Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Thomas Mifflin, 10 September 1794

To Thomas Mifflin

Treasury Department, Sept 10 1794.


Having understood from you, that it was your intention, to appoint a person as Quarter Master to the detachment of Militia of this State, about to assemble, and march, and confiding that the person whom you may choose will be both capable and trustworthy, I propose, as a matter of simplicity and convenience, to commit to him the procuring of Waggons for the transportation of every thing connected with the detachment, except provisions, during the expedition, and also the procuring of forage and fuel for the detachment to the rendezvous at Carlisle. There some general ulterior arrangement will be made. I except provisions, because they are already embraced in another arrangement.1

Allow me therefore to request, that you will inform me who the person designated for this service is, and will direct him to furnish me without delay, with an estimate specifying particulars of the articles to be furnished, and their cost, in order to the requisite pecuniary supply.2

With perfect respect, I have the honor to be,   your Excellency’s Most obedient Servt.

A. Hamilton

His Excellency
The Governor of Pennsylvania.

LS, MS Division, New York Public Library.

1Elie Williams was the agent for provisions for the militia army. See H to Williams, September 12, 1794.

2This letter is endorsed: “Referred to Mr Cl: Biddle to answer, as Qr. Mr. Genl”

Clement Biddle was marshal for the District of Pennsylvania from 1789 to 1793, when he resigned and was succeeded by David Lenox (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828),I. description ends , 29, 31, 144, 143).

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