Statement by Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton1
[New York, July 5, 1799]
We the Subscribers do certify that Col Ebenezer Stevens was together with ourselves appointed by the Citizens of this City a Committee to devise and cause to be erected fortifications for its immediate Defence—that Col Stevens in the course of the execution of this trust was charged with a particular superintendence of the execution of the works and with a variety of details which occasioned to him extraordinary trouble occupying a great portion of his time for which he is well intitled to an adequate compensation.
DS, in the handwriting of H, The H. and A. S. W. Rosenbach Foundation, Philadelphia.
1. For background to this document, see the introductory note to H to James McHenry, June 1, 1798. See also “Call for a Meeting,” June 4, 1798, note 2.