Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from James McHenry, 8 July 1799

From James McHenry1

War Department, July 8, 1799. Discusses Major John J. U. Rivardi’s account of conditions at Fort Niagara. Refers to McHenry’s letter of July 2, 1799, concerning former quartermasters.2 States that Rivardi disbursed extra pay for extra work and points out that such payments should not be given “for procuring supplies or performing work in the ordinary line of a soldiers duty.…” Encloses quotations from a British work on military finance3 that present new ideas for “establishing a scale of extra allowance for extra service….” Promises to attend to Enoch Humphrey’s application for an appointment as a cadet.4 Notes that measures are in progress for establishing a military academy.5

LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1This letter was written in reply to H to McHenry, June 25–July 2, 1799.

3John Williamson, A Treatise on Military Finance; containing the Pay, Subsistence, Deductions, and Arrears of the Forces on the British and Irish Establishments … With an enquiry into the method of Cloathing and Recruiting the Army etc. (London: T. Egerton, 1782).

4See Rivardi to H, April 3, May 30, 1799.

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