Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Nathan Rice, [25 October 1799]

To Nathan Rice

[New York, October 25, 1799]


I have received your letter of the fourteenth instant, and am apprehensive that the quantity of land contracted for will hardly furnish the timber necessary for hutting and fuel. It is not my intention however to give further directions on the subject, as you are acquainted with the local circumstances, and can therefore best determine.

I have requested Mr. Miller the Assistant Quarter Master General to have the requisite funds placed in the hands of his agent Jonathan Jackson Esqr.,1 and you will address yourself to that Gentleman on subject.

The lease may be to James McHenry Secretary of War.

You will perceive from a letter written at Trenton that the dimensions prescribed for the hutts on a reconsidn. of the subject accord in substance with the plan which you had proposed.2

The necessary glass you will have procured.

With great consideration

Col. Rice

Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How and H, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

2This is a reference to H to William S. Smith, October 12, 1799 (listed in the appendix to this volume), which H enclosed to Rice. This letter reads in part: “Information which I received at Elizabeth Town of the situation and form of the ground procured for the Winter Quarters and of the kind of Timber to be found upon it has induced me to vary my view of the dimensions of the hutts for the Corporals and Privates and of their position in a single line.

“I am now of opinion that it will be found expedient to have them of the dimensions of Eighteen by sixteen feet and to unite two hutts under one roof.…” (ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.)

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