From Tench Coxe1
T: D: R: O: January 22d 1795
It was not my view in my communication of the 8th concerning Messrs. Downings application, to desire any thing to be paid to Messrs Wheelen & Co or to them, as in relation to their business with or for Mr. Elie Williams. I had engaged Messrs. Downings to supply the Philada. & Chester Divisions of the Pennsylvania militia by a letter written to them2 in consequence of yours,3 desiring me to make such a provision. It is on account of deliveries of rations on my orders, amounting to about 320 to 400 Drs, that I had wished for a payment of 300 Drs. to them. It appeared safe & expedient to do this in the manner suggested in my letter of the 8. inst. but is no object of desire to me. That it should be paid in some mode appears necessary to the public credit, in a business with very responsible persons.
I am with great respect &c.
T. Coxe C. R.
The Secy. of the Treasury
LC, RG 75, Letters of Tench Coxe, Commissioner of the Revenue, Relating to the Procurement of Military, Naval, and Indian Supplies, National Archives.
2. On November 25, 1794, Coxe wrote to Francis Nichols: “… I have written to Richd. & H. Downing Esqr. at Downings town … to request their attention to the business upon the same scale, as they provided for the Pennsa. Militia in their March Westward …” (LC, RG 75, Letters of Tench Coxe, Commissioner of the Revenue, Relating to the Procurement of Military, Naval, and Indian Supplies, National Archives). See also Coxe to H, November 25, 1794, note 2.