From George Washington
Mount Vernon June 6: 1799
I have duly received your letter of the 3d of May, and am glad to find that the recruiting service is likely to progress without further delay. To facilitate this, nothing will contribute more than Clothing.
It is certainly necessary to push on this business with proper energy, and to be provided with an ample and timely supply of every article wanted, if it is expected that such Troops as we have, should be, in any degree, respectable. This, I trust, will be done. And I should hope, ere this, that the field Officers for the Regiment to be raised in New Hampshire &c. have been appointed.
It is very desireable that the selection of Characters to Officer the Regiments, eventually to be raised,1 should be such as will do credit to the service, if they should be called into the field. The Secretary of War has requested me to furnish him with a list of names for the quota from Virginia,2 which I am taking measures to do; but, owing to my long absence from this State, I have so little personal knowledge of Characters, that I must rely very much on the information of others in whom I can confide.
With very sincere regard I am Dear Sir, Your Affecte Hbe. Servt.
Major General Hamilton
LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; Df, in the handwriting of Tobias Lear, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress.
1. This is a reference to the Eventual Army. See the introductory note to H to James Gunn, December 22, 1798.
2. James McHenry to Washington, April 10, 1799 (LS, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress).