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New York, April 13, 1799. “Relying that you will lose no time in assigning your Officers to the different subdistricts—I request that you will transmit me a list, showing the name of the principal Officer of each sub-district and the particular sub-district to which he is assigned. You will also … forward a duplicate to the Secy of War.” ADf , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. For...
I do not recollect whether you have mentioned to me the points at which your majors will more particularly take their stations. It is in contemplation to order a detachment of Troops to Easton with a view to the insurgent spirit in that quarter, and if it would not interfere with his duties in relation to the recruiting service, I should like very well to give the command of that detachment to...
I thank you very much for your attention to my request respecting a Secretary. The testimony of Mr Stockdon & yourself would be decisive as to Mr Howe had not information from other quarters prepossessed me extremely in his favour. The enclosed letter offers him the place; have the goodness to forward it without delay. How would the idea suit you and him of an appointment to a second...
An early preparation for Winter Quarters will conduce to the comfortable accommodation of the Troops, and is the more necessary as sufficient Barracks no where exist in which they may be quartered in entire Corps; a circumstance extremely desirable. It is therefore conceived that it may be found most eligible to hut the Troops during the ensuing Winter. Some point in the vicinity of the...
It is my wish to employ General North with your assistance in preparing regulations for the police of the troops in Camp Quarters and garrisons. There will be no necessity for your residing in New York. Occasional visits to the city will be sufficient for the accomplishment of the object. I have proposed to the Secretary of War the allowance of an extra compensation, but I can not say what...
I have this day written to Colonel Smith informing him of my intention to detach you from the Brigade this winter for the purpose of assisting the Adjutant General in framing regulations for the army. with true consideration Df , in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. H to William S. Smith, January 7, 1800 (listed in the appendix to this volume). See H to...
In compliance with your request I proceed to draw an outline of the duties which as Deputy Quarter [Master] General of the Troops within my immediate command you will have to perform. The duties of the Department of Quarter Master General as they have been understood in our service are subdivided into two principle branches, one of which has been denominated Military the other Civil—the first...
As tents may not arrive in time, I would thank you to take a convenient house within a small distance of the Camp at Scotch Plains for me and my suite. I expect to be there by the twentieth of the month. With great consideration   I am Sir   Yr. ob Servt. LS , Lloyd W. Smith Collection, Morristown Historical Park, Morristown, New Jersey; Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton...
[ New York, May 10, 1800. The dealer’s catalogue description of this letter reads: “Care of the sick after disbanding of the army.” Letter not found. ] ALS , sold at American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, March 4, 1932, Lot 63.
I expect to set out for the camp at Scotch Plains on Monday next. You will provide bricks and materials for erecting at my Quarters a fourneau a machine for culinary purposes, which may be considered as a cube of brick about eight feet long, four feet thick, and four and a half feet high. I have a waggon which will serve for carrying my baggage, but you will provide two horses for the purpose....
I shall send my baggage with a Servant to Elisabeth town on Monday next, and you will be pleased to take measures for sending them, immediately, to the Camp, in order that there may be time for such preparations there as may be necessary against my arrival. I shall leave this place on Wednesday morning, and would thank you to have the horse, which you were so obliging as to offer me, at Powles...
The bearer of this is Mr. Genti , my Cook, a very respectable man in his station. He has charge of my baggage. Be so good as to cause it to be transported to camp without delay and let him have a horse to convey himself unless he declines it. Yrs. truly ALS , Lloyd W. Smith Collection, Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, New Jersey. For background to this letter, see H to Ogden,...
I am informed that the Accountant of the War Department has instructed you to settle with those officers who have drawn forage, by crediting them with the sums specified by law to be received in lieu of the Article when the Article itself is not furnished, and charging them with the quantity of forage supplied at it’s market value. This direction is in violation both of law and justice. And as...
You will oblige me by ordering for me to be ready as soon as possible a Coachee to cost 80 pounds and to be as complete and decent as can be had for that sum. Yrs. truly If you could without too much trouble find a stout cart horse I should be glad to have him—the rate not too dear. ALS , George N. Meissner Collection, Rare Book Department, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Ogden, a...
Will you do me the favour to inquire & inform me how soon we may depend on our carriage. I propose shortly to make a journey to Albany & to take Mrs. H with me, which is the cause of my now troubling you. Pray what are you going to do in New Jersey. We are all-apprehension about you. Yrs. truly ALS , George N. Meissner Collection, Rare Book Department, Washington University, St. Louis,...
Inclosed is the extract of an order of this day constituting a general Court martial. It is my wish to have from your Regiment as many Officers as can be conveniently had not exceeding six, of whom as many to be Captains as may be towards forming the Court. As there will be trials of some delicacy, I should be glad that Major Shute might be a member of the Court—but in this case there must be...
As from the nature of the cases to be tried it is desireable to have a court strong in discernment—I wish Captain Williamson at all events to be a member. You will please to notify him accordingly. With great consideration and esteem I am Sir Yr obed Servt. (Copy, in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
I have received yours of the 28th March. — think with you that it is better to postpone the recommendations for Quarter Master and Adjutant any decision on the points you have mentioned untill after the meeting of the Court Martial at which your officers are to attend. ( Df , misdated March 5, 1799, in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
As no material motives of a military kind enjoin the preference of New Brunswick to Elisabeth-Town—I think myself at liberty to consent to your request; that the latter may be substituted; well convinced of the sacrifice of interest you have made, in accepting the Command of a Regiment, and of the reasonableness of accommodating you till you shall have had more time for the arrangement of your...
I have received your letter of yesterday and have no objection to your appointing Wilmington as the Rendezvous for Captain White’s company at which place the Secretary of War will be immediately requested to instruct the Agent for the War Department to make the contract with true consideration I am Sir Your obed Servt. ( LS , Lloyd W. Smith Collection, Morristown National Historical Park,...
I have not the least objection to your changing the Rendezvous as mentioned by Major Shute. Should you conclude to do it you will apply to Colonel Rhea to make a contract for Bridgetown with true consideration I am Sir Your obed Servt. ( LS , Lloyd W. Smith Collection, Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, New Jersey; Df , in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers,...
I have to inform you that I have received your letter of the 4th. Instant, recommending Mr. Anderson to fill the vacancy in your Regiment, and have supported the recommendation. With great consideration I am Sir Yr. obedient servant ( LS , Lloyd W. Smith Collection, Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, New Jersey).
After perusing the inclosed you will please to forward it to Major Adlum, with such observations, growing out of the occasion, as you may think proper in relation to the recruiting service. You will perceive that the present destination of the Major is intirely compatible with that Object With great consideration I am Sir Yr. obedt servant ( LS , Lloyd W. Smith Collection, Morristown National...
It has been represented to me by one George West Jr. that an Apprentice boy of his, by the name of Matthew Smith has been enlisted into Capt. Charles Morrell’s Company and that he is at present at Elisabeth Town. You will please to enquire into the facts and if true cause the person to be discharged With great consideration I am Sir Yr. obedient servt. ( LS , Lloyd W. Smith Collection,...
I have lately received a letter from one Revell Elton, stating, that an Apprentice of his, by the name of Charles Bunn, has enlisted into Captain Marles’ Company at Burlington, and demanding his discharge, you will therefore please to examine into the facts and if true have the man restored. With great consideration I am Sir Yr. obedt. servt. ( LS , Lloyd W. Smith Collection, Morristown...
It is not of my competency to accept Resignations. The matter contained in your letter of Yesterday relative to Lt. Reading has been communicated to the Secy. of War, and the acceptance recommended, and it is presumed that it will take place. With great consideration I am Sir Yr. obedt. servt. ( LS , Lloyd W. Smith Collection, Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, New Jersey; copy,...
I have just received a letter from the Secretary of War, in which he informs me that the resignation of Lieut. Reading is accepted; and that the vacancy is to be filled by your senior Second Lieutenant. With great consideration I am Sir Yr. obedt. servt. ( LS , Lloyd W. Smith Collection, Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, New Jersey; copy, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown,...
I enclose you a very disagreeable communica tion from the Secy of War of the 2d. ins of yesterday’s date, respecting Capt White of your Regiment. Delicacy towards the character of an officer induces — me to through you to give Capt White an opportunity for explanation previous to any a more formal proceeding; though I cannot at present discover how it will be possible to supersede the...
I will not require the discharge of the four men you mention. There are cases where for very special reasons relaxations of the rule may be considered as not inconsistent with its main intent. As to the Hollander, who has served an apprenticeship in this Country, though I think the peculiarity of the situation forms a very natural exception to the principle of excluding foreigners; yet I do...
I have to inform you that agreably to advice from the Secretary of War, you are permitted to enlist the young Hollander concerning whom you wrote to me With great consideration I am Sir yr. obedt. Servt. ( LS , George N. Meissner Collection, Washington University Libraries, St. Louis, Missouri; copy, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
I have received a letter from the Secretary of War dated on the 17th. inst. stating the resignation of Lt. Charles Read of your Regt. to have been accepted. With great consideration I am Sir Yr. obedient servt. ( LS , Lloyd W. Smith Collection, Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown, New Jersey; Df , in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
I have received a letter from Capt. Saml. White requesting permission to come this city to on the subject of the Charges exhibited against him. If it will not clash with your regimental Arrangement you will give orders that his request be complied with. With great consideration &c ( Df , in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
I have received your letters of the fifth of August, and of the thirteenth and the twenty third of July. The plan which you propose on the subject of returns would do very well for the regiments that are near at hand, but would be extremely inconvenient with respect to such as are situated at a distance. As the rule therefore can not be general it will be best not to follow it in any case. The...
I have just received your letter of the twenty third inst., and in answer to the enquiries it contains have to observe that the lads enlisted as musicians are to be mustered altho’ under eighteen years of age, and that the authority given to you on the subject of mustering extends to the object of which you speak. I wish to be informed whether you have received my letter respecting winter...
I have received your letters of the thirtieth and thirty first of August, and am much obliged to you for the promp t and satisfactory execution of the object to which I had requested your attention. From information that has been given me I am lead to beleive that a good position may be found in the vicinity of Pompton. I would thank you to have an examination of the place examine the...
I have considered the terms offered by the owners of the land on Green brook, and they appear to me to be extremely high. I should suppose that sixty dollars pr. Acre would be a reasonable consideration for the fee simple. It is my wish therefore that you would look out for other situations, and endeavour to obtain more moderate terms. Unless land can be at had at a cheaper rate, it will be...
I enclose for your information a letter which I have received from Mr. John Bray of New Brunswick on the subject of winter quarters. It is my wish to have you report in the course of a week as by that time I shall it will be necessary to determine between New Jersey, and Carlisle. With great considern. I am, Sir & ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
Least my letter of the ninth of this month should have miscarried I send you a duplicate of it—I am very anxious to hear from you on the subject to which it relates. “I have considered the terms offered by the owners of the land on Green brook, and they appear to me to be extremely high. I should suppose that Sixty dollars pr. acre would be a sufficient consideration for the fee simple. It is...
The enclosed letter from Major Adlum contains a request for a furlough. I have no objection to the thing as far as relates to the command on which the Major is employed independently of his connection with your regiment. In this respect you are the proper Judge, and it is referred to you for determination—If there is nothing in the situation of the regiment to render the thing improper I have...
Your letters of the nineteenth And twentieth of this month have been delivered to me. I would thank you to ascertain immediately whether the owners of the land on Greenbrook will convey the fee simple to the United States at the rate Mentioned in your letter without reserving to themselves the right of pr e emption. I wish to have the land unshackled by any terms of the kind—On this...
A Deputy Pay Master General for the troops under my command is wanted—Would Capt Williamson of the horse suit and would he probably accept? I inquire about no officer of your Regiment because one being already taken for from it as my Secy it would not be to do it justi ce to detach another. I rely on your friendly & confidential opinion— Thirty Dollars ⅌ Month in addition to pay & — is the...
I have just received your letter of yesterday, and would thank you to complete the contract as soon as possible. Let the conveyance be to the United States of America. As soon as you shall inform me of the completion of the Contract I will give directions to the Pay Master General to furnish you with the necessary funds. With great consideratn. I am, Sir yr. obt set ( LS , Lloyd W. Smith...
I thank you for your information on the subject of Deputy Pay Master General. A public letter of yesterday authorises you to conclude the purchase of the ground on Green brook . Can Slabs and Boards for roofs buncks &c be procured any where in Jersey not far distant? At what prices? What are your ideas of the most convenient dimensions for hutts? I wish messes to consist of twelve men. In some...
I send you the copy of a letter of this date to Col. Smith. Till he shall assume the command you will act upon it as to every preparatory measure. You will accordingly — proceed to the spot—with your own Regim ent — soon as you think proper and begin —— cutting of Timber. Allotting to these a —— of Officers) the recruiting service will —— as heretofore with the rest. You are alre ady — that...
I enclose to you the copy of a letter which I have written to Colonel Smith. You will make it the basis of your conduct untill that officer shall Arrive— With great consideration I am ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
The deserter from Captain Henry’s company mentioned in your letter of the fifth instant will remain where he is untill a General court Martial can decide on his case. It is only by punishment that the practice of desertion can be suppressed. Entire impunity in these cases of desertion would prove destructive of the service— With great consideration ( Df , in the handwriting of Thomas Y. How,...
An investigation of the charges exhibited against Captain White resulted in a conviction that there had been no criminal or improper intention on the part of this officer, but, on the contrary, that what he did proceeded from a laudable zeal for the Service. It appears to me I am of opinion however that his conduct was imprudent in as much as it furnished a pretext for accusation, and the...
I have received your letter of Decr. 13th. inclosing the relative Rank of your Officers, it meets entirely with my approbation. You will therefore make it known to the Officers as the definitive arrangement with true consideration I am Sir Your obed Servt. ( LS , in the handwriting of Philip Church, Columbia University Libraries; Df , in the handwriting of Philip Church, Hamilton Papers,...
Upon recurring to your letter the arrangement of relative rank which you last transmitted me and which has received my sanction I do not find in it the name of Lieutenant How. He received and accepted a his appointment on the fifth of August last, and will rank among the Second Lieutenants according to the date of that appointment—I know not whether any appointment has taken place since—You...
As I had Having forwarded the arrangement of the Relative Rank of your officers to the Secretary of War, I have written to him requesting his sanction to the proposed alteration of Captn. Bowman’s Rank. As it ——— take — , it — , be well to let that officer act as first Captn in your Regiment until you shall receive further communication from me will probably take place it may be well for you...