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Discussion of New Supply System for the Army, and Review of the Current System

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CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: Consolidated Correspondence File, RG217 view image
CollectionNational Archives and Records Administration: Consolidated Correspondence File, RG217 view image
Document Information
Date September 20, 1799
Author Name Oliver Wolcott, Jr. (primary) Location: Trenton, War Department
Recipient Name Alexander Hamilton (primary)
Summary Discusses a new system of military supply for the armies of the United States, proposed in a previous letter by Alexander Hamilton. Notes problems with the existing system, but acknowledges it must be used for the time being. Mentions showing Hamilton's proposed system to the president, who has had it submitted to the department heads for comments, but sees the system as requiring great funding to implement; thus legislative aid may be required. Discusses the jurisdiction and operation of the following, under the present system: clothing contracts; ordnance, arms, military stores, & camp equipage; medical stores; quartermaster stores & means of transportation; and pay of the armies. Describes duties of ranked individuals, including the purveyor, quartermaster general, and paymaster general. Admits that a new system is important, but that a full proposal will take time. Discusses current War Department forms, and how their functions will need to be accounted for under the new system. Asks that Hamilton be in touch with public purchasing or deliveries, to prepare them for a change.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes 2 images near the beginning are of the same page, but one of them captures slightly more of the bottom of the page. This effect is duplicated in both collections. The final image appears to be of a page which should be inserted somewhere in the latter half of the letter, but that latter half is so damaged it is hard to tell where it should go. 2 COLLECTIONS: one with photocopy images, one with photograph images of the same.
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Related Persons/Groups Alexander Hamilton; Oliver Wolcott; John Adams; Heads of Departments; Secretary of the Treasury; officers; troops; Superintendent of Military Stores; Quarter Master General; Secretary of War; apothecary; surgeon; purveyor; Western Army; Captain Isaac Guion; Colonel Henly; Colonel Henley; Major Constant Freeman; General Charles Pinckney; deputies; clerks; civil authorities; ;
Related Places Trenton, War Department; Trenton; Public Store; frontiers; Natchez; Kingsville; Georgia; Philadelphia; seat of Government; ;
Keywords observations; system of military supplies; legislative aid; supplies; clothing; transportation; distribution; returns; books; articles; packages; ordnance; arms; military stores; camp equipage; sum of money; small arms; cannon; medicines; surgical instruments; hospital stores; wanton waste; quartermaster stores; duty; requisitions; pay; pay rolls; muster rolls; arrears; vouchers; advances; recruiting; warrants; regulations; receipt; forms; journal; ledger; ;
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