Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry, 12 March 1800

To James McHenry, 12 March 1800

New York March 12th. 1800


I have received a letter dated February 25th. 1800 last month from Colonel Parker requesting a certificate of my having directed him to lay out the State of Virginia into districts. the certificate I have made out adding to it my knowledge of the orders he has received from General Washington respecting the cantonment at Harpers ferry. in executing the above orders he has incurred considerable expence and it is but just that he should be reimbursed. in his letter he states From his letter it appears in execution making the division of Virginia he was obliged to ride 350 miles his compensation as to that point will no doubt be such as is pointed out by the regulation for travelling expences.

I send the within certificate to you, as not appertaining now to your department that to the Paymaster General’s department, and not thinking it proper to write to the Accountant on the Subject.

I have the honor to inclose an account sent to me by the Governor of the N York Hospital

with great respect &c

Secretary of War

(Df, in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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