Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Thomas Parker, 2 October 1799

From Thomas Parker, 2 October 1799

Winchester the 2nd of October 1799


I have Received your letters of the 19th and 20th of September

I take the liberty to Recommend Mr Thomas Burk & Joshua Tennison as Cadets as I Believe they are Equally Capable of performing the duties of that office to any who have been Recommended & have for several months past at their own Expence Rendered Verry Essential service to the Recruiting of the Regiment

On the Subject of your Confidential Letter after mature deliberation I have to Observe that it is my opinion (supported by that of my Majors who I have Consulted and in whome I Can place the most Implicit Confidence) that Captains Taylor Washington Peyton & Lightfoot woud with Great propriety fill the offices of Inspector & Quarter master

The three first mentioned from their activity & peculiar Turn for military life woud I think fill any post with propriety—The latter is a most amiable young man and will make a Valuable Officer is ⟨extremly⟩ well Acquainted with Accounts & I think woud be Verry Usefull in the Quarter masters department for a more particular account of this Gentlemans Character I must Beg leave to Refer you to a letter that I have heretofore Inclosed you from Colo Jamesson

For the Inferior appointments in the Departments of Inspector and Qr Master I Beg leave to Recommend Lieut ⟨—⟩ Humphries my Qr Master and Lieutenants Jameison Clifford & Tutt all young men of Great Activity & Excellent Characters

with the Highest Respect I have the honor to be Sir Your Obdt Servt

Thomas Parker

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). In the left margin, there are multiple "X" marks, two of them paired with rough braces.

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