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Strict Attention to Economy

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PublicationSyrett, Harold C., ed. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton. 27 Vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1961-87. (no image)
Document Information
Date October 4, 1799
Author Name Alexander Hamilton (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name Nathan Rice (primary)
Summary Hamilton issues his instructions regarding the construction of winter quarters while emphasizing that everything must be done with as much economy as possible.
Document Format Autograph Draft Document
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Related Persons/Groups Nathan Rice; Alexander Hamilton; corporals; privates; sergeants; musicians; European armies; Lieutenant Colonels Commandant; Colonels Hunewell and Graves; contractors; ;
Related Places New York;
Keywords winter quarters; slabs; boards; roofs; doors, windows; floors of the huts for officers; bunks for non-commissioned officers and privates; camp beds and stools; nails; dimensions for huts; Albany boards of fourteen feet in length; kitchen; fuel; timber; wood; recruiting service; ;
Key Phrases you are instructed to purchase ground for winter quarters; procure on public account the number of slabs or boards or both you shall deem requisite for the roofs, doors, and windows of huts; the [non-commissioned officers and privates] will dispense with flooring as was done during the late war; make the floors out of the fragments of the wood cut from the premises; commissioned officers as usual will be provided with their own camp beds and camp stools; nails must also be procured; three regiments are to quarter together; one hut is to be allowed to every twelve corporals or privates; one to every eight sergeants with two chief musicians; one to each captain and each of the regimental staff; one to every two subalterns; one to each field officer; one as a kitchen to each mess of officers; boards have been preferred because they can be afterwards sold for nearly their first cost; slabs (the price of which whould be about two thirds of that of boards) could not be sold again but as fuel; [purchase slabs] if they may be obtained at so cheap a rate as to render them preferable in the view of economy to boards; experience in some of the European armies has proved that large messes by promoting savings tend to the comfort of the troops; care must be taken that there is no waste of timber or wood; the senior of the Lieutenant Colonels Commandant (who I presume is yourself) will assume the command; recruiting service is still to proceed until each regiment shall be carried to its complement; contractors are to furnish the means of transportation by land or water; unless all the savings are made which can consist with propriety, it will be impossible for the government to maintain the forces requisite for security;

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