Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Ebenezer Stevens, 26 November 1799

From Ebenezer Stevens, 26 November 1799

Majr Genl Hamilton

New York 26 Novr. 1799


In conformity to your request I have been to the Encampment at Scotch plains and examined the Hutts erecting there for the Accommodation of 11, 12, & 13 Regimts. and also the Timber for Building them.

It appears there is not sufficient timber & boards, for to complete the necessary Hutts Hospital, Guard House & Qt Masters Store House all which I conceive, proper to be erected—

There is nothing that will justify the purchasg. of more Boards & Nails but the want of timber to complete the Hutts for the Officers & privates of those Regimts. the cost attending the same will not exceed $2000. Dollars to each Regimt. and I am fully Convinced that this mode of Hutting will be attended with a less expence to Government of $20,000. Drs. than making of Barracks—I have made several calculations & find that it will require 10,000. Boards for Rank & file, and as many more for the Officers Hutts, together with about 4000 more for the erecting of the Store, Hospital & Guard House amounting together to the Number of 24,000. Boards which may be calculated @ 1/4 ea. and in addition thereto about a Ton weight of Nails—

I am Sir with great Consideratn Your Hble St.

Ebenr Stevens.

24000. Boards @ 1/4— $2000.
2000 Wt Nails 1/1— 250.

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; copy, New-York Historical Society, New York City). A note on the cover reads: "Filed."

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