Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry, 14 October 1799

To James McHenry, 14 October 1799

Trenton October 14. 1799


It is indispensable that persons as Pay Masters shall be promptly constituted for the first and second Regiments of Artillerists. The first has a pay Master who being at the Natches cannot officiate for the Regiment. Lt. House has been favourably mentioned to me by the Pay Master General and others. If you approve I will appoint him to act as Assistant Pay Master. In this case he will expect the additional compensation attached to the Office of Pay Master as the chief responsibility & trouble will fall upon him.

It being impracticable from the dispersed condition of the second Regiment to obtain a nomination by the Officers, I am inquiring for a fit person to execute the office of Pa be appointed Pay Master to the second Re that Regiment. When ascertained he will be presented to you. I had concluded on Lt. Memminger; but I am told he is entitled to a Captaincy. This disconcerts & delays.

With great respect I have the honor to be Sir Yr Obed Sr

Secy of War

(ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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