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From Alexander Hamilton to Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, 4 November 1799

To Charles Cotesworth Pinckney1

New York, November 4, 1799. “I send you by way of information an order of the 1st. inst.2 issued by me respecting the General Disposition of the Army, in conformity with the instructions heretofore received from the Secy. of War. It seemed necessary to have all the regiments thrown into Brigades. The situation of the third and 4th. within different commands created some embarrassment. You will observe that I endeavour to get over it by a provisory arrangement.”3

Df, in the handwriting of Ethan Brown, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1Ethan Brown, who wrote the draft of this letter, had become one of H’s law clerks in 1797. He was appointed assistant secretary to the inspector general on April 1, 1799. Admitted to the bar in 1802, he later had a distinguished career as a Democratic governor of Ohio, United States Senator, and Minister to Brazil.

2General orders not found.

3See H to James McHenry, two letters of October 12, 1799; McHenry to H, October 16, 1799.

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