Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from James Wilkinson, 18 December 1799

From James Wilkinson, 18 December 1799

On Board the Patapsco Hampton Road Decr. 18th. 99


In my Letter of the 21st. Ultmo., I communicated to you my intention, to transfer Capt. Shaum Burgh to the 3rd. Regt., the public Service being materially Interested in that such Measure, and I will now ask your approbation of this proposition, if compatible with your views; I will also request of you to arrange Lt. Boote to the Pay Masters Office of the same Regiment, & will take on myself to secure the approbation of the Officers—Mr. Bootes discretion, his assiduity & information qualify Him for this office—I had proposed Him for an Aid de Camp, but his circumstances will not bear the expence of the station, & his Rank in some shape forbids it.

If the General transfers proposed are not to take effect, I discern no necessity for organizing the Old Regiments, until they are incorporated, as merits & qualifications may be then best understood—With perfect consideration & respect I am Sir Yr. M. Obt

Ja Wilkinson

Majr Gl Hamilton

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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