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Discussion of Possible Decisions by Board of Treasury Regarding Army Contracts

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Date November 22, 1786
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name Jeremiah Wadsworth (primary) Location: Hartford, Connecticut
Summary Discusses what he believes the "board of treasury" will decide regarding contracts for paying, feeding, clothing, and transporting troops. Mentions various proposed appropriations for contractors.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups Colonel Jeremiah Wadsworth; Henry Knox; Board of Treasury; troops; contractors; Morris; King; ;
Related Places Hartford, Connecticut; New York;
Keywords measures; paper; contract for provisions; terms; contract for paying, feeding, clothing and transporting the troops; public service; contracts; quarterly installments; unlimited operation; ;
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H Knox Novr 22nd 1786
N YORK nov 22 FREE
Colonel Jeremiah Wadsworth
H Knox
New York 22 Nov 1786~
My dear Sir I wrote you by last Sundays posts Still I am uncertain what measures the board of Treasury will finally adopt. They have advertised in this days paper for a contract for provisions - and I have this day transmitted to them officially the terms which were spoken of to serve as a basis for a contract for paying, feeding, clothing, and transport[ing] the troops ordered to be raised by virtue of the resolve of Congress of the 20th of October. Something will [such] be determined on. All I hope is that such measures may be adopted as will most effectually promote the public service.
In addition to the terms proposed when you were here, it seemed to be the idea of some Gentlemen of the treasury that besides the contracts for the troops, a further from of 100,000 dollars should be paid
paid by the contractors in quarterly installments, to the Treasurer of the United States for the civil list. The obligations or orders on the receivers would then have an unlimited operation throughout all the States. You may remember that when you were here it was proposed that some States should be referred for this purpose. Mr Morris was fully of opinion that it was preferable to pay the money for the civil [help?], instead of useing any of the States
I would be unnecessary to enlarge on Midepoints, as Mr King will soon be at Hartford June when you will have the fullest information
I am my dear sir
Your very affectionate
H Knox
Colo Wadsworth