Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Ebenezer Stevens, 18 December 1798

From Ebenezer Stevens1

New york 18th Decemr: 1798

Dear General

I have seen Mr. Furman, and we calculate that what is unpaid by him, and myself, for account of Gun Carriages, shot, Blacksmiths Work, and Laboratory expences, for the state, will amount to about Fourteen thousand Dollars2

I wish you to recommend me, to be the Agent for laying out the Money that is appropriated by this State for our defence.3 I have always had the labouring part, and if any other person is appointed, or I am not allowed a salary, I must quit. I can obtain any security that may be required

You must be sensible that my time is altogether taken up with military business, and that I have been essentially useful to this State; but I have a large family to provide for, and must say, I wish to know the Compensation I am to receive.

I am Dear General   Yours sincerely

Eben Stevens.

Major Genl Hamilton

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1For background to this document, see the introductory note to H to James McHenry, June 1, 1798.

3On November 5, 1798, John Jay wrote to Matthew Clarkson: “I hope it will not be inconvenient to you to keep settle and pay all the accounts of the expenditures that shall be made of the monies appropriated by the State for fortifying the Port of New York” (ALS, New York Society Library, New York City). See Jay to H, November 5, 1798, note 1.

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