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From Alexander Hamilton to Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, 7 March 1799

To Charles Cotesworth Pinckney

New York March 7 1799


The Secretary at War has informed you that the General Superintendence of the Recruiting service is confided to me, as an incident to the Inspectorship.1

As a preliminary to this, it is requisite to distribute the States respectively into Districts and subdistricts the latter to correspond with the number of Companies to be raised in each State assigning one company to each subdistrict & the former to be proportioned [by] the number of field officers.

I request the favour of you as speedily as may be to make the distribution for the States of Georgia & the two Carolinas & to communicate to me the result.

I have been told that the commencement of the recruiting service depended on the completion of an adequate supply of Cloathing,2 and I ought to calculate that this is nearly ready.

Perhaps it may promote expedition to transmit me successively the arrangement for each state as it shall be completed.

With great respect & esteem   I have the honor to be   Sir   Your Obed serv

Major General Pinckney

ADf, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.

1James McHenry to Pinckney, February 11, 1799 (Df, letterpress copy, James McHenry Papers, Library of Congress). See also McHenry to H, February 4, 1799.

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