To Alexander Richards1
[New York, April 24, 1800]
You will deliver the bearer a Cord of Wood for my use.
Yr humble serv
Mr. Alexander Richards Contractor
ALS, Mr. Ben Weisinger, New York City.
1. A resident of New York City, Richards was the Army contractor with William and Robert Colfax of New Jersey to supply rations to the troops in New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire.
At the foot of this letter Elizabeth Hamilton wrote: “the Bearer has delivered the Cord of Wood as directed. E Hamilton.”
On the back of this letter is a bill for $12.04 from John Dobbs to Richards for “4 loads nut Wood” and Dobbs’s receipt of payment.