Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Abraham R. Ellery, 2 August 1800

From Abraham R. Ellery1

Newport [Rhode Island] August 2d. 1800


I avail myself of the permission you gave me of recalling Lt. Overing2 to your remembrance, who, while at New York, solicited your approbation and countenance in his attempts to procure a Lieutenancy in the Artillery. If I recollect rightly his personal appearance had left no impression on your mind to his prejudice, & I am persuaded, he will exert himself to make good any favorable ideas you may have formed of him. He is young, spirited, & active—has a military turn, & feels extremely anxious to be continued in service—in which, as 1st Lt. in 16th he has already acquitted himself with credit, and by his attention to his military duties, acquired the good opinion, and favorable reports of his Commandt.3 and Brother Officers.

My own military plans are not entirely abandonned, and I shall mingle something military, in pursuits, which are contemplated to be, for some years, in a great measure literary—with a view of better qualifying myself for a situation in the Army, when it again will have a Leader, under whom it will be both a pride & honor to serve.

I have the honor to be, with ye greatest respt.   your most ob sert.

Abraham R. Ellery

ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Ellery had been a captain in the Sixteenth Regiment of Infantry and was honorably discharged when the Additional Army was disbanded on June 14, 1800. For the discharge of members of the Additional Army, see H to Nathan Rice, May 13, 1800, note 1.

2Robert Overing had been a first lieutenant in the Sixteenth Regiment of Infantry until he was honorably discharged on June 14, 1800, when the Additional Army was disbanded.

3Rufus Graves had been lieutenant colonel commandant of the Sixteenth Regiment of Infantry until the Additional Army was disbanded on June 14, 1800.

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