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Confidence should be placed in agents of the government...

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PublicationSyrett, Harold C., ed. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 Vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1961-87. (no image)
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Date August 13, 1799
Author Name Alexander Hamilton (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Hamilton explains five points he considers essential in dealing with contractors. He stresses that the choices that affect the health and happiness of the army should be made by government agents and not by contractors.
Document Format Autograph Draft Document
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Alexander Hamilton; James O'Hara; General Wilkinson; ;
Related Places New York;
Keywords proposed contract for the supply of the western army; the option of the contractor to furnish either beef, pork, or bacon; it is not said to whom the option shall belong as between fresh and salt meat; contract proposed for Virginia; the contentment and health of the army are placed in the discretion of the Contractor which is inadmissable; it is more reasonable that confidence should be reposed in the agents of the government than the contractors; whenever bills are issued, for parts of rations they should be payable absolutely in money; the regulation for cases in which daily issues may not exceed 50 rations is inexpedient; option as to the issuing of flour or bread ought likewise to be settled in the contract; a proportion of flour or bread ought likewise to be settled in the contract; a proportion of flour is necessary as an ingredient in the soup of the troops and for the purpose of dressing the hair; provision should be made for a deposit of nine months at remote Michilimacnac; candles and soap are at all times extremely necessary; vinegar especially in southern climates is very important to health; ;
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