From Ebenezer Stevens1
New York, January 2, 1800. “I have received a letter from James Miller2 esqr. agent to Qur Master General3 enclosing a number of my accounts selected from those I lately forwarded him against this department in which it appears by his letter there exist some irregularities.… I am truly sorry to trouble you on this business—but if there are not some measures taken to have my acc’ts passed, without so many objections being made, and if it is incumbent on me, to have an order from you to accompany them it will be impracticable for me to attend to the business in this Department, and will occasion no small degree of trouble to you.…”
Two copies (one dated January 3, 1800), New-York Historical Society, New York City.
1. Stevens, a New York City merchant, was a veteran of the American Revolution. At the end of the war he held the rank of lieutenant colonel. At the time that this letter was written, Stevens was a member of the Military Committee of New York City (see “Call for a Meeting,” June 4, 1798) and was the United States Government agent for the fortification of New York (see the introductory note to H to James McHenry, June 1, 1798).
2. Miller was assistant quartermaster general.
3. John Wilkins, Jr.