From Rufus Graves1
Oxford [Massachusetts] November 16, 1799. “Your letter of the 4th Oct.2 ordering the removal of the recruits receivd for the 16th Regt to this place for winter quarters, I received the 28th of Oct, and Issued my orders for the march on the twenty ninth. Agreeably to your directions I called on the Contra[c]tors for the means of tra[n]sporting the baggage Military Stores &c. But from the Contractor for New Hampshire3 could get no aid or assistance whatever. He informed me as he had heretofor done when I applied to him for quarters for the recruits and for the means of transporting the clothing to the respective subdistricts that his contract went only to the furnishing rations and that he should do nothing more unless it we⟨re⟩ some trifling matter. I have been obliged to provide at my own risque the transportation of the arms and accoutrements, tents, Camp equipage, baggage &c from Exeter to this place, and the Captains at the other subdistricts have been obliged to provide the transportation of their baggage in a similar manner.…”
LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Graves was lieutenant colonel commandant of the Sixteenth Regiment of Infantry.
2. H to Graves and Richard Hunewell, October 4, 1799 (listed in the appendix to Volume XXIII). In this letter H noted that Lieutenant Colonel Nathan Rice was the senior commandant of the Fourteenth, Fifteenth, and Sixteenth Regiments at winter quarters. Hunewell was the lieutenant colonel commandant of the Fifteenth Regiment of Infantry.
3. Isaac Waldron.