From James McHenry
War Department 16th. November 1799
Immediately upon receiving the first mentioned I wrote to Mr Swan a letter of which the enclosed is a Copy.3
It pains me exceedingly that either from the delay of the Officers in forwarding Muster and pay Rolls, a defective arrangement for forwarding the money after the necessary papers are received, imperfection in the system itself or in the instructions under which the Paymaster General acts, which is not with me to remedy, or from any other cause, that complaints should have originated and be so often reiterated relative to the pay of the Troops. I can only say that I am always ready to grant warrants to the Paymaster General upon his requisitions, and that it is my intention to make every Officer do his duty and when neglect or improper conduct is ascertained to take the most efficacious measures to prevent their repetition or as the case may be punish the party by having him dismissed [from] the service.
I have the honor to be with great Respect Your obed Servant
Major General Hamilton
LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
3. On November 14, 1799, McHenry wrote to Swan supporting H’s demands that recruiting money be forwarded immediately and asking for the cause of the delays in sending such money (copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).