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By the Newspapers which arrived the last post, we are informed of your return to New York. I have therefore requested Lieutt: Walbach to take charge of such part of the Cavalry regulations as we had compiled, and to carry them to you, agreably to your desire, at New York. He will set out in about a week. The only part finished is what relates to the training the horses, and to Military...
The last post brought me your favours of the 14th: 17th:, 19th: & 20th: instant. I am busied in preparing for the reduction. Without I receive orders to the contrary by the next post, I shall direct the 10th: Regt: to march to Pennsylvania to be there disbanded; and the Ninth Regiment to Maryland, for the same purpose. Some expence will be by this means incurred, in Waggon Hire; but the very...
Your favour of the 29th: ultimo, reached me last post. The general orders of the 11th: of March were transmitted to the different Regiments within my command, the post immediately after I received them, which was not till near the end of that month. On the 10th: of April, Coll: Bentley of the 7th: Regt: acknowledged receipt of them, and on the 13th: of April, Major Henderson of the 10th:...
Your two favours of the 26th. of March, & your favour of the 10th. of April all arrived by the last post. The position of your Field Officers in your order of Battle, I think excellent. The position of the companies I think, very judicious, as if all the officers are present, it will give the four Senior Captains the command of Divisions, and keep the officers attached to their own companies;...
I duly received your favour of the 27th Ultimo. The enclosed copy of a letter from me to Coll. Josiah Parker of Congress will shew you the present situation of Capt. Blackburn. From his (Coll. P’s) letter you will find an application made to me relative to Capn. Sparkes and my reference to you. I remain with great respect & esteem   your most obedt. Servt. LS , Hamilton Papers, Library of...
In pursuance of your general orders of the 28th: of March, I have designated Major William D. Beall of the 9th: Regiment, to act as Deputy Adjutant General. This is the officer I recommended to you by the last post, to be Deputy Inspector-General; when you know him, I am convinced you will be pleased with him. I shall postpone designating the other officers to receive the returns, till I am...
In my last I forwarded to you an arrangement proposed by Colo Butler for the completion of his regiment, and the sending on Detachments to Genl: Wilkinson. By the last post I received your favour of the 17th. enclosing me an arrangement in some respects different, which Shall be obeyed. I enclose you now a sketch how I understand the arrangement, made by you is to be carried into execution;...
By the last post, I received from the Ajutant General, your orders to stop the recruiting service of the twelve Regiments. As the Fifth Regiment hath but very few men, if any, as I have not heard they have yet commenced recruiting, as the sixth Regiment has not I think 150, and as the Seventh Regiment has only about two hundred, (the returns being at my Quarters at Shepherds Town, I cannot...
Be so good as to inform me if your general orders relative to rank of the 9th: of last September are means to operate within a Regiment, or whether they are only intended to decide the rank when officers of different Regiments meet together. Till I hear your determination, I shall confine them to the latter construction, because I remember we took a great deal of pains to arrange the internal...
I beg leave to recall your attention to such part of my letter of the 21st. of January which relates to the ordering the officers of the First, Second, and Third Regiments in Georgia to join Brigr: Genl: Wilkinson and the ordering officers of the Fourth Regiment, on that Frontier in their stead. Lest that letter should be mislaid, I enclose an extract from it relative to that part of the...
I understand it to be the intention immediately to complete the Fourth Regiment which you command, to the full peace establishment of six hundred privates, and the regulated number of Sergeants, Corporals, & Musicians. As one of the Battallions is to be stationed on the Georgia Frontier, and the other in Tennessee, the following arrangement of the officers will for the present be observed. For...
I received yesterday your favour of the 6th Instant. I have lately written pressingly to the Secretary of War on the subject of the Revd: Mr: Hill, and have enclosed him the oration he made commemorative of the military and civil virtues of our late Commander in Chief, as a Specimen of his talents. If you will permitt me, I will postpone communicating to him the contents of your letter, till...
I beg leave to enclose you a copy of a letter written to day to the Secretary of War relative to the employment of the Troops at this Cantonment contemplated by him the ensuing Spring & Summer. Yours truly
Harpers Ferry [ Virginia ] February 8, 1800 . Introduces “Mr. Du Pont de Nemours … a gentleman of considerable talents, extensive knowledge, & unblemished integrity,” whom Pinckney had met in France. States: “He … intends to purchase Land for himself, Family & friends. I am apprehensive of his being taken in by some Land Jobbers, and if in your power, I would be obliged to you to give him...
Your favours of the 7th & 8th instant enclosing me Lieut Gover’s letter, I received by the last post. I have acted in the same manner as you have in refusing to make terms with Deserters previous to their delivering themselves up. There are three skulking on the Alleghaney Mountain who sent in to me three weeks ago, but I refused to make any stipulations with them while they remained out. I...
The exchange meditated of the officers by Genl: Wilkinson, I under stood the Secretary of War could not take place, as on inspection of their commissions, it could not be made on terms of equality. The Secretary has ordered me “to incorporate into the Fourth Regiment the officers and men belonging to the Third. To march the Recruits under Major Bradley (I suppose under Captn: Brock as Major...
I shall not expatiate on our great loss. Not a man in America has more severely felt it than myself. Lieut. Walbach presented me your Letter, I find him diligent & intelligent and well acquainted with Cavalry service. He will be of very important service to me. You may be assured we shall not be idle; but I doubt whether we shall be able to finish before the end of April for I do not expect...
In consequence of your letter of the 4th. Ultimo informing me that you had appointed Capt. Edmund Taylor of the 8th. Regt. Brigade Inspector, I have put him in Orders; from the little I have seen of him, he appears to have been judiciously selected. He is very desirous of receiving instructions from you marking out his duty. I wish you could transmit a short summary of them as soon as you...
I arrived at this place this afternoon from Rhode Island, via Paulus Hook. Mrs: Pinckney has sustained the fatigue of her Voyage & Journey better than I expected. She is however much tired, & I shall not be able to leave her tomorrow; but I trust she will be so much recovered as to enable me to pay my respects to you on sunday. If that should not be the case, I will wait upon you the first day...
I am obliged to you for your favour of the 6th: instant, which enclosed me the duplicate of yours of the 13th: of August: neither the original of that, nor the Recruiting Instructions, have come to hand; but as I expect they will be forwarded to me from Charleston by the first ship, I will not trouble you for a copy of them without I find they have miscarried. I return you many thanks for the...
Your favour of the 26th. ultimo did not reach me till last Evening. I should have the greatest pleasure in meeting you at Trenton for the purpose you mention; but Mrs: Pinckney’s health & very depressed spirits will not permitt me to quit her at present, and it is impossible for her in her actual situation to accompany me there. She is certainly better since her arrival at this place, but the...
I have received a Letter from Governor Davis mentioning that the recruiting money had been received for the 6th. Regiment, but they could not proceed to recruit for want of cloaths. I am just informed that some cloathing for the 5th. Regiment has arrived here, but I have not yet heard that any recruiting money for that Regiment has been remitted. I wrote to you on the 12th. instant relative to...
Charleston [ South Carolina ] July 12, 1799 . “… I have found many officers in my division very fond of throwing off their uniform & appearing in frocks. I have directed them always to wear their uniforms; we discussed, & I think agreed on the propriety of that measure at Philadelphia, but I do not see it in the regulations. I wish some general rule was made on the subject, and particularly...
I am much obliged to you for your favour of the fifth instant—The Communications made you from Mulberry Grove were by no means troublesome to me. It will always give me pleasure to keep you regularly informed of the situation of the command entrusted to me; and I solemnly assure you I meant no compliment, but it is my most sincere & earnest desire to be favoured from time to time with your...
Charleston, South Carolina, June 10, 1799. Discusses recruiting in Georgia and the Carolinas and the disposition of the Fourth Regiment. States: “Mrs. Pinckney (who has been very ill) unites with me in best respects to Mrs. Hamilton. I cannot imagine what gave rise to the Report, you mentioned relative to the Review, as there was not the most distant cause for it.…” ALS , Hamilton Papers,...
I wrote to you from Mulbury Grove the seat of our deceased friend Genl Greene in Georgia, & enclosed you my letter to the Secretary of War giving an account of the progress of Brigr Genl Washington, Major Rutledge & myself on the sea Coast —I now enclose you two other letters to the Secretary, one from Augusta & the other from this place. The Arrangement for North Carolina, South Carolina &...
Letter not found: from Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, 20 May 1799. On 5 June GW wrote Pinckney : “Your favor of the 20th Ulto from Mulberry Grove, came duly to hand.”
Many thanks my dear Sr for your favour of the 31st ultimo, the excellent advice it contains relative to the enforcement of discipline, I shall most assiduously attend to; every word of it shall be engraved on my Memory & it shall be the rule of my conduct. I am much obliged to you for complying with my request in pointing out an Aid, and I very chearfully accede to the conditions on which you...
Mrs Pinckney, my Daughter Eliza & myself arrived in good health in this City without having met with any accident since we had the pleasure of seeing you, and return Mrs Washington & yourself our best thanks for the kindness we received from you at Mount Vernon. On Wednesday next I shall set out with Brigr Genl Washington for Georgia to settle the Army arrangements & to reconnoitre the sea...
[ January 17, 1799. On March 7, 1799, Hamilton wrote to Pinckney : “I duly received… Your letter of the 17th of January.” Letter not found. ]