Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry, 10 May 1799

To James McHenry, 10 May 1799

New York May 10. 1799


In consequence of the arrest of Doctor osborne, which suspended his functions, it became necessary to employ a substitute to take care of the Garrison. Doctor Davis was engaged for this purpose by Major Hoops; ⟨——⟩ upon what terms will appear from by the ⟨—⟩ inclosed copy of a letter from that officer. Doctor Davis claims strenuously ⟨——⟩ a compensation equivalent to that which is allowed to a surgeon. Considering that it was not necessary for the service to occupy his whole time (though for a part of it he in fact staid upon the Island) I am of opinion that a compensation equivalent to that of surgeon’s Mate ought to ⟨—⟩ satisfy. Your determination and a provision for payment are necessary. The Doctor is in want of money.

With great respect I have the honor to be Sir Yr obed Ser

The Secy of War

(ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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