Competition Among the Actual Contractors, Etc.

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Date July 17, 1799
Author Name Alexander Hamilton (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Hamilton tries to impress upon McHenry the necessity of coordinating similar prices for supplies and rations amongst the sundry states. He emphasizes the importance of stimulating competition amongst the contractors as an effective tactic for lowering prices.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes Cited in McHenry to Hamilton, 07/22/1799.
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Alexander Hamilton; troops might be stationed collectively where the supply was cheapest; contractors might be induced to bid against each other; contractors in Maryland and Virginia; three regiments for the Northern Quarter will be stationed in Massachusetts in the vicinity of Uxbridge; ;
Related Places New York; Brunswick or Trenton in New Jersey; East Chester or Bristol in Pennsylvania; one or the other side of the Potomac; Winter Quarters; ;
Keywords cheapening by exciting a competition among the actual contractors; in Massachusettts the ration is eleven cents & five mills; in Rhode Island it is fourteen cents; in Connecticut it is still higher; price in New York is much too high though predicated on the old ration; upon my plan a reduction may be obtained at both places [New York and Brunswick]; contract for next year; your advertisement; ;
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