Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Staats Morris, George Ingersoll, and Ebenezer Massey, 5 June 1799

To Staats Morris, George Ingersoll, and
Ebenezer Massey

New York June 5. 1799


All the Garrison Posts within the Vicinity of the Sea Board in the States of Maryland Delaware Pensylvania New Jersey and New York are placed under the command of Major Brooks.1 His general station will be at Fort Jay in the neighbourhood of this City.

You will communicate with him and obey his orders. Your returns of every kind are to be made directly to him.

But till he shall be at his station Major Hoops will command in his stead; and until you shall be advised of his being there you will address your letters to him to the care of Major Hoops at New York, whose orders in the interim you will obey.

With consideration   I am Sir   Yr Obed serv

Capt Staats Morris Commanding Officer Fort McHenry near Baltimore
  George Ingersoll &c. West Point
  The Commanding Officer at Fort Mifflin near Philadelphia

ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; LS, to George Ingersoll, Harvard College Library.

1See “Circular to the Battalion Commanders of the Second Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers,” May 27–June 1, 1799.

On June 5, 1799, in a letter listed in the appendix to this volume, H wrote to Adam Hoops: “Inclosed are the copies of two letters of this date, one to Major Brooks, the other to Capt Staats Morris and others, as noted at foot. As in the absence of Major Brooks from his intended Station, at Fort Jay, the command within his district will be exercised by you.…” H’s letter to Benjamin Brookes has not been found.

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