To James McHenry, 20 February 1800
N York Febr. 20. 1800
Captain Eddens has sent
to me a charge which he presented at the Accountant’s Office, but which was refused to be Allowed. It is for the rent of a room which he was obliged to hire, previously to the Arrival of his Tents, whilst employed in the recruiting service. As Officers are entitled to quarters this charge appears to me to be perfectly reasonable, and I would submit to you whether it would not be proper for you to interpose to have it allowed—I do not see why it should have been rejected.
(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; LC, RG 94, Post-Revolutionary War Records, Adjutant General’s Office, National Archives).