From Caleb Swan
Philadelphia May 17th 1800
In pursuance of the act of the 14th of this month the Twelve additional Regiments of Infantry and the additional Cavalry officers are to be discharged on or before the 15th June 1800.1 They are entitled by the said law to receive three months pay as a gratuity; and I should presume that the object in this case is to have it paid promptly, together with any arrearages that may be due on the said 15th. June, before the men scatter to go home. To this end should not a muster be made on or about the said 15th. June and an advance made before hand to the several Regimental Paymasters, sufficient to meet the demand? After the Regimental Paymasters have identified the men by the muster, and made the payment, the rolls can be put into form and certified in the usual way and the business closed.
I have the honor to be Sir Yr. Obedt. servant
C. Swan P M Genl
LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. “An Act supplementary to the act to suspend part of an act, intituled ‘An act to augment the Army of the United States, and for other purposes’” (2 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, I (Boston, 1845); II (Boston, 1850). description ends 85–86). For the text of this act, see H to Nathan Rice, May 13, 1800, note 1.