Paying the General's Expenses

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Date January 10, 1799
Author Name William Simmons (primary) Location: War Dept.
Recipient Name [not available]
Summary McHenry reports to Simmons that George Washington has written that the expenses he incurred during his recent trip to Philadelphia were more than the pay and emoluments that he received from the government and even exceed another month's pay and emoluments. McHenry directs that the difference between the two amounts be transmitted to the General immediately.
Document Format Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry, Secretary of War; William Simmons,Accountant to the War Department; P. Haynes; General George Washington; Samuel Lewis;
Related Places War Department; Philadelphia; Mount Vernon;
Keywords receipt; tomorrow's post;
Key Phrases A letter from General George Washington under date of 6th Jan. instant informs me that his expenses in coming to, remaining at Philadelphia, and returning to Mount Vernon, and the other expenses incidental to his journey, exceed the pay and emoluments he received of [the] government...
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The Secy of war requested
the written mention'd Pay
& Emoluments of Lt Genl.
Washington to be stated
for the month of October
1798 —

P. Hayner
Pr: Mo
Jany 10: 1799


January 10:th 1799
The Secretary of War
Received & Answered Same day

Respecting the pay, Subsist: & Forage
of Lieut. General Geo: Washington
for January 1799 —


War Department
William Simmons Esqr
Accountant of the Department of War
War Department


10th Jany 17989


Sir
A letter from Lt General George Washington
under date of the 6th Jany instant
informs me that his expenses in coming
to, remaining at, Philadelphia, and returning
to Mount Vernon, and the other expenses
incidental to his journey, except the pay and
emoluments he received of Government;
and that another months pay and emoluments
would not entirely cover the same. It will,
therefore, be proper to reimburse the expense
nearly, actually incurred, that
you riport one month's pay and emoluments
additional, for the amount of
which Mr Samuel Lewis will give a
receipt, that the same may be transmitted
to the General by tomorrow's post



I am, Sir, your Obt Hle St


James McHenry

William Simmons Esqr
Accountt. War Departmt