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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 September 22, 1799
Author Name Nathan Rice (primary) Location: Spingfield, Massachusetts
Recipient Name Alexander Hamilton (primary)
Summary Rice compares Uxbridge and Oxbridge as potential sites for winter quarters. He views Oxford as the most favorable site.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes Cited in Hamilton to Rice, 09/27/1799 and Rice to Hamilton, 10/14/1799.
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Related Persons/Groups Alexander Hamilton; Nathan Rice; Mr. Jackson...could not offer me the least aid; Mr. Ruggles, the Contractor who accompanied me to Uxbridge; ;
Related Places Spingfield, Massachusetts; Uxbridge; Providence; Boston; Worcester; Oxford; ;
Keywords winter quarters for the troops; twenty one acres of oak and chestnut timber; 20 cords of wood per acre; grounds for encamping while the huts are erecting; saw mills; slabs; cold weather; rum; whiskey; Leyder brandy; parade; ;
Key Phrases an elevated, healthful, pleasant situation near the centre of the Town of Uxbridge; use of [the property] may be had for a small consideration; government have the election of purchasing the soil for twenty one dollars per acre--or the wood and use of the ground for eighteen dollars per acre; saw mills are in the neighborhood; slabs also to cover the huts can be had for a trifle; it has a pretty fruitful surrounding country and will well accommodate the contractors as rum, whiskey, Leyder brandy are distilled in the place; in some respects [Oxford] is preferable to Uxbridge; it has a more compact settlement, an extensive plain for a parade, and a fertile surrounding country; a large stream and pond of water; a grove of excellent oak timber; forty cords of wood to the acre; a sputhern aspect; Oxford I conceive would be the most eligible spot; our discipline has not arrived to that perfection; huts may be erected previous to the setting in of cold weather;

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