Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Elie Williams, 7 September 1795

From Elie Williams1

Philadelphia, September 7, 1795. “At the time of my appointment as Agent for Militia supplies of provision, no allowance was fixed or mentioned for my subsistance… I find … that without your interference I shall very probably be left without relief or remedy on that score. … I beg leave to request you will be good enough to say something about it either in a letter to myself or Mr. Wolcott. …”2

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Elie Williams and his late partner, Robert Elliot, had been contractors for the supply of the militia army ordered to march against the insurgents during the Whiskey Insurrection. For the appointment of Elliot and Williams, see H to Williams, September 12, 1794.

2William’s account was unsettled as late as May 4, 1799, when the Government maintained that he owed the United States $33,683.80 (RG 217, Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts, 1790–1894, Account No. 9550, National Archives).

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