From Jacob Bower1
Reading [Pennsylvania] July 19, 1794. “I was in Philadelphia ten days and every day I attended your Office three times expecting to have the pleasure of seeing you but all in vain.… I have settled my Accounts to the 5th July last and received the ballance.2 Provisions, Liquor and everything else is so very high that it is out of my Power to furnish at the rate heretofore, it is so triffleing a business 8 or 10 Rations day, I can only inform that I will Continue but expect you will allow me 12½ Cents Ration.… If you cannot allow that price I decline the same.”
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Bower was a contractor for Army supplies at Reading.
2. On July 14, 1794, Warrant No. 3881 for $446.74 was issued to Bower (D, RG 217, Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts, 1790–1894, Account No. 5710, National Archives).