Discussion of Bounty System for Citizens or Soldiers Apprehending Deserters, & Grounds for Rejection of Hugh McAlister's Certifiate for Payment Under This System

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Date October 16, 1799
Author Name William Simmons (primary) Location: Accountants Office
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Discusses the payment of bounties to citizens or soldiers apprehending deserters. Reports that it has been the practice of the War Department Accountant's Office to pay money to soldiers searching for deserters whether successful or not, and to also pay any soldier, group of soldiers, or citizen who brings in a deserter who has been advertised for. Explains that his rejection of Hugh McAlister's certificate for payment through this system was on the grounds of no proof being available that the individual he captured and returned was a deserter, or that any reward had been advertised for him.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes Cited in Simmons to McHenry, 10/21/1799. Cited in Simmons to Leonard, 03/04/1800.
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; William Simmons; General Alexander Hamilton; deserters; Treasury; Captain Miller; Hugh McAlister; John Adams; President of the United States; ;
Related Places Accountants Office;
Keywords custom; settlement; apprehended; Articles of War; expenses; pursuit; advertised; muster rolls; reward; claim; evidence; ;
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