Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Henry Lee, 27 August 1794

To Henry Lee

Philadelphia August 27th. 1794


Inclosed are duplicates of two letters which went by the last Post.1 I have since received your letter to me of the 19th.2 and I have seen one to the War Office which came by the last Post but which having been sent to the President, I have not now before me. If there should be any thing in it requiring an answer more than I have said in mine of the 25th. and may say in this—the next post will convey it.

You are informed that an order has been sent to Col: Carrington upon the Keeper of our Magazine at New London for whatever he may have.3 Among the articles which will go from hence to Winchester will be a compleat set of accoutrements for the Cavalry which is required from Virginia. But as you specify nothing about the number of Arms you may want for the infantry I am at some loss to judge whether those at New London will suffice. I shall expect to hear from you if they do not. There were 1500 ready by the last return. I hereby authorise you to cause to be purchased on behalf of the United States the necessary land for the fortifications going on,4 so as the cost do not exceed One thousand Dollars—which is the sum reserved by the Secretary at War. On receiving information of the purchase I will remit the money through the Collector of Norfolk.5

With great respect and attachment   I have the honor to be   Sir Your Excellencys   Obedient Servant

Alexander Hamilton

Henry Lee Esquire
Governor of Virginia

LS, University of Virginia; ADf, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

1See the first two letters from H to Lee, August 25, 1794.

2Letter not found.

3Edward Carrington. See H to Lee, first letter of August 25, 1794, note 9.

4For information on the fortifications, see Henry Knox to H, March 29, 1794.

5William Lindsay. Lindsay’s account with the United States for the purchase and survey of the land for Fort Norfolk may be found in RG 217, Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts, 1790–1894, Account No. 7376, National Archives.

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