From Wilson Cary Nicholas
[1 Apr. 1802]
I take the liberty to inform you that I have heard some uneasiness expressed at the arrangement of the officers made by the Secy. of War, under the law of this session. It is said that all the field officers are taken from the Eastern States. I am told they stand thus Artillery. Burbeck Col. Freeman Lt. Col. Jackson Majr. Porter ditto, Williams Massachusetts, McRea Virginia, Infantry, Hamtramck Col. N. York, Butler Col. Pennsylvania, Hunt Lt. Col. Mass. Cushing Lt. Col. ditto, Majr. Connecticut Pike Majr. N. Jersey. It is likewise said that the Lt. Col’s who wished to remain in the service shou’d have been retained instead of persons being promoted to that rank. I have myself formed no opinion upon this subject. I merely mean to present it to you for your own consideration, for this I can have no motive but an anxious wish that what is done by you shou’d give general satisfaction.
I am Dear Sir with the greatest respect your humble Servt.
W. C. Nicholas
RC (DLC); undated; endorsed by TJ as received 1 Apr. and so recorded in SJL.
A native of Massachusetts, Jonathan WILLIAMS settled in Philadelphia and was listed as being from Pennsylvania when appointed major of the Second Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers in 1801 (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828, 3 vols. description ends , 1:378; Vol. 28:596n).
MAJR. CONNECTICUT: Decius Wadsworth (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828, 3 vols. description ends , 1:411; Syrett, Hamilton description begins Harold C. Syrett and others, eds., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, New York, 1961–87, 27 vols. description ends , 26:164n).