To George Washington
New York June 7. 1799
I did myself the honor to write to you at some length on the 3 of May. I hope the letter got safe to hand.
The recruiting service is now in motion, in Maryland, Delaware Pensylvania New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusettes. I might perhaps add Virginia, from the assurances which I have received as to the transmission of supplies.1 But I am not as yet informed of its actual commencement in that state. This cannot be much longer delayed.
The field Officers for the Regiment which embraces New Hampshire Vermont and Rhode Island have been lately appointed. They are Rufus Graves Lt Col Comdt Timothy Darling and Cornelius Lynde Majors.2 The moment money and cloathing shall arrive the recruiting will begin there and in North Carolina. But I do not view this as very near.
I do not understand that the Officers for South Carolina and Georgia have yet been recommended.
The information I receive as to the progress and prospects of the recruiting service are sufficiently encouraging. Colonel Taylor, Commandant of the Regiment raising in Connecticut assures me that he is persuaded if no obstacle arises from supplies, that in two Months his Regiment will be filled by native Americans.3 From other quarters the intelligence is very well. I permit myself to hope that in this summer and fall the army will be at its complement.
I send you a copy of the arrangement which has been made of the two Regiments of Artillerists.4 Measures are taking to carry it into execution. The distribution of the Officers with the Western army is referred to Col Burbeck.5
There is nothing further in the military line worthy of your attention to communicate. When I shall have obtained more assistance I shall write more frequently.
A letter from Mr. King contains this unpleasant intelligence. The publication of the Treaty of Campo Formio by the Directory will injure the affairs of the Emperor.6 It will increase the jealousy of the King of Prussia and of the Empire; whose safety and interests were too little in view in that Treaty. There is no end to the folly of the Potentates who are arrayed against France. We impatiently expect further accounts of the operations of the Arch Duke and entertain a strong hope that his genius and energy will turn to good account the advantage he has gained.
Most respectfully & Affecty I have the honor to be Dr Sir Yr very Obed
ALS, George Washington Papers, Library of Congress; copy, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
2. Graves had been appointed lieutenant colonel commandant, and Lynde and Darling were appointed majors in the Sixteenth Regiment of Infantry on May 14, 1799 (Heitman, United States Army description begins Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, From Its Organization, September 29, 1789, to March 2, 1903 (Washington, 1903). description ends , I, 354, 471, 649). On May 14, 1800, the Senate confirmed the appointments of Graves and Lynde, but Darling had resigned his commission on December 20, 1799 (Executive Journal, I description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate (Washington, 1828), I. description ends , 346, 355; Heitman, United States Army description begins Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, From Its Organization, September 29, 1789, to March 2, 1903 (Washington, 1903). description ends , I, 354).
3. See Timothy Taylor to H, May 27, 1799 (listed in the appendix to this volume). A veteran of the American Revolution, Taylor was lieutenant colonel commandant in the Thirteenth Regiment of Infantry.
4. “Arrangement of the 1st Regiment of Artillerists & Engineers,” n.d. (D, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress); “Arrangement of the 2d Regiment of Artillerists & Engineers,” May 15, 1799 (D, in the handwriting of Philip Church and H, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). The arrangements of these regiments were fixed by “General Orders,” May 16, 1799. See also H to McHenry, first letter of April 26, 1799; “Circular to the Artillery Field Officers,” May 15, 1799.