Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Ebenezer Stevens, 22 October 1799

To Ebenezer Stevens

New York October 22. 1799


From the representations which have come to me from different Quarters it appears to me proper to adopt the scale at foot1 as that by which the articles mentioned in it ought to be furnished for the purpose of hutting the troops.

But as the Regiments are not complete two thirds in each case will suffice. I request therefore that you will increase the supplies according to this rule and that no time may be lost in sending forward the additional quantities.

The axes cross cut saws files and grind stones being necessary to begin the work they must not be delayed for the purpose of procuring the others. Dispatch is very important.

With great consideration   I am Sir   Yr. Obedt. Servt.

A Hamilton

P. S. Are any and what measures in train for furnishing Medicine Quarter Master’s articles for the garrison of Niagara.2 This garrison is to consist of the Two companies of Infantry & a Company of Artillerists.

E Stevens Esq.

LS, in the handwriting of William LeConte, New-York Historical Society, New York City; ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1“List of Quarter-Master’s supplies for one Regiment” is written on the back of the letter printed above. H also enclosed this list in H to Nathan Rice, October 22, 1799, and in H to James Miller, October 22, 1799 (listed in the appendix to this volume).

2Stevens to H, October 22, 1799 (listed in the appendix to this volume), enclosed a copy of “Invoice of public stores …,” dated April 11, 1799, and signed by Samuel Hodgdon. This is a list of articles that Stevens had sent to Niagara. On the list is “6 kegs 1 to 6” of medicines.

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