From Tench Coxe1
T. D: R: O: Novembr. 25th 1794
The state of information in the War & Treasury Departments has rendered it necessary to employ Col: Francis Nicholls to Superintend generally the supply & accommodation of the Pennsylva. division of the Militia Army from Lancasr. to their homes.2 He will depart on this service immediately, & as he may have occasion to make some disbursements of Cash, I have to request that you will advance to him the sum of two Thousand Dollars.3
I have the Honor to be &ca.
T. Coxe C: R:
The Secy. of the Treasy.
LC, RG 75, Letters of Tench Coxe, Commissioner of the Revenue, Relating to the Procurement of Military, Naval, and Indian Supplies, National Archives.
On November 25, 1794, Coxe wrote to Nichols: “In consequence of a letter received from the Secy. of the Treasury, I find it is desired that arrangements shall be made by me to have the Pennsyla. Division of the Militia Army supplied, at & from Lancasr. to their homes … with all the articles of commissaries & Quar master’s supplies and aids.…You will therefore be pleased immediately to commence … a Tour, which will carry you through the whole of the Routes wh the … Penna. division of the Militia will take after their arrival at Lancaster.… The objects of supply & aid, are rations, fuel, straw, Waggons & other commissary & quarter masters stores …” (LC, RG 75, Letters of Tench Coxe, Commissioner of the Revenue, Relating to the Procurement of Military, Naval, and Indian Supplies, National Archives).
3. On November 25, 1794, Warrant No. 4266 for two thousand dollars was issued to Nichols (D, RG 217, Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts, 1790–1894, Account No. 6329, National Archives).