Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Uriah Tracy, 30 July 1798

From Uriah Tracy1

Litchfield [Connecticut] 30th July 1798


I meant to have called upon you on my way home from Philada—but was prevented by finding an uncommonly good & speedy passage. I have now troubled you, to call yr. attention to a subject, with which I was not then as well acquainted as I am now. I find Col. Tallmadge2 will accept of an appointmt in the Army of which I was doubtful untill I saw him. He will draw after him, in this State, more of the Old & worthy Officers than any other man. It is with reluctance Tallmadge consents that I may mention his name, but so much am I convinced, he will be very serviceable in the Army, that I hope you will pardon Me for this importunity. It is well understood that Mr North3 does not accept his appointment of Adjutant Genl. If you believe Tallmadge qualified for that Office, will you mention him to the Secy at War? I do not hesitate to say he is better qualified for that business than any man I know. I could not ask him to accept an appointment under the rank of a Brigadr. If Tallmadge can have this birth; most of the Valuable Officers who served the last War, will come forward & join the army.

I am Sir with great respect   Yr. Obedt. servt

Uriah Tracy

Genl. Hamilton.

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Tracy was United States Senator from Connecticut.

2Benjamin Tallmadge, who was brevetted a lieutenant colonel at the close of the American Revolution, was a merchant and deputy postmaster in Litchfield, Connecticut, and treasurer of the Ohio Company. From 1778 to 1783 he had engaged in secret service and carried on a confidential correspondence with George Washington.

3William North.

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