From James McHenry1
War Department, July 8, 1799. Discusses Major John J. U. Rivardi’s account of conditions at Fort Niagara. Refers to McHenry’s letter of July 2, 1799, concerning former quartermasters.2 States that Rivardi disbursed extra pay for extra work and points out that such payments should not be given “for procuring supplies or performing work in the ordinary line of a soldiers duty.…” Encloses quotations from a British work on military finance3 that present new ideas for “establishing a scale of extra allowance for extra service….” Promises to attend to Enoch Humphrey’s application for an appointment as a cadet.4 Notes that measures are in progress for establishing a military academy.5
LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
3. John Williamson, A Treatise on Military Finance; containing the Pay, Subsistence, Deductions, and Arrears of the Forces on the British and Irish Establishments … With an enquiry into the method of Cloathing and Recruiting the Army etc. (London: T. Egerton, 1782).