From Callender Irvine
Carlisle [Pennsylvania] June 24, 1799. “I have received your letter of the 6th instant,1 covering a new set of Recruiting instructions.… I repeatedly reported to the Secretary of War last fall, that I could have enlisted many more men, indeed treble the number, if furnished with money & advice for that purpose. I never was informed what the establishment, was or is to be, nor how many men I should inlist.”
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress; copy, in Irvine’s handwriting, Dickinson College Library, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
1. See “Circular to Certain Recruiting Officers,” June 6, 1799 (listed in the appendix to this volume).