Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry, 14 September 1799

To James McHenry

New York, September 14, 1799. “… Information from different Regiments1 gives me to understand that my recommendations as to an advance of pay2 have not succeeded. As the troops are much discontented at the delay, it is my duty to renew the subject. And I must take the liberty to urge that by your interposition forms may be dispensed with so at least as to effectuate an advance of two months pay upon account. The peculiarity of the situation of troops in the act of being raised is a good reason for departing from ordinary forms.”

Df, in the handwriting of H and Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Thomas Parker to H, August 15, 1799; H to Parker, August 16, 22, 1799; William C. Bentley to H, August 18, 1799; Rufus Graves to H, August 18, 1799 (all listed in the appendix to this volume).

2See H to McHenry, June 17, 1799, note 1. H repeated this request in his third letter to McHenry, August 28, 1799, which is listed in the appendix to this volume.

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