Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Samuel Hodgdon, 14 September 1794

To Samuel Hodgdon

Philadelphia Sep. 14, 1794


Mr. Abraham Hunt informs me that he can procure waggons as far as Reading but not further.1 It is therefore adviseable for you immediately to send on a person to engage waggons to take the troops up at Reading. Governor Howel2 with 500 horse will move from Trenton on Tuesday. The continental troops have already marched for Reading. The rest of the Jersey Militia will follow in all the ensuing week.

The person you send on will have nothing to do but to engage Waggons. General Miller3 goes off to Reading tomorrow to make arrangements for forage fuel & straw. Your Agent4 must be directed to report to him & follow his directions. Pray let him depart this Evening as I should be mortified at a moments detention of the troops on the road for want of transportation.

I have mislaid the report you made me of the Artillery in Tour.5 Send me this Evening or early in the morning a Copy & note how many of them you are actually prepared to send off.

With esteem   Yr obed Ser

A Hamilton

Typescript supplied by Mr. H. L. Phillips, Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

2Richard Howell, governor of New Jersey.

3Brigadier General Henry Miller, commander of the First Brigade, Second Division, of the Pennsylvania militia. Miller was also supervisor of the revenue for the District of Pennsylvania. See H to Tench Coxe, June 28, 1794. Miller subsequently was acting quartermaster general of the militia army. See H to Miller, September 15, 1794.

4Richard Parker, keeper of public stores at Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

5Letter not found.

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