Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry, 18 March 1799

To James McHenry, 18 March 1799


New York March 18th. 1799

Dr Sir,

If my memoranda be right I sent Wilkinsons letter, by duplicates through you. If so I presume it is not necessary for the certainty of conveyance to send a triplicate. If I am mistaken in the first idea, or if any thing more is requisite, be good enough to say—If otherwise no reply

It is very extraordinary that I receive no acknowlegement of my letters from the commandant at Fort Mifflin (Elliot I believe) Duplicates went through you. Can you inform me? Has not this officer too strong a love of Independence?

Mr. Tracy seems to have understood you that it was left to my discretion to begin the business of recruiting whenever I thought proper—I have not so understood the matter—If this be your idea be so good as to express it

Yrs. Affecy

A Hamilton

James Mc. Henry Esq.

(ALS, The Sol Feinstone Collection, Library of the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia; ALS [photostat], James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress; copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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