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Establishing a Medium Price for Rations on Both Sides of the Ohio

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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 November 8, 1799
Author Name Alexander Hamilton (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Hamilton discusses a change from the current situation whereby different prices for rations are charged on the two sides of the Ohio River.
Document Format Draft Letter
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Alexander Hamilton; recruiting parties; James O'Hara; ;
Related Places New York; southeast side of the Ohio; Massac; Kentucky; Northwest Territory; ;
Keywords contract with James O'Hara; rations; compromise; ;
Key Phrases ...on the southeast side of the Ohio, within the State of Kentucky, the ration is ten cents and two milles; on the northwest side at Cincinnati [the ration] is thirteen cents; from the present temper of the State of Kentucky there is danger that the troops might be very inconveniently harassed by process of different kinds on various pretences which would embarass the service; there is proportionately less danger of collision between the civil and military authorities [in the Northwest Territory] than within the limits of the government of Kentucky; there is also less danger of attempts of disaffected persons to debauch the troops; I prefer much that that the station for the reserve force should be on the northwest side; it is obviously expedient that the same price should apply on both sides of the Ohio; is proper for a government to relax from the strict rights of contract and let in equitable considerations in favor of the contractor; the compromise would naturally turn upon the establishment of something like a medium price to operate on both sides of the river; Mr. O'Hara is willing to establish twelve cents as this medium price...;

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