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To Alexander Hamilton from Oliver Wolcott, Junior, 2 October 1794

From Oliver Wolcott, Junior

[Philadelphia] Oct. 2d. 1794

I have recd. your Letter of Sept. 30th.1 & have lost no time in causing Notes to be prepared for the remittances directed to be made to Genl. Miller2 & Mr. Williams,3 which will go forward tomorrow by Colo. Presley Nevil4 to whom a reasonable compensation has been promised.

I expect to be able to forward ninety thousand Dollars by the same conveyance to Fort Cumberland for the pay of the army.

I judge it proper to transmit Copies of papers relating to a heavy requisition from Elliot & Williams5 on acot. of their Contract for the Army. I understand that this is exclusive of about 40000 Dollars for which Mr. Smiths6 bills are registered in your Office. If you have it in your power I must request you to advise & instruct me on this subject.

Genl. Knox is expected this Evening.7

I have the honor to be with perfect respect   Sir   &c

The Hon A H

ADf, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

1Letter not found.

2Henry Miller, acting quartermaster general for the militia army. See H to Miller, September 15, 1794.

3Elie Williams had been appointed agent for provisioning the militia army. See H to Williams, September 12, 1794. On October 1, 1794, Warrant No. 4101 for twenty-five thousand dollars was issued to Williams (D, RG 217, Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts, 1790–1894, Account No. 9550, National Archives).

5In addition to his appointment as an agent for the militia army, Williams was a partner with Robert Elliot in Maryland as contractors for the army on the western frontier. On October 1, 1794, Warrant No. 4132 for ten thousand dollars was issued to Elliot and Williams (D, RG 217, Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts, 1790–1894, Account No. 9483, National Archives).

6Samuel Smith, commander of the Maryland militia.

7Henry Knox had left Philadelphia in August to go to Maine on private business. See George Washington to H, August 12, 1794, note 1.

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