Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Caleb Swan, 23 May 1800

To Caleb Swan

Head Quarters
Plainfield N Jersey
May 23rd 1800


I have just received your letter of the twenty first instant. I did contemplate, as the most expedient arrangement, the transmission of the requisite funds, for settling with the troops to the Deputy Pay Master Generals,1 but hope that the plan you have adopted will answer the end. I am, however, not without apprehensions that it may occasion delay.

You will recollect that, by an existing law the troops are entitled to rations or an equivalent in money, untill they reach their homes, at the rate of twenty miles per day.2 You will make an estimate of the funds necessary to meet this expenditure, and forward it also.3

C. Swan Esqr.

Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

2This was stipulated by Section 25 of “An Act for the better organizing of the Troops of the United States; and for other purposes” (1 Stat. description begins The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, I (Boston, 1845); II (Boston, 1850). description ends 755–56 [March 3, 1799]).

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