From James McHenry
[Philadelphia, June 4, 1799]
My dear Sir
I think the information contained in the inclosed letter from Mr Patterson1 intitled to attention. The writer stands high in the opinion of Mr Sitgreaves,2 and I have always heard him spoken of as a man of honour and veracity. He was a candidate for one of the Regiments. Be pleased to return me the letter.
Majr Gen Alex Hamilton
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; ADfS, James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress.
1. During the American Revolution, Alexander Patterson had been a captain in the Twelfth Pennsylvania Regiment. He retired from the Army in 1778.
Although Patterson’s letter has not been found, it concerned the desirability of continuing to station troops in the region where Fries’s Rebellion had occurred. See McHenry to H, June 6, 1799; H to McHenry, June 6, 1799.
2. Samuel Sitgreaves, an Easton, Pennsylvania, lawyer and a Federalist, had been a member of the House of Representatives from 1795 to 1798.