From Moses Hazen
New York September 9th 1793
I am encouraged by politeness to address Your Excellency on the present occasion—As I cannot be heard by the Legislature of America by memorials I must seek some other method—The secretary of the Treasury may possibly be able to account for his conduct towards me, to his superiors.1
I am sorry to find that those words in Your Excellency’s speach at the oppening of the last Session works so great an evil to me and some Officers of my late Regiment, vizt “certain foreign Officers”—I do not find them to be approved of by any Act of the Senate, or Law of the Union.2 I have the honour to be, Dr Sir Your most obedt humble servant
1. In 1789 Hazen sent a memorial to GW requesting compensation for his service as an officer in the Continental Army. GW forwarded Hazen’s memorial to Alexander Hamilton, but the issue remained unresolved (Tobias Lear to Hamilton, 18 Dec. 1789). Hazen then submitted a petition on behalf of himself and Andrew Lee to the U.S. House of Representatives, which on 29 March 1790 considered Hazen’s appeal for “a settlement of certain claims against the United States, as officers in the late army.” The House requested a report from Hamilton, whose response, read in the House on 9 Aug. 1790, has not been identified. Hazen’s 1791 memorial to the House also met with failure, and Hazen died in 1803 without seeing the resolution of his claims (Journal of the House description begins The Journal of the House of Representatives: George Washington Administration 1789–1797. Edited by Martin P. Claussen. 9 vols. Wilmington, Del., 1977. description ends , 2:67, 69, 207; 4:28, 61). Although the U.S. Congress granted a pension of $200 per year to his widow, Charlotte Hazen, in 1805, Hazen’s heirs and legal representatives continued to submit claims to Congress as late as 1830 asking indemnification for Hazen’s loss of British half-pay (as promised in a resolution of 22 Jan. 1776) and for Hazen’s disbursements for the army in Canada. Bills to indemnify for half-pay were passed on 26 May 1828 and 3 March 1832 (Stat. description begins Richard Peters, ed. The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, from the Organization of the Government in 1789, to March 3, 1845 . . .. 8 vols. Boston, 1845-67. description ends , 6:56, 392, 466; S. Doc. 4, 21st Cong., 2d sess., Serial 203).
2. In GW’s address to the U.S. Senate and House, 6 Nov. 1792, he stated that “Among the Objects to which” funds obtained through three new loans “have been directed to be applied, the payment of the debts due to certain foreign Officers, according to the provision made during the last Session, has been embraced.” For that provision, see Stat. description begins Richard Peters, ed. The Public Statutes at Large of the United States of America, from the Organization of the Government in 1789, to March 3, 1845 . . .. 8 vols. Boston, 1845-67. description ends , 1:281–83. For discussion of the payment of the U.S. debt to foreign officers who fought in the Revolutionary War, see Hamilton to GW, 27 Aug. 1792, and notes 1 and 2, and 22 Sept. 1792, and note 7. Hazen had commanded the 2d Canadian Regiment.