Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry, 3 September 1799

To James McHenry, 3 September 1799

New York Sepr. 3rd. 99


I enclose for your information some extracts from letters of Col. Parker which have just been delivered to me. You will find that the Col. repeats his observations on the appointment of ⟨——⟩ and Stephens as first Lieutenants certain officers to higher grades than were expected. I have written to you on the subject but have not received an answer. It would be very satisfactory to me to be enabled to state to inform Col. Parker and Bentley whether the arrangement of which they complain is intended to be changed.

I enclose to you likewise a list of persons heretofore recommended as Cadets by Col. Parker. He wishes them to be appointed in the order in which they are arranged. You will recollect that I have ⟨been⟩ proposed the immediate appointment of two cadets to each regiment. There being no provision for ensigns this ⟨measure⟩ will be necessary to complete the organization. I hope there will therefore that no difficulty will attend the adoption of that the measure.

With great respect I am, Sir &c: &c:

Secretary of War—

(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. An incomplete note on the verso in How’s hand reads: "⟨—⟩ sent shew the result of the enquiry into."

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