Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, 24 October 1799

To Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, 24 October 1799

New-York Oct. 24th. ‘99


The following is an Extract of a ⟨—⟩ letter recd. from Col: Parker dated Winchester Oct. 16th. 1799—

“Four Soldiers deserted a few nights ago; But were all fortunately taken two of them, who were most guilty, I have put in irons, as I think it absolutely necessary to make an example of them. As I do not know where to direct to General Pinckney, I beg Sir that you will order a general Court Martial, as I think it will be extremely necessary—to punish them capitally, as an example to others”—

As I do not conceive ⟨myself ——⟩ to order a Court Martial at Harper’s ferry, you will please to attend to his request—

Not conceiving myself authorised to order a Court Martial within the limits of yr. Commd. I transmit you this information in order that you may give the necessary directions

With great esteem I am Sir &c

General Pinckney—

(Df, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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