Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Major General William Heath, [9 July 1779]

To Major General William Heath1

[New Windsor, New York, July 9, 1779]


His Excellency commands me to acknowlege the receipt of your letter of this day with two prisoners.2 He says he spoke to you to day on the points mentioned in your letter which probably was written antecedent to your interview. Lt Col Loring is to be tried by a Court Martial of the line.3 Capt Forrest,4 under the peculiar circumstances represented by Col Putnam,5 to be indulged with a furlough.

I have the honor to be   Very respectfully   Sir   Yr most Obed serv

A Hamilton   Aide De Camp

ALS, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston.

1Heath was at Mandeville’s, New York. He was at this time in command of a wing of Washington’s Army.

2Heath’s letter is in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.

3Lieutenant Colonel Jotham Loring, Third Massachusetts Regiment, was tried on five charges, was found guilty of two of them, and in August, 1779, was cashiered. See GW description begins John C. Fitzpatrick, ed., The Writings of George Washington (Washington, 1931–1944). description ends , XVI, 89–90.

4H was mistaken. It was not “Capt. Forrest,” but Captain Samuel Flower, Third Massachusetts Regiment, who had requested a furlough. See Heath to Washington, July 9, 1779, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.

5Colonel Rufus Putnam.

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