From Timothy Pickering1
Philadelphia August 28. 1790.
I find that Congress have been pleased to grant 40,000 dollars to discharge certain arrears due from my late department.4 Mr. Anspach has written to me5 on the subject. He states that the mode of paying the creditors, in the ordinary course thro’ the treasury department will be circuitous & tedious & occasion much trouble to him & Mr. Wolfe,6 in certifying the accounts to be discharged. To avoid this inconvenience, I have informed him That I would take the liberty to suggest to your consideration the expediency of issuing from time to time such gross sums to him as you should think proper; an account of the expenditure of which for your satisfaction he might lay before you, previous to the issuing every fresh supply; the sums so issued to be lodged for safety in the bank. He will probably wait upon you respecting this matter. My object in this intimation is to facilitate settlements with the creditors, & to do it without imposing uncompensated burthens on Mr. Anspach & Mr. Wolfe.
I am respectfully yr. most obedt. servt.
Honble. A Hamilton Esqr.
Secy. of the Treasy.
ADfS, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston.
1. For background to this letter, see Pickering to H, November 19, 25, 1789; H to Pickering, November 19, 1789; H to Peter Anspach, December 5, 1789; Anspach to H, December 30, 1789, July 2, 1790. Also see “Report on Additional Sums Necessary for the Support of the Government,” August 5, 1790.
3. Samuel Hodgdon was a Philadelphia merchant who was a friend and business associate of Pickering. He had served as commissary general of military stores from 1781 to 1784, and he was appointed quartermaster general of the United States Army in March, 1791.
4. “An Act making certain appropriations therein mentioned” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 185–86 [August 12, 1790]).
5. Anspach to Pickering, August 13, 1790, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston.