Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Nathan Rice, 25 April 1800

From Nathan Rice

Oxford [Massachusetts] April 25. 1800


I have communicated to Lieut Flagg this day your information that the President had accepted his resignation.1

There are a number of Soldiers in my regiment subject to fits, and are thereby rendered unfit for service. My Surgeon is of opinion they are incurable. Many of them are so sollicitous to obtain a discharge, they would gladly procure a man in their room. Would it not be adviseable to discharge them on these Terms?

On enquiry for the cause of the delay in forwarding the Muster & Pay rolls for my regiment2 to the 31st. of Octr. I find the different & various instructions receivd. from the pay Master Generals3 office in part the cause—but more, the neglect & inaccuracies of the officers of companies in making them out. After they were completed, I waited for orders, to make out the rolls for Novr. & Decer. some time, but not receiving any—they were made for those months seperately—& previously to their being forwarded, the Pay Master Genl. directed them made for both months—this caused delay. The Jany. rolls are forwarded. Those for February are completed—& those for March ordered to be made. Regularity in future shall be observed.

The Deputy Pay Master General4 has informed me that by information from you, the Secretary of War, & the Comptroller of the Treasury5—the certificate of the Secretary of war will be necessary to Substantiate the claim of double rations, by the commanding officer of a Seperate Post. By the fourth Section of the act of Congress passd. the 3d of March 17976 and the construction of that act, by the Depy. Pay M General, I considered Myself entitled thereto, or I should not certainly have charged them, altho I have most zealously supported an œconomical Systim since I have been in Service—yet my extra expences, as the principal officer at this post, urges me to Request your influence and Support in this claim.

With the most perfect esteem   I am Sir your Ob Servant

N Rice Lt Colo Command
& Commanding officer
of the Brigade at Oxford

Major General Hamilton

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

3Caleb Swan.

4Benjamin Williamson.

5John Steele.

6Section 4 of “An Act to amend and repeal, in part, the Act intituled ‘An Act to ascertain and fix the Military Establishment of the United States’” reads: “That from and after the thirtieth day of June next, the monthly pay of the lieutenants shall be thirty dollars, and that of ensigns twenty-five dollars: That to the brigadier, while commander in chief, and to each officer, while commanding a separate post, there shall be allowed twice the number of rations to which they would otherwise be entitled” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, I (Boston, 1845); II (Boston, 1850). description ends 507–08).

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