From Ebenezer Stevens1
New York Oct. 21. 1799
It seems the Comptroller of this State2 has reimbursed the Corporation of this city with the Sum they borrowd of the Bank for the fortifications in this harbour. but Sir there are a number of acco’ts Still unpaid of such a nature as require immediate Settlement.
I wish’d Mr. Firman to assume them all but he refused having no funds in his hands.3 I believe if you would write the Governor representing to him the necessity of this business, he would agree to it at once.
I feel guilty every time I meet the mechanics who have demands against the Military Committee. These acco’ts are in possession of Mr Jones—he says further Legislative aid is wanted, but it will not answer to wait. These acco’ts having already been so long standing I should not be surprized should they one & all commence a suit against me. Perhaps the Corporation might assume them.
I am wth. great consideration Sir your. hum servt.
Major Gen Hamilton
LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; copy, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
1. For an explanation of the contents of this letter, see James McHenry to H, June 4, 1798, note 4; John Jay to H, October 24, 1798; Stevens to H, November 17, 1798; H to Stevens, November 19, 1798. See also the introductory note to H to McHenry, June 1, 1798.
2. Samuel Jones.