Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to William Rawle, 22 August 1794

To William Rawle1

Treasury Department August 22d 1794


I am to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of the 14th Instant2 in reply to my letter to you of the 17th of July last on the subject of the bad quality of the Hats and Shoes furnished for the use of the Army for 1793.

As in the event of instituting suits against the Contractors,3 it will be adviseable to go upon sure grounds. I have thought it proper to inform you, that the Inspectors4 under whose inspection the cloathing was received, were persons appointed by the public. I shall submit it therefore to you to determine how far this circumstance could operate in exoneration of the Contractors.

I am with great consideration   Sir   Your most Obedient Servant

A Hamilton

William Rawle Esquire
Attorney for the District
of Pennsylvania

LS, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

1For background to this letter, see Henry Knox to H, May 1, 1794.

2Letter not found.

3William Young and George Dannacker.

4Nathaniel Waters and Peter Cooper.

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