Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to Caleb Swan, 24 March 1800

To Caleb Swan, 24 March 1800

N York March 24. 1800


I have received your letter of the twentieth instant.

A Soldier does not, in my opinion, by the mere act of deserting, and without the interference of a Court Martial, forfeit the pay previously due to him—I recollect no principle of law that requires this, and practice, I know, is against it.

Caleb Swan Er.

(Df, in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).

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