Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from James Read, 30 August 1799

From James Read, 30 August 1799

Raleigh North Carolina August 30th. 1799


On the 8th. of this month I nominated Lieutenant McKenney Long to act as Adjutant of the sixth Regiment of Infantry until the Pleasure of the President of the United is known; he will I believe make a good Adjutant; I therefore wish him to be appointed

A General Muster of the Militia of this County took place here on the 20th. Instt. I then had reason to believe that the officer I sent to Wilmington for the Cloathing had arrived with it at Fayetteville; in consequence of which I issued Orders for the officers to begin Recruiting. A considerable part of the Cloathing has since arrived; when the whole arrives which will I hope be next week I shall distribute it among the Captains and send the officers to their respective Recruiting Rendezvouss. I have received no account or information respecting the Cloathing, but what the Paymaster whom I sent to Wilmington for Money gave me on his return; and from Captain Hall whom I sent to Wilmington to have it forwarded to this place; it is probable that I may have been written to on the Subject but I have received no Letter

There is a Doctor Roger Cutlar who lives in Fayetteville that is desirous of being appointed Surgeon to the sixth Regiment; I am acquainted with him and I think him well qualified for the appointment; he is highly spoken of as a Physician and Surgeon; permit me to request the favour of you to promote his appointment

Your Letter of the 13th. Instt. I received the 25th. Please to accept my thanks for the attention you have been pleased to pay to my Letters of the 25th of June and 27th. of July.

Inclosed I transmit a Return of the officers

With Great Respect I have the Honour to be Your Obedient Servant

James Read

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing "Officers of the 6th. Regiment of Infantry," August 30, 1799 (ADS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the ALS from Read in the left margin next to the first paragraph there is an "X" mark with a vertical line with the words "Carleton Walker Pay Master" written in H’s hand. There is also an "X" next to the third paragraph beside the words "Surgeon to the sixth Regiment."

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