Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Oliver Wolcott, Junior, 23 August 1793

From Oliver Wolcott, Junior

T. D
C. Off Aug: 23d. 1793


I have the honour to submit to your consideration, a draft of a Letter to the Contractors of the Army,1 respecting the payment of Subsistence to Officers—and a proposal for an alteration in the form of the Abstract of Rations issued, which will be particularly necessary in case the proposed arrangement is adopted.

It has occurred as a question whether the third section of the Act making alterations in the Treasy & War Depts.2 does not require that when the Subsistance of Officers is discharged in money, that payment should be made, by the P M of the Troops—if this should be unsuited as the case the proposed arrangement must be abandoned. In case the plan is adopted, I take the liberty to submit whether the communication to Contractors should not be made from your Office.

I am

A H.

ADf, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

1The contractors were Robert Elliot and Elie Williams.

2Section 3 of “An Act making alterations in the Treasury and War Departments” described the duties of the paymaster of the Army and contained regulations concerning the payment of troops (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America (Boston, 1845). description ends 280 [May 8, 1792]). This section stated that “it shall be the duty of the said paymaster, to receive from the treasurer all the monies which shall be entrusted to him for the purpose of paying the pay, the arrears of pay, subsistence or forage, due to the troops of the United States.”

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