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I enclose the within power, confiding that the Trustees agree in an opinion, that no investment in real property, should be assented to, unless, in such, as would be productive to Mrs. Le Guien, in case of accident to her husband. If the power be not sufficiently ample, or in proper form, be pleased to cause such an one to be sent to me, as you may judge requisite & I will return it duly...
Elizabethtown [ New Jersey ] December 15, 1800 . Complains that he cannot collect from the Government the money he spent for the public service while he was in the Army. Asks Hamilton to certify that the vouchers for Ogden’s expenditures be allowed. ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress. For payments to Ogden, see William Simmons to Henry Dearborn, March 5, 18, 31, April 26, 1802 (RG 217,...
Mr. Genti, has arrived with your baggage, for which a waggon is ready, as also, a horse for himself, there will be no delay in getting them forward. A horse for yourself & two horses for your carevan, with a driver, will be at Paulus-hook to morrow evening. I will have the honor of meeting you at Newerk and Shewing you the way to your quarters, neer the Cantonment. I am with the most perfect...
Elizabeth Town [ New Jersey ] May 13, 1800 . “… I did not return, untill after post hour, from the Cantonment, where I had been to take a house for you, agreeably to your request. I have procured one within a mile, pleasantly situated, in which, you can have three rooms—should it be necessary, besides, to have a dining marquee, I have one at your service, which may possibly answer your...
I take the liberty of recommending, Lieutenant Thomas Brinley of the 16th. regiment for the appointment of Brigade Quarter-Master. Captain Ellery has given me a character of this gentleman, which shews him, altogether suitable for this station, and which, it seems, he prefers to the one to which he had been invited in the Office of the Adjutant General. I wrote to Colo. Rice on this subject a...
It is with great regret, that I forward the enclosed letter to me, enfolding one to you, from Major Adlum. I however hope, that a further accomodation to him, of the few days, which his affairs seem to require, will prevent the necessity of his adhering to the election, which he has made, between an important sacrifice of private interest and the resignation of his commission. I have the honor...
I do myself the honor of submitting to your consideration, the enclosed estimate. As soon as the same shall be returned with your remarks and alterations, I shall be enabled, to form the returns, as required by the General order of the 7th. of the last month, as fast, as they may be sent to me by the different Corps. Will any further order be necessary, or am I to consider the General order...
I take the liberty of recommending, Lieutenant Samuel S. Voorhis, for the appointment of Adjutant, to the 11th. Regiment of Infantry, in the room of Lieutenant William Potter, lately appointed an Assistant to the Deputy Quarter Master General. Mr Voorhis appears well-qualified to fill the station for which he is recommended, and, I have no doubt that, in case, he be appointed, he will...
Permit me to request, that Lieutenant James Gordon of the 13th. regiment, may be appointed Brigade Quarter Master. He is highly recommended by Colo. Taylor and Major Ripley—for this station—is willing to accept of it, and appears to me well qualified to discharge its duties. I have the honor to be with the most perfect respect your most obt servant P.S. May I beg you to send the Chapter I left...
There is an instance in the 11th. regiment, where a young man under 18. years of age, but supposed to have been of sufficient age, by the recruiting Officer, enlisted into the service. His relations, who are respectable, require his discharge, as matter of right, but have agreed to submit to your decision, upon the question, “whether or not, it be in the option of government to retain persons...
I believe, there can be no doubt, but a fair construction of the 6th. Section of the “act for the better organizing of the troops of the United States” will warrant the appointment of officers from the line to act as assistants, to the principals of the Quarter-Master Generals department, in the several military districts; and that from this source, gentlemen of more respectability and more...
Permit me to remind you, that the supplies of wood for the Brigade at the Cantonment, near the Scotch plains have been made up to the 15th. of the present month, and not farther, the sooner orders may be received, for a farther supply, the greater will be the time, within which I may use endeavours to make contracts for lower sums, than I have been oblidged, from necessity to give. I have the...
I was yesterday at the Cantonment near the Scotch plains, and find that a small magazine is always necessary to be in the Store of the Brigade Quarter Master, for a variety of incidental purposes such as the making of Coffins berths for recruits which have lately arrived and are arriving, small window shutters for apertures in the rear of the rooms to be cut out for the purpose of ventilation,...
Permit me to solicit your application for some promotions in the 11th. regiment—Should the gentlemen, in whose behalf I address you, be disappointed in their expectations, I apprehend, that they may feel themselves destitute of that hope of advancement, which was an inducement for their entering into service, and an incitement, for the zealous discharge of its duties. The following is the...
Yours of the 25th. I have received by the Mail of this day. I presume, you did not, at the moment, recollect that the 7th. Section of the "Act for better organizing of the troops of the United States" provides, that no officer shall be appointed Quarter Master of Brigade, who, when appointed, shall be of a rank higher than that of a first Lieutenant, and that under this consideration Captain...
I have lately learned, that Captain Cole of the 11th regiment, has solicited from you, that his resignation might be accepted—he had previously notified me by letter of an intention to resign on the first day of the present month, since which he has not addressed me—believing, however, that he considered his communication to me, as sufficiently formal, I have to join him, in his request, that...
Pursuant to yours of the 28th. Ultimo, I have made enquiry in the vicinity of the Cantonment, near the Scotch plains, for a house, or houses, that might be suitable, for the accomodation of sick, but cannot find that any such are vacant, or to be procured. I have calculated the expence of building for each regiment, an hospital of 34 feet, in length, and 20 feet in width, enclosed and covered...
At the time, when I received at your Office, an arrangement of rank, for the Captains and subalterns, of the Eleventh -regiment, I mentioned that Captain Bowman, who had then lately joined the regiment, from the recruiting service, wished to submit to you, thro’ me, a claim to be arranged as the eldest Captain, upon the principle of his having been, at the end of the revolutionary war, senior...
I embrace the moment, while you are at the seat of Government, to forward to you, the enclosed, as a proposed arrangement of rank for the company Officers of the 11th. regiment in which Major Shute and myself, (being the only field Officers of the regiment between whom a consultation has been possible,) entirely agree. I choose this moment, the more especially, as General Dayton, who is well...
I yesterday received your favor of the 3d. instant and beg you to be assured, that any employment, which your arrangements may have assigned me, shall be zealously undertaken and faithfully executed to the extent of my abilities, at the same time, it is proper for me, to express my apprehensions, that the result will not, in any other particulars, justify the confidence with which you have...
In pursuance of your request, to name to you from my regiment, gentlemen, suitable to officiate in the department of the Inspector General, I am happy in having it in my power, to recommend Lieutenant William Potter, as a Brigade Inspector , This gentleman in his appearance and manners, is remarkably officerlike—and is in every way, worthy of all confidence—he is a most excellent pen-man and...
A deserter by the name of Nicholas Potter, from Captain Henry’s company of artillery is now confined in my quarter guard, he having been delivered up to me—May I have permission to forward him to Governors Island, or what is your pleasure concerning him—He offers to engage himself in the 11. regiment to serve during the existing differences with the French Republic—He is in appearance a very...
The deeds for the two lotts at Green-Brook, which I had prepared, from an actual survey, have been executed by the owners and acknowled by them and their wives, respectively, in due form—They remain as escrows, untill payment of the consideration money, which is expected, by them, immeadiately agreably to my assurances, which I doubt not, will be verified, to their satisfaction, The amount is...
I have conferred with General Dayton on the subject of Yours of the 28th. and we agree in opinion, that the most convenient dimensions for hutts, would be a front of eighteen feet, by a depth of eighteen feet; one of these hutts, we conceive would be amply sufficient for fifteen men, which number agreably to the Regulations for the order and discipline of the troops of the United States:...
I have heretofore, recommended Mr. Joseph Wright, alone, for the appointment of a Cadet, in the eleventh regiment, not having had sufficient information of character, in respect to some others who have applyed themselves to me, as to be able to make recommendations in their favor, as soon as I shall be enabled, I shall make the selection of another, and communicate with you accordingly. In the...
Captain Williamson has the appearance and manners of a gentleman, possesses the character of a man of probity, is a good pen-man, and accurate at calculations—he has wealthy connections, to enter into the requisite suretyship, and, in my opinion, is, in every respect, very suitable to fill the post of Deputy-Pay-Master-General for the troops under your command, and, I have every reason to...
It was not untill, after I had written and sent my letter of yesterday, that I received yours of the 23d. instant, which during my absence had been brought from the post Office, and by some accident, mislaid untill this day, when I opened it. I propose to set out tomorrow, in order to effect, if possible, the relinquishment of the right of pre-emption, which, I consider, as somewhat doubtful,...
I have returned this evening, from veiwing, in company with Mr Bray, as well, the situations mentioned in his letter to the Secretary of War, as also, some others in the neighbourhood of New Brunswick. But two of them combine the advantages of wood and water, the one, belonging to Miss Ellis, lies within two miles of New Brunswick and contains, as is said, about sixty acres of wood land, which...
In consequence of the intimations contained in the letter of Mr John Bray to the Secretary of War, a copy of which you did me the honor to send enclosed of in your letter of the 19th. instant—I shall immeadiately view the situations of which he makes mention, and hope to be able to report respecting them by the Mail of Monday or Teusday—I presume you have received my letters of the 19th &...
Since my report of yesterday, yours of the 18th. has come to hand containing a duplicate of a former letter of the 9th. instant, which had been duly received. It now occurs to me, that perhaps, it may be proper to add, that I had publickly, been at pains to gain information of all the probable situations in the neighbourhood of New-Brunswick and on the Rariton, with a view to prepare the...
The owners of two lotts on Green-brook, have, at length, been induced to make another Offer of their property, which is, to convey the fee-simple for fifty dollars per acre, upon condition, that they may have the right of pre-emption, at the rate of twenty five dollars per acre, for the soil without the wood, whenever the public may elect to sell; which price may, without any doubt, be readily...
I returned last evening, from the vicinity of Pompton, after having examined the situations in that quarter, shewn to me by Major Colfax, and concerning which, he says, he had given you information. Upon his lands, I find abundance of wood suitable for hutting standing on low and swampy grounds, which might be brought to a contiguous position on high ground, on which there is not much wood and...
I have now to add to the communication, which I had the honor to make yesterday, that the owners of the situation on Green-brook, in the vicinity of the Raritan, offer their wood, and the use of their property to the public for the sum of sixty dollars per acre, for so much as may be required, for a term of three years; they, also, offer an alternative, which is extremely reasonable, to wit,...
In obedience to your letter of the 22d. instant, I have viewed all the positions in the vicinity of the Raritan, of which I could gain information, among these, there is one, on Green-brook which empties into that river possessing far greater advantages, in my apprehension, than either of the others. This site affords a great abundance of good wood for hutting and for fuel lying 800 yards in...
Your letter of the 22d. instant came by the mail of Saturday and was received by me on the Monday following, being yesterday, I am now on this day setting to execute your commission with all the dispatch in my power. I have the honor to be with the utmost respect your mo. ob. servt ( ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress).
The paymaster of the 11th. regiment having received a communication from the pay-master-general, intimating that pay might be received for the regiment, provided that the muster rolls and pay-rolls were duly made out, which mode he prefers to the making of payment on account, I take the liberty of enquiring whether the authority given to me in your letter of the 19th. of June last, in respect...
This letter will be delivered to you, by Captain Samuel White of the eleventh regiment of Infantry, whom I beg leave to introduce to you, as a gentleman, possessing, in an high degree, the character of a man of honor. He wishes the favor of a personal conversation with you, on the subject of the charges exhibited against him, to the Secretary of war; Your Indulgence herein will be peculiarly...
Major Adlum and Captain Bowman have joined in written recommendations in favor of Mr Josiah Wright for the appointment of a cadet in the 11th. regiment of Infantry. This young gentleman, agreably to Captain Bowmans representation to me, has been employed with great profit in the recruiting service since the 15th. May last, under a promise from Major Adlum that he receive an appointment of...
I have confined in my guard, three deserters, of the 11th. regiment of Infantry—one named Azor Nash who deserted from the recruiting rendezvous at Wilksbarre the two others are James Donaldson and Matthew Baxter whom, I had occasion heretofore to mention to you. I wish to know your pleasure concerning them, and you will particularly oblidge me, by an opinion, whether or not, the commanding...
I have the honor to send you, the enclosed list of recruits, whom I am desirous of mustering, under your permission—The young lads are of that description, which promise in a very little time to make the best of soldiers—The two, who are proposed for musicians, you will doubtless consider, as of better age, than that of eighteen for every purpose of instruction and use—it is impossible to...
Nothing, but the unavoidable difficulties, in collecting returns from Pensylvania, has prevented your receiving the return herewith transmitted, long before this. I am sorry that you will find, by a note, that it is still incomplete in one of the companies from Pensylvania, returns from which later than the middle of June has not been received, but I am well assured that more men have been...
Mr. Thomas Y How in answer to my enquiry whether a second Lieutenancy, in the 11th regiment, in addition to his appointment, as Secretary to the Inspector General, would suit his ideas, says, “As the measure has been proposed by General Hamilton, he will accept with pleasure.” I have the honor to be   with the most perfect respect   your mo: ob. servt ALS , Hamilton Papers, Library of...
I enclose you a letter of appointment, which Lieutenant Charles Read of the eleventh regiment of Infantry has just sent me, requesting that the resignation of the same might be accepted. This Officer, in my opinion, discredits the service, he is now under arrest for un-officerlike behaviour and a disobedience of orders, His friends who recommended him, admit, that they had mistaken his...
In mustering the recruits sent in to the regimental rendevous, I have found one who is about five feet three inches, he is a barber and exceedingly useful to the Officers and men, there is another who lacks a little of five feet five inches but he is exceedingly well made and strong, his age 22 years—there are two others who have enlisted since the publication of the orders respecting the...
The intervention of the 4th. of July and the Affairs of the Society of Cincinnati having occupied the day succeeding, have delayed my answering yours respecting the appointment of Mr. How to a second Lieutenancy in the 11th. regiment. I beg you to be assured that the measure proposed, will be to me perfectly agreeble, and I have accordingly in my letter to Mr Howe enquired of him whether such...
Elizabeth Town [ New Jersey ] June 28, 1799 . “In order to fulfill your request, I have been casting about, for a character, to be recommended to you, as suitable for your secretary, and, now, beg leave to mention to you Mr Thomas Y. How of Trenton, as a Candidate well-worthy of your consideration.… Mr How has received a liberal education, at Princeton college, and has been lately admitted to...
I send you the enclosed letter of appointment which Lieutenant Thomas Reading junior, has delivered to me, with a request that the resignation thereof might be accepted—This gentleman is now under arrest, placed upon him by Captain Stockton for disobedience of orders and ungentlemanlike conduct. I wish it was in my power to say, that I supposed, the service would suffer a loss by the...
Elizabeth Town [ New Jersey ] June 23, 1799 . “… The success in recruiting in the several sub-districts, hes been exceedingly various, which may be ascribed in part to the different degrees of address or talent in that way, and of activity, in the recruiting Officers, in part to the good or ill disposition of the inhebitents toward the government and in part, to a went of Officers occesioned...
The men, who have been recruited for the 11th. regiment, begin to solicit for pay, many of them having been enlisted for more than a month, I have promised to write upon the subject, and as money is the life of the recruiting service, I hope, shortly, to receive directions for carrying into execution, the arrangements, which have been or may be made for fulfilling this part of the contract...
In answer to yours of this day, I have to inform, that Reading was the more particular station, contemplated to have been taken by Major Adlum. Easton is within his district, and perhaps, nearly equally convenient. He has written to me that the spirit of disaffection, in the greater part of his district, will retard the recruiting very much, so that his aid in this service will be very...