Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from James McHenry, 5 January 1799

From James McHenry


Philad 5 Jany 1799

Dear Sir

Inclosed is a copy of my report.1 To give facility to the committee I think it would be proper that you should forthwith throw the 17 propositions it contains into the form of a bill, and send me the same as soon as possible.2

I shall write you on Monday if possible relative to preparatory steps for commencing early the recruiting service. I expect daily a report from Mr Francis3 shewing the precise periods at which we may calculate upon certain quantities of cloathing.4

Yours sincerely

James McHenry

Majr Gen Alex. Hamilton

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; ADfS, James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress.

1For this report, which is dated December 24, 1798, and which John Adams submitted to Congress on December 31, 1798, see ASP description begins American State Papers, Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States (Washington, 1832–1861). description ends , Military Affairs, I, 124–29. See also H’s drafts of George Washington to McHenry, first and third letters of December 13, 1798.

2In the draft this paragraph contains the following additional sentence: “The session is you know limited and will not be extended.”

3On February 24, 1795, George Washington nominated Tench Francis as Purveyor of Public Supplies, and on February 25, 1795, the Senate approved the nomination (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 173, 174).

4On January 8, 1799, Philip Church wrote to McHenry: “General Hamilton not being very well has desired me to inform you that he received by yesterday’s post your letter with the enclosed report, and that he will immediately attend to it” (copy, in Philip Church’s handwriting, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

On January 12, 1799, Church wrote to McHenry: “General Hamilton has continued, since I last had the honor of writing to you, so indisposed as to have been frequently confined to his bed and consequently not able to attend to the report you sent him, but he is now much better and has desired me to inform you that he will forward by monday’s post his ideas on the subject” (copy, in Philip Church’s handwriting, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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