Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to James McHenry, 14 October 1799

To James McHenry, 14 October 1799

Trenton October 14—1799


I have the honor to transmit for the decision of the President the proceedings of a Court Martial in the Case of Robert Brown a Matross in the corps of Artillerists sentenced to die for the complicated crimes of Desertion Mutiny and Disobedience under ⟨orders⟩ of Orders, aggravated by a resistance to Civil Authority.

It is a painful duty of my situation to remark to express the Opinion that it is a case peculiarly fit for a severe example and indispensably requiring it. The offences proved against the Culprit attack the vitals of military duty and discipline and of civil subordination.

With great respect I have the honor to be &

P S I send you some other proceedings of Co

The Secy of War

(ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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