From James McHenry1
War Department 15 Octbr. 1798
I have the honour to inclose your Commission as Major General in the army of the United States,2 and to request your attendance at Trenton or Philadelphia as soon as possible, and in all events by the 10th day of November next.
The object of this request is to obtain your advice and assistance in concert with General Knox, and perhaps General Washington, in forming preliminary arrangements relative to the army proposed to be raised, to be submitted to the President of the United States, and also to charge you especially with a branch of the military service.
With respect to the relative rank between you, Generals Pinckney and Knox, I deem it necessary to observe, that the order of nomination and approval by the Senate is considered as definitive.
With great respect I have the honor to be Sir Your obt
Alexr Hamilton Es Major General
ALS, James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress.
1. For an explanation of the contents of this letter, see the introductory note to George Washington to H, July 14, 1798.