Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Henry Knox, [6 August 1792]

To Henry Knox

[Treasury Department, August 6, 1792. “All advances for supplies in the quartermaster’s department will be made after the first of next month to the quartermaster1 by warrants in his favor from the treasury, and he will have to account immediately to the treasury for the disbursement of the moneys committed to him. It will, of course, be necessary for the quartermaster to have an attorney or deputy at this place. No provision for compensation of a deputy having been made it is of necessity that he should depute some person who is otherwise in the employ of the government.”2 Letter not found.]

Extract, Mary Carson Darlington, ed., Fort Pitt and Letters from the Frontier (Pittsburgh, 1892), 248.

1On April 19, 1792, the Senate had approved the President’s appointment of James O’Hara as quartermaster general.

2On August 7, 1792, Knox wrote to O’Hara at Pittsburgh and enclosed this extract of a letter from H. On August 17, 1792, O’Hara sent to Samuel Hodgdon a power of attorney enabling Hodgdon to receive the money issued by the Treasury Department for the quartermaster’s department (Darlington, Fort Pitt, 248–49).

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