Alexander Hamilton Papers

Alexander Hamilton’s Account with the Government of the United States, 7 March 1789

Alexander Hamilton’s Account with the
Government of the United States1

1776–1785

I2
A
March 7th. 1789
Army in old Emissions Dr.
To John Pierce3 Pay Master General, his account
old emissions
For Five thousand six hundred and twenty nine dollars 30/90 old Emissions that Lieut
Col: Hamilton late aid de Camp to General Washington, credits on the settlement of his account
at the Treasury the 2nd instant the specie value of which deducted from the amount
  in Specie 5.629.30 O.E.
Army in Specie Dr. to Sundries    (specie)   
For the discharge of Lieut Colo. Hamiltons account above mentioned,
To John Pierce Pay Master General.
  For Sixty dollars paid by him to said Hamilton August 81 $60.  
To John Ross4 cloathing stipulated for on the surrender of York. Virga.
For Sixty six dollars Sixty ninetieths of a dollar the amount of sundry articles credited by him
  being part of the Cloathing contracted for at the surrender of York $66.60
To Michael Hillegas5 Treasurer,
For a Warrant drawn the 6th. instant by the Superintendant of Finance6 in favor of said Lieut Col Hamilton for seven hundred and five dollars Sixty nine ninetieths of a dollar Specie being part of
  the balance due him 705.69
To Funded debt.
For two thousand Eight hundred and twenty dollars funded being the residue of the balance due to said Hamilton & for which a Certificate was this day given by the Register,7 pursuant to a Warrant from the Superintendant of Finance dated the 6 inst. on interest at 6 per Ct. from the 4th. March 1789,
  & entered to the credit of said Hamilton in Aux: Books funded debt W. 13 pa. 22  2.820.  
$3.652.39

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Old Emission account
Dr. Capt. Alexr Hamilton of a Compy. of Arty. now Aid de Camp In a/c with the United States Cr.
1776 1785
Octr. To William Palfrey9 Dec By Old Emissions reduced & accounted for
  For pay of his Compy for Aug.   for in Specie
    1776 For this sum reduced & carried to
774. 372
  his Specie Debit 7942.30
Decr.   For pay of his Co. from 1st. By the United States
    Septr. to 1st.   for his pay & the pay of his
    Decr. 76 1652. 
Company to Feby 28th.
Mar   For pay of his Co. for Decr. 76
  1777 3522.44
420 972
  For Do.   Do. to 28 Feby 77
766 2290
1186. 3172
1778
Feby   For his pay in full to
    31 Jany 78 646.  
Aug   For his pay pay to 31 July
    1778 360  
Nov.   For his pay pay to 31 Oct.
    1778 180.  
Decr.   For his pay pay for Nov. &
    Decr. 78 120.  
1779
May   For his pay & rations to May
  1779 1007. 290
July To John Pierce Jr.
  For his pay for May & June 79
200.
1780
Mar   For his pay & subsce. from
    1 July 79 to 1 March 1780
3129. 3090
May   For his pay & Sube. for Mar
    & April 1780 920.  
Aug   For his pay & sube. from 1
    May to 1 August 1780 1380
1164 74 1164.74

The above is an Extract taken from The Books of the late Pay office now in this office

Department of War   Accountants Office

June 15th. 1809   Wm Simmons10

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Specie Account
Dr. Lt. Col. Alexr. Hamilton In a/c with The United States. Cr.
1781 To Richard Lloyd12 By Pay of the Army
  For this sum received of him 66.60 1785
1782 To John Pierce P.M.G. Decr For pay as Aid de Camp from March
For this sum received of him for   1777 to 31 Decr. 1781 3480.  
  pay for Jany. & Feby. 1782 120.   Rations from 2 June 1778 to 31
To Nicholas Fish13   July 1781 @ 4 per day is 4620
  For one months pay; paid him at   @ 10d. 513.30
  the Head of Elk in Aug 1781, Ditto from 1 Aug 1781 to 31 Decr
  which he credits in his settlement   following 612 rations @ 9½d. 64.54
  with the Auditor 60.   For pay due him for January &
1785   February 1782 120.  
Decr. To Specie arising from old Emis-        Drs. 
  sions reduced For 7942 3090 Drs.
  reduced to Specie 405.45
To United States Funded Debt
1785 For the Registers Certificate on
Dec   Interest from 4th March 1782 2820.  
To United States
  For a Warrant on the Treasurer
  received March 7th. 1782 in full  705.69
       4177.84 4177.84

The above is an Extract taken from The Books of the late Pay office now in this office

Department of War   Accountants Office

June 15th. 1809   Wm Simmons

1The three documents, which appear below this title and are numbered I, II, and III, accompanied a petition which H’s widow, Elizabeth, submitted to the Senate and House of Representatives on January 10, 1816 (LS, RG 233, Records of the Committee on Pensions, 14th Congress, National Archives). In this petition Elizabeth Hamilton stated that H had been “intitled to commutation of half pay, as provided by the Continental Congress of the United States to the officers of the Army of the Revolution, but, owing to his Situation as a member of Congress, at the time of the Provision for commutation being made, and to divest himself of all possible Interest in the question, he did, from motives of delicacy, by some note or memorandum for that purpose as your petitioner has understood relinquished the benefit of said provision.” She then requested “the Honorable the Congress of the United States to restore to the Representatives of her late Husband that compensation due for the services of her husband as aforesaid.”

2D, RG 233, Records of the Committee on Pensions, 14th Congress, National Archives.

Accompanying this account was the following statement by Joseph Nourse, register of the Treasury:

“I certify that a Registered debt Certificate was issued by the Register of the Treasury on the 7 March 1782, pursuant to a Warrant of the Superintendant of Finance dated 6 March 1782 in the name of Lieut Colo Alexander Hamilton late aid de Camp to General Washington for Two thousand Eight hundred and twenty dollars on Interest from the 2nd March 1782, being the undue of the balance due to the said Hamilton on the settlement of his account at the Treasury on the 2nd March 1782, as will more fully appear from the subjoined Extract, from the original enteries on the Books of the Treasury Department marked A.”

3John Pierce of Connecticut had been appointed assistant paymaster general for the Continental Army in 1776. He was promoted to paymaster general in 1781 and remained in that position until his death in 1788.

4John Ross was a contractor for the Army.

5Michael Hillegas had been elected Treasurer under the Confederation in November, 1778.

6Robert Morris had been elected Superintendent of Finance on February 20, 1781.

7Joseph Nourse.

8D, RG 233, Records of the Committee on Pensions, 14th Congress, National Archives.

9William Palfrey was paymaster general for the Continental Army from 1776 to November, 1780.

10William Simmons was appointed accountant to the War Department in 1795.

11D, RG 233, Records of the Committee on Pensions, 14th Congress, National Archives.

12Presumably Captain Richard Lloyd of the Second Canadian Regiment.

13Presumably Major Nicholas Fish of the Second New York Regiment.

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