From William S. Smith, 30 July 1799
12th. Regt. July 30th. 1799—
Enclosed is a Letter from the Quarter master of the Regt. stating the inconvenience he is exposed to, and the expence arising to the public, for the want of a Waggon and Horses attached to the Regt. the Qr. Master & Clothier’s stores remain at West Chester, and what articles we have already received at this post,
is are paid for at the highest rate of transportation—by being furnished with a regimental Waggon & Horses, we could always transport our own stores, provission and wood, & I am confident by doing this Business within ourselves, the full price of the Waggon & Horses, in the course of the season, would be saved to the public; will you do me the favour to point out a mode, by which the Regt. can obtain a Waggon & Horses?
With great Respect, I have the Honor to be Sir, Your most Obedt. Humble Servt.
W. S. Smith
Lt. Colo. &c.
(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing Henry W. Ludlow to Smith, July 29, 1799 (ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).