Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, 30 May 1800

From Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

Camp near Harpers Ferry [Virginia]
May 30th: 1800.


The last post brought me your favours of the 14th: 17th:, 19th:1 & 20th: instant. I am busied in preparing for the reduction. Without I receive orders to the contrary by the next post, I shall direct the 10th: Regt: to march to Pennsylvania to be there disbanded; and the Ninth Regiment to Maryland, for the same purpose. Some expence will be by this means incurred, in Waggon Hire; but the very great inconveniency will be avoided of disbanding a large body of men together; and having them together in a State, to which they do not belong, when released from military subordination. I have appointed three officers to take charge of the Men who have inlisted for five years;2 they will remain here till further orders. I have directed such as are willing to engage in the Artillery or four old Regts. to give in their names. Had I had, authority to have appointed Subalterns, & Bounty money, I could at least have inlisted three hundred. I have been pressing the War Department to send on the pay, and the three months additional allowance, without entrenching themselves in official forms & etiquette. That of the 8th: Regt. is come on. I fear most for the 6th: in North Carolina. If it has not been transmitted, as I desired ten days ago, the time of their reduction will arrive before the money.

What is to be done with our unfinished compilation of a system for the Training, Exercise, movements evolutions discipline, and police of the Cavalry?3 and what do you intend to do with your Artillery and Infantry systems?4

I remain with great regard & esteem   your most obedt. Servt.

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

Honble. Major Genl. Hamilton
New York.

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Letter not found.

3Pinckney, with the assistance of John De Barth Walbach, John Watts, and William Washington, had been ordered by H to prepare a cavalry manual for the Army. See Pinckney to H, December 12, 1799; January 9, 1800; Walbach to H, January 23, 1800.

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