Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Benjamin Stoddert, 4 July 1799

To Benjamin Stoddert

New York July 4

Dr Sir

Mr. Hudson1 who will deliver you this is desirous of the place of Midshipman on board of our Navy. This Gentleman completed his Studies in the law with me. He possesses talents and animation and I have no doubt will succeed in the naval career. An active temper joined to the pressure of pecuniary circumstances has determined him to embrace this course. I interest myself in his success as far as it may be compatible with your general arrangements.2

With great respect I have the honor to be Dr Sir   Yr Obedt ser

A Hamilton

B Stoddert Esquire

ALS, Adams Family Papers, deposited in the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston.

1Frederick N. Hudson. See H to James McHenry, August 19, 1798, note 1.

2Stoddert accepted H’s recommendation and appointed Hudson a midshipman when Hudson presented the letter printed above to Stoddert on July 5, 1799 (D, RG 24, Bureau of Naval Personnel, Register of Officers’ Services, National Archives). Stoddert assigned Hudson to the Constitution, which was then outfitting at Boston under Captain Silas Talbot, and forwarded Hudson’s warrant to the President for his signature. See Stoddert to John Adams, July 5, 1799 (ALS, Adams Family Papers, deposited in the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston).

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