Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry, 6 June 1799

To James McHenry1

New York June 6. 1799

I return Mr. Patterson’s letter. It is not my intention immediately to withdraw more than Cochran’s & Henry’s Companies.2 The other troops may remain on the insurgents scene. I should prefer their remaining together. Perhaps the vicinity of Easton may be the best single station. But I am not without apprehension that the Troops may be corrupted by remaining long in a disaffected scene. Is there no well affected spot in the neighbourhood of Easton where they may answer the end?

Yrs. Affecly.


J. McHenry Esq

ALS, Mr. Pierce W. Gaines, Fairfield, Connecticut; ALS (photostat), James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress.

1For background to this letter, see H to McHenry, May 25–27, 1799; McHenry to H, May 28, June 4, 6, 1799.

2Walter L. Cochran and John J. Henry were both captains in the Second Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers.

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