Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry, 26 December 1798

To James McHenry


New York Decr. 26 1798

Dear Sir

I do not know what is the practice in nominations, as to annexing Counties to names; but I do know that to annex them to the military nominations about to be made will be likely to lead to error. In several cases it was somewhat uncertain what County was the place of residence, and if I recollect rightly there is certainly a mistake in this respect in at least one instance in the state of New York. I discover that Andrew White1 is of Dutchess County. I think a different one is annexed to his name.2 With true esteem & regard.

Yr. Obed servant

A Hamilton

James Mc.Henry Esqr.

ALS, Columbia University Libraries; ALS (photostat), James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress; copy, dated December 20, 1798, in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1White, a veteran of the American Revolution, was appointed a captain in the Twelfth Regiment of Infantry on January 8, 1799 (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 299, 303).

2White is listed as a resident of Schoharie County in the list entitled “Company Arrangement New York” (George Washington Papers, Library of Congress). See H’s draft of George Washington to McHenry, second letter of December 13, 1798, note 2.

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