department, by the late Super Intendant of the Finances; and of the Claims remaining Unsatisfied under it. I have to desire that you would furnish me with a Copy of this Statement as soon as possible; and transmit the Original to Colo. Pickering in order that the same, if approved of and Countersigned by him, may be transmitted to me in his late official Capacity. It is of Importance to ascertain with as much Precision as possible, what, if any Part of these Debts have been taken up by the Respective State Commissioners, or settled as3 the Treasury by the Issue of Certificates. For which Purpose, you may (should you find it Necessary) have access to any papers in the Office of the Treasury, which may be proper for this Investigation. As the next Sessions of the Legislature (when this Paper will be Necessary) approaches fast, I wish to have it as soon as possible.

I am Sir, Your obedt. Hble. Servt.

A. Hamilton
Secy of the Treasury

To. Mr. Peter Anspatch.
late an Assistant to
Colo Pickering Dep: Quar: Master General &a. &c.

LS, Essex Institute, Salem, Massachusetts; copy, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston.

1Anspach, who had been assistant quartermaster general, was engaged in settling the accounts of the department of the quartermaster general.

3In the copy this word is “by.”

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