Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Caleb Swan, 4 October 1799

From Caleb Swan, 4 October 1799

Trenton October 4th. 1799—


In answer to yours of the 1st. Inst. giving an extract from Major Jacksons Letter to you, I enclose to you a Copy of my Letter to Captain Gates which is the only communication I ever had with him; it was never intended as an instruction, but merely to show him that his Company could be paid two Months Pay with the same labour that would be required to pay one. The allusion to two months Pay is founded on the 2d. Section of the Act of Congress passed 7th. June 1794 entitled an act in addition to the act “for making further and more effectual provision for the protection of frontiers of the United States.”

I did not know when I wrote to Captain Gates that Major Jackson commanded at Boston, nor have I ever seen a Muster Roll of the field or Staff of either of the Regiments of Artillerists and Engineers that should inform me who the Officers are, or where they are stationed. My communications to Capt. Gates was a thing of course, he having before been in the habit of Corresponding with the Accountant on the Subject of the Pay of his Company.

I have the honor to be very respectfully, Sir Yr. Obedt. Servt.

C: Swan PM Genl

Major General Hamilton

(LS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing Swan to Lemuel Gates, August 20, 1799 (copy, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the verso of the LS from Caleb Swan to Hamilton, H wrote the names of seven officers and where they were stationed: "Lt. Col. ⟨Burbank⟩, 1 Reg, now at Michilimackinac to be stationed at the private head Quarters of G Wilkinson upon the Ohio. Major Brooks ⟨———⟩ Fort Jay vicinity of New York. Major Rivardi Toussard, Field batalion Harpers ferry This Winter Philadelphia on special service. Major Rivardi Niagara. Major Freeman ⟨— in SC⟩. Major Brooks Fort Jay to command all. Major Hoops Field batalion Scotch plains now Philadelphia special service. Major Jackson Fort Wolcott R Island." An additional note below that list reads: "N. Qr. Master—Of Pay Masters & their stations he is ⟨inf—⟩."

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