From Ebenezer Stevens1
New York, April 17, 1799. “I will thank You to take the Statemt. of Mr Mangin’s services,2 with you, to the Secrety at War, there will be but little due him from Government, as the amount now Stands, he has been of essential Services in Conducting the Works of Fort Jay &c: and I am sincerely desirous to have a Settlement made with him. Respecting my Compensation for the Services I have rendered the UStates, the Secrety at War, has left it optional with me to Receive it by a Salary or Commission on Amount of Disbursements. I have preffer’d the latter, & will make out a Statement of the Disbursemts. charging 2½ Cent Commissn on the Same—which will be for my Services up to the 5th. of Feby. last, And from that period, will accept of a Salary say of $2000 Year, for my Services for the future.…”
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; copy, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
1. For background to this letter, see Joseph F. Mangin to the Military Committee of New York City, June 18, 1798; Mangin to H, August 7, 1798, January 11, 1799; Stevens to H, November 29, 1798, February 28, April 4, 1799.