Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from John McClallen, 6 June 1799

From John McClallen, 6 June 1799

New York 6th. June 1799


I have collected from the most extensive Importers in this City patterns of white flannel and common Linen; to shew the utility of adopting the flannel in preference to the Linen.

The former is more durable and it will afford greater comfort to the Soldier than the latter; it may also be the means of continuing him in good health, especially when removed from a Northern to a Southern Climate where he of consequence will be subject to be exposed to heavy dews—

I have annexed a statement and affixed patterns of the Cloths, with the prices—

} 4/4 wide, of which 3 1/2 Yards are requisite to make a
Shirt—at 35 Cents per Yd. is
1,22.5 Mills
4 Shirts (a soldiers annual allowance)     4         $4,90
Flannel } 3/4 wide—3 1/2 Yds to make a Shirt at 37 Cts
per Yd is
129.5 Mills
3 Shirts to be his annual allowance     3        
370.5 "
1 Yd. of Linen (which is sufficient for 2 dickeys)  50
1/4 Yd of Cambric Muslin for frills
for the 2 dickeys
} 75 Cts
pr Yd
  18.7 1/2 439.2 1/2
in favr of the flan⟨l⟩  50.7 1/2 Mills

I humbly submit the within statement for your inspection; with an expectation that an experiment may be made on the Company, I am shortly to recruit

I have the honor to be, Sir Your very Obt Servant

Jno McClallen Capt.

1st Regt A & Engrs

Major General Hamilton

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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