Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Edward Carrington, 2 December 1794

To Edward Carrington1

Treasury Department
December 2nd. 1794


Your letter of the 23rd of November is this moment received.2

Governor Lee3 while in the Western Country informed me, after the Steps had been taken, that he had been under a necessity in two instances to facilitate the return of detachments of sick men, of calling upon Mr. Smith4 to advance Moneys to Them. The inconveniences of the Measure could not but strike at first view, yet the motives were Laudible, and in collateral aspects the measure expedient. But it was too late to disapprove or remedy, My answer would of course accord with the state of things.

Unapprised of the means in yours or Mr. Smiths Command or the extent of this extra demand I am wholly at a loss how to meet it with accuracy. But as I ought to suppose it cannot exceed two thousand Dollars, I have instructed the Treasurer5 to send you Blank Drafts for that sum to be placed on yourself as Supervisor on the Collector of Alexandria6 or the Cashier of the Bank of the United States7 as occasion may require.

For the rest I must entreat you to do the Best which circumstances admit, in order that no body may be compromotted & the public interest may not finally suffer.

With Great consideration & Esteem   I am sir   Your Obedient Servant.

Edward Carrington Esqr.
Agent for Military Supplies

Copy, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.

1During the Whiskey Insurrection Carrington, who was supervisor of the revenue for Virginia, had been agent for supplying the Virginia militia.

2Letter not found.

3Henry Lee, commander in chief of the militia army in western Pennsylvania, had completed his term as governor of Virginia on November 30, 1794.

4Edward Smith, inspector of the revenue for Survey No. 5 in Virginia, had been assistant agent for supplying the Virginia militia.

5Samuel Meredith.

6John Fitzgerald.

7John Kean.

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