George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Alexander Hamilton, 29 October 1794

From Alexander Hamilton

Jones Mill [Pa.] October 29. 1794


The Light Corps with the Jersey Infantry and Brigade of Cavalry are at Indian Creek in Legonier Valley—where they continue ’till this division gets up, which will be this evening, as the march will commence in an hour. This division had, I believe, the worst road, and was besides encumbered with all the spare Stores, which has thrown it a day’s march behind the other. But by a letter received yesterday from Governor Lee it appears that the right wing is fully in measure with the left.1 All is essentially well with both wings & the troops continue to shew as much good humour as could possibly have been expected.

The Meeting at Parkinsons Ferry ended we are told in a new appointment of Commissioners to deprecate the advance of the army and in new expressions of pacific intentions.2 But there is nothing which can occasion a question about the propriety of the army’s proceeding to its ultim⟨ate⟩ destination. No appearances whatever of opposition occur.

You desired that a table of the routes of the left Wing might be sent you. None was left with any officer of this wing. With the truest respect & attachment I have the honor to be Sir Your obed. servt

A. Hamilton

P.S. It is hoped that the original papers have been forwarded as the list furnished from the Secretary of States Office would be a deceptive guide—Memoranda of the Atty General brought by this express, will greatly aid—perhaps sufficiently. But the originals would be best.3


1Henry Lee’s letter has not been identified. Hamilton was with the army’s right wing, consisting of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania lines under the command of Pennsylvania governor Thomas Mifflin, and Lee was commanding the left wing, composed of the Maryland and Virginia lines (General Orders, 21 Oct., Pa. Archives description begins Samuel Hazard et al., eds. Pennsylvania Archives. 9 ser., 138 vols. Philadelphia and Harrisburg, 1852–1949. description ends , 2d ser., 4:350–53).

2For a description of the meeting on 24 Oct., see David Redick to GW, 22 Oct., n.1.

3Hamilton was referring to the documents promising submission to the laws, signed by the citizens of western Pennsylvania in accordance with the demands of the commissioners sent by GW to negotiate with them (see the Commissioners Sent to Western Pennsylvania to GW, 24 Sept.). Signers of those papers were to receive amnesty. The memoranda of William Bradford have not been identified.

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