Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from John McClallen, 28 October 1799

From John McClallen, 28 October 1799

Albany 28th October 1799


I had the honor of writing you on the 18th instant and inclosed a Return of the recruits under my command.

My recruiting parties in the country have since enlisted 9 Men, which makes the total under my command 35.

I have been very fortunate in my selection of Men, for I believe, there is not a bad character amongst them.

I am apprehensive, that I shall not have it in my power to complete the Company, before the termination of this season, and hope that I may remain here untill I have effected this object. My principal motive for requesting this is, that I may complete my Company with the same kind of Men, that I already have enlisted, who will do a credit to the service.

I have no local attachment, nor any other motive to remain here, than the one I mentioned.

I took the liberty of enclosing you my former Return, but shall hereafter address them to the Office of the Adjutant General

I have the Honor to be, Sir Your very Obt Servt

Jno McClallen Capt.

1st Regt A & Engrs

Major General Hamilton

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). Refers to H’s letter of October 18, 1799. Letter not found. On the cover H wrote a draft of his reply: "He will be suffered to remain for the present where he is & will not be sent to join his batalion this winter—"

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