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.
1. H’s “Plan for the providing and issuing of Military Supplies” is enclosed in H to James McHenry, second letter of April 8, 1799.
2. For these regulations, see H to McHenry, second letter of July 30, 1799, note 2.
3. This general order is dated September 23, 1797 (LC, RG 94, Adjutant General’s Office, General Orders, General James Wilkinson, 1796–1808, National Archives).