Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from John Wilkins, Junior, 20 August 1799

From John Wilkins, Junior

Philadelphia, August 20, 1799. “… There ought to be a plan adopted such as you propose for the providing & issuing of Military supplies;1 or that the Quarter Master General & his deputies should procure the articles appertaining to their department; and that there should be a Commissary of Military stores, who should have the providing of all supplies relating to the Ordnance Department, & whose Deputies within the army should have the safe keeping & issuing of them, & have the direction of the Armourers & artillery artificers. This plan would have one advantage, that the Quarter Master General and the Commissary of Military stores, from their knowledge & experience, would be the best judges of the quality & kind of articles requisite to their respective Departments. I am afraid the supply of wood in the “Regulations”2 will be found too small. At Detroit a general order was issued in Septr. 17973 fixing the allowance of wood, which was much greater than that now proposed, yet below what had been allowed by the British & it was found little enough.…”

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1H’s “Plan for the providing and issuing of Military Supplies” is enclosed in H to James McHenry, second letter of April 8, 1799.

3This general order is dated September 23, 1797 (LC, RG 94, Adjutant General’s Office, General Orders, General James Wilkinson, 1796–1808, National Archives).

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