Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from William S. Smith, 14 August 1799

From William S. Smith, 14 August 1799

Major General Hamilton

Fort Jay August 14th. 1799.


Agreably to General Orders of the 12th. inst. I attend here as President of a General Court Martial, with three officers of the 12th. Regt. I find the Judge Advocate has not a list of the members who are to compose this Court & I can give him no information on the subject I present one Capt. & two Lieutents from the 12th. it was totally out of my power to furnish two Capts. without injury to the service, & as the Asst. Adjnt. Genl left me the alternative, I have done as above stated, I take the Liberty to suggest the propriety of a Guard being order’d from the Garrison & an orderly sergt. to attend the President—

I have the Honor to be, Sir Your most Obedt Humble Servt.

W. S. Smith 12th. Regt.


(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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