George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 13 May 1792

From Alexander Hamilton

Bristol [Pa.] May 13. 1792.


I left the City of Philadelphia this Morning on my way to Newark as I mention’d to you previous to your departure.1 Nothing new had occurred.

Mr Belli was furnished with the requisite sum for the purchase of Dragoon Horses in Kentucke, in conformity to an arrangement, which I understand [from] the Secretary at War, was made pursuant to your direction. The Quarter Master General also has had an advance commensurate with the objects he is immediately to provide for; so that every thing is in proper train as far as pecuniary supply is concerned.2 With the most perfect respect and truest attachment, I have the honor to be &c.

A: Hamilton


1On 16 May, Tench Coxe wrote GW from the revenue office at the Treasury Department that as Hamilton had “gone to New Jersey to attend an important meeting of the directors of the society for the promotion of useful Manufactures in that State,” he was forwarding to GW a letter (not identified) which had arrived “by the last Georgia Mail” (DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters). GW had left Philadelphia for Mount Vernon on 10 May 1792.

2Quartermaster general James O’Hara, whose nomination had been confirmed by the Senate on 19 April, and deputy quartermaster general John Belli, who had received his commission three days earlier, both were acting under the “Act for making further and more effectual provision for the protection of the Frontiers of the United States” of 5 Mar. 1792 (see Annals of Congress description begins Joseph Gales, Sr., comp. The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States; with an Appendix, Containing Important State Papers and Public Documents, and All the Laws of a Public Nature. 42 vols. Washington, D.C., 1834–56. description ends , 2d Cong., 1st sess., 1343–46). Their task at this time was to ensure that the American forces at Pittsburgh and on the Ohio and Great Miami rivers were provisioned properly.

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