From Thomas H. Cushing1
Philadelphia, November 26, 1798. “The enclosed observations2 on Arms, accoutrements, & Clothing, are Respectfully submitted, in answer to the queries which you did me the honor to make, on these subjects.”
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Cushing, a native of Massachusetts and a veteran of the American Revolution, had been acting adjutant and inspector of the Army from February, 1797, to May 1798. When he wrote the letter printed above, he held the rank of major in the First Regiment of Infantry (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 154, 156).
2. “Observations on the Public Arms, Ammunition, and Clothing, in possession of the Troops of the United-States, serving on the Western frontier,” November 26, 1798 (AD, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).