Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Aaron Ogden, 7 June 1800

To Aaron Ogden

Stratford Connecticut1
June 7th. 1800


I am informed that the Accountant of the War Department has instructed you to settle with those officers who have drawn forage, by crediting them with the sums specified by law to be received in lieu of the Article when the Article itself is not furnished,2 and charging them with the quantity of forage supplied at it’s market value. This direction is in violation both of law and justice. And as far as my sanction may be considered by you necessary to the non-observance of it, it is freely given.

Col. Ogden D Q M G

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

1H was on a trip through New England. See the to H to Benjamin Stoddert, June 6, 1800.

2Section 4 of “An Act to augment the Army of the United States, and for other purposes” stated that “whenever forage shall not be furnished by the public, [officers were entitled] to ten dollars per month in lieu thereof” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, I (Boston, 1845); II (Boston, 1850). description ends 604 [July 16, 1798]).

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