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Letter from Oliver Wolcott to Secretary of War with recommendations on how to handle finances between departments

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Document Information
Date August 28, 1795
Author Name Oliver Wolcott, Jr. (primary) Location: Treasury Department
Recipient Name Timothy Pickering (primary)
Summary Letter from Oliver Wolcott to Secretary of War, with recommendations on how to handle finances between departments. In particular, provides recommendations for the accountant of the War Department.
Document Format Copy of document
Document Notes Copied by clerk John Stagg.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups Timothy Pickering; Oliver Wolcott; Secretary of War; ;
Related Places Treasury Department; War Department; ;
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Wolcott Oliver
of a letter to the secretary
of War from O. Woolcot
Secretary of the Treasury
dated 28 Aug 1795
Treasury Department

August 28, 1795

Sir,

In reply to your letter of this date, I have the honor to observe that in my opinion, it is expedient for the Accountant of the War department to give and adjust quarterly the accounts of the Superintendent of Military Stores and Supplies for his compensation and that of his clerks. And also to open accounts with the Subordinate Store keepers at the different posts for their compensations, the pay of clerks, laborrers and other incidents in the ordinance department. Monies can if necessary be advanced on account, the expenditure of which may be exhibited quarterly.

It has always appeared to me that the distribution of the expenditures for the War department intended by law was this- that the Treasury were to take order from the Secretary of War for the
The Superintendant of Military Stores will also be disentangled from the trouble of pecuniary transactions and will have more time to bestow managing the account of stores and supplies, which is in my opinion a service of primary importance.

If you coincide with these sentiments I will immediately place the cum requisite for Mr Harris's estimate at your disposal with the Treasurer --

I am with great Consideration
Sir
Your obedient Servant
signed Oliv. Wolcott

The Secretary of War

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