Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Aaron Ogden, 23 February 1799

From Aaron Ogden, 23 February 1799

Elizabeth Town Feby 23d. 1799


On my return home last evening from Sussex Court, I found your favor of the 20th. instant, and in pursuance thereof, after a consultation with Major Shute, I beg leave to submit, to your consideration, the following division of the State of New-Jersey, into two districts, and six sub-districts or company rendezvouses, for the purpose of recruiting six companies.

The first District, to comprehend, the following Sub-Districts namely—

The first Sub-district—including Bergen County, and all the townships of Sussex County, excepting Greenwich, Oxford, Knowlton, and Mansfield-Woodhouse—The head quarters to be at Hackinsack in Bergen County.

The second Sub-district—including Essex County and Morris County, excepting out of the latter the township of Baskenridge—The head-quarters to be at Elizabeth-Town, in Essex County.

The third Sub-district, including Middlesex County—Somerset County, the township of Middletown in Monmouth County, and the township of Baskenridge in Morris County—The head-Quarters to be at New Brunswick in the County of Middlesex.

The second District to comprehend the following sub-districts—namely.

The fourth sub-District—including Hunterdon County, and the townships of Greenwich—Oxford, Knowlton and Mansfield Woodhouse in Sussex County—Head Quarters to be at Trenton in the County of Hunterdon

The fifth sub-district—including Burlington County and Monmouth County, excluding from the latter the township of Middletown—Head Quarters to be at Burlington in the County of Burlington.

The sixth sub-district—including the Counties, of Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem & Cape May—Head Quarters at Woodberry in the County of Glocester.

Permit me to remark that the latter sub-district is the largest—but being a Quaker district, and for that reason, not so suitable for the recruiting service, and lying very conveniently together, I have arranged it thus, thinking it not much out of proportion, and that an exact distribution into parts would be very difficult and inconvenient and would require also much time.

I pledge to you my zeal and activity in promoting the present service, and such other as may fall to my lot and believe me to be with the utmost respect & highest consideration your most obt Servt

Aaron Ogden

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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