Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Count Casimir Pulaski, [2 October 1777]

To Count Casimir Pulaski1

[Worcester Township,2 Pennsylvania, October 2, 1777]


Son Excellence vous desire d’assembler toute la cavalerie le plutot possible prés de ses quartiers, ou vous trouverez de place propre pous les accommoder, ceux qui sont utilement employé excepté. Vous informerez son Excellence dés le moment de votre arrivé. I’l n’y a pas du temps a perdre.

J suis   Votre serveteur tres hum

A Hamilton

Peter Wentz, Worcester Township

ALS, Maine Historical Society, Portland.

1Count Casimir Pulaski, a Polish officer who on September 15, 1777, had been appointed by Congress to the newly-created post of “Commander of Horse.”

To this letter H appended the following translation: “Sir, His Excellency desires you immediately to collect all the horse, except those on necessary duty and repair to some place as near his quarters as you possibly can, consistent with the accommodation of the horses. Inform him when you have done this and lose no time in doing it. Yrs. A Hamilton”

The following notes, in Pulaski’s hand, also appear on the letter: “I Receive now contrarys orders of his excellency as you will see, and I pray you to joigne me in the army as quick as you can.

“p.S. As soon as you meet the encampement, you will send me a orderly Light horse to warn me of your poste.

“You will order, to the men of my guard that I have send before you to the same place where you are; to follow you and joigne me in the army.”

2This town in Pennsylvania was the site of Washington’s Headquarters during part of October. While there, he apparently established his Headquarters at the house of Peter Wentz.

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