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By your order I furnish Majr Wilcocks, of the late 12 Regt Infty. with a Horsemans Tent, for his use, and took his receipt therefor. This tent has not been return’d to the Depty Qt Master Genl. which is contrary to Genl Orders. I have seen the Major & he refuses to deliver it up, to me, by alledging that Government owes him, and further observ’d I might Sue him for it. I do not wish to...
On the 15 July last, I recd. Instructions from the secry at War, in which he authorised me to procure a Sufficiency of the proper kind of Cloth, to make as many Suits for the Artilly Troops at New York destin’d for the field, as would in your opinion be wanted for the occasion, this has been duly accomplishd and I have forward’d my account to Mr. Simmons, but he informs me, that before he can...
The owners of the Buildings occupied by Government, has called on me to know if I wish to Rent them again for the accommodation of the officers, the ensuing season as they are dispos’d to Rent them, not having any particular directions to engage the same I Requested they would suspend the hiring of them till I could hear your opinion on the business—And have to Request that you would on...
You are senseable there is a balle. of 12, to 15,000 due the several Mechanicks who were employed in making the necessary difence of the City of New York in pursuance of the Resolutions of the Committees appointed for that purpose by the Corporation, the Military &ce. which ballances have been due long time since & the Persons in a distressed Situation for want of the Money, & as the failure...
New York, January 2, 1800. “I have received a letter from James Miller esqr. agent to Qur Master General enclosing a number of my accounts selected from those I lately forwarded him against this department in which it appears by his letter there exist some irregularities.… I am truly sorry to trouble you on this business—but if there are not some measures taken to have my acc’ts passed,...
In Conformity to your request, I have been to the encampment at Scotch and examined the Hutts erecting there for the Accommodation of the 11th. 12 & 13th. Regimt. and also the timber for building them—It appears there is not sufficient quantity of timber & boards for to complete the necessary Hutts, Hospital, Guard & Qr. Master Store house, all which I conceive proper to be erected— There is...
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...
In Answer to Your favor of 25th. Inst. I would observe that the cloathing was put on board of an Albany Sloop, the 21st. Inst. and directed to Care of Dr Henshaw Esqr. of that place, whom I advised on receipt thereof to forward them to Elisha Paine Esqr. Bennington, Vermont, with directions for him to deliver them to Major Buel of 2nd. Regimt. Infantry, of recruiting Service. The late sickness...
The bearer of this Doctr. Buchanan is desirous of being employed at Fort Jay, he has been with Doctr. Bailey for some time in the Practice of his profession, who is much pleased with his abilities, should you think proper to appoint him, I am confident he would give Satisfaction— I am sir, with Consideration Your Hble St. ( ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). A note on the cover...
In reply to your favor, of this date which is just received I would observe, that I received Information several days past, of the Boards I sent forward for Hutting the Regimts. being burnt up & advised Mr Dayton the Contractor Elisabth Town to purchase the Compliment necessary for that purpose, without delay— I have forwarded the Tools agreeable to your last memorandum, to Mr Dayton, with...
The Company of the 13th. Regiment has been cast away at Hell Gate & the Vessel fill’d with water. I have therefore sent two Petty Augres to take them to Elizabeth Town Point, & have given orders to the Contractor to supply them with provissions, as what they receivd at New Haven was mostly lost, all which I hope will meet your approbation. I am with great consideration Sir Your obt: Servt. (...
Enclosed is a copy of the stores I forwarded in April last to Niagara. I have wrote to S. Hodgdon Esq. to know of him, whether he has sent any greater quantity of stores, & when I hear from him shall inform you. I am wth. great consideration Your obet. hum Servt. ( LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing "Invoice of public stores …," April 11, 1799, by Samuel Hodgdon (copy,...
It seems the Comptroller of this State has reimbursed the Corporation of this city with the Sum they borrowd of the Bank for the fortifications in this harbour. but Sir there are a number of acco’ts Still unpaid of such a nature as require immediate Settlement. I wish’d Mr. Firman to assume them all but he refused having no funds in his hands. I believe if you would write the Governor...
I received your favor of yesterda y’s date respecting a return of articles (say Cloathing &c:) wanted for Lieut. Boote detachment in 3rd. Regimt. Infantry, and in reply, would observe that I forwarded the return on to the Intendent Stores Phila: on the 23rd. August last, requesting him to pay due attention to forwding the Cloathing, to its place of destination I am Sir with great Consideration...
[ New York, October 5, 1799. On the envelope of the letter Hamilton wrote to him on October 5, 1799, Stevens wrote : “recd. & and. same day.” Letter not found. ]
In your next letter to the Secretary of War I wish you to enquire of him whether there is a Sufficiency of woolen Overralls for the troops who are entitled to them this fall and if any are expected to be made by me—It is really necessary I should have this information soon and may prevent me from having to state to you that White Cloth is not to be had here with perfect Consideration I remain...
Eben. Stevens Agent for the War Department has the honor of laying before Major General Hamilton the following estimate of Carpenters tools necessary for hutting a Regiment. vizt. Three wood axes to each Company— 30 For the field & Staff— 20 Two cross cut saws & ten hand saws— 12 Six In. Augers Six hammers Twelve Masons trowels Two doz board nail gimblets Six Carpenters Adzes Two broad axes A...
Agreeable to your Request I enclose you, the Estimate, & Plan of Huts for a Regiment, with the price of the boards & nails necessary, for the same— I shall attend to your Request also of procuring a House, suitable for your Military family And am Sir with Great Consideration Your Hble St. ( LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing "Tools, Boards &c necessary for hutting a Regt." (...
I am favor’d wth. yours of 20th Inst. and with Respect to the Cloathing for the Companies at Bennington, I will immediately attend to the Same— Should you think Proper, I should like you to direct that the Artillery Vests be composed of Red Cloth (instead of present fashion of White) and Blue Pantaloons with half Gaters, instead of White overalls My Reasons for this is, that white cloth is...
The Secry at War has directed me to have cloathing made up for the 2nd. & 3rd. Regiment of Infanty. for the Southward The Troops at Bennington are of the 16th. Regiment. (Pardon me Sir, If I am wrong); as I mentioned this to you at the Time— I have received yours inclosing Capt Cockran’s return, and will make the requisi tion necessary to the proper Officers—I duly Rec d . your note Respecting...
Agreeable to your request I have the honor of enclosing to you an estimate of Military Stores requisite for a Six months siege Calculating two hundred rounds for each howitzer & three hundred for each Cannon, Which is as Small as possible for So lengthy a time— I have diverted two eight In. Howitzers from Albany by this days mail— I am with Consideration Sir Your Mo. Ob. Servt. ( LS , Hamilton...
I take the liberty to Recommend to you, the following persons, (whom in my opinion are unfit to be in the Service of the U States, as will appear by Relation of the infirmities attendant to each of them,) and therefore Requisite they should Receive their discharge “John Lyons & Isaiah Sutton, soldiers in Capt. Nh Freeman’s Compy. the former, being Insane, & the latter; aged about 23 Years, has...
I am offerd a good House in Washington Street on the North River, with an Office, for two hundred pounds pr. Annum & the Taxes, for the Accommodation of the Adjutant Genl.—I have taken the Deputy Adjt Genl. to view it, he Seems pleased with the accommodation of the Same—it being new & in a good neighborhood— If you approve of my engaging it—on the terms mentioned, I will have it effected, I do...
New York, June 21, 1799. Encloses the “extract of a letter” from James McHenry concerning Joseph F. Mangin’s accounts, which reads: “When General Hamilton was here, we examined my letter to you, respecting the pay of the Engineer which you employed. He found it sufficiently explicit. You will receive from him an explanation which I hope will enable you to settle finally his Account.” Asks...
The Contractor informs me the provissions, under Smiths Contract is not issued out to the Troops, notwithstanding your order to Lieutt Dayton, their Commanding officer at Fort Jay I will thank you to give directions to Majr Hoops to have it Issued forth, that Majr. Colefax may be charged with it— I am with great Consideration Sir Yr mst Hble St. NB There is great Want of the Articles of War...
I have examined the Returns inclosed in yours of ye. 5th. Inst. and agreeable to Your Instructions, have taken abstracts, of the one from West Point & forwarded the original to Saml Hodgdon Esqre. Intendt. of Mility Stores, with a request yt. the Several Articles therein mentioned, may be forwarded me via Amboy, as soon as Possible and expect in the Course of Next week to Receive them— With...
In reply to your note of yesterday I am of opinion there ought to be attached to each Company of Artillerists Four Carpenters Two Blacksmiths One Wheel wright & One Taylor— I have directed the Commissary to furnish all recruiting parties with Quarters and the means of transportation for them on their removal for which he would be allowed the monies he shall disburse and also a Commission of 2...
Agreeable to your Request I have had the provisions at Fort Jay Inspected, & Inclosed is the Certificate of the Same— You will perceive by Mr. Richards note on the back of the Certificate, that he is willing to Receive the provisions and allow Government the same price he Receives for Supplies— I would thank you to write the Commandg officer at that fort to serve them out to the Troops, the...
I purpose in the 1st. Monday in May next to commence working on the Fortifications on Governors Island, and have engaged about Fifty Men from the State of New Jersey, for that Object— As the Quarters I erected for the laboring Men last Summer, is at present occupied by the Troops, it will be necessary, that a Number of Tents be furnish’d for the Soldiers, who will be oblig’d to remove...
New York, April 19, 1799. “Since I had the pleasure of addressing you under date of the 17th: instant I have considered, that it will be better for me to accept a Salary of Two thousand Dollars pr. Year from the date of my appointment as agent to the War department than to have a Commission on my disbursements to the first of February last and afterward a salary at that rate pr. annum.…” ALS ,...
New York, April 17, 1799. “I will thank You to take the Statemt. of Mr Mangin’s services, with you, to the Secrety at War, there will be but little due him from Government, as the amount now Stands, he has been of essential Services in Conducting the Works of Fort Jay &c: and I am sincerely desirous to have a Settlement made with him. Respecting my Compensation for the Services I have rendered...
New York, April 4, 1799. “I have made out Mr Mangin acct of what I think he ought to be paid for his services & I wish you to examine it, & if you approve of the Same, you will give me an order to pay him.… I have not made the price, it is what the military Committee agreed to give him.” LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. For background to this letter, see Joseph F. Mangin to the...
[ March 16, 1799. Stevens endorsed the envelope of Hamilton’s letter of March 16, 1799: “Ansd 16.” Letter not found. ]
I am often troubling you, but certain that you are my best friend, believe you will pardon the freedom I take with you. The secretary of War has written me on the Subject of Compensation for my Services, and that I might have a salary or be paid by a Commission on the amount of my Disbursemts but I am at a loss to act, in choosing the method of Compensation because it involves much...
On my being appointed by the secretary of War, agent for the War department in this City, he directed me to appoint an Engineer, to act in conjunction with messrs. Hills and Flemming, to view Bedlow, Oyster, and Governor’s Island, and to form plans, Estimates &c &c. I forthwith appointed Mr Mangin to that Office under date of the 18th June last, and they compleated their business by the 10th...
I promised you to commit to writing what I think ought to be done, for the compleating the Defence of this City, and the neighbouring Islands; with some other observations incident thereon—and submit them herein, for your government. First. To compleat Fort Jay & build, another Barrack in that Fort. the ensuing Summer. second. For Government to purchase Ellis’s Island, and this state to cede...
The adjoining account shews the expenditures & Nearly all the responsibilities of the Fortifying Committee. In addition to the fifty thousand Dollars already advanced by the Corporation, Ten thousand Dollars more is requisite to pay off the pressing demands for unsettled accounts; they therefore solicit the Corporation to advance them this further Sum, not doubting but the Legislature will in...
I have seen Mr. Furman, and we calculate that what is unpaid by him, and myself, for account of Gun Carriages, shot, Blacksmiths Work, and Laboratory expences, for the state, will amount to about Fourteen thousand Dollars I wish you to recommend me, to be the Agent for laying out the Money that is appropriated by this State for our defence. I have always had the labouring part, and if any...
I hope you will excuse me for troubling you with my letters which I would not intrude on you, if I were not press’d by the occasion to do it. In my last, I informed you, that the military Committee wanted money, to pay off the Bills contracted for our Batteries &c—and as the people employed are in want of their respective balances I wish you to make some arrangement either for mr Furman or...
I am honoured with yours of the 19th instant, inclosing a Letter for our Governor, which after I had spoken to General Clarkson, I forwarded by mail immediately. He thinks, I had best write his Excellency respecting money to pay the Bills off, which I will do, by the mail next monday. Inclosed is the Law passed the last sessions by our State respecting the fortifications, by which you will be...
The fifty thousand Dollars loaned by the Corporation, for the Batteries, Cannon, Carriages, and Military Stores, are expended: and Mr Furman the Treasurer wishes me to write you on the subject. I suppose that Ten thousand Dollars more, would pay what remains due, and that it would be best for Mr. F to pay the whole, and not be blending the accounts—but this, Sir, you can best judge of, as you...
The Batteries on this Island being completed it is necessary a guard should be appointed to take charge of the Artillery to prevent their being spiked. I have been with the Military Committee this day to view them and they think the Government of the United States ought to take care of them. But it will not do for the Troops to furnish guards, they will desert, and I am sorry to add that three...
Agreeable to your request, and to ease the minds of some of our Citizens with respect to the Solidity of our Batteries I have this day loaded the guns with a Service charge—that is One third the weight of the Shot, and fired them by angles, by word of Command (similar to Plattoon firing) and have the pleasure to inform you, that they have not started in the least degree. This piece of...
We have carefully attended to the subjects presented to our consideration, by your note of yesterday and now offer to you the result of our reflections. The idea of a succession of batteries from the Hook, to the City, very naturally occurs in contemplating the defence of this port, and doubtless has advantages. It would present dangers in the approach which may be expected to have...
I will thank You to direct John Lamb Esqr to make me a further advance on account of the United States for fortifying the Harbour of New York. I have vouchers for the whole amount of the appropriation made by Congress and will forward them to the proper office agreeable to Your written instructions to Mr Lamb under date of the 13. of April last. I wish to be informed whether the Chief Engineer...
[ New York, December 26, 1793. On January 5, 1794, Hamilton wrote to Stevens : “Your letter of the 26 of December is received.” Letter not found. ] Stevens had served as a lieutenant colonel in the artillery of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. After the war he moved from Providence to New York City, where he became a successful merchant with extensive interests in foreign...