Advances to Contractor's Agent

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Date July 21, 1791
Author Name Henry Knox (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name Samuel Hodgdon (primary)
Summary Advised that all advances must be repaid by contractors. Expects the troops to move on the Fort Washington once they have reached Fort Pitt.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes Cites Hodgdon to Knox, 07/14/1791
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Related Persons/Groups Samuel Hodgdon; Henry Knox; contractors agents; contractors; Mr. Mitchell; Secretary of the Treasury; troops; General; Major General Butler; Captain Phelan; Major Craig; Isaac Craig; ;
Related Places War Department; Fort Pitt; Fort Washington; Head Quarters; frontier; Treasury;
Keywords advances; payments; provisions; money; public service; public interest; post; ;
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Letter from Genl Knox--dated 21 July 1791.
Recd 28th July 1791
War Department,21st July 1791
I have received yours of the 14th instant--The advances you have made to the Contractors Agents, must be repaid to you again. all payments are made for provisions at the Treasury. One Mr. Mitchell passed through here time enough to have been at Fort Pitt, when you made your last, with money for the Contractor's Agent.
The point is simply this--the Contractor has entered into engagements with the Secretary of the Treasury to furnish provisions to the troops on the frontiers. If he executes it well he will be paid the sums stipulated, if he does not he will be subjected to the consequences of the the penalty.
But the public service must not be delayed or injured by the Contractor's deficiencies. But any interference must be by the express orders of the General, to whose charge the public interests is committed.
I shall hope next post to learn, that all the troops, arrived at Fort Pitt, have descended to Fort Washington.
I have written to Major General Butler, that it will be necessary for him, and you also to repair to Head Quarters, as soon as the public interests will admit.
You will make arrangements before you leave Fort Pitt, for the transportation of Captain Phelan's detachment, which may consist of about Two hundred and fifty. He will leave Carlisle to morrow. In adition to his detachment, there may be transportation to be provided for about three hundred more troops. Major Craig will I presume be empowered by you on the subject.
I am Sir,Your most obedienthuml servtHKnox
Samuel Hodgdon Esqr.