Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Abraham Hunt, 27 August 1794

To Abraham Hunt

Treasury Department
Aug 27. 1794


I have received your letter1 in answer to mine,2 concerning the supply of the Militia about to assemble in New Jersey. I should think what you mention for a ration at Trenton too high. It appears to me that ten Cents, for so considerable a supply in a short time, would be sufficient. If you are not willing to undertake at this rate, I will request you to conduct the business upon commission as heretofore proposed.3

But it appears to me that a person having some general superintendence of the business of supplying the militia in the course of their march through the State may be necessary; for the contractors at Brunswick & Trenton are only to supply on the spot & some intermediate halts will be necessary for which an arrangement should be made. Besides I can never think of allowing the present contract price of the Ration at New Brunswick & if Mr Bray4 to whom I have written5 does not agree to a price which appears moderate I shall prefer purchases there also on Commission.

It is this kind of general direction which I wished you to undertake and for which a suitable compensation would be made according to the trouble it might occasion. In other words I want a person who will adjust with the Governor6 the course to be pursued and will undertake to see it executed. That the Treasury may have but one point to look to.

I request your answer by return of Post, as I expect the Post of tomorrow will convey an instruction for the assembling of the Militia.

With esteem, I am Sir   Your Obedient serv

Abraham7 Hunt Esquire

ADf, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

1Letter not found.

3In his letter to Hunt on August 17, 1794, H had proposed “a Commission of 5 per Cent on the amount of expenditures.”

4John Bray was the contractor for Army rations at New Brunswick, New Jersey.

5Letter not found.

6Richard Howell.

7“Abraham” is not in H’s handwriting.

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